THOMAS PINK SHOWCASES SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION AGAINST A BOTANICAL BACKDROP INSPIRED BY DAVID HOCKNEY AND CECIL BEATON
On Saturday 13th June 2015, British brand Thomas Pink – part of the Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton group – unveiled its Spring/Summer 2016 collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
I’m a fan of Thomas Pink and was really pleased to receive my invitation to this years event for Londons Collections: Men. After the colourful display in January I did wonder how they could top the last presentation but I wasn’t disappointed.
Presented against a botanical backdrop, more potting shed than conservatory, the collection was showcased on models and mannequins.
Florence Torrens, Creative Director at Thomas Pink, says; “We wanted to create an environment with a very British feel and were inspired by a photograph taken by artist Peter Schlesinger in 1970, in which great friends David Hockney and Cecil Beaton are caught reclining carelessly on rattan furniture surrounded by potted pelargoniums and begonias. It’s wonderfully British and off-beat botanical – perfectly capturing the mood of the Spring/Summer 2016 collection.”
Frederik Willems, Head of Design at Thomas Pink, says; “The Spring/Summer 2016 collection celebrates Britain’s charming and eccentric character – taking inspiration from themes as diverse as Brit Pop culture, architectural follies and trad seaside towns. From the 90s Brit Pop era to Dunmore Hall in Scotland with its quirky pineapple roof – the season evokes a mood of patriotism and nostalgia in equal measures.”
To mark World Gin Day and in keeping with the botanical theme, guests enjoyed gin cocktails, made using Williams Chase British gin.
Spring/Summer 2016 collection notes:
As the season commences, the collection captures the nonchalant mood of the 90s brit pop era – famed for its style-icon musicians and hedonism. Slim tailored silhouettes and a punchy colour palette – spanning indigo, pink, turquoise and citrus – merges tradition and rebellion. Fine Italian shirting encompasses mini ginghams, Bengal stripes, traditional Jermyn Street stripes and checks of varying sizes – with a strong focus on texture, a key trend for the season.
As the season progresses, the collection draws inspiration from Scotland, where, when the sun comes out, vibrant colours reflect off the magnificent landscape and blue skies inspiring a modern take on tartans and plaids with shirting and accessories in tattersalls and blown-up madras checks.
Lightweight outerwear comprises a de-constructed wool navy blazer with shirt fabric lining, a summer tweed linen blazer and a new reversible jacket in light grey ticking stripe with a shell camouflage interior – a spring summer highlight. A British summer always needs an option for rainy days, in this case a reversible rainmac in Prince of Wales check/navy. Key suiting is found in fine wool Loro Piana fabric, while chino shorts debut with bleached denim shirting.
The season finale is inspired by the archetypal seaside resort of Blackpool – with its promenade, piers, fortune-tellers, fairground rides and tattoo parlours. A colour palette of citrus, candy floss pink, turquoise, sky blue and lilac echoes the town’s bright carnival mood, perfectly captured in linen shirting. Ties, silk pocket squares and socks featuring swallow and heart motives and candy stripes perfectly capture the essence of the iconic seaside town.
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