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The height of summer means one thing: looking ahead to the collections that will be emptying wallets in a year’s time. London Fashion Week SS19 featured some of the most exciting designers in the world right now taking a theatrical, modern look at utilitarianism, nostalgia and broken America. 

Taking the brands essence -utilitarian sportswear - to new extremes, Samuel Ross admits the Spring ‘19 A-Cold-Wall* collection is more art than streetwear. Outerwear was dissected, with large portions cut away and pouches wrapped across exposed torsos. Clear PVC featured alongside technical fabrics, netting and silver leather in A-Cold-Wall*’s most varied palette to date. 

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acoldwall

Liam Hodges reportedly read Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize winning novel the Goldfinch twice and travelled to Las Vegas to capture the dress code of Sin City and inject it into his Spring ‘19 collection. Loss of innocence, crime and identity play out as heavy themes in Tartt’s novel, and were brought to life through gaudy colours, slogans and bowling shirts on Hodges’ runway. 

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liamhodges

Inspired by the men she knows, and the men she wishes she knew, Lou Dalton’s utilitarian-inspired looks are reminiscent of the boys she would see around her Grandmother’s farm. Consisting of a few core items – wide-legged pants, oversized shirts and shorts – the collection favours timelessness over fleeting trends; its uplifting colour palette a nod to the spring season. 

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