John Lawrence Sullivan AW17
The creative art scene of Germany inspired the AW17 collection from Japanese designer, John Lawrence Sullivan. Showcasing at London Fashion Week Men’s after a three-year break, models walked the runway with indifferent panache in burgundy, green and silver and bold proportions.
The exaggerated shoulders, oversized silhouettes and elongated coats were highlights and very much kept with what’s trending in luxury streetwear at the moment. Texture is also a focus in this collection – sleek overcoats give a formal look while the rubberised finish presents functionality if the weather requires, and a velvet mustard suit that appears to have been picked from your dad’s wardrobe during his glory days.
The works of artist Nancy Grossman found its way into this AW17 collection where drawing details and zips running down leather trousers, paired with orange turtlenecks and maroon overcoats give the range its defiant and broody mood.
Founded in 2003 by Arashi Yanagawa, the brand’s name pays tribute to the legendary boxer John Lawrence Sullivan. An ex-professional boxer himself, traits such as strength, boldness and personality are core to the aesthetic and these three elements are prevalent in this range.
The cultural landscape of Germany is masterfully reflected in the historical colour palette and silhouette from this Japanese cult label, who’s always stayed relevant with style trends and ahead of the curve with its fabrics and cuts. Hopefully, the return to London Fashion Week Men signals a permanent fixture at the event.