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Daniel Pollitt

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

The answers we seek are never found at home.
And so, we move away in search of a new beginning, to a new place perhaps, to find a sense of belonging, to prove our sense of worth.

The urge to migrate towards bright lights does not always lead to illumination. Darkness breeds a permeating clarity, which presents us with what we already knew.
Our journeys are diverse in the search for enlightenment; the path to our objectives becomes indistinct; yet we persist.

The everyday, beyond all, is the greatest work.

Although AW15 might appeal to the strong in spirit, its inspiration is the everyday. The metropolis built on foundations of illusory dreams and idealistic aspirations engulfs ones initial optimism.

Predominantly black and white AW15 demonstrates my preoccupation with returning to something strong and defined.

Pieces such as the Nylon paneled bomber jackets adorned with taped D-rings and Zip pocketed low slung shorts embody endurance. There is an athletic and physical sense to the pieces, I wanted to create flexible garments that allowed ease of movement, using lighter- weight fabrics such as nylon.

Other inspirations came from Rucksack strap detailing such as air mesh fabric- reformed as body harnesses; which further references my intrigue with survival and strength. The intention behind the fragmented pieces such as the nylon bomber sleeves and the slash back crop tops were to create partial- garments, outfits you could assemble and build up in layers.

Liam Hodges

Here for his final show with MAN, and on the grand occasion of their 10th birthday no less, returns Kent boy and Westminster/ RCA graduate Liam Hodges. Back once again and on song for the swan song.

The theme this season is Pirate radio, specifically the idea that a bunch of guys decided to grab a few aerials, jimmy their way into an abandoned building and beam out the kind of community radio that’d bring a tear to the eye of an OG like Tony Blackburn. As emerge every generation, these are the geeky, obsessive young men who relate to one another and their kindred, through a code of nods and winks (keep an eye out for Liam’s own graffiti binary coded camouflage weave). The spirit of that DIY, Blackburn gallivanting is imbued across the collection, in the form of climbing harnesses; bum bags and buckles requisitioned off seat belts. This season the focus is on textures and graphics.

It’s Spring/ Summer so our fine young men are broadcasting to the kids playing football in the park, and the collection reflects that mood with the 90s throwback jacquard football kit. Other rarefied details and weaves include the studio wall backdrop woven photographically into fabrics, military detailing on combats, jumpers and vests, the sharp colour palette of black, white, teal and electric blue and, so nice we’ll mention it twice, the jacquard. Get a good look at that jacquard, bleeding over the skin as rave camouflage. The nods and winks are further brought home through our lads’ choice of hairstyles and branded ID tag jewellery (Jewellery props go out to Slim Barrett).

ZYANYA KEIZER

ZYANYA KEIZER is concerned with the balance between art and fashion and sees her work as an expression of fantasy and an escape from everyday life.

Beginning her training at Central St Martins ZYANYA KEIZER later travelled to Antwerp to further her career before launching her own label in Amsterdam, having previously trained with revolutionary couturier Iris Van Herpen.

A recurring inspiration in ZYANYA KEIZER’S work is nature and the effortless yet complicated beauty it offers. Juxtaposing elements and fractious aspects of the natural world are evolved often to an ethereal quality, femininity with an edge.

Blending the hard with soft, and light with dark, ZYANYA KEIZER experiments with unconventional materials and silhouettes to explore the organic shapes of the human body, with heavily embellished garments and couture finishing.