For the first time in London Fashion Week Men’s history, John Smedley took to the catwalk, opting to showcase its collection on the runway rather than the usual presentation. The space in St James’s was packed and electric; testament to John Smedley’s offering of some of the best British knitwear that has stood the test of time throughout its more than 200 years in operation.
Entitled Precision/Fluidity, the John Smedley SS18 collection took inspiration from an original watercolour of Japanese Koi, creating a graphic wave print that appeared in blue, red and light green across knitted t-shirts, jumpers and slim tailored trousers. A Koi print was introduced too, emblazoned on loose silk shirts and dresses for women; a welcome addition for a brand that often eschews prints for classic simplicity – and a welcome step away from the ubiquitous stripes or spring/summer florals.
As with a lot of the shows and presentations this season – and following on from AW17 – John Smedley opted to show womenswear at LFWM, prompting spectators to ask whether there’s still a place for single sex fashion weeks. Prints and colours from the men’s collection were echoed, albeit with a more relaxed silhouette with oversized jumpers, knitted jogging bottoms and long tunics worn loose over trousers.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of John Smedley