The Oliver Spencer AW16 collection was a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and Afrobeat styles, taking inspiration from Cream founding member and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker, who travelled to Africa, became fully immersed into the world of Afrobeat and collaborated with musician Fela Kuti.
The collection also took elements from the ‘70s, with thick knitwear in burgundy, mustard and navy block stripe, round John Lennon-style sunglasses and loose corduroy trousers all making an appearance. Jackets came in simple tan and patchwork suede, hand-drawn monochrome stripes and navy-and-red check, while trousers were cropped or sat high on the waist.
Oliver Spencer is renowned for his relaxed tailoring and loose loungewear, and this collection stayed true to that aesthetic. Stand-out pieces included long, loose cotton shirts, pyjama-inspired stripe two-pieces and loosely-structured grey suiting.
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Words and images by Angharad Jones