This year marks Nigel Cabourn’s 50th year in design, with decades behind him honing that utilitarian, military-inspired look he does so well. In celebration, the Nigel Cabourn SS18 presentation at London Fashion Week Men’s showcased limited edition collection ‘Whatever Happened to Sean Flynn’, alongside his Lybro and Authentic lines.
Actor, photojournalist and son of Hollywood actor Errol Flynn, Sean was famous for his high-risk approach to capturing images of the Vietnam war and for going missing whilst on assignment with fellow photographer Dana Stone in Cambodia in 1970. Flynn has never been found. To create this collection, Cabourn worked with Flynn’s friend and fellow photographer Tim Page, using images of the two from the Vietnam war as inspiration.
Faded camouflage print was found on military-inspired jackets and loose, rolled up trousers, overalls came oversized and covered in deep pockets and accessories came in the form of soft caps and simple black strapped sandals. Of course, it wouldn’t be a 1960s-inspired collection if there wasn’t a little British mod influence as well, with colourful large-checked shirts, selvedge denim and striped blazers – all Nigel Cabourn-ed with loose and oversized silhouettes.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images by Oliver Hooson