Beatnik super- junkies, Junk de Luxe, have just released their new season collections into the world and have done so with the rock’n’roll attitude that we’ve come to expect from a brand that cut it’s teeth reworking battered second hand designs.
The AW11 designs bring together the unusual bedfellows of anarchy and prep; slim silhouettes and military influences (long the aesthetic of anti-establishment) have been bought up to date and married with vibrant and twee design accents.
Swinging arms on an oversized and boldly coloured knit sit comfortably with fairisle patterns and subtle separates, while a jarring vein runs through the collection when paired with battered chinos and army style outerwear: a bold move from the design team, that pays off through a perceived veneer of anti-fashion and individuality.
We’re all familiar with the usual influences and staples (the new suit, re-invented work wear… the checked shirt!) but what JdL are bringing to the game is a feeling of a progressive design aesthetic, and a serious amount of attitude. You’ll want to accessories your outfits with fighter planes and smashed guitars, rather than polished brogues and a man bag.
Outerwear is the real success story of this new season Endeavour – slim fitting leather is tempered with creases and heavy duty zips while dissident parkas revel in an aged and battered look. Both sit in stark contrast to the collection’s English gent feel double breasted suit jacket and the soon to be iconic deconstructed, two button tux jacket. Wildly varying influence, these pieces all share the same riotous urban soul. You won’t find that in your local JD sports.
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