Kit Neale SS14
London-based menswear designer Kit Neale’s debut collection is awash with designs that seem like they have jumped out from the pages of illustrious children’s books. Fun prints depict aerial views of cartoon roads and streets and have a unique aptitude for figuratively yanking the grown-up man by his tie and pulling him back into his childhood. The wearer of these pieces is the grown-up kid in a candy store who can’t resist a dose of nostalgia.
Playful prints are used on everything the modern gent needs, multiplying over shirts, jackets, shorts and trousers. The designer dips his toe into the world of collage, taking disparate patterns and utilising them on pockets and yokes.
This is a world where print and colour clash is executed with such effortless precision that it seems like child’s play. A varsity jacket with plain sleeves adds balance to a pattern congested outfit whilst plain jumpers layered over printed shirts and shorts have a bridging effect.
Stepping away from the cartoon prints, Neale takes a hole-punched vest and adds a strong abstract pattern composed of pastel hues. Elsewhere, hats don’t look too dissimilar to crowns. With an almost skull-cap aesthetic and jagged edges folded upwards, these hats have a certain appeal to the inner boy who once played dress up and read about the magical worlds of brave knights and kings.
The collection matures into a rather transitional aesthetic between the worlds of the young and mature. Smart, tailored pieces are watered down due to athletic, hipster-esque touches. Hats and trainers that many of us typically associate with teenagers are paired with working men’s suits – albeit with a heavy dose of pattern. This is apparel for the gent who does not like to take himself too seriously.
Tapping into a carefree attitude many of us would love to rekindle, the debut offering from Kit Neale is sure to stir a memory or two in many a man.
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