Oliver Spencer S/S 2020 London Fashion Week Men’s
Mood board: Established in 2002, Spencer sought to create a brand that was modern and unstuffy. Today the self-taught tailor has four standalone shops as well as an international online business; his vision is uncomplicated, unpretentious and unfiltered. The relaxed tailoring for which he is known is standout for style and sustainability too. The label has made a commitment to make more ecological choices to reduce its carbon footprint, so organic cottons, linens and cotton/linen blends were the focal point for S/S20. Safari pyjama style suits were smooth and smart.
Scene setting: The show was staged inside a former bullion truck yard turned two-level outdoor food market in Shoreditch. His strong cast sauntered through the space decorated with Chinese paper lanterns in all shapes and sizes; fortune cookies and sweets were piled up onto tables as Spencer recreated the feel of Kowloon’s Temple Street Market at night.
Sound bite: S/S20 was inspired by Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love. ‘It is simply one of the best films ever made! Three hours of extraordinary filming – a master class in framing and I love him,’ Spencer said backstage. The designer was in Hong Kong for 48 hours last October and was energised by its chaos and contradictions. ‘It was just as a city should be with the romance of the islands, the monochrome skyline and everything else.’ Spencer collaborated with wild fragrance brand Haeckels on a candle with a unique ‘Hong-Kong scent’ for the show, available to purchase through Spencer’s Buy Now Vero feed. §