By now it’s no hush-hush that SIBLING is obsessed with the pop culture of the seventies and eighties, and why wouldn’t it be – it may be no other era speaks to the current age of excess and celebrity adoration rather so knowingly. For Autumn it turns to two icons who subverted the worlds of music and art in the mood for no others: Grace Jones and Jean Michel Basquiat. It’s the identification and look of Basquiat which informs the collection most. The ‘Jones’ pigmentation palette, taken from her album covers, of primary tints – acid yellow and blood red – shoot through traditional layouts, which use as their base the more muted royal X-rated and grey.


These colours play across the thrown about shapes Basquiat made his trademark. Baggy pleated trousers and cropped not on target suit jackets he might have bought from Flick, the iconic boutique on West 8th Street in the eighties, are re made here in grandeur Dormeuil fabrics. The SIBLING Fair Isle finds sparkle in his chaotic painting style and is based upon random notebook doodles, a well-defined hand knit is the same pattern cropped and enlarged, whilst united jackets with drop shoulders, overly long sleeves and washed wool chevron tie areas reflect his loose personal style. So loose that there’s a Buffalo Blanket skirt in a passable isle called ‘Fab 5’, fastened with knitted military insignia. Sibling-Men-FW16-London-1024 In a nod to Jones’ combative typical example are SIBLING Boxing Shorts (a classic men’s boxer with a grand waist in SIBLING iconic leopard print) and logo make a laughing-stock ofs socks, worn with matching knitted gloves and front towards protectors. They’re the boys Jones would’ve sparred with in her ‘Withdraw Up To The Bumper’ fighting gear or even Basquiat himself, similarly invested in boxing shorts, arms crossed with Andy Warhol, in a photograph from 1985 by Michael Halsbland. A well knitted lace glittering Boxing Gown with comparable shorts appears to be a feminine take on the uber macho sporting look and yet is a look so oftentimes seen in the ring.

This clash of female and male is at the stomach of SIBLING

This clash of female and male is at the heart of SIBLING – Disco vs. Hip Hop, strenuously vs. soft, as encapsulated by the boys they create. This opportunity ripe their nonchalant gang are ready for a Wednesday night at the Café de Paris – where better for Jones to be prolonged her sharp nails across their backs. Sibling-Men-FW16-London-1027