JAMES LONG | SPRING / SUMMER 2012
In 2007 Designer James Long graduated with an MA in Menswear and Accessories from The Royal College of Art. The designer successfully set up his own label and showed his debut collection in February 2007 at London Fashion Week.
Snakeskin dominated in Spring / Summer 2012 collection and appeared in various forms including leather jackets and shorts in tones of nude, brown and khaki.
Organic open weave knits in neutral shades were seen pared with both snakeskin and silk trousers. Bamboo silhouette prints featured on lightweight button-up cardigans in pale grey and white. Relaxed leaf print knitwear in cream and khaki created a soft contrast against the snakeskin trend.
A belted cardigan fused with gold lurex was worn with silk shorts; this paved the way for some serious spangle. Next up a pair of fully sequined trousers almost stole the show, but was balanced with a loose weave signature knit. Sequins appeared for a second time embellishing a snakeskin t-shirt in dazzling pewter with an unexpected sheer back. The jewel like colours continued with a copper trench coat and patchwork biker jacket in gold, bronze and snakeskin panels.
Platform soled gladiators teamed with ankle socks created a hip safari ensemble. Other accessories included skinny belts, backpacks and the man clutch, all in snakeskin.
- Samantha Ramjoorawon