The last couple of seasons we have had some fun with applications to workwear styles, experimenting with paint and oil effects.
This season whilst designing the SS20 collection, new wave and punk playlists were on repeat… one song “Smash it up” by the Dammed stuck with us… borderline pop punk but still raw with a DIY feel. Watching the music video inspired us to develop a bleach/paint spot effect in a punk DIY aesthetic.
We applied the bleach and paint effect to over-dyed cotton drill workwear styles, the OG and 80s painter pants, prison shirt and box jacket. The base colour, coral is a super saturated orange, a highlight colour used in military liners. The coral sits well as a contrast to olive or black and compliments earthy tones such as Khaki and Natural.
80s Painter Pant
Here is a quick recap on the fits of each style...
The OG painter pant has a square hip with mid/high rise and loose straight leg with a 17.5” opening. Triple chain stitched with brush pockets and loop details.
OG Painter Pant
Our 80s Painter has a slightly more curved hip, mid rise with a loose thigh and seat. The tapered leg runs to a 15.5” opening. Triple chain stitched with brush pockets, loop details and rounded back pockets.
80s Painter Pant
The Prison shirt is a slimmer fitting overshirt with large patch pockets at the chest and rubberised buttons.
The box jacket takes inspiration from simplistic denim jackets. Its hip length boxy fit is good as a mid or outer layer and features shank buttons, oversized front pockets and Stan Ray patch label at left chest.
The resulting effect is not for everybody but in the words of Captain Sensible:
“People call me villain, oh its such a shame
Maybe its my clothes must be to blame
I don't even care if i look a mess
Don't wanna be a sucker like all the rest”.