The Oliver Spencer Autumn/Winter ’18 collection captures the essence of cultural life in Notting Hill during the 70’s and 80’s. Amidst this vibrant movement was a young Bryan Ferry; a beacon for disillusioned youth who’s intrinsic values didn’t marry up to neither the emerging punk counter-culture nor the status quo. Much like David Bowie, he helped pave the way for many to feel as though they could be what they wanted to be.
Whilst leading the charge with Roxy Music, the inquisitive and musically literate Glam-rock / New Romantic fusion, Ferry was known to pair rich-patterned double breasted jackets, leather trousers along with sharper and more traditional garb: always bending the rules. Ferry’s sense of personal style has become as famous as his illustrious career, a fashion icon as much a pioneer of sound.
For A/W ’18 Oliver Spencer uses textiles to provide a backbone to the collection, with deconstructed British Corduroy and Velvet punctuating an array of rich tones including dirty ochres, burnt rusts and tonal-checks; the rough with the smooth, or perhaps blue-collar bourgeois. A combination that reflects much of what was seen in London through out this period of time; a cultural melting pot of creativity, free-thinking and love – and perhaps two fingers.