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Harvey Nichols, Urban Outfitters and Opening Ceremony are just a few stores that love having his pieces on their shelves and the fashion world can’t get enough of this Liverpool designer, Christopher Shannon. Christopher has been going full speed ahead ever since the launch of his label in 2008, where he then received NEWGEN MEN sponsorship in Autumn/Winter 2010. As he describes to LCM Christopher’s design signatures “evolve all the time. My collections feature performance fabrics, clean silhouettes and just the right amount of drama.” It’s this process of pushing to greater heights that has landed this designer from MA Menswear graduate from Central Saint Martins to being the first recipient of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. This year at the London Mens Collection he presentation was based on the forgotten emo kids, with big bold graphic designs that had Christopher Shannon splashed across the front. The look was complimented with topknot hair do’s that may seem familiar to you from the Gwen Stefani of No Doubt days, which brought a fun emo attitude for the Spring collection.
Models in bold blues and reds and tops knots at Christopher Shannon’s LCM Show
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Playful color and humour at Christopher Shannon’s LCM Show
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Inside Christopher Shannon’s Emo inspired vision
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One thing that makes Christopher’s collection stand out is the how in each piece you see him having fun with patterns, the design, and his client. But he never forgets the luxury in the details when it comes to tailoring. Another facet that stood out about his collection was his collaboration with Cat Footwear. The industrial footwear brand created a boot to fit into the emo mood of the collection, with a white and black boot that marched down the runway at LCM. The excitement for the collaboration was mutual on both ends as Shannon explains to Wonderland Magazine “We aim to work with companies who work to a really high standard and finish” (See the full write up on the collaboration here)
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Although Christopher is known for his feminine touch in his menswear, this collection seemed to take a stronger masculine approach. With oversized shirts, baggy sweats and boyish shorts to match. Which parallels the offshoot label Shannon has called Kidda which sports all his signature prints on mens sportswear to contemporary street-wear, that are available at ASOS and Urban Outfitters. There is so much more to come from this British designer, especially with such unique inspirations. As Shannon describes to Hero magazine “I kept thinking ‘where have all the Emos gone?” He then found his inspiration in the book ‘In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms’ by Adrienne Salinge (read the full interview with Hero Magazine here). Each collection is evolving and changing, which keeps Christopher’s designs fresh and exciting, leaving the fashion world eagerly anticipating his next collection.
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