In a book of John Bulmer’s 1960s photography documenting Manchester, The Potteries and the Black Country in England’s Midlands, which was famous for its industrialized coal mines, iron foundries, coking, iron foundries and steelmills, the trio behind Sibling found their inspiration for fall.
“We found a picture of the inside of a gypsy] caravan that was covered in crochet squares,” said Sid Bryan (one of the trio that also includes Cozette McCreery and Joe Bates), who used “giant” crochet hooks for fashion large-scale “granny” squares into blankets that were worn stole-like, draped over one shoulder, with a cream cable knit, fur-collared sweater and patched jeans, or a short blue cable knit jumpsuit.
On a runway covered with a black short pile carpet, flecked with lurex to mimick coal dust, other models wore workwear inspired shapes in a palette of black, gray, berry, cobalt and arsenic green. There were short gender-bending lurex yarn crochet jumpsuits, a pair of little purple mohair shorts worn with a manly black cable knit bomber and Fair-Isle-meets-leopard intarsia knits. Of note was a hooded denim smock top that was worn with a pair of drop-crotch leopard tracksuit bottoms.