Thomas Pink set its inaugural presentation in London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. The brand (acquired by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1999) offers smart/casual cross-generational appeal and to prove it had models from their twenties through to their sixties lounging on a two tier scaffolding installation. The looks ran (or in the case of one bearded gentleman, pole dancing) the gamut from tweed jackets, pin-stripe shirts and braces or muted check shirt and corduroy tie combos to sweaters and shirts in saturated peacock blues and oranges with a shouty tartan sports jacket or peacoat, striped beanies and pillar box red velvet smoking jacket atop a polka dot silk pyjama shirt — all paired with jeans and relaxed cut pants. Just the “edge” and “element of fun” that dapper head of design, Fred Willems, was gunning for. The brand also collaborated with cult culinary creatives Bompas & Parr who installed a “gin vending machine” in the shape of an old-fashioned door. Every time a guest rapped the knocker with proffered glass, as if by magic, it dispensed a cocktail via a tap in the shape of a lion’s paw.

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