Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton let loose – literally – with a collection built on roomy silhouettes, elongated proportions, and rich Italian fabrics.
Trousers were broad and swooshed as models passed, while coats were rounded at the shoulder and roomy with utility pockets – some in wool, some in nylon – patch-worked onto them.
Knits came with chunky, color-block stripes and long sleeves that grazed models’ fingertips while two-button suit jackets were loose, and worn with no shirt underneath and beanie caps.
The palette was earthy — mud brown, army green and navy – with minimal pattern, except for small checks that popped on a long coat with a shearling collar, and on a suit with long layers that recalled a traditional salwar kameez.
“We wanted this collection to be the very opposite of the restriction, the tension that everyone has been feeling, and a reaction to all the gloom and doom in the world right now,” said Mdumulla, adding that he and Cotton referenced Eastern and Western dress codes, and bought the best fabrics their budgets would allow. “We want our clothes to have longevity.”