The starting point for Alex Mullins’ collection was boredom — “Waiting for a bus in the rain when you want your coat to be bigger, and to rip down the posters in the shelter to cover you,” he said.

 

That boredom was interpreted in photographic prints from a shoot with photographer Hazel Gaskin featuring models in paint-daubed calico toiles were emblazoned across oversize parkas and laser-etched onto denim. As for the toiles themselves, they were sandwiched in perspex frames to form the presentation’s backdrop. Jeans and denim jackets were collaged together for a “warped” effect, he said. “When you’re bored, your mind tends to slide and sway, so I imagined the clothes running off the body.” Trippy? Yes. Meta? Undoubtedly. But it worked.

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