Sometimes questioning our own identities can unravel unexpected paths. Dissecting what the Casely-Hayford language epitomises at its core, the father-son design duo reworked key archival pieces from the 80s, 90s and 00s. Alongside the menswear, the show marked the introduction of their first women’s collection. As an electro soundtrack of disconnected beats reverberated overhead, models emerged in volumised silhouettes and deconstructed tailoring. There was a unified feeling of modernity regardless of gender; a certain practicality that refused to jeopardise beauty. 
 
There were no rules. Only exceptional craftsmanship and an unwavering attention to detail. Pinstripes and checks worked together in harmony, and crisp white shirts poked out from beneath cropped jumpers. Multiple pleats on high-waisted trousers and the back of overcoats wavered in elegant motions. Structured sweatpants featuring brushed wool panels, oversized puffers and detachable turtlenecks merged sportswear with a Saville Row mentality. 
 
In collaboration with shoe designer Helen Kirkum, the boys wore clunky recycled trainers that dissected that city-slicker look into something a little more human. Rising from the monochrome palette, powdered blues, navy and emeralds were injected into graphic prints that teased the retinas. Blazers in light-weight wool were draped across shoulders, as classic fits were distorted with effortless layering and futuristic angles. Diving into the traditions of the past, the handwriting of the modern man was translated into a tangible dream.  

Words by Matthew Regan.
Photography by Laura Lewis.

LFWM: Casely Hayford AW17