Roll up, roll up, the circus is back in town for SS18. South Korean fashion house Songzio opened Day two of LFWM with a collection that woke the audience up and drew us in with hypnotic lines. The designer smartened up, balancing relaxed materials and 1920s tailored fits; a modern take on oldy-worldy festivals that rallied us all for the tricks ahead.

Broad brushstrokes of thick vertical stripes conjured vague images somewhere between deck chairs, Big Top tents, and the cages that keep the animals. Cropped, tightly fitted jackets and ringmaster tailcoats were layered with loose shorts, linen trousers and sandals to bring the circus into the summer. Songzio’s usual black aesthetic was juggled with a spectrum of royal blue, orange and yellow. This newfound bright colour palette was a fresh change for the brand (not to mention for the fashion week schedule which seems to be considerably dark this season) and played with memories of childhood and youthful curiosity. Running away with the circus has never looked so tempting.

BBG boys (from Daniel Birtles to Asbjorn Appleby) walked the tightro– I mean runway, looking pretty with their flowing wavy locks parted on the side to match the fringing on the edge of their trousers. The spectacle hurled us into a distant arena of beauty and we were transported to a forgotten place and back again. It’s not every Saturday morning you get the chance to go to a circus. Or am I just doing things wrong?

Photography by Caoimhe Hahn.
Words by Jonny Clowes.

LFWM: Songzio SS18