FILA UK x Liam Hodges #LFWM Party with Evian Christ
Teaming up with Italian sportswear giant FILA, Liam Hodges brought the noise to the catwalk for SS18.
Last season, the London born and raised designer showcased a collection accompanied by spoken word artist Hector Aponysus’ bars on the runway; riffing on the ‘decline of Western civilisation’ it was a dystopian display that arrived after Brexit. This season, Hodges explored the idea of moving onwards and upwards through his collection titled ‘Unveiled Tomorrows’.
Bringing together his influences of grime, two-step, pirate radio, car modding and zine culture for this season, Hodges’ show displayed the designer’s fixation on youth culture, which focused upon the age of oversaturation and consumption. Drawing from disparate influences, Hodges questions the idea of identity and the ability to search for it among the barrage of information overload. Through the noise, Hodges deliberates over how to innovate rather than imitate and his collection paints the picture of this struggle for identity.
Models walked the runway to Gaika’s God Save The Roadmen and Integrity’s Unveiled Tomorrow dressed in utilitarian shapes that Hodges subverted through FILA’s sports silhouettes. Inspired by the Italian brand’s first creative director Pierluigi Rolano, workwear was switched up through the use of FILA’s colour-blocking on his trademark jerseys, and their iconic ‘Original Fitness’ trainer was reimagined for the collaboration. In the finer details, the designer’s use of flat lock stitching and pinstripes harks back to FILA classics, such as their Settanta Mark 3 jacket – once worn by celebrated tennis player Björn Borg in the 70s.
The finale arrived in the form of a human-sized bear with its mouth wide open, bearing its teeth to the audience – a representation of Edvard Munch’s The Scream for this generation. Yelling through the barrage of audio pollution, Hodges’ collection screams, “Fuck the noise”.
From 180 Strand to Kingsland Road, Crack teamed up with Liam Hodges and FILA to host a suitably loud afterparty with a special five hour set from Evian Christ. Racing through a strobe-heavy excursion that featured some clandestine t.A.T.u. cuts, a trance refix of the Cha Cha Slide and an impromptu back-to-back with Bala Club’s Kamixlo, Evian’s stormy selections perfectly captured the piercing spirit of the collection.
As crowds littered the streets outside Shoreditch Platform – reeling in the afterglow – the reverberations were still being felt.