The MAN show in Fashion East's incubating platform for rising designers kicked off London Fashion Week: Men's, and with it a runway moment that rivaled top model Naomi Campbell in an unusual, but refreshing way.
During Rottingdean Bazaar, the provocative brand from designer duo Luke Brooks and James Theseus Buck, a man walked out wearing a skimpy, disheveled cocktail dress with a cut-out of Campbell taped to his body.
James and Luke were always friends of friends, but I only really met them properly when I was assisting on a shoot they were doing for Man About Town. London is only bijoux, so we are forever crossing paths.
What attracts you to their work?
I love the humor — witty, genius and genuine.
How was the (iconic) Naomi Campbell cut-out decided upon?
Originally she was supposed to be zooming down the catwalk on a remote controlled car — a genius idea thwarted by the natural enemy of the remote controlled car, the stair case, so I became her vehicle. Just a couple of simple english girls enjoying a well lit stomp.
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How did it feel wearing Naomi on the catwalk?
I've been fully obsessed with Naomi for a while — especially her stance on colon health, so with every step I was just thinking about my colon but most importantly, Naomi's colon.
What were people's reactions like?
There were actual cheers from the crowd, and even backstage, people were obsessed. Even in cardboard form, [Naomi] has a hypnotic, horcrux-esque presence.
How do you think Naomi would've critiqued your walk?
She would laugh like she did at those poor girls who deserved it on The Face, then she'd send it to the group message she has with Pat McGrath and Diet Prada so they could all laugh together.