This year for London Fashion Week, we were very excited to visit the team from London-based Monochrome at the Avant-Premiere showroom in Soho and discuss their latest collection Paraiba for Spring Summer 2016. Staying true to their name and signature aesthetic, the collection is a bit androgynous using mainly black, grey and white but this season, they've added a bit of colour inspired by the Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline gemstone (the greenish colour you can see in the jackets). The team at Monochrome believe we now live in a "coded, numbered and classified world" which led to the alphanumeric codes on the garments. These codes coincide with the specific patterns used to create each individual garment. They also seek to marry form and function to create simple yet wearable art. You can see from some of the pictures below that the bomber jackets have straps inside so that, should you get too hot, you can take the jacket off and wear is almost like a backpack. No leather was used in any of the garments, though they have used a waxed cotton and a brushed rubber to give the same appearance as a light leather or suede. Some of the white jackets are made from a Japanese Tyvek material which have a very lightweight and smooth feel. Tencel is also a great lightweight fabric for the summertime as well as being extremely eco-friendly, and Monochrome used the material to make some of the fantastic T's in the collection. The finishing of each garment proves that the team have an impeccable skill at tailoring and attention to detail. Here, you can see some of the shots from the collection.
We thought the housecoat was a bit of a strange addition, so we asked the team what was the inspiration behind the pieces and they told us how some of their clients like to shop in their lounge wear, so they thought they'd create something they could wear while they could comfortably. Like what you see? Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram