LG Fashion Week: Klaxon Howl
There aren’t very many places, other than a therapist’s office, or wherever they are keeping the mentally unstable during construction at the CAMH, where you can admit to feeling deeply nostalgic and slightly aroused at the thought of World War II. Well, unless you were at the Klaxon Howl show yesterday, in which case you know you were reminiscing and feeling a little flush.
Matt Robinson presented his trademark military-inspired menswear collection last night, with this season’s doctrine being 1940’s seamanship. With the use of Melton wool for cropped jackets and belted coats and Japanese denim for straight leg, cuffed jeans, he had almost assimilated a balance between too kitschy and just-right inspiration. Just about, but still teetering towards more Aldo Raine than ready-to-wear. Some of the looks took too literal an interpretation of the era to be considered a triumphant execution. An all khaki look was an example of this: a fitted khaki button down tucked into khaki wide-leg cargo pants, with a navy tie slipped into the shirt, brought to mind ravenous bread dipping after a harrowing day on the field, not something you’d wear to dinner at Parkette.
Some of the separates fared better as modern day sentimentality, including a dark navy felt button down vest, with oversized pockets worn over a shirt, and a brushed navy cotton coat, already perfectly worn looking and belted at the waist. While a light indigo shirt and navy vest; with the same light blue panel on the back had Kevin Naulls, the associate online editor for Toronto Life – who himself looked dressed in KH – leaning in even closer from the front row.
With the line now selling in the men’s WHITE SPACE at the Bay, Klaxon Howl made the fraternity of the relationship quite clear, with the Bay’s unmistakable point blanket stripes making it onto musette bags and over sized duffle versions throughout the show. This collaboration takes Klaxon Howl strides ahead of the cultish following of it’s past. The idea that the collection will be creeping into men’s closets is exciting because now that solider fantasy can go all day long.
Image courtesy of Perfecto Mag