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By Marcellous L. Jones
Images Courtesy of Les Hommes
Paris, France – In their new Spring/Summer 2018 collection for fashion house LES HOMMES, the Belgian design duo of Bart Vandebosch and Tom Notte almost look to be inspired by the attire of the original Star Wars film trilogy. Here we see what could be a modernized take on what the young Jedi knight Luke Skywalker would wear if the film were shot today.
The designers have created strong looks that include straight and amply cut shorts. The pants are either amply cute with volume or so slim that they resemble a second skin. These shorts along with some of the jackets and crew collar shirts are literally covered in Many of them have been covered with hollow, metallic circular loops. Then strips of leather has been used to join them either vertically, horizontally or through a criss-cross. The Star Wars fashion reference becomes extremely clear in the sleeveless tops that look to be inspired by kimonos worn as part of martial arts training and combat attire. They look particularly well when paired together with a sleeveless vest. Other interesting pieces in the collection are the hooded jersey slip over tops and the bomber jackets. They have been embellished with intricate embroideries.
These elements are most noteworthy because they serves as a clear illustration of Vandebosch’s and Notte’s ability to evolve and to integrate new elements into their brand while skillfully maintaining a cohesive universe !
Long has this writer been under the spell of the superior tailoring skills found in the Les Hommes collection. Its mystique includes tight waist coats, thin lapels and compelling shoulder work. In this new body of work, Vandebosch and Notte place all those elements in the more dressy looks. However, they embellish them with the hollow, metallic circular loops that are found in the more casual pieces that have been designed with streetwear in mind. They complete these looks too with the creative footwear in all white that they feature throughout the strong collection.