The next big thing in fashion may be a title that isn’t always handed out to those who necessarily deserve it but designer Christopher Shannon looks set to prove that statement wrong entirely. Having shown his latest collection at the menswear day of London Fashion Week, the designer sent his male models down the catwalk with some unusual though eye catching accessories. Plastic combs as fascinators may not be what everyone would choose to wear but the styling got people, and perhaps more importantly fashion editors and press talking all about it.
Central Saint Martins graduate Shannon left with an MA in menswear, after being granted a complete scholarship, having been taught by renowned academic Louise Wilson. With her other protégés including fashion legends such as the late Alexander McQueen, Marios Schwab and Emma Cook, young Shannon must be hoping to emulate their success.
Originally from Liverpool the designer has a range of design and fashion heroes including Judy Blame, who he met while working as part of the creative team for Kylie Minogue as well as Helmut Land and print wear genius Emilio Pucci, and considers his trademarks to incorporate large overbearing prints and a love of re-working luxe sportswear.
So what’s next for Christopher Shannon? The man himself said recently in an interview that in five years he thinks that he will be “even more exhausted” but fashion and style fans must be hoping instead that he continues to demonstrate a unique sense of style and design perspective well into 2012.