Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
A pending Christmas at last, is known to tempt people into the oddest knitwear: we are aware of this, we accept it, occasionally we indulge. As I walk my way home through Brick Lane and toward Banglatown, any respectable thrift store that's still in place after the Black Friday rush parades its treasure of linty bargains, and more than once I'm almost charmed. Not quite yet, I tell myself, but soon.
There could be no better time, then, for a proper reminder that it is indeed possible, though admittedly quite rare, to do this right: a Sibling retrospective catwalk in the grand venue of the V&A's Raphael Gallery certainly made me reconsider my options. Part of the estimable Fashion in Motion series, Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery were freed from any commercial concerns as they dressed up their models, who seemed to be having the time of their life, with a selection of iconic looks from all seasons past: from the "Scare Isle" pattern of Knit Monster to their very own East Side Story. Established in 2008, allegedly as an antidote to the gloomy mood that pervaded menswear, and pretty much everything else back then, Sibling has been an unmissable feature of London Collections: Men right from the start. As we wait to see what will come next (their AW15 show is scheduled in little more than a month), we're left in the meantime with plenty of clues on how to keep warm, and rebellious, in great style.