What could be more quintessentially British than gin and tonics on a summer’s afternoon? That’s what happened at the presentation of Thomas Pink’s spring/summer 2016 collection during London Collections: Men over the weekend. Models and guests alike were sipping the cocktail at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall, which had been set up to resemble a photograph of David Hockney and Cecil Beaton chilling in a greenhouse by Peter Schlesinger.
Pink’s head of design, Frederik Willems, told us that, “Hockney was a big Thomas Pink shirt buyer — he epitomized British quirkiness.”
The collection was a suave amalgamation of of British culture, from Brit pop to the Blackpool seaside — with a contemporary twist. We loved the classic cream blazer given a denim spin, and the chinos that came with tapered ankles. And the ties that bloomed with floral motifs and checks were a perfect clash of patterns.
Shirts were printed with swallows and hearts, inspired by the tattoo parlours of Blackpool, and smart silk shirts came in turquoise with an Elephant & Castle motif — a colonial touch that was part inspired by the iconic and uberkitsch statue outside the eponymous shopping centre in southeast London.