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Astrid Andersen returns to London Collections: Men with her sophomore solo show for Autumn/Winter 2014 consolidating the focus of juxtaposing strength and sensitivity within her boundary redefining approach to contemporary menswear. Nicolas Winding Refn’s award winning film ‘Only God Forgives’ and its delicate balance of pace, colour and sound against a backdrop of gratuitous brutality and violence encapsulates this season’s vision and mood. The muse this season is silent and focused – a mystery within a hard shell. Kinship and group mentality are a constant theme within Astrid Andersen’s work, this season from a standpoint on the peripheries, a lone character stood on the fringes, never really belonging yet finding himself taking part nonetheless.

Autumn/Winter 2014 plays to a cold, almost liquid palette in black, blue, silver, grey and camel, mimicking the dark and intransient place at the margins of the group. Textiles blend weight and lightness with fine satins and Sophie Hallette lace against Kopenhagen Fur and faux-fur mixes, wadded coats and heavy jerseys. Fine Italian fabrics give this season a very definite feeling of dressed-down-luxury, and this interpretation of modern men’s dress continues to set Astrid Andersen apart from her peers. Silhouettes remain body-conscious, but layered, contradicting the archetype of streetwear as only oversized and re-imagining this, subverting what has become routine and creating exception within the unexceptional. Astrid Andersen launches Jewellery this season in collaboration with Black Dakini.

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Styling and Casting Director: Elgar Johnson / Music: Ukendt Kunstner / Makeup: Lyndsey Alexander and the M.A.C Pro team / Hair: Mari Ohashi using Bumble and bumble, many thanks to Gregory Dean / Jewellery: Black Dakini x Astrid Andersen / Shoes: Nicholas Deakins Wright Boot in Black Leather, / Special Thanks to Elgar Johnson, Lulu Kennedy, Gordon Richardson, Ike Rust, Cecilia Hellner, / Thea Bank Larsen, Anne Munkholm, Jens Ole McCoy & Hans Philip

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