Asger Juel Larsen Spring Summer 2012

Photography by Magdalena Golembiewska
Another London College of Fashion MA graduate, Asger Juel Larsen showed for the second year running at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. The designer first showed with VFS at the coveted mens 'Ones to Watch' showcase last season, where his rule breaking menswear caught mass media attention and propelled him into his second season.

The show started with a short video of skulls and images from the fun fair, the eerie music setting the tone perfectly. The first model out wore white leopard print basketball shorts and a matching oversized vest. These oversized shapes are a new silhouette for Asger and represented a development from the previous season. The print evolved from white leopard to blurry tiger, both an interesting take on traditional fabric prints. Asger's move towards print has enabled him to explore and expand his vision into new and exciting areas.

The collection had everyone in the audience reaching for their cameras, as Asger's gothic street style models stormed down the runway wearing white hockey masks, metal spike beards, bull horn hats and tiny leopard print pants. There were many different inspirations within the collection; from street-style bomber jackets with embellished patched worked logos to the gothic black ripped skinny jeans. However, underneath the eclectic mix of clothes were some exquisitely tailored jackets with zipped jetted pockets and beautiful leather boxing shorts. Asger played with tailoring methods throughout the collection - one of the stand out pieces was a tailored sleeveless jacket that portrayed his creative approach to fusing different techniques and cultures in his garments.

The accessories within the collection were just as creative; from the amazing glitter covered brothel creepers to the bull horn chain covered army style hat. These contrasted perfectly with the cute wooly hats towards the end of the collection, that had different metal letters stitched to each one spelling out the message 'we live', a message Asger evidently wanted to preach to his audience. 

Text: Joe Turvey
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