There is no place better to look towards to for inspiration during the Spring/Summer seasons but Asia, what with our constant tropical heat, and that is exactly what the Malaysian-born London-based designer James Hock did for his SS16 collection that continues to explore the concept of ‘new basics’.
This season, the collection goes light with hand-knitted pieces prominent throughout, playing on James’ fascination with shape, texture, and structure. The vibrant mustard yellow can also be seen peppered throughout the collection, alongside the monochromatic blacks and whites.
It features highly wearable, light garments from cheesecloth, which can be manipulated with straps, and worn in a variety of ways: as belted jackets, draped tops, dresses, or kimono-style over pieces.
Class white t-shirts are sewn together to form oversized, dual-wear pieces, suitable for both the hot summer days and chilly nights, whereas classic white vests are transformed into crop tops with unorthodox shapes, and signature pieces from the previous collections are re-created in linen to be more appropriate for the hotter seasons.
Lastly, accessories, always a key aspect for James’ collections, bring forth something truly different and special for this new season: large, floppy cotton brimmed hats and frilled net hats; and salvaged leather bags, recreated from leather jackets with bondage rope and hemp rope as straps – a throwback into James’ first love for customisation, where his interest towards fashion and design has stemmed from.