LFWMen’s Jan 2019 – Pokémon Takes Centre Stage at Bobby Abley
Day 1 at LFWMen’s and for AW19 Bobby Abley revisits knitted staples from his childhood; balaclavas, scarves and baby blankets, all replicated, hand-knitted by his mother (and other relatives) and combined with his favourite colourful characters from Pokémon.
Certainly no stranger to fun, Abley includes the fiery oranges of Charmander, soft lilac of Mewtwo, powdery blues of Squirtle and of course, the unmistakable sunshine yellow of Pikachu. These vivid hues appear throughout the collection, along with the characters themselves as patterned motifs. The Poké Ball is interpreted as a technical poncho, oversized polo shirt, backpack and cross-body bag, whilst Pokémon-inspired football kits see a return in acid neon.
The designer’s characteristic sportswear-inspired and technical fabrics feature throughout, with the addition of corduroy wide-cut trousers, white vinyl cut in to jogging bottoms, and a blanket tracksuit with appliquéd leather lettering spelling out ‘Whatever Forever’ – the wording of one of Abley’s many tattoos. The show concluded with a special appearance from a life sized Pikachu, and why not, while the designer donned a black t-shirt stating ‘chill the fuck out’ in neon pink; how very Bobby Abley!