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Runway Rundown: Toogood's Practical Melancholia [LFW]

Tucked neatly within the quieter side of east London, Studio Toogood’s newly renovated space was a calming reprieve from the final restless days of London Fashion Week; with a team welcoming each of their guests with a hot cup of tea made with foraged flowers, it was hard not to feel at home. After all, this was a family occasion.

Helmed by sisters Faye and Erica Toogood, this hardwearing label evokes raw Japanese aesthetics and Scandinavian minimalism, resulting in a unisex line of traditional work-wear inspired separates entirely made in London. This season, both drawn to a melancholic English landscape they once saw in a painting, an 18th century mochaware mug and a camouflage suit from the First World War, the sibling duo updated their recurring signature shapes with several new and collaborative key looks.

The first seen were the mochaware-inspired pieces–a series of British lambs-wool coats, drawstring trousers and scarves, each with a felted blue line detail created by textile designer Georgia Kemball. In the next room, unique camo prints made by hand-splattering green canvas with a range of dyes appeared opposite utilitarian waxed and dyed cottons and tarpaulin. There were also several firsts this season, with Toogood’s shapes being realized through soft shearling as jackets and a vest perfect for layering, or the first-ever cashmere sweater in mist grey or stormy blue marl.

Here’s a practical collection for your next trip to bucolic paradise.

Images via theupcoming.co.uk

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