With new seasons come new mantras, fresh outlooks and even fresher perspectives and no season represents this regeneration quite like Spring/Summer as one designer duo in particular push for a rebirth in the form of Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler’s SS19 collection, based on New Age Cults. Things are about to get deep. Photography by Karl Slater. Text by Lewis Robert Cameron.
Most likely stemming from the pair’s recent existential adventures around Australia and Asia, the guys are going totes emosh on us. Gone is the man of last season’s London’s National History Museum and in his place is the SS19 Cottweiler guy who seems to be going through a transitional period that will ultimately lead to a spiritual awakening of the body, mind and soul. Can everyone say Namaste Vacay?
Going off these details alone, one would expect zen-like, hippyesque robes and floaty, flower-power tunics to walk down the Cottweiler catwalk but instead we were thankfully treated to a more attractive approach. Mainly, youthful and street-ready designs packed with wear-ability found in the fun but functional signature nylon printed tracksuits embellished with melted monograms (also in a lovable but oh so on trend lilac shade), pastel short shorts and a sheer two-piece in lemon organza.
Emerging from the illuminated halls of Britain’s first dance company RAMBERT, the enlightening display also featured the lotus flower and abstract graphic prints in a palette of thistle, maize, cyan and black. Footwear continued Cottweiler’s Reebok collab plus a debut team-up with American heritage TEVA sandals. Referencing a young man off to explore, experience and evaluate. So he may as well look cute AF doing it right?