#LFW – For his sophomore collection, designer Nicholas Palmer addresses the challenge of bringing his eponymous label from its origins during lockdown to a strong position in a new and changed world that is emerging from the pandemic. www.instagram.com/npalmerstudio
N Palmer was born from Palmer’s commitment to sustainability and his goal of creating garments that exude positivity. The N Palmer SS22 collection continues this vision, employing only vintage and dead-stock materials in a new collection that emphasizes optimistic, beautiful responses to the problems of materialism.
Forty-five kilograms of striped shirts; 100 vintage silk scarves; over 1000 vintage pins and badges; a plethora of original 1970s deadstock graphic transfers; and a personal archive of vintage mid-century metallic fabrics, upcycled clothes and bed linens have been used in the collection and saved from landfill. The ease of obtaining these volumes of materials poses the question, what will happen to all of our treasures?
Titled Collection 2, this season Palmer uses the cyclical nature of his materials as a key source of inspiration. The cyclical nature of fashion and the persistence of materials from eras past took Palmer down a path of paying homage to summers gone.
Striped patchwork shirts, made from up-cycled striped dress shirts, take reference from striped beach chairs and the “dazzle” camouflage used on WWII naval ships. Other pieces in the collection take shape in the form of hot pants, silk wrap tops, and vintage T-shirt transfers re-contextualized on dress shirts inspired by 1970s Meryl Meisler photos of The Fire Island Pines and its visitors and by the fashions of Mick Jagger in the 70s, which Palmer sees as one of the most free-spirited eras of expression.
Creative Director: Nicholas Palmer Photographer and Master of Ceremonies: Willow Williams 1st photography assistant: Sarah Merritt 2nd photography assistant: James Barretts Styling: Jordan Dean Schnider Styling Assistants: Sophie Casha & Jon Wallner Hair : Toni and Guy Makeup: by Jenny Green DOP ,Editor and Soundtrack: Benjamin Charlton Retouching: Adam Reinbach Models Babs and Koshin at NAMED Models Glasses : Cubitts Shoes: Good News