Amanda Laird Cherry Draws Inspiration From The indigenous People of the Lesotho Highlands

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Amanda Laird Cherry (ALC) AW17 collection, HEARD MAN, is primarily inspired by the indigenous people of the Lesotho highlands, reinterpreted with influences of tailoring, elements of Japanese minimalism and a styled aesthetic that borrows from the flamboyant Swenka movement. The collection presents contemporary tailored separates with looser, oversized pieces to balance the silhouettes. Garments integrate contrary construction techniques that together create a highly tactile, striking result/look.

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Fabrication used: traditional winter fabrics, meltons, fleeces, twills and faux suede, accented with genuine Shweshwe and plaids. The colour palette is rooted in ALC Menswear’s essential tones of blue, grey and brown, developing into a full palette with clashing tones of burgundy, spice yellow, clay and shades of green. This is most visible on the hand-crafted wraps and accessories, decorated with abstract motifs which conceptually refer to the patterns on traditional Basotho blankets.

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HEARD MAN is an intentionally over-the-top collection, which attempts to balance contrasting silhouettes, shapes, colours and detailing. It is a representation of mixed cultural heritage and pride, combining the label’s key influences into a look that favours effortless function and personalised dress. Images Credit: SDR/Photo


The following looks are my top picks from the collection. I need every single one of them in my life including last season’s anorak jacket! O’ the joy it would bring me, re-styling and mix and matching the pieces during the winter season. Bliss. 

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