For Spring/Summer 2017, unisex designer James Hock embraces his roots in customization – the very technique that introduced Hock into the fashion industry – more than ever. This season is all about versatility and the adaptability of garments to suit both the weather and the individual.
Despite previous summer collections of Hock’s being bombarded with dark tones, this season embraces clean-cut white cotton to create airy silhouettes for the warmer months in the form of signature wide-leg trousers, culottes and robes – as well as new, exciting additions. Straps and pull cords are added to t-shirts to allow for customization of the silhouette while knitwear is loose and oversized with a throw-over ease. Spring/Summer 2016 favourites have been adapted, such as the kaftan dress which has morphed into a long, sleeveless dress with a fishtail-like hem. Box-style dresses and tops reappear in cotton poplin and are button-down – James’ modern nod to classic office wear.
Unexpectedly, much like the off-beat embrace of colour in his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Hock has embraced classic tartan print for Spring/Summer 2017, drawing on the rebellious attitude of the ’70s. Deconstructed jackets, once again, push James’ desire to self-customize, as does the deconstructed sweatshirt with cut-out detail that can be worn in various ways – a classic sweatshirt, a tied up vest top and more.
Accessories are always key to James Hock’s aesthetic and Spring/Summer 2017 doesn’t disappoint. The signature cube-top hats embrace functionality and are now shower-proof with multiple pockets, as are versatile money bag-style pouches that can be wrapped around the waist or shoulders, or casually swung over the arm.