Delusional Radical Bliss – For his Autumn/Winter ’15 collection, London based designer Shaun Samson researches Mid-Century Modernist Architecture in Los Angeles, and the musical sub-culture of the 1960’s. Visually, the collection practices the dramatic minimal lines of Modernism through the work of famed mid-century architects. Black webbing grids the body like lines in Charles and Ray Eames’ Case Study House Number 8. Vinyl printed knits are reminiscent of John Lautner’s experimental usage of building materials such as laminated plywood beams. Silk chiffon cut-outs mimic the way Richard Neutra utilises panels of floor-to-ceiling windows in his VDL House to bring the outdoors in. Samson uses dead stock Woolrich plaids for coats throughout the collection, and colours and fabrics are presented in a wholesome muted story of mustard, navy, maroon, and grey. Fur knotted scarves and gloves accent each look, while he utilises the apron shape for its simplistic silhouette that borderlines a masculine shift dress, complete with halter-top. They also act as a sandwich board for the collection statements; ‘Delusional, Radical, Bliss’ and ‘Adolescent, Precocious, Aspirational’ both describe the state of being in California, and the state of youth today.