After a year like 2016—see: Brexit, Donald Trump—it’s no wonder designer Liam Hodges channeled the apocalypse for AW ’17. For his latest collection, inspired by dystopian films like Total Recall, Hodges focused on life after the end of the world. Using camo, high-waisted cargo pants and prints taken directly from the film, Hodges’ delivered a high fashion take on survival gear, part Mad Max, part Yeezy. Featuring hoodies, Carhartt-style jackets, and t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like, “Looking for a vocation in the decline of civilisation,” Dystopia Lives is the new uniform for our collective cultural anxiety.
“In chaos there is opportunity,” he said. “No one knows what’s going to happen, so you can make whatever the fuck you want happen.”
Out of last year’s chaos, Hodges crafted his collection, debuting it alongside a performance piece by poet Hector Aponysus, at the British Fashion Council runway show in London. The juxtaposition between Aponysus’ performance and the collection showcased the designer’s vision for a post-apocalyptic future. But a heavy military influence made the show look less like a complaint, and more like a call to action. With Dystopia Lives, Hodges combines social consciousness with an elevated sensibility, exploring the possibility in destruction.
View the collection, above.