Having released a year go its hot pink menswear collection, which saw models hauling giant stuffed animals and wearing everything from magenta leopard print to latex, Sibling’s campy pursuit this season feels right on target. The London-based brand pulled inspiration from ’80s pop culture—a standard—this time referencing two of the era’s most influential icons Jean-Michel Basquiat and Grace Jones. Recognizing how the pair fused music and art, Sibling recalled Jones’ go-to primary color palette and Basquiat’s 1985 Michael Halsbland-shot portrait alongside frequent collaborator and friend Andy Warhol (See, below).
The energy of a chaotic Basquiat painting reflected Sibling’s loud, excitable prints, which were all updated versions of signature brand textiles. Knit Fair Isle covered warm-up robes, short-sleeved polos and shorts, as models accessorized this traditional pattern with face protectors, monstrous gloves and punching bags. Jones, an early purveyor of androgynous dress, informed the brand’s exploration of genderful energy within the context of a hyper-masculine sport; fabric was tied around models’ waists, styled like a skirt, and fastened with modified medals; glittery lace was also dotted throughout, while leopard print—another Sibling favorite—added playfulness to classic, boxy trousers and comfortable loungewear.
Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat by Michael Halsbland (1985)
The lineup dramatically built as the show progressed, much like a boxing match, closing out with a series of ringside robes with hoods that recalled Jones’ trademark look. One sheer black piece was edged with a maroon and yellow print that looked like Basquiat might’ve let his paint brush loose on it; another one—bold and crafted with oversized knitting needles—was a gateway into the real finale, a floor-length, wide-collared robe best suited for a World Champion. Watch the presentation, below: