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Young Fashion

Spring 11


Inspired by vintage camping, boating and the weekend yuppie, the main theme at Luke is outdoor pursuits meets yuppie yachting. Colours include maize yellow, hot coral, sky blue and orchid. Natural fabrics with matt finishes, cotton/linen mixes and glazed cotton and linen are used alongside cotton over nylon. Silhouettes are slimmer for the yuppie yachting range with preppy piped blazers in chambray, asymmetric zipped sweatshirts and knitted polos with bullion badges.

The outdoor pursuits offer is more functional, with mountain parkas, contrast two-tone vintage campingwear and festival-themed hoodies.

Luke also launches its first full footwear range for spring 11, consisting of trainers, casual shoes and a formal offer.


Loosely inspired by the attitude of the mid-1990s Seattle grunge scene and the fashion of 1969 music festival Woodstock, Insight composes a range in which raw-cut cotton fabrics, subtle animal prints and watercolour florals meet washed-out psychedelic marble-effect prints. Racer-back vests are worn loose for women teamed with stonewash denim hotpants.

Earthy browns, moleskin and taupe sit with pale pinks and burgundy to complement the tonal palette across menswear and womenswear.

With its roots in surf and skate culture, Insight’s resident team surfer Jared Mell is the main inspiration, hence the old-school DIY cotton board- shorts. The rest of the offer is all about raw edges, brushing, pigment dying and stone washing.


Menswear has four stories at Bench. The first looks to music heritage and street art and is defined by shawl-collar pea coats in a waxy twill, short, lightweight duffle coats with hoods and checked Harrington jackets. Details include safari pockets and ribbing while the palette mixes cub brown, taupe, gold and green.

The second story is inspired by urban graffiti and dominated by two-tone slub nylons with hoodies, heat-embossed panelling and light wadding. A protective theme is introduced with oversized hoods and high necks. Mystery trail - the third story - is dotted with trail cotton parkas with multi pockets, anoraks with colour blocking and short and rolled-sleeve lumberjack shirts, while the fourth story features chambray shirts and jackets.

Womenswear has three stories. The first is inspired by sports culture highlighted by cropped hoodies with military styling and oversized shrugs. The second is inspired by the festival-goer and the third is a print-dominated, more feminine collection.

Alpha Industries

Alpha Industries looks to its aviation heritage for inspiration for spring 11. Jackets and T-shirts come in slimmer and more fitted shapes compared with previous season, while fabrics are light and include canvas, poplin, nylon cotton, light and two-tone nylon and cotton jersey.

Spring 11 also sees the introduction of an Alpha Industries underwear range featuring briefs and boxers in a range of shapes and colours.

For the mainline, checked colourways and bright summer shades of sunshine yellow, aqua blue, coral, azure and vivid orange make up the palette.


Replay’s offer comprises the Beauty and Icons collections for spring 11. Womenswear range Beauty encompasses feminine slip dresses in silk or linen through to ultra-bleached jeggings. The look is described as bohemia - vintage items given a glamorous, contemporary makeover. Masculine-style shirts have open-work embroidery or lace at the hem, complemented by pin tucks. Floral patterns and bright colours predominate. The broderie anglaise on denim is of particular note.

Menswear collection Icons is inspired by the silver screen. Overprinting and patchwork add decoration to rip-stop nylon checked items. Colours include mountain green, deep blues and dusk orange. Military-inspired trousers and long- and Bermuda-length cargo pants are important. Denim has extreme treatments and tears and focuses on an ultra-stretch fabric. Aggressive wash treatments feature heavily - from ultra-bleached through to marble-effect to faded black - with patches and colour contrasts adding interest.


Freesoul has focused on putting together two complete, co-ordinating collections for men and women for spring 11. Dark shades dominate the palette with black, white and a range of greys broken up by a bright dark green and shades of red for men and light blue and intense purple for women.

For women, unstructured dresses, often backless, are also worn as tops over jeans, and feature prints or applications of sequins, beads, embedded crystals and lace. Trousers are slim or skinny fit with biker cuts in knit lamé fabrics. Formal styles are anti-fit with darts.

The biker jacket is the essential menswear item, offered in washed leather and in durable nylon and leather. Trousers are typically anti-fit with a very narrow leg and short hem.

Denim across men’s and women’s has a new metallic finish.


The underlying theme for spring 11 at Nickelson is workwear and function, ranging from seamen to biker and 1950s workwear. Striped sweats and T-shirts give a naval spin to contemporary pieces while a variation of the classic M65 military jacket paired with washed cotton chinos and combats complete the military look. Highlighting is by way of colourful contrasting zips, reflective materials and piping. Colour blocking is used across all categories. Knitwear comes in the form of light-gauge classic V-neck cardigan and polo styles.

Meanwhile, shirts are washed and range from sorbet checks and ginghams to stripes reminiscent of 1940s and 1950s Americana. Dark navy, slate grey and black make up the foundations of the colour palette, punctuated with flashes of vibrant sorbet colours such as coral, turquoise, menthol green and buttercup.

Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman’s spring 11 collection is inspired by 1960s collegiate Americana blended with the functional utility of a boy scout look. Compact twills, coated fabrics and details such as hoods and waterproofing are designed with function in mind.

Key pieces include a smock anorak and a quilted hunting jacket with a shawl collar and a dry waxed anorak. The classic chino is given a new twist, with a relaxed carrot-leg shape and a drop-crotch. The collection embraces earthy woodland tones, deep reds and fresh greens moving into mauves, plums and pinks.

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