Harry Kinds-approved SS Daley’s SS22 assortment is grade A greatness
When Harry Kinds teased and finally dropped the music video for his 2020 observe “Golden”, it wasn’t simply the vocals that left us excited. As ever, what the previous One Directioner was sporting – a pair of outsized floral slacks created from deadstock linen curtains and a billowing embroidered shirt – piqued our curiosity and we instantly discovered ourselves scrolling the Instagram web page of 1 Steven Stokey-Daley.
Liverpudlian Stokey-Daley had at that time simply graduated from the College Of Westminster after efficiently finishing a BA style design course, and Kinds’ long-term stylist Harry Lambert was swift to need to put the crooner in his designs. So thrilled was he by the outcomes, Lambert then determined to decorate Josh O'Connor for the BAFTAs in customized Daley.
A yr later, and with one full assortment underneath his namesake label SS Daley, the burgeoning designer stands as some of the thrilling abilities in London’s menswear scene proper now.
Working example, final evening Stokey-Daley offered his second assortment underneath his eponymous model throughout his first London Trend Week. Slightly than simply providing up a normal catwalk present, the designer enlisted the assistance of the Nationwide Youth Theatre (which he was a member of in 2014) to current his Spring/Summer time 2022 assortment. Every actor sported a full look, whereas portraying private levels of their teenage years, from understanding queer id to turning into Head Boy.
For us, the garments had been what actually shone by way of. The Brideshead Revisited-meets-Harry Potter assortment was impressed by Stokey-Daley’s obsession with British public faculty tradition, one thing he himself by no means skilled as he was educated at a state faculty in Merseyside. Pleated cotton shirts had been outsized and harking back to these worn in £3,000-a-term courses, whereas luxurious, silky pyjama shirts designed to be worn exterior had been cleverly minimize from 4 items like conventional West Yorkshire rugby shirts.
A lambswool cardigan got here with an all-over argyle jacquard, whereas an upcycled satin frock coat was reminiscent and certainly impressed by these worn at Eton, the blueprint for personal education. What’s extra, a checked overcoat resembling these worn by put-together home masters was crafted from Alexander McQueen surplus material donated by the Kering-owned label’s artistic director Sarah Burton, together with a collegiate-striped swimsuit, which may simply sit throughout the gilded partitions of Winchester Faculty.
Extensive-leg shorts had been teamed with woollen knee-length socks and tailor-made rugby shirts, which had been adorned with Stokey-Daley’s own-designed tapestry, impressed by the partitions of ultra-exclusive personal colleges throughout Britain. Moreover, boater hats that had been primarily based on these worn at Harrow, the venerable public faculty that was missed by Stokey-Daley’s College Of Westminster studio, sat atop every actor-cum-model’s head.
With two first-class collections now underneath his belt, it’s with bated breath that we anticipate what Stokey-Daley does does subsequent.
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