‘Welcome Home’ should have been plastered on a doormat for us to see as we stepped through the threshold of Close-Up; a welcome sanctuary from the cold. Having to wait in the queue for what had seemed like an eternity made the mulled cider that we received on stepping through the door all the more welcome. On emerging it felt like we had been transported into the 70s; a warm living space with bookshelves adorned with an incredible selection of books and magazine – a home library to dream of. The carefully positioned models lounging in their autumnal themed clothing; where spiced orange and burgundy provided warmth balanced perfectly by colder tones of navy and black. A sense of being at ease with each other permeated the relationships held between the models.
Band of Outsiders were depicting a story of dreams – not the kind that involves landing on the moon. Nothing out of the ordinary, no daring feats. Rather an everyday dream; one that involved growing up surrounded by love and laughter; of feeling comfortable and content with what you have.
Band of Outsiders’ short film was an interesting departure from a traditional fashion presentation bringing the character’s dreams to reality. The aesthetic cinematography manifested fond memories of childhood pleasures; shots featured with a youthful glow. A beautiful time-lapse involving comradery and friendship between the models who had welcomed us into their home.
The short film showcased their collection perfectly; highlighting their tailored look with a wearability that could be translated directly into the home. This piece of cinematography managed to embody their core values to create something sharp yet authentic, fashionable yet so close to reality that, just by sitting there, we could be subsumed into it.
I am not sure whether it was the one (or maybe two) cups of mulled cider, but we did not want to leave this cosy haven and step back into the world of streetwear that awaited us.