A Ride Through Time
Looking back through Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt’s collections, it is clear that their final Autumn/Winter collection with Fashion East takes on a sense of self-reflection and celebration. Despite their launch in 2017, the brand quickly came to light as a result of its use of subverted craft and collectible “timepieces”, all of which have been remastered this season, reinforcing what has now emerged as Stefan Cooke ‘hallmarks’.
Venturing back to its thrifting roots, Stefan Cooke gathers emphasis on treasured yet attainable pieces. The handmade collection explores the idea of conspicuous glamour successfully created through complex and particular techniques such as “ghost printing” used to forge flash photography motifs.
Using the elasticated strip of a Chelsea boot as a reference point, Stefan Cooke has created a series of jackets and trousers that split and open as the models walked down the runway. His knitwear selection, sprout from a manual-style 1950s book discovered in a charity shop with its cover depicting a mosaic of girls playing hockey. Inspired, Stefan Cooke has cleverly played with this cover replacing their hockey sticks with spears and swords in the brand’s signature diamond pattern.
Displaying an armour-like quality, the tailoring is definitely one of Cooke’s strengths highlighting his trademark style whilst providing an innovative approach with metalwork and drapery. Accessories also caught the eye with appropriate party handbags in block colours as well as a transparent version in collaboration with TD KENT.
The collection will be available at several retailers such as Dover Street Market and Machine A as well as other retailers Internationally. AN official release date has not been firmed so make sure to keep an eye out here for further updates.