Subcultures have always been a point of reference for British brand YMC. The country’s long history of revolutionary music and ground-breaking fashion has created a rich tapestry. For SS20 YMC have unravelled this tapestry in order to weave new iterations of the post-punk fashions of the early 80s.
During this time big design houses had caught up with the anarchic trend, but really it had ended by ‘77. Their stylised vision of this UK movement incorporated military as well as bondage detail, and for SS20 YMC are paying homage.
Occupying the space between punk and the new romantic movement, this collection updates the familiar and reimagines the classics. Purposefully mismatched tartans remind us of punk’s anarchy, while floral embroidery on shirts and Harringtons rekindle the New Romantics androgyny.
Fatigue trousers feature punk-inspired zips, alongside a Belgian camo, reworked by the brand. This sophisticated take on the army surplus look adorns everything from swimsuits to intarsia knits for both men and women. Oversized military bomber jackets paired with madras check balloon pants create a subversive, but relaxed look.
YMC’s Spring/Summer collection will be available to purchase both online and in-store, as well as from selected retailers.
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