This past Saturday Soulland presented its Spring/Summer 2016 collection “Iron Wheel Club” at the church St. George’s, Bloomsbury.
The presentation, and parts of the collection, are designed in collaboration with young, American artist Charlie Roberts; known for drawing his inspiration from art-history and pop cultural elements, while arranging them in dynamic sceneries consisting of various modern hip hop-inspired objects and symbols.
Roberts’ original artwork also features in the collection. Using his sketches in a jacquard woven, specially developed material, in cordelia embroideries and as prints, there was also a specially made white leather jacket with Roberts’ hand painted drawings on it.
Besides the Charlie Roberts pieces, the collection has multiple sources of inspiration. Rather than going with one theme for the Spring/Summer 2016 collection, the “Iron Wheel Club” merges different stories of African-American origin that are connected through hope and defeat.
Topics such as freedom, rebellion and cultural innovation are expressed through Iron Mike’s style mix of boxer gear and middle aged, privileged men. Modern African-American bike gangs represent life as outlaws, blending present-day hip hop culture and sleek patterned suits from the Harlem jazz era during the 1920s. These different styles are combined through different fabrics, such as linen, heavy leather pieces and denim. This combination of classic contemporary with the shift from rebels to generally accepted citizens dominates Soulland’s newest collection.
Recap on the forthcoming collection below.