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Last season the SIBLING monster dragged us out of bed at the crack of dawn and we never even saw his face. This year he’s an after-tea treat, he’s come out of his shell and was storming the catwalk with all the energy of a punk at a Sex Pistol’s gig. “Knitted, giant, preppy-punk, grunge and a lot of nice calves”, was how Cozette McCreery, one third of the SIBLING trio, described their AW13 collection backstage.
i-D online picked up five tips on how to play it cool with the newest SIBLING beast:
Be beautifully, dramatically tragic. ‘PLEASE KILL ME’ was the first thing we saw as we sat down, prettily weaved out of flowers on the back wall. Think New York punk angst and take a leaf out of Richard Hell’s book.
Go big or go home. A cross-section of yarn must be at least 2cm in diameter and if it’s bigger it’s better and makes for an even chunkier knit. Double up on hats, scarves and snoods and if it’s cold out, wear them all together. Oversized is the new minimal all over #LCM this season and SIBLING are leading the trend.
Bare all but be modest. The SIBLING monster returned to us tanned, toned and topless but we could still only just see faces peeking out from gaps in the giant knits. “We showed more faces this season than we did last season so the guys got away with it quite lightly. We don’t want it to feel menacing in any way, it’s just that kind of confidence and there’s the idea of guys wearing bandanas round their face and the baddies in cowboy films, it’s always seen as quite a cool thing. I think if we did a balaclava in that knit someone might have fainted”, Cozette said.
Go faux. Who needs real fur when you can have fantastically fluffy extreme mohair in baby-blue, pastel-pink or fire-hydrant red? Turning the cosy into animalistic attitude, the SIBLING trio gave comfort some character and referred back to their punk influences.
Have a sense of humour. As well as being highly technically skilled, humour is a central ethos of Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery aka SIBLING. Their massive mittens, Wayne/Jayne County style woolly hats and pink leopard prints are not for those who take life too seriously.
Text: Felicity Kinsella
Photography: Mitchell Sams