Marco Capaldo‘s 16Arlington has cemented itself in the international party scene, pushing sophisticated and statement-making womenswear into shimmering shopping baskets for self-affirming “it” girls everywhere. While the brand’s previous collection dipped a graceful toe into menswear, 16Arlington pleased fashion-hungry Fashion Week crowds with its unapologetic Spring/Summer 2024 “There is no such thing as a bad coincidence” collection.
For SS24, 16Arlington embraced the freedom of driving down London’s bustling highways, pushing the accelerator to its limits under glistening moonlight. “It’s the freedom that comes with getting behind the wheel and just driving,” read the show notes, “That sense of potential, of escape. That you can go anywhere, be anyone.”
Untitled strangers from around the city are used to rewrite British fashion archetypes. 16Arlington’s SS24 collection creates an illusion of luxury, with everything from Wall Street executives to sexy girls in nightclubs. The collection is full of fantasy. It transforms twinkle-filled sequins to hexagonal latex on semi-translucent dresses, tank-tops, and skirts.
16Arlington’s feathered frocks were concealed beneath fuzzy knitwear pulled up by leather clutch bags, seeing every garment boast factory-inspired tags individually printed with coded metaphors. Plastic-molded dresses were pressed atop ostrich plumes, toying with the body’s natural proportions across angular coats and inflated leather dresses.
16Arlington’s continued foray into menswear was sleek and simple, made for elegant men storming out of the city. They wore work-ready trousers and a formal white shirt with layers of textured T-shirts. They carried strapped bags for quick escapes. Others wore leather bombers and were kept warm with cozy crewnecks.
Take a closer look at 16Arlington’s SS24 collection in the gallery above, and stay tuned for more London Fashion Week coverage on Hypebeast.