Nigel Cabourn once humbly introduced himself as “supposedly a designer,” but I believe a more fitting title would be “anti-designer.” Perched in his studio way out in the English countryside, Cabourn has been dreaming up pieces for over four decades, drawing most of his inspiration from a collection of three thousand military pieces that he has accumulated over the years.
A long-haired brunette model sits against a stark white back drop, staring away from the camera disinterestedly as she tries to look natural in some oversized sweater, or beat up OCBD. I can’t say how original of an idea it is at the point, but this concept of “dressing like the boys” has become a pretty common sight throughout whatever look-books or ads are being released on any given month. There’s even been the memorable incidents of women walking during runway shows for Umit Benan and Michael Bastian (complete with nip-slip.) For as much as the bleeding over of women into menswear is accepted, and even embraced by twenty-something bloggers who seem to be in a constant search for a girl that they could just share their cable-knits with, the flip side of this coin is rarely seen.