In the three years since Liam Hodges launched his debut collection, the Hackney-based designer has scaled his way to the top of London’s creative pile. With his flag waved by Lulu Kennedy, who welcomed Liam into the Fashion East fold back in SS14, and continued support from Man, Newgen and Woolmark, Liam Hodges has cherry-picked UK culture from far-flung villages and satellite towns and sewn it onto the bodies of a “polysyllabic” tribe of likely lads. Roadies, morris dancers, scouts, cockney market stall-holders, boy racers and pirate radio producers: no corner of British masculinity has gone unprobed. “It’s not blokey for the sake of being blokey,” he insists. “It’s a masculinity that’s a little bit fragile and dishevelled.”
In post-war Britain, a young Lucienne Day made her name in design conveying the buoyant national mood through jubilant, modernist textiles. These patterns have now come to define mid-century print design and remain wildly popular, and are being celebrated for her centenary today. Paula Day, Lucienne and Robin Day’s daughter and director of the foundation dedicated to her parents’ legacy, believes Lucienne’s enduring influence can be compared with that of William Morris.