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Under Construction was initially inspired by Brutalist architecture, with large imposing shapes and structural elements throughout the collection. A key philosophy behind Brutalism was to respect the inherent qualities of the materials used; for this reason, fabrics and materials were explored to find the qualities they possess apart from the obvious. Revealing garments add warmth and utilitarian patterns are used to reduce fabric waste. Hard industrial elements are mixed with traditional British fabrics, not only as a tribute to the designer’s heritage, but also to show how tradition still has a place in the modern fashion world. Vintage suits are upcycled into new patchworks and industrial selvedge waste is used to create chunky knits. Contrasting elements are mixed to show that they can work together. The creative and business sides of fashion can work together to provide beautiful, sustainable and profitable collections. The world is in turmoil right now, and it is only through experimentation, innovation, and responsible actions that we can succeed. The future is bright, but it is what we make of it. New ideals, new systems and new solutions are needed to blend the past with the future, and that is what Under Construction is all about.