For the designer’s 3rd collection as part of MAN, Rory Parnell-Mooney re-constructed oversized hoodies in velvet, split up the side-seams while creating fluid layers based initially on a simple long-sleeved t-shirt. Rich draped robes inspired by monks in Spanish baroque artist Francisco de Zurbaran and his paintings, take their androgynous shapes and textiles from the 20th century couture. Outerwear is made with mock-croc embossed leather styled with cashmere knitwear and black denim jeans with folded up cuffs. The colours are restricted to black and white and there’s a sense of calm throughout his clothing constructed to ‘ease’ the wearer.
Irish-born Mooney graduated from the Central Saint Martins Masters programme in 2014 and has showed 3 collections under MAN at London Fashion Week Men’s. MAN is a support scheme launched by Fashion East, a pioneering non-profit initiative led by Lulu Kennedy, allowing graduates with a catwalk or presentation opportunity at London Fashion Week Men’s. Designers who have been part of the scheme include Christopher Shannon, JW Anderson, Wales Bonner and Charles Jeffrey. See highlights from his catwalk as part of the AW16 LFWM.