Only Ed Marler could turn Del Boy into a fashion icon. Enter his gang of hair-sprayed and oiled wheeler-dealers in twenty-nothing carat gold.
Until Ed’s show, we hadn’t seen laces on anything but shoes since the millennium and we’ve missed it. Seductively trashy, all that’s keeping the clothes on are these little pieces of string. Who dares to unlace the eyelets the highest wins. Double-knots are advisable, especially if you’re going to strut and pout as hard as the models did walking down Ed’s catwalk/film set to the sound of Ian Dury’s “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” and Rod Stewart’s “Do You Think I’m Sexy”, curls bouncing, flares flapping.
Fit for a King
Ed’s signature crowns were unfortunately kept backstage, we have it on insider information that his creations were too heavy for the show that was essentially a full-blown performance. The majestic theme was maintained throughout though. Del Boy’s shearling coat became a thick, sweeping cloak (worn over a Pearly Kings and Queens skirt), dressing-gown style silks became robes, football scarves were made chic and there were crest emblems everywhere. In the Only Fools and Horses microcosm, the East End is royal court, Del Boy’s (trying to be) the King and Rodney’s a jester. Their equivalent of the crown jewels are the flat-caps and fake gold for the boys and dazzling crippling stilettos for the girls. Apparently our 2015 version is Kim K, who “embodies the confrontation between worlds of taste and style.”
Sportswear Sunday Best
This collection doesn’t include your suit for Church, instead it’s got your tracksuit for Sunday dinner at the pub. Sexed-up with high-rise waists and knee cutouts, it’s all in the detail, bronze and black ankle panels, flared arms, you can just picture one of the zip-jackets being kept in pride of place in a wardrobe, brought out for special occasions only. It’s snazzy, flashy and just like the rest of the collection, about trying to elevate your visual status.
Ian Dury – ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’
Paris Hilton – ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’
Words: Lily Walker