Liam Hodges is no stranger when it comes to creating hard-edged, energized pieces. The London designer, now in his sixth season, has gained the attention of many with his clever use of graphics and constant drawing of references from the UK’s pirate radio culture. Following his petrol headed AW16 show at London Collection: Men earlier this year, his first season designing away from Fashion East, the RCA graduate has launched a publication inspired by the rave scene’s obsessive energy in collaboration with one of London’s (and ours) favourite publishers Ditto Press.
Locked On is a response to his SS16 collection ‘Blackburn’s Children’ and comes filled with coded messages through graffiti inspired glyphs and camo patterns, distorted by wavy frequencies all packed in to a scrap-come-look book. The delight is broken up by a collection of 6 x 4” photographs giving glimpses of Hodge’s SS16 collection all shot on a disposable camera, giving it that family photo album kind of vibe and comes complete with a transcript of Hector Aponysus’ spoken word piece that also sound tracked Hodge’s catwalk show.
If this whole book of excitement wasn’t enough for you, all of this is accompanied by a short feature film to feed your obsession that little bit more. A collection of footage from an underground rave with shadowy shots of the book being read by everyone and anyone is played in front of the chanting sound of Hector Aponysus’ spoken words, along with the lyrics emblazoned across the screen in a garish yellow, it’s hard not to grab your attention. It’s certainly got us hooked.