For Fall/Winter 2013, British label YMC harkens back to the ’90s, to the very era in which it launched. Shown in London, the collection was intended to embody the uniform of its time and sought to capture the rebellious spirit of post-punk on the runway. For creative directors Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins, this must have meant berets, and lots of them. Distinct from the grungy heydey of Seattle, YMC’s remembrance of the ’90s is distinguishably European — said berets were paired with boxy-cut suits in black, navy and charcoal, while Black Watch tartans, slouchy cardigans and crewneck knits were abundant in both neutral hues and bright patterns. The collection’s “punk” elements, meanwhile, turned up in the form of DIY-style zippers on trousers, leather jackets and the overarching presence of black, though for Fall/Winter 2013, YMC’s archetype certainly appeared more interested in paintbrushes and a palette than an electric guitar.
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