Lad Musician SS21 Blends Ian Curtis' Style With 'The X-Files' Suiting

Rich with bold floral patterns and painterly flourishes.

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Lad Musician‘s Spring/Summer 2021 collection picks up right where the Japanese brand left off, channeling Fall/Winter 2020’s graphic floral patterns into a fresh range of apparel. This time around, the collection — named “FREE IMPROVISATION 1975” in homage to the experimental record Improvisation Sep. 1975 — dips further into tailoring, without sacrificing the stoner slouch that fans of the Japanese brand have come to expect.

Equally inspired by poet Samuel Beckett, Peter Paul Rubens, The X-Files and the aforementioned avant-garde composition, Lad Musician’s latest features a plethora of twisted suits. Slouchy double-breasted blazers are cut cropped and boxy or extra baggy, sporting otherwise prim check patterns that contrast against the extreme proportions. Heavily printed jackets cardigans, sweaters, and shirts reinforce the twisted ’90s aesthetic by way of loose fits but feature graceful gothic artwork that refines the look.

Military-inspired parkas, anoraks and a large flight jacket coincide with a massive trench coat inspired by Ian Curtis’ own winterwear, infusing the collection with weather resistant sheen. Meanwhile, trousers range from baggy pants to flared slacks to hakama-indebted shorts, worn atop ’70s-style heeled shoes and deck shoes, the latter finished in matching florals.

Visit Lad Musician’s website to keep up with the brand’s ongoing seasonal deliveries.

Elsewhere in Japan, select shop Graphpaper issued its latest in-house collection.

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