Both a departure and a progression - the Silver Lining collection marks an evolution in conceptual design from the KING stable.
The genesis of inspiration was derived from a new coming together of like-minded people - original founders, new designers; fresh ideas; desire to work outside expected limitations and a drive to push the envelope of what UK streetwear could really represent.
Behind the material products that comprise the collection lies a depth in design that's both chaotic yet balanced, a cacophony of ideas that, when infused onto the canvas of clothing, tell a seamless and symbiotic story.
Starting from our roots; the history of a brand that's represented the UK scene for over 20 years. What runs through our veins? The quintessential values of London’s East End - from self starting at zero to working class values of hard graft. Our base in Stratford is the quintessential manifestation of these values and the site of the original Bow Porcelain Factory. Manufacturing products whose DNA was woven into the thread of the Silver Lining collection.
The exact pantones from the porcelain cups and plates can be traced through the bone white and spectrum blue prints and fabrics. Not just colours, but history transferred across 250 years. But why these specific colours?
Herein lies the mood and sensibility of Silver Lining. Through the collection runs a thematic base of mood and melancholy which was drawn from the first post pandemic year and beyond. An undeniable feeling amongst us all - but one which has a light at the end of it. A ‘silver lining’ that we can all see and feel.
A sentiment succinctly expressed by Raf Simons - "from Covid, Brexit and the Queen’s Death [...] the country is a hurt animal [...] but there’s positive within the negative'.
How did this manifest itself in print and design and what other influences created the products you see today? Look for part 2 for rebellion, energy and an unpolished narrative that cannot be ignored.