The Autumn/Winter 2011 Religion men’s collection continues to explore multi-faceted subcultures and musical references while evolving the brand’s dark & deconstructed signature.
Inspired by three decades of risk takers, this season’s collection takes punk elements contemporised with influences from modern antagonists to illustrate the clean and strong silhouettes. Individual garments are designed to be layered, with proportions cleverly considered. Draping in knitwear and jersey envelops the range and plays against shirting and tailoring in the brand’s unique style.
Paneling within garments develops this idea. Leather jackets are heavily washed and distressed taking style notes from the classic biker and updated with fabric mixes of leather, rayon and cotton. Luxury touches include new all-over wash techniques that add history while creating a high fashion look and handle to the fabrics.
Hues of grey from dark iron to gunmetal and highlights of soft yellow, cyan and splashes of metallic break-up the dark monochromatic palette which reflects the brand’s dark roots.
Religion’s renowned graphic prints are omnipresent with new developments and techniques emphasising the brand’s ability to break molds and deliver design led fashion season after season.
Established in the early 90’s, Religion firmly rooted itself in early club culture; when music was chemically inspired and beliefs were publicly expressed on statement tees.
Initially developed as a niche t-shirt range, Religion’s blend of anarchic graphics and design-led styles quickly grew into a full commercial collection which has pushed the brand to the forefront of the fashion and media spotlight. Its ‘no fear policy’ of experimenting with design techniques, washes and trends has given the brand an international audience with musicians and fashion crowds alike.
Religion is devoted to the pursuit of individual style and to capturing the zeitgeist through cutting edge design, with lyrical quotes, musical muses and British heritage providing an influence in every collection. Inspiration from London’s east end and international street culture has been integral in shaping the brand’s much-loved signature.
AUTUMN/WINTER 2011 - WOMENSWEAR
Religion is the London based independent fashion label known for a distinctive dark and deconstructed handwriting. This Autumn/ Winter, Religion womenswear expands its collection to include luxurious product categories and more than a touch of femininity.
Innovative detailing on cleverly considered silhouettes has become Religion’s signature. Dresses are given special attention with free hand draping, creating dramatic and feminine curves which are offset by heavy knitwear to offer volume and winter warmth.
A premium ‘black label’ collection launches for AW11, taking its lead from the men’s suiting line with a soft and subtle take on masculine tailoring. Essential outerwear pieces the Gust Coat, Mood Mac and Commander Coat are all sartorial in tone, but with feminine elements.
Religion’s use of print, fabric and detail exemplifies the season’s mood of contrast. Soft and sheer are found in silk and chiffon, with deceptive graphics offering the unexpected. Soft hand-drawn blooms take the shape of swarming flies and wilting roses. Printed scripts, foil appliqué and marble effects all add to an attitude of opulent individualism.
Metal chain knitted into dresses and metal bead and sequin embellishments introduce a hard-edged glamour. Handpicking techniques are once again used to unravel classic shapes while the collection’s leather tassels and patches toughen up softer fabrics.
Shining through the winter darkness, the colour palette of the collection is light and warm. Castle wall, black ink and charcoal offer a neutral base to grape, hot pink and mustard with flashes of gold and silver.