Functionality is at the core of Tom Lipop’s design philosophy. His collections fuse technical cuts and innovative detailing with a minimal aesthetic. Recently, the young designer collaborated with River Island on a directional 16-piece capsule collection, which married sportswear detailing with modern tailoring. He then teamed up with filmmaker Aoife McArdle to create an exclusive film of the collection for LC:M. Here he talks us through his vision for the collection.
Dazed Digital: How did the concept behind the film develop?
Tom Lipop: We wanted something to mimic the colour and the feel of the collection. It seemed right to shoot a The Day After Tomorrow type of film, something that has a story and keeps you engaged with a little bit of humour. Aoife really engages her audience and I was so intrigued by the story when she described it in our initial meetings. She really considered the textures and colours and it makes for a really great story.
DD: What are the key themes and inspirations behind the collection for River Island?
Tom Lipop: It’s very much about using the richest fabric feasible for a high street collection. A lot of the form has come from the function of the garments. The layering and texture were key influences.
DD: What's the overall design signature in your ‘T.lipop’ label?
Tom Lipop: We are a progressive brand with a very considered approach to cutting. We’re very much about the finish and the fastenings. Hardware is very much a considered part of our garments. They look as good on the inside as they do on the outside.
DD: Now that LC:M has helped to establish London as a leader in menswear, what will help continue the success of British menswear on an international level?
Tom Lipop: The main thing about London is the support for the young upcoming creatives and that support is what is separating us from the other fashion weeks. The BFC is doing an amazing job. Let’s overtake Paris as the forefront of menswear in style and design. The blend of creative and heritage is what separates us from the rest.
In the run up to the beginning of London Collections: Men later this week, we will be presenting a series of new films on London’s emerging designers. In association with the BFC, Dazed has commissioned three new films – each of which will be screened during an event on Sunday 16th June at the Hospital Club alongside a film for River Island and the official LC:M film by Matt Lambert.