Caryn Franklin meets Gary McQueen and Self Cinema: slow fashion

The AW20 edition of Scoop, the UK’s leading premium contemporary womenswear show located at Old Billingsgate Market London from the 9th – 11th February, will see a meeting of minds and a discussion on slow fashion with fashion disruptor Caryn Franklin, designer Gary James McQueen, and Samuel Thomas and Anthony Rock from Self Cinema.

Taking place in the River Café at 5pm, Caryn aims to delve into the psyche of her guests to discover the inspiration behind their collections, how clothing plays a critical part in the way we narrate our lives, and how to slow it all down.
Gary James McQueen is a British brand beyond fashion. Focusing on strong influences of heartfelt self-expression and culture, it is a luxury house exploring avant-garde designs and meticulously crafted artworks of fashion accessories and 3D sculptures; always at an uncompromising level of high quality. With integrity to the spirit and shared McQueen family name among fashion, Gary James McQueen upholds purpose to incorporate an extension of immersive personal stories, with thriving concepts of its own charisma, vulnerabilities, meticulous artistic skill and uncompromising opulent quality. Building on fashion silhouettes with digital design technology.
The creative mind behind the brand, Gary James McQueen, who works in his limitless artistic freedom, while grounded at the core with the iconic McQueen spirit, shared with his Uncle, the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Since the brand debut in 2017 with scarves (on a made to order basis), it has received constant attention and praise. Each piece, displays enchanting contrasts and open lines of abstract interpretations, yet when worn the artistry translates as beautiful objects of sullen opulence, glazed over silk surfaces to elaborate sculptures and luxury fashion apparel.
As well as joining the conversation with Caryn, McQueen will also present his new collection at Scoop. The collection’s clean patterns and prints, are inspired by a rubric curiosity between reality, surrealism, cultures and visual clarity of a vast imagination. Altogether, Gary James McQueen’s digital abilities, bring forth intricate motifs of psychedelic and optical art designs. Each print is developed through a very thoughtful and personal creative process to share and exhibit among the public.
Founded by ex-Acne Studios design duo Samuel Thomas and Anthony Rock, Self Cinema is a project designed to offer a better way of dressing based on three enduring principles: high end design and quality, affordable high-end pricing, and sustainability. It made its UK debut at Scoop last season and after a phenomenal season are returning to showcase their autumn/winter 2020 collection. Looking at the Scandinavian winter season tradition, expect thick wool coats, chunky folky knitwear, and down filled nylon coats recalling the arctic conditions of mid-winter in the north. Within this is a youthful sense of play and adventure through culture, drawing inspiration from New York circa ’81, downtown 1981 – Debbie Harry, and Jean Michel Basquiat follow on from the punk chaos with a clean, vibrant and edgy take on the post punk scene, blending Harlem with the Bowery. Polka dot and leopard print dresses are worn with a Wall Street parody in mind, out of proportion knitwear and graphic vintage prints clash to reinforce the fusion. Into the mix comes also the French pop style of the left bank. High waisted culotte denim, soft cropped merino knits, thick wool twill coats and parkas impress with the sense of late-night cafes by the Seine. Over-sized and undersized, cropped and high- waisted, graphic and folkish.
Join Caryn Franklin, Gary James McQueen, Samuel Thomas and Anthony Rock at 5pm on Monday 10th February at the River Café, Old Billingsgate Market.
Scoop is renowned internationally for its exclusive presentation and expertly curated edit of fashion designers and labels from Britain and the rest of the world, many of whom select the show as their launch pad. The show welcomes premium department stores from across the globe including Harvey Nichols, Brown Thomas, John Lewis, Voisins, Galeries Lafayette, Beymen and Le Bon Marche as well as independent boutiques such as Aria Boutique, Found, Iris Fashion, Jules B, and Sue Parkinson.