To celebrate Hostem’s spring store at Old Nicholl Street, I pick out my ten favourite SS16 pieces from its rosta of cutting edge brand. It wasn’t hard ….. All images from farfetch.com

Raf Simons

Sweat, £360, Isolated Heroes by Raf Simons. www.farfetch.com

Raf Simons’ Isolated Heroes series placed 1999 model casting shots from David Sims’ book of the same name on tees, sweats as here, £360, and cotton bags to poignant effect, providing perfect canvases for the hopes and dreams of lost youth.

Short sleeved jacket, £840, by Comme Des Garçons. www.farfetch.com

Short sleeved jacket, £840, by Comme Des Garçons. www.farfetch.com

‘Ladies jacket’ seems a modest appelation for this short sleeved, empire line top, £840, by Comme Des Garçons. Comme’s beautiful SS16 collection referenced everything from a rustic aesthetic to 19th century tailoring and still looked utterly contemporary.

Watanabe

Cotton men’s shirt, £555, by Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons Man. www.farfetch.com

Colour is so rare in ‘cool’ clothing that this crisp cotton men’s shirt, £555, by Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons Man, sewn with jewel-toned patchwork, is a breath of fresh air. His patchwork denim captured hearts and minds four seasons ago and he hasn’t finished with it.

Heikke

Fully Patched Long Coat, £1,585, Heikke Salonen. www.farfetch.com

Finnish designer Heikke Salonen’s resurrection collection, Deadstock, uses patchwork applique, handstitching and raw edges to create pieces that throb with meaning. If you like your outerwear to express 18th century poetic and post-apocalpytic sensibilities, like this long coat, £1,585, here you go.

Toogood

Editor bag, £495, Toogood. www.farfetch.com

London-based studio Toogood, by Faye and Erica Toogood, celebrates the ‘individual/worker and craftsmanship in everything we do’, Faye Toogood once told Dezeen. That ‘everything’ can include sculpture, furniture, installations – and stonking acccessories, like this waxed cotton Editor bag, £495.

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Square derby shoes, £875, by Cherevichkiotvichki. www.farfetch.com

Romance, death, functionalism and craftmanship dance side by side in these opulent square derby shoes, £875, by Cherevichkiotvichki, a unique label by Lithuanian uber-creative Victoria Andrejeva. ‘Cherevichkiotvichki’ (don’t try to pronounce it) means ‘shoes by Victoria’ in old Slav.

alice waese

Carved sterling silver ring, £705, Alice Waese. www.farfetch.com

US-based artist Alice Waese uses architectural cuts, tactile details and natural influences across her jewellery and clothing. Looking as if it’s emerged, ready-made, from deep within the earth,  seemingly rough-hewn carved sterling silver ring, £705, is the perfect example.

Atelier Baba

Suede zipped ankle boot, £875, Atelier Baba. www.farfetch.com

Founded 2013, Atelier Bâba offers a conceptual footwear for women, suffused with history, made through craft techniques in rarified natural materials. That’s a lot to love in these unlined suede zipped ankle boots, £875.

Floral leather trainers, £435, Lanvin. www.farfetch.com

Floral leather trainers, £435, Lanvin. www.farfetch.com

Lanvin’s SS16 trainers are knock-outs but whilst mainstream stores played it safe with the black and navy versions, Hostem went with the white, accented with over-sized bright blue, yellow and emerald green applique flowers. Wear with anything for ever.

Rik Owens

Drop crotch shorts, £330, Rick Owens. www.farfetch.com

Rick Owens’ pieces always pose a challenge to the conventional male – and I still don’t quite understand why. These dark grey drop crotch shorts, £330, with drawstring fastening offer everything you need for a twisted summer.

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