MAINS Runway Debut

MAINS Runway Debut

by James Nuttney

After many teasers and sneak peaks the long wait from when Mains announced their London fashion week debut is finally over.

Skepta’s runway dream has become a reality as the Mians runway show brought culture, flair and absolutely did not disappoint. Set up to mimic a tennis court, the runway was split into two section by a tennis net where the models would walk up and down either side. The stage was designed by Skepta and his daughter River, which they sketched together back in February of this year. Hence why the show was so impactful for Uk artist as he took to instagram saying “it means the world to me for her to see her ideas come to reality”.

The Mains collection was really taken to another level by transcending any possible perception that Mains as a label could be viewed as just “merch” for Skepta as an artist. The label was birthed from Skepta’s creativity, though the whole label and fashion week show would not have been possible without the help of chief designer at Mains, Mikey Pearce and chief graphic designer, Johnson Orchid. As stated by Pearce, Mains is now an “elevation of what Skepta started” as they now are diving into a much wider range of exploration within fashion. Johnson Orchids view that you can’t label the brand as “streetwear” as some might attribute the streetwear title to the label since the brand is attached to Skepta’s name. This take is complete correct as its become “upper echelon” as stated by Orchid.

The collection featured garments with hand embroidery done by the Uk artist himself, along with denim jackets with embroidered detailing of Skepta’s sketches of New York. Luxury tracksuits, bombers and some sweet tailoring also featured on the runway.

Skepta’s brother JME made an appearance on the runway wearing a the Mains denim jacket, while the likes of A$AP Ferg, Naomi Campbell and Stormzy all were seated front row.

Teasing a follow up collection, Skepta closed off the show by taking to the runway with his daughter, River, a fitting end to the Mains debut show.

View the whole collection on the Mains instagram: