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Punk Reimagined: The AW22 Archive Collection

Despite only being a few years old, our Archive capsule has grown into one of the most-loved and most-iconic collections that we offer. In this post, we’ll talk you through what’s inspired the most recent Archive capsule and how you can get your wardrobe prepped for a punk-rock Autumn.

A different kind of heritage

It’s no secret that we have nearly 150 years of history and heritage to our name and our long story has been permeated by many seminal moments in modern British history.

Without a doubt, one of the most poignant of these was the birth of Punk in 1976. Fuelled by a rigorous “DIY ethic” the movement sent shockwaves across the United Kingdom. Calling to mind gregarious hairstyles, ripped tartan, and metal studs encrusted on a bleached and battered leather jacket, punk icons include Vyvyan Basterd from the sitcom The Young Ones, Trash from Night of the Living Dead, or even The Sex Pistols’ infamous Sid Vicious.

Iconic as they may be, they also represent a hyperbolic interpretation of punk’s true spirit, one that ultimately embraced diversity, egalitarianism, and the inalienable right to dare to be yourself instead of following predetermined societal norms and expectations. In this sense, the punk spirit is a key part of what we do; one of our longest-standing mottos is ‘for everyone to proudly own a piece of Lyle & Scott’.

Abstract prints

One of the key looks in the AW22 Archive capsule is the ‘Abstract Print’. In previous years, the Archive collection has drawn inspiration from contemporary indie music. What we sometimes forget is that indie, as well as being a sound and culture in its own right, originally comes from the word ‘independent’ – an attitude and idea that was originally instilled into the world of music by Punk.

With current cultural attitudes calling for people to ‘strip back’ and return to ‘raw simplicities’, we thought it would be fitting to reach into our own archives and rework a pattern from our 1976 lookbook for the 21st century. The Abstract Print has been reimagined across some of our most popular product categories, including Puffer Jackets, Tees, and Polo Shirts. Check them out below.

Stripes

Another motif across the Archive capsule is stripes – in bold, often clashing colours. This harks back to one of the most central and authentic values espoused by the Punk movement: holistic iconoclasm. Bit of a mouthful? Agreed. What it means is that alongside Punk’s desire to tear everything down and start again (that’s the ‘iconoclasm’), the movement also believed in taking the remnants of what they’d destroyed to make something new, exciting, and sustainable. It wasn’t about perfection and artistry, it was about what they stood for.

And that’s how these striped looks pay homage to punk: the clashing tones of putrid colour not only work in defiance of fashion’s aesthetic norms, but they also replicate a cut-and-paste approach that came from Punk’s DIY ethic. Taking the remains of the torn-up past and rebuilding it in your own shameless image. That’s why this capsule is made almost entirely of recycled fabric bases, embracing the integral punk ideas of use and reuse.

Available in a number of styles, with brushed knitwear and plush textures softening some of the statement looks, check out Archive’s new stripes below:

Boxy and loose fits

One of the final styles that are key to this Archive capsule, due in part to its popularity in previous seasons, are our ‘Boxy’ and ‘Loose’ fit tees and polos.

These styles reference one of Punk’s most foundational attitudes: total inclusivity. No matter what your sexuality, race, or upbringing, all were welcome under the Punk Rock banner. One example of this is the ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement that was born after a famous protest against the National Front, which ended in an all-star punk gig in East London. Who you were never precluded your right to have a voice or an opinion and, if they weren’t listening, you could use Punk’s raw and relentless energy to make them listen.

Our Boxy Tees and Loose Fit Polos embody this attitude by eschewing expectations around what kinds of shapes and silhouettes different people should wear. ‘Muscle fits’ for men and ‘figure hugging’ outfits for women are abandoned in favour of brazen bagginess. Check them out below.

What’s next?

Now you’re familiar with the collection and the inspiration behind it, it’s time to see it for yourself – check out our Archive collection using the link below…

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