Kenneth Ning’s menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2017, titled “Full Metal”, can be described as edgy, innovative, and effortless. This season, he took inspiration from the military via Stanley Kubrick’s film, Full Metal Jacket. The silhouettes look like they just got off a battlefield, as destroyed shirts, outerwear, and bottoms made up the lot of the collection. Shredded headgear was also part of the mix. Ning also utilized rip-stop fabrics with woven metal fibers to give a crumpled effect to a few pieces.
The clothing is utilitarian with an artisanal twist. The collection included custom jacquard camouflage with an exposed netting base to mimic that of a Ghillie suit, but allowing for breathability. Bold patterns and funky lines were seen paired with basic khakis, while dress shirts and jackets had multiple layering of different fabrics. Military tones were used with a light color palette of blue, grey, and pink. “’Full Metal Jacket’ is such a serious movie,” said Ning, “but at the same time, it’s quirky and I wanted to convey the fun tones in it.” Which is exactly what he did.