18th September London Fashion Week SS16 

Le Kilt SS16 

When I first arrived in the US to work with Garbage, the music scene was all about grungy girls with aggressive, androgynous looks. I thought I could never be as cool as them, so instead I chose to develop the very things that made me different. I started wearing mini skirts and lots of makeup – my obsession with makeup reaches fetishist proportions! It started when I was a teenager working behind the beauty counter at Selfridges. Makeup is a bit like magic: I particularly love lipstick
— Shirley Manson

In her continued exploration of the classic female wardrobe, the collection forms an extension of Creative Director, Samantha McCoach’s own subcultural uniform. This season aims to encapsulate Manson’s journey to define her own individuality in a way that is both understated yet undeniably powerful. 

For SS16, the kilt is re-imagined in traditional and contemporary Linton Tweeds, designed and woven in Scotland. In addition, this season also sees the introduction of a classic mini and a tailored two-piece. These are accessorised with a range of 1960s- inspired frames formed in collaboration between Le Kilt and British eyewear brand, LARKE optics. Playful fabric combinations allude to the youthful spirit of the collection, whilst McCoach also seeks to redefine the balance between tradition and modernity through the re-appropriation of iconic silhouettes. 

Against the backdrop of legendary live music venue, the 100 Club, Le Kilt’s SS16 presentation embodies the characteristic attitude of counterculture and nonconformity with an interpretive 90s grunge performance from musician, Xavier Roide. 

All kilts are made to order in Scotland by a traditional kilt manufacturer. 

Special thanks to: Wolford, Converse, The 100 Club, Christopher Sweeney, Thom Walker, Xavior Roide,
Alexandra Carl, Elle Korhaliller, Chris Rhodes, Laura Stonard, SANE, Touba London, Rebecca Griffith, Matthew Miller, Sarah Mower and The British Fashion Council.