Knitting ain’t just for nans, and Alicia Robinson is proving it head on. A disruptor at heart, the designer draws from rebellious subcultures of Britain’s hazy past to create bold new statements, challenging common knitwear tropes in 2021.
At 20-years-old, the artist is carving a reputation for her subversive take on sexuality, painting nightmarish scenes of dark fantasies, bodily fluids and the female gaze through a liberating lens.
Spending four weeks in Catania last summer – at a time when the Italian government momentarily eased lockdown restrictions – the photographer set about on his moped capturing the men who make up the city, sunshine and all.
Virgil Abloh is unravelling the rules and regulations of Euro-centric, Western sartorial codes and questioning why we perceive people based on how they’re dressed. This season, for Abloh, is about creating a new vanguard – one that is bold, radical and inclusive.
We’ve long-seen Britain’s gory gang life played out on screen, and even charting in the Top 40. As for books? Not so much, until Gabriel Krauze – once juggling a criminal career and a university degree – released his ultraviolent debut, Who They Was, last year.
With frustration comes fearlessness, if the young, emerging British artists of today are anything to go by. Responding to the politics, protest and pandemic of the past year, THE FACE introduces you to 13 bold and brilliant painters, photographers, filmmakers and sculpturists making British art special.
In 2015, Ben Ditto, Toby Mott and Jamie Reid produced Skinheads: An Archive, a history of one of the most controversial British subcultures of the 20th century. Now, the art director and artist are back with the book’s third edition.