Thursday, 17 November 2011
Liberty Print by Edwyn Collins
I totally understand why Obama didn't want to wear an Hawaiian shirt at the APEC meeting this week. There's something quite tragic about men in party shirts. Like David Miliband's attempts to look nonchalant (in Paul Smith) after losing out to brother Ed - trying to signify fun, sartorially, often looks desperate. Having said all that, I'm prepared to make an exception for this lovely Liberty print shirt. The ornithological drawings are by the fabulous Edwyn Collins, 52. After suffering a double brain haemorrhage six years ago - with the help of his wife and manager Grace Maxwell - Collins made a slow recovery. Paralysed and unable to speak, walk or use his right hand, he started drawing, re-learnt all his songs and finally went on tour again. So, much respect for Edwyn Collins and for Liberty who have turned his drawings into a print for spring/summer 2012. The Jackdaw shirt is from Barbour's Heritage collection and will be available from My-Wardrobe.
And here's Edwyn Collins, with his band Orange Juice, singing Rip it Up: