At the age of 19, William Richard Green started his art foundation course without a clue in the world what to do so he switched gears and decided to tackle on fashion, something he really enjoyed. It is understandable as the young designer likes the process of creating something and having that idea become a realization in fabric. Another exciting aspect of fashion for Green is to see scribbles in a sketchbook transform into photos in a look book. He says at 19 he wasn’t “good enough at bullshitting to do the art pathways.”
Looks from Green’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Images courtesy of Green’s official website.
”I would be terrible in PR or fashion journalism,” Green says.
Will was obsessed with designer Walter Van Beirendonck and Raf Simons as a student. He is currently quite fond of Givenchy menswear along with James Long and Jonathan William Anderson. Despite having personal favorites from his Fall 2010 collection [the rubber duffel coat], this “complete scruff” reveals his personal style does not really reflect his design aesthetic.
“I got given a load of clothes by Levi’s about two years ago so most of my clothes…have all started to fall apart,” Green says.
Designer William Richard Green [left] and filmmaker Zaiba Jabbar [right]. Image courtesy of William’s blog.
After releasing the look book to his most recent collection, Will went into more details about it for TCS. He is currently talking with a buyer from Japan which has really excited the Central Saint Martins graduate. Those in London can find William’s collection in a boutique, Machine-A, located in Soho. Pieces range from £70 ($109 USD) up to nearly £1000 ($1,558 USD). And if you like that dystopian look seen in Escape From New York, those pieces have been designed with you in mind. Will says that his ideal customer is Snake Bliskin, the main character in Escape, played by Kurt Russel. He also would love to see Prince Charles wearing rubber.
First the duffel coat and now he wants to see royalty covered in it? Someone sure has a fascination with rubbers!
Staying true to the fast paced world of fashion, Will had already begun conceptualizing his Spring/Summer 2011 collection back in May with a couple of visits to museums and a trip to the country side in order to snap a few photographs. What can we expect for Spring/Summer 2011?
Sorry, Snake. This upcoming collection, which will be less dark and heavy, won’t be for you. William’s new muse is Captain Haddock, the foul mouthed sailor from The Adventures of Tintin comic book.
Foul mouthed and nautical inspired clothing? Sign me up!