First, Jeremy Scott sent bubblegum-pink clad, Barbie-like models down the Moschino runway. Then Demna Gvasalia of Vetements created a line of $700 t-shirts with longtime basics brand Hanes.
Nostalgia and 90s icons continue to be one of the biggest runway trends, as proved by London designer Bobby Abley’s SS 2018 line, which was inspired by the Teletubbies.
If you are not familiar, the Teletubbies was a kids’ show in the 90’s featuring little alien-like monsters named Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po, who had televisions on their stomachs and antennas above their heads.
Abley’s collection contained no shortage of inspiration from each of these characters. An olive sweatshirt with Dipsy’s head on it, combined with lime green pants and a matching bucket hat gave off a kitschy, street-wear vibe.
A woman in a similar outfit, only in yellow was reminiscent of Laa Laa, the female yellow Teletubby. She also sported a yellow antenna made out of a structured wig.
A male model sported a pink sweatshirt, with a picture of Po, the female red Teletubby. Like the Dipsy-inspired look, this one featured coordinating red joggers and a red bucket hat.
Tinky Winky, the ever-popular purple Teletubby was nowhere to be seen—at least not on a sweatshirt. Tinky Winky’s presence was felt through several monochromatic purple sweatsuits and one female model who sported a purple triangle antenna above her head.
To balance the kooky looks and bright color palette of the Teletubby-inspired pieces, other looks contained fanny packs and jackets trimmed with rainbow fringe, teddy-bear backpacks, and silky sportswear pieces printed with the “BA” logo.
This was only Abley’s fifth time showing at London Fashion Week. Abley debuted his namesake collection in 2012, and has been a LFW favorite ever since.
According to Londonfashionweek.co.uk, Abley is known for his “unique charm, wit and humour, blending nostalgic and playful imagery with a contemporary menswear design.”
Abley’s designs are sold at Dover Street Market and Jeffrey New York, along with other exclusive upscale boutiques in countries like China, Germany, Korea and Japan.