Lazy Oaf x Batman

What happens when you cross fashion and superheroes? It really is a no brainer. People are always talking about what superpowers they would have (usually something so practical it is actually pretty mundane) but fashion people live in something of a fantasy world as it is, so have no problem making such dreams come true by dressing the part. When Wonderwoman collaborated with MAC in Spring 2011, it was only a matter of time before something sartorial would come along to match.

Latest to bring us wings with which to fly are London's graphic loverz Lazy Oaf. Collaborating with the one and only Batman (surely the coolest superhero, non?) on the eve of the release of The Dark Knight Rises (in cinemas from 20th July), they present a collection of all things bat for girlz and boyz. The threw a wee party on Thursday to celebrate and invite me along.

The night was held in the basement of The Electric Showrooms, an East End hangout. Walking in, the mirrored ceiling, light-up dance floor and hunners of black, yellow and purple balloons gave things a dream-world feel. Sponsored by Stoli, the vodka and cranberry cocktails were just the kind of refreshing tipple you'd expect to sip after a day fighting the city's scum while the popcorn nibbles lent an all-American feel.

I made friends with Lili, a lovely girl whose boyfriend shot the video for the collection, which you can catch on Vimeo. Grunge band Throwing Up played a set during the catwalk show, and although the models walked hella fast, the collection was totally lust-worthy. I had my eye on the sheer batman print top as worn by Throwing Up lead lady Camille, the men's sweater with batman sleeves, and of course, the cape and bodysuit ensemble.

Lazy Oaf is a brand that puts illustration at the forefront of what it does, and I loved the oversize crop shapes of the tees as well as the skin-tight shapes. Started in 2001 by Gemma Shiel, they've gone from a market-stall to Soho flagship with Shoreditch HQ and 150 stockists worldwide. Their menswear is as wearable for fun-minded chicks as the ladies' lines. They also do some funky knits, jewellery, stationary and home wares. Previously, they've collaborated with the likes of Jeffrey Campbell on shoes and Dona Wilson on plates. Catch them at or visit them at 19 Foubert Place, London, W1F 7QE.

After the show, Lili and I met Emilio off of the band Tribal Riot. His gf Milli is interning with Lazy Oaf and man, did those kidz know how to throw some shapes on the dance floor! Along with Dina, a German chick with a fuck-yeah attitude I loved, their pal Laura and a male model or three, we got filthy to some old school hip hop and R'n'B. Milli's lovely friend Ruari even turned out to be from Donegal, no less, where I'm going next week for a family get together! Small, small world.

A Say Fromage! photo-booth made for endless entertainment, and we posed like there was no tomorrow. Lazy Oaf had provided some Batman masks and a sword (what, no Batmobile?) as props and they sure were good for a giggle. I spotted some Jeffrey Campbell for Lazy Oaf shoes in the fashion forward crowd along with some Jeremy Scott* for Adidas hi-tops. Just two J's, being cool. All in all, a wicked night of pretending to be superheroes and good, old-fashioned fun.


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