Peter Doherty’s collaboration with The Kooples is finally to see the light of the day. We reported last May that the troubled British musician – whose brushes with the law and previous relationship with Kate Moss have been well documented – would be turning his hand to a range for the autumn/winter 2011 season, but this had been postponed to spring/summer 2012 after he was sent to prison for six months last year for cocaine possession and use.
“Working with Pete Doherty is a great adventure. He is a passionate and creative artist, but creativity can also sometimes lead to complications” said the Elicha brothers (The Kooples founders), when Doherty was sent to prison.
The range, which caters to both men and women, is inspired by the dandyism of British sub-cultures, in particular the ‘Suedeheads’ and ‘Mods’ of the ’60s, and Doherty’s own vintage wardrobe. Highlights for men include a beige panama and brown felt hat designed in collaboration with historic London hat maker James Lock & Co. T-shirts featuring the 32-year-old’s artwork also form part of the mix.
For women, a leather dress inspired by British singer Jane Birkin, shorts with braces and a Victorian-style blouse are all adorned with a medal logo – stamping Doherty’s love of military and trinkets across the collection.
And this being The Kooples after all, who better than model Irina Lazareanu, Doherty’s on-again, off-again lover to model the women’s line?