Bianca Saunders is proud to present her SS24 collection, inspired by the idiosyncratic world of multi-hyphenate Jamaican musician and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry – a legendary artist whose influence extends far beyond sound, and into the realms of art, fashion and culture.

This season Saunders continues to push the limits of traditional menswear codes, evolving the brand’s subversive approaches to cut, pattern and precision. Working together with Chris O’Brien, Farah’s Global Head of Design, for the second time, this marks the first collection Saunders has produced since her involvement at this year’s prestigious MET Gala, where she produced a made-to-measure tailored suit for R&B musician, Usher.

“Perry was a Jamaican producer and music artist, but he also did artwork, and a lot of his work is based around collages and found objects, and him exploring how to place these objects in a way that makes sense to him.There is a Basquiat approach to his work, but it’s different, being steeped in religion and Jamaican iconography, animal motifs and mottos such as ‘good over evil’,”

Saunders says.

Taking in Perry’s artwork is a looking glass into his intoxicating mind; one that twisted spiritual concepts, a palpably feel-good attitude and a re-imagining of his home, Jamaica, to create an altogether trippy universe. Saunders’ collections have long been inspired by Jamaica, with her cultural heritage planted firmly in the Caribbean island. This season, she explores the vibrancy of Perry’s personal, rapturous interpretation and reimagines it as an easy going take on menswear.

Collaborating with Farah for the second time, Saunders explored the brand’s rich archive, and was inspired by the casual approach of the brand’s pieces from the ’70s and ’80s: “A lot of the details in the pieces that we worked on this season is based on that: casual denim pieces and fabrics like hopsack, which is very classic for Farah.” Traditional menswear pieces have been reinterpreted for the modern wearer by using hopsack – a quintessential Farah weave – on a casual button-up jacket and trousers in light sand. While its appearance looks like denim, the light-weight fabric technique is, rather, made for warm summer nights.

Published by Asia Lanzi
Written by TJ Sidhu
Photography by Valerio Mezzanotti