“The key to this was thinking about my dad as a man having a midlife crisis, trying to be a lot younger and cooler, but it comes across as sleazy. All of his clothes got a bit tighter. Things got a lot sexier,” he explains. Tight-fitting suits, chest-baring shirts and leather trousers hinted at this sexed-up twist on conventional markers of masculinity. “Thinking about the womenswear side was about looking into this very tacky pageantry and what they thought was really glamorous,” adds Fabrice, alluding to the over-the-top embellished pink satin dress and the hot pink accessories added to the closing bridal look.
Merging two sides of a heterosexual relationship meant that Fabrice had to consider whether to show his collection on men, women or both. Despite studying menswear, he initially planned to use female models for the more feminine looks, wary of avoiding the clichés associated with gender-fluid clothing. “My tutors said I should try the dresses on boys and it actually looked a lot more interesting,” he says. “I wouldn’t necessarily market it that way but, in terms of making the show a little more bizarre, I think it was better to have male models.”