After the huge success of a debut menswear collection with British Designer T. Lipop, River Island’s Design Forum initiative is proud to announce Joseph Turvey for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Renowned for scene-stealing illustration and experimental takes on fabrication, Joseph Turvey’s signature prints and bold colour palette have already garnered him a deserved reputation as one of the most refreshing and innovative designers of his generation.

The hero element of the range is in the playful pink camouflage. This is a strong theme throughout, and plays off chic elements of luxe sportswear, statement neoprene accessories and matching jersey sets. These elements juxtapose to create a new take on 90s street wear culture.

River Islands presence on the high street is incredible, they really push boundaries and are completely design led in their approach, so this seemed like a natural collaboration for me. The starting point was the work of Jamel Shabazz; in particular his documentary entitled planet B-boy. This inspired the fabrications, colour and silhouettes. At the time I was also reading about blind hiker Bill Irwin, who completed trails with the help of his dog. This heavily influenced my illustration and print work. I enjoy working across different genres and juxtaposing concepts so was keen to embed that in to this collection.” – Joseph Turvey

To celebrate the launch River Island will be presenting a film at London Collections: Men in January, teaming up with Joseph Turvey on a project directed by much lauded Director Alex Turvey as part of the Fash/On Film initiative. The film will be premiering alongside other films as curated by the Fash/On Film panel, founded in order to support and develop film in the fashion industry.