Today, I sneakily went out during my lunch hour to the Antoni & Alison sample sale having been enticed by the line ‘Everything £20 and under!’ in the Time Out ad (clothing £20 and under are few and far between in a place like London…..). For those that aren’t familiar with Antoni & Alison, they’re primarily artists/photographers, Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts, who incorporate their work into their clothing, injecting a lot of British humour and wit into their design. The clothes are like a less refined,more rough-edged version of Bernhard Willhelm or Peter Jensen. I think you get the idea with the montage of their collections here – it’s loud and bright with a purpose, with lots of cheeky slogans and photographic imagery. Frankly, it’s not my cup of tea and I had to REALLY rifle through the racks to find something wearable. I’m not really into clothes that are just there to make a statement and nothing else – all snap, crackle and pop but no substance. I appreciate humour in clothes but only up to the point where I can laugh about it AND wear it simultaenously. Visionaries they may be, but functional designers they are not. I suppose this is their draw but unfortunately, it hasn’t reeled me in. The one thing I bought was so plain looking with no A&A stamp on it, that it only confirmed my non-conversion to A&A. Is anyone here a fan?