Thursday, 24 April 2014

Saint Laurent Paris Monogram Travel Collection

When Saint Laurent launched their new luggage and accessory line ‘Monogram Saint Laurent’ I wanted to do something different. In today's social media world, shots from the stunning Saint Laurent campaign photographed by Hedi Slimane were immediately uploaded onto respective sites, however it was great to be given the opportunity to present the collection in my own way. Looking through the pieces, I felt it would be interesting to contrast the classic pieces against a rough monochrome background, mixing today’s Saint Laurent with the heritage.

Taking inspiration from the monogram, inspired by the Cassandre designed 1961 logo as well as the Art Deco Babylone bracelet - which is almost in abstract form - I also looked to the past images from Le Smoking from the Helmut Newton shots. You can see the boarding makes up the many elements of the Saint Laurent history as well as its varying aesthetics to date. 

Overlooking the surrounding inspiration of the collection and the commercial business impact of the introduction of this line, I wanted to focus on its durability because, as a person that travels significantly, I know however stunning the luggage it must stand up to wear and tear. It is the dedication to craftsmanship as well as a commitment to the excellence of outstanding materials, namely the coating process, which makes this range stand up to rugged and raw environments whilst retaining the beauty of design. 

The 30 piece Saint Laurent Monogram Travel collection is available from Saint Laurent online and is in stores globally, as well as on Mr Porter

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sebastian Sauve x Client magazine

Sebastian Sauve is not only a favourite of LSoD but also one of menswear's most enduring models of recent times. Fun, vivacious and never one to take himself too seriously on his social media pages - he captures both the spirit of a shoot and the spirit of the times. Here, for Client magazine, in a shoot called Time Off by Adriano B, Sebastian is wearing Jerome Allen Lorico who also styled the sports luxe inspired shoot, captured by Filbert Kung for the magazines 10th edition.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Harvey Nichols x New Rules


Never one to follow the rules - and ahead of my Good Friday trip to the store - Harvey Nichols unveils an exclusive fashion film titled New Rules. Directed by the creative agency Bunker London, and is styled by Matthew Josephs, who is being hailed as one of the country’s most exciting new styling talents. The film showcases the latest SS14 collections from Harvey Nichols key menswear brands such as Hood by Air, Kris Van Assche, Christopher Kane, Neil Barrett, Christopher Shannon, B Side by Wale, Damir Doma, Versus, Gareth Pugh, AQA, BLACK SCVLE, Ann Demeulemester and KTZ. Alongside these are the established heavy weights in the industry inclsuing Raf Simons, Givenchy, Balmain, Versace and Saint Laurent Paris. This frenetic, high octane film highlights the fashion industry’s current obsession with fashion vs lifestyle and the elevation of streetwear and reflects the growing integration between music and fashion. To parallel this pairing, Harvey Nichols has chosen to represent one of Britain’s growing musical talents Lil Silva, whose musical influences are an amalgamation of minimal funk and grime, to provide the background beats for their first fashion film.

Percival Poster Hunt

This is very fun and saying true to Percival's aesthetic, it is also simple and stylish. Around London on the weekends of 26th - 27th April, 3rd – 4th May & 10th – 11th May, the label will place these posters around across city, with each poster will having an interactive set of codes allowing the user to win there very own piece of Percival. Contemporary with a nod to the past, the posters are inspired by 50's airline and travel ads, the limited colour palette and contrasted lighting give an air of style in times gone by. Created by Bobby Evans of Telegramme, the craft and time that has gone into the illustrations break up the monotony of the brash club fly poster, whilst being engaging, social and interactive. So, if you are wandering around London on these weekends, if you see a poster just simply scan the code on the poster for a chance to win - the above video explains it in full, with the very handsome founder of the label Christopher Gove changing a few times into the looks you could win. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Natural Selection AW14

Whilst I am not a huge fan of chocolate but a great enjoyer Easter, this collection from Natural Selection for AW 14 signals a new dawn in menswear - and I would rather receive the whole offering than an Easter Egg from Fortnum's. The first full ready to wear collection from the denim brand, this capsule collection is a significant development from the current brand however it feels more of a move on than a leap away from its identity. I wrote about their AW 12 collection here, so if you watch the video you will see the evolution - the basis of inspiration for their brand - over four seasons. Fusing clean lines, relaxed tailoring and quality fabrics is creating a considered and coherent point of view, inspiration by Art Deco architecture and its subtle yet intrinsic ornateness. Keeping its eye on its roots, details of denim compliment the collection’s dress casual proposition in addition to luxe tweed, merino wool and rabbit fur. Keeping to a relatively on trend but not too un-seasonal palette, accents of red break up the neutral colour palette of navy, grey and black which for me, make this a very powerful yet simple addition to the menswear arena.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Hermes Man on the Move


This has made my Tuesday, running up to the Easter Weekend, far more lively as Hermes always know how to delight visually and with playful emotion. Whilst retaining the essence of last seasons theme of sport, this SS14 film captures the notion of metamorphism and the fascination of change. Capturing the energy and beauty of the pieces on a backdrop of relative simplicity, dancer Jeremie Belingard sprints around the urban playground whilst showing many sides to the stunning collection from Veronique Nichanian. 

Matthew Miller x Ben Sherman

Iconic and steeped in British cult heritage, Ben Sherman have announced a very exciting and progressive collaboration with British menswear designer Matthew Miller. Being a fan of the cheeky Stoke on Trent born designer, this collaboration does not spill to far away from his simple yet graphic mix of sports vs tailoring particularly with these simple, six-pieces. Reaching across a united vision of national heritage, with engineered digital prints in a red-and-white check pattern in a gradating, dip-dyed effect, a clean oxford shirt, simple t-shirt and a button-up mac. With a nod to the beloved game, two plain white pieces bearing the designer’s DGF badge; Disaffected Generation Forever, sit proudly on the chest - with all of these pieces available from April 22nd from £80-£595 at Ben Sherman.

Monday, 14 April 2014

LA Diary: Las Vegas x Liberty Fairs x The Encore

Well, it has been a about a month ago that I headed to Las Vegas but I wanted to be a little more in season, and closer to AW14, to give a focus that is deserves. Regardless of timing, wow - Las Vegas is bonkers. A Disney World for adults, where gambling, drink, food and shopping are available at any time to anyone. If you care for a $500 stake on the roulette wheel with a rare Cognac and some sweet potato fries to nibble on at 3am, then you can get it in Vegas (not that I did, of course). Vast beyond my imagination, I was staying at The Encore Suites, a stunning shinning, copper building at the top of the Las Vegas Strip which was great to be close to the trade shows, such as Platform, Liberty and Project but not too far that it became an issue to walk to see some of the most mind blowing hotels and structures I have ever seen. 

Never have I experienced Venice but I could have been in Italy when roaming around the Venetian, or the same for the Egypt at The Luxor and Rome in Cesar's Palace. However, my room at The Encore was, in true luxurious and American fashion - vast. The service was impeccable, with the restaurants and cafes serving second to non dishes such as Pan-Asian or classic American, as well as the bars serving a host of wines, beers and spirits that are often hard to find in a city such as New York. It is by far, the best hotel I have stayed in to date which as you know, is quite a few. Flying British Airways Premium Economy is great heading over, with extra leg room but I would like to thank them for a superb upgrade (intentional or not) to Business Class on the return flight home. Whilst it is hard to enjoy fully  when particularly tired, the experience was exceptional. 

I saw some amazing brands whilst I was there, shown around by the wonderful Kim from Media Playground PR whom I have been speaking to for years but have never met until this trip. Whilst I will focus on these brands in the coming months some more, this is just a snap shot of my favourite labels and brands from the shows. 

Neuw Denim; an Australian denim brand that is changing the face of selvage denim in a way that focuses on the quality and detail in equal measure. 

Matiere; French for material, this new Californian luxury menswear brand was my favourite. The brand’s founders, Scot Shandalove and Jake Zeitlin, come from extensive backgrounds in menswear, working with brands such like Burton, Vans, and Hurley. With their insight into menswear and an influence from real street style, they have created casual luxury featuring dropped joggers, comfortable tees, unique shorts, and casual button-ups.

Woolrich and Woolrich White; this heritage brand needs no introduction but its new label Woolrich White launched at Liberty Fairs. A contemporary collection influenced by the company’s 183 year heritage and classic fabrications, it features modern cuts and fitted silhouettes that is a direct link to the company’s vast archive and is inspired by the brand’s authenticity, craftsmanship and tradition of honouring the American landscape.

Howe Clothing; when designer Jade Howe launched Howe in 2001, he was quickly recognised throughout the fashion industry for his distinctly West Coast perspective and tailored eye. The inspiration of this brand was to create a contemporary sportswear collection that would fill a unique need for a sophisticated brand that catered to action sports and music-inspired lifestyle. Today, Howe has evolved into a contemporary American lifestyle brand for a powerful new muse, the Creative Workforce: a hard working – hard playing, creative and career-minded guy.

Jachs New York; the concept behind the brand stems from a 30-year tradition of fine craftsmanship in the apparel industry. An entrepreneur whose story epitomises the classic American Dream, Hayati Banastey started the JACHS in 2008 with the idea that artistry and intricate attention to detail should make clothing effortless to wear. In their bustling SoHo workshop a team of expert craftsmen work tirelessly, designing fabrics from scratch and applying them to contemporary designs inspired by vintage American style. With timeless style modernised with unexpected details and finishes, their classic shirts are luxuriously comfortable, while bottoms are timeworn like a favourite pair of pants.

Azul by Moussy; Born in Japan and deriving from the DNA of moussy's Cool, Sexy, Be Myself, Azul by Moussy's apparel and accessories offer its original stamp of cool and style at the reasonable price range. Azul by Moussy also features Baroque Japan Limited's only menswear line, creating an all-encompassing shopping experience for all customers. The brand not only provides trending fashion, but it is inspired by a lifestyle concept that includes sophisticated music and culture.

New York, New York - yes, that is a Statue of Liberty and Empire State.  

The famous Belagio; shot for Oceans 11 as well as housing an exceptional art gallery.  

The Paris, with it's own L'Opera, Arc de Triumph, Eiffel Tower and Louvre.  

Only at the Belagio, hundreds of hand blown flowers above a crystal covered horse.  

Jeff Koons at The Wynn. Wearing Wooyongmi x Selfridges, Acne jacket, jeans and shirt, along with Clarks SS14 Grimsby Craft shoes. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Baartmans & Siegel x River Island

Good things come to those who wait, but these ink drawings - released ahead of the lookbook in June - is the first taster we have of the forthcoming 12-piece Baartmans & Siegel Fashion Film and Design Forum capsule collection with River Island. This is beyond exciting. After supporting Joseph Turvey in a collaboration River Island are stepping up their support of the London Collections: Men designers, this being another exciting high street vs designer collaboration that gets consumers chattering and introduces them to such incredible design talent. 

Going by these beautifully drawn illustrations, outerwear and tailoring are among the strong focus hero and include a structured double breasted blazer, which is designed in a high quality wool mix fabrication and a versatile goose down puffa with reverse feature, referencing their AW14 mainline projects. Included too will be a range of accessories and statement footwear including  a petrol-effect snow boot. Roll on June for the photography and then the drop into stores in September this year. 

Pampeano SS14

Having been bought up with horses, within both racing and polo, I have a huge affection for both sports and its associated accessories. Of course, Hermes is the first luxury choice of mine however Pampeano is a superb brand - the name, meaning it is from La Pampa in Argentina - that I have bought their belts from before. Having been contacted by their PR, I was very keen to receive one of their SS14 belts, this being the Rio. Made from Argentine stirrup leather with hand woven designs that echo the silhouettes of the Andes mountains; the brand is the first stop for guys on and off the polo field. I shall be wearing mine to the Army vs Navy matches in Wiltshire later this year, as well as to a race day in Bath in June...however, I feel I may not be the only one but at least I will be in good company.