Friday, 29 January 2016
The fashion industry and its' admirers were treated to a great announcement today as the Fondation Pierre Bergé revealed that not one but two new museums dedicated to the life and work of Yves Saint Laurent. Both museums will present a Yves Saint Laurent’s collection of over 5,000 haute-couture garments and 15,000 accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, photographs and objects.
The first, based in Paris, will be housed in the historical couture house, 5 avenue Marceau, where Yves Saint Laurent worked for almost 30 years, from 1974 to 2002; as well as being home to the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent since 2004.
The second will be in Marrakech, the Morrocan city where the designer built a second home and was instrumental in his inspiration throughout his career and visionary work. Located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent near Jardin Majorelle, a garden he and Pierre Bergé - his partner - rescued from development in 1980.
Attitude magazines does it again with a highly explosive, super sexy shoot styled by the simply brilliant Joseph Kocharian, assisted by the talented Nick Byam. With pieces from Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Versace - plus more of the big names that the magazine commands to grace its pages. Since Kocharians' appointment, the editorial shoots have become one of menswear's most talked about; mixing the best models, locations, pieces and of course visions that are both inspirational and aspirational for its readers and the industry alike. In addition, the magazine under editor Matthew Todd has ensured that Attitude is one of the most credible and important gay lifestyle publications globally.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
This a great shoot and quite fun interview with Sebastian Sauve who has been photographed by Sinem Yazici and styled by Charlie Ward & Lara Glassman, for the latest issue of Reflex Homme magazine. I spotted it over at FY! Online but had to share here, as Mr Sauve is an LSoD favourite.
Friday, 22 January 2016
With run, gym and football at the heart of their Spring Summer 2016 offering, JD really tap into the innovation and sport luxe trends. With a sea of monochrome and tech infused fabrics and sneaker innovations, their focus is on premium pieces for the 'New Year, New Me' guy, as well as the sport lifestyle savvy guy on the street. Of course, the Undisputed King of Trainers has one of the hottest sneaker pieces of the year; the black, grey and white Nike Air Max (bottom) as well as pieces from adidas, TNF, Under Armour and Ellesse. It looks like 2016 is going to see a big development in sportswear so with JD, they seem to have you covered.
Thursday, 21 January 2016
The playful boy wonder of fashion is back - available today at Selfridges and online - for a second season of menswear and this time Henry Holland - under House of Holland - taps into the mid-90s skate and street brands of the time. I am told Henry delved into memories of his adolescence spent in car parks and skate parks of Northern England, and mixes high art influences from the tribal uniforms of various youth subcultures. With a smattering of his famed sense of humor via slogans, some Emoji fun and a mix of utility vs sport luxe, House of Holland have collaborated with celebrated NYC label Eddie Eddie Billy Tommy by Sean Kinney; a young, New York based artist and designer, whose line was designed to encourage conversation between strangers.
It was a shame House of Holland was missing from the LC:M schedule this season however, I hope he returns in June for another slice of his unique personality and spin on menswear; something I think he is really beginning to master.
Imagine, you have walked into the watch gallery in a cavernous department store. As you look around the vast, plushly carpeted showroom only sectioned off by boutiques and show cabinets. You stand frozen. You see glistening time-pieces shining behind glass, just waiting to be tried on. There must be thousands of options. Yet you freeze with the thought, 'Which one do I choose'?
If only all watch showrooms were like ChronoBox, a newly launched boutique website which offers over 20,000 timepieces from over 200 brands. Granted, this is a daunting number of pieces yet this is where ChronoBox gets clever and rather unique.
Not only did I find the website incredibly easy to navigate - as well as blissfully clean and clear in its design - it features a comprehensive comparison tool that adds to the online retail experience and helps users pick the perfect watch. By completing the toggle boxes of gender, style, strap material, dial colour etc, it will then give you the search results. From here, I was given up to 4 watches to place on a comparison list and was able to view their basic characteristics such as price, strap, frame and screen as well as the guarantee, prior to checkout. So, I was looking at stainless steel case and strap pieces, both chronograph, with either a black or white face. From here, I scrolled through and selected the brands that appeal to me - and my budget - and compared these pieces below. All classic, all but one comes with a great discount and to top it off; a superb and enjoyable experience.
It is pretty much guaranteed at ChronoBox you will find the biggest names in watches from other brands such as Michael Kors, Daniel Wellington, Seiko, Tissot, Citizen, Swarovski and many more, at attractive prices. Most importantly, with Chronobox, you can be assured that all watches are official and come complete with the official packaging and warranty.
Shipping takes from 2 to 10 days while there is also the option for next day Express Delivery with DHL. In terms of the returns policy, you have the right to return the items even after 15 days after you have received your order. But when you have chosen your watch down to the face colour, why would you?
This post is sponsored by ChronoBox via Handpicked Media. This review is based on my opinion of the site and is totally impartial.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
HAMILTON & HARE
New on my radar is Hamilton & Hare; a luxury underwear and leisurewear brand who are inspired by the original boxing short. However, they looked at reinventing the classic baggy boxer short with a more slimline, flattering cut that has been called revolutionary to those in the know. Combining this unique cut with the softest two ply cotton and a waistband with elastic threaded side panels, Hamilton & Hares' boxer will sit just right, no riding up and no scrunching in the leg.
Designed in London and made using small scale producers in England and Portugal, their leisurewear is also gaining a lot of attention; soft, cotton jersey and superb ply cotton are used to make even the simplest of items the essence of luxury. If you are in The City of London; they have opened a store in the Royal Exchange as well as stocking online, and at various boutiques around the UK and Europe.
Blue Monday occurred two days ago as the day that the dark mornings and early evenings finally get us down; we feel disenchanted by our jobs and the Christmas debts and pounds have finally caught up with us. Yet mine was brightened up by Citizen Watches with their #MostOutOfLight package. Containing a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) light box to lift my spirits - albeit artificially - and a light activated, radio controlled Eco-Drive World Time watch. What a thing to come home to on the most miserable day of the year.
This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Eco-Drive technology; a process developed in 1976 where by light is captured through the watch face, converted into energy and then stored in the case to power the watch for up to six months. The most impressive bit about opening this box? As soon as I took the cover off the face, it automatically adjusted to the specific time. Now, how is that Blue Monday motivation?
Thursday, 14 January 2016
It has been a busy year for London based menswear designer Lou Dalton, for not only has she been working on her own eponymous label but two collaboration collections - one with heritage brand Jaeger, and another for the high-street store River Island. Firstly, during LC:M, I spent part of the evening at the Lou Dalton x Jaeger event which was housed in Bloomsbury House opposite the BFC show space in the west end of London. Around the room was eight looks - comprising of 10 pieces - that focus on outerwear which is both refined and functional to a t. Lou researched the era of the explorer Ernest Shacklton and looked at historical photographs of men on the go, which combined with beautiful and practical fabrics brings an strong sense of durability, quality and style.
The other event I attended was that of the River Island x Fashion Film, an event which coincided with the launch of the Lou Dalton x RI Design Forum collection. The 13 piece collection injects pops of orange and techy textures into the aesthetic which is firmly rooted in youth culture. Available now, you can take a look at the sporty collection below as well as buy online at River Island.