Wednesday, 27 May 2015
MAN is one of my highlights during the London Collections: Men; a fresh and invigorating interpretation of menswear, lifestyle and often makes a bold statement to showcase young, design talent. For those not familiar with the initiative, it was founded in 2005 by Lulu Kennedy, the director Fashion East, and supported by Topman to support emerging menswear talent. In addition to catwalk showcasing, designers also receive financial sponsorship, ongoing business support, and a place in a top international sales showrooms in Paris.
Every season, three designers have been selected to take part, but this year only two designers will show - the third space is reserved for a special MAN Turns 10 film screening. Today, it has been announced that designers Liam Hodges (above) and Rory Parnell-Mooney (below) were selected by the illustrious MAN panel to show during SS16 MAN and follow in the footsteps of MAN-supported designers that include J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon, Martine Rose, Astrid Andersen and Craig Green.
Who are this years designers? 26 year old Liam Hodges is interested in expressive, polysyllabic masculinity. The Royal College of Art grad launched in 2013 at Fashion East’s Presentations before his catwalk debut at MAN SS15 ,where for AW15 he offered up ‘Totally Safe Classics’, a concise collection of garms inspired by London’s local markets and characters. The other is Rory Parnell-Mooney, an Irish born designer living and working in London. He completed a Masters at Central St Martins in 2014 before being awarded MAN support for AW15. His LCM debut collection explored the ritual art of dressing, citing traditional ecclesiastical shapes and rioters obscuring themselves.
Follow Liam and Rory on social for some great insight and images that explore not only their world but also the ever expanding menswear arena.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Readers of LSoD will know that Scandinavian is a huge trend with the fashion, food, interiors and lifestyle arenas and also that I am a big advocate and fan of Scandi Design. Many of these brands are coming from Copenhagen, and one Danish interiors and home accessories brand I am really getting behind is k.n.s. The creation of Kristian Lindhardt Nørhave (above), a design alumni of Designskolen Kolding in Denmark, k.n s. is a Copenhagen based design studio founded in 2012 that works in the classic Scandinavia minimalism, with a playful approach that brings the Scandinavian style into our time.
The Scandinavian style and quality is widely known, it is easily recognised for its pure lines, simple colouring and elegant expression and Kristian Lindhardt Nørhave is a strong a part of the next generation to bring the Scandinavian inherited into a new area. These pieces are my selection of favourites from the k.n.s web store, from small pieces of simple storage design to conceptual furniture which capture the very essence of Scandi design that I admire. Kristian Lindhardt Nørhave is definitely one to watch, and look forward to seeing more of his work later this year when I am next in Copenhagen.
Where some brands have failed to capture a stylish, individual yet middle-ground kind of man, Hymn have nailed it. Offering a great nautical inspired own label for SS15, The Joy Store carrys a great edit of the collection, with some fresh washed chambray and grey marl, Hymn ticks the boxes for those on trend fabrics for this summer. But what is really charming, particularly coming from a British label, are the hand-drawn illustrations of classic British seaside cues such as decks chairs and beach huts. These accentuate the extra hidden details on linings, cuffs and trims as well as the graphic prints.
After what was a very relaxing, slow-paced but action packed Bank Holiday weekend - or no doubt a Memorial Day vacation if you are in the USA - this shoot should hopefully ease you back into the working week. Model Alexander Staudal is photographed by Bret Chua for this very relaxing, melancholic story for the 8th issue of Jón magazine.
Monday, 25 May 2015
AVEDA HAIR-FIX POP UP
Are you in or around Piccadilly, London over the next couple of months? If so, you must ensure you drop into the Aveda Hair-Fix pop-up in the hall of Piccadilly Circus station. Aveda is the first prestige beauty brand to collaborate with Transport For London, and is offering an express Aveda experience, whereby commuters and guests will be able to ‘fix’ their hair on-the-go (complimentary), as well as pick-up must-have seasonal travel sizes. Plus, each Friday, Aveda bring their professional hairdressing expertise underground, with special #FridayFix events hosted by the Aveda Pros.
Open until around the 15th of July, the pop-up is equipped with three DIY styling stations and award-winning,high-performance Aveda hair care products to help fix some of the UK’s biggest hair gripes, including: flat, frizz and dry/dull – with a speedy mist of hairspray, drop of thirst-quenching oil, or spritz of shine, guests can fix their hair while receiving expert advice on bespoke product application, styling tips and more.
Well tailored sweat-pants and well proportioned shirting, Roux have nailed AW15 with a athleisure, urban causal offering. These shorts from the lookbook, shot by Anna Victoria Best and styled by William Barnes, are my favourite pieces from the collection that consists of sportswear inspired designs that demonstrates the brands careful attention to detail; from super soft printed jerseys to their signature cuts and silhouettes, with the aim of re-inventing enduring basics.
Key highlights of the AW15 Collection include a new take on the classic Parka jacket, an oversized black bomber jacket with mesh panelled vents and updates on Roux’s signature grey marl joggers and sweatshirts. Black tonal contrasts feature throughout while bold flashes of orange compliment outerwear, t-shirts and Roux’s new range of accessories. Head over to the website to start shopping...
Friday, 15 May 2015
Despite it being incredibly hot and sunny in London on Wednesday, these new shots from JD Sports Summer 15 campaign are brightening my not-so-sunny-grey-day. With signature large logos, and impact branding - I love the large logo's accompanying the model shots- it is easy to make a statement with bold prints and colours throughout their latest drops from the likes of Nike, Adidas, New Balance and Brookhaven.
Being, of course, the Undisputed King of Trainers, new and exclusive styles to JD include the ever popular adidas ZX flux and Nike Air Max 90, and the style of 2015, the adidas Superstar, the Roshe Run and the New Balance 565 have all landed.
Since I first saw the trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, I became hooked with the film and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the film when it was released. I was even more excited when it was announced that not only were Mr Porter involved with the costume collaboration, but they launched the Kingsman shop of Savile Row. The first collection was a menswear dream, with a great mix of basics, suiting and accessories. Whilst many thought it was a one-season offering, the second season of best-selling luxury menswear label Kingsman, launches today on the Mr Porter site.
Originally inspired by 20th Century FOX’s internationally-acclaimed and highest-grossing spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman is an enduring costume to collection collaboration and menswear label designed by award-winning costume designer Ms Arianne Phillips alongside filmmaker Mr Matthew Vaughn and the expert-menswear team at Mr Porter. The collection is comprised of tailoring crafted by heritage manufacturers in Britain and by the best in British partner brands - the latest offering debuts single-breasted styles, lighter fabrications, casualwear and accessories for high summer 2015.
True to the debut collection’s aesthetic of slim cut silhouettes, high armholes and master-finishing, the second season introduces high summer tailoring in the form of cotton chinos, a cornflower blue single button blazer and a sand-coloured double-breasted suit in a linen mix. The tailoring is complemented by a robust range of seasonal essentials from our best in British partner brands. Highlights include lightweight fine gauge knitwear from William Lockie, luxury swimwear from Orlebar Brown, as well as new furnishings from our original Kingsman launch partners: Bremont timepieces; Cutler & Gross eyewear; Drakes ties and pocket squares; Corgi socks; George Cleverley footwear; Mackintosh outerwear, Swaine Adeney Brigg bags and Turnbull & Asser shirting.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
The Ath-Leisure trend is no longer just a fashion trend but a revolution in lifestyle, not just in menswear but fashion over all. I was delighted to receive a package containing some luxe joggers, a t-shirt and a short sleeved sweater from Alternative, a US brand new to the UK ithat specialises in luxury organic basics, and 70% of the line is now sustainable. Firstly, the pieces are one of the softest and seemingly most durable pieces I have felt for a very long time; a joy to wear. The idea that these pieces become a second skin, as they are also very lightweight, is one of their selling points in my eyes. However, the pieces don't lack any design details as the sweaters front seams add interest and the joggers have simple but well placed lines also. I paired these pieces with the Clarks Trigenic shoe - the footwear style of the season by all press accounts - so I took these pieces up to the roof at work on one the sunniest days of the year so far.