Ahhh, it's Friday so I thought featuring the lovely and highly talented Domingo Rodriguez would be a great treat. Why? Because his SS15 collection is one of his best, building on the successes of past seasons to produce an offering that is perfect for the season yet has transitional elements that make this the ideal wardrobe for much of the year. Domingo is fast become a must-wear in leather jackets and other pieces, which I explored at the London Collections: Men last year. Buttery, soft and very clever in their constructions - often seemless or with very minimal stitching - his techniques and vision of modern and creative menswear is second to none. Don't get me started on the incredible jersey t-shirts or we would be here for quite some time...
Friday, 27 March 2015
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Whilst I was in New York a couple of weeks ago, seeing the collections at Coterie, I met the MD of Maison des Talons; Bettina. She told me about the concept behind the brand, and the vision of the season from Swiss designer Susane Villiger - who was inspired by her adopted home city of LA and its inherent urban cultures.
I was particularly a fan of the unisex Ashton sneaker and the embroidered back of the Alex, with its LAX airport code on one foot and Zurich the other. Style with a little humour goes a long way; done well of course. With a skate vs biker details, these are winning sneakers. Girls get all the best bits but I'm pleased to see these are for the boys too.
Firstly, I wanted to say a huge congratulations to Rory Wykes and Michaell Smith - or Smith-Wykes - for their nomination at the WGSN awards, taking place in London in May. It is a very well deserved honour, and I wish him all the luck to win in his category as Menswear Design - Design and Buying Innovation.
Now, to his SS16 collection which I viewed at the London Collections: Men last year. Inspired by the colours, textures and lines of the European ‘North Sea’ and the coastal cultures that is inspires on both the British and Scandinavian coastlines, the prints and colours are wonderful. As well as playing with different graphic interpretations of the sea, Smith-Wykes were also looking at the rise of beach culture through the early 1900’s. From the seaside town tradition of the promenade, the stormy business of the North Sea fishing, to the serenity of wide open horizons and secluded beach huts on a perfect summer day. These are my personal picks from the collection, which I hope to see up close again at my local stockist, Assembly in Frome, Somerset.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
ACNE X ALL_BLUES
I have been after a really clean, modern but classic with a twist bracelet for a while and I think these Acne x All_Blues collection fits the bill perfectly. The brand, the brainchild of Stockholm-based duo comprising of Fredrik Nathorst and Jacob Skragge, seems to fit the ACNE aesthetic and sensibility perfectly.
Whilst not cheap (between £140 and £400) and available at OKI-NI the pieces are inspired by contemporary architecture and crafted from recycled 925 silver and then reworked in two finishes - polished 18-carat gold and a black oxidised effect. Northorst and Skragge have expressed the importance of longevity in their work, with a desire to create pieces that are timeless yet also thoroughly modern, looking to fields of architecture and design for inspiration.
It's been a little under a week since Lou Dalton, the London based menswear designer, opened her web-store. The long awaited site has received a great deal of positive reactions from the industry and fans alike, which is great to see such an incredible amount of support for the highly respected designer. To celebrate the launch, these two exclusive Charm Charm Charm tee's have been produced; one in an urban camo and the other, a simple graphic text cut-out, for the site. Quick, go buy as they won't last long.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Time for a Ginger Revolution is the call-to-arms from Red Hot (Oh, come on, you haven't heard of it already?!) pioneer Thomas Knights in collaboration with Bomberg watches. With six of the best red headed models, Thomas put them in denim and leather for a shoot that he says calls a "tough ginger gang, with a 'don't f**k with us' kinda look. With that, and Ken Bek, above, who am I to disagree.
Friday, 6 March 2015
With previous clients Versace, David Guetta and Thomas Sabo, there is not better time to Be You as Year Zero London, the London-based free-spirited fashion brand, launches its exclusive customised and hand-painted service – Be You. Designed for those who want to blend quality, luxury and elegance with flair, personality and individuality, Year Zero London’s bespoke hand-painted service offers a unique opportunity to create iconic accessories that stand out from the norm. I've long been a fan and supporter of Year Zero and I am really proud to be supporting this great artistic area.
Want to upgrade your Hermes HAC, Vuitton holdall or back-pack?Working collaboratively with artist and designer Rocky Mazzilli, the creative powerhouse behind Year Zero London, you now have the opportunity to create designs that reflect your character and personality, express new ideas and redefine the conventional rules that inform today’s bags and luggage. Take a look, and see how to upgrade your accessories, with prices starting at roughly £950.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
It is said that Sport Luxe and Sport Lifestyle is not a trend but a global cultural phenomenon. With the right combination of heritage and sport, Farah has launched these pieces for SS15 shot against an urban environment that accentuates the fresh and invigorating pieces well. The capsule collection comprises of luxe sports jackets, shorts and sweats and incorporates performance fabrications and manufacture that goes hand in hand with the modern man's wardrobe and the sport luxe look. With clean and fresh fabrics and colours, the sportswear collection takes inspiration from the city scape and urban architecture, drawing on its blocky, monolithic structures and muted colours. The collection juxtaposes performance and style, making it ultra-wearable but very fresh from an excellent label that is not only affordable but stylistically wearable.
Whilst it may have been for work, a trip to New York is never unwelcome. From really exploring the streets of Fifth Avenue, SoHo, Meat Packing and Williamsburg, here are just a few snaps. Staying at The Ace on West 29th and Broadway, the Empire State was my morning view as I woke up in the historic building that has one of the cities best bars. Try the Manhattan, because it would be rude not to in the city that never sleeps - even if I do have to eventually. I am going back this weekend before heading up to Boston, so after a long gap between my last visit, I've racked up two trips in under a fortnight.
You may know my obsession and passion for the Nordic countries, particularly Denmark, which is why I have great admiration for Soulland. Coming from the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen, this SS15 offering - which I saw up close at the trade shows in Copenhagen last year - is entitled Deco.
Whilst this collection looks at pottery, tapestry or architectural milestones as the Chrysler building or Miami Beach’s architectural, which are referenced in the collection, Copenhagen itself has some great Deco gems. With button-down oxford shirts carrying an all-over print of letters compiled by roses, saying Soulland - which is one of the best offerings this season, as well as the wonderful sweater below.
True to Nordic form, the collection utilises an array of materials, among others, goat leather and lamb suede, which both are featured on a collared zip jacket complemented by a printed lining. Additionally, as a new introduction to the Soulland line, denim is used for both jeans and jackets, presented in raw denim, black wash and a dotted version in light wash, all in a fitted cut with buttoned closure. Check out the collection dropping soon at Good Hood and The Shop at Bluebird, both in London.
Launching today, in another excellent move by OKI-NI, is the latest STYLED shoot. With no fuss or over embellishment, the shoots emphasis is placed on simplicity with a pared-back but luxurious aesthetic running through both the styling and the set – allowing the clothing to speak for itself. Styled by Samuel Smith, brands featured include Marni, Acne, Jil Sander and Paul Smith, in fresh colours that evoke the end of the winter and the start of spring.
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Readers of LSoD and my social channels will know my love of Aston Martin cars, so this partnership between the brand and Marma is a dream of aesthetic delights. The London based eyewear brand has introduced a 36-piece collection that sees the expertise of both brands intertwined seamlessly, fusing exquisite craftsmanship with innovative technology and design to create beautiful, handcrafted, sunglasses. With a focus on timeless shapes, high quality materials and superior artistry this understated yet elegant collection is the definition of minimalistic luxury. Pure perfection for these sunny yet cold days or for heading away for some winter sun.
It maybe snowing in New York - where I am going back to again this Saturday - and close to zero degrees in some parts of the UK, but Hentsch Man has come up to brighten our Spring. These are my top two shots from their SS15 lookbook, each picking up on a trend - graphic floral and wide stripes. I love the boldness of the short and shirt combination above, as well as the relaxed nature of the pyjama suit below.
The Hentsch Man ‘La Cantina’ collection, draws upon the dazed summer nights of South America for SS15. The La Cantina collection takes a trip through the depths of a South American urban summer, with bolshy influences of favela city life, but retains its classic silhouettes and punchy prints that the brand is known so well for. Another winning collection for Alexia Hentsch.