Sunday, 30 August 2009

H&M Campaign with Andres Segura and Ryan Thomas

H&M has always been a favorite high-street brand of mine with its lively clothes and colourful palettes but have always thought their adverts to be a little muted.

However they have shot these promo pictures to generate interest in their e-commerce site for S/S10. Featuring Andres Velencoso Segura and Ryan Thomas, the two present a more grown-up image for the brand but let the playful yet mature clothes speak for themselves and its audience.

To celebrate my new job, I think I might have to flex Mister. Visa at the weekend!

Raf Simons for Dr. Martens

After my post earlier this month about JPG collaborating with Dr. Martens, news has reached LSoD that Raf Simons has also teamed up with the iconic footwear brand.
The marriage draws on Simons unique aesthetic with metallic leathers, new-nova leather with Dr. Martens conservative styles and traditional fastenings and details.
It really is a refreshing, not to mention exciting, collaboration and will be stocked at Browns, Oki-Ni, Selfridges and DSM.
Seeing as S/S10 will be a blend of black, black and urm...more black, it's seems that it's up to footwear to inject a bit of colour into the season!

images courtesy of raf simons

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Double Identity

Double Identity is a London based sneaker design house that is totally underrated in my eyes. They only sell at Unconditional, Monmouth St, London WC2 in the UK, 7 in New York and various locations in Japan.

Whats more, they are not absurd prices so won't make much of a dent in your wallet. Edgy, unique and fashion-forward they have had plenty of UK and international press.

I spotted a black pair of leather and pony high-tops - YES - pony! It's such a soft but hardy fabric at £108 in their sale! Bargain!


With chatter that Anna Wintour will be stepping down as Editor in Chief in around a year-and-a-half, with Sally Singer replacing Wintour at Vogue US, I thought this image was genius.

Can someone make this into a t-shirt for me please? Size small...V neck only : )

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Menswear Day at London Fashion Week Schedule Announced


#LFW So I was super pleased to read this afternoon that The British Fashion Council has announced a dedicated 'Menswear Day' on Wednesday 23rd September with 25 new and established designers taking part all over town in a mix of shows, presentations and installations !

Menswear has often takes a backseat at London Fashion Week with many of London's design talents focusing on womenswear or showing else where.

Looking at the schedule it all seems a bit close together time wise, but thats half the exhilaration of dashing around town!

Kicking of the day at Somerset House, WC2 - the new home of London Fashion Week - will be premier British Fashion Councils NEWGEN MEN winners Carolyn Massey and James Long.

Next up is the Fashion East instalations curated by mode force du jour Lulu Kennedy, showcasing Blaak, Casely-Hayford, Eastpak by Christopher Shannon, H by Harris, Husam el Odeh, Jaiden rVa James, Jordan Askill, Louise Gray, Martine Rose, Mr Hare, New Power Studio and Sibling.

WOW! That is a line up and a half! But that's not all....

MAN with show Christopher Shannon, Katie Eary AND J.W. Anderson who I have blogged about before alongside TOPMAN Design at Somerset House.

For those with more discerning tastes, Savile Row royalty E Tautz and Richard James will be holding presentations in-store and Wintle, the incredible label by Jsen Wintle, will show his collection at Somerset House.

Last but not least are Lou Dalton, who will show at Somerset House, A Child of the Jago, co-founded by Vivienne Westwood’s son Joseph Corre will show in East London and bStore and Tim Soar will show back-to-back to close the days celebrations.

So what to do after such a busy day?! Kick off your Prada's at Nicole Fahri who will be hosting an evening party in-store to mark 20 years of their menswear lines.

Hermes Tie and Scarf Shop at Liberty's

It's a fashionista's high-end dream - Liberty of London is to join forces with Hermes to host a Hermes tie and scarf shop.
Open between September 7th to October 18th, the pop-up store will feature the A/W09 collection as well as give us the chance to play dress up with a treasure trove of accessories to learn and experiment the art of tie-ing.

What's more, and this bit I particularly love, is that stylists and photographers will be on hand to style a mini-shoot capturing our best and worst poses.

There are apparently more activities and events though out it's stay at the Regent Street, London, W1 store.

It's all well and good having some fun with the most covetable accessories around but what is there to take with you?! Hermes have created an exclusive limited edition range of scarves and ties designed by Bali Barret - Hermes creative director of silk - using Liberty's divine Tana Lawn cottons.

See you there!

Monday, 24 August 2009

Balmain Homme First Collection Preview with Ash Stymest

The London boys are at it again, but this time in Japan. Exclusively previewing the premier mens collection from Balmain for HUGE magazine, Ash Stymest is the prefect model to wear the edgy collection, on trend with the biker/rock look and embellishment.

As the shoot title suggests, Ash is the absolute man!

I stopped buying Dior Homme when Hedi Slimane left its helm but I think I have found my new french fancy. Do you too see some similarities of the Slimane aesthetic? Comments on a post card...

images courtesy of Mens Model Talk

Is Liberty Targets Next Collaboration?

Whilst this post doesn't really apply to us Brits (this goes out to my American readers), it really is a monumental turn for the Brithsh Fashion Industry.

Liberty, the historic London-based department store, is in talks with Target, the USA-based value chain, to launch a collaboration next year. The Launch should be in time for S/S10 and features a range of clothing and acessories with the iconic Liberty prints. I'm guessing most of the clothing will be for women, but they do an exquisite range of prints for guys...just have to wait and see!

Target collaborated with Alexander McQueen this year for mens and womenswear but it had very mixed reviews, yet sold out pretty quickly.

There was talk of Liberty being in a bit of financial trouble since they had to close the Sloane Street, London, SW1 store earlier this year after only a few months trading. Perhaps this is opportunity will provide a much needed injection of cash.

I have only been to Target a couple of times (try the pink cakes with sprinkles on, they are PURE sugar!) and can really see the appeal of such collaborations as they have good quality clothing at a very good price. For us Brits, think F&F at Tesco.

But for now, let's just wait and see, check back as I will be following this story!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Mishka NYC Sample Sale

Mishka NYC

A.IN.T London

A.IN.T London

Here at LSoD, we LOVE a hot bargain so will be heading down to the Mishka NYC sample sale on September 2nd. The uber cool label will be joined by 10 Deep, Staple and A.IN.T for the two day event at Meeting Room, 1st Floor, 1 Rivington Place, London. Co-ordinated by Spin Agency, the event is retailing some very urban/street brands which is really the vibe in London at the moment, so will be keeping my eye on Mishka NYC to see how they are perceived over here.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac JC/DC Diffusion Line

#LFW We all love a bit of fashion fun and designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is the ultimate court jester. But one trick JCDC that will defiantly get the fashion pack in a frenzy is the launch of his S/S10 diffusion line, JC/DC. Not much as been released about the line (except the preview shot above) yet it will launch on the first day of London Fashion Week - September 18th.
I love his label so can not wait!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Luke Worall by Stefan Heinrichs for Dansk

Dansk magazine is one of the hottest publications outside of London that really should be based here. Whilst there are a number of London based contributers, it is the turn of the German photographer Stefan Heinrichs shooting the ever animated Luke Worall. On trend with the three button suit, monochrome and heritage, the quirky images just make me smile.

Prada Please, Marfa

Over the past few days, in between decorating, I have been distracted by Gossip Girl once again. But the first time around, I failed to notice the 'Prada Marfa' art work in the Bass apartment. After a little research, I found the story behind the prop both fascinating and bizarre.

Prada Marfa was a sculpture, masquerading as a mini-boutique, outside the towns of Valentine and Marfa in Texas, USA by a pair of Scandinavian artists, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset in 2005. Located along Highway 90 and surrounded by nothing but desert and donkeys, the 15ft by 25ft the doors were sealed shut yet was pretty much stocked full with the latest collection.

I wonder where I can get my hands on one, it would look divine on my wall...

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Disco Demolition at 24 and Caligula

Philip Stevens with Polly at Disco Demolition at 24.

Bruno Basso and Leo Belicha at Caligula

En Route to 24 - (On wall) (3rd left) Philip Stevens (4th left) Jodie Harsh (5th Left) Henry Conway (1st Right) Dan Lismore

London is unlike any other fashion powerhouse as its nightlife reflects the fashion and style zeitgeist.
After Thursday nights book launch Friday night saw 'Disco Demolition', a club night by Henry Conway and Daniel Lismore. Both fashion and social figures in London, the venue on Kingly Street, London, W1 played host to drag du jour Jodie Harsh on the decks, designer Julian McDonald and Unconditional designer Philip Stevens amongst a smattering of recognisable faces from screen and music. We all shared a few bottles of Grey Goose and danced most of the night away to some killer tracks...

What followed was a mashed up night of excess, and for new comer Caligula success, as Steven's, Lismore, those famous faces and I headed over to the east London club, whilst, sadly, Harsh and Conway had retired to bed. Held in an old turkish bathouse in the ground of a church yard, Caligula has had incredible coverage from the New York Times, MTV and national style bibles. Here, I had a chat with the lovely Bruno Basso, one half of design duo Basso and Brooke, as well as Leo Belicha who co-runs the night with DJ Jim Warboy.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Born Again Preview

Just a little glimpse of the first capsule collection from London based duo Roberts and Kane. Their Born Again line is made exclusively in the UK by an ex Savile Row tailor so I am expecting some more well crafted looks but with a highly creative edge.
This hoodie is just striking beyond belief with its mix of Prince of Wales check and tartan and vibrant colours, so I really can't wait for the full look book to be released!

Fleur Britten 'On The Couch' Launch

Tonight saw the launch of journalist Fleur Brittens' new book 'On the Couch', a publication documenting her time couch surfing around Russia. I apologies for the slightly rubbish pictures but it was incredibly dark at the Great Eastern Street hotel, London but the launch was a great success.

A Russian folk band played out the first floor of the venue with faces such as drag queen and DJ Jodie Harsh, designer Henry Holland and many a recognisable face from the UK press.

I haven't seen the author, Fleur, for about two years but I avidly read her articles in the Sunday Times 'Style' supplement where the book was part-serialised.
Henry Holland was fresh from his launch of his House of Holland tights event at Selfridges, not before meeting DJ and broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan who was promoting the charity 'Children in Need'.

I only stayed for a short while but having glanced at the book, it seems an entertaining piece of non-fiction that raises a number of laughs. Well worth a read...