Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Liberty & Woolrich

I wanted to share this with you yesterday but blogger went a bit awry with images. Anyways, here it goes...

There have been many a department store collaborations with heritage brands, but very rarely do two stalwarts of retail come together, like Liberty of London and Italian brand Woolrich.
Combining to very distinct designs, Woolrich has redeveloped their utility pieces with the iconic Liberty floral print for their Autumn/Winter 2010 collection.

Taking some of their most popular pieces, such as the fur trimmed lumberjack checked jacket and fitted blazer, the lining has become awash with a reinvigorated lining with the print that will no doubt become one of the seasons hottest brand collaborations.

Woolrich, now designed by Daiki Suzuki, started in 1830 in Italy and has been a staple brand for the country's hottest dressers, yet I think the dear-stalker hat will be one of the best selling pieces of the season. The pieces certainly tick the trend boxes of wrapping up warm and tailoring so its a winner all round!

Monday, 29 March 2010

A Mainline to Levi's

Levi jeans have been one of the most popular denim brands for decades and the brand shows no sign of slowing down on their innovate designs. And Mainline Menswear, one of the most popular online menswear boutiques, is exclusively selling one of the largest ranges of Levi's available anywhere on the net.

Levis New Life Rigid 10th Anniversary Of The Engineered Jeans

The brand that has been around for over 150 years and has come along way from supplying labour workers that provided a stronger trouser due to the metal rivet - that little brass button often found near the pockets - and stronger stitching.
However, with the explosion in the popularity of jeans for all occasions, Levi's still remain the most well known, and popular denim brands.

Levis 501 Jeans In Heavy Stuf Blue Wash Denim

Levis Side Adjuster Comfort Gratitude Jeans In Light Blue Vintage Wash Denim

Mainline has an array of styles including the original Levi 501 line, as well as the 512 bootcut and the 10th anniversary engineered lines that are one of the most purchased ranges across the brand. What's more, Mainline not only have a fantastic array of jeans, but also a varied collection of apparel that encapsulate a number of trends for spring/summer 2010.

Levis 501 Jeans In Levis Ma Dark Wash Denim

Mainline will also be expanding their collection into the 511, 504, 506 and the salvage edge jeans as well as the raw denims, and finally the Red Label.

100% Cotton Sawtooth in Blue Check.

The Red Label is an amazing clothing line that includes some fantastic t shirts, and the popular, and almost synonymous with every collection, checked shirt in various colours in both the long and short sleeved style.

100% Cotton Levi Sawtooth in Red Check. Press stud opening with two front pockets - hott. That's the tartan check trend sorted.

Forget about the looming rail strikes, get a Mainline to Levi's here.

X Marks the Spot: Calvin Klein Underwear

Here at LSoD, we not only love new products but also hot men in skimpy underwear and a bit of controversy, so on this dreary Monday afternoon, we have bought you all three.

Calvin Klein have bought out a new range of underwear named 'X' which has been launched with a highly controversial advert which has been banned in the UK. The range is highly breathable stretch cotton, as well as having a slightly padded crotch to enhance your ::ahem:: assets.


It is great to see that the iconic CK waistband has been redesigned, having the Calvin Klein name oversized as well as incorporating a thicker band. And most importantly, the 'X' label has been designed to just pop out over your jeans...

On top of this highly charged launch, CK is running a competition called '9 Countries, 9 Men, 1 Winner' in which nine men from nine countries compete to become brand representatives for Calvin Klein Underwear. Though, the winners will not be the face of the new campaigns - which saves the embarrassment of having your nether regions plastered over busses - but will benefit from a host of treats as well as the knowledge you look pretty damn good in a pair of pretty hott pants.

To buy a pair, or two, of the hottest items for your top draw, click here.

Friday, 26 March 2010

FIRST LOOK: Alexander McQueen Underwear

After news that the late Alexander McQueen is set to launch underwear lines, this week, I can put some images to the tantalizing collection that is set to launch in June.

So, there is a basic line which will simply be coloured boxer shorts, briefs and vests, and sleepwear and loungewear, a seasonal fashion range and swimwear. Before his untimely death earlier this year, McQueen was working on a a collection of boxers and briefs that featured his signature skull prints as well as the feathered print that was seen in his final menswear show.

Starting at £35 - for a the basic boxer short - going up to £370 for a silk PJ set, the ranges packaging will, as you can see, have black and white images of mens torso's and the first collection will feature a red skull boxer in aid of several worldwide AIDS charities.

The range will be distributed by Albisetti SpA which has deals for the swimwear and underwear ranges for John Galliano, Roberto Cavalli and Jil Sander. But this range will be available at the official McQueen website , Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols from June.

Not only do I love the range - my collection of Dolce and Gabbana underwear is vast but needs something equally as nice to compliment them - they are not out of the way in terms of price but they will become collectors items too.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Commonwealth Utilities A/W10 Runway Video

Commonwealth Utilities - FALL/WINTER 2010 from The Malcolm on Vimeo.

One of the best, in my opinion, designers is Anthony Keegan who designs for Commonwealth Utilities, an American label that who's popularity has risen and risen over the past year or so. Alongside Richard Christiansen, the two presented their A/W 2010 collection in New York last month for which this edited video - with behind the scenes shots - has been produced.

I have blogged about the labelled and championed the aesthetic that Commonwealth Utilities offers, which is a great mix of looks that both suit the American market and us here. This collection took inspiration from the film "An Officer And A Gentleman", but wearing the label won't make you either those, it will just make you look damn good.

Topman Fashion Friday

Look at this! Could you want anymore reason to go shopping on the last Friday of every month, which launches on the 26th March which is - you guessed it - a Friday.

Only at the Oxford Circus flagship store (hopefully it might go regional) the store will feature a treasure trove of exclusive offers and promotions.

The first event features a limited edition goody bag with a purchase - buy quickly as they will be gone quick - as well as free haircuts and wet shaves; a nice echo of the old school Jermyn Street barbers, courtesy of Sharpes Barbers, as well as complimentary beer and style advice. Also, whilst your shopping, there is a DJ set to keep you in rhythm.

I will defiantly be going, hope to see everyone there! See the image above for more details.

At It Like Easter Bunny's - Hillier Accessories

They are some of the hottest accessories of the season, as well as rabbits being quite appropriate in the run up to Easter, with Henry Holland a fan, owning a bunny and a custom-made crocodile.

Hillier is the personal jewelry line by Katie Hillier who is a leading accessories designer that has worked with labels such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Loewe, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giles and House of Holland to name a few.

White Gold Bunny with Violet Diamond.

I really, really, really, love this range of pieces as they are incredibly unique, but also so simple and stylized which make an impact. Their simplistic lines highlight the quality of the workmanship as well as the stones but also portrays a desirable naivety that is incredibly popular. Simple, classic and just divine.

Rose Gold Bunny with Claret Diamond.

Hillier launched with the 0.1 bunny paper clip necklace that has become one of the most covetable pieces of jewelry ever to have launched in London. Why? Because each bunny is handcrafted using 18ct gold with a stunning diamond eye. It is then placed on a 18ct gold chain which features a makers logo lozenge tag, and can be worn individually or grouped together to make a deeper impression.

Black Gold Bunny with White Diamond.

The brilliant Hillier has developed her line further with a whole group of animals, featuring a mouse, squirrel, owl, snail and a dachshund - or as I like to call them, a sausage dog. They come in a range of precious metals such as white, yellow and pink gold with a variety of coloured diamonds, such as black, navy and claret, as their sparking eyes that give them a personality.

Image by Toby McFarlan Pond.

Hillier is stocked at some of the hottest stores in London; Dover Street Market, Matches Wimbeldon and Matches Notting Hill as well as my favourite store, Collete, in Paris.

What would you prefer for Easter? A Lindt chocolate bunny, wrapped in gold with a bell around its neck, or a stunning gold bunny with a diamond for its eye? I know which one I would like.

In Today's Post: T-Post T-Shirt

A couple of weeks ago I did a post on T-Post here. I was really intrigued on the concept and today it arrived in the post, all the way from Sweden.

The front is a montage of 'rock, paper, scissors' which can be played interactively via your computer. Yes, you can play the old age game with your computer on the special T-post site.

The inside-back features an interesting and topical article on the so called 'micky-mouse degrees' such as pole dancing at Leeds University, and Cyberporn and Society in the USA.

Take a look at the T-Post site here, and have a think about subscribing to this incredible and very fashion forward concept.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Ally Capellino for Liberty of London

There are bags, and there are bags. One such name, Ally Capellino, is an accessories designer who is not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of her label but 30 years of exquisite crafts-woman-ship.

To celebrate the anniversary, Cappellino has re-designed a bag for Liberty of London, with another for women, plus the store is putting on a fore-running exhibit before the main event at The Wapping Project on the 23rd April.

The men's Frank Rusksack is produced in a fantastically soft blue leather, with contrasting tan leather buckles that is lined with Liberty of London print and features an embossed label. The bag is just huge, which I love...

As for the exhibition, during April Liberty will host an installation on the main stair case that will start on the mens floor working its way up. This fore-running exhibit is just a little taster of a retrospective of Capellino at the incredible The Wapping Project which is housed in a former pumping station.


Dangerous Liaisons: Selfridges Launches On-Line Shopping

I have to say I knew this was coming as I was asked to provide some samples when I worked at a London based designer label.
But looking through the Selfridges website this morning, I didn't realise how dangerous it would be!

The site, which launched today, with Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Accessories, Home and Leisure, Kids and Gifts, offers a huge range of brands and labels available for home-delivery.

For menswear, there is an amazing array of designers in their contemporary and designer section, such as Dior Homme, Unconditional, Vivienne Westwood and Maison Martin Margiela.

Remember, Please Shop Responsibly...Not at 3am after a heavy night out.

A Cooler Kind of Chukka: Polo at My-Wardrobe

It might not seem like it, but the Polo season is only months away and it seems e-retailer My-Wardrobe.com has fully embraced the Sport of Kings.

The preppy trend is a key look for spring/summer 2010, though forget about the American brands Abercrombie and Fitch and Tommy Hilfiger by embracing something a little more British. My-Wardrobe has a great selection of polo shirts 'new in' accompanied with a smattering of blazers, shoes and other fresh accessories.

Starting at the bottom, Belstaff, the rugged outerwear brand, has this pair of brown boots that would not look out of place stomping the divots at Cirencester. They have a perforated detail and a raised heal, but not too much that it's noticeable.

However, a more relaxed option is the deck-shoe - a staple item for the season - and this Sperry Topsiders red suede pair is a colourful and pefect option to be teamed with the jeans below.

Acne is one of my favourite denim brands, and their bleach max downtown slim jeans are a great colour pallet to wear with almost anything, and the stitch detailing gives it an extra edge that won't go unnoticed.

For polo shirts, don't just stick to plain black or white, go for something with some embellishment or detail such as emblems or pockets. Ralph Lauren has a great selection of authentically inspired polo shirts though whilst he is an American label, Lauren took British style to the States and then sold it back to us. Cheeky...

Pink Sash Match Crest Polo

Dark Blue Match Crest Polo

For something simple but with a twist, McQ by McQueen has stepped in to give us a great burst of colour with some slim mesh polo's with tipped detail or go for Farah Vintage's grey herringbone knit cotton. For the more traditionalist in you, Fred Perry is your first and last stop, with a white polo that's style will never go out of fashion.

McQ by McQueen

Farah Vintage

Fred Perry

Lastly, the blazer is not only a key item for the summer but also for the polo look, with Burberry and McQ by McQueen providing the best options for a smart yet relaxed look.

Burberry Grey Cotton Blazer

MCQ by McQueen Two-Toned Blazer

Now all you need is a date, a hamper stuffed with champagne and a few horses, but watch out for the steaming divots. And if you have seen Pretty Woman, you will know what I mean.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Best Foot Forward - Del Toro Loafers

"Always wear expensive shoes. People notice", once said author Brian Koslow. But you don't have to spend a lot on amazing looking shoes, as Del Toro have proven.

The American based loafer company, the brain child of three students, was founded by James G. Bohannon, Nathanial C. Wish and Matthew S. Chevallard whilst they were at boarding school. Basically, they wanted to get some loafers featuring their school logo as a graduation memento, but found waiting eight months, and paying £450 a pair, was not what they wanted. And nor would I. Or you or anybody.

So from there they came up with the idea of making and selling loafers that could be embroidered and personalised, as well as made-to-measured, at a good price. And at around £90 a pair ($135) for the basic loafer, and up to £155 ($225) for the customised version where you can upload your own image to be placed on the toe. Looking through their website, there is not a logo or emblem I couldn't find.

They are made and comprised of a cotton velvet upper with a first grade cow leather lining and fine cow leather outsole. In addition to this they have a rubber piece glummed heel where the heel is nailed up to both insole and outsole. For the price, including shipping, they are significantly cheaper than Northampton made shoes, the home of Church's, of the same quality. The colourway selection is also extensive, with loden green, navy blue, night black, walnut brown, white/grey stripe linen, ultramarine linen, light blue linen, and crimson red linen to choose from.

I think they are great shoes to dress up or down; with jeans, short summer shorts or with a semi-formal suit. Personally, I would wear them almost everywhere, and for the price, including shipping, they are one of the best priced items I have seen this year.

I wonder if I could get away with wearing those with the USA Presidential Seal on the toe? Though I think the skull and crossbones are a more reasonable choice...

VMan Ford Model Search - It's Over...

One of fashion and modeling's most desired and prestigious competitions, the V Man Ford Model Search, is over.

Above are the two guys who took the top prize, a contract with Ford Models and a spot on the cover of V Man. You can't complain at that!

So, let me introduce Michael W, who is 19, from Florida (in the grey round neck) and Luke Briggs, 18, from West Virginia (in the black v-neck). I think they have a typically American aesthetic which, if you take a look, is apparent at Ford Models...There is non of the alternative, skinny, edgy look that has come to define London.

Well done guys! I look forward to seeing them on the front of V Man on 20th April.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Pradalphabet Limited Edition T-Shirts

Fashion is either your mother tongue, or it is a language you don't understand but for Muiccia Prada, it is her life, her language and her blood. For her, fashion is as easy as the A, B, C...

So naturally Prada has devised a limited edition t-shirt called Pradalphabet, in collaboration with the Parisian art and design duo M/M. All twenty six letters of the alphabet have been redesigned, for the made-to-order service, and five letters will feature on the front of the t-shirt, with a redesigned Prada logo on the back. The new logo, the Prada name surrounded by a rope garland topped with the crest of the Italian Royal family, has an additional 'M' in it.

Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag - M/M - are quite the graphic and aesthetic junkies, having already developed 50 typefaces and designed the t-shirt to be placed in a pretty awesome cloth covered archive box with an essay written by the Italian writer Federico Nicolao. So this is more than just a t-shirt, its an intellectual one too.

I'm thinking its not going to be cheap, and nor will be creating your name out of the typeface with their special made-to-order service. But who can say they have had their name designed by Prada?

bStore at Bluebird

I am just about to get ready for the following launch but before I do I need to share this with you. One of London's hottest and most fashion forward menswear stores, bStore is collaborating in a Pop Up Shop with the illustrious The Shop at Bluebird.

TSaB is one of London's premier retail stores, based on the Kings Road, which stocks an incredible array of exclusive designers and London based talent. The space, which is open from tomorrow - March 18th - which will run for a month, finally closing on April 18th, has been created by the incredible, Post-Office. No, not Royal Mail, the multi-talented architectural and interiors design people that have specially created some innovative stocking displays and impressive lighting systems that will hopefully make the project one of the best spectacles this year.

So as I get ready to inhale my dinner, I will make sure I have coated my hair in spray as apparently there are some industrial fans that are activated when people walk into the store, creating something of a 'spring breeze'. Lovely.

The bStore Pop Up Shop runs from March 8th-April 18th 2010 at The Shop at Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, London SW3 UU