Thursday, 30 June 2011

Peroni Nastro Azzurrohas x Masters of Style at Somerset House


Armani AW 2001 Peter Lindbergh

Have you ever been to an Italian restaurant, home or in Italy, and asked for a Peroni? Yes, me too. This year Italy celebrates 150 years of unification and to celebrate and in recognition, Peroni have collaborated with six incredibly famous and renowned Italian design houses to curate a unique exhibition of photography along side fashion commentator Colin McDowell.  Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Missoni and Prada have delved into their archives to find some of the best examples of, well, being Italian within their campaigns. 

These Armani images are stunning, and recommend going to the exhibition at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2. 


Armani SS1990 Aldo Falla

A truly unique and compelling exhibition, Masters of Style: Celebrating the Stories Behind Italian Fashion commemorates the passion, flair and creativity of Italian style by bringing to life defining moments in iconic collections and campaigns. Through the personal stories, reflections and anecdotes of the Italian designers themselves, visitors are given a rare insight into the influences behind their most memorable images, celebrating their lasting and significant impact on the fashion industry and indeed, the world today.


Armani Aldo Fallai

LSoD Landing Page x LuisaViaRoma





Not my best side (on a hot and sweaty day) but I love the LSoD landing page and the text they put to my shoot. Take a look at the other bloggers here

Friday, 24 June 2011

Its Nice That ASOS


A few months back I blogged about the awesome ASOS x Its Nice That collection which is a collaberation between the online retailer and the cult magazine. The project picks give of the most imaginative and talented designers in London and around to create five tshirts, of which these are three from the new drop.

Limited edition, these are some seriously hott pieces and each art work is applied on a vest in either white, black and grey and is sold alongside a set of removable stickers which can be applied to your bike. It goes further, as each customer will be entered into a draw to win one of five exclusive custom made Foffa fixed wheel bikes designed by the artists. Phew...





To look out for the collection visit http://www.asos.com/

Garrett Leight Optical California video



A while back Garrett Leight, one of the hottest and newest eye wear creators produced an exclusive video for LSoD. Whilst this new ones is not especially made for me, it once again captures the brand perfectly for AW11. Enjoy.

To check out GLOC - Garrett Leight Optical California - visit garrettleight.com

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Jimmy Choo Mens SS12

 

As I left Pitti last week and continued to Milan, the fun in Florence started and the same happened as I left Milan - fashion week started and I was back in the UK. But thanks to Jimmy Choo, who kindly invited me to the mens presentation, I - and you - can have a look at their SS12 range

These showroom images are from AW11 but as you can see, the surroundings are sumptuous and the brand's taste for interior presenting is as impeccable as their shoes. 

The inspiration are the impeccably attired British style icons such as Peter Sellers and Michael Caine with nods to the kinky art of Allen Jones and the rebellious vibe of the Rolling Stones. This is a really incredible fusion of modern British style with luxurious Italian craftsmanship which, I think, is the perfect balance of fashion with impeccable craftsmanship and classic design - and an inevitable drain on my bank balance. 



For those who saw the AW11 collection can see that is a great development and is, with the inclusion of more street style sneakers, a diverse offering, as Choo put it, for the cool urban man. On top of this extension are driving shoes, sandals, small leather goods and belts which come in a rich pallet of black, khaki, tan, chocolate and Marlboro red with pops of hues of Yves Klein blue and yellow. Now, I work with colour everyday and as an ex-Marlboro know which the red shade is, but Yves Klein escapes me. 




As you can see after these shots, of the full collection, the SS12 offering sees the return of the James Bond-inspired paisley velvet jacquard, which features hidden burlesque silhouettes in pink and turquoise colour ways. There is also an exotic inclusion of genuine crocodile, python, hand burnished calf, classic spazzolato, washed deer skin, exotic stamped leathers and printed hair calf all with hand crafted English pewter hardware. These details just get better and better, so read on to see what they look like...



I really think this a simplistic yet luxurious collection but also retains a sense of masculinity and combines classic detailing in contemporary profiles. The collection, according to Choo, explores several constructions: supple classic sueded soles, a refined tubular construction, lacquer soles and tougher constructions such as lug and cuoio fused boot soles and a croc de-bossed trainer. The shoes and boots have the essence of bench made footwear realized in a lighter than expected structure which is trending for the SS12 season and beyond and it is incredibly comfortable.

Who knew, luxury footwear that is comfortable! 














 To view the current collection, visit www.jimmychoo.com 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Oliver Peoples Vintage


Last September, I was invited to an interview and press appointment with Larry Leight, CEO of Oliver Poeples. Many of you will know that I have had a couple of exclusive posts with the eyewear brand, such as the Gregory Peck frames, and am a huge fan of the no-frills brand that leaves the frames to speak louder than any logo. 

I featured the vintage collection here, where you can read more info on the project, but I am very pleased to have received mine - the O'Malley - today in the post. Thank you to BMPR and Larry and the company for such a beautiful piece of eyewear, I will be wearing them a lot and may even grab a pair of the Gregory Peck if I need real glasses. 






Tuesday, 21 June 2011

AAA Topman x Mr Hare







Mr Hare is one of the most desired and celebrated London shoe-makers of recent year and it is not hard to see why with his mainline collection. I call him a shoe-maker not a designer because his handmade shoes, although not all by him, are individually crafted which has given Mr Hare his enviable reputation.

His pieces, which retail in the most exclusive of locations over the world, are priced at a high £300 and upwards,  but this range by Mr Hare and Topman AAA will give buyers part of his magic for a fraction of the cost. Akin to designer collaborations that other brands have been famed for, this exciting collection launches in August and will to much fan-fare. 
The collection, which will form part of the AAA collection for the season contains styles which features both shoes, boots and high-top sneakers and will launch in two parts - the first at the end of August and the second at the end of October and will be available online and in the Oxford Circus, New York and Chicago stores. Lucky USA! 


Mr Hare's attention to detail is well known within his mainline collection and this attribute is not ignored here as each element has had the Hare eye and treatment. His brand was born out of a love for the great and the aesthetic and this is combined here with a fantastic price. Talking of price, they range from around £80 up to £110. 




I like Mr Hare's (real name Marc Hare) quote to Topman which sums up the heart of his designs and reason for producing; "I never understood why girls had all the fun when it came to shoes, especially, as when it comes down to it, he who rocks the illest chaussures is always the one they want to talk to, so seeing my shoes up in the AAA line and knowing that more guys are going to get their shoe game together, means a lot to me. Thank you Topman! 

Monday, 20 June 2011

Kasia Piechocka Jewellery



The level of graduate talent this year, I think, is incredible and not just from menswear designers but jewellery ones also. This is true of Kasia Piechocka who is a recent graduate of Central St Martins in London and is tipped to be one of the most up-and-coming designers of 2012. 





Kasia does not see her jewellery as having any gender or market which is unusual for a graduate designer who is almost made to have a target client. She believes her works suits male, female, young and old alike which is refreshing and shows that she is confident in her own creativity yet can be seen as misguided. She states that she, "simply designs jewellery for people who desire to add a touch of luxury into their look".  That answers that preconception...




Known for her attention to detail, technical ability and innovative approach to the subject, Kasia often transforms subjects seen as controversial or vulgar into an unexpected and glamorous light. Carving her way into the exquisite world of fine jewellery, sharp, streamline and coherent shapes are steadily becoming a signature of this promising young designer. 




The pieces are absolutly stunning, simple and available to view and purchase at www.kasiapiechocka.com