Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Missoni x Target Preview Video

There is a bit more womenswear than I would like but this video from Missoni for Target gives an incredible, and the biggest to date, preview of the range that is launching on September 13th. It features Missoni heiress Margherita Missoni taking us behind the scenes of the 400-piece range - from some great homewear to some vibrant bedding signature printed clothing - and talks about her reasons to collaborate with the American retailer.

Watching the video, I noticed that the campagin images were shot in Milan, right next to the Marc by Marc Jacobs store on Piazza del Carmine which is a stunning location in the northern end of the city centre.

OKI-NI x Attitude Collaberation

Attitude magazine is by far one of the best gay magazines in the world, so it is no suprise that a collaberation with one of the world's premier retailers, OKI-NI, has emerged. Styled by Elauan Lee, she mixes streetwear and edgy staples to produce an urban dream if labels such as Maison Martin Margiela, Porter Spray and Jil Sander. Photographed by Cameron McNee, I am curious to where the shots will sppear, either on OKI-NI or in Attitude, or both. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Leebo Freeman for So Popular SS12

Leebo Freeman is one of my favrouite models of the past year and despite being from Florida, has a distinct 'London' look about him. Here he models for longtime friends Daniel Blechman and brothers James and David Ardinast who have the label So Popular They have a great way of adding a fresh take on contemporary basics for men but combine tailoring, great high quality materials and combine street with classic men's senstibilites.  The SS12 collection comes with apparel featuring interesting pocket and zip placements, two-tone outerwear pieces, colored pants, interior lining and slim fits which just about ticks every trend box for the coming season. 

Monday, 29 August 2011

LA Diary: Shauns Shades

One of the consistant points of brands from LA is that they hold a unique charitable edge. Here,  Shauns Shadesa chic eyewear brand with a unique commitment and story presents  its debut collection whos mission is to set out to support, empower and help solve the problem of visual impairment and eliminate blindness. Each time someone purchases a pair of Shauns Shades one of the 285 million people around the world who suffer from these visual challenges will receive a pair of glasses, as part of the "Buy One, Give Sight" mission. Mirroring his own experience with sight, Shaun Paterson, the brand's founder, was impacted by his own struggles and was motivated to take action to help others who aren’t as fortunate to receive proper eye health care.

 These premium sunglasses are designed in California and made in Italy using the finest materials that include Carl Zeiss lenses, the worldwide leader in optics quality. Undeniably trendy and created to flatter every range of face shapes, each pair features a Braille “S” logo at the tip of the left temple in Shauns Shades signature green.

Go on, give some sight...

Topman LENS AW11 collection

JW Anderson

Ahead of London Fashion Week, I thought I would bring you a preview of the Topman LENS AW11 collection, launching on 15th September, which sees three new designers; Uniforms for the Dedicated, Daniel Jackson and David David join the LENS collective. This is a very exciting time for menswear as this LFW - although I won't be attending - sees a refined and great Menswear Day line up. These three exciting additions will sit alongside current LENS favourites J.W. Anderson, New Power Studio, Dexter Wong and Dusty.

Uniforms of the Dedicated 

Scandinavia’s Uniforms for the Dedicated was founded in 2007 and forms a continuously growing playground of men’s fashion, music, art projects, and film. Driven by continuous experimentation and characterised by a playful yet functional approach, Uniforms crosses elements from various design and time periods to create a line of clothing sustainable over time. Debuting with LENS this season the creativity in design is clear for all to see with Scandinavian workwear styling focusing on utility and functionality throughout.

Daniel Jackson 

New York’s Daniel Jackson founded the international art and design collective Surface to Air. Surface to Air gained momentum as a new, fresh, breaking-the-rules type of collective. Daniel is renowned for the design of accessories and jewellery but LENS has allowed him his first solo foray into clothing design. Daniel’s LENS AW11 collection is a homage to the Velvet Underground as ‘New York Icons’. Classic silhouettes are subverted with modern fabrications and materials in a subtle, but strong manner.

David David

Designer David Saunders (aka David David) came to fashion via fine art, graduating from Chelsea College of Art and assisting Tracey Emin and other Young British Artists before moving into fashion in 2005. An installation at the Topman sponsored MAN show during London Fashion Week was a turning point in developing David David's signature style of bold geometric prints which have since become synonymous with the brand and are prevalent throughout his debut LENS AW11 collection.

 Dexter Wong

 New Power Studio

J W Anderson

Now into its ninth season, the awesome LENS is the brainchild of Topman Design Director Gordon Richardson and ‘b Store’ Founder Matthew Murphy - so what's not to love?! The idea is to create a space to showcase the cream of young emerging menswear talent from both here and abroad. Like I said LENS will be available in of the Oxford Circus store Thursday September 15th to coincide with the start of London Fashion Week and will available online as well as at London Selfridges, New York, Chicago and a smattering of other locations around the world. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Dockers Apparel x LSoD Preview Shots

Last weekend I was invited to London by Dockers and Mission PR to be part of their new AW11 campaign (along side the boys from Individualism and Miggy from Miggy Likes the Internet) and the launch of their UK e-tail site. I arrived at the showroom off Rivington Street, EC2 in East London and swiftly met Wayne Tippets, the accliamed street style photographer from Street Style Aesthetic who took these shots above. Wearing head-to-toe Dockers (except the shoes, which are Clarks Desert Boots) the shots are being run in on-line and print short-run media over the next six weeks! 

Glee x Fashion's Night Out

This a great short intro to Fashion's Night Out on September 8th in New York by the cast of Glee who have been named official spokespeople by Anna Wintour, who spearheads the initiative. If you have not heard (where have you been?!) Fashion's Night Out was started by Wintour to get people back into stores after the recession. It's an awesome night out of fun, music, shopping and charity.

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 The event will be happening in a host of cities across the world and in London the majority of brands will be hosting events on Bond Street, W1 as well as Regent Street and for the first time, Covent Garden, WC2. Like I said, the event is also for chairty and each year a t-shirt is released and here is London's - OK, they are a little femi-cut but they fit most smaller framed guys. If you look closely above, you can see more of the products such as the tote available only in the USA.
For more info on the night, check here in London and here for New York, LA and the rest of the USA.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Casa Bacardi, Sitges

Whilst on holiday, Brad and I took a walk up to the newly opened Casa Bacardi, the white rum museum celebrating the namesakes heritage.  Last time I was in Sitges I was not aware that Facund Bacardí was born in the city but a full sized version of the above sculpture has been erected on the seafront in celebration of his life. 

We entered the small but perfectly air-conditioned venue and were shown some documents of his initial failings (he went bankrupt twice) and the museums own palm tree (each Bacardi property has one, referencing the oddly planted tree that stood outside the original factory in Cuba). We were also shown the progression of the famous and iconic bat logo which was used because the founders wife found a colony in the roof of the first factory and they symbolize prosperity, health, weath and all good things. 

The second part of the tour involved watching some sugar cane being squeezed through a press and then trying the molasses which looks like Marmite (my least favourite edible thing) and tastes like bad cough mixture. We were then shown some of the oak barrels that Barcardi is stored in and asked to try both stages of raw rum, and then finally the blended product as Bacardi is a blend of soft and hard distilled rum. 

After this we were shown how the perfect and certified Mojito and Cuba Libre is made and then invited to make one or the other. Both Brad and I chose the Mojito which are one of our favoruite drinks plus there was something more skilled it seemed about the minty cocktail. The making is very, very specific and is as follows after these few pictures of Brad and I... 


1) Taking half a fresh lime, cut into quartered slices. 

2) Take six sprigs of mint and clap between you hands to release the flavour. 

3) Add two heaped tea spoons of white sugar and
using a pestle crush and blend together without mushing together. 

4) Slide a leaf or two of mint to the side and centre of the glass.

5) Top with 3/4 crushed ice.

6) Pour Bacardi white rum for 6 seconds at a 45 degree angle. 

7) Add a 1/4 off crushed ice.

8) Top up with soda water.

9) Taking a sprig of mint, flap against your palm to release the flavour and decorate the cocktail.

10) Add a stirer and a straw to enjoy! 

We absolutly loved the experience and fully enjoyed the hour or so learning the history and craft of such an iconic brand. Lastly, the tour is Euro 7, which is astonishing value considering the horrifically poor Mojito & Co in Sitges town is an unsightly Euro 8 - and they don't even use limes! If you find yourself in Sitges, I highly reccomend a visit...

H&M x L'Uomo Vogue's Gianluca Cantaro

He is a model of the moment and one of H&M's front guys, Clement Chabernaud fronts the Swedish labels autumn/winter line up for an in depth look at their new collection. It is often hard to remember that the company is not English, considering we have more stores than most European countires! The woman is head designer Ann-Sofie Johansson and is joined the the incrdible and formidable L'Uomo Vogue editor Gianluca Cantaro who casts his pretty proffessional eyes over the sleek tailoring and rich, earthy tones. 

Friday, 19 August 2011



A while back, a company local to me, told guys to get to grips with thier skin. It was, needless to say a cosmetics brand, called Disguys, which provides guys with soft cosmetics for everyday use. The notion of the metrosexual male has long passed us as a novelty and are expectant of guys to take care of themselves and well, try a little bit harder. There have been times when most guys wanted to spreuce themselves up after a heavy-night out, or prior to a rough one but bar a little bit of moisturiser, came nowhere near to hiding a spot or a flair up. 

This new product is an intellegent cover up for men that conceals blemishes to give you an even looking skin tone - and comes in 3 tones. It is very simple to use as you apply and pat over the Disguys'ed areas until the concealer is no longer visable. It's all about the subtlty and I will be using it this weekend no doubt. 

For £9 it really is a great buy and is available from good ol' Boots and here online.