Monday, 31 October 2011

Another Man x Louis Vuitton

As you may know, I was quite ill towards the end of the last week and was entertained by CSI and a stack of magazines. One of those, Another Man, had this stunning spread of Kim Jones first collection (SS12) for Louis Vuitton. The shoot references Kim's upbringing and love of Africa in a Born Free sort of way of set by the incredibly desirable blue and red checked scarfs. With this, there was a nod to the explorer trend that we saw on the catwalk - which will develop on the high street - and also the travel heritage of Vuitton's history. This great shoot shoot was photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by the often unrivaled Alister Mackie. 

Cambridge Satchel x Supremebeing

These bags are quite something and the heritage and quality of the pieces shout Britishness from every square inch of leather. These stunning pieces are a new collaboration between UK Streetwear brand Supremebeing and esteemed satchel brand The Cambridge Satchel Company. You can see that the collection not only reflects both brands differing style, personality and design technique, but married together results in an exclusive line of classic satchels with a streetwear twist.

The collaboration smacks of quality and detail into the finished result, both with a back story that most brand's would be envious of. Supremebeing’s carefully considered fabrics and colour selection gives the satchels a modern and artistic take on the classic shape and pattern cutting of The Cambridge Satchel Company. I wouldn't have minded one whilst I was at university (sadly, not at Cambridge). 

Friday, 28 October 2011

What's In My Bag

Being ill is a tedious thing so I have been reading a pile of AW11 fashion magazines and sorting through my work bag (Mulberry, black canvas and leather). I was really inspired by GQ Style's photo-spread of inside different types of peoples bags. So here is...


- Oliver Peoples Honey Limited Edition O'Malley Frames
These were a gift from CEO Larry Leight after interviewing him early this year. Limited edition, they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oliver Peoples. 

- RayBan Black Frames.
Although I have 20/20 vision, I do need glasses for computer work and reading. I got them in David Clulow at Selfridges London a month ago and take them pretty much everywhere with me. 

- Moleskin Black Note Book. 
I am constantly taking notes at work, jotting down meeting notes or just little reminders plus it comes with me to press days, London Fashion Week...

- Lamy Black Fountain Pen (and generic fiber tip). 
I write every day in green ink and love the flow of a fountain pen over a Bic or similar roller ball. However, I keep a fiber tip for any sketches or just incase I run out of ink. 

- Charlie Le Mindu ON/OFF Oyster Card Holder 
A great designed card holder which has my work and LSoD business cards in, but no Oyster...

- Mr Porter USB Stick 
A small gift from the PR team at Mr Porter, it is always handy to have a USB on me - just in case I need to save some great images. 

- iPhone 4S, Black 16G
After dumping my BlackBerry after the debacle of their servers failing, I went for the iPhone 4S for all my emails, photos, Twitter and Facebook plus the apps are great. 

- Aveda Hand Relief Cream
Because winter hates my hands and face! It's pretty multi acting, which I discovered by chance, and is an essential for every day use. 

- Mulberry Brown Mock Crock Wallet 
I upgraded to this stunning brown Mulberry,  from a Comme des Garcons gold zip one -  at the same time I bought my bag. It is the prefect size that holds cash and plenty of cards, such as my debit and credit card (the company one unfortunately) Liberty of London and Harrods points cards, fuel card and Oyster card. And that's not half of them...

Thursday, 27 October 2011

This is...Circus: Gothic

Halloween is fast approaching, but there is no reason why it cant be stylish, hedonistic and hott - particularly when tomorrow sees Jodie Harsh return with this months Circus, named Gothic.

Taking place in Cafe de Paris, Coventry Street, W1, the Circus crypt has been disturbed and it's hipster, un-dead inhabitants awoken. The city's most colourful club event darkens for this Halloween party that may possibly scare you - and most likely kill you...Come and dance with death....The icon that is Amanda Lepore, Queen of the NYC nightlife and David Lachapelle's muse, returns for her annual visit to Circus. 

Jodie Harsh, the often unrivaled Kris Di Angelis and formidable Joshyou Are will be on the decks to once again fill the dance floor. Adding to the weird and wonderful spectacle will be Jonny Woo with his unique take on the pole dance and Scottee's startling and shocking show. Once you’ve made your way round the madness, go six feet under and enter the Prive where power-print fashion masters Basso & Brooke take over the backroom with Leo Belicha and a line-up of special guest DJ’s.

So, just to make sure you know who is lined-up...

Amanda Lepore
Basso & Brooke
Jodie Harsh
Kris Di Angelis 
Joshyou Are
Jonny Woo
Leo Belicha

Click here to buy tickets or just rock up on the door* tomorrow from 10.30pm at Cafe de Paris, London, W1. 

*Door charge will be more. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tamara Mellon x Mr Porter

This is a great video from Mr Porter, and one that includes the first woman on the all male -etailers site to give style advice. Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon OBE guides us through her view on men's shoes for the season, what key items we should pick and the inspiration from the first Jimmy Choo men's line.  It is a great short video but despite its lenght, is punchy and is a great insight into a mind that is mainly female product focused...

Garbstore x Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters on Oxford Circus has a great mix of brands and labels, non more so than Garbstore. Hailing from the former senior designer for Paul Smith Jeans and Thomas Burberry, Ian Paley knows what he’s doing when it comes to great design. Taking the best of modern and vintage, and mixing them together into a collection that all men can relate to, the Garbstore brand presents casual clothing that will live beyond the season ahead. All designs are manufactured using vintage union machines with a fit that reflects genuine vintage clothing, giving the brand that familiar, timeless appeal.

Plus, I want the great denim shirt jacket with native inspired print detailing...

Monday, 24 October 2011

HERO Issue 6 x Colton Haynes


Here at LSoD, I love a bit of HERO not just because it has a plethora of incredible labels but a stunning continuous array of incredible images. This image is from the cover, staring Colton Haynes from MTV's Teen Wolf, which strips back his all American image to present a great London look. 

If you can't already tell I am excited about its release today (although I already have my copy from Dover Street Market) or understand why, then go and get a copy from good newsagents or here at HERO's site.  

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Palmer//Harding Debut SS12 Collection

Flying to Paris last month, I saw design duo (and husbands) Palmer / / Harding featured in the magazine of the airline talking about their favorite London hang-outs. Later that day, I bumped into Levi - a London face from my nightlife past and friend of friends - and we got talking about fabrics and the Premier Vision fair but he failed to mention his forthcoming collection. Overlooking that, this offering is a storming collection from the Texas born Palmer and London local Harding. 

The collection focuses around the classic shirt but is reinterpreted for a modern age that looks at detailing - something I know Palmer is passionate about, such as subtle, in the know seaming. The pleats are a great nod to the craftsmanship of tailoring and the clean lines juxtaposed the colour blocking and the longer than normal short sleeves make this one of the best debut collections out of London for a very long time. 

Just to mention that the hair is by Shota Fujimoto, makeup by Natsumi Narita, minimal set design by Myfanwy Jones, photography assistance by Emma Gibney and lighting assistance by Polina Bakharevskaya but the main names to check are photographer Duane Nasis and stylist Raphael Hirsch.

Joe Casley-Hayford x John Lewis 2011 Autumn/Winter

When ever I go to John Lewis and into their menswear department, I always have a look at the Joe Casley-Hayford collection - and this offering for AW11 has not disappointed. The esteamed designer is best known for his mainline in which he plays on hertiage classics and put a contemporary spin on his superb pieces.

The craftmanship which goes into the John Lewis collection is not a compromise on the usual collection, and offers up a stunning array of jackets for wrapping up in and layering with some great knitwear pieces. I think the styling of this shoot represents the diffusion line perfectly, mixing youth with tradition but translates to an older customer also - showing the versaility of who the line is aimed at, mostly in terms of price point, but also those that apprecaite great fabrics, design and of course, style.

Check and buy the collection out here.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

AX Armani Exchange Presents: DJ Residency Series

 DJ Prock and Fitch, Westfield, London: Image courtesy of Armani Exchange

Sharing the creative aural talents of a group of DJ's the country over, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations taking place this year, A|X Armani Exchange has teamed up with one of the UK’s top dance labels ToolRoom. Presenting six months of the 'Armani Exchange Presents: DJ Residency Series In Association with  ToolRoom Knights'.

DJ Kim Fai, AX Birmingham: Image Tasmin Mae

It all began on the 16th of July this year with sets taking place every Saturday afternoon in each of the A|X Armani Exchange stores nationwide. Those spinning choons on the decks are a selection of ToolRoom Knights best musical talent up until the final day on the 17th Decemeber. 

As music and nightlife are part of the A|X brand DNA, A|X continuously strive to seek out the latest and newest music talent to play in store, and remain on the edge of the youth DJ music culture. This 20th anniversary A|XX project will culminate with a party bringing together all the best DJ’s and their favourite tunes for a one off night of musical mastery at A|X’s flagship UK store on Regent Street. In store initiatives and competitions will be taking place throughout the event so click here through to their Facebook page and below for a list of the October dates. 

DJ Prock and Fitch, Westfield, London: Image courtesy of Armani Exchange

October 22nd 

Regent Street, London - Jesse James
Westfield, London - James Murray
Bullring, Birmingham - Kris Shaw
Bluewater, Kent - Larua Essence
Trafford Centre, Manchester - Toni Jarvis
Metquarter, Liverpool - Les Calvert 

October 29th 

Regent Street, London - Geroge Andrews
Westfield, London - Toni Jarvis
Bullring, Birmingham - James Murray
Bluewater, Kent - Nick Sheldon
Trafford Centre, Manchester - Matt Smallwood
Metquarter, Liverpool - Anton Powers 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Domingo Rodriguez SS12

I often begin a post, 'when I first met...' but the same can not be said for one of my favorite and most featured London young talents, Domingo Rodriguez - because we have never met. Rodriguez, as you may remember has just released his first collaboration with e-tailer ASOS, showcases his upcoming SS12 collection here, where yellow and black merge together for a collection that mixes the well paired colors with sheer fabrics. He, once again, includes  sharp, elongated shirting teamed drawstring shorts and lightweight jackets. I am in love with the shoes; the black with white soled wedges and the Gladiator sandals, a stroke of styling and design intuition. 

LA Diary: Garret Leight Optical California SS12

I was first made aware of Garret Leight California Optical when, after meeting his Oliver Peoples founder father Larry, I learnt of his awesome store in Venice, Los Angeles.  After contacting Garret, he produced an exclusive video for LSoD readers and had an outer-America exclusive on his collection. This SS12 resort collection shows of the vision Garret created that is about vvivaciousness and touches into the Californian phyche. The collection is widely made up of  large acetate wrapped frames as well as thin, comfortable, and clean optical frames. Garret also has a video to accompany the collection, right after the images and it is a fantastic piece of film which just captures a warmth of spirit that we all need in this chilly October weather. 

Garrett Leight Resort Vignette #1 from Garrett Leight on Vimeo.

Monday, 17 October 2011

James Franco x Gucci All The World's A Stage

images courtesy of Gucci

From starring in Spider Man, Milk and 127 Hours, James Franco has quickly become one of Hollywood's hottest faces (literally and professionally) but his style moment lyes not in playing James Dean in 2001 but as the Face of Gucci's made-to-measure campaign.

All The World's A Stage campagin kick starts the launch next month, for the first time, of Gucci's bespoke service and it is Franco who has been chosen as the face of the brand's latest venture in redefining luxury. Shot by Nathaniel Goldberg at the Cinecittà film studio in Rome, Franco cuts the cloth in a single bottoned, pinstripe suit (below), a double breasted grey two piece (bottom) and my favourite, a thick 1970s inspired check suit paired with a classic pair of leather horse bit loafers (top).

Gucci made-to-measure suits, according to the news today, start at £1,900 - which is not as painful as I frist thought it may be - and will be available in 11 boutiques around the world by the end of 2011 worldwide by the end of the year. Featuring in the flagship European and USA stores (Milan, Rome, London, Paris, New York and Beverly Hills), a few in China and Japan  (Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing) as well as Sydney, its customers are invited to choose between 178 colours and fabrics combinations, from 82 articles including cashmere and classic wool, to create a suit that fits like a glove, with, of course, added extras on top.

Oh, James Franco, how you prove sex really does sell - and with clothes on too...