Friday, 31 August 2012

LA Diary: Fashion's Night Out

Cheap Monday is taking over Ivar Boulevard with a full blown block party on Fashion’s Night Out to ring in the new pop up shop at Space 1520. With the help of Pabst Blue Ribbon and DJ White Arrows, the shop will be stocked full of free drinks, fresh remixes and the newest Cheap Monday collection- just in from Stockholm. At 9 PM the Portland duo YACHT are going to fill the shop with their chilly electro beats at a live concert. Food trucks, photo booths and air dancers will line the streets outside so all of Hollywood can join the party.  To close out the festivities - free gear will rain from the sky as we burst open the Cheap Monday piñata.

Luisa Via Roma AW12

It has turned quite cold today in the UK so there is no better time than to introduce the new autumn winter collections for guys from Luisa Via Roma. The famed Florence store, along with its eponymous e-tail website, presents the New Romantic trend coming through for AW12 - and will be in full force for AW13 - with one of the seasons favourite colours, black.

From signature menswear labels such Ann Demeulemeester & Balmain to emerging talents Kai Aakmann & Gareth Pugh, many designers turned against bright colour trends choosing to play with proportions and monochrome silhouettes for a dramatic effect.

The look is perfect for the darker weather that is creeping in and is deceptively simple to accomplish; pair deconstructed and loose tailoring with sharper, shorter top layers that have a fitted edge. Accessorise with attention grabbing metallic pieces and silver jewellery for a tough, fashion forward finish and a gothic look that will keep you ahead of the autumn.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Meaning dive in French, casual wear and basics clothing brand Plongée has officially launched in the United Kingdom with much excitement. The image above is a snap of me in my new polo, a soft cotton top featuring the diving character that defines this fun brand.

However, I do not mean fun in that tragic sense, but that it was inspired by holiday memories of sunny days, skinny-dipping, friends around a fire, postcards home and Polaroids. With a collection of men’s (and women’s) t-shirts, hoodies, polo shirts, rugby tops and sweatshirts Plongée Clothing has created a collection of classic basics. The clothes come in slimmer andy younger fits, which in itself is a fresh take on such basics that now shout quality rather than just comfort.

I really like the look book shots below; you can find more on the Facebook page.

Natural Selection aw12

We love some denim here at LSoD so when news that  the AW12 Natural Selection Denim video dropped; it had to be shared. This look-book video, produced in a sleek and masculine way, looks at the natural evolution of design to release this minimalist collection.

Natural Selection is a contemporary British menswear brand and takes inspiration from every field of design, from architecture to aeronautical, with a natural selection on the evolution of design.

In line with the philosophy that everything we produce is a prototype awaiting its next transition, Natural Selection Denim has added new subtle detailing to old styles and created new stories that will be drawn upon in future collections.

Watch and enjoy...

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

August Bank Holiday

Well that was the last Bank Holiday of 2012, and what a great one it was. I spent the entire weekend in east London with Brad, waking up to HM The Queen on Saturday morning before heading out to the bStore sample sale. The sale was held on the second floor of a building opposite Shoreditch town Hall, which was stuffed with both men's, women's and footwear. I was in two minds about adding to my ever growing footwear collection, despite bStore being one of my favourite brands,  but opted for these stunning sheerling lined biker boots in a soft black leather.

It was then onto central London as I wanted to finally get to the Opening Ceremony pop-up store on King Street, WC2 before it closes. I found it a great store but you really have to dig deep into your pockets as OC is not the most economical of brands; but that's part of it's appeal. 

Sunday saw us joining some friends at the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival, which was my first time there. The atmosphere was excellent and incredibly electric - with a vast amount of beer and rum adding to the flavour of the day. I was a little bit overwhelmed by the experience, mostly because of the sheer number of people. After a quick stop home, it was off to Shoreditch House for the annual Pool Party, with DJ Kris di Angelis taking to the decks. Open to the elements on the roof top, over looking the City of London and well, most of the capital, the private members club is an incredibly place to drink, dance, relax.

Enjoy a few snaps below; I am off to fill in my Shoreditch House membership application... 

Friday, 24 August 2012

    Picture by Michael Ford/Anastasia Duck



Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Fashions Night Out 2012


If you have not heard already; Fashions Night Out will be taking place in London, New York and around the world on September 6th - just 15 days away from today. First devised by Anna Wintour, to get the world spending on fashion again, the event creates such a huge buzz around Bond Street in London, and the other shopping areas of main cities around the world. Yes, there have been a few hangovers the morning after over the past couple of years but it is all for a good cause as charity t-shirts will be on sale. This year in London, proceeds will go to Refuge, a charity that protect women and children from domestic abuse, and to the City Aids Foundation in New York - see the men's selection (identical to the women's) and the tote bags below.

Watch the official FNO video above with some of Anna's black book contacts and friends to get you geared up, and check out the official Twitter, Facebook and the London or New York/Official Pages.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Alexander McQueen AW12

This AW12 video for Alexander McQueen is a stunning start for a Tuesday with a moody and etheral feeling to the short film. Directed by Marlon Rueberg with music by John Gosling, it features models Henry Pedro-Wright, Ysham Avdulahi with Greg Buckley, Kumi Keazor, Alex Bennett and Jermaine Josephs in an offering from Sarah Burton and the McQueen team that is a superb start to the season. 

Here are my picks below, a mix between a British creativity and a European silhouette and you can shop the full menswear collection here.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Tinchy Stryder Headphones

If you were in London (or anywhere in the South of England) you will have experienced a wonderfully summery weekend, bar Sunday's brief thunder storm. I was up for the three days at Brad's new apartment in East London; on Saturday wandering from Hoxton and Shoreditch to Brick Lane, ending with a lunch at Spitalfields. Then on Sunday, having a lazy morning followed by a wonderful indoor picnic just after the storm hit.

On the way up on Friday, I took the opportunity to have my first use of some over-ear Goji Tinchy Stryder headphones on my laptop. Plugging them in on my MacBook, I mellowed my way through the rolling countryside to the sounds of Jodie Harsh, Kris di Angelis, Yelle and a few more, guilty pleasure, mainstream tracks. The sound quality of them is pretty good, with 101 db of sound coming through a 50mm speaker from a 400 mw input, giving them supreme sound and great playback.

I wonder what choons will take me up for the Bank Holiday weekend?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Stuart Sandford: Sebastian

When Cindy, Christy, Naomi, Linda and Tatjana graced the pages of British Vogue in January 1990, the term supermodel was firmly fixed in the cultural psyche. With quotes, that defined the decadently brash decade, such as 'We don't get out of the bed for less than $10,000', the female model was the only image of fashion we saw until the likes of David Gandy came to prominence in 2002-ish (he won a modelling competition on Richard & Judy, the TV chat show, don't you know!)

Fast forward ten years, to a time where a  new breed of supermodel has landed in the fastest growing genre of fashion; the male supermodel in menswear. Isaac Carew, Sean O'Pry, Noah Mills, River Viiperi, Franciso Lechowski all stand out as leaders of their agencies and one final one has seen more success faster than most; Sebastian Sauve.  

With this success; he has become the first male model to have the ultimate accolade that has been only reserved for history's greatest leaders - being made into an 8ft stainless steel statue by artist Stuart Sandford. With the 3D scanning provided by Sample & Hold and the final statues (details below) being completed by MDM Props, this is a project like no other. 

The project, simply entitled Sebastian, takes its main inspirations from the myth of Narcissus, Michelangelo’s David, Charles Ray’s Boy with Frog and the Greco-Roman depictions of the youth Antinous, this project is both an exploration of contemporary representations of the masculine form and a real comment on the icon and its place in contemporary culture. Once completed,a fiberglass version will go on exhibition initially in London, then at selected galleries and spaces around the world before the final steel version being put on permanant display at an undecided location.

However, to really make this project a success; Stuart Sandford needs your help to complete the project. Thanks to a handful of investors, they have already done the first part of the project (the 3D scanning, modelling and printing/casting) they now need to raise funds to complete the full-size statue for exhibition. In order to do that they are offering identical smaller limited edition versions of Sebastian; a 6 inch (15 cm) version cast in stone resin (in a limited edition of 50) and a 20 inch (50 cm) version cast in bronze (in an limited edition of 15). Whilst they are a great investment into a unique project, support starts from £7/$10 with other stages buying a poster and a tank top featuring the statue, the chance to meet the model and attend the invitation only private view in London.

All images courtesy of Stuart Sandford.


Mercy & Wild at Young Thread

Young Thread has recently bounced onto the e-tail scene in recent weeks to present a exclusive collection of men’s fashion and accessories from the world’s most exciting independent brands. The collection of brands is succinct, exciting and the looks of the website is a refreshing change from the mass-linear offerings of some large sites.

One such brand is this, Mercy and Wild, that commissions artists to create graphics for the t-shirts based around the brands chosen recipient of 25% of the sale price. Mercy and Wild was founded by model Isaac Carew, who has chosen a charity close to my heart - Dyslexia Action, as the foundation this season who will benefit from this combo of fashion and giving.

Young Thread acts as a platform for young menswear brands, helping to support & introduce them into the consumer market. Excitingly, the SS12 collection showcases talent from across the globe, with brands from Paris, Sweden, Columbia, New York, Australia & beyond which is a truly global gathering of brands.

Their style plays with traditional British dress codes, mixing it with Scandinavian and Australian influences. The look is modern yet classic, updating timeless garments and giving them a contemporary spin, which results in a collection that is fresh, inspired and new.  

I suspect there will be great things for both Young Thread and its chosen lables, brands and designers.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


When an espadrille brand like MULO say the shoes are like wearing 'a Barbour jacket on your feet' and are stocked in Wolf & Badger in London and Project No. 8 in New York City, you know it is special.

I got an email from the the founder, British born Tobias Cox, a few weeks back - ironically before I was about to go on holiday - asking what I thought of the brand. He grew up wearing traditional European espadrilles on holiday but found that he was unable to wear his summer shoe in the changeable climate of London. During a trip to Argentina, he purchased a pair of local espadrilles, to wear on a sailing trip however the shoes lacked durability and were not able to withstand the demands of boating across the Atlantic. So, on his return, Cox cut up his waxed cotton Barbour jacket and used super glue to create a DIY prototype, the first incarnation of MULO - which was durable as well as ageing beautifully. Realising the gap in the market, Cox decided to pursue this endeavour full time and linked up with Y-3 designer Caspar Böhme to make his vision a reality.

These are are really fresh, practical reinvigorated take on the classic espadrille which are worthy of a wear for what is left of the summer. Home or abroad, is this the way forward for what has fast become a classic wardrobe staple?

Common People SS13

As I write this, a storm is brewing outside so it is great to be featuring on SS13 for once, this time from Common People. This film, entitled Motorcycle Blue, looks at a collection that takes inspiration from World War II military police uniforms, the 50s bike culture and the various shades of indigo. The collection combines the brand’s signature aesthetic with sleek cuts and modern details. Common People has also teamed up with three like-minded companies, each of them an expert in their own field, to deliver three seasonal collaborations. While the designs are strongly inspired by the vintage finds of Creative Director Kestin Hare, they are mixed with new technical fabrics that give them a unique clean, contemporary look and feel. Affordable quality and the made in Britain ethos are once again at the core of the Common People offer.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Jelis, NEVS



One of the most underrated models in menswear, we worked together a few weeks back, which is why he is worthy of an LSoD Loves mention...

Check a few more images out here...shot by Sam Simpson

Sitges, Spain

Well, that was a lovely, well earned break in Sitges over the past two weeks with my boyfriend Brad (@_BradPalmer). We stayed at my friends apartment in central Sitges that had a fantastic terrace, that we both hosted a dinner party for with the guys behind Romeo and Julian. Enjoy the pictures from Tarragona, the resident dog LittleJoe and the excellent Bacardi Museum who I would like to thank for another great tour and cocktail making class.