YMC have pushed forward a great deal of collaborations this year, from shoes to sweaters to these belts, from British brand Voss. With James Bond fever sweeping the world, the pieces are aptly named The Agent, perhaps reminiscent of the qualities both the belts and Bond share - slick, simple, desirable and smooth. Handmade in England from the finest Italian leather, The Agent comes in four colourways; burgundy, navy, whisky and chestnut, they are offset with sleek chrome plated, solid brass buckles. Voss belts are individually hand crafted in England from the finest Italian and Belgian leather by Peter Voss, who is an ex-stylist with i-D magazine, so you know that these pieces, from start to finished, are well considered and meaningful with the right amount of creativity. Watch the video below which YMC made that follows Pete Voss crafting the belts in his back garden workshop. It makes for a stunning watch....
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
I picked my copy of HERO 8 in Selfridges yesterday and all I can say is that this is one of the most visually stunning and stimulating editions since its launch. Brad's credit as Styling Assistant for one of the shoots is just amazing, yet this edition is faultless. Every issue, HERO seed a few stories and this is the second (you can see the other shoot here) that features exclusively Dior Homme - with a live tiger too. Shot by Fabien Kruszelnicki and styled by Harry Lambert, enjoy the behind the scenes video below too...
Friday, 26 October 2012
What a fabulous weekend. After hours and hours trying on different outfits for Halloween, everything from Wilmer Flintstone to the bad guys in Water-world (yes, they even have that fancy dress outfit here!) I finally went with a very practical medieval dress. I hate being cold and so this has long sleeves and I think I will just leave the LA girls to 'do sexy' in their barely there waitress and nurse costumes!
A good friend of mine from True Blood took me off to a fashion show the next day where we sipped on lemonade and blueberry cocktails and meandered on and off the red carpet before being seated front row for the Public Counsel's second annual, "Just Fashion" show for L.A Fashion Weekend at the Sunset Gower Studios.
The designers for this event were Dina Bar-El (beautiful ball dresses), Nathanaelle Couture (featured above) and Anthony Franco ( featured below), proudly supported by Kanye Anderson Capital Advisers Foundation with other beneficiaries involved- Thomas Reuters Elite, Katten Muchin Roseman LLP, Macy's, Gibson Dunn and Twin-bridges, to name a few.
The organisation partners together with some wonderful causes making a difference in a ray of charities helping disadvantaged children to the homeless. It has dedicated itself in legal assistance to low-income communities and is devoted to protecting the legal rights of children, representing immigrants who have been victims of violent crimes and fostering economic justice providing access to quality legal representation.
The menswear by Anthony Franco really stood out to me because the fabrics were so heavy and thick with these wonderful electric shades of translucent energetic colour. The photos don't do this collection justice I am afraid (camera shopping soon methinks!) but if you look closely you can see the intricate detail of texture. I know this will sound very odd but think of luscious curtain material...thick and drapery in a beautiful ' Desperate Housewives' kind of way. These fabrics had everything from large flower prints to small glistening fibres in the thread to create a sparkling sheen on the suit. The tones of these suits were played just right too, having simply a slightly darker shade of the same colour off setting the background of the print or vice versa . If the suit was plane in texture, no frills of imprinting patterns or shine, the designer pulled a simple strip on the outside leg turning it from a boring one tone outfit into a fun and different take on the usual standard black tie trouser leg. The collections were fun and sassy with sparks of sex and just oozing a kind of graceful chicness. Great for red carpet events or a wedding I think.
Now you know I am obsessed with Halloween so look out for my outfit coming soon!
Thursday, 25 October 2012
HAPPY ST. CHRISPIN'S DAY
PATRON SAINT OF SHOE MAKERS
Working in the fashion industry, you often become aware of other high-days other than the well known patrons of various causes. Saint Katherine is the Saint of Fashion Designers and Saint Francis de Sales, the Patron of Journalists however, today is the turn of Saint Crispin, the patron Saint of Shoemakers. To celebrate the day annually, luxury shoemaker John Lobb releases a limited edition pair of shoes yet today sees a double celebration - the launch of their UK e-shop.
The Saint Crépin collection comprises of the first limited offering of ankle-cut boots that features a self-lined quarter are cut to reflect the intriguing silhouette of an asymmetrical leaf. These sections are then boarded, an age-old leather-working technique specially revived for the collection, which creates a softer feel and imparts a fine natural grain which provides a subtle yet powerful contrast to the rest of the boot. These two boots are the smooth, luxurious leather offerings yet two more come in sumptuous suede's with one warm lined that offer no compromise on fine craftmasnhip and quality. I saw the new autumn collection of off-the-shelf pieces in Harrods last week and I am completely smitten with the 150 year old brand, still 10 years after first peering into their window on Jermyn Street in St. James, London.
To visit the e-shop, which launches today, click here.
To visit the e-shop, which launches today, click here.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
COBRA SOCIETY AW12
A picture speaks a thousand words, but I am still speechless. The press team behind Cobra Society sent me the AW12 collection images however, being women's I was disappointed they could not be written about on LSoD. Though imagine my excitement when they presented the men's offering, equally as stunning and incredibly well crafted slipper-cut loafers. To be honest, it is very tempting just to put the images on the page and let you draw your own conclusions as to their desirability. These pieces need little promotion. Amazingly well lasted and shaped, the right amount of throat angle (the edges to where you put your foot in) and a vibrant offering of woven print design or luxurious leather tanning are just three reasons I am in awe of these pieces.
Designed by Alex Davis, she has taken influence from Grecian artistry yet has retained her overall creative eye towards Morocco and north Africa. Using local craftspeople, she ethically supports people and communities through the production of her pieces - mostly for women - with the woven fabric produced by a local man and the leather below hand-sourced in Spain. Whilst Alexs' design ideals hail from more exotic climes, the construction is wonderfully British, with a Goodyear Welted construction, equalling comfort and craftsmanship within one stunning creation.
I just hope my parents/partner/collegues/anyone is reading this with my Christmas gifts in mind...
Finally, one of the best publications in menswear, HERO, has released its long-awaited 8th issue. This story shot by Johan Sandberg and styled by Nicola Formichetti, modelled by Jonathan from Eye Models. Nicola Formichetti mixes his amazing Nicopanda graffiti with current and vintage Mugler to produce a strong, conteporary youth-culture focused shoot. The pink and red British flag makes for a striking prop amongst the harsh blond hair and neo-classical architecture. Similarly, the shot above of the cover of DNA model Matt Ardell wearing SS13 Louis Vuitton by Christian Ferretti is a very stormy outlook onto the coming season; perhaps a comment onto the dark yet romantic place we find ourselves at the moment in the world. Aside from the stunning pieces from Vuitton, HERO 8 also features exclusive interviews with Roberto Cavalli, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Christian Louboutin, Lucas Ossendrijver from Lanvin and Stuart Vevers from Loewe.
Monday, 22 October 2012
Hey! I'm back in LA just in time for the most awesome time of year. Not only is it Halloween people but it's none other than LA's Fashion Week. The town is buzzing and there there are parties and shows on every corner; from the well known hot spots to the not so known quirky cool urban downtown lofts.
Speaking of lofts, my first port of call after landing on Monday was the launch party of Men's Fashion Week LA. It is the rise of recognising men's fashion, dedicated to gain universal awareness and appreciation of menswear fashion designers in America and internationally. As the blurb says;
'Men's Fashion Week is the 5th major Men's Fashion Week in the world and the beginning of the creation of a resource where the international menswear community can connect, develop, exchange ideas, fund-raise and network'.
On arrival I was taken up to the 11th floor to be greeted by buff models dressed in grey skinny suit trousers, a classic white shirt with red braces and red sneakers by Android Homme. To finish off the outfit in true cool LA style, they also wore a red bow tie. This was mirroring the fabulous collection on show representing a tie that bonds the menswear community across the continents, age, language, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation thus creating a platform where menswear designers, brands, fashion houses and retailers can use aggregated resources to present their collections to the industry.
I had the pleasure of meeting a few young and up coming designers who all told me that this was a great platform to meet people with the same passion and expertise within men's fashion. It is a soothing way for new entrepreneurs and fashionistas to talk and ask questions on branding, marketing and publicity.
One designer I chatted to for a while was Nzimiro Oputa with his collection of cool and practical menswear titled Jag Saint Joi. The delicious model on your right, see picture with three models, shows off just how talented Nzimiro is with his nautical striped London sleeved tee and navy jeans. The bold choice of the arm band on the shirt really stands out keeping the essence of the nautical play whilst adding something different.
Nzimiro created a range of soft casual wear that people could look good in but feel comfortable in at the same time. We can't wear our Superdry tracky bums to events now can we? After a job which took him travelling around the world, he always seemed to look crinkled and could never find clothes that he could wear travelling then straight to a business meeting; hence, he designed his own range of fabulous men's jackets, trousers and shirts that could look good day to meeting to night to tomorrow. Love one of the shirts seen here on his friend- the patriotic white stars on a navy blue background teamed with simple navy skinnies and trainers create an effortless cool combo with a twist of, "Hey I'm here,' but not, 'Look at me, look at me!' - you just want to look, you know! Oh, how to be cool!
"Jag Saint Joi embodies a lifestyle that articulates enthusiasm through captive ideas,design and culture. The brand communicates through the expression of fabrics and details by creating classic elements with a timeless feel for everyday comfort".
Throughout the evening there were five designers showing their work. A very different approach and far from what I was expecting. The models wore an outfit from each designer and stood in a long line facing the crowd for about an hour! This was great as I could gawp and dissect the outfits for ages without being caught as a freaky fan girl!
The first brand was called Life After Denim. Their motto is building a brand that would put the cool back into classic and the quality back into cool, which is spot on as this electric blue and yellow combo of buttoned up shirt and jeans really does bring the cool back as a simple duo. This isn't for everyone though and if you're not that daring, try wearing just one of the bright colour garments with a darker, plainer shade. Sass the outfit up for night time with a pair of brogues and patterned socks, or tone it down for a casual day time look with trainers, pumps or even some Havianas.
This outfit (above, middle) is awesome as it reminds me of the hot new trend of pyjamas. Gone are the days of the cookie monster pants, a run to the local shop for milk and bacon on a hangover Sunday morning, we are talking about the sexy silk short sleeved floral shirts and long capris. Think pinks and pale granny blues with heels. Now we wouldn't leave the boys out on this, so I'd rather see a guy in just his PJ bums and nothing else, in my apartment but for fashion darling, this what we see here is the cool way to wear this trend. Same combo pattern, outrageous prints, rolled up sleeves and shorts with plane pumps or deck shoes, fun!
The menswear brand Zanerobe, uses music and art for inspiration and is crafted from premium street wear inspirations. The next ( my opinion, best dressed) model was from the designer Vokare by Christopher Jozeph.
Christopher wanted to create a brand that is "inspired by the health conscious male who is strong both in mind and in body, combining traditional craftsmanship and refined tailoring with unique textiles and trip details that is like no other."
I can see this totally in the exquisite stitching and bold cut lines in this casual suit look. It is strong and edgy, confirming the oh so smart shirt and tie and waistcoat look with the casual dark jean and clean trainer shoe.
The last of the menswear shown was a brand called Cheap Monday featured at Revolve Clothing, Karmaloop and Salestruck outlets. The idea behind these ultra vibrant pieces was to offer customers value-driven clothes that compete with the high-end brands both in quality and attitude. Cheap Monday started with just jeans but by popular demand they are now producing funky tops and accessories. The turquoise triangular print shirt exudes power and electricity with pale washed jeans and white trainers. A take on the 1980's, 1990's punk verses 2012 Fall. What do you think?
It's so great being back in the real world. A far cry from the horses, dessert and all things Moroccan don't you agree! Settled back into the apartment and already gymming it at Crunch with my trainer Keith, aka, The Rock Man (built of steel really if I am honest). The sun is still hot in this lovely time of year and lots of houses already draped in Halloween goolies and scary pumpkins. I have lots more things coming up to report on. Get ready for some hot new WILL Leather Bags and an interview with Nzimiro of Jag Saint Joi. Plus more awesome ties and bow ties from the fabulous Jonathan Meizler of 'Title Of Work'. Now, go buy a pumpkin and choose your outfit for Halloween! Any ideas what I should go as? Afterall I will be at the Maroon 5 party!
Friday, 19 October 2012
I couldn't make it to the Lacoste SS13 press day however this video gives you a great insight into the range offered. Vibrant, bright and referencing some iconic pieces from their past, this winning celebration o street and sport shines through for an exciting offering. Enjoy!
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Last Friday evening turned out to be a busy evening but the Timothy Everest x Central St Martins event was well worth the trip to the Kings Cross campus of the famed university college. London based Bespoke tailor Timothy Everest MBE has been working with the talented woven textiles students at to explore and celebrate British weaving by way of a special design project which sees the overall creation of some stunning pieces. Using fabrics from Fox Brothers and Holland and Sherry Group, the result is outstanding and in turn, celebrates British design and manufacturing capabilities - and harvesting young talent from the source. I have picked out the three pieces I liked the most, because other wise the page would not load due to extreme photo-taking...
The project was open to all weave students from the BA (Hons) Textile Design Course, resulting in three finalists; Jane Brooke, Iryna Khadzhyshvili and Yangzi Wang, with the project leader Timothy Everest saying, ‘Textiles are at the heart of every fashion design and especially in bespoke tailoring where a customer chooses the fabric as the starting point. It is so inspiring to see that there are still wonderfully talented textile designers coming out of Britain and rejuvenating our rich history in textiles, and the high standard really is testament to the college’s dedication.’
I adored this cloth designed by Irina Khadzhyshvili and woven by Clissold, part of Holland & Sherry, making for an impressive piece of tailoring. Inspired by Africa and jungles, the double-breasted, 1show - 2 button, peak lapel with lapel buttonhole and overlapping ticket pocket. With a host of other features and details, the striking tobacco brown offset with the navy stripe makes this a real stand out and wearable piece for me. Irina briefly took me through her inspiration and portfolio, which explained the back story well and it is entirely reflected this this jacket.
With this cloth designed by Jane Brooke and again, woven by Clissold, part of Holland & Sherry, this classic single-breasted, 3 button-on-the-turn, notch lapel jacket is spot on heritage. Fully lined in dusty navy with internal pockets in navy or lime green, the detail perfectly contrasts a conformist piece. Accompanied by, unseen, a shallow single British pleat trouser with plain buttons, this suit strikes me as being perfect for the city commuter. Flicking through her back-work, the vision directed onto the piece is thorough, exploring avenues that is often unseen but is becoming of a budding figure in her field.
This bomber jacket by Jane Brooke and woven by Fox Brothers and Co is something else, which means I need it in my wardrobe now. Detailing a collar stand with double cuff button and tab closure, the horn buttons make for a stunning addition whilst the fully lined in turquoise hue finishes it off perfectly. Jane, once again, executes colouration more than well, with the final piece imagined by Timothy Everest in a way that will wow for time to come.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
MAISON LABICHE x YMC
Any reader of LSoD will know my obsession passion for YMC so this chic collaboration with You Must Create and Maison Labiche is just perfection. The brand was born in Paris in 2010 by Jenny and Marie who decided to set up the after growing tired of the restraints imposed on them by their regular jobs. Envisioning a creative outlet which would allow them to work, they set up Maison Labiche.
Specialising in embroidered clothing, jewellery and accessories, each item is passionately crafted in Paris, which adds to the humanity and appeal of these pieces. These two pieces, the YMC sweat and t-shirt, have launched for Autumn Winter 12, are classic brand pieces which have then been customised by Maison Labiche in a delicate but highly stylised way. Perfection.