Tuesday, 19 June 2012

LCM roundup

This year marked the first stand alone Mens fashion week in London and the talent shone at every show. Londoners sure showed the fashion world how it's done and gave a fantastic kick start to the Mens Spring/Summer '13 collections.
Here's a little roundup of my favourite collections shown:

Topman Design

I found the Topman Design collection very hit and miss, these shots of course are the hits but the cropped American jersey inspired tops? Far too whimsical for my tastes. These looks are just enough colour and print to keep style running through it, whilst I expect to see the typical Topman consumer in these garments mixing them with plainer or more tailored pieces will turn them into something truly special. 

 Pringle of Scotland

A step away from the traditional argyle used by Pringle in modern preppy prints, above the knee shorts were teamed with jackets-perfect for the average London summer.The classic print can be seen on the socks of several of the models.

 Margaret Howell

Relaxed tailoring and clean lines make this collection very wearable, its accessible to both those who are huge fashion experts and those who just like to have a play. The colours of the collection stand out from the crowd because they work so well together- neutrals and little flashes of muted brights. 

 J.W. Anderson

Man of the moment J.W. Anderson produced a beautiful collection, whilst not hugely wearable the work that went into the designs was phenomenal. Strong shapes and cuts were mixed with silky luxury patterns and bold prints, J.W. Anderson keeps on giving to the fashion world and I hope he has no plans to stop anytime soon. 

 Jonathan Saunders

There is a strong use of bold colours and jazzy prints in this collection, it's presentation format makes it stand out from other designers who stuck to traditional catwalks to display their looks.
Saunders uses traditional shapes and garments with vivid prints and colours to give a modern London feel to his collection.

E. Tautz

Probably my favourite collection shown, the slick modern tailoring and pops of colour give the collection life without stripping it of masculinity. I can see the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch wearing these looks but that might just be the styling, the gentle use of colour makes the collection very wearable.


Friday, 15 June 2012

J.W Anderson X Topshop

Hot on the heels of announcing they will be collaborating with Louise Gray, Topshop have announced another collaboration is in the works; this time with London based designer JW Anderson.  Having already designed a t-shirt for the high street chain’s NEWGEN 10th anniversary celebrations the designer is a clear hit at Topshop and this will be his first collection available to the mass market.
Anderson was nominated for the BFC award last year and gained further recognition in the fashion world with his Spring/Summer 2012 collection where his paisley print pyjama styles were championed and have been worn by the likes of Alexa Chung and stylist Fran Burns.
The collection by the Irish born designer will feature denim, knitwear, jersey and outerwear pieces, which Topshop describe as being inspired by Anderson’s most coveted pieces in order to create a collection of must-have pieces to fill your wardrobe with. The collection will also include lifestyle items such as pencils, memory sticks, Rubik’s cubes, vintage magazines, and photography books.
Topshop are working hard with designers in order to take the collaboration crown away from rivals H&M who only announced Maison Martin Margiela would produce a collection for them this November. 

The collection will hit stores in September.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Chloé celebrates their 60th anniversary

The French fashion house is celebrating their 60th anniversary, the celebrations will kick off in September with an exhibition in Paris' Palais de Tokyo art space, curated by Judith Clark the exhibition aims to be a 'collage of ideas' in order to truly express the brand's spirit. A party will also be held in conjunction with the fashion house's catwalk show on October 1st. 

Along with the exhibition will come the unveiling a new flagship store designed by architect Joseph Dirand which will open in Paris' Rue Saint-Honore in November. The celebrations will continue into the new year with a coffee table book due in the Autumn.
Chloé also have plans of launching a capsule collection of re-edition styles, 16 classic pieces from the brand's archive will be re-worked and sold in Chloé flagship stores. Pieces included will feature the works of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Phillo, and Hannah MacGibbon. 

Chloé has been a great launch pad for designers having launched both Stella McCartney and Phoebe Phillo, so it's a great thing that they are re-visiting the designers that have helped the brand develop into what we see today.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

Maison Martin Margiela is said to be the next designer to collaborate with high street chain H&M, with a one off collection due to launch later in the year. Nothing has been officially confirmed by H&M yet but if the rumours are true, I expect H&M will make an announcement soon. 

MMM  is known for it's deconstructed silhouettes and masculine vs feminine style so lets hope it transfers well to high street fashion. I'm very excited to see what this collection could offer and how Margiela designs will appeal to a mass market.

Image: Taken from here

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Karl Lagerfeld X Shu Uemura

Karl Lagerfeld will produce a 17 piece collection for Shu Uemura to be launched in November, Lagerfeld will design the packaging, select the colours for the collection and has already shot the ad campaign for the collection. 

Lagerfeld is a longtime fan of Shu Uemura having used the company's products for his sketches, illustrations and even cartoons for the past 20 years explaining that 'other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colours'.

The collection will launch in 400 stores across the world and is just one of Karl Lagerfeld's many side projects in the works. 


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

What they wore- CFDA Awards

 Anna Wintour in Marc Jacobs

 Model Devon Aoki in Alice and Olivia

 Erin Wasson

 Kate Bosworth in Altuzarra

 Mary-Kate and Ashley in The Row

Zoe Saldana and Prabal Gurung 

Last night New York played host to the annual CFDA awards, my favourite award ceremony of the year, the Olsens twins were the stars of the night being awarded with 'Womenswear Designer of the Year'. 
This is the first year the awards will be broadcast and can be viewed on Style.com from 12pm EDT. 

Images taken from: Telegraph and New York Times


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