Archive for March, 2011
By Jake Allardyce on March 29th, 2011
Kasia Struss joins Jaco van den Hoven and Jacob Dekat for Greg Kadel‘s stark Numero Homme story. A little black and white, a couple of chic poses and a few outfits expertly styled by Charles Varenne, the combination makes for a very cool series of shots.
Sneak Peek MarynaGisele 101Satin Chic Haute Tension
By admin on March 27th, 2011
A personalised leather envelope and card holder from Belgian label Delvaux and a grey leather Dunhill evelope with my initials are the sort of things that make me mighty happy these days. It’s the sort of happiness that is slightly frightening as I know that I’m approaching that age when sturdy, well-made things (that also depressingly come with a haughty price tag) are becoming more and more appealing. Who knew that day would come when ten years ago, I mocked my mother’s leather bags and thought my faux fur backpack was the best thing EVA…
This is old news for those of you that are very grown-up and swan around Knightsbridge dropping wads of cash here and there, so please ignore if you’ve seen this all before. Said Knightsbridge regulars better not laugh at me either because today was my first discovery of Anya Hindmarch Bespoke line as they have popped up at Selfridges for six weeks with a shop that looks more like a permanent space than a temporary pop-off venture. With my complete non-plussed-ness over bags, all things Hindmarch probably floats over my head so even though Anya Hindmarch opened up her Bespoke store on Pont Street in London two years ago, it’s not a place I’ve ventured before (this video is a GREAT overview/intro).
Good on Selfridges Oxford Street for planting a compact Anya Hindmarch Bespoke space at the department store for six weeks, so that yobs like me get to gawp at all the customised, engraved and personalised leather goodies that I have a penchant for copping a feel and getting a whiff of. Hindmarch was there herself today and she joked that if she died, she wouldn’t mind having her ashes sprinkled over her Bespoke store and I can see what she means from just seeing this pop-up space. In this vaguely Victorian, vaguely English, distinctly old-looking set-up are a slew of little delightful surprises that unfold, reveal themselves and are pleasingly discreet…
The main diffentiation between AH Bespoke and a lot of the customisation/personalisation options that high-end brands offer is that often you’re just limited to initials your name in fonts that are pre-selected. At Bespoke, if you can doodle, write and draw your message/inscription clearly enough, anything goes basically…
Oh and not to be stereotypical to think all mothers mend clothes but honestly this sewing kit box needs to be given to some mothers out there this Sunday. At the very least it will get you a “Awwww! That’s so SWEET that you THOUGHT that I would sew your buttons back on for you… Now bugger off and get me my proper pressie…”
Drinking money is of course important to prioritise in a wallet…
Each wallet comes with a lucky penny because… “see a pe
By Maya McCarthy on March 23rd, 2011
All women dream of creating an impression and stepping out of the box. And a trendy outfit can surely help them achieve that.
Spring 2011 is surely waking up lovely fashion memories bringing back everything we loved about the glamorous 70’s, the shinny 50’s and the hot 90’s.
Eclectic combinations of colors, intricate designs and beautiful details are the things all fashionistas should look for. The accessories come in the loveliest combination of Earth tones, with touches of electric colors and disco style bling-bling.
Sunglasses follow the glamour of the 70s. The large shades in Hollywood style are back for this spring, perfectly fit to make us fall back in love with the disco air. The r Read full post…
By Jake Allardyce on March 22nd, 2011
American Apparel has been in trouble for some time now (and we’re not just talking about those sexual abuse allegations which, as of today, just got about four times worse). The business side of things keeps looking more and more dismal. The debt, the delisting scare, the management changes — it’s all just really messy. Looking to stay afloat, the company is now going to give wholesaling a try.
A new chief sales development officer has been brought in to makes things happen, and he sounds like a bit of a loose cannon. Explains the 60-year-old “hard-partying” Marty Staff: “I’ve never been the adult supervision before.” Well then! Staff does make
By admin on March 22nd, 2011
>> Example illustrating why I’m a stuff n’ dumper when it comes to my bags? Even when I’m carrying seemingly non-scruffy bags – Mulberry, Miu Miu etc – my methods of stuffing them to the brim, flinging them about, dumping them on the floor means that in Moscow, where in well-to-do restaurants, the waiters actually bring little mini-stools for ladies to rest their handbags on, they take one look at my stuffed n’ dumped bags and decide that the stools would be wasted on me. The floor is good enough. I also got punished the other night as a friend on our dinner table spilt coke all over the Mulberry. S’all good though. It dried immediately. My friend was surprised at how calm and UN-freaked out I was over the spillage.
With this careless attitude and possibility of handbag calamities in mind, I look upon New York-based bag label Thomas IV, designed by Lia Cinquegrano as definite stuffing n’ dumping vessels. That’s not an insult to the bags by the by. There’s a discernable and prominent amount of ‘slouch’ in the bags and in particular the bucket shape has an interesting structure to it, with plenty of pockets to stuff Tic Tacs, receipts and pound coins in (three things that I often find months later nestled into the depths of my bags…). The muddy colours, Ikat weaving only add to the cosy and approachable qualities of the bags in this A/W 11-12 collection. No sharp edges, studs, hard clasps that could knock into you. Instead you have subtle but eye-catching colour combinations, tactile fabrics and ultimately bags that look like they can take a fair bit of a battering and will look all the better after they’ve been abused a bit…
By admin on March 19th, 2011
(Photograph by Christopher James of WKWYDLN)
>> It’s grandiose and scary to throw around the word perfection. I cringe sometimes backstage at shows when you hear extravagant cries by old French ladies at the shows in Paris who cry out “C’est magnifique” or “C’est parfait” in the manner of a camp dame. Afterall isn’t “parfait” a pedestal too high to put a designer upon and when you throw out that P word, isn’t the only way to go down thereafter? I really really want to hesitate using the p word with regards to Jonathan Saunders’ A/W 11-12 collection seeing as I obviously don’t want to see him in a downward spiral, yet as I look back on the show, I struggle to see any fault there. It seems this was the season where print, colour, placement of that print and colour together silhouette and the styling extras all came together in a harmony for Saunders, and you’re trying mighty hard to see something wrong with it but you just can’t. I may well have clasped my hands together at the end and nearly exclaimed “Oh it’s stupendous!” at the end much like the French dames.