30 September 2011

CAT collaborates with Martine Rose Spring/Summer 2012 collection at London Fashion Week

CAT Footwear continued their support for innovative and emerging British design talent in to SS12 and provided a heritage work boot style for Martine Rose’s SS12 collection at the prestigious MAN show.
It was a customised adaptation of their  signature Sequoia work boot with the mustard yellow laces adorned with 
CAT branded tags,
  friendship bracelets 
Leather cuffs
and brightly coloured enamel trinkets.

These embellishments worked perfectly with Rose’s inspiration of the laidback Californian 70s

Martine Rose’s menswear collection epitomises a cutting edge and modern interpretation of mens fashion with workwear and utility being at the forefront of her design influence.
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29 September 2011

Paul Costelloe Man Spring/Summer 2012 collection at London Fashion Week

Paul Costelloe Man SS12 sees structured tailoring softened with romance.
Inspiration comes from the conservative Edwardian styles mixed with New Romantic and a nod to the 70s.
The show starts with a basic black, white and grey colour palette muted with the cross hatched pattern. 

70s style makes an entrance in a cross hatched  2 button jacket suit worn with a frilled shirt. The muted greyish blue and crosshatched pattern of the shirt tone down the 70s brashness.
A blazer (again cross hatched) with black ribbon piping brings a preppy look but is given a romantic twist with frills peeping through the bottom of its sleeves from a black collarless shirt. Although collarless the starkness is taken away by tiny frills around the neck.

Colour begins to appear in small doses, greys have a sheen to them in the trench coat ..
and pale pastels appear on shirts.

Voluminous gauze shirts are so sheer that the shades appear like water colours.  This white linen suit is worn with a hardly there blue and white gauze shirt.

A pale peppermint shirt is worn with  a cross hatched grey single breasted suit.  A subtle nod to the Edwardian style can be seen with its 3 buttons and higher lapels .

Then the colours become bolder and more romantic.
Adding a touch of the new romantics is the iridescent teal blue artist smock shirt with cowl neck ...
and the long loose fitting iridescent pink shirt with kick flare trousers.

The Edwardian influence comes in to its own on the bold raspberry pink suits with their long 6 button jackets 

and frock style pleated swing backs, and kick flare trousers.

Another is double breasted with slimmer cut trousers.

There were a few other double breasted suits but more reminiscent of the 40s with their turn-ups and softer neutral tones

Linen is the key fabric and the colour palette ranges from black and white, soft neutrals to the deepest indigo and the bright crayon colours.

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28 September 2011

Topman Design Spring/Summer 2012 collection at London Fashion Week

Titled ‘Rebellious Decadence’ 
this collection is a mix of sharp edged tailored suits and rich bohemian style casual wear.
Suits are double breasted in pale cool colours of greys,
stone and 
blues in cotton linens, 
whilst single buttoned jackets are in the deeper tonic jacquards
. All worn with digital stripe printed jersey tops..

The decadence really hits its peak with the casual wear -
printed silks,
short suede shorts 
and luxury knits.
Making a statement is the silk pyjamas in pink and orange patterns worn over a digital striped jersey top and under a chunky knit cardigan with a gorgeous pair of pink patent tassel loafers, Bedtime has never looked so good
The prints have a Kashmir and Moroccan influence in their design and use burnt oranges, teals, sky blue, purples and raspberry hues.
Bag of the season is a printed Maroc leather shopper rolled and belted to form a harder hand held piece.
Shoes are coloured and/or patterned. The loafers range from the more conservative navy leathers,
the cool light grey patents....
...to the more vibrant patents in bright orange and pink.
And then there are the attention grabbing multi coloured patterned cotton Derbys.
Words of warning, if one of your silk or knitted pieces goes missing, look in your girlfriend or wife’s wardrobe.

Images provided by Topman
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Live Instore Print Workshop at TopMan Oxford Circus this Fri 30 Sep

Visit TopMan Oxford Circus this Fri 30 Sep for their live instore print workshop -here will be a collection of limited edition hand printed t-shirts.

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27 September 2011

Christopher Shannon Spring/Summer 2012 collection at London Fashion Week

Shannon keeps his signature sportswear orientated staples but this time with a more formal edge and fitted silhouette giving a more grown up appeal. 

However after saying that there are still the fun touches of youthful playfulness energising the collection:  
 White polka dots on knee length shorts
digital prints 
and the rows of chunky tassels adorning the bottom of shirts,
and middle of tops.
Classic colour palette of navy, white, black and grey 
with block colours of bright orange 
and shades of blues.
Shirts and jackets are in the usual Shannon mix of wide strips of colour blocks 
but this time he introduces a patchwork of small squares in the colourful Madras check.
Love the blue madras patchwork check bomber jacket with its plain navy sleeves and the blue madras patchwork check shirt with its white yoke. Both worn with slim jogging pants.

Shannon keeps a boyish charm and adds his own version of eco-friendly by using a mix of different hair combs to create headpieces reminiscent of the Native American headwear.
Footwear by Swear- plimsolls and brogues with raised platforms and two tone block coloured soles.

Images provided by IPRLondon.com

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26 September 2011

KTZ Spring/Summer 2012 men's collection at London Fashion Week

Titled ‘Massai Punk’ here Mara warrior meets dangerous street chic in a wild eclectic blend of Massai ornaments fused with Punk culture and digital prints.

This collection of both men and womenswear was bright and colourful.  The guys were more subdued with the main colour palette of black trimmed with colourful digital prints: 
A black blazer trimmed around the lapels and pockets,
skirt flaps over trousers trimmed on the hem, 
and digital printed belts adorning the legs of shorts 
and around the chest of jackets.
Black leather bondage straps were worn as ornate braces or as detail to black jackets 
The first male model wore an American black and orange nylon baseball jacket which was like a cuckoo in the nest, neither warrior nor punk, although the baseball cap was decorated with African inspired patterns and bondage straps adorned the wrists as bracelets and decorated the shoes.

The Massai Punk shone out as a pair of multi colour low crotch shorts worn with a black leather gilet and a wide round beaded collar Masai necklace.

Images provided by KTZ
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