23 December 2012

Art Meets Fashion with Clothes Brand Each x Other

Paris based art and fashion brand Each x Other believes clothes should be timeless, genderless and ageless in style. However, this doesn’t mean that they play safe or use a neutral colour palette in order to accomplish their unisex look. In fact the opposite is true as the brand embraces and invites creative talents of the contemporary art world to participate in the making of the designs.

Their brand statement says it all:
Each x Other is a publishing house for ideas using clothing as a canvas and a platform.

This ensures every collection becomes an exclusive limited edition due to collaborations from artists, poets, musicians as well as avant-garde craftsmen and fashion designers.

One of the artists asked to make a statement is Robert Montgomery; a London based Scottish artist/poet renowned for his black billboard posters with white letters.  His poetic words are printed on pieces ranging from the discreet lettering around the collar of a crisp white shirt to the bolder letters splashed on jeans and sweatshirts.
From his first major work using solar power and LED, the words ’ The people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive’ is found on the Poetry Collar shirt– wear this shirt and it’ll definitely be a conversation piece.
His’ All Palaces are Temporary Palaces’ is emblazoned in black on a white tank top

British sculptor Douglas White works with found objects and breathes new life into them as sculptures such as the blown out tyres looking magnificent as his black Icarus Palm.
He uses recycled cork to bring texture to a short trench coat and a biker jacket. Plus it is a great waterproof fabric.

London based French writer and artist Alize Meurisse designs the crinkled leather trench coat and her prints are displayed on sweatshirt and slim jeans.

Italian artist Daniele Innamorato’s colourful splashed and dripping paints artworks are emulated on to slim jeans, knits and the sleeves of denim shirts

French artist and writer Thomas Lelu uses various painting techniques and has designed the striped straight jeans, bright blue Tuxedo jacket and pants along with the unique t-shirts printed with words from his art : ‘Be the Change’ ‘It Doesn’t Exist’ ‘I Just Want to Get High’ and ‘My High Score is in Heaven’

Underground French fashion designer Naco Paris goes dotty on tee shirts and jeans. He also updates the nautical stripes on biker jackets, jeans, sweatpants and tops. Plus makes a statement with his slogan ‘Art is Money and Money is Art’.
Other artists include:  American street artist Alec Monopoly with his Monopoly tuxedo man; American photographer Peter Eaton Gurnz, Amsterdam born photographer Ari Marcopoulos and American digital artist Asa Mader.
The brand is set to launch in the UK in January at Selfridges, Harrods and on www.net-a-porter.com
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21 December 2012

AIU London hosts Sustainable Student Fashion show

AIU (American Intercontinental University) London hosted its last fashion show of the year in Marylebone Gardens.  
 Design Student -Michelle Kasujja. Image privided by AIU London
Award winning designs of the night included Taylor Scopes-Upton’s pristine white arctic parka outfit from the Precollections category earning a cash prize from Vilene Freudenberg

Image provided by AIU London

AIU’s December shows always contain experimental pieces and for this year it was to stretch the design students’ imagination to create ‘better quality or greater environmental value’ garments from ‘useless products’ or ‘waste materials’. Titled ‘Upcycle’, the design brief for the students was Reduce,  Reuse and Recycle.   Upcycle was then broken down into three themes: Creative Drape, 3D form and Precollections.
Design Student - Flaminia Mechoulay

Designs were a collage of recycled fabrics including no longer worn garments, paisley fabric, plastic bags and old newspaper to well worn leather from old sofas and boots.

 Discarded coffee bags was Zaira Xitlalitc Agular’s choice of fabric.
 Inspiration was by those that become invisible in society, so the forgotten coffee bags become something new.

Beverely Animadu goes for a fusion between smart and sport with the insides out.

Jeffrey Van Hare goes for a grafitti theme.

Kyle Cooley's jacket was inspired by canvas sails for creative drape 

Other student designs included:
Design student- Sarachimeg Bekhbat
Design Student - Hazim Bangwar

Design Student - Isaias Ponce
Design Student - Isaias Ponce

Design Student - Melba Robles
Design Student - Zaira X Agular

Proceeds from the event will go to the FSSA Zambia, funding for Secondary School Assistance in Zambia.

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19 December 2012

Dapper Dressing by RAKE at the Then And Now Shop

Rake takes its inspiration from the jet set of the early 70s mixing the rules of sartorial tailoring with the flair for stylish nonchalance
Rake’s signature is the Halo, the mark of the fallen angel. This signature hallmark can be found in each of Rake’s designs; holes on lapels and shirts, or sly embroidery into a pair of fine trousers.

The below dapper dressing by Rake is available from www.thenandnowshop.com and at the moment is discounted!!
Grey suede jacket:

Was £1020 now £765
Super soft grey suede jacket in washed effect and mesh lining. 
Grey Prince of Wales check trousers 

Was £450 now £337.50
100% wool.
Mother of pearl button
Halo stitch detail above the left pocket
Dress up with shirt or dress down with a jumper.

For your rakish nights out keep warm in this
Blue Birdseye tweed coa
Was £1,400 now £1,050
Half lined with interior piping in deep blue. Has working button cuffs and horn buttons Halo on lapel. 
Add Cashmere Antique Paisley print scarf in either grey or blue
Was £294 now £220.50
70% cashmere and 30% wool

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16 December 2012

It's A Good Year for Wine (colours)

Red can be a scary colour to wear but in its wine tones of burgundy, plum, merlot to name a few, it can be quite mellow.

For a fun Xmas evening out choose the burgundy dinner suit.

Next tuxedo suit Burgundy Slim fit tuxedo has a black sateen contrast shawl collar, two button fastening, and centre back vent Price £75 
Matching burgundy slim fit trousers Price £35
But Please Note: For a truly formal black tie event the dress code is always the black or midnight blue tuxedo never another colour.  Keep this burgundy number for less formal occasions – maybe for a friend’s dinner party
For more details on what to wear for a formal Black Tie event check out the post titled: Black Tie Event - the dinner jacket

For the top of the range expensive wines, choose these Billionaire Couture jackets in Bordeaux shades.

Left: Jacquard jacket price £2100. Worn with black shirt, mohair trousers, crocodile leather belt and dark red pochette.
Right: Jacquard jacket with paisley design in Bordeaux hues price £1650. Worn with black logo print Cattani shirt, mohair trousers and pochette.
But if the price is too rich then there is the Lambretta ruby tonic suit. Be prepared to be star struck as this has seen the limelight on X Factor with Jahmene Douglas.

The suit is of a retro mod style and is Carnaby Street cool – it is single breasted with black contrast piping detailing on the narrow lapels, so match with your favourite black shirt. Trousers are slim fit and flat fronted with black striped waistband.
Fabric 55% viscose and 45% wool with sheen effect.
Available from www.asos.com
Jacket was £162 now £48
Trousers were £88 now £48.50

Look dapper and smart but casual in burgundy velvet.

Slim fit velvet burgundy jacket £75 and trousers £35 Fabric 100% polyester
Blue check cotton handkerchief £10 in a pack of five
Worn with 100% cotton roll neck jumper in grey £22 (also available in burgundy for the full bodied wine look or green for an earthy wine flavour)
Model is holding the Signature Wool Epsom coat £120.  Fabric: 70% wool 20% nylon and 10% cashmere
All available from www.next.co.uk or Next stores

And for the laid back mulled wine look, go for wine coloured sweaters:

Set your own snowflake wintery scene and keep warm in Aigle ‘Woolypark’ shawl neck knitted sweater in berry and natural with snowflake design.
 55% wool 45% cotton Price £135

This wine twist crew neck jumper has its own dusting of snow.Made from a lambswool blend. Price £40
Available from St George by Duffer at Debenhams and online www.debenhams.com


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14 December 2012

Dapper Coats to keep you warm and stylish

Designer Stefan Orschel-Read grew up in Scotland and so is no stranger to the colder climate.  His coats will keep the cold out but the sartorial style in:

Brighten up your winter months in this disperse-dyed trench coat called ‘Sunset’. Made from warm Melton fabric and in bold purple, the sleeves are darted and the back is panelled.  Price £1,200
Worn in the image with Richmond twin pleat classic tailored trousers in black watch tartan suiting, and slim fit cream cotton shirt with purple buttons and doubles cuffs .

This green and gold marl tweed coat has with just a splash of rich purple on the collar. Called ‘Traquair’ the coat is £900 and soon to be available through www.thenandnowshop.com
 But until then contact sale@orschel-read.com for private orders.
In the image the coat is worn with:
A narrow Belle-Époque fit waistcoat in olive green tartan suiting (just peeping through),
 Richmond twin pleat classic tailored trousers in purple Melton
Extra slim fit purple and white collar cotton shirt with contrast white three button collar.

All designed by www.orschel-read.com
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10 December 2012

TOMS launches its first GIVE shop for the festive season.

The GIVE shop will be held at The Old Truman Brewery and hopes to take you on a journey of Giving.
The shop will include five major areas, all with an interactive and fun element:

GIVE Creativity: A hub of talent, the GIVE Creativity area will showcase live music on stage with up and coming artists, including holding creative workshops that help GIVE back

GIVE Knowledge: Books help us to build our spirit, use our imagination and most importantly, GIVE information. This space will be created entirely from recycled books and will include a lounge where guests can sit and read, plus the opportunity to bring an old book and exchange it for another. .

GIVE Market: A retail area hosted by Jaguar Shoes Collective. This space allows customers to support local artisans:
Guests will be able to shop the TOMS GIVE Sight & GIVE Shoes ranges.
Three local craftsmen with a similar ethos to TOMS will be selling their work.

GIVE Smiles: This particular space lets you hold onto those fond memories we all cherish. Jump into the photo booth where you can take pictures with your loved ones and share them with your friends and family via social media, email or text.

GIVE Craft: A DIY craft area where visitors can create homemade Christmas cards and visit the wrapping station to add a personal touch to those much anticipated gifts.

The GIVE shop will be open from Friday 14th Dec until Sun 16th Dec.

Daily Schedule
Friday 14th December:
Jigsaw Piece Workshop with Sarah Corbett 11am-3pm,
Damon Valentine performs at 4.30pm.
Saturday 15th December:
Pop-up Christmas Card Workshop with Helen Friel 11am-3pm,
Being There perform at 4.30pm.
Sunday 16th December:
Comic-Style Printing Workshop with Joe Kessler 11am-3pm,
Flight Brigade perform at 3pm and Rufio Summers performs at 4.30pm.

Event info
Address: Dray Walk Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, E1
Opening Dates:
Friday 14th Dec. 10am -7pm
Saturday 15th Dec. 10am -7pm
Sunday 16th Dec 10am – 6pm
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9 December 2012

Time for Style - Police Watches

Torque £139
Seal £169
Raptor £160
Felony £129
All available at www,watchshop.com
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7 December 2012

H&M for Brick Lane Bikes – A Men’s collection Inspired by the Urban Cycling Scene

H&M has announced a men’s capsule collection with Brick Lane Bikes of East London, combining the function of cycling wear with great city style for both on and off the bike.
This capsule wardrobe will be launched on 7 March 2013 in approximately 180 stores worldwide, as well as online www.hm.com .

The collection consists of 11pieces which have been designed by H&M and tested and approved by Brick Lane Bikes, one of the world’s leading custom-bike specialists.
Inspired by both vintage pieces and today’s sports performance, the collection is made from more sustainable materials as part of H&M’s Conscious work.

About Brick Lane Bikes:
Founded in 2006, Brick Lane Bikes was the UK’s first fixed-gear bike store, specialising in custom-made bikes built in their on-site workshop. Brick Lane Bikes are now at the heart of East London’s cycling scene, making them the perfect team to test and approve this special cycling collection. Each piece has been designed to be worn on and off the bike, with functional details providing both performance and also style. Materials used include organic cotton, recycled cotton and recycled polyester, meaning the collection is as sustainable as cycling itself.
Feya Buchwald & Petter Klusell

 “We are extremely excited about the H&M for Brick Lane Bikes collection. Working with H&M to create clothing that mixes cycling with urban fashion is the perfect fit for us. It is exactly what we are about, and what we do best,” says Feya Buchwald, founder of Brick Lane Bikes.
“We are thrilled to be making this collection with Brick Lane Bikes. Cycling is a global phenomenon, with so many men choosing to cycle both to commute and for pleasure. This men’s collection has all the utility and function riders need, combined with a great sense of style,” says Petter Klusell, designer at H&M.
Photo credit: www.cisionwire.com
Here’s a video showing more pieces:
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