30 January 2014

Richard Nicoll Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

Wanting to explore contrasting and complimentary patterns, colours and texture, this collection juxtaposes the 70s formal look with today’s street style.

Nicoll plays around with the ruffled tuxedo shirt style popular in the 70’s by changing the cotton fabric to diaphanous organza and by breaking the symmetry of his ruffled rows. He keeps the 70’s love of colour. With matching straight trousers this formal look ranged from pale mint, bright yellow, bright blue to a more subtle purple and denim blue.

Highly polished patent shoes come in a range of striking colours from metallics to ruby red and cobalt blue. For daywear shirt collars are edged with satin ribbons. No ties here, instead a single coloured ribbon strip adorns the length of the placket ...

... Or three form a wider striped band to create a hybrid tie design folded over at the top just underneath the collar.

Adding sparkle and shine are the lightweight bomber jackets in a metallic tweed pattern and blue floral brocade.  Trousers varied from the straight flat front style to the baggier pleated style. Many have turn-ups and some also sport a contrasting stripe down the side seams.

Overcoats usually of sombre shades also embrace colour from powder blue to burnt red.
 Styles range from the slouchy raglan to the more tailored single and double breasted.

The more casual jackets are bolder in colour including a bright vermillion car coat trimmed with faux fur collar, teamed with ruby red patent shoes and worn over trousers with lilac side seam stripes.

Feeling the blues is the tailored duffle coat lined in faux fur and worn with tonal polka dot jumper, gingham shirt and corduroy trousers.

The bomber jacket appears again. This time a heavier and warmer look in wool trimmed with faux fur collars and leather sleeves.

Emblazoned on the front of a light grey fine knit jumper, the word DISCREET was anything but with a square background in neon yellow and teamed with matching yellow trousers.  But this collection is all about opposing elements of discretion/decadence and order/chaos.
Part of this collection will be available in the summer at UK stockists  
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27 January 2014

James Long Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

Of futuristic and abstraction design, the inspiration for James Long AW14 is primitive sci-fi and cosplay (costume play).

In space suit white, the hood of this quilted jacket gives the appearance of an astronaut’s wide cowl-style neckline without the helmet.

Casual quilted outerwear reigns supreme in this collection bulking out the torso and arms for a sci-fi superhero’s muscular physique 

Padded coats, jackets and sweatshirts reminiscent of bubble wrap stood out for their sections of different sized quilted patterns highlighted by trim.

The quilted cropped bomber style jackets are reversible. This open jacket gives a glimpse of how the reverse would look like – a layer of mesh covers the padding making it visible underneath. Slim fit polo neck knits are prominent in the collection and updated with prints of abstract shapes. 

Jogging pants have two layers of mesh over grey jersey creating an optical illusion of light spots.  The mesh is also used on tops and jackets.  

For the slimmer ‘lighter on his feet’ hero look, fitted jackets adorned with both mesh and coloured abstract panels sculpt the body. These abstract panels of coloured satin could also be seen on boxy shaped sweatshirts worn over polo necks.

A smarter option to the joggers is the straight legged trousers in dark denim with jacquard pattern emulating the actual mesh in the collection.

Leather tops and jackets are laser cut and embellished with blue and black ribbons interwoven through the perforations creating a knitting pattern effect. 

Collaborating with Kurt Geiger London, the baseball boots were designed especially for the collection and incorporate the mesh panels. For more information check out http://www.kurtgeiger.com/james-long-collaboration

 Blue hair is optional. Created by Fudge using their Paint Box range and some cellophane for the skull cap effect.

UK stockists for James Long are

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Coming Soon - JShoes Wicket canvas shoe

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23 January 2014

David Beckham - New campaign video for the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M.

David Beckham will star in a new campaign to launch the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. Shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn, known for his movies Drive and Only God Forgives, the campaign will debut during the US Super Bowl on February 2nd 2014.


In the action-packed plot, David is locked out of a photo shoot on a rooftop in just his underwear, with no way down.  He has to go to any length to get to safety, performing all his own stunts in the process. David has filmed two alternative versions, which will be put to a vote on hm.com to find the people’s favourite, voting starts January 27th.
“It was so exciting to work with one of my favourite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn, on my new campaign for H&M. Nicolas pushed me hard to create an action-packed film, which shows off this season’s new heritage-inspired bodywear at its best,” says David Beckham.
“I loved working with David for his new campaign. He is a natural in front of the camera, and was fearless when performing his own stunts. The campaign is funny, smart and spectacular, and shows the many different sides of David’s personality,” says Nicolas Winding Refn.
The campaign features pieces from the Spring David Beckham Bodywear collection, which sees a fresh take on heritage. Stripes of varying width are introduced on long-sleeve Henleys, vests and trunks, as well as varsity style lettering on the back of long-sleeve raglan tops. Also debuting will be David Beckham Bodywear pieces for kids. A mini-me collection for boys with Henley’s, vests, trunks, long johns and pyjama shorts. The collections will be available in selected H&M stores and online from January 30.
These new pieces join the core David Beckham Bodywear collection, which has already become a staple in the wardrobes of men worldwide since its launch in February 2012.
Link to the David Beckham at H&M


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21 January 2014

Sir Kenneth Branagh wears Ermenegildo Zegna

Sir Kenneth Branagh attended the "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" premiere in London, England, wearing a navy, two-button, notch lapel suit, shirt and tie all by Ermenegildo Zegna

Here with Kiera Knightley and Chris Pine
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Anatomic & Co bring out new Tucano Brogue for the Summer

Available soon for SS14 via
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20 January 2014

Carlo Pazolini Spring/Summer 2014 must haves

Available soon from the
Stand alone store in Westfield London
And online www.yoox.com
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Ada + Nik Autumn/Winter 2014 - The Dark Wolf

Designers Ada Zanditon and Nik Thakkar get together and create their first menswear collection The Dark Wolf.

The Dark Wolf explores a progressive noir aesthetic with a Bauhaus masculine silhouette. The collection includes leather biker jackets, versatile outerwear and bold geometrically cut separates.
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14 January 2014

Paul Costelloe Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

Gary Cahill & Paul Costelloe

Inspiration is in keeping with the brands British Heritage incorporating a respect for craftsmanship of the tailor and weaver in a contemporary manner .

At Paul Costelloe's presentation for London Collections:Men, Chelsea footballer Gary Cahill tries on a few pieces. Gary was also the brand ambassador for Paul Costelloe in 2013.

Italian inspired twisted yarns and blended Jaspe yarns are used to create a mix of modern yet classic British tweed and micro-checks with a salt and pepper colour base that’s infused with highlights of mustard and Chianti.

Tartan is prominent and the Blackwatch and Lindsay tartans have been modernised to include an antique finish with flamboyant faux pony hair trimmings ( check the collar).

Coats range from Herringbone to bold over check jackets with hints of velvet and corduroy.

Also inspired by Pre-Raphaelite painters and dark Art Nouveau interiors, the collection features opulent and luxurious fabrics in the form of velvet and smooth satin, infused with dark teal and navy with a hint of burnished gold.

A quirky touch for the shirt prints includes the fox, also Paul Costelloe's logo.

Some of the AW14 collection will be available in the summer at  www.houseoffraser.co.uk


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Marshal Artist Spring/Summer 2014 - Saturday Boys

Marshall Artist SS14 fuses technically advanced fabrications with classic British styling.

Stand out fabrics include  ‘dura-wax’ nylon with it’s intense colouration finish and the compact lightweight cotton / polyamide that gives a softer, more worn-in feel
 to some outerwear pieces.
The collection also includes several ‘micro technical shell’ fabrics that are specifically produced to a high technical standard to allow water resistance to 5000mm & 3000gr/m2 bonded to a hydrophilic breathable lamination membrane for complete lightweight protection from temperamental spring weather.

Premium quality cotton oxford shirting, cotton jacquard shirting, lightweight ‘ice nylon’ chambray....

...., premium cotton gaberdine & pigment dyed cotton also feature in this inherently British summer collection.

An extensive collection of premium fleece, jersey & pique are also presented alongside a broad range of full fashion knitwear in light & medium weight gauges.

A mature colour palette is apparent throughout the collection. Staple navy, sky blue, crisp white, stone & ecru are mixed with splashes of burnt orange, indigo & sun bleached red.

For SS14 Marshall Artist collaborate with k-way to create a reversible jacket with a slimmed down silhouette. The iconic ma m–90 camo print is on the outer shell with the inner shell in a block colour. Fabric is from the k-way archive and the original fabric used throughout the 80’s during k–way’s most popular period on terraces across Britain.
2 colours are available:
 olive camo with the iconic ‘away- days’ green on the reverse - a tip of the hat to the must have cagoule colour of the 80’s.
The second colour is slate grey M–90 camo with silver grey on the reverse: a brand new colour block for k–way and a fresh approach for summer ‘14.
 All the usual k–way signatures are present: multi coloured zip tape, iconic branding at the chest, branded zip puller and of course the stow-away pocket bag.
Available soon via:
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