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Designer Spotlight

Gucci 10% sale

By admin on November 16th, 2007

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If
you use Gucci’s US
website
, November 20th is your lucky day. For reasons unknown,
they’re holding a 10% sale on everything. While 10% is nothing on most sites,
on Gucci the savings will probably buy you a couple of small third-world
countries.

So
if you’ve wanted a Gucci item, Nov 20th is the time to get it for
slightly cheaper than before. Happy days!



Designer Spotlight

Because of us, Jay-Z acquires Artful Dodger

By admin on November 13th, 2007

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Jay-Z reads
Brandish!

I have no
actual proof of this, but it can’t be a coincidence that we featured British
streetwear brand Artful Dodger and a few days later he decides to snap them up,
can it? Well it probably was, to be honest. Either way, this is good news for
the label, who can expect to see their profile skyrocket now they’re associated
with Jay-Z.



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

David Beckham’s latest signing is for Armani Underwear

By ShinyMedia on November 12th, 2007

dbeckhamemporioarmani.jpgWhile Victoria Beckham stars in a Tesco’s advert her husband David Beckham is going to appear ion something altogether upmarket. The football star has just signed on to be the newest err… face of Giorgio Armani’s underwear collection, which is set to launch in the U.S.

Beckham was busy shooting the ad campaign last week in L.A. with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, marking the second time that he and Armani have worked together.

The first time was in 2002, when the Italian designer created uniforms for the English team’s wardrobe.

The deal is another giant step for Armani who has been moving his global brand at lightening speed of late, including the opening of a mega store in Tokyo, plus a visit Down Under just last week. Talk about unstoppable…



Designer Spotlight

Lad Musician

By admin on November 7th, 2007

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The
rockstar look has been popular ever since the Strokes came out and gave people
someone to copy. Now you can walk into Topshop and leave a fully-fledged
rockstar, although you’ll have to get a terrible haircut somewhere else. In
Japan however, Lad Musician
are near enough the only brand to deliver to the fairly small niche market.

Gathering a
cult-like worship amongst those in the know, Lad Musician is now seen as an
established brand for those who are tall and gangly. I hate to be a tease, but
Lad Musician don’t actually ship to Europe, so unless you happen to be in Japan
on holiday you won’t be able to buy any of those lovely items.



Designer Spotlight

Alastair McKimm for Fred Perry

By admin on November 5th, 2007

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Fred Perry
seem to be a label low on ideas lately. They seem to have been hawking the same
items for years, without making even the tiniest of changes. Most of their
creative items stem from working with outside designers, such as this current
collection with Alastair McKimm
.

i-D stylist
Alastair McKimm – noted for his love of British youth culture – is a perfect
match for Fred Perry, giving them the fashion update its sorely needed lately.
Although this collection seems a bit tame, basically being the same as the
normal Perry collection but with extra sleeves. But if you’re into the fake layered
look then this might be for you.



Designer Spotlight

Lucas Ossendrijver for Lanvin

By admin on October 29th, 2007

Chubby old Alber Elbaz from Lanvin joked that the only thing he could wear in his most recent collection were the ties and the shoes. Well Alber, you’d best get on the Slim Fasts, cos this collection is hot. 

Despite Elbaz’s insinuation that it’s his hand behind all of Lanvin’s output,  it’s no secret that Lucas Ossendrijver is now in the employ of the age old Paris fashion house and his tenure coincided with a fresh new direction for the menswear. Iconography is the language fashion understands and Ossendrijver seems to be a fluent speaker. For the current season, he has developed an instantly recognisable silhouette which might just take over from where Hedi Slimane left off at Dior Homme. The silhouette is based on rounded shoulders, high waists and narrow legs. Jackets had a fullness around the chest and were cropped quite short whereas coats led to an even fuller skirt. There was more than the fair share of flounce around the neck and nearly everything was shown with big domed baseball capes.
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[Images: catwalking.com]

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Designer Spotlight

A material boy in a material world

By admin on October 23rd, 2007

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Material Boy is the brainchild of
Australian designer Mic Eaton. Calling on us to ‘celebrate our inner
gay’, Material boy specialize in oversized tees, hoodies & tight
tracksuit bottoms, making it a perfect label for the American Apparel
aficionado who’s grown slightly bored of their designs. You can view
their collection at mintshop and purest cut.



Designer Spotlight

Full Circle’s Autumn Winter collection

By admin on October 22nd, 2007

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Full circle’s Autumn/winter collection has been
gathering a lot of press lately and it’s not hard to see why. Whilst the military influence has been a given in everyone’s read-to-wear range this season, Full Circle have added their own design quirks. They’ve added a sportswear look into the
usual staple looks of this season, which gives the collection a much fresher look than other mid-level designers. They also added injections of colour into the seasonal trend of  muted greys, browns and blacks.

Key pieces include a baseball-inspired leather
jacket, a long chunky cardigan and the ubiquitous ¾ trench coat. View the collection at Full
Circle’s website
.



Designer Spotlight, News

Roberto Cavalli at H&M

By admin on October 17th, 2007

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Whilst
Topshop have H&M trumped when it comes to celebrity ranges, H&M have
had good quality ranges by Viktor & Rolf and now they have a new range by
Roberto Cavalli. As Cavalli is usually known for his garish exotic prints, I
can’t say I was particularly looking forward to this range, but I’m pleasantly
surprised by his understated range.

With that
said, it is a bit too understated,
bordering on boring. The trench coat is probably the best of the range I’ve
seen so far, but even that is done better by COS and will only be about £30
more expensive. The suits don’t have a great cut, as they’re not quite slim
enough for H&M’s target market and their chunky cardigan is boring with no
design quirks to speak of.

I could
well be wrong though and all these pieces could look great when worn. His range
will be in 200 selected stores around the world (with H&M being the only
high street store without a UK website yet) and is available from November 8th.



Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Nerve Clothing

By admin on October 15th, 2007

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It’s nice
to be ahead of the curve sometimes, like when you hear a great band before
anyone else. But as you can’t wear knowledge of a band, you just have to harp
on at everyone about how you found them first, which can make you look like a
twat.

Thankfully
you can wear Nerve clothing, a brand so ahead of the curve they don’t have a
website yet. Hailing from Denmark, Nerve are a brand that focuses on slim line
tailoring, with their stand out pieces being a granddad v-neck jumper and a
brown double breasted coat. If you’re aiming to perfect your indie-chic look
then Nerve’s clothing is available from Elements.



Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Clerk and Teller

By admin on October 12th, 2007

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Ex-bank clerk and teller-turned-designers Clerk
and Teller
have been operating a buzz based campaign lately, getting their
collection into independent boutiques whilst advertising in nationwide fashion
magazines.
Although this technique would seem bizarre to most people (including
me), they also run an online store from which – in contrast to other company
stores – their entire range can be bought.

Whilst most companies realize the importance
of having an online presence, most don’t stock their entire range online making
it a pain to buy certain items. Their range consists of items such as tweed
trousers, leather jackets and smart shirts, which are all perfect for the
upcoming tweed trend that’s supposed to be happening very soon. You could start now, but be warned: you run the risk of looking like  Chris Eubank.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Erotokritos

By admin on October 10th, 2007

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Greek-Cypriot, Paris-based designer Eritokritos launched his eponymous collection for women in 1994, which quickly established itself in the hearts of women with a penchant for quirky design and colourful prints. About 5 years ago, he translated this design ethos to menswear and opened a store in the Marais in Paris to showcase this work.

Next time you’re in Paris, its definitely worth a look along with the other chic boutiques around rue Vieille du Temple. The knitwear in this season is really gorgeous and there’s some lovely short jackets perfect for autumn weather. Like the womenswear, it’s the sort of collection where the more you look at it, the better it becomes. It has a folky feel to it, and the colours are perfect – there’s something very Parisian about putting candy pink, sky blue and chocolate brown together and making it work, but they pull it off. Its bound to be in UK stores soon so watch out for it.

 



Designer Spotlight, Grooming

Acca Kappa’s grooming products for the more refined gentleman

By admin on September 27th, 2007

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Not a name that you would have heard of before, Acca Kappa is a cosmetics brand designed for the true gentleman. Trading since 1869, Acca Kappa has been providing grooming goods for European royalty for over 100 years and, just by looking at their products, you can see why. It’s really is a brand for the sort of man who feels like he should have been born when there were still lands left to discover, and men fought not in the streets like ruffians, but with a sabre and one hand behind their backs. So much for modernity.

Each of their grooming tools, be it a paddle-brush, nail scrubber or razor, are crafted from various hardwoods which, in my book, is pure sophistication. Where’s the beauty or romance in a plastic Gillette razor, eh? Also in Acca Kappa’s 1869 collection is the range of soaps, body washes and shaving creams which contain natural, skin friendly ingredients such as almond oil and grape polyphenols. They smell pretty good too.

Acca Kappa’s website is under construction at the moment and, until they open their UK flagship store, you’ll have to trawl through Harrods or House Of Fraser to get your mitts on their fine products.

Via [Notcot]

 



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Steal this Marc Jacob look

By admin on September 26th, 2007

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This may be an odd look for winter as it doesn’t
come with a jacket. But you might want to try layering every once in a while,
just so you don’t have to wear the same jacket 7 days in a row.

 Cardigan: Seeing as you won’t have a jacket
on, the cardigan you get will have to be a bit thicker than usual. Uniqlo’s
100% lamb’s wool cardigan
(£25) does a good job at keeping you warm whilst
remaining stylish.

Jumper: Just to make sure you don’t catch pneumonia
looking stylish, you’d best invest in Uniqlo’s
cashmere jumper
available at £60. It looks best when it’s just a shade
lighter than the cardigan.

Trousers: If you’ve been wearing the same
jeans for four days now, then it’s time to stop. It’s just disgusting. These Espirit
trousers (£50)
are stylish enough to bring together this outfit and are a
good alternative to jeans.

Trainers: A plain pair of trainers are the best way to
complete this look and this pair of Adidias Gazelle’s
(£50) are probably the plainest trainer you could find.



Designer Spotlight

Catwalk Queen interviews Deryck Walker

By Isabelle on September 26th, 2007

Laura met menswear designer Deryck Walker last week and he talked her through his first womenswear collection. The lovely Scot trained in Scotland and has worked at Robert Cary-Williams, Boudicca and Versace.




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