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Yoko Ono’s John Lennon inspired menswear debut looks like a Nathan Barley joke

By Gerald Lynch on November 28th, 2012

 

We’re not sure what we should have expected from Yoko Ono’s debut menswear collection for Opening Ceremony, revealed today. But had we thought about it logically, it’d probably have been something as barmy as what she’s indeed delivered.

Featuring neon pink shades, arse-exposing mesh trousers and the sort of abstract cock-and-balls motif that’d make Alan Partridge blush, it’s like a fashion line torn straight from the script of a Nathan Barley episode.

Though “inspired” by her late great husband and former Beatle John Lennon, we can’t *Imagine* him walking about Liverpool wearing any of this. Having said that, some of these aren’t that far off of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger’s many crimes against fashion.

Scroll down to check out the collection, available from early December at Opening Ceremony’s Covent Garden store, 35 King Street, London WC2E 8JG

Yoko Ono - Opening Ceremony debut menswear collection

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White cotton and polyester Fashions for Men Hoodie (approx £47), black wool with contrast colored white hand Hand Trouser (approx £209)



Designer Spotlight, features, London Collections, Trends

London Collections: Backstage @ Jonathan Saunders

By Gerald Lynch on June 19th, 2012

Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 @ London Collections

There’s little to compare to the buzz of backstage at a fashion show, and little else still when that show happens to be the Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 showcase at the inaugural London Collections Men’s fashion weekender. Brandish popped down pre-show for a quick look at how one of the most eagerly-anticipated and talked about events of the weekend came together.

A rabbit-warren of a venue with winding, near-vertical stairs that open out into a dramatic high-ceilinged space, Brandish climbed through the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms to meet with hair stylist Paul Hanlon. Not even a power-outage at the venue could stop him as he talked us through the Bowie-inspired look, using Fekkai products to pull back and add volume to the hair of the 11 models crammed into his makeshift salon.

Backstage before Jonathan Saunders' Spring/Summer 2013 @ London Collections

“I’m kind of trying to tap into that time after Bowie had done with his Ziggy thing. No more red hair, much more mature, more masculine, in a way, less glam rock. This was a time when he was wearing the big pants, shirts. He was much more elegant,” explained Hanlon.

“There’s elements of the fifties in there too, but never falling into rockabilly styles. I don’t want it too androidy though either, there are imperfections in there too, adding character. Think of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth‘, all that sort of time, and you’d be right on it.”

Last minute line-up changes for the Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 showcase @ London Collections

It’s a look both on trend and achievable, with clean lines and light sideburns, pulling blow-dryed hair back from the face through the roots with a wide-comb, strong wax and mousse for a sharp, uniform look that never veers into militarized territory.

With little under an hour till doors opened, models were still having the final touches applied, with last minute changes to the model line-up meaning a frantic rethink of how best to present the line.

Shoes by Christan Louboutin for Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 @ London Collections

The show itself was rapturously received. Rather than a runway show, Saunders opted for a slightly more laid back static showcase, with the 11 models posing in a colourfully decorated corner of the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms. Chatting to each other beneath the striking natural light of the venue’s sloping skylight, the models entertained guests including David Gandy and Reggie Yates.

David Gandy @ Jonathan Saunders - London Collections

Rails of items from the collection were available for guests to browse, giving all in attendance the chance to get up close and personal with the range.

Rails on show at the Jonathan Saunders London Collections showcase

As Saunders first full men’s collection, the Scottish designer effortlessly played with his trademark striking colours, bringing together graphic, geometric prints on short-sleeves, suits, twinsets and casual wear. Knitwear too, used by Saunders as a “gateway garment” for men looking to add a slightly more subtle dash of colour to their wardrobes, also featured heavily. High neck lines throughout kept the line sophisticated, but the bold, retro stylings keep the collection from ever feeling stuffy. Christian Louboutin’s shoes were a perfect complement, with playful metallics and suede grounding a superbly wearable set.



Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, News

Ozwald Boateng movie “A Man’s Story” hits cinemas this Friday

By Gerald Lynch on March 5th, 2012


Varon Bonicos’s documentary “A Man’s Story”, following the trials and tribulations of tailor-to-the-stars and leading light in men’s fashion Ozwald Boateng, hits UK cinemas this Friday March 9th.

14 years in the making, the film follows Boateng’s day-to-day life from around the time of his 1998 divorce from first wife Pascale, up to his triumphant London Fashion Week 2010 closing show.

Littered with star studded talking heads like Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Richard Branson, and old big ears himself, Prince Charles, it offers a rare insight into one of fashion’s most dynamic and exciting personalities.

Click here for more info.



Designer Spotlight, Gallery

Introducing: Beautiful Fül

By Laura on January 1st, 2012

We were recently introduced to Los Angeles based Beautiful Fül, through their Spring ’12 lookbook, and one thing is for sure now… we can’t wait for spring!

Beautiful Fül’s designer, Alejandro Rodriquez has garnered respect and acclaim from both national and international retailers and industry insiders in recent years with his emphasis on clean modern lines and attention to detail. This collection shows a much lighter side than Rodriquez’s previous collections, although definitely maintains his west coast aesthetic. What do you think of the collection?

Pieces from the collection range from $187- $1,125 USD

Beautiful Fül

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Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight, features

A.P.C. Heavyweight Harris Tweed Jacket

By Laura on October 11th, 2011

French ready-to-wear brand A.P.C. is easily one of my favourites. Founded in 1988 by Tunisian born Designer Jean Touitou, they continue to impress season after season with their beautiful high quality garments.

The fall collection is now available, but one piece that really stood for me, was this wonderful sartorial city jacket. Woven in the historical Harris Tweed, this jacket combines contemporary Parisian style with heritage fabrics.

What makes this jacket stand out, is the superb attention to detail. From the cream shearling collar and epaulettes to the customized zip/button front and four pockets. The jacket is a bit pricey at £485, but this is a classic look you will be able to wear season after season.

The jacket is available here



Celeb style, Designer Spotlight

Joe Jonas for MR PORTER

By Laura on July 25th, 2011

Our good friends over at MR PORTER’s have given us a sneak peak at their exclusive shoot with Joe Jonas which will appear in tomorrow’s edition of their online magazine. Styled by Dan May and shot by Angelo Pennetta, Joe is featured in new season Burberry, Maison Martin Margiela and Givenchy. I absolutely love the dressed down tuxedo look and hope we see more of this styling for fall.



Designer Spotlight, features, Footwear

Jimmy Choo for men launching on Mr. Porter

By Laura on July 5th, 2011

Last December Jimmy Choo announced they were set to launch the brand’s return to footwear. And now after months of waiting, they are finally ready to launch the collection in collaboration with Mr. Porter

Given the months of hype around this new collection, I do wonder if they can possibly live up to the hype. That said if the short film ‘Walking the Line’, they created for the Men’s AW 11 collection is anything to go by, I am going to say – YES!

On a side note I love that the film is set in New York’s High Line park, as I had the chance to visit last week (see picture below). For those not familiar, the High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Recently it has been converted into a beautiful mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. If your in New York make sure to check it out.



Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Fred Perry 2011 Spring/Summer Woven Stripe Footwear

By Laura on May 31st, 2011

Fred Perry have used two of their classic footwear styles and updated them with a woven stripe for Spring/Summer 2011. Available in both the Foxx Woven Stripe and Byron Mid Canvas Woven Stripe, they come in three different colourways with tan waxed laces and the classic Fred Perry embroidered Laurel Wreath at the heel. The shoes can be purchased through Fredperry.com



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Lanvin Neckties and Bowties for Autumn/Winter 2011

By Laura on May 23rd, 2011

Lanvin has giving the necktie an interesting spin in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection combining silk and wool splits. As you can see above the long end of the necktie is finished in a wool. Similarly, the bowties have a wool application that personally I think sits well with the silk. What do you think? Would you wear these split neckties?



Celeb style, Designer Spotlight, News

Ed Westwick in Hickey Freeman at National Movie Award

By Laura on May 12th, 2011

Last night was the opening ceremony of the L’Oreal National Movie Awards at Wembley Arena in London. The celebs were out in force, but Ed Westwick stood out in particular in his Shawl Lapel Tux Jacket and Mohair/Wool Tux Pants by Hickey Freeman. Nice!



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Miansai Fish Hook Bracelet

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

The Miansai’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection has really caught my attention recently, inspired in part by vintage jewellery and commonly found items. I particularly love this Fish Hook Bracelet with its nautical styling and colorful cord. It is available in several colors… perfect to remind you of lazy summer days while stuck in the office.

The collection is available now at select retailers including Roden Gray.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, features

Adam Kimmel Bandana Roll-Up Sleeve Shirts inspired by Snoop Dogg

By Laura on May 3rd, 2011

Personally I have never really thought of Snoop Dogg as much of a fashion icon, but that is exactly where Adam Kimmel got his inspiration for his latest series of roll-up shirts. Utilizing a custom bandana print reflective of Snoop’s personal style, the shirts feature several different cashmere/cotton designs incorporated into the roll-up part of both T-shirts and button-downs. Overall creating an refreshing take on the classic T. Shirts are available through Por Vocacao.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight, features

Symmetry Scarves

By Laura on April 21st, 2011

I recently was introduced to this awesome LA based label Symmetry by a friend in California. I immediately fell in love with the way they have put a contemporary spin on the traditional wrap scarf.

The husband-and-wife design duo first launched their accessory brand in 2010, and have made a name for themselves by combining quality and function. After a well-received first run, Symmetry is back and continue to play on the innate versatility of scarves by adding supple leather strips that connect by clasp to leather-backed grommets. One of my favourite pieces has to be the Dixon, which turns from a scarf to a large tote bag.

Check out Symmetry’s online shop here. Prices start at $155.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Book Club 2011 Fall Lookbook

By Laura on April 11th, 2011

A friend in Melbourne recently sent me the Australian brand Book Club’s Fall 2011 look book.
I love the aesthetic of the shoot… and the clothes weren’t half bad either. The collection is comprised of simple clean looks that focus on solid color blocks, chinos, jeans, and button-down long-sleeves. One other notable item in the collection was the two-tone parka with contrasting drawstrings – great for English weather. To find out more about the collection Check out their site here



Collaborations, Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Liberty teams up with Nike Sportswear for the 2011 Summer Collection

By Laura on March 17th, 2011

The new Liberty of London Nike collaboration has been receiving a lot of mixed opinions since the first images appeared online. The Summer 2011 line has drawn upon the iconic London stores, capsule collection to create twelve new variations of classic models such as the Dunk Hi, Air Force 1, Blazer Mid and Blazer Low.

Most criticism of the shoes has been in regards to the distinctive Liberty patterns used, including the instantly recognizable floral print. Regardless of whether you love them or hate them, there is no denying they are certainly hipster material.

The collection is scheduled for April 1, 2011, release.




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