Tuesday, 22 September 2009
As a lover of street style, I really enjoy looking through the raw, untouched images of photographers such as Matt Irwin and Jeurgen Teller, and of course blogger Scott Schuman’s in The Sartorialist. Schuman’s style-seeking blog has been running for over four years and whilst I am a little tired of seeing even more photographs of affluent, trendy art students posing in front of a wall, I was pleasantly surprised by the very English sense of style that some of his male subjects have perfected in both London and New York. It seems that the Barbour jacket isn’t just hot with farmers in the depths of Sussex but it has been given a hip new makeover by London and New York’s most stylish gents. Take a look and see what you think!
Monday, 21 September 2009
As New York fashion week started with a bang last week, London’s 25th is already in full flow and oh, isn’t it exciting. Unfortunately I'm not lucky enough to be there myself, so I can only recreate the whole thing via the internet and try to imagine the fabulousness of it all as I sit here on the settee, cup of tea and laptop in hand.
My favourite, 3.1 Phillip Lim didn’t disappoint in New York with his usual minimalist, tailored aesthetic and the effortlessly cool vibe that his clothes always seem to exude. The most standout piece of the collection was a lipstick-red suit that Lim calls the “new suit”. Machine washable and tailored to perfection, the short, elbow-length jacket and ankle-length pants would work just as well as statement-making separates. Lim’s preference seemed to be in making the collection as sellable as it was stylish with low-slung city-chic shorts, sleek belted macs and cuter than cute playsuits.
Marc by Marc Jacob’s began his lively catwalk show in New York with oversized bunny bows and colour-clashing prints that followed the re-occurring nomad trend of New York. African-inspired prints were brought to life in easy day dresses, high-waisted pants and short, tiered skirts. Jacobs followed with fun floral-print sundresses, sporty sky-blue playsuits and sleek satin jumpsuits, which I'm sure will be at the top of every hip New Yorker's wishlist next summer.
Diane Von Furstenberg's SS10 runway show featured a beautiful collection of clothes that I could only have wished for when I went travelling. Featuring real-world clothes for this season’s nomad searcher, the DVF woman is “looking into antiquity for effortless beauty”. Her ultra-wearable leopard-spot shirtdresses, bold-colored macramé hippie dresses and daisy chain maxi dresses made me want to pack up and go with the hippest adventure wardrobe ever! Styled with layers of chunky paint box-bright bangles and ethereal butterfly hairpieces, the models looked stunning in metallic wedges, nipped-in belted waists and dare I say it, crimped hair. I knew the day would come when that trend came back!
The cult-leader of cobwebby, knitted mini dresses, Mark Fast has been accused of stirring up self-publicity after his shock decision (not really that shocking) to use three size 12-14 models in his SS10 runway collection of SS10 at London Fashion Week on Saturday. After a rather diva-style storm out of both his stylist and director, the St Martin’s graduate stuck by his convictions, adding that “"We wanted women to know that they don't have to be a size zero to wear a Mark Fast dress. In fact, curvier women can look even better in one”. It is actually quite refreshing to see a few super-sexy, curvaceous women enjoying their moment at LFW, rather than resigning themselves to the store windows of Evans. But, whether you like it or not, it seems that the times are changing, and the change definitely likes chips!