For as long as I can remember fashion has been more than just designing amazing clothes or even catwalk shows. To ensure a customer for life, brands have to sell a lifestyle, an attitude and overall an identity. Nothing expresses this more than the brands store which could be online or bricks and mortar. Take for instance Burberry and Gucci, both leading fashion brands with incredibly accessible, interactive and creative web stores however I still enjoy a good old fashioned shop, boutique, store whatever you call it; there is nothing better than walking through a store surrounded by all the things you love about that specific brand or concept. Perhaps this is why London has recently seen an influx of brand spanking new stores for us to explore!! From Celine to JCrew, Karl Largerfeld to Christopher Kane, London is brimming with amazing new spaces by the World’s leading names! With some just open and others to come, I think its necessary to don those new Nike’s (comfort first) and get shopping…..
Men’s Collections London is quickly becoming one of the most influential Menswear weeks of the year! Burberry returned from Milan and newcomers such as JW Anderson created one of Men’s Collections most high profile weeks to date. On the catwalk, colour was one of the key trends from strong primary’s to summery pastels, sketched graphics seen at Christopher Kane were also popular and designers such as Jonathan Saunders continued to push boundaries with unique fabrics. However, it wasn’t just the catwalk that attracted attention, from Florence to London and Milan; the menswear street chic on show was unmissable. Tommy Ton amongst others, captured everything from dapper suits, to the chiselled models and the women literally rocking the ‘boy meets girl’ trend……Apparently Menswear really is where it’s at!
Burberry Prorsum SS14: Look 24, Look 15 and Look 49
Tommy Ton Street Style
Christopher Kane SS14: Look 6, Look 7 and Look 16
Tommy Ton Street Style
Jonathan Saunders SS14: Look 3, Look 11 and Look 19
Chanel is coming to London……not only is there a new Chanel exhibition; but yep, it’s on it’s way to the capital! ‘The Little Black Jacket’ exhibition will be housed at The Saatchi Gallery during October. Via photographs taken by the Kaiser himself, the exhibition showcases Chanel’s iconic Little Black Jacket through the eyes of 109 Chanel approved fashionistas. Based on the book that explores the versatility of The Little Black Jacket celebrities from Anna Wintour to Charlotte Casiraghi pose with their very own Chanel (jealous much?!). Both the book and exhibition are a must for anyone interested in the legacy of Coco Chanel, the history of one of the most famous fashion houses in the World and of course that Little Black Jacket!!!! Until October we can only dream……
Matches, the luxury online fashion leader has become the latest e-tailer to collaborate with various London designers; creating a capsule t-shirt collection all in the name of charity. Calling upon London city based designers from Erderm, Jonathan Saunders and Mary Katrantzou to Richard Nicol, Holly Fulton, Holiday; Roksanda Ilincic and, not forgetting my favourite….JW Anderson! Each t-shirt depicts the individual designer’s work, celebrating London/UK and the fabulous year we’re all having!! Yet another innovative way London finds to showcase it’s amazing talent, diversity and fashionability!!
As proven by the A/W12 Rag&Bone campaign Kate Moss is still up there with the best of them! Looking effortless as ever, shot by Craig McDean; wandering the streets of Kentish Town, London and if you can make Kentish Town look good….