FRIZZY FRINGES AND FLORAL PRINTS, BLURRING THE LINES OF CONFORMITY AT J.W ANDERSON From Saville Row sophistication to psychedelic palettes, diverse is the epitome of London’s renounced Menswear Collections partaking through the Capital this week. Although recognised as ‘Men’s Fashion Week’ the thirst for tradition is dispersed this season as the infatuation for a new contemporary male is being perused. Prominent throughout J.W Andersons collection his rendition of a masculine halter neck transcended pessimists. With expectation high after his skorts phenomenon, the show captivated the second day of LC:M. Defined jaws and impeccably dominating tailoring allowed masculinity to be retained throughout the J.W Anderson show, illuminating the feminine attributed throughout. The migration of delicate floral’JWs amongst the harsh tailored trousers retained the reassurance that it was actually a menswear show. Looking a menswear as a form of statement, breaking the boundaries of conformity fashion enthusiasts are sporting the pieces in venture of status, posing a threat to slack dominance within in menswear, boundaries are blurring.
MK&A x BIK BOK
Globally recognised as the most stylist duo among celebrity culture, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are proud to announce there recent collaboration with the Norwegian retailer Bik Bok. The collaborative partnership will entail three collections launched Fall 2013. Drawing inspiration from MK&A personal bohemian style influences, envisioning the Scandinavian It-Girl throughout the design process. â€œMary-Kate and Ashley have for a long time been strong style icons and a source of inspiration for fashion conscious girls and Bik Bok. The process and our experience with Mary-Kate and Ashley has been a true joy and we are very exited about the collections. We really look forward to the launch and seeing the collections in our stores. I feel confident that the Bik Bok girl will love the collectionsâ€?, says Martin Lien, Marketing Director at Bik Bok . With avid anticipation the first of the collections will be available online at bikbok.com and throughout selected stores as of August 2013
LAURA BAILEY AND SHEHERAZADE GOLDSMITH LAUNCH ‘LOQUET LONDON’ COLLECTION
British Model Laura Bailey now joining the ranks of Alexa Chung and Pippa Small in an act of diverting her career to the path of design, in a new collaboration with her close friend Sheherazade Goldsmith. Their new launch of their latest jewellery collection Loquet London is the ultimate in personalised luxury. Elegantly traditional, yet impermanently personalised- the contemporary adaptation of the forever familiar charm bracelet, allows the customer to personally curate there own ‘Loquet’ in reflection of their personal experiences. “Sheherazade had the idea of creating a modern locket concept which played on the classic idea of keepsake jewellery as a way to keep secrets or tell stories. We talked and played with ideas, before working out a way to do it together playing to our different strengths as well as our shared vision.”- Bailey From numbers and letters to initials and birthstones the collectable charms are encased within a gold framed crystal ‘Loquet’ designed to create and represent a personality, coded by charms. “A locket is a really special thing for a woman to have; we wanted to inspire people to tell a story with theirs. Both of us share a love for lockets and we wanted to create pieces that are unique and have an emotional attachment.”- Bailey
CARA CONKERS AS REVIELED THE FACE OF MULBERRY Rightfully established as THE face of fashion, Cara Delevingne latest pursuit with Mulberry is one of many high profile brands associated with the model of the moment. 'Traditional fables, botanical prints and the earthiness of the countryside by night all played their part, and this sense of dark beauty was beautifully captured by Tim for the campaign.' -Emma Hill,Creative Director of Mulberry. With the aid of the iconic fashion photographer that is Tim Walker, his fictive theatrically combined with his the direction of Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, created an imaginatively British tableau of Delevingne. The grandoise setting of the Oxfordshire Shotover House encourages set designer Shona Heathâ€™s abstruse woodlands to personify with the assistance of the Mulberry AW13 collection.
L’WREN SCOTT ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION WITH BANANA REPUBLIC Launching her fashion label in 2006 L’Wren Scott’s profound impact upon the fashion industry has rejected the concepts of trends, sporting intricate construction by creating versatile, classic pieces. With a dignified reputation for high fashion, the surprising collaboration with the high street apparel brand, Banana Republic will mark Scott’s first stint with a major global retailer. "Through this collection, we were able to bring our shared vision to life and the end result is a capsule we’re both so proud to call our own. It beautifully combines the ultra-feminine with wearable polish and will bring a sexy confidence to our consumers."- L’Wren Scott "She really understands what a woman loves and wants to wear. Her knack for bringing imaginative versatility and femininity to classic design is something that immediately brought us together as creatives." And as for the range, "the designs created for this collection bring a modern approach to pieces you will love forever".Simon Keen (Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president of design) Banana Republic has curated a 50 piece collection with the eponymous brand, launching in stores globally and on-line as of the 5th of December.
VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM Structured shifts and tailored tunics exemplify the season as AW13 reveals Victoria Beckham’s brand reincarnation. From suffocating silhouette to tight tailoring VB iconic clothing choices exemplify sophistication throughout the industry. No longer overtly feminine the collection is put together yet stripped back: the new androgynous vibe embraces masculine tailoring with a utilitarian mood. ‘I feel like the Victoria, Victoria Beckham girl this season is an engaged intellectual with a sense of humour,’ says Victoria. ‘She can wear anything with aplomb yet she chooses the simplicity of a dress. She marches rather than walks, she drinks espresso, and she devours books and art and film. And she is subversively sexy without trying. I’d like to meet her…’ -Victoria Beckham This no-fuss attitude isn’t just cultivated.
A.SAUVAGE SS14 Blurring the cultural boundaries and ethnically inter winding, A. Sauvage’s SS14 collection embraces duality and conflict influenced through his great grandfathers remarkable venture in the 19th Century. Building a reputable reputation for himself over recent year, British Basketball player turned designer, Adrien Sauvage eponymous label A. Sauvage has driven the attention of heavy names such as Harrods, Oki-Ni and Matches Fashion with his contemporary interplays on day and evening wear Taking inspiration from his great grandfathers journey from Western Nigeria to the Scotland, Sauvage’s incorporation of British cloth and African influences reference both the grey desolate vastness of the North alongside the natural vegetation of the West African heritage.The chaotic clash of graphic prints fuse with the streamline silhouettes, incorporating the brands first use of tartan. Using signets of Sauvage’s kente affiliation embrace a new element to the traditional Scottish print, embracing a tale of duality and integration..
ALEXA CHUNG X EYEKO
Globally trademarked by her feline flicks, Alexa Chung’s latest partnership with the make-up line Eyeko is set to be one of the most anticipated beauty collaborations of 2013. Product specification are on lock down but no need to worry the considering the ‘IT’ girl’s penchant for creating the iconic sixties liquid liner. 'I'm pretty much naked without my eye-liner on. It's my comfort blanket.”- Alexa Chung "I just felt the whole company seemed fun and it got my creative juices flowing and it became quite an organic collaboration. I’m quite interested in designing packaging and the artwork side is very appealing to me. I already know the product is good, so now it’s about how I can help jazz up the brand and continue to keep it fun and young and hip…we already have some great things lined up so watch this space…" "I’m not interested in paid for celebrity endorsements or finding a face to front campaigns … Alexa is equally as obsessed as we are with making Eyeko the definitive eye make-up brand." Co-founder / CEO Max Leykind
When the visionary who turned Balenciaga into one of the most critically exclaimed fashion houses of the 21st century, Nicolas Ghesquiere announced his plan to leave to globally established brand last November. Alexander Wang later took the position as creative director, taking on extreme prospects and living up to these expectations. Injected a updated era to the brand Wangs debut collection excited and induced the industry, reigniting the brands roots, yet sustaining a element of diversity, his inability to showcase the best of Balenciaga and himself through the collections. “When I approached it there were keywords I kept going back to: purity and restraint, and also a sense of austerity and strictness that is very adamant and important. Those are codes that I feel I’ll return to as I continue my journey into working here. I’ll bring myself into it but the first two seasons (womenswear AW13 and resort 2014) really were about paying homage to the archive, going back to the roots and defining what the DNA is.” - Alexander Wang "Forever and always i’ll remember that the name on the door is Balenciaga. It’s great to do something that is completely on the other side of what i do"
POISED TO POWER With every new season comes a new breed of fresh faced aspirants contending for those all important bookings. Among the sea of girls that devour the modelling markets Soo Joo Park is poised to power through the casting circuit next season. Since her quite debut two years ago, this peroxide beauty has a promising future as one of the most watched newbie to taker the industry by storm.
KIDDA, CHRISTOPHER SHANNON eaturing trademark chain and pixelated paisley prints from the Christopher Shannon archive, sees the innovative London-based designer re-work his iconic prints on to a range of sports inspired jersey pieces for his KIDDA SS13 collection. A graduate from the prestigious Central St Martins MA Menswear course, Shannon is renowned for adapting Classic Street and casual references into contemporary design led sportswear. Since then it has racked up a celebrity fan-base that includes Nas and Rizzle Kicks, appeared in the pages of GQ Style, I-D, Pop and Dazed and Confused, and has expanded to encompass shirts, knitwear and accessories.