Monday night summoned the most important date in any industry members calendar, albeit it an evening of questionable acknowledgements (Harry Styles winning the British Style Award), the best of British talent was celebrated. I celebrated with colleagues, former colleagues and my dearest Ella, La Petit Anglais.
Last season London-based designer Benjamin Bertram brought with him a collection entitled Suburban Boys. The collection lacked colour and focussed on a wasting youth, a generation at a loss. This season Benjamin focussed on a youth on the run.
When it rains it pours and at Kenzo we were told a story of water, that is to say Creative Director’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim created a collection with all the components of water. The collection was clean, the cuts either clinical or flowing delivered a show that was altogether a soothing addition to Paris for spring.
We’ve been asphyxiated with Alexander Wang since his six unisex silhouette line shortly after graduating from Parsons. The best thing to come out of San Francisco, alongside Harvey Milk, his new role as Creative Director at Balenciaga saw the sport-luxe cuts we all know him so well for at his eponymous label carried over and merged with Balenciaga’s striking silhouette through the use of sharp cuts in spherical angles in fabrics such as raw leathers and neoprene.
“Clean room, clean mind” my mother always used to tell me, a precedent that heavily influenced my preference in design aesthetic. In toddler talk, Neil Barrett’s SS14 collection was clean, simplistic and humble. His designs were just that, heavily design led. Read the rest of this entry »
Stella McCartney seduced us with a top heavy silhouette for summer that harked out to one of the biggest, not least to mention cleanest, trends for spring. Her white suit was over sized, with a blazer nodding towards cocooning elements that came single breasted with shoulders reminiscent of the 80s.
Clinical white injections were all over the runway for Spring Summer 2013, just take a look at Lacoste, Robert Cavalli and DKNY but to name a few. Trouser suits, minimalist shift dresses and sports luxe tailoring all contributed to a clean and crisp aesthetic. So it seems perfectly fitting that high-street retailer French Connection tapped into the zeitgeist with the use of model of the moment Suki Waterhouse.
Questionably over shadowed for some time by his former colleague, Heidi Slimane, Kris Van Assche was recalled stating in an earlier interview with Interview Magazine that: “this skinny, rock ’n’ roll look had become such a cliché in the streets that any designer would have had to take this collection in a new direction.” That he did, albeit through his new season collection at his eponymous label.
Joan Rivers once said: “The only thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas day is their husband.” Preferences aside we’ve selected the best last minute gift ideas for your man to give his wardrobe that overdue stylish booster he just doesn’t seem to have.
You can take the boy out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the boy as Benjamin Bertram demonstrates in his latest collection, entitled ‘Suburban Boys’.