Thanks to tumblr I discovered this designer who I’d never heard of before. He’s produced some beautiful clothes but one particular collection makes me wish that I was rich enough to buy everything, which is his collection for this season. It’s got a good balance between utilitarian and military inspired pieces with some nice softer touches and flashes of colour. It’s difficult to pick out particular pieces as the whole collections so lovely but I’ll try to limit myself and say that you should look at his website here if you like the look of the ones I’ve picked out.
Street Etiquette is a men’s lifestyle site run by Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs which I recently discovered through Tumblr and fell in love with. I wanted to shoe horn it into my post on street style somehow but it didn’t quite fit so I thought it deserved a post of its own. I’m a big fan of sites which allow me to ogle ridiculously well dressed and good looking people and this site fits the bill with that. It also showcases some gorgeous photography from around the world. an excellent tumblr. I can thoroughly recommend looking at both that and the main site if you’ve got time to kill but recently what’s stood out for me are the images from their trip to London, which they partnered with Topman for. I’m not generally a big fan of Topman but the overall look of the photographs from the shoot they produced I do enjoy (along with the jumper in the first image, which I’d quite happily buy). I’ll resist posting all of the images here and limit myself to these two, which are my favourites and hopefully show a little bit of the excellence of the site generally.
You can see the rest of the images on Nordstrom’s men’s fashion blog here.
The men’s collections at the moment seem to be relatively lacking in prints at the moment (aside from the wonderful Agi & Sam of course, who I can always count on in terms of print design excellence). The main exception is the current a/w Alexander McQueen menswear collection, which has this beautiful stained glass print on many items. My particular favourite is this jacket:
In their show it was paired with the matching trousers and shirt for a rather arresting effect.
Personally I think this might be a bit too much for day to day wear as less is definitely more with this kind of print. I think it would work better with a pair of blue or orange trousers to show the print off without it becoming overpowering. It could look nice worn over a dress in similar colours even, which I would probably do myself. Now I just need to find a spare £1895 somewhere.
You can see the rest of the collection here, or even buy some of it if you somehow have enough money. In which case I am extremely jealous and ask that you share some of this wealth around a bit.
As this is listed as one of my specialisms on the contributors page I thought I better actually do a post about that. Street fashion/style is about documenting what people choose to wear in their day to day lives. There are plenty of blogs out there which have become influential from just trawling around taking photos of people they meet. This means that most fashion or ‘women’s interest’ magazines now have some kind of section about what a select number of fashion-y types choose to wear to events, particularly models and the kind of people who somehow become trendsetters for reasons I don’t quite understand. This can be interesting in terms of seeing what rich people decide to spend their money on but also has a bit of a level of cynicism behind it as brands have cottoned on to the fact that they can use it as a bit of free advertising by giving certain people their clothes to wear and be seen in. It’s part of the fashion industry now and I can’t begrudge them for it as it is pretty clever but personally I’m more interested in how more average (although still sometimes painfully stylish and probably with plenty of disposable income) people put things together, rather than seeing models outside of shows dressed top to toe in one particular brand. With that in mind I wanted to just recommend a few blogs which I personally enjoy looking at. There are plenty more out there I’m sure and it’s worth looking around if you like this kind of thing so this is just a small section based on my personal taste.
One of the most influential and best, in my opinion. The creator of this site has released a couple of books of photos from the site and works for a number of fashion magazines as a photographer. This means a lot of photos from fashion shows and of people related to the fashion industry but also a lot of other interesting looking people. The main thing I enjoy about this site is that it’s run by excellent photographers and they go to a wide range of places. Also there’s a more recent focus on taking more close up portraits of people which are mostly excellent.
2. The Locals
Similar to The Sartorialist but based in Denmark and so with more of a European focus. Also goes for more of the unusual and just plain weird than The Sartorialist does.
3. Wear About
A recent discovery of mine through Tumblr. Blog based in India which gives it a completely different perspective to a lot of the other sites I look at. Lots of beautiful colours and patterns as well as photos from collections shown at Lakme Fashion Week.
Based in Philadelphia. Very much focused on average people and their daily lives, which is one of its big strengths for me. Also it’s nice to see things from outside of the main fashion centres of the western world for once.
This is just a section of an online store rather than a site in its own right. It’s based in London and has a wide range of people featured, although it doesn’t seem to be updated that regularly any more. It’s well worth looking through the archives though if you have the time and inclination.
Recently I’ve developed a slight obsession with capes, to the point that I’m hoping to make myself one at some point in the not too distant future. I’m not sure what started it as generally I’m a fan of more functional fashion. I think it’s the idea of cocooning myself which appeals to me more than anything.
Although there are plenty of beautiful capes out there from throughout history and fashion regularly tries to make them a ‘thing’, without it really filtering down to high street fashion a huge amount, it’s the more utilitarian and functional looking cape which you get in menswear which appeals to me most of all. As much fun as it would be to waft around in something like this:
I want to avoid little red riding hood or Lord of the Rings vibes as much as possible. Not to mention it wouldn’t be entirely practical. I know that fashion isn’t always meant to be practical but I don’t want to end up making something I’d never actually wear. Instead I’m hoping to make something more like these from Valentino and Salvatore Farragamo:
Preferably my own will be a bit more colourful than that, will probably involve some kind of tweed suiting fabric, with probably a nice bright lining and a hood, but you get the idea. Whether I’ll actually end up with anything wearable due to my relative lack of constructive sewing skills is another matter but I can dream for now. Until then I will continue gazing at pictures like the ones above longingly and dream of a day when I can swish around dramatically looking something like these guys:
Well maybe a bit less dramatic than that…
Back in modern women’s fashion the cape is a completely different beast, mainly involving random details and arm holes which completely miss the point of a cape in my eyes. This weird one from Burberyy particularly caught my eye. If it was a jacket I’d probably like it but as it is it feels wrong on some fundamental level.
I did think that it might look better actually on a person but apparently not.
Of course it’s all a matter of taste but I’ll stick to the gothic Ringwraith look earlier on in this post thank you very much.
I don’t really know where to start with this whole serious blog business so for my first contribution I’m just going to use it to rave about my favourite menswear designers yet again.
Agi & Sam was set up by Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton and is based in London. In their profile on the London Collections website here it says “With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and humour, we believe that fashion should never be taken too seriously. We also endeavour to sit firmly in the middle of brands that fear creating something different and those which push collections too far.” That sums up what I love about them perfectly. Although their latest collection seems to be more understated in places it also includes outfits like this one, which I’m pretty sure is inspired in terms of print by the kind of prints you see on public transport:
The fact that this seems toned down compared to some of their past collections is a sign of just how beautifully weird some of them have been.
Due to the relative lack of print in collection (I say that although it’s still has more print than many other collections around at the same time) this isn’t one of my favourites though. That honour goes to their autumn/winter collection for this year. It was inspired by the Marquess of Bath, who in case you haven’t heard of him or seen him before looks like this:
That should give you an idea of where the collection comes from. Somehow the actual collection inspired by him is pretty classy as well as being completely mad though so you end up with images like these:
It helps that they keep the garments themselves relatively simple and yet the colours and prints speak for themselves.
Another favourite collection of mine is this one, which was produced for Topman. It was based around the idea of having a football team which they called The Owls. As the name would suggest this means most of the printed pieces have prints inspired by those birds, but they’re much more interesting than the bulk of most bird inspired prints around on the high street at the moment.
The main piece I covet though isn’t printed at all. It’s the yellow blazer in the image below. Unfortunately, even at a reduced price it was still out of my budget. I can dream though.
If you want to see more of their collections then the best place to go is their website here, which is where I got all of the images of their collections from.