Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Individuals of Style- #ThisIsParis

Avantgarde, underground, cool and modern.

That's how I would describe Alexandre's style here.
It was a look that had "Sports couture" written all over it, until you get 'up close' and notice some of the perfect individual details. Cool closures, Off centre details, the layered shorts, the crocodile leather baseball cap.

The touches of style masterclass.
This is what makes Paris - Paris!

The combination of urban style with touches of Y3 Futurism.
Philippe Starck would be proud of this man's Paris style just for this adventurous and forward thinking outfit.

It would have been very predictable to have seen this coat in black, but the Khaki shade gives it something else.

Alexandre is a Blogger who is passionate by fashion - Rick Owens, A$AP Rocky, music and a whole lot of other things all in the creative genre.

Check out his tumbler- where he creates and 'out- scape' for his talents and those of his inner circle!

Thanks to Alexandre !

Enjoy Ciao SRx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Denim By Premiere Vision - Let the good times roll!

Claudio is definitely a "Denim head", a professor of all things blue! 
I like to affectionately call him, Mr Denim. 
Here he mixes his denim in a homage to classic vintage style. "Let The Good Times Roll"

At Denim by Premiere Vision in May, Claudio was in his stylish splendour. 
He is a regular on the style bloggers scene, as he always manages to cut a cool mix of dapper style with a denim edge.

It must be, what I would call, "Denim paradise", at his home, where, I'm sure there are soooooooo many denim discoveries to be had. 
Vintage, originals sourced from around the world, customised and personalised pieces, plus of course special one offs he has developed in collaboration with some of the best fabric mills and manufacturers in Europe. 

He says it's not like that at his home,  ......"No, there are not so many, I don't shop a lot, really, but I do like to shop well. It's really about the quality not quantity!
Hmmmmm, I think from that you can read - ...........He "shops a lot and very, very well!!"
His wardrobe seems to go on forever!

It's always about great details with Claudio. 
These jeans were made by him in collaboration with fabric mill, based in Turkey. 
It's great to see the personal touch coming through with the playful mixed buttons.

This season, it's the return of the 'pocket chain', now focused in leather or twisted cords 
- a little 'Scooby Do' style detail.

Thanks to Claudio, lets see what surprises he comes up with over the next 2 days...... 
The pressure is on!

Thanks and enjoy the denim journey! SRx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Amsterdam Modern Individuals - Individuals of style.

This is the new Amsterdam denim city, where openness and creativity run through its DNA, like the canals run through it's spiralling streets.
The Bluest of the blue fashionistas are here in growing numbers, why is it happening right now?
Well, it just fits the mentality, and the aspirations of a creative few....

Luca Perrone - Designer 
In my continued series, "Individuals of Style" I include 5 great guys, with 5 different beards and one singular passion - Denim.

Last week, while at at the Kingpins Show, Amsterdam, I met up with Dennis, Luca, Emre, Clinton and Toychyra,  who all had a look which, whilst individual, had a message intertwined within their look.......
This is the look of the 'Modern Individual'.

Clinton James - Repair Artist.


Toychyra - Design Student 

Dressed with a sense of style, it is their statement of personal identity that stands them apart.It is definitely a challenge to keep the look individual whilst identifying them on the next level of fashion. Some can say that this look has not changed, Ah but it has..... never quite staying the same!Some of the 'tell tale' signs are the tailored influence of fine stitching and carefully cut seams. The addition of the tie, the twist of a the tough worker boot, the refined needlework of their '1year no wash jeans! Yes, its all of these details, but of course the 'piece de resistance' is in their visible signature, their Beards. Longer, shorter, rougher, black, brown and 'eh ehem' -silver- ,  but always very well maintained!Long live the individual in all of us...... and if you can't grow a beard, you can always buy a hat!
Thanks guys for your time and inspiration!Enjoy. SRx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Individuals of Style - Amsterdam Via London

"The boys from in and around London".

This was a great encounter on the Vijsel Gracht in Amsterdam, these 5 nonchalant guys, friends from school and colleges, were taking a trip to Amsterdam before going separately to some of the Uk's top Universities. 

I bumped into them happily reminiscing over the night before! (Less said!)

Dom- Bristol University, 
Flinton - Oxford University, 
James- Bristol University, 
Oscar - Cambridge University, 
Isaac - UCL.

Who said having brains meant that you would have to sacrifice a sense of style!
These guys all have a statement that is modest, and collectively cool.
Thanks for stopping and taking part!

Good luck and maybe see you in a few more years!
Enjoy SRx

Amsterdam Loves You.

THIS IS AMSTERDAM -a city known for many obvious things, but one which still holds many secrets. Things that you can only appreciate once you live there- and even more tellingly- 
Things you will only discover ..... as the 'Passenger' song "Let her go"- says only discover how much you miss it when you..... 'let her go!'....

One of these lesser know attributes that take a grip on you slowly, like, after you have lived there for some time - 10 years for example, is its ability to drive you to accept peoples differences, even to the point of celebrating their individualism.

Its passion for the individual and a connection to your own personal style is something that I have come to understand as being very Dutch.

But this is in direct conflict and contrast to modern Dutch behaviour which is very "Inclusive".
For example - its very positive in Holland to be "Working in teams" and not in 'Silos'. 
"Working in a matrix" rather than in closed departments. 
A common Phrase is also "Lets connect over coffee!"

On this point the base of this concept is that the best ideas come from working together
See the the phrase 1+1 = 3 and is therefore better than 2. 
(Took me a long time to understand this- 1+1 has always =2, but then I was coming from the Anglo-Saxon world- where things are very directive, as I was told!)

Conclusion, a shared idea is better than an idea developed in isolation.
hmmm need to check back on this.

Enjoy SRx

The Individuals of Style - Amsterdam Style Cats

Some inspired moments can unearth some of the 'gems' of life....
Bubbly, buzzing and full of positive vibes, this young style- Avantgardista 
(See View2- Amsterdam Street Style report-) ...........was taking her usual daily routines and choosing  to step out of the mainstream and follow her passion to work with children.

Probably the most stylish nursery assistant in Amsterdam.......

Sabrina - Passionate by children with learning difficulties- 
(and of course in customising her clothes and fashioning her own look!)

Individuals of Style - Chic is the new Punk!

I heard a new phrase this summer- "Chic is the new Punk". I love it!
I took it to mean a 'new generation with new attitudes'.
I understood that while we used to be shocked by Punk, we can now be shocked by a new style revolution..... to be chic with a personal attitude - maybe we could see this as 'Blogger Style' as seen on some of the 'off moments' at the fashion capitals around the world.

This is chic in a more confrontational way, a new modern, less classic way.

In this new genre, we have new tools:

Our visible differences- same as Punk rockers.
Our use of colours and outspoken details - same as Punk rockers.
Our non conformity - same as ..... you get the message!

This is where we met up with Nichon, a photographer taking an 'off moment' with a friend, (who was about to be married) to have fun, while wild fruits and edible plant picking, in the Westerpark area of Amsterdam.
She had a great look and tons of fantastic energy.

Thanks for sharing and bringing a smile to many.
Enjoy SRx