Friday, 31 December 2010

Trends: Creativity The Collage Boutique

Hip Hip Hooray!! The New Year is coming,

Firstly I want to  wish   you   ALL
           A     Happy   New   Year.!!!!!

New beginnings, New challenges, New excitements, New ways of expression.
But get ready as this is just the beginning!!!!

2011 is the stepping stone to the restart in 2012. The belief is, that, life will restart, like the face of a clock, everything in life starts with the number 12.

At this point 2012 everything should come back to the original Zero.

So take this as a message to refresh and restart your Creativity and your fresh new style.........

But first.................. the statement on Creativity.
What ever you do do it with style, flair and a touch of creativity!!.

Take the extra moment to think about it.
What type of paper, what type of message do you want to make.?

As a rule.........
Keep it loose keep it simple and keep it creative.

The Collage presentation still hits the spot.
For me it all starts with Paper.
Make it by hand and use the modern techniques.
Back to basics with an historic twist.

Black and white, chic and cheap!
Cut paste layer and collage.
Add and element of handrawing. 
Retro film noir feel.
Totally Paris.

'Who's next' Paris 2010.

Subtle and flirty.

Black and white graphics and a hot spot presentation. Minimal and boutique style.

Neon tubes still keep that ultimate boutique edge.

Happy   New   Year.

Trends: The Graphic overlay

Can I See a show of hands??

Hands up, ............Old record covers or new CD's in lays?
I choose Old record covers every time.
Bigger is sometimes better!!

You can read the credits and sometimes even the song lyrics!
You can see the band and even check out their next tours or gigs!

The record LP, is something to really treasure. Something to hold on to while scanning a new album. 
Something to stack and file and come back to months later, where was it recorded, when was it made. It is really history in the palm of your hand!

So check out iTunes and give this one a blast. 
Comments welcome,  is this one any good!!

Trends: Amsterdam Mode Fabriek- Dangerously cool new colours.

The Newest colours for the new season.

Coral, Petrol, off White and Dark Caramel.

So advance that it is dangerous.
Get ready to fish.

Moda fabriek, Amsterdam 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Thank you Lanvin H&M

Well my madness began last night!
From midnight last night until 7 AM this morning, I could not sleep with the excitement and can you believe it at 8.00 this morning I could not get on. !!!

So I figured that, ok I will not be first in the line, but then I would try again at 9.00.
Then again at 9.00 AM still " busy!" so I had almost resigned myself to ebay and a high overpriced experience, until the call came.........

"I've seen the blue shoes in your size do you still want them???"

"Yes!!! Yes!!! I still want them!"

So I have them !
The blue shoes are mine!!!!!

So, I will have them in a week.

Keep on the look out, as my shocking, cool blue shoes, could be flashing in a neighbourhood near you soon!

Trends: the Lanvin H&M collaboration. It is driving me crazy!!

Lanvin and H&M!

It is here the Lanvin H&M collaboration! 
I cant take it, I need to be out there! The doors don't open until 8.00am and then there are probably too many people in the queue! But I still want to be there!
It will be a bun fight in the cities near you. Launching 23rd November , which also marks the start of the party season, yippee!

This is the most creative 'must have' collaboration to date, and I think that, in honour of this I will wear my bow tie tomorrow! 
It wont be a Lanvin, but it will have to do! I'm on a budget.

Get there early, queue or plan an offensive attack! You will need it, it will be wild.
It was launched in the US at weekend, and the new york stores were sold out in less than an hour!! Arrrgghhh help!

You have to check out the videos, the story telling of Alber Elbz is just beautiful. Simple stylish and creative. It just feels like he is having fun everyday and producing creativity in his sleep!

The cartoon has really come alive with the H&M videos where there are bubble captions for the girl who is offered Diamonds and slams the door in the guys face when she say, "I don't want Diamonds I want a Lanvin dress."

The ruffles and pleats are a Lanvin signature but really beautiful shapes and simple high quality ideas are never 1 season flashes. This is something will continue for a couple more seasons. The look is very timeless with a splash of modernity. Satin and taffeta, combined with zips used as external decoration and folds and shapes cut straight out of the mainline collection.

the main line
This link is the best- I want the bag!!!!

There are some cool videos on this one. And what about the music- twin peaks style cool!

This look is decadent and flamboyant.
A little 80's, rara skirts and short dresses drive a totally Glamorous must have look.
The show starts at 8.00am!!
Get in line, and please bring me a bag!!

I want this bag!!
This was taken in New york with a serious statement on consumer spending....Recession?? no Fashion!!

Vintage bottles from the Lanvin perfume collection.
Something for the weekend?

The sketches have always conveyed the wit of Alber Elbaz, and now they have been immortalised in a short dvd.

The famous LBD by H&M Lanvin, watch out for it on eBay next few days.

Forget about the Blue Suede, it has to be about sparkle and shine!! I need these shoes!

Hmmmm something for the lovely lady.........

That's the one for the dare devils!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Trends: The Vague and Moving Future

The Vague and Moving Future, is a look at the emergence of moving image as a key communication source for the design network.
Trends and street photographs are very visible today with the numerous mediums which expose the latest style, but moving images as an evolution of art and fashion are creeping slowly into the visionary communication radar.

The collaboration of, extreme fashion and the artistic direction of 2 Fashion heavyweights, is something very special.

One of the must see presentations this year is the very graphic presentation of the Autumn / Winter 09 collection by Gareth Pugh and Nick Knight, show studio production / collaboration.

Simply sublime.
Movement, choreography, design, atmosphere and contemporary vision.
It is a morphing, smokey, semi transparent affair with visual majesty.!!

Models blend from dominant, dynamic, powerful poses and outfits into a sensual, fluid movement. 

Search 'Gareth Pugh',  'Show Studio'  on YouTube, sit back and be amazed.


Antwerp Fashion Museum, August 2010

Antwerp Fashion Museum, August 2010.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Trends: Berlin - The check shirt.

All Checked Out And Nowhere to Go!

The story is based on renewed and updated vintage and modern checks. 
Bold, large scale, brushed, warm, winter woodland and ultimately checked!!

This is a statement that has been shown from Dries van Noten to Uniqlo. 
So follow the message this winter and 'check it up'!!

It starts from the tough casual, 'Outdoors Hunter Style' to the Sartorialist, Earnest Hemingway 'Fisherman look'.  It is versatile as there are variations in fabric and layering.

Dress it up or down, preppy or just tough. 
This season fine or chunky knitted layers add depth and texture, heavy scarves, tough Chukka boots or Red wings are the ultimate in authentic footwear accessories.

Take note the checked shirt, red, blue, or green can never fail, but for a daring attitude, add a flash of ochre yellow or sharp fluorescent tones. 

Then mix and match to your hearts desire!. 
Add the final touch with 'Raw unwashed Denim' and your ready to go!

Checks at 'Bread and Butter',  Berlin 2010

'Bread and Butter', Berlin 2010.

Vintage blanket checks. Ochre / Black.

Faded Plaid check.

Romantic embroidered twists and adaptations.

Traditional Woodland Red, 'Lumberjack check'.

Something a little more ' Town and Country', 'Surrey Hunting Style' with a medium square '4x4' check.

'Check Me Out' in my Hemingway look!!

The Earnest Hemingway look started last year, and the beard has just got longer!!
The cold weatheer is just kicking in so expect to se very soon the woolen hats and the chunky fishermans knits starting to surface.
Add some Horn rim glasses and he is all set!.

The life before the beard, but not quite enough street cred!

Now with the beard, but a little too authentic, with the Pipe!!

My favourite check shirt. Always the red one.!

A few of my other favourites!!, yes still red.

Oh yes of course, don't forget this seasons hot tip.......Layers.!!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Style tips - Paris

Looking into our Paris style tips we build on a simple statement.

Dresses, soft colours and a 'Lady- like' style. Trend theme 'The Beautiful Minds'

Just a few ideas for the turning of the new season.
October is here and the Spring fashion shows are all talking about colour........
But here in the beginnings of winter or ending of fall, (however you want to look at it!)
We need to focus on ladylike style.
Short scarves, modern prints and colours, textured knits and soft layers.
'Wrap up' the new season is here!
Preppy Trench Coats. Coats in plaids and checks

The trend is called 'The Beautiful Minds' - 
Based on the film starring Russell Crowe as the genius Mathematician.
Let your creative minds drift into university life, soft colours, faded shades and a underlying preppy statement.
This is a mood of university college style .
From Trench coats and boyfriend jeans to high boots, cardigans and easy soft layers with a nonchalant tone.
Dress up with a casual Parisian chic.

Pendant necklaces, layered with silk scarves and a preppy touch cardigan. Paris 2010.

Yves Klein Blue, Lady-like style. Bag and dress to match.
Paris 2010.

Vintage chic, the mix of patterns with a classic tone. Vintage modernism.

Above the knee!, micro flowers with a Liberty's feel.

Simple traditional combinations.

Caramel Chinos and electric blue. Check out the cool high top Brogues!

The 'boyfriend blazer' and 'men style' shoes. From The Sartorialist book.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Trends- Shoes 'Putting your best foot forwards'!

Why do women have all the fun!!
These are some of the most innovative shoes I've seen in a long while!
Plenty of aeration, and a colour to suit each mood or each day of the week.!

These were part of the ' Amfi', Amsterdam, Fashion, Institute fashion show this summer.
Not sure when or where they will be released, but watch out and get prepared, polish those toes!!!

In action on the catwalk. June 2010

And a grey version. June 2010

The Shoes 'Maketh' The Man!

The shoes 'maketh' the man. 
That is the motto here. 
The tailored look is cool, strong and sophisticated this season, a little tweed, a touch of the vintage dandy mixed with the addition of a bow tie or two. But the final touch in this style statement is a clear shoe statement.

Strong shoes, tough traditional shoes, beautiful shoes, quality shoes and if possible ...........Hand made shoes!

You can feel the authenticity, you can almost smell the leather quality, you can sense the history in the making, walking, re sole-ing, polishing on a Sunday evening, new laces, packing for weekends away.........

High quality and handmade with heritage and tradition.

Take a sartorial step into the 'Vintage shoe trend', and take a few, new, authentic strides.
This fall season you can really separate the men from the boys with a quick look at the footwear department!!

It is all about 'The Brogue', 'The Grenson', 'The Derby Boot', 'The Toby boot' or what ever they call it in your neighbourhood! 
It is for sure expensive, tough wearing and beautifully made.

Wear them with your trousers at a little 'high water' for the ultimate effect and with some casual contrast laces and step out in style!! Dark brown and Dandy.
Oliver Spencer.( for a flamboyant contrast lace up.

My iconic hero, Joe Casely Hayford with his latest collaboration with those clever people at John Lewis. The stamped brogue in dark brown, tan and black.

A visionary statement, a little touch of daring with the blue laces. 

In total black minimalism with a tough stance, no frills, no playing around. 
Joe Casely Hayford for John Lewis.

The Oliver Spencer Derry boot. The future of the modern classic.