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Mixing an all-over children art doodles with safari styling this adventurous guy is a perfect example of how to tap into your inner child this summer. Teaming a safari style italian Panama hat and naive crayon art two-piece with statement accessories from a chunky metal necklace, metallic iridescent document holder and tan loafers.
Found in the summer of 2011, London based menswear label Blood Brother combines wearable yet edgy street-wear to provide a unique menswear offering. Blood Brother continue to push the boundaries of London street fashion into a new trajectory. Now stocked in Selfridges new contemporary menswear hall, Blood Brother are constantly raising their profile this season, aided with cool digital prints and on trend silhouettes. Collection highlights include chain pattern varsity jackets, lightweight knitted raglan tops and layered pattern tees.
Check out their cool look-book below which resembles a fine art portfolio rather than a traditional fashion look-book to get a taste of the season ahead.
Taken from Nicholas Kirkwood’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection we love the playful and vibrant colour blocking of these formal shoes.
This season Richard Nicholl showcased his men’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection simultaneously whilst introducing S/HE, a special unisex capsule collection in collaboration with British artist Linder. That saw Linder’s optic photo collage of snakes, hawks and men faces used on a variety street-wear silhouettes including hoodies, sweaters, t-shirts and on the backs of varsity jackets. Sighting the root of inspiration for this season’s collage prints as being derived from retro Seventies porn, being inspired by pictures he found in sex shops in Barcelona.
Whilst other aspects of the collection saw a continuation of his signature minimalist style, teaming lightweight mesh tops in cobalt with new camou/animal print pants, boiler suits in slate grey to slick wet look leather used on trousers or panelled on boxy tees.
Spotted at one of London’s foremost music festivals Lovebox, this stylish chap pairs a unique mixtures of super geek chic and summer floral blooms. From the pair of oversized black rimmed glasses, large floral bloom buttoned down short-sleeve shirt, tailored pleated shorts to the doodle worn white plimsoles.
Classic menswear footwear styles are re-approached through combining unconventional materials with an artisanal manufacturing technique for Diego Vanassibara’s unique collection of footwear.
As a graduate of footwear design and product development from London College of Fashion associated scheme the Cordwainers programme. Vanassibara has gone on to receive positive attention at previous two seasons of London Collections: Men.
Produced in a small family run company within Italy, the hides used in the Diego Vanassibara shoes and boots also come from Italy. Along with the wood placement pieces used in the collection come from a man-grown plantation of sustainable trees within the island of Java, where the wood is carved by a family that has been involved in carpentry for more than a century.
The shoes range from minimalistic batwing brogues in soft smoky blue and nude, navy textured loafers to utilitarian work wear boots in khaki and brown.
Shaun Samson Spring/Summer 2014 collection was a key representation of his transition as a designer.
This season’s collection to some extent was a striped back version, Which sees Samson rein in his earlier more conceptual signature fusion of elongated silhouettes and innovation fabric fusions for a slicker more refined approach to his favoured fascination with modern street wear.
Gone were the complex linings and layering of the past in favour of a feeling of lightness that held the collection together. With every aspect of the collection reflecting this from the easygoing material choices of lightweight materials of organza, sci-fi style silver leather and sporty marl jersey-cotton to the soft colour palette of feminine pastel rose, lilac and mint teamed with urban masculine grey marl, mono pairing and navy wool.
Whist Samson’s choice of silhouettes, continuing an air of ease and lightness through sugar-frosted knitwear, satin luxe performance jackets, chambray silver hemmed boxy tees, silver foil dipped joggers teamed with sheer oversized shirting to casual low-slung shorts. But more complex moments nodded to Samson’s past, adding an extra dimension to the collection. Ranging from material fusions of silver reflective leather and jersey, seen on sweatshirts and short to reflective bugle-bead strips sewn over shirting.
Undeniably this is the styling of a well traveled fella, who wears his cultural discoveries on his sleeves. Mixing up a whole melting pot of culutral references from the dark navy oriental silk kimono outerwear, tribal layered necklaces styled over a crisp white mandarin collared shirt to the statement furry feathered black loafers which finish off this look.
Agi & Sam remain one of the most prominent labels during the London Collections: Men schedule each season. Their youthful, lively aesthetic beams through the wades of menswear collections - creating their now signature designer aesthetic.
As two of the Agi & Sam X Topman dressed owl mascots sit front row, there’s a quiet nod towards the relationships between the recent high street collaboration and this Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Particularly the tailoring which includes brightly coloured suits in a variety of hues to print covered suits the duo have become widely known for.
Agi & Sam have gained a cult demand for their fun use of patterns and prints, even their recent collaboration with Topman chose to concentrate on zoomed in digital wool patterns and owl placements on suits and football inspired street wear. But although this has given the brand a unique stance in the current menswear offering, this has undoubtably dogged the duo with questions of what else can they do? What next? So as we view Spring/Summer 2014 collection there is a distinctive visual shift in direction following on from Autumn/Winter 2013 which sees their penchant for print take a step back. Instead Agi & Sam highlight their talented tailoring eye, introducing new elongated lengths, along with contemporary suiting and boxy shapes in a seduction selection of perfectly paired vibrant colours.
With the main stay of the collection concentrating on slim fitted silhouettes juxtaposed with boxy shapes, from knee length shorts and slim fit ankle grazing trousers paired with boxy sweaters over turtle necks to multi-layered sport inspired suiting. Whereas print and pattern is lifted from the everyday, with London transport’s lurid and distinctive seat patterns repeats being re-appropriated with a contemporary twist. Through long length boxy panelled sweaters, all-over printed suits with coordinating luggage to striped print blocking blazers.
Spotted on the streets at London Collections: Men S/S 14 we love the teaming of luxe claret and indigo Prada sandals with coordinating claret socks.
To celebrate the third season of London Collections: Men, online menswear shop Mr. Porter has revealed a very special collaboration with three of London’s menswear designers: Agi & Sam, J.W. Anderson and Christopher Raeburn.
Each designer has created three exclusive pieces for Mr. Porter. Print focused designer duo present a statement tile print placement shirt, blocking neat print t-shirt and a updated hounds tooth wool blazer, J.W. Anderson keeps to youthful casuals with a black & white placement scissors sweater from his A/W 13-14 collection and two graphic print t-shirts, whilst Christopher Raeburn presents three technical bomber jackets in his distinctive style.
All pieces are now available on www.mrporter.com
Shinya Kozuka looked backwards to go forward for his debut graduate collection at last week’s Central Saint Martins’ 2013 catwalk show. A collection that focused primarily on reinventions and updates of classic menswear silhouettes, trousers are loose and floaty with a statement cropped ankle grazing length, knitwear grungy in shape and came in subtle rustic golden browns, whilst outerwear had a boxy cocoon shape with a textured over-sized black gingham coat be a particular highlight. Elsewhere tailoring was tapered and sharp with smart single breasted blazers teamed with breeches-esque trouser and suspender duo being a key look.
But Material choices were undeniably the key focus for Shinya’s collection, which saw work-wear staples updated with a fun yet unconventional twist. With his playful stance on texture and proportion creating a more modern day relevant version of masculine workwear. From butcher style aprons produced in textured fur stripes, wood cutters fur backpacks styled with twigs to cut off denim wrap around aprons which seemed to mimic nostalgic visions of men at work.
As the summer climate finally edges it’s glorious head through the mirky English weather, we thought it fitting to publish this Miami casual inspired street style we spotted in Brick Lane, London.
Teaming a hawaiian printed cap and 50s shape short-sleeve shirt with slim cut pleated trousers, formal utility sandals from COS all in soft subtle hues of oceanic teal, pastel blue and pink.
Opening Central Saint Martin’s 2013 graduate fashion show, menswear designer Beth Postle’s hand painted designs generated dramatic impact on a number of levels.
Firstly, silhouettes were dramatic in both proportion and cut. Postle played upon this common thread in menswear, subverting and redefining the boundaries of menswear. With an outer-worldly aesthetic creating a fresh approach to modern urban sportswear shapes. Bold 2D garments, were inspired by the shapes and silhouettes of 1920s Soviet costumes. Whilst the black outlines took direct reference from sculptural artist Niki De Saint Phaelles, providing a statement frame around the garments and pattern.
The prints were cleverly executed with their fun homage to the art movement of cubism, lending themselves to the huge silhouettes, turning the body into an artist’s canvas. With Postle’s intricate hand-painted fabrics taking influences from artists such as Picasso.
With so many possibilities and angles for Beth’s future collections, we anticipate a healthy future for her whether she chooses to focus on print, or silhouette innovation.