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Following the successful 2011 launch of Magaret Howell’s first stand alone MHL store in Shoreditch East London. Margaret Howell has opened a second MHL shop in Marylebone, London.
Designed by William Russell of Pentagram Design, the New Cavendish Street store retains the beautiful original parquet flooring and wood shop front, whilst incorporating new birch wood shelving and stainless steel fittings.
Inspired by the ease and authenticity of utility clothing, such as work, sports and school wear, anyone shopping at the new MHL store is guaranteed to pick up a timeless staple. With the store stocking a collection of simplistic clothing enriched with a unique character - informal, comfortable with a youthful spirit. With classics such as the worker jacket, track pant and plimsoll being updated and made in lovingly chosen selected natural fabrics. Garments are re-produced using specialist manufacturing processes that pay special attention to finish and detail that has now become so synonymous with Margaret Howell design.
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For Martine Rose’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection we are again presented with a big brother inspired approach to the traditional idea of a fashion presentation. We are invited to view her living room style environment, with CDs, posters and furniture all sprawled across the presentation space at the hospital club located venue. As we are invited to guilty free watch a blonde wigged models every move, as he either lounges around reading a newspaper or stands on a revolving podium.
Inspired by her recent collaboration with contemporary furniture designer Ligne Roset, Martine Rose sort to emulate the way in which our spatial interiors might reflect on our personal interiors. With the humble chair being the key focus, made most evident through graphic tees, which utilised mixed media chair collages and attached with Gaffer tape looking DIY tape. Whilst the use of lace, satin and ribbon trimmings on shirting, shorts and accessories was a subtle nod to a curtained-window and in-turn a continuation of Martine Rose’s idea of masculinity in society today. Other key looks included denim super wide legged 3/4 length shorts, 70’s revival wide-legged white trousers to Sport-esque jumpers were unconventional in shape and defied the norm.
Presented by GQ China, Hong Kong native Kay Kwok showcased his Spring/Summer 2014 collection at London Collections: Men. Recent London Collection of Fashion master’s graduate Kay Kwok has garnered a unique aesthetic for patterns inspired by futuristic and cosmic patterns.
With ancient Egyptian religious and cosmology being a key foundation for fuelling his internal cog. In particular the mysterious story behind Sphinx, the relation between the process of mummy erosion and the system of Ancient Egyptian’s constellation like Ancient culture of Solar, Lunar & Stellar story. Combining these concepts ideas into tangible prints which play with shades, light and flame in order to push the barriers of digital printing, whilst updating and re-inventing classic menswear tailoring.
And so this sets the tone for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which sees Kwok continue to utilise the same futuristic inspired prints but with a fresh start, with Kwok attempting to move away from the thing he has become best known for. A collection that sees the designer steer towards a much more subtle, striped back and disciplined design approach, sharp tailoring, knitted tunics, wide-legged trousers, panelled contrasting leather t-shirts and neoprene short two-pieces are presented in neutral colour hues of sand dune beiges, blacks and whites.
Whilst the other half of the collection saw Kwok’s signature cosmic prints and patterns freshened up with a more wearable direction through superfine neoprene suiting and summery t-shirts and tanks.
Pirate aesthetics are cleverly reinterpreted to create a street wear take on the traditional buccaneer. Teaming a straw textured Africana style parka, tapered black trouser with a black wide brim hat. Whilst accessories incorporate contemporary twists to classic pieces from camou patterned soles on a pair of black brogues to a safety-belt strapped clutch.
London based menswear designer Craig Green closed the Spring/Summer 2014 MAN show at London Collections: Men with a spectacular crescendo of models in head-to-toe tie-dye, with accompanying pattern matching fine-art sculptures. This was easily the standout collection amongst the three designers chosen this year, causing a real stir of excitement amongst the audience.
With a collection that demonstrates a real progression of technique and direction for the designer. Following on from the themes of his previous debut show with MAN for Autumn/Winter 2013-14, where light met dark in a clever fusion of art meets fashion. For Spring/Summer 2014 nothing has dramatically shifted only progressed incorporating splashes of vibrant hand-printed psychedelic tie-dyes in red, blue and yellow whilst being intermittently blocked by subtle shades of cream or black. But being seduced by bright patterns and sculptures is not all Craig Green has to offer; the real genius is seen through the layers and layers of garments which are painstakingly cut with fine contrasting textures. Whilst Green’s silhouettes demonstrate a particularly innovative incorporating an array of utilitarian and eastern inspired distorted proportions. From wide legged shorts are teamed over trousers, long line shirts styled under boxy jacket to contrasting cross grain suiting offers a utilitarian uniform.
Seventies vibes echo through this colour popping power suited gentlemen we spotted at London Fashion Week. Teaming a vibrant cosmetic raspberry red single-breasted suit with statement accessories from retro round rose tinted sunglasses to ensemble matching vibrant trainers.
Ashish’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection was a continuation of his fascination with globalisation and nomadic and western fashion fusions. Alongside the strong urban street fashion styling made evident through a cool choice of half street cast models.
The collection followed on from Ashish’s previous use of Arabic repeat texts, patterns and layering from past seasons, this time Ashish is literal in his approach incorporating a series of tongue-in-cheek showpieces of Arabian-inspired jewellery including a bejewelled shoulder jewellery and golden crowns.
Coca Cola logos were seen on everything from racer-backed tanks, to red, white, and blue sequinned outfits, which nodded to the popular American soft drink. East met West themes were introduced through Arabic script repeats, and produced through sheer two-pieces to knee length abayas. Whilst the designer’s signature sequinned deconstructed denim came in streetwise bomber jackets, rustic hole ridden jeans and shorts.
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.