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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.
22 NEW CAVENDISH STREET
+44 (0)20 7487 3803
Pringle of Scotland debuted its Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear collection amongst the splendour of mirrored floors and walls of the connaught hotel’s mayfair room. With this season’s collection being a continuation of Massimo Nicosia’s challenge to combine Pringle of Scotland’s almost 200th year old archive whilst continuing to stay at the forefront of modernity.
Sportswear themes and innovative material treatments and techniques emerged as key influences throughout. As Massimo re-appropriates the brand’s iconic argyle diamonds as a thematic thread that repeats throughout pattern and materials and in turn creating an incredibly cohesive and fluent message for their Spring/Summer 2014 offering. With garments being stacked in other-worldly tactile surfaces, through obtuse pairings of contrasting textures. With a game of opposites being explored throughout with couture silk sits being fused with knitted jersey and macramé on a cool bomber jacket and skirt. Whilst Massimo’s fascination with opposite also being displayed through vented panels with exaggerated contrasting colour ways and trims, to inside-out inspired cutout raglan mesh placements attached to neutral lightweight diamond textured knits to splendid sculptural laser cut crochet detailed skirt.
This is clearly a collection that upholds Robert Pringle’s founding principles of quality, style, authenticity and innovation.
Dynamism, multi-textures and acid colour pops set the scene for Leutton Postle’s collection of re-worked street wear.
Textile manipulation is key, with striking contrasts between the shiny, transparent plastic against dense, thickly worked embroidered appliques.
The collection infuses fun, with an essence of sub-cultural roots, disobeying the finely honed fashion rule book. In homage to Chanel’s signature quilting, Leutton Postle’s backpack humorously add a new spin to a functional garment.
A one to watch for the coming seasons, with potential not only for cool-kids.
Fresh from completing an MA in Millinery from the RCA, Maiko Takeda’s interesting, frenetic headpieces created a well-deserved buzz at Topshop’s sponsored space, Newgen.
Movement, accentuation and clever contouring creates optical trickery, making the viewer really challenge what is before them. This almost sci-fi take on millinery commands attention, and will easily translates easily to haute-couture.
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.
June sees the release of the next in the edition of fashion portfolos curated by I-D founder Terry Jones for Taschen. Following on from Jones’ extensive books on Vivienne Westwood and Rei Kawakubo, this time around it’s the turn of Dior creative Director and menswear pioneer Raf Simons.
Originally an industrial designer, Simons debuted his first fashion collection back in 1995 with his now pioneering self titled menswear label. His trademark slim tailoring and penchant for street-casting his model has gone on to shape an entire generation and cemented his position as one of the most revolutionary contemporary menswear designers.
But it was Raf Simons appointment at Jil Sander that shaped his career; during his six-year tenure he repositioned the brand to the height of the luxury market. Not only was the brand commercially and critically re-positioned, it was now the go to brand for leading the season in both womenswear and menswear. So as Simons completes his third collection for his new appointment at Dior, this book gives you a perfect look back at his career so far.
Delving deep into the i-D archive, the large format 120 page portfolio includes stunning imagery from photographers including Willy Wavanderperre, Solve Sundsbo and Alasdair McLella, together with interviews by Terry and Tricia Jones, Holly Shackleton, Jo-Ann Furniss and James Anderson.
Available June 2013 from Taschen worldwide.
Whilst one half of this ensemble screams sci-fi femme, the other half dips into demure ladies who lunch. A perfect conflict of new and old, this stylish futuristic lady teams sci-fi oval silver framed sunnies, quilted silver foil sweater over a fluorescent green t-shirt, black loose jeans, hyper-real bright tri monk strap shoes with a vintage plush fur coat and needlepoint bag.
An ethereal purity breathes fresh air into this formal futuristic ensemble. Teaming a modernist structured leather paneled zip-up jacket over a smart roll neck and flared trousers twin-set.
We love prada’s spring/summer 2013 womenswear campaign which follows in the same vain as the menswear campaign. Incorporating a series of intimate portraits of models, intended to reveal the models’ individual personas and channelling Prada’s take on modern felinity. Staying true to the collection’s strong aesthetic the campaign’s imagery reinforces Prada’s oriental inspiration with it’s bold placement florals and the stark colour palette of white, black, red and über feminine pastel pink fur. Models in the campaign include Eva Herzigova, Sasha Pivovarova, Amber Valletta, Vanessa Axente, Saskia de Brauw, Irina Kravchenko, Sung Hee, Irene Hiemstra, Kirsten Owen, Maartje Verhoef and Raquel Zimmermann.
Spotted amongst Brick Lane’s bustling sunday market, this stylish street styler fuses St. Trinians’ school girl uniform sensibilities with opulent winter lady chic. Teaming a school girl straw boat hat over fluffy black ear muffs with a super comfy luxurious fur coat and billowing peach pleat skirt.
Comfort against the wintery climate meets genteel style with this beautiful placement rose embroidery glove.
Street meets vintage Hollywood starlet in disguise drama, big sunglasses check, classic rouge lipstick check, black hat check and finished off with a childlike metal horse motif. Perfect!
Clusters of swarovski and emerald gems on a gold headband what more could you ask for to spruce up your headgear this season.
Available from Miu Miu
We love Julien David’s play date prints, especially the cute knife conversational prints used on a series of knitted unisex items from scarves, hats and sweaters in warm beige. Perfectly adding a fun and youthful twist to your winter ensemble.
Available at Colette
As the air becomes crisper those extra layers become even more important. With those sleigh bells ringing more loudly at this time of year, it only seems right to invest in knitwear with festive properties. We think this Meadham Kirchhoff knitted sweater shines more brightly than any bauble.
Available to purchase at farfetch