Art and fashion have always maintained a very close relationship with one-another, however over the last few seasons the art world has been the main source of inspiration for more than a few houses. This brings us to Dior. For his recent collections as creative director Raf Simons looked for inspiration through the works of Andy Warhol, the father of the Pop-Art movement.
At the Homme side of things, designer Kris Van Assche drew inspiration from more abstract expressionist pieces to for next summer’s wardrobe. Dior Homme’s signature tailoring remains while being blocked with Pollock-esque brushstroke motifs.
Every so often I get invited to take part in some awesome activities as a result of this blog. Some time ago PUMA invited me to their Braamfontein store/PUMA factory. As a devout fan of high-tops I decided these would be the pair I would customize. On an iPad I chose fabric, laces, sole colour, tongue colour, even where I wanted the logo and within two weeks I was notified they were ready for collection. The 80s neon edged squares were a winner.Definitely worth a go. Kanye West gets custom shit all the time! As for the rest of the outfit, yes it’s pretty basic but I’m all about quality and simplicity these days. The raw-denim shirt is Levi’s, which is a big favourite (it looks mighty nice with a tie). The shorts from GAP are army green which is my first-choice green and lends itself rather well to summer wear. I recently took some time in their Sandton store and really, besides being affordable they have a great range of basics worth checking out. I own quite a few of their new collection. The Sunglasses are the pièce de résistance -blue reflector lenses, silver frame – another superb addition to my aviator collection all thanks to the selection at Sunglass Hut. Grayston, however, is not available in-store and he makes by far the best accessory.
For the Art Issue, W magazine has enlisted Georgous as cover model. Shot by Emma Sutterton, the Gravity star appears in various stages of spotted posing, all in custom Armani by Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist and writer known for her affinity for the polka dot. Catch the December/January issue now or preview the pics below.
Tom Ford’s Project Uprade for GQ magazine is the best thing I’ve seen for a while. The master of the menswear universe has lent his talents to the young-and-aspiring and made them over. Of course it helps that a) the boys chosen were ridiculously good looking, and b) they’re all wearing Tom Ford. From grooming to dressing for the job you want rather than for the one you have, Tom Ford and Jim Moore cover it all. You can watch all the video’s over at GQ here, or on Youtube. Great stuff, really. It’s always astonishing to see the potential of a person once they have the right help. Would you like the Tom Ford treatment? Even I wouldn’t say no.
Come on, with a name like Harry Styles, how could you be anything but stylish? Good old Harry from One Direction did us boys proud and won Most Stylish for this years British Fashion Awards, kicking Alexa Chung off her podium, ruining her three-year streak. Poor girl. Well done to the 19 year old, really. At 19 I had long hair and a goatee. Fml.
Image source: Getty and British Fashion Council Instagram.
Sir Paul Smith is one of the world’s top designers and as testament to his success the London Design Museum has recently opened an exhibition in his honour, entitled “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith.” This exhibition acts as a tribute to Sir Paul’s 40 year contribution as one of Britain’s most commercially successful and celebrated designers. This acts as both a retrospective as well as a glimpse of what is still to come. The curators of the museum went to great lengths to produce an exhibition that highlights this.
A full-scale replica of his first 3M X 3M store – which opened in Nottingham in 1970 – was built to illustrate Smiths journey from humble beginnings and another replica, his present day office, highlight his rise to global recognition. Additionally the exhibition features previous collections from Sir Paul’s immense archive, a Smith narrated digital immersed experience as well as voluminous amounts of print imagery. The “Hello My Name is Paul Smith” exhibition at the London Design Museum runs until 09 March 2014.
Thom Browne is set to introduce a new line to his eponymous brand, which will move away from his signature silhouette in favour of more conventional tailoring. Entitled “Thom Browne New York” the line is set to be released for Fall 2014.In a few short years Browne has become an icon in menswear, particularly famous for constructing very distinct looks in his collections as well as re-inventing the classic grey suit. A move towards the introduction of a more traditional and conservative line is seen as a way of expanding the Thom Browne brand. Although Browne has generated huge acclaim for his extreme tailoring of shrunken proportions, the aesthetic is not for the mild of heart.
In his own words the designer has described “Thom Browne New York” to be for a buyer “who likes the personality of my clothing, but wants a more classic proportion and fit.” No confirmation on price or dates of availability have been released, but the starting price for suits is said to begin at $2,200 and the line will include shirts, coats and accessories.
Collaborations between high-end designers and major scale retailers are emerging as a significant trend in menswear at the moment. 2010 saw Paris-based house Lanvin design a collection for H&M as a an edition to the Swedish retailer’s annual guest designer collections, and fast forward to 2013 and the North Face has recently collaborated with the urban-cool Supreme, Kanye West is working with APC and Rick Owens is designing sneakers for adidas. With this, the recent announcement of Public School’s collaboration with the ever-growing J.Crew is already being considered to be one of the most exciting collections for 2014. Although announced via Public School’s Instagram account, no information has been released as to when the collection will be released, nor for which season.
For the uninitiated, Public School NYC is one of the most exciting labels to come out of the big apple in a very long time. Every piece is made in New York using only the best materials sourced from the around the world, including Japan and Italy, with a distinct aesthetic that reflects both high-fashion and street-wear. Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne founded Public School in 2008 and in the space of a few short years have won acclaim and numerous awards, including the Swarovski Award for Menswear at the this years CFDA’s, and in the process have created one of the most exciting menswear brands in the world. With all this in mind, the announcement of collaborating with J.Crew is truly sensational.
From 1983 J.Crew has evolved from being one of the United States’ affordable, seemingly conservative retailers is becoming an upscale – yet relatively priced – boutique with a distinct Americana vintage inspiration. CEO/chairman Mickey Drexler, formally of Gap, and creative director/president Jenna Lyons have taken J.Crew to new heights and continue to produce consistent and stylish collections.
For their recent “A New York Holiday” collaboration Jay Z and luxury retail giant Barneys enlisted some of the worlds top houses as well as up-and-coming brands to design unique luxe pieces inspired by the Hip Hop veteran. With houses such as Balmain, Acne Studios, the Elder Statesmen and En Noir producing pieces for the collection, all proceeds raised will be donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation. As a part of this endeavour, avant-garde designer Rick Owens was recruited to create a unique take on his now-iconic asymmetrical leather jackets, retailing at a staggering $58, 000. The Mollino Crocodile leather jacket is styled with Owens’ signature leather cuts and exceptional tailoring. Lined with silk blend twill and made in Italy, the jacket is available for purchase from Barneys’ online store.
Giles and Brother, based in New York City, make up for one or two all of my Christmas wishlist. I decided to arrange my Christmas season to be spent with family in the States, which will be followed with a week in New York. On top of the list of places to visit, is Giles & Brother. You may recall my early adoration for Philip Crangi, well it just so happens he is the man behind this jewelry label, along with his sister (Giles!). The beautiful hand-crafted jewelry is so spot-on trend. When it comes to men’s accessories it doesn’t get much better than this. I have my eyes on that railroad spike cuff, but it’s those amazing coin pendants that I absolutely will be charging to my credit card buying. Which is your favourite?
“Taking care of yourself is a show of respect to those around you” says Tom Ford. The undisputed name in male glamour and sophistication, as I’m sure you know, also has a beauty range for men. His skincare and grooming products aim to balance imperfections and achieve a polished look. Who can argue with the man? See the video below.