Monday, 26 September 2011

Heritage Research, Oliver Spencer, +J

A set of Monday delectables from Heritage Research, Oliver Spencer, and +J for Uniqlo.

A winner reworked: Heritage Research's hugely popular Longline Parka has been updated with a fresh two tone colourway and notable contemporary lines, whilst still retaining all the sublime functional details.

Bold knits: This season's Bedford Waffle Panel Crew Knit is certified proof of Oliver Spencer's penchant for no-fuss quality modern menswear.

Clean minimal: Jil Sander's goes out with a bang with her final +J collection, featuring trademark space-age shapes and sharp tailored lines. And you can't really go far wrong with these Wool Flannel Stripe Trousers.

Image Sources: Heritage Research, Oi Polloi, Uniqlo
Parka available from End, Jumper available from Oi Polloi, Trousers available from Uniqlo.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

MAN Spring/Summer 12: Shaun Samson, Martine Rose, Matthew Miller

Since the inception in 2005, Fashion East / Topman's MAN showcase has certainly marked its strength on the London Fashion Week schedule, proving the turning point for such emerging Menswear visionaries as Cassette Playa, JW Anderson, Christopher Shannon, and Katie Eary. Now comfortably in its 13th season, Hidden Agency has produced a series of short films to coincide with the SS12 show, showcasing garments and highlighting inspirations behind each designers' collection. Check them out below.

Shaun Samson

Californian born Shaun Samson went back to his roots for SS12, with the vibrancy of the 90's grunge and surf era channeled into a heady mix of psychedelic stripes and weighty hand-loomed Mexican blankets - there's no denying this is modern streetwear at its utmost finest. View the SS12 show here.

Martine Rose

Returning for a third season at MAN, Martine Rose also harks inspiration from the west coast through the 70's Californian skate and surf scene, resonating with its carefree and rebellious nature via sheer shirts layered over neon brights and tropical prints worn with wide cropped bottoms. View the SS12 show here.

Matthew Miller

With a succinct focus in the technicality of aesthetics, it's hard to fault Matthew Miller's enigmatic entry into MAN. Sharply formed silhouettes crafted from 3D computer-aided-design and pioneering materials take prominence in this collection, presenting a statement product that is interestingly both understated and dramatic. View the SS12 Show here.

Monday, 19 September 2011

On The Cobbles: Cos Foamy T-shirt

Three seasons in, and London Fashion Week is just as daring/unashamed/pioneering as the last time I left it. I headed into the scrum last Friday for another go-around on the cobbles, and whilst I was officially there clocking up time, it was really a chance for another bi-annual schooling in the art of style from people who undeniably get it. Top marks go to this gent for incorporating (what I strongly suspect is, please correct otherwise) the Foamy T-shirt from Cos. The garment's technical attributes act as a striking counter to the patterned shirt underneath - and is certainly typical of what I've come to love about Cos; a strict minimal aesthetic with a playful approach to texture, in turn upholding an admirable design ethos that is both timely and timeless.

Photo taken by my colleague David
Available now at Cos

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Carhartt Heritage F/W11 Launch at Goodhood

Carhartt have always been known for its rugged functionality, a trait that has seen it transend effortlessly from humble beginnings in workwear to being almost omnipresent in the streetwear game. This season will see East London's Goodhood store carry the Carhartt Heritage brand for the first time, and to celebrate, they've put together a look book showcasing the best pieces from the collection, as well as unveiling an exhibition featuring Carhartt's back catalog of heritage pieces in the the only way they know best - a good old knees up. Keep scrolling for a snippet of what they've got to offer and details of the launch.

Collection Available from Goodhood

Friday, 2 September 2011

Albam Slim Leg Jean: 4 months in

Below are a pair of Albam Slim Leg Jeans that I've been wearing a good 4 days a week (give or take a few) for the past 4 months. The fading and wear line process has been a slow gradual process, with faint lines and fading now apparent in the crotch area, along with more defined lines behind the knee. However, the sign of a quality pair of jeans lies in how well they age, and they've lost the uncomfortable rigidity that is part and parcel with raw denim, making everyday wear an altogether enjoyable affair. The pair below have also yet to go for a swim, so will be interesting to see how they fare after that.

Available now at Albam