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London Fashion Week SS15: where to go, where to eat, where to party, where to get free wifi?

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In few weeks, London Fashion Week is back. Amazing designers in the beautiful city.

It’s now the 4th time we’re going to attend some of the shows. And let’s face it: most of the tips we read are not exactly what we were looking for.

Basically, we had few bad experience:

  • desperately looking for food at Somerset House: queuing for 1 hour to get something ridiculously small. Realizing that we also need to have a pastry not to collapse
  • trying to leave Somerset House. Ending at Prêt à Manger. And crying
  • expecting to party @ The Box. And finally at 11pm, realizing that it’s too late and that you’d rather go back to the hotel and watch a cool series instead of attending party with PR agencies (no offence thus)
  • looking for free wifi; finally relying on 3G to send your 1Go photos

So here’s our unconventional list of tips and tricks, and cool places, created with Pindrop.

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Why London is the Capital of Menswear

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These past few years have seen the rise to glory of a long-underestimated and underserved market: Menswear. With a boost given by the street culture generation now on the chase for looks and design, it’s never been more exciting to be a man in fashion.

But there is a tip to the spear and it is called London (UK).

While the British Fashion Council once again sets up a platform for creativity and business called London Collections: Men – bringing together names including Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Katie Eary, Tom Ford, Moschino, YMC, Topman and Lyle & Scott; one can not be surprised when this is the proud land of Paul Smith and the mean streets of modern Tailoring.

Furthermore, who could doubt menswear would find its energy on a market where online concept-stores such as Oki-Ni, LN-CC or Endclothing have thrived in the past few years.

London like no other place is encompassing everything that inspires the modern man: a desire for excentricity mixed with extremely codified formality. The geek generation finds its closet ready for a revolution – fashion can be optimized for efficiency with creativity. Rest of the world, behold. The times of Daddy’s preppy or douchey style is over.

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TOPSHOP Unique AW14: the tomboy wanting to be pretty

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Oops, Topshop did it again. Yesterday, the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall was hosting another interesting performance of the 50 years old brand. And the design of the show is very similar to the essence of TOPSHOP: few rows downstairs with happy few (including me haha) and upstairs, a crowd of fans with smartphones ready to shoot, basically on a bridge.

The collection is going to work: a mix of tailoring fabrics and mohair; a lot of street influence (MIA was attending the show) and less an attempt to copy big designers (last year, some observers mentioned the fact that the catwalk presented a collection which was not really what Topshop is about: this year, this “mistake” is not here). Tattoo motifs try to challenge flowers; and the quality of materials is definitely here.

JiHye Park for TOPSHOP

The soundtrack was all about female power. Beyoncé’s very own who runs the world? GIRLS  was of course buzzing (as usual). As Topshop declared, this season is all about the girl (…) the soft girl wanting to be tough, the tomboy wanting to be pretty.

Oversize clothes were not the only originality: more formal suits were in the show but with a twist of blueish motifs.

 

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#LFW AW 14: the city cowboy?

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It’s raining cats and dogs in London. A mysterious sort of #NYFW aftermath.

The agenda is pretty busy this year; unless you have a whole editorial team covering this Fashion Week, you have to miss interesting shows. I was very frustrated not to attend Barbra Kolasinski from LCF.

Barbra Kolasinski

What can we pick from these very first hours? Well, it’s a big pervasive mic-mac as we say in French. Let’s start with the J JS Lee Tom Boy with an attitude:

It’s the post-modern streetstyle which would have re-discovered homing and cuddling. Outfits with a sense of leisure maybe, who knows?

I was pretty happy with Bora Aksu universe; and he’s not the only one to send a sort of revival for countryside. A tribute to the history of British fashion

As usual, Haizhen Wang convinced me; a skyrocketing collection which will be highly bought and sought after…let’s make a bet!

Eudon Choi made an impression also with a collection full of soft and wearable pieces.

My god so many trends we could talk about. I’m very bad at expressing my point but it seems like there’s a sort of re-invention of the cowboy but in a more modern, female version: the woman as a street master? The rule of the wild applied to the highways and the city-life?
Well, let’s discuss about it later on

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LC.M report: Savile Row with a twist of modern street roots

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Oh dear. I am jealous of London-based designers; what could appear as a fashion sacrilege, precisely mixing high-end & sophisticated menswear designers with Topshop consumers, has – again – been achieved with brio and success. Because London has understood more than any other city (listen, Italian and French maestros…) that fashion weeks  are cultural – and then popular – amplifiers.

Considering that, it’s not a surprise to realize that Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has been appointed ambassador for the menswear catwalk showcase,  while the the Museum of London is hosting an interesting exhibition called The Anatomy of a Suit.

So what do I keep from the first days of #londoncollectionsmen ?

First, Gieves & Hawkes revolutionary global positioning that its creative director – Jason Basmajian – sums up  in FT:

“I love the country colour palette worn in the city,” he says, “to me it’s quite urban.”

 

The brand reboots the vision of tailoring, and it’s a good news to attract emerging market to the art of good shapes and good cuts…

Gieves & Hawkes

We can’t forget the daring collection by Lou Dalton; it’s not only because we love everything that Open Ceremony spots (they’re stocking her label, just to say…), but her working-class roots were one more time transformed and diffused in her creation. She shares with us the story of a boy who worked on her grandmother’s farm in Shropshire. A guy with hands-in approach who apparently had probably a roaring life after work.

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The other interesting trend is the growing place of the Chinese and Asian scene in London. Xander Zhou and “his highness” collection plays with the imagery of young graduates with a touch of what might called Scandinavian / Korean blackness. A deconstruction of traditional shapes which will appeal to a lot of consumers…

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I’m not going to talk about James Long , as you already know our fascination for him. Same story for Saunders, and there’s already plenty of articles about his collection; read Alex Fury‘s thoughts, it’s really worth it.

Finally, my candy-crush is for Astrid Andersen; it’s not really a sportswear collection, nor a non wearable piece of art…it’s more something we might call cool fashion, aka clothes you can wear casually, but with a glimpse of original tailoring. A bit like if Nike had finally met Jonathan Saunders, so to say.

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London, well done, I love you.

 

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Elle Fashion Show SS14 (Vietnam)

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Elle Magazine is an institution everywhere it has settled in the world. Thanks to that status, the publication is now setting new standards of creativity in a new and unexplored market: Vietnam. Following the recent launch of a new web platform, the first media with a decent design (check these major news hubs for a bloodtearing benchmark) has raised the bar of its pionneering Fashion Shows.

Designers with inspirations connecting them to an exciting worldwide new turn in fashion (including hints to Givenchy, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang and Mary Katrantzou) showcased their work under a reversed garden, through sets of electro-pop and even more modern: trap music.

While some professionals are only starting to complain about indistinct trends on the street and lack of general fashion culture, this event showed that things were happening in Vietnam, and as we’re currently observing from the middle of there, we can tell you this: they’re happening fast.

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Rick Owens gives a street lesson to Paris Fashion Week: what a coup!

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There’s a lot to tell about Paris Fashion Week and we’ll write about it very soon. But we’re super impressed by Rick Owens fashion statement during his show:

The cast, made of African-American only, walked with angry faces as they were revealing the new Owen’s collection. Rick Owens scouted American college step teams: the Zetas, Washington Divas, Soul Steppers and Momentums after watching them on YouTube.

A fantastic coup to tackle a sometimes very sleepy fashion industry. Enjoy.

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The beat goes on at London Fashion Week with Philips Fidelio M1

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Yes, London Fashion Week happened; a very different edition from last year: less access for bloggers, a mix of teenage brands and more established ones trying to pimp. Well, I guess that this time, the most interesting shows were outside Somerset House. Fair enough, as a lot of massive events happened around the traditional program.

Philips offered us a great Fidelio M1 to keep the good vibes banging and kicking. A chic and comfy accessory that we’ve carried with love and delight.

Here are some pictures from Topman x Black On Black AFTER PARTY, hosted by Shorebitch at Casa Negra. An impressive line-up:

DJ Cable (DMC World Champion)
You Need To Hear This Dj Zara Martin
Bill & Will
Budakan
Sai
Miguel Dare
Mem

 

www.youneedtohearthis.com, @YNTHT_UK, #YouNeedToHearThis

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Runway Report #1 : New York

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Back to school. Back to super cool.

Check out that girl, dude. She’s a maniac.

She’s been dating Sk8er Boy since way back.

Can’t believe it. He’s a total douche.

Every ball he drops and swoosh!

[ALEXANDER WANG]

Check out that girl, dude. She’s ice cold.

Seriously, such a do ‘s you’re told.

She’s sharp though,

Why, I don’t really know,

[HELMUT LANG]

Check out that girl, dude. She’s a geek.

But somehow she’s like, magnifique!

I want her to take me into the future,

I want her to tell me about The Rapture,

[3.1 Phillip Lim]

Check out this girl, dude. She’s a lady, like.

Can’t take my eyes off of her, yikes!

Like a sunburn, she tears me apart,

Like a double-tap, what a gunshot.

[PRABAL GURUNG]

Check out this girl, dude. She’s a hippie.

Wouldn’t date me and my fixie.

She lives in a strawberry field,

Riding the rainbow and chill.

[PROENZA SCHOULER]

Check out that girl, dude. She’s a traveller.

Worlds apart, she walks the line.

Far away, alone she wanders,

Home alone, she wonders away.

[THE ROW]

Check out this girl, dude. She’s the new girl.

She’s the face of the century.

She’s the silhouette of envy.

She’s the plot of our story.

She’s the mind of the city.

[VICTORIA BECKHAM]

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