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Colorful and Black Swan occasion dresses with Hobbs

Great Britain is full of traditions, and specially traditions of irreverence. Hobbs got it well with their current occasion dresses collection; as Vogue describes in their last Catwalk Edit, Autumn Winter trends will be twice: on one side, “grace and femininity” with pink, ladylike silhouettes, something pretty protective and wise. But on the other side, darker patterns, the revival of black and grey, will bring another Black Swan full of grunge reinvention in the streets. As you can bet, it’s the sort of fashion we adore.
August is coming, which is always a good reason to progressively get rid of bikinis and start gathering nice pieces for September.
We specially like the Invitation Ross Dress, with a sensual V at the back. Something pretty sexy for a late summer dinner or a West End clubbing night.

What if you like floral motifs, but are not ready for moody blooms? Well, maybe you can try this psychedelic but sensitive dress to see if you fit with ecstatic graphics.

Whatever your decision, there are certain considerations you have to make when choosing dresses. Far from just grabbing something with a pretty pattern and delicate fabric you need to consider how it will look on you (not the model) and whether it’s the best choice. There’s plenty of advice on how to choose the right dress for your body but options such as those mentioned above are always a good place to start!

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Tami Bar-Lev wants you to WEAR Pina Coladas

We had a chance to discover Tami Bar-Lev, thanks to Korin Avraham. The Tel Aviv based milliner designs super original hats. The new collection is fruity, elegant, funny and untypical.

IF YOU LIKE PINA COLADAS”

Memories of an exotic vacation that had never actually happened.

Dreaming of the perfect ‘escape’ to a tropical island overwhelming with wonderful tropical clichés.

Like the American dream vacation in Hawaii, inspired by the Elvis movie- “Blue Hawaii” and the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” mentioning: “Tropical drink melting in your hand” and “cocktails and moonlit nights”.

The collection consists of fun resort-like hats and head pieces, for day and evening, capturing the essence of this paradise. There are straw hats, silk turbans, Hibiscus headbands and floral silk tiaras, with rich bead and sequins embroideries.

Although probably unreal or fantastic or….. far as it may be from reality, the cliché images woven together create an experience: coconut trees, little umbrellas in your drink,  clear waters, white sand, pineapples, hula dancing and flower garlands.

 

So do YOU like Pina coladas?….

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A summer trip in British countryside with John Lewis

Summer is now epic in Great Britain. Rooftops are crowded, local pubs offer us some nice ales. Some lucky guys are on holidays in beautiful places.

But hey: Great Britain is full of discoveries and interesting places. Let’s think about Bristol and its magical trip hop scene. Let’s think about York and its area. Oh and let’s not forget all the beautiful festivals; we were attending the Lambeth Country Show last week-end: you could touch owls, vote for the best sculpture made of veggies while a sound-system was making people dance. I tell you: summer around here is pretty good.

So when John Lewis asked us for a summer shopping list, we were pretty excited: John Lewis is one of these rare places in which, as a French, I feel surrounded by interesting objects, food, products. It’s where I go for Christmas (and my family is always jealous AND happy to get original gifts…) but it’s always where you can get some proper style for a nice British summer.

As our beloved journalists from Stylist this week, we’re also going to disconnect for a while: it’s time to get your Barbour and explore unexpected sights on the sea shores.

We will first opt for this Barbour Leather Travel Explorer Holdall. Made of luxurious leather, with a tartan lining for added country style, it’s perfect to travel to your B&B without having to get bored with too heavy bags

I’m not the sort of guy who likes to feel wet in his shoes, after some heavy showers during a festival. So if you want to keep your pace in the pogo and still feel classy when you order, well, many pints in plastic glasses for your fellas, you need proper boots. I’ve chosen the Timberland Earthkeepers Rugged 6-Inch Waterproof Plain Toe Boots. Good news: they have waterproof sealed seams!!!

I’m a hoodie guy, specially during week-ends. And when you’re traveling, your most precious asset is your debit cards, your 3-day beard and your attitude. My hoodie is the sort of protection against feeling old too early. You can stretch it, you can sleep in it for a while, you can lend if to your beautiful girlfriends (hehe), so you need to get the right one. This Diesel Scentyn Mohawk Print Hoodie , Blue Marl, is perfect for me.

So fellows: it’s now time to tell you to have a good day (or a good night if you’re living in Asia). Spread the love!

 

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You’re so French MEN! Lessons on how to become a stylish man

Frédérique Veysset -fashion photographer- and Isabelle Thomas, personal stylist and fashion blogger, with the help of illustrator Clément Dezelus, are currently experiencing a massive success with their new book-guide-UFO called “You’re so French MEN“. Selected men with a certain style (from 23 to 75 years old) illustrate a very inspiring how to fashion guide, through portraits and morceaux choisis to feed their French Touch. From picking the right shirt,  to more lifestyle advice, this book is an open bible for the sort of fashion we love: open, inclusive, teaching without dogmatism. Frédérique and Isabelle accepted to give us some insights.

What are the biggest fears of men when it comes to their style?

Frédérique: When they do worry about their style, men are perfectionist, obsessed even with very tiny details. They learn pretty quickly and are curious. They want to learn the history of clothing and fashion rules. They like to respect them or to distort them with a certain elegance. When men don’t care about fashion, nothing beats them: for some men, wearing a black skirt with pointed shoes is state of the art style!

Isabelle:In our society, image is essential. Paradoxically, taking care of one’s image can sometimes appear suspicious. A lot of people are reluctant when they see someone trying to stand out with style: is he gay? is he a dandy? is he vain or superficial? Certain men can remain feeble with fashion…It’s less risky to be conform, to wear this classic suit with a grey tie! But when men are more confident or control their image, they experience a great pleasure to wear clothes and shoes…They’re definitely more maniac, rigorous, precise than women. Thanks to fashion blogs and forums dedicated to men’s style, we start to get rid of preconceptions.

As a neophyte, how should we start in order to get a proper wardrobe?

Pour un néophyte, par quoi devrait-on commencer pour se constituer un vestiaire?

Frédérique: a nice pair of shoes, actually two first, you can buy them at Crockett & Jones, Caulaincourt, Weston, Peter Sorensen…whatever your style is, just pick quality. And you then need to look after them to make them last!

Isabelle: you first need to reconsider your current wardrobe to get rid of outdated pieces, worn, or that does not fit you properly. A lot of men wear bigger clothes than they should; the jacket fall on shoulders, pants float…Men should see themselves as they really are! Then, men need to buy good basics (a nice white shirt in Egyptian cotton, a raw denim, a dark suite that fits you, jacket and derbies…). Men have then to enjoy, to play with colors, materials and forms.

You’re so French MEN is about this…French touch! What can we bring to the world? ;)

Frédérique: In fashion? A certain way of marrying bourgeoisie codes with a twist of fancy. Otherwise, French used to master courtesy, politeness, gallantry and were recognized for their spirit. It’d be great to bring these qualities back to fashion…starting from France!

Isabelle: French own a certain nonchalance, a way of wearing clothes without this Italian ostentation but with more agility than the British. French know how to surprize, while adapting to codes. He knows how to mix ancient and new, premium with high-street…The French man is more than a brand-lover: he wants to keep his personality. The French knows that even if he’s not the most handsome man on Earth, wearing something chic brings his charm and his sort of intellectual aspect to light. At least he hopes so!

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What were the main differences between men and women during the shooting of your two books?

Frédérique: Men were often more available, more flattered and happy to be picked. They did it very seriously, a bit like when you attend a competitive exam: they were scared not to be approved!

Isabelle: Our girlfriends who weren’t picked for the book dedicated to women did not say anything (at least, not loudly) whereas our boyfriends who weren’t selected were grumbling: “why didn’t you pick me?!”

Will there be a next episode to your project?

Frédérique: Maybe if a great ideas comes.

Isabelle: Some people ask us if after men and women, we’re going to take care of children…Actually they already know perfectly how to dress!

 

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Nancy Wang x Classixx x Urban Outfitters

Classixx, the Los Angeles duo have released a new video for “All You’re Waiting For”, featuring Nancy Whang on vocals.

Urban Outfitters sponsored the making of the video, which shows Whang living a life of leisure aboard a yacht, playing with puppies and guzzling martinis. Whang was a part of LCD Soundsystem’s live touring act and has also done a load of vocal collaboration with The Juan Maclean.

Directed by Tim K and produced by Urban Outfitters as part of the UO Music Video Series. Get a peek behind the scenes with director Tim K. at http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/classixx.

From the new Classixx album Hanging Gardens, out now on Innovative Leisure. “All You’re Waiting For3 remixes to be released July 23 featuring remixes by Switch & Eric Broucek: http://bit.ly/AYWFRemixes”

Classixx iTunes: http://bit.ly/13Qy99x
Classixx Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/classixx
Classixx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLASSIXXOffi…
Classixx Website: http://classixx.la
Innovative Leisure: http://www.innovativeleisure.net

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French Connection x Rankin: #sketchtostore

The official French Connection Autumn Winter 2013 campaign video has just been released. We attended the special launch party yesterday and it was massive.

The inspiration behind Autumn / Winter 13 campaign comes from French Connection design process.

“At French Connection, we develop every garment in our London design studio. Our design team develop thousands of styles every year and continue to focus on delivering unique, contemporary clothing to showcase globally.

Our design process is something we are very proud of. Our aim was to try and showcase this in a fun, French Connection way. We also feel it is a point of differentiation on the British high street, and therefore communicates a strategic advantage through advertising.”

Rankin visualized this evolution; he and his team decided to shoot the model first in their natural, naked form. Next, the images were printed and the clothing designs sketched and overlaid to finally complete the process to reveal the models wearing the actual garments from the French Connection AW13 collection whilst maintaining a sense of humour and fearlessness.

Irreverence, fresh fashion, real. Stay tuned.

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#trashfashionforum : when fashion tries to fight gentrification and commoditization

We attended yesterday at Protein a very interesting debate about what one calls “trash fashion”. Organized with Dazed & Confused (their last issue is called…Trash & Burn!) speakers included Hussein Chalayan, Caroline Evans (living legend from Central Saint Martins), Nasir Mazhar (who designed the hats for 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony), Luke Brooks, Claire Storey and Kieren Jones. And it was pretty intense

So why is there a new interest in Trash Fashion? Surprisingly enough, not so many of the speakers had an answer. The top insight comes from Hussein Chalayan, who thinks that because there’s a gentrification of everything, and that we’re trying to glamourize everything, well you need something new. As time popularizes everything, and even faster now through high-street big players and online platforms, designers need to shape something unconventional. According to Chalayan, it’s a bit ridiculous to talk about Punk these days whereas it’s from the 70s. We need to invent something, which faces new limits. And Trash Fashion, to a certain extent, can be a good playground to start with.
Today Trash is used in a far different way.

Hussein Chalayan  starts with a series of snapshots that tries to define his vision of Trash Fashion

The Tangent Flows (1993) that he did for his graduation aims to explain that trashing garment was a way to give more features to daily elements.


With Cartesia (AW 1994), made of unreadable paper, the idea is to associate unexpected inspirations: packaging, papers, documents, to sublime unexpected materials.

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Chalayan also mentions Afterwords in 2000: the collection starts with a mysterious combination of chairs with bodies. The designers starts with a scenery and bring it back to clothes. With Medea in 2002: layers come from cutaways, it’s like an archeological dig. With this process, Chalayan says that the creation of this sort of long-term hope link things.
Manifest Destiny in 2003 looks at disgust that can then be visually appealing, about to become live when  a model wears it. Animal prints are then brought back to life
Finally, with Rise (2013) the body is spiritedly linked to urban environment especially walls. Disintegration of information is put in clothes through Printed textures.


The connection between all these ideas is that these clothes have lived something, are part of something bigger, bring a greater sense of life

Caroline Evans broadens the definition of trash fashion reminding that there are tons of examples where people were recycling or using materials in original ways (ex: during great depression in the US etc). Another field concerns the link between fashion and science. Maison Martin Margiela for instance created strange Red Bacteria Yellow Bacteria Green Bacteria pieces with a microbiologist. Specific bacterias were spread on clothes which changed the texture of clothes. Clothes were then exhibited outside the museum. It then generated a sort of furyness impression after rain and sun. Evans considers that when Chanel used jersey in 1919, which used to be a fabric only used for lingerie, is also connected to trash fashion. As she was using “poor” fabrics, it was then considered as trash at that time.

Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garcons) launched a very reductionist collection in 1982.

“When u work around a factory sometimes everything is too perfect”

The main purpose is to give an unfinished impression through deconstruction.

Luke Brooks who graduated from CSM MA recently, mentions his thought-provoking work, using materials that were present in his immediate environment…even under our feet! As he wrote for Dazed:

It emerged that there are many unusual headstones located in New England, USA, which had been carved by the early settlers (late 17th and 18th century stones). The Farber Gravestone Collection, which documents over 9,000 unique headstone images in the area, was a fascinating resource.

Using that and FindaGrave.com as a treasure map, I set off for America in December. Gravestone rubbing is a contentious activity. Some people believe that it subtly damages the stones even when performed with every precaution. Others consider it an affront to the dead. I resolved to be very cautious with my crayon and to thank the residents with a gentle pat on the headstone and a word of gratitude.

Despite having amassed perhaps 40 rubbings of varying sizes, only certain ones seemed to work on the body, proportionally, texturally and photographically. The construction of the collection was about how to best project this idea of the memory of these departed bodies in relation to the living wearer.

Trash is finally a sort of inheritance we’re going to transmit. Cheap fashion also creates a lot of trash. A parallelism can be made with Punk: we wanted to be dirty because everything’s so cheap. Same idea today. But even worse as there’s a vicious loop:  how to bring new ways of approaching fashion whereas the industry is based on newness, the latest things, the latest marketing idea. And that the fashion industry is about making money.

So how to create something bigger?

Fashion knows deadlines. And one idea could be to postpone this deadline, including self-conscious elements of the quality of a material. Like a tracker for the very long term record.
People can be considered as investors or consumers. They consume Primark, but they can invest in other brands. Sustainability is an investment: trash fashion would be the signal to go back to economics principles?

There’s a need to educate people to like fashion, educate schools, otherwise only will rich have access to qualitative fashion. Before Prinark and ASOS, access to fast fashion was impossible. Let’s consider it as a big opportunity to raise sensitivity!

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Lea Seydoux and Michael Pitt on the rocks for Rag & Bone FW 13 campaign

Rag & Bone keeps rocking. After a promising SS14 show during LCM, the NYC label has just revealed an interesting ad campaign for its Fall Winter 2013 collection.

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Lea Seydoux and Michael Pitt are the new icons of the brand. Glen Luchford, Palme d’Or s’il vous plait, shot the 2 megastars in a very Taxi Driver like New York.

“For us, it’s all about using individuals we view as iconic characters and Léa and Michael absolutely represent the spirit of the brand. They’re both genuine, cool people,” explains Marcus Wainwright

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France has a new Marianne figure on stamps, and it’s a Femen

It’s a massive news in France and potentially worldwide: Francois Hollande, French president, has just revealed the new figure of Marianne, which will be present in every stamp in France in the coming weeks.

David Kawena and Olivier Ciappa, who designed the stamps, did something bossy: they declared that Inna Shevchenko, one of the founders of Femen, is one of the main sources of inspirations.

It’s very brave because there’s still a huge debate in France around the wedding for all (so called gay-marriage around here) and that a lot of people tried to intimidate the progressive French. It’s also brave because when you vote for a President, this guy often forgets his commitments. Saying that the new Marianne supports this strong political move is not only a sign: it’s the proof that you must be proud of decisions that won’t be consensual in the short term but which will matter in the coming years.

Well done.timbres marianne femen

 

 

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