Paul Smith is quintessentially British. Polished suits and dapper shoes mark his collections, looking suitable for sophisticated scandal in a Jane Austen novel. The outfits manage to stand out from the predictable tailored crowd though, with embroidery and special detailing, albeit subtle, adding eccentricity and imagination. The jackets are graced with pleated pockets, and a hand-stitch effect is on the seams. And while strong British fabrics theme the collection, such as checks and tartan, they’re over-dyed on the shirts to convey a more modern look.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I came across a collection by Trussardi on the Vman website. I loved the juxtaposition of classical menswear with subtle visions of a modern future. Sharp vintage style waistcoats are buttoned in an offbeat manner, and denim shirts take 90’s inspiration with funky twisted sleeves rolled into the look. What marks this move in a modern direction however are the tops. The model evokes masculine strength and sensuality in a vest with feminine charm. The asexual illusion, so popular with more avant-garde designers such as Gareth Pugh, is a futuristic fashion utopia that is subtly introduced into Trussardi’s collection. The vest has feathers delicately stitched into a folklore pattern, giving bohemian dreams to the thoughts of the chizzled model. The jacket merits this same persona, with tassels gliding underneath the arms to create innovative movement and shape. So for men looking to be adventurous and provocative while keeping their masculine strength in tact, this is a collection to invest in at once.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
‘’My S/S10 collection was working from my MA collection except I wanted to produce more wearable 'bespoke' separates, which stayed true to my technique. The new collection saw some new approaches with the cord embellishment- I produced new embedded cord patterned skirts which were inspired Celtic knit patterns, as well as producing some cord knots which made the most amazing neckline. The white pieces were done out of curiosity- I kept dreaming about seeing my collection completely in whites but wasn't sure it would work. Once the white cord overlapped each other I knew I was on to a good thing- the white pieces are probably my favourite pieces from my most recent collection. ‘’