Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Nicholas Darby Illustration

As you may have noticed, His Name Is Fashion has undergone a bit of a makeover. This is all in thanks to a fantastic Illustrator - Nicholas Darby. I thought it would only be right to give you a bit of background about the talented boy himself, and the reason why he was the perfect person to give His Name Is Fashion a new look.

Nicholas is a Bristol Based Illustrator and Designer. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in Illustration from University College Falmouth in 2010, and has been working freelance ever since. His main inspirations stem from popular culture, the 1980's, fashion and more recently (and perhaps surprisingly) the world of horticulture. Over the years he's developed a particular penchant for drawing the rich and famous, from A-Z list, dead or alive -and I'm proud to say that I have now joined the ranks.

Nicholas' work is deeply rooted in the world of fashion. Not only has he illustrated fashion, but he has also created the illustrations FOR fashion. Recently he collaborated with one of my favourite brands, Tzuji, and created all the graphics for their Autumn/Winter 15 Electroclash collection (A collection I'm super excited to wear!). On top of this, he also created the LFW invitation, promotional poster, and a custom typeface for the brand. And talking of typography, this is another area in which this boy is super skilled, with some gorgeous typefaces to his name. But Nicholas' major talent, it has to be said, is in illustrating people. He is fantastically skilled at capturing the subject's spirit, while still maintaining his trademark cool-factor.

So is it any wonder Nicholas was the ideal person to re-design my blog header and logo? I am supremely happy with the outcome, and I'm sure you'll agree. You can see a few examples of his work below, and even more examples (plus details on how to contact him) on his website here. Nicholas is available for commissions and is currently seeking representation, so don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

His Name Is Captain

Blazer - Topman, Tee - Topman, Jeans - Acne, Boots - Dr Martens, Bag - Cambridge Satchel Co, Hat - Topman

Last week I had the honor of being invited to the launch of the new book Nautical Chic by Amber Jane Butchart. The launch party was held in the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch, and had copious amounts of free rum! I wanted to put together a nod to nautical for the event, without looking too over-the top. After deciding nothing in my wardrobe was suitable, I managed to find a couple of bargains in Topman that I felt were perfect. The striped tee is a nautical staple, and much more me in the black and white combo rather than the traditional white and navy. It's also an absolute bargain at £10 (full price!). The other bargain was this grey deconstructed blazer that I found on the sale rail for a mere £35. I have worn it so much since buying it, it's certainly become a versatile welcome addition to my wardrobe. Carrying on with the deconstructed vibe, I paired the two with my slouchy Acne Jeans. I accessorized with my Dr Martens (that somebody asked whether they were Givenchy the other day!) and Cambridge Satchel which I used as a clutch. I completed the look with my trusty black fedora.

Monday, 20 April 2015

His Name Is Juun

Shirt - Joseph, Trousers - Zara, Hat - Topman, Bag - c/o Rokit, Shoes - Topman, Septum Ring - Gypsy East

I have been thinking about this look for a while. Ever since I first laid my eyes on Juun J's Autumn/Winter 15 collection, I knew I wanted to re-create the full leather look. The key shape from the Juun J collection is the wide legged trousers. I was lucky enough to find this pair in the Zara sale, and they are such a good find! Super soft leather and such a great shape. I paired the trousers with the leather shirt I got myself for my uniform from work. I have been in love with this shirt for so long, so as soon as I was able to get it for my uniform I snapped it right up. It has leather and suede panelling, adding an extra texture to the look, and the kimono sleeve gives the shirt a really cool shape. The Juun J look didn't have any accessorising to speak of, but I felt I needed to add something to make it feel a bit more 'me'. I utilised my Rokit backpack which picked up on the leather and suede of the shirt, and continued the leather with my go-to Topman cut-out shoes. I completed the look with my fedora (something that barely leaves my head these days), and Gypsy East septum ring. Maybe not the most practical look, but who needs practical when you've got full on leather eh?!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Highstreet Edit: Shoes

I love shoes, but I hate shoe shops. I had this realization the other day when trying to find a pair of cool sandals (as the weather had turned insanely sunny and my feet were positively burning up in my DM's). I'm sick to death of going into shoe shops that have amazingly edgy, super cool womens shoes, and a mens department that can only be described as a sea of brown. Why is it so hard to find well designed, interesting mens shoes for reasonable prices?! And don't get me started on the customer service - They pounce on you as soon as you walk in the door, but as soon as you actually want somebody to help you, there never seems to be anyone around. Anyway, I have scoured the internet to bring you some of the best mens shoes available at the moment that won't quite break the bank.


If you read my blog regularly, or follow me on Instagram, you will know that Underground is one of my favourite shoe brands. Underground was founded in the aftermath of the punk movement and has never lost it's rebellious spirit. Underground's shoes have been adopted by like-minded couture designers who are inspired by their uncompromising style. Recently, Underground has collaborated with Selfridges as part of the Agender project - championing genderless apparel, and have also opened up a whole back-catalogue of styles that are available to order from their website. I love a cut-out shoe, and the Bowie cut out boot above is no exception. I'm also bit of a magpie when it comes to anything shiny, so a silver creeper is right up my street. I don't know if I prefer the silver triple sole, or the one with the white double sole from the Spring 2015 collection. Either way, keep doing what you're doing Underground - you rock

All Saints
If you have never heard of All Saints, you must be living under a rock. But you may not have realized that they have such an amazing selection of shoes this season. Generally All Saints go for that well worn, grungy feel with their footwear, but their spring/summer 15 collection is a much cleaner offering. I was obsessed with the Givenchy shoes with the elastic strap across the front last season, and now All Saints have created a high-street homage with the Bind shoe - it's absolutely perfect with its creeper sole and thick elastic detailing. Also loving the zip detail on the Chime Zip shoe - available in both charcoal (pictured) and black, a versatile shoe that could be worn with a smart or a casual look.


ASOS have got to be the king of affordable fashion forward footwear right now. The shoes above range from as little as £18 right up to a very reasonable £70,  how can you go wrong? While the shapes might not necessarily be breaking any boundaries, it's some of the fabrications that are really winning it for me. The one thing I really wanted while I was shopping for sandals the other day was a pair of silver sliders, and while I managed to find a perfect pair in the womens section of Office (which would have, of course, been too small for me), I had no luck in any of the mens shoe departments. Well ASOS have made my dreams come true with these metallic beauties, and not only that, they have some amazing iridescent shoes for guys too. ASOS are really nailing mens summer footwear so go check them out.

Monster Shoe

I think I died and went to heaven when I discovered this brand. In the brands own words - Monster shoes are designed for individuals who don't give a fuck about the world’s opinion in terms of their lifestyle choices including their fashion style. Monster shoes knows no sex, no limits, no rules, just pure fashion bliss, and it is through this ethos that they have created the most covetable range of genderless shoes my eyes have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Being genderless, the shoes have a slightly unusual sizing system, as mens and womens sizes tend to be different, so you need to measure your food to find your shoe size. Although a bit more expensive, most shoes come it at around the £100 mark, with none going over £200. And you can't deny it's worth paying that little bit extra for such amazing designs. My only problem would be knowing which pair to pick! My favourites are above, but there are so many more amazing designs on their website, they definitely have something for anyone and everyone who wants to make a statement with their shoes.

Dr Martens

Dr Martens current campaign proudly shouts the phrase 'Stand For Something'. Dr Martens has a long-standing history of creating high-quality comfortable shoes and boots, originally adopted by the punks, the fashion pack has now welcomed them into the mix, and Dr Marten's has reacted by creating some gorgeously fashionable, wardrobe staples. I still have my Geraldo sandals from last year, which I guarantee I'll be getting a lot of wear out of again this year, but the Brelade sandal above is a great update if you want a lower sandal, which is a bit more on-trend this season. Also the Lester shoe above, which is part of the crafted collection, is exclusively made from black flecked melange silk by the Stephen Walters & Sons silk company, can you get more luxurious than that?! So what do I stand for? I stand for well designed, affordable shoes that make you feel good regardless of your gender.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

His Name Is Raw

Gilet - Stella McCartney, Shirt - New Look, Trousers - Sparks, Shoes - Matthew Miller, Clutch - 3.1 Phillip Lim

You might recall a few weeks ago I went to the Stella McCartney sample sale and got the amazing pinstripe top from my Matthew Miller inspired blog post. Well, I also got this raw denim gilet from the Autumn/Winter 13 collection. Despite being a few seasons old it is so very on trend. Denim is a huge trend this Spring/Summer, and it's easily incorporated into almost any outfit. I had planned to go for a casual, double denim look, but influenced by the clean lines of the gilet, I decided to go for a fairly smart ensemble. I paired the gilet with navy high waisted trousers and a smart printed shirt. Which, coincidentally was also a bargain, and only £8 in New Look! I don't normally shop in New Look, but I thought I'd check it out and I have to say I was very impressed. Their menswear has improved tremendously since the last time I shopped there, and it's so reasonable! Who says you can't pair designer with highstreet successfully!? I completed the look with my grey Matthew Miller cutout shoes and Navy 3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch. Ok, so I went all out with the designer pieces in this post, but it just goes to show what amazing things you can find when you shop in Sample Sales. Also, the high-waisted trousers have become such an important wardrobe staple for me, everybody should invest in a pair.