Monday, 31 August 2015

#INTERLACED2015

In just 3 days time yours truly will be featuring, alongside other influential bloggers, in the INTERLACED 2015 catwalk show. You might remember me posting about INTERLACED a couple of months ago, when they first approached me to be one of their official bloggers. If not, then all you need to know is that INTERLACED is an organization dedicated to inspire, educate and communicate the developments around the next wave of fashion, creating a platform for curious minds. The INTERLACED 2015 event is a meeting of the minds, talents, creators and innovators shaping the future of fashion through technology. The day long event will bring together fashion pioneers, renowned leaders from the fashion and technology space, academics, budding talent and the wider public to connect, discuss and ultimately help shape the future of fashion through technological innovation. The programme aims to inspire, educate, communicate and showcase the latest developments in fashion and technology, and take you on a journey to the not so distant future where wearables go beyond the device, your body is a media platform and where you will be printing your wardrobe. I don't know about you, but I find that all very exciting. The event will be taking place in the trendy Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Starting at 10am, there will be a variety of talks from Industry leaders around a huge range of related topics - from finding your muse to how technology is changing fashion. Alongside this, pioneering fashion designers who work with wearable technology (such as my personal faves Ada+Nik, shown below) will be showcasing their work, culminating in a fashion show that I will be walking in! So what are you waiting for?! Tickets are still available for the event here. I hope to see you there!


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ones To Watch : Emerging Designers

So I'm trialling a new type of post for my blog - Ones to watch. The exciting world of menswear is expanding everyday with more and more designers emerging, challenging the boundaries of traditional menswear. Here is a little list of some of the new up and coming designers to look out for.

James Hock

James Hock is a London based conceptual unisex brand headed headed by Malaysian-born designer James Hock. Before moving to London, James lived in Sydney where he studied Accounting. After graduation, he traveled back to Malaysia and it was during this time he began customizing clothing and accessories for a store whilst being taught to sew by his housemate and working as an auditor. Shortly after this, James left for London and continued to make quirky accessories for numerous independent stores. James Hock creates the ‘new basics’, or unconventional basics, and thrives on an aesthetic led by strong juxtapositions - contrasting the simple with a signature raw element. For SS16, he continues to explore his concept of 'New Basics', and the manipulation and customization of everyday garments to create something fresh and exciting. James is known for using techniques developed during his career in customization - particularly in the pieces he creates using salvaged leathers, now an integral part of the James Hock brand. Importantly, conceptual pieces sit alongside simpler varieties to ensure ease of wear for the customers. His ability to combine fantastic fashion forward unisex pieces with luxury wardrobe essentials makes James Hock an obvious choice for my list of up-and-coming designers. His off-beat accessories are such a strong part of the brand aesthetic and really set the brand apart. Find out more about James Hock here.


Colton McGuirk
Colton McGuirk is an Irish Fashion Designer based in Dublin, Ireland. Like myself, Colton knew from a young age he wanted to work in the fashion industry. He began his fashion studies at 15 when he tackled design training at 'When Poppy Met Daisy Fashion and Sewing School', which led to an internship. After 3 years experience in his internship, he continued his eduacation at college level, and then N.C.A.D. In the summer of 2015 he launched his unisex designer label under his own name, Colton McGuirk Designs, which he continues to work on whilst studying. His unisex designer label uses a tactile approach to echo the themes and inspirations through collections & bespoke garments. Colton McGuirk Designs is currently stocked at Marion Cuddy's Irish Designer Emporuim, Powerscourt Townhouse. We all know how much I love androgynous design, and Colton is another designer championing it through minimal yet thought provoking design. Visit Coltons portfolio here.

Geraint Brian Lewis

Menswear designer Geraint Brian Lewis is from my home land and designs clothing with a tailored sportswear appearance. Having a early passion for design as a child he pursued fashion by studying at London College of Fashion before focusing studies at my own University - The University of South Wales. Design inspiration comes from looking into everyday mundane objects, his surroundings, society and his personal struggles with mental health, alongside the designers he idolises including Raf Simons and Neil Barrett  As a designer he wanta to explore the thought provoking , push boundaries and explore new techniques and help others. As a suffer from manic depression and anxiety he is able to use design to center himself. He loves to look at the beauty and creativity in things that people tend to find controversial, unappealing or disgusting. His whole philosophy is that design is something that should be deeper than just the fabric and the cut, it should have a story and substance. There are so many parallels between Geraint and myself how could I not include him in my list?! Apart from having the same name and both coming from South Wales, we have also studied at the same University, specializing in Menswear, and we idolize some of the same designers. But most importantly, Geraint is a highly talented designer who is certain to get snapped up after graduating.


Andrew Morrison
Andrew Morrison is a luxury men’s eveningwear brand that just launched their first Kickstarter campaign after receiving a huge amount of order requests and positive feedback following the line’s Spring 2016 collection debut at Men’s NYFW on July 18th.Which is not surprising when you see how beautiful the collection is. The designer himself, Andrew Morrison, was born and raised in New York. He attended The Fashion Institute of Technology where he studied Apparel Manufacturing before working hands on with various International luxury brands. The collection was influenced by opera singers, artists, filmmakers and photographers and hopes to inspire the modern man, all while using the best quality fabrics from Asia and Europe. All garments are 100% made in NYC and the brand hopes to bring more jobs to the local workers in NY. Andrew independently funded the collection and runway show himself, but in order to fulfill order requests and produce more garments, the brand needs to raise money - you can find out more by clicking here. Andrew features in my list because he has such a great eye for creating gorgeous eveningwear for the modern man. High quality materials combined with comfortable yet fashion forward design comes together to create a truly covetable collection.

Monday, 24 August 2015

His Name Is Arrow

Hat - Topman
Cardigan - Boohoo
Backpack - c/o Rokit
Shoes - Underground
















 Last Thursday I had the honour of attending the Rachel James secret sales evening and Spring Summer 16 Fashion Film screening. Situated in trendy Hackney Downs Studios, the event was an exclusive opportunity to purchase discounted pieces from previous seasons, Pre-order the new collection and view the fantastic fashion film 'Arrow' - an RJ & Fraction Films collaboration featuring Invader Girl and Man Like Nells. The Spring/Summer collection, entitled 'Slick Lunatic', is inspired by the moon, french straight jackets and workwear, and aboriginal art. Quite a wide variety of influences, but it all comes together beautifully. The colour palette is much more toned down than in previous seasons and there were many beautiful pieces I could totally see myself wearing. Standout pieces included the graphic knitwear and a couple of grey panelled shirts that would fit seamlessly into my wardrobe, but my favourite piece had to be the neoprene backpack with big silver carabiner clips. There was an awesome dark street vibe to the fashion film, and the song has been stuck in my head for DAYS, my only minor criticism being that the music felt a bit too upbeat for the vibe of the collection. Check out all my photos from the event below. In a total contrast to the bright colours of Rachel's collection, I dressed in (surprise, surprise) all black. I have been waiting for ages to find the right opportunity to blog this cardigan. I bought it a while ago from Boohoo. Yes, thats right, Boohoo. Personally I think it looks much more expensive than Boohoo, with the really cool drape and zip detailing and really great quality lightweight knit. I layered the cardigan over my longline shirt, and paired with black skinny jeans. It's been a while since I last wore my Underground triple soles, so I thought it was time to get them back out again. I always feel amazing when I wear them - partly because they look like the love child of Saint Laurent's creepers and Stella McCartney's flatforms, and partly because I'm about 6ft 6 when wearing them. I'm always happiest in my black fedora, and my Rokit backpack is by far the most useful accessory I own (seriously, such a practical bag, I highly recommend everyone own one). Find out more about Rachel James by visiting her website here.






















Wednesday, 19 August 2015

His Name Is Chestnut

Jacket - Joseph
Top - Topman
Trousers - All Saints
Shoes - Monster
Bag - Homemade













After finally deciding what I wanted to get for my uniform this season, I am horrified to learn that it hasn't gone into production! So sad! So instead I nabbed the sample from the showroom to show you guys what I really wanted to get. I've been 100% dedicated to monochrome for so long, I think I've started to rebel against myself and fall in love with a bit of colour - specifically all the gorgeous autumnal colours that are around at the moment. Chestnut is such a beautiful rich colour, and looks amazing in the form of this collarless felt blazer. There is a possibility it has been produced in gray so I might still be able to own it yet. I haven't ventured too far away from my standard monochrome though, styling the blazer with an off-white roll neck and black trousers. My insanely amazing Monster shoes sandals were a must, with the wooden sole picking up nicely on the colour of the blazer, and my homemade felt clutch completed the look. Even if I will never be able to own this particular blazer, I still think I'm going to invest in some autumnal colours to brighten up my black, white and grey wardrobe.