Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Here is designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s offering for Marni’s men’s spring-summer 2014 collection. The utilitarian collection is injected with quirky and ironic touches that are typical Marni. Castiglioni played with volumes and contrasting folded fabrics


John Varvatos main theme for the spring summer 2014 men’s collection is return to elegance. He offers a nonchalantly dressy wardrobe, mixing day and night pieces.

The collection is dressy, stressing texture and craft. Intricate tailoring, unexpected details and a pervading finesse get an air of sophisticated ease through tactile finishes, ombrè dyeing, and permanent crinkle treatments that give clothes a lived-in yet crisp patina. The silhouette is tall and sleek, with an emphasis on the waist and a trim shoulder. Slim trousers or flares, either with a wide cuff or not, finish it off with a certain swagger. Three-button jackets express an old-school refinement that is composed and progressive. They are worn with jacquard vests, shirts, ties or bowties. Elements of the formal wardrobe, from wing collars and French cuffs on shirts to three-piece suits, are interpreted in new, personal mixes. Washed satin lapels on textured suits create an idea of a daytime tuxedo. Inside-out construction and mixes of different fabrics give tailored pieces a visual/tactile feel that is subtle. Coats with deconstructed interventions at the waist and Hendrix-inspired frocks draw an assertively elegant figure. Eye and touch are constantly stimulated: brushed silver leather, hand beading on pockets and under collars, suede with a flannel finish, spring tweeds done in worsted wool. Knits enrich the play of textures with coated weaves and reinterpreted classic patterns. Foil-backed leather blousons and jackets look intensely lived-in while being proper.

The color palette is classic, with a twist. A world of blues, and then tones of cream, sand and black are highlighted by flashes of red and dashes of silver. Fabrics and yarns are quintessentially masculine: wool, linen, jute, leather, suede. 

Accessories include brushed leather or subtly printed lace-up shoes, either with gaiters or not, coated linen and leather satchels, sash belts and aviator sunglasses. Neckties, metal-chain bowties, long thin silk fringed scarves, tie pins, boutonnière broaches complete the image with elegant finesse.

 Music Credits for show video:
"Skinny Little Girl” – Hanni El Khatib
“Head In The Dirt” – Hanni El Khatib
“So You Want To Be A Dancer” – Paul Weller
“Sun & Moon” – Johnny Marr

Monday, June 24, 2013


Echoing his women’s resort collection designer Christopher Kane used the same theme for his menswear spring summer 2014. Intersecting 3-D graphic lines forming landscape and head were printed onto T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and scarves. He mostly offered basic t-shirts, shorts and slacks with some tailored suits.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


The newest publication from Frame Publishers is a book about fashion which delves into the world of contemporary fetishism. Its release coincides with the Mode Biennale Arnhem 2013.

Fetishism in Fashion by internationally-renowned trend forecaster and curator Lidewij Edelkoort explores the world of fashion through a fetishistic lens to reveal an instinctive future for style and culture.

 The reference book investigates the evolution of taste from birth to adulthood, the elevation of shoes through ever-higher heels, the psychology of branding, the effects of infantilism, the power of the colour black, the fetishising of objects, and the interaction with skin and the body.

Lidewij Edelkoort on Fetishism in Fashion: “As a devotee of clothing and textiles in particular; I decided to analyze and dissect our obsession with fashion by dedicating a theme to the phenomenon of fetishism. An analysis of our desire to know and express ourselves; from covering and veiling to the most eccentric extremes which the desire for beauty can lead to. I wanted to look for the strong links which exist between an item of clothing and the wearer; the passion which can be caused by a pair of shoes or the emotional experience which the tactility of a textile can give us.”

With visually-rich – and sometimes shocking – photography and essays by established authors discussing art, clothing, design, textiles, food and beauty, this in-depth publication sheds new light on the fetishism phenomenon. More than 50 fetishes are illustrated by inspiring visuals from the likes of Leigh Bowery and Erwin Olaf, boundary-stretching works

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Here's one of the editorials from the latest FACTICE MAGAZINE - 19th "Warm Alert.


Photographer: ZHANG JINGNA
Models: Charlotte Ley (Request), Li Wei (Fusion)
Stylist: Jonathan Liang
Hair: Paul Warren/Art Department
Makeup: Viktorija Bowers/Kate Ryan Inc.
Accesories: Mandy Wu Jewelry
Styling Assistant: Alnea Miskiv, Brent Taalur Ramsey
Photo Assistnat: Ngoc Vu, Tiffany Liu, and Emily Doyle


Rene Lacoste was nicknamed the “Alligator” by the American press and fans after winning the Davis Cup and for his tenacity on the court. As a player, Lacoste went against traditional on-court fashion, opting to compete in short-sleeved knit shirts rather than dress shirts. He sensed that there was a market for this look. So in 1933, Lacoste founded La Société Chemise Lacoste with André Gillier who was the President of the largest French knitwear manufacturing firm of that time. The company produced the tennis shirt which Lacoste often wore when he was playing, which had a crocodile (often thought to be an alligator) embroidered on the chest. Rene also wore the logo-embroidered shirt outside the tennis court. 

The shirt revolutionized men’s sportswear and replaced the woven fabric, long – sleeved, starched classic shirts. The first Lacoste shirt was white, slightly shorter than its counterparts, had a ribbed collar, short sleeves with ribbed brands and was made of a light knitted fabric called “Jersey petit pique”. 

By 1950, Lacoste's shirts, with its signature crocodile emblem on the left breast, entered the U.S. market. the tennis shirt was later introduced for the golf market, and Lacoste became a marker for the upscale, easy luxury of the country club. In 1951, the company began to expand as it branched from "tennis white" and introduced color shirts. In 1952, the shirts were exported to the United States and advertised as "the status symbol of the competent sportsman," influencing the clothing choices of the  upper class.  Lacoste was sold at Brooks Brothers until the late 1960s. It is still one of the most popular brands in the United States, sporting the "preppy wardrobe". 
While sales steadily climbed for Lacoste, it wasn't until the 1980s that demand exploded as the Lacoste name and symbol became synonymous with high status.   The revival in preppy fashion gave the Lacoste polo shirt mass appeal. Worn untucked or with the collar popped, this was and continues to be a style that can be adapted for any demographic. The Lacoste brand  became the signature 1980s "preppy" wardrobe item, even getting mentioned in Lisa Birnbach's  “Official Preppy Handbook” in 1980. The company also began to introduce other products into their line including shorts, perfume, optical and sunglasses, tennis shoes, deck shoes, walking shoes, watches, and various leather goods.

Lacoste's popularity has surged due to French designer Christophe Lemaire’s work to create a more modern, upscale look. In 2005, almost 50 million Lacoste products sold in over 110 countries. Its visibility has increased due to the contracts between Lacoste and several young tennis players, including American tennis stars  Andy Roddick and John Isner, French rising young prospect Richard Gasquet and Swiss Olympic gold medalist Stanislas Wawrinka. Lacoste has also begun to increase its presence in the golf world.
In 2011 Portuguese Designer Felipe Bautista became the new Creative Director for the brand.  He presented his first collection for Lacoste on New York Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2012.  Felipe moves the brand forward by balancing French chic and urban street wear. 




Sunday, June 16, 2013


For the past 80 years, the iconic right-facing crocodile has embodied the LACOSTE legend. To commemorate 80 years of timeless style, LACOSTE invited the celebrated British designer Peter Saville to create a symbol to represent this milestone in the Brand’s history. Peter has successfully responded to the challenge with a specially crafted 80th Anniversary Logo. The resulting artistic commission is both evocative of the company’s origins and personifies LACOSTE Unconventional Chic.

A configuration of circles forms a beautiful ‘80’ numeral and are designed to frame a multiplicity of visual content, from special LACOSTE heritage imagery to blue sky compositions creating a thrilling artistic project. The resulting motif elegantly epitomizes 80 years of LACOSTE history with a contemporary vision. Peter worked alongside LACOSTE Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista and LACOSTE Design Director Christophe Pillet to translate his celebratory palette of imagery onto special items in the exclusive anniversary collection.

Peter Saville’s work is famous for defying and questioning received convention. He began his practice as co-founder and Art director of the legendary Manchester record label Factory. Signature works from this time include an iconic series of record sleeves for Joy Division and New Order. Through the medium of design and art direction, he went on to create seminal work in music, culture and fashion. He co-founded the first digital home of fashion ShowSTUDIO alongside photographer Nick Knight.


Thursday, June 13, 2013


MCM continues its commitment in mixing art and fashion, and as a start on their initiatives they are collaborating with prominent artists. This summer, MCM teams up with pop art wiz duo Craig and Karl and created a limited collection called “Eyes on the Horizon”.

The "Eyes on the Horizon" collection by Craig and Karl evokes a sunny optimism, recalling sun kissed vacations and the youthful excitement of an endless summer. The artwork is focused on playful eyes peering out through pairs of sunglasses while the glasses take on amusing and abstracted forms to add a sense of fun and modernity to the collection. Craig and Karl paired the eyes with splashes of color and summer motives like palm trees, water reflections and everything that adds a summery breeze to it.

The collection offers various styles ranging from backpacks with humorous prints and pop colored document holders, a briefcase as well as of course the ever favorite shopper series. Complementary accessories in different color schemes, all playing with the iconic Visetos pattern, feature pouches, wallets, charms and a glass case.

Craig and Karl are two artists living in two cities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Craig is based in New York and Karl in London so they are always a horizon's distance away from each other. Despite their locations they still collaborate on an everyday basis to create bold work that is filled with simple messages executed in a thoughtful and often humorous way.  The collection name is also a nod to Craig and Karl's physical locations.

The complete collection will be available in MCM flagship boutiques and selected retailers worldwide this June.

Monday, June 03, 2013


It is great to see that the increasing numbers of Asian models appearing in many fashion ads, runway and editorials lately. The big part of the so called “Asian-invasion in fashion” is that luxury companies that are focusing more of their energies in growing Asian markets are finally realizing that they need to hire models that Asian luxury consumers can relate to. So here are some of the top female Asian models that are internationally changing the idea of standard of beauty every where.

 LIU WEN -China

Chinese model Liu Wen is one of the top female models right now. Since spring 2008 she has been walking for major fashion houses like Chanel, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gultier, Gucci, Dolce  and Gabbana, DKNY and Michael Kors, to name a few. She appeared in editorials in Vogue (US, China, Germany and Portugal), W and NYT Sunday style. She is scoring a lot of advertising campaign from high luxury company like Tiffany and Oscar De la Renta to mainstream fashion label such as GAP and H&M. She became an iconic model when Estee Lauder signed her to be one of their spokes models. She’s the first Chinese model that has gotten an Estee Lauder contract.

Sunday, June 02, 2013


Salma Hayek Pinault and Frida Giannini of Gucci founded a very special musical event to promote women empowerment all over the world called “The Sound of Change” held in London. The concert was organised by Gucci was also campaign to raise funds to promote education, health and justice for girls and women everywhere.  Mega pop stars such as Madonna, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Rita Ora appeared on stage.

It was broadcast to 150 countries and airs June 2 in the U.S. on NBC.

Here are some of the photos from the event.

Co-founders Salma Hayek Pinault, Creative Director of Gucci Frida Giannini and singer Beyonce


Madonna, Humaira Bachal and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy