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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Julian Martin Schott AW11

I met designer Julian Martin Schott outside Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in 2008, just before starting Les Garcons de Glasgow. While on holiday in Paris, I experimented with street style photography and seeing Julian leaning against some bikes while smoking a cigarette seemed to make a perfect image. We've been close friends ever since.

Julian graduates from his Masters in design this season, so while in town for fashion week, we decided to collaborate on a shoot for his designs. It was easy to envisage what image we wanted to create for the concise and eloquent collection, featuring navy/pale pink, vertically split design and masculine tailoring. Using a textile production atelier in the 11e and the surrounding streets, we created a lookbook and campaign which embodied the end of a hedonistic night in the city of Paris


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model: Anais // make-up: Sarah Machal // hair: Allie Losper

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Mens Fashion Week Paris SS12

And the show beings. The crowds are seated, the queues have dissipated, the cameras are poised, the music thumps, the lights come up and the models walk.

Fashion Week is an indescribable experience. A group of design enthusiasts congregate together to celebrate a new season of clothing (or non-clothing) - among them are journalists, bloggers, photographers, artists, buyers and designers. When it comes to mens fashion week, there is definitely a feeling of community among them - as the masses are stripped back and the serious design industry comes to work.

Thank you to everyone who enables me to participate in this system. This post contains my favourite images from the season, including Boris Bidjan Saberi, Givenchy, ACNE, Rick Owens, Julius, Walter van Beirendonck and Henrik Vibskov.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Junya Watanabe #PFW

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With George Harrison playing and bearded men sauntering across the green green grass, I felt I was back in Britain having high tea in an English rose garden. The Junya Watanabe show did exactly what it set out to do as I left feeling I had to grow a beard and buy some dungarees. I did the former, however the dungarees will have to wait until next season.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Kris Van Assche SS12 #PFW

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On a hot Summer day in Palais de la Femme, Kris Van Assche presented his SS12 collection to the world. As the creative director of Dior Homme, there's a lot of pressure to perform and in my eyes he did just that.

Keeping a short pant leg and neutral colours, he styled the show with a sharp tribly hat, reminding me of old hollywood without a reference to retro. Dark sunglasses and sleek tailoring made for a youthful edge as it was blended with monochromatic looks - head to toe ivory and charcoal.

Key items: the long sleeve polo shirt and wide frame sunglasses.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Walter van Beirendonck #PFW

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The Walter van Beirendonck show at Espace Commines, was the most jubilant show of the season for me. Not only were the guests smiling and chatty, but the designs - inspired primarily by clouds - were enough to turn any frown upside down.

There were two standout items for me: the footwear and the gloves. The shoes, with matching woven fabric trousers, are exactly what I've been looking for to brighten up a grey suit and the gloves were delicately considered with patchwork geometry. As luck would have it, I stood beside the glove designer Thomasine at the beginning of the show so was given a verbal preview.

A lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.