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Friday, 30 September 2011

Kris Van Assche presents Londerzeel #2

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On Wednesday I attended my first party of this seasons fashion week. Kris Van Assche presented #2, a new exhibition featuring a number of pieces including a mosaic of Donatella Versace and a video of a man wondering around the street - I'm unsure of how they related but as noone else seemed to care, I let it go. I arrived late but still managed to get some good chat from the attendees and picked up a lookbook from the KVA / Eastpack collab which made my desire for a new backpack increase ten-fold.

Where: Rue Du Faubourg du Temple, 11e
Music: 80s New Wave; Bronski Beat, Visage, Blondie
Drinks: Absolut Raspberri


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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Buchanan Galleries Style Clinic

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As the new style ambassador for Buchanan Galleries, I'm excited to announce an exclusive style advise clinic today from 5-6pm. I'll be online answering your questions live from Paris Fashion Week (note to self...there is a time difference!), so whether you want to know what's on trend this season or even help in planning your MOBO outfit, just get in touch!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Rossi: Glasgow

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Last week, after proudly viewing my gallery installation of street style in Cruise Ingram Street, I noticed a new menswear store I hadn't seen before. Having lived in Glasgow for quite a while, my expectations of Scottish menswear are far from high. Call me cynical but with W2 being the only independent menswear store worth mentioning, it's not doing too well in the stores to people ratio stakes.

I thought I was fairly up to date with the state of Glasgow shopping (as my overflowing-with-press-releases inbox will tell you) but somehow Rossi on Miller Street slipped through the net. With a pair of classic brogues in the window & some silk scarves tied to a wall, I found it hard to resist having a wonder and was pleasantly surprised to find a well stocked store that also has knowledgeable and friendly staff. I rarely do store reviews on Les Garçons de Glasgow but decided this one was too good to pass up.

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Rossi instantly struck me as the kind of store you only find in London; a showcase of subtle quality this is only sustainable in mega-cities that have a large group of wealthy business people. Glasgow may be a shopping mecca but go beyond the jungle of massive chain stores (we all like a bit of Topshop but 7 stores in the Greater Glasgow area is a bit excessive) and you'll be hard pressed to find many independents that will stand the test of time. For me, a good store is all about intelligent buying and for this level of brand acquisition, you need knowledgeable and experienced staff. Not the type that are so pushy it's clear they want a sale, the ones that know which certain shirtmaker in Italy has the finest clothes available or will give you an honest opinion if something is your style, good or bad. Other than the tailors on Saville Row, I haven’t spoken to many men as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as those found in Rossi.

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As soon as I entered the store, I had a feeling that this would be more of an experience than the usual quick swatch and exit routine. I was instantly drawn to their selection of Macintosh jackets as Scottish produce is always of interest to me. I knew that 187 year old Macintosh supplied the global heavyweights like Louis Vuitton and Gucci from their small Glasgow production unit but what I didn't know was how difficult it is to get your hands on an original Mac jacket. Rossi are they only store in Scotland to stock Macintosh and they have a small but perfectly formed collection of the key styles for the season for men and women. Naturally I tried on all of them (yes, even some of the women's) but it was the Dunkeld that I was drawn to most. Paired back design, buttonless front and stiff collar in the classic stone colour – with it's rubberised cotton and belted waist, this is a jacket that could repel bullets – the Scottish weather has no chance against this. All I need to consider now is how I can get it in my wardrobe in time for Paris Fashion Week.

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Taking more time to fully investigate the store I discovered blazers, suits, shirts, overcoats and a plethora of hats, cufflinks, ties...the list goes on. How did I not know about this place? Where the real strength lies is in the mix of brands. For shirts Rossi have brought in Penrose London, a collaborative menswear label with a background in Duchamp and Saville Row, being the only stockist in Scotland (a pattern began to emerge here) and after trying one on, I can confirm it's probably the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. The range of tweed available was also exciting for me as I'm generally prone to something Scottish, but these are probably the softest weaves I've ever felt.


At the back of the store there is a range of fabric swatch books to make any mouth water and as I dug around to see the textiles on offer I couldn't help but notice the tailoring section in the store. A range of sewing machines, cutting tables and cotton spools are hidden in the back corner so I just had to ask what it was all for. The owner Graham told me about his vision for their new line of Rossi suits, fitted to the customer, made from the best fabrics, going back to the original concept of quality tailoring. He's also managed to get an old-school Scottish tailor on-board who's one of the most sought after in the UK, an expert in fitting suits. Not too shabby.

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As the store's only been open a year I'm surprised to see such a strong range of brands; Graham even suggested that Mr Hare shoes may be available from next season, a brand that would bring a real cache for a small Glasgow store. After watching an old episode of “Mary Queen of Shops” last night, I wondered what Mary Portas would make of the store. In this episode, she coincidentally overhauled an old menswear store in London leaving me thinking about all the things Rossi have done right: personalised service, staff who know the product and a concise range of brands which target customers looking for quality and style perfectly. I did also consider what she would change - perhaps the foot-space is not filled to capacity, the fixtures are a little bare and the store soundtrack could do with tweaking but I think overall Rossi are onto a pretty good thing.

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This is a store that's not about hyped up label or huge bling watches – I feel (read: 'hope') we've left that era of egotism behind. As we creep further into the 2010's I welcome the new era of subtle craftsmanship and appreciation of quality. It's about getting advice on the best jacket available, having it personally fitted and wearing it for the next 30 years. It's about knowing the name of your local store owner and hearing the stories of their trips to fashion week straight from their mouth. For the first time in a long time, I've found a store which can do just that.

London Fashion Week Diary

Check out the latest issue of CitizenM Magazine for my London Fashion Weed diary.

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Inspiration: Swim

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Let the water wash over you,
Wash it all over you,
Swim to the ocean floor.

So that we can begin again,
Wash away all the sin,
Crash to the other shore.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Money and Morals

As another fashion week draws to a close, I find myself considering the vast production that goes in to presenting clothes from season to season in greater depth. It's no wonder why big brands can spend thousands, if not millions on shows (venue hire, models, make up, hair, lighting, producers, directors and the clothes itself) - the payoff being masses of press, exposure to buyers and ultimately brand awareness and sales, but what happens if we went back to basics?

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Since discovering the IOU project, I've been particularly interested in pairing back this process. What IOU does is make the journey of a garment from manufacture to purchase completely transparent. Quite refreshing really. What's even better, the clothes are actually well designed pushing me to consider how I'm actually going to pull off head to toe plaid. It may not work out for me just yet but in the mean time I can dream about ethical outfits.

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Money and Morals cashmere jumper: local produce of the Scottish Borders, Jaggy Nettle
Plaid pleated pants: weaved through fair trade in Kedar, India, IOU Project
Red cord pumps: giving a child in the developing world a pair of shoes too, TOMS Shoes

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ethereal Experience #LFW

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Over the past few months friends have began to grow rather weary of my overuse of the word 'ethereal'. For some reason I just can't get it out of my head, with my Tumblr continually spitting out post after post of hazy photography, fragmented light and vibrant sunset, I decided to channel this whole inspiration into my Hilary Laing AW11 shoot.
Having reviewed the collections from London Fashion Week this season, I have a feeling I'm not the only one under the influence. My regular response to dainty florals and pretty pastels is frustration; Feminine females? How boring. This season, somethings changed. Louise Gray (personal favourite and fellow Scot) kick-started my reconsideration of the worthiness of 'pretty in pink' by fusing future and past Gray. As each season passes she's becoming more streamlined & accessible and for me this was the perfect balance. Play-school style appliqué met Chanel-esque tweed all with suitable rogue styling.
For AW11, even Mary Katrantzou softened her unstoppable Greek power-print-fest for a few looks but the most wonderfully predictable of them all was King of Floral Print, Erdem. He masterfully side-stepped from the AW11 collection that made it onto every editors wishlist, by creating a fresh image of youthful ladies to the soundtrack of In the Mood for Love. How apt. It seems that 'ethereal' won't be slipping out of everyday use any time soon.
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Fashion Blogging 101 #SMWGlasgow

On Monday I held an event with fellow Scottish bloggers Michelle of Kingdom of Style and Sarah of We Shop Therefore We Are as part of Social Media Week. Speaking of our experiences with digital media, we presented to a super-stylish crowd at uber-hip hotel CitizenM. There was only one hitch: Social Media Week is smack bang in the middle of London Fashion Week. After a lot of juggling, transport and planning, I luckily made it along in person...having my face projected 10 fold on a screen would have been a little too scary for the attendees.

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There were many questions regarding successful blogging. Below are some of my top tips:

Simplicity

When it comes to the design, I think simpler is better. This isn't MySpace so there's no need for hundreds of GIFs or a star spangled cursor. If your content is strong and central to the site, that's all that matters.

There are so many blogs out there that to make any impact you need to be niche. Focusing on what you really love will make it easier as creating content will be second nature.

Post as often as possible – I prefer earlier as people will begin to start their day by reading your posts

People will only return to your blog if you post frequently. If someone logs on twice in 2 weeks and there has been nothing new, why would they return? I recommend a minimum of once a week, but that's only if that post is particularly strong.

Try to keep a high standard when blogging. For me, pixelated photos and incorrect grammar are huge turn offs. If I see it more than twice, I tend to not come back.

Practice

It's unlikely that now you write everyday about your style or photograph yourself for that matter, but remember that practice makes perfect. When I started taking street style photographs, I just did it at the weekends as I went about my usual life meeting friends and going clubbing. As my passion grew and I got practice, I understood how it fit into my life better.

It's easy to get writers block, especially at the beginning of starting your blog. I keep an inspiration folder on my computer and save any photos, websites or ideas I have which can be used as great fodder for blogs.

Concise

Love it or hate it the internet has been designed to be read in bite-sized chunks. Unless you make it your 'focus' (see 'focus'), then I'd recommend keeping text to-the-point and in small paragraphs. Readers will get overwhelmed if they post appears to have no end and people prefer reading honest simple editorial.

Stylised

You don't have to be a technical genius to create a blog which is aesthetically pleasing. I recommend the following for beautiful blogging:

Keep all fonts and text sizes consistent throughout

Keep colour to minimum: perhaps 2 or 3 is enough between the background, header & text

Post all pictures in the same format. Use a photo resizer to make them all the same width and centre or left justify each one.

Keep the background simple: I tend to find images confuse the design and makes it more difficult to read posts.

Use a strong image as the header – its the readers first impression of the blog, and first impressions count.

Etiquette

Blogger etiquette is a big thing. If you don't already know about it, read this Independent Bloggers post. Main thing to remember is not to steal other peoples content. If you like someones idea or photo, use it but always credit the author. You never know, they may like your blog too and link back to you.

Don't say anything you wouldn't say in person. The manners we use in everyday life should be retained for the internet.

Be honest about collaborations & gifts. Other than it just being an FTC rule to lie about gifting, it's truer to your followers when

Socialise

Use social networking tools to reach new people. Sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter and of course Facebook are great ways to share your ideas.



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Image 2/3 courtesy of Thank Fifi - the sleek new style blog, worth a check.

Thanks to everyone involved particularly Colin, Michelle, Sarah, Hilary, the team at CitizenM, Xante vodka and Yo! Sushi for the delectably fresh fodder. Also to everyone who tweeted, I salute you - WE TRENDED!

Louise Gray SS12 #LFW

It's hard to deny that my interest is heightened in a designer's collection when they're Scottish. When Holly Fulton or Jonny Saunders showcases their best (this season was pretty impressive), I feel a real sense of pride. In a last minute scramble to return to Glasgow for the Social Media Week conference at CitizenM, unfortunately I had to miss one of my favourites -Louise Gray, but luckily the ticket did not go to waste as our honorary garçon Paola of PvdH Journal was on call to snap away.

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Michael van der Ham SS12 #LFW

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Photography by Paola

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Hilary Laing AW11


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Look 1
Beaded Mesh Tshirt, Topshop
Paper-bag Maxi-Skirt, Jonathan Pryce
Scribble Tights, Hilary Laing
Boots, Models own

Look 2
Wool hat, Stylists own
Floral undershirt, Jonathan Pryce
Oversized knit jumper,
Scribble Maxi-skirt, Hilary Laing

Look 3
Suede fringe jacket, Topshop
Scribble vest, Hilary Laing
Gold jewel belt, Stylists own
Print skirt, Topshop

Look 4
Hand dyed headscarf, Jonathan Pryce
Khaki parka, Vintage
Denim bra top, Models own
Scribble mini-dress, Hilary Laing
Shell necklace, Models own

Music - Salvador Navarrete
Make up - Rachel Louise
Model - Erin Bradley-Scott
Film Production - Jason Hillier

Direction | Styling | Photography - Jonathan Pryce