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Monday, 30 March 2015

Into the Woods: Weekend Away, South Lodge

At the start of the year I set myself the objective of going on more adventures. As a photographer, it's often the serendipitous moments where I'm spending time with friends, playing with my niece or taking a backroad home when the most powerful images emerge. Although it's near impossible to create these, my awareness of capturing these moments has been heightened. It's for this reason that when Citroen approached me to test drive their new C4 I jumped at the chance to escape London and discover some of the English countryside. I stayed at South Lodge in the lush Sussex woodlands and spend the weekend rambling from the South Downs to Brighton, breathing clean air, hearing birds sing and generally remembering what life outside a city can be like. A huge amount of gratitude goes to Citroen for giving me the opportunity to take some time off and generously they're offering GarconJon readers the same chance at LoveC4cactus.co.uk. To get involved share a 'weekend wish' at this site and you could be one of 40 winners.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Menswear Street Style: Shortlist MODE Magazine


A photograph featured in this month's issue of Shortlist MODE Magazine on the new generation of men's style across the world.

Friday, 27 March 2015

David Gandy: Oxford Street, London


Mr David Gandy, wearing a traditional English 3-piece suit with a Lock & Co trilby. He couldn't be placed better with a new Routemaster zipping past behind him on Oxford Street.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Simon K: Old Sorting Office, London


Simon K, model with Established Models and fellow photographer, photographed outside the Old Sorting Office in London after the Topman Design show in January. See the portrait by clicking below.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Carl Barat and Edie Langley: Kensington Gardens, London


Libertines frontman Carl Barat and his girlfriend Edie Langley, standing outside the Burberry show at London Collections: Men on a drizzly British day.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Savage Beauty: GarconJon meets Alexander McQueen, London's Savage Beauty


I had the privilege of experiencing the work of Alexander McQueen when I was invited by American Express, an early supporter in the designers career, to the press preview of Savage Beauty at the V&A. As I didn't have the chance to attend the New York Met exhibition in 2011, my anticipation to see this show in London was high. Luckily, it didn't fail to meet my expectations.

Savage Beauty creates a world of McQueen, similar to the way he was able to build one for each of his collections. As a multi-sensory experience I was immersed in sound and vision, led room by room through a story that slowly revealed itself and although the curation itself was astounding, it was seeing the creations up-close that left a lasting impact. I found myself staring up at head-dresses of glass and overcoats made from seashells baffled by, not only the fabrication, but also the concept itself.

What the exhibition optimistically does more than anything is eloquently portray 'opportunity': the kind that arises when talent, time and focus is applied. It's the designer's story that sticks with you once you leave, remembering that this was a boy born to a working class family in Lewisham. As we live in an age where rags to riches tales are 10 a penny, exaggerated by reality television, it's easy to overlook the truth behind Lee Alexander McQueen's life. He took the difficult route, leaving school at 16 and going to work on Savile Row. Today, I'm sure this would have peer credibility, but at the time Savile Row was in a slump and it's renaissance was not even a glimmer of hope in the mind of the Mayor of London. Working first with the tailor shop Anderson and Sheppard then with Gieves and Hawkes, he was able to gain the gritty skills that are required for men's tailoring. It's this area of his life that captures my imagination most, not only as my interest is with menswear but because I can imagine the struggle and determination he must have had.

Although Savage Beauty is filled with designs for women, his menswear background is clear to be seen throughout. Detailed construction and complex fits underpin all of his designs - two elements that would undoubtedly be missing without his education in tailoring. It wasn't until 2004 when he launched his first official menswear collection under the McQueen label and in many ways I can't believe that 11 years have passed so quickly. I clearly recall the first collection and accompanying film (seen below) where his irreverent 'Britishness' shone through in every way - my favourite being the Prince Of Wales check wool that was boil-washed and embroidered creating a classically McQueen design, dragging tradition to a new era. In that same year, American Express collaborated with McQueen to bring his work back to London after several seasons away, at the American Express: Black Event. For me this was a peak: the return to London which tells so much of his story, the launch of menswear and the support from a well-known brand demonstrating his appeal.

A person's name doesn't earn the label of 'household' without reason and Savage Beauty so perfectly portrays the reasons why. The journey I was taken on reflects McQueen's own transition from schoolboy to master and left me inspired to be creative myself, push the boundaries and try something new. Over the past two years I've done so much work within the 'Street Style' realm that I've almost forgotten the breadth of possibilities in photography. Watch this space for something new, inspired by Alexander McQueen, very soon.

See more info on Savage Beauty at the V&A website: www.VAM.ac.uk

Sunday, 22 March 2015

GarconJon Wants: Timeless Timepieces

Interestingly enough, I've never had a huge interest in watches. I say 'interestingly' as I value simplicity and practicality so highly - these being two qualities which make a watch unqiue in the category of 'menswear accessory'. Over the past year however, my collection of wristwear has grown significantly and now the ball has begun to roll, it's difficult to make it stop. As I browse new items for next season, I can't help but peruse the watch section and so have now amased a range of desirable products. Here are my top 7 for 2015.


1. Casio Classic Gold Retro Watch: The Casio Classic watch is, most certainly, a classic. In the past 10 years it's had a revival of sorts and it's still the best gold-on-gold-on-gold-on-gold design.

2. Instrmnt Classic: Any menswear up-start from Glasgow will spike my interest (it's my hometown) but the icing on the cake for Instrmnt is the outstanding quality. These watches are all kinds of perfect - the brown leather strap with copper detail is my favourite.

3. Jord Wood Watch: I feel like wooden watches have been cropping up everywhere these days, but the only one which has really captured by attention is Jord. The brand is already huge in it's native Sweden and is bound to make a strong impact in the UK this year.

4 Timex Weekender: The new Weekender collection from Timex, a brand with a history of over 150 years, is incredible value for money. It's hardy and complex in equal parts.

5. Withings Activite Watch: It seems every company is now offering a stepometer in their product but the Withings system also tracks sleep pattern and swimming. I actually got the watch just before Fashion Week began and I've loved tracking my daily activity. It also helps that design is not compromised for the sake of techonology.

6. Mondaine Pocket Watch: The iconic design of Hans Hilfiker's Mondaine watchface is enough to make it recognisable without being branded and the newly released silver pocketwatch is one of boldest, most striking I've seen in ages. Not always easy to wear but I have a few Old Town waistcoats that it'd work well with.

7. Shore Projects: After an incredibly successful launch last year, Shore Projects has just released their second design with a new mesh strap. I love monochromatic design and the 4 colours are perfect: black, silver, gold and rose gold. Their Instagram is worth a follow too - check them out at @ShoreProjects.



Thursday, 19 March 2015

GarconJon at Paris Fashion Week: New Look Film

I was recently followed by the New Look film crew during the couture season at Paris Fashion Week. Check out the video below.

Moss Noir: Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris


Menswear at the women's shows in Paris, photographed near Colette store on Rue Saint-Honore.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Jonas: Rue Dauphine, Paris


Black and navy with touches of ACNE at Paris Fashion Week. See the portrait below.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Japanese Americana: Grand Palais, Paris


The true test of great style is seeing the same person over a period of time. Anyone can pull off one great outfit, but when I spot the same characters season after season with fantastic personal touches to their outfit they really stick in my mind. This gent is always on point with his mixture of heritage street wear.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Justin and Veronika: Rue de l'École de Médecine, Paris



No other pairing pulls off fashion week styling in the same way as these two. Justin O'Shea, the Buying Director for MyTheresa.com & his girlfriend, the Style Editor of Harper's Bazaar Germany, Veronika Heilbrunner outside the shows at Paris Fashion Week.

Superstar: Via Savona, Milan

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pit Crew: Palais-Royal, Paris


The two gents behind an up-coming fashion film we're shooting during Paris Fashion Week today.

Saul: Palais de Tokyo, Paris


Bleach blonde boy, wearing neo-streetwear in black and white. Photographed at Palais de Tokyo outside the Rick Owens womenswear show during Paris Fashion Week. See the full look from front and back by clicking below.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Shooting Me, Shooting You: Jardin Des Tuileries, Paris


As a consumer of digital media, where platforms are crammed full of visual information, I love simplicity. In fact, with all elements of life that's what I strive for. This results in GarconJon having quite a tightly edited selection of photography being posted and a perception that I only take one or two frames per subject when I shoot. In reality, if I'm being excessive, I can take up to 30 images with one subject.

A huge part of what I see as valuable in other photographer work is their ability to edit. Often I see incredibly talented artists who just aren't able to remove themselves from the process enough to see which imagery works and which falls short of their desired level of quality. I'm victim to it myself, particularly when I've caught a moment that I think is insightful. In those cases, I'll use the photograph when it's perhaps not the best composition or edit but on the whole I try my best to keep it clean and make each individual image tell the story itself.

The reason for the explaination here is that I've not followed my own rules with this post. The chap below, a tourist from Tokyo, had a strange mixture of styles. Slightly too large Burberry trench, straight leg vintage jeans, mop-top haircut. I could'nt help but shoot him from multiple angles and the result is 4 images that I can't decide between for the blog. Strictly speaking one image per subject is ideal, but this time he deserves more.

See the full selection of images below.



Top Knot Envy: Musée du Louvre, Paris

Utility Blue: Rue Scribe, Paris


The true style at fashion week, the men who make it all happen. Taking style tips from Bill Cunningham in practical blue workshirt and jeans, en route to his moped for the next show.

Off Duty: Rue de l'École de Médecine, Paris

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Caoimhin: Porta Genova, Milan



Irish model Caoimhin represented by Fashion Model Management, between shows at Milan Fashion Week on the street wearing a beige wool overcoat and oxblood brogue boots. See the full look by clicking below.

Monday, 2 March 2015

GarconJon meets....Tom Brady #MaximumMan

In the second installment of the LAB SERIES sent me on a mission to document what it takes to be a Maximum Man for the launch of their new MAX LS Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream. In response, I photographed and interviewed two London gents with a unique perspective on perseverance and strength. Jonny Olliver, a dancer with over 18 years in the business, juggles a demanding career with two young children - there can't be anything more fulfilling and challenging than that. I asked him about his journey in dance and how he strives to be his best self.



Tommy Brady, Professional Athlete

What's your Star Sign? On the cusp of Cancer and Leo

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I did a lot of moving around as a child but I spent the majority of my time growing up in the West Midlands. Now I live in London.

You're on the GB Canoeing team but how would you describe your actual job? Simple. To win medals at the European, World and Olympic Games.

You've got a job that only a small percent of the world can achieve, are you proud of that? I love what I do, I feel really lucky that I can do what makes me happy and call it my job. Particularly though I feel proud to represent our country.

What's the hardest thing about your job? Injury makes the job difficult but I'm normally quite resilient and lucky when it comes to injury. Unfortunately last year I managed to have a bit of bone break off in my arm and consequently had to do a couple of races while injured. It was a tough racing season mentally and physically but I feel I came out of it a stronger person.

Beyond that, the hardest thing is the job security...being that there is very little. I'm aware that my livelihood is really on the line when it comes to major races and if I don't get certain results I don't get the funding and support I need to train and compete with the best. Dealing with that pressure can be hard but you learn to perform in that environment and that's what the jobs about.

See the full interview below.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

GarconJon wants: Black and Blue or White and Gold

With all this talk about colour confusion, I decided to pull together some lust-worthy items that I've bookmarked over the past few weeks. Whether it's white and gold your eye is drawn to or black and blue, each one is as worthy as the next.


1. Men's Hamper: I've been hearing a huge buzz coming from my Scottish friends about new Edinburgh store 'The Brotique'. When I'm up next it'll be my first stop and in the meantime I've ordered one of their hampers to keep me going.

2. Portable Speaker: I've had my eye on a new bluetooth speaker for a while and this one from UE speaker is top of my list. It's durable, incredible sound quality and lightweight. Singing in the shower can't get any easier.

3. Black Briefs: My obsession with finding the perfect pair of underpants never ceases and the new kids on the block Claesens seem to be doing a fine job at challenging the market. It's classic black all the way for me but no matter what the colour it's all about how they feel on and being made with Pima Cotton is bound to make them a sensory sensation.

4. Bang Olufsen Speaker: As a photographer, music is often an important part of creating the right shoot ambience. With a newly arranged studio space I need a new design speaker to go with and this Beoplay A9 speaker is a beaut.

5. Gold Pen: Out of all the accessories I've experimented with over the past 12 months, my gold pen places in breast pocket is the one that get's the most compliments. There's the added benefit of it being practical too.

6. Penhaligons Candle: My favourite fragrance brand by a mile also make incredible scents for the home. I'm working on a new project with them currently and in the meantime plan to get inspired whist working in the presence of the new Vaara candle.




Geo-Monochrome: Pitti Uomo, Florence


Taking a call at Pitti Uomo, Florence.