31/08/2013

W.A.R.M. TOP 10


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1/  An Editorial: Gnosticism by Camilio Rios for Fucking Young
2/  A Music Video: Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail
3/  A Fashion Show: Back by Ann Sofie Back SS2014
4/  A Music Cover: Franz Ferdinand X Grimes - Oblivion
5/  A Street-Style Blog: The Urban Spotter
6/  A Collab: Kenzo X Vans Aw13
7/  A Fashion Film: Miu Miu Women Tales - Le Donne della Vucciria by Hiam Abbass
8/  A Campaign: Juun.J Aw13
9/  A MustHave: James Long "Divine" Jumper
10/ Another Fashion Film: Dries Van Noten Aw13




GIMME YOUR HAND










RELIGION Bomber Jacket
CHEAP MONDAY Tee-Shirt
CHEAP MONDAY Jeans
CHEAP MONDAY Necklaces
CHEAP MONDAY Bracelet
RELIGION Tote Bag
RAY BAN Sunglasses
NIKE Sneakers


LINKS A LA MODE: THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP [08/29]

Superficial on the Surface

Sometimes I get mad when people assume if you like fashion, you're automatically dumb or superficial. Then at the same time, I love looking at pretty pictures and dressing up... it's an escape and a passion all at the same time. Obsessing over fashion doesn't mean however, there's nothing going on in our brains! This week, we have a great mix of the tougher questions in fashion right along with the tips and tricks that enable our superficial exterior (that's not so superficial.... or is it?)

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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29/08/2013

CRAZY SEXY COOL / CHEAP MONDAY SS2014





We love Scandinavian Fashion Weeks so much! Here, you can feel and find the future of Ready to Wear because they always feature avant-garde but cool and simple (in a positive way) collections. The high-street brand we love the most is Cheap Monday (that's why we are always wearing something from them!) because, they are offering affordable clothes but, and that's the main difference from all other high street brands, at the same time, these clothes stand out and have a genuine point of view. About this new Spring Summer collection, they said that " [they] play with the idea of hubris [i.e] inflatable egos visible through an exaggerated silhouette and narcissistic graphics" and divided it according to three major themes "Buffalo Riot" "Me Myself and I" and "Revival of the 90s".
How did we feel 90s through this collection? First, the graphic sweater (mix of letters & symbols)! At that moment, the whole theme appeared to us in the clearest way remembering TLC and their Crazy Sexy Cool album, dancing on Creep, watching their looks consisting of baggy pants and oversized tees. Crazy, Sexy, Cool that's what this collection is all about and in a way, these are the three words that can, according to us, define the 90s and perhaps our teenage years!







Crazy is how Cheap Monday set its show! Winter is coming in the middle of Summer seems to say the Swedish brand. Snow is falling on the models wandering to the sound of a grand guignol opera in a kind of pinball garden. Isn't it crazy? Then this crazyness is on the garments, especially on the prints. There is these violent large stripes in black and white, printed on the denim pieces like shirts, skirts and pants. It is a showstopper that will definitely make it to the streets by showing you have a strong personality. There is also the graphic prints on the tee-shirts in large bold letters, obviously taking inspiration on DIY graffiti punk tee-shirts, that the Cheap design team updated  and made their own, expressing the collection ego statement. The Cheap team love to play with oppositons when you look at the "buffalo" patches, randomly displayed on the jackets and the jeans, contrasting with the black and white aesthetics suggested by the refined stripes. Always this idea of bringing together kitsch and sophistication.







Sophistication implies also a work on the cuts, the choice of fabrics, the proportions, making the whole collection very sexy. Like the play on aesthetics between kitsch and refined, there is a play on the proportions. Obsessed with the loose denim jacket and the skinny dark grey patch jeans, the bra and the long skirt, the loose MA bomber and the skinny jeans, and even the shiny golden trench coat, not very obvious, but behind all these looks you could read the word "sexy" and "cool".







Cool is for wearing long earrings just on one ear. Cool is for the haircut, giving this "jump out of the bed" effortless hair cut. It is for the "no gender", not presenting a cliché of beauty, especially on the styling and choice of models such as Erik Andersson who is, according to us the very definition of an androgynous beauty. Actually, the cool is the whole 90s spirit of the collection with the work on denim (dungarees, baggy pants, skinny patch pants, pinafore dresses), on the styling (the sunglasses, the accessories and the footwear) and the whole attitude (so youthful).



These pictures come from the Cheap Monday website.



27/08/2013

ROCK LOBSTER










KIT NEALE Patchwork Jet Stream Shirt
KIT NEALE Front Print Knat Tee
SPARKS Shorts (made out of pants)
ASOS Sunglasses
KENZO X VANS



25/08/2013

ALAN TAYLOR OWNS TWEED



Tweed is the emblematic fabric that one always labels as Chanel, as if the luxury dinosaur owns it. So everything for women that comes and that is made of tweed such as a jacket, a skirt or pants or even a dress, always has this Chanel-inspiration in the design. Tweed is also Scotland's legacy to fashion, inasmuch as the country produces the best samples and keeps the secret safe.

Alan Taylor, a London-based designer born in Dublin, gives a new dimension to this iconic fabric, by breaking the rules in a way, and by making it his own as being now his statement material. Taylor definitely masters and challenges this exquisite material, designing every garment in it. His AW13 collection entitled "Special Relativity" is both a dialogue and a relation between tweed and other fabrics such as wool, cotton and sheer textiles. There is a balance between the heavy tweed and other materials. Taylor 's menswear is not about classical "Harry's tweed suit". It is more than one can expect when you think of a collection about tweed. There is no deconstructive process in the design because you can easily recognise that it is actually tweed, wool and see-through fabrics, but the focus is on the mix of materials and on the volumes and shapes of his garments. All the pieces have got a Taylor cut, which is tailored asymetrical jackets, coats, and even the shirts have this unique approach. Taylor creates a new perspective to menswear traditonal suits, giving another dimension and more than another dimension, a new reality.






What is striking here is the idea of the double, especially in terms of the versality that you get when you focus on the suits and pants. At first glance, it is just a simple well-cut grey tweed jacket, but when you look at the back, it is not, it is something more. Perhaps it is like the reflection of the jacket through a mirror which is made of sheer fabric. It is the same effect, considering the matching grey pants. It is absolutely stunning what Taylor can achieve with the black breasted suit and its red see-through jacket. We love the idea of choosing the side you prefer, and we definitely opt for the see-through jacket.





If Chanel owns tweed for women then, Alan Taylor owns tweed for men. It is so modern to design with elements that are highly part of a cultural landscape. It is so daring! Taylor has created a real language with this fabric. It is bit complicated to update menswear without being too cliché. There is nothing cartoonish in the coats or in the jackets because the proportions are damn good. The "boys meet girls" aesthetics is not too much at all like the idea of the kilt (also his signature), that takes different shapes and lengths (pleated and asymetric). Taylor's obsession with the fabric suggests his relationship with his own culture and it is completely obvious in the garments.




These pictures come from Alan Taylor's website.


24/08/2013

W.A.R.M. TOP 10


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1/  A Model: Hanne Gaby Odiele on Stockholm Street Style
2/  A Trailer: Blue is the Warmest Colour directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
3/  A Magazine Cover: Lily McMenamy for Purple Fashion
4/  A Sound: Cults - I Can't Hardly Make You Mine
5/  A Book: Alexander McQueen - Working Process by Nick Waplington
6/  A Collab: Adidas by Rick Owens Spring 2014
7/  An Editorial: Jester White & Benjamin Jarvis in Face Off for Numero Homme China
8/  A Music Video: Just Blaze & Baauer feat. Jay Z - Higher
9/  A MustHave Piece: Christopher Kane Dress AW 13
10/ A TV Show: Girls Series 3 - In Production Tease