Film is one of the latest mediums being manipulated by fashion. It is not simply enough anymore to see static images of the clothes, even if they are incredible. I, for one love to see the clothes with movement, how they stretch or don’t stretch, when you walk, where the creases begin and where they end. Fashion film is in its teenage years and its got a lot of angst right now. I can’t wait to see how it matures.
This film was shot by Kaz Ove and was commissioned by Nok Nok Denim for Spring/Summer 2012.
A continuous exploration of British sub-cultures, drawing inspiration from British vintage and the art world, NOKNOK brings the spirit of freedom and a passion to create modern and sophisticated jeans focusing on fit and quality.
Conceived in London's vibrant, fun and artistic East, NOKNOK is always experimenting with new washes and colours combined with traditional production techniques from Japan, where the jeans are made by local masters. The factories where our jeans are dyed, washed and cut are all located within an hours drive of each other in Okayama.
Making different and attractive products is always in mind when we make NOKNOK Denim, we hope that feeling comes through whenever you wear them.
Beta Fashion set out to do things a little differently. They have created an international platform for designers to collaborate. Open to everyone and anyone with talent and a love for print, Beta then chooses the best to be put into production. With such an innovative vision for their brand and aesthetic, it’s great to see that their finished products are feminine, fun and oh so wearable.
This season they have not only released a line of print scarfs, stocked in Topshop, but they have also collaborated with e-retail giant ASOS. The collection sees each designer expressing their interpretation of ‘freedom’ through their eclectic silk prints. The designers in question are Samantha Edwards and Francesca Lahiri Langley. They final creations are very different as Samantha’s are more playful and Francesca’s are much more elegant.
I’m sure we are going to see many more great things from Beta!
Which scarf is your favourite? I love the Geometric style.
We can only dream of warm weather and sandy beaches it seems, with this strange cold that won’t seem to get the hint. But one way to inject a bit of summertime into your wardrobe is with an old classic that’s making a comeback.
Tie-dye is making its way into the Spring/Summer collections on the high-street, off the catwalk and I’ve also seen and heard about T-shirt company start-ups on the rise, that are using this type of design as their starting point, so we may be seeing these psychedelic patterns for a little while longer.
1. Ann Demeulemeester Maxi Dress, £534, Farfetch 2. Blue Tie Dye Print Kafkan, £60, River Island 3. Evil Twin Epidemic Dip Dye Tunic, £35, SpoiledBrat 4. Tie Dye T-Shirt by Jody Shafton, £15, Asos Marketplace 5. Kimchi Blue Tie Dye Canvas Lace-up Platforms, £38, Urban Outfitters 6. Textile Elizabeth and James Tie Dye Print Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, £190, Net-A-Porter
Are you a fan?
The press days are upon us. They’re a great way of getting to see the clothes up close and personal, and also about finding new designers. So watch this space for my latest findings.
Gallery 4 is the debut collection by Louise Rhodes. Its chic sophistication and minimalistic lines are what first attracted me, but it was the little details that really had me going. Mixing her love of vintage clothing and menswear design, Louise creates an androgynous line, that is soft around the edges and centered around quaint tailoring. The Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is made up of silk printed blouses and skirts; a little bit more mature, in a wear-this-to-work sense, than her previous collections.
Gallery 4 Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection at Trace Publicity Press Day
The current season is full of asymmetric lines and short lengths, all in neutral hues and prints. Simple, but beautiful. You can purchase the collection in the Wolf & Badger Boutique and also online here. They currently have my favourite piece from the A/W11 collection, a Printed Maxi Chiffon Skirt for half price! My favourite looks from this season’s lookbook below…
Drew Leggings & Marla Chiffon Top
Helena Camisole, Maggie Shorts & Glenn Sleeveless Blazer
Helena Camisole & Suzanne Skirt
Don’t you just love that each piece has a human name?
Eric Espinoza, a DJ turned designer is the man behind UNIF (Ur Not In Fashion), my latest obsession. Taking inspiration from 90s grunge and downtown LA, the brand is right on trend, although not intentionally. What caught my eye initially was the Hellbound Boots, a killer heel if there ever was one.
Hellbound Platforms, £151, NastyGal.com
They have some amazing pieces for Spring/Summer 2012 and I especially like the way they have shot the lookbook in such a dreamy fashion.
Check out those Corset Shorts in the second picture – stunning. I have pretty much placed the entire collection into my mental wish list. Layers, chiffon and hot pants oh my. Part of UNIF’s offerings can be purchased at ASOS.
Fashion Film for Holiday 2011 Collection
There is a certain care-free attitude to the brand. Designed for girls who don’t take fashion too seriously, but girls that have style. Cheque please!
Are you a fan?
Although Spring/Summer is filled with cute peplums and ice cream shades, one trend that is shinning through all the pretty is a little more rough around the edges. Studs are embellishing jackets, dresses and many a pair of heels this season. With Versace rocking up first, it’s easy to see how this heavier style works this season.
This is a trend I can really sink my teeth into. If you’re not one for the grunge look, that doesn’t matter as it’s more about decoration than attitude this time round.
1. Gold Stud Crop Tee, £22, Topshop.com 2. The Punk Collar, £17, RegalRose.co.uk 3. Current/Elliot The Biker Jacket, £626.09, Net-a-porter.com 4. AppleJack Levi’s Studded Shorts, £65, RaggedPriest.com 5. Black Stud Embellished Dress, £55, Oasis.com 6. Nasty Gal x Jeffrey Campbell Orion Studded Boot, £154.50, NastyGal.com 7. Alexander Wang Rocco Leather Tote in White, £885, Selfridges.com
Will you be rocking the studded trend? Which piece is your favourite?
Now with spring pretty much here, it’s time to take off the long johns (just to say, I’ve never worn them but I know hundreds of guys who do), show off some leg and be bold with prints. I think us men don’t push the boat out enough, many of us play it safe, but with all these amazing colours and prints going about lately you should definitely think about saying f*ck it!
With trends of short shorts and bold prints, there’s surely something that’s gonna catch your eye. Go bold like Givenchy or clash it up like Westwood … or have a look at these.
1. Blaak Roman Print Shorts, £220, Farfetch.com 2. Burberry Vintage Tartan Blazer, £105, Farfetch.com 3. Topman Blue Block Stripe Shorts, £30, Topman.com 4. B Store X Liberty Buffalo Classic Shirt, £185, Shop.Bstorelondon.com 5. J. Crew Printed Swim Shorts, £75, MrPorter.com 6. Diesel Exposure I Graphic Print Hi-Top Trainers, £110, Asos.com 7. Bernhard Willhelm Gym Abuse Trouser, £514, Farfetch.com 8. Acne Scout Print Shorts, £185, Selfridges.com
Will you be rocking prints this Spring?
These shots of the pink-haired model were shot by Terry Richardson for Purple Magazine Spring/Summer 2012 Issue.
Title: Men’s S/S 2012 Basics for Women
Magazine: Purple Spring/Summer 2012
Model: Charlotte Free
Photographer: Terry Richardson
Stylist: Mel Ottenberg
Want to know how to get her hair? Click here!
The weather outside may be dreary, but that’s no reason to stop thinking ahead. Spring is not too far away now, and with Mother Nature teasing us with slight sunny spots it’s definitely time to think Spring. If you want to get Spring ready, the quickest way to pass the seasons is with a full-bodied skirt.
With a micro-trend of asymmetric versions popping up, it’s easy to find one that suits your style. Keep it classic like Miu Miu or style it big like Peter Pilotto’s umbrella skirt. Here is my edit of the perfect full-flowing skirts to help you bring the sun out…
1. Acne Romantic Print Full Skirt, £220, Farfetch.com 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered Cotton White Skirt (jump on the white band wagon early), £255, net-a-porter.com 3. Airtex Pleated Lilac Skirt, £34, Topshop.com 4. Girl. by Band of Outsiders Althea Printed Chiffon Skirt, £290, net-a-porter.com 5. Nougat London Dip Dye Skirt in Bilberry, £150, NougatLondon.co.uk 6. Mango Asymmetric Skirt in Black, £34.99. Mango.com 7. H&M High-Waisted Skirt in Green, £12.99, HM.com
Which of these is your favourite?
For the last of my Spring product reviews I tested two new nail collections by L’Oreal and Filthy Gorgeous.
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Collection
This new collection by L’Oreal introduces 41 new shades in mini pots that have a liquid gel based formula and a patented brush. The flat brush made it super easy to apply the glossy colour quickly and with precision. The varnish is thick and pigmented with strong hues that look great when dry. It lasted for days with no chips. Boudoir Rose was my favourite out of the colours that I tested, but for the coming season I think Marie Antoinette and Parisian Crystal will be the most popular.
Addictive Plum Boudior Rose Hypnotic Red
The L’Oreal Paris Riche Nail Collection is released in April and each pot costs £4.99
Filthy Gorgeous Dirty Pastels Collection
As much as I LOVE the colours and think that the shades are the perfect for this Spring, I have to say that I was disappointed with the varnish itself. It was too gloopy and I had to apply three coats to get the colour even on my nails, which was very difficult with the flimsy little brush. After a few days there were minor chips in the colour and it looked a little messy.
Blancmange Breeze Tea Bird
Filthy Gorgeous Nail Varnishes are available at selected Debenhams & FilthyGorgeous.com for £9
To test out the colours I decided to try as many as I could at once. Leaving me with a sort of strange manicure on a misshapen claw of a hand.
I’m wearing Breeze on my thumb, Boudoir Rose on my index finger, Blancmange on my middle finger, Addictive Plum on my ring finger and Hypnotic Red on my little finger.
Which of these collections are your favourite? Are you going to be trying any of the colours?