Friday, 15 January 2010

Colour Of 2010: 15-5519 Turquoise

We love Pantone, accept for those gift shop mugs, which depress us. Not as much as the Keep Calm and Carry On Mugs, but they're in the same yoga class. I digress: Pantone has announced its the 15-5519 Turquoise is the colour of 2010. As Kevin Bacon exclaims in Footloose: 'Jump back!'

While this trend is easily detectable in women's fashion, its completely absent in Menswear S/S Collections. Lanvin, Dior, 3.1 Philip Lim, D&G, Armani - everyone is avoiding this colour. Only Vivian Westwood has flirted with the tone for Spring Summer, and only with some small accessories.
Maybe Pantone should stick to mugs...

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Viktor & Rolf for GQ Style Italy

Viktor & Rolf have a playfulness that compliments their immaculate tailoring, and this really come across in this shoot they self-styled for GQ Style Italy. Wearing clothes from their fall 2009 Monsieur collection, the designers' eccentricity is expressed in the accessories - like these slouch socks.

Monday, 14 September 2009


As London sharpens its edges for London Design Festival, one of the UK's most respected design brands, Vitsoe, opens its new store today in Manhattan.

Best known for their Dieter Rams designed 606 Universal Shelving System - which can be found in London's Dover St Market, the Monocle Shop and design museums the world over - the new Bond Street showroom brings to life the full Functionalist Vitsoe family, and on a smart and pleasing domestic scale. Well worth a look if you're in the area.

Thursday, 25 June 2009


Despite the aesthetic vearing dangerously close to Italian Fascist (a Mussolini wet dream), Moncler Bleu SS/10 show is a second victory for Creative Director Thom Browne and Remo Ruffini.

If you're not able to view the video here, follow this link.

Friday, 19 June 2009


A Wimbledon pandemic is looming large in London, and UK's finest sports herritage brand, Fred Perry, has two irons in the fire. The first is its much publised sponsorship of Andy Murray, the 22 year old (I know, he looks almost 30. So fit and yet so aged, non?) shouldering the burden of England's sporting hopes and dreams. This performance range is strickly for courtside, but a handsome collection.

We also have the brand’s 3rd collaboration with Raf Simon. The A/W 09 range features bold African colours: a welcome relief from the all-black collection. Again the focus is on the laural leaf logo, but there is a sense of fun with some saucy mesh vests, as well as some very nice moccasins (below). Yes please.

Sunday, 17 May 2009


I spent today on the London High Street, obstensibly to look at the new Mathew Williamson collection for H&M. As far as H&M collaborations go (anyone who saw the rubbishy Victor & Rolf offering will know what I mean) , the men's offering is pretty strong, although the prints are a little whacked.

The cut of the blazers are great, and the fabrication fairly high standard. It falls down on the knitware and the t-shirting, but all in all, good work Mathew.

Instead, I purchased this tie from Uniqlo (above). Far too much of my current wardrobe is from Uniqlo, but what can I say: it is classic with a preppy edge, high quality (the stuff lasts) and affordable. The rainbow completed my day.

Friday, 1 May 2009


Australia did need something like Academy For Men - a men's style publication attempting to push creative boundaries. The mission statement is completely grandiose: 'With strong leadership we will enable our readers to look beyond what they think is possible and achieve the unimagionable'. I mean, this is an online fashion magazine, not the fucking New Testiment. But, the photography is strong, and editor Rhys Ripper (if that is your real name) has greatly improved Issue 2 from Issue 1 - the kid shows promise. Also, its free, so lets all subscribe and acheive unimagionable.