Fashion Archive

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    Such is my mum’s obsession with the amount of heat you lose through your head that I’ve never really regarded hats as anything ore than functional temperature regulators. Well more fool me, because millinery is an artform steeped in fashion and culture, and Bernstock and Speirs have been at the height of the hat-game for 30 years now. To celebrate this milestone, a show at Fred (London) Ltd has brought together some of the best known creations of Paul (Bernstock) and Thelma (Speirs). The pair have made hats for the likes of French and Saunders, Kylie and collaborated with big names including Agnes B. and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

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    It’s not often you get confronted with a body of work that have the visual equivalent of a cold glass of juice in the morning, but Frederik’s got it down. In his delightfully weird body of work, Frederik boasts fantastical hand-made sets complete with urine-based props alongside some very, very crisp high-end fashion campaigns. Not content on just getting beautiful models to do the visual job for him, Frederik shoves cigars in their mouths, paints horses on to them, or elongates their arms into big meaty tubes. Seeing a guy who’s this good at what he does but with a big element of “I’ll do whatever the hell I want” is refreshing, hilarious and very impressive. Read a fantastic interview with the man himself over on Zero One Magazine.

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    It’s a big, nay strange statement, but Mary Katrantzou’s new collection is kind of what I imagine all the babes of the earth get to wear in the afterlife. These stamp-inspired outfits are showing just why Mary Katrantzou is hailed as a goddess by the fashion world, her ability to make clothing that is elegantly ethereal, but still means cold, hard business. If this is Mary thinks spring and summer of 2013 looks like, then so be it. Dress me, Mary, dress me.

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    Snappy dressers and stylish types listen carefully, we’re about to show you a little piece of fashion excellence from the inimitable Kenzo and their men’s F/W 2012 collection. We’ve already demonstrated their collaborative genius in the form of Carl Burgess’ womenswear promo, but like all great brands, Kenzo know only too well that the follow up needs to be just as good as the original.

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    You may be aware that we’re not exactly experts when it comes to fashion. High-end clothing to us is like fine jewellery to a child, we want to reach out and touch its shiny surfaces but would have literally no idea what to do with it were we suddenly gifted a couture wardrobe. Still, we know what we like, and what we like tends to be mad as a bag of bats – and that’s as mad as it gets.

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    Michael Willis is no stranger to antiquated imagery. The London-based designer and illustrator produces anachronistic compositions that place Grecian nudes in fluorescent Miami landscapes and doric columns among the paraphernalia of a luxurious cocktail party.

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    Following on from his 2010 film This Is Not A Suit, Adrien Sauvage returns with a brand new, though decidedly aged, infomercial, The Student, that restates and expands upon the idea of D.E – a relaxed sartorial philosophy coined by Adrien that takes inspiration from Gus Van Sant. Here we see it applied to a variety of day-to-day scenarios, from egg-eating to recreational dancing. Written and directed by the designer himself, and starring Submarine’s Craig Roberts, this excellent piece of film is perfectly paced and acerbically witty. “The student has already perfected the art of not rising before 12…”

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    Few clothing collections can claim to be truly revolutionary (although many press releases will have a go) but Issey Miyake’s 1993 Pleats Please can justly be designated as such.Cut and sewn from fabric that is nearly three times bigger than the final pieces, the garments are fed into a pleats machine to combine texture and form in a beautiful way.

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    When you hear the phrases “Julius Caesar” and “opera” chances are that your first thought isn’t groundbreaking contemporary art, but the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre are famed for their daring originality and you just have to glance at the beautiful costume designs for their upcoming English National Opera production to see why.

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    If you’re not familiar with the work of Carl Burgess then here’s the 101 – Carl Makes insanely cool 3D digital and video works in which the main inspiration is web culture. Remember those glitchy vectors that proliferated the video games of your youth? Carl loves them. And stock video and photography that you just can’t quite see the use of (why ARE all these people in suits weeping?) – he can turn that stuff into a killer music video.

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    You get the feeling when you walk into the Royal College of Art that you’re in a laboratory of buzzing brains, because every student in there is either on their way to brilliance, or already there. Esprit seems to have taken notice of the RCA’s habit of churning out some of the most fantastic, fresh-faced and eager fashion designers in the world and has set the students a brief asking “Can fashion can be truly sustainable?”

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    Us humans are a perplexing bunch. Tell us that we can’t have something and my word that is the ONLY thing in the world we can think about. Iconic Italian fashion brand Missoni seem to appreciate this and so have collaborated with Converse to bring back some of their deadstock fabrics which are no longer available.

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    Renowned for their self-proclaimed UK’s Largest Street Style Archive, it comes as no surprise that the series of short, beautiful videos this fashion brand have released are spot-on style-wise. Each video follows young, successful people with exceedingly good taste (a food stylist, an actress, a tattoo artist and a menswear designer/dj) around their day-to-day business with a very good camera, giving us a sneaky peek into their dribble-inducingly enviable lives . I mention the camera only because they have somehow managed to make Brixton look like the most expensive parts of Brooklyn, which, if you’ve been to Brixton, isn’t quite the case. So on-trend hats off to Coggles! We can’t wait to see who they shadow next.

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    Frankly there are not many men out there that can go about town sporting pink leggings and still manage to maintain their dignity, let alone their cool. So when Colombian photographer Daniella Benedetti set about photographing Parisian fashion label Pigalle’s latest collection – complete with multiple variations of male pink leggings – I think it is fair to say that she had quite a task laid before her. But photograph she did and I think it is safe to say that the results are simply stunning.

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    The King and Queen of pattern are undoubtedly Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto – in their studio behind Brixton Prison they are producing stonking patterns, season after season. 

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    To be honest I’m not entirely sure how the procedure of non-creepy model-browsing is normally carried out. Is it like a menu that you order from? Do you scroll through hundreds of faces on an iPad? Pick a ball out of a lottery wheel? Whatever you do, this way of exhibiting all of an agency’s models in one go is fine by me. IMG are renowned for being proud owners of some of the best faces in the business, and to be quite honest it doesn’t take much adornment to the images of these ladies to make them stand out, but these mixed-media look-books? They’re lo-fi, friendly and fun – everything you need for picking the best model for the spring/summer shoots.

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    It’s pretty much a given that a video look-book for Miu Miu’s AW12 collection, which has already spurred worldwide drooling, is going to be a thing of beauty. To celebrate the collection, Miu Miu have commissioned four up-and-coming women in the film industry to create four films entitled Women’s Tales. All magnificent in their own way, we were particularly caught by Massy Tadjedin’s It’s Getting Late, a short film starring well-respected female actresses such as Gemma Arterton and Patricia Clarkson getting ready to attend an intimate Zola Jesus gig. Watch as four women end their daily activities, slip into some evening-wear and head out on the town. Sounds cheesy, I know, but thanks to Zola Jesus’ haunting soundtrack, it’s kind of more on the creepy side and definitely does the required job, which is make those clothes look powerful, beautiful and wearable all in one go.

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    Fashion Designer Adrien Sauvage has an unconventional attitude towards the promotion of his suit collections. Instead of cladding chiseled young models in a whole outfit of his own creation he invites a select group of prominent creatives and tastemakers to model just one item from a current line. This Is Not A Suit, the ongoing title of the project, has led Sauvage to the US, Ghana and his native London to photograph the underdogs of celebrity culture (as well as fishermen, Vietnam veterans and ageing basketball players) and drape them all in beautifully tailored garments.

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    Whether you love them or hate them, fashion magazines never fail to spark controversy. On the one hand they’re inherently elitist and raise alarming questions about our attitudes towards women, body image and economic inequality that some consider to be the very worst aspects of western culture. On the other hand isn’t their key purpose quite a simple one; to show off beautiful sartorial creations in the most flattering way possible – and don’t they do it rather well? Whichever side of the fence you sit on it’s probably a debate you’ve grown weary of.

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    There’s something about the 8-bit aesthetic that strikes a chord with everyone of a certain generation, calling to mind those halcyon days when everyone had the same games console and a tablet was something you took for hay fever. Shanghai-based designer Sabine Ducasse has mastered that look in her award-winning Melting Pot collection, which fuses perler beads together into wearable garments that definitely take you back to the future.

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    Shall we all just give a quick standing ovation to those that still scan in beautiful things to the heavily breathing, over-loaded beast that is the internet? Thanks to Miss Moss we can enjoy these brilliant old “Art of Vogue” covers which she has carefully taken from a real book and shared with us to scroll through happily on the web. It’s no secret that Vogue covers used to be illustrations, but the chance to really look at them and marvel at the huge range of illustrators commissioned to design them – namely Helen Dryden, Georges Lepap, Harriett Maserol, George Plank and Eduardo Benito – is a huge treat.

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    Cycle enthusiasts be warned, there’s a new place in town for you to splurge away your hard-earned salary in a matter of minutes, sedated by the enticing smell of fresh croissants, piping hot coffee and the comforting sound of road-race commentary. Rapha, the most premium of all cycle apparel manufacturers, has just opened a brand new permanent cycle club in London’s Soho and it’s a wonderful place to be.

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    If rich mahogany and racing green twinsets are your idea of a good night in then Jil Sander’s pre-fall collection is most definitely for you. Photographed in the wood-panelled studies of America’s Ivy League colleges, the collection has academic chic written all over it. Clothing aside (we’re no experts in restrained knitwear) Ben Weller’s photographs of the collections are pitch-perfect, beautifully capturing the subtle narrative of the collection and its progression from relaxed embroidered sportswear to ultra-refined evening wear.

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    “Oh no, they’ve turned the Union flag blue!” went the Daily Mail headline, plunging us once again into Olympic design controversy. This time it wasn’t the use of garish colours or inaccessible design provoking a reaction but the simple omission of a bright red cross on the Team GB kit. Despite the inclusion of crimson trim and various other red accessories across the range, die-hard patriots found themselves outraged by the designs, and took to any comment section available to vent their spleen. “Whoever gave Stella this contract needs a good kicking!!” read one comment and “GAH!…IT BURNS MY EYES!” went another. Others deemed it to be “more Scottish than British.”

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    When you’re the go-to creative for a whole host of fashion brands and publications who are happy to give you the freedom to do what you do best, it’s safe to assume you’re at the top of your game. We’re not really sure how illustrator and filmmaker Quentin Jones finds any time to sleep given the amount of great work she’s been producing lately but our brain space is taken up with all the gawping.

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    Sir Paul Smith is not like other fashion designers. Despite being one of the foremost creative figures of his generation, he retains a marvellous personal touch, answering all the letters he receives personally and happy to open up his process and personality with a tongue-in-cheek humour that jars with traditional ideas of haute couture.

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    The brothers Foxall have been designing together since 2006, launching the first incarnation of their studio from a disused Ottoman Jail in Istanbul. They’ve since upped sticks and moved back to London where they create and consult for leading fashion brands including Aquascutum, GQ, Bora Aksu and PPQ. Between them they manage a whole host of creative endeavours whether redesigning the layout of a magazine or consulting on music for a retail space.

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    Working largely with printed and painted textile patterns, paper cut surfaces and abstract shapes, London-based Saskia Pomeroy’s practice is a playful and applicable creative kit of parts for illustration, fashion and design. All at once dynamic and still life, her compositions are built with reduced forms that work their way into seamlessly aesthetic groupings on the page and very successful collaborations in the real world. With a lovely body of work behind her and a recent exhibition under her belt, we asked thought her a great choice for an Introducing… feature.

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    Escapism is a pretty potent emotion and one that Palmer West and Jonah Smith are well used to tapping into. The duo produced films like Waking Life and Requiem for a Dream and now run LA-based clothing label Aether Apparel which specialises in multi-weather outdoor gear for people who don’t want to sacrifice every semblance of style.

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    Jeff Hahn is only 22 years old and less than two months out of university, but already he’s absolutely smashing out slick, sexy fashion editorial work. You’ve only got to glance at Jeff’s photographs to realise he’s got a hell of a lot of talent for someone so young, and clearly the art directors at Tatler, The Times and Client Magzine have cottoned on to this, regularly commissioning him to shoot for the pages of their respective publications. With a portfolio that’s already as polished as some of the pro fashion photographers out there we’re expecting to see an awful lot more of Jeff in the future.

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    I imagine that we have all also, at one time or another, been involved in some sort of gang – be it in the playground or maybe something a bit more post-pubescent and sinister. Either way, there’s a certain something about secret societies and clubs that is just deliciously enticing. LCF graduate and secret society fanatic Robert Ventura Gibson has burst onto the fashion scene and is currently the toast of the town with his outrageously beautiful menswear, inspired by Freemasons, Goosebumps, Illuminati, Filipino prison tattoos and Are You Afraid of The Dark. Robert kindly gave us an unbelievably intriguing in-depth interview, read on to find out the secrets of his collection…

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    This week’s Monday Morning Music Video takes a slightly different tack, focussing as it does on fashion. It can be tempting, when creating a look book or catalogue for a degree show, to simultaneously cram everything in and do something completely wild and original in order to get noticed. Well, I think it’s pretty clear that LCF have pretty much smashed that theory out of the park with their slick promo video for their 2012 graduate collection. Stylish (naturally), fun, genuinely exciting and with a very watchable pace, this is the perfect video to showcase what looks like three years of very hard work for all involved.

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    The most exciting thing to come out of the Journey To Greatness event, a product of six months worth of passion and process, insight and inspiration from four groups of talented graduates plucked from the University of the Arts institutions is this: The journey is not over.

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    The fourth and final profile of a UAL group of graduates to interpret the Nike set brief, Journey To Greatness, is the London College of Fashion (LCF)…

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    Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) are third up in our profiles of the exciting University of the Arts London graduates to interpret the unique brief Journey To Greatness brief set by Nike. Here’s how they got on…

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    Let me introduce Henrik Vibskov – he seems like a very cool guy, a modern day polymath, if you will. I recently came across his menswear spring summer 2013 collection, a mixture of sharp tailored pieces and jazzy day wear having a love affair with polka dots.

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    Second up on today’s profiles of UAL graduates taking up the challenge set by Nike to interpret the their design brief, Journey To Greatness, is the reputable Central St Martins…

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    This summer, Nike challenged four teams of University of the Arts London graduates to come up with a T-shirt inspired by the journeys athletes must endure to get to the very top. Here’s how the London College of Communication grads got on…

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    It’s a fairly infrequent occurrence for us to write about straight-up fashion here on It’s Nice That but, when the clothes are beautiful and the shots are just right, it’s too good an opportunity to pass up. This stunning series of sartorial photographs come courtesy of Angelo Pennetta and the SS13 Pre-Collection from Givenchy. The garments themselves utilise intricate paisley prints combined with bold geometric shapes and dark block colours to great effect; amplified beautifully by a loose-fitting cut and square, tapering silhouette. Though perhaps not altogether practical, they’re definitely a stand-out set of items.

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    You could argue that half the work of a photographer is already done when the subject matter is so beautiful, but something about the photographs of Zoe Ghertner – whose subjects are exclusively female or still life – seem to turn these models into creatures. As well as an absolute money shot of an anonymous babe applying perfume, Zoe likes to sit her intelligent-looking ladies in spots where the sun casts shadows over their bodies and highlights their intimidating cheekbones. Also, being a very talented still-life photographer as well, Zoe has a knack of being able to make these models appear almost object-like, which is an art in itself.