Fashion Archive

  1. Jilsanderlist

    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.

  2. Olympiclist

    “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.”

  3. Qjlist

    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.

  5. Foxall-list

    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.

  6. Saskia-pomeroy-list

    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.

  8. Jeffhahn-list

    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.

  9. Rvgmain

    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…

  10. Lcfmain

    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.

  11. Journey-to-greatness-collection-list

    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.

  12. Lcf-list

    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.

  18. Zgmain

    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.

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    The camouflage look, outside of when it’s actually supposed be used (i.e. the army), rarely works. Memories of bad music videos in the early 2000s with gyrating army printed mini-skirts and bikinis camouflaging nothing at all have sullied the idea massively for me. But never have I seen camouflage as beautiful as this! These wonderful clothes made by Kiev-based designer Masha Reva are exquisite with flamboyant sleeves and slick cuts. They blend seamlessly against elaborate and impressive backgrounds of delicate florals, close-up insects and intricate polka dots, gracefully tip-toeing the line between fashion and art.

  20. Dodd

    There’s a tendency sometimes with fashion films to go completely over-the-top, cramming in as much noise and colour and trickery as possible and hoping that viewers somehow manoeuvre their minds to appreciating the clothes on show. That’s why it’s all the more impressive when a label has the confidence to strip away all the nonsense and when a new label is that self-assured that bodes particularly well so take a bow Dodd Clothing. Founder George Hudson (full disclosure – the brother of It’s Nice That director Will) has commissioned Jake Green to make a promo film that is interesting and effective with some lovely visual devices that nonetheless keep the star of the show – the clothes – front and centre.

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    Like a fruit salad of clothing I am really digging these images from clothing brand Agi&Sam, formed of Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton. Banana brights, plum hazes and apple greens form the basis of many of their collections with a retro 1990s streetwear/hip hop vibe combined with tapered trousers and soft tailoring. They’ve achieved the difficult balance of being wearable, but being unique enough to get people’s attention so everything works and clashes brilliantly. Agi&Sam’s lookbook emulates the sense of fun their clothes have with an eclectic mix of models, that eschew the “blue steel” look with a firm hand, combined with a clean set of block colours and minimal props. This is menswear with a smile on its face and I for one welcome it.

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    Fashion look books haven’t always been this way; only a few years ago it was common practice to present your work as clearly as possible without much embellishment or theme. In the same way that graphic design has been entirely altered due to the rolling affect of the internet and the constant – and rapid – changing of trends, the fashion world too has also been hit with the need to be as up-to-date and original as possible in order to push to the front of the Tumblr queue. The slapdash, zine-like quality of a lot of look books now is just more proof that with the image-saturation we are exposed to all day, more and more people are reverting back to old ways, or startlingly new methods, in an attempt to avoid the seemingly confused present.

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    Fashion photography can more often than not concentrate on the unearthly beautiful humans and clothes alone, which is fine – it gets the job done and everyone’s a winner. But sometimes a photographer can come along and shake things up with a knack for impeccable location-spotting as well as being able to shoot both interesting and dynamic shots of the models themselves. Horst Diekgerdes manages to find locations so enthralling that his shoots could either be entire spreads of magazines, or stills from films that no one would dare to make. I don’t know about you, but I really like the idea of him coaxing a model into a tree, or starting violent water fights just to get the shot he needs.

  24. Florence

    The words “magic touch” get bandied about a little too much sometimes, but when a woman as ludicrously creative as Florence Tetier comes along, I guess it’s kind of forgivable. Florence is editor-in-chief and art director of the Swiss arts publication Novembre Magazine but also manages to be a great draughtsman, make fantastic collages, design entire magazines, take photographs and create some impressive set designs at the same time. No big deal.

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    I’ve been really into football since I was about five, but no matter what other interests I have developed since it’s the only thing some people relate with me (I get on average four football-themed birthday cards a year). So I can empathise with the people behind Cotton Project, a super hip São Paulo-based label aiming to show the world there’s more to Brazil than samba, bikini-clad beach babes and the beautiful game.

  26. Ozlist

    Few books have seeped into our collective cultural consciousness more than The Wizard of Oz so it takes some effort to breathe new life into it. However Dublin-based duo Sadhbh Doherty and Clare Geraghty, aka Harmless Creatures, have done just that with these costumes for the Dorothy’s three companions, The Lion, The Tin Man and The Scarecrow. It’s definitely the Lion made out of old VHS tape (perhaps a comment on the popularity of the film version?) that floats our boat the most but the others are interesting too, nicely unsettling and flawlessly executed. We’re certainly not in Kansas any more.

  27. Ties

    A few minutes’ walk from It’s Nice That HQ in east London, nestled in a Clerkenwell back street sits Drakes London, the largest independent hand-made tie producer in England. Behind an unassuming facade you enter a world where consummate craftsmanship, care and quality control combine to create some of the most sought-after neck-decorations around. Owner Michael Hill gave us a guided tour along with filmmaker Jai Rafferty and this is the piece we produced, a celebration of the timeless perfection of super-skilled hand-made garments.

  28. Kswiss-list

    Sometimes experts in a field aren’t always the top dogs in the big, corporate offices. They’re the ones who have been quietly grafting in their own businesses but don’t always get given a voice. That’s is why this four-part series from director Jake Davis teaming up with K-Swiss Japan really floats my boat. Talking about what classic style is, an eclectic mix of people have been interviewed from an eyewear boutique owner, a world-renowned barista and a DJ/record shop owner. It’s the personal experiences that have informed the opinions of these people that’s really lovely as their passion is so clearly genuine. Not only this, it’s a glimpse into what people the other side of the world are up to and with the fourth video still to be posted by Jake, I can’t wait to see who features in the last one.

  29. Karenmain

    ‘Karen Langley – Stylist’ is pretty much all the information we get on her website, but we know Karen is much more than that. Starting at age 19 and now Fashion Director of Dazed and Confused magazine, one of the most highly regarded fashion bibles of all time, Karen is one powerful lady.

  30. Chris-floyd

    Photographer and filmmaker Chris Floyd has leant his sweet and easy cinematic eye to a number of short films for mens fashion destination, Mr Porter. The series called The Way I Dress watches from a cool distance as men with style, not just fashion, dress themselves.

  31. Brioni

    Thing has never looked so sharp. This video, commissioned by Wallpaper*, involves short film wunderkinds Lernert & Sander once again delighting us with their seriously unique and brilliantly effective humour, all the while lending a whole new meaning to the term “hand-made.”

  32. Tblist

    Shapes eh? Whether it’s salivating at them on a page or throwing them on a dancefloor, it’s safe to say we’re massive fans. For their new collection Geometrical Constructions, Swedish label NAKKNA have gone back to basics and used simple solid shapes as their inspiration. Filmmaker Thomas Brown then created these five short films, and echoed the simple, stripped-back shape-celebration of the garments with real aplomb.

  33. Benjamin-hubert

    Surely no play has lodged itself in our collective cultural consciousness more than Romeo and Juliet and it latest incarnation is in chair form. To celebrate its centenary, Poltrona Frau challenged 12 designers to come up with chair that Janus-like would reflect its illustrious heritage and presage its future. It should also be a chair that people want to spend time in and made using traditional techniques. The winner was announced at Milan last week, with London’s Benjamin Hubert studio taking the honours for its Juliet chair, inspired by the sleeve of the same name ( i.e. a sleeve that tightly fits the arm and has a large deconstructed ‘puff’ on the shoulder lads).

  34. Hwb

    We’ve written before about the unusual ways Leipzig-based label howitzweissbach promote their collections (bearded-women look-book anyone?) and so when we were sent their latest effort yesterday we were all eyes (is that a thing?) It’s a video they made in Paris last month and sees them foisting some fashionable films on the good people (and landmarks) of the French capital, but what I really like is the gorgeous, vintage aesthetic particularly in the latter half. For their next trick? Who knows…

  35. Dmlist

    In this Olympic year it was always going to be a hot favourite and sure enough Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch won the coveted Design of Year, it was announced tonight.

  36. Noman-6

    Once you know that NOMAN is the collective efforts of a fashion designer, Selina Parr, and a product designer, Lara Tolman, it becomes wonderfully, obviously clear that the design sensibilities of one is clearly affecting the other; be it material, how a form just hangs or the careful assortment of colour and texture. For this reason, they tell us, we could discuss whether their work as “designed art of useless design.” But, of course, fashion is never just limited to garments that are worn and NOMAN’s vital directive is to “carry out an atomsphere.” which they do with installations and a deliberate and aesthetic extroversion of standard inanimate forms; lengthening, colouring, iterating and carefully composing – not totally un-like dressing a model for couture – their end goal being that to afford the concept of ‘fashion’ a “broader interpretation.”

  37. Clmain

    A lot of people are making scarves at the moment, but that’s totally valid. What better place to put a piece of eye-popping print than on yourself so you can blow everyone’s minds on the bus? Charlotte Linton’s scarves are not just some sweet print whacked on a 100% silk scarf: oh no. Charlotte is inspired by the geographical wonders of the world, and relies on her muse ‘Ermantrude’ to trek across distant lands to bring back inspiration.

  38. Ps_list

    Ponystep, now three issues old, is unapologetically glossy. We’re talking high-fashion, see-your-own-reflection shiny. It consists of a brilliantly colourful melange of profiles and fashion stories – some sexy, others less so – and features the great and the good of the photography world – Martin Parr (who, perhaps predictably, publishes a story set in an English seaside town), the provocative Byron Newman, and fashion industry great Miles Aldridge (who brilliantly photographs cover star Amir Khan, amongst others). Imagine seeing that printed on anything but a gloss stock knee deep in varnish? We can’t…

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    Particularly talented set deisgner and creative director Petra Storrs has been lavishly decorating the creative world for many years now. So with a portfolio bursting at the seams with marvellous costumes, well-sourced props and fantastical sets, we have asked Petra to share with us the secrets of her craft…

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    My response thus far to fashion persuasions like Harajuku has mostly been confused blinking. Then Steve Nakamura, an art director living in Tokyo, sent us his artwork for the impossibly popular 19-year-old Japanese singer/Harajuku model/blogger, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The costumes, make-up and styling is totally extraordinary – playing up to the whole fusion blend of wide culture references, extreme features and voguing jestures – and not just about being “cute.”