Fashion Archive

  1. Main1

    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.

  2. Main1

    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.

  3. Sauvagelist

    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.

  4. Couv-list

    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.

  5. List

    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.

  6. Main1

    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.

  7. Rapha-list

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.”

  10. 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.

  11. List

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. _mg_4511-copy

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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)…

  20. Journey-to-greatness-ccw-list

    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…

  21. Post2

    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.

  22. Csm_home_page

    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…

  23. Lcc_homejpg

    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…

  24. List

    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.

  25. 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.

  26. List

    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.

  27. 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.

  28. List

    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.

  29. Main

    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.

  30. Main

    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.

  31. 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.

  32. List

    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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.”

  39. 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.

  40. 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).