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Craig Green caught the stars’ attention

Men’s fashion designers are always the busiest during the month of January. Most of them are busy finishing up their collections for the London Fashion Week Men’s, which was established in 2012 and now happens twice a year, a month ahead of the main Fashion Weeks.

“It’s a very long process,” Craig Green said. “Because the shows are six months apart, we start planning a month after the last show.”

During this year’s London Fashion Week, Green caught more attention than half the catwalk show. Green is a 31-year-old who has been named the British menswear designer for the past two years in a row, and he showed off his newest collection on the last day of London Fashion Week Men’s.

“But it’s continuously changing, we order fabrics, we get things back that we think are going to be great, and then we see them, we’re cutting them up, changing them, developing them in the studio. It’s a five-month process, and we work long hours!”

The hard work paid off, judging by how everyone reacted to the new collection. GQ Style’s Editor Luke Day recently said, “it’s the quiet confidence of his work that defines him as the most exciting new menswear designer of our time.”

Green opened his label back in 2012, and his success has made his popularity grow at a fast rate. His creations have been worn by high names like Rihanna, Jay-z and Drake.

“We were asked to create something custom for the opening look of Rihanna’s tour,” Green said. “But someone like Jay-Z, he just bought that T-shirt, so we didn’t know about that until we saw it. Sometimes they just go into a store and buy it.”

“I remember after the first collection, I was walking past Liberty’s and I saw someone wearing one of our knitted hats, and I didn’t know them, they weren’t a friend or fashion journalist, and I remember how weird it was. And to realize that that person made a conscious choice to go into a shop and buy it, that’s very strange in the beginning, but also exciting.”

Green is a man who pays great attention to detail, and lately it seems like it’s taking him pretty far.

Four female designers making a big impact in British menswear

As the menswear market continues to grow, several women have tried their hand at designing menswear instead of womenswear. Most notably, a number of London female menswear designers are bringing much needed talent and takes and turning them into profiting brands.

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St Martins back in 2014. She presented her first collection at Fashion East in 2015, and, that same year, she won Emerging Menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

She made her debut at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2016 with her own label titled Wales Bonner. Most of her designs explore inspiration from European and African influences. Now, Bonner’s collections and shows are some of the most anticipated on the show calendars. Keep in mind, Bonner has yet to turn 27.

Lou Dalton

Dalton dropped out of school when she was 16 and began to learn her craft while working as an apprentice to a tailor, then she went on to study menswear at the Royal College of Art.

Dalton’s tailoring combined with her Shropshire roots make her clothes beautiful and extremely durable. Dalton’s collections are now some of the most highly sought after clothes. She has made capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Dalton’s designs are available internationally on her online store.

Astrid Anderson

Anderson launched her own brand back in 2011 and has caught attention for her knack of remodeling the sports-luxe category. Her designs go far beyond a simple tracksuit. She is expertly able to blend urban influences with small feminine details to make clothes that challenge the gender norms.

She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and was able to get support from Fashion East and NEWGEN before making her official debut at London Fashion Week Men’s. Her celebrity base, including Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna, all adore her clothes.

Martine Rose

Rose, a 36-year-old designer, is one of London’s most original menswear designers. Her label, which is now 10 years old, has constantly been pushing boundaries.

Her designers effortlessly play with shape and proportion. Her designs are now being stocked at Barneys in New York, Dover Street Market and Matches fashion. Rose has also been added to the Balenciaga team to consult on its menswear line.

David Beckham opens new Kent & Curwen store with his family in London

David Beckham was joined by his wonderful family as he attended the opening of a new store for the label of which he is now a co-owner and helped relaunch.

The Essex man has become one of the most influential male fashion figures in the industry, and it’s starting to rub off on his children– especially his 15-year-old son, who was supporting his father by wearing one of the brand’s jackets.

Beckham has worked with the brand since 2015 and was able to relaunch it with Irish designer Daniel Kearns last year.

The England soccer star was even accompanied by his mother Sandra Beckham and his sister Joanne, who recently became a new mother with her partner Kris Donnelly. They had a daughter named Penny.

To celeberate the launch of the new store, located on Floral Street, Beckham hosted a lunch. He managed to maintain a British feel with a menu full of pie and mash followed by sticky toffee pudding.

Arsenal soccer player Hector Bellerin criticized for appearing at London fashion week

Hector Bellerin, Arsenal soccer player and fashion admirer, was caught rocking a look that consisted mostly of Fear of God and a pair of white Balenciaga Triple S sneakers at the same time the soccer player’s team was losing to a smaller club in the FA Cup.

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The 22-year-old right back star was hit with plenty of backlash from fans over the Spain international’s obsession with fashion. Just three pieces from his outfit cost $3,594.63 which is more than the average monthly wage in England. Bellerin attended the fashion show with his girlfriend, Shree Patel, who wore a similarly outstanding outfit.

The Arsenal defender frequently posts on his Instagram showing off his newest threads, and many supporters are starting to question his passion for soccer. His appearance at a fashion show didn’t help the fact that his team was officially knocked out of the FA Cup due to a 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest.

Below are some supporters’ responses on Twitter:

“Professional model, used to be a footballer who had so much promise… quite sad.”

“Already prepping a fall-to career Hector?”

“@HectorBellerin would you please take a break from fashion and concentrate on football.”

“I don’t know if you’re seeing it but our team is in tatters. All the recognition and fame you have is because of football and right now you aren’t exactly justifying it.”

When she replies to the DM ?

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“Stop taking pics that make you look like a k*** and start playing for the team again.”

Vivienne Westwood collection stands out at London Fashion Week Men’s

Vivienne Westwood and Craig Green were two of the best names on Monday’s schedule, also known as the last day of London fashion week men’s. This meant a guaranteed show for the best British creatives.

A normal Vivienne Westwood show is always different from the rest of the fashion week, and her latest collection was no different. To begin with, there was no fashion show, but there was a two-minute and 45-second video that was shot mostly at night or backstage that starred character models, Westwood, an EU flag and sandbags.

Westwood’s theme this year was military style. The message the models kept repeating was “don’t get killed.” The 76 year old designer always manages to put beautiful pieces behind her slogans. The collection put military history with texture and focused more on the color. Westwood’s iconic princess coat was unisex for this collection in big camouflage print, tweed and undyed wool.

The whole collection consisted of belted coats, loose trousers, two-piece suits and draped gowns. Westwood promoted unisex styling for reasons that have to do with helping with the environment.

“You all know what I’m up to – I use fashion as a vehicle for activism to stop climate change and mass extinction of life on Earth,” she said.

David Beckham brings grit to London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has long been an event to help find a new style for British manhood. For the past two decades, David Beckham has been the poster boy given his mainstream masculinity. Kent & Curwen, a brand that was recently brought back to life on Savile Row in 1926, has been a partner of David Beckham since 2015 when he became an owner.

Kent & Curwen worked with photographer Perry Ogden, who photographed the book Pony Kids. He posted his images along the walls of its autumn/winter 2018 collection. The images were shown in the new store on Floral Street, and while the images seem a bit odd for a menswear brand, they worked well with Beckham’s type of pedigree. Beckham is a man with some grit behind him.

The brand’s new direction is different from their first impression with Beckham, one which was more suited for Savile Row. The clothes that were designed by creative director Daniel Kearns had a college feel with striped knitwear, duffel coats and checked jackets. The new look is one that suits Beckham now more than ever. There are bomber jackets and t-shirts with “no guts, no glory” written on them. Other repeated motifs on the pieces included the rose and the three lions crest.

Beckham praised Ogden’s experience, way of shooting talented kids and accurately portraying them in pictures:

“That’s what the brand is about. It’s very multi-generational. I can go in the store and find something great and my 15- or 18-year-old kid can go in the store and find something great.”

Beckham believes his contribution is significant, especially in Asia where Kent & Curwen have stores including 100 in China alone. “I think what I bring to this is I am very British, I did wear the three lions for 15 years,” said Beckham. “Having the relationship in Asia that I have, the popularity that I have, it helps.”

London College of fashion MA menswear students show off collection

London College of Fashion graduating MA menswear students got a chance to showcase their collections this past Friday with a special runway show just before London Fashion Week men’s kickoff.

Ten students from the fashion school presented their pieces and collections at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster. The best lineups came from Hanni Yang, Ying Yi Lu, Hengmin Lu, Sohyean Park and Xu Bo.

Yang, who worked with Teatum Jones and Céline in the past, used the skill of pattern-cutting to attach scarves to clothing pieces. She also provided a wide selection of tailored looks and put burgundy and cream silk scarves over a white shirt and burgundy trousers, creating an iconic look.

Ying Yi Lu took inspiration from younger boys during the Victorian era and put sole focus on tailoring, observable on a cropped blue pinstripes suit. Lu finished the collection with sailor style hats done in a collab with Atelier Millinery.

Hengmin Lu, who previously worked with Ports 1961, took inspiration from architecture of the Chairman Mao era. Lu did a take with functionality and pattern cutting, which was seen on a long brown coat worn over a white shirt with a unique mandarin collar and white knee-length trousers. The student was able to team up with JKJY Handcraft Fashion Ltd. Shanghai on footwear for the collection.

Park created a collection with a retro and vintage style from the late seventies and added artificial fabrics like polyester. The best look from this student’s collection was a blue pussy bow shirt with oversized tan shorts and a light check gray trench coat with a furry collar.

Bo worked with rayon raffia yarn and made most of his pieces using fringing, hand-weaving, crochet and knitting. Bo worked with Dinu Bodiciu on hats. A silvery gray woven overcoat was worn with a knitted top and silky trousers.

7 Destinations Every FashionMister Must Visit

Traveling is one thing that should for sure be on your list of goals for a lifetime. Explore the fabrics of the world and roam the streets where some of the most legendary designers have walked. Here are some places you should consider traveling to next!

7. Tokyo, Japan

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Japan unleashes fashion at its wildest. Platform shoes to people dressed as anime characters. Fashion is not just clothes in Japan, but a whole new way to transform yourself. In Japan your outfit isn’t complete unless you hair is as funky as your wardrobe. Have you checked out clothing lines like Bathing Ape and COMME des GARÇONS?

6. Berlin, Germany

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Street wear is big in Germany. Edgy patterns and color blocking are a must here. Germany, in fact, houses two of the biggest sneaker brands; Adidas and PUMA.

 

5. Barcelona, Spain

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Balenciaga sunglasses, Why not? Enjoy the warm weather and beaches in Spain.

 

4. Rome /Milan, Italy

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These historic cities are one of the most crucial places to visit! Italy is known for having some of the best shoe designers in the world. This is Sightseeing fashion heaven filled with designers such as Versace, Valentino, and Moschino.

 

3. London, England

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A Burberry trench for the fall is a fashion essential for the London fog. Drive around London and pick up a pair of some Alexander McQueen shoes while you are there. Filled with dapper tailored suits and known for their beloved desire of hats. Do you remember Pharrell’s infamous Vivienne Westwood Hat?

 

2. Paris, France

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

Discover the history of popular fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Walk around this fashion savvy city in your adored Red Bottoms soaking in the Parisian culture. Souvenirs? A great gift for your fashionista girlfriend would be a pair of these handcrafted shoes . Isn’t this a fashionMr Dream come true?

 

1. New York City/ Los Angeles, USA

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“New York, New York.” The Big apple is ranked as the number one city on the fashion capital list. Be sure to grab yourself a cup of coffee from Starbucks, because this overly populated city will have you on your feet and waiting for a yellow taxi. The city contains 5 boroughs that each contains a selected trend of fashion.

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They say “California girl are unforgetable” so add LA to the top of your list as well. Ranked right beside New York City, LA has produced some of the most iconic fashion movies and TV shows. The legendary Alfred Hitchock loved to bounce back & forth from LA to NY filming some of his classics. Plus, I’m sure you’d love to shop down Rodeo Drive !

 

 

Athletic-esque footwear: Tom Ford Launches Luxe Sneakers for Fall 2014

American designer, Tom Ford,52, is launching a line of high end sneakers for this fall. This is his first venture into athletic-esque footwear. Ford has purposefully resisted this venture until recently. He is now satisfied with his ability to create a tennis shoe design that also exhibits his signature, chic style.

Tom Ford is expected to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s most significant honor, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the CFDA Awards on June 2. Ford commented on this award saying he would like it to be a “mid-life award” as he still has so much more that he would like to accomplish. This line of high-end sneakers is moving Ford in the right direction. It is compelling him to expand his capabilities as a designer.

The sneakers will be made by top artisan cobblers. They will be carefully constructed hand which will be followed by a 10 day “resting” period, to ensure their top-notch finish, and 3 days of hand polishing. The shoes will be manufactured in Italian workshops where detail orientation will be prioritized in order to ensure production of an optimal shoe shape.

The minimalist shoes will be only the very best quality and will contain white rubber soles. Ford will offer these retro styled shoes in high and low-top models. Providing seven different color options in leather and five in velvet. Some leather colors include brown, chestnut, oxblood and forest green

Images of the shoe line have already been released. They were initially presented at London Collections back in Jan.

The price range for these shoes ranges from $690 for the low top velvet sneakers, and $990 for the leather high tops. They will be available at Tom Ford stores in NY, Las Vegas, LA, Chicago, and Dallas.

FatFace plans to raise $186M with London IPO!

FatFace, an English clothing company, ”began in 1988 with two guys enjoying life on the slopes in the French Alps and desperately trying to avoid working for a living. With money running out, Tim and Jules had a plan; print some sweatshirts and t-shirts, sell them at night, and ski during the day. With that simple formula, the FatFace brand was born with the name even being inspired by their favorite black mountain run in Val d’Isère, La Face.” According to their website, and their vision and values are that “absolutely everything we do is designed to be loved by all our customers for life outside the 9 to 5”.

Now has finally come a time that a company can no longer just sell t-shirts from their van in the Alps. Especially that they had opened up their 200th store back in 2012. The current owners of Fat Face include Bridgepoint, a private equity group, who owns a 78% stake since 2007 with the original founders of FatFace Tim Slade and Jules Leaver owning a 0.2% share. The IPO plan is expecting to raise $186M US Dollars. This would let the company to pay off debts and bank related fees that it has acquired through the course of operations. It will also allow the company to have an easier expansion into the US market which is its current and prime focus.

This Initial Public Offering would circulate about 25% of the company, while at the same time giving Bridgepoint an exit strategy. Because this is private equity groups ultimately want, to make money. The IPO will be advised by Citigroup Inc., Jefferies International, and Lazard Ltd.

2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show going to LONDON!

Victoria’s Secret, the most popular and most entertaining fashion show heads to London, England for the first time. The show which features “Angels” and A-List celebrity performers is a spectacle of fashion, imagination, and most of all entertainment. The show always includes the who’s who of Hollywood, and understandable considering the beauty that is witnessed.

Victoria’s Secret and the Angels themselves are both extremely excited to be going to London to present their annual the show. This time it is being produced by done and dusted inc. Victoria’s Secret tweeted the news along with CBS who will air the show. While one of the Angels, Adriana Lima wrote “The #VSFashionShow 2014 is coming to London! Get ready!!!”

We are getting ready, in fact we can’t wait for the most popular and entertaining fashion show on the planet. The only million dollar question is how expensive will this year’s bra be and who will wear it?