Thursday, 30 September 2010
Ever wonder how the London girls dress? Well, fyi London is divided into 32 administrative boroughs (much like districts) which consists of Inner London and Outer London. From Enfield up north to Croydon at down south, Hillingdon on the far west to Barking & Dagenham in the east (Dagenham, as in the latest movie - Made in Dagenham). Yet, to most Londoners we always identify ourselves to just North, South, East and West Londoners (ooh, look.. I use the word 'we'..ahaks!). And people from each part of London dress quite differently from one another.
For example, if I see someone that look very street and sometime quite artistic (some even look chav, no offence), then I can identify them as the East London people. Or someone that look quite posh, he/she may come from the West since Notting Hill and Kensington are located somewhere around there. Or people who tend to look rock'n'roll glam in designer/street combo, well... most probably they hailed from the North (think Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Hince). From the south, anything can go ... but most look kinda boho chic since there's a huge 'melting pot' community living in that area like the Caribbean and South American as well as some African too.
Me? I'm from North London. That's why rocking in skinnies and mix-and-matching with designer/highstreet is what we do best. Ahaks!
Read on the article from ES Magazine in the previous Fashion Issue to have a glimpse on how the girls of London put their outfit together. All I can say, for men - it's not so much different either. :)
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
[pix from shortlist]
And these are another 87 pairs of new shirts that are in dire need to get their own hangers...(i can't believe that those are actually 87 pairs!)
So, there I am on one Saturday morning... I was at Commercial Street in Spitalfields area when I stumbled upon the label saying 'Albam. Modern Crafted Clothing' that I think is so chic by itself. I love the look of their store, with black awning that spans all the way to the pavement, the dark wood facade and the bare brick wall that looks so raw but at the same time quite edgy. When i take a look at the clothes, they're very high quality made which you never find at the highstreet (hence the hefty price tag too!). But it's not just the clothes that I'm attracted to - it's the backpack that is hanging among all the clothes on the rail which I think looks awesome. I've seen that backpack in the Hypebeast website before, not realising that I'm gonna see it in real life.
This backpack called Summit is so cool coz it got some sort of military feel to it. I love the combo of tan leather trims and black canvas body which made it truly delicious to look at. The size is just perfect - not too oversized nor too small that you can't fill a lot of stuff in it. Just nice. And it has adjustable straps if you wanna change the length when you slung it on your back. Price? £135, which made my eyes suddenly went big upon seeing the tag. If you like it, well bad news coz they're already out of stock and the one that I saw is the last piece on planet for sale! (unless they wanna 'revive' this one for next season...)
Then a couple of days back, I went to Topman to do my usual snooping. i spotted a backpack located somewhere at the back near the Topman 'vintage' collection at their flagship store in Oxford Circus. It's by Peace Corps - the in-store consession which brand is the same as my stripes long-sleeve tee before. When I look at the backpack, i was amazed that it looks quite similar to the Albam Summit pack before. I think for those backpackers who like the Albam one but never wanted to pay the hefty price tag, you might think of getting this one coz it's only £30. For students you can get extra 20% off this month..making it just a mere £24! And it's quite a good quality too coz it's made of canvas with leather trims. Isn't that such a bargain!?
The Age Of Industrialism (1920s)
After the First World War, the lounge suit, with its shorter jacket, began replacing the frock coat for everyday and business dress. This era also saw the birth of black tie and tuxedo for evenings, with the more formal white tie dress code fading. Gangland Chicago also had an effect with straight-leg trousers (usuall 23-inch around the cuff) worn high-waisted with double-breasted waistcoats.
Style Icons: Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hughes, Al Capone
The Age Of Pop Culture (1960s)
The growing inflence of teenagers and working-class heroes had a major impact. Up-and-coming stars such as Peter Sellers and The Beatles adopted the 'mod' approach with skinny-fit suits, drainpipe trousers cut short at the ankles and collarless jackets. The Sixties also saw the rebirth of Savile Row, while polo-neck sweaters often replaced the shirt-and-tie combo worn with a suit.
Style icons: Michael Caine, Paul McCartney
The Age of Hedonism (1970s)
The birth of disco gave the suit a new role to play as a weapon of seduction. In contrast to the Sixties, this decade spawned a generation of designer-clad, social climbers with a more flamboyant and liberated sense of dress. Italian fashion had international influence with exaggerated lapels, single-button fastenings and flared trousers.
Style icons: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Burt Reynolds.
The Age Of Deconstruction (1980s)
Designer Giorgio Armani used American Gigolo to unleash a new silhouette for mainstream men's tailoring. He removed padding and jacket lining and use slouchy fabrics such as linen for pyjama-soft trousers. This played against the contrast of power-dressing Wall Street yuppies and the pastel-coloured pushed-up-sleeve blazers wors with white T-shirts by Miami drug barons.
Style Icons: Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Eddie Murphy
The Age Of Minimalism (1990s)
The Nineties' obsession with minimising technology, de-cluttering your home and a more intellectual approach to fashion gave rise to a new, any-colour-so-long-as-it's-matte-black generation. Influenced by designers Helmut Lang and Comme des Garcons, plus Reservoir Dogs, slim-fit suits, skinny trousers, white shirts and slim black ties were in.
Style Icons: Michael Madsen, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale
The Age Of The Metrosexual (2000s)
In reaction to the monochromatic anonymity of the Nineties, the turn of the Millenium prised open a suppressed hedonism and unashamed flaunting of disposable income. Celebrities weren't afraid to expose their more flamboyant, feminine side. It saw luxury fabrics such as printed velvets and 'bling' embroidery play backdrop to this reincarnation of dandyism.
Style Icons: David Beckham, P Diddy, Justin
The Age Of The Retrosexual (2010)
Early indications point to a return to suave masculine values, the thype that orders Scotch on the rocks and uses Brylcream. Prime-time sensation Mad Men suggests the same Sixties suburban US Brooks Brothers style suit will have a stronghold in the foreseeable future. Shiny mohair suits with slim lapels and trousers that finish short of the ankle are key.
Style Icons: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Ford, Jon Hamm.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
(this is how the Turbine Hall @ Tate Modern looks like)
And some images from Selfridges' website...