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Here’s the final installment of our Arcadia Press event highlights. Topshop is a guaranteed inspirational stop off, but I think Topman is fast catching up in the style stakes. Exciting news for all you fashionable boys.
So, starting with Toppers, here are a few of my favourites from the collection on show. It was hard to put a finger on exactly where they were heading for Autumn as there was a very diverse selection on show, so I decided just to plump for some pieces that I thought look interesting and innovative. I love this coat, taking inspiration from the baseball/ Varsity jacket but taking the look forward into new proportions. These badge emblazoned jeans are gorgeous and quite similar to a pair from Mother that I’ve had my eye on. Finally that sparkly sporty number- by way of Tom Ford, by way of Geoffrey Beene as seen in this previous post.
The most exciting items on the Topman rail were those from the AW’14 Topman Design collection. Really lovely use of contrasting textures, surface effects and traditional, muted tones contrasted with bold colour. I will be having a look at a few of these myself come Autumn! Loving these heavy duty, super functional looking trainers/ hiking boots too. Great colour.
Here’s the show for you so you can appreciate the full Topman Design collection.
We do love a new label, and although Jena.Theo is not strictly brand new (they won the Fashion Fringe award in 2009), they had escaped our attention until this February’s LFW show at Somerset House. Founded by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, who met at the London College of Fashion in 2002, Jena.Theo is the result of their combined creative skills and experience in design and buying, as well as their diverse backgrounds blending British and Greek influences.
What first attracted us to their AW’14 collection was the brilliantly bold pattern combinations and the diversity from denim through to structured, dramatic dresses. Much of the pattern is due to O.Two, aka James Carey, a graphic artist/ illustrator who joined the team in 2011. Romy, the Jena.Theo studio assistant, showed us through the collection which actually comprises of three parts- Pre, RTW and Denim. The pre-collection featured gorgeous tropical, brightly coloured pattern that was reflected in the mainline RTW, which diversified into wonderful metallic finishes, graphic lines and more structured base cloths. The denim offer works with the rest of the pieces, but is a separate and complete entity showcasing clever cutting, great finishes and cool graduated colour effects.
Already internationally stocked in prestigious stores Jena.Theo has made an impression on the fashion world, and we think this collection may be the one to bring this creative and innovative label into the general fashion crowd’s consciousness. I’ll be slipping into some of their AW’14 pieces as soon as they drop into Wolf and Badger or pop up at ASOS and Young British Designers.
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I am a huge advocate of working sustainably and ethically, and with that in mind, I am always excited to see what’s happening in the Estethica section of the LFW exhibition. Honestly, it’s not always the treat that it should be. To me, I feel like I see lots of collections aesthetically driven by their decision to create an ethical and sustainable label, rather than their collection’s handwriting being driven forward by their creativity and fashion vision, and then translated in an ethical and sustainable way. It’s kind of like the tail wagging the dog; it’s just the wrong way round. People buy fashion because they like the way it looks, how it reflects their character and attitude, and I would suggest that the ethics come second in the decision. Even if a shopper is committed to only buying ethically, they will be making their selection from that pool of brands based on the aesthetic that resonates with them, not by who has created the most highly sustainable and ethical collection.
Right, with that all out of the way, let me introduce you to Liora Lassalle, who we discovered in the Estethica section of the LFW exhibition, and who, for us, has created a label that brilliantly responds to our fashion desires and also fulfills an ethical and sustainable brief. Perfection!
Lassalle recently graduated from Central St Martins, and has already made great headway establishing herself on the British fashion scene. In her SS’14 collection, Lassalle up-cycles denim in to super cool, fresh and exciting shapes, detailed with leather trims and coordinated with printed hemp and silk blend pieces. The collection feels youthful, energetic and exciting. Lassalle herself, in our brief chat, seems to be very clear in what she is aiming to achieve and committed to her ethical approach. We expect to be seeing more and more of this talented young designer.
Highlighted by the fabulous, denim focused windows in Selfridges right now (celebrating their relaunched, restyled and brilliantly refreshed denim department. Want Primark denim without the overcrowded, panic-fest that is the Primark store? Selfridges have added it to their Denim Studio!) it seems we are all into a bit of customization. I think this is very well timed as fashion harks back to the 80’s when we were all madly patching, bleaching, tie dying and slashing our clothes.
Here are some high street highlights of retailers embracing this look on our behalf, and very kindly taking all the hard work on themselves, featuring some of the great, customized looks from Selfridges.
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