“Blink” Retail: Arcadia Press Day AW’14- Topshop and Topman

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.

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

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.

Topman, AW'14

Topman, AW’14

Topman, AW'14

Topman, AW’14

Here’s the show for you so you can appreciate the full Topman Design collection.

For more retail news, look here. For more menswear, then click here.

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Androgynous aka Boyish Birds

It’s been a popular stylist’s theme in the heavy hitting fashion magazines for some time, as well as featuring on Dolce and Gabanna‘s catwalk for AW’11, but I have to say, aside from the brothel creeper, crepe sole shoes that we were reporting on last Summer, this London Fashion Week was the first time we have seen the boyish look adopted so fully in ‘real life’.

Slightly cropped tailored pants, crisp shirts, boyish sweaters, loafers or Chelsea boots, school boy jackets and the occasional satchel create a youthful and engagingly naive feel. Add a kitten heeled winkle picker and suddenly it feels 60’s Mod scooter girl. There was a more grown up edge to this too, as seen on Anna Dello Russo who seemed to be channeling a bit of Bianca Jagger/ Gucci in the hands of Tom Ford.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Anna Dello Russo at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

Well, if you like this post, why not check out the rest of our London Fashion Week coverage by clicking here. Enjoy!

London College of Fashion MA Graduates: We Spotlight Giovanni Martins

Here is the third in our four part series from the LCF‘s MA Graduate show. The ‘Fashion Photography’ students showed a really wonderfully diverse approach to the art of fashion photography. Some of the projects looked like glossy magazine editorial, others looked like works of fine art. And then there was the work of Giovanni Martins. We were struck by the incredibly accomplished feel to the video that he presented at Victoria House. It felt really exciting, energetic and really very striking. Thanks Giovanni, for the following insight into your vision…

CONTEXT

I started out with a BA in  ‘Lifestyle & Design’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where I completed 2 years, but as I wanted to pursue a Fashion photography career I started searching for other courses that would help me to achieve my goal. I found this in the MA in ‘Fashion Photography’ at the London College of Fashion. Looking at some of their successful alumni, I decided that this would be a course that could help me to realize my dreams.

My time at LCF was a big experiment, working with new techniques, people and fashion. I actually gained a deeper and better understanding of my work, and even more important, how to communicate my vision and my narrative through visual storytelling.

THE FINAL PROJECT

My final major project consisted of another experiment. I have a deep interest of mixing media, combined with the rise of fashion film, so I decided to try to take this medium to a new level. I searched for a technique that I wanted to explore and gain a deeper understanding in, and I found that in ‘Bullet Time Animation’.

In short, this technique consists of an array of 50 photo cameras, which are all synced up together, and are able to take images simultaneously. I worked with the amazing guys at Lumasol, who specialize in 360 degree photography. In post production, layering and morphing these images together, results in a full frozen in time and space 360 degree view (in film) of the model. This technique is perhaps best known part in creating some of the key visual effects in ‘The Matrix’ movie trilogy.

When commencing work on this project, I started to research the Surrealist movement, as the surrealists were at the creative cutting edge in their time as well, trying to utilize new techniques in order to visualize their film based storytelling. I ended up with a 5 minute Fashion photography related moving editorial, inspired by ‘Le Manifeste du Surrealisme’ (1924 Andre Breton) as well as other diverse surrealist movies, such as ‘Blood of a Poet’ and ‘Un Chien d’andalou’.

Styling included avant garde couture pieces from designers such as Iris van Herpen (Dutch Design award winner) as well as Jan Taminiau, Una Burke, Emma Griffiths and ‘wearable works of art’ from Bibi van der Velden’s latest collection called ‘Sphere’.

The film, called ‘Manifesto’ received amazing feedback and is up for selection at some exciting film festivals, which i can reveal more about in a while…

What would your dream job be?

An internationally renowned high end fashion photographer working with Tom Ford, Lanvin, Gucci

Who or what has proven to be your longest standing inspiration?

Viktor & Rolf hands down.

These 2 dutch designers set the fashion world up side down with their elaborate catwalk presentations and perfectly executed mind-blowing concepts. Every show is a major inspiration for me, and would love to shoot their designs!

If not fashion photography and video art (is that even the right term for what you do?), what other creative discipline would you have chosen?

As mixed media is all a big blur, I think I would stay in the same disciplines, blurring boundaries of photography, film, animation and graphic design.

Can you see your skill set and style being utilized within the fashion market?

Currently I have some interesting projects running, so be on the lookout you might see my name pop up in place you would, and also would never expect!

What is the most exciting thing that you learnt on your MA?

Not so much in terms of ‘learning’ rather than that my Masters really functioned well as a catalyst in order to push my boundaries and take me and my work to the next level.

What three words best sum up your aesthetic?

Avant-garde, sexy, chic

ALEX MULLINS BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

GOTTA LOVE FIERCE BLACK GIRLS BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

MARNI FOR REAL MAGAZINE, BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

UNDEFINED GUCCI BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

Thanks so much to Giovanni for the time that he gave us, and do click here for interviews with other creatives who we find inspiring. Enjoy!