Male fashion UK style has been making a splash recently, what with cycling god Bradley Wiggins who confirmed his status as a style icon wearing a flamboyant blue velvet double-breasted suit with boot leg trousers. Meanwhile, 10 year old Romeo Beckham, son of David, made his modeling debut in a Burberry ad!
Blogs are already an important (and free!) source of inspiration and information and will only become more and more significant in deciphering future codes in fashion, design and lifestyle. From time to time, Hall Five will be highlighting some of what we consider to be the best of the best.
This time, one of our favorite London-based blogs, The Women’s Room. Written by two former WGSN editors, Amanda and Jane, this blog proves that forty-plus Mums lead aspirational lifestyles too.
Interesting review and interview in blog, The Women’s Room about Kate Mccgwire’s exhibition at The All Visual Arts Gallery in London. LURE features the artist’s sculptural shape covered in bird feathers and sitting in specimen glass jars. It’s reminiscent of Victorian taxidermy.
As some of you know I have been a HUGE Grace Coddington fan since I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago when she was signing copies of her last book. To find that someone who loves fashion as much as she does and also loves cats as much as I do, was such a thrill. She was lovely to talk to, as was her partner, Dider Malige and I will always treasure my copy of The Catwalk Cats.
Now that I’m here in London for a while, I finally got a chance to see the extensive Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at Tate Britain, entitled Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian Avant-Garde. Admittedly, I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager but even so, my over-riding thought was, “Must come again” as the galleries were teeming with visitors on the Saturday afternoon that I went. I saw my favorite John Everett Millais painting, “Ophelia” “in person” for the first time and felt quite overwhelmed by the attention to detail, the vibrant quality of the color and the emotional connection it engenders.
As reported by PSFK, a brand new shopping concept from New York-based Brit, Gill Linton. In her words,
Byronesque is the first combined editorial and e-commerce website that treats designer vintage fashion with the same progressive creativity as contemporary fashion magazines and boutiques… Our original editorial pays intellectual homage to the lives and minds of important, but not necessarily obvious, people in fashion history whose work inspires us to challenge today’s fashion and popular culture mediocrity.”
From Fashionista their top 9 fashion shows complete with lots of quotes from the fashion press.
Grunge! Chic beekeepers! New Looks! Damier dresses! If your head is still spinning from 9 days of nonstop fashion action the City of Light–ours are, for sure–we’ve got your handily reductive recap of each day’s critics’ pick for top show. Presenting the Paris Fashion Week spring 2013 Honor Roll.
There are models and there are actors ... and then there is the inimitable Tilda Swinton. At The Palais de Tokyo, she was the star of The Impossible Wardrobe, concept by Olivier Saillard, director of musée Galliera. Tilda Swinton, wearing a plain white robe, the kind once worn by the models in the couture salon of Yves Saint Laurent, walks on the runway, holding -“ but never actually wearing -“ articles of clothing from the historic archives of the Galliera, the Paris museum of fashion. Amazingly, each time was different as she created a sort of dialogue with the former owner of each garment, using specific gestures conceived by Axelle Doue, a model who was once the muse to designers like Thierry Mugler and Claude Montana who has collaborated with Saillard on previous performances.
“The clothes told me what I have to do,- Doue said. “Without the gesture, a coat or shoes or a dress cannot live.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview on NBC’s Today set to air on Thursday that he lives a “simple” life and proudly wears the same thing every day. Zuckerberg — who has appeared on GQ and Esquire‘s worst-dressed list in 2011 — confessed in an interview taped last week with Today host Matt Lauer that he owns “maybe about 20″ identical grey t-shirts. “I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right? I mean, it’s literally, if you could see my closet at home…,” Zuckerberg said. “My wife has a bunch of stuff. Although she has her drawer — primarily scrubs for the hospital — I get one drawer. And my drawer is about 20 of these gray t-shirts.”
Watertower is by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, a monumental water tower sculpture in colorful salvaged plexiglas and steel. Watertower is mounted high upon a water tower platform becoming part of the DUMBO, Brooklyn skyline. This project is the fourth work in the plexiglas and steel patchwork Icon series which features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world.
Color trend forecasting is a process and there are unfortunately, too few books laying out exactly what that entails and how. So, imagine my delight to be sent a wonderful book on Color Forecasting for Fashion, written by industry veterans, Kate Scully and Debra Johnston Cobb and published by Laurence King. It works both as a text book for fashion students and also as a reference for professionals and others curious to know how the system works.
Tous le fashion monde knows that fearsome editrex Anna Wintour is a voracious tennis fan which is perhaps why American Vogue commissioned eleven designers—and one tennis legend customized classic tennis balls In honor of the U.S. Open.