Tagged: monochrome

ASOS VIA ALEXANDER WANG VIA FIFTH ELEMENT GAFFER TAPE REALNESS

Inspiration

A non-tanline friendly Milla Jovovich as a proper little mental in Fifth Element

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High End

One of my favourite collections of his for a long time – Alexander Wang’s SS13 optical illusion mesh and leather monochrome cut-out pieces

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High Street

Always a big player in the designer interpretation game, ASOS, £38

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STREET STYLE ROUND-UP / WOMENS / VOL VI

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WHY CAN’T I BE YOU? VOL VIII: RUBY ALDRIDGE

In general I’m always a bit dubious about models as stylistic inspiration as I can never really trust if it’s their wardrobe I want or their crazy-good genes (this does not include mentalist Hanne Gaby, who as I’ve said before, has an amazing wardrobe but does look a lot like a dinosaur), but #unpopularopinion – I ‘m not actually an Aldridge #stan at all so I can let myself off on this one.

As with all of my WCIBY crushes, Ruby’s style is mostly monochromatic, androgynous and built around staple basics. ALL GD THINGS. Another reason I’m a big fan of her street style is that despite being 8ft 3ins tall and weighing the same as a bag of flour, her sartorial choices aren’t things that can only be carried off by genetic freaks, but are universally wearable (apart from maybe the microscooter).
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MENSWEAR / LN-CC / BEST OF THE SALE

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The sales are what God created on the 8th day, to make the horrible equation of ‘wanting + buying = 20p noodles for the rest of the month’  easier on us all, probably after spending his rest day looking at clothes he couldn’t afford. The smug thrill of getting something with a major fist-bump discount is an emotion so amazing that it can only be topped by telling people about it. LN-CC has long been a favourite of mine for menswear and is always my first go-to during the sales, particularly as it means I can shop from the comfort of my freezing office rather than dragging my sweating, harrassed, afro’d corpse around actual shops. Here’s my pick of the best of the current sale stock:

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STREET STYLE ROUND-UP / MENS / VOL IV

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GENDERBENDING WITH RAD HOURANI

I had a week off work, and somehow this turned into a week off from life in general, hence no posts. Anyway, the important issue here is Rad Hourani’s new unisex collection. I’m a big fan of Hourani in general, you know me, I’ve yet to meet a black androgynous look I didn’t like, but this new collection is a little bit special. The new collection, Unisex Couture, is only his ninth since launching in 2007, and features everything that is good in the world – a no-colour colour palette of black, white and grey, origami cuts and structured layering. Mmm, child. There’s a brilliant line on his website – “NO GENDER, NO SEASON, NO RULES”, which is also my attitude to my sex life. Bdum, tish.

“I STARTED IMAGINING CLOTHES THE SAME WAY I STARTED CREATING IMAGES: WITH A SENSE OF CURIOSITY AND INNOCENCE DRIVEN BY MY NO-BACKGROUND BACKGROUND. NO SCHOOL. NO TEACHERS. NO TELLY. NO BOUNDARIES. NO FORMATTING. I LIKE THE IDEA OF A WORLD THAT WE COULD LIVE AND SHAPE BY OURSELVES, ONLY BY OBSERVING. EACH OUR OWN. MY CLOTHES HAVE ERUPTED FROM THIS WORLD OF MINE. THEY ARE ASEXUAL, ASEASONAL, THEY COME FROM NO PLACE, NO TIME, NO TRADITION, YET THEY COULD BE HOME ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. THEY EXUDE A SENSE OF DISCREET CHIC, THE ESSENCE OF TIMELESS STYLE, DRAWN ON A MONOCHROMATIC AND GRAPHICAL CANVAS. PALETTE OF BLACKS AND SHADES OF TIMELESS COLORS. SOPHISTICATED UNISEX MODERN CLASSICS FOR ANTI-CONFORMIST INDIVIDUALS.” – RAD HOURANI

TWO UNISEX COLLECTIONS = ONE UNISEX CONCEPT

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STREET STYLE ROUND UP / WOMENS / VOLII

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AW13 / MFW / ROUND-UP

Milan Fashion Week brought all of the expected opulence and excess it is famed for, interspersed with a heavy dose of Great Gatsby/Grey Gardens inspiration (which makes sense, as Prada are doing the costumes for the upcoming remake of the Great Gatsby) and tartan. In amongst this were the enduring themes of New York and London – leather, bomber jackets and masculine tailoring.

The stand out collection for me was Fausto Puglisi, who served up the kind of collection Ricardo Tisci might if he had an unlimited gift card for the John Lewis haberdashery. That might sound like a criticism, but I bloody love the John Lewis haberdashery. Despite a grammatically appalling website, definitely have a look if you’re not familiar with the brand, as this is only his second collection, so I’m imagining some really great things to come.

Here’s a selection of the best looks from MFW.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Dolce

Dolce

Dolce

Dolce

Dolce

Dolce

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi

Fendi

Fendi

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Gabriele Colangelo

Gabriele Colangelo

Genny

Genny

Genny

Genny

Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre

Iceberg

Iceberg

Iceberg

Iceberg

Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Just Cavalli

Just Cavalli

Marni

Marni

Marni

Marni

MaxMara

MaxMara

MaxMara

MaxMara

Missoni

Missoni

Moschino

Moschino

Moschino

Moschino

MSGM

MSGM

MSGM

MSGM

Ports 1961

Ports 1961

Prada

Prada

Sportmax

Sportmax

Sportmax

Sportmax

Ter Et Bantine

Ter Et Bantine

Trussardi

Trussardi

versace

Versace