The first ever ready-to-wear collection by bespoke tailors Thom Sweeney is now available exclusively on Mr Porter. Conceived from all the essential elements that make Thom Sweeney tailoring individual, the collection focuses on the construction, quality and styling which all fit within the tailoring duo’s bespoke values.
‘We wanted to create a Ready-to-Wear collection that was in line with our Bespoke collection. Aiming to appeal to our clients who are time sensitive, who appreciate timeless modern tailoring, great quality fabrics and our signature style’
Thom Whiddet and Luke Sweeney, Thom Sweeney
‘We are delighted to launch Thom Sweeney’s ready-to-wear line exclusively on MR PORTER for Spring 14. Thom and Luke’s approach to a modern cut bespoke suit has finally been applied to something available off the peg and with delightful results. The cut is slim without being tight, the lapel broad without being wide, and the sharp distinctly British in feel without being old fashioned.’
Zara has released its lookbook for its February offering featuring spring worthy investment pieces. The shirting visit poplin fabrication and loads of fitted bib detailing. There’s great jackets as expected from Zara and their neoprene sweatshirt looks good too. The best part is that they are all available instore now.
KNIT TROUSERS WITH CORD / LEATHER SANDAL
COTTON, SILK AND CASHMERE JUMPER / TROUSERS WITH TOP STITCHING
FAUX SUEDE DENIM STYLE JACKET WITH POCKET / OVERSIZE TOP TECHNICAL TROUSERS / COTTON, SILK AND CASHMERE JUMPER TROUSERS WITH TOP STITCHING
B-side by Wale dressed Ellie Goulding for her 2014 Brit award Performance yesterday in a bespoke piece that was created by the label and the artist’s creative team.
Over several meetings and fittings, the B-side by Wale design team custom fitted and bespoke designed to a brief, working alongside Ellie’s creative team to give the feeling of an angelic and floaty atmosphere during the performance.
Nigerian models TY Ogunkoya and Harry Uzoka feature in the same editorial for the first time. They were considered drool worthy boys for a Paper Mag editorial aptly titled Drool Britannia. Photographed by James Hazlett-Beard.
Photographed by James Hazlett-Beard / Art Direction by Akmal Shaukat / Styling by Victoria Gregory / Makeup by Michael Gray at David Evans Artists / Hair by Daniel Dyer at David Evans Artists / Stylist Assistant: Molly Taylor.
Fernando Cabral fronts the A.Sauvage SS14 eyewear campaign shot by Adrien himself featuring 50′s inspired classic shapes. See more of the range from an earlier feature here. The range includes optics and sunglasses and they’re available online here.
Supreme delivers one of its strongest collections ever featuring skater Jason Dill. Some of the bits are corny AF! but overall it’s a solid offering. Available on February 20th at Supreme NY, LA and London stores and February 22nd in Japan.
Supreme ss14 camp caps are looking really good. There’s a whole load of variety and some witty styles like the open mesh cap which are very practical when the summer heat comes around. There’s certainly a few misses, but more hits and there’s also one or 2 caps in here for everyone. Available on February 20th at Supreme NY, LA and London stores and February 22nd in Japan.
The iamISIGO blood and bones ss14 collection was inspired by the concept of exploring and celebrating the human body through a unique combination of colours, style and self examination. The label’s creative director Bubu Ogisi completed a line inspired by the inner workings of the human body.
“A collection created while I was pregnant, my body went through so many changes. My “blood” and my “bones” were creating another being, my son. My body inspired me to create a collection that reflects my innermost workings.” – Bubu Ogisi
River Island Design Forum, our platform for championing up and coming design talent in the fashion industry, returns with another womenswear collection this time by critically acclaimed Katie Eary. Featuring music from Katie’s BFF Kayne West, “Blood on the leaves” is the perfect accompaniment to this super cool fashion film.
Our cover girl this month is Jennifer Olize, founder and coordinator of Music Meets Runway. The success of her third outing is such a remarkable feat and with such emphasis on self-reliance and improved direct marketing skills, she stands exemplary amongst her pairs. Rave of the moment, Phyno joins us on a fashion editorial, which was beautifully photographed by Ty Bello.
For the final act of the I Heart Studios x Shoreditch Art Wall street canvas takeover we are delighted to present an artistic collaboration with their South-East London neighbours, Underated London. The I HEART STUDIOS creative team worked closely with the brand to create a set of images that clash modern street culture with historical religious aesthetics.
Unveiled on Wednesday the 12th February, the new images take the religious iconography and renaissance themes from the S/S 14 Underated collection to create a dramatic background themed on stained glass windows to make a real brand statement. This backdrop is then given a modern and contemporary twist with neon colour accents throughout.
Photos via Instagram – @saintrecords , @thembihanify
Siblings Darlene and Lizzy Okpo presented their AW14 collection at the just concluded NYFW. They re-interpreted checks which are going to be big come fall in their own witty way. They also collaborated with Namibian based footwear label Brother Vellies for a chic range that included brogues and sandals.
Maki Oh by Amaka Osakwe & Orange Culture by Adebayo Oke – Lawal are among 30 semifinalists for the inaugural LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, which comes with a grant of 300,000 euros, or $409,750 at current exchange, plus a year of coaching from Africa – Nigeria to be exact, and New York based Africa Ethical Label, Suno out of the 1221 budding designers that applied. Haute Fashion Africa
It is sad to admit that I am not so often in the kitchen. In order to feed myself, I use a wonderfull app I discovered. Have you tried Hellofood.com.ng yet? It is an online network that helps everyone to find restaurants online and get delivered delicious meals home or at the office. I had a go with it and I must say, it is really effective. The plus side is the app. It is Downloadable on the App store and on the Google play . It is always amazing to me to be able to just take my phone out and order from wherever I am some Pizza or other while I am getting back home. Hope you will enjoy it as much as i do.
The second offering from our KINGDOM T-shirts, is the Nsibidi ‘Battle’ series, inspired by the historical system of symbols indigenous to Southeastern Nigeria, and known as “Nsibidi”. The symbols date back several centuries, and were known to be a secret mode of communication about love, warfare and the sacred. We were inspired to re-interpret these long forgotten symbols as post modern contemporary Africans, with each t-shirt bearing a symbol, signifying a secret message from its wearer.
Africa has got over 2000 languages and over 1000 unique tribes. Among all of this is a vast amount of rich cultural heritage to tap from and translate as an African fashion label. Kingdom Tees for the latest offering have mapped out eastern Nigeria and its ancient symbols used for communication. The justice done to these symbols re-instate my views on the fact that African fashion isn’t just about prints. These tees clearly depict Africa and the motifs/symbols all carry within them hidden tales of cool Africana from centuries past.
Tokyo graphic design house nowartt and the Japanese luggage specialist master-piece have joined forces to collaborate on a collection exclusive to online menswear retailer oki-ni. The collaboration includes 2 bags styles – a backpack and a tote bag – with one produced in each print style. The master-piece bags themselves continuing with tradition have been handcrafted to the highest standards and produced from luxurious leather, hard-wearing Cordura nylon and soft suede.
Following on from our AW12 collaboration between master-piece x oki-ni x Indigofera, this new series replaces warm Indigofera blankets with expressive prints created by nowartt, while again using rugged master-piece bags as the canvas. We asked nowartt to create a series of prints inspired by the extra-terrestrial setting of our AW12 video, The Launch. THey took our brief as a starting point and then moved beyond it to produce 2 colourful, expressive prints that incorporated wild horses and broken flowers.
UK Based brand Voi Jeans, heads to Benidorm for the big reveal of their SS14 Collection and lifestyle shoot. The brand aims to loosen the reigns and add an energetic vibe to the images, to give their reputation a refreshed boost.
Growing brand Voi Jeans, slogan: ‘Engineered for you’ continues to evolve showing no signs of stopping as they bring forward their latest SS14 offering. Technical fabrics, retro influences, tropical prints and jungle inspired aesthetics are amongst the looks that the range has to offer.
I’m a bit of a latey in reporting this news but better late than never eh? Tom Ford got together with his long time friend Carine Roitfeld to create these stunning image for his eponymous labels spring summer 14 ad campaign. See full credits below.