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Black is still cool

I think out of all the colours, black is the most worn but the least liked. It seems to be the go-to colour if you’re uninspired  or just don’t feel like making much of an effort. It’s comforting in a way, I suppose.

I’ve come to appreciate black though, because of my collection of over-the-top shoes. In most settings, I can only wear the stand-out shoes with a toned down outfit, and black fits the bill nicely. Black is also a nice sort of blank canvas for powerful hats, jewellery and belts, if the situation (such as work) means that you can’t go all out on the ‘personal styling eccentricity’.

However, black can be made so interesting by using texture, volume, shape, proportion and so many other methods, like this collection of pictures shows. I hope you find them inspiring.

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Adam Lippes

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ADEAM

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Alexander Wang

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Altuzarra

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Akris

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Antonio Berardi

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Christopher Kane

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Ballerinas

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Paintings by Edgar Degas

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Photography by National Geographic

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NYFW: Looks Post 1

Here are some of the looks from NYFW that I really like. Mouse-over for the designer.

Josie Natori

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Josie Natori

Josie Natori

Hellessy

Hellessy

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Halston Heritage

Gary Graham

Gary Graham

Gary Graham

Gary Graham

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Derek Lam 10 Crosby

Escada

Creatures of the Wind

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Creatures of the Wind

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BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria

 
Images from style.com

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Styling Work: Ursus Cooler

I recently had a styling job for an advert for the Romanian beer ‘Ursus Cooler’. After a few days of shopping and fittings, we spent 16 hours on the beach filming. Here’s the final advert. You may have to log in to youtube to view the video because of age restrictions due to alcohol-related content.

I even had the adventure of driving the costume truck home because I had gone there by taxi in the morning, and there was nobody to drive the truck, so I offered to do it. I’ve never driven anything so big, and I feel that my next step up should be a concrete mixer! Ahaha :)

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The advert was shot with Rock Productions.

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Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

 

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Stella McCartney

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Missoni

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Nicole Miller

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E is for Excitement: Menswear S/S 2015 – Get ready!

Men’s S/S 2015 collections in London start  tomorrow. Here are some of the designers to look forward to on Day 1 (Sunday), with 3 looks each from their S/S 2014 collections. Scroll to the bottom for a full schedule of Sunday’s shows.

Lou Dalton

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Christopher Raeburn

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Agi & Sam

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Richard Nicoll

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Lee Roach

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Jonathan Saunders

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These are the shows and presentations tomorrow:

09:00 YMC

09:30 Nicholas Kirkwood

10:00 Lou Dalton

10:00 dunhill

10:30 John Lobb

11:00 Astrid Andersen

11:30 Kent and Curwen

12:00 Topman Design

12:30 Hardy Amies

13:00 Matthew Miller

13:30: Hentsch Man

14:00 Christopher Raeburn

14:00 Jonathan Saunders

15:00 MAN

16:00 Lee Roach

16:30 Louis Leeman Paris

17:00 Richard Nicoll

18:00 Christopher Shannon

18:99 Gieves & Hawkes

19:00 Agi & Sam

19:30 DKNY Men

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Licensed to Ill + Dangermouse

I was in Topman buying a gift for a friend and I spotted this men’s t-shirt. I bought one for myself and cut it into a sleeveless boatneck cropped top, perfect to wear with trousers! I love the Beastie Boys, and Licensed to Ill is my favourite album of theirs, so I just couldn’t pass on this t-shirt.

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I find that in general I prefer the graphics on men’s t-shirts, which means I have a lot of cropped boatneck sleeveless t-shirts in my wardrobe! I also have a lot of halterneck t-shirts – when I’m feeling crafty enough to use more than just scissors I take out the sewing machine and sew the t-shirt into a halterneck, like in this photo (the green straps are my bag).

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That’s a very old photo – I’ve since grown my hair past my shoulders and shaved it all off again!

I don’t remember where I bought this t-shirt, it could’ve been from one of those t-shirt shops in touristy areas abroad – I like to get large sizes because it gives me more material to work with to make halternecks, and if I want I can switch fabric colours from one t-shirt to another.

Dangermouse was one of my favourite cartoons in the 80s! I also have a Thundercats t-shirt, bought from one of the same shops – again, I loved Thundercats as a kid. Don’t get me started on the Ninja Turtles…

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C is for Christopher Shannon

One of my favourite menswear designers, Christopher Shannon has worked with designers including Helmut Lang. He is originally from Liverpool, and launched his label thanks to NEWGEN MEN. He is heavily influenced by sportswear and streetwear. Holding an MA in Menswear from Central Saint Martins, he was asked to design pieces for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

These pieces are from his S/S 2014 and A/W 2014/15 collections. He will be presenting his S/S 2015 collection on Sunday 15th June. I can’t wait!

 

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Mattijs

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Alexander McQueen (ring)

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