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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 :)
The advert was shot with Rock Productions.
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.
Agi & Sam
These are the shows and presentations tomorrow:
09:30 Nicholas Kirkwood
10:00 Lou Dalton
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
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
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.
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).
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…
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!
Headonism, supported by the Royal Ascot and curated by Stephen Jones, is an initiative by the British Fashion Council to support emerging talent within millinery. At London Fashion Week AW13, the five designers showcased were Aurora Ozma, Emma Yeo, William Chambers, Piers Atkinsom and Moody and Farrell.
A short video introducing the Headonism exhibition can be viewed here.
I spoke to some of the designers at Headonism:
Aurora Ozma is based in London but is originally from Newcastle. This is her second collection, and her first time at Headonism. She is inspired by her love of vintage clothes and hats, and is completely self-taught. She uses materials such as nappa leather, Swarovski crystals and buckram coated with acrylic paint to achieve a texture that doesn’t look ‘too clean’. She is also inspired by figures such as Marie-Antoinette.
According to the press release for this collection title ‘Backseam Bullet’, it draws upon influences such as the Belle-Epoque, tattered American-tan stockings, and girdles.
I really like the collection – the colours are neutral and really adaptable, and the styles are classic but still unique. I love the glamour of the hats, and I think they’d add plenty of attitude to an outfit.
For more information, you can visit Aurora Ozma’s website.