Tuesday, 31 July 2012

BLEU06 - Details FW12 #2

This week I'm taking a closer look at Thom Brown's Fall/Winter 2012 collection. I chose this mint green two piece suit embroidered with charming pink and white dogs. From close up it looks like your average well tailored (but slightly quirky) suit... until you step back. 
I love the crazy proportions of his pieces and the lighthearted touch of using domestic animals as motifs. I chose the green suit because of all the contrasts: the preppy, collegiate colours versus the edgy attitude of the spiked studs. I love the way Thom blurs the lines of what's acceptable in mens fashion, notice the bare midriff and the fuzzy mink merkin peeping out from the low cut check trousers? Punk rock and American football were obvious inspirations for this collection as seen in the heavy use of spiked studs and the over exaggerated shoulder pads. Although his collections aren't always the most wearable, it's great to see a designer that can take a concept and produce a collection that challenges and entertains all at the same time.

Images via HommeModel

Monday, 23 July 2012

Editorial: A Call To Arms - Interview Magazine

Sebastian Mader’s editorial in the July issue of Interview Magazine is probably my favourite showcase of some of the best Autumn/Winter 2012 collections. He chose to focus on the big military trend resulting in some really strong, masculine imagery. The styling is almost faultless, quite forward thinking but totally wearable at the same time. I love the subtle details like the Louis Vuitton feather brooch pinned to that chunky geometric scarf and those exaggerated lapels in the image above. Literally every piece in this editorial is on my lust list but the forest green Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Satchel (with the Prada cameo pin) is right at the top, in case any of you are feeling particularly generous. Check out the full list of credits here

Photographer: Sebastian Mader
Model: Taylor Gannon
Stylist: Miguel Enamorado

Images via F Tape

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Britain Creates: Fashion + Art Collusion

Two weeks ago I went to see the Britain Creates: Fashion + Art Collusion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The premise of the exhibition was to bring artists and fashion designers together to collaborate on brand new pieces of art that celebrate design and innovation during this important year in the history of Britain. Each piece was unique and really showed off the collective strengths of each artist or designer. I really enjoyed working my way through the intimate space.

This free exhibition ends on the 29th July 2012 at the V&A Museum so catch it if you can, there’s more details about the artists and their work here

Jonathan Saunders + Jess Flood Paddock
Each individual screen print was created by tossing one of Jonathan Saunders’ jumpers on to an exposing plate. The shapes created were then printed using vibrant coloured inks. The artists decided to present these prints as if they were clothes on a rail, almost like a mass produced fashion line. This was probably one of my favourite pieces in the exhibition, because of it’s simplicity and the clever way they combined colours.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

BLEU06 - Details FW12 #1

Summer here in the UK has pretty much been a write off so far. It looks like I we won’t be needing my summer wardrobe after all or am I just being pessimistic? Anyway, with that in mind I thought it would be a great time to re-visit some of my favourite Fall/Winter 12 collections. I’m not going to churn out another review as I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen enough of those. Instead I want to zero in on the tiny details that we don’t always see during the runway shows. This week I’m starting off with arguably one of the most prominent fashion houses of the moment. GIVENCHY.

Forget the minotaur graphic print tops and the stars and stripes that seem to be EVERYWHERE at the moment, one of my personal highlights from the Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was a pair of bejewelled brogues. I really loved the contrast of the traditional suit and the camp, over-the-top luxury of the shoes. Each stone was hand set and arranged in alternating sizes, the level of craftsmanship is something that I’ve come to expect from Riccardo Tisci. If I had to walk down a yellow brick road (or any other type of road for that matter!) I’d much rather wear a pair of these bad boys. 

Here’s a quick reminder of the rest of Tisci’s FW 12 collection, what piece(s) were your favourite?  

Images via: HommeModel

Bloggers’ Withdrawal Syndrome

So basically the last couple of days have been pretty manic to be honest. Two weeks ago I was sitting at home wondering what I’d end up doing for the rest of the loooooong summer holiday. I had no idea that 2 weeks later I’d be interning at one of London’s most respected Fashion Business magazines. I’m really enjoying working behind the scenes with the editors and all the clothes!! I’ve helped out with two issues so far and I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to physically see the work that you've been working on for days!

The fun doesn’t stop there though. As some of you may now, the British Fashion Council and Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation brought together a talented bunch of visual artists and designers to collaborate in a new exhibition, "Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion” held at the V&A Museum in London, I went down to have a look at the artwork so expect to see some images from that soon. I managed to squeeze in another amazing fashion-related event that same day. I went to see luxury brand, MCM’s new collection on an actual Routemaster double-decker bus! Between the fabulous collection and the free champagne I had a lovely experience, look out for images from that as well.

So now that we’re all updated, let the blogging continue!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


BLEU06 wishes our American brothers a great Independence Day tomorrow, whether you’ll be heading down to a beach party, barbecue or fancy dinner, we’ve put together some 4th of July-inspired looks to put you in a patriotic mood.

Lacoste Eastport Coated Canvas Bag - Lacoste
TOPMAN Stars and Stripes Denim Shorts - TOPMAN
River Island Plaited Wristbands - River Island
DC Pool LE Shoes - Urban Industry
The Quiet Life Painted Stripes 5 Panel Cap - ASOS
Reiss Rovner Crew Neck Top - Reiss

Paul Smith Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Twill Blazer - Mr Porter
Dolce & Gabbana Solid Classic Shirt - Matches
TOPMAN Stone Skinny Smart Trousers - TOPMAN
Grenson Archie V Brogues - Grenson
Nick Bronson Knitted Silk Tie - Liberty 
Bald Eagle Brass Brooch - Etsy