KENZO’s Creative Directors Carol Lim & Humberto Leon, have announced the launch of the French brand’s debut eyewear collection for SS19 made in partnership with LVMH eyewear expert Thélios.
Shot by Nick Harwood the images and film follows the fashion house’s KENZOTOPIA theme for the season, showcasing a bright and fantastical world, full of their signature pops of colour. A utopia for a community who celebrate optimism and unity.
The brand’s American creative duo looked back at the near 50-year heritage of KENZO, picking out hints of the high energy and fun aesthetic the label has become recognized for a collection of equally bold eyewear and manufactured by master craftsmen Thélios, effortlessly fusing Parisian confidence with California Cool.
The brand’s bold and fluorescent tones echo those from their SS19 dress designs, playing with unique shapes and futuristic influences, complimenting the recognized KENZO vibe.
Reebok Classic’s ‘Club Workout’ design is making a comeback 30 years after first launching.
The shoe merged the Club C’s sole unit and the upper of the Workout Lo Clean, both also iconic Reebok Classic styles. This fusion resulted in a design with the stability of a classic tennis style but the flexibility of a fitness shoe. Alas the design never saw the light of day because of a boom in popularity of both the Club C and the Workout.
It may have been 30 years in hibernation but it is now finally available to the public.
The Club Workout is available in a colourway exclusive to size? Priced at £75 in stores and online now.
Baseball and sequins may not seem like the most likely of partnerships but that’s what British designer Ashish Gupta and Major League Baseball
have created with their new capsule collection.
Debuted during the recent London Fashion Week for AW17 Ashish incorporated the collaboration as part of his Wizard of Oz inspired unisex show. The line see’s the famous MLB teams LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs re-imagined as part of a collection that includes sequinned sweatpants, jerseys, jackets and tops and encapsulates the spirit of athleticism, style, diversity and inclusiveness that transcends sport.
The Ashish X Major League Baseball collection takes inspiration from the culture and iconography of Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago – encapsulating a spirit of athleticism, style, diversity and inclusiveness that transcends sport. A definite new take on the whole athleisure movement of late.
Ashish Gupta, designer, said:
“I would say it’s about positivity in a time of so much confusion. It’s about courage, equality, love and freedom. The phrases I’ve used on these pieces are trying to make this statement. I think it is a wonderful opportunity because I love baseball as an inspiration for equality and unity – the fact that it was the first sport to allow a person of colour to play professionally is incredible.
This collection brings together the male aesthetic translated in the most feminine way. I think I see it this season as more like the pieces being a labour of love, with really positive messaging.”
Balmain has released its AW16 campaign with the help of many of Creative Director’s Olivier Rousteing’s famous friends including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The young head of the fashion brand says…
On a chilly afternoon in early February, I was at Madison Square Garden, just as blown away as were the thousands around me—all of us hearing Kanye’s Life Of Pablo for the first time. In particular, the hauntingly beautiful Wolves made a big impression on me. From the moment I heard that song, I knew we had to use it for this campaign. I told Kanye that a few days later, when I called to congratulate him. I was thrilled when he immediately responded that he was on board and excited to see how involved he wanted to be—in addition to his music talents, he’s got an amazing cinematographic instinct.
Although I love my job, the collections and the shows can end up being a lot of hard work. The campaigns, though, are always an absolute joy to be a part of, from start to finish. This one, in particular, was a dream come true. It was shot right after the Met Ball. Pascal, Steven and I pulled together as many members of the “Balmain Army” who were in town and we spent two days creating a true collaboration—beginning with a riff on a Balmain after-party, and mixing dance, music, lyrics, photography and fashion in a new way that reflects the unique, diverse and modern side of this historic house. I couldn’t be happier with the result—or more grateful to all who played a part in its creation.
Luxury fashion house Versace has released a brand new fashion film for AW16 by acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber.
The film, titled “Chicago is my beat”, showcases the new womenswear and menswear looks from the brand’s AW16 line and feature models Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss.
On the film Weber comments…. The actor Robert Mitchum once told me, “when you first get to a new town, always make friends with a Blonde”. Well, when I got to Chicago, I found my blonde in you, Donatella. I wanted us to visit this city together because of its rich history and the spirit of love and harmony you feel in its music. Chicago is going through a tough time at the moment and could use a little encouragement – just like we all need ever once in a while. Because the kindness of its people helped me to make this photographs, I feel like I can now call Chicago “my beat”.
Donatella Versace adds…
Bruce Weber is the true master of our times. His photography is deeply personal and rich, a reflection of the world as he sees it. It has been my pleasure to enter once again into that world for this Versace campaign. With this new campaign, Bruce gave me my history back.
Grooming brand lynx is making its first moves into the premium market with the release a new line of higher end products.
The range includes three product collections; Signature, Urban and Adrenaline, each of which contain new hairstyling and anti-perspirant products alongside the unique Daily Fragrances. Each of the products offers different key ingredients to create 3 distinct fragrances. To create the new line Lynx partnered with one of the world’s leading fragrance designers – Ann Gottlieb – and two fragrance houses that are collectively responsible for creating iconic fragrances for fine fragrance brands including Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein.
The 3 fragrances are…
Signature: made with precious Oud Wood & Dark Vanilla, this is a subtle, woody fragrance, providing a smooth and memorable touch.
Urban: made with rich Tobacco and Amber, this is a smoky and sweet fragrance.
Adrenaline: made with Iced Musk and Ginger, this sharp, icy-fresh fragrance will kick start an adrenaline-fuelled day.
In addition to the fragrances the collection feature hair styling products and deodorants.
Alongside the new product range, Lynx have created a whole range of online tutorials.
The film series aims to answer the grooming questions guys ask online and show them how to achieve different individual looks with style and confidence. Instagroom can be found at https://www.youtube.com/lynx.
The new line is available nationwide and priced from £3.29.
Nestled just of the iconic Brick Lane is Taylor Taylor’s Cheshire Street salon.
The street has become a popular destination with shoppers with plethora of hip vintage shops and trendy cafes residing there, making Taylor Taylor’s presence there ideal for a pit stop between shopping.
A few moments down Cheshire Street you are met with an unassuming store front, once inside the salon you are met with highly ornate decor – taking inspiration from 18th Century English stately homes and French palaces. Though a little on the feminine side the salon does cater well to men, providing great services and even a full size brass topped cocktail bar.
The salon itself feels very intimate with a boutique feel, staff on hand to give advice without being pushy. On my visit I was given an appointment with stylist Tom Gilling, a friendly and personable young stylist who has worked on shows for brands including Craig Green, Sibling and Katie Eary during London Collections: Men.
Together we discussed what I wanted from my visit, in my case just a trim and to neaten up my cut. After the consultation it was time to get my hair washed and conditioned which happens in a separate part of the salon, again the staff were helpful and managed to get to get the right temperature, I’ve experienced countless times were the water temperature was either boiling or ice cold so it was a nice change!
I was very happy with the results, Tom took away the bulk which was making my hair look top heavy but while keeping length which I requested, making my hair more manageable and easier to style.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and was very happy with my cut, so make sure to book an appointment next time you;re headed east.
Designer J.W.Anderson and i-D Magazine celebrated the launch of the J.W.Anderson Workshops at London’s Ace hotel with guests from across the creative world including Holly Shackleton, Benjamin Bruno and Oliver Hadlee Pearch.
Guests enjoyed DJ sets from Michel Gaubert and Jonnie Wilkes with drinks courtesy of Patrón Tequila.
The celebration followed the designers AW16 presentation at LFW. Having the party at the Ace is very fitting with the designer’s Workshops concept store in the space immediately next to the hotel. The colourful 250 square foot store showcases current season J.W.Anderson lines as well as the work of other creative artists. J.W.Anderson made headlines last month by deciding to stream his AW16 menswear show at London Collections: Men on the gay dating app, Grindr.
French fashion house Balmain has continued its explorer theme from SS16 into its newly released still for its forthcoming AW16 campaign. Looking at the mindset and styles of those adventurers, soldiers and scientists after they have returned home to Paris.
This collection, combining traditional French, foreign, aristocratic and military influences into a new, modern urban style, celebrates that inspiring tradition of openness and adaptation. Scottish tartans, French Jacquards and Japanese wools are used for a variety of riffs on classic fraks, relaxed streetwearandcuirassieruniforms.Balmain’s ateliers ensure thatthe intricate embroideries, as well as the woven and quilted leathers meet the house’s exacting standards. As the runway makes clear, Balmain’s army continues to be made up of my generation’s most stylish men, a diverse and inclusive group that easily blends these luxury, heritage and street influences into its own relaxed and confident manner of dressing. Brazilian model Francisco Lachowski fronts the new campaign.