Quintessentially British brand Hawes & Curtis is evolving from a traditional Jermyn street shirt-maker to a brand that celebrates the British lifestyle and brings out the heritage in its journey. Here, the brand lets us in on their top ten style tips for the modern gentleman. Jermyn Street is a road with more than a 300-year-old history and is associated with distinguished Gentlemen around the world. Including bespoke and ready-to-wear shirts and suits, the Jermyn Street look embraces an all-time classic feel that’s perfect for wearing in the city. A true investment in every gentleman’s wardrobe should be a perfectly cut navy suit because it can be worn from morning to midnight and is perfect for most occasions. Worn with a 100% Egyptian cotton, crispy white shirt – another menswear staple of which one can never have enough – the look is always sharp and stylish.
What inspired you to create luxury travel accessories? I was looking for a wash bag and I just couldn’t find anything that was stylish and well made for under £100. In 2008 I designed a range of wash bags and showed them to the department store Liberty who bought them all on the spot. I’d accidently ended up with an accessories label. I then added to the collection with a range of eye masks, travel pillows and other gifts.
How did you go about entering the luxury market? I studied Fashion at Central St Martins School of Art and Design and even though I trained in womenswear I was always more interested in the accessories. Following graduation I worked for a number of fashion houses and then launched Otis Batterbee.
Women borrowing from the boys isn’t exactly new. Actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were rocking masculine styles way back in the 1920s. Meanwhile, the last decade has seen everything from ‘boyfriend jeans’ to boyish sportswear for women go mainstream. However, while women are often perfectly happy being referred to as Tomboys, the reverse hasn’t always been the case. When Kanye West decided to wear a Givenchy skirt to his concert two years ago he got some serious flack for it. So much so that he supposedly demanded a certain picture agency remove all incriminating evidence of it. How refreshing then, that this season is embracing a more feminine approach to mens fashion and seeing it as something to be celebrated. It’s a sign of the times when men’s heeled shoes and lacy tops
The world of haute couture has always been wildly elusive. No one really knows how it all works and even who the super-rich clients are. For this reason, the upcoming fashion documentary Dior and I, which promises to lift the lid on couture at the prolific French fashion house, is pretty hotly anticipated.
Filmed during the creation of new artistic director Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection in the spring of 2012, the director Frédéric Tcheng was granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. The results are revealing to say the least.
With only eight weeks for Simons to create his debut collection, as opposed to the five to six months it usually takes, we get to see a very raw side to the fashion house. The pressure on the former Jil Sander
Autumn/Winter’s single earring trend may have made its mark with fashion insiders around the globe but the latest jewellery look – mismatched earrings – is set to become even bigger. From the red carpet to the catwalk, identical pairs of earrings are making way for a host of fabulous off-kilter styles.
We’re not just talking about slightly different colour tones or variations of shapes either. The bolder the differences, the better. Whether it’s a dazzling shoulder-duster paired with a delicate drop earring or a pearl stud teamed with an oversized hoop, it’s these dramatic juxtapositions that really lend the look its charm.
The look featured heavily on the runway this season. In Peter Copping’s Spring/Summer show For Nina Ricci, there wasn’t a matching pair of earrings in sight. Models were sent down the catwalk in odd earrings made from an eclectic mix of materials including pearls, crystals and stones. The effect was unconventionally cool.
To say the V&A and the Tate are about to experience a busy spell is something of an understatement. Why? Two words. Alexander McQueen.
The late British fashion designer features in two major London shows at the respective galleries from this week. There’s already been a rush on ticket sales and fashion insiders from around the globe are expected to flock to them.
It’s understandable. From the moment Lee Alexander McQueen burst onto the London Fashion Week scene in 1993, sending models down the runway in dresses hand-printed to look like they were covered in blood, it was clear he was a one-off. In many ways he was an artist as much as he was a designer and his shows were incredibly theatrical events that would leave fashion editors in awe. Five years on from his tragic death, it seems his legacy will never be forgotten.