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Part of an ongoing collaboration with photographer Daniel O’Connell, Last of the English Roses was shot in my (then) back garden in Clapton, among the actual blousy, overblown blooms referred to in our chosen title. My styling approach with Daniel involves joining the dots between iconic menswear styles, drawn from a range of subcultures, with the newest, most interesting faces in the industry.  This  editorial shoot featured Mancunian circus arts student/it-can-only-be-a-matter-of-time-till-he’s-a-rockstar Felix.  Rocking up to the shoot in combat boots with a bleached skinhead and earring, Felix’s sense of personal style was perfect for the post-punk theme I’d conjured up. Notable pieces included this amazing tartan Crombie by  Gloverall, intarsia knitwear from Italian brand Barena and pieces from London’s own Lou Dalton, Daniel W. Fletcher and YMC among others. Given the current lockdown scenario It’s hard not to feel wistful for such playful, creative afternoons of shooting but the pictures give me hope of better times to come.


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There isn’t always a discernible theme during fashion weeks, and happily so, it would surely be deadly boring if designers repeatedly worked on a shared theme. But when an overriding idea seems, genuinely, to bubble up from the collective subconscious it’s a different story and can be a compelling journey. For SS19 that theme seemed

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On Monday morning the David Hockney retrospective opened at Tate Britain for invited members of the press. It says something about this artist’s longevity and wide, cross-cultural appeal that the assembled crowd covered the gamut from renowned TV art critics to fashion commentators such as international Vogue editor Suzy Menkes (who was seen exiting via

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Following a press launch last night, the exhibition North, exploring the depiction of Northern England in art, photography and fashion collections has just opened in, appropriately enough, Liverpool.…


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Earlier today, I visited Duckie Brown at their studio in the West Village to talk about their bold move in representing a single look for SS17. In a nod to the troubled economic and political times we’re living through, the Duckie’s felt it was “a good moment” to pause, and…


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Events for London Collections: Men SS17 got underway this evening on a bookish note, with the launch of a special ‘menswear library’ at the E.Tautz store in Mayfair. The exhibition, curated by Showstudio’s Lou Stoppard, is a special collaboration with Claire de Rouen, one of London’s most cherished art, fashion…


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I’ve only come back to wearing blue jeans very recently, I’ve had a thing about black denim for quite a few years now, which has seen me go through various cuts of Acne Jeans and more recently, versions from Robert James on the L.E.S. in New York, whose black denims…


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JW Anderson Having grabbed the headlines with his Grindr-hosted live stream, there was little that JW Andersen would do to raise eyebrows any further, given that his designs are already renowned for their off kilter, gender defying singularity. Looks including satin pyjamas in pastel colours and a cropped floral quilted…


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Day 2 of London Collections: Men is typically the busiest of the whole long weekend and AW16 was no exception, here are some personal highlights from a packed day of shows and presentations. Charged with the unenviable 9.30 Saturday morning slot, E.Tautz nevertheless offered us some warming nostalgia to counteract…


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LC:M is back again, and feels bigger and more sprawling this time with attendees being expected to navigate three official locations as well as the off-schedule curveballs in Soho and beyond. What used to feel like a celebration of menswear is now very much a corporate machine but London is…


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Part of an ongoing collaboration with photographer Daniel O’Connell, Last of the English Roses was shot in my (then) back garden in Clapton, among the actual blousy, overblown blooms referred to in our chosen title. My styling approach with Daniel involves joining the dots between iconic menswear styles, drawn from a range of subcultures, with the newest, most interesting faces in the industry.  This  editorial shoot featured Mancunian circus arts student/it-can-only-be-a-matter-of-time-till-he’s-a-rockstar Felix.  Rocking up to the shoot in combat boots with a bleached skinhead and earring, Felix’s sense of personal style was perfect for the post-punk theme I’d conjured up. Notable pieces included this amazing tartan Crombie by  Gloverall, intarsia knitwear from Italian brand Barena and pieces from London’s own Lou Dalton, Daniel W. Fletcher and YMC among others. Given the current lockdown scenario It’s hard not to feel wistful for such playful, creative afternoons of shooting but the pictures give me hope of better times to come.


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There isn’t always a discernible theme during fashion weeks, and happily so, it would surely be deadly boring if designers repeatedly worked on a shared theme. But when an overriding idea seems, genuinely, to bubble up from the collective subconscious it’s a different story and can be a compelling journey. For SS19 that theme seemed

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On Monday morning the David Hockney retrospective opened at Tate Britain for invited members of the press. It says something about this artist’s longevity and wide, cross-cultural appeal that the assembled crowd covered the gamut from renowned TV art critics to fashion commentators such as international Vogue editor Suzy Menkes (who was seen exiting via

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Following a press launch last night, the exhibition North, exploring the depiction of Northern England in art, photography and fashion collections has just opened in, appropriately enough, Liverpool.…


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Earlier today, I visited Duckie Brown at their studio in the West Village to talk about their bold move in representing a single look for SS17. In a…


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Events for London Collections: Men SS17 got underway this evening on a bookish note, with the launch of a special ‘menswear library’ at the E.Tautz store in Mayfair. The exhibition, curated by Showstudio’s Lou Stoppard, is a special collaboration with Claire de Rouen, one of London’s most cherished art, fashion…


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I’ve only come back to wearing blue jeans very recently, I’ve had a thing about black denim for quite a few years now, which has seen me go…


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JW Anderson Having grabbed the headlines with his Grindr-hosted live stream, there was little that JW Andersen would do to raise eyebrows any further, given that his designs…


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Day 2 of London Collections: Men is typically the busiest of the whole long weekend and AW16 was no exception, here are some personal highlights from a packed…


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LC:M is back again, and feels bigger and more sprawling this time with attendees being expected to navigate three official locations as well as the off-schedule curveballs in…


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Mad About The Boy, curated by Showstudio alumnus Lou Stoppard, opens on 8 January exploring fashion’s obsession with youth, focuses on the way ideas of the teenage boy are constructed through definitive collections and fashion images. Inspired by designers’ fascination with youth culture, Mad About The Boy will examine the…


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