Category: shopping


Opening Ceremony’s Shoreditch

Posted on 24th July, by Colin Chapman in menswear, shopping. No Comments

This morning Opening Ceremony’s latest outpost opened it’s doors at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. British designer Max Lamb has transformed the diminutive shop space, lining the walls in ivory latex, the sinuous folds emphasising the height of the interior, and furnishing the boutique with floating blue metal rails and a centerpiece table hewn from natural rock. This painterly colour scheme offsets Opening Ceremony’s current Surrealist-inspired collection perfectly, as Birkenstock clogs daubed with the work of Rene Magritte sit prettily on a block of rough polystyrene, itself sealed with a rubbery, peachy-coloured paint. There is an obvious visual synergy between Max Lamb’s work here and Opening Ceremony’s love of the unexpected, the purely playful and their mutual desire to create something unique. With collections touching on some of … Read More »


Fashion’s Night Out New York Sept 2011 – a heady mix of fashion and music

Posted on 12th September, by Colin Chapman in Fashion launch, New York, shopping. No Comments

I’ve never experienced Fashion’s Night Out in London, but here in New York it really is a major happening. Streets thronged with people and events hosted by every major label and fashion retail outlet in the city. This year I made the resolution to restrict events to SOHO, though there was more than enough going on in this one neighbourhood to make the night a busy one. A few highlights: Helmut Lang won hands down as longest queue of the evening, and there was more than a hint of Studio 54 exclusivity going on at the door. Speaking of Studio 54, OAK on Bond Street held a disco-themed party, with limited edition T-shirts featuring the likes of Burt Reynolds in his beefcake pin-up days and an iconic Bianca Jagger astride a white horse at the legendary nightclub. As FNO really isn’t a time to shop, I returned to pick up one of each the next morning. Music is always a highlight of FNO in New York, with artists as diverse as Patti Smith, Courtney Love and indie bands Best Coast and Sun Airway playing in the city that night. Nomi Ruiz DJed the If boutique party before playing with her band Jessica 6 at the launch of Nicola Formichetti’s Nicola pop-up store, though the nearest our weary feet came to dancing was at the Odin party, where indie-dance by the likes of HolyGhost! and The Rapture had the crowd moving.


A taste of Thai street fashion: Bangkok

Posted on 25th January, by Colin Chapman in Bangkok, shopping, street fashion, Thailand, travel. No Comments

Quick summary of recent travels in Thailand from a shopping/fashion perspective. The photo is an example of Thai street fashion: punky boy in Simpson’s T-shirt with bleached quiff and winklepickers..

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