Tag: Dries Van Noten


As fast as a camera lens shutting: I interview Clym Evernden on the power of Menswear Illustration

Posted on 18th February, by Colin Chapman in menswear. No Comments

A new book, launching tonight with an exhibition at Paul Smith‘s gallery on Albermarle Street, celebrates the buoyancy of fashion illustration in menswear. I caught up with Clym Evernden, one of the talents featured in the book to find out more about why menswear illustration is having a moment right now.

1. Tell me about the book project. How did you come to be involved?

Richard Kilroy approached me to be part of the book. I’m thrilled that Richard approached me as I think now is a perfect time to acknowledge menswear illustration in its own right. Fashion illustration has previously occupied a cliche that it portrays almost exclusively womenswear, often in that tired old aesthetic of an elegant woman in the 1950s wearing couture, or walking down Bond street with shopping bags and … Read More »


In the studio with Diego Vanassibara

Posted on 13th April, by Colin Chapman in menswear, Shoes. No Comments

The recipients of New Gen Men, one of London’s most highly regarded initiatives for fledgling menswear design talent, were announced this week by the BFC. Backed by Topman, the scheme provides successful recipients with tailored mentoring support alongside their sponsorship, with a view to helping these emerging designers build their businesses. Among the latest line-up (and receiving the New Gen funding for the second time running) is shoe designer Diego Vanassibara. Diego cuts a dash not only with his unique personal style but also as the solitary men’s shoe designer within the line-up of colourful, largely East London-based fashion designers.

I caught up with Diego in his refreshingly leafy, suburban studio to discuss all things shoes. Originally from the South of Brazil, Diego initially studied architecture in his native country. Finding … Read More »


Fashionable Selby, a new fashion book by photographer Todd Selby

Posted on 22nd March, by Colin Chapman in Book review, menswear. No Comments

Photographer and design magpie Todd Selby‘s book Fashionable Selby has just been published and I got my hands on one of the first copies. Originally known for his photographs taken inside the homes of designers and other creatives, (usually showing off their eclectic, maximalist collections of ‘gorgeous things’), in this new book, “The Selby” focuses his attention on the studio spaces of people working within the fashion industry.

There are big names – Dries Van Noten, Isabel Marant, Nicola Formichetti – but some of the most interesting characters and spaces explored belong to people I hadn’t heard of before, like Dutch stylist and exhibition designer Maarten Spruyt, and ‘punk’ design trio Blackmeans from Japan. If … Read More »


Review: Dries Van Noten Exhibition at Musee des Arts Decoratifs

Posted on 6th March, by Colin Chapman in Designer profiles, Event, menswear. No Comments

The family of Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has been dressing the people of Antwerp for three generations, and now the work of its most famous son is being celebrated in Paris.

Strictly speaking, the Dries Van Noten exhibition, which opened in Paris on Saturday, is not a retrospective. We were told at the exhibition’s opening in Musée des Arts Decoratifs not to expect the Belgian designer’s career highlights, but that the show would instead reveal the creative process. The exhibition begins with the designer’s initial inspirations, by way of a room celebrating various artists through song and film titles, album covers and pieces by fashion designers of the 70s and 80s. The room emphasises the inter-connectedness of fashion within the greater cultural picture, and also gives an impression of the pivotal creative times that Van Noten emerged … Read More »


The Backstory: a conversation with Lou Dalton in her studio

Posted on 2nd August, by Colin Chapman in Lou Dalton, Studio Visit. No Comments

Next up in my conversations with exceptional designers from London Collections: Men is Lou Dalton. I caught up with Lou at her studio in Spitalfields last week. This was my third opportunity to get up close with her SS13 collection, which I’d first encountered in a showroom, just hours after her show, then, a week before our chat, I’d had the opportunity to try on some of the beautiful tailored pieces featuring panels of sports mesh from SS13 at a private orders night. It’s easy to see why this collection was the perfect opener to The London Collections: Men and went on to be so well received by the international press. The simple lines, solid palette of black, navy, stone and wine and the signature Dalton fusion of tailoring and technical sportswear told a story that was immediately discernible, needing … Read More »


ASOS shorts, for inspiration only

Posted on 31st March, by Colin Chapman in Shorts. No Comments

Absolutely loving these ASOS print shorts. VERY Dries Van Noten and also so much like the batik-print shorts I bought last summer from UNIS in New York that I’m prescribing myself from ordering. Probably. Being limited edition these lovelies are all but sold out.. and if you are a 36 waist you probably shouldn’t be contemplating them. I particularly love the Ikat print with its suggestion of Balinese elegance. Of course, in Britain Summer is a myth, not seen for many years. So you’ll have to wear them elsewhere on your travels. Perfect for stepping over that steaming New York manhole cover and ducking the water hydrant as you stride out for the evening, tote over bronzed shoulder bared in pastel vest en route to that fabulous bar on Elizabeth Street or joining friends on their roof in Williamsburg. Dream on dream on..


Spring Menswear Trends: hot off the (freezing) streets of London

Posted on 11th March, by Colin Chapman in Accessories, Street trends. No Comments

A few random Spring trends now that the dust has settled on LFW. Given that London is still in the grips of a seemingly never ending Narnia-like winter, the emphasis is still on warmth rather than Spring flesh flashings.

1. Soft-soled shoes, the kind that Grizzly Adams would wear to sneak up on Gentle Ben, are definitely surfacing on London feet. Sold in locations as diverse as Dover Street Market and American workwear/Americana stores. Those blending plaid, soft skins and crepe with obvious overstitching and all manner of olde/Native American fastenings look best. Quoddy and Yuketen have great options, OiPolloi stocks both brands.


2. Big scarves. Even the most laddish of lads have been seen wearing items verging on shawls recently. It seems that the eternal … Read More »

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