Better known for putting what’s on the shop rails at high-end boutiques the world over within reach of your laptop via a single, digital storefront, FarFetch has just released a book on food culture: FarFetch Curates: Food with luxury book publisher Prosper and Martine Assouline.
Drawing on the local expertise of the digital fashion brand’s inevitably widespread network, the book focuses on the finest food and drink experiences to be had around the world. With a foreword by Tim Blanks, the links between food and fashion are strongly established from the outset. As Blanks himself notes, curation is one of the defining words and activities of our times, social media making us all ‘curators’, with fashion and food being familiar tag mates on Instagram brunch shares the world over.
Hopefully you’ll be relieved to hear it’s not all about … Read More »
J.W Anderson, The Fear of Naturalism, mens AW 11 collection
The 9am slot is notoriously difficult, fashion people not being known for a love of morning appointments but J.W. Anderson drop kicked us into the day with a show simmering with subversive elements.
As seats filled, the audio atmospherics popped and fizzed like a forest at dawn, the sound of a legion of insects about to invade. A swirl of cold wintry sound and ‘Eisbaer’, an anthem of the early 80s Neue Deutsche Welle by Swiss band Grauzone, kicked in. Transferring us instantly to the free zone of 1980s Kreuzberg squats, and a time when people reveled in the opportunity to tear things up and start again.
In the notes for this collection Anderson stated that his intention was to. Androgynous insect boys strode out in slim fitting but multi-layered combinations, their overall silhouttes resembling stick insects or mantes. Hair was uniformly short and rigidly groomed, a very Berlin combination of regulation and punk attitude.
Closing the day’s presentations (at least for me) at LFW’s menswear day was a film presentation by the idiosyncratic designer Adrien Sauvage. Living between London and Berlin, the still-youthful former stylist now creates (usually monochrome) collections and walks a very deliberate line through Savile Row traditions armed with a very current sense of humour, not dissimilar to that employed at E.Tautz. You can now catch the film over at Nowness or from Monday on the A. Sauvage site itself.
Lou Dalton must have drawn the short straw to have the 9am slot for her menswear show today, but good fortune was definitely on her side in what turned out to be a really cohesive collection full of wearable pieces featuring lots of rich details. Taking the nomadic lifestyle of the Romany people as a theme, this allowed for a mix of utilitarian functionality mixed with a roguish magpie’s eye for combination and colourful details.
So LFW officially started for me today, with a packed show at Charlie le Mindu. The hairstylist/wigmaker turned catwalk designer fully lived up to his outrageous reputation in a show featuring naked models, rubber hats, and lots of references to old Hollywood, including of course the iconic Hollywood sign, here represented as a hat made from shiny purple vinyl letters.
Of course, as a menswear blogger I was just as interested in what the men in the crowd were wearing. In the line outside the club- kid-heavy crowd were mostly wearing black, a gothic theme I’d already noted in New York at events like the Oak street party. The ankle flashing/hem rolling mega trend shows no sign of slacking, despite the chilly weather. I was approached by a fashion student type for a pic of my Toile de jouy Opening Ceremony … Read More »