Tag: The Showroom Next Door


The devil’s in the details: Giuliano Fujiwara, AW12

Posted on 21st February, by Colin Chapman in Collection review, London Fashion Week, menswear. No Comments

One of the pleasures of Fashion Week is the blend of studio and showroom visits and more traditional catwalk shows and presentations that I’m able to attend here in my hometown. Whilst there is undoubted excitement in a catwalk show, and I love the theatre of it all, for appreciation of fine clothing you can’t beat a showroom or better still, design studio. The Showroom Next Door is a fixture on my Fashion Week circuit, and yesterday I dropped by to see the selection for AW12. A few meaty posts are on their way, covering perennial fave Casely-Hayford for example, but for now, here are some details from the collection by Giuliano Fujiwara. In terms of high-end designer fashion, the devil is very much in the details, and this truism was really brought home to me once I started trying on Mr Fujiwara’s collection for AW12 yesterday. I’ve recently become very appreciative of fine buttons, and those seen on the coats here, are of the highest quality, suggesting the elegance of bygone eras. So, consider this a foretaste of Menswear Day tomorrow, a calming opportunity to appreciate fine manufacture at close hand. The beautiful buttons really popped against the camel and scarlet coats, and I loved the contrast between the soft-edged camel blazer, and the raw finish on the camel overcoat.


Stepping lightly: presenting Armando Cabral

Posted on 24th January, by Colin Chapman in menswear, Shoes. 1 Comment

If there’s one thing that’s likely to put a spring in my step and that says ‘new season’ to me it’s a new pair of shoes. So today sees the start of a series of posts on the best shoes for Spring Summer 2012. To start us off, here is a quick Q&A I did with (relatively new) shoe designer Mr Armando Cabral, some shots of the current season Cabral shoes I’ve been wearing of late, as well as some views of the SS12 collection to whet your appetite for some new season colour. Having just returned from Thailand, colour is something I’ve been craving, after swapping warm smiles, tropical flowers and blue skies for interminably grey London. I’m determined that Spring 2012 will require you to wear sunglasses, at least whilst I’m around.

It turned out that Mr Cabral and I have more than a little in common: birthdays only a few days apart, a love of Portugal (New York resident Armando grew up there) a fondness for exploring Brooklyn, a couple of mutual friends, and what goes almost without saying, a love of beautiful, finely made mens shoes.



Designer profile: Casely-Hayford SS12

Posted on 1st January, by Colin Chapman in Designer profiles, menswear. No Comments

All this thinking about what to wear when the sun returns has got me thinking about some of the most exciting collections I saw in the autumn. So, bucking all fashion industry rules I’m talking about the Spring season just as it’s about to kick in. And of course just before we see what we’ll be wearing next winter on Menswear day in February. Confused? Oh well, with global warming who knows what season we’re in anyway?

I had the pleasure of seeing the Casely-Hayford 2012 collection twice in the fall: once a delightful walkthrough with Mr Charlie Casely-Hayford in person, and once in the refined atmosphere of The Showroom Next Door.



Colour, noise, outrage: LFW day 3, 19 September 2010

Posted on 19th September, by Colin Chapman in menswear. No Comments

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 »

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