The big news to travel around the Paris showrooms during Mens Fashion Week was the collaborative effort between Adam Kimmel and Carhartt. A new year announcement, it seems to be the must-have collection for next winter according to the gospel of some of boutique buyers. While little detail has emerged by way of collection images, if you’re up-to-date with the blogs this new designer/heritage brand association will be a cross between Kimmel’s own Americana and the workwear style that Carhatt is champion of. Kimmel must already be feeling the Carhartt effect, given his recent Winter 2011 presentation clearly erred on the side of tough guy. Rugged denim, motorcyle leathers and apache style detail, it’s all very masculine and a change to his habitual collections of grandpa style dressing for the wilderness. Perhaps that will make it a good match, though we can only guess until May when it makes its retail debut.
NewGen sponsorship, the amazing, often life-changing initiative that helps to develop designers into commercial successes, was announced this week, which means it must be near the time when we're all back on that catwalk merry-go-round they call Fashion Week. No surprises to some of the list, like Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou, but there are a few relatively new designers we're going to keep our peeps on come February.
Concerned with promotion rather than profit, the planned spontaneity of pop up stores seems more a form of guerilla marketing than a bet on mass consumption. Pop up one day, disappear the next.
There is always a lot of excitement around this time of year and it's not because of Santa's pending shimmy down the chimney. For final year students of fashion design, at least for those studying in Australian universities and colleges, the excitement is ignited by ambition, aspiration and promise. It's graduation day.
For designers, film is a perfect way to communicate creative thoughts in a practical, accessible way. Clearly luxury labels can afford to pull out all the stops in presenting a narrative, but sometimes simplicity is better suited to a short story.
So, yes, it's the start of a new year and we're raging towards a new fashion season. Paris mens first up in a few weeks. Followed by Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, da-da,da-da, da-da. You know the routine.
Weekday are at it again. Not content to wrest on their collaborative laurels, the Swedish chain store, synonymous with fashion at an affordable price, have launched an exclusive collaboration with print pioneers Eley Kishimoto. Just in time for some convenient Christmas spending.
Few people pay attention to the inside a garment. What could be so interesting about a care label? Time to start paying attention to your clothes! When a Mjölk garment is made (and of course it’s made with love) they’re careful to include a message of love. Whether they’re words of wit or pearls of wisdom, there’s something to be learnt by looking at the side seams. Collaborating with Hi, Hello, High Five, Lars Stoten has turned his Mjölk fabric tags into full size posters. It’s a cheeky, colourful and artful way to adorn your walls. Best of all, these tags can’t get lost in the wash.
They migrated from Denmark, settled in Australia and are now calling New York home. Mjölk, the menswear label that epitomises Scandinavian cool, have returned with another sartorial homage to their new hometown.
We’re not sure if it’s hip to be hippie, but we’re certainly channelling the mystic vibe of Billy Bride’s second collection of rings, Apollo II. Look closely enough though and there’s something space-age about these rings too. Bright colors, sharp lines, unconventional proportions and a rock-like surface also lend Bride’s jewellery a futuristic look. Let’s call it neo-nonconformist with a surrealist shine. There’s certainly no other designer we can think of creating something so distinct. And because stones are chosen for an exact healing purpose, to boost confidence or to amplifiy energy, wearing these rings is as much about feeling good as it is about looking good.