I’m craving fruit salad today, in the form of this apricot silk shirt and melon tailored trousers.
Photo: Oyster magazine, Issue 92
Denim: the fabric of America since the eighteenth century, and worn by everyone else, everywhere. In top to toe classic faded blue and current shocking pink, these photos show double denim isn’t always a faux pas, but instead, a salute to its Western American menswear origins. The memory of Justin and Britney in matching denim can be firmly put to rest.
Photos: Oyster magazine, issue #91
This season’s mannish shoe: the slipper. Part aristocratic, slightly Grandad, a little Eurotrash, and definitely Hugh Hefner.
The Row and Alexander Wang worked slipper shoes in typical down-town New York style with leopard print and metallic styles on their A/W 11/12 catwalks. Worn with floaty silk pyjama shorts and pastel coloured faux-fur, the designers brought new meaning to the fashion term innerwear as outerwear, originally only associated with lingerie.
Where to buy, I hear you cry! Check out Stubbs and Wootten who specialise in slipper shoes and have given the traditional style a makeover with clever and unexpected motifs and prints. Whilst, like me, you would have previously turned your nose up at the sound of salmon coloured velvet paisley or pastel blue beetles, look again:
Somehow, in the form of a slipper shoe, it just works. Stubbs and Wootten‘s velvet designs are the classic option, but there’s loads more to try. Topshop have done some great versions, and at about fifty quid a pop, they cost a lot less than the Stubbs and Wootten ones (the cheapest pair rings in at about 300 dollars). The beige woven leather and coral suede slippers are my favourites:
With his great taste in shoes and penchant for wearing a dressing gown out and about I present:
Hugh Hefner, your new style icon.
Rudy Gernreich (1922-85) was one of America’s most innovative and original designers during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. These suits from the 60s were inspired by the Mods and Rockers of London, and the pin-striped flannel suit on the left was actually inspired by Ringo Starr. The mix of the traditional and dapper suit, modern and androgynous hair, and graphic eye make up and nude lips, was exciting at the time, and still is.
Source: The Rudy Gernreich Book by Moffit and Claxton
Preview from the SS11 Lovely Days collection by Stone Cold Fox. I love the boyish running shorts shape, the Navajo woven fabric and the jewel-like colours. Just perfect for the summer.
McQueen reptile print suit, DAY Birger et Mikkelson hat and Church’s brogues.
Coachella, possibly the most stylish festival of the year, has been and gone. The street style snaps of beautiful people in beautiful outfits are everywhere, and have paved the way for this year’s festival look. The vibe is decidedly Seventies, and is all about capturing the free spirit of the time…
Topshop Unique hit the nail on the head, sending women down the catwalks in beautiful tie dye dresses with boyfriend denim jackets over the top: contrasting floaty, feminine hippy-esque pieces with masculine cover ups like jumpers, jackets and shirts. What’s his will most definitely be yours at this summer’s festivals.
It has masculinity at it’s core, yet when she puts it on the shirt clings to her bust, the top button is left undone to show her slim neck, and the sleeves are pushed up to reveal her dainty wrists. She wears the suit with the highest of heels and reddest of lip, or with boyish brogues and a bare face. She is stylish and she bites her thumb at men.
Chanel created the zeitgeist when she first started adapting menswear for women. First, there were men’s sweaters and trousers based on sailor’s bell bottoms. By the 1920s, she was on a roll: men’s shorts, shirts, blazers, overcoats, and of course the suit, were all now, for women too. When Chanel said, ‘I want to create classics’, she did just that. A woman wearing something that was once exclusive to men, and wearing it well, will always make statement.
Then came along Yves Saint Laurent, and in 1966 he gave us Le Smoking tuxedo. It was tailored and tactfully cut. It was the right tux at the right time. Helmut Newton captured its class, allure and androgyny on camera and you could cut the sexual tension in the photo with a knife.
Rebecca Lowthorpe, Fashion Features Director at ELLE Magazine agrees, ‘It’s a perennial classic, ever since Helmut Newton’s photographs of Yves Saint Laurent tuxedos on dark street corners in Paris, designers feel the look is iconic and continue to serve it up’.
Lowthorpe is not wrong, and suits were strong on the catwalks this spring. ‘The 1970s revival trend was key this season’, says Amanda Lawson, Labels Buyer at ASOS. ‘We have bought into the tailored styles in particular. To get the proportions right, think Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking tuxedo; the waist is high and the shoulders are slim. Wide leg palazzo pants, neat fitted blazers and silk shirts in muted colours are all perfect’.