Video killed the radio star.

So, I’ve been playing fashion boy at blackwhitedenim.com for a bit now. I manage the tweets, facebook, blog and BWD.TV (which is my favourite bit). It takes me way back to Media Studies class when I made a creepy thriller film and a music video with toddlers popping pills (it was art, darling). Must dig ’em out!

Anywho…Check out this week’s installment where we take viewers behind the scenes at one of our product shoots. Exciting stuffs fashion lovers! AW11 collections from Lulu & Co (Fashion East’s Lulu Kennedy’s latest venture) Carven (love), Rag and Bone (love more), By Malene Birger (want that utility belt lots) and loads more hawt brands for ladies and boys that don’t give a toss if it’s a girl’s Tee. (me).

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London Fashion Week Calling

So. London Fashion Week (LFW) have released their provisional schedule for the SS12 shows in September. This will be my first season at Fashion Week because I was totally too busy for the AW11 shows and the same goes for SS11 and AW10. However, I will finally be getting to go. Excited much? 
Already on my agenda of hopefuls are work related shows and presentations including:
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi presentation, Willow presentation, Jena Theo show and Teatrum Jones presentation on the 16th.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-SS12 collection.
J. W. Anderson presentation, Julian MacDonald show, House of Holland show, Dominic Jones presentation and Jonathan Saunders show on the 17th.
J JS Lee presentation, Richard Nicholl show, Holly Fulton show (see my interview with her here) Marios Schwab show, Tom Ford show and the Acne show on the 18th
Antonio Beradi show, Christopher Kane show and Mark Fast show on the 19th.
House of Holland Pre-SS12 Collection
I wouldn’t mind seeing Amanda Wakeley either (since she was lovely when I met her, read about it here) I don’t know if I will be able to make Menswear day. UBER (kindof) MENSWEAR BLOGGER FAIL. But, then again I think I’ll be a little busy with all that, don’t you?
I’ll be traveling down and staying with the fabulous Jo Davies of Black White Denim. Who else is going? Let’s sync and drink.
Now. what to pack?

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BAGGED: A post of purchases.

I recently came across a blog called BAGGED written by Kenny, which basically lists the items that Kenny has bought. I was also inspired to send my blog mobile by Kenny’s blog, so, if you’re reading it on your smart phone it should be tres easy to do so. Bonus. Oh and also, Kenny works for Oliver Sweeney, lovely shoes and lovely store. See more here.

So! The blog post. Let’s get cracking.
Outfit Uno:

Vest, FCUK at ASOS.com, SALE £9.00
Jeans, Cross Hatch, SALE £26.99
Pumps, Gola (www.schuh.co.uk), SALE £9.99
HA! Left the bloody size sticker on..
These jeans have northern soul, Cross Hatch is a streetwear brand that started in Manchester in 1998. You may have seen their MCR/CROSS/HATCH graphic (G*STAR like) Tees in Burton (www.burton.co.uk). I’m certainly not a ‘streetwear’ person, but I loved the utility cut of these jeans and I think the tapered elasticated ankles and waistband make for a comfortable summer’s Pantaloon. (see, told you I wasn’t street *skips off*)

 

So, the vest. I love a good vest. This one is over-sized (but not too big) and made from a super-soft jersey so it’s great to slob in as well as dressing up. The neckline is two-ply (for added comfort) and has a frayed hem which I think is a nice touch to a bog-standard gray vest.

The pumps. I saw these and thought of my upcoming summer holiday. Comfortable and rather British deck chair, northern British deck chair to be precise. Gola is another Manc brand, with a 100 years history of making sports fashion for the world. Find out more about the time I met the owner of Gola, Harvey Jacobson, here.


Outfit Deux:

Braced Trousers, Levis at Selfridges (www.selfridges.com), SALE £45.00
Desert Boots, Clarks, SALE £31.00

Love these trousers, been after some for ages! They were the last pair and (nearly) in my size! I had to forget logic and purchase them (plus, 50% off ain’t bad at all!). The colour on the leg fades as it reaches the ground, which I think is a really cool feature.

The braces (never to be worn up) are attached with chocolate leather fastenings. They’re so comfortable too, quite impressed with myself for buying comfortable clothes.

The Tee is a basic Tee, done well. Soft jersey with a tailored cut and scoop neck in a sky blue perfect for SS11 Colour Blocking (because we must be trendy). The Eleven Paris barcode sits neatly on the right arm for a little pompous oomph.

These bad boys have been on my wish list forever. Well, not this pair exactly. I wanted Desert Boots, right? But could I find any I liked? No. The stitched rim around the toes always makes my feet look clownish. These have a neat stitched rim. Their made from a soft suede and the leather wraps around my ankles so snugly that they look great with shorts too! 

Outift Finito:

Vest, ASOS, SALE £4.00
Jewelry, Husam el Odeh for TOPMAN (www.topman.com), Out Of Season Stock

These are brand new to Selfridges and are something special. What makes these skinnies a little more special is that they have heart. Made from 100% organic cotton certified by the Soil Association means that you can feel a little dirty whilst actually being Greenpeace clean. Not only is the cotton uber-eco-friendly but Monkee Genes are against child and slave labour: No blood, no sweat, no tears just plain good (tight) jeans.

What’s brilliant about these jeans, sorry Genes, is that they’re soft. When you’re a boy, with boy legs, that are hairy, skinny jeans can hurt (like a bitch) when you walk. Walking is quite crucial for me and thankfully Monkee understand that. They’ve made a monkee outta me.
Dug out these trinkets recently to commemorate my meeting Husam el Odeh at BlackWhiteDenim. See the video here.

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Mywardrobe.com & Esquire hunt for Britain’s Best Dressed Real Man in Manchester

Sorry for the lack of posting-joy of late. I’ve been a busy pea. I have five minutes to let you know about a night out I had the other day.
MyWardrobe.com were in town, with Esquire Magazine, looking for Britain’s Best Dressed Real Man. I didn’t enter, I thought it was fair to let the little people have a chance at glory.
Here is one such person (he was with a friend of mine and he is lovely! [name escapes me] We pushed him into entering because he was the only guy there not in a Man Men suit!)
Here are some of the rest!
Annnnd then we went to a cocktail party in Epernay to celebrate the launch of Bad Taste In Men, Good Taste In Shoes.

Me with Anna and Anna of STYLE Etc. Magazine
Denim Jkt, Wrangler,
T, Zoe Karssen at BlackWhiteDenim
Jeans, Wrangler
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Elle Magazine/BFC Talent Launch Pad Party at Hervia Bazaar for Eudon Choi and Holly Fulton

Was at a do the other night. The cocktails were unbelievable. I have told everyone. The Alchemist know their mixing. The other interesting part of the party? Eudon Choi and Holly Fulton were there. 

As part of the Elle Magazine and British Fashion Council’s Talent Launch Pad scheme (breathes) the two young designers (among others) are being supported by the magazine power house and the BFC. As part of the award for getting to the finals each designer gets a spread in the magazine, stocked in a premium independent boutique (Hervia representing the NW) and also presence at LFW and PFW. Excellent.

So, I know what you’re dying to know. What was I wearing? Wonder know more!

Jacket: Vintage RAF Dress Uniform (wore it for my Prom!)
T: NEXT
Trousers: TOPMAN
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Dog Tags: Real, my Dad’s from the Army.
I mingled the crowds with the ever chic Anna Westerman (Editor at STYLE etc. Magazine) and my partner in interviewing-crime Emma Doyle of The Fashion Network.
One (or two) cocktails later and I was stood in front of Holly Fulton with my Dictaphone. I have to say, her designs blew me away. Having known little of her fame before hand I left wanting to find out more. Inspired by the idea of style icon Joan Collins boarding a Med Cruise, the collection was formed from wearable chic shift dresses and blouses that follow similar graphic prints inspired by North African tribes. The similarities between the items meant mixing and matching was encouraged, even with the bold art-deco earrings and bracelets. 

You can see my interview with Miss Fulton here.
 
Of Eudon Choi’s designs I knew a little more, since he is already stocked in the North at premium indie, Black White Denim.

Choi was so modest and nervous and lovely. He was genuinely so happy to be part of the scheme and was just proud to now be following in the footsteps of his famous classmate, Holly Fulton. Choi’s SS collection is entitled Industrial Revolution and follows along the lines of his past in menswear design. Sartorial tailoring techniques come together to create a feminine look with edge. His AW collection looks set to continue with this theme as he is keen to remain constant as he emerges into the fashion world.

If you’d like to see my interview with Eudon Choi, click here 
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