J.W. Anderson for Versace is an odd pairing. The two houses couldn’t be anymore diverse; Anderson champions an androgynous look while Donatella reigns as the queen of clingy. The two came together last...Read More →
J.W. Anderson for Versace is an odd pairing. The two houses couldn’t be anymore diverse; Anderson champions an androgynous look while Donatella reigns as the queen of clingy. The two came together last night though to debut the new resort 2014 collection and the outcome has left me confused. The women’s collection was fine but exactly what you’d expect: lots of tight black dresses and few pops of standout colour. The men’s designs, however, are nothing short of atrocious. Zebra print jeans, a bodycon dress, a white fuzzy cropped top plus a black and white geometric outfit with what looks like a one shouldered swimsuit. What were they thinking? Please, feel free to tell me if I’ve just completely missed the sartorial boat on this one but I’d rather hope to never see a man wearing any of these looks. I know Anderson likes to push the boundaries of men’s fashion but, to me, this just looks cheap.
So tell me boys, will any of you be rushing out to buy this collaboration on June 15th?
Photos from style.com
I’m really into menswear lately. Which is why I’ve decided to start a section of this blog devoted to the boys in our lives. Welcome to Mr Crusader. Lately, all I’ve wanted to do is reach into my husband’s wardrobe and wear his clothes – his jumpers and T-shirts are always my favorite.
Photos taken during menswear day at London Fashion Week last February.
p.s. I’m bookmarking the turtle neck as a must-have basic for the fall… just so you know.
During the SS11 shows it developed into a full-fledged love affair. Okay, that’s a lie. It wasn’t a love affair at all… but I did realize I wanted Matthew to be in my life forever. He’s the kind of person you just can’t get enough of. Charismatic and endearing, he makes you want to be a better person. The Liria Pristine & Jillian Carrozza neckpiece he wore that season still gives me goosebumps whenever I see it. Matthew loves supporting new designers and for the AW11 shows he stepped the experimentation level up a notch. My favorite look from that season though was definitely the simplest: a MariosAlexander jacket and waistcoat combination worn with a pair of black skinny jeans. Swoon. For SS12 I didn’t have the chance to shoot all of Matthew’s looks but one very incredible cloud print suit made it into my roundup of favorite boys from the streets of LFW.
Nowadays Matthew’s teaching ‘The Business of Luxury’ module at Instituto Marangoni, preparing the wardrobe for a British film, and is working on a product design that’s going to be launched by London Collections: Men in June. Not only that, he seems to have found his fashion stride. He’s still wearing incredible pieces from new designers but now in a more understated way. Look quickly and it appears as though he’s wearing something regular but on closer inspection it’s clear that Matthew’s outfits are anything but ordinary.
These are my two favorite looks that Matthew wore during LFW SS12. Yes, the colour combination probably has something to do with it. Literally, make anything in grey and I will fall head-over-heels for it. But I also love that both looks are tailored but still manage pack an unexpected fashion punch. Too often it’s expected that in supporting new designers one must adhere to a certain type of aesthetic – to embrace the designs almost necessitates losing one’s own personal sense of style. To wear bold pieces in an effortless way that’s practical is really difficult to pull off.
Matthew manages to achieve this balance. He also wears pieces that challenge traditional conceptions of function. On the left, for example, he wears a cropped knit layered over a suit jacket – an unheard of sartorial choice (when was the last time you saw a businessman running for a taxi with a jumper worn over his suit?!). It looks incredible though and is actually really functional. With an overcoat you’d completely lose the suit but this knit offers a really awesome alternative to ‘normal’ outerwear. I need. one. in. my. life. Matthew’s second outfit includes a pair of trousers with wide panels that hang vertically from the waist. Whenever he stood still it looked as though he was wearing a floor skimming skirt. In reality though it’s way more practical – I’m thinking removable panels would make for the ultimate in multi-purpose dressing. Bizarrely that day we saw a look at Daks that had similar panels attached to the sides of a dress… holla, this is one silhouette watch.
Never one to shy away from making an entrance, Matthew also embraced a few bolder looks during the week as well. This head-to-toe printed suit with matching shirt was one of my favourites. The pattern channels a comic book kapow sort of electric vibe which I love. Embracing the light and fun side of fashion is what getting dressed should be about. Any item that makes you question how you view the clothes you wear, or that simply makes you happy, is definitely the sort of piece that should be embraced and celebrated.
What is it about guys, when they get a look right they get it really right. There’s something in those little details. Chances are half of the time you wont even notice them but somehow they still manage to tie everything together. Take Pete, for example. In the photo above he’s tied together the strings from his hoodie at the neck. Buy why? It doesn’t really make any sense but I like it none the less.
These are some of my favourite boys as seen at London Fashion Week…
Would you judge me if I said I was craving a wardrobe filled entirely with ss12 Topman?
I loved the mixture of prints and textures (see photo 1). There were silky old school pajamas, micro paisley shorts and double breasted suits with cropped trousers. Then came the bright patent brogues, slubby 70s style knits and brash headache-inducing prints. Did I mention there were freaking awesome clutches and printed backpacks? Yah, it was good. I liked it, a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect to see the men of England sporting these looks head-to-toe anytime soon. But if even a bit of this eccentric attitude works its way into their lives come spring, we’ll all be better for it.
View full set of photos from the Topman Design show here.