Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Peter Jensen AW16

Peter Jensen AW16

"Peggy" by Danish-born designer Peter Jensen is named after Peggy Guggenheim, 20th Century art collector and socialite, whose personal style and attitudes - particularly during her later years in Venice - inspire the AW16 collection. Like living sculptures, exhibited on pedestals dripping with white paint, each look seeks to reflect the dress sense of the late Peggy Guggenheim, which includes frills, leopard print, and artwork reminscent of that by American sculptor Alexander Calder, who crafted sculptural earrings for Guggenheim herself. For many of the looks, Jensen has collaborated with Becca Jewellery to match this famously pictured style.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

CW Pencil Enterprise

It was a year ago today that Tazz forwarded me a New York Times feature regarding a quirky little pencil shop in Lower Manhattan, and all indecision about our prospective holiday faded in an instant. Upon first impression, CW Pencil Enterprise seemed like the kind of shop you might find on a stroll around East London, however Tazz and I were oddly captivated by the shop's dedication to such a simple an item of stationery, one often overlooked in our digital age. Thus we earmarked the store as a priority on our long list of places to explore.

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Fast forward to February of this year, Tazz and I cross Chinatown and spot a giant pencil printed above a glass shopfront, through which we see pencils of every colour surrounding a checkerboard floor. On closer inspection, CW Pencil Enterprise is nothing less than a pencil paradise, with pencils of all grades and sizes - from countries around the globe - neatly bunched in transparent pencil pots. Scented pencils from Portugal, bi-colour pencils made in Switzerland, and pencils from Japan crafted to resemble cigarettes are just some of the wonders on the store's shelves, alongside an array of HB and No.2 pencils.

Displayed among this handsome collection are all the accompanying stationery a pencil enthusiast would desire, including erasers, sharpeners, and notebooks. And to one side of the shop is a testing station with samples of every pencil on sale. As I chatted with two of the store's "Pencil Ladies", Caitlin and founder Caroline Weaver, Tazz settled down at the desk to scribble vigorously.

In a world in which computers have become the standard tool for many creative works, CW Pencil Enterprise is certainly a curiosity, but its triumph as an independent business goes to show the resilience of the faithful pencil. If you ever find yourself on the Lower East Side, do pop into this stationery heaven and pick up a pencil or two.

CW Pencil Enterprise is located at: 100a Forsyth Street, New York.

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Danielle Romeril AW16

As my fellow style snappers stormed Tate Britain in anticipation of Topshop's star-studded guest list, I escaped around the corner to the somewhat calmer Danielle Romeril presentation at the Chelsea College of Arts. The set was minimalist, in which a laser grid of claret, blue, green and black ribbons had been weaved throughout the otherwise blank show space, to form a geometric backdrop to the AW16 collection. Featuring a medley of fabrics, fine embroidery, and a selection of colours that reminds me curiously of football kits, Danielle Romeril cleverly arranges loosely-fitted garments into structural silhouettes through the distinct use of cut-outs, some of which are accentuated by zip detailing.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Flower crowns and fashion bloggers

When you acknowledge the style blogging community is largely populated by women, it's not unsurprising I'm often the only male blogger in attendance at blogger events. That said, I can't think of too many guys who would have readily accepted an invitation to design flower crowns and screen-printed tote bags - myself included. But after Paige kindly invited me along to My Chelsea Hotel for a summer style workshop, I found myself having as much fun as the ladies in constructing my own floral headpiece. (Even if I did attract more than a few side-ward glances on the return walk up King's Road.)

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The intimate workshop celebrated the perfect partnership between My Chelsea Hotel and print designer Silken Favours, whose beautiful bee design cushions in turn reflect the partnership between the My Hotels Group and environmental charity Friends of the Earth, specifically their "Bee Cause" campaign to support the conservation of bees. 50% profit from the sale of the cushions is donated to the campaign, and My Chelsea Hotel has even installed a beehive on its roof.

With environmental responsibility clearly at the heart of the afternoon's activities, the gathering of bloggers were treated to a craft workshop with textile designer Zeena, who offered us the opportunity to screen print our own tote bags with a Silken Favours design, followed then by a flower crown masterclass with Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium and her stunning selection of fresh blooms. I especially relished in creating the floral headpiece, which required a steady hand and a keen eye for pattern and colour. It was almost disappointing there wasn't a wedding that weekend to show off the handiwork perched atop my quiff.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Maison Lejaby Passion

Let's return to a subject seldom spoken on this blog, for the obvious reason that I do not possess a pair of boobs. Ladies lingerie is a matter I explored only briefly during mine and Lizzie's appointment last year at renowned lingerie stylists Rigby & Peller, during which I came to appreciate lingerie beyond the normal expectations of the male conscience. When made well, it is an elegant aspect of womenswear that may imbue grace and confidence in the wearer, even if nobody else bar the wearer will see what sits beneath her outfit.

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Lingerie isn't limited to underwear, however. Nightwear, too, is as important a stem of lingerie as any. And we're not talking here about novelty pyjamas. Throwing aside her typical nighttime attire, Lizzie models a luxurious Maison Lejaby "Passion" nightdress, or babydoll, in black featherweight fabric. The beautiful quality of this particular number is evident by the intricate embroidery of Leavers Lace (a name you may recognise from the previous series of The Apprentice), generously detailed not only across the cups, but also on the back, and tidily fastened with a satin bow.

Unlike the nightgown Lizzie had tried on at Rigby & Peller's Knightsbridge boutique, the "Passion" nightdress cuts short on the thighs, however it is equally as effectual in revealing - yet concealing - the woman underneath. While ladies' lingerie does expose much of the body, I believe the sexiest element of such undergarments is their finesse of leaving all else to the imagination - that in which Maison Lejaby excels across their collections.

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