Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Norwich University of the Arts, Graduate Fashion Week

BA (Hons) Fashion students from Norwich University of Arts were the first to showcase their final collections on the Graduate Fashion Week runway, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer. Watched by an eager audience of fashion buyers, bloggers, critics and peers, the sixteen selected collections boasted an affluence of technique and imagination.

Among my favourite collections from NUA were striking cartoon-themed ensembles by Nikk Edward Stanley, as well as the structurally sensational designs of "Sacred Geometry" by Alice Potts, which rightly earned her the David Band Textiles Award at the Gala Awards Show. Below is just a taste of the talent on the catwalk, but I will be posting plenty more to my Instagram: @unlimitedbyjk.

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Robert J. Railton, 180 Strand

Street Style - Robert J Railton, London Collections: Men
A regular face at London Collections: Men, artist Robert J Railton wears a boilersuit by Topman Design.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tailored by T.M.Lewin

Until a few weeks ago, my initial thoughts at the mention of T.M.Lewin would have been those catalogues that arrived occasionally through the letterbox, offering every cut, collar and pattern of business shirt under the sun. Although my personal style is reasonably smart, I hadn't considered this formal menswear retailer as having the same zing as those high street stores to which I would normally visit. Perhaps almost ignorantly, I associated T.M.Lewin and competitor brands with business meetings, desk jobs, and a deluge of suit-clad office workers spilling off the Waterloo & City Line - admittedly not the most appealing vision for a twenty-something graduate, however sharply they might enjoy dressing.

Coincidentally, the creative heads behind T.M.Lewin had been thinking along similar lines, and have therefore proposed a regeneration of the brand's image - with the added challenge of maintaining the company's heritage (it's sometimes easy to overlook that the company was founded in 1898), their craftsmanship, and their quality of service. Today's style conscious consumer doesn't wear a suit because they have to, they wear a suit because they want to, and it is precisely that which T.M.Lewin wish to reflect across their collections and media.

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Last month, myself and a select few bloggers were kindly invited to T.M.Lewin's Jermyn Street store to view the latest menswear collection, and to discuss the brand's journey thus far with Design Director Chris Smith and the T.M.Lewin team. Among the modern additions is the introduction of slim-fit and skinny-fit suits, for those who desire a leaner silhouette. Flute of champagne in hand, I was taken aside by one of the store's expert tailors to sample T.M.Lewin's bespoke fitting service, and to try on their charcoal skinny-fit suit, which - with only the tiniest tweak in the leg - fitted me a dream.

In the knowledge of their well-fitting formalwear (not exclusively for business meetings, I may now happily acknowledge), and with the promise of exploring their latest venture further, it will be virtually impossible to ignore T.M.Lewin on my next shopping trip.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Kevin Adom, Arundel Street

Street Style - Kevin Adom, London Collections: Men
Kevin Adom is a copywriter for Lyst, and founder of fashion label Kingdom Reside. He wears the stand-out piece from his 2016 collection, the "Shannon" flight jacket, with a Gildan t-shirt, jeans by Acne Studios, and Converse hi-tops.
Street Style - Kevin Adom, London Collections: Men

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Shamel Kendrick, Strand

Street Style - Shamel Kendrick, London Collections: Men
Shamel Kendrick is a model and contemporary dancer. He wears Tommy Hilfiger dungarees with an Adidas track jacket, Hoodlab socks, and Nike trainers.
Street Style - Shamel Kendrick, London Collections: Men

Friday, 8 July 2016

Heist Studios

Heist Studios

Tights are another fiddly piece of women's clothing I may never fully appreciate, even if they were traditionally worn by men in ye olden days. According to the musings of fellow fashion bloggers, tights are an indisputable essential. Except for when the weather is vaguely warm enough to go bare-legged, which evidently requires much rejoicing on social media. Living with three women, I have personally come to know tights as those sheaths of black or skin-coloured fabric hanging from the clothes horse like streamers on a bizarre Christmas tree. I don't think anybody knows for certain whose tights are whose, but we can all be certain none of them are mine.

Launched in October 2015, Heist Studios are an innovative hosiery label, producing tights of a higher caliber than the common high street retailer. Hand-sewn with a stronger and softer yarn from Northern Italy, the tights are fashioned to a seamless and gusset-less design, which, when combined with an equally seamless waistband, makes for comfortable and flattering legwear.

Understandably, I wasn't hankering to verify this information for myself, so I enlisted the generous assistance of one of my leggy lady friends, Georgia, to give Heist Studios' 50 denier tights (neatly named "The Fifty") a good walk about. In short, they live up to the label's promises of shapely legs and maximum comfort, with particular praise for the well-fitting waistband. Quite rightly, high quality hosiery does demand a few extra pennies, but if you go through tights like mugs of coffee, then perhaps a pair of stronger, softer, ladder-resistant tights is well worth the small investment.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Model off-duty: Vladislav Blagorodnov

Street Style - Vladislav Blagorodnov, London Collections: Men
Vladislav Blagorodnov, represented by Elite London, in between presentations for Berthold SS17.
Street Style - Vladislav Blagorodnov, London Collections: Men

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