Menswear many times is not given the same detail as is given to womenswear. Lack of color combinations, traditional shapes, basic fabrics are all typical across brands when it comes to what is available for men’s clothing. Not when it comes Astrid Andersen designs. She took traditional English aesthetics and gave them a modern twist with her interpretation of what the sophisticated English man wears.
Throughout her Autumn/Fall collection Astrid introduces velvet. Velvet in deep gold's, burgundies, black and cream.
Styled throughout the collection are white trainers. Giving the ensembles a fresh of brightness, something not expected for the colder months, again creating different theories of what one can contemplate wearing in the season.
Luxurious velvet tracksuits in rich bourdeoux and cream plays on our concept of creating new spaces to wear previously comfort-wear for more formal places.
Astrid brings a certain opulent aesthetic to menswear that is missing from the market. Feathers and velvet, leopard print and corduroy used with casual themed clothes mirrors almost a yin and yang, of two very opposite mentalities brought together in one outfit.
Pack your binoculars because Maharishi want to take us on safari for Spring/Summer 2017.
Following from American and Chinese military presence on the continent, the London-born label takes on a new palette inspired by its colonisation. This is a collection that is as much about politics that inspired the clothes as it is about the clothes themselves, and highlights the importance of Mother Nature’s resources.
The eco-friendly range uses a natural palette extracted from the mines of Africa, with Coltan taking centre stage. The use of the mineral, used to manufacture smartphones and laptops – highlights the armed conflict caused by Africa’s natural resources and the global trade interest they bring with them.
The primitive graphics and simplistic shapes portray a sense of naivety, while the overlocked staple stitch that finishes most pieces is inspired by Ivorian artists. These subtle details continue with symbolic references to the American Tour of Vietnam in the late 60s style of African map embroidery.
This season, the Tigerstripe Mural camouflage and other patterns have been hand painted onto reclaimed military uniforms. The printing takes place in East London as part of Maharishi’s upcycling programme.
The silhouettes are inspired by traditional African clothing, including the hoodless wide-collared robe known as the Djellabiya in the Horn of Africa.
If you could imagine being taken to a classy beach resort in the 70s you would have hit the nail on the head with Olivier Rousteing’s vision for his new collection.
Celebrities, top models and fashion elite all graced his show, eager to see what was next in store for the 2017 Balmain woman.
Kim Kardashian sat front row in a custom one piece crochet Balmain creation next to former editor in chief of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld.
Taking a step back from his usual military inspired style, Olivier let out a “lightness and ease” to permeate through his new collection. Injecting multicolored bright hues, touches of flowing silhouettes and crocheted macramé graced the girls’ figures all while maintaining a rich at dusk.
While, other creations retained his signature form fitting intricate style that is intrinsically Olivier. Even though this collection was missing the beading and armor like details that we have known the Balmain woman to have, this new collection is no less strong and empowering.
The sleek styling of slick hair, a power red lip and fresh skin all tie in the impression of how Olivier sees the modern woman. One that is strong enough to not only be successful, but one that can do it and not have to wear armor, one that is strong enough in her own femininity to have a softer image to relay to the world.
I will always be pro-colorful ensembles and for me this collection delivers a wonderful representation of what is yet to come and it is exciting to see Olivier expand his signature looks.