With Fashion Week quickly approaching, we’re excited to examine and highlight our thoughts on the newest collection – being referred to as a capsule by many – by Nina Cuso, one of the most unique and most sought-out new designers in today’s fashion industry.
Nina Cuso is considered an edgy, youthful addition to the industry, so this collection is a very much anticipated entrance for the young designer. Her label, which launched in 2018, featured trendy and eclectic spins on blazers, hoodies, and coats that entranced those in the industry and pinned her as a designer to watch. Cuso’s Fall 2018 collaboration with Jaxon Yang is a huge indicator that her coming capsule will be something to pay attention to. Their design expertise had collided to create some classic looks with unexpected twists, we’re talking unique necklines, high slits, and lines that are aesthetically pleasing to every eye – even the modern consumer who’s not watching the runway.
Cuso is expecting to steer the buzz of her upcoming capsule toward her platform, which is focused heavily on social change and inclusiveness of all gender identities and body shapes. Her movement focuses on respect and tolerance and promotes building awareness of social issues through her designs. She’s much more than all talk – her line is inclusive of all body shapes, sizes, gender expressions, and disabilities. She offers custom clothing designs that can be tailored exclusively for any and all body types and abilities, making her a force for change in a world that sometimes feels like it’s not opening up to everyone quite as much as it should.
With that in mind, Cuso is a designer to watch as Fashion Week approaches. With the next generation focused on the morality and beliefs behind every company they buy from, Nina Cuso may be starting the next wave of designers and businesses who use their powers for good social change – and looking good while doing it.
Animal print, pinstripe, and camel tones are apparently here to stay, as Edward Crutchley’s collection told us so.
We are looking at another season of animal print, come Autumn/Winter this year.
Edward Crutchley is supposedly serving up business wear with a bite, which is undeniably true after what we witnessed on Saturday.
Velvet harem pants, satin robes, pinstripe co-ords, camel knitwear, satin animal print were among the array of variety within his pieces that he showcased. Edward took us on a wild safari, while also managing to take us back in time to the 80s. Which is evident, as he is said to have channelled the magnificent Grace Jones from the 1985 film A View to a Kill. Signature roomy silhouettes have been slimmed down in homage to the no-nonsense tailoring of the mid-1980s, Japanese and American ready to wear. The attitude he was was trying to convey came through effortlessly, uber cool, sartorial, power dressing.
Slate coloured grey fabric, with Wall street pinstripe, matched with Lurex fil coupe chiffon open collar shirt, and finished with fur slippers, and in some cases high gloss patent stilettos, and for the males high shine loafers, all supplied by Christian Louboutin.
Although oversized was a resounding element in this collection, one look that stood out was; the black satin robe which was worn on top of a provocative shortline black satin bustier, complete with velvet tribal print harem pants. The colour palette used was muted but consistent, we saw greys, blacks, browns, greens and white paint the catwalk.
The accessories used were very avant-garde, with Stephen Jones designing the Balinese head wrap, a riff on a Korean gat, sunglasses provided by eyewear brand Wires, soft swakara pillow box hats, and a septum to ear chain piercing, to name a few. But each complimenting the ensemble they were assigned to.
The undeniably show stopping piece though, had to be the deconstructed snakeskin cashmere cape, with a fur finished motif of a large secretary bird attacking a snake adorned on both shoulders. White mink, grey swakara and silver metalised fox from Kopenhagen fur were carefully pieced together to complete this opulent piece.
This collection is sheer brilliance, a real sense of drama and bravado, with a tinge of humour. Edward really shows a sense of himself in this collection, with the suited models feet donned with animal slippers as they sashayed down the catwalk for the finale.
It’s a New Year, and although it was a Saturday, Edward Crutchley took us back to business!
A highly anticipated Autumn/Winter collection was shown by Oliver Spencer this season at London Fashion Week Men’s, with a great turn out at the BFC Show space on the strand.
Oliver who is a self-taught tailor originally started out with his first store on Lambs Conduit Street, now internationally known and stocked in stores from Mr Porter, Harvey Nichols, and Le Bron Marche.
Founded in 2002 Oliver Spencer is known for his unique take on a modern relaxed style mixed with premium quality.
His latest show at London Fashion Week Men’s demonstrated an exciting take on the urban life in London. The collection titled “Love Is The Drug” drew inspiration from the city, culture, and the vibrant energy often found throughout the city, A Winter colour pallet and autumn tones reflected the river themes and local landscape.
This season looks flowed perfectly with deep chocolate and mustard suites in a luxurious velvet. A variety of masculine and boxy silhouettes followed with a great use of deep autumn tones, creating a sophisticated modern look mixed with a streetwear vibe. Oliver Spencer used a mixture of eye-catching textures and prints including this seasons trend plaid, stripes, and velvet. Creating a true reflection of the urban and vibrant atmosphere of London, with looks that are easily wearable and layered, perfect for today’s modern fashionable man.