Thursday, 16 June 2016

The 'Felpato Shirt' by Haider Ackermann

This oversized ‘Felpato’ (‘brushed material’ in Italian) shirt by Haider Ackermann has a brushed felt texture. The shirt is in a bold washed International Klein Blue (IKB) shade: IKB is a deep blue hue first mixed by the French artist Yves Klein and comes from its heavy reliance on Ultramarine. IKB was a key colour in both Haider Ackermann and Givenchy’s SS16 shows and is a brilliant statement tone for the warmer months. Both the wash and texture of the Felpato shirt strongly resembles that of a classic French ‘Chore’ jacket (which I have been on the hunt for) whilst the cut reminded me of a baggy painter shirt that you could imagine Picasso throwing on…although you wouldn’t want to get paint on this piece...
Haider Ackermann is a Colombian native, educated at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1994. His perfectionist demeanor is duly noted, and he was expelled in 1997 for not completing any of his assigned collections. If he was required to complete five silhouettes, he would only finish three, however these were of exceptional quality. This was a fault attributed to his desire to produce collections that lived up to his desired standards. In Autumn/Winter 2002 Ackermann self-financed his first women's collection in Paris and from then on Ackermann has been approached to head up several prominent design houses including Dior and Margiela.

In 2011 Ackermann was invited to be guest designer at the influential Pitti Immagine showcase in Florence, where he unveiled his first menswear capsule collection much to critical acclaim. Two years later he presented his first full menswear line for SS14 in Paris; following resounding fanfare for this collection, both Kanye West and A$AP Rocky (arguably the most current, dominant menswear fashion icon’s) have been seen donning his pieces. Influenced by cultural differences, Ackermann is known for his masterful use of layers and draping in an avant-garde aesthetic. I believe his fashion blurs the line between dress codes with the use of layered tailoring, experimental designs and fine fabrics all draped in a contemporary, youthful silhouette.
Sunglasses by  CÉLINE
Overshirt by HAIDER ACKERMANN
T-shirt by  AMI
Jeans by  SAINT LAURENT
Boots by  SAINT LAURENT
Sunglasses by  CÉLINE
Overshirt by HAIDER ACKERMANN
T-shirt by  AMI
Jeans by  SAINT LAURENT
Boots by  SAINT LAURENT
Sunglasses by  CÉLINE
Overshirt by HAIDER ACKERMANN
T-shirt by  AMI
Jeans by  SAINT LAURENT
Boots by  SAINT LAURENTThis flannel shirt flawlessly blends the designer's contemporary design with fine tailoring. Constructed from cotton, this piece has been cut with an oversized fit and boasts notch lapels, a front button closure and buttoned cuffs at the top of each sleeve (pictured above). A hybrid between a shirt and a jacket, this Felpato shirt creation is a great transitional piece. I’ve rolled the statement shirts' extremely long sleeves up and worn it over a simple white pocket t-shirt, my everyday black denim and my Wyatt boots (which I haven’t stopped wearing since I bought them!).
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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Music Streaming / May Playlist

Last summer I shared my first curated playlist on Apple Music, along with my initial thoughts on trialling the streaming service (view post here)… Since then I eventually had to bite the bullet and subscribe to the service, which has ran along side my Spotify subscription. Despite having access to both Spotify and Apple Music’s entire catalogue of music, I found myself less interested in discovering and listening to new tunes than ever. This was entirely due to being in limbo between the two and not having one source for my music. With the release of Kanye West’s new album: ‘The Life of Pablo’ (TLOP), my music streaming service predicament was exacerbated. In typical Kanye style, he released the album exclusively on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal
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Monday, 30 May 2016

Current Top 5 Luxury Watches

As a man we are limited on the way we can accessorise. I believe when it comes to jewellery for men, less is often more and a good watch is the only essential men’s accessory that boasts strong heritage and masculinity. On days I forget my watch, my outfit feels incomplete, like it's missing something; a watch can really tie it all together. Wristwatches were once a necessity, or else you wouldn't know the time of day. Nowadays people are more than able to find out the time on their smartphone, but a watch represents time much more than a smartphone does, it reminds you that time is always moving: the hour, minute, and second hands are not going to stop moving, you better get living and doing all those things you're planning...
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Wyatt Boot by Saint Laurent

It’s official, Hedi Slimane, photographer and former Dior Homme creative director that controversially revamped the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house to the youthful Saint Laurent Paris as we now know it, is sadly leaving the building. After many extremely successful seasons Slimane brought his rock n’ roll chic to the iconic Parisian fashion house and created an extreme buzz in menswear. Since Slimane’s rein you all know I’ve been fanatic about the denim, and the same goes for the boots. The classic Wyatt 40 Harness Boot has been on my list since the first AW13 show; and with Slimane’s announced departure it was about time I bit the bullet and bought a souvenir from his time at Saint Laurent...
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Monday, 11 April 2016

Vetements

French for ‘clothes’ and pronounced vet-MAHN; the new anti-fashion brand taking the industry by storm is being ran by Balenciaga’s new creative director: Demna Gvasalia. The Georgian-born, Antwerp fashion academy-trained designer has designed womenswear for Maison Martin Margiela and was the head designer for Louis Vuitton’s womenswear line. Demna, and his anonymous crew of experienced designer’s, head up the Parisian design collective and are moving against the traditional industry business model. Vetements has a strong celebrity following and has recently become extremely popular in menswear despite being a womenswear brand with the likes of Kanye West and Travi$ Scott donning the oversized sweats...
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Monday, 29 February 2016

Yeezy Boost 350 'Oxford Tan' (On Feet)

At the end of last year Kanye West and Adidas' extremely hyped 'Yeezy Boost 350' sneaker was back in the 'Oxford Tan' colour way. The 350's are without doubt one of my favourite sneakers due to their great silhouette and comfort. Find out how I managed to grab a pair, my thoughts on the hype and what I like to style them with...
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