Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Asos Menswear Spring Summer 15 Slides & Sandals

Last summer birthed the pool slides and if next summer's offerings from various labels are any indication of these shoes status, they'd be firmly on top of the trend barometer. Comfortable, super affordable and sort of a badge that indicates you're cool , these wardrobe basics are here to stay. Their first installment saw them come mostly in rubber or leather and cork form the likes of Birkenstock. However time has passed and a lot of brands a getting super innovative and creative with materials. Asos menswear is offering these in shiny silver with leather look insoles and rubber soles.

Slides are not the only thing buzzing from Asos Menswear ss15 footwear range, these adorable sandals available in all black and two tone brown/black are definitely ones to consider investing in once they drop online in a few months. 

Press Day Snap || Shot with my HTC One M8

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Marks & Spencer Best of British 2015 Menswear Collection

Launched during the London Collections Men last year, Marks & Spencer have released the sophomore collection from their exciting Best of British range. It's quiet revolution in not only menswear but fashion in general has continued to build momentum and draw in new followers. Even though the revenue reports are a bit grim, the company has continued to show that they take fashion seriously. 

Their support for cool Britannia is evidenced by this collection that's made in its entirety in the UK by learned craftsmen.The collection is available in-store and online from March 2015.

Best of British Gingham Blazer £299

 Best of British Suits £798 

Best of British Suit £798

Irish Newcomer Rory Parnell-Mooney Joins Liam Hodges & Nicomede Talavera as the Chosen 3 for MAN/Fashion East AW15

Rory Parnell Mooney Gradaute Collection || Image via Panico
The Fashion East/MAN showcase in London has continued to be a launchpad for young menswear designers. Supported by high street retail giants Topman, each season 3 designers are sponsored for a runway show, mentoring and given a financial package to assist production. It's been a major identifier of future talent and one of the schemes past prodigies JW Anderson has not only gone on to launch womens clothing but also become creative director of Spanish brand Loewe and attract finance from the LVMH group. 

This season Irish newcomer Rory Parnell-Mooney joins the fray. Parnell-Mooney following his BA in Fashion Design attended Central Saint Martins where he completed an MA in menswear. His graduate collection which showed at London Fashion Week was inspired by ecclesiastical garments which he executed using simplicity and minimalism. That was good enough to earn him interest from MAN judges who include Tim Blanks. His work has also been featured in Hunger, Varon & Dazed and Confused Magazine.

Nicomede Talavera ss14 || Image via Fashion 156

Liam Hodges SS15 || Image via Style Bubble

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Taiwanese designer Ching-Lin Chen graduated this year from Shih Chien University , Taipei's design programme and his graduate collection got shortlisted for the Muuse x Vogue Talents Competition eventually won by Krasimira Ivanova-Stoneya from Bulgaria. 

The Muuse x Vogue Talents program has always been an avenue for young fashion graduates the world over to get a chance at mentoring and support which eventually would launch their careers. Although not categorically stated, it has been open to just womens clothing so it's intriguing to find that Ching-Lin Chen's work which in practice in menswear but in spirit gender-less made the final 50 from over a thousand entries submitted. 

Chen's inspiration was based on a story of a boy who drifts into a deep sleep but fails to forget someone. In his slumber he dreams about the flowers his lover gave him and upon awakening he chooses to dress himself in the way his lover would approve of, delicate, tender and pure. 

Fabrication include ribbons, tulle, wool and leather which were executed to perfection to recreate a trance-like dreamy feel that ran through the story. For the future the designer plans to pursue an MA course in the UK. 
Ballet Dancers || Inspiration

Japanese Origami Art || Inspiration

Saturday, November 22, 2014

First Look: Asos Menswear Spring Summer 15 Collection

There's a reason why Asos generates so much revenue each year and it's not just free worldwide shipping, their in house design and buying team do their jobs efficiently. For spring summer 15 Asos menswear offered about 5 key trends which were a mix of contemporary sportswear and tailoring. 

Their shirts featured a lot of print, especially text print which I reckon would be big in summer. Their sports bottom coordinates had a lux feel with clever layering and interesting silhouettes. 

Their tailoring is also lean and clean. Those of you who've bought slim or skinny fit suits from Asos understand the superiority of their fit compared to other high street retailers. It's a massive collection which I intend to explore and review bit by bit.  
Asos Shirt with Cut & Sew Statics

Asos Drop-crotch Sweatpants

Asos Monster Print Jumper

Asos Skater Tee with Global Print

Asos Tri Colour Shirt Jacket & Shorts

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