Tommy and Me on the Same Page

Great Minds Thinking Alike
Great Minds Thinking Alike

If I had just 1% of Tommy Hilfigers talent (OK Money:-)) I’d be living it large in a mansion house in the Hamptons.  As it is I’ll stick to the bolt hole we’ve fashioned in North London.  Flicking through his SS14 show and clocked a print which proves that great minds do think alike.  (That’s supposing that my mind is great…..wife would debate that point).  Check out Tommys T print with mine below.

I dreamt up the idea of Overbranding for Electric Tees an eco/graphic/girl/street brand I consulted on a while back.  It’s called overbranding as its philosophy is about giving the brand the maximum amount of space on the the product while not interfering with a core fashion led design.  The end result is  products that are individual while at the same time dripping with the brand identity.  This was followed through from the graphics through to product and website.  A key part of the philosophy was that the products would ALL feature the same back print so while the front may change the back would always be the same – neat eh…  Genius??  (Wife would debate that point too!).  

I love how these co-incidents happen in fashion.

Check out Tommys Bright Electric Beech Fest Here
Check out Electric Tees and a bit of my creative direction here  (I’m particularly proud of the Cyborg direction here)

Electric Tees - Asymmetric Stripe
Electric Tees – Asymmetric Stripe
Electric Tees - Asymmetric Stripe
Electric Tees – Asymmetric Stripe

 

 

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Theyskens Wet Hair Warning – SS014

Dry your hair before you leave the house please!
Dry your hair before you leave the house please!

Wife is one of those girls who’s up up and away.  She moves at the speed of light and only settles at the very end of the day.  Every morning she used to be a leave the house with wet hair girl until my constant nagging got the better of her.  Now she takes time to dry her hair and her blurred outline looks fantastic when she whizzes out of the door in the morning.

Olivers models could have done with a bit of my nagging before they stepped out onto the runway with their hair all bedraggled and wet.  (I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that it is just wet and not grease from being a few weeks unwashed).   The miss-match of styling to the clothes was unsettling in a show which presented a more relaxed side of the Theyskens girl, so relaxed in fact that colour has crept into her wardrobe all be it shrouded in a  black mesh slip like the boy was trying to hide it from us….

Check out the whole collection here
And the Shampoo for greasy hair here
And these are great hair dryers here

Victoria Beckham – SS14 – One step back

Victoria Beckham - Meets Antwerp.....
Victoria Beckham – Meets Antwerp…..

I just love a consistent story in a collection.  It’s the consistency that helps with my faling in love with the girl the designer shows me.  I’ve loved Victoria Beckham’s entrance into the world of fashion.  Its been completed with a steady hand and a huge conviction.   From the initial showcases in NY to her first runway she’s always traveling in a forward direction despite a huge hostile section of the fashion community willing her to fail.   But for every 10 steps forward (The number of seasons I’ve liked her collections) there is always an inevitable back-step and for me this collection is one.   (The seeds I think were sewn last season)

Half of the collection feels like the shrugging off of the empowered felinity she effortlessly captured in favour of a grope to a more fashion intellectual (Antwerpish) point of view. Style.com’s Nicole Phelps wrote a few seasons ago something like “fashion set is easily bored and likes to move on” so perhaps I’m not part of that set.  I’m not ready for that with this girl just yet.  This leads me to surmise that the negativity I feel towards this new direction is my mourning the loss of the girl Victoria persented me with for 10 seasons.

Style.com has the complete show pics all the answers here
Check out Nicole Phelps biog on style.com – Shes a talented girl – here

Other Thoughts……

I totally understand a desire widen the product range (when looked at in relation to the brand development perhaps means retail is not far round the corner).  After all for the last two seasons the dresses which she caught our attention with now make up less than a 1/2 of each collection however……..

The collection 

For my own curiosity I did a very quick bit of fag packet analysis on previous collections which you may or may not find interesting – Don’t expect this to be 100% accurate:

Victoria Beckham’s – Show collection styles breakdown.

Season Dress Coat / Jacket Bottom Top
S/2009 15
A/2009 20 6
S/2010 20
A/2010 24 2 2
S/2011 26 3 3
A/2011 20 3 6 6
S/2012 20 10 2 1
A/2012 17 3 4 4
S/2013 13 2 10 12
A/2013 10 2 17 16
S/2014 8 8 21 19

Bring your Hot Niece to Work Day – Adam Selman – SS14

Adam Selman - Bring your Hot Niece to work Day.
Adam Selman – Bring your Hot Niece to work Day.

Everything about this debut collection from Adam Selman screams “F**K Yeah” at me.  The clothes, the styling the environment  the bosses Niece.

She’s the girl in my class at school who sat at the back, was bored to death but when the teacher asked her a question she always knew the answer.  In my first job she was girl who turned up in her evening gear before getting changed into her uniform for the day.  When I visit a mates workplace she’s the bosses Niece who’s there on work experience.  She gets in late and leave early but somehow all her work is done perfectly.  Sometimes by other people…..

She’s one cool looking lucky bitch who we all want to hang with.

Hang with her a while her and you’ll not want to leave her…….Here

Rag and Bone – SS14 – Or is it……

Rag and Bone - SS14 - Cricket
Rag and Bone – SS14 – Cricket

Having just got back from a morning at the batting cage with Boy it was nice to flick on the screen and see  Rag and Bone sending a few cricket jumpers down the runway in NY.  But even though I’m a sucker for a cricket jumper I can’t quite get my head around the presentation.  Who this girl is and what doe she want out of life?  Why doe she have no real design direction to her look?  I can’d help but contrast the Bony cricket girl with Karls Cricketer Knights last season and the gulf is absolutely massive.

I also look back at the self assured, confident girl the boys presented in fall 13 and am sure she can’t quite grasp the downturn in her wardrobe fortunes.  From a look for every day of the week and every occasion to 34 different Sunday Afternoon looks.  But she does have an appropriate jumper for handing out the lunchtime cucumber sandwiches in the pavilion.

Feels like I’ve seen this all before (Not talking about Karls Cricketer) Its not easy to discern a handwriting, silhouette or product difference between this seasons Rag and Bone presentation,  Zadig and Voltaire, J Brand and Zara…….

Karls Chanel Cricketer here
Rag and Bone show from the guys at Style.com here.
Rag and Bone, Zadig and Voltaire, The Kooples,  J Brand and Zara websites here or here or here or here or here

Red Valentino – SS14 – Long Necked Flower Fairy

Little Dumpling Flower Fairy
Long Neck Flower Fairy

Someone once said “If you can’t say anything good don’t say anything at all’…….MMmmmmm……….

Mario and Pier have spoilt me rotten for the past three seasons with their Red presentation.  Cohesive and joined up.  Presented creatively and with love.  This season someone dropped the dishes and in glueing them back together created a miss-matched dinner service.  That’s not to say that individual pieces aren’t lovely – they are, it’s just that as a whole presentation it’s not as cohesive as the last three.  Different stylist perhaps?  Wrong model choice? Something in the shoot team not working……….

It leaves me hanging………