Casely-Hayford‘s SS16 collection during LCM proved to me again that the fashion business is such a small world. Like for example the models: you see them from season to season, from one city to another, to a point where you feel like you really know the models, because you literally see them during a show, on a magazine cover, at the after party, a blog, here and there. And this is what happens with so many people and I wonder if they think the same about me (probably they don’t and 0 fux are given).
However let’s focus on the fashion again. The Casely-Hayford ethos represents a unique expression of freedom created when conformity threatens identity, or convention restricts spontaneity; the brand fuses this expression of the free spirit with the very particular gestures of English sartorialism. The House aims to distil a multitude of ideas into a simple pure entity: innovation through tradition. And that’s what they also did with SS16.
Joe Casely-Hayford OBE has a career which reflects the progress of menswear. Early in his career Joe dressed the Clash and U2 whilst simultaneously working on his eponymous brand for men and women – showing on the runways of Paris, Tokyo and London. More recently, taking on the role of Creative Director of Gieves & Hawkes, Joe contributed to the re-positioning of the 200 year Old Savile Row house, known for dressing members of the establishment. Before studying at Saint Martin’s, Charlie apprenticed in his father’s studio from a young age, learning design, menswear history and technical skills. He began to work in fashion from the age of 21, having styled musicians ranging from the UK’s XX to American hip-hop artist Nas. The brand now has as international following that ranges from musicians Mos Def and Drake to actors Robert Downey Jnr and Michael Fassbender. Sold in exclusive boutiques around the world, the Casely-Hayford House is undeniably forging a new handwriting of modern English style.
As you might know this is old, old, old news. In the unwritten book of fashion rules I wouldn’t even be allowed to post this, but still Adidas West Yeezy Season 1 needs a place on this blog. And since Kanye West is all over the newspaper again with PaperMag and being named on the 100 Most Influential People on Times Magazine, I thought this is still absolutely relevant. Photographer Jackie Nickerson did an amazing job with the whole lookbook and here is a couple of points to remember why:
Muted ‘street wear’
Inspired by the July, London Riots
Suedes and Khakis
And this just makes me even more upset that this collection will not be even affordable. Like over 400$ for a sweater? Are you serious? However peep the lookbook: Pictures via Adidas
To every female model (we talked about Imaan Hamman a couple of days ago) we are supporting. there is always a male counterpart. This week it’s American male model Louis Mayhew!
And honestly there is not much I can tell you about this kid. Louis Mayhew is from Cambridge, Massachusetts and got discovered while he was getting pizza (and I don’t know what’s better: getting pizza or getting discovered!). His ethnicity is mixed (Native American, African American, Scottish, French) and of course his look is very unique otherwise he wouldn’t be modeling, no?! But besides all that info there is a lot of potential and for whatever reason I can def see him working with Givenchy (so Ricardo if you are reading this it’s not too late…).
The is not one week where this is not happening. I have a new supermodel crush and this time it’s 19 year old Dutch fashion model of Moroccan and Egyptian descent Imaan Hammam.
Imaan was discovered in Amsterdam’s Central Station by an agent from CODE Management in 2010 and just a couple of years later she she was given the honor to open a Givenchy show as an exclusive. Anna Wintour has been a true support of Hammam and mentioned the model in her editor’s letter the first time she appeared in the magazine. She also appeared on the September cover of American Vogue, a cover which very few models, much less new faces, are able to secure. Hammam has walked for all the big names, like Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balenciaga, Versace, Fendi, Proenza Schouler and Dior.
Imaan is not only a star, but she is one to be watched out for:
I seriously asked myself: why am I always late with shit? I need to set my priorities right for 2k15 and post things in time and on time. But then again fashion can never be old news…
So during LCM Soulland was presenting their AW15 collection “Exotic Erotic”. Soullandwas founded in 2002 and is owned by designer Silas Adler and CEO Jacob Kampp Berliner. Its design principles and aesthetics have their origins in Scandinavian artisanship combined with a contemporary feel. Whilst always remembering its legacy, Soulland aims to push menswear forward in new directions.
Presenting two seasonal collections alongside two pre-collections every year, Soulland has received much acknowledgement from international press outlets such as The New York Times, Euroman, GQ, ID Magazine, Bangkok Post, The Guardian, Dazed & Confused and Selectism. Soulland designer Silas Adler was awarded Designer of the Year at DANSK Fashion Awards 2012. Open your eyes: