Thursday, 6 December 2012

Elbow: Wembles at Wembley

I ask you, what better way is there to break up the monotonous drawl of a Winter working week, than to go see a gig that brings a little sunshine? Last Wednesday, relatively impulsively (we only booked the tickets two days before), me and my sister went to see Elbow at the Wembley Area. Boy, was it worth the trip. 

The crowd, which was smaller than I had expected, began the night somewhat subdued. This is why credit is due to Elbow Frontman come everyday boozer, Guy Garvey who took the audience into his hands and injected a bit of fire.  Greeting us from the outset as 'Wembles' - a nickname we retained throughout the show - Garvey took the time to thank the audience for helping him reach his dream, to perform at Wembley. A fine achievement from 'four ordinary guys from the North'. 

Highlights of the night included Neat Little Rows, Grounds for Divorce and Guy's attempt to teach the London crowd a bit of Northern slang. Whats clear about Garvey is his utter infatuation with music. It runs through him. What's more, he is a natural entertainer. Breezing happily through breaks in the songs, he jokes with the crowd, adjusting his ill-fitting suit jacket and guzzling on a pint of beer.  

To round of the night, they brought out the classics. First, Open Arms, then the ultimate crowd pleaser, A Day Like This

There may a few less faces in the crowd than we would have hoped but, hey, there was optimum swaying potential. And who can ask more than that. 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Topshop slam dunk

1st Base under the Bleachers

It used to be the case - or so my rich knowledge of American teen sitcoms tell me - that the Varsity bomber jacket was reserved only two classes of people. Firstly, students who actually played a sport (predominantly baseball and American football - the chess team never quite reached this pinnacle of cool) and, secondly, the girls sleeping with them (the jocks, not the chess team). 

Now, all this has changed and no longer do you have to sit on the cool table to bag yourself a Bomber.  With sports luxe on many a designers mind, items such as the Bomber Jacket have filtered down to the high street.



Evil Twin Black Salt Tunic 
Topshop Dusk Shadow Wedge Boots by CJG

Alexandra Dodds Jewellery

Nixon Kensington Watch

Though the Whistles Varsity jacket is a classic choice, its also worth taking a gander at these from Urban Outfitters and ASOS. 

My mood would definitely dictate which of these jackets I would chose to wear on any given day because they are both so different. The very fact that the ASOS jacket is actually mens, is key to its appeal. It's oversized and sporty but can be so beautifully juxtaposed with a brightly jewelled collar necklace.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

William Wilde: Latex Loving

William Wilde is a London based designer, whose collections are primarily based around the material, Latex. His talent for transforming this unusual substance into high fashion pieces has let to his garments being featured in the covers of glossy magazines such as Vogue Italia and Elle UK. 

After completing a Fashion Design degree at the University of Westminster,William worked in fetish wear design for a few years before launching his own label in October 2010. He has also previously worked as a free lance Bridal wear cutter and is now a Costumier at The Box, London. 

With three strikingly vibrant collections already under his belt, this September William unveiled his latest, Filthy Wilde. Following the success of his Filty Wilde fashion show at The Box, Soho, featuring London local girl, Daisy Lowe, I sat down with him to discuss his rollacoster to the top. 
First, a bit about the man himself...

What do you like to do on your down time?
Drawing, Drinking, Dancing!

Favourite haunt in UK? 
London - So many places! 

First fashion memory? 
Joan Collins in Dynasty

Now lets talk about William Wilde...

So, your love affair with latex, has the passion been there from the very beginning? 
Not really, I got into latex design as it was a lot more exciting and theatrical than the daunting alternative of high street fashion! As soon as I started to work with it, it seemed to me that there was a world of things that I could do with it, I still think it's very exciting and there's loads more to be explored but I also love to work with many other fabrics. 
What did your teachers think - did they take you seriously? 

Some did, some didn't! My stuff was always a bit off centre and so it divided opinion I guess. I just do what is instictive to me, I love referencing art/film/costume in my work, always have, 
you either like it or you don't!

Working at The Box as a Costume Designer - has it influenced you brand or is it the style of William Wilde which drew you to this particular establishment? 
The two compliment each other really well, I work in totally different ways at The Box to when I'm in my studio but one always gives me stuff that I can use in the other. The results can be really different as both need to be kept true to their identities.

How has the brand evolved since its birth in 2010?

I've just introduced my first pieces of printed silk jersey into my most recent collection - Filthy Wilde, and had my first show! I hope the essence of the brand has remained the same but as I aim to make each collection better and better, I hope to expand in materials and technique.

How do the arts - music and film for example - influence your work? 
A lot! Part of the fun for me is to reference elements of hair, costume and make-up from my favourite things like film, art, music and period costume.

So what kind of woman is a William Wilde woman? 
The William Wilde woman is just the woman who looks at my stuff and loves it, I wouldn't want to dictate what women should wear, I just create what I love! The image I aim to create is one of strength, confidence and style.

Already so early on in your career, you have had your collections recognised and appreciated by the likes of Daisy Lowe and Rihanna. Who else would you love to see wearing William Wilde?
That's tricky, there's so many people! I'm really flatterd when anyone wants to wear my clothing and them doing so suggests that they get the character and the fun that I've tried to create, so I'm lucky that they pick me. Having said that I'd love to see Nicole Kidman in William Wilde at the Oscars!

What was the inspiration for the colour palette and style of your new collection Filthy Wilde? 
It evolves as the collection develops but I love green, ginger and gold together and the following elements lent themselves to these colours for me: dollars, new york, diamonds, money, 20's, 30's, Tamara Delempicka, Andromeda, Cleopatra, chandeliers, Ginger Rogers, Lousie Brooks, Art Deco, dirty cash, filthy rich - Filthy Wilde!

Any plans to expand your brand - into menswear perhaps? 
I might do a range of mens pants!

Back onto the immediate future - what’s next for William Wilde?
Need to get started on A/W 2013!

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Crank it up

Add a bit of flare (and height) to any outfit with these creepers from Underground England


LFW: Day Three - ACNE


SS13 was, in part, what we have come to expect, characterise and adore about Temperley London. That feminine 'swish' of the full fabric skirts, barely there blush tones and detailed embellishments were all out in force. The romantic silhouettes appearing in both the purest white and dark charcoal blacks, images so reminiscent on the London-based designer. 

However, this time around, a sense of fun had been so cleverly injected. Bright, 50s pattern dresses and the inclusion of burnt orange in the colour palette, gave it that sophisticated, yet wearable, summer's evening feel.

Alice Temperley herself mused, "I had visions of a late 1950s couture model or a young Sophia Loren, but also modernizing the Temperley Woman, making her uncomplicated and effortlessly beautiful." 

For me, this is one of her best yet.