London Fashion Week Men’s this season celebrates a poignant moment in the British labels history to mark the 70th Anniversary of the iconic Trial Master Jacket.
Belstaff’s self titled collection Made In The UK presents a unisex clothing range deeply rooted in the 100th year history of innovation and legacy of protection for adventure.
The Autumn Winter 2018 collection draws inspiration from the English Subcultures through exploration of the Trial Master’s history from a curated selection of the original archive through innovations in fabrics, production and design aesthetic portraying a bygone era when they were launched.
This iconic four pocket Trial Master Jacket was originally designed for protection against harsh weather conditions during the Scottish Six Day’s Trials showcases colour, distinct decorative pins and badges that depict the pride of previous generations.
A sense of youth bears resemblance to referencing the 1950’s from Mod’s, Rocker’s, and Punk era that sought freedom of expression through music and fashion with inter generational popular culture clashes.
Belstaff since 1924 has been the supplier of protective clothing for generations of pioneers which now includes its discerning clientele that thrives on modern day spirit of adventure.
Following on from the presentation Belstaff hosted a private event with Liberty of London to celebrate the new Origins Collection presenting the latest in technology and new innovative fabrics such as ultra stretch lightweight nylon and tri layer nylon as functional weather proof and high performance materials.
Creative Director Daniel Kearns and Brand partner David Beckham showcased their Spring Summer 2018 presentation during London Fashion Week Men’s where the show took place in a discreet courtyard on Floral Street Covent Garden.
The Spring Summer 2018 Kent & Curwen Collection takes inspiration from a moment in Britain’s Olympic History as supported by Brand Partner David Beckham proudly wearing the Union Jack on a new season red, white and blue rugby shirt.
Regatta stripes this season make their debut taken from the archive where swatch books of the thirties era were revived with uniqueness designed for Cambridge and Oxford Universities, prestigious rowing, cricket and tennis clubs to British Regiments.
It was known that each organisation had their own pattern that only team members were allowed to wear.
“British Heritage Menswear Brand from London”
Key signature pieces for Spring Summer 2018 included a tan woolen duffle coat true to the original. With every fine detail I really liked the coats cut in heavy melton that’s robust but soft to touch giving it that feeling of premium luxury.
Styling details in the collection drew inspiration from forties rowing kits
The duffle coat is finished with a toogle fastening with authentic wooden torpido toggles, hip pockets and a versatile hood to combat the British Weather. I’d say, worth investing in which is so ideal for chilly early spring season as a transition piece.
Kent & Curwen re-visits the Archive Swatch-books’ of the 1930’s
This season’s collection also makes me think about ‘Henley Royal Regatta’ as you’ll also want to covet accessories such as the versatile lambswool blanket scarf is the perfect finishing touch for breezy spring time. Styling details in the collection drew inspiration from Men’s forties rowing kits where the luxurious scarf is finished with pin-fringed ends and shows the Kent & Curwen signature nineteen twenty six rose emblem.
The new collection was inspired by teams as models gathered on a rostrum in front of guest reminiscent of a sporting team photograph accompanied by the soundtrack of 90’s indie mixed with new East London band Happiness. It felt almost like a trip down memory lane where models presented the heritage inspired sportswear collection on a catwalk fashioned like a vintage school sports hall. From that very brief moment it took me back to my school days as a young pupil was nostalgic indeed. Upstairs above the show space, imagery from the new collection hung in the space of an art instillation gallery style exhibition where invited guest were treated to indulge in scrumptious treats and refreshments inspired by the British Summertime. With set plans underway for the future of the British Fashion Label Kent and Curwen will open its first store under the Kearns / Beckham Partnership in the autumn which is exciting news.
Editorial Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Kent & Curwen for hosting me for the Press Preview during London Fashion Week Men’s. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use or would wear myself for accurate feedback.
Belstaff Announces Partnership with Vestiaire Collective re-sellers of pre-owned luxury designer vintage clothing available to buy online. I had the pleasure of previewing the collaboration between British Heritage Brand Belstaff x Vestiaire Collective as I attended their launch event last night at the main flagship store on New Bond Street. Celebrities, Stylist, Editors and Influencers in attendance include Alistair Guy, Jack Fox, Oliver Cheshire, Daisy De Villeneuve, Bay Garnett and Paul Sculfor.
The exclusive partnership allows you to purchase the limited number of iconic 1960’s and 1970’s vintage jackets, especially chosen from the British Designers Archive.
The main classic signature pieces inspired by Belstaff’s archive revived for a fashion comeback
Fashion Photographer Alistair Guy was also involved in contributing to the exhibition by bringing both collaborators together to form the unique curated looks. The 10 restored jackets are now live on Vestiaire Collective and available to purchase which feature the iconic wax cotton trial master jackets from the Belstaff archive.
The Vintage jackets on display from the Belstaff Archive during the Event
The main purpose for the collaboration was to provide a global community of style savvy clientele who admire rare and classic investments such as vintage cars, watches and custom motorcycles access to Belstaffs Archive and share a part of the brands history.
For both counterparts it was about bringing together a style conscious community to purchase vintage items and introduce Belstaff to a new audience who appreciate fine craftsmanship and long lasting heritage.
Vestiaire Collective gives you access to a curated catalogue of 600,000 listed items with an additional 30,000 new items being added by the community of sellers
Apart from being able to purchase from the Belstaff archive Vestiaire Collective gives you access to a curated catalogue of 600,000 listed items with an additional 30,000 new items being added by the community of sellers.
Launched in Paris in October 2009, Vestiaire Collective the designer vintage online clothing consignment store has over 6 million fashion savvy members across 50 countries worldwide with offices in Paris, London, New York, Milan and Berlin.
This allows keen buyers to hunt of endless choice of coveted must have fashion items for even the most discerning fashionista’s wardrobe. And, I would absolutely agree, as this fit’s in line with my style to mix investment pieces, with different brands including vintage and items at various price points. I do love the Belstaff bags though for their selection of fashion forward styles are both classic and contemporary. Make Vestiaire Collective the go to for Men’s luxury apparel and vintage apparel and find timeless classic pieces to update your wardrobe.
Special Thanks again to Belstaff, Vestiaire Collective, Alistair Guy and Karla Otto for hosting the most amazing party! and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
Chester Barrie the exclusive fine British tailoring house has been home to Savile row for 80 years. Since the tailoring house was established it has been offering luxury Ready to wear clothing, made to measure suits, shirts and accessories.
Chester Barrie collection comes in a range of tailored fits and classic styles which are contemporary to make the right impression anywhere.
Chester Barrie the Quintessential British tailoring house has been located on Savile row for 80 years.
The Brand Creative Director Chris Modoo is the current appointed Sartorial Guru at the helm of this legendary tailoring house bringing his creative energy and flair which he does so well.
Every detail to seam and stitch you’ll appreciate it has to be immaculately finished and keeping in line with the signature spirit and tradition of the brands heritage.
Never be left pondering what to wear again when it’s time to suit up for that all important special occasion.
Discover Chris Modoo’s latest Edit of his new collection, organised in a selection of style, colours, cuts that you will never be left pondering what to wear again when it’s time to suit up for that all important special occasion.
Still thinking about upcoming Wedding invitation in the diary to social events on the British Sporting Calendar? Chester Barrie would be a great place to start feeling inspired for the summer months ahead.
For me I think, Chester Barrie Suits have amazing menswear that’s timeless and depicts the epitome of quintessential elegance. The exquisite choice is remarkable from its fine British traditional cloths to its razor sharp cuts with precision produced in house by skilled tailors. There is so much history associated with the brand from its discerning clientele from city boys to Celebrities. We can see why it’s favoured among so many loyal customers.
Take style cues from Chester Barrie on how to look your best will ensure you suit up sharp on the day.
I just happen to be thinking about a upcoming Wedding invitation in the diary to social events on the British Sporting Calendar. Chester Barrie would be a great place to start feeling inspired for the summer months ahead don’t you agree. I’m in the mood for a bit of tennis too given by the looks of the models posing with old school tennis rackets summer is here to stay. The range would be perfect for watching the Boodles Tennis or even Wimbledon would be the ideal summer situation.
In case you’re wondering what you should wear it’s best to be overdressed than under-dressed as my wedding guest invite does not specifically state the official dress code. So, which leaves me to get clued up on dress codes before the events I have secured invites to this summer.
For inspiration, I have a few options in mind to ensure you nail that look. Take style cues from Chester Barrie suits on how to look your best will ensure you suit up sharp on the day. Always assume finding the perfect suit is vital as the Chester Barrie collection comes in a range of tailored fits and classic styles which are contemporary to make the right impression anywhere. I hope this post have been somewhat helpful to provide you with inspiration to spruce up your wedding attire, whether you’re the groom or the guest. Just drop into Chester Barrie at 19 Savile Row in London and let them determine your attire options from special occasions, sporting events to work wear is worth the investment.
The former Welsh RCA graduate was previously at the helm of Givenchy in Paris where he honed his craft and talent. Julien is a big name in British fashion and internationally working with Debenhams for a diffusion line STAR by Julien Macdonald to founding his own mainline label with countless A-list clientele who favour his designs from Supermodels to Celebrity Artist.
Julien Macdonald presents showstopping collections with every party outfit you could ever want just in time for the Oscars and Awards Season
His signature style is very much couture influenced with 70’s inspired silhouettes remembering the golden days of Disco reminds me also of Dynasty from the power dressing attitude days of strong confident women who appreciate the finer things in life.
Each collection is beautifully made and every fine detail you see in a garment reflects his skilled craftsmanship of couture techniques from intricate beading, sequins to Swarovski crystals, to diamante that gleam and shimmer in the blink of an eye is hard to go unnoticed.
Every season, Julien comes up with new innovative collections with every party dress you could ever want and just in time for the Oscars and awards season.
The collection was inspired by Surrealism and the metropolis landscape by Fritz Lang as models emerged down the catwalk.
You can expect high octane glamour from Julien Macdonald who brings to London’s catwalk this season all the excitement as it unfolds with Victoria’s Secret Model Leomi Anderson walking in the show. It was my first time attending one of Julien’s shows and what a great pleasure it was to see his work during London Fashion Week month. Here’s what was on show yesterday afternoon and the venue that hosted the event was gold inside too just like a palace off a film set helped create the mood for the catwalk.
Menswear pieces stood out with gun metal detail embellishments on garments to create a second skin Armour effect was shown alongside Julien Macdonald’s Womenswear Collection was exuberantly cool.
Here’s a pre – show snap before the show to see for yourself. Julien’s collection is always one to look forward to every season so expect glamour and glitz nonetheless. I loved the atmosphere at the show today and was one of my favourite fashion week highlights.
Beautifully made pieces and every fine detail you see in a garment reflects Julien’s skilled craftsmanship of couture techniques made for Red Carpet glamour
Menswear pieces stood out with gun metal detail embellishments on garments to create a second skin armour effect was shown alongside Julien Macdonald’s womenswear collection was exuberantly cool. The collection was inspired by Surrealism and the metropolis landscape by Fritz Lang as models emerged down the catwalk.
The sport lux details for men were minimal and understated with gothic baroque influences and various textures of knitwear gave it some edge for rock star appeal made for centre stage. Even Men’s tuxedo silhouettes got a makeover fused with sportswear details which made it contemporary for a new look to wear as smart casual luxury. It definitely took men’s party wear to the next level should you be in search of wearing something cool and unique to your next event.
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