The sun rises in Paris at 8:30am this time of year, but yesterday morning Jenny and I were up a couple of hours earlier to go for a walk. Not just any walk, mind you, but a stroll around Le Marais with Sir Paul Smith. The powers that be had invited Jenny and myself on this walk to spend a bit of time with the 69 year old designer/entrepreneur, and to shoot some Instagram photos in the process — Sir Paul’s an active user — and when he bounded into the office with all the enthusiasm of Storm Jonas, I concluded that the singing and dancing party at the end of his Paris Fashion Week shows is simply his typical state of being.Click to Continue!
All Images /Steve Wood Who knows what Steve was doing out front at Balmain yesterday (maybe they didn’t let him backstage) but he’s just sent me through a whole bunch of photos of the guests arriving at the show. I wouldn’t usually post this sort of thing but he had a picture of the guy above in the mix so I had to. I first saw him at the Rick Owens show at Paris menswear. He was sitting in front of me wearing a bright yellow Galliano leather jacket with a big banana printed on the back and a snakeskinClick to Continue!
All Images /The Fashionisto Back in March I blogged about Balmain’s first menswear collection and how much the Clement Chabernaud campaign reminded me of Tom Cruise in Top Gun (which I watched two weekends ago – still amazing). The full collection has just been shot in an Ash Stymest editorial for Japanese magazine HUgE. It’s a very typical Stymest shoot – black and white, angsty, grungy, cigarette in hand, but I’ve gotta hand it to the guy, he can move in front of the camera. It’s quite a small collection, but the whole thing looks to be a darker, moreClick to Continue!
Balmain FW09 – style.com I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to like off the shoulder clothes. I’ve always thought it was such a trashy look having one shoulder showing – either make it strapless or have two sleeves please. But after trawling through the latest shows, I’ve fallen for some of the asymmetrical pieces that have been coming down the runways. I love to show off my back and shoulders and this is an edgy and sexy way to do it. Here are some fall 2009 asymmetrical outfits (more images after the jump). Lanvin FW09 – style.comClick to Continue!
Love Blog Remember a few weeks ago I did a post about the Balmain women’s collection being reminiscent of Slimane-era Dior Homme? Well the men’s collection has just emerged online, on Love Magazine’s blog, and to my eye, there’s no Slimane in sight. Instead, references seem to be pointing towards a different style icon – one Tom Cruise. Specifically, a formative 80s Tom Cruise film. Can you guess which one I’m talking about…? Top Gun. Note the brooding motorcycle jacket above. And below… Love Blog A sheepskin lined jacket… pretty air force right? Love Blog A leather trench… more WorldClick to Continue!