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!
Hey, gidday mates! Way, way back in 2004 when I was still at university in New Zealand, I discovered a website named men.style.com where I was able to see all the men’s collections coming out of Milan, Paris and New York. Of all the designers across all three cities, there was one who stood above the rest, and that was Hedi Slimane, the creative director of Dior Homme. His models were skinny, his clothing was tightly tailored, and everything he did had this dirty London rock’n’roll edge that felt so aesthetically perfect in that current moment.Click to Continue!
Tim Blanks. Photo: Oliver Rose To kick off the series of interviews I’ll be doing with fascinating, exciting, inspiring, and all-round interesting people over the course of the F/W 14/15 menswear season, I sat down with one of my personal heroes this evening — style.com‘s Editor-at-Large, Tim Blanks. When I was 19 years old and in my second year of university, I stumbled across a site that featured photos of every look from every prominent menswear show in Milan, Paris, and New York. The runway looks were incredible, but what I loved more was the written review that accompanied each show.Click to Continue!
It is officially freezing in this city — negative eight yesterday, negative two today, and the same again tomorrow — and I’m heading to Chesterfield, Massachusetts for Thanksgiving on Wednesday where it’s going to be even colder, so right now I am obsessively thinking about winter coats. They come in all shapes and sizes, and I am spending a disproportionate amount of time researching the best looking varieties to make my own. The problem, though, is that coats are bloody expensive. You’ve gotta look at them as an investment purchase that’ll keep you going for years ahead. So if youClick to Continue!
Over the past year or so, I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time in and out of designer stores discussing the merits of various handbags with various female friends. It turns out girls really love handbags. Who knew? Not that I would ever admit it, but I actually enjoy the conversations just as much as they do, and I have a couple of strong opinions when it comes to the topic: I don’t like anything garish, too obviously it-ish, or overtly labelled, and I genuinely believe that if you’re buying a handbag just because you want people to know howClick to Continue!