Thursday, October 3, 2013

FENDI

Menswear A/W 2013









If Fendi's forecast is anything to go by, this winter's going to be a cold one. In a circular runway, models strode clad in thick furs, over-sized wool coats and leather accessories. This is a first in its kind - at least in the shows I've been to - with a circular construction of stairs and gangways, combining the runway glare with the practicality of a presentation. 

Staying true to the ethos of Fendi, the artisanal skill was on display in the cuts and materials, with a slight raw edge to it: the unlined coats and the rugged edges of the furs gave the collection a slightly out-in-the-wild touch. The colour palette did not stray further than the dark tones of the leathers and furs, giving the garments an earthy aesthetic. The collection resembled an Icelandic panorama, beautifully translated into clothing, and with some slick tailoring to boot.


Patrick
Photography my own ©

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

KILT IT





It has been my mission for over a year to find a black kilt - now that I have finally found it, I have been sure to wear it, stares notwithstanding.  Having tested it out at Fashion Week , I feel it has been appropriately initiated to the streets of London. 

I've far from exhausted the pleated possibilities of this woolen wonder, so it's going to have to be hardcore powering on through the winter with it. 


Wearing a Kenzo Shirt, Honour of London Latex Sleeves, Emporio Armani Shoes.

Patrick
Photography by Théo Clark

Monday, September 23, 2013

LONDON FASHION WEEK

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Since it might be a bit too late for a Fashion Week Diary, a looking-back in nostalgia post might be more appropriate. While there were more shows than humanly possible to see, the highlights stood out, among which the collections seen at Ashish, Kokon to Zai, Richard Nicoll, House of Holland, Eudon Choi and Pringle of Scotland. 

There was, as ever, more than enough to keep us on our toes and excited for a five-day marathon. And just the right amount of Champers to keep us going, what with the numerous downpours and long distances between the shows.

Ginger & Patrick
Photography by Patrick Clark ©

Monday, September 2, 2013

PARIS









This may be pushing all the blogger stereotype buttons, but I'm still going to hound you with a returning-from-Paris photography post. This last week has introduced me to a range of bargain-ridden friperiesCafé Maure behind the Jardin des Plantes, the recently opened Cité de la Mode et du Design, the mind-spinning art wonders of the Palais de Tokyo, and other Parisian gems, the list goes on. 

The whole of it dusted off with a week of glorious sunshine, and deserted streets. Paris at its most whimsical, courtesy of rose-tinted glasses. Utter bliss.

Patrick

Saturday, August 31, 2013

JOHN VARVATOS

Menswear A/W 2013








John Varvatos' A/W 2013 collection mastered a complex layering of various sources of inspiration, with references to rock culture, dandy refinement, English tailoring and  ... David Lynch. Velvet, tons of the stuff, adorned jackets, suits, trousers and ankle boots. The mod rocker turned nineteenth-century dandy in this monumental show. 

Amidst suspension ropes, metallic gangways and search lights, the models displayed a rich palette of dark navy blues, burgundies, greys and blacks. Touching up more conventional silhouettes with clashing textures (leather and velvet, silk and wool), Varvatos renovated the classic rocker aesthetic. A floor length leather-sleeved coat and a cape to match were the show-stoppers necessary to break away from the rock-and-roll convention. 


Corny sum-up lines aside, a gush of tailored fresh air and a textural heaven. 



Patrick
Photography my own © Ginger Fashion Monsters 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WILLOW






Hats are most definitely not my thing. In fact, for the past five years I have staunchly refused to wear any form of head-wear, a result of having spent most of my childhood years in hats each worse than the other…all in the name of sun-protection.  
This summer, however, things took a turn. Taking my cue from the black floppy hats seen at Saint Laurent, I actually went out and bought one, opting for American Apparel’s wool wide-brimmed style. After all, it’s always good to give someone – or, in this case, something – a second chance.


Ginger 

Photography by Patrick

Friday, August 16, 2013

GIULIANO FUJIWARA

Menswear A/W 2013








As I launch myself into reminiscing about Milan Fashion Week in January, a bit of critical distance has fallen nicely into place. A favourite, on hindsight, was Giuliano Fujiwara's collection. It also provides me with a perfect summer-autumn bridge, with pieces which floated perfectly between the two seasons.

With its tribute to the heritage of the house, the collection delved into "tailored technology", with clean-cut silhouettes and geometrical lines. Multiple lengths, blending long and short jackets into one, or layering shorts over full length trousers, created a strong sense of 3D tailoring. Seersucker-style quilted panels, as well as leather inserts, played brilliantly with the textures of conventional tailored pieces. 

With the ubiquitous roll-necks and the killer patent leather footwear to boot, the collection offered a smart (in both meanings of the word) halfway-point between dress and street-wear. Something I would more than willingly slip my 2 metre frame into...

Check out the full look-book over on the Giuliano Fujiwara website

Patrick
Photography my own ©