Friday, 28 May 2010
Didn't we tell you this guy was gonna be big? Ever since I saw those pictures of a woman straddling some poor male whilst wearing a disturbing mask, I knew Billy Byrne was going places.
And where else but Rokit? Yesterday, Billy's t-shirt range, featuring a collection of various designs of his original Sex Noir works was released for sale. The t-shirts retail at £30.00 and include 3 different styles.
Billy is also producing a range of homeware for Rokit, which judging by these t-shirts, is going to be very interesting indeed.
You can buy Billy's tees here and to view more of his work, visit his website.
As part of the ongoing anniversary celebrations, of BROWNS: 40 YEARS OF FASHION INNOVATION. Browns are showing casing a fashion exhibition. The exhibition takes a nostalgic walk down memory lane - through the eyes of Browns. So expect to see iconic pictures and original vintage archive pieces from designers such as Ralph Lauren, Missoniand Comme des Garcon- all of whom Joan Burstein(the owner of Browns) was responsible for importing to Europe in the 70’s and 80’s – as well as later discoveries such as John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueenand Hussein Chalayan. Revered photographer Paolo Roversi has shot 40 specially commissioned photographs of ‘Browns Ambassadors’ dressed in specially selected looks. These include Marc Jacobs, Claudia Schiffer, Liberty Rossand Natalia
Vodianova (dressed in a piece from Chalayan’s‘Buried’ collection). These portraits will run alongside film footage of definitive catwalk shows spanning many seasons.
The curation of this exciting exhibition and set has been conceived by Simon Costin, the acclaimed set designer famed for Alexander McQueen’snotoriously theatrical fashion shows.
In addition to the exhibition, a limited edition of our first ever book, Browns– 40 Years of Fashion will be available for sale. This beautiful coffee table treasure features various interviews, exclusive brand new never seen before images, contributions from designers and ambassadors’ that have worked with Browns over the years, stunning archive pictures and much much more. The book was edited by Isaac Lock, the foreword is by Ralph Laurenand contributors
include John Galliano, Rosita Missoni, Azzedine Alaia, Sonia Rykieland of course our very own Mrs B.www.brownsfashion.com
Browns: 40 Years of Fashion Innovation - 13th May until 30th May
The Regent Penthouses and Lofts
The Courtyard, 16-18 Marshall Street off Broadwick Street W1
10am- 7pm 7 days a week.
ENTRANCE IS FREE
Words by Simone La-Rose
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Those girls have done it again.
The new collection 20/20 has expanded the brand that was Coco and Breezy and moved forward into not only eyewear but accessories as well, including the amazing Eclipse Ring and metallic eye patch! The collection is more unique than ever, and the shades are designed with much more intricate detail and experiment with design, resulting in a range that is individual and IDOL believes, the ultimate statement accessory.
The collection co-incides with launch of their new website, which is astounding enough to draw all the press attention itself. The clever girls have written a futuristic and fictional bio which plays on the homepage in a rather errie, robotic voice! The piece is based on their life story and the reason why the brand began.
The design of the website itself has taken Coco and Breezy to a whole other level and shows that the girls are thinking about branding carefully, creating a cyberspace world with dark blue backgrounds and dark, robotic campaign images. The website is incredibly intense and a strong representation of more to come from these go getting twins. We just can't wait 'til they come to London so we can try it all on!
By Jessica Duffin
Photography by Austin Green
The countdown for this year’s Fashion Nights Out has begun. I remember last year’s Vogue event like it was yesterday. The whole of London was mixing my favourite cocktail; shopping and partying! The concept; all the fashion stores around the world, from Brooklyn to Brazil hosted after-hours shopping event, the cause; the wicked recession that had kept us held back for too long. We were able to rid ourselves of evil guilt, we were, once again allowed to shop – GOD save us all. And not just shop, but go shopping after hours some stores closed at 1am. The parties were extreme, fantastically themed. Stores in London like Browns had designers such as Antonio Berardi, Marios Schwab, and Henry Holland being the sales assistants, helping customers, talking through collections and wrapping the purchases. Imagine, your favourite designer, available not just at arm length to touch but getting the correct size for you to try on, putting your purchase through the till, and then bagging them up. It was one of the entertaining fashion nights I have had. The Burberry store had a star studded affair too, with Sarah Brown & Samantha Cameron both in attendance, as well as Mario Testino plus many more. In New York the Christian Louboutin store had a champagne foot bath, doesn’t it sound amazing. What I think is especially great is that anyone can go along, it is about shopping, parting, meeting with your favourite designers, hanging out in your favourite stores and like I said before the countdown for this year event has started, this is a global extravaganza, and I for one can’t wait for this celebration of fashion. Roll on September 8th for this is our fashion judgement day (I mean night).
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
With the somewhat unexpected arrival of the sun lately I am completely unprepared for hot weather. Fortunately the cold wind is keeping the temp down, but shades are a must, as the clouds have effed off and left the sun ungarded. Last year I was OBSESSED with Ray-Ban, but although the wayfarer obsession still lingers, the direction of my new obsession is luckily, and unusually for me, in my price range!!
Jeepers Peepers sell a range of different style of sunny's, all with 'funky' (yes Greg, I said funky) names after people. Now I think about it, the names might not actually be that 'funky'. Anywho... I could definitely do with some Sasha's, but I also like the Teddy, and the Teddy Stripe. All good, All fairly priced, ALL DONE!
Words by Debo Dyson
The collection by Dora Mojzes....
Model Sammy Pearce and MUA Jenny Hellstrom...
Jeff having fun with the light reflector...
To see the final campaign, go to our fashion section on IDOL and check out Labh Boutique.com
Advertisement campaign was designed by Stefanie Hinkley
Monday, 24 May 2010
Stag and Dagger festival took place Friday 21st May 2010, bringing a wealth of new rising talent, prominent bands and music collectives and DJs to
Slightly scared I wouldn’t catch ‘These New Puritans’ playing at 93 feet east at 11pm, judging by the major queue I was not alone. The Southend-on-sea art rock group were one of the major names heavily anticipated since being announced in the line-up and didn’t disappoint. The set included fan favourites from previous successful album ‘Beat Pyramid’. With Jack Barnett being previously quoted as describing his intention of the 2010 release of ‘Hidden’ to be 'dancehall meets Steve Reich', the crowd was eagerly awaiting new work to be performed. Down at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen a personal favourite ‘We Have Band’ played all things obscure, dark and still disco, with girls and boys doing their best jilted 80’s moves making it harder to understand how they aren’t signed to a major yet. Also at Camp changing the pace ‘Class Actress’ another new quiet music storm, fresh from Brooklyn New York brought melodic electro pop to the mix.
By Yvonne Lamunu
Photography by Hana Bauman-Lyons