Friday, 18 December 2009

Severely stylish men

With his movie debut A Single Man, Tom Ford shows he's just as much of a stylist in the director's chair as he was at the helm of Gucci. Based on Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel of the same name, Ford’s screenplay for A Single Man is an ambitious literary adaptation which uses the backdrop of L.A. during the Cuban missile crisis to tell a tale of a melancholic British professor trying to come to terms with the death of his lover. Ford lavishes his camera over every stylistic nuance and  detail: sharp black suit, white shirt (only white shirts) and  black tie, immaculate silver tie clip, high shine black loafers. Mad Men, A Serious Man and now a Single Man: 60’s inspired menswear wardrobes hasn’t looked so good in decades.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

As Copenhagen climate summit draws to an end, those attending:delegates and protestors

Pictures: Joa Paglione/Demotix,Olivier Morin/Reuters, Christian Charisius/Reuters, Anja Niedringhaus/AP, Scanpix Sweden

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Tis the season to keep the tills a ringing

Arthur Ryan, Chair of Primark has been voted the 5th most influential person in British fashion in the industry trade magazine Drapers. The company continues to thrive on the Uk high street, showing a 20% increase in total sales for the year to Sept.12th. After negative press and store protests over ethical trading issues Ryan appointed an ethical trade director and almost doubled the audits on its supply factories to 1,000 in 2009.  Though if sales are any indicator it seems in the recession the price at the till remains the predominant cost on a high street fashionista's mind.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Seeing spots for spring

That  perrenial favourite the polka dot is back for 2010, so even though we're in the midst of Christmas preparations, we're looking forward to seeing spots before our eyes as we warm up for spring. Michael Kors was one amongst many designers plumping for dots for next season, offering them in modernist splashes of monochrome with more than a nod to animal prints. We're not suggesting head-to-toe dottiness however, so spotty accessories are on hand to add a graphic statement to spring's primary palettes. Marimeko and Commes at Dover Street Market have bags and wallets that tick all the round boxes.