Kenzo Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Video18/04/2012
Kate Foley, Kyleigh Kuhn, Derek Blasberg, Olivia Kim, Jen Brill, Andre Saraiva, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Mariko Munro and Carlos Quirarte star in Kenzo's latest Spring/Summer 2012 collection video, The Window. As you would expect from the team under the directorship of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim the video is fun, refreshing and takes the piss of our text and meme culture.
Todd Snyder Interview
Past, Present, Future
Since beginning his own label in 2008, Todd Snyder has defined himself by the refined. The Iowa native spent time working at J.Crew before making the timely decision to step away independently and has not looked back, having been able to reach new heights. With the current Todd Snyder Spring/Summer 2012 collection one to really appreciate, I caught up with Snyder to talk about all things past, present, future.
James Oliver: Can you please tell me about your philosophy of design?
The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art13/04/2012
The incredible Sharmadean Reid launched her new book 'The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art' at The WAH club at the W London hotel this week. Sharmadean opened the first of her famed WAH Nails salons in London in 2009, then a dedicated salon in Topshop's Oxford Circus flagship store and has been growing her dedicated fanbase ever since. The who's who of Londons creative community have been going to WAH since it opened and celebrities like Alice Dellal, M.I.A, Cassette Playa's Carri Munden and Louise Gray have become obsessed.
// The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art by Sharmadean Reid is available from the W Store at W London and in New York from July
Photographer - Rebecca Thomas
Hiroshi Fujiwara Interview
"The Godfather of Harajuku"
To describe Hiroshi Fujiwara as an influence is a huge understatement. Often referred to as the 'Godfather of Harajuku', Fujiwara has been the backbone to a movement that goes much further than a small suburb in Tokyo. Having experienced culture in London and New York most notably, as a teenager Fujiwara got introduced to the some of the most powerful names around that have inspired the new generation. I sat down with Fujiwara recently to talk about how it all began and how he has seen the Harajuku movement evolve over the years.
Photographer - Keita Suzuki
Pageant Autumn/Winter '12 Film02/04/2012
Pageant present their second menswear collection 'Wet Dream' Autumn/Winter 2012. The range is athletic, synthetic and tough which is perfectly portrayed in their low-fi film. 'Wet Dream' rounds up the powerful army of youth to get physical, set to a soundtrack by HTRK which provides us with a taste of the new HTRK album set to release this year on Ghostly International.
Fashion: PAGEANT Music: HTRK Director: Antuong Nguyen
Beams Plus Interview
BEAMS is one of the most influential fashion entities in Japan, with a well established presence in design and retail the core elements. One side of the empire, BEAMS PLUS has been making a strong impact for over a decade now and continues to influence with a unique approach to American sensibilities. I caught up with director and chief buyer Shinsuke Nakada to discuss the values of the BEAMS PLUS line and how it fits in the market place. In addition we put together a few looks to provide a further insight into the BEAMS PLUS Spring/Summer 2012 season.
Photographer - Rintaro Ishige
Damir Doma Archive
Croatian born Damir Doma grew up in Germany, then studied fashion in Munich and Berlin before getting the best education possible by working at Dirk Schoenberger and Raf Simons. It was his time in Antwerp where Damir learnt to apply himself in a way that combines creativity with a strong work ethic. Further progressing Damir launched his own label in 2006, and within a year Damir was showing in Paris, considered the pinnacle location to present a collection.
Kris Van Assche Interview
"Balancing a nostalgic historical sense with radical modernism", Kris Van Assche is a designer who represents the modern era with a defining aesthetic of nonchalant elegance. The Belgian born designer has seen his abilities grow and grow since starting his own label in 2005, culminating in him being appointed artistic director for Dior Homme in 2007. Impelled by a vision of the man who takes the time to "dress up", Kris Van Assche has embarked on an esthetic quest, pursuing a new masculinity infused with poetry and authenticity.
Photographer - Gaëtan Bernard
Micah Cohen Interview
Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen
Micah Cohen at only 30 years old has made a name for himself and his brand Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, through his mission to produce wearable and accessible clothing while comprimising none of the contemporary aesthetic and attitude - in the brand's own words "blurring the line between fashion forward and traditional." The result has become hugely popular not only in the United States but around the world, with Cohen continuing to upset the global fashion market with his refreshing attitude towards both design and business.
Photographer - Massimo Ferrario