Christopher Kane's menswear debut

One of my favourite London Fashion Week designers Christopher Kane debuts his first full menswear collection at Dover Street Market this month. His galaxy print women's dresses have been an autumn 10 hit and a similar print is employed on this amazing menswear range. The prints are inspired by star constellations and futuristic landscapes, leather shorts, vests and knitwear feature. Prices start at about £200.



""I became obsessed with the explosions and landscapes from space pictures," says Kane. "I loved the colours and unbelievable detail. I printed them on to simple shapes, like loose fit T-shirts, cashmere and silk-mix knitted sweaters and cardigans."

Wonderland

One of my favourite magazine covers of 2010. Just incase you didn't catch it, Katie Price went all Footloose on the cover of Wonderland in the summer. Love the styling.



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Tom Ford is Back

In September designer Tom Ford unveiled his womenswear relaunch following a six year hiatus. It was a cloak and dagger production to say the least. A tightly edited group of VIP guests including Beyonce and Lauren Hutton were reportedly asked to sign confidentiality agreements to keep the launch under wraps.

Since then the fashion community have been desperate to get a glimpse of Ford's designs and today that moment has arrived. Photographer Terry Richardson was the only snapper allowed inside the presentation, and his images feature alongside a top-to-toe interview with the former Gucci and YSL design genius in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar which goes on sale on Dec 6.

The designer tells journalist Clare Coulson that collection doesn’t come cheap, with prices closer to couture than ready-to-wear. According to the piece in Harper's dresses range from about £2,900 to £22,000, and jackets cost about £2,500. ‘My clothes are expensive,’ says Ford, unashamedly. ‘But for me, at this stage in my life, what’s interesting is trying to make the best thing I can make.'

*Ford picked a cast of models that varied in age from 20 years old to 70 years old. Designer Giles Deacon did a smiliar thing at his spring 11 LFW show. Perhaps the celebration of real woman of all ages is upon us.


Source: Photos by Terry Richardson/courtesy of Harper's Bazaar UK
And thanks go to Fashion Bite's Blog

Dominique Lucas

Inspired by the myth and legends of native African tribes this is the first jewellery collection created by talented designer Dominique Lucas. The eponymous label has launched for spring 11 and Lucas has collaborated with ADD, a charity which supports Aids prevention.

These pieces will make the perfect accessory to white or nude light-weight knits this spring. Every piece is silver, and then oxidised or plated in black rhodium, or finished in 24 carat rose or yellow gold.

The label currently lists Florence-based boutique and art gallery La Galleria 13  as its only stockist, so it would make a great UK exclusive for any premium boutique out there.
 
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The Lion

The White Deer: Believed to be a messenger from the underworld

The Owl: A wise watcher

The Griffin: The label's signature logo and a symbol of divine power

Christian Louboutin

It was the Drapers Awards last night and our commerical director Lucy Walsh wore these fierce babies by Louboutin.
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Nike Air Royal Mid + Harris Tweed




I don't profess to be a sneaker freak but when I saw this genius collab in the window of Offspring I couldn't resist. This partnership puts Scottish heritage (Weir...ahem) in the limelight by using hand woven Harris Tweed on a Nike Royal Mid. The result is a sleek sneaker with a formal twist and tons of fabric interest. The style comes in men's and women's versions in a purple and a green, and both have a brown leather upper. ♥♥

P.s this isn't the first time Nike has teamed up with Harris Tweed

Leon Talley's protege


Emerging designer LaQuan Smith has two fierce mentors by his side - Tyra 'smiizzze' Banks and Andre Leon Talley of Vogue. The designer made his New York Fashion Week debut last spring and has designed for Lady Gaga, Rhi Rhi and the like. While his design aesthetic is quite American - with it's clean, sleek finish and taupe palette - and his name makes it difficult to take him seriously, his pattern cutting and accomplished voluminous silhouettes are interesting and with those two on board, few are going to cross him. ♥♥





Endovanera








This Californian label hasn't hit the UK market yet - but it's one to watch out for. Autumn 10 sees the first full women's collection by designer David Michael Hershberger touch down in only the coolest indies including New York's Oak and Isetan in Tokyo. Androgynous and precise pattern cutting underpins this collection which uses easy-going jersey and cottons to conjur up a perfectly ethereal, wearable and fresh collection. 
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Wolf & Badger

When I heard that  Wolf & Badger had opened earlier this year - with the intention of leasing space to up-and-coming designers - I had visions of a student style trunk sale.

Oh how wrong was I. This chic retail space in the heart of London's Notting Hill is more urbane art gallery than degree show.

The store showcases the coolest in emerging fashion, accessories and jewellery labels. Giselle Ganne's bird skull knuckle duster is just brilliant. ♥♥

Window dressing
Skulls by Stuart Richards
 
Inside Wolf & Badger

Wolf & Badger's Josh
Giselle Ganne bird skull knuckleduster
Florence B
Cecilia Mary Robson
Gwendolyn Carrie
Evthokia
Sophia Mann
I heart top hat lights
Josh's tatoos

Denham the Jeanmaker


 Cohesive branding? Check. Beautiful product? Check. Awesome store? Check.

 Dutch denim brand Denham opened it's first London store and showroom last week on Shoreditch's Charlotte Road and I interviewed founder Jason Denham for Drapers [which is out on November 5].

Denham is one of the most exciting new entries to the denim market. It's design ethos is: 'worship tradition, destroy convention'. Rather than being marketing spiel, the ethos is visible in the brand's production of denims - which is rooted in traditonal jeanswear culture - and the brand's use of technical cutting and innovative laundering.




Denham the Jeanmaker
32 Charlotte Road, London, EC2

Roxy x Henry Holland


Injecting chic into snow wear is a challenge, but Henry Holland has delivered on a cool, cosy collection of post-piste skiwear for Roxy Heart.

The celeb studded launch was held at cool Carnaby Street indie Beyond the Valley this week, and with a mounted stag head on the wall and mulled wine by the gallon  glass it felt just like Whistler....sort of.

The Fashion Desk Daily loves the silk studded tops, cosy heart print chunky knit, quilted leather skirt and the printed column dress.

Studded tee

Quilted leather skirt
House of Holland's Jessica Fletcher and Henry Holland
Heart this knit
quilted leather bomber
Henry gets 'air'
stag
printed column dress

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