With movie makers the world over loving all things 3D, it wasn’t going to be long until other industries followed suit. Enter Longchamp’s 3D men’s collection.
Combining a modern sensibility with a love of symmetry, Longchamp’s 3D collection subverts traditional barren minimalism with graphic design: “straight-cut leather, lines in relief for a 3D feel and geometric eyelets”. The collection is designed for the young professional, the ‘urban consumer’ who covets style and a ‘controlled, casual look’.
The men’s lines within the collection include document-holder bags and belts. The beautifully refined bags come in two styles: a classic long-line and a briefcase. The strong, clean lines complement the leather’s natural character, including visible creases and a supple handle.
Internal detailing includes pockets trimmed in leather for a luxe touch as well as a contrasting lining and leather riser to reinforce the collection’s 3D effect and depth.
Here we break down the key pieces…
The classic long-line style features a reinforced shoulder strap for effortless wearability and is finished with an ID tag along with three internal pockets and a padded laptop compartment with scratch closure.
It is priced at £620 and available in black, cognac and earth:
This briefcase style is perfect for the city slicker, with multi-way carrying, reinforced shoulder strap for comfort, address tag and multiple internal pockets including phone sleeve.
Priced at £595, it is available in black, cognac and earth:
The belts reflect the line’s clean and modern aesthetic and are crafted from smooth calfskin leather with contrast lining and metal, geometric buckles. This classic, wear-with-anything style features a double-pin buckle.
Priced at £110 and available in black, cognac and earth colour ways:
Channelling the younger audience the collection is intended for, this belt features a youthful subversion with a rock-style, aged buckle.
Priced at £105 and available in black, cognac and earth:
Longchamp’s 3D men’s collection is available now at Longchamp.com.
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Alexander McQueen’s staple skull t-shirts get a Gothic, graphic upgrade for the new season – with 3D illusion prints, stained glass windows, sketches and marbling giving the memento mori-style designs a sense of grandeur typically associated with the runways.
The iconic skull motif of Alexander McQueen is as synonymous with the famed British fashion house as sharp tailoring and fashion-forward design. Their range of t-shirts has long provided the easiest way to work the signature McQueen look into your existing wardrobe.
The tees are all made from 100% cotton in Italy and vary in price – from £120 to upwards of the £300 mark, depending on the printing process. Take a look at some of the hero pieces from the new AW13 range below…
This stained-glass window printed shirt offers a bold interpretation of the skull motif, blending old and new to great effect with a 3D skull printed on the front.
Priced at £240:
Built from a series of floral arrangements, this flower-skull t-shirt is full of contradictions of life and afterlife.
Priced at £120:
A flowing marble print gives way to a skull motif on this statement t-shirt – offering a modern way to work Alexander McQueen’s graphic moniker.
Priced at £275:
On appearance, this grey t-shirt takes a more subtle approach to the skull’s presentation due to its muted sketch print graphic. But on closer inspection, McQueen’s signature subversive nature shows through in the naked lady sketch that builds the skull’s shape.
Priced at £120:
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Orlebar Brown creates a new line of its coveted digital-printed swim shorts, showcasing the stunning aerial photography of Dallas-born photographer Gray Malin that is showcased in galleries around the world.
Famed for producing superb quality swim shorts for the modern man, with a keen eye for details, fit and finish, Orlebar Brown are the last word in men’s swimwear. Their digital print collections have garnered worldwide press and acclaim due to their unique look and the collaborations the ‘Editions’ range was born out of.
Channelling the concept of the Orlebar Brown way of a life, but from a unique perspective, Gray’s signature aerial style is the perfect fit. Three beach scenes were captured for the OB Edition line, all shot from a helicopter. The prints are highly visual and the perfect way to add a statement touch to your poolside style when paired with a classic espadrille/loafer and polo shirt combination.
The prints are applied to Orlebar Brown’s iconic Bulldog style. The Bulldog is designed as the perfect ‘bridge’ short, with a strong focus on tailoring and comfort for wearing on and off the beach. Designed in a quick-drying fabric for an easy pool to bar transition, the shorts are finished in a mid-length with adjustable side tabs, multiple pockets and a zipped fly at the front.
The swim shorts retail at £225. To buy, head over to orlebarbrown.co.uk.
To view more of Gray Malin’s work, head to maisongray.com.
To hear more about Malin’s work with Orlebar Brown, check out their interview here.
Watch the behind the scenes video which shoes Malin’s imagery coming to life here.
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Offering a unique partnership in sound, Maserati and Bowers & Wilkins have joined forces to produce Seven Notes – an original composition based upon the seven notes of the Maserati car engine.
Bringing together a Maserati car, a legendary music producer, in the form of Howie B, and Abbey Road Studios in London, the two brands commissioned this captivating piece, which they describe as “isolating and recording the notes of a Maserati engine, and using them to create music”.
Involving three different studio environments and months of planning and execution, the result was two unique pieces of music.
“With every project, whether it’s with Björk or U2, my role as a producer is to bring out the best of the artists I work with. Although this project is like nothing I’ve done before, the challenge for me is the same: to find the music in this car.”
Howie B, Musician & Producer
Seven Notes is currently on a worldwide tour, featuring eight locations where guests are invited to hear the music from the project and explore the sounds of the Maserati engine through live performances and audio-visual installations.
The tour hit London on the 17th July and also offered attendees the chance to be among the first people to see Maserati’s stunning new Quattroporte car and experience the Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system in action.
You can check out the video and images from the event, with a cameo from yours truly, here.
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Combing a mutual philosophy of creating “groundbreaking, fashion-forward products that can survive the rigors of an active lifestyle” the sleek ‘It’s About Time’ collaboration between G-shock and SUPRA offers understated urban style. A cool matte black palette is complemented with flashes of vibrant red that pays homage to both labels’ signature styles.
As part of G-Shock’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the globally iconic watch brand has collaborated with some of the world’s hottest labels, asking them to create their own unique G-Shock designs.
SUPRA took on the challenge and chose it’s iconic Vaider hi-tops from the Red Carpet series as the inspiration for the collaboration. The black hi-tops feature a red sole plate and sock liner, a nod to the red carpet, evoke the spirit of celebrations and are one of SUPRA’s most popular styles.
“For the past 30 years, we have been committed to finding like-minded brands and SUPRA is one of them… SUPRA’s dedication to developing innovative and dynamic products that are durable and can withstand the most uncompromising situations is the perfect match for a G-Shock, the toughest watch on the market.”
Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc.
Designed to be able to transcend from day to night, the hi-tops also feature two SUPRA signature technologies: the black satin TUF upper, which employs SUPRATUF abrasion resistance technology, and lightweight SUPRAFOAM sole that provides comfort and impact protection.
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Spencer Hart’s show never fails to pull in the big names, and the SS14 presentation was no exception. The ‘frow’ (that’s front row to me and you) contained a plethora of famous faces, including London Collections: MEN mainstays Dermot O’Leary, David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire, as well as new ones like Russell Tovey and Connor Maynard.
The show itself was celebrity filled too, with surprise walks from Misfits star Curtis Donovan and American actor/singer Clarke Peters.
The collection was yet another triumph for Nick Hart, founder of the label. The theme was clear from the outset, with a soundtrack talking about the greatness of James Brown and jazz. With a modern Rat Pack vibe, the collection featured a palette of timeless blacks, crisp whites and soft browns, along with the beautiful new midnight blue styles. Nick Hart’s midnight blue, invented by Nick himself in partnership with AMG, is a beautifully intense colour that is at once dark and sexy.
For SS14, the trousers cuffs remained high (the mankle is certainly here to stay) as the shirts came un-tucked in long silhouettes, providing a fluid contrast to the sharp suit lines. Trilby hats were in abundance, channelling a jazz-age cool, whilst scarves and pocket squares contrasted the suiting – exploding out from their formal confines and hanging loose. The lapels mixed from wide notch to slim-line shawl, lined for detail.
The collection holds the brand’s ethos at its heart, celebrating independent thinking and the free-spirited gent that makes his own decisions.
The end of the show left one last surprise: as part of Spencer Hart’s collaboration with AMG Mercedes-Benz, the new midnight blue has been used to colour a new Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Shooting Brake. The interior is wrapped in chocolate-brown Italian leather with blue stitching inspired by Spencer Hart’s flagship store, whilst the trims and wheels are blacked out for the ultimate luxe finish.
To find out more about the unique Mercedes-Benz x Spencer Hart collaboration, watch the promo video below:
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When the first line of the press release reads: “The statement look for Topman Design SS14 is the Techno Cowboy”, you know you’re in for a fun show.
The first two defining words for the Topman Design showcase at London Collections: MEN have to be ‘short’ and ‘sweet’. The show was fast-paced, bringing classic cowboy style into the present. Iconic Western shirts were presented in beautifully embroidered silk, with the yoke given a romanticised, curved finish. Paired with loose-fitting trousers for a billowing silhouette, the collection focussed on one look and offered it in a multitude of styles.
Each shirt featured hand-embroidered floral motifs – a beautifully ornate accent to complement the elegant nature of the silks. However, on closer inspection the clothes take on a darker persona, with destroyed scratch stitching and spiders “inspired by 1950s B movies”.
Outerwear came in the form of varsity jackets, once again crafted from decadent silks and metallic yarns. Classic tailored jackets were given an opulent finish through embroidered lapels and shoulders, again sticking rigidly to the theme set by the Western shirts. Flashes of metallic accessories included belts and brogues in matching retro shades.
The collection was a stark contrast to Topman Design’s previous AW13 offering. A totally new path, the collection could have quite easily have faltered, relying too heavily on a single look. But creative director Gordon Richardson and the Topman Design team have created a collection that will be eaten up by the fashion set, creating a cacophonic concoction of kitch fun – styled with just enough darkness to give it an edge of authority.
Check out the show and Topman’s LC:M video, with a little cameo from yours truly, below.