Product of the Week: I Love Ugly

The I Love Ugly Sosa Baseball Jersey is a premium street wear garment inspired by an athletic style and stamped with an I Love Ugly twist.

This jersey features immaculate attention to detail in the patchwork namely the Laid Amour wording on the front French for Ugly Love which is split in the centre by a buttoned front.

The Jersey also features number detailing on the back placement embroidery of Q.G.F.T.I.M. and the I Love Ugly Formidable patch on the left sleeve and Aspire to Inspire on the right sleeve.

Check them out here: http://www.togsandclogs.com/collections/i-love-ugly

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Zara Menswear

I am in love with this collection by Zara Man.

They have really got in touch with the winter needs an given us an array of beautiful pieces that are sure to keep you warm.

From head to toe, they have created a sleek, comfortable look that seems effortless in terms of style.

A heavy, oversized blazer appears to be on trend this season, with many other brands quickly snapping us this look. It adds the business image that every man wants to be seen in.

The jumpers are to die for. The close-knit style is an excellent way to keep warm in these brisk winter days. They are available in many colours to accompany any outfit.

The accessories in the lookbook are perfect! The Oxford boots, the chunky scarves and the holdall bag are gorgeous. They are the much needed finishing touches that complete that pristine look.

Check out their lookbook, http://www.zara.com/uk/en/lookbook/man/edition-c515503.html

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PLEASE READ: Fly 53 x New Model Army‏

In 1985 the band New Model Army made a statement on Top of the Pops that caused a long term rift with the show that was never healed before the show’s demise.

Shit on stage? Threaten anarchy? Swear (a lot)? Expose themselves? No. The band dared to wear a tee exclaiming the obvious – Only Stupid Bastards Use Heroin.

1985 was one of the disgraceful years of ‘heroin chic’ in music. Bands pretending to do it, media semi-promoting it and with rumours that it was no worse than dope circulated by dealers, kids were paying the price both literally and figuratively with their lives.

Designer and long-time friend of N.M.A. Joolz Denby was sick of this pretence, seeing what was happening in her neighbourhood, and trying to take on the council to educate the locals about the dangers. NMA was even active in supporting local Drug Charities. Then happenstance presented the band with the platform; Joolz says ‘a surprising request to play Top Of The Pops was a great opportunity to make a useful statement.’

Joolz hand painted four tees for the band that said ‘Only Stupid Bastards Us Heroin’ in the hope of deterring any teens off the path of hard drugs. On the day in the studio TOTP took umbrage at the word bastard (as well as the bands insistence of playing live) and promptly gaffer taped the word to hide it. Over the time to air, Joolz snipped away at the tape with some nail scissors so when it came time for the set, you could plainly read the word.

The rest is history – a lifetime ban from Top Of The Pops as they stepped off stage and a surprising ally in newspapers poking at TOTP for being arses about an important message.

FLY53 has always championed the Tee as a canvas. Having been sued banned and had product pulled for making statements, we thought this was a perfect story and one that deserves highlighting. So we have reprinted the tee in limited numbers, 40 of which will be auctioned off and every penny raised will go to a drug charity local to the band’s hometown.

Tees will be auctioned through eBay from 14th November. W/C 14th November, 20 tees will be put up first week and 20 the next. Check www.fly53.com for news and info on the auction. 

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Introducing: Anerkjendt

Introducing another fresh new brand for you guys – Anerkjendt!

Their Autumn collection gives the person the opportunity to create their own look, with the many items and accessories that they offer. They have some amazing sweat shirts, beautiful quilted shirts and jackets and the extremely important pair of jeans.

Their aim is to have a mixture of materials and details that give an edgy, rocky look to make you stand out – ranging from knitted cotton to quilted nylon.

They have created this collection with the influence of rock ‘n’ roll to master that ‘grungy’ look that people are steering towards nowadays.

Their prints, they say, are still important, whether it’s camouflage, animal prints or funny motives. They like to keep their look iconic and memorable, which it certainly is!

Keeping with the Autumnal colours, they have incorporated the dark blues, dark greens and the grayscale. Perfect for keeping (and looking) warm.

Here’s a few pictures of their collection, definitely check them out.

http://www.anerkjendt.dk/

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Introducing: RUN&FELL

Bursting onto the ASOS Marketplace with their collection of specialist shirts and t shirts, this brand is one that really impresses.

They have definitely made an impression on the public, gaining a following on Twitter and soon to have their own website.

Whether you want a plain tee, or a handmade one with a funky pattern, this is the brand for you! Combining the modern artistry on the streets with the beauty of the English past to creates a completely unique look that really stands out from the crowd.

They have recently been chosen to showcase their collection at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out (#FNO) and I am extremely excited to see what the have to offer.

Granted, their pieces are a bit pricey (£40+ for a t-shirt), they are made from quality material that is proven to last long. And their designs are to die for.

Check them out on the ASOS Marketplace: (https://marketplace.asos.com/boutique/runfell)

And this is their new lookbook: http://issuu.com/cottonopolis/docs/lookbookaw13

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Product of the Week – Brooklyn We Go Hard.

Born in 2010, Brooklyn We Go Hard is a label created by two friends fascinated by elsewhere.

Their new collection holds the winter colours that are apparent in all collection in the colder months.

The sweatshirts are especially a great addition to an outfit (albeit an expensive addition) keeping you warm but looking smart and sophisticated at the same time.

Only available for a limited time, the jumpers are a mix between cotton and wool fabrics to create that luxurious feel of warmth. Wearing these on a cold, winters day seems like a dream.

They come in a variety of 4 colours, all warming colours that seem fitting for the cold weather that we are always promised to expect.

Although BWGH are a relatively unknown brand, they have proved a hit within the fashion world with their famous knitted logos.

They are definitely worth a look on: (http://www.togsandclogs.com/collections/brooklyn-we-go-hard) or (http://www.bwgh.fr/en/collection.html)

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My interview with Malmo London.

I sent some questions over to the Malmo London designers and have just received their answers! 

 

 

– How did it all start? What made you decide to make the collection?
It all started with  2 guys who wanted to start a clothing brand, without forgetting our roots.  We have quickly gained a loyal following as we care about the people that work for us and the young creatives we actively support. We never want to be a nasty corporation, using sweatshops and laughing all the way to the bank.
– I see that you like to take inspiration from the streets? Is there anything in particular that you look for or is it just whatever’s there?
I like to throw myself in. Get a cheap flight, get lost in a city, meet people, visit galleries, peoples studios- that’s my biggest inspiration. It doesn’t have to be limited to looking at clothes. That’s why the collection is sporadic- no-one wants to see the same old sh*t season after season.
– What’s the main difference between Swedish streets and London streets? (If there are any differences).
Personally I find, Sweden is very classy, homely & functionally focused. Whereas London is more gritty and spontaneous. Its great to bring together ideas from different areas, including Nepal; where our products are manufactured. A lot of inspiration has come from there as well.
– What sort of things do you look for when you put together Mo Monthly?
We look for aspiring creative talent. Be it music, design or indeed fashion. Something fresh, original & forward thinking.
– What’s your main piece of advice to the young designers out there that want to start out in design?
Ask yourself, “what’s stopping me doing this?”. Don’t be afraid of putting stuff ‘out there’. If you have confidence in yourself and a vision going forward, you will inevitably succeed.
(Here’s the lookbook for their Autumn/Winter collection: http://www.malmolondon.net/pages/lookbook)

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Native Youth A/W 13

Yesterday, I got sent a link to the Look book for Native Youth and their Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.

After having a look through, I realised that this is one of my favourites that I’ve seen.

They design a huge range of sweaters, shirting and outerwear with their signature details, creating a recognisable look and forming stylish apparel for a confident generation.

The beautiful patterns, the multi-layers and you can’t forget the male model. (You’ll see!)

Whether you want a simple, plain t shirt. Or a spectacle of colours and patterns then this is the brand for you!

Sifting through the collection, I was seeing masterpiece after masterpiece and I was amazed by every single outfit.

All of them are unique and would look good on a dashing young man that wants to get noticed. (Sounds like me actually!)

Have a look for yourself.

Some of the pieces are available to buy online (including ASOS – so you students out there get on it, you wont regret it: http://www.asos.com/Men/A-To-Z-Of-Brands/Native-Youth/Cat/pgecategory.aspx?cid=16532)

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Gone in a blink!

And, just like that, LFW is over. As if by magic!

It seems only this morning that I was eagerly awaiting the first show to kick off and now we’re saying goodbye. For another year!

It has been fun blogging and reviewing the collections. And interacting with everyone along the way. It shows that blogging can bring good things (tickets to Ji Cheng) and how networking is super important if you wanted to get somewhere.

I have met some great people in just a short amount of time and who knows where it could lead. (hopefully somewhere bigger and better!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts. If not, I’m sorry. But I have thoroughly enjoyed writing for you guys.

Until next year, goodbye Fashion Week. x

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