Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Boxfresh: Celebrating 25 Years at the Helm of Street Style

When something good steadily coexists with your routine for a significantly long period of your life, it is easy to forget the origins and history of this quietly loyal companion to just focus on enjoying what it offers. So when it came to my knowledge that Boxfresh had completed its 25th anniversary a few weeks ago, it took me a while to realise the magnitude of such longevity within the temporal dimensions of the fashion realm.



Founded back in 1989 as a store in London which sold exclusive American brands such as Carhartt and Penfield, Boxfresh swiftly acquired a reputation as the sole destination for alternative clothing and fashions that were hard to find in the British capital at the time. To celebrate this history, the brand create ‘25’, a capsule collection of clothes and footwear that evoked its own heritage of US sport and street inspirations while adding touches of European sophistication to it.



I was fortunate to have access to a few of the pieces in this much-anticipated collection, and was impressed with how Boxfresh explored new tailoring dimensions while resorting to a simple palette of black, white and silver grey across key pieces such as crew neck sweatshirts, T-shirts, sports pants, trainers, and baseball shirts. Overall, ‘25’ offered oversized tops, loosely boxy shirts with extended tails, and reflective 3M applied to garments alongside airtex, nylons and heavy weight loopback fabrics. 

With the ‘25’ collection demonstrating such impressive sartorial nous, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Boxfresh would be quietly planning a new role as creator of trends and designs for London. And if that were the case, I would certainly be looking forward to 25 more years of innovative collections by this clothing and accessories powerhouse.











Photographs courtesy of Boxfresh


Friday, 8 August 2014

Valentino Store in New York by David Chipperfield

Luxury fashion house Valentino has recently opened its largest ever retail space. Located at 693 Fifth Avenue in New York City, the new 20,000 square foot flagship store was designed by British architect David Chipperfield, who has worked on other projects for the Roman fashion brand.

The store houses Valentino’s womenswear, menswear and accessories lines across three floors where grey marble coexists with black steel, aluminium and brass. Two other Valentino stores (one in Aspen, Colorado, and the other in Miami’s Design Distric) are scheduled to open this year in the USA, a market that accounts for approximately 25% of the label’s global sales.







Images courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2015

Using the latest edition of London Collections: Men as a pretext, fashion designer Jonathan Saunders unveiled both his menswear and womenswear creations for Spring/Summer 2015 on 15 June 2014 within a setting that mirrored an overall aesthetic where retro-futuristic portraits of fantastical universes were embraced at all levels. Within the vast disused and derelict space of an old sorting office in central London, a large number of seemingly haphazard rails displayed the garments under gigantic illuminated globes, in a stylistic approach that suggested lunar landscapes awaiting human exploration.

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner



The clinical lines of the display and of the actual garments simultaneously evoked a nostalgic nod to the imagery and costumes used in science-fiction television series of the 1960s and 70s such as Star Trek and Space 1999. Plastic fabrics, knitwear, Nappa leathers, cottons, and variations of Merino wool were unapologetically worked through laser-cut techniques to produce sharp hems and collar lines carefully resolved in sharply geometric, belted silhouettes. Reinforcing the anchoring conceptual influences behind the collection, a colour palette of burnt yellows, bright blues, greys, faded pinks, metallics, black and white shared the limelight with a dash of Psychedelia in the form of ombré stripes and abstract splash prints redolent of cosmic explosions.

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner



































Unless otherwise specified images are courtesy of Jonathan Saunders