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


Saturday, 26 July 2014

House of Vans to open first European outpost in London

Following the inauguration of the first House of Vans in Brooklyn, New York, it is now London’s turn to welcome a venue that will showcase footwear and accessories label Vans’ support for cultural initiatives as diverse as music festivals, fashion events and skating contests.



Located in a series of arches and tunnels spanning over 30,000 square feet under the train tracks of Waterloo Station, House of Vans London opens on 9 August 2014 and will feature a concert hall with capacity for 850 people, a café, bars, a 100-seat cinema, an art gallery, four artists’ studios, and a permanent indoors skate park.













Images courtesy of House of Vans London