Friday, 26 October 2012

Alexander McQueen Inaugurates London Men’s Flagship Store

Alexander McQueen has unveiled its first men’s flagship store in London’s Savile Row. For the first time, the full men’s ready-to-wear line and accessories can be found under the same roof.


Savile Row, renowned worldwide for being the epicentre of British tailoring, is a fitting address for the fashion house, as this where McQueen started his career in a fashion as a 16-year-old apprentice. Within the coming year, the brand also plans to provide a personal tailoring service here and offer full training to its apprentices.

The space was designed by David Collins, who describes the interiors of the store as 'Britishness laid bare.' On a first look, one can see that clothes hang from a heavy brass rail over a plush red carpet, an image that evokes military parades; however, on a closer look, the rail reveals itself to be a stylised elongated spine. Throughout the store, decorative plaster panels are embellished with signature McQueen motifs such as wings and skulls and animal claws and handles are carved into twisted horns. The floor is made from smashed and reassembled Nero Argento marble, and the centrepiece is a large glass box displaying contemporary art.

For more information, visit www.alexandermcqueen.com.





Images © Alexander McQueen

Augustin Teboul Wins the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize

Fashion label Augustin Teboul (the brainchild of designers Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul) was crowned winner of the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize at a ceremony at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris on 16 October 2012.

Odély Teboul and Annelie Augustin (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize)

The judging panel of the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize included Kenzo Takada (founder of Kenzo), Bruno Frisoni (artistic director for shoe designer Roger Vivier), Lorenz Baumer (designer of Louis Vuitton jewellery), Alexandra Golovanoff (French journalist and TV host), Nathalie Rykiel (CEO of Sonia Rykiel), Chantal Thomass (CEO of Chantal Thomass lingerie), Harumi Klossowska de Rola (jewellery designer), Jean-Jacques Picart (fashion and luxury consultant), and Elizabeth Saltzman (contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine).


The 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize judging panel (left to right): Kenzo Takada, Isabelle Maurin, Sophie d'Aulan, Nathalie Rykiel, Alexandra Golovanoff, Jean-Jacques Picart, Chantal Thomass, Lorenz Baumer, Harumi Klossowska de Rola, Bruno Frisoni, Elizabeth Saltzman and Julia Record (Photo by Francois Durand/ Dorchester Collection)

The ceremony was an opportunity for the shortlisted designers (Augustin Teboul, Calla, IRM Design, Les Garçons Paris and Quentin Veron) to present their designs in a runway format to the judges and international guests and media. After a deliberation period, the judges agreed that the collection displayed by Augustin Teboul best evoked the spirit of individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship, which characterises the Dorchester Collection’s hotels. The winning designs were also deemed to demonstrate critical distinction and the potential for future commercial success.


Odély Teboul and Annelie Augustin pose with their models after receiving the Baccarat trophy at Hotel Plaza Athenee on 16 October 2012 in Paris (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize)

A model presents a creation by Augustin Teboul designer during 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize ceremony at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on 16 October 2012 in Paris (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize)

A model presents a creation by Augustin Teboul designer during 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize ceremony at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on 16 October 2012 in Paris (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize)

A model presents a creation by Augustin Teboul designer during 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize ceremony at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on 16 October 2012 in Paris (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

H&M’s Collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela Unveiled in New York

H&M’s collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela (which is to be launched worldwide on 15 November in around 230 H&M stores) was unveiled on 23 October 2012 in New York. The event was held in 5 Beekman Street, a derelict historical building in the city’s financial district, and guests were able to discover the collection through dance performances and especially commissioned art installations, sculptures, projections and photographs.















Photographs courtesy of H&M

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

US Vogue Celebrates 120th Anniversary with Documentary

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye’, a documentary about US Vogue’s fashion editors will be released on 6 December 2012 to mark the magazine’s 120th anniversary. The film (produced and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato in association with HBO) follows the publication in early October 2012 of the book The Editor's Eye, and features interviews with designers (such as Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière and Vera Wang), personalities who have been featured in the pages of the magazine (including actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman), as well as past and present editors of the magazine, such as Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Polly Mellen and Babs Simpson.




Images courtesy of Vogue

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Beautiful Instruments of Communication: Introducing Gnu Notebooks

For anyone who appreciates the processes of reading and writing, jotting down thoughts and notes by hand is still a very much admired communication form. At The Style Examiner, we are big fans of putting pen to paper in all literal forms and choosing the right notebook is crucial for a much admired creative process. As much as we embrace the convenience and speed of technology, there is still something very fitting about carrying a paper notebook and a pen to jot down thoughts about an exhibition, a fashion show, or a personality. Furthermore, there is something rather reassuring in the physical process of manufacturing your own letters, words and sentences, and in allowing yourself the possibility to create language before migrating it into the digital realm.


When recently looking into notebooks, we came across Gnu, a maker of notebooks that strives to provide high-quality stationery and found them virtually perfect in their design simplicity and functionality. Gnu’s Pop and Art ranges comprise cloth-bound A5 (210 x 148 mm) and A6 (148 x 105 mm) hardback notebooks in a choice of 24 colour combinations, with 192 pages of 100gsm ivory paper sheets (made from FSC-certified forests) each in lined or blank options. All Gnu notebooks have colour-coordinated ribbon markers and linen gussets, pockets in the back, and 16 pages at the end printed in a subtle shade of grey with perforations to extract pages and share notes.

For more information, visit www.imagnu.co.uk.










Friday, 19 October 2012

Architectural Proposals for New York’s Grand Central Station Revealed


The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) unveiled three architectural proposals that re-imagine the public spaces in and around Grand Central Terminal and the East Midtown neighbourhood in New York City. From a skyway that soars above Grand Central, to a transformed Park Avenue Viaduct, to expansive pedestrian plazas and bicycle paths, the designs (presented as part of the 2012 MAS Summit for New York City) will help inform the future of the area as Grand Central celebrates its 100th anniversary.


Grand Central Station, New York City

SOM’s proposal embraces public space at several levels with Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) re-imagined as Privately Funded Public Spaces (PFPS) and allowing a variety of transformation and new public spaces. Light is brought down to the underground spaces, new corridors are created through buildings to facilitate pedestrian circulation at increased densities, streets are repurposed as public spaces, and a panoramic ring above Grand Central and Midtown becomes a new kind of public experience and symbol of New York’s commitment to public space.


SOM Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

SOM Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

WXY sought to find ways to bring new energy and activity to this neighbourhood by reinvigorating a number of key places, including making the base of the MetLife building a new open space and cultural anchor, opening up Vanderbilt Avenue to create seamless access to the tracks below grade, and transforming the Park Avenue viaduct. 


XWY Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

XWY Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

XWY Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

XWY Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

XWY Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

In creating a new public space framework for Midtown, Foster + Partners sought to make a number of small interventions to gradually change the circulation and flow through the streets, buildings, and transit. The focus of their vision is ensuring that the buildings themselves are designed in such a way as to respond to a public space strategy by creating additional room to breathe around Grand Central. With a number of smaller interventions, Midtown’s trajectory is shifted (creating an opportunity to linger and admire) rather than simply race through.


Foster + Partners Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

Foster + Partners Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

Foster + Partners Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

Foster + Partners Proposal for Grand Central Station, New York

MAS has led New York City’s liveability movement since 1893, and it has advocated for Grand Central’s continued role as one of New York’s premier civic spaces and thriving transportation hubs for a long time. When Grand Central was faced with the prospect of demolition in 1968, MAS, along with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis embarked on a successful campaign to save the Terminal.

The Style Examiner Selected for Independent Fashion Bloggers' Links A La Mode Competition!

The Style Examiner is honoured to have been selected in the Independent Fashion Bloggers' Links A La Mode Competition!

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Senhor Prudêncio Men’s Footwear and Accessories

The brainchild of Portuguese designer João Pedro Filipe, Senhor Prudêncio is a new and promising brand of men's shoes and accessories recently shown during London Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013 (with the support of support of the European Capital of Culture, Guimarães 2012 through the platform Fashion/Hub). A graduate of Fashion Design by the Institute Français de la Mode (IFM) in Paris, Filipe was also a winner of a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur Award, and owns a design studio that has developed products for several brands.


Filipe set up Senhor Prudêncio as a personal way to celebrate the traditional handmade and high-quality footwear with which Portugal used to be associated in the past. The brand's initial collection, named 'Turbine', comprises footwear, bags, gloves and belts, and is aimed at a man who appreciates original details and good finishes. For more information, visit the Senhor Prudêncio website.