Friday, 23 August 2013

The Quest for the Perfect Pair of Jeans

Whether you are reading The Style Examiner for the first time or you have been following it for a while, chances are that you subconsciously regard style as a physical embodiment of a cool, calm and collected state of mind best experienced when wearing clothes that make you feel both comfortable and confident. Quite often, such a state of self-assurance starts by wearing garments that remain timeless in their contemporary approach to style. Personally, very few items of clothing conjure this idea as a pair of dark-blue regular-cut jeans.

Replay jeans Vinnie Woolston naked
Despite the pervasive dominance that skinny and slim fit jeans in the most diverse colours and washes have imposed on men’s sartorial options over the last few years, it is the regular cut model in a shade of dark indigo that offers the best dressing options to the urban male professional. A pair or dark denim jeans can be versatile enough to be worn during many work situations and complement an elegant look for a night out. However, finding the right jeans that match this profile is not always easy.

While trawling through what seemed like an endless list of websites that search engines seamlessly chain together, my research eventually reached an end when I came across the Replay Jeans at Mainline Menswear, and particularly the Replay Willham Vintage Regular Jeans model.

Replay Jeans Mainline Menswear

Replay Jeans Mainline Menswear
Despite featuring what can be described as a standard fabric for jeans (a 12.5oz dark blue flat finish denim in 100% cotton) and details that one would normally expect in this sort of garment (namely, embossed buttons on the fly and five pockets – including two at the front with a small coin slot within the right pocket), the Willham is part of the new Replay clothing and jeans collection that features discreetly stylish details such as a logo stitched on the front left pocket and a cream woven trim on a front and reverse belt loop with red stitching.

Replay Jeans Mainline Menswear

Replay Jeans Mainline Menswear

Replay Jeans Mainline Menswear
I ordered them swiftly and had them delivered within a couple of days. Once they arrived, I tried them on and the first thing that impressed me was the softness of the fabric. Following my credo that jeans only fit properly after being washed at least once, I put them through a regular washing machine cycle and allowed them to dry normally. Once they were ready to be worn again, I noticed that the feel, colour and fit had not changed at all, which was surprisingly good news. Furthermore, after wearing them out a couple of times with white shirts, I could not find any signs of staining whatsoever.

In a nutshell, finding the right pair of dark jeans that makes you feel stylish may be difficult and time-consuming but it’s certainly not impossible. And once you find them you may end up behaving just like I did with my Replay Willham jeans: wearing them for days on end, safe in the knowledge that I now know where I can go back for more.

Images courtesy of Replay Jeans

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Asymptote Architecture unveils Sejong Centre for Performing Arts

New York architecture practice Asymptote Architecture has unveiled the first public renderings of a new centre for the performing arts for the city of Sejong, South Korea. The design of the 15,000 square-metre multifunction building references the curving structures of local temples in an attempt to conjure a modern reinterpretation of the city’s vernacular architecture.

Visitors can access the centre from a large plaza leading to two entrances that cut the geometric facade along a diagonal axis. On entering the building, a sculptural pleated interior leads people through the atrium into the main foyer. In addition to a theatre that will provide a regular schedule of activities, the centre also features a restaurant, a media lab, a lecture theatre and an art gallery.

Images courtesy of Asymptote Architecture

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Printemps creates urban jungle in the middle of Paris

French retailer Printemps has collaborated with textile designer and illustrator Frédérique Vernillet on a series of displays for the windows of its department store on Boulevard Haussman in Paris that brings the flora and fauna of the tropics to the city. Entitled ‘Inspirations d’Ailleurs’ (“Inspirations from Elsewhere”), the displays feature sculptures made from colourful paper and cardboard by artists Marianne Guély, The Makerie Studio and Little K. The pieces include representations of animals such an iguana, a parrot, a snake, an elephant and a falcon against a tropical forest background.

Photographs courtesy of Printemps

Monday, 12 August 2013

Rihanna for River Island second collection unveiled

Following the launch, earlier in the year, of the inaugural Rihanna for River Island collection (reviewed by The Style Examiner HERE), British brand River Island has unveiled images of a second womenswear collection inspired by the singer for autumn/winter 2013.

Scheduled to hit River Island stores in two tranches in September and November 2013, the collection conjures a sense of urban rebellion inspired by military garments and sportswear, as evident in the prevalent camouflage prints and mesh fabrics. Silhouettes combine fitted and loose lines in pieces such as cropped tops, bomber jackets, column dresses, relaxed knee-length shorts, oversized jumpers, sporty lingerie and hotpants. 

A range of high-heeled boots, strappy sandals, rucksacks and beanie hats complements a collection that, although not entirely innovative on the design front, will undoubtedly prove to be popular with Rihanna’s fans.

Photographs courtesy of River Island

The most beautiful homes in the world: Loft in London, UK, by Craft Design

Hugo D’Enjoy and Armando Elias from London-based studio Craft Design have transformed a small loft office in the British capital into a bright living-working space by keeping a simple and efficient layout. The challenging brief to maximise the sense of space was resolved by introducing a single volume in the centre of the loft that accommodates all services. Detached from the facades and ceilings, this element contains the bathroom and provides a mezzanine for the sleeping and working area while dividing the open plan into spaces for different uses such as kitchen-dinning, living room and storage.

The 4.5 m height party wall and roof eaves have been fully used with shelves and storage, while integrating a staircase to access the mezzanine level. Throughout the home, which is located in the Camden neighbourhood of London, a plain colour palette allowed the owner’s personality to shine through in the objects, art pieces and books on display.

Photographs courtesy of Craft Design