Friday, 31 January 2014

The Style Examiner’s 1000th Post!

Instead of being a reason for The Style Examiner to celebrate having published 1,000 posts since it was launched in October 2011, this post is about thanking you for having supported The Style Examiner’s belief in communicating relevant and well-written views on fashion, art, design, architecture, and everything that moves you.


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So, here’s to you and to the enjoyment of the many exciting new posts that The Style Examiner has planned with you in mind!



Thursday, 30 January 2014

David Beckham launches new underwear collection with H&M

Following the success of their first collaboration, football player David Beckham and Swedish clothing company H&M have partnered again to develop a new range for the David Beckham Bodywear collection that is available in stores worldwide from today.



As in the previous collection’s campaign, Beckham models the men’s underwear pieces in the photographs and film created by film director Nicolas Winding Refn to promote the new range of boxer shorts, pyjama bottoms, long-sleeved T-shirts and vests.








Photographs courtesy of H&M


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Peter Pilotto win BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2014

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced Peter Pilotto as the winners of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. Established in 2008, the annual Fund provides the winning designer or label with a £200,000 grant, as well as with business mentoring over twelve months.



Since it was founded, the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund has supported Nicholas Kirkwood (2013), Jonathan Saunders (2012), Christopher Kane (2011) and Erdem (2010). Speaking of this year’s winners, Alexandra Shulman (editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund) said, “Christopher and Peter are deserved winners of this year’s fund award. They have remained true to their vision of a print and colour focused brand but have managed to expand and grow the business to a level where they can now compete on an international stage.”

In addition to Schulman, this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund judging committee comprised Caroline Rush (British Fashion Council), Joan Burstein (Browns), Luke Leitch (Daily Telegraph), Susanne Tide-Frater (brand consultant), Tony Yusuf (fund mentor), Hardy Amies, and sponsors representatives from Burberry, Debenhams, Harrods, Paul Smith, Tesco and Topshop.


Sarah Jessica Parker unveils debut footwear collection

Sarah Jessica Parker and American department store Nordstrom have unveiled images of the star’s highly anticipated debut shoe collection. Available in store and online from 28 February 2014, the colourful range comprises nearly 50 shoe styles (ranging from metallic stilettos to suede flip-flops) with prices starting at $195, as well as a selection of bags and a trench coat.




Speaking of the collection, the Sex and the City actress said, “I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the 'Sex and the City' wardrobe, to references to classic styles from the late Seventies and early Eighties.”




























Photographs courtesy of Nordstrom


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Rebecca Ward Autumn/Winter 2014 Womenswear

For her third participation as part of the official schedule of Amsterdam Fashion Week that unveiled creations for the Autumn/Winter 2014 season, budding designer Rebecca Ward presented ‘The Magic Theatre’, a collection that claimed inspiration from Herman Hesse’s 1927 novel Steppenwolf. If the conceptual intent behind Ward’s womenswear range was the exploration of unit and dissolution as experienced by Hesse’s lead character, the end result evidenced dualities that, in the plain juxtaposition of contrasting fabrics and shapes, remained unconvincing and limited regarding the creative sartorial potential that they might have offered.

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner



Although the elegant silhouettes (that were decidedly influenced by those espoused by mid-nineteenth-century European fashion designers) and the printed satins and laser-cut soft leathers proved to be very seductive, the emphasis on long, ruffled skirts and dresses were disappointing insofar as they failed to address the complex conceptual focus chosen to anchor the collection and the psychoanalytical intricacies and gender implications explored by Herman Hesse that would have undoubtedly enriched the collection. 

Knowing that Rebecca Ward (a graduate from New Zealand’s Massey University who also studied at London’s Central Saint Martins and at the Fashion Institute ArtEZ in the Netherlands) has shown more accomplished examples of her creativity and technique in past collections, one can only hope that ‘The Magic Theatre’ was a failed experiment on the road to greatness, and that better and bigger things are to be expected for many years to come from this young talent.

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 stated, photographs are © Team Peter Stigter, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. With thanks to Bloggernet for arranging the stay in Amsterdam and accreditation necessary for the production of this article.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Jonathan Christopher Homme Autumn/Winter 2014

A fashion collection that received one of the most effusive reactions from the audiences that attended the latest edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam in late January 2014 was the one unveiled by the label Jonathan Christopher Homme. Featuring crowd-pleasing elements with a strong populist penchant, the Autumn/Winter 2014 menswear range by the young Jonathan Christopher featured an array of commercial collaborations that underpinned a very wearable succession of looks but begged the question if it belonged in a sartorial showcase such as a fashion week.

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner



This was a collection that unapologetically rejected the realm of high fashion and opted instead to bring together elements of urban style and sportswear to focus on the utilitarian and pragmatic dimensions imposed by everyday clothing: despite the odd nod at creativity in the form of painted patterns on fabrics or the exploration of fur and metallic materials, the silhouettes were largely conventional, contemporary staple menswear garments abounded (as evidenced in the numerous examples of tailored trousers and of varsity and bomber jackets), and with the exception of an interesting electric blue knitted cardigan the colour palette was sombre and rather dull.






















Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner

Photograph © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner



Unless otherwise stated, photographs are © Team Peter Stigter, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. With thanks to Bloggernet for arranging the stay in Amsterdam and accreditation necessary for the production of this article.