Atelier Gustavolins

Gustavo Lins, born in Brazil, found his brand Atelier Gustavolins in 2004. Graduating from Architecture school back in Brazil, there's a certain flair that can be seen in his designs. After working for prestigious fashion houses from the likes of Kenzo, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier, his brand has developed over the years into a permanent member of the official haute couture calendar. The blazer I am featuring in this post is from the haute couture collection 021 Spring/Summer 2014 collection where his main inspiration derives from the work of the self-taught architect, Tadao Ando. 

His [tadao ando] architecture leaves room for emptiness and gives a major role to light…
— Gustavo Lins

Haute couture pieces are made using the finest fabrics and, for this unique print, Gustavo Lins actually hand-painted on the silk blazer. I'm not one to don womenswear, but seeing that the men's version of this piece was far too large on me, I decided to venture onto the women's version seeing the print was just too good to miss; and it fit beautifully. The difference between the men's and women's version of this blazer is that the lapels on there is a shawl lapel on the  women's version; this continuous curve, originally found on smoking jackets in the Victorian era, is the most traditional and commonly found on tuxedos. By mixing the elements of this shawl collar and the print, Gustavo Lins successfully mixes the old with the new. 

It's unusual to see menswear in haute couture, partly because designers tend to keep the collection exclusively for women in order to leave room for other designs to be shown in men's and women's prêt à porter shows. But this Atelier makes an exception and takes a new approach to luxury fashion. Having opened his first boutique in Paris last year, it was a great pleasure to pay a visit during my trip and I can't wait to show you more pictures on their haute couture show and their newest SS15 collection.

Top to bottom Atelier Gustavolins

 

To be continued…#tbc

TOPMAN Design AW15 LC:M

Bring back the 70s. Ponchos, shearling coats and kick flares were a few highlights among the 'Bombay City Rollers' themed collection TOPMAN Design showed earlier this month at LC:M. Models strutted their way along the catwalk along with David Essex's track "Rock On". 

The TOPMAN design man is quite different from the TOPMAN man. As a premium line of TOPMAN that is designed biannually for LC:M, there's no time to be shy of bold themes and unique styles. Rather than just rock, TOPMAN wanted glam rock. The yellow tartan invitation came with a wristband similar to those in festivals. It would seem likely that TOPMAN has decided to show a festival-themed catwalk. But I, and I'm sure many, was so wrong. It was full-on cowboy star-studded jackets, jeans that had oversized turn ups above the ankle, and classic, retro white sneakers; cropped bomber jackets that, unlike the plain ones found in TOPMAN, had loud graphic prints on the back. Maintaing the 'Far Eastern Psychedelia' theme, ombre mohair floor-length 'carpet' coats, tartan patchwork and bowling shoes with lightning bolts were all inspirations from the 70s, following the SS15 collection last season. Topman Design Creative Director, Gordon Richardson altered several fittings of chalk striped suits; incorporating peak lapels and changing the amount of buttons. He stated his disapproval for normcore, renewed 70s fittings to suit the modern crowd and believed flare jeans, even though it would take a long period of time, has the potential of a comeback. 

The first time we launched skinny jeans at Topman they didn’t take off – that took time – and now they are everywhere.
— Gordon Richardson

[I've been busy with good excuses - attending shows at London and Paris, so stay tuned for more. A lot more.]

To be continued…#tbc

Supreme Rooftops

Hong Kong just isn't complete without the rooftops, graffiti (when you find it) nor egg waffles (when you still possibly have room to fit it in). Isn't it strange that 2014 is coming to an end? Before I bore you with 'having Summer withdrawals', especially when I'm on a coach to somewhere that snows, I'd like to take a chance to thank everyone that's been part of this journey. I've learnt a lot this year and it's amazing, when you review the past year, how much one can learn; whether that is people you surround yourself with, how much life changes and maturity.  And now that I've forgotten what this year's new year's resolution is, it's time to make a new one up for 2015. Thank you for letting me do what I love everyday. Hope everyone is having a great holiday and I should start packing or shopping... for fashion month. 

Tee - Supreme

 

 

To be continued…#tbc

Dirty Polaroids

There's something about spending HKD$10 (£0.82) per polaroid because they don't lie: no airbrushing, no editing contrast nor brightness. It's the purity that counts. So much that the accidentally exposed polaroids even matched my shirt.

Currently in the mood for avant-garde (which happens approximately once every fortnight) and, thanks to the existence of the great internet, I've stumbled onto Kendall Jenner's Girl On Film for Dazed Magazine and woman with Swavorski prosthetic leg on Upworthy; which made me rethink what exactly is the definition of beauty? Before declaring I've had too much internet for the day, I also watched (and loved) the Esprit Dior Tokyo 2015 show last week which I will do a review on soon. But for now, listen to this while you have a look at my pictures and maybe watch the video too.

(Polaroids taken from 'Asylum', my feature on Huf Magazine, shot by Christy from CHEwwSDAY

To be continued…#tbc