13 posts tagged "Christopher Raeburn"
Here’s to a mild Spring in good old London Town. A trio of the city’s brightest young talents turned out options for the season that are—let’s say—not exactly weatherproof. Mesh, particularly on sleeves, hooked and needled its way down London’s Spring ’14 menswear catwalks.
James Long showed a sextet of BMX-influenced tops, including a contrast-zipped bomber fashioned entirely out of thunderstorm-gray netting (above, center). “It was based on the hell track, the cultlike attitude toward cycling clothes,” Long told Style.com, adding, “My mesh pieces would look really cool with an old band T-shirt—they’re easy to wear, and quite effortless.”
Eco-conscious Christopher Raeburn—long heralded for his creative, pop-bright spins on outerwear—offered a particularly fetching sweatshirt in oatmeal, sleeved in matching mesh (above, left). And lastly, mesh and webbing abounded in Copenhagen- and London-based Astrid Andersen’s Spring lineup. We particularly enjoyed this transparent green top (above, right), which the designer showed peeking out from beneath a white lace T-shirt. “My label has always been fixated on the athletic male and his obsession with the gym,” said Andersen. “The sheer material works well for our customer who loves to mix that expression with other brands.” An added bonus: In places, Andersen complemented her diaphanous duds with accents of Danish mink.
Today, the British Fashion Council announced the awardees of its Spring ’14 menswear Fashion Forward initiative—a year-old incubator fund that seasonally recognizes and supports all-star U.K. talent. Two new labels—Christopher Raeburn and Sibling—will join previous winner Lou Dalton. Raeburn is heralded for his tech-y outerwear, which strives to blend innovation, sustainability, and practicality. Sibling (left), on the other hand, embraces a grit-meets-glam East End aesthetic; designers Sid Bryan, Joe Bates, and Cozette McCreery have been known to send out boys in pompom masks and lots of leopard. All three winners will show during the third installment of London Collections: Men, which kicks off on June 16.
London is jam-packed with emerging fashion talents. And now you can find all of them (or, at least, a lot of them) in one place. On February 17, Machine-A, a concept store founded by Stavros Karelis, will open permanently on 13 Brewer Street (it existed a few years ago, in an experimental capacity). Working with rainbow-haired stylist Anna Trevelyan, who serves as the store’s fashion director, Karelis will stock clothes by brand-new designers (Ashley Williams, Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam) and bright young stars (Louise Gray, Christopher Raeburn, Sibling), alongside wares by established labels like Raf Simons, Chalayan, and Mugler. Karelis hopes that Machine-A will serve as a platform to help promising youngsters establish an early retail presence. In addition to simply selling new designers’ collections, Machine-A will work with up-and-comers on collaborations and in-store installations, the first of which will feature Alex Mattsson. “My personal aim is to [offer] inspirational collections, innovative products, and comfortable high-quality clothes,” says Karelis, who also notes that Trevelyan’s input and keen eye for the next big thing have been invaluable. Case in point: the Spring ’13 ad campaign Trevelyan styled for the shop. Style.com has an exclusive look at the Meinke Klein-lensed images, which feature Machine-A’s Spring stock from Louise Gray (above) and Ashley Williams (below).
Machine-A, located at 13 Brewer Street in London, will open on February 17.
Fred Perry’s white polo shirt became an instant classic following its 1952 Wimbledon debut. (In fact, despite the success of his namesake clothing line, the late Perry would probably prefer to be remembered for his many tennis titles—in 1997, he was named one of the ten greatest players of all time.) This year, the U.K.-based label, which built a strong following among those in the underground punk scene, is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. And to commemorate the milestone, they’re launching a collaborative project and exhibition at London’s Dover Street Market on January 26. For the occasion, Fred Perry brought in a sixty-strong assortment of personalities—including designers (Raf Simons, Peter Jensen, Sister by Sibling, and Christopher Raeburn, among others), artists (Inez and Vinoodh, Terry Hall), musicians (Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Anton Wirjono), athletes (cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins), publications (i-D magazine), retailers (Colette), and other inspiring creatives—to personalize reproductions of Perry’s original ’52 shirt (see the full shirt gallery here). The results are just as unique and diverse as the pool of participants, and will be on display at Dover Street for three weeks, before traveling to Beijing and Ginza, China, next month. The shirts will eventually be auctioned, and all proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which benefits struggling young people.
The team at New York-based advertising agency Mother got their hands messy while reinterpreting the classic polo. Keeping the brand’s tennis heritage in mind, Mother staffers Christian Cervantes and Christopher Rogers brushed off their rackets and launched sixty tennis balls, dripping with Technicolor paint, at the shirt. Mother shared a behind-the-scenes video of the process with Style.com, which debuts below.
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London’s menswear shows may be just around the corner, but today, the spotlight is on the city’s womenswear designers, as the British Fashion Council announced the 14 up-and-comers who have won NEWGEN sponsorship for Fall 2013. Joining alumni like Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, and Jonathan Saunders, the recipients include Simone Rocha—who broke out as a star last season with her plastic lace and neon collection—and, not surprisingly, J.W. Anderson, who, as was announced last month, will be designing a capsule collection for Versus in addition to his eponymous line. Knitwear designer Lucas Nascimento and the eco-chic Christopher Raeburn also made the list, along with accessories designer Sophia Webster. The former assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood, Webster put forth a range of bright, graphic heels for her debut collection last season and has emerged as one to watch in the quirky-cool world of London fashion. To see the full list of winners, visit the BFC’s Web site.