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8 posts tagged "Dylan Jones"

Britain’s Boys Are Back in Town

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It’s been a big week for the London Collections: Men, with Rag & Bone and Pringle of Scotland announcing that they would join the likes of Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry in presenting during the city’s third menswear showcase this June. “I think London is pretty much the home of menswear. Look at Savile Row and the great heritage we have. We invented the suit!” said Dylan Jones—the editor in chief of British GQ and the chair of London’s men’s collections—at an event at the British Residence in New York last night. The occasion, which drew the likes of BFC chief executive Caroline Rush, Dominic Jones, Nasir Mazhar, Sibling’s Cozette McCreery, Lou Dalton, and more, marked the announcement of London’s Spring 2014 menswear schedule. The lineup includes the above-mentioned international brands, as well as talents like Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll, and James Long. Long, fresh out of the London Showrooms, which visited New York this week, offered, “When I started menswear in London, we had to struggle to have a voice. It was very behind womenswear. Now, all these supportive people have made [London menswear] happen, and it’s so funny being in New York and having menswear be the focus.” Caroline Rush concurred. “The womenswear designers have great recognition, but to put that spotlight on these incredible menswear brands is really important,” she said.

One might wonder why the British Fashion Council chose to reveal the London menswear roster in Manhattan rather than on its home turf. “We’re here tonight…because so many New York designers have supported us since we launched 18 months ago,” said Jones in his speech, noting that Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, and more had all lent a hand. He added that Tommy Hilfiger, David Furnish, Tracey Emin, and Details magazine will all be throwing “amazing” parties during the upcoming shows, which will run from June 16 to 18. “When [everyone] goes over to Milan, they’re going to have one hell of a hangover,” he laughed. The complete Spring 2014 London Collections: Men schedule is available at www.londoncollections.co.uk.

Photo: Charles Moriarty

BFC Announces Expanded Menswear Program

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As a development of the Men’s day at London fashion week, the British Fashion Council has just announced a new menswear showcase, entitled London Collections: Men, set to launch June 2012.

London Collections: Men, running June 15-17, will have most of the same brands and designers who participate in Men’s day, selected by chairman and GQ editor Dylan Jones and a team of fashion insiders like Christopher Bailey, David Furnish, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and Style.com’s Tim Blanks. The participating brands that have been released so far include Savile Row, Aquascutum, and Margaret Howell.

Of the new program, Jones says, “This is a fabulous initiative and one that will undoubtedly draw even more attention towards London this year.” He added, “Whether you’re involved in sport, fashion, media, retail, entertainment, or tech, or indeed any industry, London is the place to be in 2012.”

Photo:Vogue U.K. / PA Photos

London Gets A Whole New Style

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Last night in London, the yet-to-open Corinthia Hotel welcomed the fashion set into its stingray-lined Bassoon bar, where the likes of Savannah Miller, DJ Princess Julia, and host GQ editor in chief Dylan Jones toasted the launch of GQ Style‘s Spring/Summer issue. It was the first outing for the glossy’s new leadership, editor Ben Reardon and fashion directors Luke Day and Francesca Burns, who repped the London look in a koi-print ensemble from Mary Katrantzou’s Fall collection. “2011 is not about being fierce. It’s not about making such a scary statement or being the most directional, the ‘most weird,’ the most anything,” Reardon explained. “It’s about being honest, representing intelligent menswear, good styling, and culture.” On the culture front, there’s cover boy James Franco; on good styling, an exclusive feature on Mugler’s Nicola Formichetti.

The focus was the new mag, so even high-profile attendees like Alexa Chung, wearing rosebud Topshop skinny jeans and a vintage polka-dot blouse (somebody was paying attention during fashion week), kept a low profile in the VIP corner. “My friend designed the magazine and I’m here to support him,” she said, before returning to her pink ginger cocktail. Also in the elite section was Gareth Pugh, who’s jetting off to Mexico for a beach getaway next week. “I have lots of things coming up, but I’m contractually obligated from talking about them. So I shan’t!” he joked. Before making his exit he added, “I’m looking forward to relaxing but the wheels are always turning.” No rest for the wicked.

Photo: Courtesy of GQ Style