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April 18 2014

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3 posts tagged "Luke Evans"

Palmer//Harding’s Ode to the White Shirt

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Palmer//Harding

The white shirt is having a moment at LC:M—but it’s not the boring wardrobe staple kind. First up was Massimo Casagrande, who put rubber and graphic details on his impeccably tailored tops at Fashion East. Then there was Alastair Guy’s new exhibition, White Shirts, which debuted via a private view at the Century Club last night. The photographer lensed the likes of David Gandy, Luke Evans, and Todd Lynn in crisp white wares, and showed us how the right subject can make the oft ordinary look extraordinary.

Emerging brand Palmer//Harding (designed by Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding), too, proved just how covetable a white shirt can be. “We feel the white shirt is a neglected bit of a man’s wardrobe,” offered Palmer. “Yes, they can be beautifully done and impeccably tailored, but they are always thought of as layering pieces, and we want to make the white shirt the star of the show.”

Palmer//HardingFor their second official menswear collection, Palmer and Harding aimed to inject the ease and attitude of a T-shirt into more traditional shirting options. And they did just that with an artfully constructed button-down with a built-in jersey tee feature, asymmetrical options, their now-signature spiral pleat back, and their amusing reverse mullet shirt. “Yellow in the front is the party bit and white in the back is the business end,” explained Palmer.

Trousers with neon belt-loop details, a chartreuse biker jacket, and a teal suede tunic rounded out the collection, and demonstrated why the duo have already caught the eye of stockists like Dover Street Market and Ikram. “I find that men can be quite timid in their fashion choices,” said Palmer. “They want something traditional, but they also need something a little fashion-y to break up the same old, same old. Our collection is still safe—but we hope there’s a lot of modernity in it.”

Photos: Cecilie Harris

A McQueen Homecoming On Savile Row

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Yesterday’s headlines screamed that the U.K. was finally out of a double-dip recession, and, as if on cue, Alexander McQueen opened up its flagship menswear shop on Savile Row, offering the largest selection of RTW and menswear from within the brand. It was a poignant return to the street. As Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton (pictured, right), pointed out, “Lee used to apprentice here on Savile Row, so it is a bit of a homecoming, and since tailoring is part of our backbone, it makes sense to be in an area that is steeped in the codes of the house.”

Guests taking it all in included Dominic Cooper, Kristen McMenamy (pictured, left), Luke Evans, and of course Sarah Burton, who all respectfully looked through the shop with the gravitas required of the occasion. Not that fun wasn’t on the menu—as Kristen McMenamy told Style.com, “I had a lovely evening—the pretty boys finally outnumbered the girls!” But one of those girls especially deserved some praise. As she stood in a room that mimicked a banquet hall, but surrounded by gold skulls, the model added, “Sarah is so humble and brilliant—I just love what she is doing at the moment.”

 

 

Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

 

Blasblog: It All Glitters For Diesel Black Gold

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If the amount of paparazzi outside an establishment is any indication of its popularity—which is the only barometer I use to measure this sort of thing—then the place to be last night in London was Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. There were dozens of paps loitering, leaning on their expensive cars and mopeds. (Side note: How much do these guys make?!) Claridge’s was ground zero for all of the evening’s big events: The Sex and the City ladies were rumored to be staying there, following the London premiere of SATC 2; the National Movie Awards after-party was there; and Diesel was throwing a swanky dinner in the hotel’s Drawing Room in honor of its recently appointed Black Gold creative director, Sophia Kokosalaki. (Read our Q&A with her here.)

That last was the reason I was there, and my goodness, it was a swanky affair: Champagne and wine (Diesel’s own vintage, thankyouverymuch) in a private salon with Alison Goldfrapp, Daisy Lowe, Elisa Sednaoui, Luke Evans, and David Gandy, followed by a delicious dinner in a room with my favorite sorts of finishings—silk wallpaper, moldings, and gilt, gilt, gilt. Kokosalaki is a marvelous dinner companion but isn’t particularly keen on public speaking and demurred from a formal toast. Luckily, her host and new boss, the irrepressible Renzo Rosso (left, with Kokosalaki and Lowe), doesn’t share that hang-up. He made a speech celebrating Kokosalaki’s designs and intelligence and welcoming her to the Diesel family. After dinner, we repaired to Bungalow 8. Sophia, who’d never been before, humored me with a dance (as did our fellow dinner companion, Jefferson Hack!), but confided that she preferred the grittier East London nightlife to Bungalow glitz. Sounds like a Black Gold girl, through and through.

Photo: Courtesy of Diesel