22 posts tagged "Lulu Kennedy"
The Brit brand Sunspel stands tall in the annals of underwear history: The label, founded in 1860, claims to have introduced the boxer short to England. No small achievement, that (although, in some ways, it is: The English call underwear “smalls”.) The line has had its ups and downs in the century-plus since, but its star is on the rise again, thanks to a new designer (J.W. Anderson, who’s working on full collections of underwear, tees, and jerseys for men and women) and its latest managing team (CEO Dominic Hazelburst, who in 2005 quit his job as a band manager touring the United States on a motorcycle to buy the company with his pal Nick Brooke—as one does).
Sunspel has already attracted a bit of notice for some high-profile placements, like Daniel Craig, who wore its Rivera polo shirt in his Bond flicks (“What could be more British than 007 and Sunspel together?” asks Hazelburst). But more is on the way, judging from last night’s London party, thrown in conjunction with men’s mag Fantastic Man. Katie Grand, Lulu Kennedy, Richard Nicoll, Louise Gray, and even Tate Modern director Chris Dercon hit Shoreditch to check out the latest issue of FM (which should have fantastic sales, thanks to cover boy David Beckham) and fashion photog Alasdair McLellan’s five-minute short film on, topically enough, boxers in Sunspel boxers, Repton Boxing Club. (It can be viewed above and at Sunspel.com.) All that remains is to fully unite the two tribes. Just imagine: Becks in briefs? TKO.
Jefferson Hack can now add a multimedia festival to the long list of projects he oversees, but as he told Style.com on Friday night, the one-day event, Dazed Live, is a league apart from the Glastonburys and Coachellas of the world. “Our festival isn’t strictly music, though there is lots of it,” he said at a preview fête at East London’s latest hangout, the century-old Town Hall. “It’s about film, art, architecture, thought, and ideas. The idea is to explore the underground and the alternative with an inquisitive eye—and to offer people with an antidote, really, to the bog-standard festival.”
Lily Donaldson, Lulu Kennedy, Pam Hogg, Dinos Chapman, Duffy, Peter Pilotto, and more all came by to take in the offerings on Saturday. Spread out across numerous venues but headquartered at the iconic Town Hall hotel, the lineup included 81-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky, who gave a talk and a live tarot reading before the screening of his cult movie, Holy Mountain, at the spookily appropriate Shoreditch church. Elsewhere, Aaron Koblin (left, with Hack), the creative director of Data Arts and Google Creative Labs, gave a Q&A about new Web technologies and languages, and psychedelic guru Daniel Pinchbeck (this generation’s answer to Timothy Leary) introduced his film Time for a Change. Fashion was represented by SHOWstudio’s Ruth Hogben—the woman behind many of the visuals and films for Lady Gaga, Gareth Pugh, and Alexander McQueen—who talked about “Future Icons in Fashion Film” while bands like Gang Gang Dance (who debuted its new album) and Factory Floor rounded out the night shift.
“Ninety percent of the itinerary is either debut or a premiere, and our goals were to bring print, digital, and live performances together, in perfect symmetry. It’s also a way of getting our readers involved, for them to be in the same environment as the editors—like stepping into a magazine in a way,” Hack said. “Hopefully, this will be just the beginning.” Brave new world, in other words. But what about the brave old world event of the year, coming just the end of this month? “God, I don’t care,” he replied, when asked who should dress royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton. “I am actually going to be away that weekend, and I personally don’t give a shit about the wedding! And you can print that.”
Jo-Ann Furniss/em> Arena Homme+, reports from London fashion week’s MAN Day for Style.com.
The NewGen Men and Fashion East Men’s installations were, along with the menswear shows, one of the highlights of London fashion week’s MAN Day. At times, the whole thing felt like a drunken village fête—Jeanette’s shop-cum-speakeasy and milliner Nasir Mazhar’s liberal dishing out of rum and ginger beer contributed in no small way to this atmosphere—but it was nonetheless a considered fashion stage. For anybody who has gone to one of the industry’s deathly dull trade fairs, this mini spectacle made an extremely welcome change. Lulu Kennedy—the fairy godmother of Fashion East who is one of the main nurturers of young fashion talent in London—knows a thing or two about how to put an event like this together. The sense of a strong peer group with radically different voices was never more present than here.
Designer Katie Eary staged boxing matches in her installation (and these were installations, not mere market stalls) with an impeccably cast selection of teenage boxers from gyms in East London (pictured). “I was feeling quite angry,” said Eary. “And that came out in the collection. Well, fashion does get like that sometimes, doesn’t it?” These are clothes taking on the spirit of punk, with tartan and leopard-print boxing gear (she even made mitts to match).
Next door saw the somewhat quieter James Small collection, and this, too, had a debt to music. It was an impeccable capsule of festival wear filmed to the accompaniment of Roxy Music’s Ladytron—the delicate chiffon shirts in lilac leopard print and tiny florals are more likely to be worn on stage than off it. And Nasir Mazhar, a real rising star in his field, presented his signature box-peaked caps alongside so-called Muslim caps, flat caps, rasta hats, and berets. “I want the people I know to be wearing my hats. I don’t want what I do to be elitist and for a stereotypical fashion audience.” That, if anything, was the overall message of MAN Day this season: fashion for all.