6 posts tagged "Mr Porter"
Acne’s roots are in casual sportswear and jeans, but over the course of several seasons, the Swedish label has been refining its tailoring. Now a new capsule collection, developed with (and to be sold exclusively on) MrPorter.com, pushes it farther than it has ever gone before: for the first time, into a developed collection of full-on eveningwear. The new capsule, which includes tuxedo jackets and trousers, jacquard trousers and cummerbunds, bib-front shirts, an evening overcoat, bowties, and shoes, launches November 13. (The company, undeterred by New York’s nor’easter, is celebrating with a dinner this evening.) “I like the tuxedo, it’s a feminine uniform for men,” Acne’s Jonny Johansson tells Style.com. “Let’s think of it as a classic little black dress for men. If I could, I would use the word ‘elegant’ to describe the man’s tuxedo—everything becomes elegant in a way.” Even—in a twist harking back to those casual roots—a tuxedo T-shirt, also on offer.
After a royal kickoff, London Collections: Men (its official, if slightly wordy name) began in earnest this morning.
The first show on the schedule belonged to Lou Dalton, the brassy woman-in-menswear (like her sister-in-arms Martine Rose) who is a promising part of the young London scene. Her futuristic take on tailoring (left)—jackets with inset mesh panels, shirts in classic fabrics like seersucker that billowed like deflated humps behind their wearers, and boxy shorts, worn with trainers and high socks—seemed almost sci-fi, but it had an appealingly dystopic twang. Alexa Chung, who dipped backstage after the show to offer her congratulations, seemed to appreciate it.
And now, as the Pythons used to say, for something completely different. (This is England, after all.) Hackett’s show at the English Opera House drew inspiration from the past, specifically the thirties of Gatsby. That sort of vertigo-inducing 180 from the future to the past and the experimental to the traditional characterized the day and may well characterize the full schedule of collections here in London. In the afternoon, Savile Row opened its many doors, while not far away, Rose made her mark—literally—with outerwear and shirts in neoprene stamped with impressions of her own hands. Continue Reading “Letter From London:
The Men’s Collections, Day 1″ »
Assuming you survived Thanksgiving excess and the Black Friday dash, today offers a new opportunity to overindulge: Cyber Monday, Black Friday’s online sister sale. E-tailers are slashing prices on end-of-season fall merchandise, with discounts climbing to 50 percent at many major stores, including Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter, where you’ll find goods from Dolce & Gabbana (above left), Oscar de la Renta, Marni (top right), Missoni, Balmain, and Valentino (above right) at half off. The Canadian retailer Ssense.com is slashing prices by up to 50 percent on A.P.C., Mulberry, Rag & Bone, and outré options from Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela. In menswear, L.A.’s South Willard has begun its fall sale, cutting prices on Band of Outsiders, Stephan Schneider, and Margaret Howell, and over in London, LN-CC and Asos are both offering 20 percent discounts for Cyber Monday—good until midnight tonight. Happy shopping.
On what may well be considered the homestretch leading up to the June 6 CFDA Awards, Menswear Designer of the Year nominee Simon Spurr headed out west to mingle with a different sort of industry crowd. At a dinner in his honor, hosted by the recently launched Mr Porter (the 12-week-old brother site to Net-a-Porter), a collection of well-heeled gents descended on the Hollywood-heavy scene at the Chateau Marmont for dinner.
“It’s nice to have a designer who actually cares to send you the right size, who you can call up on the phone, and who wants to see you look good in their suits and represent their brand well,” said a loyal Kellan Lutz, reigning king of the Young Hollywood scene. (He’s also of the sturdily built type somewhat more popular in film than in fashion—but Spurr, unlike some of his contemporaries, has never catered exclusively to the sylphs.) Back from filming Breaking Dawn, the finale to the vampyric Twilight saga, the actor joined Dermot Mulroney, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, newcomers Xavier Samuel and Colin Egglesfield, and Joe Jonas, who seemed eager to wear more of Spurr’s designs. “I’m taking a break from my brothers right now and launching my solo career, so I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities to wear one of Simon’s suits in near future,” he told Style.com. “I love that they’re a little bit different.”
For his part, Spurr was there to celebrate his partnership with Mr Porter—his biggest retail partner to date—while also courting his most photographed fans, many of whom first wore Spurr’s suits on-set. “We haven’t actually won any award…to date,” he was quick to point out of his many nominations and accolades, “but as cliché as it sounds, I really do think being nominated is enough.” Noticing a bigger sell-through and an uptick in editorial coverage, Spurr seems poised on a slow-and-steady growth pattern, while hinting that womenswear could be on the horizon. But for now, “hopefully all this will give us the opportunity to become the next generation of American menswear.”