The perfect era, well for me the early 90's, Jordan and the Bulls, Leeds United winning the Championship, the Fashion, Hip-Hop, everything seemed so much more iconic back then. Growing up, where sneakers and how to lace them were your only worry. The movies:
I recently watched Boomerang, for the god-know how many time, but always intigues me. In particular the suits Eddie Murphy wore that made him the suave Marcus Graham in the movie.
Clean cut, structured attire, that had him dazzling all the ladies. A very Parisian feel to the movie, probably due to the fact the Director was influenced by François Truffaut's Jules and Jim.
Ladies get them toes did!
"Check it. Like Jet magazine. This is my mack daddie vibe I am giving you. In all its splendor."
I do enjoy a wingtip shoe and also love vans so this is near to perfection. Carries the sophistication of the dress shoe and has the the comfort of a skate shoe. Wtaps did one not so long ago but the finish wasn't great and nor was the shape.
This looks a nice Era shape and comes in various colours.
These ventures excite me almost as much as I can imagine walking down sneaker street in Hong Kong. We went on a little trip to Fabworksin Dewsbury.
My colour pallete is decided its just gettin the right print and fabric at most importnatly: THE RIGHT PRICE!! I managed to get a few nice wools, blacks, greys and tweed mix. prints wise there was not much cracking off!
These aint half bad. Raf Simons embroidered shoe. The heavily ebroidered shoe which gradually fades as it reaches the heel. Nice.
"Momma always says there's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going. Where they've been. I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes." Forrest Gump
Get on this!Karl Lagerfeld has his own doll!The doll was presented to him at Colette’s recent celebrations for Mattel Barbie’s 50th Anniversary. Look at how the pictures have been airbrushed maybe to give the appearance of smooth plastic texture that of the dolls.
From sketched idea to pattern manipulation, to making with a strict 1cm seam. All is going well and touch wood the experimentation is almost workin first time. Taking a 2D idea and applying to cloth to create the desired 3D silhouette aint as easy at seems. Shirt finished and trousers done in a day. Surgical proceedings.
"Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy."Robert Half
The cult peaked-shoulder Balmain jacket was reiterated in force, and has a strong relation to areas I considered for my collection, but also for men, using this structured shoulder design, maybe take it forward into jumpers, sweats, knits and even the hood piece. Also looking at the interesting use of embelishment, in the form of swarovski crystals I intend on pushing this with my own personal Surreal touch.
I regularly shop on eBay to find hidden gems and collectable goods. In the past I have sourced all kinds of bargains. Today I recieved a lovely pair of Salvatore Ferragamo tassle loafers, for a beautiful price of $24!
I recently got a portrait tattoo done, I researched the artist I wanted to do this for a while. Eventually I came to a huge decision, being a Virgo I find this fairly hard, but eventually I put trust in Jo Harrisonafter seein various pieces of her work I thought she would be perfect.
I chose MahatmaGandhi for the portrait as he stood for peace and unity and bringing everyone together as one, but above all for achieving Swaraj—the independence of India from foreign domination. He is even more importnat to me as sometimes I feel I need to find my inner-peace, the tattoo may be superficial way of achieving this but I feel eventually it will come, inspired by Mahatma, which in Sanskrit means 'Great Soul'.
We then travelled to Modern Body Art in Birmingham. 3 hours of addictive pain, the only way I can describe the ink needle hitting the skin, was worth it.
Our studio technician and Couture magician, Hugo made his first dress when he was the tender age of 4...yep while some of us were just about grasping the concept of speech, he was putting in princess seams at 0.5cm allowance.
Been in the game for some time now he has worked for many different companies such as Jitrois, and offers an answer to every sewing problem! A wonderful guy who always on hand to help... especially on making one of my first professional looking garments, a leather bomber jacket. Even tho he laughed continuously at the quality of my leather!! Making that jacket basically taught me how to put things together.
Garment that has next been produced with surgical care and skill is the BlazerHood. A collaboration with bespoke hoodie makersHouse of Billiam.
A personal take on their philosophy of making hooded garments with traditional suitfabrics of your choice. I emphasised the suit aspects and also added detachable accecories, seen here made in calico, experiment material. The final piece will be made from Black Nappa leather, Grey lightweight Tweed as it is reversible the lining will be a printed fabric will remain a mystery until the final one is made!!