Wednesday, 8 June 2011

More pics of my menswear...

My, what a week it has been!

Here are some pictures of a sleeveless jacket I made as part of my pre-collection, in a shoot for online magazine WeTheUrban, issue #2:

Sleeveless coat by me.
Photography: Barbara Anastacio.
Styling: Sylvester Yiu.
Hair & make up: Kenny Leung.
Model: Andy at M+P.

They got my credit all wrong though....DOH! Should of course read Rosie Alia, but hey ho!

I love the photos! And the dog....Kiki.

Pip pip! x

Monday, 6 June 2011

Shoe love: Jodhpur boots.

My dad recently discovered this website, full of wierd and wonderful oddities, mlitary memorabilia and vintage clothes. The website is called Hogspear, and boy is it full of things I want!

 Now, recently my dad treated himself to some lovely boots from Hogspear, aren't they lovely?

Designed for riding, this style of boot is called a 'jodhpur boot', featuring ankle straps that wrap around the boot and a low heel.

These dark brown beauties are a thick leather, with all the best qualities of being pre-owned. Look at those creases and scuffs! And they have the most delicious shine. I wonder who they belonged to before? Some chap who'd go riding in the ground of his manor house perhaps?

Sunday, 5 June 2011

My menswear in CuriousMan magazine!

A couple of months ago I had the privilege of working with some amazing people on a shoot for a new menswear mag called CuriousMan that was due to launch in April, but after some technical issues, it has just launched issue #1!

Here are the pictures from the mag...

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Menswear by me.
Headplates/harness by Louise McKay for Rosie Alia
Photography:  Rachel Peng
Styling: Helen Stanley
Model: James Cutler at M&P Models
Hair and Makeup: Jessie Liang

The collection we shot was my graduate collection 'Morbid Anatomy' (heavily influenced by surgical history), mixed with a bit of my pre-collection (inspired by the animated film '9', and the idea of man vs machine).

Please head over to Helens Wardrobe, blog of the lovely stylist I worked with and check out her great work! I look forward to working with her again in the future!

Working with such talented people, the pictures couldn't have come out better! The model, James, was picked by the editor of CuriousMan and really worked for the look we wanted. The makeup artist created a pale, skeletal look. And the photographer Rachel Peng used digital and analog SLR's to take a variety of pictures, and played around with backgrounds, and both studio and natural light.

Hope you like the outcome chaps!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Jewel brights: KG

These suede shoes from Kurt Geiger are a great addition to a summer wardobe...
available in bright jewel tones (my personal favourites being the pale blue), or a more classic navy colour for those of you less daring or looking for an everyday staple shoe.

KG by Kurt Geiger 'Bleeker' shoe, £95. 
Available here.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Brand focus: Old Town

Old Town produce finely crafted made-to-order mens and womenswear from their workshop in Holt, Norfolk.

The thing that I love about this brand is the simple design and classic style of the items it offers. The company is strongly influenced by workwear from the period around World War II, and offers pieces with a sense of history.

Top left: Braces, £15. Top right: The 'Stanley', from £145.
Bottom left: The 'Overall', from £145. Bottom right: 'Slimmer' shirt, from £70.

They say of their products:

"One or two of our customers have enquired about the origins of the styles or patterns employed by Old Town. Having been very impressed by a friend showing me a bronze green velveteen frock coat which had been stuffed up a chimney in Yorkshire, possibly since the time of the Brontes, perhaps I can shed a little light on our source material.
Our single breasted rever collar jacket is an unfaithful copy of one found in a tool locker during the demolition of Stratford locomotive works; locker and contents seen on offer at Lea Bridge Road car boot sale.
Handed in as lost property in 1936, the originals for our style know as ‘High Rise’ were then mislaid behind a radiator in the London Transport Lost Property Office until redecoration in the early nineteen eighties.
Not so much lost as abandoned were the navy serge prison trousers left mysteriously inside a church porch on the north Kent marshes. For some years these trousers were one of the many curiosities to be seen in ‘Dirty Dick’s’ on Bishopsgate where the measure of them was taken as a model for our ‘Plains’.
Our popular ‘Overall Jacket’ is the mutant offspring of a pre-war lamplighter’s jacket glimpsed on the back of a chair in Coffee Republic at Canary Wharf."

 Now isn't that something lovely?
As items are made-to-order; you have the ability to choose the pattern you want in a wide variety of different fabrics and within around 4 weeks your item will be in your hands. And it was made especially for you, imagine that! But not to fear, there is still the opportunity to return the item if you decide it really isn't for you. Phew.

I particularly love the 'High Rise' trousers.

I strongly recommend this company for any lovers of vintage workwear, or looking for something a bit special. 
With Old Town, history is alive and well!


Thursday, 31 March 2011

Rust-dyed tailoring

This beautiful piece of tailoring is by Katie Barett, and inpired by the decay and disrepair of a mental institution. The rust-dyed treatment of the fabric has got me head over heels in love with it.
 Available from Tout Nouveau, £320.

Dapper Man: Devonte Hynes

Yes, I've got something of a style-crush on Dev Hynes. 
For those of you that don't know, he is a chap formerly of the band Test Icicles, who now releases under the name Lightspeed Champion.
 He is a multi-talented chameleon of a man, being a singer, songwriter, composer, producer and author.

Photo by David Swanson.

In UK Vogue's 2008 'Fantastic' issue, he was featured in a shoot based on Roald Dahl.

Shot by Tim Walker.

And here he is again, in an interview for Vogue online.

Looking pretty smart on the cover of his
'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge' cover.