CENTURIES OF STYLE: BROOKS BROTHERS X HARRIS TWEED

October 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Store: Brooks Brothers

Location: Regent Street, London

Last Thursday1 Brooks Brothers opened the doors of their Regent Street store to showcase the best in Scottish textiles and raise money for male cancer Charity Orchid. Marking Harris Tweed’s centenary year, Brooks Brothers showed off a Harris Tweed-upholstered 1919 Model T Ford, especially created by Ramsay Coachtrimming for the ‘champagne of fabrics‘.

Founder Henry Sands Brooks had a very clear guiding principle for Brooks Brothers, which was “to make and deal only in merchandise of the finest body, to sell it at a fair profit, and to deal with people who seek and appreciate such merchandise.” – a standard echoed by the Scottish textiles industry.

Famed for a number of firsts, Brooks Brothers has introduced many pieces such as ready-to-wear clothing and the iconic Polo Button-Down Shirt to America, which are now a staple in the fashion market.  In addition to the ‘ready-to-wear’ suit, Brooks Brothers is credited with the introduction of the wash-and-wear Shirts (first made in the 1950s using a blend of Dacron, polyester, and cotton called “Brooksweave“), and the much loved non-iron Cotton Dress Shirts, made from 100% cotton, thanks to its innovative development of technology. The button-down dress shirt collar was developed by founder Henry Sands Brooks’ grandson John E. after he saw the non-flapping collars on English polo players at a polo match in England. We think these boys look rather dapper, don’t you?

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Style – Dalston – BLEACH

August 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hair Crush

We thought Niki Minaj was a trend-setter, but oh no, the 23-year-old co-founder of Dalston salon Bleach has been doing Minaj-style rainbow hair “for ages”.

She is also responsible for starting the ‘Ombre’ dip dye trend (or “bleachenders”, as they like to call it) of two-tone hair with light ends and dark roots, adopted by famous names such as Drew Barrymore and Alexa Chung.

Brownsell is a session hairstylist working for brands such as House ofHolland and Hermès, and a colourist to stars including MIA, Daisy Lowe andPixie Geldof.

If you wanna go dip dye or just fancy something a bit different, Bleach have now opened in Topshop. Book your next appointment.

BLEACH TOPSHOP, SB2, 214 OXFORD ST www.topshopbleachlondon.co.uk

BLEACH DALSTON, 420 KINGSLAND ROAD http://bleachlondon.co.uk/

Style – London – Glamour’s Golden Age

July 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

After watching ‘Glamour’s Golden Age’ on BBC4 last night, we felt we should post about London’s first ‘Bright Young Things’.

In the 1920’s a group of privileged young men and women changed the way following generations looked at style, boundaries and sexuality. They were the first tabloid stars and had such a modern aesthetic, that they could be living in East London now.

Steven Tennant

This could be a picture from the 1980’s as much the 20’s, gold sprinkles in his hair and the Bowie-eque pose.

This is a picture of Tennant’s compatriots who were tastemakers of their time. They could be in London Fields any day of the summer.

Their fancy dress parties became legendary happenings that gave everyone license to morph their age, gender and appearance.

Inspiration for Gaga?

The BBC documentary, linked below, proves that the fame-seeking tabloid scene is nothing new, neither is drug-taking, gender ambiguity, or eccentric glittery style. It’s all been done before. DON’T let that stop you though.

Every generation needs their ‘bright young people’.

You will have to try very hard to be original now though.

Meat dress?…..no thanks

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00nk9m5/Glamours_Golden_Age_Beautiful_and_Damned

Style – London – Glamour's Golden Age

July 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

After watching ‘Glamour’s Golden Age’ on BBC4 last night, we felt we should post about London’s first ‘Bright Young Things’.

In the 1920’s a group of privileged young men and women changed the way following generations looked at style, boundaries and sexuality. They were the first tabloid stars and had such a modern aesthetic, that they could be living in East London now.

Steven Tennant

This could be a picture from the 1980’s as much the 20’s, gold sprinkles in his hair and the Bowie-eque pose.

This is a picture of Tennant’s compatriots who were tastemakers of their time. They could be in London Fields any day of the summer.

Their fancy dress parties became legendary happenings that gave everyone license to morph their age, gender and appearance.

Inspiration for Gaga?

The BBC documentary, linked below, proves that the fame-seeking tabloid scene is nothing new, neither is drug-taking, gender ambiguity, or eccentric glittery style. It’s all been done before. DON’T let that stop you though.

Every generation needs their ‘bright young people’.

You will have to try very hard to be original now though.

Meat dress?…..no thanks

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00nk9m5/Glamours_Golden_Age_Beautiful_and_Damned

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