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NOW: RAF SIMONS SS15 CAMPAIGN

NOW: RAF SIMONS SS15 CAMPAIGN

Just on time for Paris Fashion Week, Raf Simons unveiled his new campaign with longtime creative partners photographer Willy Vanderperre and stylist Olivier Rizzo. Model Luca Lemaire was portrayed wearing some of the most iconic patchwork pieces from the new collection indoors and outdoors. The team reprised Raf’s favorite aesthetic, a delicate mix between intimate and minimalist composition.
MFW: CANALI FW15 PREVIEW

MFW: CANALI FW15 PREVIEW

“Lines are an essential part of everything. I design one line at a time, studying and moving them to craft the motif or silhouette that I have imagined – abstract stripes, oversized checks, cropped proportions. Signature elements shift and evolve, resulting in coherent and relaxed ensembles that are unexpectedly refreshing” said recently Andrea Pompilio, Canali’s creative director...
SS15: TREND REPORT - PART 3

SS15: TREND REPORT – PART 3

Last part of my SS15 report with two new trends. Embroideries It’s quite unusual to see embroideries in men’s collections so I found interesting to highlight it even though, I must confess, it’s not a major trend. With that being said, I was really seduced by Maison Martin Margiela’s conceptual treatment (embroideries and sheer gauze),...
SS15: TREND REPORT – PART 2

SS15: TREND REPORT – PART 2

Second part of my SS15 trend report with two new themes, denim and bondage. Unless you are Hood By Air or Calvin Klein, denim is usually a major persona non grata mostly because considered as too casual. So it’s particularly pleasant to see a few designers reinventing jeans and denim jackets like the impeccable Kenzo’s suit, Prada’s 70’s look and Yojhi...
SS15: TREND REPORT -  PART 1

SS15: TREND REPORT – PART 1

Before featuring individually my favorite collections in the coming weeks, I decided to dwell into the Spring Summer collections and present some kind of visual report of what I consider essential trends. First trends, white and blue. You can really do more cliché than these two colors, but what interested me here is how most of...
INTERVIEW: JULIEN DAVID

INTERVIEW: JULIEN DAVID

Julien David is not your typical French young designer. First, his training years before starting his own line were spent going to school at Parsons, assisting Narciso Rodriguez and working at Ralph Lauren’s tailoring studio. Then he moved to Tokyo, where he’s been based for 8 years. There he learned Japanese and eventually started designing....
INTERVIEW: VIDUR

INTERVIEW: VIDUR

The collision between streetwear, sportswear and outerwear has created a brand new world with a new set of rules. London-based label Vidur has successfully translated into a new wardrobe this area we live in. From its more classic but twisted debut to its new SS15 dropping in a few weeks, Vidur’s collections are a savvy...
FW14: JUUN J / THOM BROWNE

FW14: JUUN J / THOM BROWNE

I recently came across a Diana Vreeland quote saying “modern designers think they need ideas. But they are wrong. All they need is a point of view.” With the men’s collection less than a month away, I couldn’t help but try to figure out who these designers are. Considering my admiration for the rule-breakers (Nazir...
INTERVIEW: NOAH WAXMAN

INTERVIEW: NOAH WAXMAN

Noah Waxman is not your regular guy and definitely not your typical shoe designer. His background, beside his love for shoes, has nothing to do with fashion. He came out as a designer a bit by accident and ever since he’s been sincerely devoted to create a beautiful and contemporary shoe. In less than two...
NOTE: THE ODD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - PART 2

NOTE: THE ODD AND THE BEAUTIFUL – PART 2

Fashion’s voracious appetite for images and more specifically good-looking people has often reduced street style to its narcissistic and decorative functions. While I can’t contest it (my job is also to compliment people’s looks), I’ve never limited myself to this role. Observing and documenting are the main reasons I started MonsieurJerome.com three years ago. I...
NOW: XXBC - COLLECTION TWO

NOW: XXBC – COLLECTION TWO

It feels really good to see the second collection of my friends Alex and Will finally out. We often forget how difficult it can be for young designers to finance and produce new work while maintaining a specific aesthetic and quality. Since launching XXBC in 2012, things have gotten undeniably better. Their Collection Two marks a departure from their...
NOW: CARVEN FW14

NOW: CARVEN FW14

Carven has a long and tumultuous history. Created in 1945 just after WW2, Carven for decades was one of the most successful and savvy “masons” in France, with Dior launching perfumes and accessories along with Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections years before anybody else. Things got a bit complicated and the company lost a bit...
NOW: CARLOS CAMPOS FW14

NOW: CARLOS CAMPOS FW14

Honduran-born, New York-based designer Carlos Campos is one of my favorite designers showing during NYFW. Unlike many NY brands obsessing more with streetwear (Hood by Air or KTZ just to name a few), Campos is discretely building a serious body of work mixing traditional tailoring and personal influences. For this winter, he went back to...
INTERVIEW: GRENSON

INTERVIEW: GRENSON

You rarely get to meet the people behind a brand. At most you might furtively glimpse them, yet never really engage with them. My encounter with the Grenson team, however, was everything but that. Every single person I met from the design team, from PR to commercial, was incredibly fun and delightful. I could see...
NOW: JOSEPH FW14

NOW: JOSEPH FW14

If you don’t know UK based fashion store Joseph, which has shops around the world, then I won’t blame you. Things have been pretty quiet the last few years, especially outside the UK where its core business is. That’s about to change with the new design team led by ex-Givenchy and ex-Neil Barrett designer Mark Thomas. The...
NOW: MARTINE ROSE FW14

NOW: MARTINE ROSE FW14

We will always question our heritage and our past, flirting, celebrating and sometimes falling for them. The fashion world has excelled – maybe too well – at this game, using references in order to feed its insatiable need for novelty. Obviously, some are better than the others in capturing the essence of the past to...
NOW: CHRISTOPHER KANE FW14

NOW: CHRISTOPHER KANE FW14

I’m still trying to figure out why I’ve never featured Christopher Kane before as his collections represent accurately the British exuberance for which I have particular affection. For this Fall Winter season, Christopher turned things up with a major emphasis on tailoring. As expected, the silhouette is sharp, with playful twists from vinyl treatments, geometric...
INTERVIEW: GOLDEN BEAR

INTERVIEW: GOLDEN BEAR

Rare are the brands with such an iconoclast and prestigious rooster of collaborations from Thom Browne, Union Made, Brooklyn Circus, Stussy, J Crew, Palmer Trading, Engineered Garments, Kith to Club Monaco today. What used to be a very discrete manufacturer created in 1922 in San Francisco has now emerged as an internationally acclaimed and iconic...
NOW: HENTSCH MAN FW14

NOW: HENTSCH MAN FW14

Looking at the new Hentsch Man Fall Winter collection, I can’t help but think of Alexia’s interview published here last summer. She was confessing her desire to offer the perfect piece with the perfect fit before expanding her collections. She’s clearly reached that moment and a new level of maturity. Paradoxically, her new Hentsch Man hasn’t...
NOW: CADET FW14

NOW: CADET FW14

Brooklyn based brand Cadet is slowly but surely building up a new silhouette. Their new Fall Winter collection, largely inspired by the US Army wardrobe and 1940’s, presents strong outerwear pieces and nice tailored jackets. You will probably spot also some super sharp pants and sweatpants. I particularly like the olive ones, totally on trend. The revisited bomber...
NOW: BALLY  FW14

NOW: BALLY FW14

How do you create a contemporary wardrobe but also embrace your heritage? More than 150 years of history and dedication to craftsmanship have decidedly helped Bally to answer this question. The new Fall winter collection is beautiful testimony of excellence, coolness and attention to detail. You won’t find any outlandish pieces, but just the perfect proportions, details, fabrics (sourced in England,...