The New Denim

Designer denim

Despite its reputation as a simple wardrobe staple, when denim takes on an uber-stylish new guise it makes us sit up and take notice.  Hello Vetements’ reworked vintage jeans.  And these images from a recent shoot by WWD.com pick up on designers’ various plays on our fashion favourite for next season.

This dark voluminous skirt with its hitched hem was one of a dozen or so denim looks shown by Miu Miu on its autumn/winter catwalk.  And WWD has amped up the volume further, transforming it into a double-tiered style, by tying one of the brand’s denim jackets at the model’s waist…

Designer denim

R13’s new take on double denim sees the New York-based brand overlay a pair of their ripped  jeans  with a similarly distressed ‘built in’ skirt…

Designer denim

And I love how Stella McCartney has elongated the traditional denim jacket to create this  slim-fitting button-through dress…

Designer denim

Our continued fascination with this workwear-fabric certainly shows no signs of waning.

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credits: wwd.com

Finally Mine

Silver signet rings

Since being inspired by this Instagram snap back in February (here), I finally have two Tom Wood rings to call my own.  And it was worth the wait…

Silver signet rings

Despite being stunningly simple designs, the different styles of top plate (I opted for Oval and Cushion) and alternative silver finishes, polished and satin, provide enough of a point of difference for a minimalist like me.  But if you prefer something a little more bold, there’s the option of a dramatic black Ruthenium finish or a top plate furnished with a coloured stone.  And for traditionalists, each ring  is also available in 9k gold.

I haven’t worn a signet ring for years, and these new additions to my jewellery box are certainly a step up style-wise from the high street version I wore constantly in my primary school days!

See more from Tom Wood here

Main Image Credit: @damoyantwerp

 

 

 

Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion | MODE+MAISON

I’ve featured Lee Broom’s directional designs on my blog before, and these lights from his new Optical collection are the latest products to have captured my attention. But it’s not just his designs that set the British designer apart from his contemporaries, his clever and unconventional installations have a habit of making the headlines too.

In true Lee Broom style, his nineties inspired Optical lights were showcased at this month’s Milan design week in a somewhat surreal setting – remember last year’s Department Store?  One of his studio’s delivery vans was transformed into a travelling installation, or Salone Del Automobile, which started its journey in London before moving onto Milan, where it toured the city…

Optical Illusion | MODE+MAISON

While deciding where I should exhibit I thought ‘what about everywhere?  My designs are often surreal and the idea behind the installation is to see something unexpected – a captivating optical illusion.

Lee Broom

 

Here’s the designer himself talking about the concept behind his travelling exhibition…

 

Source: Dezeen

Visit Lee Broom online here

Style Breakdown

Style Breakdown | MODE+MAISON

This relatively unremarkable image catches my eye each time it appears in my Pinterest feed.  While the colours (or lack of them) and clothes themselves hardly scream ‘look at me’, it’s the styling and small details that continue to draw me in…

  • The deep v-neck of that cosy knit reveals just a sliver of black lace, which provides the perfect contrast of texture, and touch of femininity, to balance the masculine inspired style.
  • Pushed up sleeves show off multiple gold bracelets which again, provide an element of femininity.  And they’re each delicate enough not to overpower.
  • The ‘just right’ relaxed fit of the simple black trousers reinforces the look’s overall feeling of ease.
  • Battered black ankle boots with trailing laces add to the air of nonchalance I associate with the wearer, as does the love-worn leather jacket.
  • A glimpse of red nail varnish adds just a touch of glamour.

I wonder, having said all this, if she just threw this look together?  Probably…

Image Credit: Pinterest

Peter Lindbergh x Vogue Italia

 

Peter Lindbergh x Vogue Italia | MODE+MAISON

This captivating collection of photographs was shot, unmistakably, by Peter Lindbergh. The German photographer’s cinematic, typically black and white style is a favourite of fashion editors and brands alike, and these elegant images of Italian model Mariacarla Boscono were published in last month’s Haute Couture issue of Vogue Italia…

Peter Lindbergh x Vogue Italia | MODE+MAISON

Peter Lindbergh x Vogue Italia | MODE+MAISON

Peter Lindbergh x Vogue Italia | MODE+MAISON

If you’re a fan of Peter Lindbergh’s work, I can recommend this beautiful book (here) which graces my own (groaning) coffee table.

See more images from the shoot here

See Mariacarla Boscono in BLK DNM’s Portrait’s campaign here

 

Image Credits: wearesodroee.com

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle | MODE+MAISON

This regram from Maison Margiela’s Instagram feed literally took my breath away. And I was more than surprised to learn that the model featured is Hedi Slimane favourite Grace Hartzel.  With her shock of short, sharply cut black hair and silver nose ring, the former Saint Laurent muse is almost unrecognisable.

The incredible styling is the work of fashion editor and celebrated stylist Camilla Nickerson, and the image is part of the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ story that features in US Vogue’s April 2016 issue, shot beautifully by Mikael Jansson.

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credit: @maisonmargiela