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One of the most coveted and iconic loafers of all time is the Gucci ‘Horsebit’ loafer. This year the classic shoe turns 60 years old, the love story began in 1953, when the luxury brand created a shoe tailored for the equestrian in all of us; a simple leather loafer with a metal horsebit accent.
To mark the 60 year anniversary the loafer has been re-made in new colours and is available at both Net-à-Porter and My Theresa, in popping hues of suede and classic leather like black and white. Continue reading
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JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES
French designer retailer The Kooples are to open their doors in The Victoria Quarter, Leeds this Spring. Usually, the mere sight of a Kooples campaign makes our hearts flutter, so we had to do a double take whilst strolling past the shop front which is temptingly decked in posters of their stunning pastel S/S wear.
We first came across The Kooples brand whilst flicking through a Spring edition of Arise magazine, it was a question of ‘where are the scissors?’ and the image (above) of Johan & Mikaela made it’s way onto one of our inspiration boards. One look at Mikaela’s enviably cut suit & we’d truly fallen in love.
“Kooples” pronouced koo-pleuh is French slang for “couples”. When it comes to The Kooples distinct ad campaigns, each image features an attractive couple whether they be friends or lovers, their ads highlight people with a real story in a glamorous & sometimes humorous way.
THE KOOPLES STORE, KING EDWARD STREET, LEEDS WILL
OPEN IT’S MAY 2012
Versace will unveil it’s first fashion collaboration with H&M this November, the world renowned label has released a sneak peak of what’s about to come in their campaign. In the past couple of years, high street brand H&M has managed to collaborate with huge names in the fashion industry, such as Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel and Jimmy Choo, so it’s no surprise creative director Donatella Versace has proven flexible on her word, having once vowed never to do a fusion line for the mere high street mortals (the latter, almost to that effect) she has now rescinded that decision much to our pleasure. The Italian fashion label is known for it’s amazingly detailed designs and promised to use ‘Iconic Versace pieces of iconic Versace moments’ so prepare to be dazzled.
RIP Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionised computing, telephony and the music industry, has sadly passed away. Gone at 56, his visionary products will continue to aid so many creatives the world over & for generations to come. Steve Jobs we salute you! Continue reading
Former model turned photographer Oroma Elewa is an all round creative being and Editor-in Chief of the fashion and art magazine Pop’Africana. Oroma lives and breathes through her art and you can see the passion come alive in this semiannual publication, dedicated to delivering a rejuvenated image of Africa and Africans in the diaspora.
We’ve been keen followers of Oroma’s inspirational blog now the official Pop Africana Blog where you can enjoy a closer look at Oroma’s personal endeavors and adventures (usually stylishly globe-trotting around the African continent) not to mention her superb interviews with other intriguing creative beings.
Like Dazed&Confused and Fader had a fantastic and vibrant African love child.
The first official issue of Pop’Africana is available now!
Purchase Your Copy (U.S, Canada, France, Belgium & UK)
Talented British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his London. His devastating passing comes just days before the start of London fashion week and less than a month before McQueen was to unveil his new collection at Paris fashion week.
News of McQueen’s death came as New York fashion week kicked off, sending shock waves through the industry. “Everyone in this tent is shocked,” said Cindi Leive, editor in chief of Glamour magazine. “He was obviously incredibly talented and had a creative energy. There was a real sense of energy in everything he did.”
Hal Rubenstein, a fashion director for InStyle magazine said McQueen started out tough and angry – in his work and attitude – but softened over time as he felt more appreciated by the industry. McQueen, he said, was a master of integration of technology into fashion. “He changed the way so many of us see shows.”
Alexander McQueen’s Rise To Fame
Born in 1969 in Hackney, London McQueen was the son of a taxi driver and the youngest of six children. McQueen left school at the age of 16 and was offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shephard, then at neighbouring Gieves and Hawkes. Continue reading
So if you’ve not heard of Iglu & Hartly by now you either spent the past 2 years hidden on a remote island or perhaps been lost at sea to have missed their awesome debut album & Then Boom (2008). Fear not ladies, it’s never too late to get with the programme.
Iglu & Hartly began life while Jarvis and two of his bandmates, keyboard player and vocalist Sam Martin and guitarist Simon Katz, were students at the University of Colorado.
Their studies came to an end and they relocated to California’s Echo Park. From there they grabbed two more members – drummer Luis Rosiles and bass player Michael Bucher – and whatever chance they could get to perform on the Hollywood club circuit.
Here’s what one half of lead vocals Jarvis Anderson had to say about their biggest hit to date ‘In This City’ taken from their album & Then Boom.
“The song is all about coming into your own – It’s telling everyone that it’s possible to believe in yourself – a lot of kids today are lacking self confidence.”
“There’s a lot of stupid c**p out there and kids really need to focus on some positive messages.”
Hella true Jarvis so nice of you to mention - although In This City is cited as one of their best songs , other gems from their debut album such as Violent & Young, People, Believe, Tomorrow, Out There & Whatever We Like are what made us fall in love with this band. Overall Iglu & Hartly serve up a fusion of new wave, some raw eighties synth & hip hop licks – the kind of optimism we can’t afford to go short of for the noughties. That’s not to say this is all the band are about…
When it comes to touring California’s Iglu & Hartly go HARD - previously the band have played over 120 shows in a span of 150 days in 17 countries! We were lucky enough to catch them at Leeds Cockpit venue last year and we’re going back for more this Valentine’s day, we’re actually doubley pumped to see New Politics playing as support.
These guys sure know how to tear it up & you can still catch them on the remaining leg of their ALL PENT UP UK tour at the following venues:
WEDNESDAY 10th Feb – Bristol Thekla
THURSDAY 11th Feb - OFF
FRIDAY 12th Feb – Cardiff Barfly
SATURDAY 13th Feb – UK Liverpool 02 Academy
SUNDAY 14th Feb – Leeds Cockpit
MONDAY 15th Feb – Hull University
TUESDAY 16th Feb – Manchester Moho Live
WEDNESDAY 17th Feb – Wrexham Central Station
Credits to – Yorkshire Evening Post interview with Iglu & Hartly for further info
Megan Fox is the new face of the official worldwide ad campaigns for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear and Armani Jeans SS 2010.
“Megan is young and sexy and has a lot of spirit. Both Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans are all about a youthful attitude, making her the perfect choice for the collections,” Giorgio Armani
Kings Of Leon have decided to firmly tap into their ‘Cool’ credentials by collaborating with Parisian creative Surface To Air (S2A) to brings us a Limited Edition clothing line. We think it’s about time too, ever since the release of bluesy ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ we’ve held these guys responsible for the boom in tight white jean & long-sleeved Tee combo as seen at most indie/alt club discos. You know the blink and you might mistake them for long johns look?
S2A a creative company known for its ongoing projects with contemporary art, music, fashion and photography, are no stranger to well placed music related endorsements, past collaborations have included French duo Justice .
The KOL X S2A twelve piece collection features key pieces that make up the Kings’ rock look, including a washed leather jacket, scarf, skinny fit jeans, the checked shirt, classic grey Tee, braided leather belt and matching guitar strap topped off with a pair of handsome leather boots.
The band are known to love to shop when in London – favouring Burberry, Dior Homme and London’s vintage stores, rather fittingly the exclusive UK stockist of the KOL x S2A collection will be Chelsea’s The Shop At Bluebird.
Call 020 7351 3873 or visit http://www.theshopatbluebird.com for further info.
Tell us, what do you guys think?
We’re saddened to learn that Brittany Murphy has died aged just 32 of a reported heart attack. She was a teenager’s favourite in our day for her roles such as popular 90′s high school movie ‘Clueless’ (1995) and ‘Girl, Interrupted’ a harrowing film based on the memoirs of Susanna Keysen (1999). Murphy’s vocal talents also brought to life the animated TV character Luanne from the TV series King Of The Hill (1997) and no doubt known for her role in romantic comedy ‘Just Married’ and ‘Sin City’ in more recent years. We’re sad to see another young star go so soon.
Here are the last shipping dates to ensure your order reaches you before Christmas day for UK and International customers. These terms apply to both stores J.J’s Dolly Rockers Boutique & JJDR House Of Bijoux.
First Class & Recorded Delivery – 21st December by 12pm
Airmail, Aisure & International Recorded Delivery - 10th December
* Please note the processing of orders over the festive period will resume as normal, the expected delivery will run alongside Royal Mail’s dates of service over Christmas as listed here
We are proud to announce that a new jewellery line will be joining the J.J’s Dolly Rockers family, so juicy & refined we had to put it on another website! We can’t give too much away as the site is now just days away from completion and will go live much before Xmas. What we can tell you is that our additional site will showcase a vast array of bijoux pieces in modern, vintage style and True Vintage pieces we’ve been carefully selecting all year. As to be expected our bijoux line is born of the same company ethos to bring you glamonista fashion at accessible prices, so recession or not you won’t be sweating the purse strings. Stay tuned!
Looking towards African materials, designs & techniques some of the worlds top fashion houses have borrowed from Africa in creating their most recent collections. These have included Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton & Christian Louboutin. Sifted down from Couture designers to our favourite High Street stores, we’ve followed the stream back to the river to take a closer look at some of Africa’s talented designers shining on the fashion spectrum. The inaugural ARISE Africa Fashion Week commenced on June 12th 2009 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. A spectacular eight-day event showcasing 50 of some of Africa’s leading designers from across the continent. Here’s a snippet of just five of the designers whom graced the event. View Gallery
We’re in for more ethnic decadence after Summer as Shu Uemura have revealed their make-up collection for Fall 09. As to be expected from the Japanese brand their latest line Primitribe offers potent shades, this time drawing on inspiration from stones and paintings used in tribal rituals. Any cosmetics that evoke the vibrance of summer into fall is a hit with us. Primitribe will be hitting stores in mid-August.
Last week saw the passing of Michael Jackson & Farah Fawcett, both artists & icons of their heyday here we reflect on their style and influence on popular culture still relevant to present day.
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
He pushed the creative bar and showed that not only with sound but with imagery you can take the audience to a new appreciation of aesthetics. The vigour with which he played across wide frames of reference is oft emulated today.
Farrah Fawcett 1947-2009
Hugh Hefner lovingly described Farrah Fawcett as ”The Marilyn Monroe of the 1970s” in recent years she decidedly shunned her treasured privacy to raise awareness for Anal Cancer and actively contributed to various charities. The LA Times reports that Farrah could earn a posthumous Emmy Award for her touching documentary on her cancer battle, Farrah’s Story.
The Texan beauty could play it both demure and unassuming to a vivacious sex kitten that sky rocketed her pinup status, so its no surprise then that some of our current hollywood blondes and fashion houses alike have taken a leaf from Farrah’s lookbook.