London Fashion Week Mens – January

London Fashion Week Mens – January

Hello everyone!

How is your new year going? Mine is filled with being between four walls and studying day and night, but it is almost over. I gotta be honest with you, I completely forgot that LFWM was last weekend. It just totally slipped my mind but thankfully, some of my friends were actually working during the shows so I decided to check the designers.

When I first realised that it was the LFWM, I thought, who is going to showcase their design cause a lot of brands have decided to merge their menswear and womenswear shows into one so probably they will show all the collections during the fashion weeks. I probably was right, cause if I remember correctly, the previous LFWM schedule was a bit bigger. But there’s always something good and this gave me the opportunity to view some of the brands I do not know nor follow. So here’s my opinion about three A/W 18 collections.

Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman was originally a brand focusing on producing high-quality shirts and not long after he launched the brand, the shirt quickly became an icon at that time. This new collection is exactly telling what the modern consumer would wear. There is no need for extravagant designs. It is really tailored for the guy in his twenties or thirties who rejects the boring navy suit with the white shirt (so basically Londons uniform) and is not afraid to add a bit of hue into his wardrobe. I think the looks were really well put together. It is a very modern capsule collection. Click here if you want to see the whole collection.

Bobby Abley

I have never heard of Bobby Abley before, but I was very fortunate to find this brand. The whole collection is so funny and it is filled with humour. It is very colourful and of course, there are looney toons character products as well. I know, Moschino already had those once but still, it made me very joyful when I saw the pieces probably because it resonated with my inner child cause I loved looney toons. This collection compared to the Ben Sherman one is very much NOT a capsule collection however now that I think about it, it would be actually entertaining to watch men wear these as everyday clothes. Click here for the collection.

Oliver Spencer

I had Oliver Spencer on my watch in the past year though I still didn’t buy anything, but as we say, all is not lost that is delayed. I am already excited about the SS collection to hit the stores cause I remember I loved the previous one, and this collection is no different. Tailoring is the essence with an added modern style. Very elegant and a lot of hue colours as well. click here for the collection.

What is really interesting to me is that brown was still a prime colour in these collections and others like Chalayan had brown pieces too. Don’t get me wrong, I like the colour, but it was already a major trend colour in 2017 A/W and it feels a bit mundane to use it again. Anyways, still great collections.

See you soon,

Abel.

 

Shaved Ice and Fluffy Pancakes in Tokyo

Shaved Ice and Fluffy Pancakes in Tokyo

Hey guys!

Are you ready to kickstart the week? My last week in Japan has officially begun and probably this post is the last one about food in Japan, so let’s end this chain of place recommendations with some sweet stuff.

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Last Saturday, we went to Moké’s Bread & Breakfast. A little background story before I continue. We were actually going to Hatanodai, a station in Shinagawa, to have shaved ice. We agreed to meet at the station with my friends. Of course, the station was very confusing and I didn’t have service and the wifi wasn’t working, so we were wandering around the station a bit. After we found each other, we immediately went to the place which was closed because of unexpected events. We didn’t really know what to do, so one of my friends, Yui, started to search for places that offered shaved ice. Moké’s Bread & Breakfast had very good reviews and it was closer to the centre, so that’s how we ended up at Moké’s, and we have no regrets actually that we ended up there.

Moké’s Bread & Breakfast is literally a 3-minute walk from Naka-Meguro station. The restaurant is right on the main avenue so there is no need to go around small streets having your maps open on your phone. This is not going to be a surprise either, we had to queue. I think this is one of my top tips when you come to Japan, accept that you have to queue a lot.

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The interior of the restaurant is super minimalistic with pastel blue and white walls. They do offer a good selection of both sweet and savory dishes, but we were only interested in the sweets. By the way, sorry but I forgot to take a picture of the menu.

 

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First, we got this watermelon slushie, which had a very weird taste. It was like a big glass of sour watermelon candy and not the good type. Also, the chocolate chips didn’t make any sense. I don’t even have to say that after this we started to be a bit skeptical about the other dishes we ordered.

 

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After the disappointing watermelon thingy, we got the black sesame banana milkshake. This was actually very delicious.

 

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And finally, the fluffy strawberry pancakes with milk cream and the macadamia nut shaved ice arrived. Both tasted like heaven however we agreed that our absolute favourite was the shaved ice. After I told my colleagues about the place, they said that it is a very popular place because the shaved ice they serve is completely different compared to the traditional one. Apparently, the traditional one is just ice and syrup. I’m going to stick with the Moké’s one.

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Dominique Ansel Bakery – A must visit when in Tokyo

Dominique Ansel Bakery – A must visit when in Tokyo

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Let’s start the week with a place recommendation. This weekend I went to the Dominique Ansel bakery with a couple of my friends. The bakery is one of the most talked about places nowadays. They make a lot of different cakes and sweet, but we went there for the special stuff. They are famous for their frozen S’more and they always have seasonal specialties. Now they have the what-a-melon soft serve and the creme de la corn soft serve. We went for the frozen s’more and the what-a-melon.

Thank you Yui – san for the video.

 

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Everything was heaven, however the place is a bit pricey, especially the seasonal offer. You can find the bakery at two locations in Tokyo. The first is in Omotesando (this is where we went), and the second one was opened recently in Matsuya – a department store in Ginza. I would personally suggest that you go to the Omotesando one because it is a lot bigger. The one thing you have to prepare yourself for… THE QUEUE. We went there pretty early so we stood about 20 minutes but in the afternoon it was crazy. But if you love food and sweets, it is definitely worth going there. If you want to try something else besides these, try the cronut or their Tokyo only cake, the Paris Tokyo.

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Paris Tokyo cake – “A twist on the traditional Paris Brest with matcha ganache and a soft passion fruit curd” 

Please do not ask for the cheesecake, it is just not that great and it is not the place to go to when you want cheesecake. Hope you will check this place out, I’ll leave the link to their website down below. Wishing you a wonderful week.

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Link: http://dominiqueanseljapan.com/en/food

 

 

Ichiran Ramen Tokyo

Ichiran Ramen Tokyo

Hello everyone! How are you doing?

 

I hope all is good and your week is going great. Today it is time to talk about one of the best meals ever, which is Ramen. If you are in Japan, you will have tons of places to choose from. From specialised places to fusion restaurants.Basically, you can find ramen here everywhere. The question is, is it a good one? There are websites that tell you where to go to get the best ramen ever, so I decided to go to Ichiran.

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Ichiran is a chain of restaurants who specialise in tonkotsu ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is a type where the broth is based upon pork bones. They boil them for several hours and after that, they add the rest of the ingredients. Tonkotsu ramen is originally from Fukuoka, so if you really want to experience the original tonkotsu ramen, you should go there but I have some good news for you, Ichiran originates from Fukuoka as well.

 

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First of all, if you go to an Ichiran, do expect a queue. When you get to the entrance, first you have to get a ticket from the machines that you can see on the picture. Basically, you place your order here, so think ahead. After you paid and got your tickets, you can enter the restaurant.

 

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This is the time when you will get a so called order sheet, where you can customise your order. As you can see, there are a lot of options to do that. This is when you will wait until a booth is free.

 

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Sorry for not having pictures of the inside but the place was filled with people and it was actually pretty dark, and I didn’t really want to disturb anyone with my flashing phone. But this is how it looks like when you sit down. After that, you give the tickets and the order sheet to the waiter who is going to be standing in the small window in front of you. By the way, the tap on the left is for the water.

 

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When you finally have your ramen, dig in and don’t forget to slurp.

Itadakismasu! (いただきます)

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

 

Catching up with the SS18 menswear collections – Paris

Hey Guys! Hope everyone is doing well.

 

Today it is time for us to talk about the menswear collections in Paris. Let’s start.

Lanvin

Lanvin was all about layers and layers of clothes. There was a lot going on. The collection was very street-skate meets tailoring. One thing I loved was the jackets. I could just go to the store and buy all of them (probably never going to happen). What is very admirable is that Lucas Ossendrijver has been the creative director for the menswear collections for quite a while – I think about 10 years – but he is always bringing something new and fun.

The show is available here.

 

Yohji Yamamoto

Well, Yohji Yamamoto is one of my favourite designers, so this might be biased a bit, sorry. I loved this new collection. I think it was essentially contemporary him, but the dramatic women paintings were amazing.

The show is available here.

 

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton took us to the beach. That is what I concluded of the collection. Beach or even island life, floral print shirts and t-shirts, the small hat usually guys wear at the beach bar with sunglasses. Surfing and enjoying all the bits of life. I loved it.

The show is available here.

 

Alexander McQueen

Now I was thinking a lot about this collection. It was very anti-spring/summer collection actually. The collection had beautiful double breasted jackets, suits,  and leather jackets. So, this whole concept got me thinking a bit. Can we expect the S/S collections to be just linen shirts with shorts and espadrilles? Of course not, that would be simply stupid and we would just limit ourselves and the boundaries of art. After this chain of thoughts, I re-watched the show and it gave me a whole different perspective.

Click here for the show.

 

So the conclusion is, if you don’t like the show or don’t understand it, watch it again and again. Trust me you will get more and more out of it.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

 

 

 

Catching up with the SS18 menswear collections – Milan

Hey Guys! How are you doing?

Finally, I’m back on track with the posts and I will do my best to schedule them ahead to avoid another missed post. (You remember last week, right?)

Today it is all about the menswear collections at the Milan fashion week. Let’s starts.

PRADA

I have mixed emotions about Prada. First of all the setting was very interesting. It felt like being in a comic book. I love the fact that even the ground was a part of it as well. In terms of clothes, there are pieces that I love and there are pieces which I hate. I think the printed shirts are super fun with the comic prints as well and the knee high socks. But then there’s the other part of the collection. Jumpsuits, why? I don’t really want to expand on this because this will turn into an essay and we don’t want that. Let’s just say that I think male jumpsuits can only be worn by a certain amount of guys who have the body to pull that off.

click here for the show.

 

Versace

Versace had such a nice young cool energy. The show was at the Versace palace in Milan and it was essential Versace. I love the fact that pink is still rocking as one of the colour trends, and this means it will stick around for a while. The printed T-shirts that are coming back with the brand name on them look so fun. Also, the colour palette of the collection is great with the soft pastel colours but then you can find bright reds as well. It really feels like the “energy of today”.

click here for the show.

 

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pastels and neutrals, summer colours. The collection was okay. One thing I liked particularly is the huge variety of wide-cut shorts.

click here for the show.

 

Marni

The title that I would give for this collection is order in the chaos. There was a lot of things going on. Different cuts, patterns, shapes, and colours. It is like each look was super individual but when put next to each other, it still felt right. Great job and congratulations to Francesco Risso – this was his second show as the new creative director for Marni.

click here for the show.

 

There you go guys. Any thoughts on the Milan collections?

See you on Wednesday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

London Fashion Week Mens

Hey guys! How are you doing?

Today we are talking about the London Fashion Week Mens that happened recently. First of all, where was my invitation? Just kidding. To be serious, I am very glad that LFWM is growing year to year. This was the events 5th anniversary and finally, they started calling it LFWM. Before it was London Collections or something like that. Now a lot of designers showcased their collections but I’m only covering Oliver Spencer, Vivienne Westwood, and Kent and Curwen. If you want to see more, go and check out the LFWM website.

 

Oliver Spencer

Now I am not a big fan of suiting I have to be honest, but this collection was so enjoyable. Oliver Spencer is known to have classic pieces that will always be relevant and this show was no different. Blazers, tailored shorts, stripes, and checks, YES! The best pieces are the peachy trousers and jacket. Check out the collection here.

 

Vivienne Westwood

After her return to showcase in London, the queen of punk is killing it to me every season. In terms of colour, a lot of whites and blues, which is ok since this was the SS18 collection. The setting, a playground, the music, two guys playing the piano and the guitar. The clothes were essential Vivienne with a message -Buy less, choose well, make it last. She is an important pioneer of sustainability and environmental issues and always makes a statement with her shows. Great work! – watch the show here

 

Kent & Curwen

I think Kent & Curwen is getting better and better every year since David Beckham joined as a creative lead in 2015. Also, recent news say that a new flagship will open at Covent Garden this fall. This brand is a brand that has strong British Heritage, classic styling, and a great quality, but let’s talk about the show. The English rose had appeared on several pieces, I assume to highlight the brand’s roots and heritage. The collection overall was fun and I think the designs were aimed at the younger customer base as well. My favourite pieces are the sweater with the stripes, and the red jacket with the English rose. Check out the collection here.

 

That’s it for today. What do you think about the collections?

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.