The Creative Director Cycle

The Creative Director Cycle

Hey Everyone!

How are you doing? A couple of days ago I was going to bed when I got a notification from Business of Fashion. “Kim Jones to leave Louis Vuitton” – said the headline. So I opened it and started reading. There was not much that time cause the article was still updating but there was one thought that caught my attention which said that he might be headed to Burberry. This got me thinking about the previous artistic/creative directors who have left established fashion houses for another one.

The question is why I started to think about this? Not long ago in the 90’s and 00’s, designers were appointed as artistic directors after they graduated from universities or designing lesser-known labels. The strategy was, especially if you look at LVMH, to give an own brand to the designer while he/she is the creative lead of a known brand. If you think about John Galliano or Gianfranco Ferre this applies perfectly. However, nowadays it seems like there is a massive chaos when it comes to appointing these creative professionals. When Maria Grazia Chiuri left Valentino to go and design for Dior, it caused a lot of confusion. Also the same applies to Raf Simons because he left Dior for Calvin Klein or Anthony Vaccarello departing from Versus Versace to be the lead at YSL.  Just writing this down looks funny.

So where the issue is that I don’t think consumers react the same way. Especially if you think about their age. We as the twenty-something-year-olds do not really care about who is the creative director just give us that new Gucci shirt or the new capsule collection from Balenciaga, but we don’t have to go far in terms of age to see a different reaction. My friends who are in their thirties and up always voice their opinions how they think the brand is not even important anymore. “We live in the era when the designer is more important than the brand. When I look at a dress, I can’t tell you anymore if it is by Dior or Valentino, but I can say that it was designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri.” – they say

I think it is good to bring new energies and new talent into a business when there is the need, but I have to be honest, the statements from the unsatisfied consumer do carry some truths as well because if you think about it, is there any similarity between Calvin Klein and Dior? I don’t think so, Calvin Klein is a US brand and the latter is French, so basically we are talking about two different fashion worlds, and when the debut collections hit the runway, we along with journalists and other media people are left with a new new collection and we immediately start to search for similarities between previous collections or cuts, styles that carry the heritage of the company trying to justify why he/she will be great for the brand and after we found those answers, we stick to them no matter what the other thinks.

Anyways, I am mostly satisfied with these collections but if this is an opinion voiced by a whole demographic of consumers and not just my friends, maybe it is the time that fashion houses try and figure out something that works for everyone. After all, you can sell more bags. What is your opinion about this? Do you even follow these happenings or this is too much of an insider topic?

See you soon,

Abel.

Should you follow trends?

Should you follow trends?

Hey Guys!

How are you doing? A couple of weeks ago I was doing some shopping on ASOS. I mostly bought some basic navy and black sweaters and jeans but I also added a burgundy corduroy overshirt into my basket (I will link it below). I didn’t even think about it that much until I actually received my order. Corduroy, velour, and cable knit are on trend right now along with colours like burgundy, moss green, and camel and no matter which retailer you shop at, whether online or offline, you will find these types of fabrics and colours. But back to the story. I tried the overshirt and it was actually really nice but I couldn’t help myself because I realised that I used to hate corduroy. The last time I had something made out of that fabric was 15 years ago when my Mom got me a pair of trousers and I hated it. So I asked myself the question. – Do I like it because it is on trend?

Following this chain of thoughts, I just sat down and started to think about trends. Are we obliged to follow the trends of the seasons? I didn’t really get to a conclusion so I decided to wear the overshirt the next day. The next day when I was on my way to uni I saw about 10-13 men wearing similar burgundy jackets and overshirts and all of those pieces were corduroys. I actually felt a bit weird, to be honest. When I finally saw my friends, I received a lot of compliments that I looked good, the shirt is amazing and all that stuff. So yeah, I guess if we seek the approval of others, following the trends is a way of getting that but I was not seeking anyone’s approval. I am pretty confident about my style and what I put on each day even if someone doesn’t like it. I just simply don’t care. When I got home, I looked at the shirt and I was like, yeah, this actually looks good but you won’t see me walking on the streets wearing corduroy trousers.

You might be thinking, okay so what do I make out of this post? I think the answer is pretty clear. Ask yourself who are you dressing for. Are you dressing for yourself, your friends, or your partner? When you have the answer, you can make the decisions when you are shopping. Please note, there’s nothing wrong with following or not following the trends, I was just simply curious. If the trend matches your individual preferences, go for it and if not, you know what they say –c’est la vie. 

The below links are for some corduroy shirts that I think are good. I do own products from those brands, and I will always recommend items from brands that I know.

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Mr.Porter (Folk) – 135£

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Uniqlo – 24.90£

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See you soon,

Abel.

 

LV x Jeff Koons collaboration 2 plus I finally got the play CDG x Converse sneakers

LV x Jeff Koons collaboration 2 plus I finally got the play CDG x Converse sneakers

Hey everyone!

No recipe today. Sorry but the university assignments are taking all of my time and I have been mostly surviving on meal deals from Tesco and Waitrose. Maybe I should do a meal deal post.

It has been a while since I wrote about fashion. Mainly because this is my final year at the university and that’s a priority. Anyway, I finally managed to sit down a bit and read about our beloved fashion industry and the news were everywhere; The Masters 2 collaboration is coming. Wow, I have to be honest. I already shared my views on the first collection, but I got to admit, it must have performed well in terms of sales cause that’s why we are getting a second one. What is really interesting to me is that since I study fashion, the university is filled with people who have new merchandise even sometimes before the release date and they are pretty much early adaptors when it comes to trends. Just think about Yeezys or the Supreme x LV collection, or the new Jadior bag. You can pretty much see it anywhere when you enter one of the many campuses throughout London. But I haven’t seen anyone wearing the masters collection. I’m just merely interested. Probably Jeff Koons fans and older customers are actually the ones who buy the collection. We will definitely see how this collection is performing.

 

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Another update regarding some shopping. Drum roll, please. I finally got the Play CDG x Converse sneakers. It has been months I was constantly checking the Dover Street Market website. When I was in Japan, I was asking everyone at DSM if they have these sneakers, but of course, my size was not in stock. But finally, it is back in stock and I just received an email from DSM that the polka dot one is back as well. If you want these sneakers, I suggest you buy them quickly because they are selling super fast. They are comfy, in my opinion, they look cool and they retail for £95.

That’s it for today guys.

See you soon,

Abel.

 

 

 

Exploring Hasselt (Belgium)

Exploring Hasselt (Belgium)

Hey guys!

This weekend I’m visiting my best friend in Hasselt, Belgium. Hasselt is an hour train ride away from Brussels and it is a university town. The University of Hasselt is located here, so there are many students living around. With this in mind, this town is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, and bars everywhere. 





It is a small town so if you are planning to get here, you’ll need a day or two to see everything. But I don’t think this town is about sightseeing. It’s more about chilling and shopping. You can find all the fast-fashion chain stores like Zara, H&M, and Primark here. Also, there are some local boutiques and multi brand stores as well. The variety of restaurants in terms of cusine is also great. Should you have Japanese, Indian, Italian, American? Don’t worry, all of that is possible. Just take it slow. There’s no rush. All the locals are enjoying the time. It’s like an escape from the busy big city days. 

One restaurant I would totally recommend you to try is the Orangerie. It is a very cute restaurant and we definitely hit the jackpot because the daily special was pasta with wild forest mushrooms, and it was very delicious. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you soon,

Abel.

New Gear from Japan

New Gear from Japan

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Sorry for the missed Mondays post but I was at Sziget festival and I actually tried to take pictures there, but they are way too blurry. Today I decided to show you guys the stuff that I got from Japan. It has been a while since I talked about fashion. Now, here I only show two out of the 4 pieces because I am planning an outfit with the rest. They’ll look better that way. But you can already see that the clothes I got are black. I know, where is the colour? I am all about colour and I try to not to wear black. I think people especially in the fashion industry, tend to wear black a lot more. I mean it always looks good, it makes you look thinner etc.

But the reason behind my shopping is that I was actually missing some basic stylish pieces. If you look at my wardrobe, you are going to see colours and patterns but besides black jeans and chinos, I don’t even have a black shirt. I just realised that.

 

Givenchy leather sneakers

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Leather sneakers have become an essential wardrobe piece throughout the years. All the brands from high street to luxury have them in their collections. Black or white it doesn’t really matter. They are stylish and very versatile. You can dress these down and up as well. I went for Givenchy because they do have many options in terms of sneakers. They do have these with a white sole too and if you choose white leather, you can play with the heel tab colours. I think the options were, blue, white and red.

 

Bottega Veneta leather bracelet

 

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I am not really a mens jewellery guy. Especially not silver and gold, but I always liked leather bracelets, so I finally decided to get one. And where to go for leather? Why not Bottega Veneta? They are still a luxury brand with their signature knotted leather accessories. Of course, this brand is also a pricey one.

If you don’t have the resources or you are just not willing to spend too much on leather jewellery, I would go with Fossil. A lot of my friends (guys and girls as well) do have leather accessories from Fossil, and it is a very good brand.

The other two products that you can actually see in the first picture are a Comme des Garcons bag and a kimono robe. These will be featured in my future outfit post probably next week.

Hope all is good and everyone is enjoying the week.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Shopping in Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo

Hello everyone? How are you doing?

Hope you have some fun activities for the weekend. This weekend I’m visiting a lot of places, so expect more posts about restaurants. But today we are talking about one of my favourite activities to do, which is shopping, so consider this as a guide.

There are several places to go in Tokyo when it comes to shopping, but here I’m only covering the places where I have actually been in the past two weeks.

GINZA

Ginza is a very hype place to go to these days. The district gives home for huge department stores like Mitsukoshi, and Matsuya. Also, there is a good mix of brands out there from high-street retailers like H&M, Uniqlo to luxury houses like GUCCI, Dior, Fendi etc. And of course, the Dover Street Market is in Ginza as well. What I like about Ginza is that there is a pedestrian only zone, where no cars are allowed, which is very nice because you have more space to move between the crowds of people. You will find bars, restaurants, coffee shops there as well.

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Omotesando

Now Omotesando is the absolute winner to me. Omotesando is an avenue starting from Aoyama-Dori and ending at the entrance of the Meiji shrine. The architecture is very nice and the avenue is lined with zelkova trees.

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Here you will find mostly luxury flagship stores and the Omotesando hills mall as well. Other than that, there is a huge variety of coffee shops and restaurants starting at very low prices and then there are the fancy expensive places too. When you are at Omotesando, don’t forget to explore the small streets around the avenue. You can find small Japanese restaurants specialised in serving one type of food like gyoza, ramen, and okonomiyaki.

 

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I would suggest that you start at Aoyama-Dori and walk through the avenue. Then you can go to the Meiji shrine, or just turn right and you will find yourselves at the entrance of Takeshita street, the famous shopping street of Harajuku.

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Takeshita street requires patience to go through it. It is very tiny and usually, there is a massive amount of people trying their best to taste and buy everything. It is not that long though and it is worth to go there.

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Do not forget to stop at zaku zaku for a soft serve ice cream. It is one of the best soft serves you will ever have. Once you are finished and you are not exhausted, go to Laforet Harajuku, a department store with brands that I have never heard of, but it is worth the time to check it out.

That is it for today. Hope you enjoyed the reading.

See you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.