What to steal from Prada menswear AW17…



Prada AW17 menswear

…The corduroy suits! The tactile shoes! THE SWEATERS! It’s all about quiet comfort at Prada, in which Miuccia pleads for a world of “reality, normality, simplicity“. In her usual way, this manifests itself in slightly seventies silhouettes without going for full-on pastiche. I love the warm spicy colour palette and the Memphis-meets-Missoni knits. Plus the art school jewellery – from shell necklaces to chunky crystal pendants. Watch everyone copy the crunchy sandals-n-socks-with-suit look…

Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear

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Buy it now: Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense



Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka cologne intense

Jo Malone London’s new Cologne Intense is an instant favourite. Myrrh and Tonka is just the tonic for the most depressing time of the year (this coming Monday is known as ‘Blue Monday’), it’s warm, cosy and comforting yet extremely sophisticated.

The first spray is quite full and sweet, then it settles into the sensual gourmand notes of the tonka bean. What is tonka bean? It’s the seed of the South American ‘Dipteryx odorata’ plant which gives off the familiar nutty, vanilla-like notes that are so prevalent in many cult perfumes such as Thierry Mugler’s Angel.

The press release also mentions top notes of lavender which to be honest I can’t detect at all (a shame as I love lavender). But I will say this is lighter than my other gourmand favourites, e.g. Dries van Noten by Frederic Malle and Pardon by Nasomotto. This does a similar job but is less heady so more suitable for everyday.

If you like combining Jo Malone fragrances, I’m told this is a great match with Basil & Neroli or Grapefruit.

Also noteworthy, Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense comes in a smaller 50ml size (£74, HERE and HERE) as well as the usual 100ml (£105, HERE).

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Richard Prince vs Ivanka Trump – fake art?



Richard Prince Ivanka Trump

Art provocateur Richard Prince made a different kind of art statement this week by ‘denouncing’ a work of art he once sold to Ivanka Trump. The piece, one of his controversial Instagram series ‘New Portraits’ (above) was commissioned by Ivanka Trump and sold to her and her husband Jared Kushner for $36k three years ago. The series involved Prince choosing an existing Instagram post, adding his own comment, then enlarging it and printing it on canvas as a work of art.

But in a fit of anti-Trump pique and referencing Pa Trump’s ‘fake news’ schtick, Prince has returned the $36,000 and denounced the piece saying “This is not my work. I did not make it. I deny. I denounce. This fake art”.

Richard Prince denounces artwork he sold to Ivanka Trump
Richard Prince Ivanka Trump

Can he actually denounce creating a piece of art? The Fashion Law unpacks the situation here. I kind of love Prince’s sentiment but can’t help thinking it only makes the painting more famous and thus increases its market value. Perhaps that’s all part of the plan?

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MAIN IMAGE: Richard Prince
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Get me some Gosha



Gosha Rubchinskiy aw17

Good old Gosha Rubchinskiy. While the world freaks out about big bad Russians and scary old #manbabytinyhands, finally we have someone who only cares about youth and unity.

Gosha just showed his AW17 show in Kaliningrad, a tiny Russian coastal town between Poland and Lithuania. There were only forty guests present and no music. Instead each model (Russian kids streetcast from Instagram as per usual) walked to a recorded dialogue of his hopes and ambitions.

Gosha is collaborating with Adidas Football in the run up to the 2018 World Cup. So the collection was a mix of hoodies, sweats, excellent Adidas sock trainer-boots (the Ace 16+ Super) and other sporty pieces styled with tailored blazers, rigid jeans, anoraks and a big statement riffing on military-meets-UPS-style trousers and shirts. This was my favourite story – give me a boy in a military beret and I’m anyone’s.

Gosha Rubchinskiy aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Men's Fall 2017

Styling is always key in these shows. Along with the music, venue and casting they give the subtle cues that differentiate one show or designer from another when the clothes are this simple. Gosha’s styling is always very ‘real’ inspired by his young skater-kid audience and their lifestyle. I liked the sweaters over shoulders and tidy belts, the contrast of clean formality with casual youth culture. Watch how this look plays out over the rest of the menswear season…

Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17

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