Trends

The culture of fashion: Dior SS21 menswear ‘portrait of an artist’



Dior SS21 men Amoako Boafo

Some more menswear SS21 highlights. On the maximalist craft tip, Dior hit the top notes again with a fab collab with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo. (See the collection video here.)

Dior’s creative director Kim Jones first met him last year during Art Basel Miami. Boafo was the artist in residence of the new Rubell Museum, opposite Dior’s fall show venue. As Jones’ artist collaborations are now a mainstay of his collections (tying in nicely with Mr Dior’s gallerist past), it made perfect sense for the two to collaborate. Jones already has a connection to Africa having grown up in the continent, while Boafo has a connection to fashion, with his fantastically wardrobed portrait sitters always dressed in attention-grabbing prints and colour combinations. (more…)



On digital fashion weeks, craft and context



Loewe SS21 menswear

I’m catching up on the ss21 menswear collections that designers have been producing during lockdown.

An early trend is for three-dimensional or heavily crafted pieces and those with intricate surface decoration. Collaborations with artisans are another ‘thread’ to a brand story that designers can weave, showing support for their craft, or putting the spotlight on their own pattern makers.

Two standout videos I’ve enjoyed – Berluti and Loewe. (more…)



Buy it now: wellness sandals for every budget



Jean Shrimpton by Bailey 1972

I hope you enjoyed my shorts and sweaters post. If you missed it, it’s here.

We’re now in peak shorts season and with that… sandals. ‘Wellness sandals’ are still going strong, either the footbed versions or the retro pancake-flat leather variety. Did you know you should vary your heel heights to optimise foot health? I was told this years ago in my Converse-everyday wearing days, and obviously didn’t listen. But it’s true, you should vary between flat and elevated, to give your feet the best workout.

Anyway, the sale notifications have started to ping so now is a good time to shop. Whether you’re into Birkenstocks, Tevas, Ancient Greeks, or M&S equivalents, there are lots of sensible sandals to accompany the shorts.

While Birkenstock Arizonas* were the indoor shoe of lockdown spring, I also like them as a smart outdoor sandal with a classic red or magenta pedi. (Side note: if you’re looking for the best foot file in the world, get this Margaret Dabbs one.) I also like the minimalist Birkenstock Madrid slide with its clean single bar silhouette. The cork sole* (£56) is the old school version, and the all-black*  (£220) is the luxe version. The one-colour cross-strap Sienna slide (£310) is also very appealing in black.

M&S has quite a few classic footbed sandals around the £20-£30 with some on sale now. I like these M&S Collection navy leather ones (currently £18) or slightly jazzier, these animal-print leather sandals (currently £36). Or for something super-nostalgic, there are these flat leather sandals in tan and red (currently £23.60).

Church’s seems to be dipping a toe in the footbed pool with these rugged multi strap sandals, while Suicoke* from Japan is the chic version of a Teva sandal with its moulded footbed but more refined silhouette. I prefer the thinner soled variety to the chunky platform ones.

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey
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Positive beauty: Typology skincare



Typology skincare

I love the sound (and look) of the new-to-the-UK ingredient-lite skincare brand, Typology. Anyone tried it?

Founded by the guy behind Made.com furniture, it specialises in simplifying skincare products by using as few ingredients as possible. Here’s his explainer on the merits of the minimalist approach from The Telegraph (paywall). “The more ingredients you add, the more unstable the formulation becomes, so then you have to add anti-fungal and anti-bacterial stuff…and because it starts to look unappealing, you add colouring. And you keep upping the claims, and the list of ingredients gets longer. Some of it may be harmless, bur frankly haven’t been researched, and some may have a negative impact on our bodies. For sure a lot don’t seem to be there for any good reason.” (more…)