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If I were a boy: Casely-Hayford

In art, British, culture, designer, Fashion, style on March 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

You know, I’ll admit it: I have an obsession with style. So I don’t discriminate. And I’ll never constrict myself my personal style to work settings, social environments or the like. If I come across something I consider to be of good taste, I’m gonna give it credit.

In this case, to come across a family – a black family – with such a strong linage, in fashion, politics – that’s style. And it’s fascinated when you realize that unless you’re deep into a certain culture, you wouldn’t know who the Casely-Hayford clan is. And they’re prominent.

Joseph Ephraim Casely-Hayford was a Lawyer, Author and political leader, better known as “King of the West,” who aimed to improve quality of life for West-Africa’ citizens.

Sydney Casely-Hayford is a highly respected business and financial analysis in Ghana. And look at him, he’s got class.

Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford, art historian with an extremely long title, demonstrates a passion for the craft that it’s only right to reference him when it comes to education on African art.

And then, perhaps, the most ‘fashionable’ of the Casely-Hayford tree is Joe Casely-Hayford and he son, Charlie.

I came upon Joe about four years after his infamous “t-shirt” collaboration with renowned artist Chris Ofili. The shirt, according to the Victoria & Albert museum press release, reflected the ‘ideas of liberations’ demonstrated in the artists’ works. The collaboration was fitting as they were two of the most prevalent in their field at the time. Chris Ofili had gone on to massive success, while Joe, still active, no doubt, went low-pro. However, with the introduction to his son, Charlie, a burgeoning style icon at the tender age of, 23? Casely-Hayford and son are progressively becoming international style icons.

Joe’s most recent venture was collaborating with UK department store chain John Lewis on a collection of menswear pieces:

While Charlie was apart of the ad campaign – shot by Todd Selby – in celebration of Jack Purcell’s 75th anniversary:

2011 was a good year for the father-son duo. It will be exciting to see where the new year will take them, especially when you have this type of talent, and passion. My main thing, though, is that it (they) will hit the younger (black) generation.

I respect figures like Kanye West and their attempts to incorporate high-fashion into our culture. But within cultural circles, there’s a certain swag that’s not flamboyant or showy, it’s intrinsic. There’s a love of art, being punk – in a rebellious sense – and cultivated. And the Casely-Hayford’s represent that. This is important. They are important. A much needed part of black culture.

LFW Fall 2011: Meadham Kirchhoff

In British, Collection, designer, Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report on February 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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Must take note: This collection was heartbreaking. I say that with nothing but compassion. To have been introduced to Meadham Kirchhoff by the likes of Vogue in 2008, to see the fabrics up close, the raw talent, this season is an injustice. I honed Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff as icons, and I meant what I said. Maybe I’m wrong for dwelling in the past, but it is unfair to see the potential in something so great, and then get something rather uninspired. Reds, tweeds, lace, sure, it’s all there. But they can do better. They’ve hit big time, and this is not the time for stagnancy.

They have got to pick it up.

The Meadham Kirchhoff that I love:

reconstructed denim jacket via farfetch

LFW Fall 2011: Basso & Brooke

In British, Fashion, Fashion Heat, RTW, Trend, Trend Report on February 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm


Must take note: Two years ago, I was convinced that Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke, the British design-duo behind Basso & Brooke would be fashion superstars. They hit a consecutive peak three collections straight, but I was surprised by their rather low-key presentation this season. Not that it’s sub-par, it’s actually quite warm. The line went from club-kid mania to daytime warrior, there is a strong nature reference. And though the colours are richer, the print is more subtle, and, once again, this is another example of transitioning from short to long. I’d like to think this collection is a tease of what is to come.

Under circumstances like this, all you can do is observe.

LFW Fall 2011: Burberry Prorsum

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report on February 22, 2011 at 5:28 am

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Must take note: I wonder if Maggie Cheung (famous Actress) and the beautiful Alexa Chung (famous… famous) coordinated their purses together. After seeing Burberry Prorsum‘s grande spectacle, I wouldn’t be surprised if the front-row was more interesting to look at than the runway itself. ‘Joes’ had the opportunity to gather round Piccadilly Circus to see a livestream of the show, and pieces were “click-to-order” off the runway. The collection was everything you’d expect from Burberry: plaids, bursts of yellow and orange, with a bit of unconventional dalmatian print. But those sapphire coats are stuck on my brain, as were Chung + Cheung’s ice blue pocketbooks, so I thought I’d call them out.

Burberry Prorsum A/W 2011 fashion show

Shout out to maxlinden2630 for providing the video.

LFW Fall 2011: Julien Macdonald

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report, UK on February 22, 2011 at 1:52 am

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Must take note: Julien Macdonald had a stellar 2010. Last year, his collection bathed in a sea of disco glamour, but his current looks entailed fur coats over lace minis, and floor-length chiffon dresses worn under leather biker jackets. Macdonald presented his take on the reoccurring leather sleeves trend once again, along with those thigh-high lace-up boots I have yet to get a pair of.

Ribbon detailed fine knit dress via Net-A-Porter

LFW Fall 2011: Pam Hogg

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, London on February 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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Must take note: Hmm, this is a hard one. Pam Hogg’s skin tight catsuits are, essentially, as punk as they come. This whole, thing of the `80s and ‘naughties’ (`90s) hasn’t changed with the exception of, well, nothing! But I admire Hogg, because she’s the epitome of ‘London cool’ and at this point, she has surpassed a ‘type’. She (along with Vivienne Westwood) are not subject to time. They’re international brands with a religious cult following. And women of all ages love what they do. Hogg is a bit more underground than Westwood, which is why she hasn’t strayed too far from the grittier side of fashion. And I like it. I’ve seen many young brands try, some of them may succeed, but longevity is few and far between. If you can be that kind of designer and enjoy a fruitful career, consider yourself Hogg-ed!

LFW Fall 2011: Vivienne Westwood Red Label

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report, UK on February 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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Must take note: I take to the Vivienne Westwood a lot more than her actual clothes. It’s not that they’re not good – they’re spectacular indeed, but I suppose they were a little too complicated for me to get into (figuratively). But seeing that I am drawn towards the ‘punk’ and ‘goth’ aesthetic of fashion, I appreciate the ruffled blouses she presented. This is not a trend, but a classic piece, and it’s a staple in my wardrobe (I have about 10 of them, all rarely worn), and I don’t intent on changing that anytime soon. I did however, notice a patchwork plaid skirt with about five different hues. That and the breezy cuts along with her use of the pinestripe.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Blazer via Hervia

LFW Fall 2011: Christopher Kane

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat on February 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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Must take note: I’ve talked about Christopher Kane many-a-times before, but I didn’t expect my premonitions to come to this. Throughout the London collections, women have been constricted with stiff skirts and buried in oversized fabrics. I also noticed the overexposure of limbs but there wasn’t enough sexy. Kane on the other hand stood firm. There were breasts, and lots of sheer, but it was so exquisite, and oozing with glamour. I almost had tears in my eyes.

Leather playsuit via Browns Fashion

LFW Fall 2011: Holly Fulton

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report, UK on February 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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Must take note: Wow, Holly Fulton‘s technically-inclined art-deco concepts have been replaced! Well, kind of. What I witnessed were lip-coated floor-length dresses and lots of detailing in the shoulders. Sequins was still full throttle, as were her traditional palette of pale yellows, mints and sea-blues. You can see Fulton making a transition into the mainstream without compromising the brand – she’s got talent.

Printed velvet jacket via Browns Fashion.

LFW Fall 2011: Central Saint Martins MA

In British, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report on February 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Must take note: I was really looking forward to the graduate segment of London Fashion Week. It’s the time when hungry hands are at their most creative, and it goes on to define their identities in the fashion world. Central Saint Martins is, by far, the best school to master the fashion craft – in any genre. And while I was blown away by many of the collections, I felt a strong sense of restraint. I’m not sure what that was about: trying to secure a job (something that seemed really obvious by some), or uncertainty of what message they were trying to get across. There was, admittedly, times when it felt like the show was going on forever, which I don’t think is a good thing.

The show started off strong: Jenny Postle sent creations reminiscent of the wounded creatures in ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ down the runway – it mesmerizing. Ji Young Pyo made a statement with wooden blocks covering the models faces, but demonstrated strong draping capabilities, and, she knows her fabrics. Bethan Silverwood’s bouncy blocks (dresses) has some interesting moments, but after a while, they just started to blend into one another. Phoebe English constructed wonderfully intriguing dresses out of hair while Viktor Smedinge played on a scroll theme which ultimately won him (and England) the evening’s award, and I’m certainly not surprised; I had my eye on English.

It was all very costumey – and for that, they all get an A for effort. But It’s unfortunate the bouts of boredom outweighed the excitement.