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Get The British Look

By June 16, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In the olden days, Blackfriars was a salacious district of London. Prostitutes abounded and Shakespeare’s Globe was almost directly across the river. The area was a derelict hub of creativity, poverty and uniqueness. Today the area features Victorian architecture and is the setting for the film and TV versions of Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield.

So when I happened across Blackfriars Lane in Sydney and I got the same Victorian British vibes, I knew that ti had to shoot a British-themed look there.

I’ve updated it somewhat – Victorian steampunk isn’t exactly in my repertoire – so it’s a modern take on British fashion. Naturally I’ve included the ubiquitous trench coat. This version is a wrap tie one in a thick wool. Obviously it’s completely impractical for Brisbane, but fuck it, it’s pretty.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from Anna Quan and the oversized cuff trend that’s dominating women’s fashion at the moment. By unrolling (and ironing the wrinkle out) your french cuffs you can achieve a similar look that’s still masculine. Plus I really love the crispness that a fresh white shirt adds to a look.

Topping off the ensemble with cropped, distressed jeans and cuban heel boots, I’m ready to tackle the London rain. Like not really cos these boots are suede, but ya get the gist.

Sidenote. Guys, invest in a good pair of cuban heeled boots. They add so much height, they make your legs look better, and they just elevate your outfit so much. It’s actually insane how much I love these.

What do you think of this outfit? Did I get tha lundun look?

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Coat – Topman | Shirt – Asos | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Asos (similar)

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MBFWA 16 Wrap Up: Han

By May 25, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Brisbane based label Han first showed last year to critical acclaim. Now he’s grown his brand from strength to strength, experimenting with new techniques, new fabrics and new clothing. The show ended up being one of my absolute highlights from the week.

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The urban scene was set in the cavernous Bay 25 where the show was held. A rough pine frame served as the corridor for the models to strut down. Fluorescent lighting and wet concrete transformed it into a 90s hip hop music video. Then the models poured out. Storming down the runway in flat white sneakers, their fierce looks and strong features captivated the audience and brought life to the clothing. A fantastic casting if ever I saw one.

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The androgynous edge to this collection had me absolutely salivating. Oversized cocoon double-breasted blazers in muted tones had winter layering written all over them. A long, distressed sweater with built in rips and ties, worn on a stunning African model, could easily be that perfect trans-seasonal piece. Yeezy who?

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On the more feminine side of the collection was one of my standout pieces. A beautiful raw cut denim two piece, with a shawled boat-neck and an asian style asymmetric skirt with a tie. An absolute stunner. It traversed the territory between edgy, high street and innovative perfectly.

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The occasional pop of bright red silk provided a welcome contrast to the heavy collection. The matching shirt/short combo brought pyjama styling to the fore, the shirt doubling as a waist tie for a few other garments.

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The tie features that were prominently involved with the collection conjured up images of restraints and added a definite asian aesthetic. The updated obi belt if you will.

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Another feature piece was an oversized leather bomber with tie detail at the wrist cuffs. Worn on a stunning blonde model, this piece was the perfect closer to a flawless show.

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Make sure you check out all that Han has to offer here.

All images provided courtesy of Getty Images.

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MBFWA 16 Wrap Up: Zhivago

By May 17, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In a sea of basic bitch minimalism, Zhivago stands out as a shining beacon of hope for inspired design and unique styles.

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‘Death becomes her’ was the latest offering from Russian designers Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko and boy did it deliver.

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Offering new inspirations mixed with the classic Zhivago silhouettes and fabrics that we know and love, the religious discourse integrated into the designs made for a truly inspired show.

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Walking on sky-high crucifix heels, models hobbled down the runway in fitted satin coats, trimmed with lace in jewel tones. A flowing hooded jumpsuit that was the closing look was also a highlight.

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A diverse colour palette lended itself to the sequinned fabric that permeated the catwalk. Utilised in the typical Zhivago silhouette, the dresses were embellished with the thick cotton straps around the hips that we saw last year. Eveningwear elevated.

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The fishing wire wrapped around the model’s faces gave a high fashion edge, and a nod to the constricting notion of death. The powerful image of the models walking on crucifixes was in itself a masterpiece as well, although for one poor model, I think they may have been a touch too high.

All in all Zhivago managed to appeal to pre-existing fans, yet deliver an inspiring new collection that is both editorial and commercially friendly.

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All images were provided courtesy of Ali Gordon from Modesto Blog

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