Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2010«

A Single Man – Tom Ford’s Midas touch.

February 28, 2010

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Tom Ford is probably better known for his groundbreaking work with Gucci and for being the most stylish man alive than as a film director. And whilst his contribution to fashion is unquestionable, there have been a few raised eyebrows as to whether or not he can bring the same magic to the medium from […]

Suit you, sir! How to get a tailored look on a budget.

February 24, 2010

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Above, Bond wonders how Vesper managed to tailor him a bespoke suit just by looking at him. Oddly, his character’s feelings mirror my own. If clothes maketh the man and a man looks his best in a suit, it makes sense to put a little care and consideration into your purchase. Now, I recognise that […]

All in a Day’s work – Robin & Lucienne Day: Britain’s great design duo.

February 22, 2010

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It’s no exaggeration to say that Robin Day is one of Britain’s greatest designers of the Twentieth Century, and his contribution to furniture design should not be underestimated. It all started back in 1940, when Robin Day met Lucienne, a fellow student at the Royal Academy of Art, at a dance. She was specialising in […]

London Fashion Week

February 22, 2010

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Well, it’s that time again. Somehow it always seems to be Fashion Week somewhere. This week it is the turn of London to show the latest autumn/winter collections, and I was fortunate enough to be there on the opening day of the shows, nosing around backstage and taking in the buzzing, charged atmosphere, courtesy of […]

“Innit” a shame.

February 21, 2010

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Recently, I have become increasingly alarmed by the proliferation of stupidity that seems to be so prevalent in the World these days. This seems to be manifest in the way in which the language is being so radically altered. It is easy to point fingers and lay the blame, but who is really responsible for […]

Stop in at Start.

February 20, 2010

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For many of us, eager to escape the high street, but unable to afford the exclusivity of Saville Row, Mr. Start in the heart of Shoreditch provides a wonderful alternative. Offering high-end off the peg suiting, or Start’s own made-to-measure service, the store delivers a boutique suiting experience, set over two floors, in a stylish, […]

Rolex’s POW pledge – How Hans Wisldorf aided the morale of the British POWs.

February 20, 2010

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Who wouldn’t like a free Rolex? Well, in 1943 you could get one, sent direct from Switzerland with a letter from the founder of Rolex himself, Hans Wilsdorf. The catch? You had to be a British POW. Not exactly where you’d most like to be at that time. Okay, so they weren’t exactly free. The […]

To Catch A Thief

February 16, 2010

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In 1955 Paramount Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and based on the 1952 novel by David Dodge. Hitchcock was already known as the master of suspense, but, whilst this film contained many of his usual motifs, such as the innocent man wronged and the cool blonde […]

Robert McGinnis – Poster boy for the 1960s generation of film-makers.

February 11, 2010

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Robert McGinnis might not be a name that readily springs to mind when thinking of 1960s cinema. You might easily be forgiven for never having heard of him. After all, he is not an actor, director, producer or writer, yet he still remains responsible for some of the most enduring images in cinema from that […]

Tri this at home – The Hans Wegner Ch07 lounge chair.

February 11, 2010

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In 1963 Hans Wegner introduced the CH07, or Shell Chair. Made from form-pressed plywood, the chair seems light, delicate and with a unique beauty born of its function. Supported on just three legs, and sitting decidedly low to the ground, the chair is surprisingly stable and supportive. The CH07 was produced in a limited series […]

A Room With A View – The Stahl House.

February 11, 2010

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In 1945 Art & Architecture magazine sponsored some of the major architects of the day to design and build affordable and economical model homes to meet the demand of the residential housing boom in America at the time. This project was known as The Case Study Houses, and ran until 1966. This program gave the […]