The Power & The Glory: Bench 2010 Lookbook

A quick one for the street-style massive…

Bench’s new summer 2010 collection features a tribal take on urban cool for the guys: Native American prints and bold tribal motifs offset against classic-Bench jeans and skater shorts. And for the girls? A retro-rehash of punk and grunge with a pop-tastic colour palette…

Un-freakin’-deniably cool.

Thanks to RWD for the break – head to their site to view the rest of the collection…or head over to Bench for more info (and to shop of course!)

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The Incroyable Monsieur Galliano

Article first published as The Incroyable Monsieur Galliano on Blogcritics.

Four times British Designer of the Year, with a sell-out graduate collection, his own label, and the top spot at the helm of French couture flagship Dior: the “mad genius of fashion” has more than enough credentials to justify his position as one of the most influential and dynamic designers of the modern age.

Born in Gibraltar, raised in London, and educated at Central St. Martins, Galliano’s ascension to the upper echelons of the fashion elite has played out like a modern-day fairytale, with Fairy-Godmother-come-editorialista Anna Wintour helping to iron out those tricky financial creases and propel him from creative darling of the demi-monde to a critical and commercial design behemoth.

Galliano’s collections give us a vision of fantasy toying with reality, inspired by everything from Bollywood kitsch (s/s 2003) to the frontiers of American Gothic (a/w 2006) and on to the film noir glamour of his s/s 2010 collection for Dior. Harking back to the dawn of cinema, the era of the silent movie—powdered doll-like faces, vividly defined Clara Bow lips, and gossamer-fine dresses layered with a powerfully nostalgic laissez faire—Galliano’s signature line for spring 2010 conjures up a kind of art-house vintage beauty, an image of faded yet enduring bohemian allure played-off to perfection against the trappings of modern-age technical wizardry.

Given the often dizzying juxtapositions, left-field muses, and overarching theatricality, ‘fantasy’ in Galliano’s work is about as far removed from a namby-pamby Disneyfied fantasia in soft-focus as it is possible to get. Rather, we are presented with a visceral, vivid, brazen self-awareness which decimates conceptual barriers between often disparate themes and ideas and reconstructs them as a histrionic nonesuch of elaborate brilliance accented with a needle-sharp irony which is sheer magic and sheer Galliano.

Inspired by the “attitude and anarchy of the London rock scene” and promising to inject some quirky chic back into urban street style, his hotly anticipated (and utterly wearable) menswear diffusion line ‘Galliano’ is due to hit stores this Fall: head over to fashionfame.com to view more of the collection. Here’s hoping that womenswear will be next on the agenda…keep those fingers crossed ladies!

All images courtesy of Style.com.

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H&M Fashion Against AIDS: Fab Festival Collection!

H&M’s latest Fashion Against AIDS campaign launches on Thursday (20th…get your diaries out!!!) with a fabulous festival-themed collection. Boho meets rock chick in denim hot-pants, patterned leggings and hippy tunics for the girls, and for the guys indie-band-styling gets a lived-in makeover with preppy blazers, military detailing, patchy denim and the ubiquitous Doherty hat…


With the whole festival experience covered (except the beer…and the bug spray) and with 25% of sales being donated to HIV/AIDS awareness projects, it would be rude – nay – a crime against the fundamental principles of morality not to at least pop in for a browse…

Oh! Almost forgot those necessary accoutrements; tents, sleeping bags, fold-away chairs…yes, H&M have covered all the bases like a fabulously fashionable festival fairy godmother…kudos!!

To check out the rest of the collection head over to H&M’s Facebook page or to their Fashion Against AIDS site (which also has lots of nifty survival tips for the rookies and giggleworthy videos from festivals-past to get you in the mood).

All I need now is a ticket…

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