FAULT Magazine attends James Bay X TOPMAN Launch Party

The fashion and music industries have always shared a close bond with artists such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Tinie Tempah making genuine waves and turning heads within the fashion world. Today we’ve been blessed with a new collaborative capsule collection from Brit Award-winning artist James Bay and Topman.

 

Last night we attended the official launch party at London’s Ace Hotel to get a closer look at the 13-piece line and to see the man behind the collection.

The collection is personal and the pieces are all items which we can imagine James Bay would wear himself as opposed to the old ‘Slap a famous name on a predesigned collection’ which we’ve seen so much of from other brands in the past. As with many things, the true beauty of this collection is in the details; the effort put into the meticulous embroidery, addition of personal lyrics, intrinsic patterns truly show and elevate the collection above the norm.

FAULT Magazine alumni were out in full force last night with Ella Eyre, Vanessa White and Becca Dudley all showing up to give their support.  Sipping Patrón Tequila, including Patrónics, Patron Margaritas on the rooftop bar the space was completely decked out like we were on the set of the lookbook shoot – guitars and all!

A wonderful evening of fashion, friends and music – we’re looking forward to seeing what other exciting strides Topman can continue to make!

FAULT Magazine Guest Fashion Reporter Dougie Poynter Reviews Topman ss17 LCM Show

 

This LCM season FAULT Magazine have partnered up with McFly’s Dougie Poynter to add a new perspective to our LCM reporting. Dougie attended the Topman LCM SS17 show and shares his thoughts on the collection below. Stay up to date with Dougie’s thoughts live by following him on twitter and Instagram.
When I first arrived I saw lots of friends like Nick Grimshaw and Oliver Cheshire, who told me he had just got back from a shoot where he had been wearing roller skates and speedos :-).
As the show started it was evident it was to be a celebration of Britain. Starting with the soundtrack, which included a number of drum and bass tracks that I grew up with as a kid. The music gave the show real a sense of nostalgia.
When it came to the fashion I was particularly into the top half, especially the silk shirts with the slight western details. I also thought the fall track suits were very cool. The oversized jackets were also something I will definitely be investing in! I also need to find out what the models were using in their hair and how can I get it?
Great opening to LCM!
Words:  Dougie Poynter

London Collections: Men!

With London Collections: Men arriving, we now have a showcase for the best in menswear design that London has to offer, fitting neatly into the menswear schedule dictated by Paris and Milan. Big names such as Paul Smith and Burberry in the line-up, and even some support brought in from across the pond by the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, promise to finally grant British menswear all the attention it deserves.

Astrid Andersen – A/W 2012

But London Collections: Men is not just an improvement compared to the off-schedule London Fashion Week Menswear Day in terms of timing. A long list of exhibitions and presentations, and not to forget a launch event hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales himself, will celebrate British tradition and unsurpassed quality, while young designers will get the chance to present their work to international press. That mix of experience, tradition, innovation and new ideas is what makes London stand out as a fashion capital.

By creating London Collections: Men, the British Fashion Council did not only intend to offer British fashion houses a bigger media platform for their menswear lines, but also to offer international and British press and buyers an ‘eclectic and exciting mix of designers.’ Long established businesses with decades of experience, such as London’s world famous Savile Row tailors, attract an audience that is above all interested in craftsmanship and well-made tailoring, giving up-and-coming labels the chance to prove that their work is of similarly astonishing quality. Likewise, emerging designers and fresh fashion graduates from London’s countless fashion schools draw the attention of those who look for new ideas and innovation, which they will just as well find in the collection of a traditional British brand.

Agi&Sam – A/W2012

Britain’s heritage brands and tailors managed to stay relevant over the decades and continue to do so because of their worldwide reputation and incomparable skills. But also by keeping up with younger brands and making use of all the modern marketing strategies. Long gone are the times of wood-panelled stores being a standard in Savile Row, these days Mayfair’s tailors outdo each other with most exciting window displays and some of them even launch ready-to-wear collections every season. Burberry, the epitome of a traditional British brand, has one of the most star-studded front rows in the industry at each and every show.

In a similar way, young and hopeful designers turn to experienced brands for inspiration and knowledge, one of the most well-known examples being Alexander McQueen. As one of the greatest innovators of the last couple of years, he learned his craft as an apprentice in Savile Row, cutting patterns and stitching together classic bespoke suits.

MAN, a joint initiative of Topman and Fashion East, supports the newest menswear labels in London and presents their work to the world. Designer Astrid Andersen, whose collection will be shown as part of the MAN showcase, finds some of the inspiration for her innovative sportswear-inspired pieces in the craftsmanship of traditional tailors. Similarly, design duo Agi&Sam, who will present their work alongside Astrid Andersen, make us of very traditional pattern cutting and tailoring techniques, but pair them with unconventional prints and textures, playing with tradition and new ideas.

There’s no doubt that London Collections: Men’s debut will catapult the new showcase into international spotlight, along with London’s menswear designers, making the ever growing market for men’s luxury apparel more accessible for them. London’s identity as a place where tradition and innovation are equally valued and complement each other will set it apart from the rest and leaves us excited to see what’s to come.

London Collections: Men will take place from June 14 to June 17.

Topman: The Next Generation

Trust Topman to find a niche that needs filling. Always on trend with men’s fast fashion and pioneering new talent with it’s collaborations, they have now jumped on the magazine wagon and created their first online fashion magazine entitled Generation.

The first issue is edited by John-Paul Pryor, who comes from the edgy Dazed stable, so expect diverse and educated content. Bridging the gap of music, fashion and film, it will surely open a cultural can of worms!

Designed by Saatchi, the magazine, which is overseen by Gordon Richardson, Topman’s Design Director, promises to offer a multi-media platform, where the reader can gain ‘a unique cultural insight into the worlds of fashion, film, music and art”.

The style of the magazine allows it be easy to navigate and certainly one that will be a go to reference point. The content of the first issue features new designers Matthew Miller, James Long and Lou Dalton, who might be known from London Fashion Week, as well as emerging talent in fashion, music and sport.

Interviews with designers nestle neatly next to features on cult movies, up and coming photographer Kate Cox, Ezra Miller, Yoko Ono and Amy Winehouse.

This site, I am sure will not just be for the boys!

Check it on www.magazine.topman.com/issue-0

By Sara Darling