style brick road

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Two-faced

If a person ever tried to convince me of the state of happiness one could be after opening a plain old bank account, I would literally laugh-out-loud. That’s exactly what happened to me today – several unsuccessful (and quite frustrating) attempts that had been happening this past few weeks in these trying-to-get-hold-of-my-new-life moments were nothing less than a big bowl of headscratchers that simply needed to stop rolling on and on. After those couple of weeks of anxiety, the feeling of settling in finally starts to catch up. And I can’t express how nice it feels. I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch or anything – but a nice, gentle start after a big life-clog made of burocracy and papers is just what I need at the moment. A tidal wave of good energy coming (from) my way were just the boost I needed to pick up my big bum and continue my London Fashion Week Journey.

Just as the whole dual feelings of excitement and lost-ness are surrounding my current affairs, I absolutely feel inspired by the double nature of almost everything around us. As holistic as it sounds, there are two sides of every coin – and fashion designers obviously love to reference that. Juxtapositioning soft and hard, floral with black or masculine with feminine. Contrasting the two instead of blending them is something that played out perfectly in Eudon Choi’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Sullen tailoring in linens and Liberty-like florals put next to each other looked refreshingly new and enthusiastic – exactly what represents the designer’s muse for the season, artist Georgia O’Keeffe. 

Aesthetically on the other side of the room, Jean-Pierre Braganza wasn’t too distant from the two-faced theme which was apparently in brains of many creatives this season. Sexy and aggressive, his S/S 15 runway was a showcase of diverse techniques, textiles and silhouettes. Some may say too many, I say just about right. Bomber jackets with contrasting panels and a modern take on the tuxedo-pant were the highlights of this glamour-studded collection referencing the moto-industry and a new art-flick by Matthew Barney. Panel-blocking footwear definitely came in as a perfect bow to tie the whole collection together as it really had numerous elements fighting for the spotlight. In the end, no one could really accuse Jean-Pierre of underachieving – hi put his all in and created what will definitely become one of his most-memorable collections up to date. 

Appropriately enough (both regarding my life and the collection that were shown), I spent my first day of London Fashion Week in quite an ‘ambivalent’ outfit myself. Combining several opaque colour-blocking specimens from my (now tiny) closet came quite naturally and turned into quite a rock’n’roll (in my terms, at least) ensemble – with some contrasting accessories, of course. Quite suttil compared to my last-LFW outfits, but it simply felt appropriate. 
I'm wearing a customized vintage blazer, Amplified t-shirt, H&M hat, Marc by Marc Jacobs two-toned trousers (see similar t-shirt), Topshop Unique faux-fur bag, Giles & Brothers gold cuff, Replay Vintage sunglasses, Nike blaze hi-tops, Marc by Marc Jacobs socks & Daniel Wellington watch

Friday, 19 September 2014

NewGen, NewBegin

I somehow feel this summer was unsuccessful in terms of being consistent in what I was doing here on this lovely platform named Style Brick Road. At times it fell completely out of space as past 3 months were either spent traveling around or anticipating my big move. And that's what I needed to get over. The 'big' part. And realise it's just a tiny change.

London Fashion Week was probably the best way of getting over it.

And now that both LFW has ended and my school has started (the 2 day overlap of those two events were intense) and I had my fair share of reflecting upon all of that - it's time to continue in full-on mode. Symbolically - we're starting it of with something very fresh and very London. 

The first collection I saw at the Spring Summer 2015 shows was the one by Faustine Steinmetz - a Parisian-born youngster who's work has been loved by the London scene for a few seasons now, but thanks to Topshop now got to develop a full-blooded presentation. Combining her latest ready-to-wear looks (although you can take that term loosely as her aesthetic is both very conceptual and very intricate) and a capsule-exhibition simplistically explained as a branding 101 lecture. Quoting big couture houses as inspiration - Faustine decided to show how a young designer, whose name hasn't been as exposed as ones of brands like Chanel and Burberry can also present a whole concept of branding and labels. Although extremely satirical, her idea went through extremely well: bottles of water, wrapped candy, pens, deconstructed bathing suits and everyday items like security-tags - all with a purpose, and all with her named attached onto them. 'An infinite array of products' one may find with a double C, Faustine give an ironical twist and deployed the story with perfect balance of humour, art and fashion. To prove how good the idea was in practice I just want to give my own example - on the first day of school I took out my new Faustine Steinmetz pen (which any person at the presentation could take as a memorabilia) and probably 2 or 3 person asked me during the day - 'And who is that?'.

Something very pop-arty about the branding idea created a really successful setting for her clothes which were intertwined with the bowls of candy and pens, and boxes with water. Her SS15 collection utilised denim (which became her signature textile from day 1) in various ways - almost any way you can think off. It went from draping and knotting, through weaving and dying, to painting and embroidering. Deconstructed structure and concurrently simplistic yet elaborate silhouettes proved that we can only expect great things from this young talent that's already a master of artisanal techniques. 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Big Move

Photos taken in Zagreb; I'm wearing a vintage denim patchwork jacket, H&M skinny jeans, hat and t-shirt, Isabel Marant x H&M boots

I'm still thinking about how to put this together.

I moved. To London, UK. 

Is that simple enough not to sound pathetic, pretentious or just plain stupid? I'm in the middle of this whirlwind called my current life and can't quite put together anything else to say but just say it's hard, amazing and extremely intense at the moment. London Fashion Week is heavily approaching as is the beginning of my term at London College of Fashion where I'll be studying Fashion Media Production for my MA. So that's the news. 

I'm extremely sorry for not being able to be more coherent and express my feelings or just plain ignore them and move on with posting fashion-related stuff. I'll probably need a few days to compose myself and then I'll be on & running. It's hard to define the concept of this blog's future as taking photos will be kinda hard due to some personal situations, but as everything - I'm completely sure I'll be able to sort everything out. Sending you big kisses from my room in Maida Vale, London and hoping you'll stick with me through these kinda rocky times! xxx 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

To Sport or Not To Sport?

Middle-aged people get all funky just because they wasn't funky in high school. I do a similar thing - I'm right now acting all sporty-jock - just because I've never been one. Like, ever.
Yes, I did a lot of sports, tried a whole lot of them. Some stuck a bit more, some faded super-quickly. And the one I stuck on the longest, most of you wouldn't even call a sport. But it is. Acrobatic rock'n'roll is a full-blooded sport, one that's even part of the Croatian Olympic Committee. I've done quite well in that particular sport - 9 years, tens of medals & trophies, more than hundreds of national & international competitions. At one point, I even won the World Cup with my partner Ariana and we were marked first on the ranking list of my category. And no - this really isn't a bragging moment, just a 'quick' intro into the point of saying - I'm really not a sporty person. And I'll probably definitely never be one. And that's probably the reason why I'm enjoying wearing sportswear inspired clothes lately. The unfulfilled dreams and tendencies. I'm even thinking of applying for a cricket team at The University of Arts London - god, I'm desperate. You reckon I try it?

So, for all of the anti-jock guys & gals - here's a bunch of inspiring (at least to me) pics we'll never come close to look like and a few set of looks that anyone can do. Here's to those who are better in picking running shoes that running in them! 
Thrifted baseball jersey, Vešmašina Vintage jumper, thrifted 80's style shorts (find similar shorts), Asiscs gel noosa trainers, United Colors of Benetton cap (find similar cap) and a Casio gold watch (find similar watch)

Grandad's white shirt (find similar shirt), Zara shorts (find similar shorts), vintage adidas Originals jersey, Sheriff & Cherry sunglasses, ebay bandana, Nike blazer trainers, Giles & Brother bracelet and a Daniel Wellington watch (find similar watch)

Wearing New Yorker basketball jersey & top underneath, Nike Air Max Lunar 1 (thanks to Nike), adidas football shorts, Daniel Wellington watch, Kenzo cap and a Rebecca Minkoff backpack