Friday, 12 July 2013

Girls Friday: Helena Christensen for Futureclaw Magazine by Gregory Derkenne

Possibly some of the hottest shots of Helena Christensen in a long and illustrious career as one of the original supermodels and proof that 44 is no age to hang up your heels. Helena, I still would. I think you should know that.


Friday, 7 June 2013

Man of Steel: the hype builds

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Visvim Hockney Folk F.I.L Exclusive: for summer feet

It's (allegedly) summer, which means people are thinking boat shoes and riviera chic. And things are no different over at Visvim towers, where Hiroki Nakamura has added a bit of colour to this year's Hockney offering. 

As well as your standard black and brown and navy, there's a royal blue and a plum and a minty green for you to fawn over. And as any Vis-head will tell you, socks are optional but frowned upon. Unless you're thinking about reselling them any time, in which case they are recommended, if only for the sake of the new owner. 

These are an F.I.L exclusive so get in touch with your friendly neighbourhood proxy.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Rapha on canvas: illustrating the art of suffering

Artists will often find inspiration in that which is dear to them, so it would be acceptable to draw the conclusion that the South Korean artist, Yang Tae Tae has been quite taken by Rapha.

It's easy to see why, and the kind of obsession that would lead someone to put paintbrush to canvas could quite easily get out of hand. But Yang Tae Tae's artwork is a world away from some exercise in logo-tastic fandom.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Man of Steel trailer: tough stuff

Christopher Nolan has become the go-to man for rebooted superhero franchises. His Batman series took the Dark Knight back to his grim beginnings and dispensed with the chubby casting, ushering in the perennially disturbed Christian Bale. The gadgets became believable, the sets apocolyptic, and the whole feeling was of  aching, jaw-dropping cool. And that's before we've even started on the villains.

But Batman is over, the trilogy complete. Bruce Wayne has skipped off into the sunset with Selina Kyle and there isn't a millimetre of polycarbonate resin between them. All is quiet in Gotham.

Well not exactly. Because where Nolan has dropped one Marvel man off, he's picked the next one up. Many will be familiar with Batman's battles with Superman in the Marvel comics. The pair never really did see eye to eye with Batman existing just below the law and Superman regarded as a Government sell-out by the Dark Knight.

There's no telling whether Nolan will pick up that particular storyline but his incarnation of Superman has certainly been sprinkled with a bit of Batman cool. This is moody, gritty, and full of big things which go bump in a big way. And that's just the trailer.

Judging by the other recent efforts at reviving Superman, it would be fair to say Nolan is becoming the superhero's superhero.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Visvim FBT Amdo Folk: Back to where it all began

Back in 2001 Visvim brought itself to the attention of the world with a pair of fringed mocassins with a trainer soul. The world stood there, gobsmacked, and many people asked themselves "why didn't we think of that?"

Fast forward 12 years and most of the brands who said that have just decided "fuck it" and released their own rip-offs of the Visvim FBT. Visvim, as we all know, took no notice of what anyone else is doing, and carried on leading the way with its trainer-soled creations and jackets with coloured seam tape. And when absolutely everyone had got wise to these details and the street fashion industry was awash with coloured seam-tape and waterproof zips, Visvim, or Hiroki Nakamura to be precise, simply abandoned the whole technical side of clothing manufacture and concentrated knocking out stuff made out of yarn that was shat out of the arse of a yak, and that kind of thing. And all the time the price of the creations has gone up and up.

But while Visvim has evolved, or devolved, whichever way you look at it, there is one thing that has remained constant. The FBT shoe that started it all is still being released, year after year. This time around it is fringed with a tablecloth belonging to a frail Hungarian fishwife.

The proceeds will go towards the replacement, so I'm told.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

W)Taps SS13: Nothing surplus to requirements here

Part of the appeal of W)Taps is the timeless nature of the military-inspired collections. Haters might label it military surplus but it's a bit more than that, in terms of quality and looks.

This is a bit Real McCoys or Buzz Rickson's but without the slavish adherence to the original patterns and with one or two modern twists.

Think of it as re-imagined military surplus.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Rapha Raeburn wind jacket: getting closer

The build up to the release of the Rapha Raeburn wind jacket has been tantalising to say the least. The latest little teaser ahead of the release of the collaboration with Christopher Raeburn is this moody 30-second video.

With only 600 of these to be made, ever, it's going to be a case of blink and you'll miss it.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Nike Air Vortex Loopwheeler: jersey paws

They've already done a grey version and now Loopwheeler are back to give Nike's vintage Vortex another supersoft jersey reworking with a pair in Fuwa Max.

These will be, as you might expect, incredibly soft, manufactured from Loopwheeler's trademark cotton jersey. They will also be pretty difficult to come by. They are scheduled for a May 18 release in Loopwheeler stores Japan and selected Beams stores as well as one or two Nike stores around the world.

No word on a UK release at time of writing but if they're going to drop anywhere it will most likely be at 1948London.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Gantoli cycling gloves: get your hands on some heritage

There's something quite cool about cycling mitts, especially when they look like they could have provided marco Pantani himself with added grip as he carved through the field on one of his Tours de France. 

But appearances can be deceptive. This is the debut collection from Gantolini, a small Canadian company which has been so taken with the romance of the heritage of cycling they decided to make something that could have come from the archives.

You get three styles, in the colours of Italy, Germany and France, as well as a pair with plain crochet backing and another pair with black crochet backing, and you can choose to go with knuckle holes or without.

Available now from Gantolini Cycling Acroutrements

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Rapha Raeburn wind jacket: things to do with parachutes

Who would have known that parachute silk would make the perfect cycling jacket material? Lightweight, inherently stashable and totally windproof. It makes sense when you think about it.

Something that didn't escape Christopher Raeburn, who is no stranger to parachute silk in creating his garments. This is a man who has built a brand from recycling military-grade clothing and equipment using cutting edge processes and adding a technical twist. Old parachutes have always been a favourite, inspired by a picture of his Gran getting married in a dress made from one in the Second World War. 

The collaboration with Rapha directly stems from Christopher's brother Graeme, who has designed Rapha's products from the outset. The only real surprise, given the obvious compatibility of the two brands and the fact that they are brothers, is that the collaboration has taken this long to come to fruition.

But it is here now, in the form of a capsule collection of three pieces - a pair of jeans, a henley T-shirt and the key item, a city windproof jacket. This is so limited in production that it is individually numbered and is available in only three colours, orange, white and green, dictated by the colours of military issue parachute canopies. Only 600 pieces have been produced: 300 white, 200 green and 100 orange. 

They are handmade in England at Cooper & Stollbrand's factory in Manchester, the manufacturer of the Private White VC brand, and as you would expect from individually numbered pieces (number 13 is stitched on upside down in cycling tradition to avoid bad luck), each one is unique, often bearing the original USAF serial numbers which offer a reference to the material's original purpose. As you would also expect, the jackets are exquisitely made, with industry-leading Swiss Riri zip fastenings, glove-friendly neoprene cuffs and a hood that rolls up neatly and secures behind a Rapha Raeburn branded snap-rivet. 

Mid-ride safety has also been incorporated, with high-viz reflective seam strips which give the rider a Tron-like glow and a reflective polka dot screen print to the sleeves offering a twist on a digital camouflage pattern. 

The one thing the jacket does not purport to be, however, is waterproof, although a quick Google search has uncovered forum posts from people who have successfully waterproofed parachute silk using proofing spray. 

How the Rapha Raeburn rain jacket would stand up to a squirt from Rapha reproofer is as yet undocumented but it would make what is destined to become a classic in cycling jacket design nothing short of perfection. 

It is close to that already.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ridley Scott Associates Jaguar F-Type Desire film: unbelievable

OK so it's got Damian Lewis and Shannyn Sossamonand in it, and a drop-dead gorgeous car even if it is red, and it's shot, well, in a cool way.

But this film is still a pile of crap. This is because there's no way some beaten up old Lincoln or whatever that American relic of an automobile is would be able to keep up with a Jag (maybe at one time but they're a little more reliable these days).

And what was that woman doing stashed in an oil tanker?


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Visvim Foley Folk: sole survivor

These remind me a lot of a pair of Adidas I had once. It's something to do with the soles, which Hiroki has chosen to fashion out of gum brown instead of white. Makes for a different take on the Foley, but we'll have to see if anyone actually likes them.