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billy joe in sunspel, alasdair mclellan

Posted in designer, film, inspiration, menswear by benperdue on 21/10/2010

Reminds me of the Katie Eary stand out the back of Somerset House on menswear day. Boxers are everywhere again, but there’s a definite chav-cum-boys club spin on things this time. I love Sunspel underwear too. Dead simple.


the devoured and i, jw anderson

Posted in collection, designer, film, menswear, womenswear by benperdue on 20/09/2010

I love JW Anderson and the womenswear is really taking on its own character after breaking free from his menswear collections – they look amazing shown alongside each other. Film by Sharif Hamza. Styling by Robbie Spencer.

sad happy, wet weekend with the hells angels

Posted in denim, film, inspiration, leather, menswear, outdoors, tattoo by benperdue on 18/08/2010

Words can’t describe how good this ’73 BBC documentary about the British Hells Angel charter is. A quick excerpt: “Carl, jailed once, remanded twice; cross-eyed ever since his eyes were knocked out of their sockets in a fight.” The denim and leather uniforms are obviously beyond amazing, but check out that A Clockwork Orange soundtrack, and the casual suburban terrorism too. Watch it all here.

missoni autumn/winter 2010/11, kenneth anger

Posted in advertising, art, collection, designer, film by benperdue on 31/07/2010

Designer/artist collaborations aren’t new but they feel more popular than ever at the moment. Latest example is this psychodrama campaign for Missoni shot by legendary filmmaker Kenneth Anger, featuring footage of the Missoni family layered over a psychedelic backdrop to create a surrealist lookbook. This focus on more sophisticated fantasy in fashion marketing seems to be gathering pace too (see today’s Prada post below) .

marni s/s 2011 lookbook, tomek szczukiecki

Posted in collection, designer, film, lookbook, menswear by benperdue on 27/07/2010

Mad jealous of the T-shirts (and the hair). Really liked this Marni collection and it’s nice to see it actually moving, as opposed to just in snaps from the presentation this season. Weird watching this unfold without any music though.

london belongs to me, bSTORE spring/summer 2011

Posted in collection, designer, film, friends, inspiration, menswear, shop, styling, work by benperdue on 17/07/2010

Stills from the bSTORE film presentation in Paris during fashion week. Wrote the press release for them again, then realised last minute I’d be on the Eurostar home when the presentation was actually on, thus missing the party afterward too. Gutted. Feel of the collection is more relaxed than usual and takes a lead from early 90s post-club London. Looser fits, laundered denims, florals, and boxy dolman-sleeve sweats give it a new casual edge I really like. The film is amazing too, inspired by the videos directed by Derek Jarman for The Smiths. Shot by Ivana Bobic, with styling by my old mate Jason Hughes. Watch the whole thing at Dazed Digital.

la jetée, chris marker 1962

Posted in art, film, inspiration, photography, science fiction by benperdue on 06/07/2010

This film was the inspiration for 12 Monkeys. It’s set under a post-WW3 Paris, is only half an hour long, and is told in a series of photographic stills rather than moving images. Without spoiling it, the story is about time travel, love, imagination, and war. It also has a vicious twist that explains where Gilliam got his idea from. My favourite bit by far though has to be the visit to a natural history museum halfway through. The way the b+w film picks out the texture of the animals and her hand-knitted sweater is beautiful.