Last weekend we went to London. Of course not just for the fun of it, but to take a closer look around at TOPMAN.
That’s because we went searching for three ambassadors in the past three months: the first three German Topmen. And those three (Stefan, Alex, and Micha) went with us, naturally.
Apart from extensive personal-shopping (this means nothing else than drinking beer in a V.I.P. lounge-like area while hard-working staff gather dozens of clothes for you) and entertaining evening activities (Topman Alex sang Kylie Minogue songs during the dinner at SOHO House), we had the opportunity to get some insights into the Design and Marketing routines at TOPMAN, of course. Details will follow.
For the above picture will have to do, which was taken on the first evening right before David and I lost the rest of the group – and with them all cards and cash – somewhere in East London. We had no choice but nicking half-empty bottles of beer from sleeping Englishmen and mosh to rough pop music.
The photo – this must be mentioned – is an homage to a) 1990’s Boybands (EAST 17) and b) drunk gangs from the suburbs. We think we pretty much nailed it.
Leisure Suit Dandies
No, you were not hallucinating: SpongeBob was actually attending our recent Dandy Diary Fashion Week Opening Party.
SpongeBob, who is usually just hanging out with weird inhabitants of the ocean in the city of Bikini Bottom came to our Dandy Diary FW party, to rave to hippie sounds and – as the professional that he is – to promote his new ‘SpongeBob’ episodes.
The new episodes are airing from the 23rd of february on, monday til friday at 5.40 PM on Nickelodeon Germany.
In the first episode, SpongeBob’s best friend Patrick is suddenly turning into a super-hero and wants to clean up Bikini Bottom. In another new episode, the small evil Plankton, is getting a pet, but of-course not a normal one. Mr.Krabs on the other hand is spending an eductional and adventurous night in a bank-safe.
Oy, oy, oy – this is where it’s happening, Bikini Bottom. Therefore: Kids, chips and turn on the TV.
The next Dandy Diary party will be held in Bikini Bottom by the way.
As if we didn’t have had enough to do, our party, fashion week, bell-bottoms and those alpacas, there was also a camera-team following us in the middle of january, from the favourite tv-channel of all smarties: ARTE.
Well, well – therefore there are again nice Dandy-videos (including porno-extracts), unseen pictures of our crazily-wild scandalous party and finally also a close-up of the alpaca ‘Ferdinand’ to watch. Already for the last part, it was already worth it.
And hey, this is ARTE. Not ProSieben. That is gratifying. Even for us extreme haters.
You can watch the whole show here, for the next three months. Do it, homies, otherwise there is punishment!
P.S.: That we are in the very same show as the god of trouble and Liam-bro Noel Gallagher, is of-course nothing but the highlight of our career.
We are urgently asking for jackets, pants or sweaters, which carry an uncountable amount of patches.
Since we do not have time, nor the passion for a fabulous DIY-piece, were hereby want to ask all the PR-agencies on the planet to send us designs by their fashion-designers, which have patches on them (you can find the address in our legal info)
As often, Raf Simons was the pioneer of the trend ‘patches’. Or at least the designer, who’s influence can also be found in the collections by other designers. Simons showed designs in his SS 2015 collection, which showed images of personal memories (friends, family, astronauts, sharks etc.). He used the patches as some sort of mood board.
Kit Neale and Astrid Andersen have refined their pants with patches in their current collections (AW 2015). Sandro PARIS did the same with their already mega-hot leather jackets. And the Danish young designer Martin Mitchell made a jeans-vest.
The rule ‘the more the better’ counts of-course also for the patches trend! Go for it!
As usual terrifc setdesign at Henrik Vibskov!
HOOD BY AIR presented their new collection ‘Daddy’ in a cellar-like setting at the Wall Street, the centrum of finance.
The mastermind behind HBA, Shayne Oliver, showed classics from the world of fashion, like button-down shirts, sweaters and polo t-shirts in the typical unisex Hood by Air Silhouette. Therefore it came to an hybrid between polo shirt and dress. Or camel coat and tank top.
The models wore locks in-front of their mouths and tights over their heads, like burglars. The soundtrack of the show, total freedom, was ended drastically, followed by jazz, underlined with the statement of the Empire:
“I wanna show you a faggot really can run this company”.
It becomes obvious how appreciated HBA is also in the art-world, when looking at the guests who attended the show, for example Klaus Biesenbach and Grace Coddington.
It seems that HBA, even after the diss by their once supporter A$AP ROCKY, is still very hip.