The new Equestrian Collection from Massimo Dutti for AW13 is perfect in its distillation of everything that is elegant, aspirational and glamorous about equestrian chic style a la Betty Draper, Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly and her great grand-daughter and Gucci muse Charlotte Casiraghi. Working for a major equestrian apparel brand, it’s interesting to see this continued adoption by mainstream fashion of a style that riding clothes have moved away from in recent years in favour of more advanced fabrics and clothing styled for athletes. As a rider I am very slowly letting go of my attachment to my traditional, made-to-measure tweed hacking jacket and considering a more sporty competition jacket and I love that the elegance of old fashioned equestrian style continues to be relevant and accesible with this collection.
I do love a good ‘behind the scenes’ film. While we were making our Horseware ‘Rugs for Life’ ad, we decided to get some making of footage and introduce the people and the horses who helped to make the ad happen. Shot and edited by my friend and collaborator in several hilarious endeavours - photographer (and now videographer) Lucy Nuzum, it features writer/actor Sam and writer/director Sean looking dashing, Emma and I looking tired, and some very vocal rooks recreating the soundtrack of The Birds.
If you watch one YouTube video tonight, watch this one for Horseware. I would say that, because I was part of making it. I work for Horseware, a smallish Irish company who are big in the equestrian world. Without an advertising agency and with a very small budget we decided to make our first TV commercial. It’s the story of a man and his horse. We wanted to show how that relationship can last a lifetime and how Horseware is an everyday part of it. The partnership between horse and rider is something that means a lot to a lot of people. It’s a beautiful treatment by director Sean Branigan, poetic storytelling by the same Sean with copywriter Sam Doyle, and cinematography by the always excellent Piers McGrail. Have a look.
Vine. Best new app since Instagram. Here’s Sam in an army surplus jumper and several hats: ‘actor’ hat, H&M beret, Parisian boater, M&S floppy felt hat, Declan’s French gendarme hat, Zara feather head dress.
I haven’t posted in ages. I’ve been a disaster. Anyway. Always a fan of a good waxed jacket and clothes that keep you cosy, I came across Benthik, a brand new Irish label who make clothes aimed at that particularly crazy breed of surfers - the cold water/giant terrifying wave surfers, of which Ireland is full. So far they have waxed jackets and heavy cotton shirts in their online store, with things like thick t-shirts and hoodies on the way. I love the cuff detail on the shirts, apparently ‘designed for Antarctic exploration to stop the breeze infiltrating.’ Set up last year by a surfing/sailing obsessive that I knew in college, Benthik is a great challenge to the idea of the sun drenched surf-life that brands like Quiksilver and Ripcurl glorify and will surely have appeal beyond the surf fraternity.
[All images via Benthik.ie]
Shutterbug vintage just keeps getting better. From it’s origins as a vintage boutique in Kilkenny city, it quickly developed into a hub of creativity and earlier this year launched Folkster, an online presence selling select vintage pieces and a collection of weird and wild things like Jeffrey Cambell’s range of slightly terrifying shoes. Photo shoots that push the envelope as well as a carefully curated vintage collection have helped to reinforce Shutterbug’s position as vintage shop of choice for the vintage hipster elite. And now, finally, they are bringing their fabled kilo sale to the Dublin masses. Starting at 11am on December 8th in The Chocolate Factory on King’s Inn St, you can join the army of Shutterbug devotees and comb the rails cramming in as much as you can to your bag. Once satisfied with your haul, your bag is weighed and you pay by the pound (or kilo in this metric age) and off you go, possibly several tons the trendier.
I’m being lazy and reposting what was first published on le cool Dublin. But it gives me an excuse to post another gorgeous Folkster image.
Can Harris Tweed do no wrong? They’ve collaborated with Topman, Converse, and Clarks among others, and most recently with Urban Ears and The North Face Purple Label. It makes for stylish, wearable and modern interpretations of a classic fabric with an important heritage.
Last night Sam and I performed at a Fleetwood Mac Rumour’s night. There were six bands and each had two songs from the classic album. We chose Gold Dust Woman and Dreams, mine and Sam’s favourite songs from the album, respectively. The place was packed, we were nervous. These aren’t songs you can mess up. Despite a momentary line forgetting during Gold Dust Woman it was an amazing experience to be able to play such wonderful songs to an appreciative audience. So here’s a video taken by our good friend Declan of our rendition of Dreams.
I went kind of instragram crazy at Harvey Nichol’s Hitchcock Heroine inspired Autumn-Winter fashion show on Wednesday night. It was all the bird decorations I think. Do love a good stuffed bird. One model had a (stuffed) crow balanced on her wrist, sadly I was too busy being gleeful at the sight of it to get a decent shot. The show was divided into five classic Hitchcock movie sections - Rear Window, The Birds, Psycho etc, with the looks channelling the heroine from each film. It made for very stylish and elegant fashion in the style of some of the most iconic actress - lots of headscarves and sunglasses, riding boots and fawn colours and some very beautiful evening gowns.
Shutterbug Vintage in Kilkenny is one of those shops I’ve always meant to make a pilgrimage to but as yet, it hasn’t happened. Wonderfully enough, for those like me who sometimes find it difficult to make our way out of the Greater Dublin Area, Shutterbug has launched a sort of online sister to it’s onstreet self: Folkster. They’re the first place outside Dublin to stock a selection of Jeffrey Campbell’s daunting range of shoes. There’s also an evolving collection of vintage bits and pieces as well as incredible armour-like neckwear from Bonzie - this studded epaulette is my particular favourite. One of the best things about this site is the name and the design - it perfectly captures that folksy, prairie-wandering, self-sufficient, horse riding naivety that that is fluttering about on the edges of fashion at the moment. Like a sort of online spirit of this Arizona Muse shoot that l love so much. One day I’ll hopefully get to Kilkenny but in the meantime I’m gonna be lurking about on folkster.com.
Men’s sporty sunglasses can too often be confined to those sinister looking wraparounds that lycra-clad cyclists seem to always wear, zooming around with eyes glazed a là Cyclops from X-Men, who you half expect not to have any eyes at all. Obviously, they choose these for a reason - they stay on while they’re going at speed and they offer the best protection from the sun. If you’re looking for sunglasses that protect your eyes as sports sunglasses would, but have some fashion edge, go for brands that are a little outside of the mainstream. Carrera sunglasses are synonymous with sport, becoming iconic in the eighties through sponsorship of the Winter Olympics and Formula 1. In keeping with their alliance with F1, they tend to use hi-tech materials to make durable frames and lenses. Maui Jim are a Hawai’ian sunglasses maker whose polarised lenses contain ‘rare earth minerals’ to enhance the colours your eye perceives. Bolle are another company very involved with sport - particularly winter sport, and they sponsor several snowboarders and skiiers. I was always jealous of my sister’s Bolle snowboarding goggles and their orange lenses, until I got a Carrera ones. Police sunglasses last year launched the mirrored blue lens on their aviator, the ideal way to hide your eyes the morning after the night before.
Clarks Originals just keep getting better. Especially love the military style red desert boots.