Few people can apply the concepts of modernism as elegantly as Mr Sergei Sviatchenko.
Just look at his debut collab with Jack Jones Premium.
The Rock Rebel Classic & Contemporary Kit is inspired by the sharp dressed rockers of the early sixties (before denim took over) and yet is every bit as modernist as an Eames Ottoman chair or an Carwardine Anglepoise lamp. Like a Bauhaus prefab it comes complete - in a box; ties, a shirt, a cardigan, trousers, socks, a belt…and with loafers to match.
All pieces function both together and separately…all you have to do is assemble the kit according to your personal requirements. Classic modernism is about a belief in construction - think Trellick Tower. Post modernism makes us question construction - think the Lloyd Building. The purpose of Sviatchenko’s work - his photography, paintings, installations, style of dress and now this collection - seems to be to renew our faith in the classics.
Every piece is considered, well made and loaded with functional detail - like the grosgrain trim finish at the heal of the trouser leg for example. What’s also interesting about this project is not merely its innate modernism but also its modern-ness.
Creating a truly utilitarian capsule collection where menswear essentials are pre-selected for the wearer and contained in a single box is something totally new, relevant and - like the Beatles singing I Want To Hold Your Hand on the Ed Sullivan show - radical.
There’s a lyric in Parliament’s Aqua Boogie that goes -‘With the rhythm it takes to dance to what we have to live through / We can dance underwater and not get wet’. On one level it’s about life’s hardships, acknowledging that we’re collectively and individually confronted by enormous challenges as a direct result of our ethnicity. On another level it’s about our incredible potential as a race; if we can dance, party and create through all this adversity, surely we should realize there’s nothing we can’t achieve.
What strikes me about George Clinton and his P-Funk project is that while the songs invariably appear to be superficial and fun, just beneath the surface is always something incredibly serious and poignant.
Been into i-spy as long as I can remember, no secret there. The notion of travelling to amazing locations, wearing incredible garms and hanging out with my mates has pretty much been a lifelong ambition of mine due in no small part to first seeing this 1960’s comedy caper at a very early age.
These pix appeared in i-D magazine in the early 90’s as part of a shoot I organized and styled - unashamedly called… i-spy. (My love of webbed watch straps continues, but thankful not my love of smoking).
I was reminded of the i-D shoot when I clocked this rare piece of footage featuring our super stylish heroes in downtime-mode, camping it up for a newsreel interview on location in Las Vegas. What struck me when seeing it was how sharp they look by comparison to legendary writer/producer Sheldon Leonard (sorry) and their interviewer….but then maybe I’m not such a reliable judge when it comes to the subject of i-spy.
Props to the guys at Soupbxprds for posting this gem.
Customising shoes isn’t as easy as customising sneakers but I figured I’d cracked the code with these shoe kilties.
I wanted to wear something that was both grown-up and a bit playful so I made them in a way which meant they could and should be worn not just with shoes (or sneakers) of the same colour but with contrasting colours too.
Part of that grown-up factor was that they had to be made by craftsman, people who loved leather as a material and knew what they where doing. Contrary to popular belief there as still a few left in the UK. We used premium leather from Italy and cut our own kiltie shape too.
I particularly like the camo version because it brings the idea home in no uncertain terms.
The incredibly stylish and always original Sam Lambert from Art Comes First sported a couple of pairs in Pitti a few weeks ago…
And they’re currently available for purchase at House Of Garmsville.