Saturday, 28 February 2009
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Wednesday, 25 February 2009
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Monday, 23 February 2009
So, unsurprisingly, essays on and Godard and 'counter-cinema' and German literature are not conducive to forming thoughts/musings on the latest menswear showings. Still, I had to snatch some time between watching Vivre Sa Vie and charity shopping later (cannae wait!) to convey somewhat my utter elation regarding Robert Geller's (a favourite of mine) FW09 collection. Leather, impressively large knits and evening details galore, this was truly spectacular. Add to that the general vampiric ambience, a spare (as if drained of life) runway and the appearance of Taylor Fuchs and I'm sold.
Anyone else revelling in this Jack the Ripper vibe so popular for FW09?
Saturday, 21 February 2009
When and why did you open Circus?
Circus was opened in July 2007. We were initially four partners in the store, but are now three: Aisling Farinella, Fiona Mullen & Damien Gahan
We opened Circus because we all shared a love for contemporary and innovative fashion design. It started out as an opportune meeting of two girls buying vintage (Ciara & Aisling) and a couple (Fiona and Damien) retailing contemporary designers in their previous store Proxy. Since then it has grown into a very special store selling very special pieces.
Do you feel Dublin/Ireland in general is lacking in retail spaces
offering smaller, but often critically esteemed designers?
Well Damien and Fiona brought some of the designers we stock including Henrik Vibskov from their previous store. We travel together to Paris for fashion week four times a year and also try to check out the scene in as many other cities as possible. We all spend a lot of time on the internet too and Damien is the most knowledgeable person regarding designers (and cooking!)that I have ever met.
Has the global economic collapse affected Circus particularly?
Well we are fortunate that we have not been affected greatly as yet. The shop is very much homegrown and we look after all aspects of the work between the three of us. Our customers are still shopping as we are providing investment pieces as opposed to disposable clothing. Really everyone is being careful with their money, but people really think about what they are buying when they shop in Circus anyway. A lot of our customers would be interested in the designers they are purchasing and where the clothes are being made.
You're currently exhibiting the work of designers of various mediums as
part of Cheap as Chips. Are there any future projects/exhibitions planned
for the store?
Yes we have an installation from artist Joseph Coveney planned for this year and some other fun events during the year. Cheap as Chips is a definite for next January again too! It has been a massive success.
Who's your favorite menswear designer that you stock?
My favourite menswear designer was Siv Stoldal. Her collections are conceptually conceived and I really admire her design approach. Unfortunately though she is skipping a season so we won't see any of her pieces in Circus for a while. After Siv it has to be Henrik Vibskov. I love it all and the crazier the better. I am probably responsible for all the multi coloured leggings we bring in!
Who's your favourite womenswear designer that you stock?
Diana Orving is amazing. She is so young and has no formal training. Her clothes actually flow and every piece combines soft beauty with strong construction. But that said, I personally like to wear Carin Wester. The fit is perfect for me, being a little on the small side!
Do you plan to add more lines to the store in the future?
Yes every season we hope to bring in somebody new. For menswear we have April 77 and Carin Wester arriving. April 77 is a cool Parisian collection, formed by a music label and producing great denim and tees for Spring/Summer. Carin Wester is more tailored and delivers real casual sophistication...and it's well priced too!
For womens we have our first collection from print gods Eley Kishimoto this season. Very exciting!
Circus is distinguished by its neon lighting and white space, who was
responsible for the store's aesthetic?
That's a team result. We all have to agree on everything about Circus. We pick each piece out individually and won't buy unless we are all happy with every one! The white space is important too for exhibition and the variety of things we stock. And pink was the obvious answer when we decided on a neon sign! There was of course much serious research involved in every aspect too.
For those of you so inclined Circus stock can be purchased at their elegantly spare online store. Also, the real thing is to be found within Powerscourt Town Centre, 59 Sth. William St., Dublin 2.
Had absolutely no idea this existed but am unspeakably glad it does. Vogue Hommes Japan has a blogspot whereon you can find editorial highlights and the covers so (preview cover and issue 1) far, which ooze with unimitable style. The latest cover, photographed by Hedi Slimane, for issue 2 (out March 10th) can be found above. Here's hoping (or is it knowing considering VHJ's team?) the content will be equally unorthodox. Props to Nicola Formichetti and Kazuohiro Saito for this inarguably forward magazine.
Image for Vogue Hommes Japan.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Image from Valentino the Movie.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Images from The Black Buoy
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
*Note to self: practice camera-face...
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
We cannot define nor limit what we do to one specific title but if we had to we would call the label's aesthetic exploitative and experimental.
2. Why did you decide to dedicate your time to designing menswear? And what is your creative background/experience?
To break all previous conceptions of menswear as a mundane byproduct to womenswear. Rasharn studied at London College of Fashion whilst Jaiden studied at Fashion Retail Academy.
Do you know honestly i truly believe this question is one of the most relevant we have been asked in a interview and i must say you are very observant. Each season we approach design simply as we see fit, personally we know that this may cause annoyance as journalists like to brand designers or simply dismiss them as this or that. The landscape of design in general is amazingly diverse and to just simply explore one facet of it would be rather tiresome. Each season is simply a projection of what we are capable of and one day maybe i hope we will be able to create a balance from designing for a luxury label where we will be able to exercise our more refined classic look which i believe A/W 08 was mostly about and a sportswear label in conjunction with a sportswear brand for e.g Umbro By Jaiden rVa James which S/S 08 was about. Then we will be able to explore more in depth those demons that are within us but cannot be unleashed every season thus leaving our own label Jaiden rVa James free for us to experiment and explore as we simply see fit.
Hmmm, we would say no but Charlie Porter & Lulu Kennedy both have amazing sense of style that is very inspiring.
Without giving too much away i can say the collection is about psychosexuality and explores both insanity and sexuality.
At the moment Wild One with Marlon Brando, I have yet to see someone look so good in leather, plus we are collaborating with Scott on leather jackets - their classic Perfecto which is what Brando wore though out the film. But honestly 40's & 50's is a golden age for the refined look.
Images from LFW
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Which do you prefer?
I can't possibly choose myself. Well, I certainly can't state a favourite in terms of aesthetics. However, Naomi's on the ball with her quote...
Friday, 13 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Blogging benefits don't come much better than this. Despite the early start of 10am, we Dublin fashion bloggers braved treacherous ice and torturous traffic to travel to one of Dublin's most plush hotels - The Clarence for the monthly brunch. Luckily, it was most definitely worth it what with the most ample goody-bags bursting with Clarins goodness and, of course, dishes of the most extravagant order. We feasted on some form of fruit terrine/jelly, a light fruit salad with mascarpone, salmon, rare beef, pancakes, eggs as well as perhaps the most divine selection of pastries I've ever witnessed which was all washed down with a v. chic pink champagne and good, potent coffee. Pity I had that porridge beforehand...
Friday, 6 February 2009
Am, in some ways, glad it's freezing here right now. At least the recurring blizzards might prevent avid AA fans from wholly embraching their hysteria and donning the infamous zipper-front bodysuit a lá the recent campaign. I do sometimes wonder whether Don Charney (despite his private affairs) holds any satisfactory understanding of that old concept - taste.
Tuesday, 3 February 2009