Rena Niamh Smith

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Days after the announcement that he and the grand dame of Paris, Balenciaga, will not be renewing their vows for another season, Alexander Wang has opened his first European flagship store in London, a testament to the incredible success of his own label. "I think that London has the best shopping in the world," Wang told Vogue, adding that, "I always knew that London would be the first city that I would want to open a flagship in in Europe".

A Snapshot of Britain Back Then

Who? For almost 50 years, the Amber Film and Photography Collective created and collected work to represent marginalised communities and their disappearing landscapes. “We felt that the working class were not represented and if anything, were parodied rather than given a genuine voice,” explains Finnish photographer and founding member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. This week, Newcastle’s Laing Gallery will present a retrospective of their work, an exhibition Konttinen calls “long overdue”.
Wonderland Magazine

LCM: E.Tautz SS16

Expounding the simple vision of mid-century architecture, E.Tautz SS16 was all about clean lines and minimal colours. For SS16, E Tautz added a new chapter to British designers’ book of self infatuation. Patrick Grant used as starting point the Festival of Britain. This was the first Labour government’s attempt to celebrate British technology and design and to promote a feeling of recovery on the centenary of the Great Exhibition following the Second World War.

The radical Derek Jarman films you need to watch

It was a monologue from Judi Dench – reciting Shakespearean sonnets in a speech ripped from Derek Jarman’s The Angelic Conversation (1985) – that soundtracked the Alexander McQueen SS16 show. “There’s a bit where she’s reading The Tempest,” said designer Sarah Burton backstage of the sample. Considering the collection’s theme of men lost at sea, and the mythical possibilities of the oceans, this was no coincidence.
Wonderland Magazine

LCM: Matthew Miller SS16

Matthew Miller’s crumpled take on frayed at the edges workwear will have you eager to do overtime. For SS16, Matthew Miller riffed on that self-imposed modern uniform that millions wear every day – namely, workwear – and made us all wish we worked in an office. Slender models with the blank stare of the desktop drone moved monotonously to Savages’ words: “don’t let the fuckers get you down, don’t let them wonder why you frown”. Wide and double-breasted jackets were worn with cropped pants.

Everything you need to know about London Collections: Men

Now in its seventh season and newly expanded from three to four days, London Collections: Men returns to the capital tomorrow for a long weekend of catwalk shows, film screenings, presentations, talks and glitzy after-parties.The British Fashion Council ’s menswear answer to London Fashion Week, some would describe it as the nattier, edgier younger sibling. Launched at St James’s Palace in 2012, the week has enjoyed endorsement by everyone from Tinie Tempah to Samuel L Jackson to Boris Johnson

Our favourite uninvited guests on film

This week sees the release of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s follow up to Frances Ha. Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) play documentary makers in their early 40s who form an unlikely friendship with Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a hipster couple in their mid 20s. They have a puppyish enthusiasm for everything quirky and out-of-date, be it keeping chickens or resisting the urge to fact-check on Google.

The Fine Print

Fuelled by passion for their niche – be it Nordic life or cats – and their medium, a new wave of independent magazines are selling fast, despite talk of the printed word’s demise. If you believe what you read, the print media has been on its deathbed ever since the birth of the internet. But someone forgot to tell the creatives behind the latest wave of independent magazines. There seems to be a new launch looking for funding on Kickstarter every week, and the sector is booming: last year the independent-magazine subscription service Stack reported a 78 per cent increase in revenue, with its number of subscribers growing by 76 per cent.

LGBT protesters hit Dolce and Gabbana's London store

This afternoon, a protest hit Dolce and Gabbana's Old Bond St store in London, led by LGBT activist Peter Tatchell. “We hope to encourage Dolce and Gabbana to apologise and to acknowledge that children brought up in same-sex families are just as happy and well-adjusted as children brought up in traditional heterosexual families," he said. Elton John has led a global boycott against the brand on Instagram in light of the designers’ comments made during an interview with Italian magazine Panorama
LFW Daily

H&M Editor’s Choice: Pandora Sykes, Sunday Times Style

I never have time to change for an evening event during LFW, so I often adapt a look. I’d wear these pieces for day with a white turtleneck underneath and a faux-fur coat on top. They’re pretty much my favourite things at the moment: dorky flares, mules and a bed jacket or kimono. Long flares don’t work on me because I’m short, but these are cropped with a frayed, raw detail, which I love. I definitely think there are new rules for eveningwear: it’s less about body-con clothing with stilettos.
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