Friday, July 11, 2014

Bonobos Guide Shop on La Brea: A New Way to Shop for Men

The Bonobos Guideshop is the latest addition to LaBrea's men's row (they called it a Brotique).  Tommy and I decided to make a night out of finding exactly what a Guideshop is.
We were warmly welcomed by their styling team who offered us a beer or water  at the door. 
(no wine or whiskey, we asked!)
Bonobos was, until recently, strictly an online site.  But after continued requests from customers to try on the clothes before purchasing, they created their Guideshop; a place to try on their clothes,  perfect the fit, and then have their in-house stylist order everything online 
and have it delivered to your door.  

Bonobos started with their chinos.  They have a huge range of colors and come in two leg styles; slim straight or straight leg.  Their cut is known to be stylishly slim but still accommodates for a more ample thigh or butt then some of the other chino labels.
(the stylist described inferior chinos as having "diaper butt")

The contoured waistband is a signature element of their fit.  Curves to the body.  No awkward gaping.

 Bonobos now has an entire clothing collection like this novelty printed slim blazer.  
We loved this Paisley Camo style.

A rack of Summer Weight shirts in bold colors, patterns and prints.

They carry Surfside Board Shorts in 3 leg lengths; 5", 7" and 9".  Length choice is really a personal preference but mainly depends on a guy's height and length of top thigh.  
Its all and how much leg muscle you want to show!

The stylists measured Tommy at a 16 1/2"x 35" shirt size.  After trying on many shirting fits we concluded that the tailored slim was by far our favorite.  
Long enough in the body but with a slim torso and sleeve.
We then picked patterns, and the stylist placed our order online.

A fun bit of tech in the shop is the Selfie Booth in the dressing room.  You're able to take pics of your favorite pieces or outfits, and then print or e-mail them; to yourself or a special someone 
for advice or gift suggestions!

Here's Tommy's selfie with a tailored slim shirt!

And Blogger Meg's selfie! 
(They don't have a women's line)
(but I love this dress from Free People)

It took a week for our package to arrive but 
you can expedite faster shipping if you're under a time crunch.

This was what was inside! 
The Americano Bright Blue shirt in the Tailored Slim Fit
The Purple Gingham Summer Weight shirt in the Slim Fit

Check out Bonobos online or visit one of their Guideshops in 12 cities across the USA.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fashion Illustration: So Many Perspectives

Untitled # 8 from 'Dance' Series by Cathy Daley
So it started with Tommy showing me this artist's work on Tumblr, then he sent me the link and it got me thinking....
Why not share some fashion illustration on the blog???  As a fashion design major in college, I took classes in illustration.  ALWAYS loved it although found it far from easy.  A few simple brush strokes or lines of a pen do not necessarily create the pieces I am showing in this post.

Cathy Daley, a Canadian artist, works with black oil pastels on vellum.  Her whimsical gestures are free flowing yet totally modern.  I adore the minimalism.

Untitled by Cathy Daley
Such movement created with simple loops of the hand- total confidence.

Interpretation od Dior Haute Couture by Mats Gustafson
I love this watercolor bleed technique.  So perfectly placed, so thoughtful in feeling.  Watercolor is such a difficult medium to control yet Swedish artist, Mats Gustafson, does it with such elegance and vision. 
Interpretation of Dior Haute Couture by Mats Gustafson
More of Mats Gustafson.  He captures the pose of the shoulders and neck with such a minimal amount of color.
Biba Girls 2010 by Bobby Hillson
Bobby is an illustrator whose career dates back to the 60's who inked pieces for many of the famous publications; Vogue, Conde Nast  etc.
She then later in her career returned to the infamous Central Saint Martin's school in London to start the MA Fashion course.  Alexander McQueen, Stephen Jones and Rifat Ozbeck were all students who would come under her tutelage.
Another example but totally different technique of confidence of line.
Evolution of Lula 13 2013
 Gary Card who is a set designer, illustrator and all around creative talent created this mix media piece using Quink ink, gouache and colored pencil on paper.
His use of color and texture layers fantasy and modernity.  
Little Black Dress #2 by Miyuki Ohashi
A few gestural strokes and very controlled bits of color.  Beautiful.
Her site is in Japanese so I can not give much detail about the artist but check her out on Tumblr.  Great eye!

My whole education and career has been devoted to fashion.  For me, illustration represents such a feeling of freedom and fantasy from the everyday world.  I feel inspired to pick up my sketchbook.  Why not you too? 

Happy 4th and happy long weekend!!!!