Men’s – Ritual. Charles Jeffrey Loverboy AW20

While men’s London fashion week seems to get gradually less and less popular, there are still some labels that shine some hope for the once prospering event. “It was a modern-day Scottish sacrifice,” said Charles Jeffrey backstage of his Loverboy show for autumn-winter 2020 season. There was an installation of a hollowed-out tree hung with CDs and topped by a disco ball silhouetted against the dark on a platform at the end of his runway – a place for the ritual propitiation of the ancient, abused forces of nature. So it seemed, as his characters came and went, some dressed in costumes hung with horse brasses and sporting huge equine quiffs, others in Loverboy tartans, and still more in pannier dresses. Another sect looked like a cult of eco-paganists clinging together in their own dance of lament. But other than theatrics, this line-up was the most accomplished collection from the designer yet, clothes-wise. Jeffrey has traversed that stage of his career where he has presented symbolic statements and reached a point where his tailoring fits impressively (and sexily). His waisted, puff-shouldered jackets, flared asymmetric suits and tartan trousers beat with London’s old school spirit. Fantastic dresses (genderless!) and great coats. Even the “commercial” part of the collection – bold Loverboy merch – feels right.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

#InstaLOVE – June 2016

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I am an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my June recommendations!


@elementzenski / This one comes from Poland. Paulina Puchalska and Monia Kucel write about beauty, but from a different, much more sophisticated perspective. Their blog posts are filled with real women’s stories (mentioning beauty tricks and favourite cosmetics), while their Instagram account looks like a constantly evolving mood-board of varying beauty cannons. My latest Insta-obsession, even though I know nothing about cosmetics.

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@caramariepiazza / I wrote about Cara last summer, but I’m having a love affair with her moody feed up to now. She lives and produces in New York as a textile designer and natural dyer. Cara creates one-of-a-kind textiles, using natural dye stuffs such as plant matter, minerals and non-toxic metals. But lately, her most daring artworks (well, even a bra is an artwork in case of Piazza) are made thanks to bundle dying with flower petals. If you follow her (and you should!), you will see a great dose of colour and natural beauty on daily basis. 

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@flowernoritake / A flower shop in Japan’s Nagoya. These guys do magic with flowers, and their talent spans from making wonderful wedding bouquets to arranging whole boutiques (as pictured above). Photos from their Instagram page are striking, too, but unfortunately, you can’t smell the scent of these lilacs…

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@sincerelytommy_ / In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, there’s a concept store which focuses more on lifestyle, rather than on fashion. They sell curated objects coming from around the world. A selection of traditional babouche shoes, handmade in Fez; abstract jewellery by Ruby Star; must-have bags by Building Block. And of course, the photos posted by Sincerely Tommy reflect the unconventional retail attitude of this New York best-kept secret!


@another_man / Another Man Magazine is where fashion and culture collide in the masculine world. The British magazine introuduces new designers (like Charles Jeffrey, pictured above by Ellie Grace Cumming) and looks back at male legends (Mick Jagger or Tom Ford, for example) in great interviews. However, this archive-photograph loving page has a lot to do with such iconic women as Siouxsie Sioux or Cher. So, girls, mind following Another Man on Instagram, just like as you do in case of Another Magazine.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?