Daniel P Dykes

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Photo diary: a fashioniser in Morocco

Postcards from a fashioniser in Morocco. By Daniel P Dykes. There’s something utterly exhilarating about dropping yourself into a completely foreign culture, somewhere where Western culture hasn’t completely permeated. If we’re honest, Western culture has had an impact upon every single corner of the globe. Having spent some weeks in China this year, I can tell you first hand that you have to be far…

Photo diary: a fashioniser in New York; September 2013

Every fashion week has its highs. The catwalks. The parties. The people. But the fact that New York is first on the calendar of the 'big four' fashion weeks makes it a stand out for me. In being first, it gives me, anyone, the chance to travel there early. And in being early, I have chance to do more than a fashion week normally offers and to truly be a traveller in a foreign land. What follows are a few photos from New York during its spring 2014 fashion week season, all from the eye of a fashioniser.

The intimacy of Alexander Wang

Can intimacy exist in crowded spaces? Fitzgerald reasoned so by way of The Great Gatsby. Photographer Kimberley Denise proved as such while sitting front row at Alexander Wang’s spring 2014 showing. Creating beautiful images from the front row isn’t easy. Giving a hint of intimacy, one that conveys the vibe behind a collection, is even more challenging. It takes a particular eye to capture the…

The little red dress: Doina Ciobanu

They haven’t become ubiquitos in so much as they have become iconic. Plunging necklines are an easy statement to make, slit dresses a stronger one. Envisage them in your mind’s eye, however, and it’s likely that you picture a floor length dress with a thigh-high split. That, or Angeline Jolie’s right leg. But spring 2014 is fast shaping up to be a story of something…
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Milonga from Jessica Choay S/S '14

The head-turning, statement-making little black dress

The slit that rises up the thighs. The short hem. The way the the sheer layer responds to the wind and movement thus breathing life into the dress. The way statement after statement are layered into this one, little black dress. The stone balcony. The palm trees beyond it. The water, and all the yachts moored in it, beyond those same trees. All of these…
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Deseo from Jessica Choay S/S '14

Lace, bikini and pool side grace

There’s only so much you can do in the heat of high-summer in the south if France. Sun by the pool, read a book while sunning by the pool, swim in said pool, or, to really mix things up, frolic at a nearby beach. I love water, I love swimming, but such repidity bores me stiff. So while spending part of my summer in St…
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14
Doina Ciobanu in Nostalgia from Jessica Choay S/S '14

Men’s details: a few new pieces

The most perfect vintage sunglasses store in Italy offered me many a great thing: a new must-visit store in Italy’s north that I’ll return to for years to come. Exceptional service. Three pairs of mirrored sunglasses so good that I’d wear all three at once if only I had three sets of eyes. This is them, along with a few other new accessories I’ve both…

Men’s details: the perfect, slim wallet

I hate bulky wallets. Not the least because I don’t understand why a person needs access to every card they own every moment of their life – can’t we all just carry the cards we need for the day ahead? I also hate bulky wallets because they can ruin a look. When a gent pops a bulky wallet into the breast pocket of his suit…

The little black dress that has statement written all over it

Their name evokes because little black dresses can make all manner of statements. They can be classic, not all that little, they can be revealing or demure, they can be the foundation upon which a broader look is built, or they can be the look itself. Lashes of London’s cut-out little black dress is wholly of the latter variety.

Urban nautical in Bucharest: men’s look

Summer time and the living is easy. Yes, it’s a sure sign that Summer has peaked when England has a few hot days. And boy, has it. 30 Celsius plus in England and people have been dying of heat exhaustion. Or so the news tells me – it seems that every time the sun decides to beat down on England’s green and pleasant land I’m…

How to pack for the long haul: carry on luggage

Long haul flights are bastard things, of this I can assure you. Having lived in Australia, I’ve become adept at such flights. And not the kind of long haul that sees one fly from London to New York, but rather the ‘across the world’ kind, Melbourne to London, 24 hours sat in the same seat. 24 hours where you run the risk of being the…

Italy’s vintage sunglasses treasure trove – and why you need to visit it

Great pairs of sunglasses are few and far between. Sure there are some nice styles out there but, for the most part, all the quality sunglasses you’re ever likely to own are made by one company. So while most of us desire to be anything but generic, the glasses which adorn our faces usually are. Hence the rise of elaborate, artisanal sunglasses – an ocular…

Emily Ratajkowski does Paris

Both stunning and super-sweet; Fashionising.com caught up with model Emily Ratajkowski after today’s Ann Demeulemeester showing at Paris fashion week. The first photo we snapped of Emily captured her beauty; after the break you’ll see how we snapped her outfit.

Mistake versus flair

Ah, the angst. When someone has a part of their look that’s skew-whiff, do you tell them? Do you tell the person leaving the toilet that they have paper stuck to their shoe? Or the freshly dined person that they have something in their teeth? You probably should, but often there’s that angst of running the risk of embarrassing them versus letting them go on…

Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s after party

Dolce & Gabbana’s collections evoke memories; their men’s spring 2014 collection, surprise of all surprises, evoking the memory of a Sicily that may only now exist in the realms of fiction and fashion, if it ever existed at all. Last night’s after party for the same collection thankfully bypassed all that – old men on accordions wouldn’t have been flavour of the night as the…

Pitti’s street style details: yesterday

Summer’s heat continued to bare down upon Pitti Uomo yesterday, not that you’d have known it given just how many of the event’s stylish men continue to indulge in layers despite the mercury pointing towards 40 Celsius. Layers there may have been, but Pitti is an event where details rule. After the break we’ll take you through the accessories, from lapel pins to slippers, that…

David Gandy about town

London Collections: Men, the spring 2014 menswear component of London fashion week, kicked off today. And just as he was last season, model David Gandy is man about town as one of the event’s ambassadors.

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