Popstore Loves

Window Design – Christian Louboutin – Catterpillar

Christian Louboutin launches its latest dynamic window exhibit in the London Flagship store, located on Mount Street in the heart of Mayfair. The wonderful designers ‘Studio XAG’ were briefed by Christian Louboutin to create a summer garden featuring a giant catterpillar. We just love the results below, we recommend you go down and see it in the ‘flesh’ at the London Mount St boutique. The above creation is a light-hearted tableau, featuring a stylised summer garden against the backdrop of a perfect azure sky and cotton wool clouds. With the central installation, the Caterpillar ‘just hanging out’ with myriad legs that have been replaced with those of a shapely woman. This magic display put a smile on our faces at Pop Store HQ, we love to see designers thinking beyond constraints. Thoughts are welcome…

Campaign – Jimmy Choo – Pour Homme

So… Tamara does men! Not just Christian Slater, no no she’s doing a whole range for MEN! We all claim the first thing we look at when we see a man are his shoes… Tamara Melon says her collection is for Artists and Investment bankers alike… from chunky, black leather biker boots, to classic, leather loafers and on-trend Chelsea boots. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLJEGPsYYiw] The collection also includes high-top cashmere trainers, which will be available in animal prints such as leopard and zebra; and for the man who has everything, a pair of gentleman’s ‘evening slippers’, available in a velvet jacquard ‘Porno Paisley’ print, or for those with a sense of humour, in black glittery fabric. What do you all think of this collection, let us know… slap a comment down, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Campaign – Mood Film – Y-3’s A/W Collection 2011/12

Y-3 has gone all ‘Broke Back’ on us with this beautiful ‘mood film’. Featuring army parkas, striped union suits, quilted work jackets in suede and wool, and cotton leggings inset with panels of Fair Isle knits – as well as the odd embrace. We love… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VhI55LCfUQ&feature=player_embedded#at=83]

Campaign – Alexander Wang – Fall T by Alex Wang Collection

Fashionista gives us a look at Alexander Wang’s new fall campaign for his T by Alex Wang collection… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlgM_VU7nhQ&feature=player_embedded]

Campaign – SLVR – Adidas

Adidas SLVR campaign

We bring you a Mood Film, directed by Willy Vanderperre showing the A/W11 Adidas SLVR campaign. The models featured are Anouck Lepore and Alexander Beck. What do you think? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luswtudCTmM&feature=player_embedded#at=60]

Interior – Pop Store – Top Secret Project

We thought we would give you a sneak peek of a project we are working on with some familiar friends in LA. All very hush hush, but we will keep you updated. Here are some workings in progress for the interior of the secret location… These unfinished pieces have taken inspiration from French furniture from Louis The 14th and 16th periods.  Turned wooden white washed posts hold the metal rail for clothing. All of these pieces are based on French antiques, with a nod to the modern day. We will be using current print methods and fabrics to update these beautiful pieces.

Pop Up Shop – London – Bathing Ape

Location: The Old Truman Brewery, 25 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR  Date: Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 10th July A Bathing Ape have only gone and set up a PIRATE pop-up store on Hanbury street, you know, near that trendy Brick Lane place, with the curry and skinny jeans and things.             Exclusive tees, and other garments are to be expected, and if you are real fan, it is definitely the place to be.

Review – Music – Little Dragon

Album: Little Dragon by Little Dragon Little Dragon’s self titled album is music for lazy days in the park, tea parties, late night trains, and boozy lunches with your bezzies. This album is part electronica, part new wave, part R&B and 60% brilliant! Before you think only 60%? DO NOT let that stop you from reading on! If you don’t particularly enjoy electro but sometimes find yourself tapping your feet to The Knife or Hot Chip, then there IS hope… Little Dragon delivers so much more texture than electro, so much more! In all honestly, the album hosts as many ‘stand-out’ tracks as ‘skip-overs’, but the ‘stand-outs’ never get boring. With emotionally taut lyrics tied in with beautiful vocals and abstract electronics, the album stands proud as not only unique but strangely familiar. We won’t bore you with individual track write-ups, but we will recommend ‘Ritual Union’, it is pure genius! These four school chums from Gothenburg should be proud of them selves, with sparse, quirky, gender-bending sounds, and singer Yukimi Nagano’s eerie and heartful tones, this album deserves credit where it’s due.

Style – London – Glamour’s Golden Age

After watching ‘Glamour’s Golden Age’ on BBC4 last night, we felt we should post about London’s first ‘Bright Young Things’. In the 1920’s a group of privileged young men and women changed the way following generations looked at style, boundaries and sexuality. They were the first tabloid stars and had such a modern aesthetic, that they could be living in East London now.

Steven Tennant

This could be a picture from the 1980’s as much the 20’s, gold sprinkles in his hair and the Bowie-eque pose. This is a picture of Tennant’s compatriots who were tastemakers of their time. They could be in London Fields any day of the summer. Their fancy dress parties became legendary happenings that gave everyone license to morph their age, gender and appearance.

Inspiration for Gaga?

The BBC documentary, linked below, proves that the fame-seeking tabloid scene is nothing new, neither is drug-taking, gender ambiguity, or eccentric glittery style. It’s all been done before. DON’T let that stop you though. Every generation needs their ‘bright young people’. You will have to try very hard to be original now though. Meat dress?…..no thanks http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00nk9m5/Glamours_Golden_Age_Beautiful_and_Damned

Event – Music – London

TRI-GIG Three must see musical feasts are in London this week, we wanted to point you in the right direction… Beady Eye Tonight…One Mr. Liam G is heading to the Roundhouse this week as part of the annual iTunes festival with fellow Brits, Arctic Monkeys and Adele. Expect tracks with inspiration taken from the Beatles and Stones and some Brit Pop Bangers! The Steve Cradock band provide even more retro thrills (and no doubt the odd Ocean Colour Scene singalong) in support! Ed Sheeran OK, so we have another ginger crush in the shape of Ed Sheeran, but he’s really rather top, seriously. The singer, songwriter, scatman and electronic looping genius supports Bruno Mars at the Roundhouse on July 8, following two headline gigs on Wednesday and Thursday at Scala. Get tickets now to avoid disappointment, as they say. Sub Focus and friends…  Get ready…  we have got Sub Focus, Toddla T, Hervé, Jack Beats, Surkin, Jaymo & Andy George to pick and mix from… The London superclub, Fabric has an astonishing line-up across its sprawling dancefloors and nefarious corners this Friday (July 8). Fabric will also play host to legendary Notting Hill night YoYo. The latter’s Greenmoney and Seb Chew transport their Thursday night good vibes to the weekend. There’s a load of DJs we’ve never heard of too! Should be an amazing night!
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