8 March 2009

The Great Outdoors


Focusing on traditional mountaineering and outdoors clothing, I thought I would share these wonderful shots of the latest Spring pieces available at Portobello's The Garbstore. The styling for the shoot was absolutely fantastic, and it was especially nice to see such a coherent theme running through all the looks from the store, despite them stocking pieces from a variety of designers. I appreciated the fact that for the shoot they chose not to go for the obvious rural setting, rather choosing to create an accessible style in light of the urbanised lanscape with hints to the traditional, for example through the cobbled streets. The simple and rather muted natural colour scheme throughout, with khakis and camel browns coupled with soft reds and deep blues, also helped to create a clean vision and approach.

I think it is an unfortunate fact that in London it is quite easy to forget the allure of outdoors clothing, aside from perhaps seeing the frequent city worker lugging their mountain climbing packs onto the underground, creating quite the vivid contrast with their suit and buffed shoes. For me I suppose it is the rugged and practical simplicity of the aesthetic that I find so fascinating. Although one tends to think of outdoors wear as being, in its essence, casual, it is in actuality traditonally quite the opposite. Indeed looking back on the history of mountaineering or hunting clothing, it was always rather a formal affair, simply altered by the choice of fabrics and more practical approach to design. Indeed one notes the buttoned shirts and blazers in this specific shoot dispelling the 'casual myth', so to speak.

Currently playing: 8th Wonder - Sugar Hill Gang

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21 comments:

  1. Oh to be a tiny well dressed asian man!

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  2. I think it's good that now clothes are better suited for what you are going to do in them, don't you?

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  3. The model makes me think of someone I know..who is always walking to work. Of course I live in a smaller town, and there are parts that look rather rural.

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  4. Wow that men really knows how to dress. So stylish and gentleman like.

    xoxo
    Stephanie
    www.modernantoinette.blogspot.com

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  5. I really like how it has almost a hunter's feel to it. Great shoes and hat too.

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  6. Totally loving every single one of the outfits :D The hat is absolutely fantastic! I looove it!

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  7. impeccable styling.....it hardly even looks like outdoor clothing...

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  8. impeccable styling.....it hardly even looks like outdoor clothing...

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  9. Perfection. I not only like the clothes--I want to be his new best friend.

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  10. ooh i like. very outdoorsy but chic at the same time. very comfortable looking to me. ...also reminds me of fishing for some reason. hehe.

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  11. I love the shoot and I love the model!

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  12. i love the model and the clothes. we have a store in nyc that has all english kind of mountain/riding/fishing clothes. i love it.

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  13. love the model and the whole attitude of the pics!

    thanks for sharing this with us none-brits.

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  14. Very lovely.
    Makes me miss my home in the countryside :-(

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  15. I've been hearing a lot of news reports about the miners' strike that happened in England in the 1980s (is this a major anniversary this year or is it just more reminiscing about past economic crises?), so I've been hitting up the Life Magazine photo database for miner pictures. It's made me sadly nostalgic for Levi's denim overalls and construction-style lunch boxes.
    http://images.google.com/images?ndsp=20&hl=en&q=miner+source:life&start=0&sa=N

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  16. This man has such great style! His glasses are wonderful.

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  17. i like the styling here.

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  18. Lovely, pure natural looks.

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  19. how beautiful are the look book shots! i really like how the pieces have been styled too.thanks for reviewing honey!
    mauh x
    Marian.

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