Friday, November 28, 2008

McQ by Alexander McQueen

Alexander Mcqueen

Alexander McQueen was born in London on March 17th 1969 as the youngest of six children. He left school at the age of 16 and was immediately offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Saville Row tailors Anderson and Shephard and then at neighbouring Gieves and Hawkes, both masters in the technical construction of clothing.

From there he moved to the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans where he mastered six methods of pattern cutting from the melodramatic 16th Century to the brutally sharp tailoring which has become a McQueen signature. Aged 20 he was employed by the designer Koji Tatsuno who also had his roots in British tailoring. A year later McQueen travelled to Milan where he was gainfully employed as Romeo Gigli's design assistant. He finally returned to London in 1994 where he completed a Masters degree in Fashion Design. His degree collection was famously bought in its entirety by Isabella Blow.

Since leaving St. Martins and in less than 10 years McQueen has become one of the most famous and respected international fashion designers in the world. He was named British designer of the Year four times in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003. In October 1996 he was appointed Chief Designer at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy where he worked until March 2001.

In June 2003 he was awarded international Designer of the Year by The Council of Fashion Designer's of America (CFDA) and in the same month honoured with 'A Most Excellent Commander of The British Empire' (CBE) by her Majesty the Queen. Alexander was also awarded British Menswear Designer of the Year in 2004.

Alexander McQueen's collections are known for both the emotional power and raw energy of his shows as well as the romantic but determinedly contemporary nature of this clothes. It is typical of McQueen to use the juxtaposition between contrasting elements; fragility and strength, tradition and modernity and fluidity and severity. An openly emotional and even passionate viewpoint is realised with a profound respect and influence for the arts and crafts tradition. Alexander McQueen's collections combine an in-depth working knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, the fine workmanship of the French Haute Couture atelier and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing.

In December 2000 a new partnership saw the Gucci Group acquiring 51% of the company. Recent developments include the opening of flagship stores in New York, London and Milan and the launch of the first McQueen Fragrance 'Kingdom', the addition of the new Menswear and Eyewear collections.

In January 2004 he launched the first ready to wear menswear collection and in October of the same year the British Fashion Council awarded him "British menswear designer of the Year".

January 2006 sees the birth of "McQ - Alexander McQueen", a denim-based ready-to-wear line under a new label. The collections which include womenswear, menswear and accessories are manufactured and distributed worldwide by SINV Spa.

words from McQ

Monday, November 24, 2008

Profile: Jo

Let's Party!

It's been a while since we partied and danced all night to great music and good booze That's why everyone was excited for Thursday because we knew that this would be a night of fun and all night party!! Here are some candids taken from The Barack Obama Victory party held at gweilos makati last Thursday hosted by Par and Ben Sherman ENJOY!
Pictures by Erik and Xtina

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You're invited!

From punk, pop, indie, to rock --- come celebrate a night of great music. Party with us this Thursday at Gweilos, along C.Palanca St., Makati City . Entrance is absolutely free, there is no reason to miss this. See you there!

Monday, November 17, 2008

True glee in Mark Eley...

...and Wakako Kishimoto, of course.
Eley Kishimoto is our surprise brand in dotshop. It was not in our original line-up, but one rare sunny day, and colorful friends we made along the way, led Carlo and myself to their showroom in Paris. In the true spirit of the brand—disarming, surprising and pretty—we bought Eley Kish on a whim. A season later we were invited to the Bonnie Bunny AW08 presentation. More cute and colorful characters filing in to watch the fashion show at The Natural History Museum of London:
Wherein the collection and styling were as darling as ever…Print heroes, Eley Kishimoto…Later that month, Carlo and I were sent off to Paris. On an uncharacteristically rainy evening, we stumbled, once again, upon something very happy—a window that curates Eley Kishimoto’s first collection for Cacharel!
So charmed were we (more I than Carlo, actually, hehe) upon seeing the animal masks worn by the mannequins. I guess this is what makes Eley Kishimoto most memorable—that it is unafraid to be pretty and fun. And if there is a way to weave joy in clothes, Mark and Wakako know it best.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nagae & Mico

For dotdotdot's first photo shoot, we tried asking our friends to model the clothes for us. We were lucky enough to drag 3 of them, unfortunately we still needed one more, and professional model Nagae Ono, came to the rescue.
shirt & trousers.Gaspard Yurkievich/shoes.Swear shirt.Gaspard Yurkievich/jacket.b Store/trouser.Whyred/shoes.Swear
Photography: Joan Bitagcol Hair&Make-up:Tonie&Xtina Models: Nagae, Mico