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Stolen Girlfriends Club
June 8, 2009, 12:27 pm
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by Kiwi Mohamed

Rip it Rip it Real hard.

Cult label Stolen Girlfriends Club has clearly robbed us of our hearts here at Daily Value.  What started off as a disbanded crap art band has now become New Zeeland’s answer to the grunge revival currently taking over the runways. With their latest winter 09 collection, Pretty Vacant, designers Marc Moore, Luke Harwood and Dan Gosling have managed to create a punk romanticism that is in no way cliché.  Rips, ties, tartan and hearts mix perfectly amongst the safety pins and faux fur.  If Marie Antoinette had found her self in the belly of 70’s punk, surely she’d covet the shredded lace and tartan tutu or perhaps the cobweb leggings and wire knit scarves.  Our current obsession has to be the silk bondage leggings with its peek-a-boo cut outs. We can’t resist its infinite play about potential.  Other favourites include the shredded luxe sweaters, the tartan sweetheart bustier and the men’s asymmetrical leopard print cardigan. The little heart detailing seems to be the running theme through out both the men’s and women’s wear.  These can be seen in the lining of jackets, gigantic appliqués on sweaters, red velvet Pretty Vacant badges and large tartan bags. Because of this we can’t help but wonder if the boys of SGF are wearing their hearts on their sleeves and our asking us to take a part in their little love parade.


An Eye for An Eye

by Kiwi Mohamed


I stumbled upon Johnathan William Anderson about a year or so ago.  He debuted an accessories collection of beautifully sculptured resin jewellery, where insects and flowers sat in clear bubbles like floating jewels.  I came across him once again, happy to see his new S/S 09 menswear collection entitled “An Eye for An Eye” drenched in religious, historical and mythical paraphernalia.

With this collection Anderson combines the rudiments of traditional schoolboy uniforms with warrior detailing creating a beautiful contrast of innocence, elegance and strength.  There is a nod to historical icons, Diego Velázquez and Raphael Jonathan,  within the pale blue of the jackets and trousers and the blood red fringe elements found on the scarves and cuffs.  The intricate embroidery, short cut shirts and cropped jackets are worn with slouchy khakis.  Here Brideshead Revisited springs to mind as I envision lofty young men poised on the brink of manhood falling in love with the frills of bourgeoisie society as well as each other.

This is Anderson’s third menswear collection and may very well be his best.  I beg anyone to differ.  Be sure to check out his entire collection and look book here.

good, evil and a little complex

If you find yourself with some free time this Friday, be sure to check out “Between Good and Evil” hosted by one of our favourite designers Clayton Evans of Complex Geometries and super boutique Fawn.  Held at Unit bar between 7-10pm you can meet the designer and view a selection of videos featuring the Complex Geometries AW09 line. There is all kinds of international buzz concerning Evans and his label so don’t miss this intimate sneak peak of what’s to come.

Erdem: painterly perfection
February 24, 2009, 2:19 pm
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by Kiwi Awil Mohamed


Monday morning showcased the collection of Montreal-born and London favourite designer Erdem at the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House.  His dazzling dresses were perfectly poetic and executed with such incredible precision down to the very last stitch.  Using his signature silk prints Erdem covered his high collared masterpieces with blooms in deep violet, midnight blues, burnt yellows and deep reds.  The higher waists moulded in to full skirts further embellished with more three dimensional garden flowers before seeping back in to the dress as an inky and beautifully distorted silk print.

The collection also featured cropped jackets, floor length column skirts, tapered trousers and unyielding ankle boots seemingly hand painted to match and equally as delicate. The mood seemed dark and unreservedly romantic as the girls slithered down the runway.  Their skin pale with top knots and crimson lips, reminded us of cold nights spent shut in cavernous Russian palaces and warming by the fire. Truly regal and undeniably desirable, how can you not fall in love with Mr. Moralioglu monumental talent?

For more, you can watch the entire LFW runway show here.

Umit Benan: a rough cut
February 16, 2009, 3:56 pm
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by Kiwi Awil Mohamed


German born and now Milan resident Umit Benan has brought a little bit of old world edge to his new menswear collection for the fall.  A little more than rough around the edges, Umit has managed to create a line of suits, outerwear and knits that are both luxurious but discreet.  At first glance, it is impossible to tell that Umit uses the finest fabrics by some of the best manufacturers in Italy.  Here is where his motto,”What you see is not what you get”, comes to play.  While the quintessence of the garment is what is viewed on the outside, the gorgeous beauty of the fabric is left on the inside and is strictly for your eyes and pleasure alone.  Umit has collaborated with a number of great designers such as Marc Jacobs and Rifat Ozbek but this will be his first presentation of a menswear brand that is truly all his own.

With the simple cuts, lines, colors and his attention to detail we advise all our well dressed male readers to keep an eye out and get your hands on some seriously good stuff.

You can view the rest of the collection here.

LEWIS daydream
February 15, 2009, 5:54 pm
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by Kiwi Awil Mohamed


Designer Alison Lewis previews her new collection for LEWIS with a romantic video featuring gorgeous girls, vintage inspired clothing and the big city. Director Brantley Gutierrez captures the ethereal essence of the clothing perfectly as the models flit about in frill and lace.  We here at Daily Value want every item featured in the SS09 line. But our favourites include high-waist bubble shorts, ruffled camisole, and faultless fit silk shift dress that make us dream of summer.

You can check out the video of the collection here on Vimeo.

Coco Avant Chanel
February 6, 2009, 10:26 am
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By Nimo Awil Mohamed


Coco Chanel’s ever elusive, ever exemplary life has had the film industry clamouring for ways to immortalize (re: capitalize on) and champion one of the greats. The French language version, Coco Avant Chanel, directed and co-written by Anne Fontaine, is partly based on Edmonde Charles-Roux’s book, L’Irrégulière: Ou, Mon Itinéraire Chanel. The film is said to follow a young Coco (before the bastion of Chanel), including her affair with cabaret singing and various romps with men of influence in the fashion world.


After a dull and embarrassing rendition of the French designer by (the bewilderingly cast) Shirley MacLaine, the cutesy Amelie pastry, Audrey Tautou can only do justice at this point. While comparisons will ultimately be made to the exquisite La Vie En Rose we can at least rest assured that this production will surmount anything Mrs. Kutcher attempts.

The release date is still loosely set for this year.

Also, take a gander at this black-and-white silent teaser for the short film, also titled Coco Avant Chanel, that was directed by the Kasier himself.

The full film can be found at Chanel.com.


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