London Graduate Fashion Week 2013 – Men’s Apparel
Amy Gaunt – UCA Rochester
Juliana Siqueira – Istituto Marangoni
Nicholas Daley – Central Saint Martins
What is fashion? Ask around, and you may find more answers than you ever thought possible. To some it is fashion week in Paris, sitting front row at this seasons Saint Laurent showing. To others, it’s popping a tag on a new tee that’s been hanging in the closet, waiting for the right occasion. While high fashion enthusiasts may look down upon the street wear underground, there is an equal amount of street wear heads thumbing their nose at the catwalk. While street wear loyalists may never be able to afford the couture high fashion looks of the runway, or experience the thrill of fashion week, the fashion elitists will never know the joy of camping outside a store all night for the latest sneaker drop, and the feeling you get when you take your first step in your new kicks. While the spectrum of fashion is worlds apart, there is one signifying color that unifies us all. Black. From black satin and chiffon being used in new and creative ways on the runway, to a street wear brands screen printed logo on a crisp black tee, it has always and will always remain a staple of any good wardrobe. Find me a street wear company that doesn’t use black, and I’ll find you a failing company. Find me a designer that doesn’t use black fabric, and I’ll find you a designer on their way out. It is this very idea that has given birth to Two Shades of Black. We are not experts. We are not professionals. We are two hungry men, doing our best to share our perspective and ideas on fashion, in the hopes that we may connect with other like minded freethinkers, to create a more fashionable world. We encourage comments, suggestions, and ideas from every aspect and mindset. We will be shedding light on designers, labels, and boutiques, both international and domestic alike, to encourage you to escape your fashion restrictions. The time has come to break free from what society has defined as “acceptable” fashion, and embrace the idea of individuality, and wear what makes you feel good. For after all, isn’t that a major aspect of what fashion is all about? We don’t buy new clothes because we enjoy letting them hang or sit in a drawer. We buy them to get that rush of pulling that tee over your head for the first time, or buttoning those new jeans for the first time before taking a look at yourself in the mirror. We buy them so our friends could say, “damn where did you get that?”, and we can say, “oh this old thing?” Every color has multiple shades. While the vast majority of them stand tall on their own, sometimes a combination of the two creates twice the impact of the original. Join us as we take this leap into the world of fashion, and help us create a more fashionable tomorrow.