This year, Afropunk hit London for the first time. Held at the prestigious Alexandra Palace, festival-goers at Afropunk were treated to performances from Grace Jones, Kwabs, Jorja Smith, SZA and more. We headed to the festival last weekend to document the display, check out our full photo album on our facebook, and get a look at the highlights here.
When Malick Sidibé passed this April he was reborn through the revisiting of his work. Those that once knew him, remembered and revered him, and those that didn’t were introduced to the youthful energy of his native 1960’s post-independent Mali that, half-blind, Sidibé captured so vibrantly in black and white. Here we celebrate the prints and patterns he loved, that exist in London today.
JOYRICH, the Los Angeles based brand founded by Tom Hirota has collaborated on a capsule collection with Lewisham MC Novelist. The collection launched in London's new street wear pop-up 24HOUR EJDER CLUB, brought along with it an impromptu freestyle by Novelist and his Lewisham based crew, Ruff Sound.
The Palladium Boots Explorer Series is the footwear brand's campaign that puts the spotlight on creatives around the world. This year sees Palladium recruit London's very own, and friends of COZY, Places + Faces who take you on a adventure around the capital as they explain how Places + Faces came to be and what motivates them.
AIDA in Shoreditch is quickly becoming a firm favourite. By combining a boutique featuring select menswear and womenswear brands, a coffee shop with fresh cakes, pastries, and various drinks, and the odd live music performer, Aida aims to make you feel right at home as soon as you enter, no matter your interests. We find out why family is important at AIDA and just how the store came to be.
Scott W Mason is a British fashion image maker, and recent graduate from Falmouth University. Specialising mainly in illustration, Scott showcases fashion through highlighting shape and hints of colour. We spoke to Scott about this year's LCM, see what he had to say and check out some of his outstanding illustrations!
Dolce & Gabbana debuted its abaya collection on the Arabian branch of online retailerStyle.comon Sunday. The range consists of hijabs and abayas in neutral colours, featuring classic D&G motifs such as intricate lace trims and even includes prints from their SS16 collection such as polka dots, lemons, and daisies.
Our first ever Christmas gift guide has been handpicked, making sure you’re left to decide between the best of the best for the lucky guy or girl in your life (Not to mention those annoying people, who are just so tricky to buy for!) Browse, shop & Enjoy!
So It's Halloween and you don't have your costume ready. Have no fear! COZY’s got you covered! We put together a list of costumes made up of some things you may already have in your wardrobe. Check it out here.
The Electric Tees brand sits under Blank Slate Inc, a fashion incubator with their own brands based in the heart of Shoreditch. Run by Kuben Edwards, a pioneer in sustainable fashion, Electric Tees recently released their unisex recycled organic graphic collection. Consisting of a playful mix of tongue in cheek graphics on both sweat-shirts and tees. We shot a lifestyle lookbook of the new collection. Check it out.
Whilst a lot of focus is always on London, New York, Paris and Milan during the fashion week seasons of September and February, there is so much more to see in other cities too. A refreshed perspective is always needed, especially regarding style- and this is why I’ve kept my eye on Berlin lately. Last month, Berlin Fashion Week exploded with up-and-coming designers, arguably outshining that of the other more established fashion capitals. I've chosen the top 3 I can't wait to see again, check them out below.
Until last night, not many of us could say that we were familiar with the aesthetic or even the designer’s name, but all of that changed in a matter of minutes when Rihanna graced the Met Gala red carpet in a canary yellow, fur trimmed robe followed by three assistants to tend to her train (yes you read correctly, three).
Merge together the contemporary edginess of New York and the traditional culture of Cote-d’Ivorie and you get Loza Maléombho. The Brazilian born designer was raised between Africa and the United States, inspiring the multiculturalism that is so present and alive within her garments.
Developing a following amongst some of Britain’s biggest fashion bloggers and stylish individuals, London-based jewellery designer Gogo Phillip has launched his first ready-to-wear collection and it’s just as covetable as his classic chains and hoop earrings.
As I let out a sigh and peer out of the window towards the sky that has become a palette of dreary greys and ponder upon the anti climax that was Friday morning’s solar eclipse, the GUTTERDUST X NICCE LONDON collaboration offers a refreshing form of tropical escapism for a brief moment.
Independent British label Bellfield is a name some may be familiar with. Born out of a design organisation back in the 70s, Bellfield have built up a distinct brand aesthetic and mixes it’s heritage-inspired roots with modern trends to create apparel that stands out from the crowd and exude effortless style. Whilst mainly using a neutral colour palette for most of their clothes; to maintain the vintage side of their brand identity; Bellfield aren’t afraid to experiment and produce some great trophy pieces.
The designer duo hailing all the way from South Korea are back again in London for their second season at Fashion Scout, after winning the prestigious Merit Award last year for their SS15 collection.
The creative direction behind their brand derives from both Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe’s passion and love for environmental issues, social problems and animal cruelty, which makes up their design philosophy; “Respect love and nature”, which offers up an interesting contrast when comparing that to their AW15 collection.
We sent COZY's very own Barb to Fashion Week yesterday to get some shots of all the action. She hit the Jacob Birge Fashion Scout show, and checked out some of the showrooms. Check out her snaps below...
In the run up to our first ever COZY MAG Presents: event, we decided to get a little up close and personal with the amazing brands that are proudly sponsoring the show. Critics Clothing, founded 3 years ago by Samanah Duran was first. We caught up with Samanah last week to talk more about the brand.
Whilst previous collections have been inspired by childhood icons and retro toys, Clara Martin still returns back to nostalgia and youth as inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2015 and explores one particular aspect of childhood; boy scouts.
Street wear brand LIZZY has released a new collection #GETLIZZY. LIZZY takes designs that aim to inspire and places them within a street culture context. We explored their latest collection, check out the lookbook below.
Recently, COZY mag had the chance to catch up with the up and coming streetwear designer Djiba Berete from New York. Unbelievably, he is only 21 but making huge impact on the high street fashion scene. Let’s see what he’s up to next…
Within the ever rising online streetwear/lifestyle community lies Jake Hartwell, a 20 year old who's proven to be a leader within multiple communities, managing the ever popular "Supreme Talk UK/EU" and "The Basement" Facebook Groups.
I got the chance to chop it up with Jake earlier this month via Facebook and ask him a few questions.
From sneak previews of looks from backstage to some off-duty styling, I find that models’ Instagram are a great source of inspiration and that little bit of exclusivity you can’t get from magazines these days.
This morning, Nike Women revealed their new "City Collection" featuring Air Force 1s, Capes and of course- these dope Benassi's. Inspired by "style capitols" - The collection celebrates the "bold and fearless attitudes" of London, Milan, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai & Paris. With a bold array of colors- this collection stands out and represents the people "unafraid" to push new trends which it's designers say it is inspired by and created for.
London has always been a hub for fashion which has lead many individuals to push against the grain to create their own style identities which have in turn developed into renowned independent brands. Camden, Hackney and Portobello Road are just a few examples of hot spots with an effervescent fashion scene that’s always eager and open for a new kid on the block.
Whilst most high street brands seek to harness the power of collaborating with another big name brand, Topshop have taken a more insightful approach to their collaborations. Rather than opting to work with some major designers, Topshop chooses to support up-and-coming labels, gaining them the exposure that they need. Marques'Almeida is the newest label to collaborate with Topshop among other new designers such as Mary Katrantzou and Richard Nicoll to name a few.