Dulwich Late Night Charity Event

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Last Thursday saw our newest store situated on Dulwichs Lordship Lane hold a late night in support of the very wonderful St. Christopher’s charity. The evening included fizz, light bites, exclusive Question Air discounts and a raffle draw with some fantastic donations from our local surrounding stores. We would like thank everybody that came down and made the night so special and for contributing to such a great cause. Question Air x

 

Question Air Q&A: Citizens of Humanity

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First things first – who is the Citizens of Humanity girl?
Our vision for the Citizens of Humanity customer is a timeless and confident woman. She is conscious of social good, has an appreciation for travel, and cares about her long-term impact on the environment. When it comes to denim she is someone who does not comprise on style or quality, and who appreciates an effortless, impeccable fit.

With your Spring16’ collection giving nod to the seventies – what drove you to pay homage to this particular era of denim?
The majority of the inspiration for all of my designs come from the 60s and 70s. This is the era in which I grew up and feel very inspired by the fashion, furniture, cars and even music from that time. This Spring, we continue to be moved by the 70’s. We see glimpses of this influential fashion era in vintage-inspired high rise silhouettes and flared denim. The collection takes on a fresh powdery shade range from hints of icy blue to powdery mid blues to classic shades of indigo that are quite reminiscent of the 70’s era. The inspiration is very apparent in a number of the season’s flared retro styles including an ultra high rise flare named the Cherie which gives a flattering illusion of mile long legs, as well as the classic high rise flare style named Fleetwood offered in a variety of clean and vintage inspired washes. We continue to implement new innovation in laundry methods to improve the look of our vintage washes in the most authentic way possible.

We’ve spotted faces such as Chrissy Teigen, Candice Lake and Joan Smalls in your jeans. Who would you most love to see styled up in Citizens of Humanity?
We’ve been so lucky to have some incredible men and women as devoted fans of the brand. Chrissy, Candice, and Joan are a few of our favorite ladies and we’re so grateful to see them wear our styles time and time again. We also wouldn’t be upset to see Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld wearing Citizens of Humanity, as both ladies always look so polished and beautiful.

Everybody has their go-to pair of jeans. What exactly makes denim both so versatile and so sustainable?
Denim is a living fiber because the hand and the color always changes. The character of the marks on each pair of jeans changes over time with each wear. Denim is truly the foundation of every person’s wardrobe, an essential item that can easily be dressed up or down. Over the years, we have set ourselves apart through our commitment to cutting edge style, comfort, and fit without compromise. At Citizens of Humanity, we design, market, and produce our jeans in an internal laundry facility in Los Angeles to ensure our product is unparalleled. In addition, we have several specialty lines such as our SCULPT fabrication and Premium Vintage collections that allow us display our mastery of the craft.

The Parker fit have stormed their way into the press; being cited by a mass of style bloggers. Why have these jeans proven so popular in the blogosphere?
We are beyond thrilled with all the love that the Parker Fit has been receiving. It is always so incredible when you put your heart into creating something that you hope everyone will embrace and they do just that. With the huge rise in classic fits, we wanted to create a jean that evokes that vintage, well-worn feel for the modern woman. We feel this particular style has received such praise due to its authentic vintage look but with a softer feel and fabrication that hugs the body in all the right places which is rare to find with vintage denim.

We love the Citizens of Humanity Instagram! With the curation of your social posts playing a key role in the brands identity, how has new media impacted you over the past twenty-five years?
As different media channels evolve, we as a brand have adapted to the way of the world, which has been a really exciting venture for us. Social media has offered us a platform to share content with our followers and tell our brand story in a way that we weren’t able to before. In addition to our website, our Instagram acts as an important avenue to share content from our editorial magazine, HUMANITY. The magazine is published biannually, sharing timeless, inspiring stories on all aspects of culture.

Finally, your new collection embraces both new silhouettes and the classic fits we know and love. What jeans fit should we be absolutely be wearing this season?
This Spring, it is all about classic vintage fits. We believe in the non-stretch denim and high rise fits reminiscent from the 90’s to make a strong come back this season. We are doing extremely well at retail with two of our newest fits named the Liya and Cora, which embody the effortlessly worn-in feel and look of a vintage pair of jeans. The Liya is an early 90’s inspired fit with a higher rise, tapered leg and a slightly shorter inseam. The Cora has a very similar top block as the Liya, but has a wider, relaxed leg. Both fits can be worn cuffed or uncuffed, depending on your preference, and are must-have items for the season!

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Question Air Q&A with Style Confessional


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Firstly, we loved your picks for this shoot. What made you to choose our Rag & Bone Slogan Tee and Current Elliott Infantry Jacket
I shot this right before London Fashion Week, before the madness starts I like to dial it down in relaxed pieces but still give a nod to trends and look well put together. I love the recurring military trend and this khaki jacket has a great utility vibe perfect for elevating otherwise minimal looks like this. Rag & Bone never fail to impress me with their effortless edgy pieces. This tee from their Jean range is so lightweight and easy to wear and the cute slogan definitely echoed the vibe I was going for with this look.

We’re all about key-transitional pieces easing us into Spring. What are your 5 wardrobe staples for the new season?
As I mentioned, I’m all about utility pieces and jackets like this Current Elliot one are so versatile during those in between months. I’m loving white shirts at the moment too, they’re great for layering and I’ve been styling them with a flared open cuff which has been a huge street style trend at fashion week this month. Denim is always a good transitional component too, at the moment I’m notating between biker jeans and some vintage Levi’s that I cut myself. I also love to carry a brightly coloured mini-handbag during this time of year, a pop of colour can instantly brighten up a look, especially on those rainy days when you feel like wearing nothing but black and grey. Footwear wise a good pair of leather or suede black ankle boots are also an essential for me between seasons.


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Fashion Week is upon us; what kind of coverage do you typically run?
In recent seasons I’ve been all about live-streaming everything on snapchat. That way my followers don’t miss out on a thing, it’s completely unfiltered and I always include funny and embarrassing fashion week moments too – you can catch me on Snap at lucia_grace. Instagram will showcase a curated collection of my favourite shows and of course my outfits, and where possible I’ll run a little commentary on Twitter. I’m not yet into Youtube but am looking forward to making my first travel-vlog during Paris Fashion Week next week.

Your Instagram gives us a serious case of Wanderlust; how do you think street-style differs between Paris and London?
London is definitely more edgy, I think because it’s fashion history is still relatively new so with London designers there’s this energy to experiment and play around with fashion more, and this is definitely reflected on the streets. Whereas Paris, with it’s extensive fashion history of grand couturiers it houses some of the oldest and most well known global designers and is often regarded as the world’s fashion capital. So, everything’s a bit more classic, more elegant and of course, no one does chic like a Parisian. (@luciagrace)



You’ll soon to be set to graduate your BA Fashion Journalism Course at the prestigious London College of Fashion; what are your post-grad plans?
Scary times indeed. I am though, so excited to finally be finished with education, it’s been tough and rewarding and I’ve learned a lot but I’m so ready for the next chapter in my life. My plan is to carry on blogging full-time and I’m so excited for the bigger things to come with Style Confessional.

Finally, which three Question Air pieces would you recommend to our readers?

This grey knit by Seven Cindy is a timeless and classic wardrobe essential. I also love this gorgeous printed pussybow blouse by DVF and this Tiba + Marl back pack is super cool.

Question Air Q&A with Anine Bing

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What was your inspiration for this current collection?

I’ve been inspired by the 70’s in Los Angeles and South of France. The collection has a lot of sporty elements mixed in with some beautiful 70’s pieces and of course a touch of some bohemian aesthetics.

You feature your beautiful children on your Instagram. How do you manage the demands of work and family?

My family is everything. I love being able to do what I do while raising my children. I involve them in everything I do.

Where do you think any visitor to LA should visit while in town?

My ANINE BING flagship store located on 3rd street in West Hollywood.
Larchmont is my favorite street in LA. Visit the farmers market on a Sunday. And you can’t come to LA without visiting the beaches in Malibu. Venice is also a fun place – especially Abbot Kinney with its many shops and restaurants. You’ll find my favorite juice and smoothie place Kreation and Gjelina is a must if you’re in the neighborhood. Their pizzas, salads and desserts are just amazing.

What made you want to start your own fashion label?

I started the line because I wanted to create the perfect pair of jeans. I had so many jeans in my wardrobe but none with the PERFECT fit. There was always something I wanted to change and after a while I realized I should take it into my own hands and create my own jeans.

My aim with the brand has always been to create a collection with styles that are easy to mix and match. I started with jeans on my mind and expanded quickly into leather, shoes and jewelry.

Who is the Anine Bing Woman?

She is confident and comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t try too hard and she knows how she wants to dress. She travels the world and has a busy schedule which require a wardrobe and clothing pieces that are easy to combine and that works for any occasion – no matter if she is in a business meeting, picking up kids from school our out and about with her girlfriends.

What is your key piece from the collection and why?

Well, the denim is always a hit. They have a great fit and are super comfortable. The army jacket is also a favorite of mine not to mention the Bianca – the studded buckle boots. They make any outfit more interesting.

If you could choose one place in the world to have your design studio where would it be?

I would choose exactly where I am. I am so happy here in Los Angeles and would not want to be anywhere else.

We are huge fans or your Instagram account has it always been so key to the brands identity and where does your inspiration come from?

Thank you. I really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life and I hope I inspire with all my pictures. I share beautiful, happy moments. A mix of the city I live in, my children and of course glimpses of my career.

ThePerfext: LA’s Hottest Leather Label

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ThePerfecxt – LA’s Hottest Leather Label

Here at Question-Air we are super-excited about our new label, ThePerfext.

ThePerfext is the design collaboration between L.A. entrepreneurs Elyse Walker and Sable Banoun. Walker is founder of her own exclusive boutique in the Pacific Palisades and is the go-to stylist for some of Hollywood’s biggest names and Banoun, the buyer of her online store Forward by Elyse Walker and designer of BSable, has worked alongside her for 13 years.

The inspiration for their line of quality fashion staples was to create the must have items that every woman should own. Putting their combined 40 years of fashion experience together, the two have created a debut collection which delivers on all fashion fronts; beautifully crafted leathers and suedes which are made in L.A. and have a contemporary cut to create stylish and timeless pieces that seamlessly transition from day to night.

Fringing is BIG news this season, and a fabulously fringed jacket from ThePerfext taps into the 70s trend, so ubiquitous on the catwalks.

For summer, we’d wear ThePerfext Christy Suede Jacket as an eye-catching statement summer coat, ideal for festivals or Ibiza. It ‘s lightweight and features beautiful woven detailing and the suede is exquisitely soft.

For a jacket with all-year-round wow-factor, ThePerfext April Fringe Jacket, would elevate the most paired-back of looks, and adds that “LA cool” to a simple tank or shirt and skinny jeans.

ThePerfext epitomises a laid-back but luxurious aesthetic, so it’s easy to see why the label is already building up a loyal fan base of celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

Question Air Q&A: Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller is an icon in New York’s fashion industry, widely known for her particularly wearable approach to glamorous womenswear. A graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, Nicole also studied for a year in Paris, the city of her mother’s birth, at the legendary L’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. She began her career in the fashion industry in New York City, designing for other brands before launching her own label in 1982. In the intervening years, the Nicole Miller label’s easy elegance has attracted a large, loyal fan base all around the world.

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Question Air recently caught up with the designer for an exclusive Q&A session to get to know more about Nicole Miller – both the woman and the fashion brand.

 

QA: Describe your style in three words.

NM: Chic, elegant and uncontrived.

QA: Who is the Nicole Miller woman?

NM: The Nicole Miller woman is edgy yet sophisticated and wants to feel good in everything she wears.

QA: Tell us a little about how you got started as a designer.

NM: I knew I wanted to be a designer at age 12, reading my mother’s French fashion magazines.

QA: What was your inspiration for your recent collections?

NM: For Fall 2014 – Female Warriors. Strong, fierce independent women throughout history from different cultures.

For Spring 2015 – Flying down to Rio. #NMouttaHere. I love the French Peter Allen song (Je vais à Rio) and was inspired by the Copacabana sidewalk, fruits and palm trees. Very vibrant, bold & bright colours.

 

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 Shop Nicole Miller dresses online at Question Air

 

QA: If you could do anything else apart from being a designer, what would it be?

NM: I do a lot of things beyond designing – I am an avid skier, wake-boarder, international foodie and a philanthropist. I also love reading the news, going to art museums and movie premieres.

QA: We know you love to travel. What’s your favourite place on earth and why?

NM: Courchevel, France. There’s nothing better than a European après ski.

QA: What is your number one New York hangout?

NM: My office is my creative space because there is just so much in it.

QA: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

NM: As a working mom, take Fridays off!

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Shop the Nicole Miller collection online at Question-Air.com

Handbag Heaven. Clio Goldbrenner.

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New to Question Air this season, Clio Goldbrenner has built a reputation in creating must-have handbags for the style savvy woman, mixing high quality materials with chic design. Clio’s eponymous brand of handbags has already been the favourite new accessory for trendy Belgians for the last two years.

Clio Goldbrenner whose family name means “goldsmith”, has chosen to accessorise her creations with a smart reference to her name, decorating each handbag with a golden chainmail strip.

In this collection python comes to the fore, with its used effect testimony of a worked process that gives it the suppleness of fabric.

However, even if this new collection is all about feeling good, Clio also knows that relaxing also means having fun. And for those who need the excitement of the night to round off their days, she has created a series of ‘minaudières’ and structured boxes which bring just the touch of colour and rigour required to complete this impeccably sober and perfectly balanced collection.

Clio Goldbrenner Spring/Summer 2014 – Official from Clio Goldbrenner on Vimeo.