‘CAPS/One Size Fits All’ is a highly original book by Steve Bryden which chronicles the often overlooked story of cap culture. Looking back to the original conception and addressing multiple design changes, Bryden maps out the journey of the cap from its “humble beginnings” as a functional item and emphasizes the ways in which it has evolved into a fashion must-have.
Like many who have been swept up by the cultural craze for caps, Bryden’s enthusiasm for this all weather accessory is unwavering. In the introduction to his encyclopaedic style book, he tells the charming tale of where his preference for wearing and collecting caps first stemmed from (we’ll let you read that one yourselves) and shares a childhood photograph of himself sporting his cap number 1, a red Marlboro promotional hat. Surely that will be a collector’s item one day!
Steve Bryden © Kat Green
“I feel naked if I leave the home without one on. And I’m not the only one… there are many of us who throw them on each morning, unaware of how much this humble design had changed fashion on a global scale.”~ Steve Bryden
Journalist and brand consultant Gary Warnett taps into a little bit of headwear history to give us an idea of where the cap community came from and how it has “snowballed into such a huge phenomenon over its 150+ years of existence.” We’re talking army hats, golfing hats, contemporary baseball caps and even the anatomy of a cap, this book tells it all! Honestly, who knew there was a fine from the 1500’s for failure to flaunt a hat on Sundays?
“The cap can hide and it can highlight, and though its beginnings were simple and functional, its meanings today are almost infinite.”~ Gary Warnett
Supreme x Comme Des Garçons Shirt
Marc Jacobs Paris 59Fifty
In CAPS / One Size Fits All, Steve Bryden introduces us to the ‘Major Players’ in cap culture, brands like New Era and American Needle who have taken the cap’s contour as a blank canvas on which to stamp with their own unique character. He even interviews cap connoisseurs, the people he describes as ‘Influencers and Innovators’, who truly know caps like the back of their hand.
This awesome book is packed full of famous faces looking cool and casual in all different types of colourful caps. Bryden has sourced images of everyone from Britney and Beastie Boys in trucker caps to Will Smith wearing his 90’s snapback as the Fresh Prince and Tom Hanks’ in the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. cap from the 1994 movie Forest Gump. As well as many more photos of cap wearers from major city streets.
We at TWENTY6 absolutely loved looking though the fashion designer cap collaborations that have happened over the years and the Marc Jacobs x New Era caps from 2011 in 3 shades of grey were definitely among our favourites. That’s the beauty of this book, whether you’re into sports, film, art, skateboarding, tattoos or even shoes, you’ll be sure to find a cap in here that fits.
“The cap is here to stay – and will remain forever on my head.”~Steve Bryden
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd. (17th February 2014)
Love Twenty6 x
Words: Katie Downing
Alex Monroe has been creating nature inspired jewellery for over 25 years and tonight he launches his memoirs in this beautifully written book ‘Two Turtle Doves’. Surely he means ‘Five Gold Rings’? Either way, a must-read.
Bloomsbury Publishing, RRP £16.99
Love Twenty6 x
Pretty in pink! 🌸 @chanelofficial #ss14 #pink #flower #floweroftheday #spring #springhassprung
It’s a fact - the daily commute is making us all stresses, anxious and unhappy. But, for most of us, that half an hour spent on a packed tube or bus staring into space or craning to read someone else’s newspaper, is a non-negotiable part of working life in the capital.
But the Affordable Art Fair is on a mission!
They want to show unhappy Londoners how they can combat the energy-sapping, mood deflating effect of the journey to work, with a simple block of plasticine - in our favourite shade HOT PINK - and a little bit of imagination.
You might have spotted the giant pink plasticine statue of the iconic Venus de Milo which has taken up residence outside Liverpool Street Station, one of the city’s busiest commuter thoroughfares, to act as a beacon of inspiration for burnt-out workers.
They want YOU to put the therapeutic powers of art to the test this week with the launch of CommuteCreative. Get your creative juices flowing a make the most of your journey home this evening or into work tomorrow morning. Unwrap your humble block of plasticine and get sculpting and building - create your own mini - masterpiece on the move.
Then Tweet and share your finished creation using #CommuteCreative and get a free ticket to this weekend’s Affordable Art Fair.
“The act of creativity is incredibly healing. You’re often standing or sitting in silence for an hour or more during the commute so why not start the day by focusing on getting in touch with your own inner creativity? By doing so, you could feel a sense of fulfilment by the time you arrive at work.” ~ Amanda Wright, art therapist and artist.
The Affordable Art Fair is taking place from Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th March in Battersea Park.
Keep an eye out for TWENTY6’s commute creations! x
Dreamy daffodil yellow by @bora_aksu. #SS14 #boraaksu dress #daffodil #yellow #flower #floweroftheday #springhassprung #Spring #March
The warm weekend #weather had us excited for Spring… @dior #SS14 #footwear flower #floweroftheday #orchid #pink #Spring #dior
The Jazz culture has always been a celebrated form of social commentary and poetic expression. Copenhagen’s legendary status as one of the jazz capitals of the world grew in the 1950s and 1960s, when a whole host of leading American jazz icons had their creative base in the city. Among those who have called Copenhagen home are Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, and Ella Fitzgerald. Each and every one of them has drawn inspiration from Denmark’s jazz scene’s most important jazz club: Jazzhus Montmartre. They all moved to Copenhagen because of its special atmosphere. The AW14 collection is a tribute to the special ambiance and the extraordinary people of that era’s jazz scene especially the grand Lady of Jazz, Billie Holiday also known as Lady Day. The gripping images of smoky piano bars, stormy nights, the scent of mahogany and the singing diva have all inspired Ole Yde for his AW14 collection. YDE aims to bring back the unique atmosphere of Jazz in those magical days to the present.
YDE unveiled its first jewelry collection, designed by Ole Yde, and handmade by esteemed French Atelier, Gripoix.
YDE’s AW14 is nostalgic and youthful at the same time. Ole Yde balances soft silks and plush velour with textured wools, jacquards, paillettes and embroidered lace. YDE mixes its gentle and feminine signature details with tailored and structured silhouettes. Blacks and greys are put together with glittery gold and deep rich jewel tones. The collection is a modern, elegant and loving ode to the great divas of Jazz.
Love Twenty6 x
So it’s a Friday at 6pm and TWENTY6 are already contemplating an evening of ABCs… that’s Appletinis, Bellinis and Cosmopolitans. It’s no secret that these tasty tipples can contain as many calories as a chocolate cake and that a night of cocktail consumption can quickly counteract that gruelling midweek gym session and all those low fat lunches.
Last Friday was something slightly different as we were invited along to the stylish Sanctum Soho Hotel to sample some calorie conscious cocktails with the revolutionary health drink brand Aspire Drinks. Launched back in 2010, Aspire Drinks are a range of fruity refreshments containing ingredients that have been carefully selected for their health and metabolism benefits. Proven to burn calories when drank as part of a healthy lifestyle, these carbonated soft drinks have fast been becoming a favourite among the body and health conscious and can be enjoyed “in the morning to kick start your day, with a healthy lunch, whilst on the go, in the office or before any form of exercise.”
With such a delicious health drink at our disposal and that pang of guilt we get from dashing our dieting efforts with a sugary Sex on the Beach - or three, it made perfect sense to us that Aspire Drinks had considered an alcoholic addition and turned their attention to creating cocktails without the calories… genius.
Arriving at the legendary Sanctum Soho Hotel, which has been selected as the first London based bar to stock Aspire Drinks, we were treated to our all time favourite Appletinis and Cosmpolitans as well as a scrumptious Sea Breeze. The brands two fruity flavours, Apple & Acai Berry and classic Cranberry were being mixed by the hotel’s expert mixologists with the magic being that they all come in at under 60 calories per drink.
The ‘skinny cocktail party’ really opened our eyes to the incredible versatility of this tasty diet drink, proving that they can be part of your fitness regime and social life too – something TWENTY6 are very happy about.
Thank you to Aspire Drinks for such a great evening, but do you think there is there some way you can remove the hangover too…?
Love TWENTY6 x
Words: Katie Downing
WHY NOT ENTER TOPSHOP’S ONCE IN A LIFE TIME COMPETITION TO HAVE YOUR DREAM PROM DRESS MADE?
This March, TOPSHOP is offering two lucky students the opportunity of a lifetime to have their dream dress made bespoke by Topshop’s renowned design team.
The competition, which opened on the 3rd March and runs until the 17th March 2014, is offering girls from the US, UK, Ireland and Germany to design their dream dress in consultation with Topshop’s Head of Design, Emma Farrow. The lucky winner will have their dress made-to-measure in Topshop HQ’s design studio in London.
To enter, you will need to create a dream prom mood-board on Pinterest, pinning your ultimate party design influences including everything from: colour palette, shape, fabric, accessories, hair & make-up inspirations to décor and canapés. Topshop’s Head of Design Emma Farrow and team will then judge the submissions and pick two winners to travel to London to see their dream dress come to life in April 2014.
If that wasn’t enough already… an expert hair and make-up team will help the winners to complete the look on the day of their Prom!
So, what are you waiting for? Check out last years winner, sign up and then get pinning!
Love Twenty6 x
It looks like we’ve got a sunny weekend ahead of us! @orlebarbrown #eyewear #March #sun #weekend
Sea Breeze anyone? @aspiredrinks @ClawPR #cocktails #London #drinks #sanctumhotel (at Sanctum Soho Hotel)
Delicious skinny cocktails by @aspiredrinks - @ClawPR #drinks #London (at Sanctum Soho Hotel)
#Day3 highlights from #PFW 💗 @lanvinofficial @Balenciaga @alexanderwang @giseleofficialbrasil @balmainparis @sashaluss #aw14 #Paris #Balmain #Balenciaga #Lanvin
*Image © Media Run Digital
It’s that time of year again already!
On Sunday night in LA, the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony will be taking place to celebrate and honour the amazing achievements in the film industry over the past 12 months.
Months of planning, weeks of styling and hours of beauty prep goes into looking fabulous on the rouge runway and it’s no secret that Twenty6 can’t resist a gorgeous gown.
Back in 2008 we fell head over heels for Marion Cotillard’s ivory Jean-Paul Gaultier gown, and you must remember Julia Roberts collecting the award for her starring role in Erin Brockovich in that dramatic black and white vintage Valentino?
We really could go on and on… So go ahead and refresh your memory of the dresses worn by previous Oscar winners as we prepare to pin point our fave frocks!
Love Twenty6 x
Words: Katie Downing.
Today is National Polar Bear Day - Of course @studioraeburn has got it covered! #christopherraeburn #aw14 #nationalpolarbearday