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Hollywood and the Ivy Look

Publishers Reel Art Press have released Hollywood and the Ivy Look today; a new book by Graham Marsh studying the influence of the Hollywood elite on fashions during the decade 1955-1965 and their continued influence today. Showcasing the sartorial credentials of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman alongside the preppy sensibilities of stars such as Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman; the book captures the essence of the 'Ivy look'. Much like the Mod movement, these fashion icons chose their clothing to illustrate attention to detail, with every outfit achieving an approachable correctness and laid back confidence. 

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The Ivy look continues to be one of the most emulated styles in contemporary menswear, with the influence of these silver screen icons clearly visible across the catwalks. From the tailored seersucker suit to the perfectly polished loafer; Hollywood and the Ivy Look is a comprehensive guide to this fashion legacy. Available from today direct from Reel Art Press.

Top image ©  mptvimages.com , second image © T.C.D and third image © THE KOBAL COLLECTION. All images taken from Hollywood and the Ivy Look, Reel Art Press, 2011.

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Friends of Fred Returns for AW11

After the huge success of our first Friends of Fred project, we decided to invite three more brands to the fold. The selection for AW11 stays true to our signature sharp mod aesthetic; using pieces from some of the finest British labels and craftsmen to create a complete outfit available at our Laurel Wreath shops and online. Our Friends of Fred for AW11 are: John Smedley, Garbstore and Alfred Sargent, with two more Levi’s styles added to the selection.

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With a rich 225 year heritage, John Smedley holds its roots in the Derbyshire countryside and continues to produce luxury knitwear using the finest wool. For Friends of Fred, the brand has chosen the iconic Dorset Sweater created in the softest merino wool to form the core of the look. We've looked to Northamptonshire brand Alfred Sargent to provide the shoes: leather lined with a rubber tipped sole, their rich suede Chukka boots make the perfect finishing touch to our outfit. Producing their own line of ‘unfamiliar vintage’; Garbstore of Portobello road have contributed a wool Kadet coat complete with the smartly tailored wool and attention to detail sought out by the mods. Last but not least, Levi’s return for a second season with two classic styles – the 1967 505 Rigid Jeans and the Sta Prest trouser, this time available in a textured wale cord.*

Some of our favourite blogs including Hypebeast and The Daily Street have written about the project - you can judge for yourself HERE.

*Please note that Levi's styles will not be available at our Manchester or Berlin Laurel Wreath Collection Shops. 

Reading, Steady, Go!

The Reading Museum & Town Hall is currently hosting the Reading Steady Go! exhibition, specially curated to showcase life through the eyes of a 60s Mod. Celebrating the explosion of youth culture and the birth of "the teenager", the exhibition features a bedroom scene, a mock cafe and a barbers all with original furniture, posters and artefacts from the year 1964.

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Fred Perry have donated several original pieces including a white pique shirt, a zip through track top with pale blue and navy tipping, and a traditional cable knit sweater. Towards the end of the exhibition stands a re-created club scene with amazing articles such as Bryan Jones' suit and guitar, the microphone from The Flamingo night club and membership cards to original mod clubs such as The Scene.

The exhibition is taking place until the 9th October 2011. For further information, directions and opening times, please visit: http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk