Obviously here at Clarks HQ we’re slightly shoe obsessed (it comes with the territory!) so for us there is really nothing better than seeing how people style-up our footwear. Here are a couple of fashion pros, Nathan Lewis from manmeetsfashionblog.com and Charlotte Lewis from lurchhoundloves.com showing us how to rock a pair of brogues.
Nathan’s wearing Edward Limit – a real fusion of traditional craftsmanship including Goodyear Welting with this season’s pebble effect leather – which he’s teamed with a three piece suit and satchel.
Charlotte shows us how to be a fashion inbetweener by teaming her autumn brogues with bare legs – a look that can be reworked with cigarette pants when it gets chilly. The Griffin Mabel’s combination of dark green suede with baby pink laces adds a dash of femininity to the androgynous silhouette.
When our SS15 collaboration with Orla Kiely was launched at London Fashion Week it went down a storm – and the show itself was something special.
The audience were treated to half fashion show, half art installation – and pure Orla magic. Upon entering there was little more than a white picket fence, some empty flower pots and a sheet of clear Perspex. As the show started the models began striding down the runway and planting beautiful wooden flowers into the empty terracotta pots, whilst LA pop artist Alia Penner began live-painting a garden onto the clear plastic – flower power blossoming in front of our eyes.
The atmosphere was electric, the clothes were incredible and we even managed to sneak backstage with the Orla team to create some exciting new content for SS15 – but we have to keep that under wraps for now!
Whether you’re looking for some inspiration for London Fashion Week or wanting to rule your local high street, styledbyclarks.com can lend some on-point style advice. These images are pulled straight from the social feeds of you lovely lot – and boy do you know how to rock a pair of Clarks shoes.
As we’ve just launched our first ever collaboration with Norton Motorcycles we thought it would be the perfect time to chat bikes, boots and chicken chasers with the man that brought Norton back to life…
Stuart on Norton…
“My ambition with Norton was always to bring this historic and respected British brand back into production. Now it’s about building on that and re-establishing the brand globally. Our bikes are all built by hand in our factory here in Donington, the home of British motorsport, which makes each bike unique.
My first ever bike was a Honda CV50 ‘chicken chaser’ as it was affectionately known! It was a great bike which I learned to handle well – I even managed to wheelie it through my garden gate with my granny on the back! Times have changed a little since then though; I now ride a Norton NRV588 – on which I broke the land speed record for a rotary engine, reaching 180mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Our hand-built bikes are loved by everyone from Richard Hammond to Keanu Reeves and Bruce Springsteen, but whether it’s a chicken chaser or a pristine Norton our mantra is always the same – ride it like you stole it!”
Stuart on the new Clarks/Norton range
“We wanted to work with Clarks because our shared heritage and British craftsmanship is revered around the world. We knew these shared values and history would create a winning partnership.
The boots in this collection were inspired by traditional and authentic motorcycle footwear and manufactured with quality components. We’ve drawn on historic and modern design examples to produce something truly original. These boots are for anyone that respects traditional design values and tough footwear – my personal favourite is the Norton Rise in black – I never want to take them off!”
In SS14 we fell in love with the looks the ELLE team put together starring our shoes – so much so that we’re doing it all again this season.
This time we took to the streets of East London to make ordinary moments just that little bit extraordinary. The ELLE team paired some of their favourite shoes from our AW14 collection with key pieces for this season. From geo-grid peg trousers to sporty separates, these looks will form the backbone of your new season uniform.
Shop these styles here and make sure to check out the spread in October’s issue of ELLE as well as our ELLE inspired store windows.