Friday, 5 December 2014

C C x C P T

In Clarice Price Thomas we have found someone who shares our interest in the marriage of architecture and fashion, which in this case is manifested in the design of a fine jewellery line. Clarice's 'Metropolis' collection is inspired by the stepped silhouettes of cityscapes. Her Instagtram features images of Brutalist architecture including our old favourite, The Barbican Centre

We have been invited to take part of Clarice's guest-edited gift guide and have chosen our favourite piece to give away over on our Instagram. Visit us @concretecollar for full details. 

Image 1 + 8 - Gold Antumbra Ring by Clarice Price Thomas
Images 2 - 7 via @cptjewellery

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Concrete Collar x Open House Dublin

This shoot was a collaboration with Open House Dublin presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Styling & Art Direction: Concrete Collar
Photographer: Hannah McGee
Hair: Joshua Leuthold at LA Creative

MUA: Fiona Byrne at LA Creative
Model: Aoibhinn Helly at Morgan the Agency

Now in its ninth year, we were delighted to collaborate with Open House Dublin for 2014. We shot nine looks comprising exclusively of the finest Irish designer collections alongside the best of Irish architecture. Open House Dublin aims to connect the public to their built environment and spatial experiences. Here we celebrate the wealth of homegrown designer talent Ireland has to offer in a series of distinguished spaces.

Look 1,2 & 3 shot at the Dublin Port Centre by Scott Tallon Walker Architects (1981)

Wool-embroidered tulle top
Wool-embroidered tulle midi skirt
Crochet-trimmed merino wool sweater
All by Simone Rocha at Havana

Monkstraps shoes at Buffalo

Knit jumper by Lennon Courtney
Wrap top (worn over) by Caoimhe MacNeice
Skirt by Peter O’Brien at Arnotts
Monkstraps shoes at Buffalo

Jacket by Danielle Romeril at Havana
Square top by Caoimhe MacNeice
Neoprene knit kilt by Honor Fitzsimons

Perspex heels by Simone Rocha at Havana

Look 4 & 5 shot at The Lake House by Aughey O'Flaherty Architects (2014)

Metallic-embroidered tulle midi dress by Simone Rocha at Havana
Earrings at

Ring by Gemma Holt at Makers&Brothers

Cora jumper in grey by Honor Fitzsimons
Lila mini skirt by Honor Fitzsimons 
Socks by Kerry Woolen Mills at Makers&Brothers

Cora jumper in grey by Honor Fitzsimons
Lila mini skirt by Honor Fitzsimons 
Socks by Kerry Woolen Mills at Makers&Brothers

Look 6 & 7 shot at Merrion Cricket Pavilion by TAKA Architects (2014)

Slim sweater black by Peter O'Brien at Arnotts
Fairey knit jumper by Zoe Jordan at Havana
Skirt by Caoimhe Mac Neice
Monkstraps shoes at Buffalo

Poloneck by Peter O'Brien at Arnotts
Drawstring Dress (worn as skirt) by Lennon Courtney
Coat by Zoe Jordan
Socks by Kerry Woolen Miils at Makers&BrothersMonkstraps shoes at Buffalo

Poloneck by Peter O'Brien at Arnotts
Coat by Peter O'Brien at Arnotts
Trousers by Lennon Courtney

Many thanks to all involved.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Bedrock Brutalism

Alongside designing collections for his eponymous line, Northern Ireland born, Jonathan Anderson, has been busy reinventing Spanish luxury fashion house, Loewe.

Today the designer presented his inaugural ready-to-wear collection for the brand in Maison L'Unesco, a brutalist concrete structure and headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. Built in 1958, the building, also known as the World Heritage Centre, is the result of the work of three architects - Marcel Breuer, Bernard Zehrfuss and Pier Luigi Nervi.

Opening the show was model Julia Nobis in a sand coloured suede dress made up of roughly-cut patches. This theme of primal elegance continued throughout the show, appearing in drawstring waists and fabrics akin to cheesecloth. The fashion industry's elite were seated on boulder-like stools, while models walked over a surface of haphazard flag stones.

Anderson's choice of this harsh, concrete-dominated space, made for an interesting backdrop to the soft, and sometimes vibrant Loewe leathers which have been synonymous with the brand since its inception in 1846.

Needless to say, JW, you have our undivided attention.

Images via,, and Loewe

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014


We have been dying to play dress up with feature Moxham's powder-coated steel pieces here on Concrete Collar for a while now and our recent reunion in London afforded us that opportunity. Madeline Moxham, founder of the studio, is a 'self-confessed anti-jeweller' who favours minimalism, monochromatic tones, leather and hardware. Her stockists include Harvey Nichols and Whistles and she was recently interviewed by Vogue. Each harness, anklet, cuff, necklace and crown is skilfully assembled in her enviable South London studio - a crisp white, sun-filled room filled with inspirational art work. 

Another London-based talent who's work we have been lusting after since we attended her AW14 show at London Fashion Week, is blogger-come-fashion-designer, Charlie May. Her use of white and cream tones, crisp tailoring and innovative materials made for the perfect marriage with our Moxham crowns and cuffs. A favourite of many the power blogger, Charlie May's Autumn/Winter collection will blow your minds. Keep those eyes peeled. 

This time, our destination was Dame Zaha Hadid's design for the London Olympics Aquatics Centre. Inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, its undulating roof covers three pools and can seat up to 2,500 spectators. The topic of its spectator capacity is one that has caused much controversy since its opening. During the 2012 Olympics, a temporary seating system designed by Hadid was erected, allowing the aquatics centre to accommodate up to 15,000 people. Unfortunately, it was discovered all too late that some 2,400 of these had limited views of the pools. The architect staunchly denied the possibility of this, stating that her design had in fact delivered almost 3,000 more seats than was called for, all of which had uninterrupted views. Rather awkwardly, neither Dame Hadid, nor any of her team members, were invited to the attend any of the games.

Following the Olympics, the centre underwent a transformation process which saw the removal of its controversial seating wings. Although we would not usually see ourselves as members of the Hadid fan-base, its transformation to a public swimming pool along with its vertical garden wall breathes life in to what would otherwise be yet another Olympic ghost park. 

Ciana wears

Charlie May mesh waistcoat

MOXHAM AW14 collar
Zara white patent bluchers

Becky wears

COS mesh waistcoat dress

Zara cut out cleated sole shoes