Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dsquared2 Pre-Fall 2014

While we still have the holiday season on our minds, designers have Fall 2014 on their brains! Dsqaured2 designers Dean and Dan Caten were inspired by swinging London for their pre-fall 2014 collection. Designing the lineup for a contemporary Twiggy, Dsquared2 cut dangerously short micro mini dresses and skirts, cozy mod shaped outwear and styled the collection perfectly with opaque tights and an equestrian hat.  Definitely a different direction than the duos usual ultra sexy pieces but very much Ahoy hoy approved!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nicolas Jebran Haute Couture 2012

Yes, I am about a year late on this magnificent collection but it is so incredibly lavish, and so delightfully ornate that I just had to post the beautiful photos of Nicolas Jebran's 2012 Haute Couture collection.

I especially feel like this time of year gives these fantasy laden photos a even more surreal and enchanting aspect to them. The background for these photos is a wintery and whimsical setting where these lovely bobbed haired ladies show the decadence of each piece of clothing the Lebanese designer created.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes

In my book, Orla Kiely could never do wrong. So when I found out the the famed English clothing line was teaming up with Clarks the famed English footwear line I thought it was the perfect merger made in English fashion heaven.

The styles won't be available to us mere mortals till February 2014 but here are a few photos to tide us over till then.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Ahoy hoy is on holiday!

Hello Ahoy hoy readers! Starting tomorrow I am leaving the country for a month and visiting Guadalajara and Mexico City. I apologize I won't be posting much for the next 4 weeks but I will be eating too much good mexican food and most importantly accompanying my grandmother on this trip  In the meantime, here are some promotional fashion pieces designed especially for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Interview with Gill Evans

This week, Ahoy hoy along with 2 of the top Mod blogs (and dear, dear friends of Ahoy hoy) We Are The Mods and Punks in Parkas are featuring segments with the Ace Face of modette's, a true original - Gill Evans!

Gill and her husband Del were among the original leaders of modernist style even before the term "mod" was coined. They were known as Continentalist - drawing inspiration from French and Italian fashion. Gill, being a talented clothing designer and maker created sleek pieces for Del and herself.

As a women who adores mod culture I find Gill Evans a total inspiration. So few do I come across someone who lived through the whole birth of mod yet alone happens to be a women with superb style and made her own clothing! I am as ecstatic as could be! And below is what happend when Ahoy hoy got a chance to pick dear Gill's brain about fashion, make up, and being an all-around top mod bird.

Ahoy Hoy: Hello Gill! Ahoy hoy is beyond thrilled to have the honor to interview a true original mod such as yourself. What was it about the scene that you found captivating and exciting? What was it like to be a mod women in such a male orientated sub culture?

Gill Evans: I never really thought of my self as a woman in a male orientated sub culture as I was always very confident and knew what I wanted to achieve. When I left Art School in 1960 and started designing and making clothes the word Mod had not been heard of. Originally Del & I called ourselves Continentalists because I had been interested in French & Italian styling whilst at Art School. Everything was new and exciting for us as we spent many hours designing and making clothes together in my bedroom at home, we were captivated with what we were creating. Fashion and music was our life and all we lived for.

AH: I truly enjoy seeing all the photos of you and husband looking sharp in your chic ensembles. Where most the outfits designed and made by you? What do you think are some of the advantages of designing and making your own clothes as to purchasing them from a store? Are you still designing and making clothes?

GE: I designed and made all my own clothes, I found it easy to just keep coming up with ideas.I still have a Portfolio of my designs from early to mid 1960's. I hope to be able to put some of them into production soon- they are quite inspirational.Del designed his suits and I would sketch them and we would go to a Tailor and have them Made to Measure. I made him leather coats and shirts and ties and also we would buy shirts and cut the collars off so that he could wear white stiff collars on them. I still design and make clothes for my ModTogs collection and I always wear them myself. People I meet say to me 'Oh you're a Mod.

AH:  Any present day designers or celebrities who you think are doing the mod look right?

GE: I can't think of anyone in particular that has the Look quite right as I think you need to have been part of the scene back then to know exactly what it needs to be. Mini skirts were not a Mod thing- more Swinging Sixties.It was around 1966 before shorter skirts were worn by true Mod girls and then it was just above the knee. Hemlines were just below the knee or slightly longer prior to then.

AH:  Many of us have the idea that a mod make up look is heavy eye liner, pale lip and extreme false lashes (i.e Peggy Moffitt) What where the true mod girls of the 60’s wearing make up wise? What is the best beauty tip you can give us mod girls today?

GE: A Natural shade Foundation with a loose powder over- I always carried a Compact. Rouge placed just under the cheek bones to accentuate bone structure. A sweep of pale blue/grey eye shadow. Eye liner but not too thick. Fine Eylure False eyelashes. Lipstick in a Deep Pink or a Brownish Pink- I would wear one by Yardley called  Pink From Peru which always looked flattering.

AH: If a young reader is interested in the Mod scene and looking to change her wardrobe accordingly so, what would be 5 key pieces you would say she (or any mod girl) would need in her wardrobe?

GE: 5 Key pieces for the True Mod Girl look are as follows:-

A Suit.
A Pinafore Dress.
A Blouse with a collar and long full sleeves.
A simple design Dress either with long straight sleeve or a cutaway shoulder.
A Black Polo neck jumper or skinny rib jumper.

These can be mixed and matched and with simple jewelry will look perfect.

A very special thank Gill for her fantastic insight and for taking the time to answer our questions.

For more information (and great photos) of Gill & Del's mod fashions visit