Books & Magazines November, 29 2012

Selectism Q&A: David Hellqvist on ‘Document No.1′ – London Collections Spring Summer 2013

David Hellqvist, online editor at Port Magazine and photographer Morgan O’Donovan have put together the best of London Menswear Spring Summer 2013 in the rather smart ‘Document No.1‘. Shooting backstage at the shows during the extended men’s line-up and interviewing the great and good of the cities design talent, the publication sums up the season beautifully. Expect to see the likes of Martine Rose, Aitor Throup, Richard Nicoll, Astrid Andersen, Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam, Christopher Shannon, Meadham Kirchhoff and Sibling. Alongside, find words & interviews from Katie Grand, Lulu Kennedy, Tim Blanks, Bruce Pask, Elgar Johnson, Ben Reardon, Alex Fury, Ed Chiu, Steve Salter, Simon Chilvers and Dal Choda. That’s a list and a half right.

We caught up with David Hellqvist and threw a few question his way regarding the project. Check out the gallery for a peek inside including a couple of exclusive images just for us.

-Tell us a little about the initial idea behind Document No.1?

Me and Morgan have covered shows together in New York, Milan, London, Florence and Paris so we already had a good relationship and knew that we could work well together.But instead of putting it all online we felt quite strongly about producing something physical. At that time London Collections: Men – London’s very own standalone menswear week – came along and we knew straight away that it was the perfect launch pad for our collaborative project.

-How did you find the extended London Collections in comparison to previous one day schedules ?

Great. We were all very proud and happy with what we saw. It was a bit embarrassing to squeeze in all those great designers into one day at the back of womenswear’s RTW in February and September – this is a worthy event considering the amount of talented men’s designers in London.

-What were your highlights from SS13?

Everyone in the book plus Lou Dalton, YMC, William Richard Green, Jonathan Saunders, Margaret Howell, Oliver Spencer, Christopher Raeburn and Matthew Miller.

-What sets London apart from Paris, Milan etc..?

The never ending desire to push boundaries, to challenge the conception of what menswear should be, the craftsmanship, the education, the history and traditions, the anarchy.

-What direction do you feel menswear is headed right now?

Upwards and onwards!

-Who/What are you most looking forward to seeing in January?

Martine Rose’s shirts, Nicoll’s second menswear collection, Shannon’s march towards greatness, Tom Ford’s luxury and Alexander McQueen’s homecoming.

-Any plans for further Documents?

Yes lots. We won’t cover the January shows in London – we’re not another fashion magazine covering shows – but we have other, more exciting plans. Menswear will always be the foundation for what we do, it’s just about finding new stories to tell…