Friday, 12 September 2014

Baartmans & Siegel X River Island Design Forum


It's been quite the wait but today sees the launch online of the Baartmans & Siegel collection for River Island Design Forum. Not loosing any of their sharp, sleek tailoring, this new definition of masculinity is bought together in a capsule collection that will no doubt sell out very quickly. Head over to the River Island site as soon as you can and grab a piece or five of this superb collaboration. 

Richard Anderson x Barry Kamen

Very few collections can be paired with lines from Shakespeare yet Barry Kamen has effortlessly achieved this for Richard Anderson's AW14 offering. Anderson opened its doors on Savile Row in 2001, making it the first of its kind to open on London’s iconic home of tailoring in fifty years. Whilst upholding the uncompromising level of tailoring craftsmanship synonymous with the Mayfair street, Richard Anderson modernises discerning design for the fashion forward gentleman. Who else can get away with making a sequin tuxedo, like that above? 

The artist, Kamen, behind these visually stunning shots both styled and provided artistic direction for the lookbook, is best associated with the 1980s Buffalo style movement. Ray Petri provides recognisable inspiration for the collaboration, whom was responsible for defining the Buffalo era in the likes of The Face and i-D. By doing this classical overlay; they say they have acknowledged the past, to inform the present and enrich the future which is a great way to start a season. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Oh, I do like COS. Really, who doesn't - that sleek, pure, fluid Scandi aesthetic is just incredible, which is not lost in these new AW14 shots. Looking towards new fabrications and textures, the overall theme for the collection focuses on utility and function yet does not loose any of the soft tailoring, organic textures and functional details. These values are so ingrained into Scandinavian design that its great to see that it doesn't loose this in its translation to a British market. 

COS will also host an event the 11th of September in the COS Regent street store. Customers will have the opportunity to explore the new collection whilst being treated to refreshments and an exclusive discount of 20% off menswear. Phine to the store for details but enjoy the evening! 

Right Guard Total Defence 5 Power & Care

Deodorant. Like picking a wine from a menu in a restaurant or a choosing the perfect Birthday card for your mum - its a mine field. However, one mainstay of the men's market has long been Right Guard, who have just released their Defence 5 Power & Care 48 hour antiperspirant and deodorant. As they are the brand who has The Power to Care, they did a small survey to see how the men of Britain measure up in terms of their caring side. I am very proud to say that I actually score five out of five - in the past particularly as I am currently single - however, these are a not too bad set of  results...

1- Text their partner good morning/night (33%) 
2 - Help with the housework (29%) 
3 - Compliment their partner’s new clothes purchases (28%) 
4 - Remember how their other half takes their tea or coffee (26%) 
5 - Cook without being asked (27%)

With two thirds (61%) of men describe their relationship as caring, however less than half (45%) find it easy to show their considerate side, yet its not that hard. So what is the right way to care or behave as a modern man? I think that there are many role models out there which can help us on the right way. Many figures within the fashion industry, such as Patrick Grant of E.Tautz, have an effortless approach to manners; saying please and thank you - not cheers and ta - holding the door open for a lady or simply treating everyone with respect no matter their position at work or in society. 

I think, which I certainly have practised in the past, to show you care is to do everything on this survey and more. Don't hold back guys, don't help with the housework or cooking, do it all! Part of modern manners is charm so extend these ideas to everyone you meet and you will go far. However, the number one thing of showing you care is demonstrating great personal hygiene. Have you ever stood next to a pungent person on the tube, a bus or in a bar? It's not great. 

With Right Guard Total Defence 5 Power & Care, it combines protection, power and care in one with an ingredient - the only antiperspirant on the market - of Taurine that is used in anti-aging skincare, which ensures the skin underneath your arm does not dry out. Perfectly, it does not use any alcohol which also dries the skin out. Whilst I have very good skin, I find that my usual supermarket own brand deodorant dries out my skin and can, after a bath or shower, stings a little after application. Having used this for about 5 days, I was impressed at how it not only flights perspiration and prevents nasty smells but it is long lasting - 48 hours really does mean just that - and it does not irritate or itch during the day. Not many products within men's daily grooming category can do that for around £2.90 - and I can find it in Waitrose as well as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Boots. 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Right Guard via my lovely agents Handpicked Future, however this has not swayed my opinion of this great product. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

British Designers' Collective x Bicester Village

For the first time in two years, the eagerly anticipated annual British Designers Collective at Bicester Village designer outlet in Oxfordshire is focusing on menswear. Currently open now until 21st of October, the store is curated by British GQ, in celebration of London Collections: Men and features the work of designers including Jonathan Saunders, Agi & Sam, Lou Dalton, James Long, Oliver Spencer, Kit Neale, Christopher Raeburn, Katie Eary, Casely-Hayford, Sibling, A Sauvage, Hentsch Man, U-Clothing, Hunter Gather and Alan Taylor, along with shoe designers Nicholas Kirkwood, Mr Hare and Grenson. Phew! Just a few of the top names in British menswear...

Not only does the store offer these great names but boutique will also feature the work of artists from the Academy alongside the fashion collections. Exclusively for the menswear boutique, a new range of limited edition prints by Royal Academicians Mali Morris, Humphrey Ocean, Chris Orr and Bob & Roberta Smith, as well as artists Guler Ates, Derek  Boshier, Blue Firth, Liane Lang, Simon Lawson, Danny Rolph and Prem Sahib will be available for guests to purchase. I am very disappointed not to be able to go to the official press  launch next week but I will be taking the opportunity to go up very soon as this is too good to miss. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Fucking Young x 50 Boys of Summer


Ben Harrison at Storm wearing Duck and Cover

As a blogger, I often get asked which blogs and websites I read - with my comment that is one of the ones at the top of the list daily. Over the past week; they have photographed 50 boys in London candidly yet these boys are the creme of London models. Not a bad thing but this is street style in hyper reality. Head over to Fucking Young here to see the full set - you won't be disappointed. 

Aaron Gatward at Select wearing Evisu

Sam Walker at Select wearing Quicksilver

Aaron at Elite wears Puma x HOH

Dan at Nevs wears Tourne de Transmission

Chris P at Select wears Duck & Cover

Jed at Elite wears Duck & Cover

Haavard at SUPA wears AMH

Converse x Missoni

It is a partnership that has never failed to excite both fashion and sneaker fans since its first collaboration since 2010; the simple yet Missoni zig zag designs on Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars just keeps getting better. For AW14, this partnership continues on the Converse First String. a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. I am a big fan of the black and white high-top below, as well as the multi-coloured low-top at the bottom - both for their simplicity and colour combinations which will work with most items in my wardrobe. Whilst many designer collaborations are a lot higher in price than the standard item, the appeal with this partnership is that they retail at £75 maximum which, is not bad at all and are exclusively available from Office online. 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Club Monaco x Mr Porter

Doing some research on the Normcore trend combined with a new, subtle sense of casual luxury pieces, this announcement couldn't be better timed. For Club Monaco, the international lifestyle brand who offers men affordable luxury launches tomorrow on Mr Porter with a collection inspired by the 1970s Manchester music scene. This exciting pairing introduces Club Monaco to a wider international online audience, making its signature heritage menswear collections accessible through one of, if not my favourite, online menswear portals. 

With prices ranging from £40 for t-shirts to £640 for jackets, Mr Porter will showcase a varied offering of the brand’s best-selling pieces with; classic button down shirts, suede basketball jackets, blazers, suiting, leather bombers, cashmere sweaters, printed chinos, indigo tees, and varsity jackets. This fusion of casual leisure pieces to items with a distinct reference to street style is what makes Club Monaco attractive to the creative man  who mixes seasonal must have items with classic, timeless and transitional times that will stand the style test of time. This ideology is what makes Club Monaco so distinctive and successful as it represents a distinctly urban-casual point of view, best defined as a sophisticated play of opposites: mixing vintage with new, hard with soft and eclectic with minimal. Welcome aboard to Mr Porter - these are the shots from the Mr Porter The Journal published tomorrow, as well as three of my picks from the small but well formed offering selected. 

AG Denim

AG AW14 

It was a trend, then it was a style faux pas but double-denim is creeping back as a great casual look. For AW14, AG Denim has looked at special wash jeans that are the highest quality on the denim market and a number of washed shirts. It is important to wear two contrasting denims at the same time, but remember to keep the accessories tan or brown with items such a belt or boots.  Vintage wearing salvage denim from the brand is looking great, and as we head into Autumn, its a great one to style up too. 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Jack Spade Suiting

It is great to see when a brand, known more for their dress casual and causal elements broadens into formalwear. This is eaxtly what Jack Spade has done with the Benton suit, a small collection which is being added brands offering on 19th September. Made from luxurious 100% Italian wool, the collection comes in classic navy, chalk stripe, glenn plaid and tropical wool, and signifies a great step into offering a full lifestyle offering. Priced at £795, it will be available at the Jack Spade store on Brewer Street, London, W1 and of course, online.