Friday, 3 July 2015

Admiral AW15


Whilst the question of the season maybe 'Anyone for Tennis?' It is Admiral, the British heritage brand specialising in football apparel, driving the Beautiful Game forward for SS15. 

Since launching in 1914, Admiral has been paving the way in the football scene, creating inspiring performance and lifestyle apparel for the UK’s leading clubs and players. In 1966, an iconic year for the sport in which England won the World Cup and Admiral supplied the playing jersey to England’s goalkeeper, Gordon Banks and in the 1970s and 1980s football figureheads including Kevin Keegan and Gary Lineker played in Admiral kits. However it is their 1982 World Cup England kits that remains one of the most iconic designs in British footballing history.

After a break in manufacturing in 2011 Admiral Sportswear Ltd was established, putting the brand back on the British fashion map and over the last four years Admiral has honed its craft and for Autumn ’15 has a brand new look, which will be exclusively available at Sainsbury’s from 14th July 2015.


The Autumn ’15 collection comprises of two ranges, Retro and Gold. Both ranges have a definitive style that gives a nod to Admiral’s history in football, both on and off the pitch.The Retro range looks at the rich back catalogue of the Admiral archive, focusing on the brand’s hero football kits for inspiration. From the material to the tapered branding, these items communicate nostalgia of seasons past.

The Gold range is a modern take on British heritage menswear, a look steeped in history and style. This range looks at sportswear through a more luxurious lens and features annually relevant items such as the tipped polo. The Gold range offers a versatile selection of trousers, from the contemporary cuffed jogger, to the classic chino and deep indigo jean. 

Finally the Gold range features British heritage must have pieces such as the gingham-checked shirt, which is offered in both long and short sleeve styles, along with a superior range of knitwear that uses a mix of cotton and cashmere, making it durable and soft to the touch. The v-neck jumper, button through cardigan and knitted polo feature the embroidered branding making them stand out staple items.

Game on!









Wednesday, 1 July 2015

House of Holland Sunglasses SS15

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HOUSE OF HOLLAND
SS15 EYEWEAR


Sun's Out, Gun's Out - as House of Holland brings out the big'uns for his SS15 eyewear collection, perfectly timed to accompany his first menswear collection. With an 80s boxed frame which are then finished in three different ways (with navy, maroon and army green options) the added feature of mirrored lenses make for a collection that is fit for summer with a disco vibe - that are available now. 




dunhill AW15 Campaign



Set in an elegant yet masculine confines of a Gentleman's Club (their home, St James's and Pall Mall in London is where to find the most refined and exclusive examples)  dunhill asked photographer Peter Lindbergh to capture its Autumn / Winter 2015 campaign. To showcase the collection, the first for dunhill Creative Director John Ray, are three guys - actor Max Irons and models Jack Guinness and Andrew Cooper; who is the face of dunhill's new fragrance, Icon - who all have a contemporary expression of what it means to be a gentleman with the characteristics of the dunhill man.  

The video below shows a peak behind the scenes on location, giving movement and further understanding of the direction that dunhill is going now it is back in the hearts and minds of the style-pack, since its return to London Collections: Men and direction under John Ray. 




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sibling x Edward Sexton


One of the most talked about (verbally and digitally) moments on the catwalk of London Collections: Men was not a rogue model, such as that in Paris, but a well cut, traditional-with-a-youth-twist suit. Why would this get the fashion-classes chattering? Because it came from the less-than-conventional design trio Sibling. Made in partnership with Edward Sexton - the famed tailor behind Savile Row's Tommy Nutter in the 1970's - on the suggestion with The Woolmark Company, a body that protects and promotes the use of Australian wool. 

Whilst Sibling are known for their over sized wool sweaters and brightly coloured pieces, rest assured the remainder of their SS16 collection was made up of bum-showing American football inspired pants, jock-straps and tops. Watch the video above for the full story in the words of Edward Sexton...


Monday, 29 June 2015

Miami in London #SoMiami



With Paris Fashion Week now ended, and the UK heat-wave well and truly underway today; I wanted to focus on one of the best events over the London Collections: Men - #SoMiami Miami Lounge. After a curious invite to Soho House a week earlier, the accompanying information outlined that The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau requested my company to hear about what the Florida city has planned over a few Miami themed cocktails. Fast forward to the Sunday of LC:M, I headed over to Soho with a couple of fellow bloggers who had been invited as well, we were greeted by some slick tunes being played by Laura Whitmore in a packed room over looking Old Compton Street. 


The reason for the event was to bring a taste of Miami’s Boutique and Lifestyle hotels to central London, offering a typically chilled afternoon experience of Miami inspired cocktails - with one of the best Bloody Mary's I have ever drunk - Picante De La Casa and seafood risotto canapés. But it was also there to highlight the growing fashion and menswear scene in Miami, focusing on the famed South-Beach area however, as you can see with my map and guide below, the city has so much to offer in terms of style, fashion and relaxation. No longer is the city a  mecca reserved for the over 50 crowd, but a strong emerging district for design, arts and creativity. To hear about this other side to Miami was fascinating, and to be very honest, eye opening. 

Of course, there was many a celeb milling around, with Oliver Cheshire, actor Samantha Barks as well Oliver Proudlock and Andy Jordan, new mum Kimberley Wyatt and husband Max Rogers, among others. So we were all in very good company and I highly reccomened you to look at the website and perhaps consider swapping Marrakesh for Miami this year or next.  






BAL HARBOUR SHOPS: AN OPEN-AIR SHOPPING CENTER NORTH OF MIAMI BEACH



Developer Stanley Whitman opened Florida’s first high-end shopping center in 1965 and the Bal Harbour Shops have been one of the country’s leading luxury retail centers ever since. It’s also one of the exclusive locales that many famous European brands chose to open their first stores outside of New York.


Located on a barrier island just north of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour Shops is a far cry from your average, over-crowded mall experience. It’s an al fresco, three-story shopping center featuring whimsical public art displays, lush tropical landscaping and koi ponds — giving the property a Zen-like vibe.

Anchored by luxury department stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, you won’t find any run-of-the-mill brands here, only high-end heavy hitters. The current store roster includes the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Versace and more.

The shopping center is adding 250,000 square feet of retail space, which will include up to 40 new brand-name stores. And with the collection of Forbes rated five-star luxury hotels nearby (like The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Acqualina Resort & Spa) the Bal Harbour Shops continues to be one of Miami’s ultimate luxe shopping destinations.

IF YOU GO..

Bal Harbour Shops is located at 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL 33154. Most of the shops are open from Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sun. noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 305-866-0311 or visit BalHarbourShops.com.


MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT: AN ARTSY NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR DOWNTOWN


Located less than three miles from Downtown Miami, the Design District has become a glamorous international luxury shopping destination in just a few short years. The Design District is not a mall, it’s a neighborhood; think New York’s Soho or Melrose Drive in Los Angeles.


A massive undertaking inside Miami’s urban core, the Design District is a work in progress and new stores are constantly moving in. But don’t let that stop you from shopping some of the world’s most esteemed luxury brands.

As new buildings are constructed and historic structures are given new life, high-end fashion brands are flocking to the area famous for it’s innovative art, design and construction. Today you’ll find stores like Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, En Avance, Cartier, Céline, Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme and Prada — with many more preparing to move into the neighborhood over the next two years.

Led by local developer Craig Robins, the transformation of the Design District is far from finished. Around 100 new stores have plans to open over the next two years. And before it’s all done, there will be a 30-foot-wide pedestrian mall running north and south from 38th to 42nd streets, public art pieces, more than 300 native Florida trees planted and some of the best people-watching this city has ever seen.

IF YOU GO…

The Miami Design District is located at 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137. Stores are typically open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 305-722-7100 or visit MiamiDesignDistrict.net.

THREE MORE SHOPPING DISTRICTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

AVENTURA MALL


Offering more of a classic shopping mall experience, Aventura Mall is ranked as one of the most-visited retail destinations in America. The mall is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s, and features luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Burberry, REDValentino, Philipp Plein, Sandro, Emilio Pucci, Tiffany & Co. and more. To further expand its retail offering, Aventura Mall will undergo a significant expansion that will include a new three-level, 241,000-square-foot retail wing and parking garage.


LINCOLN ROAD AND COLLINS AVENUE ON SOUTH BEACH


Pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road intersects with bustling Collins Avenue and both streets are just steps from the glistening white-sands of South Beach and a famous stretch of hotels that line the Atlantic Ocean. While you won’t find quite as many super luxe retailers here, you’ll find a nice mix, including a few high-end boutiques like the Kardashian’s DASH store, Intermix, Alchemist, as well as upscale brands like Armani and BCBG Max Azria.


VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK IN CORAL GABLES


Anchored by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, the Village of Merrick Park is an open-air shopping center featuring Mediterranean-inspired architecture, beautiful natural landscaping and outdoor fountains in the center of the complex. There’s a mix of classic and high-end retailers, including Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade New York, Tiffany & Co. and more.



Thursday, 25 June 2015

Levi's Vintage


Ahh, the 1950's. A time of Drive Ins, Milkshake Bars and Friday night's at the Bowling Alley makes today's youth seem very dull and tame. But that era saw the seeds planted for the birth of youth culture and of course, a distinctive look in terms of style that became immortalised in the film Greece - Rock & Roll. For Spring 2015, Levi’s Vintage Clothing pays tribute to the emergence and spirit of these rock and roll vanguards with a variety of pieces that pay homage to the era with a distinctly 21st century twist that plays in the trends of colour blocking, leather and wide-legged pants - and of course, the bomber jacket.








Zayne Malik x Louis Vuitton

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LOUIS VUITTON SS16 


What a lucky chap. First you leave one of the biggest boy bands in history, then you by-pass your former band mates to get dressed head-to-toe in Louis Vuitton SS16 to the Louis Vuitton SS16 show in Paris today. The collection was stunning. Inspired by Asia, with a focus on tropical and nature study prints and embroidery, this was one of Kim Jones' best collections to date,  Mixing a blend of causal athletic wear with a hint of tailoring and structured pieces, it was a lot of the bags that stole the show for me. Oh, and the Nile Rodgers live soundtrack too.  

Louis Vuitton SS16

Aside from the excitment of LC:M, my most anticipated event of Menswear Month is the Louis Vuitton SS16 show. Watch it live here, on LSoD, from 1.30pm GMT and share your thoughts on Twitter using the hash-tag #LVLive. Before then, it is also worth following @LouisVuitton_UK to get the inside track on what Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Menswear, has in store for next summer's collection and other insights into the world of Louis Vuitton.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Converse Jack Purcell Signature Leather

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CONVERSE JACK PERCELL SIGNATURE LEATHER SNEAKERS




These new Converse Jack Purcell Signature Leather are just beaut, and will no doubt sell out fast. The updated sneaker features a meticulously crafted buttery leather upper that is super soft right out of the box and features 18 consumer-led features and benefits, including an open weave forefoot to deliver more breathability and comfort over long periods of wear. Available in Black, White, and Burnt Umber, the Converse Jack Purcell Signature Leather will be available for purchase starting in June 2015 for $140 USD, at Converse retail stores, Nordstrom and on Converse.com

Cote & Ciel Memo x Karma Skateboards


How to you celebrate the launch of the Cote & Ciel Memo Monsoon Chaos Print collection? Easy. Partner up with British skate board family Karma Skateboards to create 10 limited edition skate board decks and then get 9 year old Finn Martinto rip it up around The Barbican Centre in London. For a good couple of seasons now, Skateboarding has become a big trend, whether it be to inform a relaxed attitude regarding the Nu Casual or through the message of Modern Craft with a touch of sports. 

For this collection, called Chaos, it is  a bold interplay of colour and motif echoes the tumult of mid-century abstract impressionism seen thorough a millennial eye, where digital manipulation has replaced the traditional paints and pigments of an artists palette. The Karma Boards are designed and printed in the UK with no compromise on quality. Accompanying these pieces are the lightweight Monsoon Backpacks that focuses on urban movement combining functional integrity and minimalist form. These shots of the boards being made are superb and harness the ideas of Modern Craft perfectly. 







Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Filson SS15


Heading to Glastonbury this week? If so, don't get caught out by not taking a rucksack to carry around as you go from the Pyramid Stage to Shangri-La to the John Peel Stage - with The Rucksack from Filson.  Perfectly water-repellent  - it wouldn't be Glasto with a drop of rain - and highly durable, it is made from a rugged twill. It has a roomy interior with adjustable Bridle Leather straps for extra strength plus a storm flap for extra protection as well as rust proof brass hardware; the great get-away piece for £238 from Filson.com