Monday, 30 April 2012

Maurice Lacroix

Just a quick mention for such an incredible brand: Under the title of "The French Job", luxury Swiss watch brand, Maurice Lacroix is looking for an exceptional team to travel with them to the French Côte d'Azur for two weeks in June to follow and document the diver Sébastien Murat as he attempts to break the freediving world record by diving 703 feet beneath the sea level.

The team will comprise of four bloggers, who will cover the activities on the ground in English, German, Russian and Chinese. Also needed is a video-blogger, a Wordpress expert, a personal assistant and a pool boy, and their job will be to report on Séb's mission internationally. In addition to the thrill of Séb "The Sub's" world record attempt, the team will enjoy French savoir-vivre in a luxury villa in Juan-Les-Pins on the French Côte d'Azur.Men and women of at least 20 years of age, holding a valid passport and suitably qualified for the position sought may apply to become team members online via Facebook and the website The French Job. Applicants who receive the most votes from their fans will have the best chance to be one of the lucky participants.

Interested? Check out the page...


It's that time of the year again when I almost contemplate getting on a train to London just to immediately get a copy of the magazine HERO. Regular readers will remember the past features and competitions I have hosted and blogged since their launch about their ever incredible photo stories and images. 

Although I am not hosting it; there is a new competition via Twitter that HERO is running in conjunction with To win 1 of only 25 copies available to purchase worldwide at select locations, readers have to tweet why they should win a copy @models @hero_magazine with the hashtag, #hero7limitededition; the winners will be announced on Monday May 7th.

This issue includes a lot more editorial than before and past editions, such as an exclusive interview with Italo Zucchelli, Menswear Creative Director at Calvin Klein on his 12 years at the house, the future of fashion, and his latest AW12 collection. On top of this is Beau Mirchoff, star of MTV’s Awkward up close and personal in an in- depth interview, a plus 14 page fashion story shot by Fabien Kruszelnicki and styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell, set in the eerie stillness of an abandoned motel. Murray Healy takes HERO through the history of sportswear with the master of it: Junya Watanabe accompanied by an exclusive glimpse at AW12, shot by Frederike Helwig.

Anything else? Yes HERO do not disappoint with Dean Mayo Davies expertly navigates the latest collections and reveals his conclusion: Power + Control, five of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming actors including Nico Tortorella (Scream 4), Alex Shaffer (Win Win), Kyle Gallner (The Haunting in Connecticut), Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl) and Max Thieriot (My Soul to Take) talk to us about their art, their dogs and their hopes for the future. 

That's not all but these shots below should wet your appetite...





Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Hermes Petit H


Monday, 23 April 2012

Mr Porter x The Journal

Tuesday is not only one of my favrouite day's as its one less until the weekend, but because the Mr Porter The Journal is published. A great mini style magazine from the e-tailer, The Journal tomorrow has an exclusive photo shoot and interview with Tyson Beckford, one of the most famous male models of all time.

Tyson reveals what it takes to be a top male model, and talks candidly about his experience within the industry; from the wild parties of the 1990s to working with close friend Naomi Campbell, and what it’s like to be married to a Victoria’s Secret angel. 'As a kid I had bad teeth and crazy hair. I was as skinny as a rail. I remember going to castings, walking in, and the man at the front desk informing me, 'Deliveries are round the back.' That sort of racism was fairly common. Of course I also got grief from my male friends back home, who thought my job was to walk around in a thong the entire time. But then the ads started coming out: rocking up in a Ferrari tends to shut people up.'

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cabot Circus - House of Fraser

Often guys can be a little bit scared of colour outside of blue or black. But looking at the House of Fraser show at Cabot Circus, a host of brands really cracked out the brighter shades.

 A red cable knit sweater in a great wide gauge really set the tone for the short show whilst colour blocking was out in force with a host of first looks. Despite now seeming a few seasons away on the catwalk, the blocking trend is very much about commercially - and therefore still around. Tapping into the sportif trend, active wear in all vibrant shades, came onto a look that was entirely nautical but without being satirical.

But whilst casual is king for most of the summer, smartening the look up with some unstructured jackets, sorts and shirts is the best way to go. Teamed with Desert Boots, classic cut chinos or shorts in pastels looked great with neutral tops. As for suiting, grey rules; a nod from the catwalks and easily taken from the High Street.

Cabot Circus: Multi-Brand

Having focus on what a retail destination such as Cabot Circus offers is often quite difficult to pin down. So when you are shown the best of what the area offers at affordable prices, its great, particularly when there is some great styling and trend suggestions.

Fred Perry, now considered a heritage brand, has really upped their game, this time presenting quite the all American boy look; a 50s inspired cream bomber jacket and a vibrant red Harrington. Both teamed with vibrant shorts or chinos, an on-trend checked shirt or polo shirt stitched with the iconic Laurel Wreath logo were both statement pieces to bring a fresh approach to a summer wardrobe. The offering was quite retro, a look that can both combine the heritage and 1950s Americana trend perfectly but without looking late-2000s BoHo.

Whilst Republic tapped into the 2012 London Olympics with a vibrant gym look, the brights also referenced the JPEG Generation. With a touch of SoCal - Southern California - a denim shirt paired with an American flag printed t-shirt or the soft pink sweater were the strongest looks here. 

Gant and Joules showed the smarter side to summer with a mix of unstructured suiting, tailored fine stripe shorts, rolled legged vibrant chinos and the summer staple - nautical stripes. These stores are great places to head to when going to a smart summer event, such as Henley Regatta or a family outdoor event. One stand out pair of shoes were the premium cotton espadrilles that tap into the massive footwear trend but will not wear out by October.

Lastly, Reiss played a strong story with the neutral look with a fantastic look of a putty pair of shorts teamed with a wheat cable knit and soft tan Desert Boots. Winning.

Cabot Circus: Harvey Nichols

It can be easily said that I get my kicks from Harvey Nick's, and today is no exception. One of the most successful regional stores in the HN portfolio opens up a fresh approach for the season for guys, offering some of the freshest trends for SS12. All this is today the Cabot Circus Fashion Show Spring Summer 2012, at the west's premier shopping destination.

Taking influence from the Ivy League schools and the Oxbridge elite, Preppy Summer saw one of the seasons most prominent patterns emerge; the check. It is one of those patterns that are always in the background, then now and again surge in popularity - this season it is really having a moment. Checked shirts, knits and even canvas on deck shoes, large or small squares are only dictated by the wearer.

Of course, the trouser of the moment, if not the demi-decade is the chino and the DIY rolled cuff - not elasticated - is still the on-trend way to wear it. Paired with the ever favoured brogue, tassel loafer or some casual canvas lace-ups, wear with no socks for a great summer look.

Another theme running within the Harvey Nicks offerings is the Desert Storm trend, combining utilitarian and the explorer looks. The print of the moment is the camo print, worn here with some great denim shorts. A spliced checked shirt with western inspired collar detail is a great update to the wardrobe and a hyper printed shirt is a great nod to the JPEG Generation style tribe. Again vibrant shoes, smart or casual, in soft leathers play an important part in the guys wardrobe here.

Brand's avialable at Harvey Nichols featured here include Paul Smith Jeans, Ralph Lauren, Marcus Lupher, McQueen and Gucci. Not bad for a city in the South West, is it?

Friday, 20 April 2012

Bernstock Speirs x Pop Up Shop


It launched yesturday and is a great antidote - an iconic one at that - to the dull, dreary days we have been having. Designed by renowned milliners Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs, the bunny cap is available on the online popup store hosted by LOOKK. Customers have the opportunity to customize their own version of the iconic Bernstock Speirs ‘bunny caps, which is sure to be a fashion winner during this seasons, sunny SS13 shows. These exclusive made-to-order pieces will be available in four mix-and-match colours for the cap and bow, together with six fabric options for the ears, resulting in a total of 96 unique combinations.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tim Coppens x LNCC

When a Belgian born designer, such as Tim Coppens, goes straight to New York, the city of commercial fashion, you know menswear is changing and the industry should take note of them. 

Stocked at LN-CC, the hottest new, appointment only boutique in east London, Coppens draws on the technical aspect of menswear which he gained from his appoinement at RLX, where he was Design Director. Prior to this, he was senior designer at Adidas - no doubt an influence on the sports aspect, and a graduate of the Royal College of Art in Antwerp, where the more traditional techniques of tailoring are founded. So with an impeccable fusion of experience, Coppens can do no wrong. 

Stocked at other eponymous boutiques around the globe, Coppens has been on the thinking-mans radar for a year or so but has not really made the European mainstream of names. It is interesting to see that he went straight to the American market first, considering his less than highly commercial vision. Yes, his techniques, such as the quilting, nod to heritage - a huge trend that even the most avant garde designers are tapping into - but it is not really in the mainstream aesthetic. Never the less, it is a hugely exciting and forward thinking collection of what I would call the City Sportif look - exploring the city in your own time by running, cycling or jogging to find more enriching pastimes or haunts. 

With a price point of £219, for shorts, to £1629 for the padded gillet, below, the collection sits well in dressing progressive and achingly cool guys around the world. But for the most, his aesthetic is one to admire. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

House of Quinn x Coitus Magazine

If you have been a reader of a) this blog, b) my Twitter and c) user of Tumblr in general, you will have seen lots of shots from Coitus magazine about over the past year or two. This one, from the current issue - taken by acclaimed London based photographer and Coitus co-owner Pantelis - features model Yanny Tokyo wearing House of Quinn shorts. 

Causing quite a stir - obviously - all over the blogosphere, this is a selection below but you can pick up a pair here from the Brighton based designer, real name Julius Quinn Arthur from from £35. LSoD loves a hott new name, and you can't get much hotter than this. 

Smart Turn Out - Canvas Collection

Am really loving this backpack - the Brook - from Smart Turnout, a brand I have blogged about in the past - and supplier of bow ties and braces to One Direction. You may know how much I like a bit of GQ style favourite Harry Styles so this is a great little follow on. 

The Brook is just one third of a small, new range that includes a brief case and holdall. They are all pure cotton and leather, with the navy and gold stripe the colours of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. This is One Thing, What Makes You Beautiful. Get it? 

Monday, 16 April 2012

LA Diary: Nylon Magazine Party

Last week we went to the 13th edition Nylon Magazine party at Smashbox, WeHo (West Hollywood). You know I love a good party but wow, I am not sure if this one was as good as they usually do it! Apart from standing in line for 30 minutes just for a questionable vodka tonic next to, a smaller than I thought but still very cute, Emile Hirsch, there were a lot of great sights to see.

I love these guys. Camp as you like they were adorably sweet and absolutely ‘gave me some’ for their quick picture I took of them. I know this is a bit out there but I love how daring and bold they have been. Bringing the Vanilla Ice theme back with a twist – who’d have thought that shiny leggings on a man with sporty silver tap shoes and white T would work, it does (he has got great toneage I must say!). His friend rocked out those silver booties and mixing leather with denim and check really stood out.

There seems to be a trend for shiny shoes right now. I saw at least 10 guys really donning the look, lighting up the dull concrete floor as they budged for a beverage. This party didn’t see much of the dapper, Alan Cumming suit and tie theme. This was edgy, vibrant and bright; it was kind of like an exploration of MC Hammer meets Fame meets 2012 Zara or H and M.

Tom and I did feel like we were the oldest people there. No sign of the 70’s kids; a room full of fame hungry models or children of successful producers and photographers.

I met this great designer called Pigeon Dave, who teamed his new brand, ‘The Renegades’ with vintage pieces he has stumbled upon over the years. His bowler hat with glasses and a full beard matched the funky red bow tie and shirt topping the look off with an ‘own design’ denim sleeveless jacket and red jeans with trainers sassed the outfit up and met with today’s current trend. This designer duo deserves a whole page to themselves so watch this space for more of ‘The Renegades’ collection next week.

I will just be coming back from the chilly Big Bear after a fun fuelled couple of days with friends for a birthday so I’m sure they’ll be some awesome pics to go through on my reurn.

Til next time, from LA...



P.S Had to introduce the new addition to the Webb family. This is adorable Reggie!

Joe Casely-Hayford x John Lewis

I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Casley-Hayford, son and business partner of the Casely-Hayford lable, at a dinner a couple of weeks ago in London. Being very flattered that both he and his father are aware of LSoD, we talked about both the main line and this, the range for John Lewis.

This month sees John Lewis unveil this fifth exclusive collection designed by Joe Casely-Hayford within UK stores and online. The collection, which is vibrant and fresh, celebrates craftsmanship and home-grown British manufacturing and is inspired by one of the twentieth century’s greatest explorers, the British adventurer Wilfred Thesiger.

Having established a strong following through exclusive collaborations with some of the UK’s finest heritage manufacturers, Casley-Hayford continues to celebrate craftsmanship and home-grown British manufacturing. This seasons collaboration is with British outerwear manufacturer, Cooper and Stollbrand using their Ventile woven cotton. It was first developed by scientists at the Shirley Institute in Manchester during World War 2 for use in pilots immersion suits. With this strength and story, the cloth has a reputation for being both waterproof and windproof which is great for what could well be a bit of a wash out summer.
While last season’s collection took influence from Eric Newby’s seminal travel book, A Walk in the Hindu Khush, this offering for Spring Summer 2012 embodies Thesiger’s rugged easy going spirit with informal tailored jackets, tough washed cottons and relaxed summer knits. Shirting is also a key highlight, particularly as they use Liberty fabrics, captures the strong African theme behind this collection while the other makes use of a very gentle red, white and blue fine floral motif.

According to Casley-Hayford, all the pieces have a more relaxed attitude this season, jackets are cut with less structure, shoulders are softer, body shapes are slightly looser, and our tailored jackets have been constructed with lightweight materials, creating the ideal weekend wardrobe. The collection has been coordinated with the feeling of an international Englishman in mind and as always, the pieces are simple but never basic.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Who's That Boy?

Yes, for the first time 1 Direction have made it onto LSoD - but who's that the bottom? The band were photographed for the new edition of Ponystep magazine, the achingly cool style bible.

Que floods of Tweets about these shots between reader James Apsley-Hooper and I - resulting in him doing his own 1D for Ponystep inspired shot. Love it. And he is multi-talented - check out his blog and Tumblr for some visual delights...

Leebo Freeman for WAD Magazine

It's Thursday, day three of a four day week that requires nothing more than LSoD favourite Leebo Freeman. Photographed for WAD magazine, the images were shot by David Agbodji and styled by Stephane Gaboue, using the likes of Adidas Jeremy Scott and Cassette Playa. This is just a few shots from a bigger photoshoot that Leebo is one model from.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

LA Diary: Snaps Shot Nights with Alan Cumming

On a warm evening last week, Tom and I attended the quirky art exhibition 'Snaps' at the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. Alan Cumming was the talented artist and host, creating wonderful snap shots of his journey from his crazy life. The room buzzed with energy from the likes of Jackie Collins to Missy Pyle, taking in the moody photographs and their back stories.

Alan is a charming and kind man with a fabulous light hearted air about him that attracts everyone he is near like a moth to a flame. He is outrageous in his tone and fashion daring to wear a sleeveless white shirt with collar and bow tie, with a subtle tweed suit (darhhhling!). 

His work was memorable and enchanting with shots taken from late drunken parties, to a horrified P-Diddy looking stunned at the prospect of Alan ‘doing’ him, to Alan’s best friend, his rescue dog.

What I loved about this exhibition was that beside every shot was an explanation and detailed description of where Alan was at the time of taking the pic, how he felt and what his inspiration was. It gave me a chance to form my own story then the true story. It really captured a sense of connection to the photo which I could now explore with my emotions on a deeper level knowing my own view and that of the artist. He is honest and calm in his manner but completely over the top in gesture and language which he expresses in his choices of bright colours, make-up and eccentricity in his fashion.

The night was a casual one with Alan’s close friends so the men were mostly in jeans and suit jackets and trainers. There was a sweet man (who adored having his pic taken) sporting a yellow leather jacket and simple skinny jeans. Adding a 1950’s hair-do and red patterned shirt added texture and suave to the overall look.

Below we see an unusual take on the classic working jacket. I really liked this blazer; the guy wasn’t bad either! Instead of the normal tan or dark brown leather used for the elbow pads, these were bright white on a navy blue jacket. I think the worn orangey boots rock this outfit making it classy, dapper and effortlessly cool. 

We are off to the 13th Anniversary of Nylon magazine tonight hosted by Freida Pinto and Marvin Scott Jarrett so I shall keep you posted on more of the men’s trends out here. It’s getting hot in Los Angeles so I’m predicting lots of skinny shorts and short sleeved pastel coloured shirts teamed with laced pumps and Ray-Bans! 

Til next time, from LA...


P.S  - Note for the week- ‘Pop on or purchase something brighter than what you would usually wear. The brighter the better so be daring and shine in neon greens, pinks or yellows. I promise it will brighten up not only yours but everyone’s day around you.’