28 December 2011

British Rock Royalty Desert Boots by Clarks Originals - The Black White Check Boot

Clark Originals have designed four Special Edition Desert Boots which are inspired by four defining moments in the story of music. We've already given you the Red Desert Boot inspired by Sergeant Pepper and 60s psychedelia.: http://mensstyling.blogspot.com/2011/12/british-rock-royalty-desert-boots-by.html

Now it's the turn of the 'Specials' celebrating the melting pot movement in the 1980's when vintage ska, rocksteady and reggae collided with punk and pop.
The soft suede is decorated with an iconic black and white checked design and is finished with the signature crepe sole.

Every pair has a special fob featuring Clark's Rock Royalty crest.(for this boot it's the left crest)
Available now on  www.clarks.co.uk at £89

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24 December 2011

Mr Porter Does Xmas in Velvet Slipper Shoes

Mr Porter, the sartorial online store for the fashionable man, is slipping into something more comfortable with their dapper velvet slipper shoes:

Alexander McQueen – Embroidered Velvet Slippers.

For a touch of Goth, go for McQueen’s black velvet slippers which are embroidered with a golden skull on the front. These outdoor slippers are piped in grosgrain ribbon and have a leather lining and sole.
 Price £325 


Jimmy Choo – Paisley Patterned Loafer 

For the more flamboyant who like to make a statement. 
This loafer has a patent leather piping, leather sole and midsole. The jewel toned velvet print is paisley but look closely and you’ll see James Bondesque female silhouettes dancing around the pattern.
Price £495 

Dolce & Gabanna – the Classic Velvet Shoe 

For those of you who prefer lace ups, Dolce& Gabanna have a velvet derby shoe with leather interior and soles.  Less ostentatious than the velvet slipper but definitely still a Prince of a shoe with its understated elegant look.
 Price £350 Available in black only.

All available from www.mrporter.com

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23 December 2011

The Plush Velvet Slipper Shoe

Cinderella may have opted for style over comfort when she chose her glass slippers. But Prince Charming was smart enough to opt for both when he chose the velvet slipper.
But when we say ‘velvet slipper’ we don’t mean the common or garden house slipper. We mean those you can wear to add a touch of the debonair to a casual outfit or to complete your already dapper look.

Herring shoes – the Monarch
Looking quite regal with their hand embroidered golden Herring Crest; these Monarch slippers are acceptable footwear for wearing with dinner jackets at home or at ones club. But also would look great with a pair of jeans or coloured chinos. With six colours to choose from you could match or contrast with your coloured chinos.
Colours are black, purple, green, red, brown and navy.
The sole and heels are leather. Price £135 Available online from www.herringshoes.co.uk

Angelo Galasso – the Velvet Loafer
Definitely made to be worn outside. Galasso has a few designs for his velvet loafer ranging from the more classic black pair with golden embroidered initials on the front....

....to the more ostentatious china blue pair with its contrasting red rope tassels and AG monogram. The velvet is the same, made from a luxurious blend of silk and cotton.
Price £750 from www.angelogalasso.com or his boutique store at
8-10 Hans Road, London SW3 1RX. Tel: 020 7584 3978
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22 December 2011

Joyful Prices at Uniqlo - Just 3 days left

Uniqlo are celebrating the festive season by reducing some of their key pieces to joyful prices.

Spoil yourself in a 100% cashmere sweater. Was £99.90 but now and until 25 Dec the price is £59.90.
Loving this Xmas berry red colour.
And it's not just the cashmeres which have been reduced but also:
Premium down jackets
Fleece full zip jackets
Heattech and Heattech accessories.
Available from Uniqlo stores or online www.uniqlo.com 

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20 December 2011

Match the Midnight Celebration Mood with Blue Velvet.

Blue Velvet - Dark blue velvet is a good alternative to black without being too ostentatious. It's a softer, more romantic look ready for the backdrop of starry skies and firework displays.

For the elegant sartorial look, go for Alexander McQueen dark navy slim fit jacket with its single button, two flap pockets and double vents.
Fabric: 100% cotton Price £1095

Keep the luxurious feel going and keep out the evening chill with a cashmere sweater:
 J. Crew soft purple cashmere v-neck sweater with ribbed collar cuffs and hem.
 100% cashmere Price £200
Both available from www.mrporter,com

Paul Costelloe’s two button velvet blazer is more relaxed with its brighter dark blue colour and miniature dotted blue/green lining.
Fabric 100% cotton Price £249 available from www.paulcostelloeman.co.uk

For a dramatic look wear with Henry Arlington’s Nevis turquoise shirt from their Ascot collection. 100% cotton with contrast midnight and aqua broad strip on inner collar, cuffs and gusset. Price £95

Add a little twinkle with Henry Arlington’s Crosby Blush cufflink – a round ball studded with Swarovski crystals in clear and blush pink. Price £55
Both available from www.henryarlington.com


Etro navy velvet two button blazer has a grosgrain trim, notched lapels, two flat pockets, chest pocket, side vents and silk lining.
Fabric:  98% cotton, 2% elastane, 100% silk lining. Price £935

Get a youthful look with a printed tee shirt such as YSL leopard image cotton t-shirt in black and white. Price £175
Available from www.mrporter.com

Add the jet crystal Phase pendant from www.swarovski.com . Price £72
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Get the Festive Look in a Plum Velvet Jacket

Plum Velvet: A great warm rich colour for Christmas with thoughts of plum brandy and plum pudding.   

Paul Smith London slim fit two button blazer with peak lapels goes for the bright reddish plum colour with contrasting purple lining, giving a 70s decadence look.. Has four front pocket effects and double vents.
Fabric: 86% cotton, 14% modal, 100% viscose lining. Price £470
Available from www.mrporter.com

To keep the 70s decadence look team with Eton’s multi coloured pixel shirt with moderate cutaway collar from their Exquisite range. In both contemporary and slim fit. Available from Eton shops and www.etonshirts.co.uk Price £155

M&S Autograph pure cotton single button velvet jacket is a more muted purple plum colour. Has peak lapels and 3 button cuff
Fabric: 100% cotton, 52% polyester & 48% viscose lining. Price £99.
Available for M&S stores and www.marksandspencer.com

Team with a shirt in muted colours such as this bold multi stripe washed classic fit shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt.
Fabric: 100% cotton.  Price was £69 now £19.95

All shades of plum jackets look great with grey or dark blue jeans/chinos
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19 December 2011

Celebrate in style with a Champagne Velvet Jacket

For the dressy look you don’t have to stick to black, other rich colours will also work.

Champagne Velvet

Get in to the party atmosphere with this champagne coloured Canali two button blazer, notched lapel, two flap pockets, chest pocket and double vents.
Fabric: 100% cotton and 100% cupro lining. Price £640
This is a great shade for those of you with a pale complexion as black and the other dark colours may wash you out.

Team with light chinos or stone washed denims and a shirt or tee shirt. Marc by Marc Jacobs flecked cotton tee in blue, light brown and green fleck would do nicely. Price £85
Both available from www.mrporter.com
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Look a Billion Dollars in the Velvet Jacket

Wearing a velvet blazer can make you feel like a million dollars – or a billion dollars with the brand Billionaire Italian Couture. Here they show you don’t have to stick to plain velvet:

Left model:
Black velvet jacket hammered with astrakhan texture and satin lapels. Price £1530
Worn here with black silk shirt £320 and embroidered faded jeans £550
That belt peeping out is £1190 and is made of ivory fish
Right model:
Black velvet jacket embossed in a crocodile skin design. Price £1290
Worn here with black jacquard cotton shirt with jewel buttons Price £300, faded embroidered jeans £490, pochette £50 and a £15,000 Italian watch made in pink gold with black and white real diamonds.

If you want to really put on the glitz then go for this embroidered velvet jacket with sequins £1530. More bling with the Swarovski crystal buttoned white shirt in plyed cotton at £520. Paired with mohair trousers £450, that ivory fish belt £1190 and leather patent dress shoes to reflect the light from all those sequins £530
Available from Billionaire Couture at 9 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9LE. Tel:02072450096.  www.billionairecouture.com

Images provided by Dee Vesali PR 
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18 December 2011

The Velvet Blazer in Dapper Monochrome

For formal occasions you have the dinner jacket, but what about those other Christmas gatherings?
Try the velvet blazer – this looks cool and elegant with dress pants and a crisp white shirt, but can also look hot and stylish worn with jeans or chinos.
Velvet is a luxurious fabric originally made from silk, worn by the rich elite and associated with royalty. But now velvet can be made with more affordable fabrics such as cotton and rayon.  Cotton velvet has a softer sheen and is more durable so great for the velvet blazer.

Charles Tyrwhitt two button jacket is 100% cotton with peak lapels, natural corozo working buttons and fully lined.  Promotional price of £159 (was £320)
Available at Charles Tyrwhitt stores and online www.ctshirts.co.uk
The jacket is worn with the purple & blue stripe St James casual semi fitted cotton shirt and dress trousers. Shirt price: Was £80 now a promotional price of £29.95 

Like life, not everything is black and white for monochrome.  There is the grey area for a softer look. Great for those of you who find black too harsh against the skin or just too dramatic.

The Silver velvet jacket from Austin Reed  AR Cut range gives an understated smooth and sophisticated look.
Fabric: 100% fine Italian cotton, it features one button fastening, notch lapel and slanted flap pockets.
Price £375 Available from www.austinreed.co.uk
Create a more casual look with grey jeans or chinos and t-shirt.

Keep monochrome with a black and white or grey printed tee such as Energie Dabber T shirt.
 Price £34. Available from Energie store 31 Great Marlborough Street, just off Carnaby Street, London or online www.energie.it

Add a Boltz tag pendant in slate and silver from Storm watches. Price £69.99 Available from www.stormwatches.com
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