24 August 2011

KMS California Hair Brand Reloaded

The professional hair brand KMS California is celebrating 35 years in the industry and to show that they are not resting on their laurels they’ve relaunched (or reloaded) themselves with new packaging and the introduction of 12 new products including a new sub line called Freeshape.

The Packaging – matt but bright colour blocks are teamed with glossy bold text in a clashing complementary colour.  There’s  yellow green with purple; deep raspberry  with mint green;  orange with bright blue and purple with yellow to name a few - All inspired by the catwalk colourways.

One hero product in the KMS range is:

MOULDING PASTE from the Hairplay range RRP £17.30
Colour combination: Matt lime green with glossy purple lettering
This is the number one worldwide bestseller within KMS range.
It provides texture with a pliable hold and great on short hair to create structured styles.
KMS Top Tip: reactivate your style at the end of the day, simply wet hands and reshape.
This has a great smell of coconut and is great for adding volume.

The new KMS will be available from September.
www.kmscalifornia.com shows the countdown to when the new products will be available.
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22 August 2011

Oliver Sweeney's new addition to their Wholecut shoes.

Oliver Sweeney's new addtion to their wholecut range is:
Like all Oliver Sweeney's Italian wholecuts, the uppers are made from a single piece of fine calf leather.
For the Vear, the upper is designed with a brogue medallion on the toe.
The Vear comes in grey, brown, black and my favourite purple ( as in above image).
Price £295.00
The sole sports a brass sole plate-  any excuse to put your feet up!

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18 August 2011

M&S Launches the new Limited Collection for Men

With the younger man in mind, M&S have created Limited Collection.

This new range will concentrate on introducing a stylish and affordable capsule wardrobe for the season by taking its  inspiration from the latest catwalk trends and street style.
The main colour palette is monochrome with a dash of bright red . Here is a black leather jacket £199 teamed with a rock inspired white printed t-shirt £18 and red and black checked shirt.
Suits are the slimmest fit M&S have made - a cut most younger men prefer. Styles include the dapper double breasted .....

 ... and the popular mad men single breasted look in puppy tooth check . Grey suit £129; white shirt £25 and black tie £16

 This chunky knit (£39.50) mixes monochrome with the red in twisted yarn. Although the knit is chunky the style is still a slim fit.
 And to carry your new capsule wardrobe for those weekends away, there is the Limited Collection holdall £49.50
The Limited Collection will be available in selected M&S stores as from September

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16 August 2011

AM Golhar's AW11 Knitwear Collection

AM Golhar specialises in men’s knitwear and for her AW11 collection her key look is a variety of polo neck styles.
The colour palette is black and different shades of grey ensuring it’s the textures created by the different knitting techniques that take centre stage.

Blake polo with Thomas joggers
The light silver grey panels of the fitted Blake polo jumper showcase the 3D effect of Am’s signature trellis technique perfectly. 
RRP £110. 

Here worn with a pair of black Thomas cable knit joggers – one of Am’s original jogger designs.  
 She came up with the idea of knitted joggers when thinking of warm cable jumpers. She thought they would be playful and fun to wear whilst being warm and soft. 
The Thomas jogger is slouchy in the crotch area whilst fitted in the leg

Cameron cowl with Blake joggers

The Cameron is an oversized sloppy polo neck using a medium gauge lace hole technique resulting in what AM calls ‘the diamond lace hole effect’.
Giving the illusion of layering the main body is black with medium grey sleeves and cowl.
RRP £120

Bug v neck with Thomas joggers

Adding a touch of colour and plenty of boyish charm is the Bug jumper. RRP £85. this light grey v neck jersey had black rib and cuffs with a yellow bug print.
Worn here with the black Thomas cable knit joggers.

Codey crew with Sam bug joggers

If you’re not ready for so many bugs, then there is always the black Sam bug cotton joggers with just a few of those yellow bugs around the leg bottom. 
RRP £80
Top with the Codey draw string crew jumper in black with grey detailing using a cord technique.
Angora blend RRP £126

Luca hand knit with Ricco leather joggers
For the more rugged look there is Lucas, here in taupe/ grey
RRP £200.
This was originally a show piece with a military style influence and kitted out with major shoulder padding. 
To fit in with the rest of her AW11 collection, Am has redesigned it to become a more wearable slouchy polo.
The polo neck has been layered by picking up stitches to create rolls whilst big hand knitted holes decorate the bottom of the jumper.
Lucas is of an alpaca blend and hand knitted. The original was knitted by Am herself, but now they are sourced out to specialised hand knitters.
Here teamed with Ricco black leather jogging pants £235

Logan cardigan with Thomas joggers

Another hand knit is the hunky Logan chunky cardigan/jacket in taupe
RRP £228.15
It may be chunky but the Alpaca blend ensures it is super soft to the touch.
Worn here with grey Thomas cable knit joggers.

Ashton cable jumper with Theo joggers

Mixing textures and patterns is the Ashton cable crew jumper and the Theo jacquard joggers.
Ashton is an angora blend in light silver grey .Theo is a wool blend in black and grey
Worn here with the angora blend Jayson scarf in black and mid grey stripe trellis.


Here’s Ashton again. This time in the darker look of black with charcoal grey.
For more information go to www.am-golhar.com

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12 August 2011

The Summer Shirt - Say it with Flowers.

After reading the last article on the Hawaiian shirt ( you did read it didn't you?), then if the Hawaiian shirt doesn’t float your surf board why not try this Paul Smith navy floral shirt from Urban Outfitters.

Paul Smith floral shirt
It will just get you dipping your toes in the water with the bolder patterns.
Was £110 now on sale £70.  100% cotton. www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Travelling on from bold and bright Hawaii, dig your Cuban heels in for the more subtle design of Joe Brown’s Havana vintage floral shirt.

Next floral print shirt
Mix floral prints with military epaulettes and double breasted pockets. These are great to draw the eye to the shoulders and away from the tummy area. Price £28 www.next.co.uk
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11 August 2011

Aloha to the Hawaiian Shirt

The advantage of the short sleeved shirt is that you can go overboard with the pattern, so why not splash out with the Hawaiian shirt? Well you either love them or you hate them, but they do conjure up images of surf, sea and sand and are making a comeback as a retro summer look.
Tesco Hawaiian shirt
They look best as a holiday shirt and if you are conscious of your tummy, they make a great cover up with shorts or swimwear whilst on the beach. 
Above image is of Tesco F&F Hawaiian shirt at £12 and £16 for the shorts.
Originally called the ‘Aloha’ shirt, Chinese merchant Ellery Chun and his sister started creating these brightly coloured floral shirts in the 1930’s from kimono fabric which soon became a hit with the tourists, local residents and surfers alike. And the King of Rock, Elvis Presley was often seen wearing one in his younger days. 

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10 August 2011

Seersucker Shirts - the Fabric of Milk and Sugar just right for the Summer Heat

OK not actually made from milk and sugar. Its name just originates from the Persian words ‘shir o shekar’ meaning ‘milk and sugar’ which apparently describes the smooth surface (milk) mixed with the bumpy texture (sugar)
This crinkly look is due to slack tension weaving mixed with normal tension which allows the fabric to breath and air to circulate freely against the skin, so keeping the wearer cool and dry. Plus you don’t need to iron, it’s meant to look crinkled. So it's an ideal fabric for the hot summer months and for travelling.
Seersucker shirts usually come in plaid or stripes.
Go for Lands’ End button down collar in fresh spring mountain green plaid.

Or their rich red Bengal Stripe.
Both priced at £25 www.landsend.co.uk
If you don’t like the crinkles, then there is always the Madras shirt. It may have a hot name but the light open weave of this cotton will keep you cool. Here in bright cyan and orange clay plaid. Price £25
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