26 June 2013

UNIQLO's Exclusive Launch of the 2013 Wimbled on Novak Djokovic Replica Match Wear for Men

UNIQLO’s London flagship store (311 Oxford Street) has exclusive launch of the 2013 Wimbledon Novak Djokovic replica match wear for men and modelled on his own tournament kit. Also online

This Limited Edition includes wristbands, socks, polo shirts, shorts, track  jackets and pants starting from £7.90 for the socks, £19.90 for polo shirts and £49.90 for the track jacket.
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25 June 2013

Dolce & Gabanna's new mens concept store opens in New Bond Street

Italian tailoring and London style came together during the opening of Dolce & Gabanna’s new concept boutique at 53-55 New Bond Street.
This new store is unique in its look and amenities with a gentleman’s club like atmosphere offering bespoke tailoring services and an Italian barber shop as well as an array of luxurious accessories and more fashion orientated garments.
46 models in SS14 tailoring collection strolled from Claridges Hotel through Mayfair and finally to the store.

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24 June 2013

Dolce & Gabanna Menswear SS14 Catwalk Collection

Dolce and Gabanna SS14 inspiration is Sicilian mythology which arose from Greek origins.
Sicilian models take to the catwalk and represent the modern Ulysses.

Prints represent the classic Greek mythology through images of temples and faces of Zeus and Apollo. Zeus representing creation and absolute power and Apollo the sun, light, positivity and beauty.

Sicilian mythology is represented through the prints of antique coins of Catania , Syracuse, Taormina, Enna and Messina.. Leather sandals are styled on those worn by the gods.
Fabrics used are: Linen, linen organza and georgette, silk net, shantung and cotton.

Colour palette is of: white beige, brown & black with accents of red, bright blue, silver and gold.

The Finale: The Sicilian gods in force wearing suits in stretch fabrics and dark colours.
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20 June 2013

Pearly King for Festival Fashion

Top left t-shirt:
Muse Girl off white lady print in 100% cotton Sale via Accent Clothing site for £29.99:

Centre t-shirt:
Nuns Habit in off white with black & white ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ print on the front and a black stag’s head printed on the back. . Also available in burgundy
Sale via Accent Clothing site £29.99
Via Cruise Fashion £28

Top right t-shirt:
Passion Joaquin/Johnny Cash wrinkle off white cotton with coloured spray and creased finish
Sale on via Cruise Fashion £24

Bottom left jacket:
Denim jacket – not yet available. Keep checking sites:

Bottom right jacket:
Halfway in Black crinkled leather with contrasting Brown suede sleeves
On special offer via Cruise Fashion for £204.00
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14 June 2013

Gentleman's Dress Code for the Grandstand at Royal Ascot

Gentleman may not have to wear a morning coat for the Grandstand at Royal Ascot but there is still as strict dress code to adhere to. In the past the guideline was just to dress smartly, but now they are more definite giving you a clear picture of the sartorial race ahead.
Main Rule - Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie. 

Hopefully the sun will be shining and the weather will be warm.  To stay cool, a suit in a lighter colour and lighter fabric will do the trick.  This wool blend (50% wool and 50% polyester) 2 button jacket suit from M&S Superlite range has the added technology of anti-odour Odegon. The jacket has carbon patches under each arm which absorb and eliminate odours. The straight leg trousers has a smart central crease and most importantly for when you’ve eaten too much from that picnic hamper, a hidden stretch waistband to allow greater freedom of movement. Colours available: Neutral as shown or light grey.
Plus it has a super light price too!
Jacket was £110 now £88
Flat front trousers were £69 now £55.20
5 button waistcoat (not shown) was £45 now £36
Matched with crisp white cotton shirt (£29.50) and the very subtle Ultimate Performance pure silk striped woven tie £16 in red mix. (Also available in blue mix)

For an added suave touch to the classic two button single breasted suit, Superdry in collaboration with the quintessential BritishTimothy Everest brings out the 100% wool Superspy suit with a contrasting slim lapel in black luxe sateen. Available in sharkskin (as shown) and black. Both lined in black and gold, and have an internal tech pocket with specially crafted loops for discreet threading of an earphone cable – maybe to get some secret spy betting tips? The matching skinny leg trousers feature razor sharp creases and the hem comes unfinished to allow them to be tailored to your liking.
Jacket £174.99
Skinny leg trousers £74.99

The most popular suits are the single breasted. So be a little different and go for the double breasted style. The traditional style is a boxier look with a longer lapel line ending at the waist and so creating the illusion of a slimmer and taller you. Great for hiding the larger tummy.  Here the Superdry/Timothy Everest collaboration updates the look for the slimmer figure with the top button fastened making the lapel line shorter and showing off the trim waist. However there is nothing to stop you from keeping the top button open and creating that longer line.
Called the Bankrobber, the suit comes in navy herringbone (as shown in image) and pinstripe. Fabric 100% wool. Both lined in black and gold, and like the Super Spy suit have an internal tech pocket with specially crafted loops for discreet threading of an earphone cable. Trousers come unfinished to allow them to be tailored to your liking.
Jacket £174.99
Slim leg trousers £74.99
Teamed here with Superdry London button down cotton shirt in optic white £44.99 and slim tie.

Shirts & Ties
All the above  suits are teamed with plain white shirts and plain ties, but you can wear coloured and patterned. Just keep in mind the smart sartorial look when choosing a colour.

River Island’s Blue tile print shirt is bold but in muted shades and with a white collar and cuffs.
100% cotton and from their Life of Tailor range
 Price £45
Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix your patterns. The above silk navy tie may be a safe colour but has a floral print to contrast with the shirt. Price £15

For a floral pattern and a brighter blue choose their Life of Tailor paisley shirt in 100% cotton. 
Price £50

Match with the bird embroidered tie from M&S price £12.50. It is a 2 pack limited collection and comes with a plain navy check tie if you prefer not to mix your patterns.

Unlike the Royal Enclosure, shoes do not have to be black, but they do have to be smart and polished.

For something different to black, Dune’s Amore lace up brogues are still smart and polished in two tone shades of brown and of mixed textured leather.  Were £85 now £68

(Goodwin Shoes)
Goodwin Smith offers tradition and quality with a fashion twist and attention to detail.
Newchurch slim red with a blue trim £80. Also available in the more conventional shades of dark brown or light tan. Price £80

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11 June 2013

Men's UGGs Goes All Summery

Think of UGG footwear and you usually think of winter, but these gorgeous designs show that UGG can do summer:

Klayton shoe –it's  the lightweight desert shoe but a little dressier.  In soft  nubuck . Colour sand Price £110 Also available in yummy soft chocolate leather

Wilton shoe – the sneaker boat shoe in lightweight washed canvas with jute wrapping and nubuck accents. In Moroccan inspired stripes Price £80  Also available in denim with stripey lining.
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7 June 2013

Gentlemen's Dress Code for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot Races

The gentleman’s dress code for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot has always been strict, but since last year they are making sure that these rules are DEFINITLEY NOT broken.
 Rule no 1: Morning suits
Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress.
No other colour is acceptable in the Royal Enclosure.

If wearing a black morning coat the trousers must be either grey or black in striped or houndstooth pattern.
If wearing a grey morning coat, the trousers should match the coat in colour and fabric like a suit.
Black is the most popular at Royal Ascot and is striking next to a pristine white shirt. 
The above image shows a black morning coat from Oliver Brown Price £475
Fabric: 100% British barathea wool in plain black with peak lapel, 3 button cuffs, fully lined with ticket pocket and inside pockets.  
Teamed with houndstooth trousers in 100% British wool. Price £165 Half lined; single pleated, side adjusters, brace buttons, slant pockets and two hip pockets.  

To save money you could go buy one of their ex rental morning coats at £295

The grey is a more flattering choice for those of you with a fair or soft colouring. Through Moss Bros you can hire the grey Ted Baker morning coat with its striking peacock lining.
 They offer three hire packages jacket and trousers only at £120; plus waistcoat £130; and plus white shirt, tie and pocket square for £155. There is a choice of 6 colour ways for the silk tie and pocket square and they are yours to keep as a gift from Ted Baker!  The shirt for hire is white with a cutaway collar and double cuffs.
For Accidental Damage Waiver there is an extra charge of £8.

Moss Bros also has the Royal Ascot Collection especially designed for the occasion. http://www.moss.co.uk/pws/hire/ascot/ascot_collection.html

Morning coat: Pure new wool and light in weight so if the day turns out to be a scorcher then you’ll stay cool, but if it’s a cooler day then it’ll keep you warm. The coat has a royal-blue satin lining and the distinctive Royal Ascot emblem embroidered on the inside pocket.  Also has the traditional single link button.
Waistcoat: single breasted in traditional colour of dove grey or buff with 5 buttons
Trousers: Traditional wool-blend single pleat grey stripe trousers
Here worn with black oxford shoes from M&S and top hat from Hetherington Hats.

Rule no 2: Waistcoats.
A waistcoat must be worn.
Sartorial note: keep the bottom button undone.
Cut: Either single breasted with or without lapels or double breasted. 
Fabrics:  choose plain wool or linen.  Although silk or satin are acceptable, the shiny fabric can look more like wedding attire.

Colours: Whether light or deep, choose a muted version. Keep the bright colours and patterns for weddings. Buff and grey is the most popular colour, so for more of an individual look choose another pastel shade
Oliver Brown has both wool and linen, double and single breasted. Wool price is £145 with a colour choice of grey, buff, cream and yellow   Linen price is £135 with a colour choice of pale yellow, beige, bright yellow and pale blue.

Rule no 3: Tie.
Wear a tightly knotted tie such as a half Windsor knot. Definitely NO cravats.
And don’t be fooled with the Ascot tie.  Although named after the racecourse this is no longer acceptable so keep for wedding attire only.
Fabric: Preferably silk
Colour: Any colour and pattern you wish.

Although the Jaeger paisley tie is a classic print, the swirling pattern and various shades of blue still makes a statement.  Price £55

 Go floral with this vintage inspired print. Price £55.
The soft colour way of lilac with touches of pink will especially complement the grey morning coat.
The bolder colour way of red on a navy background (only available in stores) would suit the black morning coat.

Rule no 4: Top Hat.
A Top Hat in black or grey must be worn at all times with the exception of:
The restaurant, a private box or a private club. You can also remove your hat within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.
But if in doubt, keep it on unless you see the vast majority taking theirs off.
NEVER customise your top hat (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands).

A black Top Hat made of silk is the most coveted but alas no longer manufactured, making them a rarity. But you can purchase one from Oliver Brown for £500

The felt Top hats are less expensive. Go for grey felt  Top hat finished with black band in Melton wool and lined in white satin. Price £250

Top hats are expensive to buy so for the cheaper option Oliver Brown offers ex rental black felt Top hats at £150 to buy and also has a wide range of top hat for hire from £50.

 Rule no 5: Black Shoes
Shoes must be black with laces, plain and highly polished (although not patent)
The plain Oxford shoe is the perfect choice.  The Herring Knightsbridge is a classic toecap oxford shoe.  Made from calf leather for the upper, full leather lining, leather insoles and Goodyear Welted soles.  Handmade in Northamptonshire at the Loake factory for Herring Shoes
Available for £185 online at

Sartorial Rules:
Socks: no coloured socks just plain black or grey.
Shirts:  Shirts should be in keeping with a formal dress code so choose either white or a pale pastel. 
A double cuff is more in keeping with the morning suit.  Plus you can add a touch of individuality with a pair of cufflinks

Keep the Ascot theme with these Deakin & Francis silver top hats £245.00

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