30 April 2014

This Summer Make Threads Not War, with the limited edition Lynx Peace T-Shirt Collection

As part of the Make Love Not War campaign, Lynx has teamed up with five emerging designers to create a limited edition range of Peace inspired t-shirts collectively called Make Threads Not War.
This collection will be sold exclusively on ASOS to show support for global organisation Peace One Day, the organisers of World Peace One Day which is marked on 21st Sept each year.
The t-shirts will be available from 6th May at £10 each while stocks last.
All Proceeds from the Lynx Peace collection will go to Peace One Day
The designers, all chosen for their individual artistic flair, are:

Creative group Bread Collective: Make Love Not War

Speaking of their ‘Make Love Not War’ design, Bread Collective say their design was inspired by protest signs and peaceful protests.

Mat Pringle: Yang and Yin
The inspiration comes from looking at definitive symbols of peace.

Ruby Taylor: Ten Doves One Heart

The graphic stems from Ruby’s love of creating patterns and using archetypal imagery. Ruby says ‘I Love the fact that the t-shirt has a classic display of patterns, looking pretty on the outside, but with further analysis of the symbols, you can see a deeper hidden meaning.
McBess: The Machine Rolls

The striking guitar image is the centre piece. McBess says ‘I thought the guitar could be a novel symbol of peace- it’s a tool to appease the mind and music brings people together’
Steve Wilson: New Horizons

Steve says ‘I chose to use the iconic CND symbol in place of the sun within a landscape design. I wanted to evoke the feeling of peace felt when surrounded by the natural world and the optimism that a new dawn brings.’
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29 April 2014

Karl Lagerfeld - new men's fragrance

Karl Lagerfeld has brought out two new fragrances: one for men and one for women.

The men's fragrance is an aromatic fern created by perfumer Jean-Christophe Jerault
Top notes of lavender and mandarin zest
Heart of crisp apple and violet leaves
Base notes of sandalwood and amber
EDT 100ml £52; 50ml £42 and 30ml £33
The contemporary designs of both bottles are geometrically exact and emulating the collar of Karl’s favourite shirts is a large metal ring that sits beneath the caps. The bottles come in an embossed box that echoes the metal ring. Using white for the women’s fragrance and black for the men’s, each box is lined with the repeating tone on tone motif of Karl’s silhouette.
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28 April 2014

New In - Two Angle Summer Tees and Vests

Price £29.23 Left to right
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20 April 2014

F&F Clothing for Men Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Show

Tesco’s F&F Clothing shows you don’t have to spend a lot to get the sartorial flair. Their AW14 menswear collection focuses on the importance of the coat. The peacoat is given a biker style touch with the addition of a side zip opening and leatherette sleeves.

Whilst the traditional peacoat style is sharper than ever before and updated with a new colour palette of cool silver grey and warm berry. Note the ankle zip openings on the smart carrot style trousers worn with the berry peacoat and the top image.

The bomber jacket is released as a wardrobe icon tailored to be worn both smart and casual. Here the window pane bomber is teamed with classic pin stripe trousers and waistcoat whilst the deep red velvet tie and animal print shirt keep it from looking conservative.

For the smart casual look, the thicker blue check bomber is teamed with blue floral tie and animal print shirt.

Texture and layering is key with cable jumpers worn with waxy jeans, printed shirts and tailored jackets.

Also key is the eclectic mix of patterns. An oversized Prince of Wales check car coat is matched with a floral shirt and a pair of self stripe trousers.

Traditional tailoring techniques create razor sharp suits that maintain a slim silhouette. Worn with bold shirts in either block colours, graphic or floral prints; plain ties in leatherette or velvet fabric, and floral ties to give a new dimension to formalwear.

Heritage patterns such as herringbone and hounds tooth are updated by playing with scale and colour.  Here the suit is worn with berry shirt in an oversized hounds tooth print.

The collection will be available soon in selected Tesco stores and online www.F-F.com

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15 April 2014

Lynx Launches PEACE, with a message MAKE LOVE NOT WAR

Lynx has created a new range, LYNX PEACE, to partner with Peace One Day , an international non-profit organisation behind World Peace Day.

Lynx has also launched a new campaign which encourages people to celebrate Peace through music, fashion or photography. I chose fashion.
The Peace campaign will bring these various passion points to life through exciting collaborations with:

Music producer Naughty Boy:- Make Beats Not War.
Lynx challenged Naughty Boy to bring three artists together on an exclusive track for peace.

War photographer Matthew Lloyd: Make Moments Not War
 Lynx asked Matthew to capture the perfect peace moment on camera.
 And now it's your turn

Whatever Peace means to you, capture it, upload on instagram and tag #lynxpeace and @lynxeffect.  And if your shot makes it the #lynxpeace gallery then you’re in with a chance of winning an iPhone 5S !!

Clothing brand ASOS: Make Threads Not War.

With 5 artists, ASOS has created a Peace t-shirts collection to be available online soon.
See the 5 designs online now via: www.lynxpeace.com

Here's my own Peace design using a plain white ASOS t-shirt

The Lynx Peace scent is:
Top Notes: violet leaf captive, bergamot, mandarin, lemon peel and yuzu
Heart: apricot nectar, violet flower and nutmeg,
Base Notes: cedarwood, golden amber and patchouli
Lynx worked with Ann Gatlieb to develop the fragrance with the world class fragrance house Firmenich.


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14 April 2014

For the 3rd year in succession, Chester Barrie are the menswear sponsor of the Olivier Awards.

Michael Xavier

Chester Barrie brought forward delivery of its Autumn/winter 2014 dresswear collection in order to capture the glamour and excitement of the Olivier Awards which was held this weekend at the Royal Opera House. Beautifully redolent of the style of the 30s film star, jackets are strong on the shoulders and cut to the hips, creating a striking silhouette.

Alistair McGowan
Mark Gatiss

 New for this season is a shawl collared 3 piece suit in charcoal mohair and wool blend. Available to order also in midnight or chocolate.

 Also in the shawl collar is a cotton, silk and cashmere blended velvet .

Nigel Planner
 At the heart of the collection is the classic black dinner suit, fashioned with peak labels and jetted pockets.
Rory Kinnear

 The brand was worn by many of the nominees and presenters on the night including: Alistair McGowan, Mark Gatiss, Michael Xavier, Nigel Planner and  Rory Kinnear who won Best Actor for his portrayal of Shakespeare's villain Iago in the National Theatre's production of Othello.

 Until Easter Chester Barrie has teamed up with Fenwick of Bond Street to set up an eveningwear pop-up store in the menswear department.

Chester Barrie: 19 Savile Row Mayfair London W1S 3PP http://www.chesterbarrie.co.uk/
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International Woolmark Prize - Europe Nominee Announcement‏

The Woolmark Company is pleased to announce the European Nominees for the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize, which has become one of the most truly coveted designer awards of our time.
For the first time, two designers will receive the overall award, one for menswear and one for womenswear.  For the UK the menswear nominee is AGi & Sam. Here's a peak at their sketch entry:

Five regional awards will be held in Asia, Australia, Europe, India (& Middle East) and USA to select the ten finalists, each receiving AUD$50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection as well as an invitation to participate in the international final.
The five menswear finalists will meet at London Collections: Men in January 2015 and the five womenswear finalists will meet in Beijing in March 2015.
The European nominees for menswear prize are:
Belgium – Cedric Jacquemyn
Czech Republic – Pavel Ivancic
Denmark – Asger Juel Larsen
France – Melinda Gloss
Germany – Vladimir Karaleev
Italy – CAMO
Netherlands – Hyun Yeu
Turkey – Serdar Uzuntas
UK – Agi & Sam
Agi & Sam

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7 April 2014

New Wilkinson Sword Razors - Hydro 5

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Power Select RRP £12.99*
 NEW innovative Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Power Select, the ONLY powered razor with 3 vibration settings giving you the ultimate shave comfort. Adjusting the shave power is proven to reduce skin irritation and with our revolutionary Hydro technology you’ll get great looking skin.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 RRP £8.99*
Designed for the most demanding of men in their uncompromising quest for the most innovative and satisfying shaving experience, Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 is nothing less than a complete rebuild of the razor - blade cartridge, lubricating system, trimming blade, and handle - all working together to take care of your skin while you shave.

The Wilkinson Sword range is available from Boots and leading retailers nationwide.


*Price is at the sole discretion of the retailers
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