21 June 2016

Simon Carter Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections Men

This season, Simon Carter unveiled a versatile assemblage that was bursting with English charm and fully conversant with the demands of sartorial sophistication for both town and country.

The range encompasses; overcoats, suits and jackets, shirts and ties, shoes and socks.
 Accessories include; watches, cufflinks, wallets, bags and jewellery.

 Prints are a focal point of the collection, from ties and shirts to the jackets, Simon Carter’s love affair with pattern is impossible to ignore.

The “conversation prints”, as Simon calls them, range from the iconic paisley and re-worked Liberty classics,

to more eccentric repeats of flamingos, shrimps and red-hot chilies!

In addition, there is an exquisite selection of textures and fabrics that bring the collection to life, from silk knitted ties and jacquard woven jackets, to silk pocket squares and pony hair belts.
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18 June 2016

Blood Brother Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections Men

Titled Homesick, Blood Brother take inspiration from the nostalgic heyday of the great  British holiday - a guy who has just finished work, is late for leaving and scrambling to leave the city for his holiday, is still wearing his work attire but in a more relaxed style, no tie, no belt.

Being a British brand, for summer outerwear is of course key to the collection. Statement pieces include Blood Brother's take on the oversized trench coats- light for summer but with weatherproofing being a necessity.

The fisherman gillet with multiple oversized pockets for those more hobby style retreats such as a fishing expedition are layered with a suede bomber for the hardier outdoor days.

Summer checks and classic pin stripes are seen in  tailored trousers, suit jackets, zipped lightweight bombers, shorts and shirting.

Wider leg trousers are worn on the waist with utilitarian buckle fastening.

Shorts are in jersey, lightweight wool and technical fabrics with weatherproofing

Prints, pin up girl and deck chair stripes bring a romanticism to the collection. Raw applique patches are constant throughout the collection with images and text forming a secondary style print.

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Titled Less Hate, More Love, Milan Vukmirovic reinterprets the male wardrobe with an excess of gentleness,for Ports 1961 SS17 collection.

He adds romanticism to military wear, giving a new twist to their decorations, adding flowers and re-embroidering everything with poetry.

 Uniforms have always occupied a privileged place in the fashion pantheon. With Milan Vukmirovic’s fourth collection for Ports 1961, the French artistic director does not restrict himself to lines of perfectly conceived army uniforms, but transfers their stripes, insignia, frogs and ceremonial braiding on to jerkins, shirts, sweatshirts and shorts.

 This military influence, playfully redefined, is boosted by references to classic sportswear.
As part of the collection, a partnership has been signed with Everlast, creating a capsule collection that is distributed exclusively by Ports 1961. The iconic logo of the American brand is reworked in large dimensions on a selection of sports pieces with a new, more pronounced fashion accent.

 In parallel with this, abstract flower emblems are also key, appearing layered on raw edge poplin over shirt fronts, in tone-on-tone embroidery on lengthened bomber jackets, and screen-printed to break up the graphic rhythm on sweaters and marinière T-shirts.

 The accessories are also part of the celebration. Backpacks and sneakers continue the textile motifs of the ready-to-wear. A new line of objects and small leather goods in smooth leather has the golden signature #LOVE, the hashtag for Spring-Summer 2017, which is also found on the garments, updating the #followme which has characterized previous seasons.

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14 June 2016

Mackintosh Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections: Men

Mackintosh look to its rich past as well as the future for SS17.

Prints play an important role - traditional patterns such as checks and paisley hark back to Mackintosh's history as a British heritage brand.
Monochromatic windowpane check in double faced cotton gives a modern edge to the classic raincoat.

This season's cape features an exclusive Liberty print in subtle paisley.

Stripes appear in different guises throughout the collection. A candy stripe in navy and white brings a sense of fun to the traditional rubberised mac,

and a lightweight  waterproof nylon hooded coat comes in a monochromatic pinstripe.

A painterly camouflage print echoes the military references seen elsewhere in the collection and appears here on a breathable waterproof raincoat.

Last season, Mackintosh launched its first line of Japanese denim and this year new styles include a denim hooded coat and a denim classic mac.

Bags are a collaboration with Japanese bag brand Porter and include a rucksack, shoulder bag and tote. Mackintosh's signature rubberised cloth is used on the bags, ensuring they are waterproof and lightweight, with the camouflage print seen in the mainline collection echoed here as well as classic brown and beige. 
Mirroring the stylish and classic coats, the presentation was held in The Palm Court at the Waldorf Hilton hotel in London during London Collections Men.
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Chester Barrie Spring/Summer 2017 at London Collections:Men

Chester Barrie’s Spring Summer 2017 collection is designed to make sure men look great when it matters most.

 Highlights include tailoring in lightweight summer cloths including wool, silk, and linen blends which feature in a sophisticated colour palette of ecru, mid blues and warm greys.

 Comfort and discreet elegance is key with half lined jackets, which are as easy to style with a fine knit as they are with a shirt and tie.

 With the fashion for formal dress codes at weddings, Chester Barrie gives options for formal dress, black tie and great lightweight tailoring.

A bright blue dinner suit with an ottoman facing lapel is the epicentre of this story. It’s lighter than the average suit but still screams glamour.

Silk jacquard cocktail jackets and a cream dinner suit complete the black tie offer.

; while three piece suits in light grey or classic navy have a certain ubiquity.

 A hero piece of the collection is an unashamedly British double breasted blazer. Made in lightweight flannel, the six button French Navy knockout is old school dressing for the younger generation.

 Also important are suits that can be broken down into separates giving more choice.
Chester Barrie make this look simple with their new range of suit separates, designed to be mixed and matched for versatility and maximum impact.

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Thom Sweeney - Spring/Summer 2017

Spring-Summer 2017 introduces luxurious field jackets in brown and grey suede, as well as lightweight rain macs in linen and storm-proof Loro Piana fabric.
 Fine tailoring delivered with a blend of British panache and Italian fluidity is at the heart of the Thom Sweeney ethos.
 Burnt orange Solaro herringbone suiting compliments the relaxed aesthetic of the collection in addition to classic wide spread collar shirts to pop over tunic silhouettes in cotton and linen.
 Thom Sweeney’s eveningwear is complete with cream double-breasted tuxedo jackets with light cotton trousers for a summery finish.
 A slick fusion of construction expertise, individuality and a contemporary feel, assuring a sense of maturity and a look that contradicts the formality of Savile Row.
Photo credit : Jon Gorrigan

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Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon, is the ideal gift for those looking to treat their Dads this Father’s Day.

 With a history as rich as its taste, Old Forester is the only bourbon that has been available pre, post and during Prohibition, and to this day is still made by the same founding family. The Kentucky straight bourbon whisky was first created by George Garvin Brown in 1870 in Louisville. Brown was a pharmacist, and recognised an early need for a reliably high-quality whisky, that met medicinal standards. The bottle still bears a handwritten guarantee from him,

Made using a recipe, which is in keeping of when it was first introduced in 1870, the high in rye bourbon, is full bodied and rich. The spirit delivers a genuine bourbon experience, and smooth character, making it perfect for a Whiskey Smash, the traditional Whiskey Sour cocktail, or sipping neat.

 Old Forester  ABV: 43% Proof: 86
 Nose: Intense and sweet, with a strong floral character alongside hints of mint, rich tobacco leaf and vanilla, underpinned by oak and pine.
 Taste: Rich but smooth, with hints of oak, sweetcorn and rye grain character. Spicy, with soft vanilla and light orange notes.
 Finish: Long, warm and slightly drying. Nice level of sweetness.
 Recommended serve: The Old Forester Bourbon Smash
 Glass: Tumbler
 Ice: Crushed
 Method: Shake
 Garnish: Mint Sprig
 Ingredients: 50ml Old Forester Lemon wedge (1/4 lemon) 1 tsp. of white caster sugar 8 mint leaves Method: Add sugar and 2 teaspoons of water into an empty cocktail shaker and stir for 30 seconds or so. Pour all of the remaining ingredients into the shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously and then pour into a tumbler full of crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
 Stockists: Available at all good independent whiskey retailers
 RRP: £29.99
 Maturity isn’t just about whiskey. Please enjoy responsibly.
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Warby Parker's third and Final Collection of Their #SeeSummerBetter Campaign

Summer's finally coming around, and you know what that means it's time for! Shades that keep you cool and keep you looking cool.

 The Warby Parker #SeeSummerBetter collection has launched, and you should definitely check it out if you're looking for a pair.

 They have glasses and sunglasses at reasonable prices, and they give a pair to those in need for every pair purchased!

 Whether you're looking for a retro or contemporary style, they really have it all -- let me know in the comments which pair you like the best!

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12 June 2016

Panos Emporia Men’s Swimwear Takes Inspiration From Football Stars

Ever seen Ronaldo, Zlatan and co roll up their shorts to get that all over tan on the beach? Just in time for Euro 2016 there is a new type of swimwear that will allow you to look like your footballing heroes and get that perfect Ronaldo tan.

 The most surprising thing is that the idea has not originated in sunny Brazil and instead comes all the way from cool Sweden.
 The new ‘Meander’ swim shorts are designed by Swedish beach and swimwear designer Panos Papadopoulos who has for the last 30 years challenged and developed fashion trends having owned the rights for the Miss Sweden contest and collaborating with models and actresses such as ex-Bay Watch star Traci Bingham.
 Meander’s design has been created out of a real problem that Panos himself and many with him have experienced during decades. He has during the past five years worked to elaborate and create a new product that has a comfortable fit, full mobility and has the ability to perform an even tan for all men, .
 Without changing shorts, men can open up the sides of Meander with a well hidden zipper. The fabric rolls up, smoothly fastens with push bottoms in the front and in the back and becomes an elegant shorter brief. By opening up the zippers, you also get full mobility for beach- and water sports.
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