Monday, 29 September 2014

His Name Is Tonal

Top - Rabbithole London, Jacket - Berthold, Trousers - H&M, Shoes - Office, Sunglasses - Borderline Apparel, Document holders - Undercover

Grey on grey is a huge trend this Autumn/Winter, with designers like Rick Owens championing the trend. The key is to keep it clean and tonal, use 2-3 shades of grey to keep it interesting, and ensure the styling simple and slick. For this look I paired a drapey grey jersey top from Rabbithole with smart drop crotch trousers, and then layered my structured Berthold felt sleeveless jacket over the top. I think the slightly lighter grey of the jacket lifts the darker grey of the outfit underneath. I used metallic accessories to add another element of interest to the outfit, in the form of my metallic brogues and mirrored sunglasses. The passport and card holders were my leaving gifts from Selfridges, and I just had to use them as part of a grey look (Thanks Guys!). Don't go thinking grey is drab, grey is great.

Friday, 26 September 2014

The State of Mens Shoes

From Left to Right. Topman Design High Boot, JuJu Maximan Transparent Sandal, Topman Eden Black Leather Monk Shoe, Zara Deconstructed Zip Boot, Zara Leather Biker Boot, Irregular Choice Boom Hologram Boot, Topman Design Zip Shoe, Irregular Choice Future Flux Illuminated Trainer

If you're anything like me, then you have a Love/Hate relationship with shoes. You love shoes, but have a hard time finding decent mens shoes at a decent price. Unless you want to pay hundreds and hundreds of pounds on Solestruck, you're pretty stuck. Why is it that women can buy a holographic brogue or interesting cut out flat for a reasonable price, while men are confronted by a sea of ugly brown loafers? Well it finally looks like the tides are changing, and high street brands are realizing that men want more from their footwear.

The Topman Design collection has recently launched in-store, and with it comes two fantastic shoe designs at a very reasonable price! Available is a shoe and a boot with the laces doubled up each side of a center zip. I'll admit it's hard to see in the images above, but click the links for a better idea. I really like that it's a little bit of unexpected detailing, which makes an otherwise basic shoe more of a statement. Topman also currently have an awesome monk shoe, unusual because instead of the standard buckles, it is done up with seatbelt style silver clasps. Awesome.

I could seriously cry over the JuJu clear sandals. They are amazing. And they are ONLY £15! What a bargain. Unfortunately for me, they are sold out in my size (TYPICAL), hence why I could cry. But it's so refreshing to see something like this available in mens sizes, and they would look super cool worn with a pair of sports socks, or with a cuffed smart trouser.

Zara, as we all know, is the champion of the rip-offs. And I know I'm normally not pro-rip offs, but with boots like these, how could I possibly resist. The deconstructed zip boots are a fantastic Margiella replica, and the biker boots are so Rick Owens I could die. Well done Zara, you done good.

Finally, a bit of a higher price-point brand, but I had to include these two in the list. Irregular Choice is well known for their unusual footwear (Cat shaped heels anyone?!), but their mens offering, for me at least, has always been a bit disappointing.  But these bad boys are a total departure from their usual stuff, and have just the right balance of unusual and wearable. I usually hate trainers too, but these are beyond. The holographic boots are fantastic - I've been looking for a good one ever since Prada released theirs a few seasons ago, but the shoe that really shines (literally) is the light up trainers. I've seen a few bloggers with the Yifang Wan x Samuel Yang light up shoes, but they are never available in a size that'll fit my clown feet. Well Irregular choice have made their own version AND THEY WILL FIT ME! I have already decided these are going to be my Pay Day treat. They are available in both Black and White, AND WILL NEVER LEAVE MY FEET. So yeah, excited much?!

I can only hope that mens footwear continues to improve, so that men will never again wear hideous shoes like these -

Thursday, 25 September 2014

His Name Is Autumn

Coat - Rokit Vintage, Jumper - Isabel Marant for H&M, Shirt - Rabbithole London, Jeans - Topman, Shoes - Topman, Clutch - Zara, Hat - Topman

Autumn is well and truly upon us, and it's therefore time to dig out the old knitwear. I wanted to post a look that gave bit of an update on an old piece to show that you don't always need to buy something new to look on-trend. You might remember me posting this Isabel Marant for H&M jumper when the collection first launched at the start of the year. I haven't had much wear out if it as the weather started to get warm and sunny when I first bought the jumper, so now that the weather has turned, I felt it was time to pull it out of my wardrobe and give it a re-fresh. You have to be living under a rock to not realize that longline is a big deal in menswear right now, so I layered a black longline shirt under the jumper, and a long vintage mac over it (perfect for the unpredictable drizzle and right on trend). I kept the look modern with my cutout fringed shoes and woven leather clutch, and of course no look is complete without my fedora! So don't disregard your old knitwear, give it modern twist this autumn season.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

London Fashion Week Day 5 #LFW

Kimono - Blitz London, Shirt - Zara, Trousers - Sparks, Shoes - Vivienne Westwood, Bag - Homemade

Last day of Fashion Week, and personally I think the best outfit of the week - saving the best for last. I recently won the Blitz Vintage selfie competition and won £50 to spend in-store. I bought a few bits of Blitz Remix with my winnings, but my absolute favorite thing was this gorgeous vintage Kimono. It's made of beautiful silk, with just some really simple detailing on the hem. Inspired by the Scally Geishas of the Joseph show, I went full on with the styling. I borrowed my friends Vivienne Westwood rocking horse shoes (and nearly broke my neck doing so hahaha). To put the focus on the Kimono and the shoes I wore plain black high waisted trousers and shirt. I used the same bag again, as I had so many compliments the day before, and this is the outfit I had planned to use it with in the first place. The origami feel of the bag worked really well with the Asian influences of the outfit. But on the Tuesday, I wasn't only there to look good, I also went to a couple of presentations.

The first presentation I went to was Tata Naka. It was strange. Don't get me wrong, the clothes were flawless - beautiful structure meeting organic shapes in a bold colour palette of manochrome and bright pink - or at least this is what I saw of the collection. I say this because after about 20 minutes I had only seen 6 models. There was a photoshoot style set up, in which a woman ushered the models from one spot to another, and then back again, and another woman took their photograph. The guests stood behind the photographer and just witnessed this all happening over and over again. For me, this process all took far too long and I got kinda bored. The models looked equally bored and fed up. I did however get a lovely Tata Naka branded ice cream. A few photos below.

After the Tata Naka Presentation I went to the Lewis and Leigh PR Pop Up at the London Fashion Scout showspace, where they were showcasing their latest collections. The work of all the young designers was fabulous - so much innovation and creativity on show. I really loved the Orphan Bird collection - monochrome and structured (the usual things I love). But there was plenty of other fantastic things to see, and plenty of talented designers to take your pick from. Below are a few of my favourite things.

So another Fashion Week is over, but certainly not wasted. You'll see me there again next season, when hopefully I'll have a few more shows to share with you, and I'll step up my game even more with my outfits ;)