Saturday, 30 January 2016

His Name Is Staple

Jumper - c/o Woolovers
Jacket - Whistles
Jeans - Topman
Hat - H&M
Septum Ring - Gypsy East Jewels
Boots - Dr Martens

There are certain things that every man should have in his wardrobe, basic wardrobe staples that will carry you through any outfit dilemma. You might think that this means that these pieces have to be boring but it's simply not true. When Woolovers approached me to collaborate, I knew I wanted to focus on an outfit full of great wardrobe staples, as lets be honest, this is what they specialize in - luxury woolen essentials. Started in 1989 from small beginnings, Wool Overs is now a world class knitwear retailer, supplying nearly 750,000 customers with men's and ladies classic and contemporary knitwear. Their range has grown to over 160 styles available in 180 different colour combinations, so you are spoilt for choice. Given that I wanted to focus on staple pieces, I chose a crew neck lambswool jumper in a soft grey, a great piece that would support a whole array of outfits, from casual to smart, and such an easy throw-on. Continuing with the wardrobe staple theme, I paired the jumper with a clean white shirt, but gave it a twist by wearing my longline shirt from Rabbithole. A good leather Jacket is another item that every man needs in his wardrobe, and this one is perfect, and currently a bargain in the Whistles sale. Basic black skinny jeans were an obvious choice, and I updated my classic black Dr Martens boots with white laces. As it's currently freezing cold, I wore my grey wool beanie, but I hardly needed it as I was so warm from the combination of the Lambswool jumper and leather jacket. Make sure you check out Woolovers by heading to their website here - you won't be disappointed!

Monday, 25 January 2016

His Name Is Granite

Top - Cos
Blazer - Topman
Trousers - Topman Lux
Shoes - Dr Martens

I have been so busy in work lately that I haven't had a single moment to focus on my blog, and so blogging has had to sit on the back burner for a while. But don't worry, I'm back, and with an outfit post that I personally love (and I hope you do too!). The sales have made it very hard for me to resist shopping, and one sale in particular has really caught my attention - Cos. Everything is now half price, and there are some beautiful pieces still available, this shirt being one of them. It's made from a super soft wool suiting fabric and has a super modern high neckline and concealed side closure. It feels so designer, and is an absolute bargain at half the original price! I decided to keep the whole look tonal in soft shades of grey. My oversized blazer complimented the fabric of the shirt perfectly, and The shape of the shirt worked excellently with my Topman Lux wide legged crop trousers. The other new item in this outfit is the shoes, which were given to my by my boyfriend as he never wears them. Admittedly they are about two sizes too small and wreck my feet, but I love them so much it's worth the pain. I finished the look with a man-clutch courtesy of River Island. So apologies once again for the radio silence, but I promise to be back on the blogging from now on!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

His Name Is LCM Part 2

So here's the eagerly awaited Part 2 of my LCM blog post - I have so much to talk about I felt it best to write it all in two parts! After visiting the designer showroom, I headed over to the show space in Victoria House for the Baartmans and Siegel presentation. Inspired by all aspects of the American 'Great Awakening' era of the 1970's, Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel presented a collection that featured stunning soft tailoring in shades of Camel dotted with elements of hand embroidery and fur. The collection accurately referenced the diverse culture of New York at the time and the tribes of Harlem and Studio 54. Not entirely my style, but there were a few strong pieces that I would definitely wear, like the high waisted pinstripe trousers and fur collared camel coat. The presentation itself, however, was a bit disappointing, as the models themselves got lost amongst everyone viewing the presentation.

I took a break mid-day to spend some time with my boyfriend, but we parted ways when I headed off to the Pieter presentation. Once again taking place in the Victoria House show space, Pieter made much better use of the space, highlighting the models on three illuminated plinths within the room with the models moving around the room in a rotation. A photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe served as a starting point for Pieter this season. The image, titled 'Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter' sees two men dressed entirely in leather in a traditional living room. The contrast between the conventional and subversive, light and dark, is key to the collection, and probably the reason why I loved it so much. Elements of bondage gear and gay culture are blended beautifully with well cut structured garments to create a uniquely wearable collection. My favourite pieces included a trouser with two D rings at the base of the fly, a beautiful check overcoat and pretty much all the leather pieces, but in all honesty my list could go on and on.

Next up was the KTZ show. You might remember last season I was so close to seeing the KTZ show, but it was so over-subscribed that I was turned away at just 6 people away from getting in. I was NOT going to let that happen again this season. I made sure I was right at the front of the queue, and sure enough I got in. And I'm so glad I did. KTZ is a brand that I have loved for years and there were so many amazing pieces to absorb. With cultural references ranging from Russian Futurism to American sport and the pioneering German electronic band Kraftwerk, KTZ's designer Marjan Pejoski delivered a menswear collection that was erudite yet athletic. For me, it was the first part of the collection that really stood out. Beautifully cut black suiting and coats were emblazoned with shards of intricate mirror creating truly show stopping outfits. Other highlights included the lacing detail pieces, bringing in that sportswear reference in a less obvious way, and woven layered knitwear.

My day culminated in the River Island film screening, featuring films by Lou Dalton X River Island Design Forum, Man About Town and Martine Rose. The Lou Dalton x River Island Design Forum Fashion Film ‘Bones of a flightless bird’ created a strong sense of nostalgia and belonging, with no apparent line between the city and country. Drawing inspiration from Perry Ogden’s books, Lou Dalton continues to reimagine British menswear and move it away from its legacy in fine tailoring with support from the designer of the high street, River Island. Martine Rose debuted her AW16 collection in a film directed by Sharna Osborne. Described as a 'colour-drenched erotica throwback to masters such as Kenneth Anger and James Bidgood' the film drew on Mapplethorpe and Smith like the collection, and offered an unadulterated insight into the 'men that inhabit Martine’s mind'. My favourite film of the three, Martine Rose, much like Pieter, combined the subversive with fashion to great effect. Man About Town, on the other hand, had Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods tell me to fuck off for 3 minutes. Less keen on that one haha. Make up your own mind of the films below, and here's to another successful LCM!