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#55. My Top Three Favourite Menswear Collections Of All Time: 25-03-2017.

As personal style posts have provided the vast majority of the content on my blog, my thoughts on fashion as an industry have not really come into the foreground. I do tend to keep up to date with the menswear collections, but, to be honest, the news and politics of the industry bore me a little. I admire the creativity and genius of designers and their brands, but I despise much of the pretentiousness. As a past contributing writer for HERO, and recently for The Rakish Gent, I would add that I love writing show reports, as they offer me the opportunity to write in a manner that I tend to forego with my blog.

Since this is pretty much my first expression on the blog of fashion outside of my personal style, I thought I’d show you guys my 3 favourite menswear collections of all time, and which outfits from the shows I particularly liked. There won’t be much commentary on the collections, but I’ll run through the reasons why I’m so keen on them, and you can let me know if you’re a fan, too. Also, who doesn’t like looking at photos of extremely nice clothes? I’d like to add that these are in no particular order – I couldn’t pit them against each other. Be sure to leave a comment with your favourite collections, by the way – I’d love to check them out.

All images are from Vogue. If you want to check out the rest of the collections, just click the links below.

Robert Geller AW16

First up is the Robert Geller Autumn/Winter collection of 2016. I actually hadn’t even heard of Robert Geller until HERO asked me to cover this show, and I’m so glad I did. The looks are incredibly unique, and the entire collection was based on a German novel called Momo, or The Grey Gentlemen. Each outfit seems to carry a strange, slightly unsettling aura to it. Big fan.

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Saint Laurent SS15

The second of the three collections is Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2015 show. Think ‘Wild West’ meets Psychedelic Rock. I’ve always been a huge admirer of Hedi Slimane’s work, and this is definitely my favourite collection by him. It’s the sort of stuff I really do wish I had the money to buy. One day.

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Alexander McQueen AW09

There’s no way I could leave out Alexander McQueen from my top three. And when you combine McQueen with Victorian London, you get magic. As a literature student, and lover of Dickens, the looks in the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection captivated me. The tailoring, the colour palette, the accessories; everything is perfect about it.

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#53. 3 Ways To Wear A Leather Biker Jacket – Outfit 1: 09/03/2017.

Hello, you lucky things. For your viewing (dis)pleasure, I’ve decided to create a series of three posts, showcasing the varied ways that you can style a leather biker jacket. As many of you know, I am a sucker for a leather jacket, and the one that I’m wearing for this first look, in particular, is my prized possession; my AllSaints Kahawa biker jacket. An AllSaints leather jacket will set you back around £350, and though I did get this one with a sizeable staff discount, if I had the money to invest in my wardrobe, I wouldn’t think twice about buying this piece full-price. The versatility of a leather biker jacket is unparalleled amongst outerwear, and this specific one is just ideal. I did write a post a few months ago with a handful of budget biker jacket picks, but I’ll be writing up a revision to that in the coming days, in case you’re one of the people still struggling to find one that you like, or that you can afford.

For this first look of the series, I decided to go about as smart-casual as it can get. I’m particularly proud of the trousers in this outfit, as, not only do they fit perfectly, but they also cost me a fiver; the equivalent cost of a flat white and a muffin at Costa for a beautiful pair of grey puppytooth trousers – thank you, River Island sale. To pair with the formality of the trousers, I opted for a pair of burgundy braces, by ASOS, and matched these with my Selected Homme Chelsea boots. I dressed the look down with a black P & Co t-shirt, and threw my AllSaints leather jacket on over it. To accessorise, I picked a few rings by House of Need and The Great Frog, as ever, and completed the outfit with my Breo sunglasses – massive thank you to Breo for the gift, I love them!

I think the photos came out really well for this shoot (I could be wrong). It was rather nice to have a bit of sunlight, after the recent drab and drear. I hope you guys like the photos, too! Photo credits to Luke Oldham.

Make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think of the outfit, and how you’d like to see a leather jacket styled for the next two posts. Thank you. As always, I’ll leave the links below to any of these pieces that are still available, and I’ll be doing a future post with picks to recreate a similar look to this.


 

 

#52. 4 Menswear Brands That I’ve Discovered in 2017: 02/03/2017.

Though I am someone who is very much happy with my personal style, there have often been times where I find myself a little restricted due to my own lack of exploration beyond the usual brands that I shop from. AllSaints, The Kooples, P&Co, Selected Homme, Cheap Monday, ASOS, and River Island make up at least 95% of my wardrobe, and whilst it is no bad thing to know what you like, and where you like to shop, it can begin to feel limiting, and so, I promised myself at the turn of the New Year that I would seek out some new spots to spend the little money that I have. Now, that’s not to say that the brands I’ve discovered (and thus included in this post) will be new to you – in fact, they may be rather well-known to all but myself. However, these four brands did catch my eye as they are well-suited to my current style, and I genuinely had never heard of any of them prior to 2017. In the post, I’ve included a few of my favourite pieces from each, mainly to give you guys a glimpse at the kind of clothing they produce, but also to bookmark them for future reference (i.e when my student loan comes in).

I’m hopeful that a lot of this (or just a little) will pique your interest as much as it did mine, and that I’ll have introduced at least one new brand to at least a few of you. If not, I apologise, but maybe you can introduce me to some other brands that you think I might like? Leave a comment if you’re aware of anything similar, I’d love to know. Cheers.

Deadwood:

Deadwood x Vasuma – Brown Sunglasses

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Deadwood – Xavier Leather Jacket

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Deadwood – Bruised Knee Youth Biker Jacket

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April77:

April77 – Indigo Japanese Denim Jeans

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April77 – Black Crepe Trousers

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April77 – Black Skinny Jeans

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April77 – Leather Jacket

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Straight To Hell:

Straight To Hell – Commando Black Leather Jacket

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Straight To Hell – Leather Jacket T-Shirt

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Straight To Hell – Black Twill Denim Jacket

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Straight To Hell – Black Twill Jeans

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Ksubi:

Ksubi – Beaten Up Classic Black Jacket

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Ksubi – Interpol Black Knit

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#51. Top 10 High-Street Spring Essentials Under £100: 23/02/2017.

With two months of 2017 already nearing their conclusion, spring is fast approaching, and many of the winter wardrobe staples are in swift need of replacement. For today’s post, I thought I’d share with you guys a number of high-street pieces under £100 that I’ve found online in anticipation of the coming months. This also happens to be one of the rare occasions where my wardrobe extends beyond its usual monochromatic scheme, though not by much, I concede; I’m talking muted hues, not pastel greens and fluorescent yellows. Regardless, I imagine there may be a couple of pieces in this list that surprise you a little, but hopefully there will be at least one item that you consider adding to your own wardrobe. I particularly like the black denim biker jacket by Zara, as I lost a very similar jacket in a club a year ago (not a clue how) and have been looking for a replacement since to no avail. I’m also leaning towards the ASOS double-breasted blazer, and the Zara t-shirt with sequin and embroidery detail. Let me know in the comments which pieces you like best, and whether you’ll be picking any of them up in time for spring! Cheers.

Zara: Premium Denim Shirt – £29.99

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Zara: Black Denim Biker Jacket – £59.99

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Zara: Khaki Military Shirt – £15.99

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Zara: Sequinned & Embroidered Black T-Shirt – £19.99

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River Island: Monochrome Acid Wash Denim Jacket – £60

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French Connection: Plain Black Formal Slim-Fit Trousers – £34

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ASOS: Regular Fit Black Viscose Shirt with Floral Print – £25

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ASOS: Skinny Double-Breasted Blazer in Grey Herringbone – £70

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ASOS: Chelsea Boots in Brown Suede with Cuban Heel – £55

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ASOS: Brogue Shoes in Black Leather with Creeper Sole – £55

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#48. OOTD: 29-01-16.

I’m genuinely rather disappointed in myself. It has taken over a month to get a new outfit post up for you guys, the previous one being my Christmas Day post. There were some issues with schedules and workload that made it more difficult to find the time to get these photos taken, but that’s no excuse. I apologise, profusely.

So, for this long-awaited post – or was it long-awaited? I’m sure you guys must have some sort of life outside my blog – I decided to style the one piece in my wardrobe that has received the most overwhelming response, both, from all of you on social media, and from strangers in the street; the embroidered denim jacket by Zara.

This jacket is not for the minimalist, and certainly not for anyone who fears the occasional stare whilst out and about. It is an unhinged, unrestrained, unforgettable piece that seems to scream “ain’t I cool?” at the top of its lungs; it is self-aware of its extravagance, and I absolutely adore it – so much so, that I’ve taken to personification to describe it. Too much? Yeah, I sensed so. It’s the first high-street jacket that I’ve ever seen sell out multiple times, and after failing to make the purchase on its first release, I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. Shoptagr alerted me to a restock, and I swooped in. 7 minutes after my order? Sold out, again. “Relief washes over me in an awesome wave.”

If you got that reference, I love you. We can be friends.

As the jacket is so overtly designed to make a statement, the rest of the outfit needs to be toned right the way down; unadorned t-shirts, fewer layers, and plain, dark trousers or jeans. I opted for a faint flint tee by AllSaints, tucked into black, corduroy jeans by Cheap Monday. To match the jacket, I wore my studded ASOS brogues, and accessorised with a black Ralph Lauren belt. Keeping the rest of the look relatively understated allows for the jacket to do its thing – to stand out.

Looking back at the photos, I probably wore one too many rings, too; two would have sufficed. The skull ring is by House of Need, and the two fleur-de-lis rings are by The Great Frog. I also opted for the Mayfair watch, in black leather, by SLVR & Co, to complete the look.

Let me know what you guys think of the outfit, and, also, what you think of the photos. I decided to branch out from just standing in front of the brick wall, as much as I do love it, and got some shots taken with a little more movement in them.

I’ve linked everything that is still available online below. I’m going to write a blog post on how to put together a similar outfit to this as inexpensively as possible, too, so don’t worry about the pieces that are no longer available – I’ll provide substitutes in that post.

Photo credits to Luke Oldham.

#46. A Handful More Picks from the January Sales. 

So, how are we? How’s the weekend going for you guys? Today, I thought I’d write up the companion to the post from earlier in the week, in which I picked out some of my favourite sale pieces currently available on the high-street (or, rather, the Internet high-street). To add to that list, I thought I’d pick out some of my favourites from the more expensive brands that I love to (window) shop from. 

Rather than go through each piece individually – because this is a more numerous list than the last – I think it might be better, for sake of brevity, to just pick out which of these I’m most keen on, and which I’d be tempted to splash out on. 

Two of the three pieces by The Kooples are at the top of the list; the skull jacquard blazer – my personal favourite of the entire lot –  and the parka. I still don’t own a functional winter coat, and 70% off on that parka just screams “buy me”. I’m not really a ‘parka’ sort of guy, generally, but the leather detailing and sleek, crow-black design makes it far more favourable to my eye. My eye is also drawn to the Docs backpack, which is also available in black, though, surprisingly, I find the brown suede to be preferable. Investing on a good backpack (rucksack… I know it’s a rucksack) is one of the more wise spending decisions you can make; the use you get out of it is well worth the initial expenditure. The Selected Homme striped tee is a steal, too. £6 is quite ridiculous. And, of course, the dream shoes are that pair of Saint Laurent derbies. One day, one day.
Hope you guys enjoy the post, and find something that takes your fancy. Let me know in the comments which of the pieces you like best, and whether you’re considering picking any of them up! Cheers. 

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#45. The Top Picks from High-Street January Sales.

Is it just me or have recent sales been terrible? The pre-Christmas sale was woeful, the Boxing Day sale equally so, and the January sale – the one that I tend to find the best pieces in – seems to have followed suit.

I decided I’d do this “Top Picks” post in two halves; this half being one of high-street pieces, and the second half being picks from the more upmarket sales, which will be going up at the weekend. That being said, I scoured the high-street retailers’ websites to little avail; thousands and thousands of products, either poorly priced or poorly designed. I did, however, manage to pick out a handful of pieces that I’m very much keen on. It was actually only Zara and ASOS that were even remotely up to scratch, though I did manage to find one buy at River Island.

First up, this beautiful black blazer by Zara. I’m a huge fan of the subtle embossed patterning, and it reminds me of a blazer by The Kooples, only £300 cheaper. This piece is £49.99, which is far less than even the most lowly of blazers tend to cost.

Zara – Black Jacquard Blazer£49.99 (was £99.99)

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I’m beginning to enjoy corduroy far more than I used to; maybe I’m just getting too old too fast. I currently own a charcoal corduroy shirt, by ASOS, but this Zara shirt, I must say, is a little nicer. It’s sharp and minimal, and would look snazzy with that blazer above. The shirt is £15.99.

Zara – Black Corduroy Shirt£15.99 (was £25.99)

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The Legend collection that Zara released not too long ago was perhaps the best collection I’ve ever seen released by a high-street retailer. Whilst that embroidered denim jacket seems to no longer be available, this studded compatriot is a stunning substitute. £39.99, too. Can’t go wrong.

Zara – Studded Denim Jacket – £39.99 (was £69.99)

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Moving on from Zara, we have one piece from River Island. Now, I will say that I managed to pick up one of the best steals of my life in River Island a few days ago; a cropped skinny pair of charcoal puppytooth trousers, for £6. The fit is perfect, and it was the last pair available, and in my size – it was meant to be. However, having pored over their online sale, it seems there is very little actually left of it; anything halfway-decent has one remaining size available, and it’s usually the most uncommon of sizes. I did manage to find this basic, black denim shirt. I genuinely might pick this up, because I don’t yet own a black denim shirt, and they’re so versatile. £12.

River Island – Black Denim Shirt£12 (was £30)

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Every single time I post a photo of me in my ASOS black worker boots (that I bought nearly 3 years ago), I never fail to receive messages from people looking for a similar pair, and whilst I had, too, been looking for a replacement, I had not come across any at the right price. Until now. These black boots are also by ASOS, and come with a side-zip and buckle detail, and are priced at £26. Bargain. They’ll last years.

ASOS – Black Lace-Up Boots£26 (was £65)

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Next up from ASOS are these high-shine burgundy leather brogues by Base London. They’d look sharp with my new trousers. £48, for these.

ASOS – Base London High-Shine Burgundy Leather Brogue Shoe£48 (was £80)

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My eye kept getting drawn to this next piece, and I really don’t know why. It just looks as though it fits perfectly. I like the military detail, too, and it’s only £54… for a wool-mix overcoat. That’s very decent. I’m looking to incorporate more browns in my wardrobe, too, amidst the blacks and greys.

ASOS – Brown Wool-Mix Overcoat with Military Detail£54 (was £90)

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Finally, we have a pick of two suit jackets by Noose & Monkey. I’m a massive fan of what Noose & Monkey are doing with their tailoring, and the contemporary cuts mingled with classic design win me over instantly. This first suit jacket comes in at £67.

ASOS – Noose & Monkey Super-Skinny Suit Jacket in Check£67 (was £140)

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And this second jacket – a little less of a statement piece – is a few pounds steeper; £72.50.

ASOS – Noose & Monkey Super-Skinny Suit Jacket in Brushed Check£72.50 (was £140)

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Hopefully you guys found something in here that caught your eye; let me know in the comments if you’re thinking of picking anything up, and also whether you’ve had any luck in the January sales. Cheers!