Fashion

#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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#54. 8 Leather Biker Jackets Under £500: 12/03/2017.

So, following on from my recent outfit post, I thought it would be a good idea to provide an update to an old blog post I had written on picking up a leather jacket on a budget. That post is now a few months old, and, as such, the links to those pieces are out-dated, and I’m sure many of you may still be looking for that ideal, affordable biker jacket.

For this post, I’ve picked out 8 of my favourite leathers that are currently available online, each varying a little in both, style, and price. There’s a couple of jackets at the upper boundary of what may be considered ‘budget’, but I’ve also included a few options that are certainly affordable. Also, there’s 3 faux leather pieces for the vegans amongst you.

Anyways, I’ll spare you any further introduction, and crack on with the list.

First up we have 3 finds from Zara, and I want all of them. If you’re looking for the classic leather biker jacket, with epaulettes and a belt, then this first piece is most likely your best choice. If you’re looking for a statement leather jacket, look to picks 2 and 3. I particularly like the third jacket.

Zara – Leather Biker Jacket – £179.99

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Zara – Biker Jacket with Studs and Flowers – £89.99

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Zara – Studded Biker Jacket – £79.99

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Next up we have a real heavyweight leather; the Reclaimed Vintage studded biker jacket. This one is for anyone who prefers an over-sized fit to a regular or slim fit. It’s also worth mentioning that its down from £200 to £140. For a bulky, genuine leather jacket, that is very reasonable.

Reclaimed Vintage – Leather Biker Jacket with Studding – £140 (down from £200)

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River Island have their own take on the classic form, similar to that of Zara, and almost identical in price, but they’ve streamlined it, removing unnecessary details for a sleek, contemporary look. I personally like my leather jackets with more to them, but I know there’s a lot of people who love very minimal style.

River Island – Leather Biker Jacket – £180

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I absolutely adore the ingenuity of this next jacket. It’s a double-layered leather biker by AllSaints, featuring a button collar on the first layer, and classic styling over the top of it. I just love how unique this one is, but it’s also a hefty £390. If I can convince anyone to make the investment, do it. It is honestly worth the initial spend. My AllSaints leather jacket is my prized possession.

AllSaints – Clint Leather Biker Jacket – £390

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Newly-found April77 are up next. I mentioned these guys as one of the 4 new brands I discovered this year, and their vegan leather biker jacket is gorgeous. This is by far the best-looking faux piece I’ve ever seen, but it also comes with a higher price than the usual vegan jackets.

April77 – Vegan Leather Biker Jacket – €250

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And finally, the beautiful brand that is The Kooples are offering a near-50% saving on one of their leather jackets. Having recently bought two coats from The Kooples in their outlet sale, I can vouch for the meticulous attention to detail and the incredibly high-quality of the construction. This piece will set you back £300. Again, reasonable when you consider the brand.

The Kooples – Leather Biker Jacket – £300 (down from £595)

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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:

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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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#50. OOTD: 20/02/2017.

A warm winter coat would seem a wardrobe essential, to most. The emphasis drawn upon the word “most” is simply because I, being somewhat stupid, have never seen such a thing to be an essential. Instead, for the past few years, I’ve opted to layer t-shirts and jumpers beneath denim and leather jackets. I think the reason for this is partly that the vast majority of winter coats are hideous, in my opinion, usually being far too bulky, clunky, or another adjective to the same effect. And whilst, as you guys already know, I adore winter, and much prefer it to the warmer months, it seems that I’ve ignored the North Yorkshire chill for too long. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself at the mercy of minus temperatures with little to combat it with.

In response to this realisation of my stupidity, and in response to an email from The Kooples notifying me of their “Final Markdowns” sale, I decided to take a look at finally investing in a winter coat. And if I was going to find one that I actually liked, it was going to be one by The Kooples (or AllSaints). After a brief browse, I happened upon a black parka that I knew from first sight would be the one. This is beginning to sound like the exposition of a terribly cliché romcom, or of an equally terrible tale of textile fetishism, but I assure you, it is simply the story of a cold man and his warm coat. As I was saying, I knew from first sight that this parka was the one, and the only thing that would stand in my way was money. The parka was reduced. And not only reduced, but dwindled in price to a more than acceptable amount. I figured if I was going to buy a winter coat, at last, then I may as well invest. £157.50, down from £525. Still expensive, mind, but reasonable. I bought it, and I genuinely think it’s the best buy I’ve ever made. Warmth and comfort in York is priceless.

To style it for this outfit post, I decided to pair it with a black, long-sleeved top, also by The Kooples, which features a leather trim on the neck and shoulders, matching the leather details on the parka. I tucked the top into a pair of plain, black skinny jeans, by ASOS, wore a black, leather belt, with studding, also by ASOS, and completed the look with black, part-suede, part-leather brogues. The brogues, as you may have guessed, were another ASOS buy.

Hope you guys enjoy the photos – let me know what you think of the look in the comments! I’ll leave a link below to whichever pieces are still available online:

#49. Outfit on a Budget: 06-02-2017.

It’s been a long time since I last posted an ‘Outfit on a Budget’; the last one was near November last year. And in between then and now, there have been numerous interesting outfits (in my opinion, at least) that would make a good selection for this post. That being said, I think the most interesting to-date has been the outfit from last week’s post, featuring that embroidered denim jacket by Zara. The statement jacket is always a look that directs attention onto yourself, and so, this post may not be for everyone. Though, since that particular denim jacket is no longer available anywhere online, I’ve found it rather difficult to find a substitute. It truly is a unique piece, unlike any other denim jacket I’d ever seen before, high-street or high-end. So, rather than have this post fall to pieces because of the apparent lack of beautiful embroidered denim jackets, I thought I’d pick out an array of different statement jackets that you could pull this look together with. There’s a leather jacket, some embroidery, and even some patchwork, and each jacket has its own unique design quirk. Also worn in that outfit post – which, by the way, if you haven’t checked out yet, you can do so here: https://nikpxtxl.com/2017/01/31/48-ootd-29-01-16/ – was a pair of Cheap Monday corduroy jeans. These jeans, too, have disappeared into Cheap Monday’s archives, away from the grasp of any desiring customers, but I did manage to find a couple of replacements for these; one of which, it must be said, is not suitable for a tighter budget, but I’ve included it regardless because I’m sure all of your budgets vary greatly. I’ve tried to offer at least two options for each aspect of the outfit, unlike in previous posts of this kind, and so, there are a lot of pieces on here that you may wish to pick up for the purposes of your own styling, rather than to recreate something similar to my look. I’ve included a handful of t-shirts, a couple of smart black belts, and a few choices of footwear.

I hope you guys find something, at least, that piques your interest. Let me know in the comments if you do decide to pick anything up! Cheers.

Statement Jacket:

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Corduroy Jeans/Trousers:

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T-Shirt:

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Belt:

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Shoes:

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