Thursday, 09 June 2016 23:10

The Chic Geek Meets Neil Barrett

neil barrett the chic geek blogger fashion menswearI have a new found respect for Neil Barrett’s work after meeting him. While he’s never produced ‘look-at-me-internet-attention' grabbing clothes, he does enough to move his brand on, each and every season, and was a pioneer of the ‘athleisure’ trend which has filtered into the various echelons of menswear.

Left - Neil Barrett & his new 'Muse'!

I didn’t fully appreciate his designs until I saw them in the display which is currently on in Harvey Nichols new #Project109 menswear exhibition space. This are designs which could be easily dismissed as simple or minimal, but on closer inspection there's a hell of a lot more going on.

Harvey Nichols has asked Neil to look at his archive and display and reproduce favourite pieces from his collections from the past ten years. He says he saves every look from each of the four collections he produces every year, so that’s some serious storage facility.

After working for Gucci, Prada and establishing his own eponymous brand in 1999, he continued the minimal menswear aesthetic, but more recently started to introduce signature Barrett designs such as the chevron sweatshirt and lightning bolt.

‘ORIGINALS: Vol #1’ is a re-edition of 12 original designs, including the iconic buffalo jackets, leather-detailed coats and T-Shirts, jacquard suiting, colour-blocked shirts, and the double-bonded sweatshirts.

About to show his SS17 collection in Milan, Neil said he was inspired by his childhood in the 1970s in Devon, so the shapes and colours of items relate to items he used to wear then, but reimagined for now with his same attention to detail, design and modern fabrics.

Go visit - Harvey Nichols Project 109

Below - An example of the exhibit from Neil Barrett's archive

neil barrett sweatshirt

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 13:29

The Men’s Swim Short Hybrid

flexible trunk swim shorts panos emporioHave you ever been to the beach and been too scared for a pair of trunks and instead opted for a pair of boring swim shorts? Or, are you one of those boys worried about tan lines? 

Left - The unzipped 'Meander' short

Well, there’s something new in the world of men’s swimwear thanks to the Swedish brand, Panos Emporio. The new ‘Meander’ swim short is designed by Swedish beach and swimwear designer, Panos Papadopoulos, who has, for the last 30 years, developed new swimwear trends.

mens swim shirts new the chic geekMeander’s design was created out of a real problem that Panos had himself. He didn’t want tan lines without changing shorts.

How does it work? Guys can open up the sides of Meander with hidden zippers. The fabric rolls up, smoothly fastens with push bottoms in the front and the back and , voila, becomes an elegant shorter brief. 

Right - Here's the science bit

By opening up the zippers, you also get full mobility for beach and water sports. With Meander, men no longer need to choose and get the best of both worlds: a sleek design and a tan without stripes on the thighs. 

If you're feeling shy, roll down, and I bet by the end of the holiday it will be trunks all the way!

Approx. €150

www.panos.com

Below - Feeling overdressed?! Not a problem

panos flexible meander swim short

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 15:03

Happy 7th Birthday Chic Geek

happy birthday geekOh, what a night! TheChicGeek celebrated his 7th birthday in style with ginger themed festivities. Blogging years are a bit like dog years, but he doesn't look a day older than when he started! Seven full-on years have made him into the true chic geek he is today.
Held at the Farah store on Covent Garden's Earlham Street, the great and good of London's fashion crowd came out to wish him 'Happy Birthday'. Here's his scrapbook from the night. (He doesn't remember that much!)

Left - TheChicGeek is ready to get this party started!

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Left - Jagermeister & ginger beer kept everybody's thirst quenched

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Left - One night only! DJs B&Q

the chic geek blowing out birthday candles

Left - Happy Birthday ChicGeek!! Seven candles for seven blog years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 the chic geek birthday cakeLeft - TheChicGeek's bespoke ginger cake

Right - TheChicGeek doesn't usually eat in public, but he couldn't resist a slice of his ginger birthday cake. Delicious!the chic geek eating his ginger birthday cake

TheChicGeek weekly magazine vlog includes celebrating his 7th birthday party with a ginger themed party at the Farah store in Covent Garden plus the new summer rooftop opened at John Lewis, Louis Vuitton has an exhibition running until the middle of June of commissions and objects from their archives, The Perfume Society launched their 'Discovery Box' in time for Father's Day plus a review of Natura Siberica, a grooming range made from ingredients from Siberia. If Vladimir Putin used a grooming range it would be this...

This week's video includes reviews of grooming products with sun protection, dinner with Dominic West, bumping into Carolyn Massey at her new role at Next and the must-have glittery beard.