The scariest Yuppie you’ll ever meet is back. Patrick Bateman, the star or villain, depending on how much of a masochist you are, is back in a musical of the book by Brett Easton Ellis. Starring Matt Smith as Bateman, the new musical is currently on at the Almeida Theatre in London.
Bateman is something of a style icon. An 80s label junkie, one of his trademark accessories were his horn-rimmed glasses. Always non-prescription, he was wearing spectacles way before it was cool to do so. The originals were by Oliver Peoples and the style was called O’Malley, named after the 1950s owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As these never go out of fashion, we thought we’d look for the best horn-rimmed spectacles at the moment.
Above - Christian Bale in the film version of American Psycho (2000) wearing Oliver Peoples – O’Malley – £268
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Right - Bailey Nelson London – Yeats - £98
Left - Eye Respect – DC Vintage Tort - £205
Right - Archibald Optics – Clive - £175
Left - Cutler & Gross – 0703 Dark Turtle - £295
Men thrive on practicality. We only need a bag when we’re carrying something larger than what our pockets can handle. It sounds obvious, but generally it’s things like an iPad or tablet, documents, phone charger – damn you phone battery and a set of keys. We don’t get any pleasure from carting around the Mary Poppins-like contents that some females do.
We think we’ve found the perfect size. Ideal for a tablet and enough room for everything else you may need. The retro satchel styling doesn’t hurt either. We have this splash version, as seen on the catwalk at Burberry Prorsum, for £895 and for cash, this handsome, handmade in Spain, leather version from Lacambra.
Left - Burberry – Large Leather Satchel - £895
Below - Lacambra – Chocolate Brown Bag - £254
Christmas is the time for dressing up and it often leaves many guys feeling out of their comfort zone. All you really need is a good jacket - a dinner jacket.
This one caught our eye at Hackett's Autumn/Winter 2013 show, last January. The Black Watch tartan is very traditional, along with the embroidered rope/toggle detailing, but it's the double-breasted, slimmer shape that makes this contemporary and one for our Christmas style Hot List.
TheChicGeek says "If I was going to a black tie event I would wear this with slim black trousers, white shirt and black bow tie, keep it traditional and for something not so dressy, like Christmas drinks, I would add a crew-neck or roll-neck merino wool sweater - Uniqlo have some great affordable options - and again those slim black trousers."
Left & Below - Hackett - Black Watch Dinner Jacket - £700
It was a menswear trend that was bubbling nicely, and now it seems guys have totally embraced the chunky knit. Aran-type swirls of chunky plaits or handknitted, retro, the-type-your-nan-would-make-type sweaters are everywhere at the moment. This is one of the best of the season from the Barbour collaboration with Partick Grant’s Norton & Sons label. It has an Art Deco-like sunburst at the top and a smaller weave where you don’t the want extra bulk around the belly and hips. Wear with slim, tapered jeans and a field jacket.
Left - Barbour X Norton & Sons – Bern Crew Dark Moss Jumper - £199