While we stopped believing in Father Christmas many years ago, we know you’re still a believer in TheChicGeek. His all seeing eye, in matters of taste and style, is the definitive go-to in the male bloggersphere. Here is his ‘Lust List’ for Christmas 2013:
“The Bomber jacket trend isn’t go anywhere, so, it’s just a matter of finding the best one out there. Well, here it is. Made of soft, light parachute nylon, this doesn’t actually feel like you’re wearing anything. It moulds to the body and looks clean and modern.”
Left - Hunter Gather – Nylon Bomber Jacket - £275
“The majority of scented candles look unsightly when they’ve been lit. These are like a mini work of art. This is the latest fragrance from Italian brand, Fornasetti, Sole di Capri, bringing the Mediterranean into your front room.”
Left - Fornasetti – Sole Di Capri Candle - £99
“As we continually go around in sartorial circles, it’s authenticity that we are looking for in items of menswear. This feels very authentic. And, yes I know I’ve already said the Hunter Gather bomber is the best and it is, this is something more vintage-like and will keep you warm. Made in the Golden Bear Factory in San Francisco, USA, who have historically been producing dock worker jackets since 1922 and varsity jackets since the 1950s, it has been produced in Harry Stedman’s signature handsome forest green colourway.”
Above - Harry Stedman – The Classic Varsity Jacket - £350
“I hadn’t worn Thierry Mugler’s distinctive men’s fragrance A*Men since it came out in 1996. This is an update of the original with the added notes of whisky. It’s delicious and has a peaty warmth that is perfect for winter time. Favourite fragrance of the year.”
Left - Thierry Mugler - A*Men Pure Malt - £48
“Fashion’s own modern day Michelangelo, Christopher Kane has gone digital for SS14. He reinvents the humble T-shirt each and every season and this digital male nude is one of the best of the collection.”
Left - Christopher Kane – Geometric Nude Print T-Shirt - £180
“These are some of the best and cheapest merino wool sweaters around. Seriously, get one in every colour.”
Left - Uniqlo – Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater - £19.90
“Starting the year as I mean to go on. The Nike Fuelband promotes activity. It’s all about Nike Fuel, don’t you know! Set your daily goal and add different activities to get you in the green and ‘Win’ the day! It’s also a cute timepiece.”
Above - Nike - Rose Gold FuelBand - £140
“This is the season of the Chelsea boot. Perfect with a slim or skinny trouser, these are the nicest style I’ve found from a brand synonmous with the 1960s.”
Left - Ben Sherman – ‘Ripy’ Chelsea Boots - £85
“The retro styling, but with the added bonus of simply plugging in your iPod or phone. Would look great on that mid-century sideboard of yours!”
Left - Marshall - Stanmore - £400
“Tom Ford is all about the exaggerated zips – very Claes Oldenburg – now he has launched his own grooming range, he’s got me lusting over a washbag to put them in. Ridiculously expensive, but it's Tom Ford!”
Above Left - Tom Ford – Washbag - £800
"Crafted by Cheshire Bespoke, using only the finest British fabrics, each suit in the M&S Best of British collection is handcut and takes about 20 hours to make. One of the best grey flannel suits of the season."
Marks & Spencer – Best of British – Grey Flannel Suit – £799
"What better way to start the New Year then without a hangover? Laurenti champagne’s sulphate and sugar levels give it a smoother taste and most crucially gives you less chance of a hangover."
Left - Champagne –Laurenti - £34.99
“Hands down the nicest wallet you’ll find. Made from bridle leather in England, it’s also a bit of a steal when it comes to the price.”
Left - Cherchbi – Four Card Wallet – £115
“Purple Noon or Plein Soleil, starring Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, is the 1960 film version of The Talented Mr.Ripley. And while I love Minghella’s later version, starring Matt Damon, this was the inspiration behind the new Jigsaw Menswear SS14 collection, and a timeless take on Mediterranean summer style.”
Plein Soleil – DVD - £10
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