2011 Features - Look through the features that were the best of what 2011 had to offer.
Orange is the accent colour of choice this season and looking at the Spring 12 collections from Paul Smith and Dries van Noten, - see left & below - it continues to be a highlight colour well into next year. A vibrant and positive tone, the idea is to highlight and is not to be worn head-to-toe as it looks just too much and almost childlike in large blocks.
Pick out bright accessories or layer T-shirts, sweaters or body-warmers under more somber tones such as navy and grey to make this trend fresh and modern.
For more orange check out TheChicGeek's ginger tache in his Reverse Movember diary - Click here
|S/S 12 Paul Smith|
|S/S 12 Dries van Noten|
|Nigel Cabourn - Men's Coastal Command Jacket - £2100||LN-CC|
|Nike - Blazer Mid Premium - £65||OKI-NI|
|Andersons - Orange Multicolour Elastic Belt - £57||my-wardrobe.com|
|Barbour - Olive/Tweed Waxed Parka - £299||my-wardrobe.com|
|Pantone - Universe Orange Socks - £10||Urban Outfitters|
|Polo Ralph Lauren - Crew Neck Sweater - £135||www.matchesfashion.com|
|Canada Goose - Freestyle Down-Filled Padded Gilet - £230||www.mrporter.com|
|Peace Corps - Military Backpack - £30||www.topman.com|
Men's grooming can get a little serious. So many claims and scientifically blinding info. can take a little of the fun away. Sometimes you need a frivolous product which doesn't try to pretend to be anything that it isn't other than superficial. Givenchy's Mister Radiant, great name, is a product to put on before you go out at night. Containing little microbeads which pop on the skin, giving colour in a beautifully fragrant gel, Mister Radiant is the perfect treat product. Brown and light yellow microbeads containing pigments and illuminating particles are trapped in a gel with a high water content. The dark yellow microbeads are saturated with vitamin E, offering a powerful antioxidant and giving even the most sensitive skin instant relief from daily shaves, the result is an instant healthy glow, effortless with a minimum input and an impressive impact which is why this TheChicGeek Grooming Product of 2011.
Raf Simons brought colour to our lives with his Spring/Summer 2011 collection for Jil Sander. Shown in a sculptured garden setting in Milan, the primary coloured tone on tones and geometric prints were highly influential this year. It was the most coveted menswear collection which did require an element of bravery. Raf Simons started the major trend of the coloured shoe sole this year and with his star ascending the rumours of his appointment at Dior continues, hopefully if he does they'll give him Dior Homme as well.
Jil Sander - Spring/Summer 2011
We like to award and recognise brands which push the boundaries within its specialism. Lab Series has continued to pioneer the men's grooming market this year and have launched products in all the growing areas of men's grooming such as overnight eye-creams for men, restorative haircare products and after-shave soothing sprays, not to mention the launch of its own dedicated website. Lab Series Skincare for Men was introduced by The Esteé Lauder Companies in 1987 at a time when men thought soap was a grooming product. Nearly 25 years later, Lab Series has one of the most comprehensive stables of men's products and continues to innovate and help us men make the best of ourselves. We salute you Lab Series.
Root Power Restorative Shampoo - £26