Summer dressing just got a whole lot easier thanks to the pyjama shirt. Jump out of bed, put your head on and you're good to go.
American menswear brand, Brooks Brothers, knows a thing or two about seersucker. This most American of fabrics comes in the colours of the star spangled banner, this season, in contrasting stripes.
Team your shorts with a matching hat and contrasting polka dot trainers. What rhymes with Nantucket?!
Look - Brooks Brothers, Trainers - Louis Leeman
Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN
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From the frow to standing at the back! TheChicGeek was all over the recent menswear shows at London Collections: Men. Here are the trends that caught his eye:
Copper - That highlight orange has become slightly dirtier and more grown up.
From Far Left - Craig Green, Katie Eary, Hopman Design, Oliver Spencer
Grunge - Nobody’s ever made money from selling grunge, it’s kind of the point, no?
From Far Left - Topman Design, Burberry, J.W. Anderson
Neck Scarves - Double knot it for accessory impact.
Both Margaret Howell
Soft 70s Teddy Bear Hair - Layers, Bowl Cut, or simply ask for an 'Abigail's Party' next time you're at the barbers.
Below From Left - Lou Dalton, Burberry
Cropped Mid-Driff - Not since Mark Owen in the Relight My Fire Video have I been this excited about the male midriff. AW16's new, chilly erogenous zone!
From Far Left - Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen
Inside Out Sheepskins - You could just turn last year's inside out, but it probably won't look as good!
From Far Left - Coach, James Long, 1205
Sequins - These were dress-down sequins on sportswear and simple tops.
Burberry, James Long
Silk - Menswear bedroom eyes with luxurious plain or printed silks in bedroom shapes.
Below - Katie Eary, Topman Design
Damien Paul, Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM
“There's a more bohemian attitude coming through, this season, and London-based label By Walid has some of the most wearable interpretations we've seen. This silk shirt will make a great layering piece for spring”.
Left - By Walid - Silk Shirt - £558
“Gucci has been totally reinvigorated over the last couple of seasons and their accessories are particularly covetable. These heavy-duty sandals feel modern but masculine”.
Below - Gucci - Double-strap Leather Sandals - £410
“Fraying, distressing and raw edges tapped in the grungier mood we saw at the shows. Damir Doma does it best”.
Left - Damir Doma - Raw-edged Top - £315
“This was Alexander Wang's last and best collection for Balenciaga - and the last opportunity to invest in his dynamic, athletic vision for the brand. This zipper-accented bomber was the standout”.
Left -Balenciaga - Zip-detail Bomber Jacket - £655
“Orley has fast become one of my favourite brands in New York. They're primarily known for their knitwear (which I'd seriously advise you to check out) - but these sneakers were pretty hard to ignore”.
Below - Orley - Paisley Suede Sneakers - £235
Crème de la Mer introduces The Lifting Eye Serum with its new 'Stretch Matrix Complex' to visibly support the architecture of the eye and brow. As soon as the silky serum touches skin, the eye area feels an immediate, soft yet tightening effect. With use, it helps to give a significantly more heightened look to eye contours, resulting in an appearance that is rejuvenated and elevated.
Engineered with a network of naturally derived ingredients and unique red algae, the Stretch Matrix Complex self-assembles an interlaced elastic net to help give the eye area a more lifted and contoured appearance. Combined with kelp gel, a natural lifting polymer, it helps give an immediately tighter sense to eye-contours. Ultimately eyes emerge looking more defined and sculpted.
TheChicGeek says, “This serum comes in a pipette applicator with one of Crème De La Mer’s famous applicator sticks - pictured - but this time it has a flat side.
What they are pushing here, as well as the product, is the time and attention you should pay to your eyes and the area around it. This means massaging, delicately, and stimulating the eye area as well as applying the product.
I tried to use the stick for a while and it’s cool, metal finish does soothe the eyes, but like all things it was quickly replaced with the finger. I’ve been putting this on in the morning, as a final product, around the eyes and the same before bed for the past couple of months.
It’s very gentle and you can get it in your eyes without worry. Because it’s a serum, I was told you could also use an eye cream as well, but I don’t think it’s realistic for guys to use two eye products. It’s hard enough trying to get them to use one especially when you’ve paid £180 for this one!
The result - you can definitely feel a light stimulation directly after application which is a positive. It is hard to judge, but the eyes are a long term project, best started early. Will I carry on using this? Yes".
Above - Crème De La Mer - The Lifting Eye Serum - £180
Sometimes you need reminding about the basics of keeping your skin healthy. Rita Strazinska, beauty expert and founder of Bio2You, answers some of the most frequently asked questions on how to detox skin and bring back the healthy glow before the Christmas season.
Q: What is a cheap and easy way to detox the skin?
A: Drink more water – It sounds simple and is simple, however, not many people drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water helps flush out toxins, cleanse the liver and your skin benefits from the hydration.
Q: How do I get my skin looking instantly better after over-indulging during party season?
A: Get up and glow – by using a facial scrub to effortlessly sweep away dead skin cells and residue. The result is cleaner, fresher more radiant and younger looking skin.
Q: Do anti-ageing products help with skin detoxing, even if I’m not concerned about wrinkles?
A: It’s never too early to start thinking about anti-ageing as prevention is always better than cure. We are surrounded by and consume free-radicals from the moment we are born so investing in a good anti-ageing cream will provide long-lasting moisture, nourishment, protection and rejuvenation for tired looking skin.
Q: What’s all the fuss about detoxing with organic products?
A: Organic products are free from hidden nasties and unnecessary ingredients and not only are they better for your health but are also kinder to the environment. So you can treat yourself and do your bit for the world at the same time.
Q: What are the best ingredients to look for when detoxing the skin?
A: Be greedy with your ingredients – Just because a product has a high street name doesn’t mean it has high grade ingredients. Look for products that contain active ingredients from a natural source for the best results.
Making your way through the minefield of superfruits and foods is often very confusing so the best way to look to the future sometimes is to look to the past. Seabuckthorn has been used in therapies for skin complaints for many years due to its amazing nutritional properties and can be used for a multitude of skin conditions including revitalising and improving skin elasticity, renewing skin cells and nourishing the epidermis.
Q: Are good skin products enough for detoxing or do I need to change my lifestyle?
A: An easy way to give your skin a boost is to get a good night’s sleep - not only does this help you function better the next day but it also helps reduce puffiness in the eyelids and face. So go to bed an hour earlier and see the difference the very next day.
The tank top is back. That body-warming symbol of the 70s has returned in our new mood for maximalism. Mr Porter is calling it a 'gilet', but we all know a geek-chic-tastic tank top when we see one.
TheChicGeek says, "It should be fitted, but not 70s tight, it should be long enough in the body to sit nicely on the waistband. Look for ribbing around this area for a better fit. Go for bright patterns and colour and have fun with it. Look in for cheap alternatives in vintage stores or more 'traditional' menswear stores".
Below - Raf Simons - Jacquard-Knit Lambswool- Blend Gilet - £285 MRPORTER.COM
Bottom - Gucci - Jacquard-Knit Camel, Wool & Silk-Blend Gilet - £405 MRPORTER.COM
In a quiet industrial estate, off a nondescript North London suburban street, sits Albion Knitting Co. Not some relic from the 60s or 70s, that, somehow, managed to survive, but a new venture, with state-of-the-art machines, producing for some of fashion’s biggest names, all proudly made in glamourous Haringey.
Left - Welcome to Albion Knitting Co.
I was invited down by American brand, Peter Millar, to see where some, not all, of their knitwear is made. Producing between 5,000 to 10,000 garments, a year, for Peter Millar, the factory opened in 2014 and also produces knitwear for luxury brands such as Chloe, dunhill and Nicole Farhi.
Right - The feature staircase inside the North London factory
Left - The stairs on the staircase features old pieces of knitting hardware
Knitting, washing and finishing takes place here by the 20 strong workforce. An example of skills and production returning to the UK, from abroad, the whole environment is very open and features a stunning metal staircase with steps incorporating old pieces of knitting hardware.
Right - A final AW16 look from Peter Millar
If you haven’t heard of Peter Millar before, the Richemont-owned men’s brand is busy expanding into the UK. Known for golfwear and currently available at Harrods, they have aspirations to take a chunk of Zegna’s market in that stylish, but won’t scare-the-horses-type of mature menswear. Making in London is certainly a start. If the label says 'Made in England' then the Peter Millar garment would have been proudly made by Albion Knitting Co.
A sartorial tour of the UK, Topman’s Suit Style By City series aims to show the most popular Topman suit styles and how they are wearing them, city by city across the country. It turns out London was matched to a trend for coloured suits.
Representing his hometown, London, TheChicGeek, knows there’s no place as stylish as home in this ultra-skinny green suit. The coolest city in the world, with a geek to match, where London leads the rest of the world follows.
Nothing says ‘London’ like a red phone box or two, especially with a flaming cactus print shirt to match. Team with matching green shoes for that extra attention to detail.
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It was on my recent trip to the Pitti men's show in Florence where I got to fully appreciate the sturdy simplicity of the apron style shoe. The apron is the stitched curved detail on the top of the front of the shoe.
I think it gives them an almost Germanic feel and makes them handsome in their simplicity. Definitely a great alternative to a standard Derby or Oxford shoe and they look great on a thicker sole.
I particularly like this black pair from GH Bass.
Left - GH Bass - Monogram Apron Black Leather - £160
Below - Cheaney - Chiswick Derby - £330
Clinically demonstrated to minimise the damaging effects of pollution on skin, the nourishing formula of cilantro - coriander - and orange replenishes vital nutrients. The masque defends and replenishes skin leaving it renewed, radiant and more prepared to protect itself from daily environmental aggressors.
TheChicGeek says, “The instructions for this ‘masque’ recommends applying a visible layer to clean skin. Leaving on for 5 minutes and gently wipe off with a tissue or cotton wool pad.
I didn’t think this was something guys would do, so I was told to apply a thin, visible layer just before bed and leave on overnight. It is recommended for use three times per week at night.
The coloured jar makes this look more radioactive than is actually the case. The thick, green formula goes on easily and I applied a decent layer before bed a couple of times a week.
My skin definitely looked and felt ‘fed’ after using this. By the morning, it’s gone and you continue with your usual grooming regime. You may go to bed looking like the Incredible Hulk, but you certainly don’t wake up like him”.
Above - Kiehl’s - Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque - 75ml - £28