Friday, 13 April 2018 15:59

Hot List The Antiquity Slipper

Green velvet slippers Luke Edward Hall Stubbs Wootton

The velvet evening slipper, in fashion terms at least, is taking a break, but, when one this good comes along, it can’t pass you by. 

American slipper brand Stubbs & Wootton has teamed up with British illustrator & designer du jour, Luke Edward Hall. Grass green Sea Island cotton-velvet uppers with a turquoise blue grosgrain trim features Hall’s classical illustrations on the front. Putting the ionic into iconic!

Left & Below - Stubbs & Wootton - Vitruvius (LEH) Men Slipper - $600

Green velvet slippers Luke Edward Hall Stubbs Wootton

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

A strange distraction robbery leaves a Stockholm art museum director chasing his wallet and phone while dealing with the woke environment of a contemporary art museum and his family life.

Winner of the Palme d’Or, last year, at Cannes, The Square’s most memorable scene is the disturbing man/artist playing an unpredictable ape, but I’ll let you find that out for yourself.

Left - Artist 'Julian' in a Q&A from the film The Square

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Julian Schnabel

Anyway, on the style stakes, it’s the visiting artist, Julian, played by Dominic West, who is the sartorial inspiration in a scene set in the museum where he’s there to discuss his work. An audience member with Tourette’s syndrome makes it a surreal moment.

Right - Artist Julian Schnabel which some say was the inspiration for the character

Wearing blue pyjamas, a navy double breasted jacket and yellow lensed glasses he bears a striking resemblance to American painter and film maker, Julian Schnabel. 

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Derek Rose

Pyjamas as daytime clothes have been a thing for a while now and it still looks good. Silk gives it an evening and exotic feel, while regular cotton makes it soft and relaxed. 

Left - Derek Rose - Men’s Classic Fit Piped Pyjamas - £95

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

Sky blue cotton pyjamas worn out of the bedroom shows an easy confidence and the yellow lenses on the glasses adds the artistic element. It’s hip to be square!

Left - Reiss - Carlotta B Double-Breasted Blazer - £325

Below - Sunglasses - Paul Smith - £177, available at Sunglass Hut

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

 

 

 

 

 

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Lunetterie Generale yellow lenses sunglasses

Left - Sunglasses - Lunetterie Generale - £375

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Vans

Left - Vans - Authentic Shoes - £47

Below - Dominic West in full 'Julian' PJ look

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:37

Hot List The Leather Denim Shirt

Leather denim shirt menswear hot list Tod's

Denim is having a bit of downtime while it decides where it wants to go after skinny. But, just because denim maybe having a rest, it doesn’t mean leather is. 

I saw this a few months ago and at first glance, it’s a classic blue denim shirt, but, on touching and closer inspection, it’s printed leather. Admittedly, that bumps the price up massively - it’s quite an investment - but who else do you know who will be wearing a leather denim shirt?

This is the ultimate in luxury casual.

Left & Below - Tod’s - Leather Shirt - £2650

Leather denim shirt menswear hot list Tod's

REN eye serum review tried tested sensitive

Picture the scene, a lush, cool Scandinavian spruce forest with wild mushrooms dotting the moss underneath. Grifolin extract from the White Mushroom, Albatrellus Ovinus, reduces sensitivity by calming pain messages to reduce chronic sensitivity. Gotu Kola Extract and Horse Chestnut Flower extracts minimise inflammation and discomfort while stimulating epidermal cohesion and improving skin’s quality, helping to tone the eye contour. 

TheChicGeek says, “What makes this standout is the packaging: a tall, white wand-like applicator that you squeeze and apply with the flattened circular end. It makes a change from fiddly lip balm sized products that you can easily lose or pumps which often require multiple fingers.

This is instantly cooling and is enjoyable to use. Eye products should be in the more fun and frivolous box of grooming if we're going to use them. You want instant relief as well as feeling like you’re receiving some long-term benefits when it comes to your delicate eye area.

What you do get is firmly in the instant category and something good for an afternoon pick me up. This could easily be a desk drawer favourite. Think of it like an unspoilt Scandinavian forest for the eyes. I think we could all do with some ‘Evercalm’ (TM!) in our lives.”

Left - Ren Evercalm Sensitive Eye Serum - 15ml - £30

Monday, 09 April 2018 12:03

#OOTD 111 SS18 Trends Vertical Stripes

OOTD menswear holiday The Chic Geek vertical stripes

OOTD menswear holiday The Chic Geek vertical stripes trend

You've probably got the idea - I've been banging on about them for months - that this season is all about vertical stripes.

Left - SS18 Marni, Balmain, Etudes

Every designer and brand worth their stripes showed multiple variations of them. There are many ways to wear the trend - matching and mixed. Clash, contrast or complement, the choice is yours!

Credits - Jacket - Scotch & Soda, Short-Sleeved Shirt - ASOS - Trousers - Scotch & Soda, Slip-Ons - Base London

TheChicGeek took Vertical Stripes to Marrakech, see more here

OOTD menswear holiday The Chic Geek vertical stripes

OOTD menswear holiday The Chic Geek vertical stripes

Friday, 06 April 2018 14:50

Tried & Tested St Giles Collection

St Giles Collection fragrance review tried testedNew British fragrance brand klaxon. Founded by Michael Donovan and named after the ancient, Central London parish of St Giles - it’s that bit just near Tottenham Court Road station, where the coloured Renzo Piano buildings are - where he was born, this new collection of five fragrances is based on different characters.

Michael has worked in the fragrance business for many years with some of the biggest names and noses. Here, he has teamed up with perfumer, Bertrand Duchaufour, and spent the last three years creating the five scents: The Tycoon, The Writer, The Stylist, The Actress and The Mechanic.

St Giles Collection Tycoon Bertrand Duchaufour fragrance review tried tested

TheChicGeek says, “It’s always great to see new British fragrance brands. Especially from somebody with over 20 year’s experience in the business. Michael sent me the three most masculine fragrances to try - The Tycoon, The Writer and The Mechanic. 

There’s a lot going on, but it works. I actually found it difficult to choose one standout. I liked all three and underlining it all is quality.

The Tycoon is a classic chypre with notes of patchouli, labdanum and oakmoss augmented with a castoreum. 

The Writer opens with fresh ginger, rosemary absolute and the focusing sparkle of aldehydes with castoreum absolute plus sandalwood, cedarwood and driftwood. 

The Mechanic has a base of hot rubber, musk, oakmoss and a balsamic, cracked styrax with an earthy geranium and patchouli opening.

The Mechanic is the most interesting as it doesn’t fit in as easily with the other character names. The market for niche fragrances continues to grow and this is definitely a collection worth seeking out. I just wish the branding and labelling had more personality and fully represented the fragrances’ depth of character.”

St Giles Collection - 100ml - £130

Exclusive to Selfridges

St Giles Collection Writer fragrance review tried tested

Thursday, 05 April 2018 10:29

Hot List Chemistry Teacher Shades

Men's sunglasses clear Gentle Monster Korea AfixThere was an American brand - Brashy Studio - who got a lot of online flak, recently, for selling safety glasses as a fashion accessory and charging $25 for the privilege. They cost £1.42 at B&Q BTW.

But, they were definitely onto something as clear frames and light lenses are the way to go this summer. I saw this pair from Korean brand Gentle Monster, who are set to open a store in London shortly, and there’s something one part chemistry teacher and one part Gucci catwalk that I love about them.

While they have that safety glasses vibe they’re far cooler than that and the lenses have full UV protection. Experiment!

Left & Below - Gentle Monster - Afix 02 - $310

Men's sunglasses clear Gentle Monster Korea Afix

More SS18 eyewear inspo? Try The Hamburglar Sunglasses here

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 16:40

Hot List The 70s Webbed Loafers

Men's shoes snaffle loafers Russell Bromley webbed 1970s Gucci fashionSnaffle loafers are one of the rare fashion items that can, legitimately, be called ‘timeless’. They bob along on the waves of shoe trends and come in and out when the time suits. They’re definitely something you should never throw away.

The most famous are Gucci, obvs, but it’s actually cooler and less basic to sniff out a cheaper alternative. Read more here

Russell & Bromley has this pair called ‘Mercury’. I really like the brown, orange and beige webbing underneath the snaffle. It gives them a vintage/70s edge. Made from calf leather in Tuscany, these aren’t the cheapest, but they’ll certainly authentically Italian. 

You can wear these with anything, just don’t smother the shoe with trouser. Keep your ankles visible both socked and unsocked.

Left & Below - Russell & Bromley - Mercury - £235

Men's shoes snaffle loafers Russell Bromley webbed 1970s Gucci fashion

Monday, 02 April 2018 11:05

#OOTD 110 SS18 Trends Out In

OOTD menswear Marni The Chic Geek retro shirt tucked in and half out

OOTD menswear Marni The Chic Geek retro shirt tucked in and half out

OOTD menswear Marni The Chic Geek retro shirt tucked in and half out

Your shirt should be like fashion, this season - one minute you're in, and one minute you're out. Or, you could just compromise, like seen on the Marni catwalk, and wear it half-in and half-out.

It's like messy business attire. The walk of shame, the morning-from-the-night-before chic. Try it.

Credits - Jacket - Scotch & Soda, Shirt - Scotch & Soda, Trousers - Moss Bros, Shoes - Base London , Bag - ST Dupont

Left - Both Marni SS18

 

 

 

 

 

 

OOTD menswear Marni The Chic Geek retro shirt tucked in and half out

OOTD menswear Marni The Chic Geek retro shirt tucked in and half out

OOTD menswear Marni The Chic Geek retro shirt tucked in and half out

Space Odyssey menswear Undercover Pitti Uomo Florence 50th anniversary

Space Odyssey menswear Undercover Pitti Uomo Florence 50th anniversaryI’m not sure whether I’m early or late writing this. One of the highlights of Pitti Uomo 93 in January, and the entire menswear season, was the AW18 Undercover show. I wanted to write something about it at the time, but I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. 

Far Left - A still from the film, Left - Undercover AW18

The Leopolda Station in Florence was transformed into an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a timeless inspiration for pretty much everybody, but I’d never seen it done this literally before. 

The scene in which the astronauts wear their coloured suits was the finale of the collection and looked as though they had just stepped out of the film.

The 1968 science fiction film, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, is now 50 years old and is still a masterpiece of sci-fi cinema. 

  

 

Space Odyssey menswear Undercover Pitti Uomo Florence 50th anniversary

Space Odyssey menswear Undercover Pitti Uomo Florence 50th anniversary

I hadn’t seen an Undercover show before and I didn’t know that much about the label. Founded in 1993 by Jun Takahashi, it began showing in Paris in 2002. For this season, it was a guest of Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Left - Both Undercover AW18

That naughty computer HAL 9000 was up to his tricks and played a prominent part in the collection in the form of bags and accessorises. There were full fleece suits, a simple idea, but not seen before, and something I will mention again later in the season. Stills from the film covered outerwear, but it is the final group of figures, in full, colour-coordinating outfits, that you should emulate. 

Space Odyssey menswear Z Zegna Pitti Uomo Florence 50th anniversary

So, when shopping for you next cold weather outfit, buy everything in the same primary colour. From parka to padded trousers to matching hat and gloves.

Z Zegna, the sporty side of Zegna, did something similar and it’s easy to find Space Odyssey inspiration in interiors and architecture. Happy birthday, Space Odyssey.

Left - Z Zegna AW18

Below - Achille Salvagni - Spider White Chandelier 

Space Odyssey menswear Achille Salvagni Spider White Chandelier