kiehl's cilantro orange masque review the chic geek beautyClinically 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

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:42

Book Review The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton Review A Life in FashionCecil Beaton was a true original. From the moment he arrived at Cambridge University in 1922 wearing an evening jacket, red shoes, black-and-white trousers and a large cravat, to his appearance nearly forty years later at Truman Capote’s 1970 Black and White Ball, Beaton expressed unmatched sartorial flamboyance and nonchalance. He held accounts with many Savile Row tailors, bought his hats from Herbert Johnson and Lock & Co and his shirts from Excello in New York. A testament to his stylistic significance, many elements of his wardrobe are today held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and the V&A, London.

Below - Cecil Beaton & David Hockney in the conservatory at Reddish House, 1970

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Cecil Beaton Rabbit CoatTheChicGeek says, "This book came at a perfect time as I was already Pinning images of Beaton and his conservatory on my ChicGeek Pinterest page - here - and wanted to know/see more. A confirmed snob, photographer Cecil Beaton is better known for his subjects then for the man himself. Benjamin Wild's does his best with, in what I can only imagine to be, a limited supply amount of information, physical items and photographs. These things just weren't documented as much in those days. You almost want to bring Beaton into the 21st century and gorge yourself on images. I'm sure he'd be one for the selfie, if only to double check himself.

Left - 'Rabbit' coat made by Beaton, 1937

One of the best segments of the book is his reaction to his portraits. Showing his level of vanity, he didn't even like David Hockney's drawings. I'm pretty sure that Francis Bacon would have been a wise investment, if he'd liked it! 

The image of Beaton in his conservatory with David Hockney - above - is one of my all time favourite menswear images. It sums up the eccentric side of the English gentleman.

The book is a quick glimpse of one the 20th century's greatest social climbers and the taste level that allowed him to progress. Starting as one of the early 20th century's 'Bright Young Things' and living and working through a very exciting time in Britain, he seems the type of opinionated character worthy of reading their diary".

mick jagger chic geek cecil beatonThames & Hudson - £29.95 

Right - Beaton, James Fox & Mick Jagger on set of film Performance, 1968

The Chic Geek Alex Mullins SS16 menswearTheChicGeek is feeling truly extra-vert in SS16 Alex Mullins. In moves not seen since 90s Liam Gallagher, TheChicGeek is seriously twisting some style melons in this hand-painted graffiti ensemble. 

Perfect for another summer of love, team with a beanie or bucket hat, slip-on trainers and a serious smile!

Left & Below - Clothes Alex Mullins SS16, Shoes - Blood Brother

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Monday, 08 February 2016 11:12

LC:M Best In Show Grace Wales Bonner

best menswear show lcm the chic geek grace wales bonnergrace wales bonner best show lcm the chic geekA moment. The objective of a fashion show is to convincingly transport the viewer, albeit for a few short minutes, to the place that illustrates everything you want to say about your collection. Recent Central St. Martins graduate, Grace Wales Bonner's journey started the second the African harp began to strum and out strode the models, with glistening faces, in looks that could only be described as somewhere between colonial Africa, the 1970s and modern streetwear.

Featured as part of the Topman sponsored MAN show, during LC:M, Wales Bonner's collection was a beaming dose of heat that brought to mind those sepia style, sunday best pictures of the British Empire. Somewhere in downtown Lagos, circa 1948, somebody was posing with a brass pot plant and portrait of the Queen.

The model's waxed faces made them appear preserved and other worldly, while the clothes were wide and slim in a way only the 1970s can do. Surprisingly fresh and contemporary, tracksuits were delicately decorated with jewels which spoke of her reference highlights and not an obvious note of wealth or bling. But, regardless of the references it looked cool, and that's ultimately what good fashion is.

The standout show of LC:M, for me, Grace Wales Bonner, gave us a perfectly formed escape for a couple of minutes. I can't wait to see what she can give us with a full collection. Roll on SS17.

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Friday, 05 February 2016 16:16

Buyer's Guide SS16 MRPORTER

Simon Spiteri, Buyer, MRPORTER.COM

gucci mens loafers the chic geek"The Gucci horse bit loafer is going to have a huge revivial, it’s such a classic. I especially like this version that harks back to a style not seen from Gucci since the 1960s. A great example of company looking to its archives for inspiration”.

Left - Gucci - Horsebit Leather Loafers - £455

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“Thom Browne collections just get better and better, preppy with a modern twist, this cardigan is so versatile.  The style suggests casual but the quality suggests luxury”.

Left - Thom Browne - Striped Merino Wool Cardigan - £720

AMI white shirt the chic geek buyers guide mr porter"A bonafide classic, if you haven’t got a slim oxford button down shirt in your wardrobe you need one, it’s an indispensable component in any man’s wardrobe. Be sure to wear unbuttoned, with everything from denim to pressed trousers”.

Above - AMI - Slim-Fit Button-Down Collar Oxford Shirt - £110

peyote bird bracelet chic geek"The rise of bracelets in menswear show no sign of abating.  Made in the reservations around Santé-Fe, this bracelet harks back to traditional silver and turquoise craft of the Navajo and is a nice pop of a colour for the summer months ahead”.

Left - Peyote Bird - Pilar Lovato Sterling Silver Turquoise Heishi Bracelet - £215

zenith watch alligator the chic geek"Every guy needs a fine watch, my view is that you don’t have to shout about it with an obvious model.  Zenith invented the chronograph and it’s still the most precise on the market.  It oozes quality and is to be worn with your bracelet of course”.

Left - Zenith - El Primero 36,000 VPH Stainless Steel & Alligator Watch - £5900

 

Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:11

WIN Paul Smith Design Watch

WIN A Paul Smith 'Precision' Chronograph Watch - Starring in TheChicGeek’s recent OOTD, featuring the best menswear collections of the season, this Paul Smith men's quartz movement 'Precision' chronograph watch will be going to one very lucky ChicGeek reader.

Featuring a brown mock-croc Italian calf leather strap, a silver case and a gunmetal dial with gold numerals and date function, this watch is a stylish addition to any geek’s wardrobe.

The watch features a silver Paul Smith signature on the dial, an orange chronograph hand and two bronze sub dials for second and twenty-four hour functions and is worth £260.

To WIN simply follow TheChicGeek on Instagram - @thechicgeekcouk & tag #TheChicGeekCollections

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:23

#ootd 65 - Chic Geek Collections - Fendi

the chic geek style menswear ootd fendi s16The eyes have it at Fendi menswear for SS16. Those pesky bugs have multiplied and become a coloured abstract on jackets and accessories. Team with turned up chinos and chunky boots as we transition into spring. 

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The other print is a kind of computerised camouflage which works just as well on its own or clashed here with those famous Fendi bugs.

Left & Below - All Fendi SS16

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

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Monday, 01 February 2016 16:05

Tried & Tested - Heeley Parfums Chypre 21

heeley parfums chypre 21 review the chic geekPerfumer, James Heeley’s homage to Paris and the classic chypre type fragrance, Chypre 21 is a creation for the 21st century whereby the main ingredients of a classic chypre: bergamot, rose, patchouli, sandalwood and oak moss have been reworked to create a contemporary, unisex fragrance. 

TheChicGeek says “This has a freshness without the - *cough* - of the classic powdered finish which often makes the chypre more Dame Barbara Cartland than contemporary male. This has an addictive greeness and while the rose is pronounced it doesn’t dominate”.

Left - Heeley Parfums - Chypre 21 - 100ml - £125

Always running around town like there's ants in his pants, TheChicGeek opted for them on his bag, this season, thanks to Paul Smith's new SS16 collection.

The look has a feel of the 80s, the Memphis Group with a dash of Beetlejuice thanks to the shiny fabrics and monotone prints.

Credits - Total look - Paul Smith SS16

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Friday, 22 January 2016 16:23

Label To Know - UTC00

If you’re bored of Prada you could do very well to look at new brand UTC00. Founded by four worldwide creatives, UTC00 is a truly global accessories brand with an aesthetic that spans continents. Named after Coordinated Universal Time, abbreviated as UTC, a slightly more scientific version of Greenwich Mean Time, UTC00 is Greenwich and they use these different times, plus or minus, to regulate all meeting up and developing the brand.

From Milan, Seoul and London, they know their travel and have developed luxury accessories to suit. The colours are bold yet masculine and the quality details are streamlined for practicality. The majority of the materials, trims, hardware, and other components are custom developed and produced for UTC00. It brings to mind early Prada and the famous nylon rucksack and with prices of around £120 for a bum bag and £210 for a rucksack, it is premium but without the designer mark-up.

www.UTC00.com