Monday, 28 December 2015 15:32

TheChicGeek Awards 2015

The Chic Geek Awards 2015Another year, another crop of prestigious ChicGeek Awards. Fashion years are longer than dog years, crammed full of so much celebrity, business and unpredictability, it feels like a never-ending rollercoaster of stylish ups and downs. 

And, what a stylish year 2015 was. This was the year the Apple Watch arrived, Gucci became cool again and the British high-street took over the world. Here’s what TheChicGeek rated for 2015:

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chic geek best menswear label of 2015 gucciBest Label of 2015 - GUCCI

Creative directors of fashion brands get replaced all the time. They come and go quicker than many football managers, but without as much drama! Historical Italian house, Gucci, was crying out for a fresh injection of ideas for a very long time, but it’s the speed and quality of the turnaround that has made it TheChicGeek’s Label of the Year.

gucci sunglasses chic geek awards 2015Thanks to Alessandro Michele, the new Creative Director, it completed an 180 degree turnaround into the ultimate geek-chic look of fantasy dressing within one and a half seasons. Gone was the obviously sexual to something that is sophisticated, clever and interesting.

When you’re the world’s second largest luxury goods company and you decide to change this drastically, it has a huge global influence. I was just pleasantly surprised how radical and comprehensive it has been.

His first collection (AW15) of androgyny had many of us thinking "we’ve seen this before", but it’s the subsequent Cruise collections, campaigns and store refurbishments that has cemented this new look of vintage maximalism. 

Gucci has become the buzziest label of late and looks set to continue its dominance. Unfortunately, high-street menswear isn’t copying it straight away, but expect to see details and influences in the coming few months. You can always add a simple grosgrain ribbon to your silk shirt!

A double GG belt buckle hasn’t been this cool since the 90s, but this one is in a more delicate font finished in vintage brass.

Gucci has added much needed excitement back into fashion, but there are so many ideas in each collection I’m scared there aren’t enough ideas to go around. Let’s just hope it doesn’t run out of steam anytime soon. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

best new menswear label chic geek awards daniel w fletcherBest New Label of 2015 - DANIEL W. FLETCHER

Selling designer menswear is a difficult business. Men with deep enough pockets are traditionally conservative and those with the will often don’t have the way. So, any new designer menswear label that appears has to be admired. 

A new menswear label that caught my eye was Daniel W. Fletcher. Originally from Chester, the brand was founded shortly after Daniel finished at Central Saint Martins, this year, after studying Fashion Design: Menswear, and his graduate collection was picked up by Opening Ceremony who will be the exclusive stockist of a capsule of 8 pieces from this first SS16 collection.

The collection - Peckham Pony Club - is a reaction to the gentrification and re-development of urban space in London. The writings of Ruth Glass and witnessing first hand the gentrification of London neighbourhoods inspired a collection which aims to capture the essence of the urban gentry which Glass defined. 

Peckham, in South-East London, provided a backdrop for a collection which reflects the mix of cultures and styles as a result of socio-economic change, whilst highlighting the effects of regeneration schemes and the displacement of long term residents.

Featuring shaved mink collars, silk pyjama shirts and stretch leggings in a palette of baby blue, white and black, it has a retro-futurism quality with humorous touches with the ‘Peckham Pony Club’ branding. I’m wearing a look in a forthcoming OOTD and it sure beats all those Peckham hipsters in their Barbour jackets. 

The Chic Geek new look menswear stores wigan portsmouthBest High Street of 2015 - NEW LOOK

After a few false starts, this was the year New Look’s menswear finally made it into the pantheon of men’s British high-street retailers. Menswear became a new focus of their business with 4 standalone men’s stores opening across the UK and another 20 are planned for the new year.

The collections became more trend lead and sophisticated with some of the best suede pieces I’d seen this season regardless of price point. 

New Look menswear grew up without losing its youthful side and became a bonafide menswear player in what must be the most competitive affordable menswear market in the world.

As if we weren’t spoilt enough with affordable menswear retailers, in 2015 New Look became another great place to find well-fitted, affordable and fashionable menswear. 

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Best Grooming Product 2015 - GILLETTE FUSION PROGLIDE FLEXBALL RAZOR

Razor brands often herald something ‘new’ with great fanfare when in fact it’s the same old tired concept in a new colour way or they’ve added more blades. Revolutionary. 

Gillette, this year, really did come up with something new and it works.

It’s a simple concept really - a sprung ball that can move up, down and sideways following the different contours of the face.

The FlexBall is a little bit like the Dyson of the shaving world allowing for ease of movement and a close, safer shave.

When the hipsters rediscover shaving again they’ll be pleased to know it’s got a lot easier and more comfortable since they last did it thanks to this.

Peter Max psychedelic makeover for Kiehl’s

Best Grooming Brand 2015 - KIEHL’S

American grooming brand, Kiehl’s, seemed to have the most innovation this year. Admittedly, a lot of it was unisex, but it still introduced me to facial oils and leave on overnight masks. 

Kiehl’s has cornered the market in that pharmacy stroke skincare brand with attractive stores and simple yet recognisable packaging. They’ve expanded yet still managed to keep it cult.

I also particularly liked the Peter Max psychedelic makeover they gave their packaging for Christmas 2015.

Harry Styles Best Dressed Chic Geek Awards

Most Stylish Man 2015 - HARRY STYLES

Harry gets an A for effort. A stylist can take a star to water, but they certainly can’t make them drink. Harry took a tall glass of water, this year, with his floral suits from Gucci and silk pyjama shirts from Daniel W. Fletcher (above).

He’s owning that Saint Laurent/Gucci rocker look that is one part timeless and one part contemporary. It’s a tough ask being the new Mick Jagger, but it needs to come easy especially when it comes to the clothes. 

He’s been cleverly distancing himself from the rest of One Direction and using his wardrobe and hair to do this. While not every outfit hits the mark, it’s the experimentation and interest that he gets TheChicGeek recognition for.

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Best Fragrance 2015 - DUNHILL ICON

This was an early release in the year. dunhill ICON opens with top notes of Italian bergamot and neroli absolute intertwine with a black pepper, fusing the mid notes of cardamom lavender de Provence.

The dunhill brand was given a refresh by new designer John Ray and this was the first fragrance to complement that. The advertising for this matched the advertising for the main brand. The bottle perfectly reflected dunhill’s art-deco heritage while the fragrance was mainstream yet sophisticated and wearable. 

It sits up there with Mont Blanc Legend. A modern classic. 

Crimson Peak The Chic Geek most sytlish film

Most Stylish Film 2015 - CRIMSON PEAK

Director Guillermo Del Toro’s spooky, gothic thriller Crimson Peak gets TheChicGeek award because of its attention to detail. While the beginning American section is a little bit Titanic, the rest is a visual feast in high-Victorian gothic. 

Costume designer, Kate Hawley, fills the film with late Victorian menswear and while it does take a back-seat to the women’s costumes, it adds to the many layers of this visual feast of incest and gory mass murders.

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Best Menswear Collaboration 2015 - MONCLER A

Menswear is suffering from something that I can only describe as ‘Collaboration Fatigue’, right now, so this year wasn’t as perky as it once was in the world of collaborations.

One that caught my eye was Moncler A. A Wes Anderson like exaggeration of logos and colours, Moncler A is tie-up with AMI, founded in 2011 by Parisian menswear designer Alexandre Mattiussi. 

Playing with the tricolour palette - red, white and blue - of Moncler, Moncler A was a tasteful and handsome take on Moncler’s outerwear classics.

Special ChicGeek Award 2015 - CILLA BLACK

What’s Cilla Black doing on TheChicGeek Awards, you may ask, but she was instrumental in one of the most exciting periods of British menswear.

Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter and master cutter Edward Sexton teamed up and opened ‘Nutters’ on Savile Row in 1969, and was financially backed by British pop singer Cilla Black and Beatles’ executive Peter Brown.

She introduced the label to her long-standing friends, the Beatles, three of them are wearing Tommy Nutter on the cover of Abbey Road and others within her pop-star circle.

This was and still is the most influential of 1960s tailors and gave rise to the Peacock Revolution and the huge lapelled and flared suits of the 1970s.

Her friendship and financial support of Tommy Nutter left us with one of the most exciting episodes of 20th century menswear. I bet she has left one of the best vintage collections of Tommy Nutter.

Monday, 21 December 2015 12:11

Hot List - The Space Dog Jumper

space dog jumper the chic geek j w andersonThere's a rediscovery of the space race at the moment. It could be Major Tim Peake's stay at the International Space Station or the recent exhibition at the Science Museum of Soviet Cosmonauts and their extraordinary journey into space that has inspired this rediscovery of retro futurism.

Always one with his finger on pulse, J.W. Anderson, has a Laika-like intarsia jumper for all of us wannabe spacemen. Laika was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth in 1957. Amazingly she was a stray found on the streets of Moscow. Now, that's an inspirational journey!

Left & Below - J.W. Anderson - Space Dog Intarsia-Knit Sweater - £625 (From MatchesFashion.com)

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:40

TheChicGeek & Fossil's Curious Night Out #sp

The Chic Geek fossil q smartwatchThe mulled wine was flowing and the Christmas tunes were pumping as TheChicGeek hosted his Curious Night Out with Fossil on Oxford Street, last thursday. 

Left - TheChicGeek checking out the new range of Fossil smartwatches and bracelets

Guests were treated to an exclusive ChicGeek discount, monogramming service on leather good and jewellery and luxury goodie bags. I got to chose a selection of gifts, suitable for the whole family, from Fossil's extensive range of watches, leather goods, jewellery and gifts.

fossil fashion foie gras marcus jaye the chic geekRight - Where's ChicGeek?! Fellow blogger, Fashion Foie Gras, getting digitally papped

So, with Christmas wrapped up, all in one place, there's nothing left to do but wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Curious New Year!

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Left - TheChicGeek 'geek-handling' Fossil's leather rucksacks 

Below - Fossil Oxford Street, London

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Monday, 14 December 2015 15:40

TheChicGeek's Christmas Wish-List

christmas cashmere jumper hashtag collectiveIn this golden age of saturation, what do we really need? Christmas is now all centred about want rather than need, so I've chosen all the frivolous things I'd like to see under my ChicGeek tree. Santa, baby...

"A handsome navy crew-neck Made-in-Scotland Cashmere Jumper".

Left - Hashtag Collective - £250

fornasetti candle the chic geekA Scented Candle - "One that looks as good as it smells".

Left - Fornasetti - Malachite Scented Candle - £125

Socks - "These aren't boring, they're proper luxe and they're made by Corgi in Wales".

Below - Kingsman - Cable-Knit Cashmere Socks - £125

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house of hackney artemis cushion wish list christmasCushion - "I'd probably wish for more than one of these as it may look a little sad on its own".

Left - House of Hackney - Artemis - £148

paul smith caran d'ache pens the chic geek christmas wish listPen - "These pastel pens are an attractive refresh of a classic design".

Left - Caran d’Ache + Paul Smith - Blue Ballpoint Pen - £35

Bike - "Real men have a basket on their bike".

Below - Martone - Greenwich Grey Men’s Bike - £995martone men's bike the chic geek christmas wish list

fossil q founder watch the chic geek christmas wish listWatch - "The non-obvious smartwatch in a handsome and traditional men's watch style".

Left - Fossil - Q Founder - £259

victorinox swiss art knife the chic geek christmas wish listFail-Safe Tool - "Stick this on your keys and I guarantee you'll love having it with you. Most used? The toothpick".

Left - Victorinox - Swiss Champ Knife - £65

Pyjamas - "I couldn't get a picture of the blue and white toile de jouy ones that Derek Rose have for SS16, but let's just say they're worth the wait". 

Below - Derek Rose Toile du Jouy Pyjamas SS16

derek rose pyjamas the chic geek christmas wish listThe Chic Geek book style menswear

"And of course the gift of style..."

Left - TheChicGeek's Fashion, Grooming & Style Guide For Men - £16.99

christmas tom ford italian cypress fragrance mens"Smell as good, if not better, than the Christmas tree".

Left - Tom Ford - Italian Cypress - £142

 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst toothbrush the chic geek"If this matches your bathroom, then you need a new bathroom, but you'll definitely know which one is yours! The travel carrier/charger is a great addition".

Left - Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst - £249.99

review liquides imaginaires peau de bête Inspired by the sweat of a horse after its gallop, Liquides Imaginaires’ ‘Peau De Bête’ contains heads notes of chamomile blue, cumin seed, Madagascar black pepper and parsley seed.

Left - Liquides Imaginaires - Peau De Bête - 100ml - £230

The base features cade wood, guaiac wood, Atlas cedarwood, Texas cedarwood, Indonesian patchouli, patchouli absolute, Indian cypriol, Dominican Republic amyris, ambrarome absolute, castoreum base, civet base and skatole.

TheChicGeek says, “I like a curve ball, when it comes to fragrance, as much as the next person, but, a curve ball through a shitty stable and around the sweaty backside of a horse, may just be pushing it. Translated as animal hide, Peau De Bête, isn’t for the faint hearted.

The base ingredients include skatole, which appears naturally in faeces and civet base which is the natural byproduct of the anal glands of exotic civet cats.

The initial spray certainly hits you, it has something you can’t quite put your finger on! Scarily, on a second visit, it starts to normalise and smells like a really deep and smoky leather. It has that dirty, hairy, animalic musk and warmth that you would get from a horse’s neck. And the more you visualise it the more it smells like it.

You’ll be pleased to know it does dry down to something more incense-like with the potent animalic hit disappearing to a background of strong yet attractive leather”.

Friday, 11 December 2015 14:05

WIN £50 to Spend at Joe Browns

Online retailer, Joe Browns, has done some research into the shopping habits of us men during this festive season.

It turns out the majority of us will do our Christmas shopping online (70%), a quarter of us will leave everything to the last minute and around a third (35%) of us spend between £250-£500 on gifts.

We have a £50 voucher to give away to one lucky ChicGeek reader to spend on Joe Browns clothes and accessories.

See more at www.joebrowns.co.uk

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CLOSING DATE: 18th December 2015 at 11.59pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:57

Tried & Tested - Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood

review jo malone orris sandalwood the chic geekPart of Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense range, Orris & Sandalwood, centres around orris, the name for the dried root of the iris. One of the most expensive ingredients in perfumery it is grown in Tuscany and takes many years to dry out. 

Here it is combined her with top notes of violet, and a base of sandalwood.

TheChicGeek says, “This is the dirty side of orris. The initial burst of fragrant violet doesn’t stop this from quickly drying down to an earthy, woody and almost animalic base. This would appeal to those fans of oud or incense type fragrances. It has a strong beginning which does lighten with time”.

Left - Jo Malone - Cologne Intense - 100ml - £105

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 12:46

Tomorrow, don't forget! Fossil Oxford Street

fossil the chic geek blogger eventDon't forget to join TheChicGeek, tomorrow - Thursday 10th December - to discover Fossil's new Q smart collection of bracelets and watches.

Left - The curious pairing of TheChicGeek & Fashion Foie Gras. Join us this thursday night 

fossil q founder smartwatch the chic geekA perfect example is the Q Founder - pictured right - a touchscreen digital watch in refined stainless steel that tracks steps and connects seamlessly to your phone.

Right - Fossil Q Founder is engineered with Intel Innovation® and powered by Android Wear™ — in addition to tracking your activity, receiving notifications, and inspiring weekly curiosity, you can also match your watch to your look in seconds with customizable watch face designs - £279

The first 25 guests through the door will receive a special exclusive 'curious' goodie bag and with live DJ, fun photobooth and festive refreshments, it's not to be missed! 

With a special 10% discount and free engraving and embossing on the night, treat someone you love this festive season with the perfect gift from Fossil.

When: Thursday 10th December from 6pm - 9pm.

Where: Fossil, 330 Oxford Street, W1C 1JE

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#callingallcurious

Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there!

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Monday, 07 December 2015 18:34

#OOTD 61 - Christmas GEEK

christmas chic geek ootd menswearIf you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise...

TheChicGeek has been putting his best festive foot forward and decorating the trees in the forest. In an abstract Christmas jumper, cosy snood and sturdy boots, TheChicGeek knows less is more definitely more when it comes to casual Christmas attire.

Credits - Jumper - Paul Smith, Watch - Swatch, Trousers - New Look, Boots - Aigle, Snood - Johnstons of Elgin, Long-Johns - ABOUT, Tobacco Absolute Body Wash - Molton Brown, Face Masks - Kiehl's, Shampoo & Conditioner - Mojo Hair

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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Friday, 04 December 2015 00:36

Join TheChicGeek @Fossil Oxford Street

fossil the chic geek blogger eventPerfectly timed to get the serious business of Christmas shopping underway, join me at the Fossil flagship store, Oxford Street - (between John Lewis & House of Fraser) - on Thursday 10th December, from 6pm - 9pm for an exclusive shopping event.

the chic geek blogger fossil influencerWith a special 10% discount and free engraving and embossing on the night, treat someone you love this festive season with the perfect gift from Fossil. 

Right - The curious pairing of TheChicGeek & Fashion Foie Gras. Join us next thursday night

The first 25 guests through the door will receive a special exclusive 'curious' goodie bag and with live DJ, fun photobooth and festive refreshments, it's not to be missed! 

When: Thursday 10th December from 6pm - 9pm.

Where: Fossil, 330 Oxford Street, W1C 1JE

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

#callingallcurious

Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there!

#Sponsored by Fossil