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Luke Edward Hall for Gant double breasted corduroy jacket

He has previously done collections/collaborations with John Smedley, Kurt Geiger, Rowing Blazers, Habitat, Anthropologie, Lucy Folk, Richard Ginori, Stubbs & Wootton, and now GANT is added to the list. The man in question is Luke Edward Hall, a modern day Hockney with the eye for colour to match.

When GANT’s current Global Artistic Director, Christopher Bastin, return last year, the brand was due some quirky direction. I’ve always been a fan of what he did at the now defunct GANT Rugger brand.

"This collection takes its inspiration from my home in the English countryside, and how I spend weekends there with friends. From jumpers and tweed coats for stalking through fields to 1970s-inspired velvet suits and silk shirts for candlelit dinners, it’s ruggedly elegant and very English.” says Edward Hall.

Luke Edward Hall for Gant double breasted corduroy jacketHe does the same thing for everybody, but that’s okay, because I like it. It’s the same eclectic rift as Gucci.

The standout piece is this cosy corduroy DB in rich reddy brown with brass buttons. It’s a shame they didn’t include one of Luke Edward Hall’s classical heads as pictured. They could have made it detachable. That aside, this is a classic and lifetime wearable piece.

Just add a pink dahlia!

Left & Below - Luke Edward Hall For GANT - Corduroy Blazer - £400

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Published in Men
Monday, 21 September 2020 15:13

Menswear Product Of The Week The Conran Blue Jacket

Drakes blue suede chore jacket Terence Conran blue

Britain recently lost one of its retail and design kings, Sir Terence Conran, who was famed for his love of cobalt blue. From his shirts to his socks, this knight loved his French blue workwear or 'bleu de travail’. He actually has his own blue called Pantone 072 C, aka Conran Blue.

It help you celebrate this giant of British style, Drake’s has a thick suede ‘Chore’ jacket in this striking blue primary. Made in Italy with horn buttons, it also has a touch of the Hockney’s about it, which I’m sure Terence would have appreciated even more. Wearing this will never be a chore.

Left & Below - Drake’s - Chore Jacket - £1195

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Drakes blue suede chore jacket Terence Conran blue

Published in Men
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:25

#OOTD 125 United Colours Of Chic Geek

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Barena linen shirt slowear jacket polo ralph lauren trousers Falke socks sandalsSomewhere in the depths of rainy Kent, TheChicGeek, was a Lego-like vision of colour.

When we think of bold colours we often get sidetracked by prints and pattens. Plain primaries, like these, should be looked at like children's building blocks, all adding up to a balanced whole. Don't be frightened by bold trousers, because, when they're balanced, like here with other just as strong colours, they don't feel as bright and daring. It says confidence and references masters of colour like David Hockney and Luke Edward Hall.

Credits - #Gifted Shirt - Barena, Sandals - Grenson, Socks - Falke, Jacket - Slowear #NotGifted Trousers - Polo Ralph Lauren

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Barena linen shirt slowear jacket polo ralph lauren trousers Falke socks sandals

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Barena linen shirt slowear jacket polo ralph lauren trousers Falke socks sandals

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Barena linen shirt slowear jacket polo ralph lauren trousers Falke socks sandals

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Barena linen shirt slowear jacket polo ralph lauren trousers Falke socks sandals

Menswear OOTD The Chic Geek Blogger Barena linen shirt slowear jacket polo ralph lauren trousers Falke socks sandals

 

Published in Outfit of the Day
Monday, 19 March 2018 13:29

Label To Know Basic Rights

Basic Rights Freddie Cowan The Vaccines The Chic Geek menswear

When I was shown a few pieces from ‘Basic Rights’, at a recent press day, I thought it was just another rich boy trying to reinvent the white T-shirt. Do we need more expensive basics when we’re quite happy with what we’ve got from Uniqlo and various other affordable retailers? Fast forward a few months and it’s clear this is something far more thoughtful and serious.

Left - Basic Rights SS18 inspired by Marrakech

high waist linen trousers Basic Rights Freddie Cowan The Vaccines The Chic Geek menswear

Founded by The Vaccines’ lead guitarist, Freddie Cowan, what may have started as a desire for a good T-shirt and trousers has flourished into a full tour wardrobe. Like any clever fashion entrepreneur, he’s enlisted a master architect to help with the design and cut of the pieces. 

Right - Basic Rights - High Waist Linen Trousers Brown - £160

Savile Row master tailor, David Chambers, who had previously made clothes for Freddie’s parents, and an expert with 50 years’ experience, is helping to translate Freddie’s ideas into form-fitting items.

Having learnt under Fred Astaire’s tailor and spent his apprenticeship making trousers at Anderson & Sheppard, he has made suits for David Hockney, Manolo Blahnik and Terrence Conran. Men who certainly know a thing or two about good design.

 

 

 

Basic Rights Freddie Cowan The Vaccines The Chic Geek menswear

Founded in 2016 in New York, Basic Rights is launching in the UK, this season, with a collection inspired by Marrakech. High waisted linen trousers, Western jackets and camp collar shirts are seen on a pair of models mirroring Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix.

Striped shirt Basic Rights Freddie Cowan The Vaccines The Chic Geek menswear

These items are simple yet have identity. Prices are good: £40 for a tee to £230 for a Western satin jacket. I’m excited about this brand purely because of the expertise of David. Finding a good pair of nicely fitting trousers is often very difficult. I have high hopes for these high waisted pairs and can’t wait to try them.

Right - Mick & Jimi fighting for their SS18 Basic Rights

Left - Striped Collarless Shirt - £110

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Published in Labels To Know
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

cecil beaton david hockney reddish house

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

Published in The Fashion Archives
Friday, 07 August 2015 13:53

Rugby Style 2015

superdry england rugby shirtWhen William Webb Ellis first picked up that ball, and ran with it, little did he know that nearly 200 years later 20 international teams would be competing for a cup named in his honour.

Left - Superdry - World Legends - England £74.99

The Rugby World Cup returns home to England, this autumn, in what will be one of the sporting highlights of the year.

TheChicGeek says "Rugby style, particularly the rugby shirt, never really goes out of style. Whether in team colours or bold stripes, it was a favourite of artist David Hockney and was heavily referenced by John Ray, Creative Director at dunhill, at both his spring and autumn 15 collections."

 

 

David Hockney rugby topRight - A little of bit of retro inspiration - David Hockney sporting a striped rugby top

The Rugby World Cup runs from 18th September - 31st October 2015 and here are TheChicGeek's picks of the best rugby inspired menswear available:

Below - dunhill - AW15 catwalk collection - Yellow Soft Cotton Rugby Shirt - £230

dunhill aw15 menswear rugby hockney

polo raplh lauren the chic geekLeft - Polo Ralph Lauren - Custom-Fit Striped Rugby Shirt - £230

Below - Jack Wills - Striped Rugby Shirt - £49.50

jack wills the chic geek rugby shirt

jack wills rugby ball world cup geekLeft - Jack Wills - Rugby Ball - £16.50

rugby cufflinks thomas pinkLeft - Thomas Pink - Rugby Cufflinks - £69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rugby striped knit thomas pink geek chicLeft - Thomas Pink - Stanford Knit Rugby Jumper - £225 

Middle - The Rugby Fragrance - 100ml - £24.99

Below Right - dunhill - AW15 Catwalk Collection - Brown Cotton/Cashmere Rugby Polo - £625

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Published in The Fashion Archives

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