Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:03

Hot List The Rainbow Mesh T-Shirt

Paul Smith rainbow t-shirt menswear the chic geekYou can never have enough rainbows in your life. Paul Smith’s SS17 collection was a confection of coloured stripes and rainbows as a continuation of the love and peace themes that take him back to his shaggy-haired youth. 

This mesh T-shirt is perfect for the summer with a design looks like a floor pattern by the artist Jim Lambie. Peace out!

Left & Below - Paul Smith - Men’s Multi-Colour Mesh Stripe T-Shirt - £260

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N/A Socks New York Nick LewisThe fashion business likes a ‘category’. The more categories the more product and the more money, hopefully. If only it was that easy.

Designers and brands like to enter a category, be it jeans, underwear or sunglasses, usually partnering with a manufacturing expert in that field, and expand their businesses one category at a time. Take Tom Ford for example, he is just about to go into underwear after mastering jeans, sunglasses, beauty and trainers, in no particular order.

Left - N/A Necessary Anywhere socks available at Oki-Ni & Harvey Nichols

Underwear is one of the biggest money spinners for brands. People will pay a premium for somebody else’s name on their waistband - not really sure why - and entire brands like Calvin Klein and Versace are built on their underwear categories. They can charge a premium for something that is cheap to make.

And while the underwear category has matured into a reliable cash cow for many, the sock business seems so much trickier. There aren’t many designers or brands who have owned the category. With the exception of Paul Smith, designers produce the odd sock for collections, but don’t fully enter or develop the category. It wasn't that long ago that Burberry pulled out of the category and they make everything.

It’s interesting how people are willing to spend on underwear, but not on socks. We do have quality sock brands such as the German Falke and the British Panterella and Corgi, but there seems to be a ceiling on the pricing. People think socks should be cheap and when brands like Vetements and Gucci do socks at high prices - think nearing three figures - they seem like one of the most frivolouss purchases you can make and are usually a one-off show piece rather than entering the category.

The branded sock market seems to fall into two categories: sports and colourful office-type socks. There’s definitely a gap for something in between. So, it was at the recent CIFF fashion trade show in Copenhagen that I found N/A from New York. 

When I searched ’N/A New York’ I got plenty of Narcotics Anonymous meetings, but it actually stands for ‘Necessary Anywhere’  and is influenced by the ‘everyday grind’. To the British that's walking (thought Americans didn't do that anyway!). They believe it’s vital to get up every day with the aspiration to move ourselves forward.

Founded in 2015 by Nick Lewis with six socks, these premium knit socks marry innovative textures with classic colours and patterns. When people pay for socks they usually go for something colourful and playful, N/A seems to have produced a cool sock which marries sports and fashion. They’re about £15, which, while more than your average three pack, aren’t extortionate. They fit somewhere between your smart socks and your sports socks and could, potentially, signal a new category within this difficult category. 

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How to wear pink and green menswear

TheChicGeek is all about pink and green ATM. He's named it 'prawn cocktail & avocado', (you can see more here fresh from the catwalks of Milan) and it has a fun freshness that will see you right into the new year.

There is a lot of baby pink in menswear at the moment, thanks to Kanye and his Yeezy. Don't wear it in his Mad Max style, but team with primary colours, like here, such as blue and green.

Finish the look with quality accessories and plenty of peace & love!

Credits - Full look Paul Smith AW16

Shot by Robin Forster on Olympus PEN

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Friday, 04 November 2016 15:10

Hot List The Cycle Jumper

cycle jumper Ted Baker House of Fraser Chic GeekAs menswear has become more streamlined, fitted and influenced by sports it was inevitable, particularly with its rise in popularity, that cycling would start to play its part off the track.

Designer, Paul Smith, is a renowned cycling fan and references always appear on his catwalk or collections. The zipped funnel neck, fitted cycle-inspired knit is a key piece this season and has been appearing all over menswear, both designer and the high-street.

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This example by Ted Baker from House of Fraser is the perfect thickness for winter and can be worn easily under tailored jackets or coats. A rich, deep grey, it will dress down a suit or dress up a pair of jeans or tailored sports trousers. Comfortable, sporty and always a winner, it's the Bradley Wiggins of knitwear!

Far Left & Below -  Ted Baker 'Pinball' Funnel Neck Jumper - £109 from House of Fraser funnel neck grey jumper Ted Baker

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:47

Splash or Cash? The Pink Sweater

Pink sweater menswear Paul SmithIt's well established, now, that men can wear pink. Kanye loves a bit of pink on men, but that's enough about him.

It's an easy way of saying that you're openminded, up for trying new things and approachable. Who isn't going to like a man in a pink jumper?

Slightly differing shades, but still on the 'baby' spectrum, we have a super-soft cashmere number from Paul Smith or a great value jumper from Topman. Can't decide? Get both!

Left - Paul Smith - Pink Cashmere Sweater - £315

Below - Topman - Dusty Pink Mini Roll Neck Jumper - £25

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menswear trends spring summer 2017 paris louis vuittonmenswear trends paris spring summer 2017 valentinomenswear trends animal symbols walter van beirondoncklouis vuitton menswear trends the chic geek ss17Paris is always the most serious of fashion capitals. Never one for irony or a sense of humour, when Paris does something, it does it with a serious face. That aside, thanks to a few international designers, a few glimmers of fun poked through.

Call of the Wild

Safari, wild beasts, dodos?! Which animal would play you in the fashion Jungle Book?

Left - Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Walter van Beirendonck, Louis Vuitton

 

  

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No need to shrug those shoulders as your neck disappeared seasons ago. 

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Putting the gay into 'Gay Paris', Joseph has nothing on this technicolour. 

Left - Paul Smith, Lanvin, Balmain, Thom Browne 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A new way to do prints. Thinking natural dyes and historical influences.

Left - Dries van Noten

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Pack everything in.

Left - Givenchy

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There is something about this wash which is so wrong yet so right at the same time. Think Dynasty/Dallas denim.

Left - Balmain

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If life gives you lemons, then wear yellow?!

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From Left - Off White, Haider Ackermann

(See London - here & Milan - here)

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Those tails are wagging for this new cropped evening style.

Left - Balmain

(See more from Milan - here)

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bmw i3 electric car the chic geek styleThe final new landmark for TheChicGeek's epic #FutureIcons adventure with the new BMW i3 Mr Porter limited-edition, the American Embassy in Nine Elms near Battersea is the new home of the American consulate when it moves from Mayfair. Looking the picture of diplomacy, TheChicGeek is wearing a classic lounge suit and club tie, the umbrella is a nod to the typical English weather.

DIPLOMACY - Designed by Kieran Timberlake, the new cube shaped embassy is exceptionally environmentally friendly and features a security moat.

Credits - Suit - Hackett, Tie - Thom Browne, Umbrella - Francesco Maglia, Cufflinks - Alice Made This All from MRPORTER.COM, Shoes - Russell & Bromley, Watch - Daniel Wellington, Socks - Pringle of Scotland, Shirt - Thomas Pink, Black Fragrance - Jaguar 'Pace', Frosted Fragrance - Paul Smith 'Sunshine'

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the francis crick institute london bmw i3Continuing his #FutureIcons series, in association with the BMW i3 MRPORTER.COM limited-edition, TheChicGeek wanted to be the first to see the future design icons of London popping up all over town.

Quietly, it's electric don't you know, he drove to The Francis Crick Institute just behind The British Library. TheChicGeek has his science head on in this OOTD in a JW Anderson space shirt and Cutler & Gross spectacles. Somebody pass me the plug!

SCIENCE - Named after the man who co-discovered the DNA molecule, The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute, next to St. Pancras station, dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. Its work will help to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Credits - Jacket - Hackett, Shirt - JW Anderson, Watch - Uniform Wares, Spectacles - Cutler & Gross all from MRPORTER.COM, Shoes - Russell & Bromley, Jeans - Paul Smith Bespoke, Yellow Candle - Cyrnos Cire Trudon, White Fragrance - Mont Blanc Legend Spirit, Gold Fragrance - Dunhill Icon Absolute, Blanket - Hackett

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BMW i3 Mr Porter limited edition chic geekTheChicGeek was given the privilege of experiencing BMW’s new limited-edition MRPORTER.COM i3 electric car for his latest series of OOTD. Looking sleek in its navy/black colourway with white highlights, the new BMW i3 X MRPORTER.COM is the city car equivalent of a classic tuxedo.

TheChicGeek thought he’d take a spin around the city and take a first look at the latest crop of buildings springing up in London. Much like the new BMW i3, these buildings will become the future design icons of London.

ART - The first stop was Tate Modern’s new extension, opening this year, housing its video and performance art collection.

Get involved #FutureIcons #BMWi3

Credits - Suit - Acne Studios, Shirt - Paul Smith, Watch - Uniform Wares all from MRPORTER.COM Shoes - Russell & Bromley, Change Tray - Typo, Vetiver Insolent - Miller Harris, La Promeneuse Scented Cameos - Cire Trudon, Blanket (background) - Hackett

Shot by Robin Forster on Olympus PEN

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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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CLOSING DATE: 28th Febuary 2016 at 11.59pm - Winner(s) will be informed via Instagram!

Terms and Conditions - No reposting or commenting necessary, simply follow the instructions below!
1. Follow (@thechicgeekcouk) 2. Tag #TheChicGeekCollections underneath. All entries must be submitted by Feb 27th 2016 - 23.59GMT. Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.

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