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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 14:38

Menswear Product Of The Week The Pouch Glove

Prada pouch glove orange raf simonsRaf Simons at Prada is basically Raf Simons, but with a triangular logo. While he delivered for his debut menswear collection for Prada, - the fans seemed to be happy - the most memorable items were the coloured leather gloves with an annoying little pouch on the back of the hand which you'll never be able to access easily. Costing £850 you'll have nothing left to put in the pouch anyway! Could it be perfect for the back-of-the-hand Oyster entry onto the Underground?

Below - Prada - Zipped-Pouch Gloves in Orange - £850 from LN-CC

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Monday, 08 February 2021 14:11

Celine Menswear AW21 'Teen Knight Poem'

Celine Menswear Teen Knight Poem

Hedi Slimane unveils his latest Celine Menswear collection for AW21-22. Titled ‘Teen Knight Poem', there's not much explanation of the new collection, in typical Slimane fashion, but he's clearly channelling Timothée Chalamet in The King.
Putting the chic into chilvalry, the ruffled neck shirts, chunky chains and studded leather jackets are perfect day or knight!
 
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Celine Menswear Teen Knight Poem

Celine Menswear Teen Knight Poem

Celine Menswear Teen Knight Poem

Celine Menswear Teen Knight Poem

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Wednesday, 03 February 2021 13:54

Preview Ted Baker SS21 High Summer Menswear

ted baker summer 2021 lookbook menswearTed Baker has a new Global Creative Director, Anthony Cuthbertson. For high summer 2021, he offers a more relaxed, joyful wardrobe with a British influence that is said to celebrate the brand’s homeland. 

 The collection takes a more youthful approach to tailoring, using lightweight fabrics in a colour palette of soft pastels with vibrant pops of colour, inspired by Martin Parr’s vivid British photography. A fresh take on florals includes larger-scale hand drawn prints and embroidery, which punctuate revere collar shirts. An oversized brush stroke print and contrasting piping effortlessly elevate other styles. 

British seaside inspired prints on swim shorts and graphic T-shirts add a playful touch, styled with nylon bucket hats in contrasting colours.  

Elsewhere, modern utility is considered with colour blocking in shades such as taupe, sand and burgundy. Outerwear pieces including fishtail parkas and wadded gilets with multiple pockets have an urban edge and are crafted in technical, water repellent finishes.   

ted baker summer 2021 lookbook menswear

Indigo rinse wash denim is worn head to toe, with refined seaming and a new wide fit shape in jeans for clean, contemporary dressing.  

Accessories see the introduction of a unisex quilted nylon range in various shapes from bum bags to oversized totes, with modular details for a utilitarian feel.  

TheChicGeek says, "Ted Baker has needed a refresh for a while now. It was very much stuck in that blue suit, brown lace up shoes era. I don't know new creative head, Anthony Cuthbertson, but I like these first impressions. It's more fun, youthful and contemporary, but without trying too hard." 

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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
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:04

Menswear Product Of The Week The Shiny Winter Sandal

Joseph Cheaney Richard Biedul sandal collaboration

Being a geek, it goes without saying that we like a sandal and sock combo. And, we don’t let cold weather stop us when getting our geek footwear on.

Left & Below - Cheaney X Richard Biedul - Vetri - £325

Part of a new capsule collection with English shoemaker, Joseph Cheaney, and, solicitor/model turned artistic director, Richard Biedul, is this elegant 'Vietri' sandal in black rub off hi shine.

This T-Bar sandal, also known as a Gurkha sandal, has something of the jelly and fisherman sandal too and I’m all over it. The high-shine takes it up a notch.

Biedul is a man of good taste and has become one of the most photographed men during London Fashion Week Men’s both on and off the catwalk. This is a man who knows how to rock a suit or Oxford Bag trouser and further proof of his expert eye for detail is seen this new collaboration. I’m sold.

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Joseph Cheaney Richard Biedul sandal collaboration

Published in Men
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:27

AW20 Menswear Seasonal Round Up

menswear seasonal fashion round up nobis martin parka

You know it’s been a crazy year when you’re over excited about booking a short trip to North Wales. Yes, we all know, now, that it’s the little things that make life great, but, whether your staycationing or not, you’ll need some new clothes to embrace the great outdoors and the change in weather.

Here is a preview of the new season:

Brave the outdoor elements in style with the Nobis Martin Parka. The Martin is an easy wardrobe staple with its versatile yet functional design. Featuring a removable down filled hood, the custom Nobis quilted lining and touch of camo.

Left - Nobis - Martin Men's Hooded Parka - £895

menswear seasonal fashion round up lee jeans eagle sweatshirt

Party like it’s 1889! Wear your adventure on your sleeve with Lee Jeans' Eagle Sweatshirt. Made with unbrushed fleece, the wash resembles a much-loved vintage piece that's been a little bleached in the sun or been through the wash multiple times.

Right - Lee Jeans - Eagle Sweatshirt In Washed Black - £49

menswear seasonal fashion round up sebago Millerain boat shoes

Created to welcome the colder seasons, these sturdy mocs. were born combining the classy comfort of an iconic boat shoe vamp and upper with the endurance of a thick honey gum commando sole that grants weather-resistance and improves stability and traction with stylish forest green waterproof Millerain fabric.

Above - Sebago - Ranger Waxy Millerain - £135 

menswear seasonal fashion round up Burlington socks

Look like you've just stepped out of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom with Burlington's new argyle patterned melange socks. Made from virgin wool with a thick pattern weave, Burlington is made for comfort and is ideal for the modern explorer.

Right - Burlington - Melange Edinburgh Men Socks - £14

 

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:34

2020: The Year Of The Shoulder?

Year of the menswear shoulder Kaushik VelendraAre your shoulders boring and natural sized? Yes? Then you need to start thinking about inflating them like your ego for 2020…

At designer Kaushik Velendra’s AW20 London presentation during LFWM the shoulders were pronounced and rounded.

“Naturally fascinated by this dichotomy, my intention was to find a way to recreate those sexy and masculine shoulders, elegant elongated proportions and bold muscles using modified tailoring techniques and fabrication,” said the designer.  “My collection investigates the infinite possibilities of linking the two modes together, creating a ‘new generation’ of a modern, futuristic, sophisticated, and luxurious man.” 

Year of the menswear shoulder Kaushik VelendraKey to the collection was the juxtaposition of traditional Indian embroidery techniques in collaboration with the lauded atelier of Vastrakala, founded by Jean-François Lesage. Velendra’s removable shoulder moulds which, like armour, are designed to accentuate the human form are perfect for those style tackles fashion throws at you.

Left & Right - Kaushik Velendra AW20

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:18

First Look Giambattista Valli X H&M Menswear

H&M Giambattista Valli collaboration menswear Product menswearWe’ve had a few years off from the hysteria of the H&M fashion collaborations. There was a time when we had 6 month’s build up to the launch and you knew the date regardless of whether you liked the designer in question or wanted anything in particular. Now, all that is over and H&M’s parent brand isn’t quite as successful as it once was, we can take our time and judge it simply on the clothes. From the preview pictures (below), it looks pretty good.

Left - Coat - £179

This year’s collab. is with the Italian designer, Giambattista Valli, who, as far as I’m aware, hasn’t done menswear before. Known for his pleated, tiered evening wear, and haute couture, his ‘Valli Girls’ are finally getting their ‘Valli Boys’.

The press release says, “Valli explored the idea of free-spirited men taking pieces, patterns and fabrics from the women’s wardrobe; sampling and mixing freely, like DJs. The choice of flesh pink as the base colour – the simplest tee in the collection is pink, not white – which says it all.”

The leopard long coat (£199) and the embroidered black riding coat (£299) sum up Valli’s approach to menswear: they started life in Valli’s women’s collections and are now adapted to a man’s wardrobe. The embroidered tailcoat is an homage to the jacket worn by French intellectuals and artists when they join the Académie Française.

I like the punky, rockabilly feel to the menswear. The leopard coat is fun and the pearl necklace is a good entry piece. The prices are quite pricey, so if you're buying the outerwear you'll want to see the finish and quality before you decide to buy/keep it.

Launches Nov. 7th

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H&M Giambattista Valli collaboration menswear Product menswear

H&M Giambattista Valli collaboration menswear Product menswear

H&M Giambattista Valli collaboration menswear Product menswear

Published in Fashion
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:05

Copenhagen Menswear Trade Shows SS20 Report

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows string bags trends SS20 menswearMaybe it was the summer season, or a sign of the times, but Copenhagen was noticeably quieter in terms of visitors and brands. Both major trade shows, Revolver and CIFF, felt emptier than previous seasons with many brands, both large and small, missing.

Regardless, there was still plenty to take note of and get us excited for the SS20 menswear season. So, here goes:

Trends

Strings Attached

A womenswear trend from a few summers ago, there’s been a distinctive uptake by guys on social media of the humble string bag. Despite all your worldly goods being on display, the string bag is the cool reusable shopper. These from Danish brand, Épice, are the designer version with the price to match. Established in 1999 by the Danish designers Bess Nielsen and Jan Machenhauer, it offers also a range of printed bags and knitwear made in Italy. Around €70 for a bag.

Left - Épice string bags

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Bobby Rocky Fun fur trends SS20 menswearReal Fun Fur

It was inevitable that the fun fur movement would touch menswear at some point. But, for those worried that fun-fur/vegan just equals more plastic in the world, new Scandi coat brand, Bobby Rocky, uses woven wool - no sheep were harmed in the making - to create a range of coats. This full shaggy overcoat retails for around for a reasonable €600.

Right - Bobby Rocky wool fun fur

Brands

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows FRIEKNOCK korea trends SS20 menswear

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows FRIEKNOCK korea trends SS20 menswearFreiknock

Wishful thinking, designer, Joohyung You, looks at peace between North and South Korea for the SS20 season. This former footballer, who played for German teams, launched his label Freiknock in 2013. This season sees cute peace bears, North Korean propaganda imagery and tailoring inspired by the wardrobe of Kim Jong Un.

Left & Right - Freiknock

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Maium raincosts trends SS20 menswear

Maium

The Dutch slang for water or rain, this raincoat brand has ingenious side zippers that allow the jacket to go up over your bike. Maium’s rainwear is produced from recycled plastic bottles, does not contain any harmful substances and is said to be manufactured under fair, safe and healthy working conditions. Around €135 for a coat.

Left - Maium raincoat

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Agent New York trends SS20 menswearAgent

The third season from this New York based menswear brand. Creative Director, Terrence Williams, previously a shoe designer with Creative Recreation, with experience spent at Thom Browne, teamed up with English designer, Joshua Fronda, “to develop a playful modern adaptation to subculture classics which became Agent”.

Left - Agent

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Ejder Old Street trends SS20 menswearEjder 

Based on Old Street roundabout, this multi-brand retailer is pushing its own brand label of  £60 tees and tops amongst its list of independent designer brands and trying to keep up with the ever-evolving streetwear consumer.

Left - Ejder 

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Pseudonym trends SS20 menswear

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Pseudonym trends SS20 menswear

Pseudonym 

A graduate of Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Singaporean designer, Zheqiang Zhang, won the ‘Euro Fashion Award’ in 2018. His label, Pseudonym, is a mix of stunning silk scarves and trench coats incorporating further striking designs.

Right & Below - Pseudonym

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Uncle Bright trends SS20 menswear

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Uncle Bright shoes trends SS20 menswear

Uncle Bright

With a store in Copenhagen, Uncle Bright mixes 50s Americana with the philosophy that all garments are created to be worn with a functional yet stylish purpose

Uncle Bright says it is happy to wallow in nostalgia and never looks forward for inspiration. Most worthy of note is the handmade footwear. Manufactured in Spain at a factory with more than 100 years of experience, every single boot goes through minimum 200 different stages in production.

Left  & Below Left - Uncle Bright

 

 

Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Maium Dutch raincoat trends SS20 menswearCollaborations

In our modern age you have two hipster artistic choices; Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo? Well, Amsterdam based brand, Daily Paper, has teamed up their Dutch icon, Van Gogh. Knowing their irises from their sunflowers, this capsule collection in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a painterly hit on shirts, jackets and jeans.

Left & Below - Van Gogh Museum X Daily Paper

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Copenhagen ciff revolver trends trade shows Maium Dutch raincoat trends SS20 menswear

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menswear product of the week stella mccartney beatles coat 2019 badges yellow submarineSince Stella McCartney launched her menswear nearly 3 years ago, it hasn’t exactly set the world alight - See more from TheChicGeek archive here - But, newly independent, she just bought the majority of her company back from Kering, it feels like it has new impetus.

You know I love a Beatle, especially anything psychedelic or related to the Yellow Submarine, and when your father is Paul McCartney, there won’t be any problem with gaining permission to use whatever you like. 

Her new ‘All Together Now’ collection follows the film’s timeless message of peace, love and togetherness. This coat reminds me of something the artist Peter Blake would wear. He loves a badge and was also the designer of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album artwork. He is also friends with Stella McCartney. 

While crazy expensive - you could get a similar effect by buying lots of old badges from eBay - I haven’t seen this many since I left the Cub Scouts!

Left & Below - Stella McCartney - Arthur Coat - £ 4550

menswear product of the week stella mccartney beatles coat 2019 badges yellow submarine

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