Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:43

TheChicGeek’s London SS16 Scrapbook

Lou Dalton menswear 2016 springHardy Amies spring 2016 menswearThe home of TheChicGeek and menswear, London was a four day spectacular of the creative East London meeting the more refined West. Here is TheChicGeek’s scrapbook of men's trends for #SS16:

Exterior Pockets

Designers have realised that we no longer want to be handicapped by our manbags while we still have the issue of having many additional things to carry. So, why not make a feature of your bulging pockets?

From Left - Lou Dalton, Hardy Amies 

Hardy Amies neon trend menswearTopman Design neon trendNeon

Men have become so brave, today, with colour that neon is no longer the scary super tone it used to be. More of an accent, think of it like your wardrobe highlighter.

From Left - Hardy Amies, Topman Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topman Design menswear trends SS16Agi & Sam menswear London trendsBlurred Lines

Horizontal, vertical, anyway you like. It may look a little 'Inmate Chic', but, hey, it's all about the swagger.

From Left - Topman Design, Agi & Sam

Oliver Spencer SS16 suede jacketGieves & Hawkes suede jacket SS16Summer Suede

The luxury item of SS16. This season, suede is a hybrid between a shirt and a jacket. Just make sure it's in the softest, butteriest suede in an earthy reddy brown tone.

From Left - Oliver Spencer, Gieves & Hawkes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burberry Prorsum menswear lace trendMenswear Burberry menswear SS16 trendsMace

Male lace or 'Mace' can be as dangerous as it sounds. It's probably best layered with glimpses, rather than full on out there, unless you're as a skinny as a Burberry model.

Left - Both Burberry Prorsum

Coach menswear LCM SS16 animal printsBurberry Prorsum animal prints menswearAnimal Highlights

Yabba dabba doo or don't depending on how you feel about animal prints. These should look like fun animals: the kind you'd win at the fair!

From Left - Coach, Burberry Prorsum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunhill new suit greenTopman Design new suit New Suit

I always feel Winston Churchill's boiler suit inspires these kind of bomber/Harrington type suits. The new dress down dress up for those wanting to look put together while looking young, sporty and contemporary.

From Left - Dunhill, Topman Design

Alexander McQueen menswear pyjama colour SS16Hardy Amies menswear SS16 trends pyjama collarPyjama Collar

Peter Pan, Princess or plain old PJ, the shirt colour is light, relaxed and open for the forthcoming SS16 season.

From Left - Alexander McQueen, Hardy Amies

With thanks to Smart ForFour

Monday, 11 May 2015 15:01

David Gandy Swimwear Collection

david gandy swimwear marks and spencerFollowing the success of David Gandy's Autograph underwear for M&S, they are, now, launching an eight piece swimwear collection, designed and modelled by the man himself.

Left & Below - David Gandy for Autograph Swimwear - £25

Available at the beginning of June 2015, he says: “The underwear collection has been really well received so launching swimwear this summer seemed like the next natural step."

Gandy has worked closely with the M&S swimwear experts to develop a collection of eight swim shorts in navy, light blue, cobalt blue, marine, orange, red, black and hounds-tooth, all in a new, exclusive slim fit shape, with a lower rise and shorter short.

This is the first time M&S has launched a swimwear range by waist size offering sizes from 28” to 40’’ for a more accurate fit, usually only found on tailoring. The swim shorts are made with innovative Quick Dry technology to speed drying time, as well as being sold with a drawstring water resistant bag.

TheChicGeek says "The thing I'm most surprised about is the price. Marks & Spencer could have easily charged £40 for these when you consider that Orlebar Brown, the brand which pioneered this tailored swim short style, now has styles pushing north of £200. £25 is a really good price and these will disappear fast. If you're a small size, order fast.

When I spoke to David Gandy, during the last LCM, I asked him how his partnership with M&S was going. I told him he should do a sportswear range with Marks & Spencer as it would be believable from him and this is where fashion is right now and will continue to be for a while. Looking at the popularity of these, I don't think we'll have to wait long for this."

marks and spencer mens swimwear david candyswimshorts mens david gandy marks and spencer

spin my planet the chic geekCelebrating his 6th birthday, hence the balloons! TheChicGeek wanted to show you his moves thanks to new App. Spin My Planet. Move you mouse or finger over the images - below - and see him move. You control the pictures. Give him a spin!

Photo Credits

Birthday Boy - Suede Jacket - Gant Rugger, Jumper - Gant Rugger, Jeans - Gant Rugger, Boots - Aigle

Union Geek - Blue Blazer - Gant Rugger, Top - Gant Rugger, Trainers - Aigle

Cycle King - Stripe Top - Cafe Du Cycliste from MRPORTER.COM, Gilet - Christopher Raeburn from MRPORTER.COM, Cap - Paul Smith 531 from MRPORTER.COM, Trousers - Gant Rugger, Watch - Timex, Socks - Falke, Trainers - Porsche Design X adidas

Sunday, 03 May 2015 22:15

Hot List - The Seaweed Short

dunhill men's seaweed swimshorts dunhill with a little d - the big D is owned by the tobacco company - is producing some great menswear, ATM, thanks to Creative Director, John Ray.

Left & Below - dunhill - British Seaweed Shorts - £275

As a perfect example of dunhill will chalker menswear geek seaweed this, these British seaweed print swim shorts, inspired by flora from the British Isles, will look more at home in the sunny Mediterranean than native on a windswept Whitstable. More work of art than standard holiday poolwear.

Monday, 20 September 2010 13:56

A Chat With Larry Leight of Oliver Peoples

larry leight oliver peoplesLarry Leight, along with his brother Dennis, founded Oliver Peoples nearly 25 years ago. It was built on vintage inspired eyewear and now nearly two and half decades on, Oliver Peoples has come full circle and is now considered vintage itself. To celebrate this fact, Oliver Peoples is re-issuing three classic designs. We met up with Larry at the Haymarket Hotel in London to talk about the new vintage collection, Spring '11 trends and everything glasses related.

CG - Oliver Peoples started when you bought an auction lot of vintage glasses, tell us about that?

LL- I had been a trained optician since 1981. It was 1986 and we bought at auction in Connecticut a lot that contained 6000 frames, brochures, posters, lenses, everything, which had been owned by a guy called Oliver Peoples. It cost $5000. He had tried selling it to various stores but they only wanted a couple of pieces here and there. My brother and I came together and we wanted to get away from what everybody else was doing, it was an unusual lot so we got it. We created a whole category of eyewear that didn't exist before.

CG - Is there much left?

LL - The frames are mostly gone but we still have the catalogues, brochures and posters. When we opened our first store we sold other brands but everybody made a beeline to the vintage area. They liked the lack of logos, the architecture and filigree of the glasses. Then when we ran out we started to manufacture our own line but using the old manufacturing processes; handmade, original pins and hinges.

CG - You designed a pair for Andy Warhol?

LL- Yes, before Oliver Peoples I designed a pair with a flip-down which was featured on the cover of a German magazine.

CG - Tell us about the re-released vintage collection?

These are three iconic styles that are recognised by people as Oliver Peoples, made in exactly the same way. There is the O'Malley, which was named after the 1950s owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's the pair Patrick Bateman wears in 'American Psycho' and Christian Bale wore them in the movie, the 505 and 1955 which became definitive styles of the 80s. They will be available from December in a limited number and come with an original box and special cleaning cloth which is printed with our very first advertising campaign.

CG - Larry, what are the big trends for next year's eyewear?

LL - In Mosely Tribes (Oliver Peoples' younger sportier label, the Miu Miu to Oliver Peoples Prada) there are lots of metal frames and aviator shapes, plastics, utililtarian and miltary influences with polarise lenses. Polarise lenses eliminate haze and reflection, they make everything really clear, they allow fisherman to see through the water. We've also made holes in the ends so you can attach one of our new leather retainers with a gromet.

In Oliver Peoples we have a new style called the Jack One, it was inspired by a picture of Neil Diamond. It's a pair of metal framed aviators with the sides cut off. A guy called Jack who owned a shop called Optique Boutique in LA during the 1970s, used to take Rayban Aviators and bend them into this shape for every customer and then make new lenses for them.

CG - What's your favourite Oliver Peoples pair?

LL - My favourite pair is the O'Malley (pictured) it's simple or 'Aero', I never imagined this would still be our best seller.

CG - Favourite image or person in glasses?

LL - Sting in 'O'Malley', Claudia Schiffer wearing the '1955' and Brad Pitt in 'Aero'.

CG - Any tips about buying glasses or sunglasses Larry?

LL - I think it's important for people know their own style, don't try to be somebody they aren't. Choose the right style to where they live and what they are doing and how they dress. Frames have a personality. Make sure your eyewear fits what you do.

CG - Any chance of an Oliver Peoples store in London soon?

LL - We do really well here and it would be the first perfect location outside the US.

www.oliverpeoples.com

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