Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:54

LC:M Best In Show - Lou Dalton

Lou Dalton London MenswearLC:M hit a milestone, this season, when MAN turned 10 years old. What was a day, then, tagged onto the end of women's fashion week, has spawned into the LC:M menswear showcase we have today.

One of the few designers there from the start or thereabouts was Lou Dalton. While I've often been frustrated about the inconsistencies of her shows, this season, it felt like a shift change. While the music - Joe Smooth's Promised Land #tune - cited a 90s influence it was much cleaner than that. I know she's spent some time with Cerruti, recently, and it seems some of that Italian polish has rubbed off onto her own collection.

This is exactly what men want NOW: sporty, practical, colourful, chic and fresh. Men want to be liberated away from their totes and phones yet still carry whatever they need with them. Lou Dalton made a feature of these practical concerns with large, multiple pockets overblown onto the sides of jackets, trousers and shorts.

The new hands-free male wants to travel light while being prepared for everything. Gone are the frivolities of menswear to be replaced by this dressed sports aesthetic. The peacock is long dead and it's now about blending into the background, well, for a few seasons at least! This was a collection of desirable pieces which worked individually or all together and would seamlessly fit into any contemporary man's wardrobe. 

The colour palette of orange, light blue and white, featuring a distorted gingham and multiple layers, gave it an innocence. It felt of summer, but would work just as well under the grey skies of Manchester. The best menswear is one which feels ageless, meaning any man could wear it. Linked by a modern attitude, these are the guys who look timeless yet change all the time. Lou Dalton defined this man for SS16

With thanks to Smart ForFour

Left & Below - Lou Dalton SS16

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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."

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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.

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