Wednesday, 16 September 2015 16:12

ChicGeek Comment - The Mass 'Special'

Gucci the chic geek cruise aw 15 menswearLet’s stop and reflect at the new Gucci for just one second. From what is a complete 180 degree u-turn of the brand their current customer is used to, they are doing exactly the right thing by distancing themselves from the tacky, status driven brand it had become.

Left & Below - Gucci Cruise SS16

In fashion we love a reinvention especially when you have the one person - whom you trust - take over all aspects of the business from design to stores to advertising to branding.

As ‘designer’ fashion becomes more unaffordable and high-street fashion gets better and cheaper, the chasm between the two keeps getting wider.

Consumers, the world over, are waking up and many can no longer justify the price of designer goods when it is so far from something they are reasonably happy with particularly when it comes to clothing.

Designer brands need to give us something we would find nowhere else. These need to be the ultimate new ‘vintage’ finds that make them feel like a discovery rather than something seen from Shanghai to Bond Street on every gormless tourist.

Gucci’s new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele said recently, “I think in the imagination of each of us, there is the idea of having a beautiful wardrobe of unique pieces.”

Okay, we’re not that naive to think Gucci are making only one of each item, but it certainly feels that way and that’s the clever thing.

Lots of international designer brands have been too busy chasing the volume and forgetting about the special. There is certainly the margins on these products to add something different and while Gucci will lose a lot of customers, they will certainly gain a select, influential and niche few.

Whether this can sustain the world’s second biggest luxury brand will have to be seen, but they are certainly making some beautiful and interesting things, again.

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River Island Christopher ShannonDrawing inspiration from classic 90s apparel - must be the This Is England influence already! British designer Christopher Shannon continues to reimagine menswear for his new collaboration with River Island. 

Left - One of Shannon's sketches for the new collaboration

Known for his sports/streetwear, Shannon, has labelled this collection “Call The Cops”. He commented, "The brand has always been based in British culture, I think it’s good to keep connected with that and high street collaborations help us in achieving that goal". 

The 11 piece collection launches in selected UK stores and online, with prices ranging from £30-120.

#RIXCHRISTOPHERSHANNON 

Christopher Shannon Love Sweatshirt

TheChicGeek was given an exclusive preview. Here are his favourite pieces from the new collection:

Right - Love Sweatshirt - £45

River Island Shannon JoggersLeft - Joggers - £45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Left - Bum Bag In Teddy Fur - £25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Shannon River Island T-ShirtLeft - T-Shirt - £30

Available 21st September 

Thursday, 10 September 2015 12:28

Hot List - Valentino Geometric Jacket

Valentino mens jacketOkay, okay, for you discerning fashion gents out there this does have something of the Neil Barrett's about it, albeit with more colour. (He's moved onto lightning strikes anyway!)

Valentino are knocking it out of the park at the moment. They've lucked out on their Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who are creating both commercial and beautiful items while keep all the different layers of fashion consumers happy.

If you're a ChicGeek reader then you're obviously part of the most sophisticated layer and nothing gets more sophisticated than this. Definitely a 'fashion' piece, it still has legs to become something of a timeless classic. The design is said to draw inspiration from the work of Australian artist Esther Stewart. A detectable blue sheepskin collar allows it to venture into deeper winter territory and despite keeping you warm, nothing looks cooler.

Left & Below - Valentino - Panelled Bomber Jacket With Shearling Collar - £1715

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Fossil chronograph watchTheChicGeek casts his discerning editor’s eye over the new collection from Fossil. From timepieces to bags, jewellery to small leather goods, Fossil has something for everyman this season. Here are TheChicGeek’s top picks and how you should wear them:

1. For something dressier and more grown-up, for the new season, try this Buchanan Chronograph with a smart black leather strap. Team with a suit for work or a fine knit for an evening out.

Left - Buchanan Chronograph Black Leather Watch - £165

Fossil rucksack the chic geek2. Apart from adding a quality finish to this backpack, the leather details add a practicality and durability which will only get better with wear. Looks great with a hoodie and jeans.

Right - Estate Backpack - £169

 

 

 

Fossil hook bracelet mens3. Simple, yet effective, this braided leather bracelet is fastened with a generous hook in a copper coloured metal.

Left - Hook Detail Bracelet - £49

airplane pin fossil mens4. It is the subtle touches that separate the plain fashionable from the super stylish. This simple Concorde-like pin will look great on the lapel of a dark suit without drawing too much attention.

Right - Paper Airplane Pin - £19

fossil leather strap watch mens5. Perfect for the huge AW15 shearling/flight jacket trend, this watch blends the best retro qualities with Fossil's famous leather for the most stylish of contemporary aviators. Wear with an oversized knit and leather/sheepskin flight jacket.

Left - Breaker Chronograph Vaccheta Leather Watch - £185

www.goldsmiths.co.uk 

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Friday, 04 September 2015 14:42

The #NewFiat500 - Remastered - Sponsored

Fiat 500 Chic Geek new carTheChicGeek got the chance to investigate and discover the remastered Fiat 500, this week. At an exclusive event hosted by British singer-songwriter, Ella Eyre, at Potter’s Field Park, next to Tower Bridge, the new FIAT 500 was unveiled and performed with Ella on a giant vinyl record, 15 metres in diameter.

Left - Two badges of style together - Fiat & TheChicGeek

The new FIAT 500 retains the unmistakable look and charm of its predecessor, but with no fewer than 1,800 modifications for 2015.

Fiat 500 new version buyRight - The new Fiat 500 coordinating very nicely with the sunset

Sebastiano Fedrigo, from FIAT UK, said “You don’t replace an icon - you embrace it and evolve it. The new FIAT 500 has been truly re-mastered and reloaded and what better way to mark the launch with an impressive and memorable event like tonight’s. We are very excited to have worked with such a talented performer and to finally see the new FIAT 500 and Ella Eyre perform together this evening”.

Fiat 500 new version 2015 tower of londonLeft - The new Fiat 500 doesn't need The Tower of London in the background to look good 

Anyone wishing to keep up with all of the action from the event should follow @FIAT_UK #NewFiat500. The new FIAT 500 will be available in all FIAT showrooms from September 2 starting at £10,890. For more information visit www.fiat.co.uk

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