Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:22

Hot List The Beetlejuice Striped Suit

Striped Suit Pretty Geen Beetlejuice Navy

If you’re a stylish man you need a vertically striped suit in your wardrobe, this season. Trust me. Taking inspiration from one of Tim Burton's most stylish characters, Beetlejuice, the black and white is a little harsh and a bit too fancy dress, so it's lucky Pretty Green has this handsome two-piece in navy. One part Beetlejuice, one part 1960s Mod.

Striped Suit Pretty Geen Beetlejuice Navy

I’ve been looking for a nice vertically striped suit since last Summer when it became clear this was going to be a major trend and this fits the bill perfectly. The vertical stripes make you look taller and slimmer and, in this darker navy colour-way, it’s more evening and dressy. Wear with a simple T-shirt and loafers. 

Left & Below - Pretty Green - Striped Single Breasted Blazer - £280, Boating Stripe Tailored Trousers - £135 

See more character inspiration - The Hamburglar Sunglasses

 

Striped Suit Pretty Geen Beetlejuice Navy

Striped Suit Pretty Geen Beetlejuice Navy

Monday, 12 March 2018 16:38

Chic Geek Comment The Couture Rut

Death of couture Hubert de Givenchy

As another couturier passes away - Hubert de Givenchy - I wanted to write a piece I’ve been thinking about for a while. With only Lagerfeld and Valentino left, men who have touched or worked with the great couturiers of the 20th century, is it time to leave couture behind? 

It feels like couture is out of touch with today. This isn’t about the vast sums of money it costs,  even though that is a good point, it’s more about the creative rut that many couture houses have found themselves in. 

Left - Hubert & Audrey

It used to be an area for experimentation and fantasy - remember Galliano’s Diorient Express at Dior and all the models dressed like Henry VIII or a Native American chiefs arriving by steam train? - rather than pretty clothes for people with more money than they know what to do with.

You only have to look at ‘Red Carpet’ dressing to see the state of couture. It’s dull. It’s boring. It’s safe. Of course, it’s beautifully made, but what exactly is couture adding to ‘fashion’? 

The Oscars used to have a few fashion ‘moments’ worth staying up for, but it became a battlefield of money and sponsorship, but also, with a few rare exceptions, people more interested in their own vanity and safety off the worst dressed lists. Many of these people aren’t sophisticated enough to wear something challenging or directional.

Couture needs a starting point of anything goes. It should be about experimentation and wowing people with technical skills and craft. I know it needs a commercial element, but it’s never going to be a big seller. In its nature it needs to keep the numbers low, otherwise, what else are you paying for?

There are enough ‘dress-makers’ or newer brands like Ralph & Russo for the pretty dress crowd. Brands need to think what it brings to their image and whether it’s relevant going into the 21st century.

When Hedi Slimane was announced as the new Creative Director of Céline, it was also announced he would be doing couture. Really? A house that has never done couture before, does the world need anymore? This is more a case of massaging an ego than bringing anything new. It’ll just be a higher price point of the same things, like what he did at YSL.

Gucci is a brand which would be worth doing as couture because many of the ideas can’t be manufactured to the quality you’d expect of the design. Couture would take the pressure and lid off this and allow the designs to be as good as they should be.

I agree with keeping skills alive and I, wholeheartedly, believe in craft, but couture just doesn’t have the energy it once had. Couture should be a showplace of experimentation rather than a branding exercise to continually pump out the same thing. 

I think couture is currently a reflection of the current lack of great designers. Sadly, without more McQueens coming along it will just be more variations of the same beautifully made things.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:52

Hot List The Summer Cotton Carp Scarf

Paul Smith summer scarf koi carp light blue menswear

There’s something pointless about a Summer scarf and that’s exactly the point. It shows a sense of style in a really easy way. Choosing a cotton scarf makes it less precious and, obviously, more warm-weather appropriate. Just sling it around your neck and off you go.

This light blue scarf from Paul Smith caught my eye. Not only is it a really good price, it’s covered in calming embroidered koi carp, no doubt from Paul’s love of Japan, with beaded eyes and it is a nice length which will sit easily around your neck.

Wear with other pastels or make it a soft highlight with darker colours.

Left & Below - Paul Smith - Steel Blue Embroidered Cotton Scarf - £105 from Harvey Nichols 

Paul Smith summer scarf koi carp light blue menswear

 

Shoes Men's Base London The Chic Geek campaign SS18

This is an exclusive behind the scenes peek of the new SS18 Base London campaign starring TheChicGeek. Move over Linda, Naomi and Kate, TheChicGeek is here and he’s blowing it out of the water. 

Shoes Men's Base London The Chic Geek campaign SS18

Left - In the studio - A preview of TheChicGeek's Base London campaign

Giving pure ‘Ginger-Steel’, TheChicGeek wanted to showcase every facet of his character while ticking all the boxes for the latest menswear trends. Pairing Base London’s latest collection of footwear with the biggest looks of the season, it’s a geek-fest of characters to see you through the entire Summer.  See how the magic happened!

Right - The Base London SS18 collection has everything from driving shoes to brogues to Chelsea boots

Shoes Men's Base London The Chic Geek campaign SS18

Below Left - TheChicGeek's selection of the all the hottest menswear SS18 trends to pair with the Base London collection. Which geek are you?

Below - You can feel the sunshine. TheChicGeek in a couple of the final images for the Base London SS18 campaign

See TheChicGeek’s full looks of the season - here

See TheChicGeek's #SS18 trends here

Shoes Men's Base London The Chic Geek campaign SS18

Monday, 05 March 2018 10:42

Oscar Menswear 2018

Oscars menswear Berluti Timothee Chalamet Armie Hammer Giorgio Armani Prom

Just as I was writing the Oscars off as boring and a sea of black tuxedos out comes along a group of guys having fun on the red carpet. While the womenswear has gone safe and dull, there’s not much ‘fashion’ to see anymore, the menswear has seen the opportunity to express the wearer’s personality. The trick is to have fun yet also look cool and stylish; a hard task, let me tell you.

Here are my thoughts on the night’s highlights:

What a peach of a picture! A king is born. Timothée Chalamet is giving me young Sun King here in virginal white. We all know what happens in the film! It feels like a costume, yet it's cool, and the black boots keep it grounded in youth. Hammer has gone fairly safe in a standard red velvet number, but it's the contrast between the two which makes the cool factor high.

Left - Timothée Chalamet in Berluti, Armie Hammer in Giorgio Armani See the Call Me By Your Name Get The Look here

Oscars menswear James Ivory Timothee Chalamet Face Andrew Mania

What a homage to the above by James Ivory. Wearing a shirt with the face of Hollywood’s new golden prince on. The shirt was painted by artist Andrew Mania.

Left - James Ivory in Andrew Mania

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Oscars menswear Tom Ford Best Dressed Ansel Elgort Prom

It’s difficult for any man to look anything other than elegant in a Tom Ford tuxedo jacket. It's the long jacket and turn-back cuffs that make it. A red one made it onto TheChicGeek Christmas Wish List 2017 - here

Left - Ansel Elgort in Tom Ford

Oscars menswear Moschino Adam Rippon Prom

Straight off the AW18 catwalk, this S&M take on a black tuxedo works because it still looks put together and polished.

Left - Adam Rippon in Moschino

These suits always say 'Prada' to me. The high shape makes it feel vintage especially with the less structured black bow tie.

Below - Tom Holland in Hermès

Oscars menswear Tom Holland Spiderman Hermès Prom

More ChicGeek Oscar fashion here