To celebrate the opening of the sparkling new Gucci boutique at McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks TheChicGeek was invited to take a closer look and choose his top 5 items from the men's selection.
Left - TheChicGeek modelling his new purchases
Located a short drive from Chester, Cheshire Oaks is the largest designer outlet centre in the UK with 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
Right - TheChicGeek inspecting a pair of Gucci snaffle loafers
(A big fan of Gucci's new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, TheChicGeek already has his eye of many pieces from the new AW15 collection - here)
Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands and Cheshire Oaks' latest addition.
For guys, the new Gucci boutique has all the famous Italian house's signatures - the snaffle loafers, the red and green stripe plus the famous bamboo detailing, all at reduced prices.
Left - Perfect for the winter - a Gucci scarf
A bargain lover's delight, the store houses everything a stylish geek would need - shoes, bags, scarves, ties, belts and wallets.
Right - The Chic Geek couldn't resist a pair of the classic Gucci loafers in this beautifully antiqued brown finish
From logo-ed bags to cashmere scarves to practical wallets, the new store is also the perfect place to find gifts for any man in your life, especially with Christmas coming up.
Left -TheChicGeek's top picks of the new Gucci store
What TheChicGeek went for - a floral trainer, wallet with coin purse, leather belt with bamboo buckle, large striped tote with twisted leather handles and antiqued snaffle loafers.
The healthy discounts took away some of TheChicGeek's guilt and also meant he could get twice as much. Happy shopping!
Right - At the end of the day - One happy ChicGeek!
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British outerwear brand, Baracuta, has opened a flagship store on Soho's Newburgh Street. The original purveyors of the classic Harrington jacket - as seen on everybody from Frank Sinatra to Steve McQueen, - the brand has drawn inspiration from the famous Fraser tartan lining, as seen in the carpets and walls throughout the store.
Bespoke packaging has been designed exclusively for this flagship store. Perfect for taking your new G9 away in.
One of the best and most directional collections of the season, Loewe’s menswear is overseen by the inventive eye of Irish designer J.W. Anderson.
This, his second menswear collection for Loewe, sees a creative rebrand of this traditional Spanish luxury goods company while respecting and using its expertise in leather goods.
This suede coat is one of the menswear highlights of the AW15 collection. Featuring bold red piped details on generous pockets it continues the exaggerated and retro details many menswear designers are pushing this season. At nearly £5,000 it is a major investment, but oh, what a beauty!
Left & Below - Loewe - Contrast Trim Suede Trench Coat - £4990
Available at Selfridges
When William Webb Ellis first picked up that ball, and ran with it, little did he know that nearly 200 years later 20 international teams would be competing for a cup named in his honour.
Left - Superdry - World Legends - England £74.99
The Rugby World Cup returns home to England, this autumn, in what will be one of the sporting highlights of the year.
TheChicGeek says "Rugby style, particularly the rugby shirt, never really goes out of style. Whether in team colours or bold stripes, it was a favourite of artist David Hockney and was heavily referenced by John Ray, Creative Director at dunhill, at both his spring and autumn 15 collections."
Right - A little of bit of retro inspiration - David Hockney sporting a striped rugby top
The Rugby World Cup runs from 18th September - 31st October 2015 and here are TheChicGeek's picks of the best rugby inspired menswear available:
Below - dunhill - AW15 catwalk collection - Yellow Soft Cotton Rugby Shirt - £230
Left - Polo Ralph Lauren - Custom-Fit Striped Rugby Shirt - £230
Below - Jack Wills - Striped Rugby Shirt - £49.50
Left - Jack Wills - Rugby Ball - £16.50
Left - Thomas Pink - Rugby Cufflinks - £69
Left - Thomas Pink - Stanford Knit Rugby Jumper - £225
Middle - The Rugby Fragrance - 100ml - £24.99
Below Right - dunhill - AW15 Catwalk Collection - Brown Cotton/Cashmere Rugby Polo - £625
When Gucci sacked their former Creative Director, Frida Giannini, Alessandro Michele, the new Creative Director, had only a few weeks to turn around a completely new men’s collection to be shown in Milan that January.
What materialised, Men’s AW15, was a Wes Anderson like fantasy of quirky accessories, vintage looking furs and pussy bow blouses for men. A radical and welcome departure from Giannini’s Gucci look, it took a while to digest and fully appreciate.
Now the dust has settled, it feels fresh while heavily referencing the past. It’s like the most beautiful and eccentric dress up box and all part of the new unisex vision many brands are pushing. (Doubles your market!)
For a bit of background, Alessandro Michele, 42, studied at Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome and joined Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer.
He moved to Gucci’s Design Office in 2002, so he worked under Tom Ford, assuming growing responsibilities within the creative department until he was promoted to the role of Associate to the Creative Director Frida Giannini in May 2011.
In September 2014, he took on the additional responsibility as Creative Director of Richard Ginori, the renowned Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.
Gucci has realised that in order for people to buy designer clothes they need to offer something that you can’t find anywhere else. We can get choice and fit on the high-street, so luxury brands need to offer difference and craftsmanship that reeks of quality and distinctiveness in order to pay their increasingly ridiculous prices.
There is a lot in the new Gucci men’s collection that would make TheChicGeek's AW15 Hot List. The astrakhan coats look too expensive to be listed online so I’ve gone for one of the bowed sleeveless shirts. This eccentric Gucci collection has even got me wanting one of the new antiqued GG logo belts.
Burberry always know when to drop items to suit the weather. This lightweight, quilted jacket is beautiful both inside and out. Perfect as an outer layer now and then as a mid layer - pictured - for when the cold weather kicks in.
The biggest problem I had with Converse was how could something so simple be so uncomfortable. I remember buying a pair of special John Varvatos Converse and within a few hours I was hobbling home, never to be worn again.
Left - The four colour ways of the new Chuck II
Anyway, Converse, now owned by Nike, has released the Chuck II: a brand new style that boasts the same exterior of the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star – including the easily recognisable rubber toe cap, white foxing detail and statement All Star patch – whilst incorporating features and benefits to deliver a comfortable, versatile and premium sneaker, "as informed by the consumer" - so it wasn’t just me who found them to be uncomfortable!
The Chuck II is available in black, white, red and navy colour ways – £55 for low tops and £60 for high tops.
Below - The trainer interior for comfort