LFWM London Fashion Week Men's Iceberg Basic Rights

Okay, so nobody buys anything, but London is the city of ideas. It's the city of newness and also the historical home of menswear. It's the benchmark, it's the tradition and it's the craziness. 

London Fashion Week Men's starts tonight.

ICEBERG: To describe British designer, James Long’s Iceberg collection as ‘commercial’ is to acknowledge the shift in fashion. Post-Gucci, anything bright, standout and clashing is commercial.

This had Long’s signature play with knitwear, but with Italian manufacturing polish. You can picture each and everyone of these clothes hanging on a rail in a store tomorrow.

The fascination with cartoon characters was there, there was a mash-up between F1 and Snoopy, and while the sportswear fashion cycle is finishing (soon!), there are plenty of takers for comfort still.

Iceberg, as a brand, hasn’t been over exposed in the logo/branding segment yet so much to play with. Lots of full look colour and, with a big name like 'Iceberg', it's not a brand to disappear into the background in.

ASOS - ASOS showed a teaser SS19 collection inspired by cult classics such as Blade Runner, Tron and Total Recall. Think shine, see-through and bold colours. 

TOPMAN - While no clothes, it was a return to Soho of old with a party at the Phoenix Artist Club. You can picture Francis Bacon down here throwing a few drunken obscenities at the bar staff. I still have a lot of affection for Topman and I'm excited about their new AW18 collection. 

What did TheChicGeek wear? Credits - Shirt - Paolo Pecora, Linen Trousers - Basic Rights, Shoes - Dune, Sunglasses - Kaleos

See LFWM Day 2 - here

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Monday, 30 April 2018 16:21

Buyer's Guide MRPORTER.COM SS18

Mr Porter Soloist Cardigan SS18 Top menswear of the season

David Morris, Senior Footwear Buyer, MRPORTER.COM

“Takahiromiyashita TheSoloist offers exceptional fits and expert attention to detail, and this cardigan is the perfect example. It’s been intarsia-knitted in Japan from smooth silk in a monochrome palette meaning it can be layered or worn with just a t-shirt - a versatile SS18 piece.”

Left - Takahiromiyashita TheSoloist - Slim-Fit Argyle Silk Zip-Up Cardigan - £1365

Mr Porter Arc’teryx Veilance Monitor SL Packable Water-Resistant Shell Coat SS18 Top menswear of the season

“Arc’teryx are specialists in performance clothing without the compromise in aesthetics and this shell coat from their ‘Veilance' line is the perfect lightweight spring addition. Made in Canada, it is water and wind-resistant to see you through spring’s tempestuous weather and if the sun does decide to appear you can simply fold it into its own internal pocket.”

Left - Arc’teryx - Veilance Monitor SL Packable Water-Resistant Shell Coat - £560

“Nothing gets you excited for summer more than a new pair of sunglasses and this handmade, round frame pair by Cutler And Gross are in my wish list. They have a timeless appeal which will leave you sipping pina coladas in style.”

Below - Cutler And Gross - Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses - £310

Mr Porter Cutler and Gross sunglasses SS18 Top menswear of the season

Mr Porter Arc’teryx Prada Men's Sandals SS18 Top menswear of the season

“Sandals are key trend for SS18, these from Prada are amongst my favourites which we have to offer at MR PORTER. Made from durable black webbing on a contoured leather insole, these will look great with either a smart slim pair of trousers or a pair of well-fitting shorts.”

Left - Prada - Leather Trimmed Webbing Sandals - £415

Mr Porter Our Legacy Silk Shirt SS18 Top menswear of the season

“This Our Legacy silk yellow shirt has been dyed to give it a washed out, lived in feel, another key trend for SS18. It’s my top pick to master understated style for the warmer months ahead.”

Left - Our Legacy - New Silk Shirt - £190 

Every man should be buying a silk shirt this season, read more why here

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Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

A strange distraction robbery leaves a Stockholm art museum director chasing his wallet and phone while dealing with the woke environment of a contemporary art museum and his family life.

Winner of the Palme d’Or, last year, at Cannes, The Square’s most memorable scene is the disturbing man/artist playing an unpredictable ape, but I’ll let you find that out for yourself.

Left - Artist 'Julian' in a Q&A from the film The Square

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Julian Schnabel

Anyway, on the style stakes, it’s the visiting artist, Julian, played by Dominic West, who is the sartorial inspiration in a scene set in the museum where he’s there to discuss his work. An audience member with Tourette’s syndrome makes it a surreal moment.

Right - Artist Julian Schnabel which some say was the inspiration for the character

Wearing blue pyjamas, a navy double breasted jacket and yellow lensed glasses he bears a striking resemblance to American painter and film maker, Julian Schnabel. 

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Derek Rose

Pyjamas as daytime clothes have been a thing for a while now and it still looks good. Silk gives it an evening and exotic feel, while regular cotton makes it soft and relaxed. 

Left - Derek Rose - Men’s Classic Fit Piped Pyjamas - £95

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

Sky blue cotton pyjamas worn out of the bedroom shows an easy confidence and the yellow lenses on the glasses adds the artistic element. It’s hip to be square!

Left - Reiss - Carlotta B Double-Breasted Blazer - £325

Below - Sunglasses - Paul Smith - £177, available at Sunglass Hut

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

 

 

 

 

 

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Lunetterie Generale yellow lenses sunglasses

Left - Sunglasses - Lunetterie Generale - £375

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film Vans

Left - Vans - Authentic Shoes - £47

Below - Dominic West in full 'Julian' PJ look

Pyjama style Julian Schnabel Dominic West artist The Square film

Published in Fashion
Thursday, 05 April 2018 10:29

Hot List Chemistry Teacher Shades

Men's sunglasses clear Gentle Monster Korea AfixThere was an American brand - Brashy Studio - who got a lot of online flak, recently, for selling safety glasses as a fashion accessory and charging $25 for the privilege. They cost £1.42 at B&Q BTW.

But, they were definitely onto something as clear frames and light lenses are the way to go this summer. I saw this pair from Korean brand Gentle Monster, who are set to open a store in London shortly, and there’s something one part chemistry teacher and one part Gucci catwalk that I love about them.

While they have that safety glasses vibe they’re far cooler than that and the lenses have full UV protection. Experiment!

Left & Below - Gentle Monster - Afix 02 - $310

Men's sunglasses clear Gentle Monster Korea Afix

More SS18 eyewear inspo? Try The Hamburglar Sunglasses here

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Monday, 19 March 2018 14:35

Hot List The Hamburglar Sunglasses

Hamburglar style icon Illesteva Vinyl sunglasses orange lenses

I haven’t seen McDonald’s Hamburglar for years, maybe he’s been keeping a low profile, anyway, he’s the inspo. for this season’s shades. 

Left & Below - Illesteva - Vinyl - £195

Hamburglar style icon sunglasses

These thick, oval 'Vinyl' frames from Illesteva - the name is a take on the hip-hop expression 'Illest evuh' - are the perfect stylish disguise. Today’s sunglasses are all about making you feel like a character and orange

Hamburglar style icon Illesteva Vinyl sunglasses orange lenseslenses not only brighten your day, they also add a retro, mysterious touch to your look.

Right - McDonald's Hamburglar - Where has he been?

Founded by designers Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske in 2010, Illesteva is grounded in their backgrounds of music, fashion and photography. New York-based, their eyewear is crafted in premium materials like titanium, buffalo horn and bamboo.

These are firmly on TheChicGeek's down-low SS18 Hot List.

See another character inspiring TheChicGeek this season The Beetlejuice Striped Suit

More eyewear inspo? The Chemistry Teacher Shades

Published in Fashion
Monday, 30 October 2017 12:29

Get The Look Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look MenswearWe seem to be fixated on the year 1983. First came Stranger Things and now, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name. 

Left - Getting rave views - Call Me By Your Name - The new film by Luca Guadagnino, who also made I am Love & A Bigger Splash

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look MenswearA love story between Elio and Oliver, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, respectively, it is an Italian summer romance featuring the power brands of the decade.

Right - The film's wardrobe was very casual 80s brands such as Lacoste & Polo Ralph Lauren

From Polo Ralph Lauren shirts, clothing the arrogant and preppy Oliver, to the striped Lacoste polos on the young and loving Elio. 

Mix it with a bit of 80s Italian disco and copious amounts of drawstring swim shorts and you have your next warm weather wardrobe sorted. A future classic, it’s a peach of a film!

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear B D Baggies shirtsLeft - B.D. Baggies - Bradfort Oxford Butt Down-Pocket - £73

Below - Ray Ban - Original Wayfarer Classic - £127

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Ray Ban Wayfarer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Polo Ralph Lauren Green Shirt Armie HammerLeft - Ralph Lauren - Slim Fit Cotton Oxford Shirt - £95

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Lacoste polo striped shirtLeft - Lacoste - Men’s Lacoste Regular Fit Striped Pima Cotton Polo - £79

Below - Boardies - Overlay Shortie Swim Shorts - £50

Persol - Havana - £153 from Sunglasses-shop

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Boardies swim shorts 80s

Converse - Fastbreak ’83 Vintage - £70

Casio - Classic Digital Watch F-91W-1XY - £13 from ASOS

adidas - Originals Football Swim Short - £29.99 from Footasylum

See More Get The Look - The Assassination of Gianni Versace - here

Get The Look - Wild, Wild Country

Call Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Persol Sunglasses OliverCall Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Converse trainersCall Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear Casio digital watchCall Me By Your Name Get The Look MenswearCall Me By Your Name Get The Look Menswear

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Monday, 17 July 2017 15:16

Trend Men’s Sunglasses 2017

Men's sunglasses Gosha Rubchinskiy retrosuperfuture wraparound

It’s not gone Pete Tong, it’s gone Judge Jules! You don’t get more 90s than a pair of yellow lensed wraparound sunglasses.

I first saw these Gosha Rubchinskiy X Retrosuperfuture collaboration sunglasses at the CIFF tradeshow in Copenhagen in January. They were just about to be released. And, while they’ve sold out, the image stuck with me. There’s something disconcertingly bad about them, yet still fresh.

Style icons, the term used very loosely, such as Bono or Eyeball Paul spring to mind. I expect a lot of the sunglasses companies to start making similar styles for SS18. Lookout for bug-eye shapes and light coloured lenses.

Left - Gosha Rubchinskiy X Super by Retrosuperfuture - £200

Below - Gosha Rubchinskiy SS17

Men's sunglasses Gosha Rubchinskiy retrosuperfuture wraparound

Men's sunglasses Gosha Rubchinskiy retrosuperfuture wraparound

Men's sunglasses Gosha Rubchinskiy retrosuperfuture wraparound

Men's sunglasses Gosha Rubchinskiy retrosuperfuture wraparound

Below From Left - The wraparound Trinity of Judge Jules, Eyeball Paul & Bono

 

Published in Fashion
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

Read Michelle from Oliver Peoples How to... Look after your glasses and sunglasses - Click here

Published in Fashion
Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:22

How To Look After Your Glasses And Sunglasses

How To Look After Your Glasses And Sunglasses

If you want them to last and continue to look good you should follow these few simple steps says Senior Brand Director of Oliver Peoples, Michelle Lynn Walnum

1. Never put them on the top of head, it stretches them out.
2. Don't leave them in the sun or the car, plastic frames will distort in the heat and lose shape.
3. Always put them in their hard case.
4. Good eye wear needs maintenance. Go to the opticians every 3 to 6 months to have the screws tightened, nose pads cleaned or changed and have the glasses adjusted.

Oliver Peoples was founded in Los Angeles in 1986 by designer Larry Leight. A professional optician, the company started after Larry bought an auction lot of vintage frames in Connecticut. The previous owner, who had collected the frames over years, was called Oliver Peoples, hence the name.

The retro inspired collections have made Oliver Peoples one of the world's most respected names in eye wear over the last twenty years. Still made with the care and attention of frames past, Oliver Peoples are top quality in terms of manufacture and design. Oliver Peoples have made eye wear collections for such illustrious names as Paul Smith, Prada and Helmut Lang.

www.oliverpeoples.com

Find out how Oliver Peoples started when we met the founder Larry Leight - Click here

Published in How To
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:59

#OOTD43 - #BeachGEEK 1/4

The Chic Geek beachwear holiday styleDespite being of the ginger persuasion TheChicGeek loves the beach. Armed with his factor 40 and bucket hat, TheChicGeek's beach style is a clash of seaside prints in bold reds and blues.

Spotting a beached dolphin, TheChicGeek does his bit and puts him back into the surf and as a true GEEK, sandals always come with socks.

#BeachGEEK

Credits - Jacket - Casely-Hayford, Shirt - Vilebrequin, Shorts - Vilebrequin, Sunglasses - Retrosuperfuture, Socks - Topman, Jelly Sandals - Hunter Gather, Hat - Umbro, Sun Protection - Clinique, Sea Salt Styling Spray - Murdock 

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

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