Monday, 07 March 2016 16:38

How To Do Flower Power SS16

jared leto gucci oscars corsageThis isn't flower-power in the traditional hippie sense. This is flower-power in the Jared-Leto-at-the-Oscars way. Oversized corsages worn with confidence and a modern masculinity. We've got the all new singing and dancing Gucci to thank for these floral flourishes. For SS16, things are bold and colourful. These are perfect for something different for a prom or an evening wear look. Wear where a bow-tie or neck tie would be, or add in your button hole. Who said menswear wasn't fun?!

Left - Jared Leto in Gucci at the 2016 Oscars

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Left - The peacock male, Gucci's SS16 advertising campaign

Below - The corsage on the Gucci SS16 catwalk

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How to make your own flower-power corsage:

1. Look for a large silk headed flower. I found some good ones in the local pound shop. Go for a dark colour, if you want masculine, or bright, fuchsia pink, if you really want to stand out.

2. Use pliers to snip off the flower head from the wire stem.

3. Find a piece of ribbon, long enough to tie around your neck. Use a ribbon from a carrier bag, if you can find one, or buy a small length.

4. Snip, using a pair of scissors, a small hole in the middle of the ribbon.

5. Push the stem of the flower through and, using a glue gun, generously secure the end to the ribbon.

Voila! You're red carpet ready!

Left - One TheChicGeek made earlier!

 

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Left - dunhill SS16

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Newly launched, The Great British Grooming Co. aims to fulfil all our hirsute needs with their full range of beard focussed grooming products.

Designed to be at the very core of the modern man’s grooming regime, The Great British Grooming Co. is a capsule beard grooming collection blended with the hydrating, nourishing and skin boosting properties of argan oil. Promising to take beards from grizzly to groomed in minutes, products include Beard Balm, Beard Thickening Serum, Beard Wash and Beard Oil.

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CLOSING DATE: 15th April 2016 at 11.59pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

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Monday, 07 March 2016 13:11

#OOTD 69 Peacock Geek 1/4

Peacock geek gucci david bowie ootd ss16One part David Bowie, one part Alessandro Michele's Gucci, Peacock Geek is the new expression in menswear. Exotic, flamboyant, colourful: it's a whole geek world of adjectives.

It references the past while looking boldly to the future. Be brave, more is definitely more. 

It's time to experiment. Get involved #PeacockGeek

Credits - Jacket - Moss Bros, Earring (Used as brooch) - River Island, Shirt - Moss Bros, T-Shirt - ASOS, Bomber Jacket - Scotch & Soda, Watch - Maurice Lacroix, Socks - Item m6, Sandals - Jones Bootmaker, Sunglasses - Sunday Somewhere, Cummerbund - Liberty of London fabric, Beard Balm - The Great British Grooming Co., MAX LS Power V Lifting Lotion - Lab Series

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WIN Givenchy's Gentlemen Only Parisian Break & Givenchy Parfums Sports Holdall

One lucky ChicGeek reader has the chance to win a 100ml bottle of Givenchy’s new limited-edition Gentlemen Only ‘Parisian Break’ fragrance plus a navy and black Givenchy Parfums holdall bag.

For a clue to the answer and to read more about this fragrance.

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CLOSING DATE: 5th April 2015 at 11.59pm - Winner(s) will be informed by email!

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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 11:15

Oscars 2016 Ryan Gosling White Tie

ryan gosling oscars 2016 white tieExpectations are never very high when it comes to menswear at the Oscars. Giorgio Armani usually has a monopoly of safety with his sea of black tuxedos and matching bow-ties.

Well, it's the small changes in menswear which really make a difference. By simply changing his self-tie bow-tie from black to white, Ryan Gosling has given men's formalwear a contemporary freshness. While safely in the parameters of acceptability it added an element of difference and style.

Definitely something to think about come prom/party season.

Left - Ryan Gosling in Gucci presenting at the 2016 Oscars

Monday, 29 February 2016 17:31

Buyer's Guide SS16 Harvey Nichols

Head of Menswear, Harvey Nichols, Darren Skey 

porter yoshida rucksack harvey nichols the chic geek“This Porter Yoshida Olive Tanker backpack is a necessary addition to complement any look this spring. As well as striking a minimalistic note and hitting on the season’s key colour trend, the bag is crafted in the brand’s signature nylon making it impervious to dirt and water – both a timeless and durable investment piece”.

Left - Porter Yoshida - Olive Tanker Backpack - £310

stone island jeans harvey nichols buyers guide the chic geek“I love these black tapered jeans from the extremely wearable and dynamic Stone Island Shadow Project capsule collection. The zipped side with concealed pocket and contrast applique turn-up transform these versatile trousers from an understated outfit component to a stand out, standalone piece”.

Left - Stone Island X Shadow Project - Black Tapered Jeans - £210

 

 

  

 

 

 

hender scheme trainers harvey nichols the chic geek“These statement Hender Scheme MIP-2 blush leather trainers are worth investing in for spring. Designer Ryo Kashiwazaki reworks classic sneaker silhouettes in 100% natural raw leather. The high quality handcrafted trainers grow and change with wear, making them unique one-off pieces not to be missed”.

Left - Hender Scheme - MIP-2 Blush Leather Trainers - £780

john elliott sweater black harvey nichols the chic geek“Exclusive to Harvey Nichols, John Elliott remains unrivalled in his basics offering. This black cotton sweatshirt perfectly complements the season’s cleaner palate, while still including subtle zip detail and ribbed trims. Layer with an oversized tee to embrace the looser silhouette dominating this season”.

Left - John Elliott - Black Zipped Cotton Sweatshirt - £190

  

 

 

 

 

 

satisfy windbreaker the chic geek harvey nichols“New and exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Satisfy activewear is, in my opinion, up there with the best of them in the sportswear arena. This packable windbreaker jacket is incredibly light and aesthetically slick as well as being about as technical as you can get. Crafted from ripstop fabric from Switzerland, not only is it wind and water repellent, durable and high-vis, but also complete with inbuilt mapped cooling systems and double hood for maximum rain protection”.

Satisfy - Packable Windbreaker Jacket - £535

Monday, 29 February 2016 14:26

Hot List The Monkey Boot

Grenson monkey boot the chic geekI’m not sure where the Monkey boot got its name, *quick Google* and no decent explanation. They were the standard issue Czechoslovakian army boot of WW2. That's all I can find out.

I’ve been wearing mine all winter and they seem to go with everything. They dress down a smart trouser without looking forced and keep a jean looking smart without looking sloppy.

Their history as a skinhead’s boot of choice doesn’t hurt, plus they’re really comfortable. When I was at the Pitti menswear show in Florence, last summer, they looked fresh and contemporary and there were a lot of brands producing them for this spring season.

There’s something solid and traditional yet also street about the monkey boot. They’re the kind of boot you don't notice at first, but the more you look, the bigger the appreciation. These polished toe cap version from Grenson have a nice contrast between the front and the grained leather and the solid, wedged sole adds a modern touch.

 

the monkey boot the chic geek grensonLeft & Below - Grenson - Andy - £225

 

Givenchy Parisian Break review fragranceThis limited-edition fragrance from Givenchy's Gentlemen Only series is an aromatic blend of citrus and woody notes. Featuring lemon, Nepal mint, sage, Haiti vetiver and ambroxan with a scene of Paris’ River Seine on the bottle.

TheChicGeek says, “You’d be mistaken, from the bottle, for thinking this smelt like the Seine. Well, thank goodness, it doesn’t. I’ve been a fan of Givenchy’s Gentlemen Only series, and this, the fourth, is what I would class as a ‘Summer Edition’.

Its fresh, aquatic notes loses some of the warmth of the original though. It has a strong lemon top note uncut with a coolness from the mint. While nothing revolutionary, it does offer a summer freshness without tipping over into annoying marine”.

Left - Givenchy - Gentlemen Only Parisian Break - 100ml - £60.50

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:11

Buyer's Guide SS16 oki-ni

Christopher Fisher - Head Buyer at oki-ni

maison margiela suede trucker jacket“This suede trucker jacket from Maison Margiela has a beautiful rich texture to it. Demonstrating a workwear-inspired aesthetic whilst nodding to the easy chic of the 70s, it works perfectly with jeans, a classic white T-shirt and a fresh pair of sneakers in the summer and can also be dressed up with one of the season’s printed shirts and tailored trousers for an effortless evening look”.

“Marni's irreverent floral print buzzes with energy and after so many seasons of black and muted tones, this statement style adds a welcome injection of colour to any wardrobe”.

Left - Maison Margiela - Suede Jacket - £1750

Below - Marni - Floral Printed Cotton Shirt - £309

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oamc tailored jacket okini buyers guide“OAMC draw inspiration from a wide spectrum of sources each season – for SS16, the brand looks to Africa and safari adventuring following a stand-out visit Luke Meier paid to Tanzania in recent years. Technical suiting with breathable perforations and taping is not only practical for temperature regulation but also understatedly stylish”.

Left - OAMC - Jacket - £742

valentino souvenir jacket okini the chic geek

“Souvenir Jackets are a statement piece for SS16 and this one from Valentino is a perfect example. This particular piece has intricate detailed eagle embroidery to the back that can also be seen across other pieces in the collection”.

Left - Valentino - Souvenir Jacket - £1635

  

 

 

stone island swim shorts the chic geek okini“These Stone Island tech swim shorts are woven with a red weft in the fabric which creates an iridescence when caught in the light. Perfect for the beach, home or away”.

Left - Stone Island - Shorts - £95

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:26

Tried & Tested PMD Personal Microderm for MEN

Review PMD personal microderm for menThe PMD Personal Microderm for MEN is a skincare tool designed for men’s skin to help reduce enlarged pores, eliminate in-grown hairs and smooth rough skin, whilst stimulating skin regeneration to leave the complexion looking rejuvenated. The hand-held PMD Personal Microderm combines the power of deep exfoliation with vacuum suction to leave the skin looking brighter, smoother and more rejuvenated than ever.

PMD Personal Microderm uses the same aluminium oxide crystals as found in professional machines, which make up a flat, coarse disc that has a deeply exfoliating effect on the skin. The dead skin cells are instantly removed by the vacuum action of the device, which activates the innate skin healing mechanism that stimulates cell renewal and collagen production in the upper layers of the skin.

This hand-held device will reduce the appearance of fine lines, light scarring and wrinkles. It will also improve the overall skin tone by fading uneven pigmentation, sun damage, age spots, and skin blemishes. In addition, microdermabrasion also helps to reduce the formation of acne as it helps to clear out clogged pores and release trapped dirt and oil. Skincare products are more fully absorbed, maximising their effectiveness.

TheChicGeek says, “To be really basic and take this back to the fundamentals, it’s a bit like sanding your face, leaving a new and soft finish. 

This isn’t a gadget to be rushed or over-used. It is recommended you use it once a week for 5 minutes. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before use. The brand images are deceiving as it needs to be plugged in while using it, so ideally you’ll have a plug in the bathroom or near a mirror.

There are different heads, depending on which skin type you have. I would start with a sensitive head while you get a feel for the machine.

The heads for the face are quite small - the larger ones are for other areas -  and you don’t want to go over areas twice. You need to get a rhythm of holding it on the face, without pushing too hard, and moving it around. A vacuum sucks the dead skin into the machine. The more you use it, the easier it gets and the more confident you become.

Your skin is left feeling softer and other products, you may be using, are better absorbed and more effective. It does leave you feeling like you've had a 'treatment'. I think you could over use this machine, so be careful, don’t go over the 5 minutes and use only once a week. The heads need regular replacement, but the box comes with about 9 heads, all with varying degrees of abrasion”.

Above & Below - PMD Personal Microderm for MEN - £150 Harrods, www.personalmicroderm.co.uk, www.currentbody.comreview PMD for men skin grooming