Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:10

Book Review - The Vintage Fashion Bible

The Vintage Fashion Bible review the chic geekThe Vintage Fashion Bible is written by the vintage fashion experts and Red or Dead founders, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. It is the only complete chronological look at 20th century fashion for men and women, as well as a practical guide to buying, styling and restoring vintage clothing. 

Left - The Vintage Fashion Bible - £25

The book looks at the development of fashion from the 1920s to the 1990s, using clothing catalogues, film posters, magazine articles and other contemporary advertising to create a fully authentic feel for each decade and to show through original visuals how fashion evolved. 

TheChicGeek says, “You can’t really be passionate about fashion without having a love of vintage. It’s all part of the education of knowing your references and styles and discovering when particular things were new or a reinterpretation of something older. 

One of the best vintage events I ever attended was Vintage at Goodwood in 2010. Not be confused with the Revival, it was the Hemingway’s first foray and the establishment of their vintage events brand which has appeared all over the country since then. It was the attention to detail that really made it standout, especially with the very hard to impress vintage crowd.

The same branding and feel has been used in this book as it takes a realistic, if slightly simplistic, look at the 20th century and it’s numerous styles for both men and women. It’s a fun look at the main styles and looks of the differing eras with tips and information from experts. 

The Hemingways certainly know their kipper ties from their fishtail skirts as Red or Dead was a very vintage inspired fashion label, pioneering that 70s retro look which was popular throughout the 1990s. There is plenty here to stimulate, but probably not enough depth for a vintage aficionado. I always like to see what people predict to be future vintage, I did the same in my book. Only time will tell”.

"diamond"Diamond Whites Black Edition is a 100% natural tooth polish made from 100% activated coconut shell charcoal. The Charcoal is produced by heating pulverised carbonaceous coconut shells to very high temperatures (600-900°C) followed by “activation” using steam or hot air to erode the internal surfaces of the product and thereby increase its absorptive surface area.

It is this ‘absorptive surface’ that pulls and clears toxins and helps to remove stains from your teeth. It says it will not only change the way you whiten your teeth, but also strengths gums, removes toxins from the mouth and absorbs bacteria. You simply dip your wet toothbrush in the powder, gently brush your teeth in circular motions and spit.

TheChicGeek says, “It’s strange how something so black can claim to whiten your teeth. When this pot of black powder appeared it did feel a little primitive in our world of science and long labelling, but then, hey, it’s usually the old ways that are always the best. We all know about charcoal’s properties of riding the skin of impurities, so it’s logical it would work in your mouth.

It’s really simple to use, if a little messy. I was worried the charcoal would stain my guns grey, but it rinsed out really easily. It doesn’t say how often you should use it, but I would suggest once a week.

It’s always hard to judge colour change unless you go Towie brilliant white, but it certainly passed that satisfied tongue across the teeth swipe afterwards.

I think this is the oral hygiene equivalent of cleaning your windows with vinegar and newspaper”.

Above - Diamond Whites - Black Edition - £14.99

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 14:17

Label To Know - Parajumpers

the chic geek best parkas parajumpersWe’ve all fallen in love with arctic parkas over the last few years and their popularity sees no sign of waning especially when the temperatures really drop. I wanted to introduce ParaJumpers, an American sportswear brand based in the Italian province of Treviso. 

Left - Parajumpers - Harris - £942

A meeting with a serving member of the 210th Rescue Squadron in a bar in Anchorage, Alaska provided inspiration for designer Massimo Rossetti to create Parajumpers.

parajumpers logo the chic geekThe men of the 210th Rescue Squadron are highly trained for extreme rescues and recoveries in the wildest, most remote and hostile corner of the globe. They are the PJs or Parajumpers. They are better trained than any other military corps.

The result is an extremely innovative outerwear collection, designed to be functional with highly technological components. 

Left - Parajumpers Logo

The jackets are made of hardwearing nylon and come with a removable feather-padded lining and a fur-trimmed hood. The collar fastens with a hook used in parachuting. On the front is a large, zippable multi-cargo pocket containing a further three pockets designed for carrying accessories, such as iPods, GPS devices, mobile phones, etc.

Parka the chic geek parajumpersThe inspiration behind this season's AW15 collection comes from various sources: the extreme, cold landscapes of Canada and Alaska, traditional English woollen garments and Japanese metallic and technological trends.

Left - Parajumpers - Musher - £1158

The Parajumpers motto is “that others may live”.

Monday, 26 October 2015 17:14

Hot List - The Suede Shacket

suede shakeout new look the chic geekA cross between a jacket and a shirt, the shacket is that useful menswear transition piece for when you need something more than a sweater, but not a fully blown coat.

A ChicGeek must-have piece of the season, this suede shacket, in a rich blue, has just arrived at New Look. At under £90 and in real suede this is something of a bargain and a sophisticated addition to any man's wardrobe.

TheChicGeek says, "Team it with a roll-neck for a cold day or leave open as a luxury overshirt".

Left & Below New Look - Navy Suede Shacket - £89.99 See TheChicGeek wearing it here

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Monday, 26 October 2015 11:13

#OOTD 55 - Warhol GEEK 3/4

Andy Warhol Chic Geek styleAn icon in the making, TheChicGeek is all for getting his hands dirty - just don't get any paint on his all black look. 

Nothing says 60s #WarholGEEK like a black roll-neck and slim black jeans. The Chelsea boots just add a bit of extra geography to TheChicGeek's factory. Slimming? Yes. Stylish? Absolutely!


Credits - Denim Jacket - Samsoe & Samsoe, Polo Neck - Jigsaw Menswear, Jeans - Energie, Watch - Storm, Sunglasses - RayBan, Socks - Pantherella, Chelsea Boots - River Island, Hand Cream - Bulldog, Post Shave Balm - B.Men

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

With thanks to Sonsoles Print Studio, Peckham

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Friday, 23 October 2015 12:21

Hot List - The Practical Travel Suitcase

Vocier best travel suitcase c38 the chic geekThere's nothing worse than getting to the airport and having to scramble getting out your laptop and toiletries to pass through security with an audience of badly dressed holidaymakers looking on at how messy your packing is.

Well, let me introduce Austrian travel brand, Vocier. Their C38 travel suitcase is a slim and nimble upright bag which it perfectly sized for hand luggage. Inside, you’ll be able to fit an entire wardrobe for a week-long trip: including shoes, shirts, trousers and up to two suits.

The C38 uses the exclusive Vocier magnetic hanger system, which secures your suit at the perfect angle within the bag to maximise the overall space.

Vocier's transparent C14 Wash Bag - which looks much better than the flimsy clear plastic bag - also fits perfectly within the C38 and is easily accessible by a zip at the top of the bag. This can also fit your laptop for swiftly putting through the x-ray machine..

To top it all off there is a perfectly shaped passport holder in the handle, so you know where it is all times. The only thing it can't do is make sure your plane takes off on time!

Left & Below - Vocier - C38 - £545

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Monday, 19 October 2015 15:00

Hot List - The Black Bouclé Coat

Chic Geek coat men's boucle jigsawI often get asked via my AskTheGeek section how to remove bobbles from clothes. Well, how about getting a coat that couldn't possibly bobble anymore?!

This beauty from Jigsaw is one of my favourites of the season and a total men's must-have. Made from a large bouclé fabric, it feels like a cross between a jumper and coat: perfect for those days to cocoon yourself against the cold.

Keep things simple underneath, such as here with a polo knit and slim jeans or trousers, and you'll be fine and dandy when it's cold enough to wear it.

Left & Below - Jigsaw - Luxe Bouclé Wool Double Breasted Coat - £298Jigsaw menswear black boucle coat must have

Monday, 19 October 2015 11:57

#OOTD 54 - Warhol GEEK 2/4

The Chic Geek andy warhol selfie polaroidIf only Andy Warhol was alive today to see the rise of the selfie. A pioneer of self promotion, the king of pop art knew exactly the power of his own image.

TheChicGeek, on the other hand, has become a pop icon in the men's bloggersphere, thanks to his stylish persona. The coolest geek in town, he knows exactly how classic and chic a black leather jacket, Breton striped top and denim jeans can be.

Never one to shy away from the camera, watch as The Chic Geek turns himself into a work of art. 


Credits - Leather Jacket - H&M, Top - Scotch & Soda, Jeans - Energie, Watch - Hammond & Co., Sunglasses - Police, Socks - The London Sock Co, Trainers - Converse, Wallet - Jigsaw

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

With thanks to Sonsoles Print Studio, Peckham

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:48

#OOTD 24 Snow Joke!

snow joke geek asos jacket menswearIf you ever wondered how snow was formed look no further than the first two images, here. TheChicGeek is working his style magic in a festive bomber/cardigan hybrid, something a little bit more trendier for Christmas day. He's teamed them with his trusty Christmas red Palladium boots and dark skinny jeans.

Not one to outshine anybody, much! TheChicGeek is doing his best to match the twinkling Christmas star in a special Lyle & Scott snowflake designer jumper and santa's hat.

Left - Credits – Boots – Palladium, Jeans – Nudie Jeans, Festive Bomber Cardigan - ASOS

Bottom - Left - Credits – Boots – Palladium, Jeans – Nudie Jeans, Sweater - Lyle & Scott

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

Thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:42

#OOTD 23 Merry Chic Geek!

the chic geek christmas palladium bootsChristmas is a time for giving, so, this week, we give you two outfits of the day.

There's so much to do, this time of year, at Chez Chic Geek: hanging up the decorations, wrapping presents and generally looking fabulous, that he just doesn't know where to start!

In for a penny, in for a pound and getting his money's worth out of his collection of Christmas jumpers, he's teamed them with skinny jeans and Christmas red Palladium boots.

Left - Credits – Boots – Palladium, Jeans – Nudie Jeans, Sweater - Primark, Gloves - ASOS

Bottom - Left - Credits – Boots – Palladium, Jeans – Nudie Jeans, Sweater - boohoo, Watch - ASOS

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

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