Okay, okay, for you discerning fashion gents out there this does have something of the Neil Barrett's about it, albeit with more colour. (He's moved onto lightning strikes anyway!)
Valentino are knocking it out of the park at the moment. They've lucked out on their Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who are creating both commercial and beautiful items while keep all the different layers of fashion consumers happy.
If you're a ChicGeek reader then you're obviously part of the most sophisticated layer and nothing gets more sophisticated than this. Definitely a 'fashion' piece, it still has legs to become something of a timeless classic. The design is said to draw inspiration from the work of Australian artist Esther Stewart. A detectable blue sheepskin collar allows it to venture into deeper winter territory and despite keeping you warm, nothing looks cooler.
Left & Below - Valentino - Panelled Bomber Jacket With Shearling Collar - £1715
TheChicGeek casts his discerning editor’s eye over the new collection from Fossil. From timepieces to bags, jewellery to small leather goods, Fossil has something for everyman this season. Here are TheChicGeek’s top picks and how you should wear them:
1. For something dressier and more grown-up, for the new season, try this Buchanan Chronograph with a smart black leather strap. Team with a suit for work or a fine knit for an evening out.
Left - Buchanan Chronograph Black Leather Watch - £165
2. Apart from adding a quality finish to this backpack, the leather details add a practicality and durability which will only get better with wear. Looks great with a hoodie and jeans.
Right - Estate Backpack - £169
3. Simple, yet effective, this braided leather bracelet is fastened with a generous hook in a copper coloured metal.
Left - Hook Detail Bracelet - £49
4. It is the subtle touches that separate the plain fashionable from the super stylish. This simple Concorde-like pin will look great on the lapel of a dark suit without drawing too much attention.
Right - Paper Airplane Pin - £19
5. Perfect for the huge AW15 shearling/flight jacket trend, this watch blends the best retro qualities with Fossil's famous leather for the most stylish of contemporary aviators. Wear with an oversized knit and leather/sheepskin flight jacket.
Left - Breaker Chronograph Vaccheta Leather Watch - £185
What are you favourite pieces?
Get involved @fossil #CallingAllCurious
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French snow and cold weather specialist, Moncler, has produced capsule collections before. I was a big fan of Moncler V, a few years back.
Left - The new Moncler A capsule collection is deliberately oversized
The latest - Moncler A - a capsule line for the AW15 season, is a team up with AMI, founded in 2011 by Parisian menswear designer Alexandre Mattiussi.
Right - Fashion’s all gone a bit Wes Anderson and this collection is testament to that with the oversized logos and beanie hat styling
The collection features an oversize fit as the hallmark of the range; jackets have wide shoulders and trousers a low crotch for a loose fit. The collection’s other details include oversized zips and cream linings throughout.
The classic Moncler shield logo has been enlarged and features a vintage-look embroidery finish.
TheChicGeek says "This is a great collection. It has just the right amount of exaggeration and there's something very desirable about the Moncler logo and all the quality retro touches. It's also built for the cold as with all the outerwear from Moncler".
Left - Moncler A - Tricolour Wool Zip Cardigan - £580
More ChicGeek picks of the new Moncler A collection below
David Morris, Buyer, MRPORTER
"Common Projects white leather sneakers have gained cult status thanks to their minimalist design and superior construction. I like to pair them with rolled-up selvedge denim jeans and a lightweight knit for a clean understated look”.
Left - Common Projects - Original Achilles Leather Sneakers - £265
"The 'Tony' jacket from Acne Studios is a super luxurious, minimal take on American sportswear. It comes in a beautifully constructed lightweight wool and cashmere-blend. It’s a hand-finished piece and the drawstring hem is a nice touch, it allows you to adjust the fit with ease".
Right - Acne Studios - Tony Wool & Cashmere-Blend Coach Jacket - £650
"I love a crepe sole. These can be styled just as easily with your favourite black jeans and button down shirt as they can be with a suit for more formal occasions. These are on my ‘to get’ list. Crafted in England from fine pebbled leather, these wingtip shoes boast superior construction with their signature pull tabs, comfortable leather linings and those trusty gum soles".
Left - Thom Browne - Pebbled Leather Brogues - £830
"A versatile staple and worthy addition to your casual roster. An easy layering piece - I like to throw it on over a plain white or Breton stripe tee".
Right - Margaret Howell - Ribbed-Collar Cotton-Flannel Shirt - £345
"An extensive grooming kit that comes complete with face cleanser, hydrating cream, shaving serum, spray-on moisturiser and lip cream. Everything you need to freshen up tired skin in the morning or after a long day at the office".
Left - Aesop - MR PORTER Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit - £110
Trying his best to keep his fringing out of the torrential autumn rain, TheChicGeek sought shelter in one of London's finest Georgian arcades.
Wearing one of the key pieces from the Dsquared2 catwalk, TheChicGeek opted to dress up this typical cowboy style leather jacket for evening with a printed shirt and embroidered cropped trousers, all from the same collection.
The result is something on the Mexican border - one part cowboy, one part Mexican fiesta and plenty of ChicGeek!
Credits - All AW15 Dsquared2
Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN
More images below
TheChicGeek got the chance to investigate and discover the remastered Fiat 500, this week. At an exclusive event hosted by British singer-songwriter, Ella Eyre, at Potter’s Field Park, next to Tower Bridge, the new FIAT 500 was unveiled and performed with Ella on a giant vinyl record, 15 metres in diameter.
Left - Two badges of style together - Fiat & TheChicGeek
The new FIAT 500 retains the unmistakable look and charm of its predecessor, but with no fewer than 1,800 modifications for 2015.
Right - The new Fiat 500 coordinating very nicely with the sunset
Sebastiano Fedrigo, from FIAT UK, said “You don’t replace an icon - you embrace it and evolve it. The new FIAT 500 has been truly re-mastered and reloaded and what better way to mark the launch with an impressive and memorable event like tonight’s. We are very excited to have worked with such a talented performer and to finally see the new FIAT 500 and Ella Eyre perform together this evening”.
Left - The new Fiat 500 doesn't need The Tower of London in the background to look good
Anyone wishing to keep up with all of the action from the event should follow @FIAT_UK #NewFiat500. The new FIAT 500 will be available in all FIAT showrooms from September 2 starting at £10,890. For more information visit www.fiat.co.uk
I am having daily style dilemmas and wondered if such a savvy gent as yourself might be able to offer some insight.
I have just started my first real-life office job, and the question on my mind every morning as I rush from shower to breakfast table is "what the hell should I wear?" and as I rush out the door clad in my best attempt at cool and understated, doubt creeps in. By lunchtime, i.e. now, I'm more often than not thoroughly unhappy with my chosen duds.
Left - Uniqlo - Oxford Shirt - £19.90
I'd like to point out that the office I find myself in is a very stylish, image-conscious place, so I feel as though a standard shirt, tie and black school trousers combo won't cut it. And I'm just about the only man in the whole place, so there's a dearth of male rolemodels to emulate. And to top it all, the pay is a pittance so I find myself unable to give myself a complete wardrobe makeover.
My question to you is this - what, for you, epitomises good stylish office menswear? And how would you go about tweaking a wardrobe to help ease the transition from student bum to office monkey?
Yours, in sartorial crisis,
Firstly, I think you're over thinking this. Keep it simple. I would suggest getting a few Oxford shirts and some knitwear for when the weather gets cold or that air conditioning kicks in.
For the shirts, go for white and light blue, these go with everything. Uniqlo always has a good selection in lots of sizes. For knitwear, go for a fine merino wool, you don't want anything too thick for indoors. I've tried ASOS' and it washes well and fits nicely at a great price. As for colours, male neutrals such as grey, black or navy.
For bottoms, stick to smart casual trousers such as chinos, these will look great with the above and for shoes something sporty but smart. I'm all over these suede Clarks trigenic trainers, this season - here
Hope this helps,
Right - ASOS Crew Jumper in Merino Wool - £28
Being naturally curious makes TheChicGeek the true geek that he is. He is curious about the new, curious to discover the best and curious enough to try anything once!
Left - What a curious bunch?! On Set - TheChicGeek shooting the new Fossil #CallingAllCurious campaign with the help of a few friends
Well, it's lucky then, that American accessory brand, Fossil, asked TheChicGeek, and a few friends, to take part in their new #CallingAllCurious AW15 campaign.
The current AW15 menswear collection falls under the theme of the ‘Curious Set’. Shot in London, we were tasked with celebrating the curious world of Fossil - its people, products and culture - in a series of images and choosing the product which most represents our personal style.
This season, Fossil has focused on product 'Icons' that have been developed with different colours and finishes. Craftmanship is essential to the collection, bringing attention to unnoticed detail designs in every cut, stitch and bolt.
Right - Marcus from TheChicGeek wearing ‘Estate’ backpack & ‘Grant’ brown leather watch - £125
Representing the concept of accessible cool, Fossil’s identity is anchored in vintage authentic style mixed with a creative spirit and a sense of humour that extends into all its products – watches, jewellery and bags.
From the pick of the new collection, TheChicGeek went for a handsome brown 'Grant' watch with stitched strap and an 'Estate' backpack with stylish and durable leather details and straps in a textured grey finish.
Left - Curious Couple - The Fossil #CallingAllCurious Campaign - womenswear blogger, Fashion Foie Gras, & Marcus from The Chic Geek
Perfect for this curiously new season, it just leaves TheChicGeek curious about how he survived before without them!
See TheChicGeek's Top 5 Fossil Items of the Season - here
So, what makes you curious?
Get involved on social media - #CallingAllCurious @Fossil
WIN TheChicGeek's Fossil watch here
See what makes us all curious in the full @Fossil #CallingAllCurious video below
Director of skin care at Pevonia UK, Daniela Chandler shows us -
How to Look After Your Skin
Male skin is generally thicker than female skin and because of higher testosterone levels men are more prone to oiliness and acne breakouts.
Men also have to contend with rough, dry textured skin due to daily aggression from regular shaving which increases the skin's sensitivity and decreases elasticity. Furthermore the elements, hard water and pollution combined with an active lifestyle and the absence of a skin care programme can quickly take their toll on the skin.
There are plenty of products on the market today that will help address specific male skin concerns such as painful in-growing hairs, sensitivity, post-shaving irritation, folliculitis, dryness, severe acne and ageing concerns. So there is no need to suffer any longer!
For your anti-ageing concerns look for products that contain caviar which is loaded with protein, vitamins and minerals with a cell format similar to human skin. Caviar helps to speed up the natural production of collagen, and in time this plumps and thickens the skin giving a younger, firmer appearance.
For post-shaving irritation, folliculitis and sensitivity, look for products that contain green tea and arnica which contain anti-inflammatory properties and will soothe irritated skin.
Pevonia's Men's Line uses green tea, arnica and ginkgo biloba in the Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion. The combination of these key ingredients leave the skin oil-free and velvety smooth without any irritability. The non-foaming formula works by adhering to the skin and hair (thus protecting it) facilitating a smooth glide of the razor, and a silkier, smoother close shave, without irritation.
Pevonia Botanica is the world's leading professional spa brand. Founded in 1992 by husband and wife Philippe and Sylvie Hennessy, Pevonia Botanica botanical spa range is the only complete professional product line available on the market. Combining the finest, most non-comedongenic holistic ingredients with nourishing phyto and marine extracts, essential and vegetal oils, and plants and fruits synergized with high-tech manufacturing to effectively hydrate and repair the skin. All Pevonia Botanica products contain no artificial colour, fragrance, mineral oil, lanolin, alcohol or P.A.B.A. The products do not involve any animal testing and all use recyclable packaging.
Pevonia Botanica's new men's line consists of five unique products and is designed to cleanse, soothe, protect, hydrate and combat ageing. This complete skin care programme contains Aqua-Gel Foaming Cleanser, Easy-Glide Shaving Emulsion, Fitness-Glow Hydrating Self-Tan, Soothing After-Shave Balm and Age-Defying Caviar Balm, containing Caviar and Marine Collagen.
Celebrity fans of Pevonia Botanica include Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Jackman. Spa partners include the exclusive One&Only Kanuhura, the unique Thermae Bath Spa in Bath, Monart Destination Spa (Ireland's first destination spa), The Peak Spa, London, Titanic Spa, Yorkshire, Natural Elements Spa, Dubai and The Retreat at Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus.
Toby Rundle, Senior Stylist at Jo Hansford
How To Get Great Hair
A clean scalp is essential – no flaking or dandruff. There are numerous products on the market to help cure or aid these problems. If you have a flaky or dry scalp, use a nutritious shampoo like Kérastase Bain Satin. If you have an itchy, flaky scalp or dandruff, use Kérastase Bain Gommage. In both cases, Kérastase Lait Vital can be massage in to the scalp to moisturise after shampooing. If either of these systems persist – take professional advice. Remember guys; rinse the hair very well to get all of the shampoo and conditioner out.
The same applies with greasy scalps- regular shampooing with a suitable shampoo will help to alleviate this problem.
If you have persistent scalp problems, take advice from your hairdresser or in extreme cases, a tricologist or doctor. Scalp problems can be caused by too much product used in the hair or not shampooing the product out sufficiently
If you use a lot or products such as gels and waxes etc, it is a good idea to shampoo them out daily, normally one light shampoo in the shower will do. But – with waxes or very heavy products, shampoo can be applied to the hair before the water and massaged in well, and then add warm water and lather. Sometimes a second shampoo is necessary.
For guys that are worried about losing their hair – I'm sorry – but baldness is quite a common issue in men and it's hereditary so you can blame your parents! If you are experiencing this problem, you just need to accept it – keep your hair cut short and neat, and go with it.
If you are lucky enough to have a clear scalp and good hair but you are starting to go grey, things can be done! You can subtly cover a few stray greys with a vegetable colour or a technique we use at Jo Hansford called a smudge, which is longer lasting and a very effective covering on a more permanent basis. If time is not a problem, and your hair is short, high and lowlights are the way forward! But take advice from the colourist in your salon. Grey roots and a definite dark line is not a good look. There are products in your local chemist but still take advice from a professional.
Now that we are past all the major problems we can move on to Styling!
Wear something that suits, following fashion is cool, but have your own image and look. Wear a style that suits you and your hair. Find a product you can work with and do not be embarrassed to go for a new look. Men tend to follow the female trend and our female clients like to have a style they can change, something casual in the day time and a change of image for a party or night out.
Situated on Mayfair's fashionable Mount Street, Jo Hansford is the leading hair colour salon in the U.K. and is renowned for the creation of the perfect hair colour and expert colour correction.
When Jo opened her specialist colour salon in 1993, her team consisted of just eight staff. Today, Jo Hansford boasts a team of over forty highly skilled colourists, stylists and assistants, all personally trained by Jo herself.