Monday, 20 July 2015 11:23

Hot List - Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch

Ferragamo men's green 1898 watchWith forest green being one of the hottest colours of this autumn/winter, this timepiece caught TheChicGeek's attention. Italian shoe specialists, Ferragamo, first introduced watches in 2007, and this particular one, part of the Ferragamo 1898 Collection,  commemorates the year Salvatore Ferragamo, the founder, was born.

Left - Ferragamo 1898 Sports - £940

This handsome 43 mm 1898 Diver features a colourful aluminum unidirectional rotating bezel inscribed with a 60-minute scale. The ruggedly masculine three-hand configuration is powered by a precision Swiss made quartz movement and is water resistant to 660 feet. The easy-to-read dial includes a convenient date window at 3 o’clock and the Ferragamo logo at 12 o’clock.

TheChicGeek says, "The NATO strap adds an element of sports and a contemporary touch to this bold yet masculine style and will certainly leave admirers as green as the watch."

www.ferragamo.com

FIT Ultra Moisturising Serum review tried testedEighteen months in development, FIT Moisturising Ultra Serum, joins the FIT skincare line up and is formulated to treat and care for all skin types.

FIT serums and ultra serums combine multi-benefit active ingredients with natural biological and marine extracts, vitamins and minerals. FIT products contain no harsh preservatives, parabens or SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate).

The power behind the range is OXY-FIT-10, a unique oxygen delivery system that boosts skin cell respiration to increase cell regeneration and ensures targeted delivery of nutrients for maximum benefit.

Formulated and manufactured in the UK, the FIT Skincare range now sports a sophisticated new look with improved packaging designs.

TheChicGeek says, “I have reviewed a FIT product before and I did criticise the branding and packaging. It seems they have listened to the feedback and come back with something that looks and feels more premium. An elegant silver tube, emblazoned with the new logo, contains the new Moisturising Ultra Serum.

It doesn’t have any fragrance, which I think men prefer. It’s light, absorbs easily and leaves the face with a soft, mattified appearance.

The majority of serums go under your daily moisturiser and are usually there for their anti-aging benefits. You could use this instead of your moisturiser, but I would still recommend putting some form of SPF protection on top. While I wasn't blown away by this product, it is a premium price for this amount, I do like its lightness and easily absorbability."

Above & Below - FIT – Moisturising Ultra Serum – 30ml - £50

www.fitskincare.co.uk

FIT skincare review the chic geek

Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:13

How to Choose a Suit

how to choose a suit patrick grantA well fitting suit of classical proportion in simple English cloth forms the foundation of a good wardrobe. An English Bespoke tailor will cut you a good suit. If your suit is going to last you twenty years it is best to avoid fad or fashion.
Patrick Grant of Norton & Sons

How to choose a suit

I would advise a gentleman to follow three simple rules.

1. Few suits but good suits.
2. Favour simple suiting but splendid Linen
3. Always let ones clothes be correct, never too formal nor too casual, never too worn nor too new.

I favour a single breasted two button jacket with a notched Lapel, straight pockets and side vents, and a higher cut flat fronted trouser. If your finances allow start with the following; dark navy flannel, dark charcoal flannel, navy Worsted, charcoal worsted, Glenurquhart check worsted, navy cable stripe worsted. For warmer days add a couple of fresco's, again in navy and charcoal.

Armed with his simple suits a gentleman can set forth to create his look with shirtings and silks as simply or as flamboyantly as his tastes allow. It is with his linens that an Englishman expresses his sense of dress. Ones shirts must be well cut and should be classically proportioned. Experiment until you find a collar shape that works. A good shirt maker will assist in your choice of cut, and help you guide you through the many thousand Cotton shirtings and tie silks that he will offer.

And one should neither overdress nor underdress. Dress for the occasion and avoid looking contrived. According to the wonderful George Frazier 'No well-dressed man's clothes should look either old or new'. I wear a dinner suit of my grandfathers, cut in 1936, which age and wear has rendered perfect. The Norton & Son's suit that I am wearing today I have worn at least one hundred times before. It took about fifty wears before it really Felt worn in. Purchasers of inexpensive suits will never experience this joy.

Norton & Sons is one of Savile Row's finest Bespoke Tailors. Established in 1821, the house made its name tailoring to the young and sporting amongst Europe's elite.
The firm gained eminence making sharply cut suits for rugged and robust gentlemen, such as Lord Mountbatten and the young Winston Churchill, for whom the firm made everything from dinner suits to racing silks. Lord Carnavon wore a Norton suit when he discovered Tutankhamun's tomb.
In recent years Norton & Sons has worked on clothing collections for British menswear Designer of the Year Kim Jones, British Designer of the Year Giles Deacon, young London designers Richard Nicoll, House of Holland, Christopher Kane, and New York's Rag & Bone.
Norton & Sons still hand cuts and hand sews every garment on Savile Row, using the traditional techniques perfected over centuries of tailoring in London.


www.nortonandsons.co.uk

Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:11

How to Care for your Knitwear

how to care for your knitwear

John Smedley shows us how to care for your knitwear.

Quality comes at a certain price, but does not necessarily need to be preciously treated. With a degree of care and attention all John Smedley (Look at the care instructions on other knitwear brands)garments can be machine washed and will continue to look good and last well for many years to come.Top tips for John Smedley's merino wool knitwear:

1.Remove surface soiling by gentle brushing, this will help the stain later on.

Treat stains immediately with cold water, blot dry with a clean cloth - never paper.

3. Air wool after wearing by laying the garment flat , as this helps to get rid of odours.

4. Always try to store lightweight wool folded and allow breathing space.

5. Clean your garments before storing, the dreaded moths, seemingly love top quality fibres, but they are actually feeding off the body oils and dirt, not the actual fibre. Use natural remedies to combat moth attack- the old ones are the best and smell the best- cloves, lavender, rosemary and thyme, orange peel and cedar, can all help deter the munchers. Never put these in direct contact with the knitwear, tie them in a gauze bag and hang in your cupboard or wardrobe. It is worth noting that as we have ditched our carpets in favour of floor boards, the moths no longer have carpets to attack, so are more inclined towards your clothes.

6. Try to rest your wool garment between wearing, (if you can bear to!), 24 hours allows the natural fibres to spring back and preserve its natural resilience.

7. Turn the garment inside out to protect the outer surface.

8. 30 degrees C is all you need on a reduced cycle. Merino wool has natural self cleaning properties, so you don't have to wash so often and all of this in turn helps the environment.

9. Use a mild, non-biological detergent. Biological enzymes eat away the natural fibres, causing long term damage.

10. Dry flat, or I prefer a good line dry on a windy day, the fibre almost returns to its natural habitat!

11. Gentle, warm iron with steam should just return the shape- though again straight from the washing line no ironing is necessary.


John Smedley's Sea Island Cotton needs less precautions. A beautiful, long fibre staple length, with a luxurious handle can be machine washed.
As we dye all of our colours at the mill in Derbyshire, the colours stay true and fixed. Still wash dark and lights separately, keep the temperatures low and never hang black and dark colours on the washing line in bright sunshine. Natural sunshine is the best natural bleaching agent- so perfect to keep your whites white!
For stain s and soiling, cold soak prior to washing. This loosens the dirt and prevents it fixing permanently with hot water.

A British Insititution, John Smedley has been manufacturing the finest knitwear since 1784. Still proudly Made in England at their factory at Lea Mills in Matlock, Derbyshire, the family owned company today, exports to over 35 countries worldwide.
The body panels and sleeves of the wool and cotton garments are linked together by hand, stitch for stitch, to create the impeccable neat seams which remain one of the hallmarks of real luxury knitwear.
After knitting, the garments are scoured or washed using water from John Smedley's three springs - this is a crucial stage in the manufacturing process giving the garments their characteristic 'soft handle'. Additional processes render the garments shrink resistant and machine washable, a unique feature considering such delicate techniques are applied.

www.johnsmedley.com

Monday, 06 July 2015 15:18

#OOTD45 - #BeachGEEK 3/4

The Chic Geek OOTD menswear beach style monochrome

Are you BeachGEEK body ready?! Well, no matter the answer - to be honest, I'm not quite sure what beach body ready means anyway!! - monochrome hides a multitude of sins while being as timeless as a 99 ice cream.

Strip the colour out of your beachwear and look for black and white stripes in various thicknesses. Team with dark sunglasses and matching sandals and you're good to go.

Just don't forget to apply lots of sun protection so you don't get a 'newspaper tan' - black, white and red all over!

#BeachGEEK

Credits - Striped Top - Burton, Bag - Hunter, Swim Shorts - Hentsch Man, Sunglasses - Dita, Socks - Topman, Jelly Sandals - Hunter Gather, Bracelet - River Island, Towel - Scotch & Soda, Bat & Ball - Frescobol Carioca, Perfume - Atelier Des Ors, Day Screen Multi Protection - Clarins, Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol - Aesop, Thickening Tonic - Aveda

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009 00:02

How to Trim Your Beard

how to trim your beard

Ideally if this is your first time growing a beard I would recommend a visit to a barber for advice. However, if you are unable to get to one, here are a few tips to help ensure that you get off to the right start.

Senior Barber at Gentlemen's Tonic, Imad Khaireddin


Whilst everyone experiences hair growth at different rates, you should typically allow the hair to grow in length for around 4-6 days. Ensure that your electric clipper has graded numbers and a half setting to allow for some flexibility in choosing your preferred length. The grades refer to the length of the hair in millimeters, for example grade 1 means the hair will be cut to between 1 -3 millimeters in length where as grade 2 represents between 2-6 millimeters in length.

Do make certain that you start with a dry beard. If you're unsure how short you would like your beard to be, it is best to start trimming with a higher clipper grade. You can then repeat the process with a lower grade if you wish. In cases where the thickness of the beard differs on various parts of the face it is best to use a short grade on the thicker areas such as the chin or moustache area, and a longer grade on the thinner areas to achieve an even finish.


When you are happy with the length, take some time tidying up your beard. Set your clipper on 0 and remove the clipper guard if you have been using one. The teeth should be closed. Tilting your head back slightly, use the flat side of your clipper to create a line from left to right above the Adam's apple. Use your own discretion but try not to take the line too high or too low. To create a natural finish to the beard, trim the neck area with the clippers on a grade lower than you used to trim the bulk of the beard. You can put a small amount of shave oil into the beard when finished to ensure it looks shiny and healthy.

Gentlemen's Tonic is a traditional yet contemporary barber in the heart of Mayfair. Combining traditional barber shop treatments such as wet shaves and hair cutting with spa treatments such as eyebrow threading and thai massage, Gentlemen's Tonic also have branches in the City of London, Houston, Texas and more recently Selfridges, Oxford Street. TheChicGeek is a fan of the post party "Hemingway" treatment which constitutes of a Bloody Mary, aromatherapy facial and massage.

www.gentlemenstonic.com

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:28

TheChicGeek’s Paris SS16 Scrapbook

menswear valentino souvenir jacket spring 2016menswear louis vuitton souvenir jacket summer 2016saint laurent menswear trend souvenir jacket spring 2016dries van noten souvenir jacket menswearThe last of the cities to show, Paris puts the full stop on the SS16 menswear season. Here is TheChicGeek's lowdown on the trends from Paris:

Souvenir Jackets

If these are the souvenirs then we'd love to see the gift shop! Think Ryan Gosling in Drive.

From Left - Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Dries van Noten

 

 

 

 

 

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Short sleeved shirts and T-shirts from the softest of skins.

From Left - Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Hermès

spring summer 2016 menswear trends valentino hippy flowersmenswear saint laurent hippy trendHippy

You won't be able to afford to dropout if you buy one of these, but at least people will think you're rich enough to!

From Left - Valentino, Saint Laurent

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Too big to be a jacket, too small to be a coat... introducing the jacket coat. 

From Left - Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Dior Homme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Denim

Denim gains its place on the catwalk and Paris follows Milan with the commercial trend in anything designer denim.

From Left - Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Valentino, Berluti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slime Green

The 'Green Man' always heralded spring and 2016 is no different.

From Left - Berluti, Hermès, Berluti

Friday, 26 June 2015 13:56

TheChicGeek’s Milan SS16 Scrapbook

Gucci menswear chinoiserie ss16 geekdolce & gabbana menswear chinoiserie chinese ss16chinese menswear dolce & gabbanaMilan is home to many of fashion's megabrands. This powerhouse is full of the commercial sex appeal we've come to expect from the home of Italian fashion. TheChicGeek casts his expert eye over the details and trends worth coveting:

Chinoiserie

It could have something to do with the recent MET exhibition in New York, or simply the cycle of Chinese influence is coming around for another season, but look out for Mao collars and delicate Chinese decoration in relaxed, voluminous shapes.

From Left - Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Dolce & Gabbana

Nightwear

Step straight out of bed, or straight in, depending on timings, with the new dressing gown type coats and pyjama shirts.

Below - Both - Bally

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No, you're not seeing things. Colour and pattern are stylishly distorted to make the wearer standout while confusingly blending in.

From Left - Salvatore Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo, MGSM

Longline

Call it ethnic or ASOS!, everything is untucked and in a longer length. Just be careful when wearing with shorts.

Below - Both - Versace

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menswear trends ss16 jil sandermenswear trends ss16 prada technicalTechnical

Comfort seems to be the key for technical fabrics today: a new ease of movement and travel focused.

From Left - Jil Sander, Prada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shake that money maker! The money spinner for the majority of major fashion brands, it appears on the catwalk in recognition of the part it has played in creating these brands and the fashion landscape today.

From Left - Calvin Klein, Ports 1961, Calvin Klein, Ports 1961 

  

 

 

 

 

 

menswear trends birds guccimenswear trends milan spring summer 2016 ports 1961bird trend menswear dolce & gabbanaBirds

Not so much Hitchcock as Attenborough with parrots to hummingbirds seen on the chests of menswear from Milan.

From Left - Gucci, Ports 1961, Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I can see right through this trend which was first seen in London.

From Left - No.21, Gucci, Gucci

gucci leather coat menswear s16Patchwork

Just because - The new Gucci is slightly mental - good mental - in a Fight Club meets Peter Sellers kinda way. Love this dressing up box style.

Left - Gucci

 

 

Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:54

LC:M Best In Show - Lou Dalton

Lou Dalton London MenswearLC:M hit a milestone, this season, when MAN turned 10 years old. What was a day, then, tagged onto the end of women's fashion week, has spawned into the LC:M menswear showcase we have today.

One of the few designers there from the start or thereabouts was Lou Dalton. While I've often been frustrated about the inconsistencies of her shows, this season, it felt like a shift change. While the music - Joe Smooth's Promised Land #tune - cited a 90s influence it was much cleaner than that. I know she's spent some time with Cerruti, recently, and it seems some of that Italian polish has rubbed off onto her own collection.

This is exactly what men want NOW: sporty, practical, colourful, chic and fresh. Men want to be liberated away from their totes and phones yet still carry whatever they need with them. Lou Dalton made a feature of these practical concerns with large, multiple pockets overblown onto the sides of jackets, trousers and shorts.

The new hands-free male wants to travel light while being prepared for everything. Gone are the frivolities of menswear to be replaced by this dressed sports aesthetic. The peacock is long dead and it's now about blending into the background, well, for a few seasons at least! This was a collection of desirable pieces which worked individually or all together and would seamlessly fit into any contemporary man's wardrobe. 

The colour palette of orange, light blue and white, featuring a distorted gingham and multiple layers, gave it an innocence. It felt of summer, but would work just as well under the grey skies of Manchester. The best menswear is one which feels ageless, meaning any man could wear it. Linked by a modern attitude, these are the guys who look timeless yet change all the time. Lou Dalton defined this man for SS16

With thanks to Smart ForFour

Left & Below - Lou Dalton SS16

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Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:43

TheChicGeek’s London SS16 Scrapbook

Lou Dalton menswear 2016 springHardy Amies spring 2016 menswearThe home of TheChicGeek and menswear, London was a four day spectacular of the creative East London meeting the more refined West. Here is TheChicGeek’s scrapbook of men's trends for #SS16:

Exterior Pockets

Designers have realised that we no longer want to be handicapped by our manbags while we still have the issue of having many additional things to carry. So, why not make a feature of your bulging pockets?

From Left - Lou Dalton, Hardy Amies 

Hardy Amies neon trend menswearTopman Design neon trendNeon

Men have become so brave, today, with colour that neon is no longer the scary super tone it used to be. More of an accent, think of it like your wardrobe highlighter.

From Left - Hardy Amies, Topman Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topman Design menswear trends SS16Agi & Sam menswear London trendsBlurred Lines

Horizontal, vertical, anyway you like. It may look a little 'Inmate Chic', but, hey, it's all about the swagger.

From Left - Topman Design, Agi & Sam

Oliver Spencer SS16 suede jacketGieves & Hawkes suede jacket SS16Summer Suede

The luxury item of SS16. This season, suede is a hybrid between a shirt and a jacket. Just make sure it's in the softest, butteriest suede in an earthy reddy brown tone.

From Left - Oliver Spencer, Gieves & Hawkes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burberry Prorsum menswear lace trendMenswear Burberry menswear SS16 trendsMace

Male lace or 'Mace' can be as dangerous as it sounds. It's probably best layered with glimpses, rather than full on out there, unless you're as a skinny as a Burberry model.

Left - Both Burberry Prorsum

Coach menswear LCM SS16 animal printsBurberry Prorsum animal prints menswearAnimal Highlights

Yabba dabba doo or don't depending on how you feel about animal prints. These should look like fun animals: the kind you'd win at the fair!

From Left - Coach, Burberry Prorsum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I always feel Winston Churchill's boiler suit inspires these kind of bomber/Harrington type suits. The new dress down dress up for those wanting to look put together while looking young, sporty and contemporary.

From Left - Dunhill, Topman Design

Alexander McQueen menswear pyjama colour SS16Hardy Amies menswear SS16 trends pyjama collarPyjama Collar

Peter Pan, Princess or plain old PJ, the shirt colour is light, relaxed and open for the forthcoming SS16 season.

From Left - Alexander McQueen, Hardy Amies

With thanks to Smart ForFour