Frédéric Malle relaunches Outrageous perfume - it was originally released in 2007 as an exclusive to Barney's - a stunning blend inspired by the exotic scene of Brazil - a colourful explosion of bergamot, tangerine, green apple against cinnamon, musk and ambroxan. Created by Sophia Grojsman, the idea for Outrageous poured out of a Caipirinha cocktail in Brazil: samba on the beach, bursts of orange and blue in low light, crashing waves and the ecstatic laughs of the young and sexy. It’s dramatic, festive and colourful, what Frédéric likes to call “clean sex appeal”.
TheChicGeek says, “Frédéric Malle works a curator of fragrance, commissioning various perfumers to create scents for his house, which is now owned by Estée Lauder.
While the list of ingredients in Outrageous is very fresh and natural it is difficult to pick out one specific note. What I’m getting here, at first, are rubber car mats. So, very Balenciaga AW17 and not, entirely, a bad thing. This dries down to something more natural and soapy and then ends up smelling like ‘Cologne Indélébile’, another of Malle’s fragrances. There’s nothing wrong with this scent, but Outrageous it is not”.
Left - Frédéric Malle - Outrageous - 100ml - £130
Part of Miller Harris’ premium ‘Perfumer’s Library’ collection, Le Cèdre is the latest unisex addition. For the adventurer, it is a spicy tale of cedarwood and black orchid. It features top notes of pink and black pepper, a heart of black orchid and mimosa and, of course, the base of Texas cedarwood and musk.
TheChicGeek says, “I really like the top of this. The black pepper is raw yet clean. The black orchid isn’t the Tom Ford type, but something softer and more subtle all on the warm foundation of the cedar wood. The only issue is that the pepper quickly disappears and it would be nice for it resonate longer. I would say this is on the masculine side of the unisex fragrance spectrum”.
Left - Miller Harris - Le Cèdre - 100ml - £155
Available May 2017
When TheChicGeek met Neil Barrett - see here - he was just about to unveil this collection in Milan. He told TheChicGeek he was inspired by his childhood and the 1970s and the collection was a mix of his classic smart sportswear and 70s inspired chevrons and colours.
Neil really knows how to make clothes that flatter. Here we have a classic bomber given movement with the herringbone detail on the arms, a super luxurious knit polo with epaulettes and subtle jacquard trousers with a camo-type design. The look is finished off with smart, white gum sole shoes.
Credits - All clothes Neil Barrett from Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, Trainers - Tim Little x Grenson, Spectacle - Salvatore Ferragamo, PRO LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel - Lab Series, Stress Fix Body Lotion - Aveda,
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Mats Klingberg, TRUNK founder
“We're always on the lookout for new brands to add to the Trunk line-up and Japan is usually a good place to look. A Vontade is not a new brand, but it's still fairly unknown over here, so I thought it was a good one to bring in.
This A Vontade jacket takes it cues from the traditional clothing of artisans, feeling very much like an archival piece reimagined. Cut from a sturdy cotton with a dry handle, it has a four-button front and unusual peak lapels. An extra button at the lapel can be left unbuttoned or done up as desired, transforming the look of the jacket. Fully lined, with key details such as functioning cuffs, a flap ticket pocket and a single vent, this is a distinctive piece of workwear that will lend itself to a number of different styles”.
Left - A Vontade - Old Potter Jacket - £395
“Also from Japan is Fujito. I met Fujito-san for the first time on a trip to Fukuoka about ten years ago, so looking forward to seeing our customer's reactions to the small selection we've brought in for SS17.
This Fujito jumper is made in Japan from a cotton-poly-linen blend, with a loose knit and a crunchy texture. A classic border stripe motif which brings to mind nautical garments, it is elevated by crucial details, such as raglan sleeves and a slightly higher neckline”.
Left - Fujito - Border Knit Sweater - £160
“We sell a lot of chinos at Trunk, so when it was time to start building up our own collection it was only natural to make sure there was a great pair of chinos in there.
These Trunk Clothiers Chinos are designed as our ideal luxury basics, pairing perfectly with a knit sweater and sneakers, or just as easily with an unstructured jacket and a collared shirt. Cut from a soft washed cotton which incorporates a small amount of elastane to allow for stretch, the trousers have a smooth brushed texture and a rich colour due to the garment dyeing process”.
Left - Trunk Clothiers - Chinos - £165
“Lots of good looking sneakers out there aren't actually that good for your feet. Adam behind CQP spotted this gap in the market and brought out a great looking collection of shoes that also are great for your feet.
The CQP Racquet is a low-top sneaker designed in Sweden and handmade in Portugal with an artisanal approach. Based on the silhouette of a classic tennis shoe (as its name suggests), it has a premium calf suede upper, with a soft leather lining. The removable insole offers excellent arch support and several layers of cushioning. The sneaker has a steel shank for support, rigidity and durability - something usually reserved for fine dress shoes. A CQP tote bag and a spare set of laces are included”.
Above - CQP Racquet - £240
Pronounced ‘Loh-wev-eh’, Loewe, is Spain's premier luxury label. Designed by Northern Irish designer, JW Anderson, it is producing some of the most directional and top quality menswear ATM.
This season was inspired by the beach: shells, rope and boats decorated tops, jackets and accessories. Gold leaf on denim brings to mind the warmth of a summer sunset. This shell tote is stunning and a real standout piece. Who said life was a beach?!
Credits - Clothes - Loewe from Matchesfashion.com, Bag - Loewe from Matchesfashion.com, Trainers - Tim Little X Grenson, Fragrance - Bentley Momentum, Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate - Aveda
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I’ve decided to give up processed or refined sugar for Lent. Not because I’m particularly religious, but I feel it is a nice length of time, around 40 days, and other people are giving up things at the same time - so, hopefully, some moral support.
Left - TheChicGeek is smiling at the moment, but will he be smiling in 40 days time?
Henry Tate will be spinning in his grave, but traditional white cane sugar has become enemy number one, lately. But, even without too much nutritional knowledge, it’s easy to understand that sugar is usually a cheap ingredient or substitute in unhealthy foods, drinks and snacks.
As for the health penalties of free sugar, meaning sugar that isn’t bound to fiber in fruit, it can lead to inflammation, blood sugar instability, and, over a period of time, type 2 diabetes. Sugar causes altered internal pH levels resulting in a more acidic body. It is believed that an acidic environment is a breeding ground for disease, whereas an alkaline body promotes good health.
French scientists in Bordeaux reported that in animal trials, rats chose sugar over cocaine (even when they were addicted to cocaine), and speculated that no mammals’ sweet receptors are naturally adapted to the high concentrations of sweet tastes on offer in modern times.
At a dinner, a few months ago, a lady was waxing lyrical about giving up sugar. She said how much better she felt and how much better her skin looked. Ironically, we were probably talking about this over dessert. But, I knew I wanted to try it when I was ready to.
I don't really drink sugary drinks, but my Achilles Heel is chocolate. I understand you can eat sugar free chocolate, but I’m going to try the first week without anything. I’m not going to be militant, like sugar in ketchup and bread, but I’m taking out fizzy drinks, ice cream, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, sweets and any other obvious sugar heavy products.
I want to see whether I’m addicted, whether I can go without and how will I look and feel at the end of the experiment. As we all these things, you learn as you go and more often then not you take some good habits into your everyday life.
The first few days were a breeze, but the mid-to-end of the first week, I feel like I’d run out of things to eat, plus I don’t really feel like I know how much I’m eating, lots of crisps, probably, and there is no full stop on a meal, so the satisfaction is gone. It feels open waiting for that satisfying sweetness a chocolate bar or handful of Haribo may bring. I’m getting bored with fresh and dried fruit and I’ve been googling ‘sugar free brownie recipes’, which I may make this week.
I don't feel tired, but, I feel less energetic and I feel like I’m going to run out of energy quickly. I’m not sure if I’ve lost weight, but I don’t think I’ve gained any and if a six-pack appears at Easter, I’d be more than happy. I’m going to the gym as normal and eating everything else as normal.
On the positive, my gums feel much better and less ‘active’. I feel calmer and less prone to ups and downs.
That first half an hour after each meal is the difficult part, I need to distract myself and push through and ignore old habits. The word ‘Lent’ may derive from the old German word translating as ‘long’. Let’s see.
Lara Djandji, Men’s International Designers and Accessories Buyer, Harvey Nichols
“Utility remains a key trend for this season with style cues taken from the uniforms of US correctional facilities. This staple khaki shirt by Marni is an essential buy to update your spring wardrobe, featuring a drawstring hem that adds a sportsluxe twist on the classic shirt”.
Left - Marni – Olive Poplin Shirt - £375
“A new brand at Harvey Nichols this season and one to watch, is Qasimi. These textured shorts in a muted blush, tap perfectly into one of our key trends that sees a softer, more relaxed and effortless way of dressing. Pair with a simple white Tee and tailored jacket to embody the brands uniformity and military influences”.
Left - Qasimi - Blush Textured Shell Shorts - £310
‘“Channel Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet this spring with this playful pillar box red Hawaiian shirt from Saint Laurent. Perfect for brightening up your wardrobe and encouraging good vibes”.
Below - Saint Laurent - Red Hawaiian-print Challis Shirt - £530
“These pressed slacks by Wooyoungmi offer a contemporary take on trousers this season, with a wide leg and cropped silhouette that will give you a modern workwear look. In a black wool blend fabrication these slacks can be dressed up or down, with a smart brogue or sleek trainer”.
Left - Wooyoungmi – Black Wide Leg Wool Blend Trousers - £340
“The fashion trainer trend shows no sign of disappearing, so this is the season to invest in Maison Margeila’s Replica model trainers, an iconic style within the sneaker industry. My pick this season is the all-white, brush painted style, for a subversively cool retro street look”.
Left - Maison Margiela - New Replica White Paint-Effect Leather Trainers - £455
Move over the Little Mermaid as TheChicGeek gets sculptural in the latest menswear collection from Burberry. Inspired by the British sculptor, Henry Moore, Burberry's new collection was a play with form, function and distortion. Oversized dress shirts, sweatshirts with rope detailing and twisted brogues were all part of their 'See Now, Buy Now' collection.
Spot the spring carrot throughout TheChicGeek's SS17 collections as he picks his favourite menswear collections of the season and models his favourite pieces, making him one happy geek!
Credits - Clothes - Burberry SS17, Shoes - Burberry SS17, Spectacles - Salvatore Ferragamo, Fragrance - Givenchy Gentlemen Only Eau De Toilette Fraiche, Bumble & Bumble - Sumoclay
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Flashback to 2012 London Fashion Week - If you're going to dress-up, then go the whole hog. Dan here is wearing a three-piece suit and has all the accessories; the pocket square, the brogues, the camel overcoat and the tie-pin. The colour of the suit is unusual but works well in both cold and warmer weather. It's classic, cliché I know, but the blue shirt and wool tie makes it contemporary.
Spectacles - Ralph Lauren, Bespoke Suit - Mark Powell, Shirt - Smyth and Gibson, Tie - From Milan, Shoes - ASOS, Coat - Acne
Robyn Ferris, Junior Buyer at MR PORTER
"This summer expect a renewed popularity of vintage-style jackets. The colour of this Officine Generale’s suede jacket pairs perfectly with jeans and is ideal for those in-between months when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. The jacket’s water-repellent coating guarantees that the beautiful suede won't be sullied by any light rain!"
Left - Officine Generale - Slim-Fit Water-Repellent Suede Jacket - £930
"I’m a big fan of Inis Meáin and their hand finished knits. We have a great selection for spring available on site now including lightweight linen melange sweaters and cardigans. My favourite piece is this waffle-knit sweater, it will introduce textual diversity into your casual wardrobe, looks great worn with jeans or shorts and will take you through to autumn".
Below - Inis Meáin - Gansey Waffle-Knit Linen and Cotton-Blend Sweater - £185
"The relaxed vibe of this shirt perfectly encapsulates summer for me. I love the variations in tone it has from the dye and its crisp touch gives a summer feel whether worn under a cardigan with jeans or with swim shorts on holiday".
Left - Massimo Alba - Watercolour-Dyed Washed-Ramie Shirt - £200
"Having recently just launched on MR PORTER, I adore Arpenteur’s heritage-inspired collection. Perfectly capturing casual French attire, this classic cotton Breton stripe t-shirt is a must have for summer. The relaxed cut and three-quarter sleeves recall traditional naval uniforms".
Left - Arpenteur - Brehat Striped Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt - £75
"No man’s summer wardrobe is complete without a new pair of swim shorts and my pick out of this season’s selection is this Incotex swim short. The art deco print will get you noticed on the beach and as they are designed to fit like a pair of trousers, they are far more refined than your average pair".
Below - Incotex - Short-Length Printed Swim Shorts - £150