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

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

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“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

the chic geek top menswear collections brooks brothers spring 2016Summer dressing just got a whole lot easier thanks to the pyjama shirt. Jump out of bed, put your head on and you're good to go.

American menswear brand, Brooks Brothers, knows a thing or two about seersucker. This most American of fabrics comes in the colours of the star spangled banner, this season, in contrasting stripes.

Team your shorts with a matching hat and contrasting polka dot trainers. What rhymes with Nantucket?!

Look - Brooks Brothers, Trainers - Louis Leeman

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

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Friday, 19 February 2016 13:10

Buyer's Guide SS16 MATCHESFASHION.COM

Damien Paul, Head of Menswear, MATCHESFASHION.COM

by walid shirt matches fashion the chic geek “There's a more bohemian attitude coming through, this season, and London-based label By Walid has some of the most wearable interpretations we've seen. This silk shirt will make a great layering piece for spring”.

Left - By Walid - Silk Shirt - £558

“Gucci has been totally reinvigorated over the last couple of seasons and their accessories are particularly covetable. These heavy-duty sandals feel modern but masculine”.

Below - Gucci - Double-strap Leather Sandals - £410

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damir dome top the chic geek buyers guides“Fraying, distressing and raw edges tapped in the grungier mood we saw at the shows. Damir Doma does it best”.

Left - Damir Doma - Raw-edged Top - £315

balenciaga jacket spring 2016 menswear“This was Alexander Wang's last and best collection for Balenciaga - and the last opportunity to invest in his dynamic, athletic vision for the brand. This zipper-accented bomber was the standout”.

Left -Balenciaga - Zip-detail Bomber Jacket - £655

“Orley has fast become one of my favourite brands in New York. They're primarily known for their knitwear (which I'd seriously advise you to check out) - but these sneakers were pretty hard to ignore”.

Below - Orley - Paisley Suede Sneakers - £235

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 14:18

How to Detox

how to detox drink water Sometimes you need reminding about the basics of keeping your skin healthy. Rita Strazinska, beauty expert and founder of Bio2You, answers some of the most frequently asked questions on how to detox skin and bring back the healthy glow before the Christmas season.

Q: What is a cheap and easy way to detox the skin?

A: Drink more water – It sounds simple and is simple, however, not many people drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water a day. Drinking water helps flush out toxins, cleanse the liver and your skin benefits from the hydration.

Q: How do I get my skin looking instantly better after over-indulging during party season?

A: Get up and glow – by using a facial scrub to effortlessly sweep away dead skin cells and residue. The result is cleaner, fresher more radiant and younger looking skin.

Q: Do anti-ageing products help with skin detoxing, even if I’m not concerned about wrinkles?

A: It’s never too early to start thinking about anti-ageing as prevention is always better than cure. We are surrounded by and consume free-radicals from the moment we are born so investing in a good anti-ageing cream will provide long-lasting moisture, nourishment, protection and rejuvenation for tired looking skin.

Q: What’s all the fuss about detoxing with organic products?

A: Organic products are free from hidden nasties and unnecessary ingredients and not only are they better for your health but are also kinder to the environment. So you can treat yourself and do your bit for the world at the same time.

Q: What are the best ingredients to look for when detoxing the skin?

A: Be greedy with your ingredients – Just because a product has a high street name doesn’t mean it has high grade ingredients. Look for products that contain active ingredients from a natural source for the best results.

Making your way through the minefield of superfruits and foods is often very confusing so the best way to look to the future sometimes is to look to the past. Seabuckthorn has been used in therapies for skin complaints for many years due to its amazing nutritional properties and can be used for a multitude of skin conditions including revitalising and improving skin elasticity, renewing skin cells and nourishing the epidermis.

Q: Are good skin products enough for detoxing or do I need to change my lifestyle?

A: An easy way to give your skin a boost is to get a good night’s sleep - not only does this help you function better the next day but it also helps reduce puffiness in the eyelids and face. So go to bed an hour earlier and see the difference the very next day.

Monday, 15 February 2016 11:55

#OOTD Topman Suit Style By City #sp

topman suit the chic geek ootdA sartorial tour of the UK, Topman’s Suit Style By City series aims to show the most popular Topman suit styles and how they are wearing them, city by city across the country. It turns out London was matched to a trend for coloured suits.

Representing his hometown, London, TheChicGeek, knows there’s no place as stylish as home in this ultra-skinny green suit. The coolest city in the world, with a geek to match, where London leads the rest of the world follows.

Nothing says ‘London’ like a red phone box or two, especially with a flaming cactus print shirt to match. Team with matching green shoes for that extra attention to detail.

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