Tuesday, 30 November 2021 14:11

Palace Collaborates With Kappa

kappa palace collection menswearPalace and Kappa unveil a new collaborative collection: the first time the two brands have worked together.

The Palace Kappa collaboration is a celebration of timeless Italian street style and 1990s British football culture. Kappa invited the Palace design team to explore the Kappa archive in Turin. The extensive collection houses jerseys worn by iconic players, sportswear re-appropriated by Britpop stars, and the hundreds of different Home and Away kits worn by Kappa sponsored teams over the past 30 years.

The Palace design team focused on archival garments that they fondly remember wearing as streetwear ready-mades in the 1990s. Jerseys represented local affiliations, but over time the colour ways evolved beyond strict team allegiances.

kappa palace collection menswearThe Kappa Palace collaboration includes a '90’s fit' crinkle effect long jacket in technical nylon with the Maxi Kappa logo on the shoulders and Palace’s reworked 'banda'' on the sleeves. Another stand out item is the iconic Kappa 222 Banda tracksuit in polytricot, reinterpreted with a playful new Palace Kappa logo. T-shirts with Raglan sleeves are inspired by iconic soccer jerseys in blue, yellow, pink, and black, and a soccer boot bag with the Kappa and Palace logos in rubber round out the collection.

The Kappa® Palace collection is available at Palace stores in London, NYC, LA and Tokyo ; DSM - London and LA Online at palaceskateboards.com

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Monday, 29 November 2021 23:02

Film House of Gucci

House of Gucci film review geekTheChicGeek says, "If you received a Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980’s your parents had money. Alessandra Gucci, the daughter of Maurizio and Patrizia Gucci, in the new film, House of Gucci, unwraps the talking teddy bear at their ski chalet in St. Moritz just as her parents’ marriage is starting to disintegrate.

The film centres on the grandson of the Gucci founder and his rollercoaster relationship and ultimate murder under his wife’s auspices, played by Lady Gaga.

Left - The Gucci Mob

Gaga is intense and totally commited, down to the bad make-up, Jared Leto is unrecognisable as Maurizio’s cousin, Paolo Gucci. Al Pacino is like a mob boss as his uncle, Aldo, while Jeremy Irons adds some class as Rodolfo Gucci, Maurizio’s father, who early on knew the true motivation for Patrizia.

The film has a great soundtrack, though it doesn’t correspond exactly with the timeline, add in New York, disco and glamour and it brings to mind the recent Halston series with Ewan McGregor. I didn't realise Maurizio was still at Gucci when Tom Ford arrived to completely reinvent the brand.

The styling is good. Gucci’s famous snaffle loafers make a starring role, plus there’s a few Jackie bags and monogrammed prints. This will only propel the mega-brand to even greater exposure and popularity. Even the bad 1980’s jewellery. This film is a reseller’s dream. 

The only jarring moments were the disco scene at the beginning - it wasn’t very 70s and looked like a made- for-movie set with strange dance floor - and Domenico de Sole’s white socks - not sure any Italian of taste would wear white sports socks with black shoes.

Paolo Gucci’s eccentric and mocked designs could surely have found at home with the Etro family?! And the budget Wintour and Leon Talley are funny.

The film is hammy, but that’s okay because every actor is committed. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

House of Gucci film review geek

House of Gucci film review geek

House of Gucci film review geekFrom Top:

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani (Gucci)

Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci

Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci

Salma Hayek as 'psychic' Pina Auriemma

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Monday, 08 November 2021 14:37

Jil Sander Teams Up With Arc’teryx For Ski

Jil Sander and Arc’teryx skin jackets collection menswearJil Sander and Arc’teryx has announced their first joint project. Jil Sander Creative Directors, Lucie and Luke Meier, chose Arc’teryx for their 30-year commitment to craftsmanship, product integrity, and functionality, to authentic performance and innovation. Focused on skiing, snowboarding, and mountain sports, the collection consists of three jackets - one unisex, one for women, and one for men, a pair of bibbed trousers and a one-piece suit, both unisex.

Lucie and Luke Meier have designed new volumes and shapes and, with the engineering of the Arc’teryx team, have optimised the garments for function and construction. The collection features waterproof and breathable 3L Gore-text Pro fabric accented with overlays of supple weatherproof leather. The interiors of the garments show the lines drawn by Arc’teryx’s signature ergonomic patterning and micro-seam tape construction, highlighting the meticulous, specializsd build.

The 3 solid colours of the collection underline the found synthesis between purpose and design: white, black, and a blue-grey reminiscent of the depth of glaciers.

“We both grew up spending time in the mountains enjoying winter sports but we could never find garments that balanced high performance with high aesthetic quality. Eventually, with Arc’teryx, a company we have always admired for their rigour and commitment to research, we had the chance to design them”, say Lucie and Luke Meier.

Complementing the brand’s main collection, Jil Sander+ seasonally adds to the Jil Sander world a series of products made for life in nature, for both men and women; often unisex. The Jil Sander+ collections blend the sense of luxury, comfort, and design of Jil Sander with honest, authentic items.

Jil Sander and Arc’teryx skin jackets collection menswear

The collection will be available online at jilsander.com, arcteryx.com, ssense.com as well as Jil Sander and Arc’teryx stores and at select retailers worldwide.

TheChicGeek says, "Arc’teryx is probably a stronger brand than Jil Sander these days. The Canadian outdoor company specialising in technical high-performance apparel has grown to be one of the biggest and most desirable outerwear companies. This is a great partner for Jil Sander, though the shapes, apart from the jackets, are quite restrictive to the slopes."

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Wednesday, 03 November 2021 09:46

Introducing SwatchPAY!

Swatch PAY launchesThe payment function of SwatchPAY! is hidden; it has never been so easy to impress friends when it’s time to pay for a round of drinks.

How does it work? Hidden inside each model with the SwatchPAY! feature is a Near Field  Communication (NFC) chip that works in the same way as the ones in bank cards to enable contactless payments. The added benefit is that the NFC chip doesn’t drain the watch battery. Simply move the watch close to the payment terminal at the checkout counter, the terminal reader exchanges payment information with the chip, and that’s all there is to it!  Lost the watch? Don’t panic. Wearers can suspend or reactivate the payment function of the watch with a single tap on a smartphone or tablet using the SwatchPAY! app at any time. Like all other Swatch models, watches with SwatchPAY! are water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres.

"Never has contactless payment been this popular! We are all excited to launch SwatchPAY! in the UK," says Bernardo Tribolet, Swatch Head of Trendscouting. "Setting up your SwatchPAY! is simple, fast and does not come at any extra cost. Introducing this cool tokenised payment method, makes contactless secure and easier than ever. No need to activate the payment function separately or keep the watch within range of your connected smartphone. Activate your Swatch, swipe it and you’re done. SwatchPAY! is simple, stylish, safe and very Swatchy”.

The cool payment innovation is powered by Curve in the UK. "Curve is all about making money work on your terms and is delighted to be able to offer the convenience of watch payments to customers who want to wear traditional watches that fit 21st century expectations. Nothing could be a better pairing than Swatch's stylish designs and Curve's seamless technology," says Shachar Bialick, Founder and CEO of Curve.

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Friday, 29 October 2021 16:29

David Gandy Launches WELLWEAR

David Gandy Wellwear loungewear basics

DAVID GANDY WELLWEAR is a 'world first concept bringing apparel and wellbeing together in a lifestyle brand that fuses fashion, function and feeling'. Inspired by the supermodel’s 20 years' of industry experience and based on the scientific benefits of wearing soft, comfortable clothing, the 20-piece debut collection offers a definitive range of essentials that puts the emotional wellbeing of its customer at its very heart.

“Clothing can have a big impact on our confidence, so I wanted to create a range that helps people feel relaxed and secure – one that allows people to feel as comfortable as they do in their own skin” says Gandy.

Fabric constructions have been selected for their natural functionality, such as body temperature regulation and moisture wicking, to create an additional layer of comfort. Wellwear also pushes the boundaries on affordable fabric innovation by applying technical treatments to garments to physically enhance the wearer’s wellbeing. These include anti-odour and anti-bacterial properties which reduce the need to wash clothes after every wear, increasing longevity of the garment and in turn having a positive wider environmental impact, and the use of Aloe Vera plant extract which has wound healing, anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties.

TheChicGeek says, "It's quite hard to get excited about basics, but I like Gandy's attempt at a spin on them. The product descriptions are a bit of a stretch for a cotton loopback hoodie - 'The release of oxytocin (feel-good hormones) when you hug someone has a powerful calming effect signalling relaxation and safety. We’ve read that soft clothing does the same, so we made the Ultimate Hoodie as soft as possible. Here’s a hug from us to boost your mood.' 
 
David Gandy Wellwear loungewear basicsComfortable clothing makes people feel relaxed. Who knew?! The proof of the basics is in the wearing... Hoodies are £75, T-Shirts are £30. Made in Portugal.
 
I didn't realise Gandy no longer did his ranges for Marks & Spencer -the English model’s underwear range for Autograph, launched in September 2014, and swimwear collection was released during summer 2015 - so this is clearly his own extension of that. 
 
Could probably do with more colour, but I guess that'll be about growing out the SKUs. Sportswear and beauty/supplements will be a natural brand progression here."
 

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