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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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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 10:51

AW21 Barbour x Noah Jackets

Barbour noah bedale jacketThe third iteration of this collaboration, Barbour has launched its Autumn Winter 21 collection with New York label, Noah. This season the range includes six different jackets that are based on the traditional Barbour Bedale and Beaufort styles - both of which were first introduced in the early 1980s. These classic designs have been reimagined in new vibrant fabrications to create a collection that is both timeless and modern.

Left - Barbour - Aero Noah Bedale - £299

The jackets have been crafted from two distinct fabrics, both made in the UK – a dry wax and a heavy wool. The Bedale jackets are made in a dry wax and is available in the colourways of wine, nicotine and dark navy - with a contrasting tartan lining.

By contrast the Beaufort designs are made in a heavy wool from Abraham Moon & Sons, a British company established in 1837. Although the shape and cut of the Beaufort design has been retained, the heavy fabric gives the jackets a weighty, robust feel. Available in tan, brown plaid and a pink tone, each design features a contrasting tartan lining. 

The jackets are completed with Barbour’s signature heavy-weight two-way zips, corduroy collars, upper hand warmer pockets and lower bellows pockets. On the exterior. there is a small and subtle Barbour X Noah embroidered logo on the pocket flap - and on the interior you’ll find an oversized embroidered Barbour X Noah logo at the neck.

Ian Bergin, Director of Menswear, Footwear & Accessories, Barbour said: ‘We really enjoyed working alongside the team at NOAH to bring our unique collaborative designs for Autumn Winter to life. There is a natural symbiosis between our two brands that comes from the desire to create timeless products with a contemporary twist and I hope that people will enjoy wearing them for many years to come.”

Brendon Babenzien, Noah Co-Founder and Creative Director said: "Barbour jackets are perfect for what they are designed for, therefore we chose to make only subtle updates this season. We focused on cloth selection for those who may not manage to wear wax comfortably — water resistant dry cloths for those looking to shed rain and wools to combat chilly temperatures. These felt like simple but elegant variations to an already legendary outerwear piece.”

TheChicGeek says, "The Barbour jacket is the Range Rover of the coat world and as such is one of the UK's greatest clothing exports. Who wouldn't want a pink one?!"

The Autumn Winter 21 Barbour x Noah collection is available on barbour.com and noahny.com and from selected stockists worldwide

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Monday, 02 January 2017 22:59

The Chic Geek Style Awards 2016

Best Designer Label Loewe Chic Geek

The Chic Geek Awards 2015

Happy New Year, Chic Geeks. What a year. Fashion years are a bit like dog years, so much happens and so much is forgotten about, while other things, unpredictably, have such an impact and filter out into the mainstream. Here's what I can remember from 2016. Tweet me your thoughts on #TheChicGeekAwards 

Best Label of 2016 - Loewe

There weren’t many labels to rival Gucci this year, and while I (still) love it, I wanted to recognise something else. J W Anderson creates ‘fashion’ which is becoming harder and harder to find these days. Being the head of the Spanish label, Loewe, pronounced Loo-wavay, it has allowed his ideas to be polished with their skills in leather goods and skins.

He has created a clean high-fashion label out of Loewe, it’s almost like a male Celine, but with touches of humour and seasonal difference which gives it life without being too gimmicky and themed. If only we could afford it. He’s done such a good job here it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got the top job at Louis Vuitton, eventually. 

Best new menswear label Gosha RubinchinskiyBest New Label of 2016 - Gosha Rubchinskiy

‘Designing’ since 2008, this Russian designer is part of the non-fashion, sportswear trend that infiltrated the po-faced - read East London - side of fashion, this year. While he didn’t create anything new, he subverted like a professional and hit the sweet spot when it came to pricing the designer market. There’s a real market for affordable designer clothes and the Comme backed Gosha is cleaning up with his sweatshirts and skater style pieces. We’re spending more time in the gym and this is being reflected in our clothes and this is where it meets high-fashion with a side order of 80s charity shop.

Best high street award ASOS The Chic Geek 2016Best High Street of 2016 - ASOS

With annual sales now standing at £1.4bn, ASOS is the ‘high-street’ giant of the internet. It’s obviously doing something right and it wins TheChicGeek Award for best high-street for its pure experimentation and ridiculousness. From Yeezy inspired Mad Max looking outfits to Gucci pussy-bow shirts, ASOS has the depth of choice at a price everybody can afford. 

Where once the high-street copied designers, now, due to the sheer volume of product needed, they come up with their own ideas and run with it. Just don’t buy the ‘Super Skinny Fit’. Sequinned trousers, anybody?

Boldking razor review The Chic Geek Awards 2016Best Grooming Product 2016 - Boldking Razor

The razor market is dominated by the big players who out discount each other to monopolise the supermarket and pharmacy. They do innovate, but slowly, so it was nice to hear of a small player thinking differently. 

The big difference here is the blades are further apart to prevent clogging, which, if you have thick, coarse hair, will happen a lot. Plus the razor comes with a suction cup to put on your mirror or sink, out of the way. Simply yet effective.

The branding is really good. Gone are the muscles and steamed up mirrors: replaced by cute graphics and chatty instructions. This feels modern, it feels like there’s no pressure to be a certain type of man, it’s simply about shaving and doing a good job. Time to start shaving again. Hello, Boldking. More here

 

 

Best Grooming Brand Buly 2016 The Chic Geek Style AwardsBest Grooming Brand 2016 - Buly

Parisian brand, Buly, takes you back to a fantasy time of apothecaries and Renaissance snake oil salesmen where there’s a tortoiseshell comb for every part of your body. Where things have more meaning than is obvious, at first, and time-honoured traditions are bottled and squeezed into metal tubes and glass jars. This brand is all about the packaging which is always a big thing when it comes to grooming and beauty products.

I’ve tried the toothpaste - orange, clove and ginger - and the shaving cream - read more here

They add a difference and excitement to the grooming routine and the products work. They’re not cheap, but they’re special and feel like a historical treat. 

Dunhill Icon Absolute fragrance of the yearFragrance of the Year 2016 - Dunhill Icon Absolute

2016 was a bit of a disappointment from mainstream fragrance brands. The power of the fashion brand has waned and their offerings don’t feel as special or as premium as they once did. People are moving towards niche and specialised fragrance houses which offer something of quality, but at a higher price, usually.

Fashion brands and their licensees are too quick to release and they don’t commit to the fragrances they produce and thus fall by the wayside very quickly. I wanted to choose something more mainstream. Technically, this came out in 2015, but I only discovered it, this year. Even though Dunhill Icon won TheChicGeek Award last year, this Absolute version is completely different in a good way.

The top notes are bergamot and black pepper, middle notes are saffron, black rose and jasmine and base notes are agarwood (oud), tobacco leaf and leather. It smells really exotic and rich and warm and keeps you coming back for more. It doesn’t really last, but that’s okay, it’s not ridiculously expensive. I’ve smelt this on a few people over the year and it’s instantly recognisable. This really is rather good if you like something rich and intoxicating.

Most stylish menswear programme Deutschland 83 The Chic Geek AwardsMost Stylish Programme 2016 - Deutschland ‘83

Forget the shoulder pads and power dressing, Deutschland ’83, was a lesson in Eastern European sportswear and military dressing. It was the great pop soundtrack of 80s classics that got us channelling our East Berlin realness and Vetements irony that made us want to stay firmly behind the wall. 

Best collaboration Craig Green Bjorn Borg Best Menswear Collaboration 2016 - Craig Green X Bjorn Borg

Affordability seems to be the word of 2016. Collaborations needs to tap a new market or appeal to those priced out. That’s why H&M always seem to do so well. Craig Green teamed up with Bjorn Borg this year to produce a collection that didn’t meet in the middle, it just gave the great unwashed Craig Green at a price they could afford. His samurai favourites were here in a capsule collection of unisex pieces. Doubles your market, natch!

Chic Geek Awards 2016 Dover Street Market Best RetailSpecial ChicGeek Award 2016 - Dover Street Market

While the world tipped towards online, and the high-street continued to try to pile it high and sell it cheap, Dover Street Market moved.

It became what it should have always been. It got a proper retail space and had a flow and order to it. It’s dedication to designers and their visions will make Dover Street Market the hardcore venue and destination for devotees of the catwalk and its silliness. This is serious fashion for those who can’t see the humour in it all, but mock what you will, it’s nice that a Dover Street Market as good as this one exists in London.

 

 

 

  

Most Stylish man Jared Leto Gucci The Chic Geek AwardsMost Stylish Man of 2016 - Jared Leto

If you’re going to be a ‘style icon’ you need to take risks. We can all do a Thom Sweeney three piece suit with a horseshoe waistcoat and look the part, but it’s those little touches and breaking-out-of-the-mould outfits that gets TheChicGeek nod. 

I’ve never been a fan of Jared Leto, not really sure why, but since he became Alessandro Michele’s dress-up doll, he’s really committed, with both GG logoed feet, to the Gucci renaissance. Some have been hits, other misses, but it’s definitely not safe and hats off to him.

Turkey of 2016

We got a lesson in how not to launch a website this year with Condé Nast’s style.com. The much delayed and anticipated site was supposed to use their expertise and kudos in the luxury market to rival Net-a-Porter and matchesfashion.com by using the power of their magazine brands and offering a new take on curated commerce. What we got was a quiet launch of something that didn’t have much content, was a shopping portal and didn’t offer anything new in a saturated luxury market. It will be interesting to see whether they further commit to this or quietly shelve it and put it down to experience. Read more here

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