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The Hottest New Summer Mens Haircuts

The Hottest New Summer Mens Haircuts

The best summer haircuts for men have the ability to look stylish, whilst keeping you cool in the heat. From buzz cuts to quiffs through to fades, the following looks from TONI&GUY’s International Artistic Director, Jamie Devenish, promise to keep your hair in check from mornings spent at the pool, to evenings at the bar.

The Hottest New Summer Mens Haircuts

Comb-over Pompadour 

Slicked-back hair is always popular in the summer regardless of length. Instead of slicking hair up and back like the original pompadour, the comb-over directs hair to the side. If you have shorter hair, this is a quick look to style and if your hair is longer, the use of the comb-over will keep hair away from your face – win win! A top tip in re-creating this look: Start with clean, towel-dried hair and comb through label.men Sculpting pomade before blow-drying to the side. The pomade will provide great hold and shine, plus your hair will win the battle against sun, sea and sand.



The Hottest New Summer Mens Haircuts

Textured Crop 

A classic blend of high fashion meets beach boy. Due to its natural ability of giving the look of thicker, more volumised hair, the textured crop is generally favoured by a more mature clientele. The style also works really well on almost all hair types, however it’s not the best for curls, as it will give the illusion of a rounder face shape. A top tip in re-creating this look: label.m Fashion Edition Powder to Wax will give volume and buildable texture, without going full ‘shaggy-surfer dude’. For optimum results, shake the powder into your palm and rub your hands together to create a creamy wax. Guide your fingers through the front to evenly distribute.



The Hottest New Summer Mens Haircuts

Buzz Cut 

When the sun is shining, a quick solution to keeping your scalp cool is to shave the hair off! Instead of buzzing it all off this year, opt for a more versatile variation. The ‘Sherbet’ is a classic clipper cut with faded sides and is slightly longer on top. There are many variations of the buzz cut, so speak to your barber about the one that best suits your face shape. Either way, the maintenance of this style promises to be easy – crucial when you’re out and about enjoying the sun. A top tip in recreating this look: If your head shape is slightly bumpy, avoid getting a style that’s too close to the head. We would recommend going for a grade 3 or 4 – which is just short enough to stay cool, but long enough to shield the scalp. We also advise using label.men Scalp Tonic as fading can be quite abrasive on the head and will soothe whilst invigorating the scalp.


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Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

It’s just so damn hot. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of sunshine but when its constantly 30 degrees every day, I soon start craving cooler weather so I can actually sleep at night. But let’s put my rather British weather complaints to one side, because there’s been some interesting wares and product drops this month that I’d like to draw your attention to. We have skincare perfect for tattoos, pocket squares that look like pieces of art and a 35th anniversary shoe collection. So, following on from my June round-up, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite products and releases for the month of July 2018 – enjoy.

Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

Suicoke X Clot 

The new Clot x Suicoke drop brings back the Alienegra Desert Camo graphic print in the Suicoke OLAS-CLTab model. The sandals appear in two colour ways featuring the iconic Alienegra Desert Camo print in an Olive as well as a Beige tone. The campaign has been situated in the natural environment of Hong Kong’s Pineapple Mountain, reminiscent of the views of the Grand Canyon. Inspired by the contrasts found in city life versus nature, the sandals are the perfect hybrid between style and functionality. With its adjustable nylon shoelaces and Vibram soles, this limited-edition collaboration reaches new heights through its innovative design.

Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

Rockport Winning In Style 

Rockport present their ‘Winning In Style’ lookbook, showcasing an array of the most highly anticipated styles from their forthcoming AW18 collection. Ranging from the brand’s iconic DresSport 35th anniversary edition through to the highly anticipated Total Motion chukka boot silhouette, Rockport’s latest offering is a true testament to the brand’s rich history and industry leading approach to innovation and style. To showcase the collection, Rockport tapped three UK based creatives in the form of Oliver Hooson, John Jarrett and Darren Rowlands, each of whom leant their unique take on street style to an array of the new season’s silhouettes.

Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

Salvatore Ferragamo Eyewear 

Salvatore Ferragamo Eyewear introduces the Men’s Capsule, a new eyewear collection that combines modern design and flawless elegance in a distinctive range of sunglasses and optical styles for men. The brand’s artisanal flair and rigorous attention to detail is revealed in the sleek reinterpretation of vintage inspired shapes and classical frames fashioned from smooth acetate and shiny metal. Each model is enhanced with exclusive contrasts and refined accents ranging from striped motifs and transparent effects to the iconic ‘Double Gancini’ detail featured as a unique emblem of style and sophistication.

Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

New Balance New 247 

New Balance has announce the release of the new 247. As a contemporary evolution, the updated silhouette gives a nod to their heritage while further representing the intersection between where lifestyle and sport meet. The new 247 design combines the craftsmanship, technology and fit that New Balance is legendary for and offers the versatility necessary for the modern style seeker and their on-the-go lifestyle. The sneaker offers a more substantial upper design versus that of the original 247 – perfect for on-the-go comfort and ease, while remaining stylish with chunky elements reminiscent of iconic styles.



Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

Electric Ink Skincare 

When your body is a canvas and tattoos are your artwork, it’s important to take care of them. With Electric Ink Skincare, tattoo and skincare couldn’t be easier – their specialist products are packed with ingredients that keep skin looking nourished and tattoos looking fresh and vibrant. All Electric Ink Skincare products contain a mixture of oils and vitamins that work to nourish the skin and protect the tattoo, as well as improving the definition of the tattoos and keep them from looking faded. Every product can be easily incorporated into an established skin care routine.

Discover July 2018 Coolest Stuff

Olivers Passage Pant 

More durable than denim and as comfortable as your favourite sweatpants, this is a performance trouser you can wear on a bike ride into the boardroom. The material is like no other you’ve felt before, yet to look at, it appears very familiar. They feature 4-way stretch which is durable, flexible, soft, light and suitable for all weather and all purposes. Olivers are also so sure of their hard-wearing construction that they’ll repair or replace any product with a fault outside of normal wear and tear for up to 12 months after purchase.

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David Bowie’s Art Collector on His Enduring Impact

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David Bowie was a master of the creative universe, a maestro of visual expression and a kaiser of the cross-pollination of the arts. His reach was far-flung across music, film, fashion and art, with the latter leading his support for the young generations of artists pushing their way through a deeply congested art market. As well as working as the curator for Allbright, owning her own contemporary art gallery in ROKEBY, and as working as a freelance art consultant,…

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A Tribute to Sonia Rykiel’s Famous Red Hair

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“Her instantly recognisable and quintessentially French flame-haired, alabaster-skinned, dramatically dressed appearance has captured the imagination of artists including Andy Warhol, Giacometti and Jean Cocteau,” wrote Susannah Frankel in AnOther Magazine’s S/S08 issue. Frankel was, of course, referring to the late designer Sonia Rykiel, whose personal appearance was emblematic…

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Making Your Fashion Sustainable

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For years, we have all been aware that human activity is becoming increasingly detrimental to the environment and unsustainable. We are damaging the ozone layer, which has resulted in significant global warming, and the melting of polar ice caps. This has consequently destroyed habitats and had a knock on effect on various forms of wildlife in the arctic and Antarctic regions at the same time as causing sea levels to rise, wreaking havoc elsewhere. We are destroying rainforests, polluting the oceans, and polluting the air. But as research progresses, we’re becoming increasingly aware of these problems and looking for new ways to put wrongs to rights in order to protect the very planet that provides us with a home. Now, we tend to focus on areas such as transport, diet, and plastic usage. But believe it or not, the way you dress can have a significant impact on the environment! Here are just a few different ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable.

Invest in High-Quality Items

The sad truth is that we live in a consumer culture in which clothing is too easily dispensable for many individuals. We purchase cheap, low-quality goods that tend to fall apart, run, or fade in the wash. Then we simple replace them with more cheap and low-quality items when this happens, setting the cycle in motion again. While you may think that you’re saving money by buying cheap, you’ll probably end up forking out more in the long-run than if you’d simply purchased something of a high-quality with a slightly higher price tag to start with. But the detrimental effects of this behaviour spread further than your bank balance. It’s bad for the environment too! As piles of clothing fill landfill every year. So, when buying clothes, look to reliable brands like John Henric. Buying from companies with a good reputation will ensure that your clothes stand the test of wear and time.

Buy Second Hand

When people mention recycling clothing, most of us will think of those huge metal banks where you put your old clothes for charities to make good use of. But if you think about it, vintage, thrift store and charity store clothing are all recycled products. Not to mention items listed on online marketplaces such as eBay, Etsy and Depop. There are plenty of benefits that come with buying second hand clothing, with low cost just being one. Recycling is great for the environment. Rather than the item being sent to landfill, you are extending its life and consequently reducing your carbon footprint in the process.

Try Vintage

While vintage stores technically class as second hand stores, they are more specialist and curated. Anything from the 1990s and before classes as vintage, but stores often pick out iconic, statement pieces. Because of the effort that goes into finding stock, the price will be a little higher. But generally speaking, things you find will be cheaper than the high street and often of a much better quality from when things were made properly in times of old.

These are just a few different ways to help the environment through your choice of fashion. But they are simple to incorporate into your lifestyle, so get started sooner rather than later!

An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

The World Cup dream may be over for England – but it’s generally agreed that making it to the semis is a stunning achievement for our team. And the chaps are not coming home just yet as there’s a 3rd place game against Belgium to look forward to. At the helm; Gareth Southgate. Cool, collected, committed, and stylish too, with his surprise choice of sharp tailoring making headlines and sparking yesterday’s #WaistcoatWednesday trend. So, what is it about the waistcoat that’s caused such a resurgence – and what’s the best way to get Southgate’s look? Our good friend Jake Allen, Founder of Bespoke Tailors King & Allen, has plenty of hot tips to share with you.

An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

Yes, a waistcoat makes an obvious style statement (and flatters most physiques) – but it’s also more of a practical garment than you might have first thought. For one thing, it’s incredibly versatile: it keeps you warmer in the winter and, during the hottest summer action, you can remove your jacket and still stay looking eminently cool – as Gareth Southgate has beautifully demonstrated from the technical area, even during the semi-final’s most nail biting moments.

An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

Go Simple with Single Breasted 

One of the most common off-the-peg styles, the single-breasted waistcoat is a great go-to that suits everyone’s body shape. If you’re looking to customise your look, consider adding more buttons (or indeed, taking some away) from the conventional five-button style. For most body shapes, we’d recommend a pointed finish to the hem, as it elongates the torso, which has a flattering effect. With its mix of smart style and total wearability, it’s not surprising that Southgate has gone for this style to support his most important career endeavours to date.



An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

Go Traditional with Double Breasted 

This is a more traditional option – perhaps better for Autumn and Winter, since it’s difficult to unbutton without looking a little messy. But, for a particularly formal occasion, the double-breasted waistcoat makes for an elegant and timeless look. Since the bottom hemline tends to be straight, not pointed, make sure that you try before you buy, to avoid any messy ‘shirt overhang’.


 

Accessorise Black Tie with the Horseshoe 

The most striking style on offer, the horseshoe is the favoured option for very formal occasions. It lends itself really well to black tie, since it offers a modern alternative to the traditional cummerbund, which can feel cumbersome to wear. The deep opening also allows for showing off shirt studs, bibs and pleats, whilst covering the waistband of your trousers.



An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

Lose the Jacket with a Lapel 

Any bespoke waistcoat can feature a lapel and it’s a great choice for very warm weather, since it formalises your waistcoat to such an extent that you could easily go jacketless and still look up to scratch. Lapels also offer lots of options to add your own style in a bespoke suit. You can experiment with colour, contrasting cloth and even add a signature stripe to make the look your own. The signature stripe is something you can get at King & Allen and involves having a few words or a phrase stitched into the cloth, much like a pinstripe. It’s picked up a lot of interest this week, thanks to a photoshopped meme of Southgate’s waistcoat saying: ‘IT’S COMING HOME’. Sadly, it’s not real, and sadly, we’re coming home without the World Cup trophy for real – but given England’s stunning performance during this season we think he’d have every right to get several full signature stripe suits made up to mark the achievement.



An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

Cut Your Own Style with Cloth Backed 

The cloth back isn’t to be confused with the traditional lining back – historically, lining was used as a practical solution as the back of the waistcoat was never intended to be seen. But, in modern formalwear, the cloth lining is coming into its own. Matching a cloth lining to the rest of the waistcoat is a really smart look, potentially eliminating the need for a jacket in hot weather. Whilst, in cold weather, the cloth adds an extra layer of robustness to keep you warm. For a statement piece, you could even contrast the cloth – but be careful, there’s a difference between statement and just plain odd!

An Expert Guide to Mens Waistcoats

Other Sartorial Style Options 

England’s performance right up to the semis tips the team to go from strength-to-strength before our next big chance in 2022 and, if he keeps this up, Southgate’s bound to be back in the spotlight again. Here are three of our best insider tips we think he might love to wear for future big matches: 

Statement cloths: Tweeds, tartans, velvets, herringbone, brocade…the choice is endless, and don’t forget that your waistcoat doesn’t have to match your suit. Choosing a contrasting colour or pattern can enhance a suit no end. Would a union jack waistcoat be too much? One thing’s for sure, if anyone can carry it off, Gareth Southgate can. 

Pocket watches: Pocket watches are very much back in fashion, thanks to the Peaky Blinders style trend, and they can look debonair if carried off with confidence. Perhaps this might be the best way to check extra time on the pitch too.

Add a show button: The bottom button rule dictates that you should never do up the bottom button of your waistcoat or jacket. This is a convention driven by practicality – born out of the irritation of having to fasten and undo your button every time you stand or sit. However, it also creates room for the addition of a ‘show button’. It could be a personal tribute, carry an engraved message, feature a precious material, or even – might we venture – be styled as a football? Or maybe that’s just one step too far…

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In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

This summer sees a new flagship BBC One drama coming to our TV screens. Already being tipped as a hit series, the hype has started amongst critics as it is the next project from Debbie Horsfield: writer of the award-winning programme Poldark. Don’t expect post-revolutionary action and adventure with Aidan Turner riding around on horseback as this time Horsfield has written a more modern storyline; revolving around the lives of a dysfunctional family who own Mirrorbel Beauty Salon in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. Exploring the challenges of youth, age and long-term relationships, the six-part series comes with some very familiar British TV actors and actresses including Robson Green, Polly Walker and Lisa Riley. There are also some fresh faces on the scene and MenswearStyle had the opportunity to interview one of the stars, Louie Threlfall.

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

Recently graduated from theatre school, Louie has taken on the role of Tyler: a true Mancunian, Tyler has found his own sense of style at the young age of 19 which leads him to follow his passion and study fashion in Leeds. As the storyline develops, Tyler’s strong relationship with his working family becomes increasingly evident and even has an impact on the outcome of his family’s future. Aside from their own business and personal struggles, Louie’s character has his own challenges to deal with, including discussing his sexuality. Speaking to the young actor, it is clear just how much Threlfall enjoyed filming this intriguing and humbling series. He has come fresh out of the blocks from studying acting at school and has already gained a respected amount of experience from appearing on the stage, in shows such as David Copperfield and Richard III. To go straight into a BBC series must be quite daunting, especially considering his fellow cast, however Louie appears to have taken it all in his stride and we look forward to seeing how he progresses and, of course, where the storyline leads.

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

You are about to play 19 year old Tyler in a new BBC series, could you tell us more about your role in Age Before Beauty? 

“As the series begins, Tyler is on his way to study fashion in Leeds. He’s Manchester born and bred, and has spent a lot of his life helping his mother, Belle’s (Polly Walker) business at the Mirrorbel Beauty Salon in the Northern Quarter. Tyler is probably what you would call a Mum’s boy. When he’s back down in Manchester, he’s spending a lot of time helping out the family business. He shares a close bond with his twin sister Lexie (Lucy Polgar), they share everything together. His relationship to his aunties, in particular tattoo-artist Tina (Lisa Riley), goes through bigger journeys. Lexie and Tina are close enough to him that he can talk with them about his lifestyle and relationship advice with boys. It’s not something that he discusses often with his parents, even though they know he’s an openly gay man. Tyler comes more into his own as the story develops.” 

What has it been like working with such a well-known British TV cast?
 

“I’m going to out myself here: I didn’t have what you would call the best foreknowledge of the body of work which some of our cast had achieved. I felt a bit silly during our first meet in rehearsal when I asked Lisa if she had done a lot of soap television in the past. She was so polite about it though and we’ve laughed ever since. If we were having a tiring day, you could bet that someone would do or say something that would start a chain of hysterical laughter.”

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

Has anyone in particular in the cast offered you any acting words of wisdom?
 

“Lisa gave me a lot of invaluable advice on how to live life in the business as happily as I could. I would be doing a scene opposite her, we’d walk away and she’d say ‘See? Not so bad was it?’ That meant a lot, because you can make a big deal of what you’re doing in your head but it’s better to relax and have fun. Struan is an absolutely amazing guy. It was easy to sit and chat to him between scenes. Sometimes if I felt confused about something in or out of a scene, he’d simplify it for me in a heartbeat. At some point, every one of them taught me a lesson. They were all great.”
 

Where does your love of acting come from?
 

“It’s as simple as when I was really young, I just liked performing. As I grew and evolved so did my love for acting, but it developed into an appreciation of telling stories and having them told to me – the way they made me feel and how I wanted to give that feeling to others. I once met an employee at a museum in Manchester, she told me how much she appreciated actors because they have ‘the power to change the way people think’. It reminds you of the importance of the arts. Cinema became a big influence on my interest in the craft. At some point, quite early on in my life, I just knew that I was driven to tell stories, anything from freeing people of concern to showing them a dark side of the human condition. It can be a really fulfilling job. I once heard someone describe this profession as ‘addictive’. They weren’t wrong.”

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

Your character, Tyler, is really passionate about fashion, does that ring true in your day-to-day life outside of acting? 

“I wouldn’t say I have the same level of passion as Tyler does. But I do like how fashion works and the way that, much like with acting, it’s never finished. My friends will definitely attest to my comfy days (which are most), when I’d literally just walk out in a baggy shirt, sweat trousers and sandals; especially on hot days like we’ve had recently. Not to say I don’t pay attention. I know for certain that I got to wear clothes that I wouldn’t have touched in a million years in real life on this show. Not because it wasn’t stylish, on the contrary, it was on this show I learned that mustard yellow is my colour. I suppose I’m not necessarily one for skinny jeans or tight-fitting jackets that don’t reach my waist, not in my day-to-day life. But the clothes I wore for Tyler helped me very much in the process of discovering who he was. Garments are so important to transform, they just give you a physical sensation different from your own, which is invaluable help.”
 

The show has been predicted as a new hit series, do you agree? If so, why do you think that is? 

“I certainly hope it will be! I’ve seen the first episode with cast and crew and it looks fantastic. I give most of the credit to Debbie, she is the creator after all. She’s created such a brilliant world that we all recognise, even when it has occasional fun forays into the fantastical. There are a few surprises which I’m very excited to see what audiences think of. The visual style is just gorgeous – before anything even touched the screen in post-production, the colours popped like nothing else. It’s hard to sum up any project’s total worth, but it has pretty much everything you would ask for, from the fun moments to the dark ones. I feel like it’ll appeal to a lot of people, it’s a timely story.”

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

Debbie Horsfield famously wrote Poldark, do you feel there is any pressure to stand up to her previous successes? 

“I don’t think anyone should feel any pressure in that sense. The show stands on its own as good television. Our wonderful and omniscient director, Paul Norton-Walker, has a brilliant understanding of Debbie’s writing and seemed to know precisely how to translate it to screen from the start. Artists and creatives tend to compare their current work to their past projects, as is only natural in the pursuit of perfection, but I think we all knew what we were doing and where we were going with it very early on.” 

You have played some interesting roles out on stage, do you have a preference for theatre or TV? 

“I have so much love for both, each for different reasons, all of which I won’t be able to list here. On stage, if you feel like one performance wasn’t very strong, you have the opportunity to try again the next time and keep working on it. It’s a long-term process working on the same play every night and keeping it fresh, playful and truthful. On screen, the camera doesn’t lie. If you show it anything inauthentic, there is a very high chance the viewers will see it. The fun, and sometimes tricky part of that is adjusting the work to be even more grounded, or at the very least to be not as dramatic. The techniques on how to navigate a scene differs on the stage too.”

In Conversation with Louie Threlfall

What would be your dream role to play? 

“I love to transform. I have even more fun the more I get to play around with a character that is really far away from what you’d maybe expect of me. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to throw myself into some demanding roles in the past. Those are the dream roles to me. Full disclosure though, I do dream of performing in historical theatres like in Stratford Upon-Avon and in London ones like The Old Vic. The stage is admittedly one of my favourite places to be. Oh yeah, I would also love to be an Avenger. Jack Sparrow needs a prequel. Does Kylo Ren need a son? Hit me up Disney.”

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The Spectral Power of a 1975 Movie About Girls Lost in the Outback

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“What we see or what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.” So begins Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), a dreamscape in which appearances are revealing and deceptive in equal measure. 

The film is based on Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which tells the tale of one fateful Valentine’s Day in central Victoria in 1900. On a school trip to the geological marvel of Hanging Rock, a rare volcanic formation over 6,000,000 years old, three schoolgirls…

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