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How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

Whilst you’ve got your wardrobe sorted for festivals and garden parties, you’re not quite so prepared for the flurry of weddings coming your way this summer.
Whether it’s family, a good friend or an old uni pal, it seems like everyone’s getting hitched this year.
And figuring out what to wear to each one, as well as how you’re going to afford to attend them all, isn’t fun.
That’s why we’ve created a guide to putting together the perfect wedding guest outfit that’ll see you through the entire season.
Follow it through and you won’t have to deal with the dreaded “what-on-earth-am-I-supposed-to-wear-to-this-thing?” panic next time an invite comes through your door. Take a look.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

1: analyse the dress code 

First things first, pay close attention to the invite you’re sent – don’t just save the date in your calendar and stick it in the pile of neglected bills and letters.
It should give you a good idea of how formal their wedding is and, if you’re lucky, it might even come with explicit instructions (e.g. if they want everyone in traditional kilts).
Plus, take note of whether you’re a day guest or evening reception guest. If you’re going to be there for the whole shebang, you’ll want to bear that in mind and find an outfit you’ll feel comfortable in from morning till night.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

2: focus on cut 

The most important thing for looking dapper in a suit is to focus on the cut – you could be wearing a Gucci three-piece, but if it doesn’t fit properly, it might as well be Primark for all it’ll be doing for your look.
If you’re a bit clueless about slim fits and lounging jackets, this guide will give you a quick insight into how to find the right shape, style and length for your body type.
And remember, your outfit will forever be immortalised in the happy couple’s wedding album, so if in doubt, go for a classic shape and colour that won’t date.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

3: coordinate with your date 

Power dressing as a couple is difficult – just look at JT and Britney’s iconic matching double denim disaster as proof – but for formal events such as weddings, it’s a skill you’re going to need to perfect.
The trick is to focus on complimenting your partner’s outfit, rather than overly coordinating every single item of clothing you’re both wearing.
So, if your girlfriend is planning on rocking a patterned floral print dress, like this one from AX Paris for example, pick out one key colour and find a tie that matches. It’s simple and subtle, just how modern power couple dressing should be.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

4: groom yourself to perfection 

Want your complexion and hair to look picture-perfect throughout the whole wedding? It all comes down to prep work.
Go for a haircut at a good barber shop the week before (although don’t try out an edgy new style, just in case it goes wrong) and take care of facial hair (by either freshly shaving it off in the morning or applying some beard oil to keep it under control).
Our top tip for surviving a wedding on a hot summer day, though, is to treat yourself a mattifying facial moisturiser (this one from Clinique can’t be beaten). It’ll keep your face shine-free, no matter how hard you hit the dance floor.

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The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Often thought of as the middle, somewhat-forgettable sibling between London and Paris and a more conservative occasion than New York, Milan Men’s Fashion Week did an about-face this time around, breaking out of the mold to put more effort into its menswear lineup. And, what could’ve been a transitional few days ended up finding a more youthful passage.

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Although some consider this strategy direct pandering to Millennials, especially with singer Shawn Mendes modeling for Emporio Armani and showing off their smartwatch, its overarching concept reflects the streetwear-infused styles infiltrating menswear over the past few seasons: Workwear pieces, sportswear silhouettes, bolder patterns, and a glut of returning ‘90s trends. Yet, out of everything unveiled from June 17th through June 20th, the following stand out:

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Shorter Shorts 

At one point, Bermuda shorts – slimmer cut and falling above the knee – seemed like a novelty. Yet, based upon designers’ Spring/Summer 2018 presentations, higher heights now push that limit. Prada, for instance, departed from its pop art imagery to add a both a shorter length and higher waist to loose, lightweight materials. But, while many might find Prada’s oeuvre reminiscent of 80s basketball shorts, the Salvatore Ferragamo presentation tried out something similar from another perspective – Mediterranean coastal style. The combination, here in solid shades and striped prints, sits lower and falls wider and reflects Guillaume Meilland’s attention to texture.

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Jumpsuits 

Whatever you want to call them – RompHims, coveralls, one-pieces, or just jumpsuits – this garment transcends aesthetics and trends. Offering a literal interpretation, Prada borrowed heavily from workwear – think of a classic Carhartt or Dickies coverall – and spliced it with an 80s preppy-esque popped collar. Yet, not every iteration ended up being as on the nose. Instead, collections created a one-piece illusion and simultaneously upgraded the monochrome ensemble. Malibu 1992, as another example, paired a solid-colour, oversized suit jacket with matching ripped jeans for a thrift store-find, grunge-referencing ensemble. More refined, Ralph Lauren Purple Label kept the shade constant through a solid-colour, unstructured suit and button-down pairing.

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Clashing Patterns 

Remember power clashing, the supposedly ostentatious trend from 2013 that involved pairing two prints together and finding common ground between them? Milan’s menswear collections raise this a few points with pattern clashing – essentially the same thing without power clashing’s tepid and tame cohesiveness.

What’s different this time around? For starters, designers steer away from power clashing’s commandments – smaller prints and similar shades, particularly – and intentionally go for as many contrasts as they can. Marni’s and Missoni’s SS18 presentations give you an introduction with multi-stripe combinations and by playing checks off stripes or florals. Fendi, along these lines, picked a preppy foundation and seemed to select up to three patterns at random: Plaid, checks, and colour-blocking for one, and a neat print alongside houndstooth for another.

Yet, other designers posed the question, “Why stick with the familiar, when you can invent your own pattern?” Prada, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana ventured on this path in three different directions. Prada paired its comic book and pop art styles with thin, two-tone stripes. Versace, reviving its 90s pieces, went for a collage effect, adding its Baroque prints, Greek border, and two-tone geometric patterns to a single garment. Dolce & Gabbana went with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink concept: Pieces pulled from its loud Italian kitsch imagery, added animal prints, incorporated florals and colour-blocking, referenced souvenir jackets’ East Asian symbolism, and gambled with playing card-shaped placement patterns. It’s a large amount to take in and, at times, seems intentionally chaotic.

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Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

David Fincher once coined the Henley Regatta as the Super Bowl of boat racing. He, of course, should know having filmed along the Henley stretch during the Regatta for the derailing Winklevoss race sequence. This was unchartered waters for me, pun intended. I had never rowed before. No-one in my family, none of my friends, no-one I knew, rowed. I had an ex-girlfriend that rowed, but rowing was not congruent with anything else she did in life so technically I can’t even lay claim to knowing her.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

This was all a bad idea – I thought, scraping goose poo from my heel on the jetty amongst a kettle of journo’s and some nice people from Bremont, the British watch company who will be the first Official Timekeeper in the Regatta’s established history. The Henley Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over five days and spectators will enjoy over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Sir Steve Redgrave, Alex Gregory and a well turned out chap by the name of Richard, carried a coxless four from the boat shed to the river. Sir Redgrave is the Chairman of the Regatta’s Committee of Management and I watched idly and with incredulity as he carried the boat into the water. Surely one of the greatest living Olympians should command a huddle of slaves to throw petals in his wake like some Persian Emperor. Not only does he carry his own boat but he even scurried back to the boat shed to fetch the oars.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

The Regatta committee has a clandestine vibe, from the outside looking in. Not too dissimilar to the MCC at Lords where someone within the fraternity needs to nominate the enrollee. In fact, as Sir Steve intimated, any kind of lobbying for membership position is frowned upon and will often result in ex-communication and sometimes death! I jest. But what are the benefits for these volunteers? The 58 stewards that make up the committee that are obliged to sacrifice all their downtime and holidays. “Well we might get a nice watch,” says Richard coyly palming his mouth. This much is true. Remarkably Henley Royal Regatta is one of the few sporting events that is still timed mechanically rather than digitally. Bremont will be building a custom handheld chronograph for the umpires.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Once the boat had been lowered I’m ordered to saddle up. Quickly I’m scolded for stepping directly onto the hull of the boat. Apparently you’re supposed to tread on the wooded trusses, much like you would in your parent’s loft. Failure to comply with these life rules often results in ploughing through an artexed ceiling and taking out an entire cabinet of fine China.

Once underway, we puttered out into the river, nearly taking out another oncoming coxless four. A few chunters from the rowers could be heard before they diminished into the distance with, ‘did we nearly take out Steve Redgrave?’

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Rowing is all about the legs. Eventually you’ll feel it in the lungs, they’ll give first. But the legs are where the power comes from. The secret to rowing in the 3rd position, (known as the engine) is to rhythmically synchronise with the seat-slide of your team mate directly in front, whilst peripherally keeping an eye on your stroke side partners paddle. ‘Watch the catch,’ Sir Steve flagellated from behind, ‘relax your hands, straight arms to the last, you’re in control’. I really wasn’t. I was done for. We passed a Cormorant on the river marsh who looked on, it shook its head having witnessed the embarrassment of my flailing efforts and flew off. No doubt it will flock back, as thousands will, when the event kicks off from 28th June to 2nd July 2017. Bremont will have a pop-up boutique on site, situated outside the bandstand entrance to the Stewards’ Enclosure.

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How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

If recent seasons are any indication, colours have circled back around to masculine archetypes. Olive drab, reminiscent of military uniforms, embodies the aggressive rigidness of someone heading out to battle, solid black has the type of mysteriousness that’s omnipresent but never totally open, and navy emerges with a stern, nautical influence. Yet, for Spring/Summer 2017 and subsequent Autumn/Winter collections, one shade subverts it all with a dusty, understated character that’s neither fully feminine nor heavily masculine.



How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Sitting somewhere in that androgynous middle is a shade Pantone has dubbed Pale Dogwood. One of the top 10 shades seen on the runway this season, it follows in the footsteps of last year’s Rose Quartz, a shade they aptly describe as “candy floss.” But, if Rose Quartz is specifically associated with sweets and seems more like the colour the media calls “Millennial Pink,” where does that leave Pale Dogwood? In spite of its implications, it exudes more of a tranquil, subtle vibe that’s neither in-your-face nor as low-key as off-white. If it were to embody a type of personality, it’s the soft-spoken man you regularly notice but know little about.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

As another return to form, Pale Dogwood’s emergence in menswear collections hints at pink’s pre-20th century significance – that the colour was once reserved for men. In line, perhaps indirectly, with this notion, brands trying out this shade have taken a more masculine perspective – one that treats it like any other colour, rather than spin it in a predictably feminine novelty direction. 

Streetwear
 

Particularly for American streetwear brands, the three key tenants, transcendent of season, go along the lines of: Strive for a monochrome ensemble, throw a logo on it, and put together a few limited-edition collaborations per year. In all three, pale pink’s managed to have a presence.

Adhering to the first of these principles, Visvim splashed the dusty rose shade across its 101 suede jacket, a piece styled like workwear. Although simple at a glance, its fusion is a push-pull scenario between the masculine and the feminine: One clearly expressing its rugged side, and the other infusing it with something gentler.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Less about symbolism and more about what streetwear brands do best, Stussy adds the faded bubblegum shade to one of its strapback caps. Less obvious, Ovadia & Sons strayed away from the logo-based design, but applied the light pink colour with a shimmering finish to a souvenir jacket seen at its July 2016 New York Fashion Week show. Nothing’s complicated in either instance – just a different take on a staple piece – and that’s kind of the point.

Yet, solid isn’t the only way streetwear has been taking on this trend. Stone Island, for example, reaches an intersection with its Hand Corrosion Parka. Sure, it’s a pink variation, but its construction involves military influences, a bleached aged finish, tech elements, and a classic sportswear silhouette that just happens to be practical.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Trainers 

Expanding more on the streetwear concepts listed above, several trainer collaborations have managed to introduce a light or rose pink variation. Perhaps the simplest, the Opening Ceremony x Vans collaboration utilised the latter’s Old Skool low-top silhouette, added a luxurious polished leather upper, and unveiled a solid pink version that, even for all of its supposed low-key character, is going to look bold wherever you end up – after all, how often do you see pastels at the skate park?

Taking it up a notch, the Nike SB Zoom Bruin added in a few contrasts – but nothing out of the ordinary. Playing off a colour hinting at mid-century Americana, a black Swoosh cuts through the side, and the vulcanised outsole remains a solid white shade. The Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Era Decon LX goes down a similar path, clashing a bright pink top against a black-trimmed outsole.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

For something darker but bolder, be sure to keep the Raf Simons X Adidas Originals collaboration on your radar. The now-ubiquitous Stan Smith silhouette brings together elements from both brands, and in giving you that edge above all hypebeasts, a deeper pink hue covers everything – outsole through laces – with only a white logo on the tongue breaking up the monotony. 

High-Fashion Collections 

Louis Vuitton’s SS16 collection, including an embroidered Cuban collared shirt, essentially posed the question, “Is pale pink a pop of colour, or a neutral shade?” In response, a handful of SS17 offerings searched for its appropriate place. Veering full-on toward the former, Sacai’s Clockwork Orange-influenced sportwear pieces utilised it for the shock value, incorporating it in solid form or as an accent through coats and cropped pants. Also viewing lavender in much the same light, the pieces flipped the concept of wallpaper-like pastels on its head, giving them more of an aggressive quality.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Gucci’s SS17 line further utilised the colour’s impact to accent its dandy-meets-Mod theme. On the runway, Alessandro Michele appears to envision it as component of a three-part colour-blocking scheme, pairing it against other pastels. When not a solid shade saturating a pair of trousers or a blazer, however, it surfaces as one of several colours composing a floral print reminiscent of vintage paisley.

But, what about everyday wear? Topman Design SS17 collection has that covered. Using British Seaside as a foundation, the line itself runs the gamut of casualwear – shorts and sweatshirts, unstructured single-button jackets, tracksuits, and bombers – and adds a pink-hued iteration for each. Out of all examples, a nonchalant outlook, here, makes pale pink less of an oddity and more of a variation on any neutral – just like men have been wearing burgundy or olive green over the past few seasons.

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Photographing the Well-Loved Plants of London Shop Windows

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“It’s so funny actually, when you start looking they are everywhere,” London-based photographer Oskar Proctor says of plants that peek through windows of homes and shopfronts. Sometimes they’re gargantuan in size and sometimes miniscule, but they’re always very much part of the furniture. Proctor has created a series of photographs of said greenery in collaboration with florist Nik Southern, founder of London’s…

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Inside the Factory Producing Silk for Fashion Royalty

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Who? Sudbury-based Gainsborough Silks was founded in 1903 by Reginald Warner, 60 miles outside of the English county of Suffolk, where the factory remains to this day. Named after the Romantic-era painter Thomas Gainsborough, Warner hailed from a design background and his father Metford Warner established Jeffrey and Co., the first major manufacturers of wallpaper for the arts and crafts movement, who hand-blocked the intricate botanical designs…

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Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

I’m the self-titled authoritarian on going bald. Even if I walked into a committee meeting by accident, and the agenda of the meeting was ‘going bald’, and the committee and the board were all composed of bald men, and it was chaired by Patrick Stewart, I would own that entire room of chrome domes.
A while back I was commissioned to write an article on going bald. I revealed how I tried desperately and in vain to prevent my hairs fatalism. I went to specialist clinics that were so dire and back alley, they wouldn’t have looked out of place in a listicle of the country’s best derelict buildings. I watched endless videos of supposed brand ambassadors such as Jimmy White and Shane Warne talk about these clinics with horribly dubbed voices. Clinics where doctors no longer become doctors, but car salesmen, trying to jettison their phony untested treatments much like my crown was mercilessly jettisoning my hair follicles.

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

Soon after the article was published I was approached by a company called iRestore, who wanted me to test their product. For transparency I’m only a few weeks into the trials, and even these have been interrupted with trips and general ‘life getting in the way’. But I wanted to put the brand out there because for some people, this could be a totally pain-free, drug-free solution to hair loss via laser and LED light technology. The product is an FDA-cleared medical device that uses clinical-strength laser technology to treat thinning hair and regrow fuller hair for men and women who suffer from androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). It uses non-invasive red light therapy to stimulate rapid growth of thicker and healthier hair. The light energy is absorbed by hair follicles to enhance cell metabolism rate and increase energy production. This biochemical process extends the growth phase of the hair growth cycle and reactivates dormant hairs to combat receding hairline, balding, and thinning hair.

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

Of course there are add-ons and bi-products such as the iRestore Hair Growth Shampoo. This restorative formula is made in USA with essential nutrients that revitalise damaged, thinning hair for more fullness, shine, and body. Key ingredients include hydrogenated castor oil, amino acids, antioxidants, and other vital nutrients that promote the ideal scalp environment for preventing hair loss and thinning hair. The iRestore 3-in-1 Hair Growth Formula combines the most scientifically researched ingredients that have been proven to trigger growth of thicker, fuller hair. This potent formula includes biotin, saw palmetto, and their DHT blocker blend to improve hair density and volume quickly.

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

In addition there is also the iRestore Hair Growth Serum which is formulated with patented molecules, Redensyl, which proliferate hair stem cell activity and nourish hair follicles to promote rapid hair growth. This powerful formula is clinically proven to stimulate growth of thicker, fuller hair for both men and women.

In clinical studies, 85% of participants who used this Redensyl formula experienced significant hair growth in just three months. Although individual results may vary, users can expect to see astonishing hair growth from this breakthrough in biotechnology.

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