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Menswear Fashion Debate with GQ

Menswear Fashion Debate with GQ

Just before the kick off of ‘London Collections: Men‘ Radisson Blu London Bloomsbury hotel hosted a round table debate of key taste makers in menswear to examine the menswear revolution that has been happening and has made London Collections one of the most exciting fashion weeks in the world. 

Round the table were: Fashion Designer Jonathan Saunders, Dean Gomilsek-Cole, creative director, Turnbull and Asser and Gordon Richardson, creative director, Topman chaired by Robert Johnston Associate Editor of GQ. 

So what has changed? Why are men getting so excited by fashion again? 

Jonathan Saunders: “Before fashion was very elitist but now with the internet and instagram, it’s a case of the more you see the more comfortable you feel with trying new things. I seem to be selling two things (in menswear), the really bold and colourful stuff and the classics in equal measure.”  

Robert Johnstone: “The big difference now is that men are buying their own clothes.”

Menswear Fashion Debate with GQ

Gordon Richardson: “Before personal shopping was a woman’s realm and now guys are doing it, that was unheard of ten years ago.” 

Dean Gomilsek-Cole: “The younger consumers are looking for more classic styling that they know the history of, whereas the older men are bolder and want more daring things.” 

Jonathan Saunders: “LCM has escalated to be a very important event. I think that it is as important as the womenswear shows.” 

Dean Gomilsek-Cole: “Women are never off duty, there’s always an element of seduction even in their casual time. Now I think there is an opportunity for men. There are these little details the pocket squares, tie badges etc.” 

Gordon Richardson: “Of course men want to be attractive. They are avid consumers of fashion but 15 – 20 years ago, where did you go to buy it? With magazines like GQ and the internet things have opened up for men. Men now know all about the brands. Having a platform such as LCM is great and men are watching the shows live on the web. There’s so much stuff, so now its all about advice.”

Menswear Fashion Debate with GQ

Robert directed the debate towards the phenomenon of “middle youth” that has been evolving over the past 15 years as people are fitter and younger looking for longer thanks to better lifestyles, cosmetics and styling. 

Gordon Richardson: “You can dress according to your age or you can play around with it.”  

Jonathan Saunders started out as a women’s wear designer winning plaudits for his prints but now has a well developed menswear line. “There are a lot more choices involved with runway shows, Every single look is about the combination. The more shows I’ve done the more I realise that it is such a challenge. 

Dean Gomilsek-Cole: “This is my first season with the brand. Turnbull & Asser has a huge archive and sometimes I look at it and feel that the best has already been done, I look back at the 1960s when men were the peacocks. There is more potential for men.” 

With three days of intense Runway show and exhibitions ahead, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the potential that Dean is talking about have a great week during London Collections Men 2014.

Warm and Windproof Winter Jackets

Warm and Windproof Winter Jackets

Apparently, footfall on British high streets has taken a tumble this festive season but, like the calm before the storm, the January sales will follow swiftly and sometimes, violently. 

Anyone willing to brave the high street at this time of year deserves more than a medal.
However if, like me, you’ve left it entirely too late to wrap up for the winter, it may become a necessary evil to endure the crowds. 

Either that or you could take the sensible option and shop online for that perfect winter coat. Take a look at our top seasonal styles of the cosy variety. 

Adidas Originals Parka – You can’t beat a classic parka. And, as usual, Adidas have come up with the goods. In traditional olive green, this understated and perennially fashionable parka boasts all the qualities you would expect from a brand that has lured away Kanye West from Nike. The drawstring hood is perfect for those icy winds too. 

BOSS Orange OPolice – For something with a little extra class, try the BOSS Orange range of mid-length jackets. Made with 60% wool this zip fastened, blazer inspired coat is a great addition to any winter wardrobe and is sure to keep you warm and cosy long after the brand has made back its losses in China.

Warm and Windproof Winter Jackets

G-Star RAW Radar Garber – With button fastenings and manufactured from wool and leather, the G-Star Radar Garber is also a touch of class for the winter season. G-Star have recently teamed up with DJ Afrojack continuing their recent obsession with celebrity endorsement. The jacket works equally well with jeans or in the office. 

Strellson Sportswear Swiss Cross – This polyester and nylon, zip fastening über jacket is one for really harsh weather conditions. Guaranteed to keep you warm and dry, much like the Swiss army recruits it was inspired by. It comes in an understated shade of grey as part of its city camouflage. You can pick one up at this store

Chevignon Montmartre – If you’re after a little je ne sais quoi then the Chevignon Montmartre has it in spades. Whilst it may not be the warmest jacket on our list the Montmartre simply oozes style and sophistication. 

If stepping out onto the high-street during the madness of the January sales is just a step too far, then all of these jackets, and more can be found online. 

Make sure you keep warm this winter and maintain that seasonal style without risking life and limb among the braying crowds.

The World of Rolex Made Simple

The World of Rolex Made Simple

Similar to the evolution of Porsche 911 models through the years or the precious fabrics that make up a Zegna three-piece suit, Rolex watches are an industry unto themselves. 

Just ask Paul Altieri, founder and CEO of Bob’s Watches.
Bob’s Watches is the world’s first and only ‘Rolex Exchange’ where both novices and aficionados can buy, sell and trade pre-owned Rolex watches at a true and fair market value. 

Because the company prides itself on complete transparency, this online haven lists the buy and sell price for each and every Rolex. 

“When customers realise what the actual buy and sell price is of the watch, they won’t be confused by other online ‘collectors’ who are looking to make an outstanding profit on a watch purchased wholesale,” Altieri says.

The World of Rolex Made Simple

Timeless heirlooms that are handed down from generation to generation, Rolex watches not only hold their value but actually increase in worth as certain models become rarer harder to find. 

Altieri believes this equates to enough pieces of the pie for everyone.
Considering the plethora of online information available to the Rolex consumer, Bob’s Watches offers a site both for those who are new to the game, and are curious about which watch is right for them, and the expert searching for the perfect piece to add to his collection.

The World of Rolex Made Simple

Altieri’s business model of keeping customers apprised of the transaction from beginning to end means consumers don’t have to justify spending £7,000 on a watch. 

It’s simply a good investment.
There are a few telltale signs that highlight a first impression: the suit, the shoes and the watch. While the well-styled man has several high-end timepieces from which to choose, a Rolex is in a class of its own.

Nose Jobs for Men

Nose Jobs for Men

Just how necessary cosmetic surgery is has been the subject of debate for decades. As the number of men undergoing rhinoplasty continues to increase, it’s time to ask whether these men are choosing to have rhinoplasty out of vanity, or necessity. 

In the past ‘nose jobs’ were more commonly associated with women, but it is becoming popular with the male demographic, largely due to the media attention male cosmetic surgery attracts. 

Magazines love to print ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of male celebrities suspected to have had ‘nose jobs’ such as Ryan Gosling. This shows normal men that surgery is for both genders and it shows the effects that can be achieved with surgery. 

In the meantime, ‘normal men’ are opening up about their experiences, talking about male cosmetic surgery and making it more socially acceptable. Tom Smith was featured on a television documentary about cosmetic surgery where he described the procedure in detail. 

He said that he enjoyed the experience and also that he was delighted with his new, notably smaller nose.

If the recent rise in the number of males opting for cosmetic surgery can be attributed to influence from the media, how can we explain why rhinoplasty in particular suddenly seems so popular among the male demographic?

Nose Jobs for Men

The most obvious reason to get a nose augmentation is cosmetic. An off-centre or out of proportion nose can change the whole symmetry of a man’s face, making him less attractive. 

A lot of men who undergo rhinoplasty have extremely crooked or misshapen noses, either due to genes, an accident or a sports injury

This can cause a severe lack of confidence and hinder someone in every aspect of their life, from social situations to job interviews. 

Having a slightly straighter nose might seem trivial, but for some people it can be life changing.

As well as cosmetic reasons, there are a number of medical problems that could cause a man to opt for this, for example snoring. 

Sometimes a man would rather go under the knife than sleep on the couch because their grouchy, sleep deprived partner needs a good night’s kip,

The sudden increase in nose augmentations among men may be accounted for by our society’s obsession with superficial looks, celebrities and reality television. 

Every man who chooses to have a treatment does so for his own, personal reason, whether other people think the procedure is necessary or not. Using a cosmetic surgery with a good reputation like MYA, can help rid of your worries.

Watch the LCM runway shows here

Watch the LCM runway shows here

London Collections: Men AW14 is almost upon us. We are delighted to be the official ‘Blogger in Residence’ for the official LC:M hotel sponsor, Radisson Blu Edwardian on Bloomsbury street. 

We’ll have our very own ‘MenswearStyle Lounge’ within the hotel where the team will be working, holding meetings and conducting interviews each day. Our founder Craig has also been interview by Fashion Monitor ahead of the shows. 

For those of you who cannot make it to London, simply watch all the footage and coverage right here!

All the highlights and on schedule runway shows from designers such as Christopher Raeburn, E- Tautz and J W Anderson will be streamed directly onto the below video. 

The event begins with Lou Dalton at 10am on Monday 6th January 2014 with more to come that day from Topman Design, Jonathan Saunders, Lee Roach and Richard Nicholl. 

There are also shows, events and presentations on the 7th and 8th January. Enjoy the show!

New Year Style Resolution

New Year Style Resolution

Is there anything in life duller than New Year’s resolutions? I mean, I never stick to them and they are always broken by January 5th (if not sooner)! 

As far as I’m concerned, coming up with a set of style resolutions is a far better use of your time… after all the only reason I have stuck to my gym membership is because I invested in a bespoke suit which I intend to fit into till the day I die! 

For those of you who know me, you will know that every year I select a coveted new season piece for my wardrobe and will do anything to get my hands on it (asap)! 

Last year it was a pair of GRENSON Finton lace-ups which needless to say, these are pretty much my ideal pair of shoes. They look great with skinny jeans and the perfect classic to add a touch of sartorial aptness to any look. 

So… here it goes for 2014  

“Invest in Mulberry” – Top of my 2014 wishlist is the Matthew 24 Hour Bag.

This bag is the perfect blend of briefcase meets overnight bag without looking too fussy – in true Mulberry style it remains classic and timeless. 

Featuring a roomy interior, handy zipped compartments, a sturdy top handle, and an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap, it is the ultimate in versatility. 

There is nothing more a gentleman on the go could want for his fashionable weekends away whilst bringing contemporary style to your outfits during the week. 

Make a New Year’s resolution another reason to treat yourself – if you don’t treat yourself, who will? Fingers crossed I can stick to my 2014 style resolution. What’s on your New Year’s wish list?

YR Store Live in Print

YR Store Live in Print

I don’t know how you feel about printed T-Shirts but I love them. A bespoke one is even better and even more so when you can design every aspect yourself. 

It is pretty cold at the moment, but that doesn’t stop me from finding the best on the high-street to team with the season’s new cover-ups. 

Some of you may have spied the YR store in Box Park, Shoreditch. I was intrigued and captivated but I always seemed to walk past on my lunch break and there was never enough time. As they say ‘Patience is a Virtue’ and it seems like the good people at YR are in my head and have introduced two new concessions in Topman and Liberty

YR (pronounced Your) is the brainchild of interactive digital specialists Luma, whose work includes cutting-edge digital store and event concepts for the likes of Nike, MTV and New Era. 

YR create live garment print installations which feature interactive touch-pods, and the world’s only live all-over digital printing process, offering designers and the general public the opportunity to create one-off patterns and prints and produce their work onto high-quality garments to take away within minutes.

YR Store Live in Print

YRTOPMAN 

The new YRTOPMAN collection includes basketball sweats featuring all-over print mesh panels, alongside crew necks and iPhone cases which will be available exclusively in their flagship store, whist YRTOPMAN’s cutting edge ‘tee-tiler’ (the YRSTORE patented design touchscreens) unleashes all new trend-lead print archives featuring festive patterns, knitwear filters and iconic characters.
Price: £28 for print on one side £30 for all-over print.  

Speaking on the live process at YRTOPMAN, YRSTORE’s Tim Williams said: “We’re continually inspired by the potential of print and the launch YRTOPMAN’s new collection allows the customers to bring their own style and personalise a new range of stylish garments and bespoke gifts. Right now we use a live dye sublimation process where we print designs using special ink, this gets heat pressed at 180 degrees and after just 1 minute the ink vaporises into a gas and is absorbed into the garment giving a very long lasting, non-fading colour depth, deep into the fabric.”

YR Store Live in Print

YRLIBERTY 

YR joined forces with Liberty in October to take part in a ‘Get Creative’ event, providing customers with the unique opportunity to design and create their own garments, at the YR Liberty area on the 1st Floor until the end of December.
Price: £60 for print on one side, £75 for all-over print.  

YR Director Tim Williams added, “We believe the future of fashion is in carefully curated live garment creation, we work with the most desirable artwork archives, designs and garments to create truly unique fashion that, whilst individual, is always recognisably YR. The latest additions to the YR print range include the ‘YR Holiday Pack’ that’s been created just in time for Christmas.” 

I have already popped into Topman and bought myself an all over print and will be popping into Liberty before the end of the month to get my hands on an exclusive Liberty Print too. 

So if you need a New Year’s Style Resolution gift, why not pop down to the flagship Topman store in London or Liberty. The process taking less that 10 minutes, you would be crazy not to!

Designer cocktails at Radisson Blu

Designer cocktails at Radisson Blu

To celebrate London Collections: Men, one London hotel has teamed up with six emerging men’s fashion stars to create a bespoke designer cocktail menu for the month of January. 

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street, the official hotel of London Collections: Men, has collaborated with Agi and Sam, whose collection for Topman debuted this year, shirting designer Martine Rose who has recently launched a collection with Browns and Joseph Turvey, who has just been snapped up by River Island to create an exclusive range. 

The other designers are Baartmans & Siegel, Kit Neale and Alan Taylor all of whom are presenting their latest collections at the three-day men’s fashion event. 

Hasnain Alloo, general manager at Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street, said: “Being involved in London Collections: Men allows us to help showcase some of the city’s emerging young talent and provide them new vehicles to showcase their creativity. Our mixologists worked with the designers to teach them the basics of cocktail-making and help inspire them to craft their own creations. The results are impressive and we’re sure they’ll be a firm fixture on any London fashionista’s calendar.”

Designer cocktails at Radisson Blu

The six special cocktails are available from 3rd January and include: 

Alan Taylor: Stop Making Sense – a delicious mix of Hendrick’s Gin, grapefruit, lime and cucumber.  

Martine Rose: VAGUE VIRGIN – a rum based cocktail, with exotic additions of coconut cream and fresh chilli.  

Baartmans & Siegel: STEALTH – a light, fresh cocktail with a mix of vodka, fresh lavender and fresh blackberry.  

Joseph Turvey: Cash In – a mix of Hendrick’s Gin, cucumber and a hint of Framboise, decorated with edible flowers.  

Kit Neale: Devil’s Delight – a heady mix of vodka, Kahlua, espresso and chocolate, this is the perfect cocktail for any sweet tooth.  

AGI & SAM: Rumbled – a zingy rum based drink with hints of fresh mint, lime and apple juice.

How to Dress Like a Gangster

How to Dress Like a Gangster

When I think gangster the cliched side of my brain instantly gropes for Goodfellas and when a young Ray Liotta turns up to his mothers house in a new suit and asks “What do you think?” She shrieks… “Oh my god you look like a gangster.” 

With the passing of the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs recently I thought we could have a topical run down of some of the best dressed gangsters in movies. 

American Gangster: Frank Lucas 

Of course not every gangster wants to flaunt his wealth by use of flashy attire. It was the flamboyant style of Frank Lucas who was one of America’s biggest heroin smugglers, that lead to his downfall. 

When he was seen ringside wearing a fur chinchilla coat, he was instantly put on the FBI’s radar. It was his wife that encouraged him to wear the coat and as they say, behind every great gangster is a woman determined to get him shot or pinched. 

Carlito’s Way: Benny Blanco 

“Hey remember me? It’s Benny Blanco from the Bronx.” He only wanted to be friends with Carlito. Pacino thought about being chums but opted for taking him into the back alley to serve him a good old fashioned beating. But at least Benny Blanco looked the part whilst he got his ass handed to him in a sling.

How to Dress Like a Gangster

Casino: Lester Diamond 

Lester is the best dressed pimp that’s ever graced the silver screen. He had Sharon Stone on a leash in that film, and it had to be down to his white Evel Knievel esque jump suits. 

Robert Deniro told Lester in the cafe before setting the dogs on him in the car park, “Be a man, don’t be a f*#king pimp.” A strange coincidence for me because those were the same words my grandma would say to me as a young boy, just before dropping me off at nursery. 

The Untouchables: Jim Malone 

OK not technically a gangster, but what a remarkably dapper wardrobe Connery had during this film. AND only Connery can pull off the Horse and Hound look whilst simultaneously pounding gangsters in the Jacob’s with the business end of a shooter. Thatscch the sccchicago way!

Reservoir Dogs: Nice Guy Eddie 

Chris Penn died so young, but not before turning up in this film as the brilliant Nice Guy Eddie. You have Keitel, Roth, Madsen, Tarantino all looking cooler than a gaggle of cucumbers walking down the street in the black suit, white tie combo, smoking cigarettes in slow motion to Little Green Bag. 

Then you have Chris Penn in the background cracking wise in a nasty Nike mid-80s throw back shell suit. Timeless. Well not really, the look probably died in the late 80s, but you know what I mean.

Interview with the Potash Twins

Interview with the Potash Twins

Ezra and Adeeva Potash are jazz-playing wonder-twins with throwback style and a big following from their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to their college campus, New York City. 

By day, Ezra studies bass trombone and sousaphone at Manhattan School of Music while his brother Adeev (“Dee”) studies trumpet at SUNY Purchase. By night, they mingle with their mentor, jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, play shows from New York’s clubs to Austin’s SXSW and entertain at Manhattan’s hippest restaurants. 

MenswearStyle checks in with the Potash Twins to talk about the enduring coolness of jazz, what to listen to, what it’s like to have Wynton Marsalis as a mentor and the twin wardrobe conflict. 

How did you begin playing music and at what point did you both realize this is the world you want to live in forever? 

“Adeev: If you know anything about us, you know we love to talk. Music and especially jazz is just another way of having a conversation, whether that’s with your twin brother or an audience. Playing together is definitely our schtick. We always love the opportunity to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center – it is by far the most amazing venue for jazz. SXSW was also a great experience. After one of our shows, we led a classic New Orleans “Second-Line” parade down 6th St. (in Austin, TX), which ended up being featured on NPR.” 

Explain your theory of ‘Twintuition’, which you recently discussed in a TEDTalk 

“Adeev: Well, here’s where things get interesting. Being twins, we share a close bond that most siblings don’t have. Because of this, we also communicate differently than most people. Little needs to be said in order for us to understand each other. We apply this on and offstage. In everyday life, we do funny things like finish each other’s sentences, and even just burst out into laughter without even saying a word. Onstage, we feel this connection especially while improvising. We share the same reactions to notes we hear and rhythms we feel, allowing us to communicate smoothly through the music.” 

You boys are often seen in coordinating prints and colors – is this twintution or careful planning? 

“Ezra: A little of both – for casual meet-ups we don’t usually talk about what we’re going to wear, but for big shows and parties we always coordinate. We definitely express ourselves through clothing. Because there are two of us, it’s just a bigger canvas to showcase our style.” 

As identical twins, did your parents make you dress the same way growing up? 

“Ezra: They never really dressed us alike. I think it was mainly because they had trouble telling us apart.” 

As showmen, you take that extra step of putting on a suit for your audience – what inspired this inclination? 

“Adeev: This is something that Wynton (Marsalis) actually taught us. He’s told us that he dresses up when he plays jazz because it shows respect to the music. We feel very similar. We absolutely wear suits when we perform for respect to the music and the audience. When people come to hear us play, they’re taking time out of their day to listen to us and that alone deserves respect. Now unlike Wynton, we wear pretty crazy colored suits. It’s kind of our elaboration on Wynton’s view: we wear nice clothes out of respect, but we wear crazy clothes to show people you can be respectful as well as creative. And if the music ever fails, at least we look good trying!”

Interview with the Potash Twins

Wynton Marsalis has played a big part in your young careers. How did you meet him?

“Ezra: Our first encounter with Wynton was after a concert he had in Nebraska. We were sophomores in high school, and being cute young twins, we schmoozed our way backstage. He asked what we played, and when Dee responded with “trumpet,” Wynton asked if Dee would like to have a lesson with him. We made our dad sprint to the car to get Dee’s horn. I’m pretty sure he gave Usain Bolt a run for his money. After a successful lesson, Wynton told us to call him whenever we were in NYC. We took him up on it several times, leading to being guests at a few concerts and even a photo-shoot for his upcoming album. he even helped us with our college essays! And when we got into the top NYC music schools, we knew (whom) to thank. Today we see him a couple times a month. He always makes sure we’re keeping up on our practicing and staying afloat in school.”

Improvisation is at the heart of jazz. As you’re playing a note, are you thinking about what’s next or turning your brain off and grooving? 

“Ezra: Improvisation is what’s so great about jazz. It’s all about living in the moment. When it’s time to solo, I just zone out and get in the groove.” 

From skinny ties to Ray-Bans, jazz has traditionally had a strong relationship with cool, offbeat fashion. What is the state of the style behind jazz today? How would you describe your own style?

“Ezra: Our style is… hipster-conservative. Although jazz musicians like Miles Davis and Roy Haynes definitely had their associated styles, I don’t think there is a standard uniform for jazz anymore, and if there is, we definitely don’t use it as a guideline. We like to be trendsetters. Our goal is that when we’re walking down the streets of NYC without our horns, people still know we’re jazz musicians.

For casual, we love button-up shirts with crazy designs like paisley or polka-dots from places like J. Crew or from a place in Omaha called Parsow’s. For formal, a unique jacket never hurts. We like to shop for jackets at Penguini’s at Bryant Park. Warby Parker, Eye-Bob’s and OGI glasses are where it’s at and (for hats), Penguin’s baseball style caps and Arth’s pork pie hats. For watches, we’re huge fans of Tissot, Movado, Taki and Funboy. And we are almost always seen in Nike sneakers.”