Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Fresh Prince Of The Village

I've had a taste for the 80s after being home for Christmas. Not because my family live in a time warped village, but because of the retro tv I greedily enjoyed. The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air might be true tacky-vision, but I couldn't help but love the kaleidoscope prints that practically jumped off the screen. Colours so bold they're blinding, and silky materials dominating the silhouette; it's a style Vivienne Westwood often uses as a tapestry to her designs, and I fancied trying out the fresh prince persona aswell! My vintage shirt is an infusion of sheer and sheer delight colour. Teamed with a chunky biker jacket, the look is something-sorta-80's with a village punk twist.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

The Vintage Cinema Runaway

I found myself lost in vintage cinematic flickers when seeing the SS12 Dolce and Gabbana menswear campaign. Like stills from a sepia soaked moment, the images revel in an enriched sense of family style; with masculine strength and pride in the sharp and sculpted suits, but also the relaxed 'at home' attitude of ice white shirts and crisp trousers, the looks are destined to be worn for slick daydreaming bliss in a secret Italian village that embodies rustic style without even realising. Inspired by this, I kidnapped the essence of D&G by modernising some 'Bugsy Malone' trousers. Tucking them into a ferocious SINSTAR t-shirt with a print that could have come to life from a marvel magazine, the clash of attitude with the laid back trousers makes for my own Italian interpretation of a chilled out manerism and masculinity.

Friday, 16 December 2011

You Put The Beat In My Bones

When I came across Tommy Hilfiger's christmas-clad retreat to plaid, I must admit I was suprisingly impressed by the head-to-toe grid locked dedication to the checkered print. Trousers that look like jazzy pyjama's begging for a military boot invite outside, lumberjacks that exude rural exuberance, and cardigans that look oh so intricate; it seems that plaid could easily monopolise a lot of editorials. Inspired by this, I decided to freeze a hoody and jumper together for an arctic overdose.

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Great Gatsby

Why not make Winter a suited ice crisp season? I'm all about bow ties at the moment, and I fell in love with the silky treats from Saville Row. They were perfect for bringing to life the pages from The Great Gasby with the wonderfully talented Roberta in these photos. On another swarv' note, I'm in the running for Hackett's Sartorial Man competition on facebook. Click here to check it out and enter yourself! And if you fancy a few bargains in your stocking, ASOS Brighterman are selling a number of my lookbook pieces...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Sandy Dunes, Dusty Blues

It was all about Barbour back at the start of the year, but Burberry Prorsum's recent parkas couldn't get any more epic and impressive. They look like a designer stumbled into the shire, dismantled a tangled tent and tassled it into a jacket. You don't even need a fur embellished collar to create the momentous appeal, as the sharpness of the red parka daggers around the neck like Henry 8th in a futuristic era. The kaleidoscope owl eye prints underneath also modernise the countryside reflection, and the classic blue jeans are given a skinny revamp to an amazing standard. My parka might not be at the sharp end of the scale like this, but it certainly takes inspiration from the farmers. It has a 'falling apart' effect, with crinkled gritty draping and pockets piecing together the jacket. With a slouched hood for the urban-ites, and a sandy brown for the bohemians, it manages to be a parka that puts itself in the middle of the wheel of fortune for all styles and tastes.

Friday, 2 December 2011

A Frozen Forest Of Fireworks

While in Winter it's a luxury to cocoon in clusters of cashmere, I've found that warmth can be warped into loud, atmospheric and angst anchored clothes. A photoshoot in Hysteria balloons the Adidas logo like a bodyguard across the body, with the sharp minimalism of black and white chanelling a sinister Chanel, and looking like the comfiest and cutting edge of all tracksuits. B-Trend also execute a crisp twist on keeping warm, where draped layers are given modern sharpness with coats that dagger at the collars. Inspired by this, my outfit involves the heaviest patchwork shirt of the pack. It looks and feels like a collage of clothes galore, and jigsaws perfectly in with my jeans that also hijack stitching and vibes from all walks. I'm quite the gadget addict when it comes to christmas, and I find it a retro awakening and opening to bring techno hedonism to my wardrobe heart. Swapping ear muffs for mega headphones is the must-have accessory to soundtrack my style for a while, and I'm caught in the irresistible beat of these i-Mego Infinity ones. The injection of purple in the veins of the funky framework is born for Brick Lane in London, and adds a loud blast to a rebellious winter outfit. i-Mego are also currently launching 'The Decks Factor' competition for amateur DJ's to get a dubstep awakening by DJ Hatcha. Head here to find out more. [Could I also ask everyone to send positive thoughts this way to my Mum, as she's not very well at the moment. Thankyou in these oh so kind brackets]