FESTIVE RUM COCKTAILS AT JIMMY CHOO MEN LONDON | AN EVENING WITH CELEBRATED BRITISH CHEF MARK HIX

WE ENJOYED SUMPTUOUS CANAPES & COCKTAILS BY RON ZACAPA AT THE JIMMY CHOO MEN'S EVENT IN MAYFAIR

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It was a delightful evening one cold December but the party atmosphere was very inviting in the warmth as we tried out Festive Rum Cocktails with Celebrated Chef Mark Hix and.Jimmy Choo Men. The event was busy as one would expect during the Christmas Party season as I got to admire these exquisite shoes in the beautiful Dover Street boutique. I have always been curious how luxury shoes are made and the fine craftsmanship that goes into creating each style.

It was a pleasure to see the collection showcased at the event in an intimate setting which I’m keen to covet a new pair of Designer shoes for my Christmas Wish-list. Just a hint there for anyone wondering what to get for my birthday this month and Christmas present. I’ve always received two present’s with my birthday and Christmas being so close together but a pair of Jimmy Choo’s would be amazing don’t you think. But then again knowing me one pair may not be enough as I do love brand new shoes.

When’s it’s time to indulge in new shoes for that all important special occasion Jimmy Choo would be my first choice and I always say have a statement pair of shoes as you never know when that all important event may come up at short notice. With dressing request to the Star’s and Influencers Jimmy Choo shoes are the ideal companion for the Red Carpet without fail as the quality is so well made as the go to for luxury footwear and accessories every man should own to invest in.

Festive Rum Cocktails

Festive Rum Cocktails

Festive Rum Cocktails

Festive Rum Cocktails

It sure is worth the price tag, classic and they look amazing to wear from dressy in between to smart casual there is a style to suit all to make room in every discerning man’s contemporary wardrobe. So don’t be the last one to look sharp at the Christmas Party – be sure to always look exceptionally glamorous no matter the circumstances because trust me it’s worth it. While I had a chance to browse these amazing shoe styles I also got to enjoy some sumptuous Festive Rum Cocktails from classic favourites such as an ‘Old Fashioned’ to Negroni made with the finest spirits by Zacapa Rum was a great to try out and savour in good company. The twist on a classic rum cocktail recipe included a Negroni Spritz which was very Italian and one of my new go cocktails to add to my list to order at the bar. Why not have a go yourself try mix up one the cocktail recipes from the comfort of you’re own home in style come Christmas Day.

With Award’s Season just around the corner and fashion week it’s never too early to start thinking about it so it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead for upcoming event’s so don’t forget get to put an alert on your smart phone with so many shoe styles to choose from it must be you’re lucky day to spoil and indulge yourself.

Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Jimmy Choo London and Mark Hix for hosting an elegant Festive Cocktail Party. As always all opinions will be my own and I only choose to review brands I would use myself to provide honest feedback on products I love to wear.

PREVIEWING THE NEW BELSTAFF TRAVELOGUE S/S 2020 COLLECTION

SPRING SUMMER 2020 COLLECTION

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Today I went to preview the new Menswear and Womenswear collection during London Fashion Week Men’s over the weekend for Belstaff Spring Summer 2020 Travelogue in Hoxton Docks East London. I always rather look forward to each season because I admire the contemporary take on the brands history by Belstaff’s Creative Director Lehnhardt-Moore where he captures the imagination of the labels industrial heritage.

For this season the inspiration is drawn from the original archive where travel and exploring remain at the heart of the brands aesthetics hence the self title of the new collection Travelogue.

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Fine details in the collection were kept contemporary with use of contrasts such as juxtaposing textures and colours between soft and hard where the contrast provide the essential look for a modern wardrobe.

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Signatures pieces that inspired this seasons collection were the sleevless Castmaster cotton fishing jacket in orange from the archive in orange dry waxed cotton vs khaki version retains sleeves of the original and the XL500 Nautical Jacket from the nineteen seventies was re-imagined in Oxford Nylon.

Themes in the collection explore the influence of military is evident in the use of deep English rifle green and the newly introduced camo tech fabric.

Throughout the collection worn in looks are created with the use of slub yarns and pigment dyed fabrics for a vintage feel including pieces in dyed sahara cloth and cotton broadcloth create a military look.


Belstaff have catered to those who love to travel and explore with key looks such as a battered safari jacket is teamed with raw Ecru denim


With this in mind Belstaff have catered to those who love to travel and explore with key looks such as a battered safari jacket is teamed with raw Ecru denim, while new adventure print show line drawn illustrations applied to a rayon shirt for women and linen version for men.

 

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I really liked the luxury fine knits and oiled suede polish up the look, contrast with sun faded pique shirts and sweatshirts for men and women.

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Lastly, to finish off the look for the modern man and woman trooper boots in brown leather and canvas, along with a chukka boots with commando sole in suede and stonewashed cross body canvas bags with leather trims give edge to the collection this spring summer 2020 collection.

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Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Belstaff for inviting me to preview the new seasons collections and all opinions expressed will be my own

BELSTAFF MARKS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ICONIC TRIALMASTER JACKET DURING LFW MEN’S AW 2018

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London Fashion Week Men’s this season celebrates a poignant moment in the British labels history to mark the 70th Anniversary of the iconic Trial Master Jacket.

Belstaff’s self titled collection Made In The UK presents a unisex clothing range deeply rooted in the 100th year history of innovation and legacy of protection for adventure.

The Autumn Winter 2018 collection draws inspiration from the English Subcultures through exploration of the Trial Master’s history from a curated selection of the original archive through innovations in fabrics, production and design aesthetic portraying a bygone era when they were launched.

This iconic four pocket Trial Master Jacket was originally designed for protection against harsh weather conditions during the Scottish Six Day’s Trials showcases colour, distinct decorative pins and badges that depict the pride of previous generations.

A sense of youth bears resemblance to referencing the 1950’s from Mod’s, Rocker’s, and Punk era that sought freedom of expression through music and fashion with inter generational popular culture clashes.

Belstaff since 1924 has been the supplier of protective clothing for generations of pioneers which now includes its discerning clientele that thrives on modern day spirit of adventure.

Following on from the presentation Belstaff hosted a private event with Liberty of London to celebrate the new Origins Collection presenting the latest in technology and new innovative fabrics such as ultra stretch lightweight nylon and tri layer nylon as functional weather proof and high performance materials.

What’s your favourite Jacket in the collection?

THE BEST DESIGNER VINTAGE ONLINE CONSIGNMENT STORES VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE PARTNER WITH BELSTAFF

BELSTAFF & VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE COLLABORATE FOR ARCHIVE EVENT LAUNCH

Belstaff Announces Partnership with Vestiaire Collective re-sellers of pre-owned luxury designer vintage clothing available to buy online. I had the pleasure of previewing the collaboration between British Heritage Brand Belstaff x Vestiaire Collective as I attended their launch event last night at the main flagship store on New Bond Street. Celebrities, Stylist, Editors and Influencers in attendance include Alistair Guy, Jack Fox, Oliver Cheshire, Daisy De Villeneuve, Bay Garnett and Paul Sculfor.

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Guest attend the Belstaff x Vestiaire Collective Launch Event for Private Preview at Belstaff New Bond Street

The exclusive partnership allows you to purchase the limited number of iconic 1960’s and 1970’s vintage jackets, especially chosen from the British Designers Archive.

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The main classic signature pieces inspired by Belstaff’s archive revived for a fashion comeback

Fashion Photographer Alistair Guy was also involved in contributing to the exhibition by bringing both collaborators together to form the unique curated looks. The 10 restored jackets are now live on Vestiaire Collective and available to purchase which feature the iconic wax cotton trial master jackets from the Belstaff archive.

The Vintage jackets on display from the Belstaff Archive during the Event

The main purpose for the collaboration was to provide a global community of style savvy clientele who admire rare and classic investments such as vintage cars, watches and custom motorcycles access to Belstaffs Archive and share a part of the brands history.

For both counterparts it was about bringing together a style conscious community to purchase vintage items and introduce Belstaff to a new audience who appreciate fine craftsmanship and long lasting heritage.


Vestiaire Collective gives you access to a curated catalogue of 600,000 listed items with an additional 30,000 new items being added by the community of sellers


designer vintage clothing online

Apart from being able to purchase from the Belstaff archive Vestiaire Collective gives you access to a curated catalogue of 600,000 listed items with an additional 30,000 new items being added by the community of sellers.

  designer vintage clothing online

Launched in Paris in October 2009, Vestiaire Collective the designer vintage online clothing consignment store has over 6 million fashion savvy members across 50 countries worldwide with offices in Paris, London, New York, Milan and Berlin.

This allows keen buyers to hunt of endless choice of coveted must have fashion items for even the most discerning fashionista’s wardrobe. And, I would absolutely agree, as this fit’s in line with my style to mix investment pieces, with different brands including vintage and items at various price points. I do love the Belstaff bags though for their selection of fashion forward styles are both classic and contemporary. Make Vestiaire Collective the go to for Men’s luxury apparel and vintage apparel and find timeless classic pieces to update your wardrobe.

Special Thanks again to Belstaff, Vestiaire Collective, Alistair Guy and Karla Otto for hosting the most amazing party! and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.

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PRIVATE WHITE V.C. LUXURY CLOTHING MADE IN BRITAIN

PREVIEWING THE SPRING SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION AT LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN

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The weather seems pleasant today and I’ve just arrived at the Mayfair Flagship store Private White V.C. for designer Nick Ashley and his teams preview for the new Spring Summer 2017 collection. Always a pleasure to be greeted with the warmest welcome from the team always there to ensure to give you a run through on the latest style Edit.

Private White

Organic pieces take centre stage to enhance fit and its silhouettes bringing them to life where the rich colour palettes influenced by nature and the five elements of the universe Ayurveda evoke water, air, fire and earth.

Private White

By the looks of it, observing the key collection pieces they’re perfect for that weekend getaway. Models appear to have travel ticket itinerary boarding passes in their hands ready for their next holiday.

Private White

Spring Summer 2017 style inspiration from the Film ‘Brideshead Re-visited written by novelist Evelyn Waugh set in Britain’s Nineteen Twenties era.

Even some of the key looks from the Private White V.C collection reminded me of the period costumes Actor Jeremy Irons wears on screen were authentic classic pieces.


The Colour palette used – blue celeste, rust colour, grey, white, sage green inspired from nature


Private White

Like the Movie the collection takes you back to the golden era before the Second World War to discover the decade of dapper style adapted for the modern dandy. So, just a bit of fashion history I’m making reference to from the television series and film that redefined fashion for menswear to present day

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Nick Ashley at his Flagship Store in Mayfair

It is a known fact that as automobiles became more affordable cars helped pioneer men’s fashion trends into a new era where casual leisure outfits were equally popular during the 1920’s popular culture.

Just being here up close with the collection I imagined myself getting dressed in 1920’s inspired menswear attire from sartorial tailoring, fine luxury shoes to hats and more styled with pants and suspenders. White introduces contemporary casual style staples adapted for leisure day wear separates ‘evoking a less formal and sportier dress sense for men was the height of style in the nineteen twenties when sportswear entered mainstream fashion.

Jetting somewhere nice this summer let’s hope so. I haven’t really given it some thought but I’m thinking somewhere between a staycation vacation, or better yet Ibiza, Montenegro, Mykonos or The Hampton’s for the 4th July would be the ideal summer situation don’t you think.

Need more inspiration what to pack for this summer vacation find inspiration here

WHAT TO WEAR FOR AWARDS CEREMONIES | BLACK TIE DRESS CODES FOR MEN

Exquisite tailoring on display at LCM AW 2016 collections and Photo call for the models

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Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

With awards season in full swing and some major film ceremonies around the corner, I thought Id take a look back to Hollywoods leading Men for style inspiration and key looks trending for Black Tie Menswear.

Chester Barrie is the official menswear sponsor of the Olivier Awards

With awards season in full swing and some major film ceremonies around the corner, I thought I’d take a look back to Hollywood’s leading Men for style inspiration and key looks trending for Black Tie Menswear

It’s the 70th Cannes Film Festival as the stars once again descend on the Red Carpet in the limelight of the International Media Spotlight. Movie Stars, Models, Press and Media will all rub shoulders with the stars of the film industry’s elite.

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

If you happen to be in town this weekend for a short vacation city break what to wear is just as essential as where you are going while experiencing the film festival at its best. So make sure to embrace the culture and sightseeing while you are there too.

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

Attending for work or pleasure to the Film Festival here are key looks ready for you to wear on and off the red carpet.

I thought I would share with you my most coveted looks to wear and style edit with a range of outfit selections. Should you be going for work or pleasure to the film festival there a key looks ready for you to wear on and off the red carpet. I will also be taking a look at what the stars wore this week, so you can find inspiration for your personalised closet this summer.

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

Feel inspired by favourite looks of Film Star Style Icons and Chester Barrie Savile Row London as a reference point…

Best Outfit ideas for Awards Ceremonies

Traditionally most male movie stars would wear a full tuxedo on the red carpet but I much prefer another take on this look with a white shirt and skinny black necktie instead of a bowtie. From past film festivals stars such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jude Law have gone for this look which I feel is much more contemporary, minimal and sleek with sophistication. What do you think?

Male models dressed up in Tuxedo styles emulate the Movie Star personas walking the red carpet among their adoring fans behind the velvet ropes

For me the Chester Barrie presentation during London Collections Men was a like a preview leading up to the 70th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival which had the Red Carpet all rolled out for its guest which brought you closer to the big screen – it felt almost like ‘I’ the Movie fan had a front row seat at the Awards living it as a reality in real life. Male models dressed up in Tuxedo styles to emulate the Movie Stars themselves walked the red carpet amongst their adoring fans from behind the velvet ropes. It really did feel you were actually at Cannes which captured the spirit and moment of an exclusive Awards Ceremony.

Chester Barrie have also been involved with the film industry as the official menswear sponsor of the Olivier Awards. It was a real pleasure of seeing the looks up close to which style influencers cut a dashing figure on the red carpet during London Collections Men.

Using the finest European fabrics to bring sartorial dressing to a new level so be sure to discover even finer pieces of Chester Barrie formal wear in store at Savile Row or online.

I really admire their dinner suits because they are beautifully tailored, pieces of art, as you would expect from the official sponsor of the Olivier Awards. You will no doubt appreciate effortless style and confidence are the DNA that fit Chester Barrie Savile Row classic dinner suits with pride.

With black tie season upon us and bringing with it thoughts about what to wear you can count on Chester Barrie for style cue inspiration. I recommend heading online to Chester Barrie for further tips and styles on party dressing and to discover the collection in full.