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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.

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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

PPQ AUTUMN WINTER 2016 READY TO WEAR COLLECTION | LONDON FASHION WEEK

Rock chick ensembles clash with cascade colours of the rainbow from ruffles to statement prints

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The signature PPQ Gabriel bag is back again this season but in leopard print and original signature patent.

Their signature style dna which the label is most notably known for was influenced by the British Music Scene and Percy’s background in music as a DJ and entrepreneur as owner of his independent record label 1234. Percy’s music label included Music Artist Peaches Gelfdof in Band Objects & Cosmetiques amongst a few others talents.

When PPQ London first set up the idea behind its great success was launched as a lifestyle brand which we know today to merge music, fashion and events including the 1234 Music Festival in Shoreditch.

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Prior to meeting Percy, Amy’s creative flair for style was honed while studying fashion design preparing both young designers for a lucrative career as leading trend setters on the fashion scene. As acclaimed British Designers in London PPQ which count’s fans as A-List clientele to exclusive brand collaborations such as Ben Sherman and Very.co.uk

Each season, I always look really forward to see the new PPQ Collection being showcased during London Fashion Week as it’s always the hottest ticket in town if you’re able to secure an invite.

“@ppqlondon Est. 1992 Iconic British Designers”

For me it represents the iconic London Look with real British roots being founded in Shoreditch back in the day. At one point I do recall the label included Menswear on the runway and I hope they produce more lines as such in future to cater to male clientele.

This season PPQ returns with the self titled collection theme Purple Reign signifies the fashion labels signature style of rock and roll influences is still going strong from season to season. 

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Cascade colours of the rainbow clash as juxtaposed with edgy leather separates.

We can always expect lots of hype leading up to the show and the most iconic chic clothes and rock royalty alumni who fronted the labels skinny drain pipe jeans movement as their most iconic style staple.

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PPQ London presents PURPLE REIGN  Autumn Winter 2016


This season the new collection was unveiled in a very private and intimate venue a church was the perfect setting with original Queen Anne style flooring like a chessboard reminded me of their former flagship store on Conduit Street Alice in Wonderland theme.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

For Autumn Winter 2016 it was all about Biker Jackets with zip details, Pussy Galore Blouses, elegant evening gowns, leopard prints, mohair jackets, leather pants, leather mini’s, elegant ruffled dresses. My favourite signature piece was a siren yellow jacket with fur sewn into the hood.

Ensembles included Leopard print tees which were worn under jackets revealing skinny hot pants. Colour hues throughout the collection had shades of purple, lilac, black, yellows, turquoise blue worked well as a contrast together. In my opinion the collection always makes the perfect go to pieces for party wear and looks really fun and versatile to build a capsule wardrobe for fall season in style.

Styling wise it was about back combed beehive hair channeling the late Amy Winehouse and the signature PPQ Gabriel bag is back again this season but in leopard print and original signature patent. It’s no surprise that Celebrity Fans of the signature bag have all included Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, and Kirsten Dunst on the red carpet. As always I really enjoyed viewing this seasons collection and really looking forward to see what’s trending next season.

Editorial Disclaimer: A huge thank you to PPQ London for hosting me for the Press Preview during London Fashion Week. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support or admire myself for accurate feedback.

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.

BACK TO SCHOOL IVY LEAGUE DETAILS INSPIRES THE PINK SHIRT MAKER FOR FALL

VIBRANT PREPPY LEISURE WEAR ATTIRE BRINGS THE FUN FOR FALL AT LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN

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For this season’s collection leisurewear attire defines vibrant bold colour palettes inspired by Ivy League preppy styles in a range of smart ready to wear clothing.

The well structured silhouetted tailoring was made for the debonair man about town which clashed in contrast with character.

Thomas Pink

With this in mind, here’s inspiration for pursuing fun leisurely pursuits reflected in eccentric colour combinations from smart casual separates to accessories.

Styling references of 1930 – 1940’s was very evident in the collections retro theme which stood out for me personally re-visiting the era of fine classic menswear.

Thomas Pink

Models wore vibrant knits under herringbone sport coats in olive to sweaters over shirts with bow ties looked understated and very dapper.

Accessories such as beanie hats and colourful men’s apparel comprised of block colours of bright orange, turquoise and burgundy contrasted well with the room’s interior decor.


Subtle Styling references of 1930 looked radiantly dashing in the collections retro theme which stood out for me personally re-visiting the era of fine classic menswear.


I felt this represented the well heeled gentlemen during his weekend off campus channeling that Film “Another Country” with a young Cary Elwes, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett set in the nineteen thirties of an elite British Public School. I do particularly love a pair of braces on a gentleman as it gives the outfit personality and charm from a style point of view. I urge you’ve got to see this movie to know what I mean…..

Thomas Pink

I’ve always been fond of the English Pink Shirt Maker from ready to wear and bespoke clothing ranges are very versatile to wear and the luxury quality is second to none. You can always expect well handmade shirts made to last and classic investment pieces. Need inspiration to keep things casual, but still want to opt for a polished look that’s sartorial sharp. I’d go with one of Thomas Pinks 3 piece suits and maybe forget the tie for a relaxed look.

After a long day of shows and presentations during men’s fashion week the Thomas Pink collection never fails to disappoint although it did make me blush with models portraying fictional debonair men characterised in ‘Another Country’. Not forgetting at the same time you can appreciate every fine detail admiring the clarity of colour in this seasons range.

Definitely check this fine English shirt maker in Jermyn Street London  and take a stroll if you’re a fan of classic menswear I’d start just right here for one of a kind gentlemen’s attire.

GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS WITH THE RIGHT SHOE | LOUIS LEEMAN DESIGN FINE ITALIAN MEN’S FOOTWEAR

MAKE SIGNATURE SLIP-ONS A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR OCCASION PARTY ATTIRE

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Louis Leeman Design time incorporated hand-made Italian Shoes

A New Year means New Collection and New Look. Come and discover the latest Louis Leeman Design Autumn Winter 2016 men’s footwear.

I joined the Louis Leeman Team to celebrate the holiday season range in style during their private preview in London’s Cafe Royale Hotel during London Fashion Week.

Louis Leeman Design

Louis Leeman Design is most acclaimed for their time incorporated hand-made Italian Shoes founded by Creative Director Duo’s Louis Leeman and Erica Pesolini.

This season it was all about luxury and excess if you admire beautifully handmade footwear and appreciate fine Italian craftsmanship this would be it.

“Snow is falling at Louis Leeman Design”

These shoes just happen appear to be most coveted by A-list Celebrity fans alike. I did spy a few Tuxedo shoe options for that all important occasion on my wish list from iconic patent, timeless woven silk, interlaced satin slippers and quilted loafer with tassels were my most favourite.

I arrived at the Louis Leeman Design presentation at the Cafe Royal Hotel as I made my way upstairs to the Pompadour Room to find it had been transformed into a winter Wonderland fantasy that mimicked a Stanley Kubric film or Narnia.

Louis Leeman Design

Details from Louis Leeman Fall Winter 2016 Presentation.


Slipons are a good idea’ for every season


The footwear collection had some unique individual pieces that were elegantly enchanting to create the feeling of snow or frost adorning the shoes, plus metal detailing and detailed embellishments.

Louis Leeman Design

Louis Leeman Design

Loius Leeman Design

My personal favourite were the Tolstoy themed pair of shoes with gold frogging made me think of Napolian influences and a Gentlemen’s Alpine members club to set the scene of elegance and intimacy. Expect high end, fine craftsmanship and red carpet glamour from the design duo Louis Leeman and Erica Pelosini in seasons to come.

Editorial Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Louis Leeman Design for hosting me for the Press Preview during London Fashion Week. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use or would wear myself for accurate feedback.

LUXURY BRITISH MADE MENSWEAR at SIMON CARTER LONDON

Simon Carter London British Menswear & Accessories Est. 1985

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Best British Menswear Brands

Best British Menswear Brands
Photography Nadia Rashid

Editorial Disclaimer: Many thanks to the team at Simon Carter London for inviting to their Fashion Week preview of the new AW 2016 Collection. All opinions will be my own.

PRIVATE WHITE V.C FINE MENSWEAR MADE IN ENGLAND

MENSWEAR CLASSIC ESSENTIALS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR CAPSULE WINTER WARDROBE

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Private White

All pieces are made with careful thought in their Manchester factory sourced from local mills to the finest British materials and craftsmanship.

We all want to look and feel great this winter and it’s never been simpler to do so, thanks to the Private White VC new collection of classic menswear and luxury knits.

All pieces are made with careful thought in their Manchester factory sourced from local mills to the finest British materials and craftsmanship. Traditional skilled artisans and the design team from Nick Ashley create timeless styles to suit all size ranges, finished with precision of detail for luxury quality, style with ease and comfort.

I really admire the menswear collections Nick and his design team produce fashion forward staples that pay homage to WW1 Hero Private Jack White. Check out the subtle details of 20s era updated for the contemporary gent who passionate about classic menswear reflected upon his discerning taste for luxury clothing.

Private White

By observing the collection during the preview I noticed the brands DNA and signature style is derived from inspired classic war time pieces designed with authentic detail and functionality for the modern man.

 

Traditional techniques together with skilled artisans and the design team from Nick Ashley create timeless styles

It was my first visit to the labels flagship store on Duke Street Mayfair and it was a hidden gem unless you knew about it. The clothes were very traditional and contemporary keeping in line with the Made in Britain concept.

Private White

 

Private White

My personal pick would be the double breasted black leather jacket with oversized lapels and trim on the jacket cuffs.

Private White

 


Inspiration from Private Jack White’s Wardrobe becomes the Brands Signature DNA


The camel coat is seriously stylish and perfectly practical for work wear investment pieces to classic staples to wear with pride ‘Made in Britain for its authentic aesthetic, innovative cuts and clean lines.

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For this seasons collection we saw some smart casual separates such as knitwear roll necks, shirts, a range of accessories scarves and ties. The long overcoat in camel is definitely suited to the city gentlemen perfect for wearing over a work suit or any occasion.

Re-visiting the era of menswear at its finest with classic military clothing

Private White
Photo Credits Dan Watson

You will appreciate when investing in a Private White VC Menswear it’s all in the fine details that Nick draws inspiration from Private Jack White’s Wardrobe brought to life in the present day as timeless style. 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in.  I was an invited guest by the Brand to review the new menswear collection. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any retailer or brand, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

A NIGHT WITH ESQUIRE MAGAZINE & DKNY MENSWEAR

DKNY MEN x ESQUIRE Magazine Party Celebrating London Collections Men: LCM

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Good evening, just checking in with you guys to give you an update on how my week is going during the shows at London Collections Men Fashion Week.  I started off my week assisting a fashion stylist with her busy fashion week schedule as you can imagine some days would undoubtedly begin with early morning starts.  First email of the day as I check the main inbox there’s a reminder about tonight’s Event for DKNY & Esquire Magazine, next screening phone calls for messages and press sample request from PR’s. With Men’s Fashion Week was no exception, but I always say to myself each day brings new set challenges, goals and experiences, with last minute changes, so you can be all over town and constantly on the go.

After attending a few shows and presentations it’s an opportunity to see what designer’s are doing ahead of time and have an idea of what’s trending in the stores and high street 6 months later prior to the new season. Before DKNY tonight there is the Velsvoir Men’s presentation, soon after it’s time to change outfit ready for tonight’s event and dress up wearing my DKNY Jeans blazer this evening which looks great for smart casual and understated with a relaxed feel.

These are the pictures I took on the last day of LCM! I really loved this Jacket a classic statement piece in my closet – it’s so versatile too. An investment piece for all occasions formal or semi formal, which set’s the mood perfectly with the London nightlife scene… One big trend this season is Monochrome which makes you feel dressy and contemporary. Enjoy the snaps, had the best time at the Fashion Week closing party… I felt amazing in this DKNY jacket!

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DKNY

Hope you enjoyed my Men’s Fashion Week Diary – ‘A Day In The Life of Fashion Stylist Assistant’

J xo

DKNY MEN SPRING SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION PREVIEW

DKNY MENSWEAR CELEBRATES LONDON COLLECTIONS MEN WITH ESQUIRE MAGAZINE FOR EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH PARTY!

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Nick Grimshaw Radio 1 DJ took to the decks to provide the soundtrack floor fillers to get the party crowd started, where he was joined by Jude Law’s son Rafferty Law who opened the catwalk show.  Male model Tom Gaskin of D1 models also walked in the runway for DKNY this season.

The sponsors of the event were Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve for beverages and Mercedes Benz. It was a full house and the DKNY PR Girl Aliza Licht would be proud.

Jessie looked great in a DKNY statement piece pastel pink suit teamed with chunky white platforms and a low cut blouse which showed off her lace lingerie.  While the Saturday’s Mollie King was sporting a gold dress mini ensemble rubbing shoulders with celebrities including Lindsey Lohan, Chloe Green, Wretch 32, model Zara Martin and Mr Selfridge star Jeremy Piven was looking very dapper in a brown suit.

During the show we saw t-shirts/sportswear worn under well structured and fitted tailoring come down the runway, loose fitting oversized jackets teamed with white trousers, dark skinny jeans, and slouchy pants. Smart armband details gave the collection a little edge, while lux sportswear details were intertwined and combined with formal pieces to create contemporary ensembles.

 

Casual separate’s included jersey cotton sweaters, short sleeve printed shirts in sheer fabrics, loose fitting oversized-t-shirts tucked in at the waist. Some casual separates were cropped at mid arm length to create the illusion of layering and proportion. Collection colour schemes for spring summer evoked the true spirit of New York style inspired by dark navy, siren taxi yellow, pure white and contrast mono chrome tones.

I still remember the day I was treated to my first shopping trip in London in my early teens and it was at DKNY and will never forget it as everything fit me so well. The brand philosophy always meant my wardrobe was always a key statement in my everyday life to stay current, fresh and contemporary. It’s just perfect to take your ensemble from day into night.

The men’s fashion week will showcase the best of British menswear style SS15 which runs from June 15th to June 17th with a number of fashion industry events where the stars can show off their best fashion statements.

 

 

Disclaimer: Thank you so much to DKNY & Esquire for hosting an amazing event during London Collections Men. 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.

 

 

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PINSTRIPES & PROHIBITION | DECADENCE FOR THE MODERN DAY DANDY AT VELSVOIR

CLASSIC MENSWEAR INSPIRED COLLECTION FROM THE GREAT GATSBY ERA FOR AUTUMN WINTER 2015

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Velsvoir showcases bespoke menswear tailoring collection during London Collections Men with a presentation at Edition Hotels London.

The Brothers innovative take on menswear is unique with traditional sharp cuts and approach to ready wear tailoring with Savile Row techniques is understated, luxurious and contemporary. I love their modern edge concept of re-defining tailoring to satisfy even the utmost discerning clientele.

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It’s all in the details this season where velvet arm garters worn with shawl waistcoats and neckties. I thought the drop collar shirts and skinny necktie added contemporary touches for a clean polished look or cutaway shirts with printed cravats.

Velsvoir

It’s all in the details this season where velvet arm garters worn with shawl waistcoats and neckties. I thought the drop collar shirts and skinny necktie added contemporary touches for a clean polished look or cutaway shirts with printed cravats by Russian Artist Gregory Emvy.

Velsvoir

A Prohibition look would not be complete without the signature trouser brace with printed box tie garnered my attention with significance of the Great Gatsby.

Classic outfit staples convey excess and decadence painting a picture of the roaring twenties. I really like the variety in the range of waistcoats, shirts and textures including accessories from silk, wool to fine cashmere.


A Prohibition look would not be complete without the signature trouser brace with printed box tie garnered my attention with significance of the Great Gatsby


With shirts in mind the classic round tab classic Gatsby Shirt with white club collar looked striking against the bold stripes shirt silhouettes.

Velsvoir

Even the concealed braces were cleverly done with eccentric personality as lapel trouser braces.

Velsvoir

For me there was a certain romanticism associated with the styling of the collection to look very dapper such as the peak lapel waistcoat, cutaway shirts worn with signature Print Velsvoir Cravats.

Velsvoir

I did love visiting the EDITION Hotels in London today to preview the Velsvoir AW 2015 Collection in the basement. In fact it was the ideal place to set the scene well for a Prohibition Private Members club was very authentic to add a touch of glamour indicative of that 20’s era.