It was a delightful evening one cold December but the party atmosphere was very inviting in the warmth and 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 tempts me to want to covet a pair 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.
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.
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 elegrant Christmas 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.
Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018
Paris is the original birth place of the Haute Couture Houses from Dior, Vionet to Chanel and there always seems to be an expectation of Paris to be very stylish from a Fashion point of view.
It was such an honour to be invited personally to attend a catwalk show in Paris especially as a blogger as I was wondering if I was the only one from London and would there be anyone else I knew here to keep me company. The Paris Fashion Scene is very new to me but really impressed by the high standards and presentation of such Fashion Designer’s Rani Zakhem as he debuted his Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection to the International press, style influencers and celebrities.
PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK
It was such an honour to be invited personally to attend a catwalk show in Paris especially as a blogger as I was wondering if I was the only one from London and would there be anyone else I knew here to keep me company. The Paris Fashion Scene is very new to me but really impressed by the high standards and presentation of such Fashion Designer’s Rani Zakhem as he debuted his Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection to the International press, style influencers and celebrities. As soon as I arrived I just couldn’t wait to explore the city on foot and be immersed in a city full of culture and intrigue.
In Paris the fashion show production efforts made is just on another level with all the fine details, polished floors to the beautiful grade II listed buildings set the standard very high during fashion week here.
Atelier Rani Zakhem is a Couturier Fashion Designer based in Lebanon but has showcased his work in the fashion capitals such as London, Rome and most notably Paris for his collections each season.
Even during the shows the Press Team from the French PR Agency have usher’s that walk you over to your assigned seat which is great hospitality. But in London this rarely even happens as you have to navigate your seat on your own and a tight squeeze for space so it’s always good to give yourself plenty of time before the shows.For me it was very special to see it up close as sometimes it can take up to two years to produce a new collection for some Couture Houses is a known fact.
Zakhem returns this season with a vibrant and sparkling tribute to the combating and combative woman, Amazone of all jungles and Glamazonian, seductive when like a warrior goddess, she appears in her crystal armour.
Signature Pieces in the Collection
My favourite looks that came down the Runway included a piece in the collection such as the black spencer jacket with red black and gold crystals in clusters on an incendiary sheath or on the sleeves looked very classic.
Themes for this collection explore the poetry of an imaginary jungle where Rani Zakhem envisions his muse as the glamazone and delicate guardian of a paradise.
In celebration of this nature there was a feeling of dark romance that had a spellbinding effect in a crinoline creation, fluttering black tulle with scattering of crystals evoking a spider in its precious cobweb.
What I admired about the collection most is that it represents women who appear, strong, but sensual where authority appertains to her and lives in her evidently with elegance. Subtle references from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Azzedine Alaia punctuate the couture vocabulary of Rani Zakhem, between a Saharienne detail, a draped moulage, the powerful minimalism of a white dress enhanced by a slight ornament to create a dream worthy wedding dress. Apparently couture fashion week is where all the wedding dress trends are born to embody each season by a new muse of the moment.
If you ever have the chance to attend Fashion Week in Paris I highly recommend it as it’s a place of culture and the centre of fashion where all the latest ground breaking trends happen.
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Today I could not help feel excited about Italian Streetwear label ICEBERG Italy as newly appointed Creative Director and RCA Graduate James Long presented his debut Spring Summer 2019 collection during London Fashion Week Men’s. By looking at the Fashion Week schedule it was one of the most highly anticipated shows to mark the start of Men’s Fashion Week and definitely worth waiting for. As London is known for its sartorial elegance and tailoring the focus was on street wear and sport luxe this season that dominated the Men’s Catwalk this week.
So what do we know so far, Iceberg is a cult streetwear label from Milan and has been going strong since 1974 where the Italian Fashion House is known for it’s DNA of vibrant colour together with Long’s remix of iconic technical knits in casual silhouettes.
The inspiration for Iceberg’s SS 2019 collection made references to the designer’s Italian love of F1 where dance meets football London attitude that was reflected in the energy of the show. Theme’s in the collection explored the past with a vision of the future which emphasized the importance of equality that everyone is part of a winning team.
Long’s signature garment’s included quirky deep fried glitched graphics are handrawn or collaged interpretation on Peanuts, Joe Cool, and tone on tone logo’s which came down the runway. A playful use of texture in the way triple printed denim looks sparkle along with plastic-coated gloss knit Iceberg logo’s dazzle opponents off the sport arena.
Pieces that stood out for me in the Iceberg collection were versatile tailored jackets with snap fastenings for both menswear and womenswear worn over a classic white separates’ with hidden self colour logo woven into the fabric. Details such as Warhol flowers adorn across satins, 3D knit’s and football shirts that affiliate you with the fashion capitals of the world.
After the show, I hailed a cab to make my way over to the Kirk Original’s party at the Private White Store as we drove by the Strand I manage to get a glimpse of the Iceberg Model Squad in a parade as they passed by Somerset House, Trafalgar Square and ending at Piccadilly. It certainly stopped London Traffic by surprise as the high energy sports drinks colours of blue, green, yellow, pink and red shout Viva Italia as the Models walked straight off the catwalk onto London’s street’s. What a great PR Stunt during Men’s Fashion Week that represented the new millennial generation of fashionista’s and revival of the label’s signature style.
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Rumour has it a Model a friend of mine Georgia has recently just got back from a QE2 Cruise to New York for Transatlantic Fashion Week to walk for the king of Seventies Glamour himself Julien Macdonald before he debut’s his Spring Summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week. So, who do you think I called then to come with me to the show? Of course it had to be Georgia as she’s lot’s of fun and I wanted to hear all about the model gossip during her trip to New York. Oh, wait!!! something about Mr Tinder and a cute guy model she nickname’s ‘The Lord’ both walked in the show for Transatlantic Fashion Week.
Meanwhile, back in London town it was all about the big names in the modelling industry that Julien always get’s to walk the catwalk in his stunning designs for the world’s gliteratti to see. As per usual me and Georgia could’nt help spy the FROW of VIP and Influencers in attendance from Lady Victoria Hervey, to Ronan Keating, Caprice and X-Factor’s Alexandra Burke who came to support Julien Macdonald this season. Most of all Julien certainly know’s how to throw an amazing party and look after his guest with pre-show drinks on arrival sponsored by Ciroc Vodka and the pop-up 70’s discotech evoked the bygone era of the Studio 54 Days never forgotten.
The show began with a dramatic entrance in the form of a choriagraphed light show accompanied by the eeerie soundtrack from Ridley Scott’s Alien Film Saga as the models descended from another futuristic planet far and beyond the universe with Winnie Harlow, Hayley Baldwin, Alessandra Ambrosio and Martha Hunt walking this season. It was a great feeling of joy and excitement as the new Millenial Supermodel’s strutted their stuff on the runway in the name of high fashion.
Julien’s show was the perfect photo op to steal some of the limelight yourself on the Red Carpet as Georgia managed to attract the attention of the British press with her striking looks with poise. Learning to work the camera is one thing, but how to pull off that effortless red carpet look is about choosing the right clothes, so choose wisely. Try matching a fitted white dress shirt with a leather jacket over the top and slim fitting tapered jeans in a unique colour which contrast with the rest of your outfit. The benefit of this, is that it enables you to slowly draw the eye in from bottom to the top which elongate proportions with everything being narrow and well fitted garments works best.
Credits: Leather Jacket; Iceberg, T-Shirt Primark Man, Jeans; 7 4 All Mankind, Shoes; H & M Man
It’s the final day of London Fashion Week Men’s and you know that feeling especially when you just can’t be in two places at one time. Every show in between other events seemed to overlap and in true fashion week style you were in luck if shows ran behind at least by half an hour. I made a brief stop at the Belstaff Presentation before making a quick dash half way across town to attend the Vivienne Westwood Men’s show.
My look for Day 4 seemed to be improvised with very little time to get ready which is the reality of fashion week you are somewhat short for time to say the least. On the off chance, I happened to be out all day at the Men’s shows so had to think of something to wear that felt comfortable and still looked understated. I opted for a smart casual look incorporating a white formal dress shirt, a fitted blazer and pair of navy blue skinny chino’s ready for the ASOS Man LFW Men’s closing party this evening.
Credits: Leather Jacket; Iceberg, Shirt; Polo Ralph Lauren, Belt Accessories; Polo Ralph Lauren, Jewellery; Alexander McQueen, Jeans; Polo Ralph Lauren
Designer Marc Jacques Burton wearing his own custom made MJB Leather Jackets during London Fashion Week [Photo: Instagram/marcjacquesburton]
During his career Marc Jacques Burtonhas worked in the London luxury nightlife industry and founded lifestyle brands Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Tonteria as well as his own shoe brand extending to leather jackets.
His designs have attracted the interest of numerous international Celebrities and featured Will IAM, Zayn Malik and recently David Guetta.
I first met Marc back then when I was working in a fashion press office in Mayfair and ever since we’ve chatted over drinks press launches, attended some amazing events together. Despite all these shared experiences, I realised there was more to Marc Jacques Burton’s life as a renowned nightlife entrepreneur
Tell me about yourself, where did you study and do you feel this has prepared you for a creative career in business?
MJB: Having studied Economics at Bath University, I immersed myself into entrepreneurial literature from a young age and this is what inevitably drew me to wanting to run my own businesses. I started off in the nightlife sector promoting for different nightclubs. Eventually I founded and opened venues in London such as Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Tonteria. I still have Tonteria which is the most fun Mexican tequila spot.
I have always had a creative entrepreneurial mindset and have always had that desire if if there isn’t something that you want; you can go out and create it. At the root of being an entrepreneur is the belief that you can create your own reality and so naturally I was drawn in by the fashion industry because of this. I started my fashion business eight years ago.
Would you say a traditional fashion background is essential as you produced successful footwear accessories beforehand? Did you acquire a certain skill set e.g. design/pattern cutting to learn your trade before producing MJB leather jackets?
A traditional fashion background is not essential; rather, it is a case of knowing what you want and going out to get it. I always loved art at school even though I was never the greatest at drawing, I practised a lot. I loved going to galleries and observing artists at work. I do not have a specific skill set for fashion. I am able to visualise what I want and then draw it in my own way.
Have you always been interested in fashion growing up or did being a profound nightlife entrepreneur help encourage you to diversify your business interest into other projects.
I’ve always had a real passion and interest for fashion. Nightlife is an incredible place to see so many different forms of style and fashion. I was always observing and developing my personal style.
What was your first job in fashion and how did you get a first foot in the door?
I never had a job in fashion. Initially, I created my own label. I started off designing monogram slippers which caught the attention of several global music stars. I then decided to focus on leather jackets as I had always wanted to create my dream leather jacket. As the jackets gained momentum, I had more belief within myself and experience. Since the beginning, I have had to push through some tough setbacks. It takes a lot of persistence and grit to gain your place in the fashion industry.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images Designer Marc Jacques Burton pictured (L) with Jared Leto at the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week. (R) image Zayn Malik pictured wearing a Jacket by MJB Designs seen out and about during Fashion Week with Model Gigi Haddid]
You have managed to meet the most inspirational people during your career and who would you most like to see wearing your MJB designs.
I have been very fortunate in the sense that some incredibly inspirational people have been wearing my designs already. At the heart of my label is the fact that we are designing for the man living his dream. These men are pushing the frontiers in their lives and work.
It has been amazing to have people such as Zayn, David Guetta, Usain Bolt, Wale and Will.I.Am wear my pieces but at the core of all we do is to make rare handmade pieces for the man living his dream.
Most brands target a certain type of client. I’m not trying to dress anyone specifically but rather I dress for the man living his dream, and I visualise that man in all my clients. He isn’t just one type of person, he could be a rockstar, an artist, an actor or an entrepreneur. As long as he is living his dream, we cater for him.
Tell us the biggest challenge you face as an Entrepreneur in your career at present. With regards to the recent Political Referendum will Brexit have an impact on your business and the fashion industry.
I didn’t ever have any formal training in fashion but knew I had the self belief to try it. I had no contacts in the fashion business and found that one of the greatest difficulties I had when starting up was actually getting the stuff produced. It took me 3 years to find a suitable manufacturer. I tried China, but they wanted huge quantities and the quality was poor. I also tried Spain and Portugal. It was Italy that was able to produce for me. There were numerous times that I wanted to give up as it seemed like it just wasn’t happening however I learned that you have to really be persistent and dig down deep to that self belief, especially in the first few steps of a new venture.
Brexit, right now has increased the cost of production for me.
Who are your favourite Style Icons and why. You collaborated with Jack Guinness for your forthcoming Campaign. How has this helped inspire you and influence your work to create a signature collection style
I have always really loved the style of Gianni Agnelli, the founder of Ferrari. He was so bold for his time and created his own individual style that you would instantaneously recognise. He wore his wrist watches over his shirts. He was unapologetic and unafraid of expressing himself. He taught me a lot about not fearing or worrying about opinions. When you stand out you get a lot of love but also a lot of hate. You just have to have that self confidence and boldness to be yourself. I also really admire the style of my good friend, and stylist to the stars, Ugo Mozie. He has an amazing hat brand and is so effortlessly cool with his style.
Marc Jacques Burton is a British brand and we wanted to find someone who could really represent the Britishness of the label and more importantly, someone who could carry the values of the brand. Jack Guinness is true British man living his dream and loves his life. He presents, he models, he writes; he is a really modern man living his dream and working on things he is passionate about.
Would you encourage others hoping for a career in fashion to start up their own label, what advice would you give them?
Starting your own label is incredibly hard and you need to be extremely dedicated and disciplined as it takes a lot of grit to pursue with it. Everyone who is living their dream has found what their passion is. Not everyone is born to be an entrepreneur or a businessman. The key is to figure what you’re passionate about and good at and then find something that combines them both. I have both worked for and run a business, both of which taught me a lot. Start off working for someone else and learn from them for 4 or 5 years then start something very small yourself. Try and create a niche, don’t try and take on too much. Find one thing that you can be really good at. With me, I chose leather jackets just for men. I have had many requests for women but I have decided to just stay focused on men’s jackets.
Who are you favourite designer’s and why. Which designers do you see yourself collaborating with for a capsule collection if the opportunity came along?
I’ve been incredibly impressed with Alessandro Michele and how he has transformed Gucci. He has brought his unique identity to the brand and yet you still know that it is Gucci. I love and hugely respect how he is combining both the heritage and craftsmanship of Gucci with his own inimitable vision.
I’d love to collaborate and put the MJB pattern on some limited edition Vans.
Share with us the best advice a mentor has given you and what role has this played in improving your business acumen in a competitive fashion market.
It wasn’t advice that played a major role but it was more through mentors leading by example. The first one is my father Glenn. He was a self made advertising entrepreneur and he used to read a lot of books about entrepreneurs and successful people and I took on his example of reading a lot. In doing that it opened my eyes up to business and the mindset needed to overcome many of the obstacles and inner doubts you will face on your journey as an entrepreneur. The big lesson I learned was that often in the press you just hear about the successes of people whereas when you read a book about them you understand what they were like before they were successful and you understand and realise they have the same issues and problems as anyone else and they developed a certain mindset to overcome them and create their success. My other mentor was Nick House. He was the continual example of someone who would work incredibly hard and was obsessed about learning and improving.
The secret to finding great personal style is…
Personal style is all about being yourself and wearing clothes that make you feel good. The truly stylish people are not following the trends, they are creating the trends and they are creating them by being themselves and doing what feels right to them. They are unapologetic about being themselves.
Your little black book for recommending secret shopping destinations and favourite boutiques internationally.
I have always loved the creativity and uniqueness of Colette and L’Eclaireur In Paris. A couple times a year I am in Paris for the fashion weeks and I always make time to check them out. In London I like Layers, The Library and Dover Street Market as they all stock a lot of unique brands that are exclusive to them and limited edition pieces. When I’m in New York I can spend countless hours in Melet Mercantile, which is the most incredible vintage shop I’ve seen in my life.
What are your most desired aspirations and ambitions for MJB in the future
From when I started MJB, my underlying goal was always for me to live my dream, which was to create this label. It is important that I’m progressing and continually moving forward with the collection in order for me to keep this dream alive. The belief of the label is that everyone has a dream but not everyone lives their dream. The message that we are continually expressing through our label is the desire to make people aware that they too should go out and live their dream. This message is incredibly important to me as the world needs more people to live their dream.
Hello! I'm Joey, Journalist, Digital Content Creator, Style and Travel Writer living in London behind the Men's Lifestyle dot-com The Joey Journal. Named Top 100 UK Lifestyle Blog & Website on the web to Follow in 2019. I've written for Publications as a Contributor to Yahoo! Style and Yahoo! Travel. This Menswear and Lifestyle journal is to provide you with inspiration and share my personal style.