Sunday, 31 October 2010

Trends: Berlin - The check shirt.

All Checked Out And Nowhere to Go!

The story is based on renewed and updated vintage and modern checks. 
Bold, large scale, brushed, warm, winter woodland and ultimately checked!!

This is a statement that has been shown from Dries van Noten to Uniqlo. 
So follow the message this winter and 'check it up'!!

It starts from the tough casual, 'Outdoors Hunter Style' to the Sartorialist, Earnest Hemingway 'Fisherman look'.  It is versatile as there are variations in fabric and layering.

Dress it up or down, preppy or just tough. 
This season fine or chunky knitted layers add depth and texture, heavy scarves, tough Chukka boots or Red wings are the ultimate in authentic footwear accessories.

Take note the checked shirt, red, blue, or green can never fail, but for a daring attitude, add a flash of ochre yellow or sharp fluorescent tones. 

Then mix and match to your hearts desire!. 
Add the final touch with 'Raw unwashed Denim' and your ready to go!

Checks at 'Bread and Butter',  Berlin 2010

'Bread and Butter', Berlin 2010.

Vintage blanket checks. Ochre / Black.

Faded Plaid check.

Romantic embroidered twists and adaptations.

Traditional Woodland Red, 'Lumberjack check'.

Something a little more ' Town and Country', 'Surrey Hunting Style' with a medium square '4x4' check.

'Check Me Out' in my Hemingway look!!

The Earnest Hemingway look started last year, and the beard has just got longer!!
The cold weatheer is just kicking in so expect to se very soon the woolen hats and the chunky fishermans knits starting to surface.
Add some Horn rim glasses and he is all set!.

The life before the beard, but not quite enough street cred!

Now with the beard, but a little too authentic, with the Pipe!!

My favourite check shirt. Always the red one.!

A few of my other favourites!!, yes still red.

Oh yes of course, don't forget this seasons hot tip.......Layers.!!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Style tips - Paris

Looking into our Paris style tips we build on a simple statement.

Dresses, soft colours and a 'Lady- like' style. Trend theme 'The Beautiful Minds'

Just a few ideas for the turning of the new season.
October is here and the Spring fashion shows are all talking about colour........
But here in the beginnings of winter or ending of fall, (however you want to look at it!)
We need to focus on ladylike style.
Short scarves, modern prints and colours, textured knits and soft layers.
'Wrap up' the new season is here!
Preppy Trench Coats. Coats in plaids and checks

The trend is called 'The Beautiful Minds' - 
Based on the film starring Russell Crowe as the genius Mathematician.
Let your creative minds drift into university life, soft colours, faded shades and a underlying preppy statement.
This is a mood of university college style .
From Trench coats and boyfriend jeans to high boots, cardigans and easy soft layers with a nonchalant tone.
Dress up with a casual Parisian chic.

Pendant necklaces, layered with silk scarves and a preppy touch cardigan. Paris 2010.

Yves Klein Blue, Lady-like style. Bag and dress to match.
Paris 2010.

Vintage chic, the mix of patterns with a classic tone. Vintage modernism.

Above the knee!, micro flowers with a Liberty's feel.

Simple traditional combinations.

Caramel Chinos and electric blue. Check out the cool high top Brogues!

The 'boyfriend blazer' and 'men style' shoes. From The Sartorialist book.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Trends- Shoes 'Putting your best foot forwards'!

Why do women have all the fun!!
These are some of the most innovative shoes I've seen in a long while!
Plenty of aeration, and a colour to suit each mood or each day of the week.!

These were part of the ' Amfi', Amsterdam, Fashion, Institute fashion show this summer.
Not sure when or where they will be released, but watch out and get prepared, polish those toes!!!

In action on the catwalk. June 2010

And a grey version. June 2010

The Shoes 'Maketh' The Man!

The shoes 'maketh' the man. 
That is the motto here. 
The tailored look is cool, strong and sophisticated this season, a little tweed, a touch of the vintage dandy mixed with the addition of a bow tie or two. But the final touch in this style statement is a clear shoe statement.

Strong shoes, tough traditional shoes, beautiful shoes, quality shoes and if possible ...........Hand made shoes!

You can feel the authenticity, you can almost smell the leather quality, you can sense the history in the making, walking, re sole-ing, polishing on a Sunday evening, new laces, packing for weekends away.........

High quality and handmade with heritage and tradition.

Take a sartorial step into the 'Vintage shoe trend', and take a few, new, authentic strides.
This fall season you can really separate the men from the boys with a quick look at the footwear department!!

It is all about 'The Brogue', 'The Grenson', 'The Derby Boot', 'The Toby boot' or what ever they call it in your neighbourhood! 
It is for sure expensive, tough wearing and beautifully made.

Wear them with your trousers at a little 'high water' for the ultimate effect and with some casual contrast laces and step out in style!! Dark brown and Dandy.
Oliver Spencer.( for a flamboyant contrast lace up.

My iconic hero, Joe Casely Hayford with his latest collaboration with those clever people at John Lewis. The stamped brogue in dark brown, tan and black.

A visionary statement, a little touch of daring with the blue laces. 

In total black minimalism with a tough stance, no frills, no playing around. 
Joe Casely Hayford for John Lewis.

The Oliver Spencer Derry boot. The future of the modern classic.