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- 08/20/15--06:45: _MSFW MR RUNWAY- GIV...
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- 08/25/15--20:28: _Who is Jared Acquaro?
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- 09/05/15--20:49: _MSFW - Emerging Runway
- 09/07/15--14:35: _MSFW - GQ Runway
- 09/09/15--05:09: _Pack Your Suit with...
- 09/11/15--15:17: _Painting with Style
- 09/15/15--04:04: _MSFW - MR Runway
- 09/17/15--02:49: _Interview by The Ho...
- 09/20/15--05:06: _A Gentleman's Satchel
- 09/23/15--02:56: _Spring time Styling.
- 09/26/15--17:45: _Today I Am
- 09/29/15--22:47: _Where to find all t...
- 10/02/15--04:59: _Eidos Napoli Spring...
- 07/23/15--05:26: Melbourne Young Makers - Tess Ebinger Part 2
- 07/26/15--16:45: Menswear & Style
- 08/01/15--21:44: Summer Inspiration for Men
- 08/02/15--04:26: Instagram Roundup 2015 Part 1
- 08/05/15--00:56: Mixing Older Menswear with the New.
- 08/09/15--05:32: APMM Menswear Icon - Nicola Ricci
- 08/12/15--03:23: Men HATE Shopping or Do They?
- 08/16/15--00:37: How to Wear: Denim & Blazer
- 08/19/15--02:57: The Easy Way to Buy Shoes
- 08/20/15--06:45: MSFW MR RUNWAY- GIVE AWAY
- 08/23/15--03:32: Turning Colour into Style
- 08/25/15--20:28: Who is Jared Acquaro?
- 08/27/15--02:42: Oliver Sweeney - Autumn/Winter 2015 Campaign
- 08/31/15--00:56: Turning Color into Style - Chapter 2
- 09/05/15--20:49: MSFW - Emerging Runway
- 09/07/15--14:35: MSFW - GQ Runway
- 09/09/15--05:09: Pack Your Suit without a Crease!
- 09/11/15--15:17: Painting with Style
- 09/15/15--04:04: MSFW - MR Runway
- 09/17/15--02:49: Interview by The Hounds
- 09/20/15--05:06: A Gentleman's Satchel
- 09/23/15--02:56: Spring time Styling.
- 09/26/15--17:45: Today I Am
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- 10/02/15--04:59: Eidos Napoli Spring/Summer 2016
So in saying that today I did what I do every day and wore what I wanted. It's still cold here in Melbourne so layers were the foundry for this outfit. The day consisted of a casual catch up with a friend for lunch before a little retail work, this is "my" perfect reason for smart-casual wear. A few layers of wool on top, a comfy smart chinos, casual sneakers, scarf and a super warm wool bomber jacket to shield the icy winds whistling through the streets. Something I usually think about is what I'm doing that day and the situations I may be in, so I dress accordingly. I know that when I'm indoors I won't wear the scarf and jacket, so my outfit underneath is almost a separate outfit, making the final choice a two in one. This maybe a bit over the top in the line of thought process put into it, but it's just how I've learnt my way of style and I'm sure you all will have ways of your own too.
“Guys don’t need a lot of choices, they need the right choice.”- Sid Mashburn
I'm late to cover Pitti Uomo 88, but I wanted to keep Spring/Summer fresh in the minds of those over here on my side of the world, as the Southern hemisphere slowly makes its way into our warmer months.
When the sun returns, it's time the men here in the Antipodes can fully spread their sartorial wings. In Australia, we haven't been born into a society that traditionally celebrates dressing well as is the case in places like Italy, but the Menswear movement has grown dramatically here over the past few years and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Below are some of my favourite looks from the summer edition of Pitti Uomo. I chose these primarily because of their versatility.
Dark colours hold the heat and are great for the colder months of the year, so when it comes to the Spring/Summer, the lighter tones take over. A forest green can be replaced with a lighter olive green; still earthy but light enough to freshen up your look. For the gents who has light complexions, you can go even lighter and experiment with more pastel colours as they will give your natural tones a deeper colour against them.
The man who, as is often said, can get away with wearing a trench coat over his dinner jacket, or an old school tie for a belt, is the one who, in fact, understands best the rules of proper dress and can bend them to suit his own personality and requirements
– G. Bruce Boyer
This is easily one of my favourite quotes about menswear and style because it sums up what you should be thinking, rather than just blindly following the fashion herd.
I often get asked about old clothes, more specifically, how old does something have to be before you can't wear it anymore? And I honestly believe that there's a really simple answer to that question - you can't put an age limit on something if it's well constructed, It should practically outlive you.
They say that fashion is cyclical and changes every 6 months, so I might be throwing a massive spanner in the fashion works because I regularly wear clothing that's past its 6 month 'used-by' date. You can make it work by mixing these older pieces back with newer items of clothing.
The trick is knowing what's already in your wardrobe. This makes shopping easier and minimises the chances of buying the same item of clothing over and over again. If you examine the contents of your closet you'll be able to identify gaps that need filling.
Another thing that I've discovered while helping men develop their personal style, is that people tend to be drawn to the same things time after time. One gentleman wanted to break away from his norm and slowly introduce different patterns and colours into his wardrobe and while helping him choose a tie from a selection of twenty, I bet him that I could pick the tie that he would go for. He pointed towards the one that he liked and not surprisingly it was the one that I suspected. How did I do it? Easy. It was the most similar to the tie he was wearing, so it seemed obvious that he was attracted to that certain style.
The only way to get around this is to keep in mind what's already in your wardrobe and go after contrasting colours and patterns that'll work with what you already have. There's no point in buying another solid navy blue suit if you have one or two already, so why not try charcoal or shade of grey, both of which compliment navy, or if you're really attached to your navy palette, try introducing different shades and subtle patterns, then work your way onto another colour or shade.
So in the theme of today I wore my forest green overcoat from last year, layering it on top of my new navy herringbone suit and brown cardigan. I added on a recently purchased brown/green knitted tie and a pair of new suede loafers. I'll be able to wear all of these pieces next year and for many years to come.
Do you have any wardrobe favourites that you find yourself pulling out year after year?
Suit, Overcoat & Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Cardigan by Uniqlo
Tie by Christian Kimber
Loafers by Carmina
When I was starting to write this post it was really hard to decide if I should go in order from top to bottom, or just post by random - It was difficult figuring out who I'd actually put at the top of my list, who's had the biggest influence on my education? I thought about this for awhile and one question came to mind, "who is the first person I think of if I want to see colours and patterns?" And the answer to that question is Nicola Ricci.
Nicola and his brother Valentino own Sciamat and together they make some amazing bespoke garments. One day I would love to be able to commission something from them but for now all I can do is admire from a distance. There are many reasons why I choose Nicola, like me, he looks to nature for colour inspiration, we share similar tonal features and I'm pretty sure we are around the same height.
So we have some things in common and both follow our own paths of style. Although I look to Nicola for the inspiration, I don't just go out and follow what he's wearing blindly.
Nicola Ricci, hat's off to you and Molto Grazie!
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society
- Mark Twain
Everyone knows men hate shopping but is this just a myth?
Personally I love shopping and I know other guys who also love shopping, so before you go on to say something gender-related, let's take a look why we think men hate it so much.
Obviously I can only talk about my personal experience, although throughout my experience of working in high-end retail, I've gotten to hear the opinions of hundreds of guys and these are some of the things I've been told over the years: We don't like trying things on, nor looking around a shop and asking for assistance, nothing fits the way I want it too, I don't know my size and I don't know what I want.
Men seem to not like trying things on mainly because of the last statement - they don't actually know what they want. Some may even say, "my partner wants me to upgrade my wardrobe" and that's why they've decided to go shopping. To keep their partner happy they'll go out, walk around the shops buy a few things that they'll never end up wearing. I think that knowing what you're after is the key to success before you even step out of the front door.
Nothing fits comes under the heading of knowing how something SHOULD fit you.
If you wear casual bomber jackets and then go to buy a blazer or sports jacket, it's not going to have the same feeling, but if you don't try then you'll probably never know either.
Not knowing your size is probably not true, you do know your size, although that doesn't necessarily mean that a size 32" pant from one brand will be the same as another. I agree with "I don't know my size" if it's something that I haven't tried on before, but if I'm a 32" waist in pants from a particular brand that's at least a good starting point to go from.
Another thing I can agree with most men is not wanting to ask for assistance and this is because of trust. Is this assistant just saying I look good to make the sale? Is it really for me? It's a lot to consider even if you've built up a great rapport with the sales assistant, and once again knowing what you like and are after will make your life a hundred times easier.
Window Shopping is also a great option if you find it hard to make decisions. The entire process is obligation free, you get to know what's around and if you can't find what you're after I suggest thinking back to what you have already and then imagining what new items would work back with your existing wardrobe.
Jacket by Farage
Shirt by Mazzarelli
Tie by Otto Marchesi
Pochette by Christian Kimber
Pants from Ebay
Shoes by Santoni
hey use a family-owned artisan shoemaker in Naples, Italy) at an affordable price. Sound great, right?
You still get your shoes within 2 weeks of ordering (if buying internationally), but you get time to pay them off, making the sale more affordable instead of paying one large lump-sum payment.
Post a photo of what you would wear on the night.
The colours I can see are brown, green, beige and bone (off white). They're easily identified and work well together. You can then take the colours from your chosen image to experiment with your wardrobe and create multiple outfits.
Some combinations could include a brown jacket, white shirt, green pants and beige shoes, or you could mix it up with a white jacket, brown shirt, beige pants and green shoes. Four colours x four items = sixteen different combinations.
Can you do sixteen combinations with these colours?
You can see here that I've put together an outfit using these same colours; with a beige jacket, green seersucker shirt, bone chinos, brown sunglasses and loafers. Combining shades isn't as hard as it sounds.
Jacket by Denham
Shirt by Mazzarelli
Chinos by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Sunglasses by Persol
Loafers by Meermin
I know that finally I've found the right path.
Apart from continuing to learn every step of the way, there were fears to face and other challenges.
Surprisingly my number one issue was being in front of a camera.To say that I hated it would be the understatement of the century, unless you caught me completely off guard or I was intoxicated. Kirsty Umback, my friend, and long-time photographer pushed me into doing this blog. I was very stubborn at first and didn't want my photo taken - I never thought about what would happen if I put a couple of pictures up on the internet, but we did it and got such a great response.
to stay true to yourself and don't let money be your only motivator. This website could have gotten a lot bigger at a much quicker pace if I'd sold out and followed the trends, but really, I think that would be super boring.
"Our Cobbler-in-Chief was inspired by how this blend of art and technology so closely resembles the way we approach our own craft and using every aspect of photography, we’ve exposed the photographer’s world, fusing technical fabrics with classic design, for functional, beautiful objects."
Recently the eccentric Oliver Sweeney dropped their new Autumn/Winter Campaign for 2015. The main theme is that of vintage photography, with it's alchemical blend of science and art in which Cobbler-in-Chief Tim Cooper was inspired by how closely it resembled their own craft. The collection features beautiful hand brushed premium leathers in their blake stitched range, which showcases minimalist styles. Goodyear welted soles also feature in grain leather Royal longwing's and brogue boots to name a few with the addition of commando soles for the more off the track adventurer.
Below I have selected some of my favourites from this collection; I love the classic styles, rich patinas and textures, to see more head on over to www.oliversweeney.com .
"Taste and style is beyond clothes. It’s in food; it’s in quality. Working out, healthy bodies, organic food—they’re all part of the same thing."
- Ralph Lauren
Off to the MSFW Hub we go for the GQ runway and to be honest, I didn't know what brands I would be seeing only that it would be menswear. I was very pleasantly surprised when Henry Buck's popped up on the brand screen and as suspecting wasn't disappointed. Although some of the brands still to this day prefer fashion over fit the range from Henry Buck's was classic and slim fitting; slim fitting enough to be altered to super slim if needed. Harbouring off Italy's latest new up-comer Eidos Napoli and Napoli classic Isaia. Some of the outfits were styled a little sloppy, but I don't think many of the brands get to do their own, unfortunately. But at the end of the day Henry Buck's was easy to say the stand-out and my personal favourite. Other brands in the runway included Ben Sherman, Herringbone, Rhodes and Beckett, Autonomy, Bassike and Hardy Aimes.
(To view them, Click Here)
Below are the great outfits from Henry Buck's, first one being the show standout in my opinion!
Some hotels don't even have an iron and when they do iron a suit is not the best idea to be a novice, but you can always hang it in the bathroom whilst you have a shower and hope that it's steamy enough to decrease your suit and shirt.
As you can see below I decided to put the C38 to the test and travel with it, I put a suit in it and used it like any normal carry-on luggage bag, the end result was pleasantly surprising - there wasn't even a slight crease in the suit at all.
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You can be creative in anything - in math, science, engineering, philosophy - as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance
- Ken Robinson
Let's shift our focus to art as a source of style and colour inspiration.
Art, particularly paintings, can be a little more difficult to work with it can be harder to ascertain the primary shades and tones involved. What we need to remember is that while art is visual, it will evoke feelings that can be interpreted in many different ways -
what one man sees another may not.
Those little differences are what help to make our styles unique, so seeing what YOU see is perfectly fine and you'll often find that once you put your outfit next to the painting others will see it too.
I came across this amazing painting by John White Alexander and was immediately drawn to the colours and felt that I could relate to them. The browns and greens, with black shadows and white highlights fitted perfectly with an outfit I had in mind.
This doesn't only have to be something for men only either, everyone can take advantage of their surroundings for inspiration, or it can be also an inspiration for you to dress or buy for someone else.
Black bomber jacket, white shirt, brown/olive cardigan, olive/khaki chinos and tie, inspired by using a similar background colour to the painting.
Bomber by Boss Orange
Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Cardigan by Uniqlo
Tie by Nick Bronson x Henry Bucks
Chinos by Sportscraft
Shoes by Bally
- James Laver
Now we come to the main event for menswear the Mr Runway. This year menswear finally steps up and into the town hall a growth I hope keeps growing as we should be on the same level with womenswear or overtake them for once.
The brands showcasing their upcoming seasons offerings were the likes of MJ Bale, Godwin Charli, Calibre, Joe Black, Brent Wilson, Et Al, Aquila, Arthur Galan and Jayson Brunsdon. Suiting was a major player with sportswear, evening and a few resort-like styles in the mix, for me this show I was looking for the color palettes and combos the brands were using for the new S/S16 collections. I'm not going to say who was the better nor point out which brand/s were in my favourites, it's all about the colors.
Bossman Beard Balm
I'm a massive fan of beard care. I was never a fan of facial hair until I decided to grow a beard and I've discovered that as long as you take care of it, it's quite soft and manageable. The best balms contain natural ingredients and this one can also be applied to your nails (believe it or not) and no, it doesn't make you less manly.
Ponsonby Pomade by Triumph & Disaster
I saw this product not too long ago and wanted to try it out so this was my chance. It contains all natural ingredients and has a medium to strong hold depending on how much you choose to use.
Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It has taken me a long time and several different guises to find my own look, and I'm often asked for advice on how you can find yours too. I've explored several different methods within this blog over the past few years, and can't stress enough the importance of following your own individual tastes, getting inspired by your surroundings and working new items of clothing in with your existing wardrobe. Personal style is all about putting your own unique spin on things.
When I was younger I would blindly follow trends without even thinking twice. I didn't stop to consider whether something suited me or even if I really liked it. I'd simply go out and find whatever was "cool" at the time and buy it. But then I started touring around Australia with a couple of bands and started picking up on small differences in style around the country. I noticed live music punters taking band merch and ripping the sleeves off, or cutting down the sides to create something completely different. It really resonated with me and I began to suss out what I really liked.
I think that discovering who you are and being comfortable with yourself will make your style shine through more effortlessly, and although I've gone from a uniform of band merch and jeans through to wearing more tailored outfits, that doesn't necessarily mean that I won't ever wear a t-shirt again, only now I wear it in a different way.
Thanks to Westfield and the #TodayIAm campaign, I'd like to know more about you. What's your style and who or what inspires you?
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Fashion Lane is a website where you can find the best fashion sales from 104 online fashion stores. Instead of visiting every fashion store and going through their sales individually, Fashion Lane aggregates all sales and lists them, sorted by highest discount
- Fashion Lane
Finding bargains is a priority for most consumers, and saving a couple of dollars has become a 'must' in today's economic climate. Bricks and mortar stores seem to go from seasonal sales through to mid-year sales and even mid-season sales in a bid to keep up with their online competitors, as more and more shoppers are buying off the world wide web. I often get asked which websites I visit when I feel like dropping some of my hard earned cash, so I decided to do a bit of research and tell you about one of my new favourites.
The internet can be like a black hole and can take you forever to find a great range of stores and then find great sales too. I recently stumbled across Fashion Lane, an online platform offering a huge range of sale items from footwear through to clothing and accessories.
The site itself is less than a year old but has managed to amass a very impressive selection of brands and bargains. It's also very easy to navigate, simply directing you to the best website to visit to secure the sale item. You then run through the usual steps to purchase from the selected online store without having to pay a "finders fee".
Some of the menswear brands and sites I've managed to come across include Farfetch, RiverIsland, ASOS, David Jones, General Pants, Sportscraft, Uniqlo, and Woolovers.
So where to from here? Well click this link to FASHION LANE and find a bargain today!
Eidos is the essences of something's being - it's idealized form - it's soul.
- Antonio Coingoli
The new-comer to the main stage in menswear, due to new head designer Antonio Coingoli, Eidos Napoli, have taken classic Italian menswear back to a classic base and spliced it with a modern take on soul. I started following them a few years back when friend Christian Kimber introduced them to me, excitingly enough Christian has now collaborated with them in the footwear department.
Eidos design garments that can be worn through the years and seasons, taking pieces from older collections and mixing them effortlessly with the newer collections. Here I've put together some of my favourite looks that inspire me for the upcoming warmer weather.