Fashion Menswear

Gresham Blake’s Book Launch at his Shoreditch store

March 24, 2016

Going out to events in East London is always a bit hit or miss. Sorry. It just is. So, when an unexpected invitation to tailor Gresham Blake’s book launch at his Shoreditch store and before setting off, we had those 50/50 ‘let’s go along and support the launch anyway’ thoughts. Welding me away from my […]

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Lou Dalton A/W’16. Island Life

February 8, 2016

My friend Amy Liptrot is a supremely talented writer, having just had her first book published, ‘The Outrun’, a memoir of her time living on Orkney whilst overcoming addiction. So evocative is her writing, swimming in an inky ocean barely lit by daybreak, lambing season, the extremes of the landscape, that I’m finding it hard […]

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Matthew Miller A/W’16–Lost in Translation

February 2, 2016

We’ve followed Matthew Miller on since his early collections, from sparse, minimal sportswear (pre-empting the likes of Cottweiler) through engineered prints to the more mature, tailored stride that the Royal College of Art graduate has recently hit. Perhaps one of London’s most politicised designers, Miller thankfully eschews the polemics and manifestos of, say Vivienne […]

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Moschino A/W’16. Sheer Art Attack

February 1, 2016

With so many brands changing their business strategy, it’s hard to keep up these days. The frequent yawning gulf between the catwalk collection and the retailers’ offering is bad enough, but how do we ascertain when a collection is actually available? It started off at Burberry, which made pieces available immediately after the catwalk show. […]

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Burberry Menswear AW16–Thoroughly Modern

January 30, 2016

You can always judge a man by his shoes, and Christopher Bailey’s Burberry men are all wearing suede penny loafers and trainers this Autumn. This was a hint that the Chief Creative Officer/Chief Executive Officer for the nearest thing Britain has to a fashion superpower had loosened up a little, previous fixations with the Sixties […]

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Everybody’s Changing

November 16, 2015

Maybe it’s the fact that menswear is traditionally seen as the least exciting branch of fashion, or maybe we were so caught up in the revolving doors at large houses in the last few months, including Raf Simons walking out on Dior, or Alber Elbaz’s dramatic exit from Lanvin and the subsequent downing tools of […]

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The Name’s Ford…Tom Ford

October 28, 2015

It’s time to talk about Tom Ford again. We seem to spend a lot of time discussing Tom Ford over at Chutzpah Mansions but, let’s face it, it’s his world now and we’re just living in it. Not content with completely owning London Fashion Week last February by showing in Los Angeles the very same […]

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Music Is The Answer–Burberry and Apple Music

September 17, 2015

British music is as intrinsic to the Burberry brand as the trench coat and house check, so it’s really no surprise that the digital innovator is the first luxury fashion firm to team up with online streaming service Apple Music – especially as its parent company has nabbed three of Burberry’s top executives over the […]

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Perfect Timing – Some thoughts on the Hermés x Apple Watch

September 10, 2015

Right about now financial analysts, fanboys and fashion victims will be scrutinising Apple’s latest press conference, the usual Silicon-Valley-meets-Nuremberg-Rally Sturm und Drang. Sifting through the usual technological detritus (another iPad, ANOTHER iPhone model, this time featuring a “Selfie” button to save your poor, overused thumbs from an RSI, a kerching iPencil cross-selling opportunity), the real […]

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Check Mate–The Burberry Scarf Bar

September 9, 2015

There are very few accessories that can truly be described as seminal; the quilted Chanel handbag with its chain strap; the Birkin; Elsa Peretti’s jewellery designs for Tiffany. None of these though is as recognisable as the Burberry cashmere scarf, beloved by barrow boys and the triple A-list alike, this sleek example of iconic neckwear […]

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