Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The right leather jacket for you!

The mythical leather jacket. The cool, easy rider symbol for all rebels, bikers, Top Gun rock stars, punks, goths, metal heads, rivet heads, modern day warriors and even the police, who’ve worn versions designed for protective purposes and occasionally for their potentially intimidating appearance.
Looks above from Bottega Veneta, Burberry & Z Zegna.

In the 20th century the leather jacket has achieved iconic status, in part due to popular culture. Remember the Perfecto motorcycle jacket worn by Marlon Brando’s Johnny Strabler character in The Wild One (1953)?
How about The Fonz’s ‘greaser’ jacket in the television series Happy Days? It’s achieved such great heights of leather notoriety that it’s now housed in the Smithsonian Institution and in eons to come, our descendants will exclaim in wonder at the lasting legacy of cool embodied in a cow hide coat.
Then there’s Blade. No one yet has carried off the long leather jacket as well as Wesley Snipes, not even Steven Seagal in his custom ¾ length leather trench coat nor Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix films.
The leather jackets worn by aviators and members of the military were brown and frequently called “Bomber jackets” as seen on numerous stars in the 1940s and 1950s such as Jimmy Stewart in the 1957 film, Night Passage. Bomber jackets, often with sheepskin collars, have remained popular, even appearing on the sets of Top GunX-MenThe Dark Knight and Mission Impossible. And in most of these examples, the leather jacket brand seen onscreen has been the iconic ‘Belstaff’.
When it comes to colour, it doesn’t always have to be black. Brad Pitt’s ‘Tyler Durden’, in the movie Fight Club, appears with different variations of his ‘red’ leather jacket.
The brown leather jacket has also been a de rigueur part of the wardrobe of a Hollywood adventurer, from Gary Cooper in For Whom the Bell Tolls to Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones film series.
In particular, the tan leather jacket has become very popular with the Brit Pop and Indie music image and culture and is famously worn by people such as Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics.
The Punk culture also “rocks” the leather jacket with accessories suck as chains, studs, cuts, ands sketch designs. Many “Metal Heads” go with the Judas Priest look (black leather jacket, black leather pants, chains, and tons of studs.)
There is a substantial difference between leather jackets designed for fashion and those worn for protection (a la motorcycle riding). Made-for-Fashion leather jackets are not likely to be of much use in a motorcycle accident due to their light construction.
Leather jackets designed for protective use are safety equipment and are heavier, thicker, and often equipped with armor, thus becoming a very practical item of clothing regardless of the symbolism invested in them by popular culture. Motorcycle jackets often have more substantial zips, weatherproof pockets and closures, higher collars and are styled to be longer at the back than the front so as to protect riders from the cold while they are bent over their machine.
It’s a no brainer. Every man ought to invest in a great leather jacket and while you may not be necessarily be channeling the Black Panthers, the Ramones, the Libertines or trying to masquerade as a member of a heavy metal subcultures, you’ll appreciate the cool class that a we’ll fitted, excellently cut leather jacket will add to your wardrobe.

Style Tips: How to wear a leather jacket:

Punk Rock
Pull on skinny or straight pant jeans – grey is a great colour for 2010. Throw a bold graphic tee on top and slip on destroyed Converse or Superga canvas hi tops– preferably in a dark colour as well. Simple, effective, cool. Kanye West rocks studs and two tone leather above.

Start with a checked or coloured shirt. You can choose to opened that over a plain tee, a vest or keep it buttoned up, both work just as well.  Jeans – blue or black to provide a dark contrast for the checked shirt and then the leather jacket thrown over it all. If it’s cold, a scarf will add some panache to the finished look. This layered outfit hits the military and check trends in one. Slim jeans are a must but they shouldn’t really be skinny in this instance. We want to tuck them into the military boots but want to keep some width in the leg for that military/worker vibe as opposed to rocker. You can also opt for Converse trainers, like Beckham has here, if them boots are too chunky for your liking.

Relaxed Formal
Start with a great pair of smart slim fitting trousers. Then an antiqued brown formal shoe followed by a light piece of knitwear and then the leather jacket over the top. Adrien Brody’s jacket is very stylised, but a plain, good, ol’ black one will do too. You can layer up the look with knitwear if you want… if you wear a cardigan then try a v-neck t-shirt underneath, or if you go for a v-neck knit then you can rock a crew neck underneath or even a shirt/polo shirt. The options are there for you to play with to create your look. If you’re in the sun, then sunglasses would definitely round it out with that extra bit of cool.
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Reiss Clothing Made To Measure Service

Made To Measure Goes Mainstream
As a classic way of dressing, one can never underestimate the power of the suit. Simple, dignified and authoritative, the men’s suit is an item we’re told we should all have in our wardrobes; indeed the merits of two and three piece cuts have been covered comprehensively in Fashionbeans ‘Men’s fashion basics’ series.
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage that one should spend as much as one can possibly afford to, on a suit; an expensive cut can be spotted a mile off while a cheap suit looks… well, the words ‘chips’ and ‘cheerful’ spring to mind. So it has often been the case that while hankering after Saville Row fineries, the astronomic price tags have meant that we’ve had to settle for high street cuts. But that’s all about to change thanks to Reiss.
For A/W ’10 Reiss has announced the launch of its Personal Tailoring Service. Meaning that custom made, hand finished garments will now be available on the high street, for a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay for such a service.

Midas man, David Reiss, has been singing the praises of the new service saying it is the company’s 
‘mission to exceed expectations with the exceptional level of quality and service we are offering’. All fur coat and no knickers? Hardly. The credentials and the thought process behind the service speaks volumes as to what the company wants to provide for its discerning customers.
Available from September in their flagship stores, the Personal Tailoring Service experience echoes the chalk and tape measure techniques employed by timeless clothiers such as Gieves and Hawkes. Of course being Reiss, the outcome is as sharp and as modern as you would expect – a frankly frightening amount of attention to detail comes into play with their menswear tailoring. Every element is taken into account, from button height and the darting to lapel width and shoulder adjustments, all to create a slim, lean, visually astounding silhouette.
And here’s where your taste and choices come into play; the service offers over 50 Italian and English fabric options, presented in 32 jacket styles and 12 types of trouser – all of which can be tweaked, snipped and tailored to fit your frame exactly (just lay off the Ale and takeaways between your fitting and the 4-6 week delivery date). The most satisfying thing about the whole experience, other than ending up with a suit that that fits you like a glove (in fact your gloves will seem roomy and ridiculous by comparison), is the fact that prices start at £550. A small price to pay for a genuine piece of sartorial mastery.
New Season Lookbook By Reiss
Here are some of the new look book images from the Reiss Mainline collection from A/W 10, you can expect to see these styles, colours and fabrics available for choice in the made to measure service… we can’t wait!
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How To Wear A Tux

The Tuxedo
Ah, the tuxedo, the trickiest item of menswear for any guy to get right. Once it was something to be cherished and relished when it was worn but these days seems to be more like a chore and an obligation for those bound for nuptial-based events. I’ve always thought of any suit that a guy owns as their own suit of armour; once hemmed and tailored to your own personal tastes it should fill you with confidence and valour for the times ahead. Never was it more true for this most masculine of tailoring.
Of course there are a few things to get right when considering a Tux. Firstly, I strongly recommend that you actually purchase one. Seriously, think about the process of hiring one for just a moment. You spend a couple of hundred on a tuxedo that doesn’t really fit you, kind of smells and you have to travel there and back for the pleasure. Yes, buying one will set you back a pretty penny but the amount of use you’ll get out of it (it’ll surprise you as time passes) and how good you’ll feel and look in itwill be worth it.

So, first things first, the basics. When buying your first Tuxedo always go for the black suit, white shirt and black tie combination. You’re bound to take off the jacket at some point so keep the shirt on the slim side to avoid any ballooning at the waist. As for which collar to pick, it’s best to stick with a notch for the moment. It’s the simplest version to pull off and lends itself to most men and tie combinations. If you do fancy a Shawl collar (quite popular at the moment) try to keep it on the narrow side. And for all you Tom Ford wannabies out there, when wearing a Peak lapel make sure the tie is just as wide and always wear it with some pride. Other than that, keep your accessories understated, subtle and simple, by which I mean a black leather watch, muted cuff links and black lace up shoes with minimum detailing and you won’t go wrong.
The Tie
Now here’s where a lot of us fall down. A simple rule to follow is that when wearing a Peak lapel Tuxedo be sure to wearnothing other than a bow tie. With a notch or shawl a standard straight tie will do the job and if you really want the bow tie then keep it on the slim side. On top of that, the fabric of the tie should always match the fabric of your suits collar. Velvet for Velvet, Silk for Silk, etc. Finally guys, hopefully none of us are going back to a Prom or school dance anytime soon so always make sure the tie is black. If you do feel the need to express a bit of creativity then try a patterned black and white tie in stripes or dots but leave the bright red bow tie at the back of your wardrobe please. Or, you know, the bottom of your bin.
How To Wear
And as always here are some fool-proof ways of wearing a Tuxedo: -
  • Classic – As mentioned above, black Peak lapelled suit with a white tuxedo shirt and black bow tie. Add a white pocket square to strike a more modern tone and don’t forget to pop your cuffs, if you don’t then what’s the point of a French-cuffed shirt?
  • Alternative – I appreciate that there are some of you out there who don’t want to be dressing up like everyone else at the party. In that case, why not try a Tuxedo in a midnight blue? Again pair it with a white shirt and black tie combination for the best results or if it’s not strictly ‘black tie’ then why not lose the tie and wear a black dress shirt instead?
  • A Velvet Option – Now the important thing to bear in mind with a velvet tux is that it should only be on the suit jacket, never the trouser as well. Keep it understated with a notch lapel and let the fabric do all the talking. Why not try it with a slightly coloured shirt in a pale pink or blue as well, just to show people that you are paying attention.
  • All-White – same rule applies here as well. If you do want to go all out old-Hollywood then make sure it’s with black suit trousers. Try it with a tuxedo shirt that has black linings to separate it from the jacket and I’m pretty sure with this tux a strong gin-based drink is the perfect compliment.
Other than that guys have fun wearing a Tuxedo. It’s one of the few times that you can be 100% sure you are looking your best.Sure it may not have much room for error and creativity but that’s the reason it works so well. Just make sure to never opt for that matching cummerbund, waistcoat and bow tie that so many people seem to think is a GREAT idea. Remember that when wearing a tuxedo you’re heading to either a black tie event or a wedding, you are not heading to a Casino Owners meeting!
Next week we’ll have a look at the ways in which you can dress down your tux.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Best Deodorants For Men from Davidoff 2010, 2011

“Nobody gets a second chance to leave a first impression.” is both well-spoken advice and the mantra of Zino Davidoff, the creator of the Davidoff line of fine men’s fragrancesZino Davidoff was an interesting man filled with good humor and patient insight. Russian born, he spent his life chasing his dreams and trying to live a long and happy life to it’s very fullest. Filled with life and laughter, he transferred all his energies and love of live into creating the many wonderful men’s fragrances that bear the Davidoff name. It doesn’t matter if you are enjoying the best men’s fragrances from Davidoff or just the best deodorants for men from Davidoff, if it’s from Davidoff you are in for a real treat!

Davidoff’s most famous line of men’s fragrances is his Cool Water line. Filled with icy aquatic notes that are sure to linger long in memory, Davidoff ’s Cool Water is prized for it’s cool and sweet lavender and orange blossom top notes, sharpening the scents of coriander and chilly peppermint training to a floral heart note overlying thick woods, amber and rich musk in it’s finish. In fact, the entire Cool Water line is like this with wonderful variations to create a crisp, clean scent for every taste. Meanwhile, for the man who prefers a delicate floral oriental scent to harmonize with his natural manly smell, Davidoff has Silver Shadow. Silver shadow’s gentle first impression of orange, coriander and cedar the blends into subtle heat with saffron and patchouli, fading to a masculine ending with sweet amber and hearty oakmoss. Looking for something hot and sensual? Then try Davidoff’s Hot Water. Hot water is the answer for the man who wants something totally different from cool water. Top notes of spicy red basil and sweet absinthe are heightened by red pimento. Heart notes of musky patchouli and sharp benzoin build up the heat to finish off this wonderful men’s fragrance. Hot or cold, Davidoff has a scent for you.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

How to Look Sexy as a Man

Here are some steps that you can follow to help you look sexy.

• You should wear lifts on your shoes to increase your height. If you are short this, can do you good. You can also wear clothes which will give an illusion of height.
• You can allow your facial hairs to grow. This will give you sexy look and make you look like a bad boy. Most girls, especially young ones, will find this look quite appealing.
• You need to do some exercises if you want to look sexy. This will allow you to look good in whatever you decide to wear. You can walk around confidently which makes you look sexy and appealing to most women. You can choose to dance to some music as you workout. This makes working out fun and easy for you to get that good look which will attract women like magnet.
• You need to make it clear that you are in serious relationship or married if you are not single. Then make sure that you keep love burning by doing things together with your wife. Wear sexy clothes when you are at home and make sure that your love life is spiced up. This make you even look sexier to other people.

These tips can be useful if you want to change your look and make yourself sexier to your partner. It is a great way to work on your relationship. Try out the tips and you will like the results.

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David Beckham Footballer, Model, Icon…Designer

A marketable name is one of the great commodities of the modern world. Names are bought like property; propped up, squeezed of their use and then traded on. The market for perfume is a perfect example. Celebrities who wouldn’t know a bass note from a bass guitar team up with people who do to produce their ‘signature’ scent; the product is invariably awful, the margins are invariably huge.

There is something so nauseatingly sweet and shiny about that word; ‘celebrity.’ It seems forever sprinkled with glitter. The Beckham family, who owe much of their wealth to the professional success and consistent marketability of the patriarch, are of particular interest to all ‘celebrigorgers’; they begin salivating at the sight of pink neon headlines like ‘Victoria in Crisis’, licking their lips at the prospect of ‘Exclusive Pics of Beck’s Holiday Yacht.’ And it is because of this hunger, this constant need of the masses to be updated of events in their world that Mr and Mrs Beckham continue to be a marketable product.

Mr Beckham has long ceased to be much of a marketable product in the world of professional football. As a living football icon, he is unparalleled but he’d be lucky to rejoin a competitive European league. He is old, has been performing very averagely of late and is no longer hunted by the grand clubs of Italy, England or Spain. Fortunately, he has found a side career as a clothes horse, brand ambassador and extraordinarily well-paid model and now it seems he wants a cut of the creation too; that’s right folks, David Beckham is launching his very own menswear collection.

Dismissed him already? Well, that’s to be expected. Many women have dismissed his wife’s ability to design women’s clothes and have predicted her label to flop, so it is likely the same prediction will be made about her husband, especially considering that Mr Beckham’s collection will be produced in conjunction with his wife’s new label. Why use him? Firstly, he is a household name in Europe, certainly and he has a popular following in football-mad Asia too. He’s better known now stateside, although the nation’s lack of interest in ‘soccer’ means plenty of Americans will be unaware of his existence.

Secondly? The man does actually have an eye for style, and manages to make other famous and supposedly ‘stylish’ sportsmen look distinctly average; if Tom Brady is ‘stylish’ then Beckham is Beau Brummell. He loves tailoring too, and is keen on an array of vintage styles, particularly the baker boy flat cap and the three-piece suit. The designers will no doubt have their own ideas, but Beckham will have to be the muse for their work if the brand is to have any legitimacy and those hired to perform that work will be relieved that the multi-tattooed multi-millionaire can actually dress.

I fully expect expensive fabrics to be used (expect almost everything to be in cashmere), and the suits, considering the way he wears them, may well have a decent cut; consequently, I also expect the prices to reflect this. This is where the problem may lie; too high a price, and the products will bomb.

Style Icon: Johnny Depp

He’s played a cop, a pirate, a twisted barber, an asexual chocolatier, a debauched Earl, a Mad Hatter and an overconfident bank robber in Public Enemies, where he brings 1930s gangster and fugitive John Dillinger back to life. Warped, witty, worldly, and more than ever … enigmatic..

He doesn’t like to be tagged as quirky or as a rebel yet Johnny Depp has come to signify a distinct style, from his top of his knitted berets to the tips of his scruffy army boots.

He is the ultimate definition of being “his own man”, he’s the master of intrigue and the ultimate purveyor of old world charm, who just manages to woo everyone his own brand of sex appeal; a chemistry that’s stirred up when a man is comfortable with himself and who he is.

His friends describe him as having a depth of character and a genuinely, open, compassionate bearing and he’s said to have an insatiable curiosity about everything and the personalities he plays are his own special mix of riotous imagination and off world whimsy.

There’s definitely something terribly manly, old fashioned and old world about Johnny. I can imagine him in days gone by, as a knight; fighting wars, slaying dragons and rescuing damsels. Yet there’s an even wilder streak in him. I also sense unbridled adventure and a thirst for the high seas, which is why I think he played John Sparrow so well; he was believable as the rakish, offbeat pirate with not a care in the world. Interestingly John Sparrow’s inner journey centered on his struggle with what it takes to be a moral person.

Johnny Depp’s characters, are somewhat drawn to justice (albeit a warped sort), loyalty, courage and nobility and whether this is true or not in his own life, they symbolise a return to good old fashioned codes of male conduct – unbridled wildness mixed in with a code of chivalry and a realisation that seeking to be a man of great character and respect is a never ending goal and that although all your goals may not be reached in this lifetime the quality of striving towards them ennobles the male spirit.

Deeply committed to honoring the characters he plays, especially those who actually lived, like Sir J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, and the iconic Dillinger, Depp says “There’s a certain responsibility playing a guy, even Dillinger. You want to do him right, ya know. You don’t want to let him down. He may be watching. So I don’t want to water down the integrity of the person I’m playing. I want to find its essence.”*

When it comes to his signature style, Depp is the ultimate fashion rebel - a fedora, tousled locks, vintage suits, a distinctive devil may care ‘tude, waistcoats & tatts!He loves his ripped jeans, his scarves, his preppy spec frames and his ‘tache. We love his style.

His mystique intrigues, so much so People Magazine gave him their Sexiest Man Alive‘ 2009 Award, for the second time, joining Clooney and Pitt as the only dudes to have been so honoured twice.

Here at MenStylePower, we like Johnny’s search for integrity and we love his clothes sense. From culture to culture and throughout history, men have upheld versions of justice, defense, and we believe these intangible virtues should be strongly encouraged and woven into every truly stylish man’s DNA.

*Excerpts from Douglas Brinkley’s portrait on Johnny Depp, ‘Johnny Depp’s Great Escape’, Vanity Fair July 2009.

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Clooney, The Stylish … American

Clooney – actor, director, screen star, all round good guy, chic magnet, dude’s dude. Who’d a thank it that the scruffy doofus handy man on the 80s sitcom ‘Facts of Life’ would have risen to the heights he now soars at? Ah but there was evidence at birth that he was meant for stardom … his heritage certainly hinted at the greatness to come – a former beauty pageant queen for a mother, and father who made his living as a TV anchorman and host, a singing aunt and an acting uncle – a veritable family circus!

George Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky … blah, blah, blah! If you want more on his bio, jump onto wiki.

We’re more interested in the fact that he once dabbled in odd jobs such as selling men’s suits and cutting tobacco. Whimsical George, ‘ey? Maybe that’s when he acquired his sense of suave, debonair genteel as well as a shine for elegantly cut threads and smelly cigars.

It was when this heartthrob, who played ER’s Dr. Douglas Ross, left TV land and begun his celluloid career in films such as Out of Sight (with JLO), One Fine Day (a la Michelle Pfeiffer) and Three Kings, that he begun to be noticed by stylexperts the world over.

So what is the Clooney secret? Maybe it’s that lean, hungry, “beyond blue steel” look that even Zoolander would not be able to perfect. Or perhaps it’s how those designer linen and wool suits seem to mould to his body like a second skin and create a nether world beautiful being (oh someone stop me!), or more so, just how much he cares to cultivate the air that he doesn’t care being labelled as the sexiest man on planet earth since Cary Grant. Either way, his nonchalance, his easily irritated indifference (at the 2010 Oscars) coupled with his fashion ease, has riveted the fashion and ‘celebrity’ world as much as it has captured the swooning imagination of most females over the age of 2, sweeping them up in a whirlwind storm that rages hot and wild.

His signature style? Effortless class and dapper well fitted suiting. Very rarely does he don a tie; he always rocks an open necked cool white shirt but he makes up for this casual approach with cufflinks, a fantastic timepiece and a full shaven, neatly cut crop of grey. No-one does silver hair like Clooney. At 49, he’s handling his maturation with killa precision. I’m a die hard fan (can you tell??)

Dag, the man got talent. In 2006, he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance inSyriana; it was the first time in the awards’ history that an individual had received acting and directing nominations for two different films in the same year (nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with Grant Heslov), for Good Night, and Good Luck).

And of course there’s the Oceans 11, 12 and 13 capers, that play up the quest for the good life at any cost, while surrounded by a pack of disarming, and seriously bent daredevils. And we can’t forget to mention the suits, the Continental locations, the women and the cut throat repartee with an equally charming, debonair Brad Pitt.

And it would seem that Clooney has a purposeful life and a heart, beyond the silver screen. In 2006, Mr. Clooney and his father, Nick, went to Darfur to record the horror of the Sudan war, culminating in the documentary Journey to Darfur. His work on behalf on Darfur relief led to his addressing the United Nations Security Council. He also narrated the Darfur documentary Sand and Sorrow. In 2007, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub co-founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur.

Clooney was subsequently honored with the 2007 Peace Summit Award, given at The Eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their annual meeting in Rome. In 2008, he was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts. In January 2010, he, along with Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, produced the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which raised more than $66 million for disaster relief. Gee!! Whattaguy … I’m glad he doesn’t walk on water otherwise I’d be a tad perplexed about the state of his immortality …

His latest film project is the suspense thriller The American, adapted from Martin Booth’s 1990 novel ‘A Very Private Gentleman‘ (opens September 1st in cinemas everywhere).

The gist of the storyline focuses on a lone American assassin living abroad who retreats to the Italian countryside after a job gone bad in Sweden. Clooney’s ‘Jack’ holes up in a small medieval town and takes on an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten).

Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. The plot sounds inevitable i.e. by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. We say “stay in the wilds of Abruzzo, Jack, for nothing is more satisfying than a quiet life, a home in the great harsh outdoors and the love of a beautiful woman”.

Which brings us to the subject of Clooney and his women. Although now publicly dating Italian model Elisabetta Canalis, George is very private when it comes to his love life, and throughout his career, he’s famed for his discretion. Methinks the man wants to quietly run his own life, his own way. He may be commitment shy, and I suspect he prefers the company of a beautiful, intelligent woman but not necessarily the settling down aspects of a long term relationship. Each to his own.

From the sounds of it, The American’s Jack is very much Clooney. The quintessential man’s man living life to his own rhythm, and so we laud him for following his heart, pursuing his passion and looking good in the process. As we say down under, “on ya mate!”

We leave you with the latest ad campaign from George Clooney’s association with Omega Watches: George Clooney, photographed by Norman Jean Roy for Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Watch 2010. NB: This is not a paid ad, no sirree bob, we just loved how dear George is captured here – elegant, grey, cool, smooth, Clooney.

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Alkemy’s Chemistry!

MSP Spotlight : Edgy Menswear Design : A mix of sci, phi & magic, Alkemy is a versatile brand that fulfills a guy’s needs for any occasion, focusing on simplicity with a touch of uniqueness, providing staple styles that have a true fit without sacrificing complete comfort.

Alkemy’s philosophy is understanding and appreciating that each man is committed to being an individual. The science of the brand is found in its innovative fabrics and great fit, and the magic? Well, that’s in the eyes of the beholder!

Alkemy’s 2010 fall collection features pieces that range from graphic tees to blazers to dress pants, all of which feature clean tailoring and impeccable details, ensuring the power and sleekness of Alkemy is seen and felt when dressed. All of these styles are also versatile and beyond comfortable— with unique details like side cargo pockets, ultra-breathable fabric and a wide variety of cuts and fits.

Alkemy – we like. Wear it and hopefully when you do, you’ll be celebrating your individuality and unique strength. That’s alot of pressure to put on your threads, but then again, how you wear what you wear (‘tude) is all a state of mind.

MSP is all about encouraging you gents out there to find your true self; we just don’t recommend any old crap. Alkemy away and meditate on this from Paul Coehlo’s groundbreaking magical tale :“… Alchemists spent years in their laboratories, observing the fire that purified the metals. They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up the vanities of the world. They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves.” – The Alchemist.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Men’s Street Style – August 2010

Here’s our pick of the latest and the best in fab, self-stylin from dudes struttin’ the streets of Tokyo, Sydney, New York, London, Copenhagen, Nairobi and the wide wide world.

Note that red bowties, blue suede shoes, battered lace ups and straight leg or skinny jeans are in, in, in!

(This collection comes from our own cameras, the wide wide world and web – a big shout out to Love your work!)
That bowtie caught The Stig of Style’s eye BIGTIME! Love that splash of hue & colour!!

This guy knows classic slick, style: Crisp white shirt and pale jeans and a great bod. Love them shoes and who’s your barber??!

Cobblestones and copper bikes in Copenhagen. God bless the Danes!

He wore blue velvet shoes and red pantaloons … nioce!!

Skinny jeans and the hottest shoes since … since … like forever!!
2 friends, a fedora, a cloth shopping bag, sand shoes, blue jeans, a stripe attack and Paris at 3pm. Mais oui, c’est bon!
“Let’s see, what do I have on today? A meeting with the investors, a beach bbq, I’ve got to walk the dog and then dinner’s on at Maxims!”
Grey, suede moccs and rolled up silk pants – well I never!! And I spot with my little eye another (deep maroon, can you see it?) bowtie! Yikes!

Blue shoe fetish reigns! Tie and sweater rules! Man bag sends us over the edge!

Iman’s “cousin” struts the streets in accents of red and black … it’s the “ish” dude!!

Thin. Waif-like. Hmmm. We’re not big fans of starving boys but we like this ‘Back to the Future’ stylin’ … eat man eat!!
The Stingo Collective kicks yet another solid issue out of the the water … the Kenyan laid back ‘Mombasa’ chic rocks the kazbah!
He’s the African wayfarer, the intrepid explorer, a man of the souk, the desert and the sand …

There’s nothing like the Japanese aesthetic, especially when mixed up with paint splotches and those patent leather thingamabobs!
From Tokyo central, that’s all folks!

The Tie: Still hanging around.

The tie has been hanging around for many centuries. It all began when Croat soldiers from the Military in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians. Due to the slight difference between the Croatian words for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment gained the name “Cravat”. The new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe where both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks.

Many a story has passed down the pike of how ties have evolved from a single piece of cloth hung around ones neck to where it is today. For example, The Royal Tank Corps takes its stripes from the brown mud, red blood and green fields of Flanders. The dark blue and magenta Brigade of Guards tie is intended to represent the blue blood of the Royal Family along with the red blood of the Brigade. Fascinating symbols of status and class.

Sometimes the story behind a tie is as colourful as the tie itself. One afternoon in the 1920s, for example, the actor Norman Forbes Robertson wore a salmon-and-cucumber number to lunch at London’s exclusive Garrick Club, joking that it was the official club tie. So many members wanted one that the club formally adopted it. The I Zingari Cricket Club boasts the colours black, red and gold, symbolizing the motto “Out of darkness, through fire, into light.” The orange, black, blue and yellow tie worn by the old boys of Wellington College takes its hues from the ribbon of the Crimean War medal. Then unfortunately, in the early 20th century, anti-necktie sentiment plagued offices as workers began to increase in the USA. Many such men and women were required to wear neckties, because it was perceived as improving work attitudes, morale, and sales. So it turned from a display of status to an obligation creating resentment.

Removing the necktie as a social and business requirement is a modern trend often attributed to the rise of popular culture. Although it was common as everyday wear as late as 1966, the necktie fell out of fashion almost everywhere, except where required. There was a short resurgence in the 1980s, but in the 1990s, ties again fell out of favour, with many technology-based companies having casual dress requirements, including Microsoft, Apple Inc, Amazon and Google.

I for one, love the tie. It’s a statement, it’s a a sign of membership, and it also shows that you’ve taken the time to present yourself. Whether it be formally or casually (which is ever increasing in youth culture) the tie with all its patterns and emblems is making yet again an emergence in the luxury fashion houses. Seen in the images below, I’m personally nodding my helmeted head to a tie made from feathers. Now I’ve seem armlets and head-dresses, shirts, and jackets made out of feathers, but not the tie – until now. And might I add that the only designer who could pull this off is the man, Galliano.