sat looking out at the sea with brighton west pier ruins in shot
Fashion, Menswear

BLACK FRIDAY

Two blog posts in one week – whatever next? Whilst I may not be fully back in the blogging game, it’s at least a start. Progress not perfection remember! On that note, this is a rather lazy post and I therefore give you another OOTD.

Mother nature is at last being kind to us Brits with a splash of much needed sunshine. So what better way to spend one of the hottest days of the year so far by wearing all black. Wise move Samuel. In my defence, it wasn’t searingly hot AND the breeze from the sea meant I wasn’t dripping in sweat perspiring. Plus I looked pretty damn cool.

Enough blowing my own trumpet and on to the details. I wore my staple Fendi black skinny jeans, that Givenchy t-shirt, Tom Ford sunnies and some cheeky Raised By Wolves pool slides. I’m now off to wash out my filthy mouth with a big bar of soap.

 

back view of black Givenchy pervert 17 t shirt wearing all black on brighton beach in the sunshine looking to the side wearing total black outfit black raised by wolves fuck off pool slides on brighton beach looking to the side on brighton pebbled beach in summer

side view with Fendi bag bugs backpack and Funich bag bug
Fashion, Menswear

BUGGING ME

Stop the press, I’ve published a blog post.

When you have picked yourself up off the floor, please accept my apologies for a rather long absence. With a gruelling work schedule and spare time spent either organising my flat (yes I still haven’t moved in) and attempting to enjoy some vague form of social life, I simply haven’t had the chance.

That said, the other day my good friend Simon, of The Very Simon G, came to visit me and we spent the day in Brighton enjoying the elusive thing known as the British summertime. Good job too, because it lasted one whole day. You read that right, *sigh*.

In between gossiping and gushing talking about all things fashion, we managed to take a few photos of my OOTD – that’s ‘outfit of the day’ if you still don’t know. I wore a speckled blue top from COS, Fendi black cropped skinny jeans, Adidas Stan Smith shoes and accessorised with my beloved monster backpack and bag bug (both Fendi obvs.), Tom Ford ‘Campbell’ Sunglasses – as blogged about here and an Hermès CDC cuff.

A pretty good outfit even if I do say so myself and Fendi obviously also thought so too, as they kindly regrammed my Instagram post. Kudos me.

While you’re here, feel free to check out said epic account.

 

close up of navy Fendi monster eyes backpack and green bag bug back view wearing navy Fendi monster eyes backpack smiling wearing blue COS t-shirt and Tom Ford sunglasses holding Fendi monster backpack in Brighton wearing Adidas Stan Smith sneakers

smart city look wearing slim fit suit white shirt knitted tie and pink silk Hermes pocket square
Fashion, Menswear

BEING A GENTLEMAN

I was recently contacted and asked what it means to be ‘the perfect gentleman’ and it got me thinking. Apart from the sartorial side, gentlemanly behaviour is paramount – after all good manners cost nothing. The ultimate gentleman will always behave appropriately in every situation no matter what he wears, he doesn’t forget to mind his Ps and Qs and diplomacy, dignity, tact and wit are all indispensable tools. You wouldn’t catch him in a drunken bar brawl that’s for sure.

Being a gentleman comes from who you are, not what you wear and whilst most some of the time I may dress in a more casual way, I certainly can suit up when necessary. A classic, well fitting suit is a staple for any discerning dandy and if you pick the right colour and fabric, you can wear it almost anywhere – maybe not to the gym, but you get my gist.

When choosing the right suit, you have to consider comfort. If you don’t feel right in what you wear, it certainly won’t look right. Find what works for your body and go with it. Just because a certain style is in vogue at the moment doesn’t always mean it can work for you. I prefer a slim fitting suit due to my gangly frame, but that’s just my style and something I feel at ease in.

The kind folk at Burton provided me with a suit of my choice to show how I would best exemplify the perfect gentleman. I opted for classic navy as it really does go with everything and it’s thoroughly versatile, plus the fine stripe was a nice touch. Now the devil really is in the details, so I went for a white shirt from my tailor, a navy knitted tie, brown Paul Smith brogues, belt and pocket square both by Hermès and Tom Ford sunglasses. Bonus points if you spotted the bright pink socks for added panache.

Click the links for my Burton suit jacket and trousers, plus also my two other favourite suits here and here. If you are going down the traditional gentlemanly look and like me want to add a splash of colour, I would also recommend this gorgeous pink silk tie and green textured pocket square.

Just because you’ve got your hands on the right suit doesn’t mean it has to stop there, you can still channel your own gentlemanly style into a more casual look. Why not wear your suit jacket with jeans and a jumper for a more off-duty look? Pair it with a nice pair of shoes and you’re onto a winner. It’s tried and tested for a reason you know.

Now even after this, if you’re still struggling to find your inner Don Draper, then worry not. Channel your own ‘rock and roll gent’ by putting a blazer over a hoodie or t-shirt, and slip on some skinny jeans and killer boots. It really is about letting your own personality shine through.

 

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wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and jeans outside Brighton Pavillion
Fashion, Menswear

SPRUNG

It’s official, spring has sprung and I am loving it. Fresh blooms, sunshine and the feeling of new life emerging. Things have been good lately, even if I haven’t had the impetus to blog much. Honestly, I’ve been questioning my motives behind the whole thing. What am I trying to achieve with my blog? How is it received? Am I too old for this now? Whatever the answers are, I’m not ready to give it up just yet, nor is this a pitiful plea for attention – just stating how I feel. Honesty is the best policy remember.

Whining aside, you get to feast your eyes on an outfit post; you lucky things. I’m keeping this short and sweet, so the jacket and jeans are both Balmain, t-shirt by Givenchy, Christian Louboutin suede high-tops and Dior sunglasses. You may also notice the Anya Hindmarsh sticker on my phone case from my post ‘STUCK ON YOU‘. Shameless plug, but there you go.

So from the scenic beauty of Brighton’s Royal Pavillion, I wish you all a very happy weekend.

 

wearing black leather Balmain biker jacket and jeans outside Brighton Pavillion head and shoulders shot on the phone with Anya Hindmarch leather sticker on phone case Christian Louboutin Louis Flat Spikes hightop shoes on a cobbled street in Brighton

fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi wearing Gentucca Bini jumpsuit Nike trainers and Cos coat
Fashion, Menswear

STREET STALKER: SIMONE MONGUZZI

Milan, home to some of the biggest names in fashion and undeniably slick street style. It’s also home to fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi, who’s been on my radar for quite some time now. His effortlessly cool looks always deliver – this man doesn’t just understand fashion, he lives and breathes it.

Simone kindly answered some questions for me, so kick back, relax, grab a coffee (or cigarette) and read on…

  1. If you could have a dinner date with anyone who would it be? A young Elvis, the one and only King.
  2. Favourite season? Autumn.
  3. Best thing about Milan? All the secret places that the city hides to strangers eyes.
  4. And the worst? People who add you on FaceBook, but in real life don’t even say CIAO!
  5. Tell us a secret? I’m really shy.
  6. Fast food or fine dining? Fine dining.
  7. One thing you can’t live without? Cigarettes.
  8. How many tattoos do you have? Twenty-something.
  9. Favourite designer? Right now, J.W. Anderson.
  10. Do Italians do it better? Sure! Pizza, Mafia and Mandolino.

Simone wears jumpsuit by Gentucca Bini, Nike Trainers and coat from COS (header image courtesy of style.com).

Make sure to check out his Instagram and Tumblr.

 

street style shot of fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi
Image from thesartorialist.com.
fashion journalist Simone Monguzzi wearing jumpsuit and long coat with nike sneakers
Image from grazia.it.
stood in doorway smiling wearing black leather biker jacket floral shirt army green trousers and holding grey Goyard bag
Fashion, Menswear

GROUNDBREAKING

Florals? For Spring? Whilst Miranda Priestly may not approve, I certainly do. Admittedly it isn’t groundbreaking, but it was the basis of my outfit du jour.

The shirt itself was made by my tailor from a fabric I fell in love with; not too girly for a floral print and overall, quite subdued – winning in my book. Especially as I struggle finding long sleeve shirts to fit these gangly limbs.

Picking up on the green in the print, I wore a pair of dark olive trousers (also by my tailor) and a black Burberry Prorsum biker jacket. Whilst head to toe floral is a major look, I wasn’t really in the mood to channel my inner Hyacinth Bucket (or indeed Givenchy Resort 2014 if you’re in a serious mood) today.

Accessory wise I wore my trusty Louboutin Louis Junior Spikes in white, a black Hermès belt and Goyard Ambassade in grey.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on florals. Yes way, or way too gay?

 

headless photo wearing floral shirt with black biker jacket army green trousers hermes belt and grey goyard bag side shot wearing black burberry prorsum leather biker jacket with floral shirt and army green trousers headless shot wearing bespoke floral shirt black biker jacket and black hermes belt walking past white classic house wearing army green trousers black leather Burberry biker jacket and floral shirt

street style shot in brighton wearing black outfit and camel coat
Fashion, Menswear

YESTERDAY’S LOOK

I had intended to post this yesterday, so technically this can’t be classed as a ‘WIWT’ (What I Wore Today) post, but ‘WIWY’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Que sera sera.

To set the scene, Shaughn and I spent the day in Brighton looking at interior furnishings for my flat. Sounds fun, but finding the perfect pendant light is a tricky task when you’re a hideous perfectionist. Whilst wandering through the North Laine I found a spot perfect for an impromptu shoot. I’m all kinds of crazy for punchy graffiti and this neon number did the trick nicely.

Outfit wise, I wanted to keep it quite simple. Black and camel is my current colour combo crush, so I chose a Givenchy t-shirt, Fendi jeans and cashmere coat – total godsend when the sun disappeared and the chills came a creeping. For the accessories I chose white Christian Louboutin ‘Louis Junior Spikes’ trainers, an Hermès cuff, Dior ‘So Real’ sunglasses and my Fendi ‘By The Way’ bag.

What are your thoughts on this look?

 

close up of black leather fend by the way bag with graffiti in the background looking up wearing black jeans t-shirt and back with camel cashmere coat detail shot of hermes CDC cuff dior so real sunglasses and fendi by the way black bag worn with camel coat

brown snakeskin gucci loafers deigned by tom ford
Fashion, Menswear

SHOE STORY

I was tagged by Michael Biro of globalgarcon.com to spin a yarn on one of my pairs of shoes. A shoe story if you will.

Let me take you back in time to the nineties, when Tom Ford was appointed as Creative Director at Gucci. Selling sex was on the agenda and with help from super-stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer extraordinaire Mario Testino, Ford created the infamous hyper-sexualised ads that showcased his designs perfectly. Clearly his creative genius was not only recognised, but applauded, with sales increasing by 90% between 1995-1996 alone. Gucci was back.

My passion for the arts and fashion started early and as a teenager those provocative adverts certainly caught my attention. Flicking through Arena Homme + magazine in the late nineties (when I should probably have been revising for some exam), I came across an advertising campaign with the most amazing snakeskin loafers. Slightly iridescent python beauties featuring a gold bar discreetly embossed with the coveted Gucci logo – it was lust at first sight. True shoe porn.

So after weeks of nagging and whining, I dragged my mother to Bond Street to sip in their serpentine splendour; ’twas not meant to be however, said shoes were sadly sold out. My dreams dissipated . Or had they?

A short while later, resigned to the fact I would never get my hands on, or indeed feet in, my beloved shoes, I was walking past a high-end consignment store charity shop when something caught my eye. Sitting patiently in the window were the python loafers, almost glowing in the fluorescent light. Surely not I thought, but then again, this was Dorking. So in I ran and out I skipped with one pair of never-worn Gucci loafers. Maybe it was meant to be after all.

Time and styles may pass, but I know that I shall never part with these shoes. Tom Ford nineties era Gucci will always hold a special place in my heart; it shaped my style and is a part of my fashion story.

Do you have your own tale to tell? A special shoe that speaks to you? I’d love to hear it.

Read Michael’s “Shoe Story” here.

 

close up of gold bar detail on brown gucci python loafers gucci logo plaque on leather sole side shot of brown python gucci loafers deigned by tom ford on a sheepskin rug

street shot wearing black Balmain biker jacket and drole de monsieur sweatshirt
Fashion, Menswear

NOT FROM PARIS MADAME

When I asked what you would like to see more of on my blog, Lena from felinecreatures.com said more OOTD posts. So after a little delay (I’ve been MEGA busy), here one is.

I am going to keep it pretty simple and try not to waffle, as the main focal point of this outfit was the ‘Not From Paris Madame’ sweatshirt from Drôle de Monsieur. It’s an item I had been coveting for some time now and finally I managed to get my paws on one. Not only are these unisex sweaters wonderfully warm and comfortable, they are also made (extremely well I might add) in France. So it really does feel like you get a little piece of Paris with every order.

Flying the French flag, mon père will be proud, my jeans and biker jacket are both Balmain, worn with Christian Louboutin high-tops and a grey Goyard Ambassade bag.

Thank you to my amazing bestie Lorna for her photographic skills. She’s bloody good when it comes to blurring and she’s pretty damn haute.

 

head and shoulders shot wearing black balmain biker jacket and tom ford sunglasses drole de monsieur not from paris madame sweater under balmain black leather biker jacket street style shot wearing balmain jacket and jeans role de monsieur sweatshirt and grey goyard bag grey Goyard ambassade bag with fend bag bug side shot wearing tom ford sunglasses and black leather balmain biker jacket

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wearing full denim outfits at the 2001 American music awards
Fashion, Menswear

DOUBLE DENIM: DO OR DON’T?

Double denim is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Add the fact that it’s a hard look to pull off (I’ve personally tried and failed many a time) and you are on dangerous ground. So what is it exactly that sees the look constantly resurfacing year after year? Is it an anti-fashion statement? This in itself becomes a fashion statement – but that’s another post altogether. A nod to the seventies? Bell-bottoms and beards are back in a big way baby. Or is it just the simplicity of it all?

Whatever your thoughts on an all-jean ensemble, it shows no sign of stopping just yet. Unless of course you are Jeremy Clarkson, then please, I implore you, stop.

So here are a few images I found showing how to style this tricky template. Dress it up with a smart shirt, tie and pocket square. Go casual with the humble white t-shirt. Keep it street rocking total blue (props for the tonal tie-ins). Or when it doubt go for total all-out Britney and Justin’s 2001 MTV American Music Award amazingness. Simple, no?

 

street style man looking slick wearing double denim with brown hat and pocket square street style shot of man with sunglasses and top knot wearing double denim with a white t shirt street style shot of bearded man wearing double denim outfit