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

custom Fendi made to order monster eyes clutch
Fashion

MADE TO ORDER

As most of you will already know, I absolutely adore Fendi. Having shopped there for over 20 years, it’s a brand I shall always hold close to my heart. From the beautiful leathers to the sumptuous furs, one can always expect quality and craftsmanship to the highest degree. I shan’t even start on the family legacy and Kaiser Karl’s EPIC 50 year tenure for the brand.

I will bang on about their bespoke, or ‘Made to Order’, service however. Bear with. When the New Bond Street flagship store opened in London, I was introduced to the concept. Yes I love it when I can mimsy into a shop and bag (get it?) whatever I please, but personalisation is something very special indeed – especially from a luxury house.

So rewinding the clock back a few months, I made an appointment to commission my own unique piece. If you are a regular reader then you’ll also know I am hashtag obsessed with the monster collection, so it made perfect sense to add to my #FMF (Fendi Monster Family). At least that’s what I told myself.

Having missed out on the monster eyes clutch the first time around, I decided that was going to be the design I wanted. Next came the fun part – choosing the details. Once you have chosen on the style you want, you get to select the materials; furs, leathers, exotic skins, in a myriad of colours and endless possibilities. Certain styles may only be available in particular leathers due to the nature of their design, but the freedom to sculpt your own vision was not only vast, but immensely fun. Each creation is also vetted by the house and will only be put into production if it is in keeping with the brand’s aesthetic; which makes perfect sense as Fendi are putting their name to it.

Being my first commission I went for the ‘Crayons’ leather due to it being hardwearing and brightly coloured. I did briefly toy with the idea of crocodile and python, but I am a sensible home owner now *ahem*. Blue has always been a colour I love, so I went with that for the main body of the bag and chose yellow eyes with hot pink pupils. I wasn’t done there though, I chose silver hardware and also went for the back of the bag to be olive green. That means if I’m in a more subtle mood, I can just flip it over and have a plain, more discreet clutch. So technically it’s like two bags in one – WIN!

Fast forward a few months and I got the call to say my new baby had arrived (Thanks Cheryl!) so I hopped, skipped and jumped to The Big Smoke with glee. As ever the staff were wonderfully welcoming and really made me feel unique. Champagne is offered to those who partake, but obviously I opted for sparkling water. Collection of your brainchild is an event all in itself. Then came the really special part – not only does each Made to Order piece come in its own dedicated box, but you also get a personalised dustbag and a handwritten note from Silvia Fendi herself. Now that’s amazing service.

Stay tuned on here and my Instagram for more pictures of this incredible clutch, or ‘mutch’ (man clutch) as it was fondly nicknamed.

What would be your dream Fendi bag? A pink python Peekaboo, or an Intrecciato number with your name on it?

 

selection of Fendi coloured Romano leathers for the made to order service selection of Fendi exotic python skins for the made to order service bespoke Fendi mink fur baguette in the London flagship store handwritten note from Silvia Fendi for the made to order bag service

navy Fendi monster backpack with red mouth on a yellow box
Fashion

IT WORKS

If you read my post ‘BE CAREFUL‘, then you’ll know that lately I have been practising the idea of positive affirmation. Well you will be pleased to know (unless you are either my parents or bank manager) that once again it has worked.

Ever since setting eyes on the Fendi monster collection, I was totally hooked. Instantly recognisable and devilishly cute, I knew I wanted a big fat piece of the pie. Proving to get my paws on said pieces proved slightly more difficult though. Cutting a long story short and with a whole lot of globe-trotting, I got my first bag bug – I couldn’t really pull off the women’s Peekaboo with conviction.

The next season meant I secured another one, although I did bypass the first menswear accessories. Buyer’s remorse, lesson learnt. After that came the next collection and I was thrilled to see a monster Peekaboo for men. FINALLY! Yet when I held one in store, it just didn’t sit right with me, I loved it, but already own so many big bags. I therefore decided to let it go, so someone else could give it a loving home. Or sell it on eBay, but whatevs.

When I first laid eyes on the monster backpacks, I knew I had to have one. Alas they sold out immediately, even Fendi couldn’t secure me one. I accepted defeat and got a cute-as-hell SS15 monster wallet from Colette. It certainly wasn’t settling, just a nice addition to my collection.

Since writing the post about creating one’s own reality I had been religiously telling myself I will get the backpack; envisioning myself with it – after all, I deserved one. Lo and behold, the opportunity to get one arose and in a colour I liked even more. Sure it may sound shallow and materialistic, but this is just an example. Happiness, love and serenity are also on my agenda FYI.

So I can now welcome a new addition to my Fendi monster family, a product of positive thinking. Long may it continue.

 

navy Fendi monster backpack with mouth open eye detail on Fendi monster backpack

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

lady fendi against black front door wearing navy coat and pastel blue hair
Fashion

LADY FENDI

I’m not one to normally post editorials, as I feel a bit of a fraud – after all, it’s not my work. However, I could not let this one slide. It is EVERYTHING. Maybe this is the start of something new for my blog, who knows.

Citizen K International completely nailed it. Alice Rosati shot Australian model Rose Smith as ‘Lady Fendi’ wearing total looks from the brand and I would not change a single thing. It completely encapsulates everything the Fendi means to me, luxury, heritage, excess and opulence – with a subversive twist. The colours and textures are sublime, not to mention her hair…

What are your thoughts on the editorial? I know it may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s definitely mine. Here’s to Lady Fendi.

Images from Citizen K.

 

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fendi monster face pouch surrounded by gummy candy
Fashion

MONSTER

It’s pretty obvious by now that I adore Fendi, I always have and I probably always will. Ever since getting my first Fendi bag when I was at school, I’ve been hooked. The fact that it’s still family run is a wonderful thing and Karl’s creative genius can only help. I’m also a huge fan of Silvia’s menswear line, it has gone from strength to strength, each season seems to surpass the last.

When the Bag Bug collection came out, those hooks sunk even deeper. I know I’ve yapped about them in a previous post, so I shan’t start that again. I loved that the ‘Monster’ theme has continued over the seasons, it just keeps getting more and more cute – in a kind of aggressive way. I like to have fun with fashion and these Monsters are the ideal way to express my style.

After stupidly not getting the first line of men’s Monster accessories, despite seeing them in-store (don’t you hate buyer’s remorse?), I certainly didn’t let this pouch pass me by. Crafted out of textured ‘Crayons’ leather, it’s bright and durable. Perfect for stashing the cash and cards. The Swarovski tooth is a nice detail too. Admittedly I certainly didn’t need another wallet/pouch/card holder, but I certainly wanted it. So it’s now part of my own Fendi family, which seems to be growing at an alarming rate…

me in Hong Kong wearing Christopher Kane galaxy top and holding Fendi bag
Fashion, Menswear, Travel

HONG KONG STYLE

Another day, another eight hour time difference (or sixteen from this time last week). Cue forthcoming insomnia. Tiredness aside, I spent the day shopping ambling the streets of Hong Kong.  Admittedly, I do prefer Shanghai, but if you read my last post, you’ll know my fondness of anywhere in China.

It wasn’t unbearably hot for this time of year and the humidity didn’t play too much havoc with my hair; so after swapping my trousers for shorts, I was ready to go. Whilst I did feel a little outside of my Mandarin comfort zone, I was happy just exploring the bustling streets, drooling at the many designer boutiques and salivating over the street food. It’s a city like no other and if you ever get the chance to go – do.

Outfit wise, I wore a Christopher Kane Galaxy print t-shirt (an oldie but a goodie), the modal blend means it’s both comfy and light. The shorts are from the Vivienne Westwood ‘Drunken’ collection – easy and breezy (gents you’ll get what I mean)… Christian Louboutin white studded toe-cap trainers – my luxe interpretation of the Stan Smith; socks from COS and my trusty Fendi By The Way bag, with accompanying Funich.

 

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open fashion magazine with swedish fish candy reading glasses and shiny headphones
Fashion, Travel

JET LAG SURVIVAL

It’s one of those lazy days today, back from LA and feeling the jet-lag. So what better way to spend the day than flicking through magazines, listening to some music and chomping my way through a box of my favourite American sweets – Swedish Fish.

Winq magazine (which I am currently reading) goes a little deeper than most other gay publications, with thought provoking articles and interviews. Whilst it’s not perfect, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Being a Fendi fiend, I obviously loved the pictured outfit from this season’s Menswear line. That shearling Monster jacket is just up my street. Props to the Style team on this issue.

The headphones I use are ‘Diamond Tears’ by Monster. Flashy I know, but I am a sucker for anything shiny. Add the fact that they cancel out most background noise, fantastic sound quality and being supremely comfortable – I consider them a Samuel no-brainer.

I’m off to brew a pot of green tea. That should tide me over nicely.

Louboutin studded tartan slip on shoes in blue and red
Fashion

CROPPED

For me, my preferred trouser for this summer has been lightweight and cropped. I really struggled to find a pair that fitted me well, let alone being cool and comfortable. So when I stumbled upon this pair by Paul Smith, I was in absolute delight. My fashion prayers had been answered. Admittedly they did come with an unfinished hem, but nothing a trip to my tailor couldn’t fix.

On to the dilemma of proportions. It’s a fine line between looking like a pair of ordinary trousers that are merely too short, or even worse – pedal pushers. At my height, it was a difficult call, but I’m happy with the result. Plus being 100% cotton and a little lighter than navy (with a surprisingly rich hue), it was a sartorial YES!

I went down the casual route and paired it with a devore white t-shirt from All Saints. My love for this particular range cannot be stressed enough, they are beautifully soft and just so easy to wear; which did mean I bought all the possible colour, size and style permutations.

The shoes are Christian Louboutin and as you have probably guessed by now I have a bit of a shoedicction. Whilst they may not be for everyone, I seriously dig them. Studded tartan skate shoe? Hideously over-the-top, but majorly me. Plus they work in every season. Another fashion box ticked.

 

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Fendi bag bugs side by side on quartz boulder
Fashion

THE F-WORD

The F-word. No, not the one you may have immediately thought of… Fad. Or rather, a fashion-fad. Normally they may only last a few months, a few seasons, or in certain cases even longer. Limited production, clever marketing and more importantly who is seen with them are the key factors of their desirability and subsequent lifespan.

I’m normally in favour of classic, statement – or self justified – ‘investment’ pieces. However these delectable little darlings were a fashion must-have in my eyes; especially as one of my other favourite F-words is Fendi.

I love having fun with fashion and these Bag Bugs (Monsters – whatever you want to call them) certainly do not disappoint. Whether you hang one on your bag, keys, belt loops, or wherever else you can think of; they never fail to make people stare. So I’m saying fuck it to fast fashion. For me these fabulous furry fiends are here to stay.

 

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