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There has been a major announcement recently which has shaken the Batman fan base to it's core. That's right, Ben Affleck has been named as the man behind the; ahem, Suit, in the new Batman Vs Superman movie.
Hollywood hasn't seen shock waves like this since it was announced that pretty-boy, Australian actor, Heath Ledger, would play The Joker - which subsequently became on of the greatest portrayals of any movie villain in Hollywood history, ever.
Henry Carvill will continue to portray Superman (in my opinion, the only REAL superhero in the world. Why? Because he was actually born with his powers. The rest have been created/mutated). Many people expected Christian Bale to reprise the role for one more film, but producers have shocked film fans all over the world with this announcement. Now, Batman happens to be my favourite superhero of all. To think that a very wealthy man would put to use his resources to help rid the world of evil is something we can only dream of. But the thing I like most about Batman is that, when he's not wearing the magnificent Batsuit, Bruce Wayne is one snappy dresser.
Very often seen in Dinner Suit at the many lavish gatherings he holds, and always immaculately dressed when inside the walls of Wayne Enterprises. Bruce Wayne wins the fashion battle of the superheroes hands down. In the past, we've seen Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale pull this off to the highest standards. Will Ben Affleck impress to the same degree? Well lets take a look. More often photographed at the various awards ceremonies, Ben Affleck seems to be more than accustomed to the formal look. Sometimes keeping it very classic, with satin lapels and single button fastening and other times, he seems to add some little individual touches like leather lapels, with hand-stitched detail or, leather edged pocket flaps. When not in a formal situation, we see a mixture of colours used in his wardrobe from Black to Navy to Light Grey . His palette is always well chosen and complimented by his shirt and tie choices. So, does Ben Affleck have what it takes? I think the pictures speak for themselves with regards to the Bruce Wayne role. As for Batman, well lets just wait and see.
So, it seems that there is just no stopping the speeding train that is Britain's -sorry, the world's - biggest Boy Band, One Direction. Not content with the endless hit singles, merchandise in many forms, and collections of awards handed out by the industry, the boys - Harry, Zayn, Niall, Louis and Liam, have embarked on an adventure to the Big Screen.
We recently saw the band's latest endeavour released at cinemas around the globe. One Direction - This Is Us became the band's first movie, of which I'm sure there will be more.
Interestingly, a former colleague of mine had penned a blog about the boys a few years ago, noting their obvious achievements in the fashion stakes. In the few years since, we've seen the band image mature slightly, whilst still maintaining the super cool look, and highlighting the main element of the band - fun. As you'll see from the photos attached, the band do love their colours. Bright coloured Chinos (which you can now create for yourselves using our new Chameleon Chino range) are often paired with a colourful jacket . This forms the band's more casual look, and is often teamed with an open collar shirt, or darker coloured t-shirt.
Casual footwear sets the tone of the outfit, usually with the absence of socks. Jackets are usually 1 or 2 button and are cut a little shorter to emphasise leg length. When it is Red Carpet time, you'll usually find One Direction looking rather dapper with formal clothing worn in a very stylish manner. Tuxedo jackets worn with separate trousers, or formal shirts and bow ties worn with braces are popular choices for the lads. They're also not averse to wearing Double Breasted suits , and they're certainly not afraid to wear waistcoats . In fact, I often think that the waistcoat is what makes them stand out from the rest. 3-piece is very chic at the moment, and every wardrobe should feature one.
There is no doubt that the 1D bandwagon will continue to roll on for many years to come. The band are always very fashionable, but do like to use elements of traditional tailoring and sartorial elegance in their styling. I have no doubt that they will become major influencers in the world of fashion over the years to come, and I look forward to updating my blog feeds with their many different styles in the future.
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From left to right we have an elegant evening suit with a wider lapel creating a wider shoulder shape with a narrow waist created by a low fitted waistcoat.
Next we have a morning suit , with contrasting footwear to set off the contrast waistcoat! Please also note the use of the peaked lapel again for that statement look!
Then we move onto our third outfit a tweed jacket with a notch lapel and contrast waistcoat and fashionable bow tie in front of a white collar on a blue shirt! If you look closely even though it's the same model his shoulders look slimmer! As your eye line is drawn to his waistcoat and bow tie! A slightly less formal attire!
Finally we have a contrasting Jacket, these are known as either boating jackets or even a smoking Jacket! After dinner attire the simple pocket square colour co-ordinates the light coloured trousers for a formal look! Darker colours are used on the torso for a slender looking silhouette!
Mr Dicaprio we can certainly say you have dressed suitably for the era and stand shoulder to shoulder with your predecessors below! It would'nt be right not to mention the previous elegant gentlemen who have also played Jay Gatsby! Alan Ladd, the dashing Robert Redford and our own Toby Stephens! They all look so elegant! Contrasting colours also used with bespoke tailoring can set you apart from the normal attire!
Now, It's not very often I find inspiration for a blog in a red-top, but after noticing this article in one of the best selling red-tops in the UK, I had a thought. For once, the article was factual and insightful.
The topic was centred around some chaps who had gained a certain level of acclaim in the UK for their acting skills, more than their looks. However, once a move to Hollywood beckoned, these chaps had (what's being called) a Male-Over.
I'm only going to look at a few of the chaps mentioned. Mainly the ones which I feel have had the biggest transformation since moving to Hollywood, and to be honest, the biggest change in each chap is the styling. First up, Here we have our current 007, Daniel Craig. I must admit, I'd heard of him before he was named as the new James Bond, but I wansn't overly familiar with him. The transformation, however, is plain to see. Here we see a rather relaxed looking Daniel Craig (circa 2004), but with the help of a good haircut, and a fantastic looking suit , we can see the difference. (Tuxedo is Midnight Blue in colour with Black Silk Shawl Lapel, Black Silk Jetted Pockets and furnished with a White Handkerchief ).
Next is a chap who has been on our screens for years, yet he's still only 26 years old. First seen in the Harry Potter movies (2005 onwards), it's hard to imagine the rapid rise to fame that Twilight has brought him.Looking very casual in the older photo, we can see the change brought about by a tidy haircut and a sharp looking suit . The colour really suits his skin tone too, working with his hair colour to compliment his tone. Nice slim lapels, with a slim tie to match. Very trendy.
Last, but not least, someone you'd probably least expect to see on this page, however, i think he's very underestimated in the Style word. Hugh Laurie has had a fantastic career on both sides of the ocean, with his recent portrayal of Dr House winning him much acclaim in the USA, and a whole new army of admirers.
During his time on British TV, I always found him rather drab, although his talent was never in doubt. Admittedly, I am a fan of the 3 piece suit being worn in the older image here (mainly because I loathe the open shirt neck), but the more modern picture does him justice as the suit colour matches his profile much better.
So, in conclusion, if all it takes is a decent haircut and a sharp looking suit, why haven't you already booked an appointment with me? We have all seen the difference it can make. See you all soon?
We've been waiting for the biggest music award show in the UK, and it has come and gone! BRITs 2013 has brought the music world together just for one night at the 02 London. As anticipated, all the celebrities turned up looking very elegant and sophisticated- with few exceptions; I can't explain what happened.
Perhaps their stylist isn't on the same wavelength- you can make up your own conclusions. However, the gents on the red carpet at this year's BRITs Awards are certainly not opting for subdued looks.
There's no doubt they'd have tried on numerous suits and considered countless accessories to finish off their desired looks. First up, we've the man of the moment, Justin Timberlake. He arrived ahead of his performance sporting a classic grey two piece suit with peak lapels. He wore this with a brilliant white shirt with collar bar. The 'Suit and Tie ' singer finished off his style with a classic black tie which acts as a focal point and a printed pocket square. Although he looked a bit spooked out on the red carpet, this gifted and talented individual delivered a great performance on stage.
Justin Timberlake hits the stage for his performance donning a dinner jacket in a reversal of the traditional black jacket with satin lapels. He opted for matt shawl lapels with gleaming jacket . To complete his look, he wore a white dress shirt with studs and oversized bow tie. Pictured here, we've the JLS lads all looking very dapper in their three piece suits - look at their shoes too! It's obvious these lads have paid attention to the details, just like their music. Despite being snubbed in the nominations, JLS made an outstanding appearance; displaying attributes of bespoke tailoring . In the mix, we have peak lapels , shawl lapels , notched lapels , slanted pockets and contrasting lapels and pockets. Their choice of fabrics reflects the versatility of their music- from tweed to checks and solid colour. For representing the best of British tailoring, kudos to their stylists!. Seen any style you like? Book an appointment to see one of our Style Advisors.
Now I happen to quite like Robbie Williams. You've got to hand it to the guy. Part of the biggest boy band in the world and he makes the absolutely crackers decision to leave and go it alone, but I also feel sorry for him when it comes to fashion.
I think he is massively underrated. Thanks to his former boy band colleague and good friend Gary Barlow OBE , Robbie takes a back seat when it comes to Men's Style, but you only have to back a few months to see that recognition is finally coming his way, after he landed on the cover of Esquire magazine. Below, we can see Robbie carries off the formal look very well. I like the oversized Bow Tie on this Tuxedo , with the Shawl Collar waistcoat below the traditionally peaked collar Dinner Jacket.
Lets also not forget his recent single 'Candy' where he appears in a much more casual fashion. It seems that he can carry off good style, even when casual, and even when dressed in Pink. I really like the casual jacket with the slim lapel option, matched closely with chinos in the next picture. And I like the choice of buttons and patch pockets just to set the jacket apart. Robbie also makes this look much more casual thanks to the plain white T-shirt worn under the jacket.
Brand new feature to the blog page. Every week, I will be submitting my Suit Of The Week. This could be from the world of TV, celebrity, fashion, sport or it could even be one of our fantastic clients, or someone I see in the street.
Basically, this will be something different. Something that we all wish we could achieve, but don't know how. Something that moves us to declare: I Will Be That Stylish, for I Am ME.
Basically, this will be something different. Something that we all wish we could achieve, but don't know how. Something that moves us to declare: I Will Be That Stylish, for I Am ME. And The Great Thing About Being ME Is That Nobody Else Is ME! So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you my very first Suit Of The Week. The Patterned Tuxedo jacket is paired immaculately with a matching Bow tie , and with the Waistcoat matching the Trousers , ensures a very smart Mr Messi when the jacket is over the back of the chair. You can't win your 4th Ballon D'Or in a row and not be chosen for Suit Of The Week in the same week, so when Argentinian superstar, Lionel Messi told me to check out his suit , I had only one winner.
This was designed by Dolce and Gabanna and looks very smart on the very tidy, erm. Messi. So congratulations Barcelona and Lionel. Your 4th Ballon D'Or in a row, and your very first Suit Of The Week. Needless to say Real Madrid's Portuguese international Christiano Ronaldo wasn't too happy when I told him Messi had won again!
We've all been waiting for it. Been teased and tempted by various clips, reports and photographs. and FINALLY we have the official premiere of the newest James Bond film Skyfall back where it belongs in London.
The last year of anticipation has only served to increased every man's desire to be James Bond and every woman to be wooed by James Bond. If you can't get the Licence to Kill or afford the insurance for the Aston Martins - dressing the part is absolutely the next best thing.
So with all eyes undoubtedly on the man of the moment, James Bond himself in the form of Daniel Craig - he certainly didn't disappoint. A classic black dinner suit worn with a crisp white dress shirt , dress studs, matching pocket square and bow tie - simple, fabulous. Though in a reversal of the traditional black jacket with satin lapels , Craig has gone for a matt shawl collar with textured satin jacket . If you're looking for something similar our blue collection-D5 would be the best selection.
Pictured here with Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe who looks absolutely divine in this sumptuous Vivienne Westwood creation (I have an obsession with her incredible bodices) you can see the Bond suit in more detail with his straight flapless pockets and straight tapered trousers - even a satin cummerbund . He's stuck to a thoroughly classic tailored suit which I think is quite appropriate for the occasion celebrating one of Britain's finest.
Shedding the black cape of 'You Know Who', villain Ralph Fiennes gave us another excellent example of a classic dinner suit , complete with satin shawl collar , flapless pockets and satin piping down the trouser seam. You'd normally see a slightly wider satin stripe but this finer piping looks rather edgy!
Amongst the glamourous cast of Skyfall there was also a glittering array of celebrities including Ms Naomi Campbell. I mentioned this new trend of the female interpretation of the dinner suit and I was delighted to find another superb example!The extra-wide peaked lapels enhance the jacket 's feature shoulder pads which give a really dramatic shape to the jacket , and the sweeping cross-over of the striking white lapels bring your eyes into her already tiny waist - very elegant. You'll also notice the back-to-front double vent - most probably intended as more of a stylish slit than a vent but I certainly appreciated the irony!
360 million YouTube hits gives you an idea of how popular this Korean Idol is. But what is it that people are looking at when they click onto his video link? Is it the crazy Lasso dancing routine? Is it the fact that the song IS actually quite catchy? I didn't get any of that when I watched the clip, but I did feel like I was watching a crazy fashion show.
I have actually lost count of the number of outfits donned during this video by the energetic 34 year old. I have a few pictures to share with you to show you just what I'm talking about.
Psy, despite his build, opts for very slim fitting garments . His jackets are tight and well fitted to him. Here we have Psy with a Powder Blue jacket , with a slim Shawl collar , and single button fastening. He also has black braiding on the edge of the lapels pocket flaps . He compliments this with a full collar dress shirt bow tie . Very smart.
And in this picture we can see he is a fan of the pastel colours. This pink compliments him very well, with Extra Wide satin peaked lapels and single button fastening. This time, matched with a black dress shirt white bow tie .
This seems to be one if his slightly more formal offerings, and it does seem like there is an ongoing theme here. Again, dressed in formal shirt Bow tie , we have the Korean rapper looking Dapper in Black. Absolutely love the shoes Psy.
And I do like the look of this shirt . Not that I'll be rushing out to buy one, but I do expect to see plenty of imitations out there soon.
On Monday night, I attended the seventh annual Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow, hosted by Style Icon Alexa Chung. It was a glitzy and glamorous spectacle but, with Swarovski as a sponsor, who would expect any less! I had the pleasure of meeting a whole host of interesting people from across the industry, but more importantly, I met a few dapper ladies and gents sporting suits, separates and tuxedos.
In the photo below we have some dapper chaps sporting a mixture of fantastic outfits. Starting on the left we have a classic , versatile and perfectly accessorized, on this occasion with a smart tartan .
Next, we have a very daring double breasted jacket with eight buttons, three fastening, worn with a pair of light grey flannel trousers, again, finished off with a pocket square in a presidential fold. Third from the left is a classic two piece in light grey pinstripes, worn with slim lapels to give width to the shoulder line. Last but not least a modern two piece charcoal grey suit with slim lapels, worn with a skinny tie. Next, was James Robert Faulkener. Edinburgh's very own Rogue Milliner.
James' designs are fantastic, but not as fantastic as his plush velvet tuxedo, with shawl collar in satin, complimented by his waistcoat and scarf. Also in this picture, we see another velvet jacket with notched, split lapel in suit cloth, edged with satin.
In this final picture, I managed to snap a lady in a tuxedo, rare, but a great look. With a single fastening, satin edging, and full satin collar (rather than suit cloth). It really is a stand out tuxedo. Our gent is wearing a classic peaked collar tuxedo, with a one button fastening and straight flapped pockets. Pocket squares were really prevalent on the night.
All in all, it was a brilliant event with guest appearances from Dionne Blomfield, Millie Mackintosh of Made in Chelsea, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame and New York stylist Derek Warburton, who sported a striking pink turban. Congratulations to all the winners, and I'm sure you'll all be household names in the future.
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