Introducing: Burlingham London

I firmly believe that every man should have a wide range of watches (preferably one that goes with every outfit) so I’m bringing you a post focusing on the brand Burlingham London* who have the most stunning watches.

I decided to go out and about to capture mine in all it’s glory – because, you know, a beautiful watch needs a beautiful backdrop.

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London Collections: Men Day 1

Hello everyone! Happy June. How quick is this year going?!

And another fashion week already. This time it’s the men’s turn and I was so excited to be writing about it for the first time with Noctis Magazine! This season saw the addition of another day, turning it into a 4 day extravaganza showcasing the best in all of menswear!

I feel honoured to be working with Primark for this season to help spread the word about their menswear collections – especially their Instagram account dedicated to the mens fashion: @Primark.man#PrimarkSpring15

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Blogger's Savile Row Look Book

Male bloggers Savile Row Look book

What do you think of when someone mentions Savile Row?

If it’s suits and excellent tailoring then that’s exactly what we wanted to focus on for this shoot.

Myself and a couple of other top male bloggers (check their links below) got together to shoot a few of our favourite looks from the tailoring world to bring you this awesome lookbook, showcasing different styles from a variety of places.

Photography by Themba Erik

My suit is from Burton and it’s beautiful. I opted for a high street brand to show that it doesn’t cost a fortune to look nice – there are options at a fraction of the price of luxury that still allow you to look dapper. I was a bit out of my depth wearing a three piece suit but it was totally different. I love trying new things, getting myself out of my comfort zone and I’m glad I did. The three handsome guys I had the pleasure of shooting with made it all worth it.

Let us know your thoughts on our looks and give the other guys a follow.

Adam @ The Male Stylist | Anton @ Style Division | Ben @ Twenty First Century Gent

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#LCM J.W ANDERSON

And once again, J.W Anderson has completely stolen my heart.

This year, the collection was full of vintage looks that are clearly making a comeback in 2015. Vintage clothing has become increasingly more popular as time goes on and this year it has exploded with the looks being fired out all over the place.

The colour palette of the collection overall is nude, with hues of red, blue and purple to include some bold statement pieces.

It’s clear that the collection has been had fun with, incorporating many different materials ranging from leather to suede and fur to cotton.

The stand-out pieces include a brown/white/black spectrum overcoat that was the first look that graced the catwalk.

I’m not gonna talk about it too much, just look for yourself.

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HYMN AW14

If there is ever a brand you need to know, it’s Hymn.

After only being launched at the beginning of this year, they have well and truly established themselves in the fashion industry and have gained a pretty good reputation. 

This collection sees them move away from the typical floral/nautical vibes we most certainly see in every Spring/Summer collection and head towards a classic look, with a very special Hymn twist. 

They base their designs on the warm clothes everyone needs and wants for Winter, but adding their own spark with the print or pattern. Their stand-out pieces include a heavy lumberjack shirt (which sounds perfect), rich marls and cotton shirts – they are destined to fly off the shelves as soon as they are available to purchase. I know I will be buying them!

Ever since they started out, they’re commitment was to the creation of wearable clothing, whether it be wardrobe essentials or statements pieces. They uphold their dedication to produce and outstanding fit with effortless quality. 

It takes a lot to create a collection where every piece is absolutely perfect, but Hymn seem to have done just that – winning over my heart once more and capturing the best of the season!

Oh, and they’ve had a helping hand from Ricki Hall, who, I’m sure, needs no introduction whatsoever. 

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My picks for SS15

Today is the 1st of June. 

For some, it means nothing.

For some, it marks the beginning of Summer.

But for me, and many others, it reminds that it’s two weeks until LCM.

(That stands for London Collections: Men for the people that don’t know!)

Fashion Weeks have taken over and has often left the men in the dark. But over the past few years, men’s fashion has become increasingly popular and has become a date for your diary (it’s certainly in mine!)

Spring/Summer ’15 is a good year. I feel it. & I’m gonna be mentioning the 3 showroom collections I’m most excited for and why I am so anticipating a good season.

Lyle & Scott

Most of you would, and should in my opinion, know this brand as they been around for quite a while – 140 years to be precise – and have an established place within the fashion industry. For SS15, they have once again collaborated with Jonathan Saunders and Universal Works to launch exclusively at LCM. They promise to bring us new and exciting looks, working with colours, textures and shapes to help put that spring flair into your outfits.

Palmer//Harding

This duo have always been a passion of mine. They have created collections that directly correlate with my style and it only seems right to mention them. Their eye for difference is effortless – the two designers have separate ideas which are then incorporated into the designs with such ease. For SS15, they opt for “clean lines and raw edges, a hint of athleticism with an elegant approach.”(This quote got me so excited!) They have also said that the white shirt is the highlight of their collection which is definitely a winner in my eyes.

Marwood 

Some of you may not have heard of Marwood before, so here’s a little introduction. They are an accessories brand that designs ties, bow ties, socks and scarves and apparently a special product for this season – eeeeek! They love to play around with colour palettes, designs and fabrics to create a completely unique twist on the modern mens accessory.  It seems like they would appeal to every dapper man in history with their luxury materials and clean-cut styles to put that finishing touch to any gentleman.

A teaser they posted on Instagram (@marwoodlondon)
A teaser they posted on Instagram (@marwoodlondon)

So, there we have it, my favourites for LCM SS15 and the ones I think will be received the best.

Do you agree/disagree with me? What are your favourites? I’d love to know.

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The overlooked male model

Amidst the jet-setting, Chanel-wearing, D&G-worshipping glamorous female model, there is the phenomenon of the male model (no, really!)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30 years, you’d know that the appreciation of the men in the modelling world has become increasing more popular. They have rocketed in the modern years as the demand for those certain types of men has been somewhat of a trend.

But making it out as a model isn’t always what it seems to be.

The woman have it easy. If you look “good enough”, you will be passed around to work with everyone. Take Cara Delevingne for example, she has worked for them all: Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, Burberry, DKNY. She really has made it, the one that every girl dreams to be.

But for a guy, there isn’t any significant male model that is setting the mark for them all. We’ve got the likes of David Beckham and James Franco but they have come from a different career and do a bit of modelling on the side. Does this mean that male models can’t have a sole career as being a model or is that just the way it’s happened?

By comparing the lives of the males and the females, I aim to get to the bottom of the issue and see if there really is nothing that can be done to ignite the males modelling career.

Harvey Alexander, a young male model of AMCK Models, has spoken about his experience as making it in the modelling realm. He has only been modelling for 8 months but seems to have made his mark on the casters that are able to pick him out from the crowd. Since his debut for Prada and Kenzo last year, he has been jetting off to New York with his connections to New York Model Management and establishing himself with the big guys.

Everyone is waiting for that big break. You’ve just gotta have a lot of patience. Waiting! Waiting! Waiting!”

He explains how, most of the time, you’re waiting just to get one email from your agent. But when that all important email comes, you can begin to get excited. An email is like an invitation for these guys.

Harvey is studying English Literature at Kings College London and he admits that fitting the modelling around studies is sometimes quite difficult. An email could come in on a Friday and expect you to travel on the Saturday. Exciting but pressurising. The ability to leave everything at the drop of a hat seems to be a skill when it comes to this.

I don’t have a job because of my student loan, but I know many guys that have to work to stabilise themselves. You can’t rely on the modelling alone”

For many people, it seems that modelling has to be some sort of hobby when starting out. Making it big doesn’t happen overnight and waiting for that one recommendation from a certain influential person is enough to set the ball rolling. Being spotted and scouted gives the potential of being mentioned to someone else, something that previously mentioned “Queen of the model world” Cara has been involved in.

It seems strange to think that men have the same restrictions within modelling too. Like the women, they are expected to look a certain way for a certain role. Whether it’s an underwear shoot for muscular, buff gentleman or a fashion, catwalk looking for quirky looking guys to parade the collection, then there is a check-list of features that need to be apparent. A strict regime to look good for these roles is essential for the guys as they want to fit the bill for the top shows that they dream of working for.

Walking in one of the Fashion Week’s around the world is an excellent way to get spotted as it is watched from all around the world. This is exactly what Harvey did, he walked for Prada in Milan and this set off the fireworks for the rest. He received countless emails requesting him for shoots and he has been inundated with interest ever since.

The males “not-so glamorous” lifestyle is different from the women’s. There is a lot more pressure for women to get that perfect job that can be enough to trigger a surge of activity.

The women are also genuinely thought to get more money from working as a model. They are able to create their career as a model and have this as their main income. Unlike the men, who are expected to get a job outside of modelling to finance themselves and keep waiting for that big break.

After speaking to a designer who had paraded one of their collections in London Collections:Men, this is what they had to say about the male models:

I just choose the ones that look the best for the brand, but I do think that the selection process seems quite harsh!”

Choosing from the mass amount of men for the job is a gruelling procedure, having to let people down and simply wish them the best in their search.

Obviously being based all about the men, it’s a great opportunity for the models to try and get that little opportunity to be featured in one of the collections. There are many options that could be available and surely one that appeals to every kind of guy looking to get that opening.

Is modelling gay?”

That is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to the men’s aspect of modelling. The modern ignorance that creates the idea of homosexuality in modelling has become a question that can’t quite be agreed. It wasn’t until the 80’s that men were photographed topless in fashion magazines, which struck the change between the prejudice and homophobia that was apparent before these times. People assume that working within fashion is a “gay” thing to work in, but modelling is a completely different area. A masculine man could be needed to work half-naked modelling the newest range of Calvin Klein underwear, having to be masculine and sexy to suit the brand. This isn’t gay, this is just a job. The only word that comes to mind is jealousy. Seeing a guy better looking than yourself isn’t exactly something that boosts your self-esteem but calling it “gay” won’t make it any better either. If you see David Beckham half-naked, and admit, who hasn’t, you wouldn’t say “gay” because you know he has a wife and kids – so it shouldn’t be different for any other models. The preconception of their sexuality shouldn’t be a problem, the reason is to probably sell a product.

I don’t know about anyone else, but seeing a guy in a sleek tailored suit screams masculinity.

I think the issue of this is androgyny. Having a guy that has female features automatically sparks a gay, feminine vibe but that is sometimes the look that people are interested in.

There is nothing of this type of issue when it comes to women’s modelling. They are just seen as a perfect role model for girls around the world. Successful, good-looking and aspirational is something that mothers want all of their children to grow up to be. Is modelling an approved career for the girls too though? Busy lifestyle, parading half-naked and a strict health regime seems quite tough just for a job.

This matter doesn’t seem to be the same for the men. They have a more relaxed lifestyle that allows them to be more laid-back in their approach to their job. Most are willing to wait for the right time and being in the background whilst they wait.

The “option system” is something of a blurred area to an inexperienced one like myself. It’s quite straight forward actually and quite polite with the selection process that could be brutal. A model will be contacted for a casting, attend the casting and given the idea of being an option. If you are selected as an option, the client will then decide whether to book you or drop you. On the other hand, if you’re not selected as an option then you’d just wait for the next possible option to come around.

This might seem like it’s dumbing down the process, but hearing a straight up “no” from someone can be heartbreaking, but hearing an option 3 doesn’t hit as hard. Getting up and moving on has to be something of second nature for these guys. You can get knocked down so hard and want to give up, but pushing yourself to persevere could bring that all important number 1 option.

The woman’s selection process has the idea of being a callous one, being as mean as just a “yes” or a “no”. Their competition is much more pressurised as the demand for women models is that much higher than the men.

Ever since the first men appeared in Fashion Weeks around the world, it has shown the many different lifestyles of men and their ways of creating a life for themselves. From the top models that walk for top brands in the catwalks to the smaller names that walk for the similarly small designers appearing in small collection shows such as Fashion Scout. With the modernisation of fashion and modelling it is becoming easier to be scouted and be noticed. (Harvey was spotted whilst in Oxford Street, it’s as easy as that!)

With successes such as International Men’s Day (19th Nov), men have now established their mark in the modelling world and can begin to celebrate their status. It is a day to celebrate heir achievements and contributions, so no reason to feel better about the availability of male models and their achievements within the fashion world.

Overall, the attitude of a male model is more laid back and relaxed than the women’s, which leads to the perception of the “not-so glamorous” life. That doesn’t mean that it’s a less serious field, because it isn’t. The men take it just as serious as the women but that are more willing to be patient and wait for the special big break. There’s plenty of advice to be taken for the upcoming, young male models trying to make big – be positive, go for every little job, it could lead to anything and be patient – there is something out there for everyone. 

You are ridiculously good looking. You should do it professionally.
You are ridiculously good looking. You should do it professionally.
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My interview with Malmo London.

I sent some questions over to the Malmo London designers and have just received their answers! 

 

 

– How did it all start? What made you decide to make the collection?
It all started with  2 guys who wanted to start a clothing brand, without forgetting our roots.  We have quickly gained a loyal following as we care about the people that work for us and the young creatives we actively support. We never want to be a nasty corporation, using sweatshops and laughing all the way to the bank.
– I see that you like to take inspiration from the streets? Is there anything in particular that you look for or is it just whatever’s there?
I like to throw myself in. Get a cheap flight, get lost in a city, meet people, visit galleries, peoples studios- that’s my biggest inspiration. It doesn’t have to be limited to looking at clothes. That’s why the collection is sporadic- no-one wants to see the same old sh*t season after season.
– What’s the main difference between Swedish streets and London streets? (If there are any differences).
Personally I find, Sweden is very classy, homely & functionally focused. Whereas London is more gritty and spontaneous. Its great to bring together ideas from different areas, including Nepal; where our products are manufactured. A lot of inspiration has come from there as well.
– What sort of things do you look for when you put together Mo Monthly?
We look for aspiring creative talent. Be it music, design or indeed fashion. Something fresh, original & forward thinking.
– What’s your main piece of advice to the young designers out there that want to start out in design?
Ask yourself, “what’s stopping me doing this?”. Don’t be afraid of putting stuff ‘out there’. If you have confidence in yourself and a vision going forward, you will inevitably succeed.
(Here’s the lookbook for their Autumn/Winter collection: http://www.malmolondon.net/pages/lookbook)
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Malmo London

Hey everyone. Sorry I haven’t posted in about a week, busy with University and things.

But I’m back to show you one of the new brands that I’ve had a look at – Malmo London.

Created in Sweden but whisked over to London, they are mainly inspired by the street and aim to share their creativity with the masses.

The simple, but bold, creations are brilliant. The bright, block colours are an emphasis on the edgy street look that they seem to be aiming for with their pieces.

Producing a range of items — tees, hoodies, jackets and even hats — there is something for everyone.

Whether you like a plain tee with a logo or a striking piece to make you stand out in the crowd, then this is the brand for you!

(And they manufacture it by hand – no machines involved. Unless, of course, you would call the person a machine!) Here’s a link to the promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WMJ2geHFeY&feature=youtu.be

Share the love for this brand to everyone, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of them in the future.

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Malmo London

Malmo London

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Gone in a blink!

And, just like that, LFW is over. As if by magic!

It seems only this morning that I was eagerly awaiting the first show to kick off and now we’re saying goodbye. For another year!

It has been fun blogging and reviewing the collections. And interacting with everyone along the way. It shows that blogging can bring good things (tickets to Ji Cheng) and how networking is super important if you wanted to get somewhere.

I have met some great people in just a short amount of time and who knows where it could lead. (hopefully somewhere bigger and better!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts. If not, I’m sorry. But I have thoroughly enjoyed writing for you guys.

Until next year, goodbye Fashion Week. x

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