Fashion, Men's Fashion

Key Menswear Trends for A/W13

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Climatically speaking, winter brings Amazonian levels of rainfall and misery to our fair isles, but if there’s one palliative aspect to the ferocious elements, it comes from the comforting warmth of the A/W collections. Here’s a look at how some of the season’s biggest trends can keep you safe from Mother Nature’s icy bite.

Turtle Necks

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Raf Simons, Pringle of Scotland and Lanvin were just some of the labels that sent models down the catwalk swathed in turtle necks and the trend is one of AW13’s most versatile. The perfect base for layering, a turtle neck is a guy’s go-to item for achieving the perfect juxtaposition between style and toasty comfort. Replace your shirt with one of these bad boys and wear with a suit and some classic brogues for an of-the-minute nod to the trend or throw it over some smart trousers and pair with a denim aviator jacket for a rule breaking, yet winning ensemble.

Sports Luxe

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This is one of my favourite trends for AW13 because it allows you to fly in the face of convention by combining the relaxed aspect of sportswear with the more sophisticated nature of occasion dressing. A pair of dress trousers rolled up at the ankles grappling for limelight against some vintage trainers looks so on-point this season. It’s contradictive and bold and it works so well. Ultimate AW13 outfit: some black trousers, maroon Nike kicks, a classic white tee and a black bomber jacket.

The Coat

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As always, The Winter Coat is a staple, but this season, the hue to be seen in is that word that shan’t dare be mentioned in the fashion world – beige. Yes, the colour that’s perpenially hated upon by fashion’s cognoscenti is emerging triumphantly from its own oppressive reputation.  Austin Reed, J Crew, DSquared2 and of course, Burberry Prorsurm are championing the beige coat for AW13 and it’s a must-have item for any style-conscious guy. If you’re feeling brave, why not try a Margiela-esque beige cape and team it with head-to-toe black to play into another of autumn/winter’s biggest trends – volume Vs. structure. Want a classic? Then the camel coat is your friend!

Orange

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Perhaps the trend I’m most happy about is the mood-enhancing abundance of orange for AW13. It’s my favourite colour! London Collections: Men was brimming at the seams with the vibrant hue and it has appeared in nearly every high street store since! Be as subtle or as bold as you like with orange this season – introduce it with some quirky socks to pay homage to the trend or go for a cable knit jumper from the likes of Topman or River Island. The Orange Dream this season is definitely Topman Design’s (now famous) pea coat.

Tartan

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Everyone from Nick Wooster to Eddie Redmayne has been spotted in a tartan suit recently and the prominence of tartan in both women and menswear for AW13 is unavoidable. Head-to-toe tartan can be hard to pull off, but when it’s done correctly, it looks oh-so slick. The likes of Moncler Gamme Bleu and Jill Sander pretty much perfected their tartan ensembles for AW13 and it’s a look I can’t wait to tap into. The dark green and navy tartan print is definitely a more subtle option than the traditional red one and I’m currently coveting a pair of trousers in said print. Keep the rest of your outfit refined and unfussy for a sophisticated tartan moment!

Originally penned for HelpMyStyle.ie.

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Men's Fashion

The Virtues of the Trench Coat

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If you ask me, the word ‘timeless’ is bandied around far too freely in the fashion world. The term is overused and all-too-readily applied to any garment that has an indefinable quality or an undeniable allure. Very few items deserve or merit the immortality that is so willingly placed upon them, but I don’t think I’m bestowing superfluous or hyperbolic praise on the Trench Coat, when I say that it is one of the few items of clothing that can truly be referred to as ‘timeless’.

The origins of the Trench Coat date back to the late 1800s, with both Burberry and Aquascutum laying claim to its genesis. Undoubtedly, hundreds of years later, it is the former of these brands that has become synonymous with the Trench Coat and while its initial inception was merely borne out of militarian function, the Trench has become one of fashion’s most recreated and loved items, with designer offerings existing alongside more affordable high-street versions. Originally constructed for soldiers, the Trench Coat has permeated popular culture and become a fully-fledged go-to item for millions of men and women all over the world.

Today, the Trench Coat isn’t the reserve of the front-line or even Wall-Street businessmen, but an all-encompassing fashion must-have that looks good on any guy, regardless of age. Amazingly, the design of the Trench Coat has changed very little since its days as part of a functional uniform, with the classic, ten-buttoned, double-breasted coat still being the style’s most prominent example.

The beauty of the Trench Coat really does lay in its versatility and I can’t think of many items that can make an outfit look better than a trench can. Wear with a suit for the ultimate lesson in power-dressing or pair it with a more casual ensemble of jeans and a shirt to let your Trench Coat do all the talking. The devil is in the detailing and Burberry have it covered with their impeccably-designed trenches, with the epaulettes, throat latch, hook and bar, back rain shield and the D-ring on the belt all harking back to the pre-War aesthetic. The Trench Coat is one that was intended for battle and with one of these bad boys on your back, nobody is going to mess with you!

Check out some alternative options to the Burberry Trench below:

Topman Online – £75

Reiss – €340

River Island – €94

Diesel (ASOS) – €338

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Top 5 Male Style Icons | Jamie Tuohy

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Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society” and when it comes to the potent power of apparel, the men on our list have enjoyed mighty and stylish reigns as all-round fashion kings. From 50s movie stars to 21st century supermodels, we take a look at some of the century’s best-dressed gents and pay homage to their supreme style.

Steve McQueen

Topping every style icon list, it may be predictable to include Steve McQueen in this line-up, but to leave him out would be nonsensical and frankly blasphemous. The anti-hero of American film has become immortalised as one of the big screen’s best-dressed stars thanks to his rugged and masculine style. A keen motorbike racer, McQueen was at his best in a sports jacket, a classic white t-shirt and denims, paired with aviator shades, but effortlessly made the transition into a slim-fit tailored suit when the occasion called for it. For “The King of Cool”, style was all about purpose, masculinity and the right amount of nonchalance.

David Gandy

Unquestionably, David Gandy is the world’s most influential male model and most likely, he is the best-dressed of the sculpted bunch. Far be it for me to dish out the imperatives, but dare I say; this is how a man should dress! Gandy’s style is utterly timeless. With the cursive masculinity of the old Hollywood greats, combined with his own modern attention to detail, David Gandy is an all-encompassing style aficionado, who couldn’t put a foot wrong if he tried.

Nick Wooster

Nick Wooster is an internet sensation and probably one of the first original street-style icons. The Fashion Advisor for Gilt and Park & Bond favours brands with a heritage or lineage and the idea of the uniform is central to Wooster’s look. For this style king, his Zippo lighter is just as important as a tailored jacket and as the ‘bad ass’ of men’s fashion, Nick Wooster is an undisputed 21st century style icon. He combines classic tailoring with militarism and that impressive moustache to create a distinctly personal and innovative look.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford is one of those annoyingly talented guys. Not only did he save Gucci from bankruptcy, serve as the Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent, and create a successful eponymous clothing line, but he also directed the stunningly-beautiful, Oscar-nominated movie, A Single Man. Oh and along the way, he cemented his own status as a style icon. Tom has said that he favours classic simplicity and when it comes to his beloved suit, he always wears one that gives him broad shoulders, a fitted waist and long legs. A sartorial success if ever there was one.

James Dean

Striving for originality, just like with Steve McQueen, I tried my best to ignore James Dean, but let’s face it, when something’s good, it’s good and there’s no denying or ignoring it. And James Dean, in all is rebellious goodness is certainly an unavoidable tour-de-force. The impossibly handsome star achieved fame in his short lifetime, but it was only posthumously that Dean was fully recognised as a style sage. The original Rebel Without a Cause epitomised effortless dressing – shedding any superfluous items and keeping his aesthetic minimalist, original and impossibly cool.

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Olly Murs: Man of Style | Jamie Tuohy

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To say that Olly Murs has done well for himself would be an understatement. Since finishing as runner-up on the 2009 X Factor, the Dance With Me Tonight singer has become a household name, with four number 1 singles under his belt, 2 number 1 albums and a third one on the way, a sell-out arena tour, an autobiography and if that wasn’t enough, he landed a presenting job, hosting The Xtra Factor alongside the ever-gorgeous Caroline Flack. Not bad for second place, eh?

Proving that he is the real winner of the talent competition, Mr Murs’ star is very much on the ascent, and as if to demonstrate that there is nothing he can’t conquer, Olly is certainly ticking all the right boxes when it comes to his fashion sense. He rarely puts a foot wrong in the style stakes and this Essex boy doesn’t fall into the perma-tanned TOWIE genre, as his look is distinctive and unique, with a strong influence from 90s BritPop, mixed with the retro vibes of the 1950s.

Olly has gained infamy thanks to his predilection for extremely tight trousers, which have gone on to become one of the singer’s signature styles, along with his beloved trilby hats. However, it’s a look Murs effortlessly pulls off – combining his chinos with quirky loafers, desert boots or brogues and pairing braces with a buttoned-up grandfather-style shirt.

Every Saturday and Sunday night, Olly demonstrates how he has become the master of smart/casual dressing, as he hosts The Xtra Factor in his signature cheeky-chappy manner. When he opts for a blazer, Olly tends to go for a double-breasted piece from a young and cool brand, such as The Kooples and he never looks overdressed or overdone, as he usually teams the blazer with different colour trousers. His style has all the sartorial sensibility of the X Factor’s main man – Dermot O’Leary, but Olly doesn’t have the responsibility of anchoring the entire show and therefore, his personality is evident through his wardrobe each weekend, as he can play and have fun with his look.

Olly doesn’t get enough recognition for his effortless style and to credit him, it has evolved from his X Factor days, but the original template still remains. Olly was always a snappy dresser and you can be sure that when it comes to what he wears, Olly makes all the decisions and isn’t being moulded into something he’s not by a stylist. Olly Murs may be a Troublemaker, but when it comes to his dress sense, he is top of the class!

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Most Wanted for AW12: Aviator Jackets | Jamie Tuohy

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been developing a predilection for aviator-style jackets and the manifestation of this love has been abundantand expensive. Denim jackets with sheepskin lining, suede coats with the softest collars and the classic leather aviator jacket have all been welcomed into my covetous arms. I’ve bought them all and I promise you, I have no tendencies towards piloting or aerodynamics, but I do hold every appreciation for its impeccable style!

Burberry Brit Aviator Jacket: €1976
APC Aviator Jacket: €420

AW12 is all about the aviator jacket, with everyone from Burberry to APC sending models down the catwalk in luxurious and tactile comfy coats. Naturally, the high-street was quick to follow suit and the likes of Pull & Bear and Zara have some fantastic aviator jackets that are equally as stylish as their designer counterparts, but far more pocket-friendly. (Although, if you buy them in all possible styles, then maybe the latter part of that sentence is rendered futile!)

Zara Parka Aviator: €130

Gone are the days of the aviator jacket being a reincarnation of Tom Cruise’s Topgun monstrosity, as a new era of sophisticated and stylish sheepskin-lined heaven has dawned. Designers such as Sandro and APC are taking the classic aviator style and reworking it to give the classic jacket an updated look, be it through the use of print or injections of colour. Levis have a fantastic denim aviator jacket, but at €350, it’s a little pricey, but the Pull & Bear one featured below is a very similar style, at a much more affordable price point.

Pull & Bear Denim Aviator: €50

For the coming winter months, every guy should have an aviator jacket of some sort, but gents remember; the aviator jacket doesn’t give you a licence to don matching aviator sunglasses. Unless you are Paul Newman or James Dean, such looks should be avoided at all costs. Stay stylish and warm with the season’s hottest jacket and don’t be left out in the cold for your unnecessary depravity towards fashion.

Sandro: €325
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My favourite AW purchases | Jamie Tuohy

A/W is probably my favourite time when it comes to fashion and 2012’s offerings are better than ever. WINTOUR is coming, so I’ve been stocking up on the season’s necessities. Although, I must admit, the way in which I delineate necessity isn’t exactly conventional. Or practical. Nevertheless, here are some of my favourite purchases so far.

Zara Aviator-Style Jacket

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been developing a predilection for aviator-style jackets and the manifestation of this love has been abundant and expensive. After much (not really) procrastination, I welcomed this beautiful baby into my covetous arms. It’s two weeks old and good as gold. Literally – the gold zip detailing was a deal clincher for me. This really is a solid winter coat and despite my propensity towards impracticality, it is both a stylish and pragmatic winter staple. Okay, it’s suede, but it never rains in Ireland, so this will be absolutely fine.

Denim Aviator Jacket

Can you spot a theme emerging? I have been looking for a denim aviator for the last year and ideally I would have liked a €350 Levis one, but this Pull & Bear option is a great alternative, saving me a whopping €300. A/W12 is all about the aviator jacket, with everyone from Burberry to APC sending models down the catwalk in luxurious and tactile comfy versions of this classic style. Naturally, the high-street was quick to follow suit and the likes of Pull & Bear and Zara have some fantastic aviator jackets that are equally as stylish as their designer counterparts, but far more pocket-friendly. (Although, if you buy them in all possible styles, then maybe the latter part of that sentence is rendered futile!)

 Pull and Bear T-Shirt

I LOVE this t-shirt and it was a steal at only €12.99 from Pull & Bear. Alexander McQueen and Burberry have been emblazoning their t-shirts with animal faces for the past year and I’ve been longing for one of their creations ever since. I couldn’t resist this tee when I found it, costing a tenth of the price, but just as voguish. Givenchy has a near-identical version of this t-shirt, so ten points to Pull & Bear for their ‘inspired’ piece! I think this will look really cool with some black slim-fit jeans, the aforementioned denim aviator jacket and a pair of Kurt Geiger beige brogues.

River Island Brogues

Far exceeding my obsession with brogues is my obsession and dedication to wearing suede. Also, as a coffee-wielding friend can testify, despite my best efforts to keep my suede clobber in pristine condition, it often falls victim to caffeine’s staining malice. Nevertheless, I had to have these berry brogues, because they were too all-encompassing to pass up. Brogues. In suede. In one of the season’s hottest hues?! Perfection. Here’s hoping these babies can withstand the cosmos’ and karma’s efforts to destroy them.

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Most Wanted: Obey Clothing | Jamie Tuohy

They say “if you obey all of the rules, you miss of the fun”, however, rules, by their very nature are prone to exceptions. And Shephard Fairey’s OBEY clothing line is certainly the exception to this old maxim. Despite its imperative brand name, the label which was established in 2001 is fun, expressive and full of boisterous mischief and doesn’t shy away from political messaging. In fact, the brand’s name finds its origins in irony and sarcasm, as it seeks to steer people towards self-expression and independent thought, by ignoring the bourgeois propagandists.

OBEY clothing evolved from Shepard Fairey’s hugely popular 1989 “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign. The campaign was a type of phenomenological experiment, designed to concentrate on the objects of direct experience and human consciousness. The sticker, which was initially distributed amongst his skateboarding clique, became hugely popular and transgressed into mainstream Americana. Subsequently, OBEY Clothing was born out of the campaign’s populist ideology.

The brand is all about “variety and experience” and over the years, OBEY Clothing has taken inspiration from a host of different mediums, from popular culture and street art, to politics and marketing. The classic white t-shirt emblazoned with the brand’s name is intended as a type of “Do It Yourself” message – perhaps a sharply sardonic comment against capitulation to capitalism. Nevertheless, its philosophical outlook is certainly tinged with some canny marketing, as the OBEY logo has become a popular fashion accessory for hoards of trendy teens and twenty-somethings.

At the end of the day, behind all the socio-political iconoclasticism, there is actually a clothing line, and a very cool one at that. Some may see the items as only pseudo-Hipster must-haves, but the majority of the pieces are subtly-designed and stylish, rather than fashionable and fleetingly trendy. The collections are rooted in military structures, but at the same time, each piece is casual and comfortable. Over the years, OBEY Clothing has become huge with celebrities, with everyone from Channing Tatum to Viggo Mortensen wearing it. Even Barack Obama’s famous 2008 “Hope” campaign sticker was designed by Fairey himself and featured on many of the brand’s t-shirts.

For a clothing line, OBEY Clothing might seem overly political and philosophical, but really, it’s what fashion should be all about. It promotes self-expression, individuality and a sense of carefree abandonment. The ironic and paradoxical brand name is a nice tribute to its central adage – “the medium is the message.” And aside from its almost Saussurean semiotic tendency towards hyperreality, I just think it’s a really cool clothing line. Bet you never thought that your OBEY snapback could also be your thinking hat?!

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