Today my fellow fashion minded friends, it’s a good day. Oh yes it is. The delightful, incredible, and down right spectacular Emma Stone has landed her first Vogue cover. It’s been a long time coming though it has to be said – if you’re a regular reader of the style bible you’ll know she’s been featured MANY a time inside, and now thanks to the huge juggernaut that is The Amazing Spiderman, she’s gracing the cover. Now, I am of course in love, but I can’t help but wish she had her amazing red hair for the cover… And now back to the Emma love.
Well, rumours of it broke yesterday online and today we have the confirmation, on November 15th H&M will launch Maison Martin Margiela for H&M. It’s going to be an interesting one to say the least! The collection will consist of menswear, womenswear and accessories and be launched into 230 stores, as well as online – which if you live in the USA will be up and running in time for the collection’s launch!
No preview pictures yet, but here’s some banners for you, and some videos… Exciting.
If you’re anything like me you’ve already started prepping exactly what you’re going to be taking on holiday with, in fact you’re probably having to really fight the urge to pack your suitcase, despite the fact you’re not even going away for another month. Being a male I personally don’t have the tendency to pack every single item known to man kind into my suitcase, every woman I’ve ever met? No so much. It’s really quite simple. Do not ‘what-if’ pack. Just don’t do it. ‘What if we get invited onto a millionaire’s yacht?! I’ll need that dress, and those heels, and that impossibly small clutch bag!’ No, no you wont. ‘Cause you wont be getting invited onto a yacht. This isn’t Gossip Girl and you don’t have a limitless luggage allowance.
So, here’s how it can be done. With minimal items. Here lies an entire days items. It really is all you’ll need, and what’s more – you can outfit repeat. You may think it’s a dirty idea, but trust me. Different accessories, different hair, and it’s all going to be fine. The world shall not end.
Throw on this jersey maxi from Oak over the top of your bikini for wandering around sandy beaches, grabbing some lunch, or lazing about, it’s perfect. Accessorize it with a brilliant beach bag, personally I’m in love with this Marni bag. It’s brilliant and it’ll be great as a summer shop bag once you’re back on English shores too. For all your suncreams, lotions, potions, make-up (and whatever else you feel you simply cannot survive a day without) into this little printed Pierre Hardy make-up bag, mostly because it’s just super cool and I love it. Shoe wise, be realistic here girls. When it’s boiling hot and you’ve possibly got yourself a little sunburnt you will not be wanting to wear a pair of killer heels. You just wont, you’ll try, you’ll fail, you’ll be angry, and us males shall have to put up with your grumpy face. Instead opt for a pair of chic flat sandals, like these from Kurt Geiger. They’ll keep you cool, they’ll be comfortable, and they’re going to go with everything (including your evening look. Nifty that isn’t it?) Sunglasses are a big decision, but remember – the classics are classics for a reason. Opt for a big, oversized pair for a bit of Liz Taylor chic. I personally think it’s best to stick with a cheaper pair, these Topshop ones will do nicely, and you wont be crying like a baby if someone happens to sit on them or you drop them.
When it comes to changing your look into evening, don’t go too overboard girls. Change the dress – this white Acne number is a thing of beauty, layered and with a little bit of slit to the side, it’ll be just what a warm evening on the Med needs. Keep your sandals on, no-one’s looking at them I assure you. Add a statement piece of jewellery like this Marni bracelet, and keep your bag simple with a little leather zip clutch from COS. You’ll use it forever more and it keeps all of the focus on the Acne dress you couldn’t afford but bought anyway. Ta-dah! Done. You are now that infinitely chic woman you always scowl at.
Printed trousers were one of the big trends to come out of the Spring/Summer 2012 runways, and interestingly it was a trend that transcends gender. The men had them, the women had them. For you women out there I imagine it’s not too much of a stretch to don a pair of printed trousers, after all you probably wouldn’t think anything of purchasing a printed dress would you? It’s a bit different for us guys however, who mostly have something grey/black/some form of denim on the bottom half.
To be perfectly honest, trousers aren’t something I think about too often. If you looked through my wardrobe you’d find a sea of clothing for my top half, but a severely neglected (but beautifully folded) pile of jeans, chinos and the occasional short. The fact of the matter is that well, they’re just not very interesting. My trouser related energy generally goes into locating a pair of jeans, which is a nightmare in itself, so when it comes to trousers of any other variety I generally phase out. After all for us men it’s essentially a debate of exactly how slim we want the leg to be… that’s about the only real choice there is, unless you’re one of those brightly coloured Topman chino boys. I am not a brightly coloured trousers kind of guy. I never touched coloured jeans or chinos, and the thought of wearing something lighter than a mucky taupe colour on my lower half does in fact give me slight palpitations. To look down at my legs and see something other than a very dark denim blue worries me. I’ve got over this to the extent that I’ll wear chinos… but even then I feel like every single person is staring at my legs, despite them not giving two-hoots.
This year I’m doing something I haven’t done in a long time – I’m going on holiday. A real and actual warm climate holiday, and for this I’ve decided I’m branching out. Tentatively, and nervously, but I’m doing it. Yesterday I invested in some printed trousers. Oh yes, I did it. Wether or not they’ll ever see the light of day on my legs is another matter of course, but still, I’m a little bit in love with them. They’re from H&M‘s damn near impossible to find menswear label Trend – seriously, in the whole of London there’s about two stores that stock it – Covent Garden and Knightsbridge. They’re a rusty red colour and in my head, are perfect to be worn with a simple white t-shirt and sandals wandering round in the summer. In my head.
If money were no object of course I would have had these beautiful little ikat print numbers from Burberry Prorsum.
If your budget wont stretch to those little beauties either, Zara have done some great pairs – although some of them are for the braver folk amongst you. Not only have they produced printed trousers… they’ve also made them in silk. Are you man enough to don printed silk trousers?
I sometimes find Isabel Marant to be a bit much-of-a-muchness but every now and then the label delivers some truly beautiful stand out pieces. This little embellished waistcoat isn’t exactly a useful staple piece, in fact I imagine it’s rather had to actually find all that many outfits to go with it, but even so, it’s a thing of beauty. Salivate away. If you’ve got a spare £2,235 knocking around it can be yours also. Enjoy.
It’s my belief that we all have something we hunt. For some people it’s the perfect body like the models in the swimsuit ads, others it’s for abs like David Beckham, legs like Gwyneth Paltrow, and so on and so forth. For me it’s always going to be perfect skin. Perhaps perfect is unattainable, but if I’m going to aim I’m going to make sure I aim high. You might be asking exactly what I deem to be perfect skin, and well that’s simple. Cate Blanchett. Perfect, crystal clear, just… perfect. Yes, I’d like the male version of Cate Blanchett’s skin please.
Over the years I’ve tried pretty much everything and every product going in some way, shape, or form. And that’s really not an exaggeration. My bathroom cabinet is a sea of fancy skincare products that have either been bought on a whim, a recommendation, or quite simply because they looked pretty darn cool in their packaging. I’m almost always entirely swayed by recommendations. ‘97% of women who used it said they saw a noticeable difference in just three days!’ Of course what they neglect to tell you (or rather do tell you in the smallest teeniest font possible in the lower corner) is that generally they surveyed a very small and random number of women. One recent product I saw had been tested on 24 women. 24. And 89% of them loved it and would recommend it to a friend. Well, that’s hardly conclusive evidence now is it? It’s hard with skincare to extract the facts from the myths companies can perpetuate about their products.
After a year of plying my skin with Kiehl’s moisturizer I decided it was time to
re-explore the situation. There’s probably a reason why some products have been around for fifty years, and yes they may well come drenched in hype from their makers, but still, a product cannot last that long on shelves and sell quite so much if it isn’t pretty darn nifty? For example Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche ÉCLAT. There’s one of those little golden beauties sold every ten seconds. That equates to 8640 sold each day. So is that down to the fact it’s the best on the market, amidst a sea of copies, or down to the hype? Do facts like that make more people buy it?
I digress slightly, the point of this post was to discuss my latest trial in the quest for good skin. As a male we’re less bombarded with products, advertisements and facts when it comes to skincare and it’s been my experience that for the most part men’s skincare products are quite simply the exact same as the women’s, just without fragrance. If there is a fragrance it’s some form of wooden smell. I’m not quite sure what it is but it would seem brands believe all men wish to smell like a forest. Personally I don’t care to smell of pine fresh toilet cleaner. So, I decided to give one of the skincare world’s biggest selling, and longest lasting products a try. After all can men’s skin really be that different from women’s?
I knew I wanted to make a skincare change a few weeks back and so I began the research early and Estée Lauder came out on top. The facts (and not just the ones the adverts throw at us) would have the Advanced Night Repair serum be one of the world’s best products. If you were amazed by the Touche ÉCLAT facts then you’ll be even more surprised by the Advanced Night Repair‘s; It’s been Estée Lauder‘s best seller for thirty years now, with a bottle being sold every eight seconds. That’s 10,800 bottles each and every day of the year. Yikes. How had I not tried this miracle in a bottle before? It also came with recommendations from people around me – they’d been ‘using it for years’, ‘couldn’t live without it’ and one even put it down as the sole reason for her smooth somewhat poreless skin. I was sold. I had to try.
It’s been a week now and whilst I’m not exactly the male Cate Blanchett, I have to say I am seeing a difference. Teamed with one of Estée Lauder‘s moisturisers it would appear to be working a treat. If I’d discovered this before I could have spent the earlier part of my twenties with much better skin I’m sure. By the end of May I’m hoping to see some pretty serious results, partly so that I don’t feel like the fool who fell for the marketing, and partly so I can stop stressing about the state of my face. In short, I recommend. Wether you’ve got a beard or you’ve got boobs (or sadly, both) it would appear it will work for you. It took me a while to get there, but maybe I’ve found the secret. For now at least.
There may still be the last remnants of Marni for H&M sitting in stores but the team at H&M already have their next designer adventure planned, and this time it comes in the form of Editor Anna Dello Russo. She’s known for her bright, zaney and sometimes just plain cool fashion sense and now she’s going to turn her hands to designing a range of accessories for the high street giant. Launching on October 4th (in the midst of Fashion Week) the collection will consist of jewellery, bags, shoes, sunglasses, and most intriguingly, a ‘trolley’. Interesting. Take a sneaky peek at some of the pieces below, but be warned – these aren’t the for the subtle fainthearted types!
Oh British Vogue! You have excelled yourself. Well done. A very nice letter shall be sent home with you tonight to share with your parents. I expect it might even make the fridge, yes, the work you have done really is that good. Greatly improved. Please continue in this new wave of excellence. And employ Mert & Marcus to shoot more of your covers please.