Saturday, May 31, 2008

Springy Wired Bras

If you look closely you see that it is sort of a clamshell design with springy wires that wrap around the sides to hold it in place. And maybe this small Asian girl can wear it but a busty girl would be a different story.

Friday, May 30, 2008

'Bespoke' for the everyman (online)

My desire to own bespoke clothing and accessories is well documented on the blog. There seems to be a reinvention of 'bespoke' on the high street (really we all know that it is made to measure marketed as bespoke) for the greater market, making it cheaper and much more accessible in the process. One of the most well known "new bespoke" service is NikeiD, which as we know allows trainer fans to choose from more than 54 different shoe styles and an almost limitless catalogue of colours, materials and fittings to create their own ideal pair.

However, I have recently stumbled across the news that my Nan's favourite store has now entered the market. That's right, Marks & Spencer is offering a new bespoke (made-to-measure) shirt service for men from as little as £30...£30! As well as a choice of 30 fabrics, there are different cuffs, collars and pockets, plus a monogrammed option. I have had limited experience with the fit of M&S shirts up until now, although I have been impressed with the resurgence of the store and in particular the Autograph range.

I forgot to mention, you can do it all online. In four simple steps a user is able to design the perfect shirt made-to-measure just for them. You can customize as many or as few features as you wish. All you need to do is have your height, weight and collar size measurements to hand. M&S's biometric technology will do the rest, resulting in a perfect fit and are delivered within 21 days of placing the order (or so they claim - I am a little disturbed that they didn't take any more measurements, like chest, arm, waist...)

My choice is above. I went for a luxurious white poplin, with a round colour, monogrammed hem and of course a tailored fit. I will update you in 21 days once the shirt is delivered. I have no idea what to expect to be honest.

Heidi Klum Promotes McDonald's Chicken Wraps

Heidi Klum was spotted at McDonalds fastfood chain in her hometown (Munich, Germany) to attend a press conference about the fast food restaurants three newly design wraps. The wraps she is holding in the photos are made of a grilled chicken breast strip with cheddar jack cheese, shredded lettuce and honey mustard sauce in a flour tortilla. Looks delicious......



Sex And The City. Fashion season.

Forget about the subject! Four gorgeous ladies are together again! Carry Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Miranda Hobbes and Sharlotta Jork are on the air again with their earth-shattering and unsurpassed attires. (click the images to enlarge)

Sarah Jessica Parker shows master of style Patricia Field's hand-made attire. Green fabric suits her so much!

Sarah Jessica Parker runs down the Manhattan street dressed in wedding dress from Vivienne Westwood and bridal veil decorated with green feathers.

Sarah Jessica Parker shows dark side of the "Sex and the city" heroine. Bright jacket and high heels are so fashion today.

Sarah Jessica Parker dressed in black with caring "Vogue". She writes for this magazine from time to time.

Carry Bradshaw is a brunette again. A little bit strange attire she wears. But who said a strange dress is not in fashion?

Kristin Davis demonstrateы gorgeous dress from Zac Posen against a background of chic limousine.

Kristin Davis sitting in the Bryant Park showing her flawless locks in Sharlotta Jork's style.

Cynthia Nixon's red hair looks nice with blue dress from Zac Posen. And this attire suits her very much!

Kim Cattrall is dressed in Me Decade and in high silvery heels. Yellow and black is very modern combination!

Carry is the one who can experiment with ther wear like Samantha Jones with her men.

Victoria Beckham In Black and Blue Gown For Marc Jacobs Campaign Ad

Have you seen the latest Victoria Beckham's ad campaign for Marc Jacobs? Well, as expected the ads that have been released this May were weird and looked odd. Want to know why? It features Victoria in a black and blue ball gown while she sported a "stunned" look. It seems that she was stunned and stupefied by Harry Potter's spell.



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nagi Noda's Animal Wigs

Nowadays, hair extensions are becoming the hottest fashion accessory in Hollywood and for fashionable women. More and more women especially celebrities are making hair extensions part of their beauty routine because they are easy to wear and maintain. During the past years, the extensions had to be glued or weaved into the hair by a professional that sometimes it can damage women's natural hair. However, today extensions can just be clipped into place with a few simple steps and can add natural body or length to hair.

Also topping the list for a trendy celebrity fashion accessory are wigs. Britney Spears has unveiled a string of contemporary wigs together with other celebrities such Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Li'l Kim, and Tyra Banks.

If you want to wear fake hair but dare to be different, try Nagi Noda's creations. The Japanese Art Director's collection includes synthetic hair hats that represents dogs, owls, lions, and other animals.


Are gentlemen a dying breed?

EJ passed an interesting article featured in the Times and it got me thinking (I've subsequently seen the article featured on Getkempt and the delightful The Sunday Best). The articles concern was whether or not the gentleman in 21st-century Britain is a dying breed, literally and figuratively. If it is indeed an endangered species, is this because the very notion is anachronistic, a product of a bygone age that has no great relevance in today's society? Quite possibly. Dunhill's director of brand imagery (man I wish I had a title like that), Yann Debelle de Montby somewhat vaguely describes a true gentleman as someone who is “gallant and generous. One can be gentle but remain firm, determined and retain a great sense of humour.” Since the Victorian era the the word "gentleman" came in common use to signify not a distinction of blood (as it had done previously) but a distinction of position, education and manners. I certainly think that paragons of good manners, dignity and charm are increasingly rare in 21st-century Britain and that is a sad thing.

Are these chaps a dying breed? They certainly are trying thinks a little too hard

As this is a men's style blog, let's get down to what really matters...the clothes! Throughout history one of the most obvious ways to detect a gentlemen was the way they were dressed. However, in recent years the gentleman's uniform of well cut pressed suit, polished shoes, groomed hair and freshly shaven appearance have been abandoned. Men can no longer doff the hat to the ladies they see because...well men just don't wear hats anymore!

“It is ungentlemanly to even refer to oneself as one [a gentleman],” Fergus Henderson

The article describes a new breed of gentleman like restaurateur Fergus Henderson (as shown above) who wears everything from overals, classic suits to jeans. If the modern gentleman does still exist he is certainly much more difficult to pick out in a crowd!

If you want to be modern gentleman, the articles gave 10 pointers...I need to work on a couple...EJ will tell you I need to take note of point number 2!

How to be a (modern) gentleman

1. Some things don't change: say please and thank you and ask questions about other people rather than talk about yourself.

2. Be punctual. Tardiness does not make you look important, it turns you into an arrogant incompetent who thinks that his time is more important than other people's.

3. The modern gentleman cares about the planet. Be environmentally aware (but not obnoxious about it).

4. Open doors for people and stand up when they enter a room, but do this for men as well as women. The modern gentleman doesn't treat women like porcelain.

5. Be modest. Bragging is distinctly ungentlemanly.

6. Be a good father. Nothing is less charming than a man who leaves childcare to women.

7. Be honest about wherever you have come from in life. Pretension is spineless.

8. Flirt - with everyone. Good flirting is a form of politeness. Pay compliments and put your companion at ease.

9. Do not phone/text/check your BlackBerry incessantly.

10. Dress tidily. Whatever style you are going for, scruffiness just isn't in.

If all this interests you I certainly recommend a vist to The Chap

This one's for J

Ok, ok, so maybe Puma DO do some pretty nice trainers after all. I read about this new collaboration via the ever lovely Sneaker Freaker (I have to avoid reading too often as we already have a slightly ludicrous number of Adidas boxes in the flat housing half of my CD collection). Just to mix things up, it's a three way collaboration between Puma, trainer retailer Atmos and (here's where it gets weird) wildlife photographer Mitsuaki Iwago. Odd. Each is inspired by an endangered animal... seriously, I can't believe I'm writing this about a blinking trainer; this must be one of the oddest trainer collaborations and concepts that I've heard of in a while

They're, shall we say, variable in the style stakes. The one below, based on... well, a seal I guess, is my favourite. I love the blue base which is just see through enough to evoke the icy waters. I'm also a sucker for spots and dots of all kinds.

I quite like the penguin ones too, but can't quite work out what you'd wear them with to show them off. Short perhaps? The Ibis pair are pretty cool, but I suspect you wouldn't really be able to appreciate the delicate pattern when wearing them. Plus, I'm aware that some people just aren't that into pink. The Panda pair though? Meh. Just meh.

10 the most fashionable swimsuits of this season.

Women of all size and ages are fascinated by the thought of swimming, enjoying their summer in a swimsuit in waters. Swimsuits of varying designs, designers and styles are available in shops. Most young women take utmost care while shopping for their swimsuits. In a swimwear your body shape and curves are well shown. When you wear a correct fitting swimwear you will look slimmer even if you have extra pounds.... read the full article and see the gallery HERE

Sex and The City Premiere Night's Pink-Carpet Fashion

The most awaited movie as well as biggest fashion event made it's way to New York City as "Sex and the City" premiered last Tuesday at Radio City Music Hall. Cameras flashed and the four main stars of the movie posed in their gowns of silver, gold, and white shades while standing on the pink carpet.

Sarah Jessica Parker who wore a silvery Nina Ricci gown joined Cynthia Nixon (in Narciso Rodriguez), Kim Cattrall (in Vivienne Westwood), and Kristen Davis (in Donna Karan) in celebrating the big night.

Who's the best-dressed for the night?

Sarah Jessica Parker

Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis, and Cynthia Nixon

Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Forester, and Christian Siriano

Fergie, Candace Bushnell, and Ashley Olsen.

André Leon Talley and Anna Wintour, Michelle Williams, and Melania Trump

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More Peacock Pretties!

My peacock passion continues! In the form of! A $12 painted bangle!

($12, Lulu's)

180. Things to make my heart sing | Moustache

My dear readers, this is how you make me happy. You grow a freaking moustache. Thank you Thomas. Thank you!
(Oh, and sorry for blogging about one of your pictures before you got the chance to, but I'm excited!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

V53 IN YOUR DREAMS w/ Lily Donaldson, Jessica Stam and Doutzen Kroes

V Magazine's V53 editorial entitled In Your Dreams proves that no matter what's going on in the world, fashion somehow always swings back to the extremes.

The magazine features the maximalism trend that includes big hair, big money and big dresses. The photo shoot for the said editorial was done by Argentine photographer Sebastian Faena at Miami's Vizcaya (the palatial Coconut Grove villa built to look like a 16th-century Renaissance mansion). Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson, and Doutzen Kroes successfully produced a photo gallery that is pure, unadulterated, vibrant and glamorous.

The V53 Summer 2008 hit newsstands last May 15.



Those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it

I'm worrying obsessed by this photo of Jean-Paul Sartre... or, more precisely, with the glasses in this photo of Jean-Paul Sartre. Aren't they brilliant? Such round frames seem oddly quaint, yet so modern at the same time. I also love how they look like they've been cut out of paper.

If you share my love, I've found a good collection of round-framed glasses via the marvellously named Retro Specs. If only I could get over my vanity and convince myself to give up the contact lenses...
I would love to see more men wearing truly intelligent specs like these. The large geek classes have been around for some time and show no signs of becoming less popular (at the moment anyway) but these round specs exude intellectualism. In my mind there aren't too many men more intellectual than Sartre. I could certainly see The Sunday Best sporting these...

Monday, May 26, 2008

Havaianas' Big Bang Ad Campaign

To all beach bum and flip-flop lovers, your all time-favorite Havaianas slippers will be in 6 colors with a big bang this summer:

Red: "Learn how to color with your feet."
Green: "Your feet in heaven: semi-naked, surrounded with colors."
Purple: "Now you'll see a happier world, even when your head is hanging low."
Lime: "The hippies saw many colors too. The difference is now you don’t have to take anything."
Orange: "Introducing color therapy for your feet."
Blue: "Do you know what’s at the end of the rainbow? Your toes."