Primark sets up shop in Selfridges

I know. WAH!? But, listen. This is a GOOD thing. I’m rather excited. Why? because when Primark get it right, they get it right and I love a bargain (don’t you). BUT, as is probably the same with the majority of the sane British public, I don’t like their stores. 
They’re messy, sweaty, filled with nasty people and generally rather depressing. I understand that it is this cutting corners and cutting costs that makes the fashion so cheap BUT still, WWMPD (What would Mary Portas do?)
So. I think this is a rather exciting prospect for the King of low-end to shack up with the King of High End. Plus, can’t wait to get my hands on these rather sexy items!

Primark Menswear Edit. Coming soon to Selfridges Manchester Trafford.

James Long, British Fashion Awards’ Emerging Menswear Designer of the Year?

The nominations for the British Fashion Awards are out. As you’ll probably know. But do you know James Long? Nor do I, but I’d like to.

Mr Long has been nominated for Emerging Talent Award – Menswear, and his AW11 collection speaks for itself. 
Muted hues make for a typical menswear range, the kind you see in Debenhams and Burton BUT, Long’s playful approach to texture is where grey knits and scarves get a kick up the arse.
I’m quite the fan of a chunky knit, but being a ‘rake with a lollipop head’ (my mother actually said that to me) I can’t pull off the kinds of knits draped over these gent’s shoulders. Sigh.
However, this barely-there knit, as featured in Dazed, might do?
Good Luck James.

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Harvey Nichols Autumn/Winter (A/W’11) Catwalk Show

It’s that time of year again. Just as London Fashion Week kicks off, Manchester punches first. Harvey Nichols hosted its biannual fashion catwalk show to launch the upcoming commercial season. This time the shindig was held at the Victorian-Gothic Manchester City Hall at Albert’s Square. 
The cars? Oh yeah. Landrover sponsored the do.
The building, eliminated in pink, looked fabulous, as did the event attendees who flocked for not one but TWO shows this year as past shows have always been sold-out and full to capacity. Let the fashion commence. Whilst the ladies wear offer was amazing I was (as usual) very interested in the menswear! The Harvey Nichols styling team did a fantastic job and the attention to detail was inspired, (I know I always say that, but it is true).

Pictures? First off, ‘Canadian Commando’ – a take on last year’s Scandinavian obsession. Layer last year’s Reindeer knits with this year’s lumberjack shirts.

The models get ready….
The model walks.
Paul Smith Hat – £180.00
Nudie Jeans Denim Jacket – £155
Markus Lupfer Tee – £110
J.Lindeberg Shirt – £115
Polo Ralph Lauren Scarves – £70
Redwing Shoes – £159
‘Football Fashion’…. I wasn’t so convinced (not least because I don’t remember seeing football players in boxing gloves). HOWEVER, if we’re allowed to wear boxing gloves with vests now, I am totally willing to give it a try.

Dolce & Gabbana Vest – £125
Dolce and Gabbana Gym Pants – £275
D&G Rucksack – £340
 Dolce & Gabbana – £180
Prada Shades – £184
G-Shock Watch – £110
Can’t do hats. Can do leather, ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy‘ is a reincarnation of last year’s Rock look. Save the glitter Tees and add a new leather number (as a treat)

Paul Smith Hat – £130
Markus Lupfer Jumper – £280
Dsquared2 Jeans – £380
Galliano Jacket – £965

 Now. for more fashion than you can handle, watch this video (courtesy of Tunafish Media) of the night. ALSO, watch out for my cameo speaking about the evening. 😀

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Fashion Rambler meet Heidi Gosman

After a delay of volcanic proportions Heidi Gosman of Heidi Klein touched down at Manchester’s Harvey Nichols to chat to me about her latest venture. Menswear.
The London shopkeeper boasts two swim and holiday-wear boutiques in Westbourne Grove and Chelsea. After a significant impact online with both their own buy label other brands stocked Gosman and her business partner at going global. Stores are planned for Miami, New York and Montenegro whilst pop-ups are being tested in Manchester’s Harvey Nichols ahead of possible national expansion.
Another feather in Gosman’s cap will soon be that of menswear designer, adding menswear to the online store.
I had to test her skills out…
Fashion Rambler: Speedos, Boxer Briefs or Shorts?
Heidi Gosman: Never Speedos! It’s the shorts. I think men need more choice, as I think menswear is where womenswear was ten years ago and men are becoming more savvy and going on holiday more.
FR: European influence I think, Italian men get swimwear.
HG: Yes! The women on the continent change bikinis all day!
FR: Flip-flops or sandals?
HG: Flip-flops, but nice ones. You can get nice sandals sometimes but flip-flops are great.]

FR: Foot care for men?
HG: They have to do it. I was in St. Tropez last week and this really nice looking young boy was just getting off one of the yachts. He walked past and his feet were…. well, the illusion had just gone!
FR: Parasol or Windbreaker?
Sorry?
FR: Parasol of Windbreaker?
I think a windbreaker can look quite nice and retro… with a deckchair (we use them a lot in our windows)
FR: Quite Victorian… Beer or Cocktail?
HG: Cocktail.
And she was doing so well.

My favourite picks for the current offer?

 Vilerequin Shorts £110.00, buy here

Vilebrequin Vintage Shorts, £80.00, buy here

You can see the full interview with Heidi here.

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Oh, MrPorter.com


I’m sure you’ve heard. Mr Porter, the sister site (or, rather daddy site) to Net-A-Porter has launched to give gentleman a fashion destination for luxury designer wear. After My-Wardrobe launched their menswear site, alongside womenswear on my-wardrobe.com, AGES ago it was only a matter of time before Net did the same. 

One interesting distinction between Porter and My-Wardrobe is that Mr Porter resides on a totally different site to the ladieswear division and thus sets itself up as a standalone entity. Probably a good idea since the average heterosexual gentleman (yes, generalisations are go) likes to have this fashion served without a splash of femme.

So, what is Mr Porter like? Fashion Rambler went for a click. 

Firstly: it’s smart. clean, not overtly fashiony and more of a hub of gently etiquette/style than a high-end etailer. In a sentence – This site won’t scare (rich, professional) blokes off.

Speaking of the site not being in-yo-face-fashion, the site includes many other reasons to browse (oh no, not lady-style browsing like ladies but rather a manly browse *grunts*). 

The Journal and Style Directory acts how the Blog does for ASOS and Get Inspiration does for My-Wardrobe. Men will be inadvertently be browsing (yes, like ladies) on Mr Porter for hours reading about how they can get Jonny Depp’s style on Style Icons or how he might bed Ms Lara Stone on How To Please Her. This Menswear etailer isn’t doing anything different to its womenswear counterpart, it is just making its male clientele comfortable in their exceedingly camp undoubtedly lady-like fashion buying slippers. I bloody love it.

Coming soon, my favourite pieces from Mr Porter’s closet.

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My Stitch Menswear Finds: Le Coq Sportif

The last of my Stitch Menswear trade show blog posts ends on a colourful high.
Remember Le Coq Sportif? Of course you do, the brand that you used to wear to P.E. Class when you’d forgotten (accidentally on purpose) your kit. 
I spotted the stand at Stitch, it wasn’t hard to as it consisted of a customised VW Camper, and was glad to see it back on the market. The offer for S/S’11 is simple, comfortable and chic. Sportwear goes Luxe (and a little colourful too). Lots of fleece, jersey and nylon which both evokes a typically sportswear feel whilst retaining an ethos of reserved cool.
Anyone up for a spot of Tennis?
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ShortList MODE Magazine

Have you seen the new Menswear magazine? Like Shortlist only more Stylist…. 

MODE is the new bi-annual glossy menswear mag distributed throughout London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham for free with Wednesday papers and Stylist Magazine! 
I am very impressed with the styling. American Gigolo, micro-shorts and 70s sweat. This is hot stuff. David Gandy is the cover model (D&G Light Blue anyone?) and the booklet oozes sex appeal.

Congrats to ShortList Fashion Editor, Adrian Clark, who has headed up the latest arm of ShortList Media.
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T.M. Lewin Manchester Spinningfields store launch

T.M.Lewin opened their 99th UK store in Manchester’s business quarter last week and I got the chance to pop by for a glass of bubbly and a shirt! More on that later, firstly a tour. For a small store the stock on offer is fantastic. Shirts line every wall with suiting taking up the far corner and ladieswear the entrance. The store reminded me of Harry Potter, you know where Potter goes to buy a wand and their all stacked up around the store. Like a treasure trove of Cotton and Cuff-link excellence.
 
I’m a bit of a fan of the tie. I love how ridiculous they are, so unnecessary and pompous. I love how they have rules and regulations, their the metaphor of menswear in general. A strict rule making regime that needs careful consideration and time. Still, these ties are those proper suit ties and their so wide at the bottom I look like a clown when I where them. I’ll stick to the skinny ones methinks.
Got this great video on the T.M.Lewin community site, a site all about workwear and how to wear it. Pretty nifty.

Two lovely staff members who wanted a snap!

 Well done T.M.Lewin, welcome to Spinningfields.

TM Lewin and Sons Ltd.

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