Designer, Movies

Movie Moments: The Designer Connection Part II

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This week’s movie is not exactly a collaboration, but the result of a fashion designer’s foray into film direction. Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, was a self funded labour of love, and is a thing of stunning beauty. It tells the story of an English professor, George Falconer (Colin Firth in an Oscar nominated performance), living in 1960’s Los Angeles, and struggling with the loss of his lover some months prior. The film follows him over the course of a day, the day on which he has decided he will end his life.

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Falconer is by nature a fastidious man, rendered clear in his preparations. As he dresses for the day, Ford’s own obsession for detail is evident- he had the professor’s Savile Row suit ‘aged’ to suggest a man who, albeit not affluent, cares about quality. The dresser, his clothes, his desk are laid out just so, the colour palette restricted. The achingly stylish scenes have been likened to fashion ads. I see more than fashionable exactitude- the beautiful scenes become highly emotive if seen through the professor’s eyes, that is, for one final time. Falconer goes through his day believing it will be his last, but his very resolution allows him to finally connect to his surroundings and the people he encounters in a way he has not been able to do since his great loss. It is a journey of desire and despair, isolation and deep longing, of great love. Can you tell how much I LIKE this film??

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Tom Ford’s aesthetic is present throughout, in the flawless elegance of every shot and in the polished restraint of the acting (the performances by a ridiculously good looking cast are impeccable).

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It is present in the beautiful sets- they searched for months for the right house until coming across the Schaffer House by architect John Lautner, a mid century dream.

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And finally, as expected, Ford’s stylistic influence is most definitely present in the costumes. It might have been the amazing team behind TV series Mad Men that carried the costume and design departments, but Ford’s calculated hand is ever present, in every detail, down to the last pink cigarette.

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Men, Shopping, Stylist Tales

1 Outfit, 3 Awesome Looks

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I do love a good shirt. Luckily there are a lot of different styles around for Spring / Summer, and lots of prints too if you dare. As you can see in this look that I sourced for a client, the shirt is definitely the hero of this great semi-casual Spring outfit.

1. Worn unbuttoned and untucked for an easy and casual overshirt look.
2. Worn buttoned up with rolled sleeve for a neater but still casual look.
3. Worn tucked in with a nice belt for a more dressed up look.

Needless to say, this shirt was one of my client’s favourite pieces in the end…Excellent tailored cut, cotton linen fabric in tiny polka dot and sweet little pocket square detail made it a great buy and a pleasure to wear.

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Outfit consists of Scotch and Soda polka dot shirt, Light Comma Shadow patterned t-shirt, Maians Julian Shoes in Marengo, Carhart Sid Pants in Canyon.

The rest of the outfit needs a little credit too. Even though this look is a quite bold with the rust coloured chinos, a navy, olive or beige pant would work just as well and be more subdued. Black jeans would even work! And the shoes could change depending on the occasion of course.

Hope you like this outfit as much as my client did! I think it’s fun and relaxed, but still stylish. Really, that should be the aim of all outfits I think!

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Accessories, Men

Don’t Fight The Blues Part II

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Last week I put together a “mood-board of manly casualness in many blue hues” for you. It was a homage to everything blue and manly for looking awesome on the weekend and during leisure time (do people still have leisure time?). This week I’m focusing on a dressier approach. We all gotta dress up sometime, right? And I do love a dapper gent.

So a question that I get asked ALL THE TIME is “what is smart casual?”. It’s the new dress code of choice for anything from a birthday lunch to a wedding, so it can cover quite a lot of ground when it comes to styles. Definitely a topic I need to devote more time to later but for now, pretty much anything in this week’s mood board fits the bill for guys. Blue is a great colour for smart casual attire like an unstructured blazer, slim pant or even a casual suit because black can be too ‘black tie’, brown is a little too ‘vintage’ and grey is a little too ‘business’. In any case, nothing says ‘smart’ better than a perfect ink navy.
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Men, Sweatshirts

Sweatshirt Guide For The New Millenium

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Remember the days when sweatshirts used to be baggy, saggy and daggy? The sleeves and body were miles too big; the cuffs and hem would pucker from being so ill-fitting; and said sweatshirt would almost certainly have a hideous sporting brand across the front (and possibly stains). Well guys, those days are officially over…just quietly, they were kinda over in the 90’s.

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