Archive for March, 2012

March 29, 2012

Accessorize your accessories: Hats & Shoes for Boyz

by laurenlux

It’s all about accessories. Hats & Shoes are two elements of fashion that can make you stand out from the crowd while still wearing fairly minimalistic clothing. I think I just made up a word, but I like it. My made-up term derives from minimalism which, in fashion terms happens when simple combines with luxury to create an elegant, pared-down chic effect. This particular type of style is very much in line with how I dress – simple, but still edgy, by exposing the essence of clothing through the elimination of non-essential forms. I often wear very plain pieces, but crazy shoes/hats/coats. Everyone that knows me knows about my sick obsession with shoes. Minimum height – 5 inches. So, see below a compilation of shoes & hats, men’s edition. Ladies, you’re next.

While you’re listening, let’s talk music. Coming up on April 14th  is a very exciting and exclusive DJ event that I will be helping out with as a photographer. My dear friend, Mike Wilson, AKA Electro/House Music DJ Mikey Wilson will be releasing his next mixtape at the trendy Coquine in South Kensington. Beats will be going until 4am with some irresistible talent alongside Mike turning the tables. Themed black, white, and red, this party is something you don’t want to miss.

Tickets are £9 and selling fast. Get yours here http://loversmixtapereleaseparty.eventbrite.co.uk/. Stay tuned for some more on DJ Mike’s background, and samples of his music.

Rag to the Bone.. Suede & Leather Lace-ups

Opening Ceremony Desert Boots

Brilliant B-Store Derby Shoes in Mustard

Get brown and dirty with Quoddy Leather Chukka Boots

Every man needs a brown loafer. These are a good place to start.

All black everything

Suede & Leather, nothing better (Folk Armstrong Boot)

Opening Ceremony Desert Boot in brrrrrown

These are good for when you’re beachin’ it

HATS! From left to right: 1) Paul Smith Straw Hat 2) Commes des Garcons Stripe Hat 3) Paul Smith Blue Straw Hat 4) Commes des Garcons Check Hat 5) Lock & Co Hatters Tribly Hat

I LOVE BEANIES IN THE SUMMER! From L to R: 1) CHUCS Ribbed Cashmere Hat 2) Issey Miyake Beanie 3) M by MJ Beanie in Red 4) M by MJ Beanie in Blue

March 22, 2012

New Kids On the Street (Block)

by laurenlux

Ever noticed that London style is so old school? Everything reminds me of the 70’s/80’s/90’s… kinda like New Kids On the Block. Don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten that legend of a boy band. Neons, cray-cray printed jumpers, boxy hair styles, Football (American) jackets, skinny jeans, jean jackets, double denim love love love. HOWEVER, my recent goal has been to make my posts as relatable as possible. Although they say Londoners dress to be seen, and it is quite entertaining seeing just how far they go to be photographed, I’ve decided to focus on people we actually WANT to dress like + a little bit of quirk. So here ya go:

Blue & Skinny Khakis.. you can never go wrong with this combination

I have a plaid jacket just like that. Yes, I buy men’s clothing for myself. #trending

Italiano? CI! Love the runners. There’s that NKOTB hairstyle I was referring to.

Brother love. Keds love.

Blinded by the light. But wicked studded shoes. Minor quirk.

Double collar & Dessert boots

Leather sleeves? Questionable, but kinda cool.

Football (American) jacket

Red pantaloons (sp?)

Andddd that’s a wrap. For now. God I love skinny ties.

Photocreds? Me. Where/when? London Fashion Week, and obviously Brick Lane, Duh.

March 20, 2012

M-M-M-Mint

by laurenlux

In spirit of St. Patricks, let’s talk green. Firstly, I’d like to say I had quite an eventful weekend celebrating St. Patty’s in Dublin. Two words to describe it: pure carnage. There were about 15-20 Canadians dressed in ridiculous green outfits from head to toe which was a fashion disaster to say the least. But when it comes to celebrating holidays, who cares!

Now, onto what’s trending: Spring greens. I have fallen madly in love with sea-foam/mint green. This has got to be one of my favourite colours for Spring/Summer 12. My most recent seafoam green purchase was The Kooples Flowing Crepe Shirt, featured below, and key sea-foam green pieces, and looks that they go with. Oh, and how can I forget, ST PATTY’S DAY PICS!

The edgy-chic look

From left to right: 1. Helmut Lang Leather Trim Blazer 2. Asos Cage Ring 3. Kooples Mint Flowing Shirt 4. Asos Hammered Double Cuffs 5. Rag & Bone Lace-up Sandals 6. Alexander Wang Pale Gold Rocco Bag 6. Faith Connecion Lace-up Leather Pant

How to layer pastels… and spice them up with Neon!

From left to right: 1. Wilfred Casbah Pant 2. Chloe Wedge 3. Wilfred Tigris Blouse 4. Madewell Denim Shirt 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Neon Yellow Bag 6. Theyskens’ Theory White Tank

Talk about romance!

From left to right: 1. Jonathan Saunders Mint Waffle Knit Sweater 2. Acne Leather Skirt 3. Acne Audrey Silk and Suede Shoes

From left to right: 1. Acne Shining Crepe Shirt 2. Acne Prop Cropped Straight Leg Jeans 3. Chloe Peep-toe Wedge

Flatmates in Dublin

Pubs galore

March 15, 2012

Spring Cleaning (essentials) for Men

by laurenlux

It’s that time again… SPRING is in the air, and not only in London this time, but Toronto too! Do you know what that means? All you men need to sock away your puffy Canada Goose jackets, kick off your Timberland boots, and make room for some color and lightweight pieces! What to expect this Spring? Even brighter neon hues, stripes, mixing of formal and informal wear, and layers. Although wearing too many trends can be a bit much, there are ways to tastefully work one at a time without foregoing the entire look. Lets start with these for now:

A wee bit of color-blocking with the Folk Paneled Cotton T-shirt

Man in Red: Acne Ribbed Cotton Shirt

J.Crew Electric Blue Cashmere Jumper

This Nudie Pique Sweatshirt is an essential neutral for any man’s closet

Ahoy! Black Fleece Striped Cotton Shirt

Lovely blue Folk Tom Cotton Shorts 

These scream Spring. Folk Slim Fit Cotton & Linen Trousers

This John Smedley yellow is not mellow.

I can’t seem to get enough Folk today. LOVE these buttons. Such a creative embellishment.. and Japanese Cotton? You can’t go wrong.

A little bit of patchwork can never hurt with the Maison Martin Margiela Denim Detail Shirt

I was recently introduced to Edwin by a close friend – pretty reasonably priced tapered jeans

Ami Woven Leather Belt – can be easily dressed up or down

Sport this with Luminox 3000 Series Watch with class

Too Kewl: Gucci Contrast Sole Shoe

March 9, 2012

Rag & Bone: Womenswear Edition

by laurenlux

Words cannot describe my love for Rag & Bone womenswear. Despite its high price point, it always manages to make its way into my closet. My secret you ask? Okay, fine. I’ll give it away. I only shop Rag & Bone off of www.theoutnet.com, which is Net-A-Porter‘s discount website.  This is likely the most resourceful website when it comes to designer sales. They have offices in New York and the UK so shipping is never expensive, and they offer free returns. WIN WIN WIN. Minus my bank account.

These Surf Knit Leggings are new to R&B and have literally sold out everywhere. I am dying for a pair of these. HELP.

Hanneli Mustaparta in the lovely Jodhpur Plum legging jeans

I own these. I love these. This is how they make me feel. Get them here. QUICK! While they’re still on sale!

Introducing, the Hart collection. Dont. Miss. Out.

Another pair I would do anything for. Goetz Print Legging. Pastel perfect.

Silver Tuxedo Blazer. Hello.

Last but not least, the Newport Wedge.

March 7, 2012

Rag & Bone: Menswear Edition

by laurenlux

I have always loved Rag-and-Bone for it’s minimal yet individualistic style. This classic American brand deserves a big kudos for it’s craftsmanship, quality of materials, and fashion forward design. The typical Rag-and-Bone man is rooted deep in England’s past and has an appreciation for folksy heritage which always lies at the center of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s collections. This Spring brings Rag-and-Bone exciting electric yellow, blues, seafoam green, and geometric prints both seen in the menswear and womenswear collections.

Northside Duffle Coat

3/4 Placket Shirt (these are the Seafoam greens I was referring to)

Electric teal tank top

Nothing says it better than stripes with the Murrary Crew Sweater

Reasonably skinny Indigo Salvage jeans for those of you men wishing to take a risk

Splurge on a versatile pair of Hampton Desert Boots (pair with any and all of the above)

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