Park Chan-Wook for Ermenegildo Zegna’s Arose|Reborn

Zen what and Park Chan who?

Italian luxury fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna have teamed up with (one of my favourites) Korean director Park Chan-Wook (Old Boy, Lady Vengeance and Stoker) to launch their latest campaign, “Arose|Reborn”.

The campaign focuses on the new breed of leaders and will be rolled out in a series of four films that will be released during September and October.

The first episode, “You’re not wearing that” was released on 15 September with the two lead actors impeccably dressed and styled in Zegna Couture, obviously.

I’m excited to see the campaign in its entirety but more so, the outfits and Chan-Wook’s treatment of the brand.

Watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62XTIECjfrs&feature=youtu.be

Lyle & Scott with Present London for SS14

Lyle & Scott and Present London are both quintessentially British. With a long-standing friendship and 140 above the door, Present offered itself as the perfect opportunity for Lyle & Scott to commence its 140th Anniversary for 2014.

This exciting collaboration for SS14 is a seven piece British made collection featuring four jumpers and three polo shirts, all 100% cotton.

Bold British colours; blue, red and white were chosen for the range. The hero pieces in the range are two Argyle jumpers, a nod to Lyle & Scott’s Scottish heritage by Present Director Steve Davis with his take on the Classic Argyle.

Some of my favourite pieces are the jumpers and a classic white shirt.  Have a look at the range by visiting www.lyleandscott.com/present.

Jumper

Jumper

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White shirt

“Life is very shirt” – The Blue Collar|White Collar experience

I have a secret and it would take a competition for it to be outed. See, I’m not a shirt guy – I live in a t-shirt, however, I’m a sucker for a crisp white shirt. It’s really just a reflection of my personality – simple, versatile and classic like a Calvin Klein ad circa 1990’s… ha!

So having the task of getting out of my comfort zone, I found myself being drawn into the Blue Collar White Collar (BCWC) store in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The product of Cape Town duo, Paul van der Spuy and Adrian Heneke, who both have a rich history in local fashion, BCWC preaches life, passion and a shirt.

BCWCS Shopfront  Rosebank

BCWCS Shopfront Rosebank

The store:
Don’t expect a traditional menswear store, this store is a reflection of the brand and its personality. You walk in and you can see the distinction between their two product offerings, which is what I’ll get to in a minute.
However, it’s carefully and methodically arranged that it’s almost a marriage of the two – even the artwork lends itself to the lines. I loved the feel of the store; it’s boutique-like but without the presumption.

Top two pics are inspiration for the White Collar range. Bottom two pics inspired the Blue Collar range.

Top two pics are inspiration for the White Collar range. Bottom two pics inspired the Blue Collar range.

The lines:
You won’t find a Carducci here, no sir. The shirts are designed by the Adrian and Paul and produced in Cape Town.

Blue Collar Range and inspiration.

Blue Collar Range and inspiration.

Blue Collar is reflective of the “blue collar worker”; it’s more industrial, daring and relaxed. Here you’ll find the checks, gingham and florals. This is Paul’s personality I’m advised.

White Collar Range and inspiration

White Collar Range and inspiration

White collar is for the classic gentleman. Drawing from the preppy, golfer and Bond looks, this is where you’ll play if you want to make a serious impression in the boardroom and pretty much anywhere.

Adrian and BCWC packaging

Adrian and BCWC packaging

Competitive edge:
I was in luck because Adrian happened to be in the store. This charmer took me on the BCWC journey and you’ll be pleased to know that although they have 2 stores, the product has some exclusivity. As Adrian explains, he normally buys one roll of fabric from which approximately 25 shirts are made – yes, 25 only!
New stock is rolled out every fortnight to ensure that they stay on trend and that consumers always have something to look forward to.

Pricing:
Expect to pay anything from R600 to R1200.

Extras:
Sadly, not. Alteration services available but it could take up 7 weeks – not ideal for the hasty groom or the frequent traveler. This particular store also has limited accessories like ties and bow ties but the sell cufflinks, which is a bonus.

Verdict:
A non-assuming store with friendly and personal service that offers local, high-quality and stylish shirts for the man with a balanced lifestyle and budget.

Find them at:
Johannesburg – Shop GF08, The Zone at Rosebank Mall, Oxford Street, Rosebank.
T: +21 11 024 1380 | E: adrian@bluecollarwhitecollar.co.za
Saturdays at The Neighbourgoods Market – 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, 9am – 3pm

Cape Town – Shop G21, Lifestyles at Kloof, Kloof Street.
T: +27 21 426 1921 | E: anna@bluecollarwhitecollar.co.za
Saturdays at The Neighbourgoods Market (Old Biscuit Mill) – 347 Albert Road, Salt River, 9am – 2pm
Wah wah wah: http://www.bluecollarwhitecollar.co.za

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The how-to of beards

Right, I find a beard incredibly sexy on a man. There, I said it. Having said that, I just can’t see myself with a beard only because I’m pedantic and messy and too scared I’ll end up with food stuck in it (the shame of it all!) and the fact that I suffer from Alopecia which means, my beard grows in patches.

However if you are thinking of growing one whether you;re following the hipster trend or to score (yes,ladies love the beard), there are some brules ha! that should be followed:

1. Start with a clean face

2. Use a shaving oil – your skin will start to itch about 2 weeks in.

3. Find a shape that suits your face – have a look over here

4. Play around with it – trim it and shape it

5. Take care of it – use beard shampoo, put a comb to it. You’re going for the stylish look not  hobo-chic

Good luck!

One site that houses everything that you’ll love, one site that will rule your wallet… if you’re not too click-happy.

I was recently introduced to the latest online fashion store, Stylemology.com 
To me, it wasn’t just another online store, it actually evoked emotion ( apart from making me really, really warm on the inside over everything that I saw on the site) but it took me down memory lane to my days spent abroad, where I used to “ooh” and “aah” at the cutting edge fashion that Europe had to offer. Trust me, the fashion is that good.

The online store has its roots in South Africa and was formed by a group of local entrepreneurs.  Bent on bringing exclusive fashion items to the masses, the store  is also armed with an out-of-this-world e-commerce site that offers you a safe and sleek shopping experience.

The fashion
The store has a clearly defined mens and womens range that caters for the trend-conscientious and ever-evolving fashionista and fashinosto.

The store houses some never-seen-before haute couture for the street with concessionary brands like ElevenParis, Shutz and Revolution to Private Label Brands (and proudly South African) Apologies Aside (a funk odyssey), Sgt Pepper (hipster galore)  and Golden Lace Club (jaw-dropping shoes).

Around the world
Yes, global fashionistas, the store caters for you. Click, double-click and your parcel will be on your way even to Australia and Europe! How’s that for global takeover?

Have a look around the shop at www.stylemology.com, follow them on Twitter for the latest updates or have a look at their awesome Pinterest board.

These are my favorite looks that can be found in store now.

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Apologies Aside

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Apologies Aside

Sgt Pepper Bradford Shirt

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Sgt Pepper Abner Tee