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Menswear Item Of The Week The Peacock Feather

You don’t always need to buy a new coat to refresh your winter look. If budgets are a bit tighter, a well chosen accessory can update many items in your wardrobe. This affordable pin with a classic peacock feather would be perfect on a lapel or even on the side of a hat. Or both. A simple dandy feather adds a tasteful detail and peacock feathers or ‘Mor Pankh’ are believed to attract positive energy at home and bring financial success. Fingers crossed! Joe Browns – Luxury Peacock Feather Pin – £9

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Menswear OOTD The Granny Bag

I got these Barbie-pink trousers from H&M’s Studio Collection and I was itching for the right time to debut. I took a walk amongst the sunflowers – I often get mistaken for Van Gogh because of the red hair and beard – and decide to dress them up for an early autumn night out. A berry-coloured sheer shirt and contrasting scarf was paired with a summer trench. A mock-croc vintage granny picked up on Ebay for a tenner completes the look. Is it your bag?! The Chic Geek Credits – Trenchcoat – Vintage Aquascutum, Sheer Shirt – ASOS, Thin Scarf – Ebay, Pink Trousers – H&M Studio Collection, Trainers – OluKai, Granny Bag – Ebay.

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Fine Jewellery from talented minds

Taylor & Hart and Hermione de Paula announce a serendipitous union that merges the realms of fine jewellery and couture wedding gowns, set to debut in October 2023. Aligned in their unwavering commitment to quality and meticulous craftsmanship, Taylor & Hart, renowned for crafting love stories into bespoke rings, and Hermione de Paula, a couture virtuoso, have joined forces to create a collection of intricate jewellery designs. These designs draw inspiration from the captivating, organic shapes and motifs found in the natural world. Both brands share a profound dedication to crafting bespoke treasures that narrate the unique stories of their clients. Taylor & Hart x Hermione de Paula: A Fine Jewellery Collaboration Rooted in the extraordinary tales of love and the bespoke...

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Menswear Item of The Week The Gold Horse Granny Bag

Swaine – Special Edition Margot Gold Equestrian Embroidery – £7500 Thanks to Harry Styles and the like we are all carrying granny bags. When two of your favourite made-in-UK brands, producing the finest handmade products, come together it’s hard not to stand back and simply admire. This bag from Swaine, with embroidery from one of my favourites, Hand & Lock, is a contemporary masterpiece and a nice reminder you can still find modern luxury goods made to the highest quality. (Albeit at a price!) A one-off, it has been crafted under Swaine’s newish store on New Bond Street from the finest leather with an ostrich skin handle. Swaine’s beautiful equestrian logo has been intricately embroidered using Hand & Lock’s 2% gold bullion wire embroidery. This...

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Exhibition: The Chic Geek Visits Museum of London Docklands’ Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners Shaped Global Style

While the City of London location is closed, the Museum of London Docklands has opened a new fashion exhibition looking at the valuable Jewish contribution in making London the world’s most fashionable city. From East End tailors to the couture salons of the West End, Fashion City tells the stories of Jewish makers who became leaders in their industries, created some of the most recognisable looks of the 20th century, founded retail chains still on the high street today, and dressed the rich and famous- from David Bowie and Princess Diana to Mick Jagger and Muhammad Ali. The exhibition is a story of two halves, cleverly connected by the 1900 Central Line. The beginning is more austere and based in the deprived East End. It’s a look at the immigrant beginnings and the transferable...

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The Chic Geek Comment What the 1978 Christie’s Chanel auction tells us about the changing attitudes in collecting vintage fashion

The final look in the V&A museum’s new Chanel exhibition features a very austere and catholic looking black buttoned dress with white dog collar. It was the star item – featuring on the cover of the catalogue – at the 1978 sale at Christie’s of Coco Chanel’s possessions. It was bought by the V&A museum at the ‘Sale of the Personal Collection of Chanel’ to add to its extensive fashion collection.  While I don’t know how much the museum paid for it, I am certain it wouldn’t be able to buy it today. Fashion wasn’t looked at the same then. It was something that came and went and wearing second clothes had more of a stigma than sartorial statement. It had a value, but it was a niche market to fill a gap in a museum collection. Many brands didn’t have archives...

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Exhibition: The Chic Geek Visits the V&A Museum’s Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

Don’t go for the clothes – they are pretty, but a reminder that Chanel doesn’t have any definitive iconic items like say a YSL Mondrian dress or a Le Smoking – go for the birth and foundation of a megabrand. The exhibition encapsulates the power and commercial importance of perfume and something everybody from a queen – there’s a letter from Queen Elizabeth II thanking for a gifted bottle of No.5 – downwards can buy. One of the most interesting takeaways is the revelation that the Chanel No.5 bottle was based on the Place Vendôme in Paris. The Wertheimer family, who still own Chanel, were Coco’s original perfume partners and helped her relaunch couture in the 1950s and the subsequent brand we know today. They understood the importance of clothes and fashion...

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Frans Hals Menswear Inspiration

This fine looking gent is Jasper Schade. He features in the new Frans Hals exhibition at The National Gallery. The exhibition is not just a reminder of what a skilled portrait artist Frans Hals was, but also how obsessed we are with our own images and the ways we are portrayed way before the advent of social media. The National Gallery’s blurb states that Schade was extremely concerned with looking fashionable. They know from contemporary sources that he had a reputation for spending excessive amounts on his clothes. Here his taffeta jacket is giving pure Simone Rocha or JW Anderson. Looking remarkably fresh for 1645, Schade shows how men can play with shine in clothes and also the freshness of adding white or translucent pearls for stylish balance.

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Sabato De SELL, SELL, SELL Sarno (Gucci)

Love it or hate it, there was no denying that Gucci had a ‘look’ under Alessandro Michele. When Kering bravely decided he was for the chop before sales slid too much, stepping into his snaffle loafers was an unknown, Sabato De Sarno. Eight months later and we got our first glimpse of the Italian mega brand’s new direction. What Gucci does is hugely influential. Too often, after a period of strong growth and design momentum, a creative director comes in and does a complete 180 degree switch as though to say everything before it wasn’t right. Tisci did this at Burberry. De Sarno has done the right thing, he’s cleaned it up and made it feel cool but kept all the much loved Gucci tropes running through it. Even some of Michele’s later sparkle. Titled ‘Ancora’ – it can mean...

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Menswear Item Of The Week The Cancelled Tee

What would Orwell wear? What a week to be cancelled. TBF, the list is never ending, so this T-shirt with its Diptyque-like typography won’t date anytime soon. Designer, Christopher Shannon’s tongue-in-cheek look – parody & Diptyque – at the pile-ons of social media and cancel culture. He has more alternatives on his website such as ‘Deluded’ or ‘Self-obsessed’. Christopher Shannon – Parodique Cancelled T-Shirt – £40

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