imageThis Autumn there isn’t really a key coat or jacket that stands out as a leading figure or star buy, instead we have a whole host of options to choose from, whether that be the traditional crombie style overcoat, the Parka, the trench, military inspired but alot of them are great for the depths of Winter. What about when its get a bit chilly or there starts to be a nip in the air ? In the Fashion Industry this is called a transitional piece, an item of clothing that can see you through those inbetween periods when the weather isn’t too hot, chance would a fair thing, or too cold. Today I have a great example for you the BOMBER JACKET, rocked and made famous by the likes of Steve McQueen in the Great Escape, JFK busted his with far more style then then successor George W and how could we forget Ryan Gosling in the great ‘Drive’. Take a look at these great examples.

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You can’t go wrong with this example of a classic Jacket by Next

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A great example of a bomber jacket that’ll see you through the coolest of Autumn days from Tommy Hilfiger at House of Fraser

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A Classic British Jacket from a classic British Brand, Burberry Brit

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I know Im not meant to have favourites but this is a killer of a jacket from Jigsaw Menswear

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The original and still the best, the MA-1 from Alpha Industries,  plus comes in a whole host of colours

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To to finish off a brilliant interpretation of the Bomber Jacker from Kenzo, you can’t go wrongly

imageWhen you think of the great U S of A  you can’t help but think of denim, to be quite honest the two are pretty much synonymous with one another and think of an American Fashion designer famous for his denim, surely Tommy Hilfiger, must spring to the forefront of your mind.

Now come April 17th, the brand are launching an exclusive collection named ‘True To The Blue’ – a celebration of the denim heritage of the brand. The collection, which features styles for both men and women, pays homage to pieces from Tommy’s early ranges which were sold in his first store People’s Place (see image) back in the early 70s, as well as drawing inspiration from key denim moments throughout the brand’s history.

imageAs part of this initiative the brand are also asking people to share a throwback images of a favourite denim looks they’ve worn on their social media feed(#throwbackdenim #HilfigerDenim). All posts will be aggregated and entered into a competition, and the fan who submits the best #ThrowbackDenim image will win an all-expenses paid trip for two to California. The contest will run from April 17 to May 9.

 TRUE TO THE BLUE KEY PIECES

 

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Next Friday, yes thats right, Friday 13th, its Christmas Jumper day where by you paying £1 for the “privilege” you can wear a Christmas jumper of your very own choice. Now to assist you in making the right selection and ensuring your participation in partaking in this worthwhile cause, we’ve done the detective work so you don’t have to. Just so you know Christmas Jumpers are big business these days with many retailers recording sales in record numbers with, many styles ALREADY sold out ! Take a little look at the below gallery which should have something for everyone’s taste, maybe.

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I’ve gone with this to kick us off, from the highly questionable, but a lot of fun, funkychristmasjumpers.co.uk. Yes you can wear matching Christmas jumpers, if you so wish. This unbelievably successful website, stocks both his and hers, so come the big day you can be totally co-ordinating !!!!

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We’ve turned the dial round a bit and toned it down with this knit from Superdry available from House of Fraser. A Fairisle jumper isn’t just for Christmas and you won’t feel out of place wearing it at any point during the year.

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Whether your spending the Yuletide in Aspen or Ardwick, this Ralph Lauren Seasonal knit will have you looking your best, whether your on the slopes or slopping off for a little cat nap to escape the eating, drinking and making merry.

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This fine piece of festive knitwear must surely win the prize of most Christmassay of Christmas Jumpers ! And the winning brand is………. (drum roll please). None other then blinking New Look, for the love of old St Nick.

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Another tasteful lil number and from another American stylish Powerhouse, this time Tommy Hilfiger but exclusively for a very British Retailer in John Lewis.

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Keeping in the vein of tasteful is this example from Banana Republic, which strikes the perfect balance of Festive without being OTT and ensures this knit won’t be languishing in the back of your wardrobe for another 364 more days.

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 21.45.57Right so lets turn that dial up to 10 on the Christmas Richter Scale. You’ll get the point with this Holly Jumper from River Island so make sure your not being prickly come the season to be jolly.

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Some might say I’m finishing on a bit of a Turkey, but hell not me !  This Turkey of a jumper, in the best possible way, by Joules, needs no trimmings.

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Love em or Loathe em you can’t escape Boat Shoes this season, no matter if a shop or brand remotely dabbles in footwear they will carry a boat shoe in some way, shape or form. Now to save you stress of having to scour the high street looking for a pair you might like, we at Clothes-Make-the-Man as always have saved you the hassle and selected six of the best from the traditional to something a little different –

 

Saint Laurent @ Harrods.com

Saint Laurent @ Harrods.com

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Swims @ MrPorter.com

Romain Kremer for Camper

Romain Kremer for Camper

Sebago Dockside @ OiPoloi.com

Sebago Dockside @ OiPoloi.com

Ted Baker @ House of Fraser

Ted Baker @ House of Fraser

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

 

The "Surf Shack" range by Tommy Hilfiger

The “Surf Shack” range by Tommy Hilfiger

American surf culture was born in the 1960s,  the band the Beach Boys’ were hitting the Billboard charts singing of  “Surfin’ USA” , ahhh life was simple, fun, carefree. Rooted in California, the surf movement was more than a trend; it offered a new approach to sport, language, music and fashion – much of which remains true today.

For Summer 13 Tommy Hilfiger has taken inspiration for his limited edition “Surf Shack” range from the warm waters of Malibu, Australia’s Gold Coast ohhh and the more chilly Atlantic swells in Biarritz. It’s sunset drinks on the beach lit by  late-night beach bonfires and après- surf clambakes while the waves lap up at your feet. Surf Shack is about vivid living. It takes the surfers’ carefree charms and attitudes – deep tans, bright colors, boho attitudes – and adds a dash of preppy flair.

In support of Tommy Hilfiger’s ongoing partnership with the Art Production Fund (a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects), the limited- edition collection is complemented by a series of unique surfboards, custom- designed by five American artists – Lola Schnabel, Richard Phillips, Scott Campbell, Gary Simmons and Raymond Pettibon – to create unique, custom- designed surfboards to complement the Surf Shack capsule collection. From pop-culture portraits to mystical abstracts and chalk-on-slate paintings, the artists have each applied their innovative, individual creative visions to the boards, which a limited number of the surfboards will be available for purchase at select Tommy Hilfiger stores worldwide, via tommy.com/artofsurf 

The Richard Phillips designed board

The Richard Phillips designed board

 

The Scott Campbell designed Board

The Scott Campbell designed Board

 

The Raymond Pettibon designed board

The Raymond Pettibon designed board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As stores start to get in their new Spring 2013 ranges and as the weathermen start to inform us of blizzards and freezing conditions. I thought I’d try and lighten the mood and give us something to look forward to. In the last couple of months of 2012, I was lucky enough to have a preview of countless apparel’s brands Spring /Summer collections for this forthcoming season from high end designer to high street brands. So I thought I’d give you a sneak preview, but keep it to yourself 😉 ENJOY.

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Channeling a little warmer weather Tommy Hilfiger had some of the best swimwear around this season.

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The Brilliant Sunglasses range Sunday Somewhere, well worth keeping your eyes peeled for, gettit !

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Looking sharp and expect the unexpected from Peter Werth, over the next couple of seasons.

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Look like a living work of art with casual wear brand FLY 53

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We’ll definitely be seeing more of Tourne de Transmission, well certainly on here anyway.

 

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Have to be honest, I L O V E love Hancock and they have a great back story. I know let’s do a post on them !

 

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I can honestly say Camouflage HAS to be one of the biggest menswear trends for Spring 13 and this shirt from Addict is a great way of saying it. I have an idea this isn’t the last we’ll see of camo pieces.

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I had to include this one, even though its more of a girls story, but if your stuck for a gift idea for the lady in your life these Eley Kishimoto X Clarks shoes will absolutely stunned.

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This was one of my favourite jackets from the Press days and great for that unpredictable summer weather, well done Banana Republic.

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Maybe its because of my love for Hitchcock but these sock from Thomas Pink are a much have for Spring.

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Sir Paul Smith never fails when it comes to adding a spot of colour to our life and always manages to keep it looking masculine.

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The day I saw this top with matching shorts from 55DSL, the weather was particularly fowl and left me longing warm barmy climbs.

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Dr Martens are continuing to prove that they are going from strength to strength in the shoe department.

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Smarten your act up over the summer with the simple deconstructed blazer by Boden.

 

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Clarks have come up with this great footwear range based on its founder Nathan Clark, which has bags of potential to be expanded, in my humble opinion

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These great boat shoes with a twist were a real pleasure surprise from Romain Kremer X Camper shoes

 

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Told you we’d see more camo and this time it’s a collaboration by Passarella Death Squad X Boxfresh

 

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OK granted not the most exciting of pieces but I guarantee Lacoste will have more planned to celebrate their 80th Anniversary !

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One of the most exciting collaborations for Spring 2013 has to be Austin Reed X Spencer Hart, a lot of people have high expectations from this project and it don’t disappoint. More on this VERY soon.

 

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A brand we haven’t heard to much from in this country for a while is J.Lindeberg. Well its well worth taking another look at them. The collection for Spring is amazing, this rucksack was a personal have but the burgundy tux and the tweed suits were worth smashing the piggy bank opening for !