Form an orderly McQ for this range – McQ

image003McQ was founded by the late and great visionary of British Fashion and true genius, in the creative artistic sense, Lee (Alexander) McQueen  in 2005. The range finds inspiration in street culture and sub-cultures, offering individual pieces that fit perfectly into the modern wardrobe of not only die hard McQueen followers but can be adopted by any and every stylish individual. It follows the main signature of the house collection, including structured tailoring, the nipped-in waist and of course, tartan, these are all distilled into wearable pieces that are distinct and evoke a quiet confidence but always hold a little piece of McQueen DNA. McQ collections often reference uniform and the military, drawing inspiration from Britain’s rich heritage and often reflect the emotion and raw energy often exhibited in his signature collections and Fashion shows.  Traditional British techniques and fabrics are used in contemporary ways, creating pieces that are both functional and beautiful.

After Lee’s untimely death in 2010, Sarah Burton undertook the unenviable role of Creative Director of not only the main range but McQ as well, to which she has more then rose to the challenge and excelled. With particular reference to McQ she has offered collections of youthful, modern pieces that draw on the unique design archive of Alexander McQueen. Sitting in parallel to the mainline, that remain loyal to the brand’s house codes yet are designed to be worn every day.

For Spring 13 she offers a continuation from the more elevated AW12 McQ collection, the new season features soft, washed military pieces realised in shades of khaki and moss, alongside modern interpretations of classic street wear staples, like the military parka and the cotton drill military shirt.

The influence of luxe sportswear trend can be found throughout the collection, on everything from aertex jumpers and tracksuits to polo shirts. Almost as a juxtaposition, a make do and mend feel begins to emerge, with several pieces featuring sewn-on patches and several fabrications in one garment. Pieces feature ghosting detailing under lapels and of course the McQ tartan comes in camouflage colours, to tie in with the ubiquitous military undertone of the collection. That famous Gothic fingerprint of McQueen is evident in the insect and animal prints which appear on pieces.

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Super-ga Shoes – Oliver Spencer Per SUPERGA

Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 18.18.20The 2750 Heritage, the shoe style Superga are best known for, isn’t looking to bad for being over 100 years old. Born in Turin, Italy in 1911, the shoe and also the brand have built up a loyal and stylish following, from Ryan Reynolds to Guy Ritchie  and Alexa Chung and the Olsen Twins have all been spotted sporting the vulcanised rubber soled footwear.

Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 18.19.58Ohhh and its not just style conscious Hollywood A-listers that are getting in on the act. Last year to celebrate the brand’s centennial anniversary Henry Holland launched a collaboration of unique shoes that only the House of Holland could dream up. to keep that momentum a flowing the brand have worked with one of Clothes-Make-the-man‘s favourite designers for Spring 2013, Mr Oliver Spencer. The refined collection combines Oliver’s modern aesthetics with Superga’s timeless styles. Reflecting on the collaboration, Oliver Spencer commented:

“The concept behind the collaboration is to be something that is very clean with a feeling of luxury. I wanted to show the brand’s versatility through modern day inspirations. The shoes represent a bridge between sport and luxury.”

Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 18.21.21Marking the first ever menswear collaboration from Superga, the Oliver Spencer per Superga collection combines colour blocking, brushed nubucks, premium shirting material and retro gum soles with a modern twist. Oliver’s play on textures and colour combinations creates a clean, minimalist look giving the iconic 2750 a deluxe makeover.

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Scent from Heaven – Eros by Versace

Versace Eros_bottleThe history of the house of Versace plays out like, some might say a storyline from Dynasty, the 80’s Soap Opera. Personally, I prefer to compare it to one of the great Operas, it has a Family, power, beauty, glamour, incredible clothes, heartbreak, death and romance. So therefore, if this house was to launch a fragrance it would surely look to something equally biblical for its moniker. And guess what, like a gift from the Gods that’s just what the House of Versace have gone and done. EROS, the Greek God of love or specifically the kind of love involved in sexual desire, is the name sake for this new fragrance.

The Allusion to Greek Mythology has always been associated and at the heart of  the Versace world since its very beginning and foundered by, the late Gianni Versace himself. So it somewhat feels apt for this fragrance to continue in this vein and like Eros, who was empowered with making people fall in love with his bow & arrow, this fragrance promises to act with the same power !

How does this scent manage to cast its spell ? A Luminous aura with an intense, vibrant and glowing freshness obtained from the combination of mint leaves, Italian lemon zest and green apples. An addictive sensuality delivered by oriental intriguing notes like tonka beans, amber, geranium flower and of course Vanilla. Then to add a touch of racy virility cedar wood, vetiver and oak moss provide intensity. Essentially, this is best summed by the Perfumer, of the new fragrance Aurélien Giuchard;

 

“Versace Eros translates the primal desire between Men and Women, the idea of a Triumphant seduction.”

 

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Mama told me (not to come), well without a present anyway. – Mother’s day Gift Guide

Well if we weren’t skint enough after Christmas and Valentine’s Day there’s another holiday just around the corner and woe betide you if you forget about this one ! Mothers Day is one of the most important days on the Calendar, this is a time when kids and partners express their appreciate of all things their Mother’s have done for them over the year. New dad’s, you need to note you have to make a special effort and make a fuss, plus you earn yourself major merit marks if you do so.

As always Clothes Make the Man have taken the stress out of this event by furnishing you with an indispensable gift guide and this year we have listened to your comments and brought it forward so it saves you the hassle and prevents you, my good reader, from tearing round your local high Street at the last minute and ending up buying some half dead carnations from a Texaco service station.

Every mum loves toiletries and who could resist these Mother's day specific gift sets from Elemis.  The Time for You Spa & Skincare Collection, contains  the hydrating Pro Radiance Hand & Nail Cream, Luxorious Skin Nourishing Body Lotion and soothing Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir amongst others. Or the Mother's Day Collection Skin Nourishing Milk Bath and a relaxing Lavender travel candle.

Every mum loves toiletries and there are some great gift set for Mothers Day, but who could resist these sets from Elemis. The Time for You Spa & Skincare Collection, contains the hydrating Pro Radiance Hand & Nail Cream, Luxorious Skin Nourishing Body Lotion and soothing Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir amongst others. Or the Mother’s Day Collection Skin Nourishing Milk Bath and a relaxing Lavender travel candle.

Look after the hands that looked after you. This stylish leather bound Manicure set from Paul Smith, will not only leave her hands in fine fettle but will make you apple of her eye for such a thoughtful gift.

Look after the hands that looked after you. This stylish leather bound Manicure set from Paul Smith, will not only leave her hands in fine fettle but will make you apple of her eye for such a thoughtful gift.

 

If you've had a particular good year and you're not feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. You can't show your mum your appreciation in any better fashion then with a luxury timepiece and look no further then Omega.

If you’ve had a particular good year and you’re not feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. You can’t show your mum your appreciation in any better fashion then with a luxury timepiece and look no further then Omega.

 

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Rather then going for a box of Black magic or Milk Tray, push the boat out this year ! And go for something a little more indulgent. No woman and I mean NO WOMAN could resist these lil beauties from Charbonnel Et Walker from House of Fraser. Go on be a devil, you might even by offered one.

 

 

Lets face it anything with the interlocking C's of CHANEL is likely to make any woman go weak at the knees, so investing in anything from a bottle of Chanel No5 to a classic lil handbag is secure in the knowing it will please. But to mark Mothers Day the French Fashion House have gone all floral and transformed their Covent Garden Beauty boutique. So From Friday 8th March to Sunday 10th March, the CHANEL flower stall will be dedicated to the discovery of flowers used in the House’s most celebrated fragrances; May Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Tuberose and Patchouli. Flowers that are an integral part to the composition of CHANEL fragrances. In celebration of Mother’s Day, enjoy a special hand- tied posy using the flowers from CHANEL fragrances. In addition, have your personalised message hand written by a CHANEL calligrapher on a Camellia embossed card, with a choice of quotes from Mademoiselle Chanel.

Lets face it anything with the interlocking C’s of CHANEL is likely to make any woman go weak at the knees, so investing in anything from a bottle of Chanel No5 to a classic lil handbag is secure in the knowledge it will please. But to mark Mothers Day the French Fashion House have gone all floral and transformed their Covent Garden Beauty boutique. So From Friday 8th March to Sunday 10th March, the CHANEL flower stall will be dedicated to the discovery of flowers used in the House’s most celebrated fragrances; May Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Tuberose and Patchouli. Flowers that are an integral part to the composition of CHANEL fragrances. In celebration of Mother’s Day, enjoy a special hand- tied posy using the flowers from CHANEL fragrances. In addition, have your personalised message hand written by a CHANEL calligrapher on a Camellia embossed card, with a choice of quotes from Mademoiselle Chanel.

 

Let your mum take a break from the old route and treat her like the lady she is. Numerous establishments will be offering Mothering Sunday deals. One of our favourites here at Clothes Make the Man was from the Hotel du Vin, who have 14 hotels from Edinburgh to Poole. They are offering Sunday Brunch for mums £29.95 per person, and your mum gets an gift voucher for her next Sunday brunch at Hotel du Vin.

Let your mum take a break from the old route and treat her like the lady she is. Numerous establishments will be offering Mothering Sunday deals. One of our favourites here at Clothes Make the Man was from the Hotel du Vin, who have 14 hotels from Edinburgh to Poole. They are offering Sunday Brunch for mums and then your mum gets an gift voucher for her next Sunday brunch at Hotel du Vin.
Another personal fave was from the Harrods Terrace, offering a special three course set lunch in association with Beauty brand Jo Malone. On this day, each mother dining in the Harrods Terrace will be presented with a Moyses Stevens (The Prince of Wales’s Florist) posy of flowers and a personal invitation to visit the Jo Malone Boutique in the Harrods Beauty Apothecary, where they will be pampered with a Hand & Arm Massage to discover the new limited edition collection, Sugar & Spice. They will also leave with a Jo Malone keepsake of their experience, Ahhhhhhh.

 

Pretty much like Chocolates, no lady is going to turn down jewellery, on one condition, IT HAS TO BE TASTEFUL ! Most woman don't share the same taste in jewellery as Jennifer Lopez, Zsa Zsa Gabor, or even Katie Price. A diamond the size of your fist is not always the right gift. Tasteful, discrete jewellery is always a better option, like the above from Folli Follie from House of Fraser.

Pretty much like Chocolates, no lady is going to turn down jewellery, on one condition, IT HAS TO BE TASTEFUL ! Most woman don’t share the same taste in jewellery as Jennifer Lopez, Zsa Zsa Gabor, or even Katie Price. A diamond the size of your fist is not always the right gift. Tasteful, discrete jewellery is always a better option, like the above from Folli Follie from House of Fraser.

We like to bring you unusual gift ideas and when we saw this we knew it was a winner. If you not a dry eye in the house, this will do the trick. Links of London have produced a The Everlasting Postcard (£65), a silver-plated postcard (see example image attached) onto which a handwritten message for mothers can be designed by the kids and engraved by Links of London. There is a simple template to download and email back, then engraving is free

We like to bring you unusual gift ideas and when we saw this we knew it was a winner. If you want not a dry eye in the house, this will do the trick. Links of London have produced The Everlasting Postcard, a silver-plated postcard onto which a handwritten message for mothers can be designed by the kids and engraved by Links of London. There is a simple template to download and email back, then engraving is free. OMG !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your mommy has green fingers, this will suit her down to the ground. Marks & Spencer Floral Collection mixes gardening and natural beauty products. Everyone's a winner

If your mommy has green fingers, this will suit her down to the ground. Marks & Spencer Floral Collection
mixes gardening and natural beauty products. Everyone’s a winner

 

Spoil the most important lady in your life ! Treat her to some Derek Rose luxury nightwear, the perfect adornment for a day of being pampered.  There is something for every Mum to help her unwind in. Dressing gowns and pyjamas are available in pure silk and cotton, while knitwear comes in ultra-­‐soft cashmere.

Spoil the most important lady in your life ! Treat her to some Derek Rose luxury nightwear, the perfect adornment for a day of being pampered. There is something for every Mum to help her unwind in. Dressing gowns and pyjamas are available in pure silk and cotton, while knitwear comes in ultra-­‐soft cashmere.
Ohhh and one last thing fellas, DON’T FORGET MOTHER’S DAY IS SUNDAY 10TH MARCH !!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making it less of a “Manic Monday” and more of “Friday, I’m in Love” – Figleaves.com

Pants_landscapeWe here at Clothes-Make-The-Man know that our good readers lead a hectic lifestyle and haven’t got much spare time, so of course something has to give which can sometimes result in us being not as organised as one may like. Now whether this results in us having to diary in time to see our loved ones or forgetting that Mum no longer does our laundry automatically, ahhhh those were the days. Now, we aren’t the only ones who have your best interests at heart and because of this Figleaves.com, the underwear specialists, have been hard at work thinking of ways to make your life easier. So they want to do you a favour and give your underwear draw an overhaul with their ‘Days of the Week’ package.

The Days of the Week’ underwear edit – offers the best of styles from boxers to briefs in a selection of the best underwear brands around, to fit around your lifestyle,  in seven assorted styles and in doing so figleaves.com have takes the trauma out of shopping for your smalls.

Designed to work around your week, they offer;

  1. ‘Back To Work’ Monday 
  2. Training Day’ on Tuesday
  3. Date Nighton Wednesday 
  4. Thursday, being the new Friday,
  5. Friday offers a ‘Post-Work drink’
  6. Saturday night, ‘Going Out Night’
  7. Lazy Day’ Sunday

So from Monday and beating the Back to work blues, with a inspirational and assured pair of trunks by  Figleaves’ own FGL brand. To ‘Date Night’ on Wednesday and you should probably look as sharp beneath the bespoke two-piece as you do on the exterior; this calls for the Hom Glitter Sensation Trunk which gives a smooth appearance and is detailed with a paisley pattern with delicate glitter for an extra special touch. Right the way through to ‘Lazy Day’ Sunday and get yourself out of bed, keep it comfortable in your Polo Ralph Lauren White Boxers. Ahhhh another of life’s time saving properties, Phew.

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