This season’s top hairstyles for Autumn/Winter 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 10.19.02On a purely selfish tip here, but I’m sure I’m not on my own, I’m in need of a good hair cut and also a bit sick to death of my usually short back and sides. So, it got me to thinking I should seek the advice of a professional and out came the Clothes Make the Man little black book, actually the not so little, I’ll have you know, and top of the list came the Award-winning hairdresser, owner of two salons, global ambassador for Matrix Haircare, TV personality and British Hairdresser of the Year 2013 & 2012 nominee, none other then Mr Jamie Stevens. Jamie has fast established a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s most successful and talented celebrity hairstylists.

This charismatic and gifted man has seen him work with everyone from Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson and Eva Herzigova to Christian Slater, Hugh Grant and Olly Murs. He has also been recognised for his exceptional men’s hair skills, twice winning the British Hairdressing Awards Men’s Hairdresser of the Year Award, as well as being the English Hair & Beauty Awards Men’s Stylist of the Year 2013 and winning the first ever Men’s Stylist of the Year category at the HAIR Awards 2013. OK, OK I’ll shut and let him speak.

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 19.49.00Slick & Side Parted – Seen on everyone from Leonardo Di Caprio to Justin Timberlake, defined side partings were a key trend for Spring/Summer and show no signs of going away for Autumn/Winter. This trend kicked off with pop culture influences from shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Downtown Abbey, Pan Am and Mad Men, where the guys wore hair very slick and this classic cut with clean edges, is definitely enjoying a renaissance.

To achieve this, you should ask for a hair cut tapered at the sides and cut into the parting, whilst maintaining enough length on top to comb over to the side. It does require regular maintenance trims to keep it looking sharp, but it looks super stylish and is so easy to style, you just need a comb and product – opt for gels, pomades and glossing products, rather than those with a matte finish.

The finished style can be worn sharper or softer, depending on your face shape and preference. At its sharpest, style from wet with a comb and a good strong hold gel such as Matrix Design Pulse Rock Solid, keeping the hair as flat as possible and making sure product is evenly distributed.

The softer version, think Leonardo’s Gatsby, where volume is present and hair more styled, use a Denman brush and dry the hair backwards towards the crown. Then, using a wax paste like Matrix Design Pulse Shape Scene, apply from front to back for a more textured finish, with flexibility and movement

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 19.50.17Longer Hair & Natural Texture – In contrast, longer hairstyles embracing the hair’s natural texture are also a key look for Autumn/Winter. This look is about dishevelled unfussy hair, like your man has just rolled out of bed, think Harry Styles, as well as a return to even longer lengths. After washing your hair, liberally work a sea salt spray into the hair and apply a small amount of a matte clay, such as Matrix Design Pulse Beach Clay into your roots and shape into the desired look. Let it dry naturally or in the colder months, scrunch dry it with your fingers and mould into shape.

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 19.51.38Quiffs – We’re seeing a lot of textured quiffs in demand, where the back and sides are cropped short to really heighten the impact of the length on top. This work best on hair with a natural wave, but we’ve also been seeing an increase in requests for perms to achieve this look on hair that doesn’t naturally curl so easily, just make sure your stylist uses big rods as this will make it wavier and will sit back better.

For the cut, ask your stylist for a skin fade as this will give you the best cut to maximise the top length. To style, apply a styling cream into the hair before blow-drying such as Matrix Design Pulse Loosely Defined to give hold and lift. Dry the hair back in the direction you want it to sit and as big as possible. With a clay-like product – Matrix Design Pulse Quick & Dirty, rub it generously into your hands and fingers and starting at the back of your head imagine you’re putting the product on your scalp and start to work it forward, encouraging lift at the front to maximise the quiff. Finish some good hairspray for guys.

Alternatively, you can blow-dry the quiff out into more of a Beckham-inspired look that has been so popular – the key here is the cut as he has been clippered with one grade to really show separation between the lengths.

 

To learn different ways of styling your hair at home, ask your stylist when having your hair cut for specific tips and tricks on how to adapt your look and the key products required to achieve it, so that you change your look up depending on your mood.

Well heeled – Six of the Best Brogues

The Evenings are drawing in, Summer is starting to be nothing but a deem distance memory, hey ! Nothing to worry about Autumn & Winter offer men some of the best items to wear and show of over the coming months. Whether that be wrapping yourself up in great knitwear, getting a new winter coat, some great examples out there, but we’ll come to them later and of course the Great British Brogue, check out six of the best below –

 

Beautiful and a real design classic by a great British brand who know more then a thing or two about brogues, Grenson from MrPorter.com

Beautiful and a real design classic by a great British brand who know more then a thing or two about brogues, Grenson from MrPorter.com

Brogues don't always have to be so traditional and no surprises who have given these his own individual spin by Paul Smith

Brogues don’t always have to be so traditional and no surprises who have given these, his own individual spin by Paul Smith

Its not just desert boots and senible shoes that this brand is known for and a great little twist on a classic here too in Cheery from Clarks

Its not just desert boots and senible shoes that this brand is known for and a great little twist on a classic here too in Cheery from Clarks

Metallic is a real trend for this season particular in footwear now although not everyone's cup of tea. These brogues from Vagabond won't break the bank and with look great for the ever approach Yuletide festivities

Metallic is a real trend for this season particular in footwear now although not everyone’s cup of tea. These brogues from Vagabond won’t break the bank and with look great for the ever approach Yuletide festivities

Back to a classic for the Grandaddy of the brogues and a brand synonymous with not only Brogues but great footwear is Churches from Farfetch.com

Back to a classic for the Grandaddy of the brogues and a brand synonymous with not only Brogues but great footwear is Churches from Farfetch.com

We couldn't show you six of the best Brogues without showing you an example of a great boot version and this is very much one from Ted Baker at House of Fraser

We couldn’t show you six of the best Brogues without showing you an example of a great boot version and this is very much one from Ted Baker at House of Fraser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back for Good ? Unfortunately not, only for a short time – The Farrell Pop up Shop

_DSC1573The National treasure, Sir Robbie of Williams, is no longer just a singer, ohhh no siree ! I’ll have you know the multi-platimun award winning crooner has ventured into the clothing industry, as I’m sure you all know as we interviewed his highly talented Design partner Ben Dickens last year. Farrell, as the brand is known, is named after Williams’ grandfather Jack Farrell and based on the principles of British honesty, style and integrity.

For Autumn the brand has taken the decision to showcase its collection within a pop up retail space and in turn creating a brand emporium. Thinking long and hard for the right location the brand opted for Earlham Street in London’s Covent Garden, chosen for its blend of unique village identity and charm, the 500 square feet space will house the entire AW13 FARRELL collection while the store itself reinterprets distinctly English tones through its beautifully curated fixtures and visual merchandising.

Key pieces from this season’s collection such as trenches, reefers and other military inspired designs will be on show, each style meticulously designed and contemporized through fit, while ensuring each item keeps all of the functionality and durability it was known for. In addition, sharp tailoring, crisp cotton shirts, chunky knitwear and a full range of accessories will also be available, catering for the more sartorially minded consumer.

Williams says of the project, “I’m really excited to be able to present the Farrell experience under one roof and have the opportunity to show exactly what we do and what we stand for.  We’re here for a good time, not a long time”

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An Iconic Shirt designed by Icons – Ben Sherman X The Icons

Continuing the collaboration with Teenage Cancer Trust, Ben Sherman is pleased to announce The Icons – a shirt project that involves icons from the world of music and art from the last 5 decades. 5 different icons from the 1960’s to 2000 have designed a print to go on the iconic Ben Sherman button down shirt. Launching in September at Ben Sherman stores, the shirts are limited to 250 per design, hand numbered and priced at £125 with all net proceeds will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Roger Daltrey_FFR_21960’s – Who else but legendary front man from The Who and Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust, Roger Daltry. His shirt design was inspired by the Union Jack, which is an iconic emblem featured on The Who’s most memorable album – The kids are Alright.

Peter Blake1970’s – Sir Peter Blake became one of the best known British pop artists of his time. His creation for the shirt uses the signature star symbol used throughout his work appliqued onto the chest pocket. His actual signature has also been embroidered onto the shirt, making it a collector’s item for any avid fans.

Bernard Sumner1980’s – Bernard Sumner is a legend, a musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, and former Nightclub owner (The Hacienda) his body of work has been seminal for decades. He is a founding member, lead vocalist and guitarist of New Order and he is also known for being a founding member of the bands Joy division and Bad Lieutenant. His design uses a black cotton button-down shirt with a ‘Veritas’ emblem on the front pocket, which means ‘Truth’ in Latin.

Jarvis Cocker1990’s – An excellent choice to represent a decade of such unforgettable music, Mr Jarvis Cocker is an English musician and frontman for the band Pulp. Through his work with the band, Cocker became a figurehead of the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s. His shirt design is based on a classic pale-blue Oxford shirt and showcases his signature thick-rimmed spectacles embroidered on to the font pocket.

Jake & Dinos2000’s –  Few British Artists’ work has gained such note as a Jake & Dinos Chapman,  who work together as a collaborative sibling duo. They were nominated for the annual Turner Prize in 2003 and their work continues to maintain huge global interest. The shirt they have created is a white oxford with red smiley faces.

 

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Acqua di Parma’s Collezione Barbiere

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 19.11.38The history of Acqua di Parma is a great Italian story, like so many of them. It all started back in 1916 in a small essence laboratory at the old heart of Parma. Here, skilled master perfumers conceived an unusually fresh and modern fragrance – the first true Italian Cologne. Colonia Acqua di Parma, a new classic sure to achieve timeless success.

The composition of Colonia, still unchanged today, gained increasing recognition. In the 1930s it became the “fragrance” of the time. The Art Deco inspired bottle, with classic black bakelite cap, was designed in those years and promptly became a true style icon. In the 1950s Colonia achieved international success. Hollywood actors, summoned to Italy by the great masters of local cinematography, discovered its intimate and elegant notes in the historical tailor’s workshops, where custom-made suits were finished with a spray of the Acqua di Parma fragrance before delivery.

The act of shaving is a timeless grooming ritual to which generations of men have dedicated time and attention. Acqua di Parma’s Barbiere Collection presents a well-balanced synthesis of elegant design, refined textures and stylish packaging designed with the modern man in mind. This collection celebrates this ritual and will undoubtedly appeal to man around the globe.

Preparing the skin for shaving, moisturising, protects the skin against from ageing, as we should all know. Collezione Barbiere is a complete line of top quality shaving products which fulfil the needs of the informed man who takes pride in his appearance. In the collection are shaving products that prepare the skin for shaving, including the brand new shaving oil and the equally innovative revitalising Face Cream and revitalising eye Treatment, rich in hyaluronic acid for a rejuvinated, healthy skin.

The rich textures of the products give an immediate sensation of well-being and the high performance formulas contained largely from natural ingredients, make for a winning combination. Complete with a fresh neutral fragrance, these products will not overwhelm.

The compact, functional packaging is ideal for those on the move or travelling. The Barbiere Collection is all presented in the typically masculine colours of tobacco and prides itself on excellence in the art of shaving and personal care. It enhances the pleasure of an exclusive ritual.

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