Out of Space – Dress like an Astronaut with Betabrand

imageA week doesn’t go by without some fantabulous media story about space travel becoming Sooooooooo accessible in the very near future and how we’ll all be holidaying in Orbit and on the Moon rather then San Antonio or Bodrum. But it isn’t happening, is it ? Although Sir Richard of Branston keeps on banging on about his Virgin Galactic project and saps with far too much money like Lance Bass are already sign up for its inaugural mission, when will that actually be, supposedly next year, but yeah, yeah, yeah we’ll see.

In the mean while you mightn’t be able to blast off, just yet, but designer Steven B.Wheeler has been busy beavering away on a prototype Astronaut jacket which isn’t just restricted to a space walk. The self confessed Space Geek, explained his inspiration,

“I designed this jacket as a tribute to the continuing legacy of American spaceflight. I wanted it to embody everything I loved about the space program, and to eventually serve as an actual flight jacket for present-day astronauts on missions to the ISS (International Space Station). There are other “replica” flight jackets made for space enthusiasts, but I decided to come up with something boldly different, yet also completely wearable and well-suited for space.”

imageSpace fans have flocked to the jacket, crowd-funding it in 24 hours.  Betabrandunveils imaginative prototypes each week and allows its customers to shape the future of its fashions.

The white, non-woven Tyvek shell of the jacket calls to mind the EVA (extra-vehicular activity) suits worn by astronauts during spacewalks. The inside lining is a silvered nylon taffeta, chosen not only because it visually references the “foil” MLI (multi-layer insulation) used on the exterior of satellites, but also because it helps retain radiant body heat, I almost sound as though I know what the hell I’m talking about !

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So much more than Underwear – Calvin Klein Platinum

imageYes the weather is still rubbish and the shops are full of swimwear, YEAH Spring 2014 is here. Even though we are still in our winter warmers of hats, gloves, scarfs and in some cases full on finished with a coat or two, it’s reassuring to know our friendly neighbourhood apparel stores are chucked full of t-shirts, shorts and the all important sandal just in case we get a glimmer of sunshine and an upturn in temperature.

Well don’t too much dear consumer, with money burning a hole in your pocket, we at Clothes-Make-the-Man can advise you on great products that can just as well be implemented now as when the Sun does return to our shores and bask us all in it’s lukewarm glow. One such range is Calvin Klein Platinum the new accessories line for both men and women from the King of Amerciana cool. Fitting in with the brand’s ethos of minimalism with an athleticism and urban edge, perfect for taking you from a business meeting, to the gym and seamlessly onto a drink with friends, never looking out of place. The colour palette as you would expect from Calvin Klein is ‘classic’, neutrals including black, white and grey.

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Homme Mode à Paris – Paris Menswear Show Review AW14

Bonjour my petit pois ! We have the last of out previews from the European Style Capitals for this season, well for next season but let’s not confuse matters. This time as though it needed an introduction, of course, the city of lurve, Paris.

First, for our delectation is one of the oldest Fashion Houses and hottest tickets for all Paris Menswear Shows, Louis Vuitton, under the style direction of  uber talented Brit Kim Jones. Jones has shown he’s not only come along way since his collaborations as a young Designer with the like of TOPMAN and sports brand Umbro, but has finely tuned his talents to produce some of the most sublime collections in recent years from the house of Vuitton. For Autumn/Winter 14 the trend driven show wasn’t as obviously as past seasons, opting for letting the Clothes do the talking, but was loosely inspired by Kim’s trip to the Atacama Desert of South America.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

On to one of the busiest men of the Paris Men’s shows Kris Van Assche, with the first of his two presentations of the week, up first is his own signature collection. Here we shown a totally wearable and rather commercial range from Van Assche, offering us colour, patterns in herringbone and eye catching dizzy dots.

Kris Van Assche

Kris Van Assche

Then with a hop, skip and literal jump over to the second of Monsieur Van Assche’s collections, told you he was busy, in Dior Homme. Where if we were in any doubt as to his Dotty tendencies, they were confirmed here. We were offered them in Suits, shirts, shoes, ties, honestly you name it, it was covered in dots, but please don’t be put off, he managed to pull this off, to quote Mr Kenny Everett, it was all done in the best possible taste !

Dior Homme

Dior Homme

Now then, Ami’s, Alexandre Mattiussi continues his assault on being the favourite label of choice among the style press and it isn’t surprising as to why. He’s proving to be a Jedi Master in the art of producing collections that have that simply, unassuming, stylish charm about them, but all the time screaming, your life won’t be complete without me in it !

Ami

Ami

Into the final straights, we have a name who over the past couple of seasons has been making a lot of the right noises while showing in Milan, but for this season has made the move to Paris. Turkish born, Umit Benan, each season, selects a character to base his collection around. In the past, we have seen such inspiration as the taxi drivers of his home Capital Istanbul, or Vintage Rockers or even Investment Banker. However, this season we looked to, Jackie Robinson, who? The first African Amercian Baseball Star. So the presentation had a very 1940’s feel to it from the political references to the lack of freedom Robinson had to put up way at this time.

Umit Benan

Umit Benan

And so to the final of our designers, we started with a Brit designing for a French Fashion house and we finish with a British Designer showing in Paris. No less then Sir Paul Smith,  who relaxed his silhouettes this season and drew inspiration for his collection from one could say, another iconic figure, in Jim Morrison. So no surprises when I tell you there was a distinct ROCK feeling to Smith’s show.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Penny for your thoughts – 6 of the best Penny Loafers

The Penny Loafer is a much underrated and yet highly versatile piece of footwear, equally at home with a pair of jeans as they are within a formal setting. The Penny Loafer or the “Weejuns” to give them there more correct term first become popular after the depression of the 1930’s and had the rather strange origin of being based on Norwegian diary farmers clogs. The shoe’s strap has a split design that is supposed to resemble a pair of lips. This opening in the strap was soon used as a way to add a decorative touch to the usually simple loafer and small objects, such as pennies, were often placed there, hence the name, get it ? As alway we here at Clothes Make the Man bring you 6 of the best which should appear to you no matter what your taste or budget is. Take a look;

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Ahhhh a real British, timeless Classic, this time in the form of this great from John Lobb from MRPORTER.com

 

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It doesn’t always have to be Black and Summer is only round the corner, isn’t it ?  These South side Loafers from Russell & Bromley in Blue Suede are a nice break from the traditional.

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 15.37.28Another wonderful example to add a splash of colour to a look, comes this time from Clarks

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Now for something just a little bit special, these objects of beauty come from the Italian luxury house Tods to produce this vintage looking Penny Loafer

HIGH_20131203171632A great contemporary take from the Spanish retailer, Bershka

 

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Ahhhh Summer is only round the corner, or it will be when you wear these delightful loafers, from none other then Ted Baker

So you Wanna be a Boxer – British Boxers Underwear

imageWe all think at one time or another, do you know what, that’s it, I’ve had enough, I’m gonna tell him to stick his job and I’m gonna start my own business, then he’ll see, he’ll be sorry. I’ll show them, shaking your heroic fist in the air! Then we have a cuppa o’ tea and a chocolate hob nob and we seem to calm down for a while. But Deborah Price, didn’t, she followed through on her dream and left her highly successful and well paid job, in the middle of one of the worse recessions of modern times and launched British Boxers.

So why Boxer Shorts ? Well there’s a great little twist to the story here, the reason why boxer shorts were chosen as the first product to launch and why the beautiful packaging for the aforementioned boxers actually feature Deborah’s great great great grandfather Jem Mace who was arguably the first world heavyweight boxing champion in 1870, see very clever. The story of Jem’s amazing life is told on the lovely litho-printed boxes, so if you wanna learn more you’ll have to buy a pair and you can read more into Jem’s amazingly fantastically interesting life. But to whet your appetite Jem wed three times and during his colourful and hectic life owned not only a hotel but also a Circus !!!!

Deborah told us, “Bringing back British manufacturing, telling the story on the British Boxers packaging of an ancestor who had his own battles to fight (albeit literal ones), using stunning fabrics and working professionally with so many friends who helped to bring the whole project together has been a brilliant experience.” 

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