Friday, 22 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Flip flops aren't always the most stylish footwear choice, but when the sun comes out they're an essential for the beach and beyond. I've picked out my top 5 looks for flip flops that will keep your holiday footwear looking fresh and cool this season.
PREMIUM... You may have thought flip flops were a cheap and rather throwaway style, but they don't have to be. Invest a little more in your summer shoes and they will last you the season and into the next summer too. The upper of these shoes is completely leather while the sole is made from recycled materials giving them an eco-friendly edge too. You could get away with wearing this style of sandal with smarter linen trousers or straight tailored shorts.
TECHNICAL... This brand was the brainchild of two fans of hiking in California and the 'exploration' ethos remains key to the brand. The North Face shoes are designed to be worn to death and to remain comfortable in the process. Whether it's a sandy beach or a mountain walk, these should keep you in good stead.
COMFORT... These fab flip flop thongs have a breathable mesh sole which moulds to the shape of your foot for maximum comfort. The layered brown leather upper is very much of the 'global traveller' style. I can see these being a staple of gap year students (with a bit of budget) or for the city type who still wishes he was travelling.
BRIGHTS... Bold colours are big news this season and the colour blocking trend is easiest to wear on your feet. Look the part with these vibrant Havaianas or any of the other colourful styles from the range.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Looking for a select fashion edit of great brands to make shopping easier? Well it could be worth giving Accent a try. The online store features Lyle & Scott, Belstaff, Replay, Armani, Luke 1977, Edwin and G-Star and has plenty of choice when it comes to the latest looks and must-haves for each season.
Check out the men's designer jeans at Accent because the denim range is particularly good and I spotted some pretty impressive offers too which is always nice. Go for G-Star if you like your jeans urban and edgy with a looser fit, Armani have some great fitted styles in darker denims that would look great with a blazer for a slightly smarter look too.
The drop crotch denim style is one of the latest looks to get a more mainstream pick-up, certainly in London 'banana' or 'arc' shaped jeans are becoming much more popular. Luke 1977 and Humor are the brands to head for on the Accent website if this style is your style, or if you fancy giving it a try for the first time. These jeans look great with a simple white t-shirt, converse trainers and a shacket (that's a jacket/shirt if you're not down with the lingo).
Skinny jeans are still big news for men but definitely look better on a slim frame. If you're a little more built go for a more forgiving fit. A pair of straight leg Nudie's or Replay jeans look as though they would be a good style for all shapes and sizes. The key is to make sure the waistband doesn't sit too high and isn't too tight. That's what causes the dreaded love handles and it's easily avoided by sizing up.
Sunday, 3 April 2011
On Friday evening myself and the boyfriend hopped along to The Future Gallery in London's Covent Garden to find out all about the 3 new Lacoste fragrances hitting the shelves. The whole evening was themed to fit with the 3 fragrances, their colours and 'personalities'. The fragrances, dubbed L.12.12, are inspired by the original Lacoste polo shirt of the same name. The fragrance technologist went to great lengths describing how the fragrances fit the brief of being a new interpretation of an iconic piece of clothing... but all you really need to know is that they smell good.
You can choose from green, blue or white and each colour matches your expectation for the hue. Blue is the masculine, powerful scent, white the clean, crisp one and green the earthy, fresh fragrance of the trio. Personally, I favoured the blue as the stronger masculine scents are ones that I like on a man. However, the green and white both smelled nice too. It all depends on your own personality, and it's nice that they've launched the three together. It feels like there's one to suit everyone.
The event featured some rather odd food and drink combos all inspired by the 3 fragrances.... blue omelette with cream, broad bean crostini and a rather slimy sushi. I also had a stick of rosemary in one cocktail and thyme in the other. Inventive, but not sure I'll be asking for any of the recipes...
Win a green L.12.12 100ml fragrance
I have one 100ml bottle of L.12.12 ( and a couple of extra goodies) to give away. To enter, simply email email@example.com with the subject line 'Lacoste'. Include your name, email address and postal address. The winner will be picked at random using a random number generator.
Open to UK residents only. Giveaway closes at midnight on 16 April 2011. Good luck!
View pics from the event below...
Saturday, 2 April 2011
Philip Levine started going bald at age 29. In 2006 he made the decision to shave his head completely using it as an artistic canvas. Philip has gone on to become an iconic figure within London’s art and design scenes, in fact I recall seeing him frequently at fashion week. One of his most impressive designs was a 1000 Swarovski crystal headpiece, pictured. Gillette are sponsoring Philip's debut exhibition in May, so what better time to catch up with Philip to find out about his background, art and new venture...
The Style PA: When you first started going bald, how did you feel about it?
Philip: My hair started falling out when I was about 23, beyond the impending doom that you feel youth leaving your grasp I was fine about it. To be honest it wasn’t much of a shock, my father and grandfather were both bald men. It didn’t take much mental arithmetic to work out who was next.
What triggered you shaving your head and embarking upon your first design?
I didn’t want the Bobby Charlton sweep over or comb forward or slicked back look. I promised myself when it got to that in-between stage I would shave it off and did so with aplomb. It was then I looked in the mirror and believed there was something more I could do with a bald head. I then found a body painter and created my designs. The first one was a black and silver painted design.
How long have you been working with Kat and how did the collaboration start?
I started doing my designs in 2006 and after meeting one or two body artists found Kat who understood my vision of the designs I wanted to create. We have since become very good friends. You have to when working so often together.
How do you decide what art to create, where do your inspirations come from?
The design ideas come from everyday objects, materials, images and friends. People from the past as well who had strong image looks and fashion statement such as Klaus Nomi, Freddie Mercury, Boy George and Max Headroom.
Did you set out to change the attitudes of people towards baldness?
Not intentionally at first, it was just some idea I had but now it is a definite YES. You have this great canvas on your head where your hair use to be so why not use it. A canvas for creativity.
Do you want other people to use their heads in a similar way to you? Have you seen people trying their hand at it too?
I have had people from all over the world email me about how inspiring they find what I do. Only the other day some girl from Greece was emailing images of her designing one of her friends heads this is from one of my images. I must be doing something right for people to also want to design their heads and I have had requests to design on people’s heads.
What about the commercial opportunities - selling advertising space for example? Something you'd ever consider?
There have been many artists that have been snapped up by companies to advertise for them. A recent campaign I saw in London was definitely influenced by Liu Bolin, an artists who paints his body into a scene. If your art is good enough then people will pay for your creativity and if my head is an ad tool and the company is right then why not. Gillette is supporting me for my show, you never know if they would want to take our relationship further and use my head for ad space. Also I want to design onto Kanye West, Lady Gaga’s heads or someone similar.
Do people often approach you to find out more about what you do and is the response generally positive?
Yes 99% of the time the response is positive. I have been quite humbled sometimes. This started off as an idea with no thought of gain or vanity and I have now inspired people with alopecia, depression and other problems who have emailed and said what a wonderful idea it is to use something that could be seen as a weakness and turn it into a strength.
Your debut exhibition launches in May, is this something you've wanted to do for a while? What do you hope to gain from it?
Good question. My Headism exhibition supported by Gillette is from May 3rd – May 9th at The NL Gallery in Riding House Street near Oxford Circus. In 2009 I started thinking that it would be great to do an exhibition, then my site had loads of hits and now it is becoming a reality. I have not just images, but head busts, dolls and a mini documentary for the exhibition. It is all very exciting. I am still trying to work out what I want to gain from the show. With any show you should sell your work, so there is that. Other thoughts are to be respected by the art world and also by my contemporaries which is never easy. What I really want is to create an iconic image that lasts a generation and inspires people in life. An image that Grace Jones or David Bowie would have produced in the past.
Which are your top 3 designs that you've worn?
I would say the crystal head design, butterflies has always been well received and my safety pin Mohawk. All of them will be displayed at the show.
You can catch Philip Levine's exhibition ‘Headism’ sponsored by Gillette in London featuring photography by Daniel Regan, documentary by Viviane Castillo and sculpture supported by Lifecast. Open from 4th – 9th May 2011, noon – 6pm daily at the NL, Dutch Cultural Pop Up Space, 40/42 Riding House Street, London, W1W 7ET.
Visit Philip Levine's website for more info and news.