Mr TURK

I was recently part of an intervention. Or rather the victim of one. A friend wanted to have a talk with me about always wearing so much black. She felt my colourful personality was not being reflected in what I wear. Obviously she sometimes forgets about my cold black heart.

But I thought maybe I should check it out – colour not my heart. And I stumbled upon the recently launched menswear branch of Trina TurkMr Turk, designed by Trina’s husband Jonathan Skow. It has the same print forward sensibilities as the mainline and always makes me feel like it’s summer. It is dapper California style all the way.  And yes there is far more print or colour than I would normally wear but the printed shorts and swimwear make for a great pop in your wardrobe. Mr Turk shines at slim shorts and swimwear. Will I stop wearing mostly black (or navy blue)? Nope but I will add some Turk into my wardrobe.

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Pop Art Floral Short, $228

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Pink Martini Knit Kent Trunk, $138

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Vintage Stripe Bartlett  Trunk, $158

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Multi Stripe Knit Sorrento Trunk, $112

Pigalle x NIKE

Another week, another fucking collaboration. Makes you wonder if no one works alone anymore. Some of these capsule collections are amazing, others feel like a lame marketing ploy with product they could have come up with on their own. Most of these collaborations fall somewhere in the middle – Pigalle x Nike is no different. Amazing kicks, mediocre clothing.

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Sitting somewhere in the overcrowded niche market between high-tech sportswear and luxurious fashion, that every brand seems to occupy these days, the Pigalle trainers feature high fashion patina leather and a “thicker sole with extra layers and lunar insole cushioning for comfort and knee protection.” I love everything aged, apparently the aged leather look “symbolizes the used and scuffed trainers worn by players on basketball courts.”  

The collection drops at Dover Street Market on April 26.

Levi’s Parachutes In

I always have a great fondness for brands that turn something old into something cool. Enter Levi’s parachute Trucker jacket with a modern military edge. You can’t get more military than by using deadstock military parachutes in olive green. The parachutes have been re-cut and turned into a more modern version of the popular jacket with a great slim cut . 

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Available online $250

MMM x M

What could be better than MMM? Well MMMxM, it’s simple math.

Mykita and Maison Martin Margiela have joined forced to launch a capsule collection of eyewear. And it is sublime. The collection marries the aesthetics of both brands – beautifully. The idea behind the collection was how do we reduce historical eyewear shapes down to their essences? It is “historical” yet” futuristic”. ImageImageImageImageImage

 

Available at select Mykita and Margiela shops and online starting tomorrow.

Time for a Hurricane

I know many people come to New Orleans for the amazing food and music but the real secret in this city is that it has amazing cocktails. No I don’t mean those terrible hand grenades or all those slushy tourist drinks you see on Bourbon street. This is the city that invented the cocktail and part of my time in, my second home, New Orleans has always been about discovering the best cocktails. We are going to start it off with a classic that so many people get wrong – the Hurricane.

The Hurricane was invented by Pat O’Brien at his namesake bar in the 1940’s as a way to dispose of all the rum that liquor distributors forced him to buy to get at the more popular scotch and bourbon. Sounds promising doesn’t it? Pat’s is the original and it is terrible. Trust me, no drink should be that brightly coloured. It is made with artificial mixes. If you want the best Hurricane you will find it in the most unlikely place and it comes in a terrible plastic go-cup.  When in NOLA, you must get your Hurricane at LaFitte’s Blacksmith Shop. This is where the locals go for Hurricanes;  the oldest bar in the USA since 1772.

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If you can’t make it to NOLA, here is the recipe. The recipe may sound strong but it goes down smoothly while it kicks your ass.

  • 6 oz Dark Rum
  • 6 oz Light Rum
  • 5 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Fresh Guava Juice
  • 2 oz Fresh Passion Fruit Juice
  • Cherry
  • Orange Slice

1. Shake it all together. Just like a Hurricane.

2. Drink

3. Repeat

Steven Klein’s boys

Fashion photographer Steven Klein needs no introduction. Well known for his edgy, gritty, sexy approach to fashion photography, Steven has made a name for himself for never shying away from controversy. Now he teams up with Nicola Formichetti for EY! powered by Diesel. The results are a sexy 70s throwback – perhaps this is another move by Formichetti to push the Diesel brand back into relevancy. And it’s working.

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See the complete series here: http://www.nicolaformichetti.com/ey-9-new-york-steven-klein/

Ben hooks up with Matthew

Fashion brands love to hook up on collaborations – everyone working together to create a capsule collection. But like all hook ups, the offspring aren’t always pretty. Or sometimes the results just seem like something the original brand could have come up with own their own. Luckily for Ben Sherman, Matthew Miller brings a new edge to the brand I often find missing from Sherman.

For Spring/Summer 2014, these two British houses have come together around the idea of a ‘disaffected generation’ “that forms an identity through rebellion and the pressure to conform.”  Aren’t we all part of the ‘DGF’ (Disaffected Generation Forever) ? We might as well wear it proudly. My picks from the collection: the shirting. Collection available as of April 22 online.

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