Trend Watch: ASOS Williamsburg

17 01 2011

Not since The Strokes inspired a New York fashion invasion in the early noughties has men’s fashion in the UK been so smitten with the Big Apple. As ASOS’ latest fashion fix showcases – it’s all eyes across the pond this spring.

Williamsburg is a trend inspired by the Brooklyn neighbourhood, famed for being home to New York’s creative community and most stylish men and women, and its effortless thrift-store meets Ivy-League look. Over the next few weeks you’ll be looking to incorporate some Spring style into your wardrobe, phasing out the chunky knitwear and opting for some US inspired layering. Whether you favour a cherished thrift-store find, or an off the rail piece from the high street – these are my picks straight from the ASOS hit list…

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Everyone’s Talking About: Mario Balotelli’s Hat

21 12 2010

After delving into football’s latest fashion fix with my recent post on snoods, it seems Man City’s playing staff have served up another gem. Before last night’s Premier league clash with Everton, City’s Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli arrived wearing a very questionable piece of head gear (see below). Whatever you think about snoods, this is one football related fashion accessory that definitely isn’t going to catch on.





Everyone’s Talking About: Snoods

14 12 2010

It’s not often that catwalk models and Carlos Tevez would have anything in common, but with the rise of a certain fashion accessory Carlos and his fellow professional footballers are very much – if not contriversially – en trend.

While as a fashion accessory I think they have real credibility, as a football accessory I’m struggling to see the point in the snood. In all my years of playing the beautiful game I’ve never once suffered from a cold neck – hands yes – but never a cold neck. Needless to say I’m not the only one with an opinion on the subject, with Mr Roy Keane expressing his distaste in his normal poetic manor earlier this week.

“Don’t get me started. I don’t know how they do it. It’s very strange. Gloves, scarves, I think somebody came on a few weeks ago for [Manchester] City who had a hat on. I don’t know how they do it and focus on the game, it’s weird. That’s the way the game’s gone.”

So it’s a no from me and Keano as far as football goes (despite most of the Arsenal players trying to convince us otherwise) but in style terms the snood is on fine form. I’ve picked out these five fan favourites for ‘Snood Of The Month’…





Live Review: The Heartbreaks @ The Hope, Brighton

12 12 2010

Competing with the X Factor final isn’t a small task, but it’s the task that lay ahead of The Heartbreaks on a bitter Brighton evening in December. The Morecambe four piece were a support band and a few Brighton fans light as they took to the stage – undoubtedly feeling the effects of touring induced illness – but with high levels of anticipation none the less.

With a look that could have seen them easily slot into the cast of ‘This Is England 86’, The Heartbreaks showed exactly why they’ve been compared to their idols The Smiths with a short, sharp set consisting of brilliantly romantic indie pop tinged with a boredom and sadness born from their Northern roots. Their debut single ‘Liar, My Dear’ gets a rousing reception, while newby ‘I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You’ reads, and sounds like it could have been penned by Morrissey himself. When eagerly describing The Heartbreaks to my X Factor favouring friends post gig, I likened them to a British version of ‘The Drums’. And by a British version, I mean that The Heartbreaks have more balls, more guts, and more depth than The Drums ever could have dreamt up on their journey to to sun-kissed chart success.

They didn’t have a scantily clad Rihanna to win the audiences hearts, and they certainly didn’t have millions of pounds to spend on stage production. But while Simon and his elves were wrapping up Christmas number 1, The Heartbreaks were starting out on an entirely different popularity contest. A popularity contest that could see them become one of the hottest indie prospects of 2011. And after that performance – it’s a yes from me.





Song For The Weekend: The Maccabees – Walking In The Air

11 12 2010

Criminally underrated and lovable in equal quantities, The Maccabees proved that the ‘difficult second album’ really wasn’t that difficult when they followed their debut album ‘Colour It In’ with the phenomenal ‘Wall of Arms’. Taking a break from the recording of their third album, they’ve now gone and added a Christmas song to their ever growing arsenal. But not just any Christmas song, they’ve only gone and covered ‘Walking In The Air’! It would be incredibly cheesy if it wasn’t so bloody brilliant, magically haunting and remarkably moving. Mariah Carey eat your plastic heart out.





Winter Knitwear & Accessories (Part 1)

7 12 2010

Unless you’ve been living in a box with no windows and the heating turned right up, it won’t have escaped your attention that the temperatures in the UK have plummeted the wrong side of zero. Yes it looks Christmassy, but we Brits don’t deal with this snow and ice lark very well do we?

To help you avoid the same mistakes I made this week (incredibly under prepared brogues with no grip and thin cream chinos in the snow!?) I’ve picked some of my favourite winter warmers to help guide you through to spring.Menswear Winter Knitwear & Accessories





Kings Of Who!?

3 12 2010

Millions of albums sold worldwide, sold out arena tours and dating a super model wasn’t enough for Kings Of Leon front man Caleb Followill to be recognised by the folks at the Daily Mail in their latest piece of celeb ‘news’. Playing second fiddle to Gerard Bulter eh Caleb – now you know how Jennifer Aniston feels.