Fashion Forward: TOMS Shoes

2 05 2011

Lightweight, practical and versatile – espadrilles are the stand out spring/summer footwear choice for guys. But for TOMS Shoes, they represent so much more than just fashion.

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

The TOMS Shoes movement is such a simple idea. It’s a fashionable idea. It’s an idea that sets a very high standard to other retailers. But most importantly it’s an idea that supports the biggest trend of them all: giving. So for anyone – guys or girls – thinking of investing in a pair of espadrilles, please don’t opt for a 2 for £20 high street bargain, visit the TOMS Shoes website and do your bit.


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…

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’…

Gaz7etta: The New Men’s Mag In Town

27 10 2010

Grazia, popular women’s fashion and trashy celeb gossip magazine, is set to launch a men’s version into the frankly sparse men’s mag market. But before you imagine headlines of “Becks: My Diet Hell” and “Brad: My Style Secrets”, let me tell you what ‘Gaz7etta’ has to offer us gents…

Well, according to Grazia “Gaz7etta is the perfect mix of news and style, with a healthy dose of business, politics and sport. Like Grazia, this is all about making the news work for you.” Makes a change from boobs’n’beer doesn’t it – clearly, this is a men’s mag, not a lad’s mag.

The first issue features Roberto Mancini, Joy Division, Brad Pitt’s stoner architecture, The Inbetweeners’ Iain Morris, the real Mad Men, and a chance to win one of ten iPads – oh and Lemmy from Motorhead giving his life coaching tips! Quite an eclectic line up I think you’ll agree. But as the old saying goes – the proof will well and truly be in the pudding. In a world where twitter delivers our breaking news and fashion trends side by side, print publications have to work even harder to keep the readers attention. Even though they get to use more than 140 characters, this is still a tough market to crack. Only time will tell whether the world is ready for Gaz7etta, or whether Gaz7etta is ready to take on this ever changing media world.

The first issue of Gaz7etta is available with this weeks Grazia, but if it goes down well we can expect Gaz7etta to feature heavily on newsagent shelves of 2011.

Latest Trend: Military

29 09 2010

First making an appearance in the Burberry and Topman Design Catwalk collections for Autumn/Winter 2010, the military trend has come marching onto the high street all guns blazing. At the time of year when outerwear starts to becomes a neccessity, the likes of ASOS, Topman and Zara have served up a really strong line up of forces inspired gear. Look out for green/brown shades, brass buttons, double breasted jackets – and of course, the military boot – if you have a chance of making the grade this season.

Here are some of my high street picks;




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Fashion News: David Gandy Launches Style Guide For Men

27 09 2010

David Gandy – model, style icon and general hunk of a man – has launched his very own app offering his styling services to all guys with an interest in all things men’s fashion. Available for use on iPads, iPhones and iPods, the ‘Style Guide’ contains video guides from acclaimed personal stylist Joe Ottaway, as well as interviews with David covering all aspects of men’s style.

This is what the man himself had to say; “Men’s fashion can be confusing and bewildering, so I started to think about how I could share some of the things I’ve learnt that can really help to change the way you look for the better, and how to simplify the choices that men have.”

If there was one man to take style advice from it would be David Gandy, the man who looks good in everything from dinner suits to white speedos (google the D&G Light Blue campaign). So while the app cannot guarantee his looks, it’s great to have something that helps us emulate his style.

David Gandy Style Guide For Men is available now from the App Store.

LFW: Topman Design S/S 2011

22 09 2010

This morning saw the Topman Design Collection S/S 2011 showcased at London Fashion Week, and for the first time ever selected items from the show are available to buy NOW, 6 months before they are officially released. Head over to now to check out the collection, but it’s strictly limited stock so if you want to get your hands on it you’ll have to be quick. Even if you’re not planning on buying, do check out the video of the show for inspiration so that by the time Spring comes around you’ll already be ahead of the pack.