26 April 2015

Clarks FW15: All the New Styles to Look Forward to

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This past week I stopped by the Clarks FW15 preview to have a look at the new styles we will be wearing in six months. I'm a big fan of the brand and proud owner of several pairs so this is always more of an occasion to make my personal wish list ahead of time.
Everyone's all-time favourite are obviously the desert boots, which no one makes like them. The new earthy tones on offer are perfect for the colder months and they're an easy way to add a touch of colour and texture to a look. For FW15, the brand continues to play with new patterns and materials – my personal favourites the navy check print and the suede and wool felt combo.
A personal highlight from the new collection was the style directly below – a very Clarks take on a skater sneaker, which I will definitely be buying in at least a couple of colours.
It's not easy to find good boots but I found at least two brilliant options from Clarks for the coming season. One more formal – a grainy tan leather brogue boot perfectly finished with a leather and rubber sole (you need rubber if you live in a city where it rains) and a more casual and super light option in a maroon leather and a commando sole detail.

If, like me, you can't quite wait a few months to have a few new pairs you can head over to the Clarks website to quench your thirst for shoes. If that is even possible.

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17 April 2015

Shopping for a 60's Summer Style Inspired by 'Love & Mercy', the New Beach Boys Biopic Movie



The first trailer for 'Love & Mercy', the new biopic based on the rise of The Beach Boys, came out earlier this week. As a fan of both their music and everything about the 60's style this is definitely a film I am looking forward to. The timing of it is so perfectly on trend too – it's all about 60's and 70's this summer. From preppy striped shirts and white tennis shoes to checked short-sleeved shirts and chinos there is a great choice to jazz up our summer wardrobe. And so, as you would expect, I put together a few selections inspired in the looks from the movie.
To make the experience complete I recommend playing a few of their tracks from the iTunes playlist widget on the left-hand side.

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12 April 2015

My Favourite Sneakers: The New Balance CT300 & CRT300

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My loving relationship with New Balance started quite late in my life, about two years ago. It was then that I bought my first pair – a bright orange pair of ML574's. I have worn and still wear a lot of different brands but New Balance continue to be the most comfortable. The reason why I didn't buy a second pair for a long while is because they tend to be a little too chunky for my taste and include way too many different pieces and details. I don't like a lot of fuss in my shoes.
Flash forward to September 2014. That's when the brand first reintroduced the CT300's as a reedition of a 1979 tennis shoe model. A capsule collection of the upgraded style – CRT300 – came out later in collaboration with different leading sneaker shops in the world. My favourite style – created with Firmament Berlin – quickly sold out in Europe but I was lucky enough find a pair during my visit to NYC for fashion week. The new style is not only a lot more streamlined and clean than its predecessors but it includes a REVlite insole that makes them extremely light and comfortable.
It then took them a little while to start producing commercial models in more conventional colour ways but, in the meantime, I managed to snatch a second pair on eBay from a smaller limited edition in grey and blue, which I haven't stopped wearing ever since.
This season, finally, the brand has started releasing 300's in four new colours: white with blue, white with red, grey and green. I'd buy them all but the piles of shoe boxes in my room will soon stop me from opening the door and so I must restrain myself in order to be able to wear them out.

They're currently available in the UK at ASOS and Size and obviously at the coolest sneaker shops in the world: Firmament Berlin, Bows and Arrows and Kith.

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