Thursday, 10 April 2014

World Cup Fashion/ Footballers & Significant Others To Watch For


In just a few months' time people all over the world will be turning their gaze toward Brazil, with the World Cup set to begin on June 13. And make no mistake, this is a world event that captures the imaginations of people for all sorts of different reasons beyond sport - as much as I love football, there can be lulls in the excitement. 

Sure, the action on the pitch will undoubtedly be outstanding - and hopefully this time round it won't be heartbreak for England - but the spectacle of it all, the patriotic attitudes, is fascinating from a cultural standpoint as well, and fashion will certainly be a part of it! 

The football world is full of fashion icons, both among the players themselves, and particularly, many of their wives and girlfriends. Growing up so close to Chelsea Football Club's training ground and practically having footballers for neighbours, I have witnessed firsthand the style of the WAGS after many run-ins with Louise Redknapp and Toni Terry. So let's take a look at some of the most stylish figures, on teams and on the sidelines, that we can expect to keep an eye on this summer in Brazil.



The Players:

David Beckham


It goes without saying that Beckham is a fashion icon, and though he is not technically a player anymore, he'll likely put in an appearance at the World Cup. Even during his playing days, Beckham was known nearly as much for his modeling work and good looks as for his talent on the pitch!


Cristiano Ronaldo


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Not only one of the best players in the world, Ronaldo is also one of the best looking and most stylish footballers currently in action. The Portuguese superstar may not get too much of a chance to flaunt his style during the Cup, but if you watch him play and want a glimpse at his more fashionable side, AskMen wrote a piece on just what makes him a style icon.


Mario Balotelli

Balotelli


Mario Balotelli is weird in every sense of the word. The entertaining accounts of his stylish car being filled with rotting fish by team-mates is enough to go by. He's one of the best young talents in football; he's had numerous awkward brushes with authority; and he could lead Italy on a deep run in this World Cup. But Balotelli knows how to make a statement off the pitch as well. Specifically, he's known for bold hairstyles and rather eccentric fashion displays.


Ashley Cole



Ashley Cole and Jay Z

Known for his sleek, classy style, long time English defender Ashley Cole actually doesn't seem like a shoe-in for this year's World Cup. Sporting news and betting tip site Betfair recently did a write-up of several players with work to do to make the national team, and Cole was on the list. Fashion lovers may prefer things that way, as Cole cuts an incredibly suave image when he's not playing.





The Significant Others:

Victoria Beckham


Victoria Beckham
Just as David Beckham will likely put in an appearance, good old Posh Spice will probably show up as well, and that's always a fashion event worth tuning in to. The beautiful Mrs. Beckham has become such a style icon over the years that she now hosts her own website for fashion, accessories, and images, not to mention having shown her label at countless fashion weeks. 


Irina Shayk



Irina Shayk

Russian model Irina Shayk has a claim as the most stunning of all famous footballer wives and girlfriends, so perhaps it's only natural that she's married to Cristiano Ronaldo. A former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model, Shayk has taken part in numerous modelling and acting endeavours and has always stunned in both bold and classy ways. One glance at Shayk's Instagram account reveals everything from gorgeous bikini photos to high-end fashion, with carefree, casually stylish looks in between. She'll certainly be one to watch for during the World Cup.


Coleen Rooney

Coleen


Coleen Rooney, the wife of English star Wayne Rooney, has always been a sort of casual fashion icon. Rooney doesn't seem as if she's seeking to stun every time she heads out in public, and yet she has always made an impact with her style. Just earlier this month, Manchester Evening News posted an article following the Grand National horse race at Aintree pointing out Rooney's fabulous pink outfit (Mrs. Rooney is a frequent visitor at high-profile horse racing events), and she seemed to wear it in a delightfully casual manner. Rooney has also become a representative for the retail giant Littlewoods.


Ilary Blasi



Ilary Blasi

The wife of veteran Italian star Francesco Totti, who seems likely to be in line for one last World Cup run this summer, Blasi is one of the biggest names in football fashion. An Italian model and occasional television personality, she has always been closely tied to the fashion world—and always looks stunning. Style Bistro highlights a delightful range of her looks, from casual to formal and all extremely stylish. Let's hope we see a few similar looks if she makes the trek to Brazil!


The truth is, most people close to prominent footballers tend to find ways to look wonderful. - be it the expendable cash and our expectations of how those of fame should look. But these are certainly some names and faces to keep an eye out for if you're watching this summer's action with an interest in fashion!



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Lookbook/ Kate Moss x Topshop

Kate's back

Printed blouse, Kate x Topshop
Kate Moss, model extraordinaire and pretty much the British fashion icon, is back for a 50-piece - yes, 50 piece, capsule collection at the high-street favourite, Topshop. Moss used to frequently design pieces for Topshop but that partnership ended a couple years ago. But she's back! The collection will be everywhere on the 30th of April. 

There's something about Kate that oozes 'rockstar': the fame, the money, the goddess-like presence? Many a woman would love to be towering in her favoured Christian Louboutin pumps. Whatever it is, I find that she is one of the best style references for festival season in particular. Perhaps its her beloved vintage wardrobe?

Kate's first Glastonbury with Johnny Depp, 1996
Glastonbury, 2003
Isle of Wight, 2006
Glastonbury, 2004, source for all festival photos

Many of the new pieces for Topshop have that classic Kate vintage feel, and are even some of her old designs but revamped, which are perfect for festival season. Here are some of my favourite pieces that I'll fight you for in Topshop.

Lace up aztec print shorts, kinda Isabel Marant-y
Paisley trousers, awesome!

Leather tassel jacket
Crotchet lace dress

If you want to see the entire collection, head over to Nylon. Really looking forward to this capsule, gonna be a stunner! 

I have a couple festivals I'm excited about attending this summer - Reading, WOMAD and Latitude -so I'll definitely be looking towards Moss for inspiration. 

Over and out.




Monday, 7 April 2014

RIP Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof has passed away at the age of 25. This is so shocking and such a sad situation seeing as the singer and actress has left behind a husband and two sons, similar to how her own mother passed.

RIP Peaches.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Music/ Molotov Cocktail


Hi everyone. Today I thought I'd let you know about this really great band that I found out about recently: Molotov Cocktail.

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They've recently released a new album and I'm lucky enough to be seeing them performing live tonight in Brighton. Their opening night was a complete success I've been told: a neon themed night of fun and games and sweat sweat sweat! The new album is called Carnival Flower and is so different to my usual music tastes (primarily rock/indie) - despite listening to a broad range of genres - yet perhaps it's Molotov Cocktail's ability to cross all kinds of genres is what makes the band so special.



So what kind of music is it, I hear you ask. Well...the 6-piece band, fronted by Game of Thrones actress and former Harry Potter cast member, Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), define themselves as Gypstep. With spanish undertones - occasional lyrics too - and plenty of brass, Molotov Cocktail are guaranteed to get you working up a sweat. 

Hope everyone enjoys the final hours of the weekend - oh and the Easter break if you're fortunate like me and aren't working/at school. 

Here's Something for the Weekend! And hopefully I shall get some good photos tonight for you all to see.

Follow the band on Google Connect +MolotovJukebox 
Or on Twitter @Molotov_Jukebox
And Facebook /mojuband

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Designers/ Dunhill

Vivienne Westwood
Richard Nicoll
After a superior London Fashion Week this February, with trends aplenty and stunning collections across the board I've been incredibly inspired by the new power play on the catwalk. It looks like the woman who means business is on the minds of many designers for F/W 2014.


Paul Smith
Paul Smith

There was masculine tailoring - a pinstripe here and there - not just on the catwalk but in the glossies too.

I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for the printed media. LOVE Magazine is one of my personal favourites for their exquisite editorials and shoots - the photo appreciator that I am. I picked up the latest issue the other day and was drawn to Dunhill's latest campaign which reminded me of this seasons silhouettes. Yes, its menswear, but a lot of the designers took inspiration from such masculinity for their womenswear collections - not to forget the return of the heritage trend and the resulting classic tailoring that Alfred Dunhill is so eponymous for.


Dunhill S/S Campaign. Model Craig McDean Source

Alfred Dunhill, known mainly just by Dunhill, is just that kind of heritage brand that inspires womenswear designers to integrate masculinity to their collections.

Alfred Dunhill breathed new life into his fathers namesake brand in 1893, which had been a saddlers. At a time where it was mainly the rich who could afford a car, Alfred Dunhill saw a gap in the market for car accessories and thus the business was renamed 'Dunhill Motorities' selling "everything but the motor."

From goggles to car horns to picnic sets and then watches, Dunhill branched out even further, inventing the rearview mirror and developing a product specifically to make smoking in cars easier. His interest in the fashionable art of smoking, Alfred opened a tobacco store and then pipe factory; the cigarette brand didn't take long to follow. Without these new enterprises, it is unlikely that he would have been commissioned for that gunmetal lighter that Connery flourishes in his first Bond appearance - thus resulting in a longstanding relationship with the Bond enterprise.

Alfred Dunhill S/S 2011 @LFW
Alfred Dunhill S/S 2011 @LFW

The Dunhill brand joined the highly acclaimed Richemont Group in 1998, a highly selective group containing only the most luxurious labels, alongside Cartier and Mont Blanc.

Such a heritage brand, isn't is going to be a bit dated for the modern market? With a refreshed design team in 2005, the brand has reaffirmed its dominance in the menswear atelier industry, updating the aesthetic of the clothes and accessories for the modern man. Dunhill even kitted out Great Britain's Olympic team - rather dashing.

Louis Smith in Dunhill, Source

So with heritage being a huge hit on the catwalks and off, gents, why not look to the classic British brand for your wardrobe staples. And ladies take inspiration from Dunhill in preparation for Fall/Winters masculine influence.








And that concludes my look into one of my favourite trends for A/W '14: heritage, with a masculine twist for the womenswear branch. So I leave you with some of my favourite pieces from Dunhills new arrivals, on the right are some similar, perhaps more affordable pieces: top scarf by Glen Lossie, Joseph elbow-patch jumper, and blazer by Asos.

Enjoy the new season!

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