BESOTTED WITH BOTTEGA VENETA

In case you missed my string of tweets a few months back (before I took a twitter break), both I and my inner Elven mage have a slight infatuation with Bottega Veneta’s much coveted spring/summer menswear line.

The collection boasts beautiful suede and silk garments, layered with cropped trousers and hi top boots, all in weathered rustic tones which convey both a seasonal informality and something rather otherworldly. Sadly being completely out of my poor homme price range, I can only really take influence from the garments, styling and colour palette but I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces that have influenced my SS13 wardrobe this year.
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I’M HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THESE MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA CLEAR-SOLE BLACK LEATHER BOOTS FROM MR PORTER

*Cue groans at the title*

I’m more than happy to hold my hands up and admit that I wasn’t exactly the biggest Maison Martin Margiela fan until I came across the H&M collection and began doing more digging into their archives.

Since purchasing as much as I could afford from their high street collaboration, I’ve become rather obsessed with the brand, (“perusing the web until 4am for any Margiela bargains” obsessed), and their avant-garde/classic with a contemporary twist aesthetic, which has been perfectly portrayed by these Clear Sole Black Leather Boots from Mr Porter.

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SPREAD YOUR WINGS & PREPARE TO FLY WITH THESE NEW T-SHIRTS FROM MR PORTER

Don’t worry…God hasn’t issued the go-ahead for the Rapture and left a plague of insects and birds in it’s wake, I just made what I could in the time I had available!

Recently I’ve noticed plenty of designers housing a selection of avian inspired prints, so while casually browsing through the Mr Porter website, (as I tend to do daily now), I found three such T-Shirts that are easy to style, relaxed and all share a similar theme – Flight!

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THE BURGUNDY LEATHER BOMBER JACKET FROM ASOS

I’ve been extremely vocal about my obsession with the oxblood coloured leather items, unfortunately they all seems to fall out of my tiny poor homme budget. But lo and behold this simple and beautiful Burgandy Leather Bomber from ASOS !!! *Praise*

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KEEP IT COOL, CLEAN & COS

If Angels wore clothes, I bet you £29 they would be from COS… *daydreams*

Transencending the idea of “season”, with garments enriched by a soft, muted colour palette and weaved from both contemporary and classic materials,  the brand’s trend aware ethos is not only rendered into their transitional collections, but found within the design of their functional “gallery like” stores.

So while I continue to shop for things I shouldn’t, and my taste in clothing becomes more attuned to all things minimal and clean cut, here are a few of my favourite tops available from COS now.

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I’VE GOT THE “BALTIMORE BLUES”

I’ve noticed recently that my look is once again evolving. Now that’s either due to blogging, tweeting and following a horde of inspiring fashionistos, or it’s because being an unemployable vegetable rotting in the middle of nowhere has just made me lazier when it comes to making an effort to dress up (I don’t even straighten my hair to quiff it anymore). Either way, I’ve slowly begun to ditch the torso hugging tight tops and leather boots I wear with my skinnies, and replaced them with easy to wear oversized sweatshirts and tees in muted tones and converses.

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MY “MUST HAVE” ITEMS FROM THE ALL SAINTS MENSWEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2013 COLLECTION

Hooray for All Saints SS13!

The brand’s new commercial and cleaner look has divided many fans recently, (including myself), however this Spring/Summer sees the perfect compromise to appease us all!

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MY “MUST HAVE” ITEMS FROM THE REISS MENSWEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2013 COLLECTION

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, but thanks to Reiss and their gorgeous SS13 Menswear collection, (as well as the glorious sunshine beaming through my bedroom window), I’ve found just the inspiration I needed!

From Sea-foam blues and rose pinks, to burnt orange leathers and honeyed suede, the collection imbues soft pastel hued spring-time colours within it’s high end and tailored composition, which of course alludes to the relaxed and refined Reiss aesthetic that I adore. It’s fresh, sophisticated but also playful, which allows you update your wardrobe staples without breaking the bank or compromising on quality.

This is one, if not the strongest SS13 collection on the high street this season, and below are some of my favourite must-have pieces.

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EVERYBODY LOVES CHRIS

If there’s one t-shirt that EVERYBODY wants each year, it’s the coveted Christopher Kane   statement tee.

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THE MYTHICAL MENAGERIE OF MENSWEAR (PART III)

“I grin at thee thou grinning whale!”
~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville

This quirky Slim-Fit Whale Intarsia Cashmere Sweater by Thom Browne is the latest addition to my Mythical Menagerie of Menswear. Ok so it’s not exactly a “Mythical” creature, but I’m taking a leaf out of Brittany Pierce’s book, (being unemployed means I’ve been watching far too much Glee), letting my imagination run wild, and going for the whole “Moby Dick – white devil of the sea” angle or even Monstro from Disney’s Pinocchio, (yes, I’m reaching).

Moving on, this luxury piece of navy knitwear has its scottish manufacturing roots firmly emblazoned on the chest in the form of a cute little plaid whale that likes to destroy boats and bite off legs.

Check out how I would style and wear this wonderful piece from Mr Porter here.

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THE ACNE NAVY BOLD STRIPE HARDY T-SHIRT FROM MY WARDROBE

With all sales drawing to a close, My Wardrobe has just announced they are offering a whopping 30% of ALL menswear both new season and sale, (sadly the black Marc By Marc Jacobs tote I tweeted about 2 days ago has gone *weeps*).

Moving swiftly on, y’all should bag yourself some new season bargains such as this awesome Navy Bold Stripe Hardy T-Shirt from Acne’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection which I adore! And if you can, take advantage of the great discount until 3.2.2012 by entering MEN30 at the checkout, and grabbing the following items to wear with it!

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CHEERS! TO THE MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA 22 MEN’S CORK LACE UP SHOES FROM OKI-NI

MUST HAVE THESE!

Being an avid fan of classic styles with contemporary twists, Maison Martin Margiela have, (in my opinion), once again delivered with these beautiful Cork Lace Up Shoes featuring a varnished cork overlay, tonal laces and stitching to match.

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