10 Stylish Staples That Are Eminently Covetable (And Seasonally Reasonable)

February has officially kicked-off and the spring moods—lockdown permitting—are high. Tier 3 folk, rejoice! Don’t let lockdown hamper your cheer; fashion can still be in order. Whether you’re racing for Zooms in full-force or gathering for a (socially distant) dinner, fuss-free wardrobe staples are your tickets to keep you in good spirits.

There’s plenty on the high-street for the taking, including comfortable options of chuck-on gear that are bound to turn heads among your colleagues and peers—ditto. Dress for a meeting with maximum ease in a striped number from Marni, or look to Umbro for a classic nod on tailoring.

Stay comfy, stay safe! Shop Man In Town’s edit of covetable wardrobe staples, below.

Marni

Striped crew-neck jumper, £650, available at farfetch.com



Umbro

Classico high-neck jumper in black and bio lime, £40, available at umbro.co.uk



Sebago

Grizzly mid tumbled shoe in brown, £200, available at sebago.co.uk



Palladium

Pallashock OG in marshmallow, £80, available at palladiumboots.co.uk



Isabel Marant

Logo-jacquard crew-neck jumper, £335, available at farfetch.com



Bode

Boxing felt shirt jacket, £1,099, available at farfetch.com



Neil Barrett

Panelled crew neck jumper, £310, available at farfetch.com



Acne Studios

Knitted wool cardigan, £270, available at farfetch.com



Roberto Collina

Classic cotton polo shirt, £184, available at farfetch.com



Sacai

Chevron pattern jumper, £1525, available at farfetch.com



We Take A Glimpse Into NICCE’s World Of Pared-Back Ease Through Its Little Things Campaign

NICCE Q4 men’s collection is easy to decipher: You just need to glance at the array of pared-back codes to understand why. With numbers ranging from hooded sweatshirts to chuck-on joggers, the looks are posed with militant confidence against the vibrant canvas splashed in pangs of orange, brown and yellow. Labelling the collection as solely practicality influenced, however, would be a false judgement. The latest influx of garments (from catwalks to streetstyle) has seen a soar in functional sportswear and with shirts and bottoms in light, with cotton bases, NICCE Q4 men’s collection makes up for the ideal sportswear aficionado inspired by a proclivity for wear-anywhere comfort.



The campaign for the brands final collection of the year was shot at Peckham Liberal Club by photographer Ollie Radford, capturing the collection in a retro nostalgic setting. From pints to playing pool, the campaign aims to stir a silliness and appreciation for the little things in life after this year’s disruptions, and as we head into the festive season its intent is to offer the cosy-yet-cool vibe to one’s look. Past the printed sweaters, cuffed joggers, long t-shirts and sporty bucket-hats topped with two-toned sneaks offerings and crispy chains, NICCE takes the sporty street aesthetic and reinvents it with dazzling colour and bold, statement stripes. Loose and light hoodies have also made their way into the collection, proving that fun but practically comfortable pieces suitable for everyday and any day wear is at the centre of the NICCE’s spirit.



Shop the collection now, available at nicceclothing.com.

11 Trophy Staples To See You Through The Festive Season

As the world hunkers down ahead of a new lockdown and a tartly cold season, practicality comes with reason. And if you thought comfort can’t be classy, we invite you to think again. As well as offering a simple-to-twinkle route to your daily routine (check out Bottega Veneta’s cult options), comfort staples provide the right balance between ease and a tongue-in-cheek style currency to see you through the frosty days.

Gucci’s suede-trimmed number with two-toned fastenings doesn’t fail to make an impact, while Lee offers wear-anywhere practicality with its quilted lining, for added comfort. From woollen shirt options to figure-hugging alternatives, shop Man In Town’s edit of the best trophy staples to wear this winter.



Gucci

Web-stripe suede-trimmed wool-blend cardigan, £1,150, available at matchesfashion.com

Raey

Loose-fit V-neck cashmere sweater, £395, available at matchesfashion.com  

Bottega Veneta

Cargo-pocket cotton-blend trousers, £655, available at matchesfashion.com

Loewe

Anagram-embroidered striped sweater, £450, available at matchesfashion.com

Triumph Motorcycles

Combustion worker shirt khaki, £90, available at triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

Lee

Sherpa rider jacket corduroy in olive green, £84, available at lee.com



Mercer Amsterdam

Racer lux alcantara pearl grey, £230, available at merceramsterdam.com

Umbro

Terrain cargo pant in camouflage, £60, available at umbro.co.uk

Samsoe Samsoe

Neil crew neck jumper, £150, available at samsoe.com

Grenson

Sneaker 22 men’s, £195, available at grenson.com

Simon Carter

Surfer boards and scissors face masks, £20, available at simoncarter.net

Talent Focus: Everything You Need To Know About Gran Canaria Fashion Week 2020

Tongue-in-cheek slogans, sunset fabrics and tactical nip slip vests: here’s everything you need to know about this year’s hottest picks.

Gran Canaria can do no wrong in our eyes. The balmy heat. The sweeping bustling beach stretch. The mouth-watering eats. And let’s not forget, the distinctive fashion scene. Yes, the dazzling colour palettes, ostentatious nods to heritage and the sultry heat of the collections that pour forth from Gran Canaria Moda Calida Fashion Week as years go by. And this year was no exception, marking a special edition given the global health crisis, with the international fashion industry turning their heads once again in Gran Canaria for four days. With the current pandemic, the show swiftly switched up, implementing a sun-drenched catwalk.

Gran Canaria Moda Cálida is an action program for the textile industry in the island, created by the Gran Canaria’s Council Department of Industry, Commerce and Crafts, which has the counselling of the Asociación de Creadores de Moda de España (ACME), associated institution from 2017. Fashion is for this organization a growing sector with many possibilities for the industrial development and Gran Canaria represents the framework in which designers and companies support their projects. Until 25th October, the Canarian catwalk hosted the parades of the Canarian firms Diazar, Palmas, Carlos San Juan, Maldito Sweet, Lucas Balboa, Chela Clo, Nuria González, Arcadio Domínguez y Aurelia Gil; junto a Kokú Kids, Ladybug’s Cris e It Child in the children’s category. The show also included the participation of leading national and international firms such as TCN, Bannana Moon, Livia, Guillermina Baeza, Carlos San Juan, Gottex, Aurelia Gil, Dolores Cortés, Como un Pez en el Agua, Énfasis, All Sisters, All That She Loves, Palmas, Miss Bikini y Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada; next to the children’s brands Fátima Rodríguez, Bannana Moon Kids, Dolores Cortés Kids, Cosas de Mon y Belle & Rebel. TCN was the firm in charge of opening the show.

The firm TCN, a worldwide reference in the beachwear universe, was responsible for the inauguration of the catwalk today with an individual show that marked its return to Gran Canaria Swim Week by Moda Cálida after a few editions. TCN is committed to a collection faithful to its origins and its characteristic lifestyle: a boho chic without stridencies that is identified by its style and its characteristic “je ne sais quoi” Sant Remy is the main thread of the Spring-Summer TCN 2021 collection. Provence and its lavender fields are the stars in a story of unique and unrepeatable moments where the TCN woman dresses for an ethereal and light summer.

Gran Canaria Swim Week by Moda Cálida welcomes its second day in ExpoMeloneras (Maspalomas), under the co-organization of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and IFEMA. By all means, the second day was incredibly enlightening and saw a true evolution of the city’s fashion come forward: the day continued with the double fashion show of Chela Clo and Diazar in first place; and Banana Moon and Livia, afterwards. The first show presented her collection “Discordant Retro Vibes“, which embraces current trends in New York youth fashion inspired by the 90’s. The asymmetrical fades of tie-dye and the abstract forms of terrazzo and marble inspire Chela Clo’s collection for the Spring-Summer 2021 season. Diazar has opted for black as the leitmotif of the collection. The compositional elements that make up the proposal of the collection “The New Black, by Diazar” are based on concepts linked to a dark chromatic range with nuances.

Later, it was the turn of Guillermina Baeza, an exceptional guest, who unveiled a collection born from Tangier’s magic. The colours of the collection evoke nature: the blues lead to the sea, and the oranges, cream and mauve, to a sunset in the Haffa cafe. The memory of the smell of “azahar” mixed with that of spices paints the earthy colours with golden flashes.

The afternoon continued with Carlos San Juan and Gottex. To design his collection, Carlos San Juan explored the way in which tensioning cables manage to hold the most spectacular structures, giving them, at the same time, an extraordinary beauty. Gottex has presented a collection with innovative techniques, avant-garde shapes and a variety of new textures and soft fabrics.

To conclude, Aurelia Gil was responsible for closing the day with a collection full of spectacular looks and garments made of tulle that dresses with fantasy the swimwear proposals. The designer presented, on the one hand, pure and unpretentious looks with the swimwear as main character, and on the other hand, totally structured looks that use the swimwear to create a formal look.

The Eco of Southern Italy: Where Emerging Fashion Flourishes Aplenty

In light of a global health crisis sweeping across the international economy, Italian luxury retailers battled against financial odds to present their collections both in September during fashion month and beyond. However, if one delves deeper into the reasons why the financial struggles are facing unforeseen times, one can discover that many of the problems that are being highlighted are a magnification of issues that the world has carried on for years: reducing footfall for brick and mortar retail spaces, the relevance of fashion weeks, the snail’s pace acceptance of digitisation and technology are amongst the gripes we’ve been battling with for a long time.

Covid-19 hasn’t created a new existential crisis, but it has highlighted the one we were working through at our leisure. Sustainability is another area where, in particularly fashion, brands have been making improvements and there have already been calls from many areas of the industry, including from buyers, consumers and brands themselves, to ensure that we do not undo the steps that have been made. After all, when the Covid-19 pandemic has been managed, we will still have to tackle the climate crisis. All those in the fashion industry should consider the changes they can make to improve their own business sustainability – we aren’t far away from the time where business partners, clients and consumers will start asking you, ‘Is your business being socially responsible?’.

In addition, as much as the pandemic has thrown our business lives into turmoil, it also provides us with opportunities for our industry to create better product and reduce waste. It is giving us the space to work out how to have a productive dialog with our consumers and integrate their feedback, values and wants into the products we create. It provides brands the opportunity to work on really understanding their customer through direct-to-consumer channels, providing insights which they would not gain through wholesale. The Italian market seem to have faced a crucial turning point this season: Evening Dresses Show (Edshow) – Salerno Organised by IFTA (Independent Fashion Talent Association), with the collaboration and support of Ice – Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalisation of Italian companies – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Campania Region, Municipality and Chamber of Commerce of Salerno, Edshow has selected 40 brands in the eight southern Italian regions (Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily) which, during the three days of the show (10-12 October) have a Digital-area where they can make themselves known to buyers connected to the 78 Ice offices worldwide. The October event aims to consecrate Salerno as the capital of evening fashion, but also as a fashion hub for the best micro and small businesses in Southern Italy. Like the 23 bells, the most representative symbol of the show, followed by Puglia, with 7 companies, Sicily with 4 and Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise and Sardinia, with one company for each Region.

“Italy has always been associated with innovation and I have always been impressed with the talent emerging from Ed Show,” remarked the recent notes. “The competing collections looked to the future of Catalan fashion design while maintaining all the cultural references that have makes 080 one of our favourite fashion destinations.” While all of the brands and designers who showcased their collections over the week captured our attention in different ways, once again the Italian market hasn’t failed its great knack for craftsmanship.

12 Season-Approved Wardrobe Classics To See You Through Winter

If you find off-duty dressing a forced affair, allow a fair dose of chic practicality to come to your rescue. The new seasonal fashion lexicon takes the effort out of looking effortless. This year’s unavoidable WFH situationship (pardon my lingo) shouldn’t dissuade you from dressing up (or down from you Zoom-ready set up). Nod to casual style in Finisterre, go all swanky in top-to-toe monochrome woollens by All Saints, or make a gently tapered number from Parajumpers your first port of call. For added interest, Colmar offers contemporary styles in a neutral colour palette, while Triumph Motorcycles Lifestyle’s cotton-rich tees blaze a trail through the leisurewear arena, for a crisp touch. And who can blame us? Of course, comfort dressing flourishes aplenty in these times, and whether you like it or not, the go-anywhere style formula promises wear-anywhere ease. Below, shop Man In Town’s edit of the best wardrobe classics to boost your Winter game.


Triumph Motorcycles Lifestyle

Deacon d-pocket wax cotton black jacket, £275, available at Triumphmotorcycles.co.uk


Parajumpers

Stretch cotton fleece with light nylon ripstop, £203, available at Parajumpers.it


Colmar

Down jacket with ribbed collar, £419, available at Colmar.it


ALL SAINTS

Campo wool blend coat, £265.30, available at Allsaints.com


ALL SAINTS

Estrela British Harris Tweed jacket, £181.30, available at Allsaints.com


NOBIS

Wayland men’s long reversible puffer, £1,095, available at Uk.nobis.com


Mercer Amsterdam

Vegan black sneaker, £250, available at Merceramsterdam.com


Finisterre

Marwick smock shirt in navy, £110, available at Finisterre.com


Finisterre

Marwick cordium shirt in green, £110, available at Finisterre.com


Timberland

Mountain trail jacket in navy, £265, available at Timberland.co.uk


Puma

Puma x Central Saint Martins mid length jacket, available at Eu.puma.com


NICCE

Ela hood sweatshirt in grey, £40, Nicceclothing.com

The ultimate guide to Emily In Paris’ characters

Released a few weeks ago whilst quickly entering the top ten most viewed programmes on Netflix, Emily in Paris got people talking immediately, attracting lots of criticism for the representation of the Ville Lumière and its inhabitants, judged excessively stereotypical (clichés, indeed, are not lacking, although the production has made it clear how unavoidable they are given the plot, which tells the story of an American girl who came to Paris for the first time) and just as many mentions for the colourful outfits. The clothes are the work of costume designer Patricia Field, who was already the creator of Ugly Betty‘s wardrobes and, above all, Sex and the City’s.

A less investigated aspect, on the other hand, is that of the male characters, since they are the ones who steal the scene. Of course, the Emily Cooper of the title, aka Lily Collins, her deputy Sylvie (Philippine Leroy- Beaulieu) and all the other women in the casting. And yet some of the men deserve a more in-depth look at start with Gabriel, a chef as charming as he is skilful at preparing tartare de veau, divided, sentimentally speaking, between the lead role (and neighbour) Emily and her friend, as well as her girlfriend, Camille. The 32-year-old Lucas Bravo, a model, was chosen to interpret it, who boasts of participations in soaps such as Sous le soleil and Plus belle la vie, which are quite popular in France. In this case, the fashion component is kept to a minimum (tight t-shirts, pastel sweatshirts, dark coats, denim jackets, evergreen combination of leather and t-shirts).

Credits Photo 2: Joséphine Leddet x Schon Magazine


It’s impossible not to mention Julien, Emily’s colleague at the Paris marketing agency Savoir, who is a permanent member of the blasé and prone to judge sarcastically what surrounds him. He is the most fashionable, fully dressed at work as on other occasions. His is a style with strong colours, sophisticated: he prefers suits brushed on, in classic colours (brightened up, however, by shirts, jackets in vitaminic colours) or, on the contrary, rather whimsical, covered by large graphics and patterns, sometimes accessorised with brochettes pinned to lapels and necklaces jewellery. Alternatively, polo shirts with bright nuances (like the blue polo shirt by Paul Smith of the latter episode), bomber, satin varsity jacket. Julien is impersonated by Samuel Arnold, a former professional dancer, a Parisian who moved to Paris some time ago to London, where in 2018 he starred at the National Theatre in the play Antony and Cleopatra.

Another prominent male figure is that of William Abadie, a 47-year-old French actor who trained at the Actors’ Theatre. A New York studio, whose filmography includes serials such as Gossip Girl, Gotham and Homeland. In addition, he is an experienced athlete whose specialties range from marathon to triathlon and is regularly involved in sports. His alter ego on the screen is Antoine Lambert, founder of the haute parfumerie brand. Maison Lavaux – one of Savoir’s biggest clients – as well as lover of Emily Sylvie Grateau’s boss.  Another role played by Abadie is of a gregarious and unleavened man, tightly knit in tailored suits with a cut impeccable, completed with tie and a rigorous pochette.


Charles Martins, on the other hand, is Mathieu Cadault, the archetype of the successful businessman. A Latin lover in the company of celebrities and movie stars, manager of the high fashion brand Pierre Cadault, a fictional Maison presented in the series as an emblem of Parisian chic (one of the best scenes is, in fact, the one in which the designer of the same name moves around noting the heart-shaped charms and Tour Eiffel, which the sudden role keeps in view on the bag). Given the profession, it is obviously very elegant: in the course of the episodes she shows three pieces of tweed dresses, geometrically patterned scarves, sartorial overcoats, cache-col laid with studied nonchalance along the lapels and so on.

Despite the small amount of time of the respective characters, we can finally mention Roe Hartrampf a.k.a. Doug, Emily’s boyfriend (who actually ceases to be so at the beginning of the series), at the American boy all work and cheer for the Chicago Cubs, and Eion Bailey, interpreter of Randy Zimmer.

#MITPARADE: the fashion collabs championing the icons of pop music and art

We resume our journey with the fashion brands that tell their story through the values of music and art. Two forms of expression that know no borders, but are made of colours and frequencies, mark time and influence moods. They keep us together due to a rhythm that beats in unison or an image that goes straight to the core and this is precisely the reason that makes them vital: because they make us feel alive. Today more than ever, their role reminds us where we come from and how much this can be an impulse not to give up. So, let’s wear these values: of beauty, of music, of art.

A positive message shared by the new Kappa campaign whose protagonist is HELL RATON, which carries forward the value of teamwork and of the ancient popular wisdom of the union that makes strength. A dedication to team spirit, to those who win shoulder to shoulder, as the brand logo teaches. Being a team means playing the same game, running towards the same goal, sharing credit with someone who is committed to the same attainment. The new X Factor judge tells his idea of a team, with his project, Machete Gaming, linked to Esports. After just a year he’s already having a huge success on socials and the Twitch platform, where gamers compete.

Supporting the ability to unite the guys, even during training: “The Esports are exactly like a real sport.” Manuelito reveals his passion for the world of video games as well as the music we already know, and the success achieved by his label, thanks to his innate charisma that makes everything he throws himself into cool. The winning sixth sense of two positive generations, Z and Millennials, a tribute to those who find in common passions, a way of feeling part of the same team.



Moleskine, with respect to its DNA, declares its attraction to the art world with a new limited edition celebrating one of the most striking female exponents of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo. Her struggle and love for life have been her greatest source of inspiration, which we find in her powerful works of art, an object of great interest for all generations. In her words all her resilience, the affirmation of the ego and her attachment to life, in spite of the Pelona (death) who danced around her bed throughout her almost entire existence. It is no coincidence that Moleskine dedicates his attention to this rebellious spirit. In the two limited editions and a special box set, the powerful words of a woman who had all the fire of Mexico inside her and thoughts, like a flooding river, of a rebellious spirit. This edition is a hymn to freedom.



Vans, a brand that symbolises action sports, is signing its collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for the second time. T-shirts, jackets, trainers and accessories become artists’ canvases to capture all the power of abstract expressionism of the works selected for this extraordinary project, available worldwide from November 11.

From Cubism to constructivism by Lybov Popova, to the harrowing cry of Edvard Munch (1895), who, more than a century later, launches a message of great actuality. From the revolutionary dripping of Jackson Pollock, a pioneer of action painting, who won the interest of Peggy Guggenheim, to the explosive quilts screaming for Faith Ringgold’s defence of civil rights. “Faith Ringgold worked closely with the Vans design team and the MoMA team to tell a story through detail, introducing quilted borders to contextualise her work in Vans,” said Angie Dita, head of Global Footwear Design for Lifestyle Footwear at Vans.

Popova’s painting “Untitled (1917)” was applied to Vans Sk8-Hi. Two options of fleece and ringer T-shirts are added to the series.

This Classic Slip-On takes inspiration from Ringgold’s first series of abstract paintings, “The Windows of the Wedding”, made in the 1970s. On the side is engraved a quote by Ringgold, printed with his handwriting: “My mother said I’d have to work twice as hard to go half as far” (My mother told me I would have to work twice as hard to go half as far).


A capsule collection signed by Ciesse has a street flavour and is abandoned in an explosion of graffiti. The collection, which includes the release of two more pieces, expresses the perfect synthesis between J-Ax‘s belonging to the American dream, its rebellious spirit and desire for freedom and the high quality standard of Ciesse Piumini, without shifting the focus from the theme of urban dynamism in harmony with the needs of safety, comfort and style.

The capsule was activated on the singer’s IG page on Tuesday 27th October, with a SWIPE UP connected directly to the Ciesse Piumini website, to pre-order the limited edition street jacket. Just a preview in view of the sale of the other two models, starting from November only in selected stores.

Triumph Lifestyle continues its utility reboot by messing with timeless conventions

Legendary and timeless label Triumph Lifestyle is back with a bold bang for Autumn Winter 2020: drawing inspiration from 100 years of history and a premium etiquette of sportswear- appropriate apparel, the brand provides clothing for craftsmanship aficionados with a penchant for iconic wardrobe classics.

“The Autumn/Winter 2020 campaign is the second collection from this new Triumph Motorcycles sub brand, putting quality at the forefront of every decision,” highlight the notes. “Inspired by the ride, the collection was shot in the raw and unforgiving British landscape of Honister Pass in the Lake District, a bucket list route for any rider. The location provides a breath-taking backdrop, whilst portraying the perfect scene of escapism that so many bikers strive for, a longing to explore – nothing but you and your motorbike.”

Exploring new prints and colours with styles such as the Camo Wax Garstang Jacket, making an item stand out delicately, grounding its heritage in early Field Jackets and constructed with compact twill oil cloth. Contrasting with the bold colours of the Avenham Wool Jacket in herringbone plaid inspired from the early 1920’s Moto blouson sports jackets, this collection has bolstered the foundations of its timelessness. This season, the brand’s masterstrokes incorporated a covetable line-up of luxury leather and wax jackets – which really tells us everything we need to know about the brand’s skill with transmuting staples into something original – blending the likes of utility wear and contemporary fashion.

The Triumph AW20 collection will be available from Triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

Alined Network’s Entrepreneurs are re-writing the future of showroom experiences

The global fashion industry is undertaking a tumultuous ride in light of the Coronavirus pandemic which, for many enterprises, has been the catalyst of irrevocable financial disruptions. Major fashion capitals have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’, fledging to a new modus operandi in order to endure the crisis. Fashion weeks, in fact, have switched their format and the community of insiders hasn’t gathered like previous seasons due to the plethora of government restrictions put in place. For buyers, jetsetters whose task is to identify – likewise represent – world-leading brands, it’s been a shift marked by unprecedented challenges.

As seen over at Milan Fashion Week, an event that took place almost as normal (with over 30% of physical catwalk shows, as reported by the Wall Street Journal), the Italian fashion capital has skilfully cemented its mindset to new avenues of transformation. In Milan, nine partners coming from eight independent showrooms joined forces in creating Alined Network, a digital business portal dedicated to shops and buying groups. Created with self-financed curricula by the leaders themselves, the organisation’s versatility widens to a multiplicity of brands, guaranteeing a creative outline and re-assessing the role of the showrooms. “This is a time to change and rethink fashion,” highlights Livia Gregoretti, Co-Founder of Alined Network. “We wanted to ensure that we could build an initiative that considers the future of fashion and that defines its appropriate character and dynamics.” With a positive mindset and a plethora of brands in its roaster (approximately 200), the initiative introduces a broad spectrum of product search to new consumers, as well as delivers visibility through its digital portal. International brands and emerging designers are represented on its channels, activating a portfolio of innovative business contacts.

Moreover, as the pandemic caused a halt to organisation depriving them from travelling, Alined Network enables a remote reaching system in order for buyers to overview a myriad of offers of the founding showrooms and affiliates, creating an opportunity to schedule appointments with customers and worldwide buyers even from afar. “The new fashion business model of Alined Network lives in the sign of inclusiveness and openness. It lives in progress,” the notes remark. Overall, the portal encompasses clothing, home wear, accessories (footwear and bags), and fragrances, for a men and women.