Saturday, 31 May 2014
This month, POP Magazine asked me to be photographed for a collaboration with designer e-tailer YOOX.com. After looking at the threads, I couldn't resist getting into some top notch 1950s garb. To see more images click below, or read my interview at ThePOP.com.
Friday, 30 May 2014
Pairing a traditional double breasted suit with a soft black leather underarm bag outside the shows at London Fashion Week. The final addition of a Burberry style throw over the shoulders brings a touch of eccentricity.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Monday, 26 May 2014
Friday, 23 May 2014
The Monobi menswear collection of technical outerwear items was shot in East London's concrete jungle. We wanted to create a clean urban aesthetic, removing the obvious draws to any particular city. Working with such detailed designs was fantastic as the sleek layering, hidden zips and creative fabrics photographed beautifully.
See Part 1 of the lookbook here and don't forget to enter the Instagram competition to win an exclusive Monobi bag
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014
It was the worn leather vintage bag on this chap's back that attracted me at first, but I soon noticed the details in the rest of his outfit. Luckily there was a set of traffic lights up ahead meaning he slowed giving me enough time to snap a shot.
Following my lookbook shoot with the Italian brand, I got my hands on a luxury Monobi bag worth 120€ to give away to one lucky winner. Simply follow and regram to win via Instagram @GarconJon. Good luck, you have until Sunday 25th May to enter!
Saturday, 17 May 2014
This month I was fortunate enough to shoot the lookbook for a new Italian brand, Monobi. Basing the outerwear collection on the meeting of two worlds, the designers behind the brand introduced their knowledge of classic Italian tailoring to contemporary technical advances.
The items were a dream to photograph and fascinating to try on. Their Blizzard. I Coat appears to be a classic overcoat but the wool-felted jersey gives clean, sharp lines and conceal a goose down filled lining which was steam sealed. My personal favourite is the Townshed jacket, a water resistant, lightweight blazer that feels like a cardigan. It uses a triple layer of fabric: sport coat cloth with seam free welding, making it water resistant but soft and lightweight.
The collection, made in the Italian town of Prato, is the fusion of historical craftsmanship and an architectural modernism reminiscent of Japanese precision in design. The urban sensibility has a technical mindset. For example, the seemingly simple tote bag is actually constructed with three layers. The external shell is treated cotton with an inner waterproof membrane laser cut at the seams to reveal a flash of layered colour. The handles being the most traditional element, are in crafted in soft but durable leather for comfort and strength.
As the limited edition bag represents the new AW14 collection so perfectly, I had to get my hands on one as a giveaway for GarconJon readers. The tote, priced at €120 when it hits stores for autumn, will be given to one lucky winner this month. Check out my Instagram page @GarconJon see how to enter and find out more about Monobi at LiveMonobi.com.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Wearing floral print as a man can be a tricky line to tred but menswear buyer for Harvey Nicholls Reece Crisp shows us how it's done with perfect ease. With the sun now shining on London, it's time to take note and break out some relaxed short sleeve shirts while pushing the boundaries with colour and print.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
When there's hysteria around shows at fashion week, I prefer to go off-route in search of style in the back streets. I found this model-off-duty taking a break in a cafe between shows. His reaction was fantastic when he noticed me shooting.
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Name: Liam Chennells
Location: Blackheath, London
Life Motto: You are the sum of the average of the 5 people that you spend the most time with.
As a 24 year old, you've lived quite a few lives. Tell me about your career progression into rugby... I always played Rugby as a child and when I was 13 got a scholarship to attend rugby school, training every day from that age. This led me directly into the professional world which was a dream come true.
What was your favourite thing about the sport? I love the physical aspect but rugby allowed me to travel and meet some truly amazing people along the way. I've played in Dubai, Las Vegas, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome, Hong Kong, South Africa and where I was based during that time, New Zealand.
What was life in New Zealand like? It was amazing as I left a naive 19 year old from England and came back a completely different person. On the whole it's a nation of humble, calm and hard working people. It's had a huge influence on me and I will always be grateful for that. It's also gorgeous, I remember driving down a road at less than half of the speed limit. Just crawling along a main road holding up all the traffic because of the scenery.
As a professional althete you must've sustained some injury's along the way, any worth sharing? I've had two seperate plates inserted into my hands, plates in my shoulder, my left eye socket was entirely rebuilt and I've had some quite serious operations on my knee. I've broken my ribs, fingers, wrist, foot, coccyx, collarbone and nose. My neck needs constant physio and I've suffered 4 concussions.
The final photograph of a long day of meeting, I had my camera in hand thinking how beautiful London looked in the sunshine. Although this messenger isn't the traditional epitome of 'style', I love the subtle contrasts in his outfit and equipment.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Friday, 9 May 2014
Last month I was contacted by Grace Langley to be photographed for a new series of men's style portraits shot on medium format. Here's what she got of me, photographed outside the Duke Street Emporium on Duke Street. See more of her work at GraceLangley.com.
Michael Dale, 30, is the Senior Press Officer of Menswear for high street retailer River Island. We first met at the first Sartorial 7 meet-up last year and since then we've worked together on a number of projects, including the most recent S7 shoot in Brighton. As the ultimate gentlemen, his charm is as impeccable as his style. I caught up with him post-beach, post-pint, post-post-production to find out what makes the man.
Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and now reside in Hackney. I’ve lived in London for around 5 years now and have always lived East. There's an amazing energy.
What's your star sign? Scorpio
What music are you listening to right now? Todd Terje, Little Dragon, DJ Koze and Talking Heads are in my iTunes most played list at the moment.
What did you want to be when you were a child? To be honest I really don’t know. I knew I wanted to do something creative but fashion was certainly not considered an option until I was at college. I had the usual aspirations as a kid: rock star or astronaut.
So can you reber when you thought 'fashion PR's for me'? Not as such, it was kind of a natural progression. When I first started working in retail many moons ago it was then that I found I had an affinity for menswear. When I moved to London someone recommended I go for a PR role and the rest is history. I feel like the job chose me rather than the other way round.
You’re a fellow member of Sartorial 7, what do you like most about our menswear collective? It’s been a great opportunity to show the average Joe that it’s ok to be interested in style and take care in your own appearance. It’s not always about owning the most expensive suit, but rather considering the details.
What Sartorial 7 collaboration have you most enjoyed? Is it bias of me to say River Island? I did actually love what we created in Brighton. It was also a different experience as the result was photo driven. Attending Goodwood Revival with Private White VC was also a lot of fun. We got to experiment with vintage looks, drink real ales and look at classic cars all day. What’s not to like?!
Thursday, 8 May 2014
This to me is the most accurate portrait of contemporary Parisian style. With a love of neutral tones, I rarely see the Paris fashion pack veer away from the uniform of black, grey and navy, while always trying to retain some smart appearance whether that be in the actual item of the cut. The white v-neck tee and and ripped black skinny jeans wouldn't be anything special on their own but a nautical double-breasted blazer and black leather chelsea boots makes up otherwise casual outfit look chic.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014
Mr Matthew Zorpas, the man behind The Gentleman Blogger, is never anything short of impeccably dressed. His use of core menswear essentials, such as the navy suit here, paired with intriguing details is what makes his looks so successful. For me, it's the reflection of emerald in his cocktail shoes with the knitted neck tie that bring a wink to an otherwise straight-forward look. To see the details, click below.
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Few men can pull off a double breasted white jacket with white trousers but Stefano Pilati, Head of Design at Zegna, does it effortlessly. I'm often asked who my 'style icon' is in interviews and rarely know how to respond. Although my true answer is a mixture of the regular gent on the street with some 1950s actors, Stefano Pilati is probably the only living man who comes close to iconic status to me.
Saturday, 3 May 2014
There were so many photos from our Sartorial 7 shoot in Brighton that I couldn't fit them all in one post. Here are a few of my favourite outtakes as well as the River Island Masterclass with Mr Terry Donovan. See the full shoot by clicking below and the first series of S7xRiverIsland shots here.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
There were so many well dressed gents in Edinburgh last weekend, that I had to split the Tommy Hilfiger shoot into two posts. These are some more of my favourite looks, to see the first set click here. If you're in Edinburgh next Thursday 8th check out the new store launch party at 23 Multrees Walk from 5:30-8:30pm - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.