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GUCCI’S COMING BACK? LUCKY OR WHAT?

April 10, 2017

“Florals for spring? Ground Breaking!” It’s the infamous Devil Wears Prada line which has transcended from season to season and instilled fear in the hearts of fashionistas who dared to don anything that resembled foliage or flora from September to November.

It’s been more than 10 years since Miranda Priestly, who we might add isn’t even a real person but a character, changed spring fashion with a single scold. Since 2006, fashion houses, designers, stylists and those with their finger on the fashion pulse thought twice about florals for spring. As quick and as a dramatically as florals as we knew them shriveled up, they’ve made a bold, contemporary and (what we think) permanent return.

Trend forecasting aside, isn’t it interesting how one character with one line in one movie can make the fashion industry abandon an old faithful, a classic that was so loyal to us for so long. In the legacy of designer Alessandro Michele, we should be avoiding the trend chase, not buying up just because its new and fresh, cherishing the old and decorating a faithful piece to give it new life. Authenticity and freedom are the new rules for fashion designers.

That’s why we love Gucci.

As florals bloom into fashion for another run at the spring title, Runway Magazine’s influence is fading. It is a major shift of power in the fashion and social media world and that is exactly why major fashion brand including Gucci, Balenciaga and Vetements are targeting the younger generation who are, in the majority, spending their time “on the street” (where street style was of course born).

The whole fashion industry seems to have backflipped since Alessandro Michele took over Gucci four years ago, from the popularity of minimalism to maxamilism. When everybody was wearing a Gucci loose-fit T-shirt, unflattering  Vetements stiff jeans, extremely tacky and uncool Gucci monogram handbag, the industry was thinking WTF?  But within a second, a trend is created, a trend we can’t resist. (*quietly sneaks into the Gucci store and buys an overpriced Gucci loose-fit T-shirt).

Not to brag here, but when I saw Alessandro Michele’s second show with Gucci Princetown kangaroo fur slipper plus loafer, I ran to the Melbourne Gucci store and put down a deposit on own pair. Back then, the sales assistant told me, “Oh that is something extremely unwearable for Australian customers, we won’t stock them, unless you want to do a special order with us”. Fortunately luck was on my side as the Gucci buyer happened to be in Paris for the buying season. Gucci Princetown has since become the most selling styling in the world and also became the “Bloggers Shoe”. It’s like a knew.

Not only have Princetown and wearing-slippers-to-work become the new thing in fashion and style, but also the old tacky Gucci monochrome has as well become the “new cool”. I remembered how I was told “only the rich Chinese tourist and rich second-generation-overseas-student” would carry a Gucci or Louis Vuitton monogramed canvas tote or handbag years ago, but as the new creative director Alessandro Michele said, “There are too many rules in fashion in recent years”.

We were forced to keep buying new seasons to let people know we were stylish, we were cool. We forgot the old things, we abandoned the old-good-times, we think the old Gucci logo monochrome is not cool anymore, because it is old, and we are all chasing the minimalism trend. Sometimes more is more, there should be no rules in fashion, if something old is a beauty, it should always be a beauty. We should cherish our favourite pieces and wear them again in different ways or add interesting details to them. That is exactly how Alessandro Michele interprets the making old things new, making the uncool become the new cool. It is the same reason Rihanna is popular, why Vetements is popular. Show your authenticity, have an open mind and break the rules.

GUCCI knitted vest: Mr.Porter
GUCCI loafers : Farfetch
Final Editing: Emma Clarke
Creative Direction & Drafting : Bloggers Boyfriend
Photography: Bloggers Boyfriend Self-Portrait with Nikon D610 + Sigma 18-35mm f1.8
Trousers with front split zippers: custom made by Bloggers Boyfriend
Make-up, Hair & Photo-editing: Bloggers Boyfriend
Location: Gordan Street Garage

 

 

BLOGGERS BOYFRIEND STYLES, CONNOLLY ENGLAND, MINIMAL, WINTER

CONNOLLY ENGLAND CASHMERE ROB COAT

February 12, 2017

Connolly presents its Autumn Winter 2016 Classic fashion collection and Driving Wear along with new leather accessories and bags, bringing together Connolly’s motoring heritage, design and tailoring.

All Connolly products are designed and made using the best fabrics, yarns and materials sourced and made in Britain and Europe to guarantee quality, longevity and an ethical conscience and sustainability.

AVAILABLE AT NO.4 CLIFFORD STREET AND AT MRPORTER.COM

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How to, MINIMAL, SHOPPING GUIDE

HOW TO SELECT MEN’S JEANS FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND

January 19, 2017

How comfortable can mens’ jeans be?

What is the right fit for your boyfriend’s body type?

What is the right cut for your man?

Can masculine legs really look good in skinny jeans?

How to wear jeans to look sharp, clean and sexy or to create the illusion of longer legs?

They are the fundamental research questions which the multi-billion global jeans industry is based on and the ethos behind the perfect pair of jeans. The classic denim pant has come a long way from its debut in the 1990s but the art of finding the perfect pair is still a challenge contemporary audiences are battling.

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HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT KNITS FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND THIS CHRISTMAS – PLUS SANDRO PARIS SWEATER REVIEW

November 26, 2016

What does your boyfriend really really want this Christmas and what really fits his weird body shape? Read below to find out ‘what he wants’, straight from our editor.

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10 REASONS WHY CHOOSIN’ THE RIGHT COAT IS AS IMPORTANT AS CHOOSING THE RIGHT BOYFRIEND

November 15, 2016

All the men in the world won’t all pick the same coat just like you won’t pick the same ( kinda) boyfriend. Some people like long heavy wool coats and others, light-weight and easy-to-carry coats, just as some would prefer Tom Hardy rather than Leonardo DiCaprio.

You think you might as well get a cheap one, what’s the difference right? Do you want a cheap boyfriend too? Picking out a coat is just like choosing your boyfriend, if it won’t affect you for your whole life at least will affect you for 3 month, more or less.

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ASSEMBLY LABEL MENS COLLECTION 2016 REVIEW

November 5, 2016

Words such as “work”, “hurry” or haste” don’t seem to belong in the dictionary at Assembly Label. Assembly Label is your very own sanctuary, even on a weekday. Everything here is relaxed and can be minimal if you want it to be.

The simple and straight cut on that denim jacket collar, the softly crinkled linen shirt and the smell of their craft paper.

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HOW TO BUILD A LIFESTYLE AND WARDROBE — MY ENTIRE UNIQLO MEN’S COLLECTION —

October 29, 2016

Recently I had a friend in his 30s came to me for wardrobe advise. He’s one of these gents who dress expensive but does not lose bit fun in their outfits, always buy smart casual and classic pieces when shopping for their clothes. Like he’d dare to try some fresh trends and colours such as floral, pastel, pink, bright maroon and mustard; but he’s still very much into polo and cable knit kinda person. I recommended him a pair of Uniqlo camel trousers, he looks at me confused: “Really? looks plain and boring”.

We need to understand, for brands like Uniqlo Australia, it is not a designer brand would bring you runway statement pieces, but it is the brand helps you to pull off runway statement pieces and build up a lifestyle, it is a brand about low-profile, back-to-basics entertaining. Every garment mirrors the way a minimalist feels a great life should be: comfortable, slow, sensitive and engaging.

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THE 48 HOUR WARDROBE FOR UNDER $500

October 19, 2016

October Spring racing season is the perfect excuse for stylish men to invest on more new clothes. Of course, choosing race-day appropriate pieces is your shopping priority, but you also want pieces you can wear all year round that work with your current wardrobe. Marks & Spencer has us modern gents covered. My 2 simple outfits below worked for all occasions during my 48 hours flying over to Melbourne for Melbourne Cup. The best part? My entire weekend wardrobe cost less than $500.

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TOP 3 SHOE BRANDS A MAN SHOULD BUY

September 22, 2016

If you are asking yourself “what shoes to buy,” you should really be asking “what shoes to invest in.” It would be much easier if men were more willing to physically visit menswear stores themselves but sometimes, ain’t nobody got time for that! You may pass by a footwear store that caught your eye after your workout at the gym, but you really can’t make the decision to purchase the shoes by trying them on with your gym shorts or the sweaty socks, right?When it comes to shopping online for the perfect and quality men’s footwear, you have to listen to Bloggers Boyfriend because this happens to fall under his expertise! Today Team BBF wants to introduce you to three brands Bloggers Boyfriend has invested and investigated this month. They are Santoni Shoes, Brando Shoes and To Boot New York by Adam Derrick. All three brands are made in Italy, but Brando shoes are with a twist of Australian and street style trend and To Boot features with a New York flair.

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