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WORD, FRIDAY, LOCAL, LATE

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Evening Style Mongers. Managed anything this week? Me neither, barely. Might just be about what’s achieved tonight at Lyalls Call In Sick Friday (click) which I don’t quite understand, as its in the evening. Call in sick on Saturday, surely? Regardless, going there. Might play this, by the Junkyard Band. Might not.

Possible stylistic highlight of week was buying So Far So Goude (click) from total favourite gaff in The Metropolis, Assouline, for frient* Luke Evans for his birthday, which he celebrated down the Bulgari Hotel. The 19 bus from outside Assou’ to the Bulg’ was super chic. Nothing topped that moment yet, listening to Stevie. More of that later, but gonna buy book for self too, as its double, double good. Thanks for that shout Emilia. Not even sure if this image is in the book, but gonna base my stance tonight on this one below. The fellas that is. Nice looking rad, bredrin, btw.

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Jean Paul Goude, from some point. Not got the book yet, have I?

Whatever gets played, gonna channel some middle-age versions of Miss Perez’s moves, below. Listen out for Stevie’s Skeletons (click) mid-way through this, ahem, mash-up. Seen? A big GTA track, right?

Actually managed to write this instead filing ideas for the HTSI and getting ready. Sorry Beatrice. Am late Lyall, sorry also

Stubbs is not yet out in The Metropolis.

* Friend&Client, obvi’. Silly!

NB. Dragged this out the Juergen today, it’s from my collection, Shazza Chic, circa 1992

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Tom Stubbs XR3i leather jacket.

P.S Couldnt resist this… Nice one Steven.

ROZZERS DONT LOSE THAT NUMBER PLATE

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Morning Style Mongers. Massive shame bout massive delay in updates, but totally unavoidable ‘fraid. Been thwarted by life, but then who isn’t? When I do offer something up, its gonna be in keeping with this cream sartorial stance. Relaxed and cream. This is from Umit Benan SS15; Thats now, that is. Feeling Spring yet? Digging Steely Dan yet? Stick ‘em on if not, see below, for heaven sake.

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 Umit Benan cream wool/cotton (doubt it is) drill blazer, with white track pants and pique shirt.

Really liked the Benan show for this season, entitled “Tennis Club de Cartegena, Colombia”. The man moved to Paris from Milan for this season, and said he was much happier. Forget why. He showed his collection on big, street cast Parisian men, and some more brutish looking models. Was supposed to be about Columbian crime cartel bosses enjoying leisure time at posh tennis clubs, I gather. 

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More Umit Benan SS15

In other style news, am currently driving a Ford Ka, short for Caca, emblazoned with Denver Body Repair Courtesy Car, Leyton. Far from ideal, but thank god is labeled, less people think thats my ride. Can you imagine? The Aero got pranged minding its own business plotted on road outside my drum. Woman jack-knifed her Cleo into a Mini Clubman, which shunted the Aero, ffs. You can just see the little fella nestling in the prevailing mayhem that kicked off. Note Mohammed, my concierge neighbour, levitating just above it. Number 56 Buses were passing half on pavement, one got latched onto the Cleo, blocking entire road. Was ridiculous melt down. Cleo woman’s husband arrived and tried to claim smashed back of Aero had nothing to do with crash. What a joker. Literally laughed in mans face. Double glad the Police were there otherwise would have to get all tennis club on his arse: Rozzas don’t lose that number plate. 

 Up-Clapton stop-ranking.

Thankfully, the Aero will be restored, a matter of great personal relief to me. For now, I persevere with ‘the little black bubble Ka’. Its far from L’ing the D*, but gives one pony perspective. Meanwhile, also struggling with a really potent play list for April, thus far. Maybe just not free enough/looking in right places. Holden was round last night, rubbishing the depth of signal that Spotify offers up. Sort of spoilt it for me, for now. For now, keep it Sports Luxe & louche, till next time.

Stubbs out.

* Living the dream.

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 Cinch you’ve been gone.

IN FEAR OF A BLACK RINSE CYCLE

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Morning Style Merchants. Put on the opening titles to Do The Right Thing with P.E. in effect, see below, to witness some doppio serious moves. That girl’s Soul Train line dancer Rosie Perez, and she’s got a fierce rinse cycle in action, right there. I’d go full screen for a spell; she has. My pal who danced for 24 hours for charidy could have done a spell at Rosie’s level of commitment to dancing, maybe. But then this was 1989. The Summer. The sound of a funky drummer, etc. Yes please too all. Note, additional sax for film. Then if ya fancy, browse fragment’s of the style week in pictures. First, big black goods news. Nay Sayers, or Naysers, as I call them can keep on nay-sing:  I’ve ordered the black L.G.* (click) I wanted, so fuck you and John Wayne. In doing so am following the black square motif that defines the kitchen. It’s got a steam cycle. Handles 9kg at a time, yeah? And its black. 

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LG TrueSteam™, in black.

Its the dawning of  a new laundry era. Meanwhile, I have to agree with Chuck, most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamp, either, though the current ‘Comedy Greats‘ serious from the Royal Mail does have a rather significant Pete&Dud 1st class version (click). 

* Life’s Good, but some PR watch woman gave me a fashion kiss of death-cold in Basel, so had a cold all week. Stone cold, gave me the cold: First the kiss hello, then the I’ve got a terrible cold lyric. Unbelievable. No conception. No real biggy either though, and did get rather obsessed with M&S white cotton hanks. Been flying through them. Despite work load/deline and pending doom, took time out yesterday to press the laundered batch into neat triangles. Am alarmed at how calm it made me. Looked so good, actually can’t wait for next cold. Bring the nause! Feed a cold, starve a fever? I dropped multiple grapefruits, applied vaseline, and took my cold running in the hail and swimming in the sunshine. Again, fuck you virus, and John Wayne.

Stone Island sport mac

Stone Island action Mac.

Saw a brilliant new piece of Stoney in a new multilayered performance fabric, including removable quilted fleece lining. Don’t look too much, but thats whats good about it, badge off, this would be an urban low key tool. Have more notes, but are in other room and am still in bed, right?

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Caruso styling. Loving Caruso’s work.

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Caruso dress collar/tie detail.

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Side note, there’s two or three new columns from last week on ThomasStubbs.com, including Carlo Brandelli on watch style, which is interesting (click). Also HTSI on texture being the new colour/pattern, but don’t think thats up yet.

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Tom Dixon stapler at MingCorp’s John Lewis prezza.

Seriously want this stapler so can stylishly staple in bed, as so nicely matches my Tom Dixon hanging lamp in same copper, putting a whole new spin on the term bed-bound.

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 Paul Smith mainline oversized O’coat, better in black.

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Holland & Holland new style all canvas bags.

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Vogue Hommes Paris SS15

Best mens mag came out this week too, see above. Will review in next post. Maybe. Buy it anyway, its very good. Enjoy checking how many of my Out&Abouts tally with their news. See, its been a hell of a week.

Stubbs out. 

P.S. Wonder, as Newsnight are struggling badly for content and flavour, maybe there’s a solution right here. Flava Flav has a direct yet abstract approach to presenting, see Night Of The Living Baseheads below, with PETV. Massively underrated P.E. track. Could be my favour fav. Also wonder if Flav ever consider a square, black  Mondaine kitchen clock as a pendant. Could have been a thing, no? Put your square clocks forward kids, and forget about the round ones.

P.P.S. Meanwhile in singlet news, La Perla showed me this. Thanks Pearl. 

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La Perla singlet, featuring string panels.

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Blow dry and singlet at Orlebar Brown Pucci do mid-week.

Introducing Pap Belm-Light; the new fashion party grimace. Met a smashing blow dry there. Will update next episode.

BASEL STYLE MOMENTS

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Morning Style Mongers. Just back from the Basel watch fest’, again, think for 11th time. Not sure what that tally is worth. Not sure if gonna keep it up. Watch world is at odds with reality rather frequently on many levels, and itself is strongly stylistically challenged: The spiritual home of the American Tan tight and the curling tan shoe/Windsor knot/polymix-sheen-suit combo. There were some positive moments though stylistically, but not many. Below is one such highpoint, an appeanance of the Doge Rosa, AKA Nick Foulkes. Ran into said Swellboy (click), on the Dior stand with Baroness Mingay, of the MingCorp® Organisation. Note the pink back light of phone completing the pink stance. 

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 Doge Rosa- bespoke hounds tooth jacket by tailor Terry Haste (click).

While I took in the look, complete with sharply creased, narrowed grey flannel pants, elegant suede loafers and pink sox, Swellboy was taking a picture of my new suede Epi Louis Keepall (click), similar to piece in link, but in the sensually chic new matt, suede Epi in blue grey. His next deft move earns him the new title Arch Luxury Ragga Muffin’ of Basel, and I salute him. Cant tell you lot, regretfully, as is an embargoed connoisseurs Modus Operandi, but take my word, it was deep. That little suede Epi fella does solicit fair bit of attention from certain types, I have to say. Deep is how Mr.Ferrier rolls too btw, this time, in deep chocolate.

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Laurent Ferrier Chocolate collection, Galet and square Galet models.

I’ve snapped some of my favourites kettles from the show. Loved Laurent Ferrier (click) who showed their new chocolate collection, in both Galet and Galet Square models, and they’re doppio gorgeous things. Beautiful enamelled dials with such deft and discrete detailing, the nuanced shape and cream colour of the indices for example.

H.Moser Concept watch Endeavour.

Further extreme discretion ethos is fostered at H.Moser, who’s Endeavour concept watch is reducing to the minimum what motifs and details are required to still be Moser work and remain functioning visually. Special looking fume work throughout their collection. Wicked, stylishly savvy brand, loving their work. Will add to this bit when get a mo’. 

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Patek Philippe Rose gold Nautilus with bronzey/brown dial.

Did Patek at apt No.1. They had me at rose gold Nautilus with brown/brown unadorned dial. Such a lovely piece of jewellery to wear too, hyper modern, the way if hugs your wrist. So flash, but still favourite kettle of shows. Simply can’t help self in the presence of this kettle.

This is my house mate, James Dowling, horologic soothsayer and historian, presiding over his special watch mic at Rolex press prezza. No one fucks with JD when he’s got his mic cosy on. No one. 

Hermes are launching their first new watch for ten years. Good job the Slimd’ Hermes is lovely, right? Very accomplished font from the graphic designer Philipp Apeloig. Massey Inc. can deal with my spellings when they read this, thanks Jim. They’ve achieved full vertical integration with this watch, including manufacturing their own ultra thin Vochet movement. Well done, eh. Whats rather stylish is the slight relief differences in the inner concentric circle and the small seconds. Subtle but lovely. Cracking new font too.

Hermès new Slimd’ Hermes. 

Rather liked this stop watch from TAG Heuer, the Calibre 18 ‘Glass Box’ with very domed/stand out glass. Got a lovely vintage feel, with champagne coloured dial.

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TAG Heuer Calibre 18 Glass Box

This is Heuers top boy across all sorts of territories, Rob Diver, showing me the edit he claims I made of his new collection. I think its pretty, pretty true to what went down. Note the black, stealth like version of Monaco Concept V4 watch. Quite a nuts piece frankly. 

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Meanwhile, also stealthy and dark, was Omega’s Dark Side of the Moon ‘Vader’ black/grey stealth kettle in ceramic and with black mesh strap. Was very good. Likey a lot. 

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Darth Vader kettle.

In house at Omega, they’re calling this the Vader watch. Perhaps there’s a Darth trend, as when I was forced to don head phones a Vuitton’s presentation, diminishing my blow-dry somewhat, it was interesting to discover their £250k minute repeater plays a chimed version of Vaders Theme (click) from Star Wars. There’s your £225k value right there, no? Will add some more style comment about Lords and Doge’s when got them worked out, Roger that? 

Stubbs out.

SOME GIRLS MOTHERS DAY

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Morning Style Merchants. Please find below some mother based Mozza lyrics for Mothers. That should do as a gesture, no?  A suitable maternal music reference, almost. Maybe an alternative version could have been “some girls Mothers go on longer than other girls, Mothers”. Just a thought. Fancy some style? Portion of error too? 

Being on a parent level, and on a casual theme, this train has put me in mind that SportLuxe chic has its issues.  Currently wearing these cashmere marl blend track pants from Raey (click), which am double dead keen on. They’re tailored and sort of flat fronted, with a panel down the outer seam that makes em brilliant. Neat like marl trousers, with a slightly dropped crotch. Respect to Proudy, the designer. 

 

Raey Pants

 

Raey cashmere blend marl sweat pants.

Having put them with a blue goatskin Car Shoe tassel loafer (click), and a Breton Sunspel singlet (click), am now fully-happy. Singlets are omnipresent in my life these days. Its quite, quite telling. The colour scheme is all very pleasing together for March grey Sunday gloom: Rivera via The Flats.

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Car Show goat skin loafers/old fella slippers.

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Sunspel singlet life.

So, now approaching actually leaving Lavinia Villa, serenely content,  just caught sight of look and became acutely aware it’s a thin line between Vintage-Urban-Sport-Luxe delivered with aplomb, and someone rather like my Old Man when he was shuffling about, dementia bound, in a home. Lets say, after 40, there’s more than a dash of care in the community in the mix.

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Wedgwood ashtray that goes best with look.

The antiquated-issue was further accentuated when I became compelled to team the perfect accessories to this look: spectacles and this Wedgwood ashtray. Was brandishing it in the front garden for some time today till I fled the cold. So, in short, old age and SportsLuxe are at odds. Thats what I was trying to say. Things get worse. Ordered some Nike iDs Flyknit Lunar IIs  (click) the other day while procrastinating, badly. Just did it. Now I just regret it (£155)

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Nike iD FlyKnit II Golden Girls special editions.

Thought they looked pretty racy on line. They arrived, with more than a frisson of Golden Girls/Miami pension about them. Daggnabbit. 

Seemed to have drifted off theme. To get things back on course, here’s the next Mother motif song. This is not really style post.  A version of I Know Its Over sung by Dead Jeff Buckley. Sounds too sad on its own, and not funny enough. My mother doesn’t log on anymore, so it doesn’t need to resonate particularly. 

Proper smart, chic mens style next, as am Out&About the Das Metropolis today looking for it. 

Stubbs out.