Come backstage with me at London Collections Men AW16 as I take a look at the latest grooming trends…

I can’t believe another season of LCM has been and gone! It’s always such a blast and over too soon. There were plenty of grooming goings on behind the scenes at the shows, so I headed backstage with the Bumble and Bumble and Fudge Hair teams to see what styles us gents will be rocking come autumn time.

I’ll be covering looks more in depth later in the year, but it was nice to see some of the super-slick styles of previous seasons starting to relax. Those perfectly coiffed quiffs are staring to fall and curl at the ends-shown perfectly at Pieter-and the wet-look styles are also keeping pace; still to extremes that I hope doesn’t catch on, but the high-shine finish is definitely a trend to take up.

There was definitely a heavy push towards texture, working with the model’s natural hair styles and working them into the relevant look. Salt Spray was the product at choice at multiple shows and there was numerous uses of prepping tonics – highlighting a need to truly care for your hair when styling; think intense blow-drying etc.

There were still a lot of retro influences, harking back to The Beatles (as well as closer-to-home 90s influences thanks to Noel and Liam Gallagher), shown at Casely-Hayford.

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Massive thanks to the Bumble and Bumble and Fudge Hair teams for having me along.


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Menswear Trend: Can You Wear Navy With Black?

As the old sartorial saying goes, “Black and blue, shame on you.”

But the style tide is changing. An under-the-radar trend, over the course of 2015, this once forbidden combo have become must-try fashion bedfellows.

So, can you wear navy and black together?

The Architect of Style Shoot

They you can find inspiration anywhere; from the papers you read to the world around you. Truer can’t be said for Toni Tran, aka ‘Fashitects‘. An architect graduate, Toni transitioned his studies and love of design into an exploration of fashion and lifestyle. Recently I had the pleasure of working with Toni on a shoot for Harvey Nichols during their ‘Art of Style’ month. I approached Toni with the ‘Architect of Style’ concept of shooting him in and around London, in locations of architectural interest, reflecting his own personal style and showcasing how he uses architecture to inspire his look.

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Detox Your Skin In 28 Days With MEG 21 Skincare

Can you detox your way to healthy skin in just 28 days? MEG 21 says you can.

The festive season is one of indulgence, we all know that. Even the most saintly amongst loosen the reins and allow ourselves to partake in a little holiday madness. But the access food and drink, especially sugars, as well as the increased late nights partying can take its toll on your skin. With the new year right around the corner, it’s that time again when everyone starts to think about cleaning up their act.

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Get That Lovin’ Feeling Over Brunch At Crab Tavern

London has long been the mecca for the finest restaurants, as well as the most trendy. But there’s a new wave of dining experiences sweeping the capital that have people getting rather excited, and perhaps a little unsteady on their feet.

Say hello to the bottomless brunch.


Barley & Buns Pop-Up At Spice Market

I’m obsessed with Bao buns. I have been ever since my best friend introduced me to them a year ago. I can never turn away from them when I see them in food markets or if I’m down in China Town. Now, the Spice Market in the W Hotel is giving the street-food favourite a rather luxury rework with a Barley & Buns pop-up this Christmas.

Monochrome Man

“I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”

These were words I’ve long lived by. It’s become a running joke among my friends, about how much black I wear, but it isn’t something I’m ashamed of. Black is effortless; it can be smart or casual, sexy or sophisticated, and above all, it’s the ultimate post-work transitional colour to evening events.

But things are slowly starting to change. I’ve recently began adding (*gulps*) colour into my wardrobe; starting by diluting my standard ‘all-black-everything’ look with a little add white. It’s just an easy way to lift the look and I love the block symbol on the front of this ASOS shirt. Another fave from this outfit are the trainers, they are from the new Stamp’d X Puma collaboration and they’re amazing. So comfy, slip-on and just effortlessly cool. (Side note: a simple pair of white Stan Smiths are a winner, too!)

Style shoots are a new thing to me, getting in front of the camera isn’t something I’m overly comfortable with, unless it’s for a cropped-in selfie, of course. I have my confidence issues like everyone else, but after your responses to a more casual post I put up from Australia, I decided that maybe it was time to give it a shot, and I hope you like it. Be kind! But let me know your thoughts.

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