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FRED BUTLER MENTORS FOR SOMEWHERE_TO

If I had to nominate an inspirational creative to motivate aspiring British fashion designers, Fred Butler would be at the top of my list. Somewhereto_ saw the magic, too, and chose the colour-loving designer READ MORE...
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NET-A-SPORTER LAUNCHES 7-DAY BODY REBOOT

NET-A-PORTER has gone sporty with their 7-Day Body Reboot, a daily fitness and healthy diet program presented as a video series. I think this is brilliant for two reasons. First, it's a smart way to promote READ MORE...
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WeSC & ALTEWAI SAOME LAUNCH HIGH END STREETWEAR

Following the wrap-up of Stockholm Fashion Week is the launch of a new collaboration between two Swedish fashion greats, skate/street brand WeSC and design duo Altewai Saome READ MORE...
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MADE LONDON RETURNS TO MARYLEBONE

The Design and Craft Fair, MADE LONDON, returns to One Marylebone 24-26 October to present the very best in contemporary craft and design. Showcasing over 120 READ MORE...
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SEA LIFE COMES TO TORONTO AT RIPLEY'S AQUARIUM

It's called Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (as opposed to Ripley's Aquarium of Toronto which would follow the format for their US locations), which is not helping the general READ MORE...
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BOOK REVIEW: LAND/SEA VOL.1

I opened the cover of a new landscape photography periodical I had just received called Land/Sea and began browsing the photos and words as I walked into my kitchen READ MORE...
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LC:M BACKSTAGE AT MATTHEW MILLER WITH TONI & GUY

Yes, this is a men's fashion post. And it feels right. This season's London Collections: Men was my first ever thanks to an invitation from long-term London Fashion Week sponsor Toni & Guy READ MORE...
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July 04, 2014

Wimbledon Fashion A Slam On and Off the Court

Lacoste-ss14-tennis-skirtLacoste SS14 brings court style to the street; however, 0nly the trim on the sleeves would be allowed at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is all about tradition, from strawberries and cream with a Pimm's chaser to plain-as-possible tennis whites. While the All-England Club isn't forcing anyone to consume red fruits and heritage liqueurs, the esteemed grass court slam remains the only event on the tour to enforce a strict dress code. And until just before this year's Wimbledon, it even extended to spectators in the spectacularly priced debenture section, who were only allowed to enter if wearing a smart jacket and tie and dresses, but can now wear open-neck shirts, trainers (as long as they're not dirty),  jeans (not torn) and shorts (can't be the sporty kind and must be tailored). If you thought this subtle reform signals a more relaxed attitude toward the players' kit, you'd be wrong. In fact, even coloured trim is limited to a meagre 1cm in width, and ladies can forget about finding a loophole up their skirts in coloured knickers - Sharapova's bright orange shorts of last year are now banned - and yes, they are checking. But there's a reason for this heavy-handedness beyond the traditional notions; it keeps Wimbledon free of bold and unsightly sponsor logos - notice there aren't any brands screaming at us from around the court? There are sponsors but they're discreetly placed, and they want that reflected in the players' clothing. 

Caroline-Wozniackis-dress-for-Wimbledon-2013-Adidas-by-Stella-McCartneyLimitations brings challenges, and this can actually be a good thing for fashion as it makes the designers think more creatively. So how do you make all-white tennis outfits exciting, stylish and above all else - covetable? Well, on the women's side, you can use layering, cut-outs, and transparency as seen in the new dresses from Adidas by Stella McCartney (one of my favourites for activewear), worn by Caroline Wozniacki (right). Or you can keep it simple with flattering cuts and textured techno fabrics. There's still something for everyone. As for the men, some of the clothes typically seen are such eyesores with their clashing colours and patterns that a clean slate can come as something of a relief. Roger Federer, the men's most stylish player - Anna Wintour wouldn't be sitting with his camp at his semi-final and final matches if he wasn't - thinks the all-white rules are too strict and hopes they'll relax, but says for now that he 'respects' them. 

Tennis fashion has become so good that there's a demand for the look on the street. Activewear reflects active lives and therefore is becoming more and more a part of our every day wardrobes, with both high-end designers and the high street consistently churning out new interpretations. 

Not into wearing cute ruffle skirts and second-skin, breathable tops? You can still get the Wimbledon look at home, quite literally, with an official Wimbledon bath or beach towel from Christy Towels. And there's always the strawberries and Pimm's. 

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Showstudio Illustrates the Men's Collections SS15

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Each season Showstudio invites their favourite fashion illustrators to create their own unique view of the collections, then they present each series on their tumblr. Whereas New York kicks off the women's collections, it's where the men's wraps up, so these are being conjured up right now. So far we've got London, Milan and Paris, interpreted through a variety of media and perpectives. (Just a thought after browing the Showstudio homepage, something I do often - Is there a better site for conveying the visual excitement and energy of fashion? I don't think there could be. If there is, please show it to me!) 

Here are a few that stood out to me, and if you see an illustration you love, you can buy the original from Showstudio's online shop

PARIS by John Booth, London-based illustrator and textile designer: 

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Paul Smith

 

MILAN by Marie Cunliffe, London-based womenswear designer:

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LONDON by Eduardo Mata Icaza, Marseilles-based illustrator: 

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A Guide to Choosing Enagement Rings

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The summer months mean wedding season; there’s no getting away from it, especially if your social calendar is anything like my friend's (I don't actually have any to go to!), and you seem to be going to a wedding every other weekend in July and August. With all of these weddings come countless tales of proposals: The when? The where? The how much?

Nigel O’Hara have been going through some of the most frequently asked questions from men wishing to buy an engagement ring for their other half, so they've put together this handy little guide to help you out.

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

This is most common question from men looking to buy an engagement ring, and fortunately the answer isn’t complicated – it’s up to you. There has been a lot of hype around how much one should spend on a ring. Some will tell you three months’ wages is a good benchmark, while others will say one month’s wages is sufficient, and shockingly, some will even suggest taking out a mortgage in order to pay for the ring. In most cases you will find that the question answers itself once you find the right ring.

What type of diamond should I choose?

With so many different shapes, colours and styles it can often be confusing as to what type of diamond you should select for your ring. The shape of a diamond refers to the outline when it is viewed from above – the most common shape for an engagement ring being a round, brilliant-cut diamond. There are, however, many different shapes available, some with self-explanatory names like oval, pear and heart shaped, while some of the less obvious styles are princess-cut, asscher and cushion. There is no right or wrong answer; it depends on personal taste. 

Tip: It is always a good idea to consider the type of hand that the ring is for – someone with long, slender fingers may not want a big heavy set diamond, but rather something more sleek and delicate.

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What types of bands are available?

Another essential consideration is the type of material to choose for the band. Gold, white gold and platinum are three most popular options. But they are not the only ones, so if you want something a little different don’t be afraid to shop around.

Tip: If you an unsure of what to get, have a look at the colours of any jewellery she currently wears, or ask friends and family for advice (if they can keep the secret).

What if I choose the wrong one?    

Most jewellers offer a returns policy in case she doesn’t like the ring or you want to change it, so do check the terms and conditions for any purchase before buying. It can be difficult to get the right size, so resizing requests are common and most jewellers will offer this service free of charge.  

One final thing to consider is that the style of engagement ring will influence the type of wedding ring choices, as traditionally they are worn together. So it’s worth bearing that in mind if wedding ring ideas have already been decided – you will want to find something that matches.

Tip: If the pressure of getting it absolutely right first time becomes too much, you can always go ring shopping together, as more and more couples are doing. Make a day of it and have fun!

Selecting the correct engagement ring can seem like a stressful and daunting situation with endless possibilities, but know that the effort and research you put in will really help make the proposal that much more special.  

5 Fires that Changed the World

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From an early age we are taught that fires are one of the biggest dangers to human life. Colourful mascots visit schools educating kids about the dangers of playing with matches and the importance of smoke alarms, while we are all born with an innate fear of fire.

It is arguably the single most important discovery in human history, and yet it has been responsible for some of the most infamous disasters of all time. Read on as fire safety and home security experts Checkfire Group (Fire Seals Direct) and Banham take you through five fires that changed the world.

Rome - 64 A.D.

It is the most enduring image of Emperor Nero, fiddling as Rome burned during the great fire of 64 A.D. There is no actual evidence that this is what happened - the fiddle wasn't even invented in 64 A.D. - yet the fire that gutted the heart of the Roman empire still eventually led to the downfall of the hated leader, when he built one of his grandest palaces atop of the ruins - a show of opulence and lack of compassion that was the final straw for Nero's embittered subjects.

The Great Fire of London - 1666

The Great Fire of London of 1666 was actually at least the sixth time the Capital had burned between 1130 and 1666, however it is the latter incident which is most and, oddly enough, fondly remembered. Despite making thousands of London's citizens homeless, the Great Fire only claimed the lives of six people, while it is also thought that it finally dispensed with the Great Plague that had ravaged the city the previous summer.

The flames destroyed many of the filthy slums that had harboured the disease, effectively sterilising the land and giving the authorities an impetus to rebuild afresh.

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Another fire that proved to perhaps be ultimately beneficial (despite claiming the lives of nearly 300 people) was the fire that swept through Chicago in 1871. Over 17,000 buildings were destroyed and 90,000 were left homeless, however its slow spread ensured a limited number of people died.

Much like the Great Fire of London, the Chicago fire allowed for a complete rebuild and improvement of the city, providing the foundations for the city to become one of the USA's great metropolises. The incident also led to fire-fighting reforms that helped the Chicago FD become one of the best in the country and provided a template for other large cities to follow.

Tokyo - 1923

Back in 1923 Tokyo suffered a major disaster which comprised of two devastating elements. The first was a massive earthquake at lunchtime when much of the city was cooking - leading to a number of small fires which swept through the rubble and led to a death toll of around 140,000.

The fire spread so quickly because of high winds from a nearby typhoon off Japan's coast, and what's more, a tsunami created by the quake added to the damage further still. A veritable Dooms Day.

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This last incident in our list of history's greatest fires may not have shook the world - but the largest industrial explosion the US has ever seen certainly shook the surrounding area - literally.

A small fire on a docked freighter may not sound like much of a big deal, but when you consider that this freighter was carrying 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertiliser (the same material used to carry out the Oklahoma City bombing), you might be able to see the problem.

The blast was so massive that over 1,000 buildings were destroyed and almost 600 people died - including the entirety of the Texas City volunteer fire service who were tackling the blaze. The shock waves were felt 250 miles away in New Orleans, while windows were shattered in Houston 40 miles away. After the explosion the only identifiable part of the ship was the anchor - after it had been thrown a mile through the air.

This guest blog was written by John Rooney on behalf of Fire Seals Direct and Banham - home and commercial fire safety equipment specialists.

June 30, 2014

3 Types Of Custom Furniture that Make the Most of Your Space

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Homes are getting smaller. A survey by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) revealed that the average size of a three-bedroom home in the UK is now just 88 sqm – almost half that of homes built in the 1920s & 30s. So while our new-build homes are nicer, more efficient and designed with modern life in mind, we’ve got to get creative with the space we have.

In the RIBA survey, 65% of owners of fully occupied homes said their available space limited furniture choices and layout. However, this can be used an an opportunity to customise your furniture and make the most of the rooms and create a home you love, rather than feel like you’re settling. This guest post runs through three simple and affordable solutions for the home to help transform it into something with a unique yet fantastically functional, interior design.

1. Self-Adjusting ‘Anti-Wobble’ Tables

There’s a new type of technology which utilises hydraulics and automatic locking. FLAT is a company specialising in adapting this technology to eliminate the scourge of wobble tables on uneven surfaces. Whether it’s on grass, paving or sloping surfaces, it can ensure that the table top is always level.

How It Maximises Your Space:

Anti-wobble tables help you make the most of any areas, inside or outside, which you’ve otherwise considered ‘off limits’ for dining or any table top activities. According to Garden Organic, the average UK garden size in 2006 was 90 sqm – and the RIBA survey found that this has changed negligibly since then. Online store Eclipse Furniture are one of the UK’s leading approved distributors of the product which allow you to dine al-fresco, regardless of home much space you have and what surfaces you can use.

 2. Bespoke ‘Angled’ Sofas & Soft Furnishings

Rather than trying to shoehorn that bookcase into a tiny corner, or having to put your new sofa at a weird angle because of a protruding chimney breast, bespoke furniture, while typically more of an investment than ‘off the shelf’ products, is an excellent way to ensure no space is wasted. What was once awkward might now be your favourite feature in the room. 

How It Maximises Your Space:

A good manufacturer can create a design that works with the awkward angles, etc. that present challenges. TailorMade is a Windsor-based company offering bespoke sofas with personalised service - and they will also source fabrics if you have something particular in mind. It's worth a consultation with a reputable company to find out what options you may have - you might be surprised! 

3. Modular Storage & Furniture

Modular design is an increasingly popular option for furnishings and accessories, typically offering several possible combinations and often a more unique presentation. One such system is Opencase which incorporates wooden wall panels with rods at regular intervals. You can then add any number of included components such as shelves, rods, cupboards, racks, boxes and baskets – to create the storage system that works best for your space.  

How It Maximises Your Space:

Modular designs let you 'chop and change' parts which gives you the flexibility to build and modify the unit as your needs change. Depending on design, they can work well in tight or awkward spaces, and when no longer needed there can be recreated to be useful in other rooms. 

This guest post was written by UK blogger Tom McShane, working with renowned custom furniture suppliers Tailor Made Sofas and Eclipse Furniture. The firms work with domestic and commercial customers to provide unique products for specific properties.

June 27, 2014

My Kitchen Remodel and Extension Decorating: Second Look at Floors

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Ok, it's crunch time. The extension, which opens up from the kitchen and therefore will share flooring, is built and it's beautiful - and it's empty! Well, except for a modular sofa still in boxes to protect it - it wasn't supposed to arrive until the end of July after the floors and painting were completed - and a new Magis table that I had to put out because I just wanted to be able to look at it. 

So we have to get moving on finishing the extension so we can use it. There is one major consideration in choosing the flooring: it has to work with underfloor heating which is how we're going to heat the extension. We know people who chose this way over radiators and are glad they did, so let's hope it's the right decision for us. (As a Canadian who is used to huge basement furnaces and floor vents, the rads bother me because they limit your options for placement of furniture and are a bit of a beast if you're trying to create a minimalist decor.)  There are actually very few types of flooring that are all-out bad ideas for underfloor heating, typically the kinds you're not likely to consider anyway, while the rest offer varying degrees of success. Ceramic, limestone and slate tiles are excellent thermal conductors, while vinyl flooring offers very good transfer of heat, and engineered wood is preferable to solid as heating is dependent on width and thickness, as some examples. 

Medium-plank-floor-white-kitchen-open-conceptThis multi-toned floor is probably as warm as you can get while staying on the lighter side of things. Photo source

So do I want a plank or tile? (The next groundbreaking innovation in home design concepts will be to somehow cast an image in your existing kitchen, like a hologram, so we don't have to rely on our wonderful yet wildly inaccurate imaginations.) I love the look of plank, and sometimes tile appeals depending, and I'm drawn toward continuous flooring which usually means poured resin or concrete. But that just feels bigger than me and my god, concrete in the UK? On the coast where it's damp most of the year? Anyway, I'm pretty sure that anything that needs to be poured will not do well with heating coils unless there's some way around drowning them. I think the clear winner is plank. 

As for colour, I'm pretty much decided on light. And then the question is will it have cold or warm undertones, such as what's known as Nordic or Arctic white which can cast a hint of blue, or a light oak with just a touch of brown. What I know I don't want is that chalky, painted, shabby chic look with no tonal variation; for solid colour I'd rather do tile and not cover up the natural gorgeousness of wood grain. And nothing overly lacquered. The extension is going to be cool, with a light, saturated grey on the walls and blinds in a 'Platinum' shade that is just so pure and clean, especially when compared to other greys I was shown which had beige or pink undertones and were not what I think of grey, more a taupe or mushroom which is really another colour altogether in my book. So a cool floor like a whitewash oak would seem the obvious choice, but is that too much coolness? Can you mix warm and cool? Of course! In fact in this case, because it's a space you live in, you need a balance to keep a room from becoming either too stark or too warm, the latter of which tends to not feel very modern. But of course there are other factors to consider, such as natural light - our extension is almost all windows which will warm it up significantly- as well as the colours of your furniture - we have a light grey modular sofa and white dining table - and how you accessorise the room which can be all it takes to set the balance.

Included here are some images I found which show cool rooms - walls, fixtures, furnitures - with both cool and warm, light coloured floors. They all look so great I'm not sure it helps me decide one way or another! (Hence the title of this post being 'second look at floors', not 'final'. But at least I'm closer than I was last time.) 

Scandi_Style_ MacDonald Wright Architects 05-light-wide-plank-floorThe overall effect of these gorgeous, wide planks is more on the cool side, though they do offer just a hint of warmth that can be played up with medium wood chairs, as seen here. Photo source 

White-nordic-plank-floorThis Nordic floor sets a very cool tone in this mostly white room despite the warmth of the table and chairs. This look is more about contrast and playing up the clean whites. 

The Winners of the Cunard Mediterranean Style Competition are...

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A big congratulations to our three winners of the Cunard Meditteranean Style Blogger competition! Myself and Jen at Lovechicliving would like to thank everyone who entered and for the great effort put into your Pinterest boards and blog posts. We had a lot of fun reading your posts and every blogger had a wonderfully distinct view of their chosen Mediterranean destination. 

It was a very tough competition when we got down to the final selections, the quality was so high and we found them very inspiring, creative, engaging and original. Wallflower Girl captivated us with her original Turkish delights post which including the recipe for us to try at home, and her Pinterest board showcased ways upon ways of how you can interpret Turkish style and bring it into our own homes. The detail and comments on her pins really helped us visualise her designs. Poppy Loves transported us to the streets of 1950s Rome on a moped with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, taking us on a wonderful trip that combined both the old and the new, and her Pinterest board was a visual delight that showed us how to have our own Roman Holiday at home. Finally, we loved the mix of cultures Happy Homebird brought together in her Gibraltar-inspired Pinterest board, giving us a good feel of how this unique style would work in at home. 

Thank you to Cunard for providing the amazing prizes which I'm sure our three winners will really enjoy spending on creating their own Mediterranean style!

June 24, 2014

Book Review: Land/Sea Vol. 1

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I opened the cover of a new landscape photography periodical I had just received called Land/Sea  and began browsing the photos and words as I walked into my kitchen. Twenty minutes later I realised I had been blithly oblivious, planted in the middle of the room, completely entranced by its pages. I felt like I'd just been on a wonderful trip. 

This stunning piece of escapism is the first volume of Land/Sea, a labour of love conceived by the founders of Triple Kite Publishing, photographers David Breen and Dav Thomas. Through the periodical they seek to showcase the very best of the UK's most innovative landscape photographers. Cleverness with soul. You'll see. 

What I love most about this volume is the range of diverse styles. Each edition will feature five photographers with a distinct view - articulated in accompanying interviews as well - so as you transition from one collection of photos to the next you are presented with a different perspective on landscapes. Some are rather traditional but no less breathtaking as Al Brydon illustrates with his somberly saturated and stunningly contrasted Peak District images on film; while others are like non-representational design - see Joe Wright's photos below - at times only discernable as landscapes through their context. All employ a keen eye, enviable technical skill, and an intriguing subject to tell the photographer's story. Take Valda Baily, whose impressionist style using in-camera techniques and deliberate motion creates stunning compositions out of what is otherwise ordinary:

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Alas, the traditional representation is not to be discounted; it holds its own against the more experimental techniques and can be just as compelling. Finn Hopson has a way of presenting the familiar with a touch of magic. You'll recognise his landscapes from your drives through the country, but Hopson gives something extra so you stop and take in the scene in a way you may not have otherwise noticed. 

The flowing textures of the fields defined by the green of the grass peeking through the snow in this work are particulary lovely:

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Joe-wrightJoe Wright's photos have a bold graphic quality that allows us to view nature in a different way

Rounding out the series is Giles McGarry's striking, high contrast cityscapes of London, focusing on contemporary architectural forms. The bold, angular lines and sleek curves in monochrome provide a refreshing complement to the organic shapes that precede the collection:

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The final word comes in the form of an essay by accomplished landscape photographer Paul Kenny, and it's a fitting conclusion to a wildly inspiring adventure through photographs; he sends you off feeling ready to take on the world with your own camera. 

As for the presentation of the book itself? It impresses. The textures captured within the photographs are beautifully complemented by the tactile quality of the volume. The soft lamination on the cover is followed by semi-transparent introduction pages, something like onion skin, leading into each photo collection flawlessly printed on substantial stock. Score one for print in the battle vs. online. 

It's worth mentioning that I'm a Canadian who has lived in England for eight years, and I've lost count how many times I've heard this: "Canada is a beautiful country - what are you doing here?' My reply is always "Yes it is. But have you seen your country?" I should carry around a copy of Land/Sea to remind them just how lucky they are to live here. 

Land/Sea is published three times annually, and I look forward to getting lost in the next one. 

June 23, 2014

LANVIN | TOM FORD Japanese Horror-inspired Fashion Film

Here's a little horror-inspired fashion viewing for your Monday morning! Directed by Trevor Undi and styled by Takafumi Kawasaki, the film follows model Jun (Image Tokyo) as she haunts her own doppelgänger through the streets, cemeteries and undergrounds of Tokyo Metro wearing bold looks by Lanvin and Tom Ford. It's so cool; this is the first fashion film I've seen that I didn't want to end. (If you're reading this through your email subscription please click on the title of the post to view the film on the blog.)

Produced by Kymera.tv & East of Normal for VMagazine NYC.

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June 20, 2014

LC:M: Backstage at Matthew Miller with Toni & Guy

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Yes, this is a men's fashion post. And it feels right. This season's London Collections: Men was my first ever thanks to an invitation from long-term London Fashion Week sponsor Toni & Guy to go backstage with their session team to cover the looks. My aesthetic preferences in both fashion and home decor have been shifting from the slightly fussy to pared-down and minimalist (the design of the blog is going to be overhauled to reflect this and it can't happen too soon). More gender neutral. Sometimes you need a palate cleanser and men's fashion seems to be the melon sorbet. 

I was able to attend three shows with Toni & Guy, the first being Matthew Miller, a British designer known for his structured tailoring, performance fabrics and engineered digital prints. The mainly navy pinstriped collection was inspired by WWII demobilisation suits which had a look of being taped up, sometimes with printed messages, and up close I caught some frayed edges on the lapel of an all-navy blazer which took the structured tailoring into a more casual territory suited for guys of the models' ages. Flower garlands - like memorial wreaths? - worn around the neck and wrists gave the outfits colour and organic texture. And then there was the hair which finished the look. Some of the models were cropped super short and therefore needed no styling, while others got the full seriously slick military treatment from the Toni & Guy team - headed by Chie Sato - who used their own army of tools and products to create "40's/50's military young boy with a twist".  

Want to create the look? Here how's Toni & Guy did it, using their session kit which included the label.m Diffuser, label.m Pin Tail Comb and label.m Pro-Advanced Straighteners:

1.This look works best for straight hair. Use a mix of label.m Extra Strong Gel and label.m Gel and apply product on comb and move through hair from roots to end.

2.From either the left or right side take a section of hair from the corner of the head to create a side parting. 

3. On the opposite side, depending on hair density, take a horizontal section to create an undercut look. On both sides of head comb hair until completely slicked back and then start drying the sections with a diffuser (and if possible a setting net - you can see one being used below.)

4. When dry, move to top part either combing to the side or forward and dry with a diffuser (again using net if possible). To make hair nice and flat use straighteners from corner to end of the hair to create texture and so that ends are completely straight. To finish, use label.m Hold and Gloss and blast with cold air for maximum shine.

I love the options this technique gives to a style that is short underneath and long on top; you can slick the top down on the side or wear it longer in the front depending how you're feeling that day. 

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