Burberry Prorsum Men's SS2010.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Burberry Prorsum, Spring Summer, 2010, Runway show, London, London Fashion Week, English Fashion, luxury, Men's, Milan, SS10, SS2010Welcome to men’s SS10 fashion weeks showcasing next year’s spring and summer wear from Paris and Milan. The former city’s fashion week began on Saturday with some exciting collections which need a few days digestion to come to terms with.

For 2010, Burberry Prorsum has an uncharacteristic and object of attention. Trench straps suspended across the chest is what an individual with a hostile attitude towards fashion would say look right only on a psychiatric arsonist residing a mental health clinic – or what candid designer wear shoppers anticipate to see in a collection of a more inventive design habits like Ann Demeulemeester and Dior Homme. They are the kind of detail that highly distract and impairs the mind ability to funnel a collection into a unified meaning – like a blue band aid floating on the surface of a steaming hot tomato soup. Burberry traditionalist will loathe the straps while the high fashion crowd sitting on the front row with a note pad in hand eagerly awaiting an unexpected phenomenon to comment on.

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Splitting crowds and brewing heated debates is a recent experience of Prince Charles of Wales. His latest debacle with the public has lead to bewilderedness and anguish over his involvement in influence on the design that was destined for the property development on the former land of the Chelsea barracks. Owned by the Royal family of Quatar, the land is planned to be harvested by a grand development of residential tower blocks. Prince Charles did not object to the plans as much as he strongly expressed his disapproval of the highly contrasting steel and glass architecture that would be eye piercing in an area of historical and cultural value. Pensioners living in the Royal Hospital nearby, as well as local residents would have their current serene skyline architecturally contaminated with tall modern buildings.
The design for the development have now returned to square one after the Royal family of Qatar avoided an unpleasant diplomatic feud by considerately granting Prince Charles’s request to scrap the design for a more `suitable` theme that would better unify with surrounding buildings of Victorian and Georgian architecture. Not only has his act of exercising his authority infuriated people but so has “old fashioned” view on architecture. But is the heir to the British throne a wise man standing up against corporate scavenging of London soil, or is he a old bloke resistant to change who’s unrighteously invaded another family’s right to fully exploit their precious £1 billion plot of land? The opposition of the proposed architecture have certainly been most grateful in obtaining royal artillery against the Goliath of the Qatar investment firm managing the development. A win-win compromise should make way for mutual satisfaction as there are several architect firms that can commission a design of stronger character than generic 21st century residential blocks of geometrical and sterile characters that has been rejected. Burberry Prorsum’s head of design, Christopher Bailey has set an exemplary balance between tradition and progression in designing the SS10 collection.

Browsing through the multitude of runway shots, the collection is very much a continuation of the previous youthfully spirited collections – especially with the attractive Emma Watson chosen as the main star of the fall/winter 2009 collection shot by Mario Testino. Across the men’s SS10 collection we find the usual forte of puffy tall-waisted trousers with narrow legs dominating the lower bodies of the slim but healthy looking male models. Perplexing materials to look forward to are shower-proof cotton which hints at the theme of the collection which is weather. The primary coloured parkas jackets are not summer clothing that cross people’s minds during the first week of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, but can come in handy for adventurous ocean voyages to the Isle of Man – or for protection at the ever so muddy Galstronbury festival.

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Other weather friendly material is the washed cotton which greatly differs from the more pompous ostrich skin materials favoured for designer bags. Heavy use of cotton is unexpected since it’s an non-luxurious common man’s material. But leather bags haven’t totally excluded as slate brown coloured leather with a washed-look had been the preferred choice for projecting weather durability and use – a very subtle colour used for vast accessories in the collection. The prominent palette is pastel colours with a subdued tone trigging memories of melon, strawberry and vanilla favoured ice cream. And the after taste left by the entire range of clothes is contemporary but yet familiar and traditional which should be able to get thumbs up from Prince Charles.

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Father's Day 2009 gift advice.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Confusingly, many countries around the globe celebrate Father’s Day but do so on different dates of the year. This Sunday fathers worldwide will be celebrated in a several nations including Canada, the United States and UK.

Gift giving is a central part of Mother’s and Father´s day culture, and in newspapers this week, ads are running in high gear recommending suitable gifts for your old man. This year, gifts should be simple and touch on the core of male interests. Spare your energy from driving your brain to exhaustion by trying too hard in finding an unusual gift – use your intuition and personal taste. Science has long been a male dominated field of research and even non-technically inclined men get upbeat over technology and curious about consumer electronics. Curtsey of the complexity of modern technology, gadgets gets people talking about their products. An advanced product given to your father will be followed by near endless discussions over newly discovered features or in some instances, unexpected late night phone calls for a question and answer time about why the product doesn’t connect to the computer or the internet.
This week Olympus unveiled their latest camera, the impressively well crafted Olympus PEN EP1. At first sight it might come across as an ordinary point-and-shot camera graced with design panache from the past, but the EP1 is more than what’s met the eyes – it is matrimonial marriage of performance and style. Hobby photographers have in recent years have had to own a compact camera in addition to semi-professional DSLR camera for uncompromised satisfaction of photographing needs. As a camera of the cutting edge and newly developed Micro Four Third standard, the EP1 is just a few fractions in size and weight of a DSLR while enclosed in an art-deco metal casing just slightly larger than a compact point-and-shoot camera. Olympus has spared no effort in making the EP1 an eye pleasing piece of technology. Accessories include stylish 1960s inspired leather straps with visible stitching in addition to a modular viewfinder and flash which both add to the personal character of the camera. Kept simple, the EP-1 is devoid of intimidating number of buttons as seen in an airplane cockpit or on DSLR cameras. Therefore the Olympus EP-1 is an exceptional appealing to demanding fathers who want to take stunning photographs using a well engineered camera that’s pocket friendly and comes in a visually stunning package which performs.


The art of networking & its importance today.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Any prudent adult from a working class background knows the value of money and its origin -- hard work, as opposed to growing on a peach tree on the west coast of Portugal. Money is only commodity that can turn materialistic dreams into a reality of walk-in closets stocked with 20 pairs of shoes and shirts of every shade imaginable. Formal education is the path of correctness that should evidentially lead to a rewarding employment with perks such as a company car and a sound salary well above minimum wage – that is you are a strong believer of social norms.

The journey to the dream profession can be a slow and agonizing on a steam train that may never reach the distant destination of having your name engraved on a brass plate glued screwed to an office door. The train may come to a temporary but long and gruesome halt while our standing on the platform of ambitious works indefinitely awaiting a promotion. Willing and capable of advancing in life, the only candle lit at the end of the tunnel is the notion of being at the ‘right place at the right time’. But when that moment comes, will it be as easy as standing still to miraculously see a jet black helicopter hovering above your with Sir Alan Sugar rolling down a ladder for you to his empire of business? What if there is a more component in the formula for a deal breaking moment in a career, the right person with the right spirit perhaps?

Recovery of the current slump in economic activity may not be happen until another 6-12 months, and then another year may pass until the high economic growth will feed prosperity in housing and manufacturing. In the mean time employers are keeping the doors shut for applications and CV with only the brightest resum├ęs slipping through between the doors and the thresholds. Address books with valuable contacts are worth their weight in gold as organic recruitment is the most successful way of securing a new job in a time when the job market is in despair. Greatest opportunities of a career bump lies in meeting and connecting with individuals of power and influence. An invitation to an industry event is a privilege. Few other ways bring you closer to potential partners or future employers in a casual environment often eased by upbeat house music and bubbly champagne. Loyalty is off course a stapling issue as committing adultery by actively seeking a new employer might not be taken lightly by the boss whom might have granted you admittance to an event. But business is business and courageousness and risk taking are pre-requisites for rapid success.

Here are some advice on how to make the best out of networking opportunities and thus, not leave unnoticed or empty handed:

Dress to amaze and distract

Inferiority complex is a common syndrome to experience at social occasions when nervousness grows are you realise that you are possibly the smallest fish in the pond. The act of convincing other guests that you’re an important guest begins at home, in the wardrobe. If surrounding guests will be millionaires, then dress up like a billionaire and if fellow guests will be fighter pilots, wear an astronaut suit. Fear underdressing rather than overdressing. Strong presence and posture tend to attract curiosity of bored guests lurking for a funny chatter while enjoying themselves with a glass of wine. Be a maverick by wearing a red bow tie to a black tie event, but abstract appearances should be ideally be mitigated with very powerful credentials and merit.

Choose the right chaperone

Never show up to an event alone as there is a risk of the status quo remaining for the rest of the day. As a loner the game play will dismantled your cards will be exposed by individuals who know that anyone of importance generate interests and is therefore never alone at a social event. The perfect chaperone is ideally someone of the opposite sex for the sake of simplicity. A nightmare scenario is having the company of a woman, only to hear the words “I’m bored and want to go home” after she has been 30min spectator of you chatting up a more attractive female. Two brains that think alike work best together and even individually as the companion or side kick can assisting in putting your name out or introducing you to seductive women.

A strong character is everything and more

The inescapable bit of networking is conversing with other people and this is crucial part that will determine whether or not you at the right person -- at the right place--at the right time. Confidence is the barrier that impairs most people’s courage from becoming winners of the day. Impossible to restore or build overnight, bravery or confidence can only be enhanced over times. For those willing to get slightly out of balance a splash of alcohol is a silly but yet efficient temporary fix for shyness and stage freight.

Social events can be rouge and superficial. Many are out on the look up to tie new business relationships, customers or find someone that will usher them to the next step on the ladder. In the first 30 seconds of socialising with a new found mate both parties will have made their mind up on whether to continue exchanging words or to drift away to the next person. The inevitable question of the first moments is “What do you do?”. For those unfazed by their own profession it is a question one wants to avoid, especially if the opposite encounter holds an admirable position in a fortune 500 company. Shedding light any accomplishments made as well as future ambitions is a devious way of coming across as successful in the case that one’s profession does a poor job encapsulating career ambitions. One or two convincing factoids are sufficient but humility should be exercised although you shouldn’t sky away from speaking about yourself. In fact, don’t talk but speak up like a talk-show host and captivate your audience. Speaking from the lungs and diaphragm is important as you’re virtually trying to sell yourself. The art of speaking can be a tricky one to master and involves speaking about topics beyond the weather and the next person to be eliminated on Big Brother. Not to be forgotten in all insincerity to is that you’re dealing with people and can gain valuable contacts my simply making a new friend who might refer you to someone who might potentially hire you. Know when to switch from personality from Rupert Murdoch to Prince Harry of Wales.


Summer: Sun, sweat and short skirts.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

The summer has finally arrived but has temporarily retracted it’s presence from London. Substituting the sweltering heat that drew bikini wearing women to parks for binge tanning, grey skies hovering over the city and chilly winds now makes us leave home with an extra layer of clothing. But one bag item that is certainly not missed is a mandatory 500ml water bottle for topping up the body’s water supply when the heat becomes unbearable.

Summer is a bewildering concept. Without winter it wouldn’t exist the same way glory would be indescribable to someone who have never experienced the opposite – tragedy and tribulation. It’s perplexing how the common man on the street perceive summer as a destination, and keep him running on the treadmill of life in anticipation of reaching the pinnacle summer month of June. And the reasons for dreaming of June are many; parks and gardens are painted in vivid coloured plants, the gloomy mood of winter is washes away with warm ocean waves, days are longer and skirts worn by women are shorter and sexier. Life and joy peaks with few or no threats in sights that can disturb the elevated mood on as one enjoys the rollercoaster ride of sunshine, social gatherings and casual glasses of cider. City workers on the other hand, might think otherwise.

The underground - Eight in the morning - Six in the evening - Crowds of people. No more words need to be spoken for a wave of goose bumps to ripple across London. Swine flu is one of the few organisms that would thrive in the atrociously warm and humid conditions on the London underground. Forget carrying tanning oil. Anti-bacterial gel should be a part of your summer survival kit as close to every handle and pole is sticky or mysteriously greasy. Whoever argues that an automobile is an unnecessary commodity should rethink their viewpoint. Sweating is undeniably the prevalent agony of summer – in particular having to wash clothes after each use.

A straight forward solution to the near unavoidable reality of body perspiration is by keeping the surrounding air cool, and off course the wonderful invention of air-condition is what comes to mind. Most sweating occurs in transit when we rush out in the morning chasing time and when changing from one train to the next. The stress and time pressure makes the heart beat harder, faster and stronger keeping muscles up to task in providing maximum performance. And before you know it, the energising pulse is followed by uncomfortable body temperature that eventually leads to a damp shirt. The grandiose choice of having a chauffeur driven car is a near faultless solution to the problem. Relieving yourself from the worries of monitoring the gas meter, stress of finding a parking spot or beating the next yellow lights, you can comfortably and relaxed sit in the for enjoyable reading of the excellent European edition of the Wall Street Journal. Having time to read the morning papers is a luxury that cannot be indulged by those driving themselves to work.

Women live less sweaty and filthy summer life than men. A female worker with a keen interest in fashion is bound to have an inventory of summer specific clothes. Dressing down is an easy task of simply wearing a light dress, a short skirt or a sleeve less top with a moderate but appetising cleavage. Men are generally dared to challenge their boss’ tempter by shoving up to work in shorts exposing hair legs. The sight would be met with a laughter followed by a grim face signalling an unofficial warning – and possibly a dented relationship. Shorts and other casual summer items such as t-shirt are rarely well received in a corporate environment and are neither suitable to wear at work places where negotiations take place. Changing into more comfortable attire can lead to a compromised stature in a workplace. Luckily for women they don’t suffer the same character loss as they always successes in adapting to warm weather conditions without any of their glamour or visual power diminishing. Creative industries are safe havens for fashion as people’s minds and lifestyles are more liberal and adamant to on nurturing people’s artistic talent by awarding them with more freedom in their choice of clothing. If only more industries adopted the same culture then perhaps summer would become best and dreamy season we’re portraying it to be.