Paul Smith AW13 Shoe Collection
Mr. Hare SS14 Pitti Preview
Maintaining the outstanding quality and balance between classic and fresh, Mr. Hare’s collection featured several must-haves. That right wing in a beautiful cognac brown showcased pretty much all my favourite essentials (I favour brown anytime), while on the left, a variety of summer staples such as espadrilles and driving loafers brightened the mood in neon green, blue and yellow shades. Other models included two-toned derbies, bucks, loafers and monks in a subtle off-whitish shade, perfectly in tune with the seasonal color palette. On top of the sheer beauty and attention to detail, there’s always a small reflection of its founder’s personality in each of these shoes, as I could attest after going through the collection with Mr. Marc Hare himself. Definitely one of the most charismatic designers I’ve met to date, it’s hard not to be influenced by his overall good mood, wit and humour; plus, he’s passionate about Portugal as well so what’s there not to like?
Ph: Beyond Fabric @ Pitti Uomo
Oliver Sweeney AW13
One of the most inspiring events that took place during the last edition of Pitti, was definitely Angelo Flaccavento’s curated exhibit “Vestirse da Uomo” (Dress Like a Man), where Angelo himself selected 20 essential pieces every man should have in his wardrobe. The event then hosted a panel of renowned menswear icons including Angelo, Wooster and Gianluca Cantaro.
I got a chance to meet my friend Martin from Guaizine and go through the selection with him. Luckily he’s a really great photographer, so my thanks to him!
Details: herringbone wool blazer by Gentleman, houndstooth elbow patched v-neck cashmere sweater by Annapurna 5+1, MTO herringbone flanel spread collar shirt, cords by H&M, double monks by Meermin, glasses by Prada, tie by Carolina Herrera, scarf by Èpice, pocket square by Add On and gloves by H&M.
Autumn seems to have arrived in full strength, providing us the perfect opportunity to start playing around with layers and transition garments. While the temperature allows, you can get away with layering shirts with cardigans and lightweight jackets or, making use of another staple: the puffed vest. As I’ve mentioned before, this Peavest by Tonello instantly became one of my all time favourites, not only because of its uniqueness as it combines elements from puffed vests and the classic peacoat, but also due to its versatility: it can be worn over a shirt, sweaters or even sportcoats and suits. Here I paired with a white dress shirt and played around with shades of green (blackwatch scarf and argyle socks) and brown (suede holdall and double monkstraps). Lately, I’ve been having a hard time avoiding hints of dark green in my attires and there are few other shades that complement brown and blue as nicely.
Details: Peavest by Tonello, white dress shirt by Paul Smith, Levi’s 511 slim (tailored), double monks by Zara, reversible blackwatch/navy scarf by Coisas d’Homem, vintage suede holdall, watch by Rolex (GMT Master II), bracelets and socks by H&M.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
The Military Popover
It’s funny how fashion’s cyclic ways unexpectedly allow the revival of long unworn garments. This military popover is a perfect example: after purchasing it back in 2007 while living in Brazil, it slowly fell into oblivion as my own sense of style evolved throughout the years. Although I wore it seldomly, it was one of those items that survived the many wardrobe purges that followed. The truth is, I found myself sporting it several times this year, be it for its military or popover perks, which make it extremely versatile to dress up or down. Here I went for a more relaxed approach pairing with a tee and white jeans, while adding a bit of panache with the floral bandana and grained leather double monks.
Details: military popover shirt by Osklen, crewneck tee by Levi’s, jeans by Massimo Dutti, grained leather double monks by Meermin, tortoise aviators by Linda Farrow Luxe, floral bandana by Asos and watch by Bell & Ross.
Model and Styling: Miguel Vieira