Updating your Scent
Fragrances are commonly regarded as one of the most personal items in a man’s or woman’s grooming cabinet. Undoubtedly, when it comes to sensorial perception, smell plays a primordial role to the point where memories of particular persons or places are inherently associated with specific scents. It’s like part of memories are comprised by an olfactive fraction which comes into play whenever you come across that particular odor. Developing such an intricate relation with its wearer as well as those around him/her, fragrances easily become a tough, personal choice based solely on individual taste.
Despite the never ending amount of available alternatives, categorized according to its main notes and family such as floral, spicy or woody, there are those who develop a special bond with a unique scent which often becomes somewhat of a trademark. Then again, others prefer to continuously rotate their selection to cover the widest possible spectrum. Whichever group you fall into, I believe one should have at least as many fragrances as “fashion” seasons.
Much like what happens with garments come a new season, your scent should follow and adapt to the days to come. Summer is time for fresher fragrances, with hints of fruit or citruses overpowering the more wintery notes of spices and wood. If you’re looking for a unique essence with strong personality give Diptyque Philosykos a try; I’ve been wearing it for a while now and I must say it has become a personal favourite along with the discontinued Paul Smith London.
Word of advice? If you’re struggling to find that perfect gift, stay away from perfumes: unless it’s someone who religiously wears the same one for years, there’s a high risk of missing it by a long shot.
Nicolas Malleville for Mr. Porter Editorial
A flowering trend…
Although I’ve mentioned florals before, I still hadn’t had the chance to fully address this much hyped pattern. Every other day, some new garment or accessory makes its way into the spotlight simply by sporting this nature inspired print. The sheer fact that its popularity is growing, while struggling with social, cultural and gender-based ill-formed preconceptions, is not only proof that men are more conscious about their style but that this pattern is a resilient one. As with all bold prints, the chances of getting it wrong are proportional to the risks you’re willing to take.
Whereas concepts such as scale, fit, proportion and color matching should be ever present on your attire, when going for more ambitious combinations they become a necessity. For me, the most crucial aspect to successfully pull it off is coordinating the scale of the pattern with that of the item itself, bearing in mind that larger items are harder to work with. When in doubt start by incorporating small notes such as scarves, pocket squares or ties and slowly work your way up the chain.
This shirt by Paul Smith was the result of an impulsive purchase a few years back, which remained stored away in my wardrobe for quite a while…now, it’s one of my Summer statement pieces. Besides the outstanding color scheme, I love its versatility which allows for interesting casual looks as well as adding a twist to more classic ones. Here I went for a relaxed, put together look aimed at toning things down by making use of pieces in complementing solid colors.
Organic cotton floral print dress shirt by Paul Smith, purple organic cotton crewneck tee by H&M, slate creased trousers by Boglioli, brown crepe sole boat shoes by Buttero, watch by Gucci, silver string by Goti (hidden).
Monocle’s “Prom Party” Editorial
I’ve recently picked up the latest issue of Monocle and I’ve got to say: it’s packed with goodies. Among them, one that definitely caught my eye was this summer fashion editorial shot in good old students’ party haven - Benidorm. Besides the unquestionable styling, the most striking feature has to be the perfect match between look and background, resulting in a seamless blend of color and even pattern. Just goes to show how much an important role the surrounding environment plays on a photo. Truly inspiring….
Scans from Monocle issue 45
Photographer: Mark Sanders
Fashion Director: Takeharu Sato