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Get Coachella looks

Coachella music festival just kicked off on April 14 and still rocking until April 23.

While Lady Gaga surprised fans with a new song, let’s have a look at the men’s fashion trends for this epic festival.

Be ready for a warm sun and wear shorts and sunglasses. The choice of a modern design bermudas is surely the best stylish idea: jeans or linen is great! 

 

H&M 24,99€

 

H&M 25,99€
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At Coachella you won’t be staying still so you better choose some stylish but comfy shoes. Sporty sneakers are what you need. If you really don’t fancy them, a second choice would be suede boots and you still will stick to the style.

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Plein Sport €270

 

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Clarks 129,67€

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is time now to add some colors and chose between a colorful short-sleeve shirt or a printed t-shirt. Both options are a fresh choice to enjoy music and looking trendy.

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asos.com/Reclaimed Vintage 50,99€

 

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Zara 15,95€

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally you need to finish up your outfits with some cool accessorizes: Panama Hats would look amazing. Add also some bracelets and you are ready!

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Borsalino 279€
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H&M 4,99€

 

Salone del Mobile ’17

Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano (Milan Forniture Fair) just came to its end, this year with a record score: 343 thousands visitors. As always this largest forniture fair in the world gave us hints and trends on home decor and interior design. 


The focus is also on new designers on the scene and this year is the 20th birthday of SaloneSatellite an oportunity for under35 talents to show their creations. The 650 young artists were given a theme named “design is…?”  and partecipated to SaloneSatellite Award. Those are the best 3 who made it through:

1st Prize:  COMMA STOOL/CHAIR by Pistacchi Design (Taiwan)

This is a public chair showing a new concept of Urban Design made of contrasting materials and shaped like a modern sculpure. It is quite seductive!

2nd Prize: X BENCH by Edmond Wong Studio (China)

This two-seater bench turns into a training bench. The dual use creation gives the oportunity to have a gym at home even in small environments


3rd Prize: Ëo by Tanya Repina (Russia)

An absorbing-sound wall made up of pine needles and biodegradable blinder. It creates an indor forest and it also reples insects and germs. It has been awarded for its innovation and sustainability.


SaloneSatellite is for sure the best springboard for those new designers and the best way to connect young talents to international companies interested in their projects. As a matter if fact, many of the prototypes presented in the past years were successfully produced and the emerging designers are now well known names in the design world. 

Congratulations to those who partecipated and of course to the winners!

                                                 Michele Di Chello

Top 10 Trends for Menswear F/W17

January, as usual, has been an inspiring month for Menswear. Pitti Immagine in Florence followed by Milan and then Paris Fashion Weeks.

The trends are now clear and here are the top 10 of what we are going to wear for next Autumn/Winter.

1 – Color Palette: Camel – Red 

From the left: Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, Marni, Versace, MSGM.

Camel, a must-have color for a man wardrobe both for formal wear and casual looks. We have largely seen it on catwalks of Versace and MSGM, but also N.21. Red, outrageous and vivid color for suits and sporty clothes chosen by Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, Marni, Lanvin, Paul Smith and Louis Vuitton.

2 – Backpacks and Bags

From the left: Balmain, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna

Bags, bags, bags. We’ve seen hundreds. Bumbags for Louis Vuitton, Sacs for Diesel Black Gold, Briefcases by Zegna. Backpacks are back trendy next season, a total must-have! Dolce & Gabbana thought of an Lion-shaped one, Balmain’s are black and capacious, Pop-art style are the ones by Fendi. Big, small, plain or colorful always carry one, no matter if in formal or casual wear.

3 – Boots and Military Style

From the left: Balmain, Liam Hodges, Moschino, N°21

Authoritative and battledress looks will be another trend for the next fall/winter. Black boots and leather accessories to finish the outfits. From Moschino to Balmain, N°21 and Armani. They all got inspired from the military scene.

4 – Long coats and Oversize Sweaters

From the left: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Dsquared2, Etro

Coats up to the ankles in different materials and colors. Sweaters are XXL. Formalwear Overcoats for a corporate look on Balenciaga catwalk and Dandy-inspired ones from Alexander Mcqueen. Dsquared2 and Etro men go on winter leaves on montains with oversize sweaters.

5 – Bomber jackets

From the left: Moncler Gamme Bleu, N°21, Sunnei, Versace

Colorful and puffed-up, bomber jackets by Moncler, Versace or Sunnei will keep us warm for the cold seasons.

6 – Denim & jeans

From the left: Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, MSGM, Neil Barret

If you were missing the 80’s, it’s time to revoke Denims. Visible socks under rolled-up jeans from MSGM catwalk. Reinvented denim Jackets at Dolce & Gabbana #Millenials catwalk and wool-padded jacket by Neil Barret. Finally milirary influenced at Moschino.

7 – Oriental and Japanese influence

From the left: Diesel Black Gold, Emporio Armani, Federico Curradi, Frankie Morello

Japanese influence will be on our looks and outfits in winter. Nija inspired outfits enriched with rock-leather touches at Diesel Black Gold show. Black&White origami printing for Frankie Morello.

8 – Sporty and Mountain look

From the left: Emporio Armani, Etro, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Plein Sport

Time for some fitness activity with Philip Plein new sport luxury brand. While Emporio Armani and Etro proposed a mountain street-style man. Warm looks made of wool and fur with ropes and knots are the leitmotif at Moncler Gamme Bleu, reminding hiking world.

9 – Animal and Patchwork Knitwear

From the left: Prada, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Antonio Marras

The new generation of models, #DGMillenials,  walked Dolce & Gabbana catwalk wearing animal and patchworked knitwear. Jumpers, T-shirt and accessories will look like lions, tigers and faunal world. Antonio Marras mixed and matched various meterials, styles and influences on his menswear.

 10 – 70’s orange is back 

From the left: Etro, Missoni, Prada, Valentino

Orange, with a 70’s taste, will be back trendy. Miuccia Prada got her inspiration from those years and presented 70’s styled men. Also on Missoni and Etro runway we find that orange touch and retro influences.

Michele Di Chello

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OUDH OSMANTUS for Gods and Majesties

Luxury and Elegance are a perfect combination to describe the philosophy behind Mona Di Orio parfum creations. The style of this maison brings us back to the 20s and 30s, the glorious years for perfumery industry.

OUDH OSMANTUS belongs to the “Nombre D’Or” collection. Opening with notes of citrus, elemi from the Philippines, petitgrain from Paraguay and green.  The olfactory journey of this eau de parfum continue with notes of Indonesian patchouli, nagarmotha, cedar from Atlas and the majestic grey amber, revealing seductive and captivating tones of animal mixed with woody, leather and balsamic scents. Osmanthus ansolute from China and the forceful power of oudh and musk will finally leave a mesmerizing long-lasting smell on our skin, speading mysterious and mystical aurea.

Mona di Orio uses real Oudh oil from Laos a precious and costy element also appreciated in ancient civilizations where it had a strong cultural and religious significance, reserved for Gods and Majesties.

The 75ml golden bottle comes in a elegant black packaging and you can find it on the online store or in some of the best stores for 285€.

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A #Dandy by McQueen

 

THE WIT, WISDOM AND BEAUTY OF OSCAR WILDE AS HE JOURNEYS FROM TITE STREET IN LONDON TO PARIS SAINT GERMAIN INFORM ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’S MENSWEAR COLLECTION THIS SEASON.

I have always been a fan of #McQueen outrageous and dary look and the new F/W outfits are my favourites, NO DOUBTS!

The inspiration is just perfect and brings back the concept of Victorian quintessence beauty made famous by Oscar Wilde. A man dressed with a typical British gentleman style: tailored coats of Serge wool with velvet appliques and a  3-pieces flannel suits underneath are what we can admire from McQueen catwalk.The trausers have side stripes bringing up military influence.

The whole collection symbolize Wilde’s travel from London to France and through the journey his Dandy style becomes enriched by other inspirations. The look becomes more fanciful: jacquard  overcoats which revoke antique rugs, all-over paisley print silk robe and gemstone rings to finish the look.

Another recursive and main pattern and motif we can appreciate in the collection are peacocks, aristrocratic and noble symbol, inspired by the room paintings where Wilde died.

The all new season gives us the tools to pay homage to an extraordinary writer and eternal dandy.

Have a look at the gallery and enjoy some of the best and suggestive outfits.

Photography: @EthanJamesGreen

Michele Di Chello

 

F/W17 – MAN IS BACK

Jan 13th: Menswear is on stage at Milan Fashion Week. Just after Pitti Uomo (10-13 Jan).

Man is Back! Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana released a Fashion Movie, starring models who woke up in a wood, ready for Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017. A modern fairytale in a documentary-film style.

The first designer to open the glamourus event is Ermenegildo Zegna, but it’s Giorgio Armani appointed to masterfully switch off the lights of the catwalks on the 17th. Some of the designers are missing, such as Gucci, but some are back or totally new. Alessandro dell’Acqua is back with his N21 collection. Philipp Plein presents his new Sportswear. Three emerging designers are presented by the King Armani: Moto Guo from Malaysia, Consistence from Taiwan and the Japanese Yoshio Kubo.

Dolce&Gabbana chose #DGMillenials to walk at the show. They are the new generation of models: bloggers, influencers, youtubers and social webstars with millions of followers. Warm welcome to them to the #DGFamily. The collection is characterized with baroque and golden touches, which are D&G distinctive elements, but they also presented classy tone-on-tone looks. I love the military-style coats and the royal jackets that were shown.

But what’s really trendy for next F/W?

BAGS! Huge, small, backpacks, leather or plush.

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Diesel Black Gold Leather Sac

Diesel prefers blag leather sacs, Zegna thought of elegant leather business bags and briefcases while Ports 1961 choose big backpacks with leather base and balck and blue tartan. Emporio Armani proposed an original fur front rucksack, but the most interesting garment comes again from Dolce&Gabbana: A big Lion muppet fur backpack.

Fashion Week is not yet over, but for sure even next winter we all have a wide choice to wear and pick our preferred style. Which one would you pick?

Michele Di Chello

umbrellas are not just umbrellas

Umbrellas are known to be used since the primitive eras. Of course they looked quite different from what they are now. They were made of leaves and used just as a shelter. Then they became a symbol of rank and used primarly as an ornamental item mainly in Asian royals or by Emperors.chium.jpg

Umbrellas got to Europe around the end of year 1000 but it’s only at the end of the 18th Century that they gained popularity. They were a distinctive symbol of elegance made with ribs of whalebone for the best quality ones and of split cane for the cheaper quality.

Today there are different kind of umbrellas on the market and you can buy one as cheap as a can of Coca Cola. But if you want to differentiate yourself and you do care about quality and details then you need to look for something which is not only a simple umbrella!

Two of the best manufactures are for sure the British Fox Umbrellas and the Italian Pasotti.

The first started their business under the Kingdom of Queen Vicoria and during all their history they have had very prestigious customers: English and Japanese Royal families, President of the USA, television and movie industries, many celebrities. Only the finest woods and materials are used and are fully hand-made in England. A starting price for a “tube umbrella” is around 99£, but if you are looking for a fully customized option made from a single piece of wood then the price rises to approx. 220£.

The Italian Pasotti, settled in the 50’s, also produces world’s finest umbrellas, hand-made with best materials. They actually like to add precious touches to their goods. Swarovski elements, gems, silver, gold… The handles are not just classical: skulls shaped, billiard ball, snake head. Prices start from 165€ for a folding umbrella up to more than 500€ forsome exclusive models.

Just have a look a their online stores or find both of them at PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 2017 and chose the one that suits you the most!

 Michele Di Chello

 

Soapery, the hand-made soaps of Istanbul.

If you happen to be in Istanbul or planning a visit, you cannot miss a tour in Grand Bazar and if you go there you cannot miss this shop!

The Grand Bazar of Istanbul is one of a kind, the ancient version of a department store. Actually one of the first, built in 1461. You can find everything you can think of to fulfill your shopping mania. But it is not only about shopping, you will be lost in sounds, colours, lights and smells. A charming smell is coming from “Soapery” with their hand-made skincare and bath products.

I have being buying their soaps and products for long time now and has become a kind of addiction. What I appreciate the most is that they never use animal fat, instead the soaps contain high quality oils and natural elements. They added a new dimension to my bath. One of my favourite is the “scrub soap” which has a natural sponge inside and leaves your skin smooth and regenerated. Amber and Oud scented products are the best!

Those soaps are suitable for all kind of skins, even sensitive. They can be used for shaving, daily face wash but also as a shampoo!

No worries if you have a special request or you are looking for something specific, the staff is higly qualificated and they all speak good english to assist you to find what you need.

I also need to spend a few words on their selection of essential oils. I simply love them! Ask them to smell “Dark Amber”, “Patchouli” or “Oud”. Try it on your skin, the smell will stay for days!

Website is: www.sabunhane.com

Find them on facebook and Instagram: @sabunhanee

Michele Di Chello

 

 

 

 

GUTTERIDGE – Napolitan Tailoring with a British Touch

7jn6whob_store_primary_image_-mainFounded by the Scottish Michael Gutteridge in 1878 in Naples where he opened his first boutique in Piazza Dante. Mr. Gutteridge imported his textiles and wool directly from Scotland and he soon had a huge success. He opened then a even more luxurious store in Via Toledo.

In the 90’s the brand was bought by the italian intrepreneur Mr. Colella and now counts about 50 boutiques in Italy.

Their garments still keep the british style and touch, so are the store interiors. They remind the old artisanal shops and boutiques you might find in the streets of London.

One of the most sold item is no doubt the sartorial-made blazer together with the shirts which have nacre bottons and hand-sewed cuffs. Shirts cost on average 50€.

A full selection of accessories is available including ties, bowties, scarfs, leather goods and umbrellas.

Michele Di Chello

1681 – CARTHUSIA

Capri welcomes us with its crystal blue see, the characteristical coasts, the magnificents “Faraglioni”, but also with its unspoiled nature and the most delicate smelling flowers. This inspiring nature of this island in the gulf of Naples gives birth to the unique fragrance creations of Carthusia.

All of their fragrances have a nonpareil bond with the beautiful island. In their artisanal laboratory all the olfactory elements are generated from the caprese nature. One of a kind is the rosmary of the Solaro mountain.

1681 Eau de Parfum is a masculine fragrance with a distinctive strong and precious character. Its prestigiuos components are bergamot, lavander, black pepper, cedarwood, amber and incense. The strong incense smell represents “that ancient scent” typically related to military and ecclesiastical enviroments. 1681, in fact, tells the story of the age when in Capri the Church had a influent power but also a period characterised with Arab invasions. The name given to the Parfum represents the year of the end of the renovation works of “Certosa di San Giacomo” where monks started the tradition of distillation of herbs and infusions to create fine fragrances. Only after some years, in 1948, those old recepies where found and Carthusia Laboratories, which actually means “Certosa”, were established.

Whithin the olfactory pyramid, 1681, finds its place between the “spicy” scents. The head notes exhale smells of mandarin, bergamot, coriander, red thyme, and rosmary. Soon after, the heart notes kik off, those are the most emotional ones and they smell of lavander and black pepper. Finally the parfum process culminates with persistent elements such as cedarwood, musk, sandal and of course, incense.

For a little extra touch and for an elegant detail, it is possible to order your custom made bottle with name engraved on the glass.

Carthusia proudly keeps the artisanal tradition of fragrance crafting and all of their creations take you to that enchanting island of Capri. With heart and soul.

Michele Di Chello