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Take your Fedoras off to Jean-Paul Belmondo

1 Nov


This is another update of the setting trends posts. However in the other posts I set out to highlight movies that 6-12 months down the lines the masses will get their style tips from. This post is an ode to a classic and a style that is timeless,urbane and seemingly effortless. The film that set the 1960’s alight was Jean Luc Goddard’s Breathless, the actor that made the movie even cooler was Jean-Paul Belmondo. Breathless was really the start of the influential French New Wave with it’s characteristic techniques such as long takes,jump cuts, ad-lip and on-location shooting. This little movie gave a glimpse of how life in the sixties was in Paris and I’m sure boosted American tourists in France ten fold.


The plot is simple Jean-Paul Belmondo’s character Michel shoots a police officer in Marseille and then is on the run. He arrives in Paris to try and persuade his current love interest Jean Seberg, as the American Patricia, to elope with him to Italy. We are shown Paris through beautiful shots in cars, on the boulevards and the night spots. All of this to the backdrop of a great jazz soundtrack. As an experimental film Breathless is a complete success the whole movie was shot on a hand held camera and the use of real locations with no permits obtained, so improvisation was the key.


However what I want to discuss is Jean-Paul Belmondo’s sartorial genius. For me Belmondo is up there with Steve McQueen on the lists of all time style icons. Goddard put no restraints or pressures on his actor’s wardrobes and let them have free reign. This paved the way for Belmondo’s brilliance. Breathless  was obviously shot in the summer but Belmondo dismisses the conformity of summer wear and opts for heavy tweed jackets, wool ties and trousers and capped with his iconic fedora. His relaxed, I don’t care look is merely a ploy as his outfits are meticulously chosen and assembled.


Belmondo was a trend setter and his debonair style is totally back in at the moment. With a nod back to 60’s and 70’s patterns and tweed in full swing this Autumn and Winter. Belmondo’s vintage wardrobe would be completely apt right now. His use of matching Tweed caps with knit ties and beautiful herringbone jackets. Even in some fashion lines high waist trousers are making a comeback, check out the COS men’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. However the only part of Belmondo’s wardrobe that I think will stay in the anons of style history are his beautiful fedora with himself and his inspiration Humphrey Bogart but I’d be pleased to be proved wrong.

     Jean Paul Belmondo Breathless

Also Belmondo’s movement in this movie is extremely elegant and delicate which always comes as a surprise when I watch his movies. He draws the viewer in and leads you off again, he has a natural grace about him. I recently read that he trained as a boxer and this is obviously where his natural deftness derives from. In his scenes with Jean Seberg this is most evident and we can see her being drawn to him and then repelled by his language and views which is the great contrast in the film.


Jean Seberg also has to be discussed here in relation the fashion and trend setting. With her use of bold sailor stripes, black skinny pants, ballet shoes, cat liner and cat-eye sunglasses to boot. She has a pixie haircut that was fast becoming the must have hair style for fashionable and sexy women of the 1960’s. She looks effortlessly gorgeous throughout the movie whether she is selling the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs Elysees or dashing of to interview a famous novelist. Also Seberg looks extremely sexy in Belmondo’s grandad shirt and Fedora sporting the boyfriend look before many of her contemporaries. Seberg’s style is also back in at the moment and has been many times since Breathless’s release. She has been payed homage many times for her style being cited in many fashion magazines throughout the years.


Both Seberg and Belmondo’s fantastic style owes heavily to the eventual success of Breathless in my view, giving it a timeless feel. If this was Goddard’s initial intention, I can’t be sure but either way it makes for great viewing. It strange how Belmondo was never really taken to in America as he surely had the charm and the refinement. Anyway in my view he was a true style icon and I take my fedora of to the one and only Jean-Paul Belmondo.




Velour day

1 Oct

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Does anybody else want monk-straps?

30 Sep
Ok so does anybody else have a slight shoe obsession? Well I for one do however I seem to always lust after a pair that are just out of my price range. Anything over a weeks wages is just not agreeable with me to fork out for footwear, no matter how gorgeous they would go with all my wardrobe. But sometimes you come across a shoe that makes you feel like it’s an exception to the rule. This in my case happens to be the most elegant of all mens formal shoes, double monk-straps. These shoes have a strap that closes with a buckle and comes in a single or double strap variety. They’re more formal than a loafer but a little bit jazzier than an oxford lace-up.

Yes from the moment I came across these on Tumblr, I’ve imagined them with every outfit I put on. So I have kept an eye on for something that fits the bill at a decent price. But to no avail have I even stumbled upon anything that has style,finesse and quality for under €500. This has been driving me crazy because when it comes to clothes I can always find something that I desire and is bespoke and crafted with care within my means. So I was at my wit’s end when it came to acquiring a pair of double monk-straps at a reasonable price.

Then I found a website called http://www.dsw.com, it has affordable Italian leather monk-straps. Yes Genuine leather in black,tarnished tan and cognac all for $159,shipped worldwide. So I’ve read a lot of the comments on the site and the majority of them were really positive about the fit,look and overall elegance of Mercanti Fiorentini’s double monk-straps. So I will definitely will be purchasing these shoes and if they look as good on my feet as they seem on the web,I’ll be chuffed with a great find. So I’ll post a picture whenever I get around to buying these beauties, but If anyone has bought these before or used DSW.com I would love to hear from you.


Mercanti Fiorentini Double monk-straps.


Boys & their shoes!

27 Sep

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27 Sep

So over the past few seasons we have seen men’s fashion take a lot of inspiration from woman’s clothing. From knee high boots to jumpsuits,depending on where your from and how adventurous you are. Blurring the lines between gender in fashion doesn’t bemuse or offend me in anyway. Even if I don’t agree with all of it or want to run out and buy myself a pair of “mantyhoses”, I get most of it and see the merit in it. The crossing over between men’s and women’s fashion has happened for a long time particularly the other way around. Woody Allen’s Annie Hall in the 1970’s announced Dianne Keaton to the world as a style icon. She wore waistcoats,ties,bowler hats and slacks. This inspired women to take control of their individuality and femininity by challenging the norm and experimenting with loose fitting suits inspired by trend setters such as Audrey Hepburn.



This was highlighted in the mainstream fashion world with Yves Saint Lauren’s Le Smoking jacket bringing the pantsuit to modern society. This has filtered through to the high street with Gap’s boyfriend blazer and khakis and Abercromie & Finch clothing range aimed at men and women. This androgynous style looks great with women in three piece suits and their hair slicked back and even Kanye West has performed on stage recently wearing a woman’s blouse from the Celine range. So this look can transcend all barriers to many different people but I personally feel that this explosion of man cleavage is a step to far.



I usually don’t hate on anybody for their style choices because everybody has their individuality or reasons for being sartorial savvy or not. However and I know that plenty of guys put sweat and long hours in the gym for a great chest but their is no need to have it on display. A t-shirt that is cut down towards your belly button should be a no go area. X-Factor stylists seem to be keen on this fad and the general public have taken to it with aplomb especially with the likes of Jersey Shore lending even more inspiration. So whether you have a great chest or not why not accentuate it in a fitted shirt or a crew neck tee and throw a blazer on,trust me it’s tried and tested and that’s not always a bad thing.



Fishing lures?

24 Sep

So as the evenings are starting to shorten and the days become colder, we know Autumn has arrived. This is a lovely season as everything starts to wind down and get ready for the winter ahead. Gorgeous amber light basking us on long relaxing strolls through the countryside. This is also when we change our wardrobes from shorts and linen jackets to heavier chinos and tweeds. So whether your investing in a new tweed blazer or dusting down your trusty vintage, why not think about accessorising your tweed this season to give yourself a little bit of an edge this autumn and winter. So why not go beyond the original pocket square and pop a fishing fly on your lapel and watch it catch fashionistas and bewildered fishermen alike. You can get a variety of fishing lures from any tackle shop ranging from spinning lures to fishing flies. They come in multifarious colours and sizes and will make a loud statement on whichever jacket you decide to pop it on. Here’s some examples on autumn/winter accessorising.


Ted Baker A/W 2012

Farah Vintage Horatio Coat.

available at Salingers Cork.

Why not paisley?

20 Sep


Paisley is really in this season so why not rock a paisley tie with a matching pocket square. Throw on a navy blazer,tie it in a winsor knot and pop in the pocket square and off you go.

Click here for a demonstration on how to fold a pocket square.Enjoy!