1. The new website is currently under way and until then I’d rather leave you with a little place-holder, since I’m taking days and weeks to get posts out these days. Apologies, stay tuned! For the mean time, catch me on social below.

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  3. Prescriptions

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    I may have become slightly obsessive with glasses this year, now owning four pairs of prescription glasses and one set of prescription sunglasses. I wouldn’t say I was particularly blind either - my prescription is -2.25 in one eye and -0.25 in the other, and apparently I have different levels of astigmatism in each eye (according to Specsavers), which as serious as it sounds it apparently “isn’t all that bad”. Saying that, living in the generation we do where we’re surrounded by digital screens and “forced” to look at the computer and our phones from dawn till dusk, it’s wise to take care of your eyes and opt for glasses if you need them, and considering I’m the only person in my family who doesn’t wear them on a full-time basis, I’d very much say I should care for my eyes as well.

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    Specsavers got in touch to take a look at their Cheap Monday range, and I think I was drawn in by my previous admiration for Cheap Monday (unfortunately my ex girlfriends have stolen all my favourite t-shirts by Cheap Monday so I seldom get the chance to wear the brand anymore). The style is particularly quirky and something you can imagine to come from Cheap Monday. The shapes are by all means very wearable, but I think what differentiates the collection is its very sleek, metallic frames which seem to have some futuristic vibe around them. The sunglasses are definitely a highlight however, as the kind guys at Specsavers keenly lectured me on. The reasons why Ray Bans are as expensive as they are (aside from the branding) is due to the polarising lens, which reduces glare and retains vivid colour that’d you’d lose from a pair of essentially “coloured lens”. The Cheap Monday lens are from the same breed, and while I’ve always thought prescription sunglasses were pretty unnecessary, I feel like I could see through walls with these things. Everything is clear, slightly muted and better looking. Like I’m looking through a permanent Instagram filter.

    I was going through a grey obsession when I took these photos (unaffiliated to 50 Shades) so the glasses came around the perfect time. Cheap Monday has built their reputation on skinny jeans and even skinnier jeans, but they’ve had some really nice sweaters and parkas in the mix as well. The trousers were a bit of a hidden gem which I found on ASOS, and although they’re drop-crotch, you can actually pull them above your waist to replicate high-waisted trousers. You’ll need a relatively tight belt or take them in at the waist to emulate the effect, if high-waisted trousers are your thing. 

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    If you wear glasses and haven’t considered prescription sunglasses before, I highly recommend it. There are no reasons at all why you should be squinting behind sunglasses, and when you ones big as these which cover your whole face, you’ll never want to wear others again. I even wear these on the tube, because I’m extremely cool like that. (Hint: that was sarcastic).

    Thanks Specsavers for opening up my eyes.

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  5. Bedwin & The Heartbreakers

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    As I’m writing this brand feature, I’m listening to the Lost In Translation soundtrack, which is pretty fitting for those who know where I’m coming from - the film is based in Tokyo, which is where Japanese brand Bedwin & The Heartbreakers originates from. I haven’t felt the real desire to write a brand feature in a very long time, but after being introduced to the brand last month, I’ve gone mad for them. For those who have not heard of Bedwin & The Heartbreakers, the brand draws their influences from streetwear and music subcultures, adopting a very much “school boy” aesthetic. By that I mean it’s neither too casual nor smart, and incorporates a very playful style catered for both men and women. For this post, I snagged a few pieces to wear for the shoot, venturing out with Joe Harper to one of London’s post-apocalyptic-like Paradises.

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    Japanese fashion is a topic I’ve always wanted to delve into and learn anything and everything about. The fashion scene, from my foreign interpretation, is very much built around culture (not necessarily Japan’s) and context. I imagine the fascination with American culture originates from the fact that Japan is very much a segregated island all the way on the other side of the world, and although we live in a world where everything is available on a whim via the Internet, it’s hard to forget that it wasn’t always like that (and yes, the minutes where I have no battery are probably the most stressful - I’m also, really that sad and modern). I see Bedwin as very much a Japanese brand: it adopts elements from both East and West, showing an appreciation for American culture but retaining this playful-like preppy aesthetic that I believe the Japanese do so well - very few guys can pull off a tie and cropped trouser combination without looking like an overgrown school kid.

    The brand has a good blend of tailoring and casualwear, with their latest SS14 collection incorporating single-button shawl lapel jackets (which is what you’d normally find on a tuxedo) with cropped trousers and skinny ties (which is what you’d normally find watching Seth Cohen on The O.C). There’s plenty of chambray and denim which the Japanese have become so prestigious for, but there’s also suit + suit shorts combinations and varsity jackets, to provide a very diverse collection that would cater to anyone with a playful bone in their body. Footwear is also on the agenda with even flip-flops as an option (with a very cool brogue print on the sole if you ever take them off to show off). What brings this diversity together is the quality - it feels very good, and rightly so, as the brand’s slogan is “BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS: PARAMOUNT QUALITY”.

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    The pieces I’m wearing are from their SS14 collection, and while I’ve never really been the Hawaiian-print type daredevil, the shirt is probably one of my favourite things I’ve worn in 2014. I find cropped trousers quite hard to buy in the UK as people are still very much obsessed with rolling up their tapered/skinny trousers (which I like, don’t get me wrong), which means if you’re looking to get something cropped you’ll have to head to the tailors instead. And while Joe (the photographer) might have pointed out that I looked like I stepped out of a Japanese kitchen, cropped trousers are a great summer alternative for shorts, and those with recent fascination of going sockless will very much enjoy cropped alternatives. 

    Their spring/summer collection will be disappearing shortly but they do have an online store if you’re interested in purchasing. If you’d prefer an insider tip however - their PR agency Number of Names are holding a sample sale commencing on the 25th July at the Old Truman Brewery. Good luck though - I’ll be there when the doors open clearing out the Bedwin rail.

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  7. Wimbledon

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    While I might be a bit late to the party, I don’t think it’s too late to highlight my appreciation for the grass event, where people sink their hopes into one of Britain’s wonders Andy Murray. Sure, it was a bit of an anti-climax, with Andy dropping out in straight sets before reaching the semi finals, but one positive side-effect of Wimbledon is its ability to tempt people into the sunshine and enjoy the rays, cluttering every grassy patch possible on Henman Hill. For me, Wimbledon marks that time of the year when we finally get a bit of sun in London, and alongside that comes the shorts, the no-sock movement and all things short sleeved (which gets stretched to its most uncomfortable limit in the Chavsville: my home town). So for the summery look I’ve done all of the aforementioned, shot comfortably in London’s sun rays with Joe Harper

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    Ball boy meets Indiana Jones is probably what springs to mind. Polo Ralph Lauren were the first ever sponsors to partner with The All England Lawn Tennis Club, launching back in 2006 to outfit all of the Wimbledon on-court officials. This season they released the Wimbledon Ball Boy/Girl polo shirts as part of their collection to celebrate the event, allowing happy tennis fans to have their initials embroidered near the bottom of the polo shirt (which made my brother a very happy man as he shares the same initials). Though the season has very much ended, the polos are still available to purchase and are actually in the sale, so if you’re keen to blow as much of your savings on sales as I have, I suggest you go hunting now.

    Going out without socks for some reason has become “noteworthy news” in most men’s titles, and it’s very much Marmite - some people cringe at the idea of revealing their bare, light ankles, while others revel in the slight breeze and liberation of restricting cotton-blend foot-mittens. Personally, I just think it looks a bit more summer-y, and while I do recommend guys give it a try with confidence, do try and wear low-cut “hidden” socks or roll your longer socks halfway down your foot, because it’s much more hygienic than walking around in the heat all day with skin on leather. Another tip? I don’t recommend going sockless with smart, clunky brogues or more traditional shoes where the sole tends to be thicker and wide around the shoe - it tends to look quite heavy. The shoes I’m wearing in this look at from Duggers of London who provide hand-made classic styles at a good price - they’re quite sleek and are rubber soled (with the option of leather available), which has become a preference across all my shoes due to the last and wearability in the rain (you WILL slip in fresh leather shoes on anything remotely smooth, I’ve split my fair share of trousers with impromptu gymnastics). 

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    One thing I’ll mention briefly before I wrap up - I made this belt from a piece of rope I used on a look book shoot earlier this year. It makes for a good rustic alternative to leather belts can be cut from pretty much anything. It might not have the staying power of a buckle but it does mean you can wear your trousers as high up as you’d like, if you’re as much a fan of high-waisted trousers as I am. 

    That’s it for this long-awaited outfit post. I’ve been holding back a few things as I’ll be relaunching a new Mr. Boy website hopefully within the next few weeks, featuring lots of vivid imagery for your eyes to feast on. Catch you tomorrow with a brand feature on Japanese cool cats Bedwin and the Heartbreakers.

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  9. London Collections: Mens - Backstage with Johnnie Sapong and Toni & Guy

    Contrary to popular belief - I am still alive and writing. I’ve been working a lot on Mr. Boy’s next steps as a blog, website and hub which compiles my ramblings on personal style and the fashion industry, and will as of later this year (TBC!), also feature some of my work outside Mr. Boy and some extra special editorials and interviews, which I can’t wait to reveal to the world (or at least the small world that decide my website is worth five minutes of their time). So please keep your faith in the workings of this site - I haven’t quite decided to abandon all ye faithful as of 2014.

    Back to some more behind the scenes work, I wanted to highlight some very special moments from London Collections: Men that I got to experience working with need-no-introduction Toni & Guy and shouldn’t-need-an-introduction Johnnie Sapong and his grooming team. My experience with working backstage at LC:M has always been pleasant - it’s never quite as manic as its female counterpart London Fashion Week, and there’s usually a lot more room to be manoeuvring about (depending on the venue). This season however seemed to be extra special - whether it was being there for the incredibly manic moments seconds before the show begins, or capturing Johnnie’s calm presence when resting his hands on each model’s shoulders for the final check up. Either way, it’s always great to be a fly on the wall the hours before a show begins, when you can really appreciate and see first hand the work that actually goes in to making those five minute catwalks as “flawless” and memorable as possible. 

    Toni & Guy teamed up with AOFM on the Matthew Miller show, which had both male and female models subject to grooming processes involving nets & lots, lots of heat

    Starting off the three days I delved into the chaotic depths of Victoria House to preview the mania going on at Matthew Miller’s show. My friend Marqee does the production for all Victoria House shows (where Matthew’s was), and when he’s working you’re pretty lucky to get a hello in. It’s crazy. I mean, within the small space at Victoria House’s backstage, somehow there are over a dozen models getting pampered by a mix of grooming and make-up pros three times in numbers, wangling through a sea of arms compiled of keen backstage photographers and video interviewers. Then there’s the production team who work with everybody to make sure things are on schedule, and by everybody that means it could be the door staff, the security, the lighting team or the sound team. Last but not least, the designer is there somewhere, either monitoring the pre-walk, or talking to his team of stylists and on-set tailors to provide final alterations to the clothing. I’m sure I’ve missed someone but the image should have been painted - organised chaos, like I’d imagine a World War I telegram room to be. 

    Skipping forward to five minutes before Matthew’s show begins, when the audience would have already sat down (or planted their feet standing as close as possible) eyeing up their surroundings with judgement, you’d think that everything would be well under wraps and the models would be ready to present the clothing. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case (and often so). The speed ramps up significantly and clothes are thrown on with voices shouting through walkie talkies. “FIVE minutes guys, FIVE MINUTES" Marqee shouts across the room. There are no sighs of relief though and no bouts of silence, instead, Toni & Guy are powering ahead with a swarm of hair-dryers replicating the sound of a jet engine taking off. Even as the models stand and you can sense the main room dim their lights in preparation for the walk, the grooming team are still at it making sure things are as grand as they could possibly be. It’s a sight really, and almost makes for a better show itself: seeing the calm finesse of professionals in their element in what seems like the peak of pressure. Skipping to the end of the walk, the team applauds and disperses in what seems like a fraction of the time of the prep. Then it’s on to the next. 

    casually talking on the phone, the model seems pretty oblivious to the mob behind him at Oliver Spencer

    Oliver Spencer’s show was a pretty different experience. It’s the first show I’ve been to where I’ve worked backstage and actually decided to stay there, rather than watch the final show. Showing at the Old Sorting Office meant that the backstage team got over double the room, which makes perfect sense as those who have seen Oliver Spencer’s show will know that there was a live drum ensemble, as well as a fiesta of carnival dancers. 

    The vibe backstage was somewhat different to Matthews - as there was more space it was probably easier to read people’s facial features. William Gilchrist (an ooze-cool stylist) was brought in to style Oliver Spencer’s show, and both him and Johnnie Sapong have this incredible relaxed appearance and aura about them, which is either reinforced or is of a result of their decades of experience. Combining that with Oliver Spencer’s casting, who has become somewhat known for choosing “real people” among agency models as his walking mannequins, the atmosphere seemed very chilled. And bizarre. Backstage photographers became more obsessed with the extremely colourful (in both personality and outfits) carnival dancers, who almost took my eyes out a few times with their headgear during their warm-up before waltzing on stage. 

    Being backstage during the actual walk is a pretty interesting experience. It’s like pressing fast forward on the TV remote. The models will queue up and walk around the catwalk at their casual speeds, but the second they are behind closed curtains they are ramping up for the next change. You’ll have one person throwing a shirt and jumper over your head, and the next person will throw on the tie, and before you even get something fully over your neck someone is already pulling your trousers up for you. I imagine that’s what walk-in-wardrobes will do in a Futurama-like world, except instead of robot hands you have real people. There really is so much work that goes into a show I think people often neglect, who instead choose to complain about the distance they have to travel from show to show. I’m by no means saying it’s under-appreciated, but heck, I think the behind the scenes crew deserve to be somewhere in the spotlight by the designer as well. 

    I wanted to write something about the experiences of backstage but somehow I’ve ended up with this odd narrative. I just wanted to thank the Toni & Guy team for having me, as well as Johnnie Sapong & Naz who I’ve been working with as part of Return of the Rudeboy. That’s it for LC:M this season though - until next year!

    - Mr. Boy

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