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16 September 2015

Icon of the Month: George ‘Beau’ Brummel, 1778-1840

Beau Brummel’s infamy has very little to do with clothes. His story is of a young man born into a middle class family who was able to elevate his social status to become one of the most powerful men in England – purely off the back of his charm, his talent, his wit and, for want of a better word, his cool. Contrary to our modern interpretation of the word ‘Dandy’ (gaudy, effeminate, outrageous), the man born George Brummel was certainly far closer to Clooney than Culture Club…

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10 August 2015

Icon of the Month – Shia Laboeuf

Never far from controversy, the volatile but hugely talented Hollywood actor was in the papers again this month – accused (again) of plagiarism. Regardless of his bizarre antics, no one can deny that Shia LaBeouf has great style.

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08 July 2015

Icon of the Month – Roger Federer

Roger Federer played in his 10th Wimbledon final on Sunday – more than any player (he won 7 of them) – so it seems highly appropriate that he should be King & Allen’s Icon Of the Month for July 2015…

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09 June 2015

Icon of the Month – Tom Hardy

As the star of Mad Max: Fury Road , Tom Hardy is Hollywood’s man of the moment. What makes him so beguiling as an actor is his volatility, and if the rumours are true his wild man persona on film is merely an extension of his real world self. But in a movie world brimming with polite, charming English actors, it’s this sense of danger that surrounds him that sets him apart.

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13 May 2015

3 Peas in a Pod

With everything else about them under such close scrutiny over the last few weeks, it seems appropriate to take a look at the ‘style’ of the three opponents as well. In an election which was heavily criticised for its middle-of-the-road policies and lack of hard-line opinion, one could easily argue that the sartorial decisions of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband were a visible analogy.

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13 May 2015

Icon of the Month VE Day 70th Anniversary special – Winston Churchill

As well as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill lead an extremely eclectic life. He was a painter, a historian, a bricklayer, a prisoner of war, and a nobel prize laureate. He was also a champagne connoisseur and fashion icon – conceiving and popularising the ‘Siren Suit’ – a zip-up ‘onesie’, to be worn when seeking shelter during the blitz. But it is for his bold 3 piece chalk striped suits, polka dot bow ties, pocket watches and John Bull hats that he will be most fondly remembered. Whether he was visiting the trenches or meeting with world leaders, he was always impeccably dressed – even down to his underwear which was made from very finely woven silk.

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01 April 2015

King & Allen celebrate – The Suits of Mad Men

As the TV phenomenon that is Mad Men airs it’s final episode this spring, it seems appropriate that K&A takes a moment to honour the show that has brought us a host of style icons – from the Prince of Wales checked, double breasted Roger Stirling to the royal blue two-pieces of young upstart Pete Campbell, Mad Men inspired a raising of the sartorial bar never seen before by a TV show.

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24 February 2015

Icon of the Month – Eddie Redmayne

Like previous King & Allen icons Benedict Cumberbach or Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne is one of those talented young British actors who it’s impossible not to like. He shot to super-stardom in Les Miserables and hasn’t put a foot wrong since, showing his real acting meat playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – for which he won the Oscar this week for best actor. As if the accolades weren’t coming thick and fast enough – he was also recently voted GQ’s best dressed man. From bold checked rakish to slick understated cool, he’s not afraid to vary his wardrobe.

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26 January 2015

The Suits from ‘Kingsman’

January 2015 saw the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service. This action/comedy is about a fictional Savile Row tailor that secretly houses the headquarters of an elite spy force.

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22 November 2014

How to wear a power suit like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Pt II

This month “the greatest sequel of all time”, The Godfather Pt II, will be 40 years old. But rather than waxing lyrical on the inevitable release of the digitally enhanced 5.1 commemorative blue ray edition of the cinematic classic, we thought we’d focus on the Michael Corleone’s suits…

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27 October 2014

Jason Manford’s Guide to Dressing for a Wedding

Recently the stand-up comedian Jason Mansford posted a rather funny homage to the life cycle of a wedding suit on his Facebook page. We thought we’d share it with you. Here’s Jason’s post: When trying on a wedding suit in a changing room you have to prepare it for all the evening’s eventualities!

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23 September 2014

Icon of the Month – Jude Law

Jude Law first came to the attention of King & Allen in The Talented Mr Ripley – in which his character Dickie Greenleaf wears some of the best ‘Riviera Style’ ever committed to celluloid. Since then he has gone on to play a number of dapper roles including Alfie Elkins (Alfie), Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes) and most recently in the title role of Dom Hemingway.

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20 August 2014

Icon of the Month – Idris Elba

Idris Elba deserves Icon status on the strength of this photograph alone. At 6ft, 3” he pulls off this double-breasted suit perfectly, reaffirming what we’ve said many times before in The Stitch – that if you’re tall and well built a double-breasted suit is definitely worth considering.

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21 July 2014

Icon of the Month – Edward VIII: The Prince Charming

It’s interesting to note that the ‘best dressed Englishman of all time’ was also one of the most decadent and controversial. Coincidence? Unlikely… From the playboy antics to the nazi sympathy and bisexuality rumours, the Duke of Windsor was never far from the headlines. Like him or loath him, no one can deny that he was a snappy dresser. Indeed his wardrobe is the stuff of legend. Rumours include:

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02 June 2014

King & Allen ‘Icon’ Special – The Suits of Salvador Dali

One of our favourite smaller stories of this month was about a man called Tomeu L’Amo who spent 25 years proving that an artwork he bought in an antiques store for €150 was a Salvadore Dali original. Dali’s dressing style was almost as original, flamboyant and creative as his art. As well as his trademark chalk stripe double breasted suits (complete with pocket square), he was a huge fan of bright colours and rich, extravagant cloths such as velvet, silk and tweed.

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23 April 2014

A review of the suits on SUITS

This week we have a guest blogger – Tulani Tubi – who is a K&A consultant based at our Liverpool Street showroom. Watching the TV show Suits these past few months has become an obsession of mine. Not only is the show extremely funny and intriguing, but also it’s the styling of the characters that keeps me engrossed. It is true to say that the hierarchy of the characters on the show is actually displayed through the suits they wear: from a well tailored classic style (displaying power) to a modern more tailored style (showing the character’s youthfulness).

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19 March 2014

King & Allen Icon of the Month – Sam Lambert

Sam Lambert is an individual who’s style is always on point; he never looks out of place but always creates a statement. He spent years studying tailoring (he is now the co-founder of the creative movement Art Comes First) – which is evident in his own personal look.

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27 January 2014

David Gandy – Top Ten Three Piece Suits

January in the menswear world means London Collections: Men – a three-day extravaganza where the eyes of the world’s fashionistas are upon us. Except that most of those eyes are fixed on one man – the UK ambassador for the event, and possibly the most handsome man on the planet: David Gandy.

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