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23 March 2016

King & Allen groom Colin and his wife, Steph, travelled to New York for their non-traditional, elopement wedding in Central Park.

King & Allen groom Colin and his wife, Steph, travelled to New York for their non-traditional, elopement wedding in Central Park.

King & Allen News
24 February 2016

Style Predictions 2016, Part 2

On the blog last month we gave you Part 1 of our annual Style Predictions. As you yourself may have predicted, here is part 2!

Style Tips & Advice
24 February 2016

Icon of the Month – Derek Zoolander

Derek Zoolander: model, actor, philanthropist, but not an ambi-turner. In a lovely case of life imitating art, imitating life, the film’s costume designer, Leesa Evans, has confessed that most of the clothes worn by the film’s protagonists are existing pieces – or adapted from existing pieces – by designers such as Valentino, Kenzo and Yves Saint Laurent. But what about the man himself? It’s difficult to comment on the style of a man who has never dressed himself, but his suits certainly are… eclectic. Often in The Stitch we like to offer advice for the King & Allen suit wearer on what we can learn from our chosen Icon. This month’s takeaway should probably be: don’t let anyone else dress you!

Celebrity Style
23 January 2016

Icon of the Month – David Bowie

David Bowie was the first person ever to be Icon of the Month (October 2010) which is testament to how highly his style is regarded by the King & Allen team. We would never usually repeat an Icon, but we felt it was fitting to pay our respects to a man who made such a positive impact on our industry.

Celebrity Style
20 January 2016

Icon(s) of the Month: The London Fashion Week Men’s Ambassadors 2017

If you’re a regular reader of the King & Allen Journal, you will know that every month we award a particularly well-dressed fellow the title of “Icon of the Month“. This month, we are mixing it up by crowning a whole group of people the title: namely, the ambassadors for London Fashion Week Men’s.

Celebrity Style
18 January 2016

Style Predictions 2016. Part 1

Now in its 5th year, the King & Allen style predictions have become as much of a January fixture as failed diets and feigned sobriety. Sometimes we get it right (we predicted waistcoats and slimmer trousers back in 2009), and sometimes we get it horribly wrong (2015’s floral explosion never quite happened!), but either way it’s always worth having a think about what the menswear world might be doing before you make your first suit purchase of the year…

Style Tips & Advice
05 January 2016

How to Choose Your Wedding Suit

Are you nervous about how to choose your wedding suit? You are not alone. Choosing your wedding suit is a big decision! Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life where all eyes will be on you and your future spouse. Understandably, you want to look at your very best.

Style Tips & Advice
17 November 2015

Icon of the Month – Brad Pitt

This month sees the release of By the Sea, the first film Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have starred in together since they met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith – 10 years ago. Reactions to the film have swayed from one pole to the other, but what is in no doubt is that in the last 10 years the pair have transcended from attractive movie stars to cultural icons. From his cameo in True Romance, through the Oceans trilogy and up to and including Fury, Pitt has maintained a flawless image – the human personification of ‘effortlessly cool’.

Celebrity Style
17 November 2015

The History of the Cufflink

Although historians have observed the presence of cufflinks in ancient Egyptian paintings, the cufflink as we know it dates back to the 17th century, before which time sleeves were buttoned or tied at the wrist in bows. When they first emerged they were exclusively worn by the aristocracy and were predominantly made from gold and adorned by gem stones. Interestingly, they were often gifted – just as they are today.

Style History
05 November 2015

Why were Daniel Craig’s suits so ill-fitting in Spectre?

King & Allen was founded in 2003, and Casino Royale was released in 2006. Naturally, we have followed Daniel Craig’s sartorial journey with great interest and have loved almost all the suits he has worn. The suits in Spectre, however, were a great disappointment.

Celebrity Style
21 October 2015

“No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!” – analysing the relationship between Daniel Craig’s hair colour and the suits he wears as Bond

In his private life Craig rarely wears a suit, preferring smart, fitted casualwear. That is not to say, however, that he doesn’t wear suits extremely often: he’s had enough red carpet strolls and Bond junkets to last a lifetime, which is probably why it looks like he’ll be hanging up his Walther PPK after Spectre.

Celebrity Style
16 September 2015

Why should you invest in 2nd trousers

Before we start this list, it’s important to bear in mind that a well-kept jacket can last a lifetime. For trousers this is much more of a challenge. There are three reasons why it’s highly recommended that you invest in a second pair of trousers for your suit:

Style Tips & Advice
16 September 2015

Famous Dandies Through the Ages

This month at King & Allen we’re focusing on ‘Dandyism’ – specifically on how the etymology of the word has dramatically changed over the centuries. From the relatively conservative (but painstakingly attentive) understated elegance of Beau Brummell to the modern day peacock Andre 3000, we take a look at our favourite Dandies from across the ages:

Celebrity Style Style History
16 September 2015

What is the true definition of a Dandy?

From its origins in early 19c regency England to present day pop stars like Kanye West, the word ‘dandy’ has been bandied around with equal parts respect and derision. However, fashion historians would argue that much of the negativity stems from ignorance of the true meaning of what it is to be ‘dandy’: “Contrary to what many thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of mind.” Charles Baudelaire.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style
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…

Celebrity Style
10 August 2015

Customer question: what’s the difference between a suit jacket and a blazer/sports jacket?

The origins of the sports jacket were, as you would imagine, forged in upper class outdoor pursuits. The ‘sporting’ gent required a jacket that could survive the rough and tumble of excessive hunting, fishing and swigging from hip flasks. It often had a belt and buckle around the middle as well as elbow patches for comfort and hardiness respectively. Over time, those styles have evolved into hacking and hunting jackets, with the sports jacket now interpreted as an informal garment worn with casual trousers (rather than suit trousers).

Style Tips & Advice
10 August 2015

Discussion: The ‘Slobification’ of society

In an impassioned rant in the New York Post last week, writer Elisabeth Vincentelli berated the ‘slobification’ of modern society.

Style Tips & Advice
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.

Celebrity Style

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