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Thursday, 29 January 2015

26,000 Shades of Pink

"If you ooze masculinity, like some of us do, you have no reason to fear pink." - Jude Law opened one of my favourite films Alfie with this quote. For the upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 season pink is one of the key colours trending. Given that there are 26,000 shades of pink known to man, what tones should we be rocking? Washed out shades of dusty and pastel pink stood prominently at many of the designer shows (Katie Eary, Versace, Brioni & Dsquared2, to name but a few). Wearing these slightly more subtle tones creates an easier transition for you gents who want to break the strong traditional stereotype that pink is restricted only to girls. These washed out lighter coloured tones are perfectly designed for both spring and summer and can easily be integrated into your wardrobe amongst your essentials. Pink has always been an easy number to combine into a 'preppy' summer look, but I'm currently loving the combination of pink with some darker black tones. More specifically, my favourite mix is pink with the classic 1st A Bathing Ape green camouflage print, suited brilliantly for the colder months before we finally get to spring. 

On my list of favourite items for this season, I've included the Acne Studios Casey sweatshirt in a lovely salmon pink. I'm really intrigued to discover whether or not their branding and pink shopping bag matches the jumpers Pantone. The fit on this sweatshirt is ridiculous and I much prefer it's design to the more popular Acne college sweatshirts with the Raglan sleeves. This is purely due to the sleeves on the Casey sweatshirt being on the shoulders giving a more masculine cut to the garment, rather than the lower start of the sleeves on the college sweatshirt. This piece is a definite purchase for me. 

Next on my list is a bold statement piece, to say the least. Paris' Pigalle boutique is offering up the hugely popular B3 bomber silhouette in this crazy all pink colourway. Coming in at £1910 and being such a classic design, also with life time quality; you'd want this jacket to be a staple jacket for your wardrobe. However, I feel it's best to have inexpensive statement pieces; with coats and jackets being expensive long lasting garments, it's often better to invest in versatile classic colours just to throw over and work with the majority of your outfits. Unfortunately, being overwhelmingly pink and bright it's hard to pull it off with a lot of outfits. If however you've got the money to blow, it's a sick jacket and are guaranteed to gain that second look from passersby and many will give it comment... that's exactly what a statement piece is, right? But for a non-versatile piece, it's certainly out of my budget. If you feel similarly, but are still on the look out for a B3 Bomber Jacket, you can pick up some great vintage ones on eBay, or from vintage boutiques across London (Brick Lane is a good starting point) from £50-300. If however you want a new long lasting premium B3, but cant justify the pink - Schott do a great classic version, which is part of their permanent collection and Acne's F/W '2014 hosted a beautiful all black version of the classic bomber jacket.

Footwear featured - Both from the extremely successful Adidas by Raf Simons collection - The sliders trend is following on into 2015 and is going to remain strong, especially with this high end release. My favourite shoe from the entire SS15 collection has to be the contemporary twist on one of my favourite ever shoe silhouette's; the Stan Smith! Last season when Raf collaborated on the Stan Smith trainer, people were slightly disappointed.. the classic Stan Smith.. a perforated R instead of the 3 stripes? Same old colourway's.. but 3 times the price?? Many people decided to wait for the sales to purchase this shoe. But, this season Raf has brought out the colourway's we were all hoping for in a premium leather version of the shoe, and the pink is my absolute favourite of them all. To finish, you can't go wrong with the classic preppy pink Lacoste polo, great for the hot sunny weather England's definitely bringing us this summer. If you're thinking of playing tennis though.. do not pair the pink polo with the pink Stan's, please. 


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