Posts tagged ‘Lyle & Scott’

King for a day

Prince Charles may have been patiently waiting for some years now to be crowned King of England, but I’ve just noticed that he has been crowned as Esquire’s king of style.

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Photo: petecarr

Having thought about it, I am inclined to agree with the decision – especially as the magazine’s editor, Jeremy Langmead, has said that it was “the men who dress like grown-ups who really caught the judges’ eyes.” I think the statement has to be read in light of the fact that dwarf-like comedian Ronnie Corbett was selected as the esteemed runner-up (although, to his credit, he does like Lyle & Scott jumpers), but it is right that Prince Charles should be rewarded for his thoughtful approach to dressing.

Now you might think that his approach is too old-fashioned to be worthy of attention, but I think that where Charles really excels is in his ability always to look elegant. Every detail is clearly well-chosen and well-employed, and you’ll see from the above picture that his eye for colour is impeccable.

He may spend more than the rest of us on tailoring, but the simplicity of his style is something I think we could all learn from.

March 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm 1 comment

Failings in launch

The online shopping community appears to be cock-a-hoop this week (and not just because the snow covering Britain at the moment is preventing people from getting to any real shops) following the launch of the menswear collection at My-Wardrobe.com.

I have to say, I’m struggling to get excited about it. Despite all economic indications to the contrary, the people who run the site obviously think that men are crying out for a new place to spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothes. Although the list of brands available include reasonably-priced favourites of mine like Lyle & Scott and Superga, the majority listed fall into the super-luxury category and (unlike similarly themed site ASOS) betray a distinct lack of originality in the selection. I can’t be the only one wondering what the rationale behind it is.

I would like to think that there will eventually come a time when online retailers wake up and realise that what we’re really looking for is a site that brings together affordable, everyday items – the marketplace model is, after all, savvy and higly user-friendly. But if not even the deepest recession we’ve seen for decades can open their eyes to it, perhaps the sensible money  is on the view that nothing ever will.

February 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm 1 comment


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