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Style Spot: X Factor Style Crimes – Men’s Harem Pants

29 Nov

FORGET Wagner’s Pat Butcher earrings and Katie Waissel’s bird nest haircuts, there is another fashion crime on The X Factor that has been going criminally unnoticed.

This year the contestants have been styled by Britain’s Next Top Model judge and stylist Grace Woodward. With the contestants sometimes sporting up to four different outfits over the weekend’s shows, it is perhaps no wonder that she has begun to run out of ideas. But is there really a need to dress the boys is girls trousers?

Harem pants have long been a woman’s fashion favorite, first becoming popular in the UK during the 1980s and experienced a renaissance during the latter part of the noughties. With their elasticated waists, tapered ankles and baggy legs and crotches, the shape gives a cross between a skinny jean and a skirt, with their comfort offering a smarter alternative to jogging bottoms.

The carrot fit jeans and chinos were popular with chaps during SS10, and are continuing into autumn/winter, but these harems are experimenting with their loose cut, pushing the boundaries of baggy. Over on The X Factor, Woodward has been pushing contestants on the show into them, perhaps drawing inspiration from one of the show’s fashion icons?

Cheryl Cole is a champion of harem pants

On last night’s results show, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson became the latest perpetrator of the harem felony, sporting a black pair with his trademark snood and espadrilles, (seriously, summer is over – it’s snowing out there).

One Direction's Louis

Aiden Grimshaw














Although bad, it’s quiff headed Aiden Grimshaw‘s harems that really deserve to be burnt. Wearing them on the night of his elimination two weeks ago, Aiden’s crimpled grey harems took bagginess to excessive new levels with his crotch almost trailing the floor. Woodward chose to team them up with a smart blazer and shirt and military boots, and the result was a mismatched disaster which saw itself deservedly voted off the competition.

The high street is also catching on the trend, adapting the designs. Topman are carrying slightly more tailored harems with their grey super-drop crotches, which come without the elastic waist and ankle.

Grey Herringbone Super Drop Crotch Trousers, Topman, £40

Grey Shark Skin Super Drop Crotch Trousers, Topman, £36

Black Drop Crotch Jogger Trousers, River Island, £26.99

Meanwhile, River Island are playing it slightly more casual with a range of joggers and jeans.

Grey Acid Wash 3/4 length Joggers, River Island, £24.99

So what do you tink of men’s harems? Should we be free to embrace them or should they remain firmly inside our girlfriends’ wardrobes?

Key Trend: Fair Isle

21 Nov

ONCE upon a time it was a joke to receive one of Grandma’s Christmas knits. You would have to feign thanks, wear it for the rest of the day, then leave it to fester at the back of a mouldy cupboard. Not anymore. Fair Isle knits are back with a vengeance, becoming a must-have for this season.

Key Fair Isle looks from LOOKBOOOK

The Fair Isle pattern originally made its comeback a few years ago in the form of the peruvian hat, and last autumn/winter saw the return of the chunky knit, due to their resurgence in popularity on the vintage scene. For the A/W 10 collection, the high street has fully embraced them with patterns not only on jumpers and hats, but scarves, gloves, cardigans and socks.

Fair Isle fan - Ed Westwick

Some stores have gone for more bolder, more colourful designs, with River Island sporting a luminous yellow knit, while Topman have played safer with traditional patterns, colours and designs.

With Christmas fast approaching, Fair Isle is the perfect way to add an injection of seasonal cheer into your look. If you’re still clinging on to those last fading memories of summer, then team a jumper with a chino and military boots to bring your look into the colder months. Try a denim shirt buttoned to the top underneath a cardigan, and add scarves, hats and gloves to military peacoat. All of these looks are perfect to carry you through until spring, so forget about discarding them after you’ve scoffed your last mince pie on Christmas Day.

Here is the best of what the high street has to offer.

  1. H&M, shawl collared jumper with button detail, £29.99
  2. Zara, lined jacquard jacket, £59.99
  3. Topman, reindeer design cardigan, £42
  4. ASOS, chunky knitted gloves with wide ribbed cuffs, £10
  5. H&M, knitted scarf, £12.99
  6. Zara, knitted snood with fur detail, £22.99
  7. Burton, reindeer and snowflake funnel neck cardigan, £46
  8. All Saints, slouch knitted beanie, £35
  9. River Island, blue crew neck jumper, £34.99
  10. Topman, fairisle detail socks, £3
  11. Topman, snowflake fingerless gloves, £8
  12. Topman, shawl collar jumper with button detail, £38
  13. Topman, reindeer crew neck jumper, £38

Style Spot: Antony Price at Topman

16 Nov

ICONIC designer Antony Price has just launched his fourth collection for Topman called Priceless.

This time round he has created a capsule range concentrating on coats “fusing futuristic elements and military shapes”, offering his own take on the key military trend for A/W 10-11.

The London fashion designer, who has famously styled such musical icons as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Roxy Music, first launched the Priceless collection for Topman back in July 2008.

The latest range includes peacoats, trenches, leather and padded jackets, and does not come with a designer price tag – prices start at just £100. And of course any Antony Price range would not be complete without his trade mark cap-sleeve tees, which are added to the Pricelss range along with jersey harem trousers.

I have picked out some of my favourites from the Priceless collection.

Black Wool Military Drummer, £120

Black Wool Cowl Neck Peacoat, £120

Black Wool Military Peacoat, £120

Grey Wool Long Military Trench, £150

Style Spot: Soap Character T-Shirts

10 Nov

The novelty T-shirt craze kicked off with the Mr Men collection circa 2007, and have been regular fixtures on the High Street ever since. While they’ve become a little unorginal, tending to feature kids TV characters, these beauties caught my eye while in Topman on Oxford Street.

Featuring characters from TV soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street, these tees have been designed especially for Topman Brands by Two Bucks and are priced at £22 each.

Ten Best: Men’s Brogues

2 Nov

WE’VE already had the return of the moccasin over the summer, and while the hot weather may be all but a distant memory, there is another gentleman’s shoe experiencing a renaissance.

Henry Holland

Brogues, famous for their punch-hole detailing, are a key footwear trend for A/W 10/11, tapping into the vintage country look that is so popular right now.

Interestingly, their history lies in the Scottish farming community. They were worn when crossing boggy terrain, as the perforated holes allowed water to drain from the shoe. However, over time they became associated with business and formality, especially during the mid 1900s.

But now they are back and more versatile than ever before. You can dress them up with a suit, or play it more casual with jeans. For that ultimate look, team up a traditional tanned, wingtip brogue with a pair of dark-denim skinny jeans.

Designer Henry Holland is clearly a fan of the vintage shoe and can be seen here wearing an Oxford style, black and white full brogue.

Here are my ten of the best, all from the High Street.

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TOP TIP: Go for a wooden looking heel – it will look less clompy and fits in more with the vintage look associated with brogues.