Friday, 26 February 2010
After the success of Gucci's first fragrance James Franco is back to front the campaign for the fashion house's second campaign.
Gucci creative director Frida Giannini reveals:
"The original fragrance was such a phenomenal success, but is actually quite dressy and formal in its spirit. I wanted to expand the story of the scent into a man's free time and the more casual moments in his life.
I don't necessarily link it literally with sports. It's more a sporty state of mind. Meaning, off-duty time and the attitude that comes from being relaxed and carefree."
This time around, Gucci Sport will have a new "fresher and lighter fragrance" for those with an active lifestyle. The scent combines touches or grapefruit, mandarin, and cypress with warmer touches like fig, juniper berries, and cardamom among the others.
Nike will pay Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo six million euros per year until 2014 under a new sponsorship deal it has reached with the Portuguese winger. The 25-year-old earned 4.5 million euros under his previous contract with the world's largest sporting goods maker.
Whilst the new deal makes Ronaldo the best paid footballer of those which Nike sponsors, the amount he makes is still lower than that dished out to other athletes, such as basketball stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James of the NBA. Bryant, who plays for the L.A. Lakers, earns 7.5 million euros a year while James, who plays for Cleveland, earns nine million euros per year.
Apparently there were attempts by Adidas to lure Ronaldo away however Nike stepped up its negotiations. Also recently Nike erected a 10 metre statue of the footballer in Madrid. The statue of the world's most expensive player is 10 metres in height and silver in colour, featuring the player standing over a football. The Plaza de Ramales was renamed the 'Praça de Ronaldo' for the duration of the day
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
GQ names the 100 most influential people in fashion. Whilst the number one is indisputable we take issue with some of the entries. Although Robert Pattinson is a great dresser, naming him the 5th most influential person in fashion seems a little farfetched, here is what GQ has to say:
10) Christopher Colfer
The CEO of Dunhill is working hard at turning the UK's most famous luxury menswear label into the British Hermès.
9) Gordon Richardson
With his white quiff and trademark short trousers, Topman Design Director Richardson is an instantly recognisable figure. Under his direction, the High Street juggernaut is now one of the most envied menswear retailers on the planet.
8) Richard Bradbury
River Island's CEO is passionate about promoting new talent and the company has sponsored Graduate Fashion Week for the past six years. In that time he has employed more than 200 graduates.
7) John Galliano
The designer for Dior has his own menswear label and recently launched a lower-priced diffusion range. He claims he is his own inspiration and is one of the most inspirational menswear designers working today
6) Christopher Bailey
Burberry's Creative Director has been credited with turning the once-staid London label into an international fashion powerhouse.
5) Robert Pattinson
Voted GQ's best-dressed man of 2010, the Twilight actor is today's ultimate male fashion icon.
4) Sir Paul Smith
The ex-Nottingham shopkeeper has never put a fashion foot wrong. He has come to represent all that is best about British menswear: well-made, a little quirky and always interesting.
3) Paul Kelly
Last year, the Irishman in charge of Selfridges celebrated the iconic Oxford Street store's centenary and has overseen it becoming more influential than ever.
2) Sir Harold Tillman
The acquisition of Aquascutum last year made the Jaeger mogul a serious force in the luxury menswear market and his position as Chairman of the British Fashion Council makes him a global ambassador for the best of British.
1) Sir Philip Green
This self-made billionaire dominates the British retail scene. His support for inspirational menswear at London Fashion Week shows he realises that the continued success of his bottom line depends on taking risks.
Here is the last line created by the late Alexander McQueen for his second line, McQ. With echoes of punk, it is a departure point for the line, and it pays tribute to the 80s which has undoubtedly made its strongest resurgence yet. McQueen brings us rebellion, stylized figures and a skinhead look combined with slim silhouettes, striking colourwashes, short-sleeved shirts and classic check shirts.
Friday, 19 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
The Topman Lens collection is released twice a year (February and September). the staple designers such as Carolyn Massey (http://www.carolynmassey.com/) and Dexter Wong (http://www.dexterwong.dsl.pipex.com/) are back and showcasing a stellar collection. Qan Mag has picked its favourite from a great line up check out our picks above. All the collection is available at http://www.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=17551&storeId=12555&categoryId=137939&langId=-1&top=Y
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
After the success of the multi million pound ads by Baz luhrman and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who directed Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou respectively, Chanel have pulled off a great feat by enlisting legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese to direct French actor Gaspard Ulliel in the fragrance ads, which will be aired worldwide in September.
Monday, 15 February 2010
They've had several names, pointy boots, Cuban heels, S*** flickers (I don't think the boot makers care much for the last one) but more commonly known as Chelsea Boots. The pointy mod shoes are well and truly on the way back in. Russell brands been sporting them for a while but were not saying to live in them as he often does, not that we know him personally, we've just seen him papped a lot. Here at Qan Mag we've been sporting our Chelsea boots on nights out for while and although they may have been on and off trend they've always gone down a storm, till someone stands on them... anyway in the spirit of their resurgence Qan Mag has once again scoured the internet for the best Chelsea boots on offer. Take a look above. (Stockists below).
There was a time where Robert Pattinson was Cedric Diggory off Harry Potter, a young actor not particularly known for being cool or fashionable. Fast forward a few years, Pattinson topped GQ's best dressed list for his seemingly effortless rock look. Catch the full transformation here: http://www.celebuzz.com/fashion-evolution-robert-pattinson-g174101/
One of the other Jonas brothers...Ok Nick Jonas, no point acting like we don't know his name...was recently spotted looking like he had fallen over in Claire's accessories and found this lovely headband. after this from his older brother (http://qanmag.blogspot.com/2010/02/joe-jonas-street-style.html) We can't help but feel the Jonas' stylists may be on holiday.
Andy Roddick's Mrs Brooklyn Decker beats out the competition to grace the Sports illustrated Cover. The sports magazine's swimsuit issue is publishing legend for obvious reasons...
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Qan Mag has been...fortunate... enough to have first hand experience of fashion Retail for several years and we can't help but feel that our mother was right when she proclaimed "Fashion Goes around in circle you know.." of course she was right but needless to say we laughed at her lunacy and popped the collar on frayed polo and pop locked out the room. that was before our interest in fashion emerged and more recently however we see that on a day to day basis fashion does indeed move in a cyclical fashion and much faster than you may think., for example during our time at Topshop we noticed that every spring/summer the highs street staple would reintroduce African inspired patterns in one trend alongside the spring summer staple that is the Nautical trend.
This trend emerges without fail every year and for the past few years it has juts grown stronger. Here at Qan Mag we are huge followers of the Nautical Preppy look and wait with baited breath for summer to re-emerge so we can don our deck shoes dick out our trilbies and earn our stripes. So in anticipation of this we have scoured the internet for a look at all things nautical and nice and take our look at our selection and tell us what you think...well you the drill matey.
With the highest paid actress in Hollywood as their front woman, Burberry's latest campaign has been gaining a lot of press attention. More recently it was for the fact they photo shopped out her knee (http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/a-line/emma-watsons-leg-goes-missing/334?nc)
However the bigwigs at Burberry have been plotting another way to get some press and this time they want to one up Alexander McQueen and his GaGa featured catwalk. Burberry is going to stream their catwalk in 3d. While guests will be sitting watching the 'real' fashion show at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London on 23 February at 4 pm, fashion editors and members of the glitterati in selected cities will be putting on 3D glasses to watch the broadcast in special 'customized screening spaces' - designed by Burberry's own chief creative officer and saviour Christopher Bailey.
Bailey told fashion industry bible WWD, 'we are very excited to announce that we are hosting the first ever truly global fashion show… 3D technology will bring our global audience into the London show space allowing them to see the colours and fabrics, to hear the music and to be a part of that moment when it all finally comes together.'
We previously mentioned that GQ's photo shopper is often a little too keen (Kate Winslet definitely has a lot to say about this). however after receiving our latest copy of the British GQ we couldn't help but stare at the svelte Ms Anne Hathaway missing her entire left arm pit. were not the only ones to pick up on this self proclaimed queen of all media Perez Hilton blogged about it on his fashion blog Coco Perez.
As much as Qan Mag secretly enjoys the musical achievements of America's favourite brothers (Sorry Hanson fans) we couldn't help but shake our heads in despair at the latest attempt by the often highly groomed and on trend Joe Jonas. Although we still enjoy the geek glasses (even though they have been butchered by clubbers up and down the country - you know who you are). The bandana remains a mystery to us and quite frankly looks like he's trying just a little too hard. Go back to what you know Joe.
what do you think of Joe's street style?
With the news of a new Adidas Originals store set to open in our home town of Manchester. Qan Mag has been excited to see what the brilliant line of retro sportswear has in store. There are current rumours flying around that former Stone Roses front man and all round Manc Legend will be gracing the store with his presence. As much as that excites us, Adidas Originals has another shocker up their sleeves that has truly excited the geek within us...
David Beckham, Snoop Dog and of course Darth Vader appear in the promo for the new Adidas Originals Star Wars line. We weren't quite sure what to expect but a quick look at the Star Wars line has put our minds at ease. There futuristic hi tops and Darth Vader inspired sweat tops.
Take a look here: http://www.starwars.com/vault/collecting/news20091208/index.html
Qan Mag for sure will be at the Trafford Centre on 15.02.10 for the grand opening, Darth Vader mask and all. Tell us your thoughts about the line in the comments box below...
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Vampire Weekend strolled into Manchester on Monday and the crowd was abuzz for the return off the preppy Indie Rockers. This time however the stage was bigger and the infamous Manchester Apollo was packed to the rafters as everyone waited eagerly for the band to show up. The support act was a band by the name of "Fan Death". Qan Mag was fortunate enough not to have come across them before however that all changed on Monday night. The band put in an energetic performance however it was as if one of their electro pop offerings bled into another, and the crowd grew restless.
Catch their music here: http://www.youtube.com/user/fandeathmusic#p/a/u/1/-q6hiB1URlU
However the prompt 9.30 arrival of the Ivy leaguers also known as Vampire Weekend, spurred the mob into action with a huge reaction to their arrival. They kicked off their set with new number; "White Sky".
Catch their entrance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofHjABDIyYM
their set offered everything Vampire weekend fan could have hoped for a blazing trail of new songs peppered with songs that have become soundtracks for people's lives (well, this reporter's at the very least). As the sets went on we were treated to well known tracks such as "Mansard Roof" and the particularly brilliant "Oxford Comma". However the newer offering such as "Holiday", "Run" and "Horchata" also received a great response from the crowd. All in all it was a great performance by the quartet but the highlight of my evening apart from the brilliance of some people's dancing (http://twitter.com/qanmag/status/8829067233) was the brilliant finale. The sheer joy and energy of "Walcott" pulsated around the Apollo, leading this reporter to agree with front man Ezra Koenig's comment that "Manchester is indeed the Best Chester".
We do have a confession. we lost all senses of taste and judgement however and sheer hysteria purchased this hat...
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Saturday, 6 February 2010
In the spirit of honesty Qan Mag launched under another pseudonym call it a test post if you will. In the interest of what you can hope to expect from us take a look at our optimistic post from…last December. Ah the folly of youth...
I'm sat on my bed surrounded by magazines, you know the type. The ones that cost an extortionate amount and surface twice a year with the promise that no metrosexual man can do without. Arena Homme, GQ, GQ Fashion and GQ USA are staring back at me. And truth be told I will not be able to afford a subscription to all of them let alone afford the thing that the magazines showcase. Yet I have gone out and bought and in a few instances subscribed to these magazines, in the vain attempt they will really tell me something about fashion that I just haven't cottoned on to.
Chuck Bass aka Ed Westwick (or should that be the other way round?) stares back from this particular glossy mag, shirtless because obvious clothes have no resonance in a fashion magazine. the magazine wades into that avant garde area of fashion magazines where not much is said yet some models wear ridiculous clothing in a bid to be fashion forward. this particular issue of Area magazine we see a lot of gangster type models donning frilly dresses in an attempt to create a juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity that never quite takes off.
the December issue of GQ features a scantily clad Nicole Kidman, in what looks like a Photoshop job gone wrong her gloved hand seems somewhat askew. the December issue proves less than fruitful on the fashion front yet it has great interview with Piers Morgan even if the picture of him makes him look even more lifeless.
I have a fondness for GQ USA. ads a follower of preppy fashion I think they have a great knack for introducing the brit to up and coming fashion from across the pond. I also credit them with my introduction to Vampire Weekend, for which I am eternally grateful.
recession fashion is a bore. although I have just whined about the dangers of edgy fashion foots. GQ Style's attempt at rebranding fashion as 'recession chic' lacks imagination and doesn't give the reader of a luxury magazine the fashion fix that they have come to expect from the upmarket magazine.
so to conclude there are great features on shoots available in these magazines but a balance needs to be struck between edgy and fashion with the recession in mind. because a person who is willing to purchase a "quite price magazine" as my local newsagent called it, wants to see some spark that they can bring into their own lives.
Catch The Original Post here:http://www.metrosexsells.blogspot.com/