Tuesday, 5 July 2011

In good Nic-ole Farhi

IT is always a delightful moment when a treasured fashion house makes a welcome arrival at your favourite shop and the news that label Nicole Farhi has arrived at Stuarts has cheered me no end.

The label has an innate understanding of thee right cut for jumpers, jackets and trousers, which reminds me of John Smedley and Pringle, which is not that odd as the current head of its menswear line is Massimo Nicosia, former head of the Scottish labels’ menswear range.

A choice of actor Colin Firth of The King's Speech and musician Chris Martin of Coldplay, the label’s new line of jumpers and jackets from Farhi are superb.

The basic grey Mel jumper for example is a cracker, the soft feel cotton slim fit top is a wool/cotton mix and is part of the Farhi by Nicole Farhi collection. The large ribbed waistband and cuffs add a weight to the garment, while the name is brandished on the chest. The jumper also comes in a darker green which is known as the Basic Hunter top or in navy.

The Fairisle jumper is a step away from the soft feel of the previous and runs in a Fairisle pattern with dark blue collar and cuffs, this 100 per cent wool jumper is a winter wonder, but if you prefer your colours a bit more neutral check out the True navy cardigan which for me really hits the spot. The heavier navy wool look is off-set by seven from branded button fastening, and two chest pockets. The higher neck, which can either be rolled down, wore open or up is a delight.

There are jackets and a pair of jeans on offer, but I will come to those another time, preferring to end this blog with once of the most beautiful T-shirts I have seen in many a moon.

The knitted navy polo, with a deliciously subtle stripe pattern is a sheer delight. Boasting a four branded button plackets with the space of the stripe pattern becoming closer as the waistband or cuffs appear.

Oh this really is a delight.

Singing the Blues for England

IT will all be kicking off around Europe next year so what better way ensure a summer of footballing fun with the new, yet to be released, England Euro 2012 away tops, that are available on pre-order from Stuarts.

The navy blue with light blue collar tops are a hark back the good old days of football tops, when men were men and diving was only seen at the Olympic pool.

The Umbro tops are following the line of the previous white home tops that appeal to the fan rather. Who is after style and tradition than some corporate image of what and England top should be.

This top boasts all those aspects and some, as it really is something unusual.

A cool fit, with the open V-neck collar, Umbro logo on the right and the Three Lions badge sitting proudly next to the heart.

The textured main body also boasts a darker blue star, to designate England’s role as World Champions in 1966. The button fastening is hidden and is a nice touch.

The shirt, which are available in short and long sleeve are only available on pre-order from Stuarts until the official release of August 10, so anyone in the know will be contacting the shop to get the shirt lined up ready to don as summer closes out.

Even boxer David Haye has got in on the act and is seen sporting the top with menace.

England Expects, Umbro has delivered now this summer can produce its first real away day top.