Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Memory Lane of sorts

IT MAY still technically be summer, officially that went a little while back, but I am excited by the new A/W 1arrivals, but what lover of clothes and new looks wouldn’t be?
This is the twist, I have been perusing the new lines on offer and I feel nostalgic for a return of the Seventies scarf, jumper, hat link up. 

I am of course picturing a hybrid: think Ian Dury New Boots and Panties, minus the skinhead, or smatterings of Mud and a smattering of early Dexy's Midnight Runners. I don't know, just a feeling.

I am not saying the whole look, just some garments from Minimum and other labels has a smack of that time and has got my mind racing for a new version of an old classic.

Alright, well as I have mentioned them I am making them my starting point, that and the fantastic wool hats that are themselves like a trip down Memory Lane.

The Bern range of scarves coming in green, grey, navy or dark grey have that classic loop knit, with ribbed ends and a leather logo on the scarf end.

There is also a cable knit wool, nylon mix and small brown leather logo in the Soil, or if it’s a contrast colour you want the waffle knit Ricky, coming in bordeaux work wonders.
This lambswool, cotton and camel mix scarf is a classic.

The Vancouver hat, which combines the same rib and knit pattern, with logo on the front and just smacks of years gone by.

The Folk Clothing layer scarves in navy or red, are a beautiful ribbed two tone knit offering. 
Keeping on the ribbed tip, although these ones are horizontal not vertical, which is technically a hoop, but I will keep my QPR allegiance out of this.

The Gant Rugger wool scarf in green or blue is also a simple success, combining comfort with a distinctive style.

Another couple of hats that fit this look perfectly come from the Barbour stable in the shape of the Tyne Turnback that comes in a ribbed grey, with fleck finish and small Barbour metal logo, or try the Melrose, which is a grey Fairisle beanie hat and looks corking.

OK so there’s the denim and a plain jumper is what I am plumping for, there can also be variations, a pair of Edwin Nashville Selvedge’s, subtle, but class, or the Tellason Ladbroke Grove tapered Selvedge or a lighter blue with the Levi’s Vintage 1955 XX rigid Selvedge

These all work well and are at the top of their game as far as denims are concerned.

As for a plain, classic jumper I reckon the Paul Smith crew neck tipped or one the V or crew neck Woolrich Mill range of simple single colour quality jumpers. I am only suggesting a pain jumper to enhance to the knit pattern of the scarf and hat.

Now in the olden days bovver boots might have been the de rigueur choice, but as I said this part classic needs a modern twist, it gets it with some of the new running shoe releases.

This season’s new releases offer such an amazing range of colours and styles the choices are endless.

Plumping for colour ranges I reckon the Nike Air Huarache Catalina gold shoe. This is a re-release of a 1991 icon, with a mixture of leather, Neoprene and Spandex paneling for extra comfort and looks pretty amazing. It also comes in black spade blue.

Saucony, has made a welcome return, especially with its Shadow range, and yes there are six to choose from. I reckon the Shadow 6000 in red does the trick for this.

The suede and mesh upper, plus chunky XT 600 sole has style and obviously comfort, but I was drawn by the colouring of the shoe using red and light grey superbly.

If you fancy going down the boot route, then you could not do much better than the Red Wing Blacksmith, Heritage or Copper boots, which are a shade variation victory.

For my eyes the Heritage round toe, lace up, in suede (premium Hawthorne Mullskinner) to be precise with Goodyear welted soles shows all of its over 100 years of work boot class.

Or the Copper leather, which has a dulled or ‘oil tanned’ leather finish, increased tread with Goodyear Welt soles.

 Now you can be called a 'scarfer' with pride.