Who Is Looking Good At the 2015 Oscars


The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honour the best films of 2014 which takes place on February 22, every year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning, it’s also a time for the stars to shine, and this is where designers get their chance to show the world how good they are, by dressing up the stars in their latest creations so lets see who shined and who bombed this year.

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Eddie Redmayne again has not let us down, he shines in his Alexander McQueen Navy tuxedo, with black bow tie, the style is in a peak lapel, with a 1 button fastening, very stylish, and he went on to win the best actor Oscar.

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Benedict Cumberbatch went proper old school, he turned up in a stylish shawl collar white tuxedo, it was down to the detail here he got right tonight, stud fastening dinner shirt, a sleek bow tie, with a dapper black pocket square, very stylish with an old school twist.

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Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jnr) was by far my favourite tonight, he looked amazing in his Prada Navy velvet tuxedo, he went with a white bow tie, but to finish the look he chose an eye catching silver brooch, I love velvet tuxedos right now and Common didn’t let me down tonight.

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 David  Oyelowo went for a less formal but still very stylish red tuxedo from Dolce & Gabbana, the style was in a shawl lapel, finished with a red bow tie and he to finished it of with a brooch too, very stylish but the Jackson five look is not some thing I’m into.

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If you ever wondered what a Homeless guy looks like in a crap cheap tuxedo, thanks to Jared Leto we now know, what ever he was thinking or smoking it backed fired, buddy you need help.

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Oh my god John Travolta what were you thinking, yes he’s wearing a choker, has 50 shades of grey got to him who knows, all I wanted him to do was shout “YO DOG” get me my money, nice tuxedo beside that.

So over all 2015 Oscars have been stylish and sharp suited, just a couple of lunatics this years, a very well done to Eddie Redmayne for winning best Oscar .

By

Bob Redfern

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Looking Swanky And Dapper In A Velvet Blazer


Velvet is a very old stylish material, Velvet is a type of woven fabric with a short dense pile, giving it that unique velvet feel, it can be made from natural or manmade fibres, years ago only people of nobility wore velvet garments, it was worn by kings in the middle east before trade routes opened up, once trade routes opened up spices and fine fabrics found their way in to Europe, most of it found its way to Italy, soon European  weavers were making their type of velvet weaves, there are hundreds of pictures of kings and queens wearing swanky velvet garments, velvet garment has a unique way of shimmering due to its unique make, but as times changes so does fashion velvet became less fashionable, over the next couple of hundred years velvet was used more for special occasions like weddings or Christening’s, but real gentlemen would love to wear a smoking jacket when at home.

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Navy Blue velvet tuxedo jacket in a smoking jacket style

The smoking jacket was really the first velvet casual jacket, but you didn’t wear it out you wore it in the house, the classic smoking jacket is a mid thigh-length jacket made from velvet, silk, or both. It has a shawl collar and turn-up cuffs and toggle or button fastenings, or may simply be closed with a tie belt. smoking jackets are still worn to this day, one guy who’s always wearing one is Hugh Hefner creator of playboy, Fred Astaire was buried in his dapper chap to the end.

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The Moody Blues were famous for their crushed velvet suits and jackets they wore on stage

But during the 60s crushed velvet and frilly collars and cuffs became fashionable, a lot of young designers were graduating from the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion, rents were dirt cheap on Kings road and Carnaby street for simple shops, soon boutiques were opening all  over the place, in the early 60s Edwardian style was in fashion, people like the moody blues were soon seen wearing blue velvet trousers very nice, but by the mid sixty’s velvet was out in was more street style jeans and T-shirts

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Austin Powers wearing his swinging sixty’s velvet shagging outfit

Over the last couple of decades the Velvet blazer has been lampooned, Mike Myers dressed his character Austin Powers wearing a velvet suit with frilly cuffs, shagging his way through the 60s then again in our time, another guy that didn’t do the velvet blazer any favours was Liberace, he was an American pianist and entertainer who dressed up in lets just say very poncy outfits that scared young kids, so by the late 90s velvet blazers were not cool at all thanks to these jokers.

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Giorgio Armani wearing a super plush black velvet blazer

But then Giorgio Armani came to its rescue, he redesign it and gave it a stylish twist, soon the velvet blazer was making appearances on the red carpet, one of the people bringing the velvet blazer back into the lime light is Eddie Redmayne he wore a black one at the 2015 Golden Globes then a navy blue one at the 2015 Baftas, so the velvet blaze is back in vogue people, its time to shine and look dapper with a stylish twist.

The velvet blazer is some thing that can be worn for formal or dress down it’s not just for night at the theatre,  normally I find some images to give you some ideas in how to wear this swanky piece, but what I’ve done today using the same blazer is given you three looks, because it`s all about adapting your wardrobe for every day use and that’s what you can do with a velvet blazer.

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for a smart sartorial office look I’ve chosen a black two button velvet blazer, added some plush grey flannel trousers with a classy dress shirt, then to finish this retro look I’ve gone with a black silk knitted tie, you could add a nice pocket square or a tie bar to just finish the over all look.

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Now if you want a stylish street style look a black velvet blazer can give you that edge, I’ve gone with a simple black and white print T-shirt from Ark Angel Apparel, added some indigo black Levi`s 501 in a straight fit very classy but casual, you could add a nice silk scarf or again a nice dapper pocket square.

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Dressing casual with a smart twist can also be achieved with a velvet blazer, here I’ve chosen a simple medium purple roll neck sweater that just looks amazing with the black velvet blazer, but the best point is it would look great with the trousers or the jeans, just add some snazzy shoes or again a pocket square or silk scarf.

The Velvet blazer has come along way, from rich toffs to 1960s long-haired free loving puffter boys , to the sartorial look it brings today, having a velvet blazer in your wardrobe will give you so many stylish looks.

By

Bob Redfern

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Eddie Redmayne


The name may not be familiar to you but it will be soon, Eddie Redmayne is a rising TV & film actor , also has also modeled for Burberry, his latest film The Theory of Every thing has just gained him a golden globe, the film is about Stephen Hawking in his early days before he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, but the reason I`am talking about Eddie its his style he is a very stylish man, and he getting noticed fast, if your looking for some body to inspire you in 2015 you Mr Redmayne is the man to follow.

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Eddie Redmayne at the Golden Globes dressed in a black velvet tuxedo

The first time I came across Eddie Redmayne it was in Birdsong, It’s a two-part TV mini series about a love story during the first world war 1, what got me was what Eddie was wearing, he was wearing a cream woolen flannel suit, as it was set in France during the summer, Charlotte Walter  was the wardrobe designer, she  scoured London & Paris for original pieces, when an actor wears a costume you can see its just a costume, when Eddie wore that cream suit, it was like his own suit, the fit the style was amazing, Eddie has a certain look & style about him, what ever he wears he makes it look good.

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a scene from Birdsong in this shot Eddie is wearing a cream woolen flannel suit

Eddie was chosen in 2008 & 2012 to Model for  Burberry, when he modeled for them in 2012 , it was for their SS12 campaign, the collection was by Christopher Bailey, and the photos were taken by Mario Testino.

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Eddie in the Burberry SS12 campaign shoot

Eddie is color blind which he freely admits, so rely` s on his wife Hannah to help him out, but he has a close friend, called Christopher Bailey yes the fashion designer, who helps him with tips on fashion, One of Eddies favorite items of clothing is Levi`s jeans, he buys them every four years, he`s most comfortable wearing a suits, he likes to wear jeans mostly as he’s always in period dramas, when it comes to suits he loves Burberry & McQueen, his favorite fragrance is Tom Ford Black Orchid, When it comes to grooming he admits he`s just a shower gel man.

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Eddie Redmayne out on the town  in this shot you can see with this double-breasted camel crombie over coat he looks amazing but stylish

On the 4 January 2015 he was voted best dressed by GQ magazine beating Benedict Cumberbatch, not a bad start to the year for Mr Redmayne, Golden globe already in hand possible Oscar & now voted best dressed man, keep an eye on this man I see bigger things happening with this rising star.

By

Bob Redfern

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Golden Globes 2015


well it’s that time of year to see who might win an Oscar later this year, its 2015 Golden Globes Awards so l`m so going to highlight some of the best dressed men, & give my point of view straight from the hip as they say so sit back & lets see what the men of TV & film are wearing.

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Eddie Redmayne is one of my favorite actors, his style is always very chic, here he wearing a velvet tuxedo, dress trousers & shirt in a slim fit my score is 10 out 10

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Usher usually gets it right in the fashion stakes, but I’m sorry this two-tone piece just does not cut the mustard, nice shoes tho so I’m Usher I don’t think your ready to blow today I give you 5 out 10

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Idris Elba is one smooth gent, what ever he wears he makes it look good, so whats Mr Elba wearing a classic shawl collar tuxedo but going for a more update look he wears a tie nice shirt with cut away collar you score 8 out 10

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Mathew McConaughey whats going on son,did your barber die, Mr McConaughey is normally Mr smooth, I think he thought it was fancy dress & came as the joker in this purple number I give you 7 out of 10

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Sean Combs (Puff Daddy) is always a classy dresser proper dapper gent, you can see the quality of the material in the picture he’s wearing a shawl collar tuxedo & matching trousers but loose the shades buddy you score 9 out 10

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U2 well he have mixed bag here guys we’ve got Bono looking like goth Vampire from the 80 s, the Edge did try his best at least he wore a black beanie on his head, then you had Adam Clayton supporting a no tie number you’re so cool you score     4 out 10

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Whats going on here then, oh Alan Cumming you poor thing you didn’t have a tuxedo so you made one out of your nana bed blanket & then borrowed your baby brothers trainers are so nice of him to help you score 0 out 10

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Benedict Cumberbatch has panache class & most of all he British , hes wearing a classy black tuxedo with peaked lapels and a dapper pocket square but your bow tie is not straight sir you score 9 out 10

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Matt Bomer is the man of the 2015 Golden Globes he chose a navy blue tuxedo with a shawl collar the shirts fits perfectly on the cuff if I was going to buy a tuxedo this is the one I would choose you score 10 out 10

There has been some amazing out fits this year & some well lets just say they should of not bothered to turn up, I would advise the organizers to send out the invites stating its not a fancy dress party next year

By

Bob Redfern

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