Trends

trendsAs we move into the Autumn / Winter 2013 season, i-likeitalot.com presents trends. Our favourite seasonal trends that are timeless and work well across price points.

1)Camo print, made famous by Bape and now a major on season trend camouflage prints are back in fashion, most popular is the rich green, leafy print which can be seen replicated by a majority of streetwear brands.

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2) Bobble hats, although not for everyone bobble hats are definitely in, available in a variety of colours for as little as £10 from ASOS and Urban Outfitters. Bobble hats are playful, casual, cost effective , fun and stylish when worn by right guy.

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3)Suade/ Nubuck/leather boots are a welcome edition to any wardrobe during the cold winter. Available in a variety of colours we suggest selecting colour ways which are subtle and versatile, safe colours are all black, brown, caramel, wheat and rust. Whether you select a more casual timberland boot with loose laces paired with straight fit jeans, or smarter more gothic style of washed leather boot from All Saints, invest in a pair which will match a smart look, and a pair which will suit a casual look based on the dress code best suited to the establishments that you visit the most.

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4) Flannel/Woollen shirts, look good on a majority of men, are fashionable and functional autumn/winter, can be worn buttoned up, or unbuttoned , can be used whilst layering or with a white t shirt.

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5)Smart Shoes are more or less essential, pick a pair of versatile shoes which are either sophisticated and timeless, or contemporary and feature as part of a shoe collection. Invest in shoes and be selective, do feel free to over think your decision because a good pair of shoes should last a life time if treated well. Reach a conclusion which you are pleased with, and feel free to compare and contrast before purchasing as a variety of our favourite shoe makers do not offer a full refund, be decisive and purchase as if you are constructing your own cohesive iconic look, which you can build on by buying new outfits as well as incorporating items you already own.

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Stuart Phillips London Lifestyle Awards Vote

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Public voting for the London Lifestyle Awards will be closing tomorrow so please don’t forget to follow the link below and vote for our friend Stuart Phillips whose Salon in Covent Garden is nominated for London Hair Dressing Salon of the year.

Visit his website http://stuartphillips.co.uk/ to see the excellent ‘How-to’ videos Stuart films showing his hair styling tips.

http://www.londonlifestyleawards.com/london/vote/vote2.php

On the page if you scroll down to the tenth category and after that just need to confirm your email at the bottom. Check your junk folder for the confirmation email and click on register vote.

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The One That Got Away: Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Pack

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On the 4th July 2013 Nike Sportswear released three new pairs of the Air Max 90 Hyperfuse, each pair consisted of a solid single colour way drawing inspiration from the colours which make up the American flag. Each bold colourway sports a durable, breathable Hyperfuse upper to help keep you cool whilst working out. The tongue features a stylised nike interpretation of the American flag. One of my personal favourite releaes of the Summer as the colour palette choices something for everyone – minimalist in design this pack included a loud eye catching solar red, a understated porcelain white and a ghetto navy blue. The Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Pack dropped Saturday, June 29 and are now sold out – due to a little know rapper/producer who was photographed on separate occasions rocking each colour way. You may be able to find these on ebay marked up from the original $120 per pair price. Check out the full Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Pack in images below.

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Tate Britain: Exhibition: Lowry and the painting of Modern Life

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Tate Britain hosts a major exhibition of famous city scapes of celebrated British painter L.S Lowry. The exhibition features various different oil paintings on wood and canvas. The collection includes Coming Out of School (1927) and The Pond (1950) and is one of the largest public exhibitions of Lowry’s artwork since the artists death (1976). The exhibition highlights how Lowry’s depictions of the industrial city influenced by his teacher Adolphe Vallette capture the realities of industrialization and modern life.

Tate Britain: Exhibition
26 June – 20 October 2013
Adult £16.50 (without donation £15.00)
Concession £14.50 (without donation £13.10)
Help Tate by including the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid
Additional booking fee of £1.75 (£2 via telephone) per transaction applies

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K Koke & Bridget Kelly Interview

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Roc Nation Artists K.Koke and Bridget Kelly talk to i-likeitalot.com about collaborative track “My Time.” as well as discussing mixtapes, new music,  the concept behind the video for “My Time,” life as a roc nation artist and more. Get into the insightful video below.

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New Music: Moko – Hand on Heart

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In late February this year Moko, a 21 year old singer from London, burst onto the scene with her debut video ‘Summon the Strength.’

Paradoxically, you might say, she’s been going from strength to strength. Having performed her first show in early April, she now has two videos out and has been confirmed to play Glastonbury and Brainwave festivals later this year.

The new video ‘Hand on Heart’ is a surreal Luis Bunel style montage of Moko doing her idiosyncratic dance in a Caribbean Barbers.

Her music has an unmistakable 90’s feel, with striking vocals that echo Shara Nelson and Skin from Skunk Anansie set against Massive attack meets Major Lazor backing track. We love what we’ve heard so far and are eagerly looking looking forward to seeing how the music develops.

To see Moko live catch her at the second headline show at Electrowerkz on the 4th of July. Tickets can be purchased for FREE here.

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Persol Reflex Photo Contest

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Celebrating the release of the Reflex collection, Persol have launched a photo contest. Persol’s new collection takes inspiration from the Classic Leica camera which legendary photojournalists such as Henri Cartier Bresson and Robert Capa used to create some of the most Iconic photographs of the twentieth century.

First prize is a Classic Leica ME 200 camera plus a trip for two to the opening of an exhibition of the winners work during the Venice film festival.

The contest is open to residents of the USA and runs until the 15th of June. For more info click here.

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Star Trek Into Darkness UK Premiere Report

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I-Likeitalot went to Leicester Square in London for the UK premiere of the latest Star Trek film from director JJ Abrams.

Star Trek’s rebirth came in 2009 and we’ve been looking forward to the follow-up ever since. This is one of the biggest occasions in the Summer Blockbuster calendar and the crowd was given a big turnout with nearly every star of the film including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Noel Clarke.

Writers Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and celebrity fans such as Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross, Union J and former Pussycat Dolls star Kimberley Wyatt also made an appearance. Of course the Director JJ Abrams himself showed up to promote the film which helps put him in the top tier of directors currently working.

As if rebooting Star Trek wasn’t enough he’s been given the reigns to Star Wars Episode VII with the cast of the original trilogy returning and no doubt the biggest box of film-making toys to play with. The 2 franchises share some DNA having continually inspired and complemented each other for decades, so we think JJ Abrams is the ‘logical’ choice to take George Lucas’s baby off his hands.

Presented by Kadian Noble, Camera & Editing by Jon Neal.
Material from Star Trek Into Darkness copyright of Paramount Pictures.
“Smoke Into Flames” is by Penelope Austin & Robert Conley who produced a track for the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack called “The Dark Collide” which will be available to buy this month.

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Blackmale Beats talk to I-Likeitalot

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We went down to Brixton market to meet Hip Hop producing duo Shem Lawrence and Lukman Shoge aka Blackmale Beats.

We’ve long been fans of their old school approach to Hip-Hop & sampling and we talked about their love of all kinds of music, their philosophy and the evolution of their name..

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Beyonce Covers British Vogue

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Grammy award winning Singer/Songwriter Beyonce appears on the cover of May’s edition of British Vogue. Beyonce will perform at London’s O2 Arena on April 29th performing to a sold out audience, however no new music has been released and there is no word on the expected fifth studio album which has left fans scratching their heads as to why Queen B aka Ms Carter has not released new music since “4.” Back in 2011.The full interview and press images can be viewed over at Vougue.co.uk

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