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Thursday, 25 April 2013

confession #000039

...or, here's one i wrote earlier ... 

hello lovelies! i hear that malta was rather grey and windy today.  it feels somewhat weird my enjoying looking out of my home office window onto a glorious bright sunny sky here in krakow while the rock of sun and sea is battling the last of april showers.  

anyway, if you're spending the evening in today, jog your memory back to autumn 2011.  that was when i had my first fashion article published on the sundaycircle online.  i'm very grateful for the opportunity i was given, but somehow my stance at the sundaycircle seems to have died a natural death. the reason? well, i suppose it was brought about by a number of factors which changed my life over the last year and a half.  but nevertheless, i look back with fondness on that time and in celebration of it, here's one of my very first articles, which i believe is still quite relevant.  i've updated some of the photos which had originally gone out with the article, just to give it a new lease of life.  enjoy! 

geek is the new black

being brainy, or at least looking like a whizz kid is something of a new fad.  american sit-coms like the big bang theory and the quantity of comic-inspired movies hitting our big screens over the last years may have something to do with it.  the makers of family matters and steve urkel probably never thought the hapless protagonist would one day be a bit of a style icon. 
steve urkel, main character in u.s. 90s sitcom family matters, memed
geeky glasses, plaid shirts, rolled up jeans and braces have all found their way in men’s fashion during the last months.  and they seem to be holding on fast, each taking a life of its own.  the geek look was once considered to be un-cool and subject of ridicule. not anymore.  the day of the geek has finally arrived. 

the dark-rimmed glasses, immortalised by the likes of yves saint laurent himself as well as the more unlikely fashion icon, woody allen, and re-discovered through ray ban’s current wayfarer and clubmaster collections seem to have triggered this craze.  coupled with slick side-parted hair or a quiff reminiscent of a t-bird’s hairdo, the dark frames give an air of meditative aloofness which is oh so heartbreaking.  coupled with a plaid shirt – why not, with a few cowboy-cum-lumberjack adornments to it – and skinny jeans, the whole look would scream “renegade geek”.  brainy bad boy … who could ask for more, at least in the fashion stakes? 
the ray ban wayfarers

an unlikely fashion icon ... woody allen
going through a number of designer catwalk shows and high street store product presentations for autumn 2011 menswear, it is easy to see that the key elements of geek keep making their way through the various collections.  tommy hilfiger’s preppy style is riddled with geek influences, but still retains the essential college jock attitude.  on the other hand, h&m’s modern casual 2011 collection fuses suits with funky t-shirts creating a laid back philosopher’s stance.  mangano’s man is rough around the edges but still oozes that ‘i know stuff’ charm. 
oh, the preppy boys that got our hearts racing back in 2011 ...
so gentlemen, while the shops and online stores can provide you with all the basics to create your own individual brainy bad boy style, do yourselves the favour of making sure you know a thing or two about science and the arts.  Real brains are the most attractive and fashionable accessory you can actually have. 

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