Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaut Blacksteel edition

Selected the 16 September 2013 by Romano as "the garagerocker"

The Navitimer Cosmonaut from Breitling is an inconic watch as it was to first to go into space in 1962, worn by Scott Carpenter during the Aurora 7 mission. Today, Breitling releases a new version of this historical watch they have called “Blacksteel”. The 43mm case is made of black steel (as the name suggests) coated with some highly resistant carbon. On the back of the case is engraved the mission emblem. It is equipped with a Breitling B02 manual-winding movement, pure product of the house with 39 jewels and a 70-hour power-reserve. Apart from usual aviator watches features, the dial displays a 24h format so cosmonauts can keep a decent lifestyle once into space. This edition will delight all Breitling and overloaded dials lovers. It was edited in only 1000 ex, available for only €8550 from your nearest Breitling retailer. Good luck if you want to grab one!

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Autumn-Winter 2013 Trends

Trends the 10 September 2013 by Romano as "the garagerocker"

Fashion trends are continuously renewing, with designers sometimes simply “pouring new wine into old bottles”… OK, so that might be the obvious thing to say when starting an article about new trends, but it’s true! And it happens season upon season upon season. Don’t be surprised to see styles you have already seen year after year. For autumn-winter 2013, vintage will remain omnipresent: lumberjack, hunter, military – the sorts of inspirations we are used to seeing every time the cold season sets in. These looks will begin to explore fresh territory this year. Moreover, we can announce the end of 2013 is going to be trashy, kitsch, glam and many other quirky things too. Get prepared for a messy season!

The Style

Highlander

The Scottish Highlands will bring a countryside-chic inspiration to this season’s trends. Hunting jackets, quilted jackets and duffle coats will be key pieces to be seen in once the temperatures begin to fall. Trousers and blazers will sport the traditional plaid pattern and should be combined with heavy knitwear pieces (such as turtlenecks). All these garments will come in khaki/camel/olive tones – classic hunting/fishing style!

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Baroque

A baroque look inspired by luxury is all set to emerge this season. On the programme: embroidery and gilding incorporated into contemporary garments like sweatshirts or jogging bottoms. Expect too to see many quirky prints on t-shirts and trousers. Garments will be both loose and fitted, with classic pieces mixed together with sportswear. Looks will be military-inspired, with garments based on mid 20th-century uniforms.

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Urban sportswear

Sportswear has been under the spotlight for a few seasons now. This time around, this well-established trend will combine activewear and chic. Up till now the look has been dominated by themes inspired by nature, but it is about to head towards something way more urban. The colour palette will be tinged with black and touches of bright colours such as canary-yellow and electric blue. Futuristic themes will also emerge through metallic and silver tones, with more classic burgundy shades appearing too. Key pieces – parkas, sweatshirts, windrunners, and most of all the varsity jacket – will be teamed with minimalist trainers and fitted classic trousers.

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Tribal Lumberjack

Fringes, authentic prints, sheepskin… The long-established lumberjack is about to be inspired by Native American themes. Sitting somewhere between mountain cowboy and Canadian lumberjack, this season’s leading pieces will be sheepskin, suede and fur jackets. Corduroy will be everywhere as a great alternative to jeans. For feet the options will be plentiful: from authentic loafers to a good old pair of woodcutter boots (axe not included).

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Glam revival

As well as all those 100% glitter jackets and gemstone-embedded trousers which adorned the AW13 runways, glam rock-inspired trends are set to be big this season. The rules: be inspired by the New York Dolls or Bowie – but don’t copy them. Animal prints like leopard and zebra, now becoming acceptable for men as well as for women, are to be used sparingly. Expect to see studded denim jackets, jersey t-shirts and striped blazers as well. Do your best to keep this look chic, perhaps by using velvet, and stick to sober colours such as grey and burgundy. For a more rock-inspired look, team denim with your favourite biker jacket, patterned shirt and classic boots.

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Military

Following on from last season, the military look will remain present this year. The trend will be embodied by aviator pieces (e.g. bomber leather jackets), long belted coats and cargo pants in khaki or olive. More classic garments such as short, olive-coloured coats with officer collars and reefer jackets will also form part of the military look. To avoid a full-on “camo” look, combine military pieces with accessories such as ties, pocket hankies and bags then mix the outfit up with coloured chino pants.

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Cuts

Strong outlines and loose cuts are terms that are reserved for haute couture. In real life, coats become either longer or shorter (there is no happy medium). Skinny jeans are living their last days of glory, and you can now wear straight cuts without being the out-of-date guy. Regardless of your inspiration, cuts get looser on the top and stay slim on the bottom.

Colors and fabrics

Colours and fabrics will be widely developed this season. Nothing is ever a real novelty, but autumn-winter 2013 will show matching like we have never seen it before. Warm colours appear every time the cold season begins, and this year is no exception. As for patterns, these will be like night and day, sometimes futuristic, sometimes vintage. Let’s get a closer look:

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Colors

Full black

Black is THE colour of the season. Don’t worry, black doesn’t have to be boring! If you play around with different fabrics such as leather, wool, nylon, satin and velvet you will find plenty of pieces that fit in with the black trend perfectly.

Wintery tones
Winter usually requires wearing warmer colors, but this season will offer a more varied palette: greens (bottle, emerald, forest), browns (ranging from camel to rust, orangey tones even) and reds (brick and burgundy). Burgundy is set to be a real trend this season, and will be found on many clothes from suits through to sweaters.

Light brown
Tan will be a key colour this autumn. Chic and timeless, this classic colour will be appear on many men’s garments including leather jackets, blazers, corduroy trousers, shoes and coats.

Orange please

Designers have seen a lot of life in orange for autumn-winter 2013. This colour will be found on sweaters, parkas, and even coats from the runways down to ready-to-wear brands. Be discreet though, the last thing you want to do is look like…an orange.

Prints

Autumn-winter 2013 will be bursting with prints, ranging from the traditional plaid to leopard print. Let’s have a look at what’s to be found in this year’s collections:

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Animal

Animal prints will be everywhere this season. Leopard, zebra and other exotic animal designs will mainly be found on jackets, t-shirts and accessories – use with precaution!

Camouflage

Camouflage has stood the test of time. Still very present this year, camouflage will appear in its many different guises on trainers, bags, trousers and jackets

Plaid

Another key pattern, Scottish check or “plaid” will bring an oh-so British touch to our outfits this year, whether it be on blazers or trousers. Expect too to see other types of check such as houndstooth which can be worn on blazers (worn as separates – you don’t want people reaching for their sunglasses when they see you).

Geometric

Squares, crosses, circles and triangles – all types of geometry will stand out this season. Whether they appear as large graphics on the chest that say “There’s only one Bermuda Triangle: me!”, or as full patterns.

Fabrics

Velvet

Soft and elegant as ever, velvet will make a great comeback in all different shapes and sizes this season – bringing with it all of its romantic qualities. Velvet will be seen on a range of different garments such as jackets and trousers, with the colour burgundy set to dominate.

Leather
It may be the most striking trend this season, espacially smooth and black leather.

Wool

Scotland and wool go hand in hand, not only for the clothes on your back but also for the blanket you drape over your feet while you watch TV.

Key pieces

Bomber jackets

The bomber jacket is about to become the most popular it has been for the last 5-10 years. All brands have created their own version of this military-inspired aviation jacket, some in leather, some in wool, some patterned, some not. The choice is yours!

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Varsities

Varsity jackets continue to rock menswear collections. This year they have faded in colour and gained a darker, more minimalist spirit.

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Biker jackets

Obviously, if you don’t have a leather jacket yet, this is time to get one. The Perfecto’s lovers won’t be disappointed a bit! We’ve already spotted few interesting pieces on lookbooks: from the belted “Tony Ramone” to the Rick Owens designer style.

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Long coats

Long coats keep disappearing and re-emerging from winter trends, and this year you can count them in! This type of coat is better adapted to tall people, and will be available in various shapes and colours this year. Long coats could fit for creating a casual look, teamed with a cable stitch sweater, and also can be worn more elegantly over a suit. Cuts will vary from loose to more fitted, and they will sometimes be belted as well.

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A massive scarf

This season’s scarves will be massive. Take note, enthusiasts!

The good old cap

The newsboy, or Parisian Kid (we call them “Titi” in France) cap is back for the autumn-winter 2013 season, ready to keep our heads warm in style during cold winter nights. It will often appear in tweed or check designs. Don’t go too mad with the vintage inspiration, please – you can leave out the braces, henleys and wool trousers…

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Backpacks (again)

Don’t have a backpack yet? There has never been more choice than right now, with all styles, shapes and fabrics available. It’s the perfect time to get yourself a new one!

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A back to school look

Selections the 6 September 2013 by Romano as "the garagerocker"

Building a back-to-school/work look is no simple thing. According to your job type, to how it requires to dress, the task is even harder considering the fact that, September is still summer! Various question can come then: wearing shorts at high school, at the university? Out of question! Trying to avoid wearing a shirt at work? Not even conceivable to me. Thinking about a shirt without a tie? Summer isn’t synonymous with “casual Friday”. So, to answer so much questions, we wished to give a hint of inspiration to those who planned to get a 2013 back-to-work outfit. In general, outfit styles can be sorted into 3 categories: the student, the casual worker and the business worker.

The student

“Cool, this is back-to-school!” New teachers, new classmates (or not.) and new sneakers! This is clearly an essential! September is a Summer month, so don’t go for leather as it would keep your feets too warm, while filling your identity card the new history teacher asked (on a quarter sheet!). Shorts? You wouldn’t dare this affront! On the first day going back to school, better not get youself noticed, just wear pants; grey stretch jeans or colored chinos for example. For the top, just pick your favorite plain t-shirt, a better option compared to provocative graphic t-shirts – well, yes, you can leave your “I love to suck ice creams” in your closet (take a denim jacket in case of fresh weather). Finally, this period of the year can be a pretext to offer yourself a new watch, be caferul to switch off the “beep” ringing each hour.

student back to school outfit

Denim jacket: Cheap Monday
T-shirt: Shore Leave
Jeans: Topman
Sneakers: Vans
Watch: Casio
Back: Drifter

The casual worker

Your job does not require to wear a suit? You can enjoy the ample opportunity to dress with your favourite outfit for these back-to-work times. Stay elegant though. As a souvenir of your student years, get some new shoes: desert boots, versatile, or a pair of derbies to take a more elegant option. For that matter, go for smart chinos or suit trousers you could wear separated. Jeans can be another a choice, but avoid too much faded or torn models, rather bet on raw, dark grey or black colors. Regarding tops, consider nothing but a shirt (long-sleeved please!). Add some fun with a sober print, or opt for some more classic light blue button-down Oxford shirt. A blazer, if necessary, can be added. Don’t worry if the weather is too hot, just wear it when showing up in the morging and take it off 15 minutes later.

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Jacket: Ben Sherman
shirt: Lee
Jeans: Balibaris
Shoes: Clarks
Belt: ASOS
Bag: Bleu de Chauffe

The business worker

You have no choice but wearing asuit every working day? So do it elegantly. Don’t take any risk with the color palette and play it classic. No pink shirt, no quirky shirt/tie mix, no short-sleeved shirt under your suit jacket, no boat shoes, complusory tie wearing… classic we’ve said! A navy suit, a pair of tan Oxford shoes (more adapted to summer than dark brown) and a nice leather bag allowing some color eccentricity.

business back to work outfit

Jacket: Balibaris
Trousers: Balibaris
Shirt: Saint Sens
Shoes: Marvin & Co
Tie: The House of Ties
Bag: Estime

The perfect sleeping bag

Selected the 3 September 2013 by Romano as "the garagerocker"

The camping season is about to end, camping and original products lovers won’t be dissapointed with this creation from Poler though. Specialized in outdoor goods, they have created the “Napsack”, a very particular sleeping bag. It features zips from the shoulers to stick the arms out, then a cinch at the bottom to stick the legs out. The waist can be tightened up so it can be worn like a coat while strolling aroung the camping spaces (or around the camp fire if you prefer camping rough). It can be found at Backcountry.com for $130 in orange, black, blue and green.

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retail price   $130

at Backcountry.com

How to wash raw jeans

Toolbox the 2 September 2013 by Romano as "the garagerocker"

Purists say when you get new raw jeans, it is necessary to wear them at least six month from 3 or 4 times a week before considering a first wash. According to preferences, some people even wear them up to 12 or 18 monthes, their jeans becoming then some organic clothing pieces, marked with the scars inherent to the wearer’s life (pockets, knees, bottom) and creating their own ecosystem (yes, I am talking about bacteriums – dirty isn’t it?). As I like to wear different trousers every day, I have waited until the 18th month to decide washing my raw jeans for the first time. They have been worn around 2/3 times per week, and they had already faded a lot before washing.

Why would I wait before washing them ?

Raw jeans get scars because of their indigo dye fading, the fabric gets its original color back then: white. This concept is the same many brands try to propose with worn jeans. Except that raw jeans get marks over time, over wear and tear (if not washed before, as a wash will make their color fade).

washing raw jeans

One might think it is only some purists, or dirty people matter, but some other say: the longer you wear a pair of jeans without washing it, the more beautiful it’ll become. As natural mistreatments; when sitting, carrying a wallet or a phone in the pocket , etc.; would inevitably make irregular fading points, this will create a unique piece which color contrasts will improve when washing, giving then a nice used aspect. Whash your jeans too early, and the indigo dye usually used on raw jeans will fade uniformly. Unless you prefer that, a dull render, sometimes even darker than brefore washing, and most of all, all the magic disapearing, stick to this 6 month guideline.

Premium jeans brand create kind of a panic when a new buyer come to get their jeans. They warn any new wearer about washing their jeans properly and give many washing options. Sincerely, bathing at the beach, using such or such detergent, machine or no machine, nearly impossible to sort things out! And you’re here, jeans in hand, terrified with the idea of spoiling them… when seriously, we’re just talking about washing some clothing piece!

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How do I wash my jeans ntil washing them?

First of all, it has been proved that jeans worn regularly without wash have a same bacterium level than freshly washed jeans. According to a Canadian who, in 2009, wore his jeans during 15 months then made a comparision before and after washing them (here is the source). For many other occasions, it is essential to disinfect your jeans after a sweat, a whole night spent in a nightclub’ smoking area, after cooking sardines, etc.

Tips
  • As far as possible, use a tissue, paper towel, but never use soap or water to wash your jeans stains.

  • Specific antibacterial disinfectant sprays exists!
  • Always tell yourself that a night spent outsite would expel foul-smellings.
  • For some, puting the jeans into a self-sealing plastic bag then putting them into the freezer for a whole night works. For the others, this has remained a legend.
  • For a blood stain, take a tissue then soak it with cold water. Scrub while caring to keep your jeans rather dry (actually, no water should appear on your jeans)
  • In case of chewing-gum, grandma’s good old recipe would work! Remove as much chewing gum as possible, then take an ice cube an try to wrap it with the gum.

The wash

Let’s get back to business! Once you have worn and used your jeans properly, time has now come to wash them. Do not panic, the method I used is simple as ever, and it does not require something you don’t have home.

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What you will need.

  • Raw jeans from any brand which have never been washed, worn 3 times a week for 6 months.
  • 1 Special black detergent
  • A bathtub/basin
  • Lukewarm water
  • Somewhere to hang your jeans
  • 45 minutes

Time for some action

Now has come the fateful moment, let’s now proceed to the washing. First of all take your jeans off, then keep a water source at hand. Few recommend to put the jeans on reverse, I did not took such option because the dye would have remained on the jeans, and I wanted all the contrary. Well, let’s proceed step by step:

  1. Start by filling your bathtub with lukewarm water and make sure you can totally submerge the jeans in it.
  2. As the water flows, pour a 1/4 black detergent cap into it (cool, it makes foam.) – Important, do never use a classic detergent!
  3. Once the bathtub is ok, lay the jeans into it and submerge them. You could, if required, scrub the pockets which could look really dirty. However, don’t scrub the denim as it would leave marks.
  4. Soak the jeans during 45 minutes. If they don’t sink, you can try to put heavy items on them. Do not worry if the water color turns brown, that’s totally normal!
  5. Rinse with clear water to remove the detergent residues (after emptying the recipient)
  6. If you try this operation inside and you don’t want to flood your bathroom, roll the jeans to wring them out better.
  7. Now comes the drying step, hang your jeans outside and exposed to the sun if possible.
  8. After this first washing, you could try the operation more frequently, just leave 3 monthes between each washing.

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