It’s Warming Up in Australia

22 Oct
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Country Road High Summer 2015 Menswear

Country Road High Summer 2015

While many readers of The Man Has Style are moving toward the cooler months of the year, here in Australia we are moving toward summer. Today it’s hot outside, and the Country Road High Summer 2015 shoot reminded me of how lovely it is to relax and enjoy the warmer weather. The simplicity of the collection is quite appealing. I’m quite fond of the authentic hand-made espadrilles, easily working in with the worn in raffia trilby. The silhouettes of the individual pieces of clothing are simple with beautiful texture. It all oozes relaxed, carefree and simply peaceful.

Sophie Holt, Managing Director at Country Road shares her thoughts –  “The summer wardrobe essential piece is definitely the linen shirt – have a couple in rotation — this season’s colours are inky blue and khaki green. With the sleeves rolled up loosely and slightly undone, it’s a relaxed look that works so well with a printed board short in the day or a simple navy deck short for summer nights.”

Check out the full range at the Country Road.

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Country Road High Summer 2015 Menswear

country road high summer 2015 menswear the man has style

Country Road High Summer 2015 Menswear

country road high summer 2015 menswear the man has style

Country Road High Summer 2015 Menswear

Clothes For the Little Man

I couldn’t resist and share a few of the boys collection. I always love the boys range at Country Road. The crisp, clean lines along with great quality fabrics and beautiful styling allow the young boys to look just as stylish as the men! For the full range: Country Road Boys.

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Country Road High Summer 2015 Boys

country road high summer 2015 boys the man has style

Country Road High Summer 2015 Boys

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Marek Novak Goes Above & Beyond

27 Aug
Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men's Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men’s Health Malaysia September 2015

Menswear and Dogs

One might say when it comes to menswear and dogs I have a slight obsession. When the two come together it is only natural that it captures my attention. The September issue of Men’s Health Malaysia has done just that through their shoot with model Marek Novak titled ‘Go Above & Beyond’. So, admittedly there is only one photo with a dog in it, but that was enough for me to take notice in the hundreds of images I see each day. I’m so happy I did – photographer Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo shows his skill in these shots and I’ve loved learning more about his photographic work from this. Styling is by Ha Phan Bich, hair by Milko Greiger and grooming by Theo Schnürer, rounding off a great team for this shoot. For the full shoot see Men’s Health Malaysia.

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men's Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo – a dog and menswear, the beautiful combination

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men's Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men’s Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men's Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men’s Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men's Health Malaysia September 2015

Model Marek Novak photographed by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo for Men’s Health Malaysia September 2015

Credits:

magazine MEN’S HEALTH MALAYSIA (mens-health.com.my)
photo LUKASZ WOLEJKO-WOLEJSZO (wolejkowolejszo)
model MAREK NOVAK (novakmarek)
stylist HA PHAN BICH / BASICS (haphanbichstyling)
hair MILKO GRIEGER / FREELANCER (milko_grieger)
grooming THEO SCHNÜRER / BLOSSOM (theoschnurka)

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Carmelo Guastella Talks Men’s Hair

4 Aug
Carmelo Guastella

Carmelo Guastella

Men’s Hair Trends

Carmelo Guastella came to my attention early last year, although when I looked at his portfolio, I realised I had been admiring his work without knowing it was him for some time. If you follow men’s fashion, you are likely to have seen his work also. Carmelo has been featured in the majority of the leading men’s magazines since his move from Italy to London in 1999, including GQ, Esquire, L’Officiel Homme Brazil and Men’s Health to name just a few.

A hairstylist and authority of men’s luxury grooming, Carmelo is highly respected and rightly so. GQ named Carmelo as their Barber of Choice, well deserved recognition for a man who has forged a strong and impressive career. His career started quite young, as a nine year-old in Sicily as a barber’s apprentice and has continued with thirty years experience behind him. He has worked with some of the major players in the men’s luxury grooming industry including The Refinery, Gillettte, Unilver and Dolce & Gabbana. Carmelo was also appointed International Ambassador for Dove Men + Care Shave Range. His expertise in working with high profile individuals has not gone unnoticed with Robert Downey Jr requesting Carmelo to work with him in Avengers: Age of Ultron after being recommended by Sacha Baron Cohen, whom he had previously worked with for the Sweeney Todd movie in 2007 and styled for a portrait shoot a few years earlier with great David Bailey.

Carmelo predicts a growth in men’s interest in their image, some of which we have already seen and while somewhat slow, he predicts it will continue to steadily grow. This attention to self image in a social environment, alongside the more professional side in the workplace is great news. I personally think taking pride in your appearance is quite rewarding. Sharing his views on the latest in men’s hair trends through his observation of the most recent fashion events, as well as the wonderful streets of London which are full of inspiration, Carmelo references the trend in longer hair for guys, in particular length on top. Of course, he goes on to explain, “Your stylist needs to take into account a variety of factors, including age, hair type, profession, face and head shape, in order to achieve the perfect fit.”. Carmelo talks of three strong trends, The Rise of the Curls, The Versatile Fringe & Quiff and The George Clooney Haircut.

Rise of the Curls - Carmelo Guastella

Rise of the Curls – Carmelo Guastella

Curls at D Squared

The Rise of Curls at D Squared

The Rise of the Curls

Carmelo talks about the rise of the curls which I am excited about. Maybe it’s because I have straight hair and the opposite fascinates me. Whatever the reason, it’s great to hear Carmelo speak of this trend.

Carmelo explains, “More men are moving away from the short back and sides and are now embracing their curls or waves. You need a good hairdresser/barber who understands your features and your hair in order to create a great shape.

This is a perfect look for guys with wavy or curly hair, grow your hair to a medium length and let your hairdresser sculpture what suits best your face shape, this is all about the natural looking waves or curls minimal products. This type of hair will be popular moving away from the buzz cut and instead showing your healthy looking hair.”

Hair Trends - Carmelo Guastella

Hair Trends – Carmelo Guastella

Oliver Cheshire in Reiss

Oliver Cheshire: The Versatile Fringe & Quiff

Oliver Cheshire in Reiss at Richard James at London Collections Men SS2016

Oliver Cheshire: The Versatile Fringe & Quiff

The Versatile Fringe & Quiff

Carmelo has referenced Oliver Cheshire for this look, the versatile fringe and quiff. Seeing Oliver at the recent London Collections: Men last month, I agree with Carmelo on this, a great look and one men will easily relate to.

“I have combined the fringe and quiff in one category because if the haircut is done properly, it can be styled both up, down on the forehead or somewhere in between. There is no perfection like we have seen in the past with neat side parts or perfect quiffs but we will see more dishevelled and natural styles. The length of top is about 10-12cm and the sides 1.5-2cm the cut is achieved with clever cutting techniques to create soft texture and minimal usage of styling products which enhances the natural texture of the hair without giving a greasy look.”

George Clooney

The George Clooney Haircut

The George Clooney Haircut

I’m all for anything George Clooney, so this sparks my interest for obvious reasons. Carmelo references the George Clooney haircut as one of the important hair trends for men.

“I am seeing a rise in the George Clooney age category interested in improving or changing their hairstyles which they have had since they were kids. We know men are creatures of habits and this category is definitely looking for a change.

Still a long way to go as many men of this age still don’t care much about their hair opting for cheap haircuts which are noticeable, the George Clooney men age category will slowly break their habits opting for more stylish haircuts and learning how to style their hair.

Walking around London I notice guys with expensive cars, nice suits and a Rolex, but the haircut lets them down, you can notice the action and marks of the clippers the short sides are not blended well with the hair on top or the clipper has followed the head shape, the hairline is not natural all these are signs of a quick haircut.”

Carmelo Guastella at work

Carmelo Guastella at work

Exclusive Q&A with Carmelo for TMHS

I was fortunate to meet with Carmelo on my recent travels to London. We had a great chat over coffee and he showed me around the spectacular South Kensington Club which he talks about further below. Carmelo is such an interesting man, with a wealth of experience and a strong passion for what he does.

TMHS: When I met with you recently, you spoke of using scissors when you are cutting hair, rather than using clippers. Why is the use of scissors so important when cutting men’s hair?

CG: My philosophy is that the way a man chooses to style his hair is the ultimate expression of his personality. The reason of rarely relying on clippers, using scissors and comb instead is to enhance the client’s natural features, the haircut retains its style and shape for at least four to six weeks, and up to four months for longer styles. The scissor haircuts fall into place after washing, with minimal styling and products. Using scissors and comb is an art form.

Carmelo Guastella at work

Carmelo Guastella at work

TMHS: You are quite well groomed yourself. Who looks after cutting your hair?

CG: Thank you for the compliment. Being in the men’s grooming game does not mean I am a total vain individual, but I do look after myself, image is so important nowadays. I don’t have a one person that cuts my hair, I know exactly what I want and most of the time I cut my own hair, yes its possible and I may ask a colleague to fix the back of my head which I find a bit difficult myself.

TMHS: Tell me more of what you will be doing with the South Kensington Club. It is a beautiful place!

CG: I will be the South Kensington Club Barber making sure the Members look sharp, adopting my experience in Image consultant: Expert in men’s hairstyles, beard, stubble, wet shave and skin.

Carmelo Guastella at work

Carmelo Guastella at work

TMHS: Where can men go to have you look after their grooming? Best ways to contact you and also social media links.

CG:
carmelo@carmeloguastella.com
www.carmeloguastella.com
Twitter: @CGuastella1 @Best_Barbers

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Michael Zavros & Sean O’Pry

5 Jul
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Self Portrait as Saint with Sean O’Pry by Michael Zavros

Beauty, Fashion & Luxury

When I see Sean O’Pry, Versace and Michael Zavros together, I want to know more. You may remember my interview with artist, Michael Zavros, from a while back (read here). Michael is an amazing artist, alongside being a man of class and style. A gentleman who creates luxurious artworks that blow your mind every time you see them. His attention to detail and ability to make you feel such emotion when you are viewing his works is simply wonderful. Sean O’Pry was featured in my Top 5 Male Models story and a model that I have been showing on The Man Has Style since the beginning. Of course, I have also shown Versace throughout the past few years here, how could I not?

So, when I learned that Michael Zavros was working with Sean O’Pry on his new collection of artworks, and Versace was in there also, I was so thrilled. The end result is spectacular, the images are amazing! Once I had seen them, I had to contact Michael to find out more and share with the readers of The Man Has Style.

Self Portrait with Sean O'Pry/Versace by Michael Zavros

Self Portrait with Sean O’Pry/Versace by Michael Zavros

TMHS: Sean O’Pry, Versace and Michael Zavros is a wonderful combination and one I had to know more about. How did this all come about and what was your inspiration behind this?

MZ: I’ve long held an interest in beauty, fashion and luxury and also in how life and art intersect. I met O’Pry in Los Angeles en route to New York from Milan quite serendipitously after actively seeking the model for some three months whilst in resident in the Australia Council Greene Street studio in Soho.

O’Pry is highly sough after for print and catwalk. At the time, he was the star of Taylor Swift’s current film clip, Blank Space. His beauty has become iconic and bankable – he is the patron saint of contemporary culture’s obsession with youth and beauty. In my photographer, Self Portrait as Saint with Sean O’Pry/Versace, O’Pry holds aloft his own makeshift halo, a gilded Versace plate, while he is formally beatified by the adoring gaze of the viewer. Discus Thrower with Sean O’Pry/Versace references art history, specifically the original Classical Greek sculpture held by the British Museum (discobulus), making analogies between O’Pry and the sacred Greek concept of perfect Hellenic proportions.

In Self Portrait with Sean O’Pry, the model wears a t-shirt with a hand drawn logo. O’Pry adopts a classic model pose of casual insouciance as he endorses the brand on the t-shirt (Zavros). He, and we, are in collusion; the consumed and the consumer. But what exactly is for sale? Is this an advertisement or a self-portrait, in which O’Pry is my avatar? Perhaps both. My work explores narcissism. O’Pry is the embodiment of a projected perfection.

Discus Thrower with Sean O'Pry/Versace

Discus Thrower with Sean O’Pry/Versace

TMHS: Your paintings often look like photographs with so much detail and you have the ability to bring an artwork to life. Saying this, there has been much talk of whether these particular works are paintings or photographs, can you clear up for those who don’t know?

MZ: The works in question are photographs, although I anticipate they may form part of a larger project with Sean. I enjoy the connection between painting and photography, both mimicking and extending each other. Importantly, the photographs of Sean referenced classical painting and portraiture. 

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On the cover of Australia Art Monthly

TMHS: You are on the cover of two art publications; Art Collector and Australia Art Monthly. How does it feel being on both of these around the same time?

MZ: It’s exciting to see the new work embraced in a critical way via a medium I’m less know for. The project with Sean marks quite a shift in my practice in so many ways.

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On the cover of Art Collector magazine

TMHS: Any exhibitions or other events you would like to share where people can see your works?

MZ: My work will be included in GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) next month, following this, a group exhibition with my Auckland gallery, Stark White at Sydney Contemporary in September, and then the Adelaide Biennale at Art Gallery of South Australia next Feburary.

TMHS: Where can readers of The Man Has Style purchase your artwork?

MZ: Currently, I’m represented in Australia by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and in New Zealand with Starkwhite, Auckland. 

Follow Michael Zavros on Instagram: @michaelzavros

Michael Zavros website: www.michaelzavros.com

Follow Sean O’Pry on Instagram: @seanopry55

A note from TMHS: Michael also shared with some great behind the scene shots.

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Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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