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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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Kingsman

16 Jan
Kingsman MR PORTER menswear presentation Savile Row London Collections Men 2015

The Kingsman presentation in Savile Row

Inspired by Savile Row Tradition

Inspired by the film Kingsman: The Secret Service, MR PORTER.COM has joined with Matthew Vaughn to create a new menswear label, Kingsman.  It’s a beautiful, luxurious menswear collection of 60 pieces, all bespoke and featured throughout the film. The creative team included Ms Arianne Phillips, the award-winning costume designer, who worked closely with MR PORTER.COM and Matthew Vaughn creating designs inspired by the wonderful Savile Row tradition so very much loved by The Man Has Style. The collection is made by some of the best in British production including Cutler and Gross eyewear; Drake’s ties and pocket squares; Corgi knitwear; George Cleverley footwear; Mackintosh outerwear; Swaine Adeney Brigg accessories and Turnbull & Asser shirting. And those Bremont watches, well what can I say? Absolutely beautiful.

I was thrilled to see the collection covers suiting, outerwear, shirting, knitwear and accessories, all made from the best of British cloth and from the best of British craftsmanship. Each piece on its own is a delight.

“We are pleased to have worked closely with Mr Matthew Vaughn and Ms Arianne Phillips to bring the look and sartorial styling of Kingsman: The Secret Service to life in a full collection. For decades iconic films have inspired designers and consumers and we felt that the gentlemanly style worn in the film will resonate well with our customers.” Mr Toby Bateman, Buying Director, MR PORTER.

Kingsman MR PORTER collection at the party presentation at Savile Row during London Collections Men

A selection from the Kingsman Collection

Kingsman MR PORTER collection at the party presentation at Savile Row during London Collections Men

Kingsman presentation at The Huntsman store in Savile Row

Kingsman MR PORTER collection at the party presentation at Savile Row during London Collections Men

Kingsman presentation at The Huntsman store in Savile Row

Kingsman MR PORTER collection at the party presentation at Savile Row during London Collections Men

Kingsman presentation at The Huntsman store in Savile Row

The Kingsman Presentation

This past week during London Collections: Men, MR PORTER.COM, hosted an evening presentation showing the 60-piece Kingsman collection over ten looks at The Huntsman shop in Savile Row. The setting was perfect for the collection, with scenes from the film having been taken at this location.

Watch the special sartorial trailer here (I love this!) – Kingsman: A New Brand for the Modern Gentleman

Kingsman is now available globally to shop exclusively on MR PORTER.COM – You can register your interest and sign up for Kingsman collection updates at: www.mrporter.com/kingsman

So, when do we all get to see Kingsman: The Secret Service? The film will be released globally on February 13, 2015. I know I am waiting in anticipation for this film and have watched the trailers many times. One of my favourite actors, Colin Firth is sure to bring all his talent to this role. I can’t wait to see it!

Kingsman MR PORTER collection party presentation at Savile Row during London Collections Men

The Kingsman presentation in Savile Row

Mr Toby Bateman, Buying Director at MR PORTER at the Kingsman presentation party

Mr Toby Bateman, Buying Director at MR PORTER at the Kingsman presentation

Darren Kennedy and David Gandy at the Kingsman MR PORTER menswear presentation at Savile Row London Collections Men 2015

Darren Kennedy and David Gandy at the presentation at Savile Row

Arianne Phillips,  Toby Bateman at the Kingsman presentation party

Those in attendance included Ms Arianne Phillips and Mr Toby Bateman

Kingsman MR PORTER collection party presentation at Savile Row during London Collections Men

The Kingsman presentation in Savile Row

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Gentlemen, You Looked Brilliant at London Collections: Men

29 Jun
Daniel Edmund by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Daniel Edmund by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

The gentlemen attending London Collections: Men looked brilliant.  Attention to detail was evident and the passion for what was being worn was wonderful to see.  I do love the diversity of LCM, it covers such a broad spectrum of menswear and embraces so many different forms of expression both in the collections being presented and on the street.  Here are a selection of some of the gentleman from LCM that have inspired me and helped further my love of menswear.

Daniel Edmund by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Daniel Edmund by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Fabrice Limon by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Fabrice Limon by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Omiri Thomas by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Omiri Thomas by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Omiri Thomas by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Omiri Thomas by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Sam Coleman of Esquire Malaysia by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Sam Coleman of Esquire Malaysia by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Sam Coleman of Esquire Malaysia by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Sam Coleman of Esquire Malaysia by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Tetsuji Fujiwara by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Tetsuji Fujiwara by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Zak Timol from Velsvoir by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Zak Timol from Velsvoir by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Tinie Tempah by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Tinie Tempah by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

All photographs by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at London Collections: Men.

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Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Harold Tillman CBE, Marshall Lester and a Beautiful Bentley Arnage

26 Jun
Harold Tillman CBE & Marshall Lester by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Harold Tillman CBE & Marshall Lester by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

London, you are really after my heart when you keep showing me so many wonderful delights.  Last week at London Collections: Men, in all the mix of such wonders, was a beautiful Bentley Arnage.  Owned by respected businessman, Mr Harold Tillman CBE, the Arnage is a work of art.  It is quite fitting that the owner is a man who has made fashion and design such a big part of his life.  The former chair of the British Fashion Council, Mr Tillman was looking the part of the man with style in his Savile Row suit, bespoke made by Terry Haste, shoes by Prada, Ralph Lauren shirt and a beautiful Tom Ford tie.  Alongside him, Mr Marshall Lester was also looking ever so stylish, something one can almost expect from a businessman who has been responsible for launching some of the biggest brands in the world of fashion.

What though, stands out for me the most of these men?  The gentlemanly approach and respect they have shown when communicating.  Quality in any design is amplified when it is surrounded by gentlemen.

Harold Tillman's Bentley Arnage by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Harold Tillman’s Bentley Arnage by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Harold Tillman CBE & Marshall Lester by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Harold Tillman CBE & Marshall Lester by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Harold Tillman's Bentley Arnage by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

Harold Tillman’s Bentley Arnage by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

The shoes of Harold Tillman CBE & Marshall Lester by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

The shoes of Harold Tillman CBE & Marshall Lester by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at LCM

 

All photographs by Melissa Uren for The Man Has Style at London Collections: Men.

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Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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