Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely used until more recent decades
Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial exhibition at Blenheim Palace – Victory is Not an Option just closed his doors; however, I was lucky to visit it!
The Italian art prankster redecorated Winston Churchill’s birthplace with an 18-carat loo, some gigantic union jacks, a taxidermy horse hanging from the ceiling, and Hitler on his knees.
18 works from Cattelan were displayed throughout the 18th century Palace.
The Great Court
A great walkaway, pictured above, of British Union Jacks flags leads up to the Palace, welcoming you on arrival.
Luckily, I couldn’t have been more blessed by the great weather conditions to enjoy the handsome gardens.
Maurizio Cattelan’s exhibition inside the Palace
Below a couple of selection of works from Cattelan. An exhibition which is not for the faint-hearted.
Clockwise: Taxidermy horse in the Red Drawing Room; Unusual self portrait in the Green Drawing Room; Adolf hitler in the Long Library.
The Palace is set in two thousand acres of parkland and formal gardens and as generation follows generation, successive Dukes have introduced their personal touch by each adding new styles and layers of beauty to the landscape.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, Blenheim Palace attracts close to a million visitors a year from all over the world. The Palace was a gift from Queen Anne to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his decisive victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
The Palace, which took almost thirty years to reach completion, was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh to function not only as a private house, but also a monument, castle, and citadel; a testament of England’s supremacy over the French in a blaze of architectural glory that would rival Versailles.
Steeped in British history, the Palace is also famous as the birthplace of the distinguished wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, who was himself a member of the family and descendant of the 1st Duke. Handed down through successive generations, the Palace today continues to be privately owned and is the official seat of the current and 12th Duke of Marlborough.
Following the tracks of the #SDMYWAY campaign, Superdry is now helping us getting ready for the coming winter: Cosy up. Get out. Head into the rain. They have sorted it all out for us.
So, do it your way!
With the return of colder weather quickly making its way throughout Britain, well-dressed minds everywhere are already looking forward to the comfortable and much-needed wraps and layers of the season.
After months of lightweight options (and occasional summery suits), it’s time to think ahead, to finding the “hero coat” – that winter jacket we’re bound to spend most of our waking hours wearing and the one we’ll be more than happy to see in the mirror looking back at us every morning.
Here is our selection :
The leather jacket is the ultimate wardrobe staple and can be worn anywhere. Never out of style, no matter what the season, a leather jacket is the ultimate investment piece.
Pictured below, the leather jacket has immense detailing, including elbow pads, zipped cuffs and a subtle metal Superdry logo on the sleeve.
According to Superdry: “The bomber jacket has the power to take any outfit from average to who is that?” There’s no need to add anything else, is there?
Pictured below, the Everest bomber-style hooded jacket, featuring a faux fur detachable trim, bungee cord adjustable hood and a popper and single zip fastening to keep the wind out.
Whether you’re looking for a puffer coat that will keep you warm yet stylish this season, or you’re after a puffer jacket that will give you that extra something.
Pictured below, the Sports puffer jacket features a fleece lining, main zip fastening, bungee cord hood and hem and ribbed cuffs.
Either, a waterproof coat that will keep you dry as you hike through the rainy weather, or a lightweight waterproof jacket for everyday wear. Waterproof? Check. Breathable? Check. Stylish? Double check.
Pictured below, this jacket is combining style with practicality, the Hydrotech waterproof parka has been crafted from a breathable tech fabric and uses coated zips and taped seams to help keep you dry and comfortable.
A classic piece to own that will help you going through the winter.
Pictured below, a coat that built to beat-the-cold featuring a four pocket popper design with fleece lining and ribbed cuffs for comfort. Both the hood and waistline feature a drawstring to adjust to suit.
Just a last one: this really cool wool check jacket: the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket. Jus because we love it here!
Whatever the weather and wherever you are this autumn/ winter, Style it your way #SDMyWay
Superdry has just launched a new campaign and it’s called My Way. This did throw me back to year 1969 (even if I wasn’t born) and to Sinatra’s iconic song ‘My Way’.
This made me revisit the lyrics of this old time classic. Just go to Verse 5: For what is a man (…) To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels (…) And did it my way
Meaning that of you are not living your own life, but rather the one you are told to live, then you are not living at all.
Superdry you’ve nailed it: you have to stay true to yourself. That is the only way you can truly be free. They have worked with an amazing collective of seventeen individuals brought together to express their own unique style. Follow their stories below.
In Superdry’s own words: “Whoever, wherever, whenever, however – style is never set in stone. Mixing style has been in our DNA since day one., whoever you are, wear it your way”.
Some of their stories below:
PRESLEY GERBER (left) MODEL / SURFER / NY / LA / 2019 Presley is based in L.A. and is the son of international supermodel Cindy Crawford. Presley says that for him, family is everything and that his sister Kaia is the person he looks up to most. He’s the classic American heartthrob who loves extreme sports and adventure.
JAZZIE (center) MODEL / BARCELONA / LDN / 2019 Jazzie was born in Barcelona but currently living in London. He lives, breathes and sleeps football. He has an incredibly calming presence and a wicked street style.
CHRIS EUBANK JR (right) SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXER / LONDON / 2019 Son of Chris Eubank Senior, Chris is a professional British boxer and 2x IBO Super middleweight world champion. He takes after his dad not only in his boxing style, but also in his fashion style. His dad’s style famously reinvented fashion for the sportsman.
Throughout this summer 2019 adidas is launching a variety of Home of Classics. At StylePilot we really like footwear. So, we couldn’t be more excited to try the Superstar 80s from the three stripes brand.
In adidas own words: “Viewed as a whole, Home of Classics is a documentation of some of adidas Originals’ most influential designs, and a true testament to the timelessness of the brand’s craftsmanship that provides longevity for the wearer, regardless of their choice of experience or expression”.
The Home of Classics collection is inspired by the brand’s 50 years of experience in craftsmanship, sport, and culture. You cannot avoid feeling the nostalgia browsing this collection.
Home of Classics is led by the Stan Smith, Continental 80 and the Superstar 80s. The lineup also features the Supercourt, Torsion Comp, S.C. Premiere and A.R. Trainer.
The collection is made up of 10 timeless, court-inspired silhouettes. adidas Originals is paying tribute to its lineage of classic white leather sneakers that has now transcended several generations.
The perfect spot
Finding a location to photoshoot the Superstar 80s was the next mission.
These shoes keep the look classic with a coated leather upper. They feature all the authentic details, including zigzag edging on the 3-Stripes and the signature rubber shell toe.
A bit of history
This ’70s sneaker began life as a court-dominating B-ball shoe.
It wasn’t long before it was infiltrating the worlds of skateboarding and street style (not to mention the hip-hop main stage).
For decades, global creatives have regarded each sneaker as a blank canvas that carries them through experiences, granting the shoes greater meaning with every step. Symbolic of different stories and adventures, the Home of Classics collection has evolved through athletes, musicians, designers, style icons, and youth cultures alike that have re-interpreted each style to fit their lifestyle. Embracing how far people have taken, and will take, the brand’s timeless designs, the pack presents a line for the next generation of creators.
Full grain leather upper for comfort and soft feel
Adi Dassler started adidas on August 18, 1949 because he wanted to make a difference in athlete performance. 70 years later, adidas has made an impact not only on sport and athletes, but on fashion, music, culture, sustainability and beyond. Travel through time and discover the history of adidas and the styles that have influenced where we are today.
“I am on annual leave”. This is the message you will get if you try to email me this week.
An Italian escape had been in the pipe for some months now. Among several Italian places, it was decided that the ‘cities’ of Murano, Venice & Burano were to be the main destinations.
35 degrees Celsius is the average temperature you get there. This meant that shorts, sunglasses, short sleeves & light shirts are to become my best friends. Not to forget the large quantities of water needed in order to ‘survive’ the days!
My first destination was Murano. To go to there from Venice one has to take a boat (less than 20mn).
Murano, famous for its glass.
Murano, island, northeastern Italy in the Venice Lagoon (Laguna Veneta), is renowned for its long tradition of glass-making. I was told that the island experienced its major development after 1291, when glass furnaces were moved there from Venice.
It was just a delight to spend hours walking around the canals and get a glimpse at the glass shops. A fascinating place!
Another must see is the the Museum of Glass which was founded by Antonio Colleoni and Vincenzo Zanetti in 1861. Inside you can admire vases, bowls, sculptures and especially the majestic chandeliers.
Venice is located in the northeast coast of Italy. It is protected from the Adriatic Sea by a long strip of land composed by the Venice Lido, the Cavallino-Treporti Lido and the Jesolo Lido.
Burano, known for its lace its unique and colorful houses.
Less than 20 minutes away from Murano (by boat), the picturesque Burano is known for its brightly colored fishermen’s houses and its casual eateries serving seafood from the lagoon.
It just seems to be the paradise here. One can really appreciates the tranquility and the calmness of this island.
Pursuing the shores you will arrive to center of the Island: Galuppi Square; here neighbourly ladies invite the most curious visitors to come into their shops to admire the lace working.
Featuring heavily on our blog over the past year, boohooMAN are easily one of our favourite brands out there at the moment. With the affordable price tags and dedication to serving the most cutting edge menswear, it’s pretty easy to see why we can’t stop talking about them. Remember to enter our exclusive boohooMAN competition here.
boohooMAN have dropped their Spring Summer 19 range and it covers everything you need to keep you looking on trend this season. Whether you’re jetting off to a sunnier climate, heading out on a big night out or seeing your favourite bands at a festival, boohooMAN have every style and occasion covered. Here’s the standout collections from the brand right now.
Glastonbury, Wireless, Creamfields…the list goes on and on of all the amazing festivals to attend in the UK this summer. With festivals being one of the main times of year to show off those styles you wouldn’t usually dare to, boohooMAN have encapsulated perfectly the fun elements of the festival season.
Through a collaboration with the confectionary brand Swizzles, who produce all of your favourite childhood sweets like Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Refreshers to name a few, boohooMAN have released a unique collection that is sure to make you stand out among the masses.
The range casts nostalgia using the Swizzles brand logos that you know and love, and brings to life the clothes in the most appropriate throwback colours.
The rap legend that is Quavo has teamed up with boohooMAN for an exclusive 200 piece collection. Focused around the appropriate theme of urban streetwear, the collaboration takes us through a full wardrobe from velour sets, tie dye denim and even onto accessories. Quavo leaves his unique style on every piece within the range.
In January the brand launched their first ever activewear range. Pieces vary from tracksuits, t-shirts to hoodies, all in a sophisticated monochrome colour palette, with a cool blue bringing a splash of colour to the range. As the designs are fully technical, there’s no excuse to not be hitting the gym to gain that summer body.
With international pride month happening right now, this couldn’t be a more appropriate range to talk about. This is the third year boohooMAN have released a specific pride collection and this range tops all previous.
The “Love Without Limits” range encompases over 100 gender neutral pieces. Celebrating all sectors of the LGTBQ+ community, the collection covers those who want to make a bold statement as well as those looking for a more subtle approach.
Most importantly. 10% of all profits from the range will be donated to the LGBT Foundation and OutRight Action International.
The brand has just started a 12 month collaboration with one of the leading global event brands, ABODE. The partnership will see the online retailer as the lead sponsor for all ABODE events. boohooMAN have also launched the below exclusive capsule collection in line with the collaboration which is definitely worth checking out.
At StylePilot we are massive fans of Nike, and it’s always with great excitement to try out their latest garments. As spring has just started, what a better occasion than testing the Nike Pro Hypercompression tights.
To transform into the best you ever you have to train fast. Pick your sport, speed is the determining factor between success and failure.
Speed can be broken into different components – detection, reaction, acceleration, linear speed, change fo direction, agility, endurance. No matter what type of training you are training faster to become the best you ever.
Silicon-injected Hypercompression technology at the calves and quads offers targeted support, helping to reduce muscle vibration during high-intensity training.
Smooth, warp-knit mesh panels in high-heat zones enhance airflow where you need it most, helping you stay cool when your workout heats up.
The tights’ woven fabric offers four-way stretch, giving you the natural mobility you need for lifting, cardio or plyometric drills.
More details: Dri-FIT Technology helps keep you dry and comfortable. Elastic waistband for a comfortable fit | Elastic waistband for a comfortable fit | Flat seams feel smooth against your skin | Fabric: Body: Dri-FIT 84% polyester/16% elastane. Mesh/mesh lining: Dri-FIT 77% polyester/23% elastane | Machine wash
Tips on how to put your compression garments on
Those are designed to be tight fitting and as such you should take care when putting them on to prevent damage to any part of the item. We would recommend taking your time and don’t force larger limbs through small openings whilst the materials used compression clothing do possess excellent elasticity qualities. Be especially careful with the clothing gripping areas which are always slightly less stretchy. It is often easier to progressively pull the clothing into place rather than try and get it on in a single movement. Enjoy 😉
According to one commonly cited statistic only 8% of everyone actually keep their New Year’s resolutions! So, for all the good intentions only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions. Let’s keep it simple and let’s keep the resolution list short!
For now let’s focus on sport: a healthy body for a healthy mind! And before we hit the gym, let’s look out for the best sport gear!
Lucky us, for this season SuperdrySport has thought of it all. Their range focuses on the finer details and product technicalities whilst continuing the brand’s celebration of self-expression and empowerment.
We really like that their SS19 range blurs the boundaries between sportswear and casualwear. The direct result is that they brought a stand-out collection designed to take athleisure to a new level.
The Active Sport range for men is an amalgamation of both indoor and outdoor training product, giving medium-impact support using lightweight and stretch materials to keep wearers comfortable and cool.
Colours & Fabrics
A palette of strong red, navy, white and grey is forefront with an injection of mono camo across hero items such as the Gym Tech Stretch Jogger and Ziphood, made with thermal properties to ensure ultimate comfort. Retro styling is modernised with tape and mesh detailing, providing an offering that’s comfortable enough to train in as well as kick back in.
Menswear’s tank tops in shades of olive and light grey are balanced with fluorescent orange cagoules, all with high visibility reflective detailing.
This range is functional yet sleek incorporating lightweight, seamless compression fabrics detailed with subtle reflective panels. Waterproof and wind resistant components mean whatever the weather conditions, this collection – let’s hope – will help conquer fitness goals.
Must have accessories
Have a great active 2019 year! And be one of those 8%! ;- )