Kim Jones, the new creative director for Louis Vuitton, is taking the brand to warmer climates this Spring/Summer 2018 with a sublimely out there tropical collection. From Hawaiian print shirts to wetsuits to ultra-lightweight suiting, there is something for every modern man in this print-tastic collection. For those lucky enough to own a beachside condo in Miami you are even treated to the ultimate limited edition pop-up store complete with Louis Vuitton surfboards. The stores will also stock exclusive “Monogram Pacific” bags that look like they have been half submerged in some deep blue sea and limited edition bumper stickers free with every purchase. And because a road trip is only as good as the car, there’s an LV’d-out VW bus that will be parked outside the Miami store before hauling the contents of the pop-up shop across the country to Los Angeles. Us mere Marbella mortals can grab the collection online and pick up the tropical trend across a wide range of high street stores including Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Topman and Zara who are all getting in on the trend. As are the uber cool celebrities Harry Styles, Brooklyn Beckham, Jared Leto and Wiz Khalifa.
BEARDS ARE HOT – IT’S OFFICIAL
According to a recent study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, which asked 8,500 women to rate men with and without beards for their boyfriend potential, bearded blokes came out on top.
The men were photographed clean-shaven, five days after shaving, 10 days after shaving, and then four weeks after shaving. The results were amazing – every single woman preferred their men with facial hair.
Heavy stubble received the highest ratings for general attractiveness, followed by full beards and light stubble. The researchers said that typically male features, such as a strong jawline, signal health and high testosterone levels, which may not be what women are looking for in a long term partner.
Whereas we associate beards with a man’s age and masculine social dominance.
One theory, the study states, is ”Beards may be more attractive to women when considering long-term than short-term relationships as they indicate a male’s ability to successfully compete socially with other males for resources.”
Put the razor down guys.
SAY GOODBYE TO MORNING COMMUTES
A revolutionary new 2-seater passenger drone is being unveiled this month that will strip commuter times from Heathrow to Central London from 2 hours by car to only 12 minutes by air.
The Y6S drone flies at 70mph (110km/h) at a cruising altitude of 1,500 ft (450m) with a range of 80miles (130km).
Martin Warner, who co-invented full colour 3D desktop printing, envisions a wide range of drone-based, battery-powered air vehicles for both commercial and private use, which he calls the ‘new gold rush in transportation and aviation.’ His company, Autonomous Flight, has offices in both the UK and the US and expects the passenger drones to be available to the public within the next five years.
“I’m delighted to be able to say that Autonomous Flight is now much more than just a concept – it is truly coming to life after a lot of hard work,’ says Mr Warner. “Through it, we are creating a fleet of completely autonomous passenger drones (known as APDs), with the ultimate goal of solving transportation challenges, such as congestion and pollution, that have become so prominent across global cities. I’m extremely excited by what 2018 has in store – in the Spring, our first autonomously-flown vehicle, the Y6S, will take to the skies and signal the start of a revolution in passenger transport.”
While Marbella hasn’t yet been earmarked for the scheme it is expected drones will be available to the public via private aviation companies within the next 3 to 5 years.
SKINTED V MINTED
Look on trend this Spring/Summer with these fantastic Hawaiian print shirts from ASOS featured brand Minimum Maceo and the real deal from Louis Vuitton.
SKINTED, Minimum Maceo Hawaiian Shirt, €50
MINTED, Louis Vuitton Hawaiian Print, €680
For a more casual look these Hawaiian print tees can be worn with skinny jeans or shorts.
SKINTED, Jaded London T-Shirt, €12
MINTED, Burton Baselayer T-Shirt, €34