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Get The British Look

By June 16, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In the olden days, Blackfriars was a salacious district of London. Prostitutes abounded and Shakespeare’s Globe was almost directly across the river. The area was a derelict hub of creativity, poverty and uniqueness. Today the area features Victorian architecture and is the setting for the film and TV versions of Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield.

So when I happened across Blackfriars Lane in Sydney and I got the same Victorian British vibes, I knew that ti had to shoot a British-themed look there.

I’ve updated it somewhat – Victorian steampunk isn’t exactly in my repertoire – so it’s a modern take on British fashion. Naturally I’ve included the ubiquitous trench coat. This version is a wrap tie one in a thick wool. Obviously it’s completely impractical for Brisbane, but fuck it, it’s pretty.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from Anna Quan and the oversized cuff trend that’s dominating women’s fashion at the moment. By unrolling (and ironing the wrinkle out) your french cuffs you can achieve a similar look that’s still masculine. Plus I really love the crispness that a fresh white shirt adds to a look.

Topping off the ensemble with cropped, distressed jeans and cuban heel boots, I’m ready to tackle the London rain. Like not really cos these boots are suede, but ya get the gist.

Sidenote. Guys, invest in a good pair of cuban heeled boots. They add so much height, they make your legs look better, and they just elevate your outfit so much. It’s actually insane how much I love these.

What do you think of this outfit? Did I get tha lundun look?

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Coat – Topman | Shirt – Asos | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Asos (similar)

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The New Coat

By April 13, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

A new coat length has been in the works for a while now. The longline duster coat hit womenswear a season ago and it’s crossed over to menswear (finally). Harking back to 60s country trips, replete with leather driving gloves, a picnic basket and the Beatles on lock, the duster coat was ubiquitous. The must have accessory for protecting your no doubt delicate clothes from the vile road dust. Nowadays the duster coat is a slouchy and insouciant mix of Carven cocoon coat comfort and the classic Burberry trench coat style. Once again, it’s the perfect accessory.

To the untrained observer it may look like the perfect flasher coat, but the duster is so much more than that. It’s the ideal light layering piece for trans-seasonal dressing. Oh so on trend and bound to be for the next few seasons. I also appreciate how relevant it is for the Australian climate, there’ll be no hot flushes in this lightweight masterpiece. Plus it can be dressed up or down depending on your look. I know I’m raving, but I’m deliriously tired and in love with my new coat.

I’ve also well and truly jumped on the distressed denim bandwagon with this Topman beauty. It came with knee rips and I’ve gone ahead and enlarged them a tad, to really make them extra af. I’m loving the cropped length of them, and a little bit of hem distressing never hurt. Paired with back with a simple white v neck (tucked in ofc!) and navy brogues and I’m ready for the day!

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Cheers to Yonce for deigning to shoot me ;).

Coat – Uniqlo | Jeans – Topman | Shoes – Zu | Shirt – Connor

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Debauchery Chic

By September 4, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

It’s funny how we sexualise certain objects for little to no reason. Take for example this choker – and can we just admire how bloody awesome it is?! The choker itself is not an implicitly sexual object, yet when styling it I definitely decided to play up the BDSM connotations associated with it – particularly with the addition of fingerless pleather gloves and my usual all black aesthetic. In my head it conjures up 50 shades crossed with 70s Vivienne Westwood punk, with a smattering of film noir. Skulking around in the shadows  is definitely the modus operandi of this character. Now if that’s not a gigantic reference drop I don’t know what is.

Speaking of characters, this entire discussion about sexualisation was brought on by thoughts I had during the premiere of Blanc de Blanc the other night. It’s one of the few shows that sexualises both its male and female cast equally and there’s plenty of nudity on both sides.

This fantastic production takes influence from 20s French cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque, Studio 54 and of course current nightclub craziness. The show resembles the frothy champagne that’s liberally splashed on the audience – crazy, bubbly, and a whole riot of fun.

This isn’t a show to walk into if you’re a prude. This is a nipple tasseled, sparkler-in-vagina, visible peen extravaganza. This show doesn’t hint at a bit of sexual innuendo, it rampages in like a sexually deprived Tallulah Bankhead.

The cast are all fantastic and amazingly talented, they soon had the (surprisingly elderly) audience clapping along and getting very involved. Although one guy received an on-stage lap dance that he clearly did not want, the show proceeded smoothly. With music that ranged from Etta James to Edith Piaf, some of the tightest lip synchs and miming ever – with the odd aerial performance, this is a show that you’d be dumb to miss. I mean if it’s good enough for the Opera House it’s good enough for you to go and see it, ya feel?

Make sure you pop along and see Blanc de Blanc at the Brisbane Festival, buy tickets here.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Choker – Delphine | Shirt – Topman | Jeans – A Brand | Boots and Gloves – Vintage

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The Caped Life

By August 19, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I’m not sure when exactly capes fell out of fashion for me. The Incredibles certainly scared me off them a bit. For ten year old Matt, learning that capes would undoubtedly suck your superhero ass into a tornado really made him rethink his outfits. But thankfully they are now back in my life, and it’s better than ever.

The crossover of the cape and other poncho-esque pieces from womenswear to menswear is a move that’s both celebrated and vilified. The fashion world can’t get enough of a simple rectangle of fabric that covers all those lumps n bumps and improves your drama teacher credentials, whilst everyone else just thinks we look like shit.

But you know me, a good androgynous piece thrills me as much as a pair of jeans that doesn’t give me extra love handles. I was really feeling myself in this shoot yaknow.

I paired this knit cape with a dark red tee and the usual black skinnies/boots combo for a bit of a different take on 90s grunge. Think heroin chic YSL mixed with last season’s Burberry.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Cape – Topman | Shirt – Connor | Jeans – Cotton On | Boots – Vintage

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Black and Brown

By February 4, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Brown and black is that colour combo that is so totally wrong and frowned upon, yet it can be so so right when done properly.

Here I’ve taken that common faux pas and re-worked it into something both wearable, and pretty decent if I do say so myself. It really just shows that you can take a fashion faux pas and use it to your advantage – the opportunities here are endless!

These brown leather brogues are from Zu and are now unavailable due to Zu going bust (cries forever). But most good shoe companies will produce something similar. The beautiful thing about brown shoes is that they can go with any sort of pant colour that you want. Literally any; black, navy, tan, khaki, burgundy. The skies the limit.

I’ve paired this black and brown combo with a burgundy oversize tee (which you just know is giving me life) in order to compliment both the black and brown neutrals.

This look was shot by the amazing Ant Cox, check out his work @paintedrust on Instagram, or on his site here.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Topman | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Zu

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Archway Chilling

By January 13, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Good lord it is hot. I’m officially dying!!!

Having just got back from India, where the temperature was roughly equivalent to the Brisbane winter, I’m especially struggling. Therefore I’m looking for ways to stay cool this summer!

Firstly, I’m clearly staying out of the sun in this thoughtfully placed archway.

Secondly I’m wearing white. Whilst I do prefer black out of the neutral colours, a nice white shirt is going to reflect that heat and turn me even more into a human light reflector. Which is always blindingly good.

I’m pairing this white and pale blue patterned shirt from Topman with some looser grey denim shorts from Jeans West. Whilst the shorts are denim and therefore a hot material, they aren’t skin tight, allowing plenty of air circulation.

This look was shot by the amazing Ant Cox, check out his work @paintedrust on Instagram, or on his site here.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Topman | Shoes – Zu | Shorts – Jeans West (all past season stock)

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Baroque

By September 4, 2015 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

It should be no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love old stuff. History, era’s, old shit. It interests me. So when I get the opportunity to take that over into clothing, I do it! Fortunately for those around me it happens rarely.

So when I spotted this baroque print sleeve in a Topman sale a few years ago I knew I had to pick it up. And you know what? It’s given me life ever since. The raglan style cut of the sleeves, the print, the black. Just everything combined to make a well-worn shirt.

What better way to contrast an olden style print, then with some modern-ish graffiti on the side of a toilet block. My wonderful photographer was less than amused by my choice of location… But hey. If Keira Rae can stand on a septic tank so can I. And yes, I’m serving you squinty eyed realness. Cheers sun.

As always, this shoot was photographed by the amazing Ant of Painted Rust, go show him some love on Instagram @paintedrust.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram @infirmofpurpose, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

I only use Sigma Brushes, check them out here.

Shirt – Topman | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Zu

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Take Thee To A Nunnery

By June 10, 2015 Style, Uncategorized

Words by Matt Huxley

Black and white is truly the staple of most people’s wardrobes – mine included. Naturally mine is a bit more on the black side (all the better to cover my lumps and bumps with). But wearing black and white together can be more striking sometimes than wearing a bunch of bright colours.

Whilst on set shooting this outfit, it dawned on me that not only was black and white striking, but it was also making me look a bit like a nun or priest. Hence the title. And you know what? I’m ok with that. It may not be a full priestly collar, but it’s about as far as I’m prepared to go, lest my skin start smoking.

To put together this nun look I hit up my old staples. Asos loose black jumper (and when I wear it on its own, my slutty jumper.) Roger David white collared shirt, Armani jeans and my ubiquitous black points. Seriously I need new shoes.

This look was shot and edited by the incredibly fabulous Elise from Offbeat Imaging, who had me cracking up all day and ignoring all the people who were staring at the tennis court (definitely not sponsored by Yonex FYI). Go check out her work here and here, and follow her on Instagram – @offbeatimaging.

As always, throw me some love on Instagram – @infirmofpurpose – and on Facebook. And leave your thoughts down in the comments below!

Shirt – Roger David (similar) | Jumper – Asos (similar) | Jeans – Armani Exchange | Shoes – Zu

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Forest Jaunts

By June 2, 2015 Style, Uncategorized

Words by Matt Huxley

I rarely (ok never) go into the forest (or “woods” for my American readers). However I ventured into a slightly forested area in order to shoot this look, which I feel is entirely suitable for going for a forest outing. It’s super versatile, warm, keeps off the bugs, and is light enough so you won’t sweat.

I’m really a fan of muted petrol blues and aquas, so when I saw this oversized (yay), roll neck (double yay) shirt on sale at Topman I knew that it had to be bought immediately. It’s so comfortable I’m actually wearing it right now ;).

With something this loose on top you need to balance it out with a tight fitting pant, and all my safari chic ambitions are made with this pair of veeeeery tight chinos from Industrie.

A boot is necessary in the wilderness, and whilst these suede ankle boots won’t keep off the elements for long, they’re fly as fuck. Special kudos go to Bondi Laces for sending me these super cute laces to go with.

Last but certainly not least is this silk scarf that’s asian “Burberry”. I.e. I bought it in a market. But it’s fantastic, and can be either made as a statement piece or dressed down via layering.

What do YOU wear in the forest? Let me know by commenting over on my Facebook page, or on Instagram @infirmofpurpose.

Shirt – Topman | Pants – Industrie (Similar) | Shoes – Asia | Scarf – Asia | Laces – Bondi Laces

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These photos were taken by the super talented Ryan Young so go check him out here.

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Zipped Up

By May 26, 2015 Style, Uncategorized

Words by Matt Huxley

There are very few pieces in my wardrobe that I truly love and feel ridiculously confident in. This oversize zip-side jumper from Topman is a miracle of modern craftsmanship in that it makes me look at least two sizes smaller than I actually am. Score.

It’s actually incredibly versatile too, and I’m able to dress it up or down depending on the occasion. There’s been plenty of event openings that I can’t be fucked wearing a button up shirt to, that I’ve whipped this bad boy out and rocked it.

The zips on the side of the top make it even better, there’s nothing more a gent likes than the ability to feel as though he’s undoing his fly when unzipping his jumper. All the mind fuckery.

Whilst it is too long to actually show any skin, it gives the illusion that it’s about to, which is nice.

I usually pair this with some skinny jeans, like these from Cotton On, and sick shoes like my Zu Points. But if you’ve got a better body than me, feel free to rock it naked.

This jumper was also last season, so you probs won’t find it anywhere. Soz.

Jumper – Topman | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Zu

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