9 March 2016

Gothic Romance featuring Moss Bros AW15

Anybody out there think they live a bit of a double life?

Slightly strange question I know but I actually think that I do!

I'm a married man and a father to two amazing children - my boy is 10 years old and my baby girl is a little over 4 months old now.

For so many years now me and my wife have given up on having any kind of a social life because we just want to be with our kids...plus the money we would spend on a night out we would much rather use to spend on them.

Day-to-day I work as an automatic door engineer and I've done the same thing since the day of my 16th birthday, and I'm now 33.
Obviously you can imagine that in recent years the work has become a little repetitive and if I'm honest I find it really quite boring really.

It's certainly not a job full of glitz and glammor, it's just me, everyday, in my steel toe capped boots, worn out work pants and hoodie, driving around in my red work van fixing faulty doors for hours on end.

But it is a job.

Saying this though I wouldn't say my life is boring in the slightest, me and my little family have loads of fun.

Family life. Work. Bills.
Just an "ordinary" carry on.

But then we have this "double life" situation that I mentioned.

It all started back on January 1st 2015 - the day that I began my blog.

In the space of a year I have been places and met people that, without a blog, I never would have.
The opportunities presented to me have been amazing - far greater than anything I could have ever imagined myself doing - ever.

I've discovered that I have a real love for fashion and have tried to delve a little deeper into this world by posting these types of posts on my blog.

Everything is an experience, something new and something different.

And something I never thought I could ever be involved in.

I like a whole lot of different styles from sporty to casual and then on to the very smart which is a style very new to me.

Previously, the only suit I owned was my wedding suit - and that is around 4 year old now.

Suits were never "me"...but now, as a part of this "double life", they seem to be a bit of a fixture.

Last Summer I was invited to a fairly huge fashion event in Manchester which had a theme of "Blues Hues" (find out more click here)

It was a brilliant event and the guys in charge from Manchester Fashion Industries must have enjoyed my post because I received another invite not too long after inviting me to the up and coming "Gothic Romance" event.

Initially I must admit that I was slightly put off by the theme, not because I thought it was rubbish or anything, but because I didn't have a clue what to wear.
(remember, these things are new to me!)

And then this is where my luck began to shine - I was asked along to the Moss Bros store within the Trinity Centre, Leeds to have a personal shopper experience in an attempt to find me the perfect Gothic Romance appropriate suit.

Well, I needed to fit in with all the celebs and the other amazingly dressed guests and models in attendance didn't I.

If I picked anything up from that first event it was that image really is everything and standing out and making a statement is key.

So off I popped to Leeds with my camera man in tow, well, camera boy really...my 10 year old son.

I took with me the only item I already had for the event which were these amazing black and white "Gatsby" brogues and wanted something to work with them.
These shoes are really something special and they certainly got a lot of love when I posted a picture of them on my social media sites and were sent to me by the brilliant people from London Brogues.

Once we hit Leeds and arrived at the store we were greeted by the store manager Marcus and had a chat about the event, about me, my blog and what I was looking for.

I basically told him what the theme was, that I wanted to stand out and left the rest up to him,

I tried on a few different jackets but none really stood out and I was hoping the suit jacket would be the focal point of my outfit. 

The manager asked me to wait a minute and off he went, returning with one of the most stylish jackets I had ever seen and I knew I had to have it.

 It was genuinely like nothing I had ever worn before, or have even thought I would ever wear.
And then I was told that it had only just arrived in store the day before, I was sold.

It was amazing and "it" was the Moss London slim fit black velvet jacket from their Moss London Collection.

Even the printed lining - the stuff on the inside - was really special too


To show the jacket off perfectly I then opted for a simple, stylish pair of plain black trousers and a crisp white shirt with simple black buttons - only a small detail but a detail that really helps tie everything together, helping the shirt look really sharp.

I added a fairly large bow tie too to complete the classic look.

I found the whole personal shopping experience brilliant, it wasn't something I was treated to because "I'm a fashion blogger" this is a service every Moss Bros shopper gets and it was really like I was talking to a good friend when I was with the manager, I was made to feel that comfortable.

And that was me, all set for the event and very much suited and booted.

What do you think of the outfit?

But where did I wear it?

Let me fill you in about the event.
It was run by Mcr Fashion Industry and was held at the San Carlo Fumo restaurant - it was a perfect venue for this event.
Everything was decorated perfectly with dark floral decorations and atmospheric candles on all of the tables - it definitely suited the whole Gothic Romance theme.

As I arrived the cocktails were already flowing and some of the guests were sat down eating and I have to admit the smell of it made me really hungry but, being the guy that I am, I was saving myself for the kebab on the way home.

The room was full of people looking amazing and everyone kept to the theme perfectly - the guys were wearing sharp suits, some simple, some black, some black and white and some with a gothic pop of colour thrown in (really dark reds and purples) and I have to say, the ladies didn't look too bad either.
But I'm not all that bothered with women's fashion so I'm not even going to try and explain to you what they were wearing.

Similar to the last event, the fashion show was amazing and the garments on show were fabulous - all of the models were from Vanita Model Management and the guys were wearing suits and knitwear from Diverso, a brand new to Manchester, whilst the women wore stylish, bespoke dresses from the latest collection of designer Sarvin.

 I won't flood this post with loads of photos from the night because there was hundreds but if you watch the short video you will see just how great everyone looked.

After the show their was an after party held at The Milton Club but I didn't go this time -I had to get myself home to my then pregnant wife but I've been told it was great.

And so, attending these events is really something totally different to what what I would do in my everyday life and this is what I mean about having a double life.
I must admit though, I do sometimes feel a bit out of place but once I get going and start mingling, chatting to people I feel a lot more comfortable and less like I'm pretending...especially when I bump into other bloggers.

But a lot of my confidence really does come from the things that I wear and to look at me, in my amazing Moss Bros suit, well you would thing I was somebody really important, not little old Carl, the Automatic Door Fitter from Bradford.

And as promised, here is the short video from the brilliant night

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I would love to know If you have a similar story to tell, about living a double life.

Please leave me a comment in the section below if you have.


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