Christopher Shannon X River Island

Hey guys and gals, I hope you’s are all keeping well! I’ve had a hectic few weeks, that included styling the MFI Secret Garden Fashion Show for Dublin Fashion Festival – it was quite the experience, and I was so thrilled to have had the opportunity to style the Festival’s inaugural menswear event! Seeing the turnout and support was just fabulous, and proved that men’s fashion is definitely coming to the forefront of the Irish psyche- slowly but surely! You can check out all the pics here!

Keeping in tone with menswear, and it’s eternally evolving prowess on the high street, today’s post will be focusing on one of my favourite pieces from the latest River Island Design Forum collaboration- this time with fashion powerhouse Christopher Shannon. The collection, which is now available online and in selected stores, features a series of sartorial selections from the designer that are each as unique as the next, and I was thrilled to be sent three such pieces to feature on Jus de James.

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Today, I’ll be focusing on this sublime black sweater with a chicy ghetto twist. Christopher Shannon is famed for his quirky separates, and this piece is the perfect example of the designer’s alternative menswear aesthetic. From afar, the embroidered chain actually looks like a white metal chain, so is guaranteed to be a bit of an ‘aul talking point! This designer detail, coupled with the garment’s exceptional quality, makes it worth far more than its €60 price tag.

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For its first outing, I decided to opt for opulent black with some audacious accents. These leather leggings were a Zara purchase last year, and don’t often make it out of the wardrobe. Today however, I wanted something slightly sassier thank black skinny jeans, and these zipped pants, when coupled with some zebra print old-season RI trainers, add a subtle splash of sports luxe. Of course, sweatpants would look just as fabulous with the sweater- just opt for a slim fit jogger to avoid any sartorial sloppiness.

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Finally, my trusty H&M duster coat pulled my look together perfectly, with its navy hue adding a surprising contrast to proceedings. A classic biker would work just as well with the look, but I would avoid rocking the leather pants should the biker be your outerwear of choice- head to toe leather is something to be debated!

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So fashion friends, what do you think of my latest look? Be sure to stay tuned to the blog this week while I try out some more Christoper Shannon X River Island pieces!

Stay sassy,

James

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