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Were the 60s Mods the footsoldiers who propelled Margaret Thatcher to power?

One of the most intriguing books about popular culture in a while went on sale last month. Richard Weight’s Mod: A Very British Style is not a rose-tinted, nostalgic romp through the history of a movement that has had profound impact on British culture, but a serious academic (yet still very readable) study of what Mod is and was and how the 60s Mods have influenced British society. It scope – which goes way beyond most books about Mods -has already attracted criticism from hardcore …

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AshleyWere the 60s Mods the footsoldiers who propelled Margaret Thatcher to power?
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20 Most Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hairstyles

Rock ‘n’ roll can be broken down as follows: 10% fashion, 10% music and 110% HAIR. We know that adds up to 130%. That’s why we’re writing for a fashion site and aren’t quantum physicists. But it also acts to highlight just how important good hair can be in the making of a musical and cultural icon, and cementing the status …

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Gerald Lynch20 Most Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hairstyles
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Is Baggy/Madchester the next big thing in men’s fashion?

The other day The Guardian’s music/fashion correspondent Alexis Petridis wrote about how men’s fashion has suddenly become massively influenced by one year, 1988 and specifically the time in which 80s fashions (think denim shirts, girlie pumps), collided with the 1950s (think quiffs, Levis 501s, Rayban Wayfarers etc). This odd combination occurred for a number of serendipitous reasons. Firstly big brands …

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AshleyIs Baggy/Madchester the next big thing in men’s fashion?
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Get The Brighton Rock Look

Brighton Rock out in cinemas this week was adapted from Graham Greene’s iconic 1939 novel, and charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. At the heart of the story is the anti-hero Pinkie’s relationship with Rose – an apparently innocent young waitress who stumbles …

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LauraGet The Brighton Rock Look

Tuck into some Tuk top threads

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Sri Lanka, famous exporter of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber (thanks Wikipedia) and now top quality shirts to your door. Tuk is a small venture from the sunny shores of Sri Lanka producing high quality check and floral print shirts, sourcing unique and high quality Sri Lankan fabrics and using ethical and local tailoring Tuk ensures the quality of their shirts. Fabric is bought in small quantities and each design is made in small runs meaning you’re unlikely to be walking down Oxford Street and see some other chump wear your threads (the Top Shop effect). All the designs are bright and colourful and the cut of the shirts slim making them perfect mod/indie boy staples. All the shirts come in at £55 with no extra for shipping- which is more than reasonable for a one off shirt.

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Jonathan SmithTuck into some Tuk top threads

Raf Simons x Fred Perry – more 80’s than Betamax porn

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Raf Simons is back once again with mod father Fred Perry to bring their SS09 collab. Moving away from the monotone of previous seasons these power houses of style are moving into the exciting unknown with a vibrant colour palette taking it’s inspiration from West African culture.

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Jonathan SmithRaf Simons x Fred Perry – more 80’s than Betamax porn

Love The Look: Ewan’s Down With Love

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Ewan McGregor, Brandish fave and actor extraordinaire, has made it as this week’s ‘Love The Look’ style icon. While not actually a look he created himself, McGregor’s get-ups in the film ‘Down With Love’ were unbelievable.

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Will ReidLove The Look: Ewan’s Down With Love

Bobby Grindrod on dressing dandy

Bobby Grindrod of Friends of the Bride was telling the Metro this morning about his love of dressing smart and dandyism. "I look at record covers mainly from the early ’70s" he said "They’re my influences, really; people such as Frank Sinatra and Bobby Gentry". The trendy young thing used to be a mod but found the rules of the …

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IsabelleBobby Grindrod on dressing dandy