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Key Menswear Prints & Patterns For SS17 (And How To Wear Them)



Key Menswear Prints & Patterns For SS17 (And How To Wear Them)

Accidentally spilling chilli sauce all over your favourite shirt isn’t the only way to spice up an outfit. In fact, it’s probably best avoided.

As we menfolk become more confident in our style choices, and as the warmer weather prompts a break away from the plain greys and blacks of winter, a window (heck, even a windowpane) opens up in the wardrobe for more lively prints and patterns.

And while you don’t need a stylist’s eye to know which ones do (and which ones categorically do not) suit you, a sixth sense for spotting the subtle changes in each from season-to-season is a little harder to come by.

For this reason, we thought now would be a good time to walk you through SS17’s essential prints and patterns, and how to wear them.


To avoid coming off predictable, it was tempting to exclude florals from this list. But then again, nothing screams “everyone back to mine for a BBQ and several crates of strong lager,” quite like a Hawaiian shirt.

Florals will continue to bloom in SS17, used across everything from Cuban collared shirts and tailored shorts to denim jackets and tailoring accessories. Better yet, having fully shaken off their feminine connotations, the breadth of designs on show – ranging from dark, repeat-pattern hibiscus palms to more vivid botanical motifs – makes them a solid choice for both smart and casual occasions.

For an everyday look, Tom Courcey, deputy editor of online menswear retailer The Idle Man, suggests pairing a floral shirt with other summer staples. “Take a short-sleeved floral shirt and wear it open over a neutral T-shirt with a light-coloured chino – think beige or even white,” he says. “If you really want to keep the outfit on trend, opt for a raw hem pair of jeans.”

Alternatively, match a colour from a micro-printed floral shirt to that of a suit for the perfect wedding attire.

Men's Floral Shirts Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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You’d have to have been living in a cave for quite a while not to know that camouflage came back and, well, stayed back some years ago.

Because the military print is now less of a trend and more a permanent wardrobe fixture, designers at the high-end and on the high street have to work hard to reinvent the look with new colourways and styles each season. Whichever you enlist, the task remains to pull it off without looking like Action Man, or worse, a washed-out casualty of the 1990s jungle scene.

“Wearing camo doesn’t have to mean being draped in it from head to toe while dragging yourself through the mud,” explains Imogen Ashby, a stylist at men’s personal shopping website Enclothed. “Limited to one piece, the print looks extremely cool and is a great style move [for summer].”

Ashby’s advice for SS17 is to call up camo print in the form of a lightweight jacket or overshirt to throw on during crisper nights in the trenches (read: pub garden).

Men's Camo Print Clothing Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Men's Camo Print Clothing

Asian Graphics

Japonism (Japanese influences on Western culture) has been a fashion buzzword ever since Ryan Gosling slipped into a silk souvenir jacket for his turn in Drive, making it an instant icon.

However, for SS17 things are hopping across the border, where Chinese-inspired symbols, exotic bird motifs and even more embroidery are joining the fold. While it’s not quite time to ditch the cherry blossoms, beware of dragons breathing fire nearby.

Fortunately, the rules remain the same. “Personally, with such a bold print, I would only wear one piece, and then keep the rest of the look neutral,” The Idle Man’s Courcey explains. “Take a souvenir jacket and team it with a plain T-shirt, tailored trousers or dark jeans, and throw on a simple white sneaker to tie the look together.”

Men's Asian-Inspired Prints Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Windowpane & Plaid Checks

Checks are always in style, especially where tailoring is concerned. After all, there’s a check motif for every occasion.

Two of the biggest players for the months ahead are windowpane and plaid checks, and they’re extending to all areas of the wardrobe – including shirts, T-shirts, trousers, jackets and shorts.

While on the surface a season of squares sounds hard to navigate, they can be worn in a variety of fuss-free ways including as matching sets (in the form of a two-piece suit), close pairs (such as a strong, dark check worn with a subtle, light example) or as separates (as with a check shirt and solid shorts).

“Windowpanes are a great alternative to pinstripes for the slimmer guy, as they have the addition of horizontal lines, which creates the illusion of width,” says Elin Mai, founder of long-running personal styling service Style Doctors.

“[When wearing as a suit] match the colour of the lines in the jacket to a shirt or sweater from the same colour family. This will help draw out the lines and make the ensemble look complete.”

Men's Windowpane & Plaid Checked Clothing Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Men's Windowpane & Plaid Checked Clothing

Polka Dots

Polka dots have provided men with an easy entry into the world of print for countless seasons. But make SS17 the one to move up a level from dotty ties and pocket squares to snappy after-hours shirts and sportswear staples with a difference.

Regardless of what some people may have told you, size matters. Although, in this case, it’s the smaller the better. Bigger dots make a statement, but all-over micro versions allow the print to work for a range of occasions.

“The size of the dots dictates how standout the outfit is,” explains Luke McDonald, a stylist at men’s personal shopping service Thread. “[Small prints] work very well for layering in the spring. Try them on a hoody under a jacket, or on a T-shirt under a dress shirt, with just a bit of the pattern showing.”

Men's Polka Dot Clothing Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Men's Polka Dot Clothing

Vertical Stripes

In time-honoured summer tradition, men are required to earn their stripes once again this season. The main difference for 2017 is that, to quote the TV theme song, the only way is up.

Vertical stripes dominated several collections at the SS17 men’s shows, with contrasting widths (such as wider stripe trousers with a thinner striped top) proving to be a popular theme.

That’s not to say it’s time to banish horizontal lines from your wardrobe, because let’s face it, an unstructured navy blazer worn with a Breton T-shirt underneath is always going to be a great look.

“Stripes are a classic print that can be worn by anyone,” says Ashby of Enclothed. “Regardless of age or style, they work across the board.”

To keep them relevant for SS17, Ashby suggests teaming a vertically striped short-sleeve shirt with jeans and a light jacket. The perfect on-trend outfit to take you seamlessly from spring into summer.

Men's Vertical Stripes Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Two Nigerian men arrested with fake South African passports in Thailand



Nong Khai immigration police, Thailand on Monday October 16th, arrested two Nigerian men who were found to be using fake passports.

The Nigerian nationals bearing the names Katego Ofentse Makabane and Wayne Junior Shinbambo, both 35, attempted to cross the border to Laos at the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

They told immigration officers they were going to the South African embassy in Vientiane.
However, when officers checked their South African passports they discovered a number of discrepancies.

During further questioning the two men confessed to using fake South African passports and admitted they actually from Nigeria.

One man said he had entered Thailand at Phuket Airport while the other said he entered at Padang Besar.

The men said a friend in Thailand made the fake passports for them after their original passports had expired.

© 2017, Ikrueyen Vickky. All rights reserved.

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From Europe to Silicon Valley: McLoughlin and Rein on their journey at Disrupt Berlin



Graffiti on Berlin Wall, Berlin, GermanyTechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, our premier European event is fast approaching this December. And that means some of the top players from Silicon Valley will be coming over.
In this context, we are always interested in the experiences of European entrepreneurs who have made the transition from a successful European startup to joining the ecosystem in Silicon Valley. So we’re delighted to announce two new speakers for the conference who have been through that very journey. And not only that, one ended up investing in the other, making for an even more fascinating conversation.Andy McLoughlin
SoftTech VC

Andy is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of Silicon Valley’s most active seed-stage venture capital firms where he primarily invests in SaaS, vertical industry solutions, and developer tools.
Prior to joining SoftTech, Andy was co-founder of London-headquartered Huddle, an enterprise SaaS collaboration platform that was acquired in 2017. Andy’s angel investment portfolio includes innovative B2B products like Pipedrive, Intercom, Apiary (acquired by Oracle), Buffer and Bugsnag, as well as consumer services including Postmates, Secret Escapes, HER, and Calm.
Andy co-founded and is the US Trustee for the Founders Pledge, a charity that promotes altruism in early-stage entrepreneurs by enabling them to donate a percentage of personal proceeds following an exit. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honors list for services to the UK technology industry. Follow him on twitter @bandrew

Timo Rein

Timo Rein, co-founder and CEO of Pipedrive an activity-based simple sales management tool that helps over 60,000 sales teams to get more organised and focused, has 15+ years of experience as a salesman, sales manager and software entrepreneur. Timo is passionate about sales tactics and has always had a knack for reading people.

As CEO, Timo is responsible for setting long-term product vision and business-critical strategy goals. While Pipedrive has grown to over 300 employees working from different locations in New York, Lisbon, London and Estonia, Timo is still closely involved in the hiring process of new people and helps to find the best possible professional and personal fit between the new employee, the job or the rest of the team.

Prior to founding Pipedrive Timo worked for eleven years as one of the three partners at Vain & Partners, a sales consulting and training company with clientele like PwC, Coca Cola and Nissan. Timo’s goal was to create programs that would help different companies and people sell more, and manage better. Timo worked with about 30-40 companies, and 500 people each year to figure out ways to better sales results in different industries.

Timo also considers selling books door-to-door for 3 months in 2000 (in California, US) with Southwestern Comp, crucial to his sales experience that was eventually put to use as the architecture of Pipedrive. He was in top 1% performers among 4,000 sales people and while he never thought he was the type of person who could sell, he pulled off 14-hour-long days, 6 days a week, and 12 weeks in a row.

Timo’s first full-time job as a university student was a recruiter when he worked for four years interviewing people applying for managerial and specialist positions in different companies. Timo studied psychology at Tartu University and completed his BA studies in 1999.

Disrupt Berlin 2017 takes place December 4-5 at the historic Arena Berlin in the heart of Berlin, Germany.

Get your Disrupt tickets ASAP or rather right now to save 30% off of your tickets. You’ll see the Startup Battlefield competition, in which a handful of startups pitch our judges with the hopes of winning the coveted Disrupt Cup and a massive cash prize.

And you’ll get to chat with representatives from scores of promising startups in Startup Alley, see amazing on stage content, and unwind after a long day at the show with a cocktail and some new friends at the Disrupt after party.

Are you a startup? The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package is your best bet to get the greatest exposure by exhibiting your company or product directly on the Disrupt Berlin show floor and if you get your exhibitor package before this Friday 29 September you’ll get an additional general admission ticket! Check it out.



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Man goes temporarily insane after wife gives birth to conjoined babies in Lagos.



A man was so distraught when his wife gave birth to conjoined twin baby boys that he became temporarily insane.

Mr Obinna Ugwuoke, from Ebonyi state, and his wife Mrs Amarachi Ugwoke welcomed their sons at First Covenant Hospital in Satellite Town, Lagos on the 8th of May 2 017. The couple, who have two other children, were shocked when they saw that their sons were joined at the stomach and it took a toll on the husband.

The boys have four separate legs, two separate heads, and four hands but are fused from the chest down to the stomach. They have been named James and John.

The parents are awaiting a surgery to separate their sons and their parish has begun raising money to help pay for the medical expenses.

© 2017, Sunday Emmanuel. All rights reserved.

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“Beautiful Ones (Acoustic)” from Beautiful Ones (Acoustic) – Single by Hurts. Released: 2017. Track 1 of 1. Genre: Pop.