Friday, 6 July 2007

The History of David Beckham's Hair: Part 2

Welcome back to MFB for the second part in the exciting life of David Beckham's hair.

Following his big money move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in June 2003, for the tidy sum of £24.5million, Beckham added this long blonde number to the ‘Galacticos’ of Madrid.
Looking more like Goldilocks who was missing 3 bears (But what about Ronaldo??!) than a footballing Super Star, Becks new hairstyle certainly captivated his form at the time, scoring on his debut in the Spanish Super Cup.

With his new Madrid lifestyle well under way, David didn’t change his hairstyle for a few months, choosing to continue to grow the ‘Goldilocks’ style further, creating a dramatic longer look, which can be seen being sported in a ponytail in the image to the side.

This longer, glamorous look was accustomed to the Hollywood lifestyle the Beckham’s craved and this style was the start of their journey of ‘cracking’ the States.

Clearly tired of the maintenance involved in long hair, Beck’s chose to have a large portion of it cut off and reverted back to a shorter, spiked look which was tinted blonde at the tips.

Still a Real Madrid legend in the making, this new look is still a hit with the fans, and adds to the earning power of the ‘Beckham Brand’ to the Madrid giants.

Onwards and upwards, or should I say longer?

Becks grows his latest ‘do’ slightly longer, and goes for the longer sided look while still at Real Madrid, but also allowing the blonde tints we know Beckham for, to grow out making the then England captain seem more intellectual.

Trimmed at the sides and left longer at the front, Becks grows this shorter ‘quiff’ in preparation for the World Cup Finals 2006 in Germany.
At a time when the then England captains form was under scrutiny, this hairstyle certainly keeps up his form in the hair stakes adding to Beckham mania that swept the country before the competition.

At a time when Beckham was recapturing the form that Real Madrid take notice, having first battled his way back into the Galactico line-up of the Madrid giants, Becks went for one of his most striking looks ever, Platinum Blonde, for the completion of a set of photographs with his wife Victoria for top photographer Stephen Klein.

Sporting a pair of aviators, Becks stepped off the plane in Madrid more accustomed to a Hollywood film star, especially after his contract signing with Los Angeles Galaxy after contract talks with Real Madrid broke down early in the 2006/2007 Spanish season.

The Platinum look even grabbed the attention of his team-mates who reportedly nicknamed Becks ‘Marilyn’ after Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

With his new nickname rife among his team-mates, Becks decided to take his hair back to the past with a closer, shorter look to see out his time in the Spanish capital.

With this new (or should I say old?) style, still complete with Platinum Blonde, Becks pretty much single handily guided Real Madrid to their first Spanish title in 4 years, a first for Beckham since his move in 2003 from Manchester United, while also recapturing his England place after Steve McClaren saw the error of his way.

With this Hollywood style under his belt, Becks moves to LA Galaxy on a free transfer making his debut against Chelsea at the end of July 2007, signalling the start of Beckhams transition to the United States of America and a new chapter in his History.


Thursday, 5 July 2007

Paul Smith Wallets

Paul Smith wallets are the most sought-after wallets in the United Kingdom. If you’re buying a Paul Smith wallet for own use, you are definitely giving yourself a treat. If you’re buying one for another person, they must be a very special man indeed! There is no doubt Paul Smith wallets look stunning … but it is not just the unique nature of his wallets that drive the public crazy … it is the entire Paul Smith brand and its history. MFB investigate…

History of Paul Smith

Paul Smith's early ambition was to become a cyclist but an accident at the age of 17 put stop to that. Whilst in hospital following his accident, Paul Smith met a group of artists who opened him up to a new world that inspired him to become a fashion designer. Indeed in 1970, at the age of 24, Paul Smith opened his first fashion boutique in Nottingham, and by 1976 he had shown his first menswear collection in Paris.Paul Smith has become a global phenomenon. Indeed the designer brand now spans 12 collections, selling everything from jeans and accessories to high-end fashion and furniture. There are also 14 Paul Smith stores in Britain and over 200 in Japan.Despite the enormous success many things have remained the same. Indeed Paul Smith retains an integral role in the company, as both designer and chairman, and his unique designs continue to combine sharp looks with a genuinely offbeat sense that's unmistakably English. Walk into one of Paul Smith's shops and you probably come across his personal collection of art, or an array of antiques and other unique objects, all examples of a personal touch that is so lacking in many other large fashion houses.

Paul Smith Wallet

MFB have selected a few of our favourite Paul Smith wallet designs to highlight the unique nature of this luxury men's accessory.
Naked Lady

This is the most impressionable image thought of when Paul Smith comes up in conversation.

The wallet that everyone remembers due to its cheeky design depicting a nude lady is one of Paul Smith’s best selling products since the start of his label in 1970.

The buxom brunette, pictured kneeling naked and holding a red telephone, is the favourite model of Archie Dickens, who works from his small studio in West Wickham.

The 94-year-old pensioner initially sold the illustration to an American collector who then sold it on to Sir Paul Smith for use in his products, giving Paul Smith an untimely classic.

The Mini

The traditional Paul Smith branding, coupled with one of England’s most recognisable icons gives us the popular Mini wallet sold by Paul Smith.

With the outer of the wallet showing its ‘work’ side which is made from fine Italian leather, and its playful side with the striped Mini image on the inside, this wallet is perfect for the Gentleman who loves cars.


The unforgettable image of Paul Smith branding makes its way entirely onto a wallet with this design.

Incorporating unmistakable Englishness augmented by the unexpected, this design is for the Gentleman that likes to portray their unique side, while letting people know he is accustomed to the famous Paul Smith brand and all it stands for.

Rope Stitched

One of Paul Smith’s newest collections, the ‘Rope Stitched wallet’ moves away from the iconic Paul Smith branding and moves onto bolder colours,

Whilst still incorporating the feel of the classic Paul Smith wallet, the larger branding in the corner of the wallet still lets people know that the Gentleman owner is apart of one of the World’s most stylish labels.