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As someone who has pretty much exclusively worked with luxury brands for my entire career, I wanted the opportunity to showcase style in a more affordable way. Here are a few shoppable looks from the SS15 menswear collection at Forever 21. Pieces include Destroyed Denim Shorts, Side Vent Heathered Vent, Long Crew Neck Tee, Two Tone Sweat Shorts and Espadrilles. Shop the collection here.






Mustang Style

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This weekend, I had the incredible honour of spending two days with the various iterations (colour and engine capacity) of the new 2015 Ford Mustang – which is finally coming to Europe. I just wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on Heritage As The New Contemporary which highlights the ideologies behind the launch of the 2015 Mustang. In essence, the car takes on board all of the passion, power and silhouette that made the original vehicle so iconic and has revitalised the process to create a style driven aesthetic with unparalleled and seamless functionality for a truly multi-faceted driving experience. You can learn more about the new Ford Mustang here.

I drove both the 2.3-litre EcoBoost and the 5.0-litre V8 which were both incredible in pretty mixed weather conditions (torrential rain to sun) as you can see below. As someone who drives an old school Jeep Wrangler Sport (a car with an actual tipping warning) – road handling is something that I really notice when driving a new car. The Mustang’s body structure and low frame provides a super strong foundation for precision wheel control, and sensitive steering feedback.

The Bavarian countryside acted as a pretty ideal canvas for hero-ing the beast – both aesthetically and for functionality. What added to the experience itself was the next-to-perfect hosting by Ford for the event itself – primarily the Uberfahrt Hotel as our base and the distinctive route created by the Ford team to navigate us.

To conclude, my favourite fact about the Mustang that I learnt on my travels is that it was nearly named the Cougar – and Cougar Sally does sound kinda great…

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Photo credits: Nik Thakkar, Will Hersey and Charlie Magee.






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I’ve just spent the five days in what can only be described as paradise – Soma Bay on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast. Specifically La Residence des Cascades, but experiencing the resort’s wider hotel offering, the beaches of the peninsula, the golf courses, Thalasso spa, 5* cuisine and more.

What has made the experience even more ideal is that I was able to spend it with my best friend Ella and brother Oz. We managed to document the majority of the trip via Instagram and Snapchat: nikthakkar but also shot a couple of editorials in the desert, below. More details on the experience to come.

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Photos: Oz Thakkar
Clothing: Ada + Nik AW15, Givenchy, boots by ODD NYC, accessories by Giuseppe Zanotti, eyewear by Liberation via IT Hong Kong, bag custom Mon Monogram Louis Vuitton.






ALL DAY

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One of my favourite people – photographer and style icon in her own right, Kit Lee (aka Styleslicker) and I spent some time playing around on camera today. We spent a week together in Hong Kong – Kit is based between the two cities and has the most incredible Instagram and blog, both of which you should check out. Here’s to more of this, Kit!

Outfit credits: Ada + Nik (SS15 shorts and airtex luxe hoodie), Alexander Wang (tank), Converse, American Apparel (socks), Mulberry (bag), Liberation from IT Hong Kong (sunglasses). Coffee via Slate Coffee on Curtain Road.

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The Knick NYC

During New York Fashion Week, I had the honour of being the first ever guest at re-birthed Knickerbocker Hotel on Times Square. Needless to say, the experience was beyond fantastic with hospitality that could only be rivalled by the finest establishments in the world. I was privy to the construction taking place on the roof for the terrace bar which is set to be monochromatic heaven in midtown. The hotel has been under the creative direction of hospitality legend Jeff David who has fused refined history with contemporary in a completely unique manner.

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