Tom Hughes and Mr Porter's buying director Fiona Firth on the power of Prada
As the menswear e-tailer welcomes Prada to the fold, buying director Fiona Firth gives Buro the shortlist to getting your mileage's worth. Plus, a side of English charm courtesy of actor Tom Hughes
Prada might be new to the e-commerce game, but the tastemaker needs no introduction. Tom Hughes on the other hand, despite being known to heat up the screen on British TV, will find that he's left with plenty of heartstrings to tug at on our side of the hemisphere. While Victoria's prince has yet to become a household name, it seems like the universe — and a set of solid acting chops — is on his side.
Rumoured to dethrone Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, it's not a matter of if, but when, Hughes will hit his global stride. "Well, I'm a black-jeans-white-T-shirt-boots man," the actor professed to The Journal. "But I found that it pushed me to a place I don't normally go. Well-made clothes drag you up to their standards. You can't be a Northern slouch," he jests, in reference to his Burberry campaign alongside Emma Watson and now, practically the face of Prada's e-commerce entrance by way of the menswear authority. Equipped with a sense of self-deprecating humour to top off his acting accolades, just know to expect Hughes on the world stage sooner rather than later — especially, if the 007 suit fits. When grilled on his television roles thus far (note: Ricky Gervais once called the It-Brit "a rock star and a film star"), you've got to give it to Hughes for being firmly grounded despite the traction he's gained. "Whatever I do, I want to be able to walk into my local pub and face my mates — who'll ridicule me whatever, by the way — and know I did it for the right reasons." So, as Mr Porter ushers Prada into the digital sphere by casting the English actor in the season's best, they've also let us in on the top picks from the lady who dictates it all: Fiona Firth, buying director of MrPorter.com. As she shares her expertise on why a little Prada can help a gentleman out, we take a look at Hughes decked in vivid, Italian finesse, before the curly-mopped charmer turns synonymous with that fabled black suit.
"The Prada 'Impossible True Love' boxy shirt features a bold Renaissance-style design of Cleopatra and Elvis in a romantic embrace. The playful prints and the retro cut definitely adds a splash of color to your day-to-day creative missions. It is best worn with a T-shirt and wide trousers, as the brand has intended."
2. Jacquard-knit wool sweater "This Chevron merino sweater is definitely the versatile piece to up your autumn style game. Wear it underneath a fitted blazer for a smart meeting look, or with jeans and sneakers for casual weekend outings."
"This satchel-inspired briefcase is a sleek and sophisticated approach to luxury. Crafted in Italy with the brand's signature leather and silver hardware, it is a perfect essential must-have for every man on the go. Carry it without the strap when wearing a fine suit, and with the strap on your shoulder for your morning commutes."
4. Slim-fit double-breasted virgin wool-blend bouclé overcoat "Prada is an arbiter of modern style, and this overcoat's elegant double-breasted shape and sharp lines of military tailoring are true representations of Miuccia Prada's ideas. Wear yours in town with a navy cashmere sweater, flat-front trousers and a pair of army-inspired leather boots for a sharp gentleman look."
"Inspired by Canadian forest rangers, the rich brown colour of this pair of derbies comes from the Spazzolato leather that's brushed to achieve this burnished effect. The buckle strap and the kiltie fringing definitely makes it a distinctive pair for all stylish men this autumn. Wear them for a smart casual cocktail party."