For just over a week now, we’ve seen the catwalk reports for Autumn/Winter 2008 appear daily on Brandish. McQueen pleased, Prada shocked and Rykiel came with a warning (of its brilliance I hasten to add.) Going through the shows it looks as though this season we men will get in detail what we give in cash. See after the jump for a great catwalk-inspired outfit.
The shows have been full of incredible examples- McQueen employed his favourite mediums of brocade, sharp patterns and extreme tailoring to create pieces such as a check waistcoat with Sheeshedar trim (don’t worry, I had to look it up-its a metallic Indian fabric.) The trouser hems at Galliano were embellished with an assortment of jewels and silver braid and at Prada (if you managed to look past the rah-rah skirts) we saw shirts with double-collars and bejewelled boots. Gucci’s cuffs were covered in gems and beads, and at YSL they simply turned up.
While this is a look that some designers couldn’t lift off the ground (would you wear a silk bib to the office?) we at Brandish try to encourage taking sartorial risks and even the smallest touch of detail can go a long way. Take note of this with pieces like Topman’s burgundy trench with neck clasp, this Paul Smith shirt with mother-of-pearl buttons and D&G light denim jeans. Expand the look with subtle items like distinctive cufflinks and skinny belts.
And when you have gone overboard and customised the hems of your jeans with beads and baubles, take comfort in knowing that Prada did it first.
By Will Reid | January 24th, 2008