ASOS

First Look: ASOS beach hut trend

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Today on Facebook, the online retailer ASOS posted this picture up to announce their new menswear trend – Beach Hut. The image doesn’t give to much away but it looks as though it will be continuing the khaki trend, that we are already seeing so much of. I also really love the use of colour blocking with more muted tones. …

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Lotus

Lotus Originals launches at Menswear day

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Today to coincide with London Fashion Weeks’s Menswear day, Lotus cars launches its brand new luxury apparel line, Lotus Originals. The collection includes a cohesive range of luxury apparel, leather goods and performance outerwear which aim to reflect the craftsmanship, heritage of Lotus. We love the Hand-crafted luggage which is available in four styles; a tan weekend bag, a smaller …

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Paul Costelloe

London Fashion Week – Paul Costelloe

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This morning for the 10th consecutive season Irish designer, Paul Costelloe, kicked off London Fashion week with his very sophisticated yet colorful collection for Fall/Winter 2011. Costelloe cites ‘home grown fashion’ as the inspiration for the collection. From Harris tweed from Scotland, luxury plaids and herringbones from Ireland, and beautiful bright cashmere wool from England, this collection is truly reflective …

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topman

Get the Topman Spring Utility look

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Topman has launched their Spring Utility collection, which offers a modern take on causal work wear. The collection as it name suggest, draws upon utility styling and heritage influences to modernize classic shapes such as the mac, chino and shirt. The colour pallet is composed of rich tones of tobacco, burgundy and khaki, which gives the pieces a sophisticated feel. …

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Blanc & Noir

Introducing Blanc & Noir

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While back in Canada over the holidays I discovered this amazing Vancouver-based label, Blanc & Noir. The brain child of Saskatoon-raised Jean Claude LeBlanc, the label focuses on creating timeless looks with a dedication to high-quality production. In fact with the exception of the Italian-made footwear and Japanese selvedge denim, the collection is made almost entirely in Canada. Their debut …

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Junya Watanabe 2011 Fall Collection

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I am absolutely obsessed with the new fall 2011 Juyan Watanabe collection! From the fabrics to the detailed stitching the Japanese designer has certainly out done himself this time. Watanabe was originally the protege of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961, he attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, graduating in 1984. It was around …

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River Island Spring/Summer 2011

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A first look at River Islands Mens Spring Summer 2011 collection has now been released, and we were pleasantly surprised. Despite the fact the high st shop has opted to go with a fairly conservative colour palette, composed primarily of neutral tones with lots of blue denim, they have created a number of strong looks. It also seems as thought …

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H&M

H&M Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook

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H&M’s Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook video gives us a sneak peak at what to expect this spring. Andreas Löwenstam, menswear designer at H&M commented on the new collection saying: “Styling makes all the difference this spring. The blazer looks new worn with cargo shorts, and a hooded jacket is dressed up with a shirt and tailored trousers. The combination of black …

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Topman LTD Collection

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Another great collection from Topman this season is their LTD line. LTD is a new concept from the Topman in-house design team which delivers sophisticated, luxe collections with an emphasis on design, detail, fabric and fashion. Inspired by the practical wardrobe of New England Dockyard workers – LTD  focuses on practical work wear, simple uniform looks with a nod to …

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The U-Bahn Look

Topman: Get The U-Bahn Look

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Topman has really upped their game this season, starting with the recent release of the U-Bahn collection. This look sees catwalk trends inspired by Berlin’s edgy underground scene and pays homage to post-punk. Built on tough sculpted shapes, it is all about creating a fresh silhouette littered with antiqued military detail. Check out the gallery below, where I have chosen …

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Christopher Kane’s Out Of This World collection

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As images from designers Spring Summer 2011 collections start to make their way around the internet there has been one collection that has caught my eye more than others. British designer Christopher Kane’s SS 2011 collection is comprised of  bold graphics that will literally take you out of this world. The new men’s line features images of big bangs and …

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Redefining The Tool Belt

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At a first glance this looks like an ordinary belt, but it is in fact a very well disguised tool belt. Designed by ‘686 Clothing’ the belt comes with 8mm, 10mm and 11mm wrenches, a bottle opener, as well as Phillips head screwdriver that also functions to notch the belt in place. The punk-inspired ‘Snow Toolbelt’ comes in three different …

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Unconditional Clothing

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We recently came across Unconditional Clothing and loved this seasons collection. The London based fashion label was founded by Philip Stephens in 2000 as a small one off collection for Concrete shop in Soho. The high-end menswear line has certainly grown since then, and has now shown at both London and New York Fashion weeks. Unconditional has however stayed true …

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Gap Gets A Makeover: Spring 2011 Collection

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Gap is not a brand that we have paid much attention to over the past few years. So when we saw images from the 2011 spring collection, we were surprised to see what a great job they have done to turn around the brand and make it relevant again. Creative director Patrick Robinson explained the new directions stating they wanted …

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Top 10 Pantone Inspired Gifts For This Holiday Season

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Pantone has been defining pigments for almost 50 years, and sets industry standards in colour. Its matching systems and guides are essential for designers and artists for referencing and producing the precise hue, tint or shade. In addition to their colour guides they also have a whole range of products inspired by the now infamous coloured chips. So if you …

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Dezeen Opens Designer WatchStore

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Dezeen one of the most popular and influential architecture and design blogs online has just opened the Dezeen WatchStore in London and Online for their collection of designer watches, which include striking timepieces from the likes of Naoto Fukasawa and Crispin Jones. The store which specializes in watches by named designers and boutique brands has a number of amazing pieces …

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Out of Print – Great Shirts From Classic Book Covers

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Out of Print started as a graduate thesis project, for Philadelphia-based designer Mikey Burton. He wanted to makes shirts that simply got young adults interested in reading. The collection celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. The shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers for classics including “The Great Gatsby,” “The Outsiders,” “Animal Farm” and “To Kill …

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Why Would You Want To Shop At American Apparel?

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Fast becoming a fixture in every major city in the U.K. the company’s popularity within these shores does seem to be increasing. Once a staple store for the hipster, you can’t go far without seeing a bit of lace or salt n’ pepper nowadays. Despite the apparent increase in popularity on these shores, a recent article in the Guardian suggested …

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First Arrivals Of Acne AW Arrive Online.

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Seven new AW styles have arrived on Acne’s website. The Swedish brand famed throughout the fashion world for jeans and chinos which are perfection, the AW collection shows signs that it’s going to be another strong season. Styling winter clothing with white jeans (in fact any clothing) is dangerous, but Acne have somehow got away with it. I particularly like …

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