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Brian Eno models for Alfred Dunhill as part of 2013 “Voice” campaign

By Gerald Lynch on January 16th, 2013

Brian Eno is keeping himself busy at the moment. As well as releasing a brand new album called Lux on Warp Records (his 25th studio album) the long-time Bowie collaborator, ex Roxy Music synth wizard and producer extraordinaire is now one of the faces of Alfred Dunhill’s spring/summer 2013 “Voice” campaign.

Joining mountaineer Geordie Stewart and war photographer Don McCullin in this year’s campaign, and following in the footsteps of Sir David Frost and John Hurt, the campaign sees Eno share thoughts on his art and music, all while slinking around in Alfred Dunhill gear.

Not that we’d usually pick Eno as one of our style icons, who never quite straddled the line between wacky and cool as well as his mate Bowie did. Case in point…

Still, he seems to have got his act together these days, and is looking particularly sharp for Alfred Dunhill. Catch his musings on music, life and art in the video below, and click here to see more from the campaign.

 



Celeb style, features, Football, Heroes and Celebrities, Sports

Brandish’s fifteen men to watch in 2013 – who is going to be influential in tech, style, sport and politics?

By Stefano on December 19th, 2012

So 2012, a year that promised much, and in the case of the odd sporting event at least delivered in spades, is heading for the exit door.

What then will 2013 bring? Who are going to be the key people that we will be talking about in tech, sport and style?

Our rather small panel of Brandish writers got together then to name the 15 people we think are going to have a very good year in 2013. Some have achieved incredible things already, others will become much higher profile next year. We may of course be way off the mark, but at this point if we were betting men these are the 15 we’d be slapping the cash on.

So here’s the list. Who have we missed?

Pics from various sources – some are PA. The Martin Brighty pic was originally from the excellent Modcast.

Carl Jenkinson

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Arsenal's young English right back looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights at the beginning of last season. But since that shaky start he has arguably become the Gunners' most improved player and a long stay at The Emirates, as well as an England career seems certain. Jenkinson is also intelligent, articulate and passionate about the club. Like his fellow countryman Jack Wilshere, his commitment to charitable causes hasn't gone un-noticed too. Along with fellow Gunner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he personifies much of what a model young professional should be.



Celeb style, Clothing, Gallery

Everything you ever wanted to know about Duffle Coats – from Scots Indie bands to Harriet Harman

By Stefano on December 12th, 2012

In some ways Duffle Coats are now classics that in theory anyone should be able to wear at any time. However unless you buy a smart one you run two risks. 1 You might end up looking a little too much like Paddington Bear. 2 Cheap ones can look a bit scruffy and won’t do for anything approaching a formal occasion.

However for long winter walks with dog, fidgeting on cold seats at football grounds or just posing by the South Bank they are ideal. In the gallery there is a section of five rather cool Duffle coats, but before we get there here are a few things you may or may not know about them.

1 They date from WW2 where they were standard issue to much of the Navy mainly in tan rather than black.

2 Their popularity in the 1950s largely stems from the huge number of coats that were bought from military surplus stores.

3 Gloverall, a firm originally set up to sell the army surplus coats, started making their own in the late 50s and what we know today as a Duffle Coat – think leather fastenings and Buffalo horn toggles with a double faced checkback fabric – stems from their original designs.

4 They were ubiquitous on the CND marches of the 50s and early 60s worn largely by students and teamed up with French cigarettes and trad jazz records. I am sure Ian Carmichael wears one in the film Lucky Jim, but I can’t find the pic to prove it.

5 Although they have always been available they have had brief period of being very fashionable in the 80s check out the priceless pic of Harriet Harman wearing one) and the 90s (mainly thanks to the Gallagher Brothers).

6 These days they are often associated with Scottish bands – think Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand.

Pics from PA Images and Gloverall (check out their site for some more amazing Duffle shots!)

Gloverall Made in London Duffle Coat £285

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This is the original, and IMO the best Duffle Coat. Aftre the last war Gloverall bought a load of Duffle Coats from the MOD and have them in stock ever since. This has the classic buffalo horns and leather fastening, shoulder yoke panel, storm flap, side pockets, standard hem, interior pocket and hood with adjusters. And of course the tartan inner lining too. It is made from rich wool. Gloverall



Celeb style, features, Gallery, music

Mick Jagger’s top 10 crimes against fashion (and there are some corkers)

By Stefano on November 26th, 2012

There was a point somewhere in the 1960s when The Rolling Stones were arguably the best dressed band on the planet. They mixed traditional Saville Row threads with flamboyant shirts, cravats and scarves better than anyone. They were the epitome of pop art cool. Check here for evidence.

But then the coolest of the lot of them, Brian, went swimming, Keef got strung out on heroin and Bill grew his hair out. And from a sartorial point of view things went downhill.

Never mind though because there was always Mick. Trouble is that somewhere around 1969 Mick’s style compass completely went AWOL. Probably about the time he wore that white dress in Hyde Park (sadly our pic agency doesn’t have that image!). Throughout the 70s and well into the 80s, he strutted across the stadiums of the world wearing an increasingly bizarre series of onstage costumes. Maybe that’s the point, they were different, daring and bit camp – just like Mick. Sadly like most of the Stones 80s output they looked pretty crap too.

So please don’t get me wrong I really love the Stones and always will, but I still take great pleasure in presenting you with Mick Jagger’s top ten crimes against fashion. Enjoy. I only wish that we could have shared this one with you too.

And if you want to read about some under rated Stones albums go here. Pics copyright PA

Ruffles

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Frankfurt concert hall, Germany, and to wow the locals Mick donned this little ruffly number in turquoise



Celeb style, Sport

Pep Guardiola – the most stylish man in football. Here’s the evidence

By Stefano on November 21st, 2012

After winning a host of trophies with his beloved Barca Josep Pep Guardiola is currently in the middle of a sabbatical from the game, quaffing the Espressos, wandering the streets of Manhattan and pondering his next move.

With Roberto Di Matteo the latest manager to to be given the Siberian shoulder Pep is odds on favourite to take over the reins, if not now then at the end of the season. It isn’t just Chelsea who like the cut of the ex Barca man. Arsenal are also rumoured to have been courting Pep for a while with a view to working at The Emirates – though unless there is some deal that we know little off, with Arsene Wenger booted upstairs, it is unlikely that this is going to happen this year.

There is even the possibility that Spurs may soon be looking for a replacement for AVB while Alex Ferguson can’t go on forever.

Guardiola is known for two things. Firstly the brilliant Tiki Taka football which has confounded team after team both in Spain and in Europe.

Secondly for being the most stylish man in the game. Sure you can make a case for the Italians Di Matteo and Mancini and Newcastle’s Chris Hughton is clearly top of the English league in the fashion stakes – which isn’t actually saying a great deal.

But Pep certainly knows how to dress. Hi is immaculate in his grey suits always with a crisp white shirt and a narrow tie. He also favours the longer jacket look which kind of put his at odds with what was on the catwalk a few years ago and dominates the high street now – and quite frankly looked a bit of a mess on Daniel Craig in Skywalk. But this gives him a degree of individuality and it really suits him.

He also does casual too with Stone Island black jumpers and checked shirts teamed up with prefect skinny-ish jeans and Nike trainers.

He also gives great hope to balding men everywhere in that he keeps his hair very short and teams it with just the right amount of stubble.

Anyway hopefully Pep will be spotted shopping in and around Bond Street very soon.

Btw  he doesn’t always get it right.

Pep and Di Matt - twins? Di Matt clearly aped the Barca man style, and worked out how to counter Tiki Taka too

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Celeb style, Watches

David Beckham becomes new face of Breitling watches

By shinychris on November 14th, 2012

Beckham and Breitling

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He’s more commonly seen wearing Rolexes, like the Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA Watch, but now the part time LA Galaxy footballer and style icon David Beckham has been named the face of Breitling’s Transocean Chronograph Unitime worldtimer watch (phew that’s a mouthful). Launched earlier this year, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime is equipped with the new Manufacture Breitling Caliber B05and features a double disk enabling permanent readings of the time in all 24 timezones – handy if you are the globe trotting Beckham I’m sure.

Shot o the runway of the Mojave Air & Space Port in California by  renowned American photographer Anthony Mandler the striking images below show Beckham standing in front of a private jet wearing his Transocean Chronograph Unitime watch. “I’ve always been a long-time admirer of Breitling”, said David Beckham. “As a company they create not only the highest-performance watches but also timeless designs that have inspired generations. It was a natural choice for me to partner with this fantastic brand.”

Unfortunately not everyone on Breitling’s Facebook‘s page is so enthusiastic about Beckham’s endorsement, one writing ‘That’s 150 odd years of reputation down the drain’ and another ‘It’s time to change the brand of watches’ Oh well can’t please everyone.



Celeb style, Grooming, News

Arnold Schwarzenegger sports hipster crew cut for new action flick “Ten”

By Gerald Lynch on October 26th, 2012

What do you think of when someone says to you “Arnold Schwarzenegger?” I think of a man fist-fighting with the Predator, an amnesiac on Mars on a mission to “give this people der air” (sic), a time travelling robot assassin who knows now why you cry, though it’s something he can never do.

What definitely does not spring to mind when I think of the muscle-bound ageing Austrian action star are fashionable hair cuts:

But that’s just what Arnie looks to be sporting in his upcoming action/horror flick “Ten“. A short back and sides crew cut quiff number, the Governator looks a bit like a roid-rage TinTin.

Not sure how much that’s going to help his character in the film, which sounds much like an urban Predator (which would be just Predator 2 we guess, sans Danny Glover?); DEA agent Arnie sees his crack team one by one knocked off. Are they all hits from the Cartel, or is a supernatural force at work?

Expect supporting cast members Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman and Olivia Williams to all die horrible deaths.

In other Arnie news, we may be seeing Schwarzenegger return to the Conan the Barbarian role which first brought him silver-screen fame back in 1982. “Conan the Legend“, to be produced by Chris Morgan, would discount the woeful Conan the Destroyer and recent Jason Momoa remake and deliver on the promise of “another story for another time” that concludes the original movie, with Conan sitting as king upon a throne, purveying his conquests.

Morgan says

After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.

There’s been a struggle to get the film made so far, with Morgan tempted to do his own screenplay to get the ball rolling. With his only notable writing credit having been The Fast and The Furious 5, we sincerely hope someone else gets there first.



Celeb style, Collaborations, News

John Hurt talks email annoyances for Alfred Dunhill “Voice” campaign

By Gerald Lynch on August 7th, 2012

Luxury retailer Alfred Dunhill has teamed up with a quartet of inspirational men for the latest instalment in their “Voice” campaign series.

Promoting the brand’s Autumn/Winter range, Alfred Dunhill have enlisted the talents of John Hurt, designer/artist Jamie Hewlett, director James Marsh and architect David Adjaye, who talk about their lives and experiences.

We see Hurt talk about the madness of an always-connected, internet-raddled world, Marsh on taking pleasure in life’s small joys, Hewlett on his art and Adjaye on 40,000 years of architectural achievements.

Here’s a taster of John Hurt’s contribution:

The entire film can be viewed exclusively through the Alfred Dunhill Facebook page.

The Autumn/Winter Voice campaign follows from the Spring/Summer offering, which featured Olympians Matthew Pinsent, Iain Percy and Louis Smith.



Celeb style, Gallery, News

‘Total Recall’ premiere photos: Colin Farrell wears Dolce & Gabbana, three-boob lady sadly absent

By Gerald Lynch on August 2nd, 2012

'Total Recall' premiere - August 1st 2012

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Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsale attending the 'Total Recall' premiere held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on August 01, 2012.

Hollywood hellraiser Colin Farrell took to the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles last night for the premiere of his new sci-flick ‘Total Recall’.

Looking dapper in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana, Farrell’s new movie is a remake of the 1990 Schwarzenegger cult classic of the same name. Directed by Len Wiseman and also starring Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel,  Bryan Cranston and John Cho, it follows factory worker Douglas Quaid who discovers he is a lean, mean, double agent killing machine after a routine memory implant operation uncovers memories of his former deadly life.

We’ve got all the shots from the red carpet above, including snaps of guests Ozzy, Sharon and Jack Osbourne.

‘Total Recall’ hits UK cinemas nationwide on 29 August 2012.

IMAGES | PA



Celeb style, Footwear

Outkast’s Big Boi to become the “sock king”

By Gerald Lynch on July 6th, 2012

Outkast’s Big Boi is expanding his horizons. Not content with being one half of the most innovative rap duo in history, nor with taking rising stars like Janelle Monáe under his wing, he’s now setting his lofty sights on…socks?

“I’m the sock king!” announced Big Boi during a recent GQ interview, revealing his forthcoming line with Crooks & Castles after being complimented on his own green and pink pair.

“They’ve got a cape on the back – that’s how I flew here. I got my own socks line coming out with Crooks & Castles. Head over to 677 Antone Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318 and get some!”

 

I, for one, can’t see how the leading lights of the sock industry have had such blinkered vision to overlook the potential of cape-packing socks before. I’m ordering a pair for each day of the week right now.

Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton, also revealed plans about the release of his new album, ‘Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors’, due out on November 13. Speaking about the album’s progress he said:

“It’s coming good, I just put out two records from it – ‘She Said OK’ with Theophilus London and ‘Gossip’ with UGK and Big KRIT. The fans are excited. On the new album I’ve got Kid Cudi and Little Dragon. I just did a cut with A$AP Rocky the other night too, so it’s action-packed.”



Celeb style, features, Grooming, music

20 Most Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hairstyles

By Gerald Lynch on June 29th, 2012

Rock ‘n’ roll can be broken down as follows: 10% fashion, 10% music and 110% HAIR. We know that adds up to 130%. That’s why we’re writing for a fashion site and aren’t quantum physicists. But it also acts to highlight just how important good hair can be in the making of a musical and cultural icon, and cementing the status of bona-fide rock ‘n’ roll stars. Where would Elvis be without his quiff? Or Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust without his…his unique style? On the dole queue, that’s where. Here, Brandish pick out the 20 most iconic hair styles in rock ‘n’ roll history.

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David Bowie

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Flaming red with a quiff up top and party mullet at the back, David Bowie's transformation into Ziggy Stardust was one of the most striking in pop history. With the sci-fi influenced Ziggy Stardust look, Bowie opened the floodgates for a whole sea of androgynous stars and, to a lesser extent, made homosexuality and bisexuality less of a rock 'n' roll taboo in the process.



Celeb style, News

Tinie Tempah’s new “Disturbing London” fashion range and other notable celebrity lines

By Gerald Lynch on April 19th, 2012

The ever-dapper Tine Tempah has been on the press offensive this week after launching his own clothing line, the Disturbing London range, exclusively for Selfridges.

A collaboration with streetwear label MH1, the GQ Best Dressed Man of 2012 will also be the face of the upcoming London Menswear Week in June.

“At the end of the day, I’m a 23-year-old male from inner city London. Of course I’m into tailoring – but in the right circumstances: swanky events, awards or fashion shows,” Tempah told The Telegraph.

“I want [the collection] to show the different layers of what makes me who I am. I thought it would be good to do something that was high-end streetwear, based around the whole Americana storm that is happening now.”

But Tine Tempah is not the first celebrity to launch a fashion line. Far from it in fact; from sports stars to popstars, many have dabbled with a needle and thread over the years (or at least gave the blessing to have their name attached to a project by those that do all the hard work).

Just this week Mancherster City’s Joleon Lescott launched his own fashion line, with a star-studded event that saw team-mates Yaya Toure, Nigel De Jong, James Milner Micah Richards and Adam Johnson checking out his threads.

In the pop world, having your own fashion line is just as common an occurrence as putting out your next album.

Rapper Sean John Combs (AKA Puff Daddy AKA P. Diddy AKA Diddy AKA Swag AKA…) also launched a line back in 1998. Sean John Inc. sold men’s shirts, jackets and trousers. The star has also invested heavily in other fashion brands, including couture label Zac Posen. He also bought Enyce from Liz Claiborne.

Mr Beyonce himself, Jay-Z, has had great success in the fashion industry. Based on his own “street-style”, the star’s Rocawear brand has brought in annual sales of over $700 million.

Justin Timberlake brought sexy back with his Willam Rast clothing line in 2006, working alongside childhood friend Trace Ayala. It was a denim-heavy line. Timberlake also designed a small collection for Target in 2010.

Outspoken Kanye West took a slightly different tact by launching a line aimed at ladies. A big fashion fan, Kanye has worked with Fendi and Louis Vuitton, and has often spoken of his admiration for designers Riccardo Tisci and Raf Simons. For his début line he enlisted the help of Brit designer Katie Eary.

Scroll down for a few pics of the dapper celebrities who have put their names to their own fashion lines:


Tinie Tempah - Disturbing London

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IMAGES: Press Association



Brand Spotlight, Celeb style, Collaborations, features, Lifestyle & Gadgets, Trends

Spencer Hart collaborate with Samsung

By Laura on January 1st, 2012

A few weeks ago we were invited to one of our favourite Savile Row tailors, Spencer Hart, to learn about their recent collaboration with Samsung.

The collaboration involves integrating mobile technology into the traditional craft of Savile Row design and lifestyle tailoring. To be perfectly honest I was a bit skeptical at first, but as soon as I saw how the tailors were able to use the Samsung Galaxy Note, all doubts disappeared.

The Samsung Galaxy Note features the S Pen – and advanced pen-input technology combined with a full touch 5.3” HD Super AMOLED screen for sketching, editing documents or annotating images. Spencer Hart founder Nick Hart is using this technology to complement the traditional tools of tailoring for measuring up clients and showcasing different fabrics, fits and designs.

We had a chance to speak to Nick Hart about the collaboration. He explained how it is changing the way they work stating: “In our world we spend time with our clients to make sure everything is perfect and there’s a huge amount of detail we need to record to create clothing that’s tailor-made to them. When you work with high profile people things need to be done quickly and you’ve got to be flexible – using this new technology will make us more efficient as a business and allow more time for creativity.

“And of course it’s not just for work. I travel a lot and I’m always looking for new ideas. The Galaxy Note means I can capture inspiration while on the move, through images, memos and sketches, and share them instantly with colleagues, suppliers and even clients!”

The Samsung Galaxy Note devices is now being used in store at the Spencer Hart flagship at 62/64 Brook Street, London.



Celeb style, Clothing, Collaborations, features, Gallery

Adidas Originals by Originals James Bond for David Beckham 2011 Fall/Winter

By Laura on October 16th, 2011

Adidas have rolled out the much anticipated third installment of the popular David Beckham / Design by J. Bond collection for Fall/Winter 2011.

The collaboration between sport and style icon David Beckham and Undefeated founder James Bond has been widely celebrated in the past, and will yet again see a contemporary range of footwear, outerwear, and accessories.

Much of the inspiration has clearly been pulled from collegiate imagery and has a very traditional American sportswear feel to it. This is something we have seen a lot of in the last two seasons. The varsity jacket in particular seems to be making a comeback. What do you make of this trend – will you be rocking the look this Fall/Winter?

adidas Originals by Originals James Bond for David Beckham 2011 Fall/Winter

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Celeb style, Entertainment, magazine

Sneak peak: Disorder features Example on the cover of the Dapper issue

By Laura on September 30th, 2011

One of our favourite independent magazines, Disorder, just sent us an exclusive sneak peak at the October/November Dapper Issue…. and damn it is good. Some how they have managed to get urban musician, Example, out of his trademark bomber jackets, t-shirts, into tailored suiting!!! If you have ever need proof that a little tailoring can do wonders, here it is.

To find your local stockist of Disorder check out their website here.




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