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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Electronic Poet S/S threaded hoody

By admin on May 15th, 2008

elctpoet01.jpgIt might be a bit of anachronism taking a look at hoodies when we’re now well into Spring and talking about short shorts. But let’s not forget this is the UK, so constant balmy weather is never a certainty at this time of the year – global warming or nay.

Electronic Poet have produced the perfect S/S piece with their threaded hoody. Even layered up against the rain, it’s airy enough as to not leave you feeling muggy and uncomfortable.

Click through for some more from Electronic Poet’s S/S range, including 100% more threaded apparel and a couple of nice quilted bits.

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Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

APC denim bermuda shorts

By admin on May 15th, 2008

apcshorts.jpgWith the sun finally coming out, the short shorts debate looks set to continue. I’m not a fan of short shorts, but I despise three quarter lengths and cargo shorts even more. My ideal shorts would be a dark colour, well fitted and stopping just above the kneecap. APC – whose madras range we’ve featured before – have a pair of denim Bermuda shorts that tick all those boxes.

With most stores obsessed with tailored trouser shorts or stonewash cargo denim, it’s refreshing to find something that keeps it clean and simple. If you’re lucky enough to be a usual medium, small or extra small size, then you can order these from the APC website. Oversized freaks like me will have to venture to Selfridges.

Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Fit – The most important factor in clothing

By admin on May 14th, 2008

bigshirt.jpgYou know when you want to say something and someone else describes more eloquently than you ever could? That’s how I feel about Simon Crompton’s article on how fit is the most important factor in men’s style. If you haven’t read it for whatever reason, basically it states that too many male fashion followers put too much importance on brands and not enough on fit and design.

Having seen pictures on a fashion forum of someone squeezing their thighs into a pair of Nudie Thin Finns that were too short, this point can’t be overstated. It’s easy to get drawn to wearing a brand because of their prestige, but if you look like your borrowing clothes from somebody else it’s best to leave it on the shelf.

Clothing, knitwear

3.1 Phillip Lim Cardigan

By admin on May 9th, 2008

lim cardi.jpgYou can’t guarantee much, but I can guarantee that cardigans aren’t at the top of your shopping list right now. Nevertheless, I think this 3.1 Phillip Lim cardigan will catch your eye even if you had no intentions of buying knitwear this season.

The design quirk in this piece is the white underlay and unique detailing. Although it’s subtle, it’s enough to separate you from the herd. Despite being knitwear, it’s surprisingly light and makes for a good piece to layer with. It’s available from Matches and costs £245.

Clothing, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Filippa K check shirt

By admin on May 8th, 2008

checkshirt.jpgWith big bold checks being all the rage, it can be easy to forget about the subtler check shirt. This Filippa K shirt has checks so small they’re near invisible from a distance. The matching options with this shirt are vast, as it’s smart enough to wear to a (casual) office and could also fit in well with the nautical theme, should you be wishing to take on that look this summer.

They also have the added bonus of being on sale, going for $142 instead of $189. It’s not sample sale prices, but it’s still a good deal for a well made shirt.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Victor Glemaud S/S 2008

By admin on May 8th, 2008


Considering Victor Glemaud’s first collection was only Spring/Summer 2007, he’s garnered a remarkable amount of attention in a very short time. It’s no coincidence that he was a publicist before he moved into the fashion world, although he also worked as a design advisor for Paco Rabanne for a year before opening his own line in July 2006.

The sleepwear influence dominates Glemaud’s S/S 08 range with pyjama-like shirts, shoes that could be mistaken for slippers, layered cardigans and colourful smart shorts. The range is also designed with hot weather in mind – you’d be surprised at how many designers don’t do this – so the materials are light and airy. Stockists are pretty hard to find at the moment, especially ones that supply to the EU. For now, you’ll have to do with this interview on Glemaud’s essential items.


ASOS and Topman gear up for the summer

By admin on May 7th, 2008

ff03.jpgAlways ready to captialise on the mass appeal, both ASOS and Topman have setup up ‘festival fashion’ departments on their respective e-stores.

To save yourself trawling through 10 pages of straw hats, shemaghs and flip-flops, check out a couple of the best bits after the jump.

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Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Fila Gold check shorts

By admin on May 7th, 2008

checkshorts.JPGThe plaid on plaid trend is still for the fashion forward few so it hasn’t had many takers yet. Due to the difficulty in pulling this off, it’s unlikely that the trend will ever take off like V-neck jumpers did. With that said, there are still some great check items to be found, like these Fila Gold check shorts (£45).

Woody Allen once said ‘Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling?’ That’s how I feel about cargo shorts – which despite the fact their awfulness, still continue to popular. Separate yourself from the cargo short wearing herd by wearing some shorts that don’t make you look like a soldier who decided to cut his gear for summer.

Clothing, Jeans & Trousers, News

Hammer pants 2008 style?

By admin on May 6th, 2008

baggytight.jpgApparently, these jeans aren’t a joke. I’m tempted to think that this may be a PR stunt. No one could actually think that these look good. Seeing as they’re being sold at Karmaloop (although it states that it’s out of stock whenever you try to look at them) Soulful Commandoe clearly did.

To call these carrot top jeans – as the company who make them do – would be a gross understatement. They look like two completely different pairs of jeans cut in half and sewn together. I think we have the 80′s trend to thank for this. Having raided everything worth wearing from that decade, people have resorted to denim Hammer pants.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

John Lawrence Sullivan S/S08

By admin on May 6th, 2008


John Lawrence Sullivan is the creation of Japanese designer Arashi Yanagawa. After spending 4 years as a professional boxer, Yanagawa started John Lawrence Sullivan – the name of the first bare knuckle heavyweight champion of the world. A self taught designer, his influences range from boxing to aviation.

The spring/summer range focuses more on his aviation influences, featuring airplane seatbelts as belts and braces. The boxing influence comes out in the short shorts, which are cut like boxers shorts. While the entire collection is a strong one, the standout pieces are the suits. The sharp tailoring and slim but not too slim fit makes them the most wearable pieces out of the whole collection. Some of his collection is available at Famous Friend boutique.

Clothing, News

Streetwear labels popping up in GTA IV

By admin on May 1st, 2008

gtafashion.jpgIn its neverending quest to be the greatest game since records began, Grand Theft Auto IV continues to throw up little surprises.

Not content with securing Karl Lagerfeld for one of its radio stations, more attention has been lavished on the sartorial side of the gaming epic with various items from popular streetwear companies appearing on Liberty City’s general public.

LRG’s (at the time fantastically overhyped) Dead Serious hoody, infamously worn by Kanye West, has already been spotted alongside characters completely outfitted in Rockers NYC apparel. As gamers head towards a 4th day locked in their rooms since the game was released, it’s likely we’ll hear a few more surprise label collaborations.

Clothing, Coats & Jackets

Gar-De Leather Jackets

By admin on May 1st, 2008

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With people like the Apprentice’s recently fired Kevin Shaw showing how leather jackets can look bad, it’s becoming more important to get a tailored jacket regardless of what material it’s made from. Gar-De are a New York design collective who aim to ‘reinvent the highest quality materials into innovative designs’. They chose leather for their debut collection and focused exclusively on it.

While you can find any number of ill-fitting leather jackets on the market, finding one that mixes suit-like tailoring with the ubiquitous biker influence is pretty hard to come by. The range becomes available from Autumn, but the price range will be from $1,680 upwards – so start saving now.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Trends: Watch & Wear- Navy SEAL Zeal

By Will Reid on April 30th, 2008

00010f.jpgList any of this season’s It-items and chances are they are water-related or wave-inspired. Yes, that means you boat shoe, loafer, plimsoll, striped tee and navy (hello!) blue shirt.

The mood is light yet determined and spray-in-the-face cool. Imagine sea-side escapades (emphasis on the imagine) and sand between your toes as you loosely raise that striped knit from your oversized Jil Sander mesh-holdall.

Look to the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton (left) and see after the jump for a full report of this operation. Oh, my fellow SEALs, the time has come for a full-scale suppression of those autumnal tones.

(Image Source: Armando Grillo)

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Topman Lens Range on sale

By admin on April 29th, 2008


Regret, Disappointment, A sense of ‘I wish I could have done something’. These are all feelings you get when you miss a sale. Topman have tried to sneakily put the entire Lens range on sale and hoped no one noticed. That means £45 Mjolk trench coats, £15 Material Boy t-shirts and £25 Carolyn Massey shirts all slipping between our fingers.

Not if Brandish can help it. You can show Topman that you’re no fool by buying every Lens item you sorta liked for half the price. At £15, this Material Boy (who we mentioned months before the Lens Range) shirt has got to be worth a shot. Now go forth and spend everything you just earned. Show Topman who’s boss.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Robert Geller S/S 2008

By admin on April 29th, 2008


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German Born, New York based designer Robert Geller is a very new kid on the block. His label only launched in A/W 07, after working at Marc Jacobs, revamping Cloak and creating a women’s wear range called Harald. The following sentence will sound a little odd, but I’m going to look at a S/S 2008 range while we’re actually in the same season.

While – bar the lime green shorts – none of the pieces break the mould, they are very wearable and could be blended into ones personal style without looking like a store mannequin. Trenches, leathers (jackets and trousers) and cardigans are the staple pieces of the collection and, apart from the leather, they all look ready to wear in these upcoming sunny days. Whilst the label doesn’t have a UK stockist at the moment, you can order some of the items from Blackbird.

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