Spunky A/W collection preview

One of my favourite streetwear retailers, Spunky UK have just announced their A/W collection that’ll be released at the end of the month. At the moment, Spunky have released details of ten designs for A/W 07, but I expect more will follow. Those that we have managed to get a sneak-peak of look promising, with Spunky continuing to unleash some …

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Topman olive cropped trench

Topman’s olive trench is a great colour to add a military feel to an outfit and the shade works well with other on-trend A/W colours like mustard, russet and grey. The cropped length makes it less fashiony than a full length trend and the nylon fabric gives a nod to the sporty trend. It’s £65 which makes it fairly reasonable …

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Aaaaargh! comic sound effect t-shirt

This tee automatically caught my eye, partly because I’m a bit of a comic book geek at heart, and partly because I’m surprised I haven’t seen one before. I think it’s a great idea for a design! Not only can you strut your stuff with AAARRGGHH! (£15) blasted across your chest, but also KPOWW! and BLAMM! (though I reckon it …

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Lennard Schuurmans x Levi collaboration tees

Following on from Klaus Haapaniemi’s successful collaboration with Levi’s, where his art nouveau style tee sold out in weeks, Levi’s have recruited the talents of Lennard Schuurmans and commissioned these fantastic t-shirts (above). Lennard Schuurmans’ designs have routes in many art forms, but these t-shirts are particularly reminiscent of the bold lines attributed to tattoo art. I absolutely love the …

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Yay or Nay… Topman leopard print shorts

The designers at Topman obviously don’t read this blog (which might be a good thing actually). After displaying my absolute disgust at their animal print tighty-whity trousers, they go and release another fashion montrosity in the form of these shorts (£20). But that’s my view only. It would appear that I was a little too hasty in my initial assessment …

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Ten Bills tees reissue first series

Ten Bills, home of the $10 t-shirt, have re-released their awesome first series of t-shirts, based on the theme of flight. First Flight was TBT’s first foray into fashion and, due to popular demand, have issued a full reprint on all six tees. Back when series one was first released, my favourite tee was, and still is, the First Flight …

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MB’s Ten ways to look like a Total Toolbag

Magnificent Bastard have compiled a wondrous outfit they have called "10 ways to looks like a Total Toolbag" and yes Crocs are the footwear of choice for this outfit. Taking such heinous items as ‘90s style Oakley wraparound shades and a mobile phone belt clip MB have definitely come up trumps. Their guy looks like the kind of person would …

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Peterborough man threatened with fine over bad t-shirt

August is traditionally silly season for news, and this is by far the silliest story I’ve seen. Peterborough street wardens told David Pratt as he sat at a bus stop with his wife that his t-shirt could cause offence or incite violence. The offending item bore the slogan: "Don’t piss me off! I am running out of places to hide …

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Top five checked shirts

Every man needs at least one checked shirt in his wardrobe. A decent check can flatter the figure, looks great when layered with a t-shirt or two and automatically brightens up a dull outfit.Having said that, you do need to choose checked clothes carefully. Checked shirts look totally different when hanging on the rail, so make sure you try one …

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Beautiful Decay tee

I know I shouldn’t really like this t-shirt, but I do. It’s garish and has swirly patterns all over it that are reminiscent of what was "cool" in late eighties and early nineties design. Which is possibly why I like it so much – it’s a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. The Beautiful Decay "Or Die" tee ($29.95) …

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Mary Portas tackles menswear for a new series of Mary Queen of Shops

Mary Portas is back for a second series of her hit tv show "Mary Queen of Shops" and this time she’s tackling menswear. She said: "The core middle market for men is very hard. How many solo menswear shops do you see on the high street?" Portas is known for transforming Harvey Nichols and turning it into a vital fashion …

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Topman striped tee

I’m really taken with this Topman striped tee (£14). There’s nothing particularly unusual about it per se, but the scoop neck line isn’t something you often see in menswear, a design feature more associated with female fashion. The scoop-neck is great though, as you can layer the tee with another one underneath, and we all know layering is a done …

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Tim Hamilton, an American Dream

I hadn’t ever heard of Tim Hamilton, he’s an award-winning new kid on the block, a midwestern native bringing preppy back. His refreshing take on Americana is a world away from the overstuffed stylings of Ralph Lauren. Taking inspiration from rugged workwear and giving it polish and versatility seems like a simple enough concept but Tim Hamilton does it with …

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All Saints A/W 07 collection

All Saints have this week launched their autumn/winter 07 range and already I know that they’re going to be one of my most visited shops this coming season. The collection is quite diverse, incorporating heavy textures, such as ruffles, checks and stripes and unusually, for this time of year, a number of pink garments. All Saints designers have also set …

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Pringle AW07 collection preview

Pringle have recently released pictures of their AW07 collection and I have to admit, I have never really been a Pringle fan. Until now that is. Their new sleek and edgy range is a marked departure from last year’s AW06 collection that had a softer, scholarly look to it, featuring rustic, warm colours that are in direct contrast to the …

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Burton fine stripe blue and white shirt

Burton’s blue and white fine stripe shirt exudes summer but will also last you into the winter months, looking sharp teamed with a rust-coloured v-neck knit and cords for a total academia/professor type look. For now roll up the sleeves and wear it with tailored semi-casual shorts and white canvas pumps for a smart office look that will set you …

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Stussy-Baracuta collaboration jacket

Better known overseas than in their native UK, Baracuta have nonetheless dressed some of the world’s most famous people over the past 50 years. Elvis, Steve McQueen, The Clash and block-headed-Bond Daniel Craig have all been seen sporting various garments from the Manchester based designers which, because I’m a celeb-whore, is just part of the appeal of their clothing. The …

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Martin Margiela crewneck knit

I almost melted into a puddle of knitwear-coveting goo when I saw this. This Martin Margiela knit is in a similar style to those jumpers that you find in army surplus stores, which I think are quite smart. The difference with this one is that the shoulder details are made from suede, and the rest of the top is a …

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Uniqlo merino wool cardigan

I love Uniqlo knitwear, I own a few of their jumpers which I’ve machine washed many many times and they’re still in perfect shape. That’s the beauty of merino wool, it has all the washable benefits of acrylic without any of the skanky bobbly plasticness. This merino wool cardigan is an awesome £19.99 and comes in four gorgeous shades of …

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Last Exit To Nowhere movie t-shirts

Last Exit To Nowhere make movie t-shirts, but not one part of the design displays a movie title or recogniseable scene from the film. Instead they reference the flick with souveneir-style t-shirts of the setting, use corporate logos from fictional companies and feature bogus consumer products found only on the silver screen. For instance, to the layman, the Devil’s Tower …

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