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Reine et Roi

By admin on October 9th, 2007

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This baby is just break-your-heart cool, the kind of classy cool that makes me want to go skateboarding with a copy of something by Sartre in my pocket. They are essentially rip-offs of the Nike windbreakers, and yet somehow they look like they’re the real deal. Like the Nike versions are just crude and inferior copies which is quite a feat because the Nike ones came first.

I think it’s partly that the colours used are much bolder and sophisticated. Also, I’ve had my hands on them and the fabric is soft and has a great drape to it. Perhaps its just the name that’s done it – Reine et Roi is actually a limited edition line from New York based shop and label, Classic Kicks and not French at all. This is how they suck you in, those crafty Americans…

Go get ‘em.



Clothing, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Apolis Activism

By admin on October 9th, 2007

ManpicThis season’s hottest fashion accessory is a conscience. Stella McCartney, always the most ethically aware of designers has recently launched a line of organic cosmetics, which contains only natural ingredients, none of which are derived from or tested on animals. Meanwhile other designers are falling over themselves to design for any number of charity initiatives such as (Red).

Is this political fashion or fashionable politics? Who cares really? I think you’d be hard pushed to argue it’s a bad thing, even if you do find it sanctimonious. Apolis Activism is a men’s and womenswear label whose design and ethical philosophies compliment each other, both of them going that extra mile.

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Spencer Hart founder makes art out of whisky barrels in new exhibition

By admin on October 9th, 2007

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Whisky makers Glenfiddich have laid down the gauntlet to four world-renowned designers, challenging them to create art using whisky barrels for an exhibition. The four designers are Spencer Hart founder Nick Hart, Creator of classic album artwork Storm Thorgerson, Penguin books designer David Pearson and iconoclastic design duo Timorous Beasties.

To make the challenge even more interesting, each designer has picked a year from which they will collect all of their influences. Nick Hart chose 1977, stating that he is basing his inspiration around Talking Heads as they were ‘so iconic at the time’. Storm Thorgerson, David Person and Timorous Beasties chose 1986, 1989 and 1992 respectively. Thorgerson, creator of artwork for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd & Muse among others, said that he got involved in the project because ‘it’s very different to what I’ve done before – the use of Glenfiddich barrels as the canvas and the theme of the year of origin and distillation process intrigued me. The history behind the Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky and the barrels themselves is inspiring.’

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Nudie Verner worker coat

By admin on October 9th, 2007

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I know, I know, it’s another coat. I didn’t really want to post another coat, especially
those of the trench variety, as I was sure that we had found all the ones worth
having. I was wrong.

The Nudie
Verner worker coat
doesn’t reinvent trench coats; it just adds enough to it
to look like an original idea. Whilst it
features all the staples of a well made Mac – it’s double breasted with a high
collar – the checkered pattern adds a unique twist to it, giving it a look that
makes it more casual than other trench coats but is sharper at the same time.
The cost is relatively good at £250. It may be more expensive than that Topman
one, but at least you’ll (probably) be the only one wearing it.



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Rykiel Homme polka dot socks

By admin on October 8th, 2007

Rykiel_homme_socks Sometimes you can neglect the bare essentials. With all this time spent on jeans, cardigans, shirts and whatnot, socks are pretty neglected. A unique pair of socks show that you’ve made an effort with your whole outfit, not just the main pieces. 

I don’t approve on polka dots on much, but they look great on these Rykiel Homme socks. Costing £20 for one pair, it’s probably best you save them for special occasions.



Clothing

Pump Up the Volume

By admin on October 5th, 2007

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There’s a scene in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party where Bev sits Angela down and says to her ‘Now, what I want you to do when you’re putting your make-up on is take a minute, look in the mirror and say to yourself “I have beautiful lips. I. Have. Beautiful. Lips” Can you do that for me?’.

Recently my internal conversations whilst shopping have been following a similar pattern. This new volume-on-top, skinny-on-the-bottom silhouette is taking some self-persuading. Particularly when it comes to T-shirts. It’s just so contrary to everything I’ve believed for such a long time. I got used to skinny jeans a while back, but baggy tops? Surely they’re going to make me look fat?

Well, seemingly they don’t. It seems that you don’t have to go cropped and short and tight to show off those meagre muscles. I’m actually quite liking what I see, which has got me re-assessing what makes clothing flattering. I thought flattering was an absolute – either you look fat in something or you don’t – but maybe it shifts with fashion. Maybe its as variable as colours or hemlines.

Anyway, that’s something for you to think about. In the meantime, what’s working for me as far as a T-shirt goes is: longer length than I’m used to; a nice wide neck; light fabrics which will fall in pleasing pleats and folds. Much like this little jem from Acne Jeans available from their on-line store.

If you’re still not convinced what I want you to do is just take a minute, look in the mirror and say to yourself “I. Do. Not. Look. Fat. In. This.” Can you do that for me?



Clothing, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Grunge-alicious

By admin on October 5th, 2007

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There’s been a lot of flannel shirts about lately for people rocking the rockabilly trend, but as that fashion dies a bit of a death, it seems the flannel shirt might be breaking ranks and whoring itself out to other trends. Or maybe it’s just too good to let die. Whatever. Fact is, they seem to be sticking around getting a lot bigger and baggier, reminding me of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and Matt Dillon in that film from the 90s (you know, that one). In case you were wondering, this is a good thing.

Anyway, they’re all over the catwalks at Kriss Van Assche and Siv Stoldal to name but two. There’s also some quite lovely and more affordable ones from Shades of Griege, available from Context

 



Clothing

Luxurious Crate denim jacket

By admin on October 4th, 2007

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If you’re a fan of the luxurious, you’ll love
this. This Crate
denim September jacket
is extremely luxurious,
as it’s made from 100% cashmere.

You can’t get more luxurious than that.
It’s well suited for the last few days of autumn and would layer well with a
chunky cardigan if you want to wear it into winter.  It’s also a relative cheapie, costing just
£50.



Clothing

Filippa K Moleskin classic coat

By admin on October 4th, 2007

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Trench coats are great and all, but they’re
reaching saturation point now. While they’re still in fashion, they probably
won’t be come next winter and timelessness is a big factor when picking out a
good winter coat. There’s also the kerrrrazy notion that you may not even like
trench coats. Imagine that?

If you’ve had enough of trench coats and
willing to spend a bit more for exclusivity, then Filippa
K’s moleskin coat
is for you. With a sharp cut and a deep V-neck, it’s just
different enough to make you stand out from the crowd, whilst maintaining that ‘sophisticated
gentleman’ look you desire. Costing £250, it’s not cheap but at least it’s
cheaper than this.



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W.E.S.C Grey scarf

By admin on October 3rd, 2007

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You’ve probably noticed that we
quite like scarves here at Brandish, given that we’ve covered them numerous times. But,
believe it or not, there are still scarves out there that Brandish hasn’t heard
of! Oh the horror!
The brand which has managed to
escape our tentacles – until now – is W.E.S.C. The name stands for ‘we are the
superlative conspiracy’ and they have a grey
and white striped scarf (£28)
that would team up nicely with a grey
cardigan/white shirt combo.



Clothing

Rick Owens leather jacket

By admin on October 1st, 2007

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Ever felt like spending an entire month’s
earnings on one jacket? No? Well if you didn’t before, you will now after
looking at this
Rick Owens leather jacket.

Firstly, I feel obliged to say that this jacket
costs £1,205. Before you ask, there are no misplaced decimal points in that
price. Secondly, I’m actually in love with this jacket. Well, as in love with
an inanimate object as you can be.  It’s
the quirks, like the off-centre zip line, that make it so good. There’s also
a nod to the military trend of this winter with the shoulder epaulettes. If
ever there was a good reason to skip rent for a month, this jacket is it.



Clothing

Yay or Nay: Topman red trench coat

By admin on October 1st, 2007

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As you should already know from keeping up with your only source for fashion news and (that’s Brandish, if ya didn’t realise it), trench coats are back in. We featured a couple of the more impressive looking coats over the last few weeks, including a scary one, a fascist one and a musical one. Generally however, trench coats are pretty standard and even a bit, dare I speak out against a trend, boring.

"Boring", however, isn’t a word you could use to describe Topman’s bright red trench coat (£65). "Garish" and "disgusting" are two words that you could use. The phrase "only to be worn by colour-blind flashers" could also be used in conjunction with this garment.

But that’s just my opinion. Despite my belief that it looks like a prop from freaky thriller Don’t Look Now, you might see the coat in a wrong different way. Let us know what you think.



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Michael J Krell silk-lined hoodie

By admin on October 1st, 2007

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You can never have enough hoodies. These days,
it’s rare to find a plain hoody that really stands out from the crowd. Michael J Krell’s
hoody
  allows you to add a touch of
luxury to your hoodie collection, with the inside being lined by silk. That’s
right, actual silk.

The price is $124 which, if you live in England,
is about £60.



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Cheapy of the day: Cheap Monday Tee for £4.99

By admin on September 29th, 2007

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And this one is really cheap, in both name and price. Usually I’d be wary of any item of clothing that cost £4.99, but this tee is from ace design team Cheap Monday, who feature regularly in Urban Outfitters collections.

Obviously it was the brand coupled with the price that got me excited in the first place, but then I saw the actual print of a weirded-out Viking longship and I went into one of those fashion-induced seizures that we all get… what? Really? So it’s just me? Okay, well, I’ll just go and seek some professional advice then.



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R.S.I. clothing shouldn’t cause you too much pain hopefully

By admin on September 28th, 2007

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Despite using an ancronym that also stands for a affliction caused by too much "mouse action", R.S.I. (Red Star Industries) don’t seem to be suffering from anything other than a heavy dose of creativity; I really love their work.

Steeped in post-apocalyptic and industrial imagery, their graffiti-like print are quite stark and striking, using a minimal amount of colour to maximize the design’s effects. My favourite tee is Skull and Roses (£13) which reminds me an Iron Maiden album cover for some reason (I guess it’s the skulls, duh), but their Gas Mask Man (£15) is also worth more than a cursory glance.




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