I’m just going to start pretending that summer never happened, starting with this jumper from Burton (£25). What better jumper to sit at home and sulk while staring out at the drizzly grey day? The hood and the belly pocket are perfect for some premature hibernation. The checkerboard will cheer you up should you look away from the TV or peel back the duvet.
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An item of clothing that combines a mythical creature design and 3D? Well, I’m sold. The From The Depths ($14) by Heavy Rotation features a Ray Harryhausen style Plesiosaurus having a swim amongst some heavily stylised waves and it’s all rendered in eye-popping, jaw-dropping 3D-O-Rama-Vision. The tee is even bundled with a pair of 3D glasses so you can experience the design as God intended.
If 3D is a bit too Jaws 3 for you, check out some of their other tees, some of which I would consider having hung on my walls rather than wear. Bringing the Funk ($26) is one such tee that crosses the line between art and fashion.
Looking more like a snooker player’s waistcoat, this natty hounds-tooth/diamond-pattern sleeveless cardigan (£25) from Topman might be a little bit "granddad" for some, but I love it. The cardy would look great with a long sleeve, crew neck tee underneath or a light coloured shirt with a loose, skinny tie. Pair up a pair of dark-brown slacks and top off with a trilby or flatcap.
If you need another layer in these cold, damp days (it’s summer for God’s sake) then you could go a bit Arthur Daley and add this wool trenchcoat (£80, also Topman). It could be so good for you!
Oki-Ni have this exclusive D.I.E. Shadow Puppet tee on their website for a £35. This creepy slim-fit tee features crypt-keeper style hands throwing an evil bunny-shaped shadow. In fact, the tee is so exclusive, that it doesn’t even appear to be available on the Denim Is Everything website.
Also available only on Oki-Ni is the Baseball Furies tee (£35) which again is from DIE. At first glance it looks like just another Americana sport t-shirts, but movie buffs will realise that the design was inspired by the excellent cult-film The Warriors, the Baseball Furies or, simply The Furies, being one of the tougher rival gangs that The Warriors encounter on their trek back to home turf. Warriors, come out to play-ay!
Maharishi’s autumn/winter collection is finally here and it looks great. With a military look typical of Maharishi, they’ve also introduced skull and skeleton motifs to this season’s clothing, including this Mimic Skeleton embroidered shirt, which has a hand-stitched silver skeletel system throughout the design. I’m not sure if this justifies the £500 price tag though. If you are likely to shell out that much for a shirt, why not go the whole hog and team it up with the matching trousers at only £415.
More affordable is this sailor-style double breasted pea-coat (£320, pictured) which is perfect for the coming winter months. I love the embroidered "MAHA" insignia on the breast, which sets the jacket off brilliantly. I’d feel I had to salute and shout "Aye, aye cap’n" at anyone I saw wearing this. Continuing the nautical theme, Maharishi have also introduced this awesome Ships In The Night tee (£65) and the Navy Tour (£325) jacket featuring a giant, embroidered eagle and anchor motif.
SlamCity Skates have just taken delivery of the latest Nike SB range which, as the name suggests, takes its inspiration from Elephant hide. Worry ye not brothers, there wasn’t one Elephant harmed in the making of these products. To the best of my knowledge anyway.
Pick of the lot is the Elephant hoodie (£59.95) above, which also comes in a grey print that I’m not so keen on. Who thought grey could look so… so loud? Other bits and pieces in the range include a wind breaker (£74.95) and a belt (£39.95!) with a huge Nike-swish buckle.
It’s not part of the Elephant collection, but I love this simple and understated Nike "Lung" tee (£24.95) which is also new to Slam this week.
Perfect for this year’s unpredictable summer, the Folk Contrast zip cardy is cosy enough to keep out the chill, but not so heavy that it’ll be a pain in the backside to carry around.
It’s a great looking garment and I absolutely love the contrasting plum coloured trim and neck and waist button details which gives a little bit of edge to what otherwise may have just been another cardigan.
This would look great with a pair of baggy, chocolate coloured pants or dark pair of jeans and go for a t-shirt rather than a collar underneath it. Get ready to balk at the price though: £149 is a lot to be paying for a cardigan… even for one as nice as this.
Spotted Pharrel Williams wearing this super sweet tee at the Superbad premier (makes it sound as though I was there) and I instantly fell in love with it – the tee, not Pharrell. While he should have swapped the shorts for something a bit more formal and completely lost the hat, I can’t fault the shirt or his baby-blue kicks. The problem is, I can’t for the life of me find out where they’re from. The tee looks like it could be from his The Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream range but, alas, twas not there. Anyone out there have an idea?
GPWM are the new kids on the block, having only just launched their cheeky brand of clothing for both boys and girls. Word obviously travels quickly these days, however, as a number of celebs have already been seen sporting their logos and designs, despite the brand still being in their infancy.
There are some great tees and hoodies on the site, including the Rock Scissors tee (£20) and this sweet Faisal hooded top, which is great value at £40. My favourite though is the A Is For Ox shirt (£20, pictured), which seems contrary at first, but in fact has a logical explanation, found on their website, which you can use to smite all those who dare question the tee.
And, as a bonus, all clothing is sweat-shop free, so you don’t have to feel guilty about five year olds losing fingers and going blind in dodgy working conditions. Huzzah!
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 of the funkiest and most surreal designs for which they are renowned.
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 for an investment purchase, layer with a hoodies and you can wear it all winter long.
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 should say BLAAAMM!). Although these t-shirts are aimed at Comic-Con frequenting, Marvel/Buffy/Star Wars worshipping fan boys (not me then), these are irreverent enough to be worn by anyone and not just die-hard geeks.
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 busily surreal illustrations, particularly that of the tee on the left.
All tees are available now through Levi’s stores from £30, but I’d hurry if you really want one. I predict that these will sell pretty quickly, and become as sought after as the Haapaniemi collaboration tees.
If you want to see a few closeups of the designs, keep reading after the jump.
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 of the trousers. In the eyes of my colleagues anyway. While I was steadfast in my opinion that no one in their right mind would embarass their lower body with a pair of trousers so ridiculous, a fairly large contingent of workmates said "they weren’t too bad". Hmmm, I still think they were being contrary for the sake of it, but I have, on the occasion, known to be wrong.
So you, noble reader, what do you think of these shorts? Your opinion (obviously) carries a lot more weight than one from a bunch of hacks.
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 tee, which looks as though it has Samus on steroids printed on the front. However, the other five are pretty nifty too.
Coinciding with the series one reissue, Ten Bills have also unleashed their third series which has a much darker theme of Our World, Today, which obviously means lots of political overtones. My pick from series three is Ashes to Ashes, cos it’s got skulls smoking fags, initt.