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French Connection sale

By admin on June 29th, 2007

Sale

I’m probably a bit late on the uptake with this one, especially in light of all you au courant gentlemen with your fingers firmly on the pulse, French Connection are having a sale, with up to 50% off many items.
FCUK aren’t doing to well in my opinion at the moment, which is probably something to do with the erratic nature of their catalogue, swinging wildly between Reiss style sophistication and Burton tackiness. Having said that, you should be able to pick up a couple of bargains. Read after the jumps for a list of a few choice items I’ve found.   

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Brandish says don’t: Topman leopard print jeans

By admin on June 29th, 2007

Crap
As the fires of the indie-nu rave scene are fanned even further into a glow-stick and white gloves inferno of epic proportions, so does the fashion that helps fuel the flames get more ridicoulous. I can forgive certain minor indiscretions, such as the aformentioned white gloves. I can even live with some of the clothes that look like they were made from offcuts of the fabric of space and time circa 1988. Afterall, they’re just kids (mainly).

But I can’t abide these jeans (£35). Created by firing Johnny Borrell and Mel B toward each other at near light speeds – I’d sell half my grandmother to see that – these are just a step too far in the big fancy dress party that is youth fashion at the moment. They’re just tacky and could seriously end up making you look like some sort of young Peter Stringfellow wannabe. Brandish says don’t.



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Oh dear. Burtons sell Neo-Nazi T-Shirt

By mofgimmers on June 28th, 2007

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Have a good look at this snazzy t-shirt from Burtons. It’s nice isn’t it? Well, if you like ethnic cleansing that is. What’s that? Well, a clever sod called Paddy Shuttleworth, a student at Bristol University, spotted the unassuming tee in his local Burton menswear shop and was… shall we say… a bit surprised. The Cyrillic writing surrounding the doubleheaded eagle motif is gibberish to most, but to Paddy, a Russian language student, he was able to translate its dubious message. Unfortunately, it read: "We will cleanse Russia of non-Russians!"

"I did mention to the girl as I bought one of the shirts, that it was politically probably quite dangerous," says our Paddy. The shirt’s overall design is an odd jumble of ersatz French logo and Russian iconography, but there is no mistaking the nature of the sentiment, which uses the old word for Russia, "Rus" as a way of distinguishing between ethnic Russians and those with Russian citizenship. "I’ve spoken to a Russian friend," says Mr Shuttleworth, "and she said you would be arrested if you wore it in Russia."

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Calvin Klein at Milan’s men’s fashion week

By admin on June 28th, 2007

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Calvin Klein’s utilisation of sunset-pastel hues stood out on the runway at Milan’s men’s fashion week, where much of the offering from other designers were simple blacks and grey shades. That’s not to say that Klein didn’t exhibit icy-white ensembles and crisp, black shirts, but his strongest display came in puces, powder blues and pale khaki. This warm palette offsets against the clean, closely cut fit of the suits, and shirts with hard, military collars.

Going on from that, some of Klein’s collection did have a military inspired look about them. I love the uniform fluidity of the middle outfit, which is only broken up with a cargo belt and a subtle, light salmon crew neck tee.



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Jefferson Hack speaks to Christopher Bailey in his new column for the Telegraph

By ShinyMedia on June 28th, 2007

JeffhackIt’s a great time for menswear at the moment, we are seeing more adventurous designs -on the catwalks at least- and the masculine influence in womenswear is testament to people’s interest in all things menswear. Hilary Alexander recently commissioned Jefferson Hack to write a fortnightly column for the Telegraph about menswear and it’s quality. In his latest column he spoke to Christopher Bailey, creative director of Burberry, about his influences and the
recent campaign that features the cream of British musical talent and beauty including Patrick Wolf, Agyness Deyn, and Larrikin Love.

Related stories: Burberry’s latest campaign features Patrick Wolf, Larrikin Love and Agyness Deyn

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Clothing, Entertainment

The art of dressing up

By admin on June 27th, 2007

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Today’s young people have returned to the dressing up box, our media obsessed
culture has created a young tribe of attention seekers. They know how
to reference better than anyone, they eat images, they devour them. We are heading for an energy crisis and it seems at times that the world is moving toward a holy war, a new youth revolution is desperately needed in this time of upheaval.
Much like the ’70s when punk began, this anti-hippy politically anarchic scene is fuelled by a spirit of rebellion. The nu-wave trend currently peaking in Hoxton Square, gives a nod to punk but ultimately it is just another fad. A main component of this fad
involves dressing up and getting noticed: "Look at me, I exist" it screams. It is the same since youth culture began and started to freely express itself. Call it punk, call it nu-wave, call it post-post uber modern, it’s dressing up, it’s fashion and it’s fun.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Fila Zizzore Top

By admin on June 27th, 2007

Zizzore
It seems like you can’t buy an item of clothing these days without it being an "original", "distressed" or "vintage", such is our obsession with fashion of the past. Not that I’m too bothered. Most "modern" clothing is crap. Just look at the Nu-Rave look. Twats.

In truth, I do have a bit of an axe to grind about "distressed" clothes. I just think it’s lazy. But when it’s done right, vintage reproductions are spot on, especially when it’s concerning sportswear. I mean, just look at the Carlo Gruber vest I covered last week. Sublime!

Following on from that, the oft forgotten Italian sportswear make, Fila, have their own vintage range which recalls early 1980s football apparel. My favourite piece so far is this Zizzore track-top (£60) which comes in the original Fila colours. It’s got a bit of a contemporary mod feel to it, probably because of the colour scheme. With that in mind, a simple, gingham shirt underneath would look great.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

EIO tee

By admin on June 27th, 2007

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After complaining yesterday about wanting something a little different printed on my tees, my prayers have been suddenly answered by EIO clothing, makers of some seriously original men and womens clothes. They have some great looking prints, with big, brash colours that are great for Summer on one hand, like this Beach Babe tee (£25) or something a bit more subtle for wearing out for the night.

My pick of the lot though is the Galleon tee (£25) shown, mainly because it’s a pirate ship, but also because of the design is in gold foil, which is both rather original and makes you look all shiny like some heavenly Sun God. Or something. On a less stupid note, you should really check out their full range on their funky website which has some real gems on it.



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Topman Invader top

By admin on June 27th, 2007

Invader
If you’ve always wanted to look like the screen of an iconic 1970s arcade machine, now’s your chance. Continuing the general trend of exploiting people’s nostalgia, Topman have released the Invader Hoodie (£30), obviously based on Space Invaders. Despite my cynicism, I really like the top, but I think they missed a trick by not making the top in a green/black colour scheme – the original Space Invaders colour way.



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Topman rolled sleeve polo

By Isabelle on June 26th, 2007

PoloblackThis Topman polo (£22) is intriguing, at first glance it looks like an
ordinary casual polo, but the longer sleeves made me look twice. They give it an added air of smartness taking into shirt style stakes, which puts it exactly on the cusp of smart and casual. The faded wash takes it back to casual making it even more confusing. I think this is a good thing though, make observant people do a double take and the sleeves are perfect for this summer’s "will it won’t it" weather.



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Red Dot headphone hoodie

By mofgimmers on June 26th, 2007

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Manufactured from 100% cotton and vintage washed, this great Red Dot hooded sweatshirt features a pair of headphones screen printed on the hood.

The sweatshirt has been constructed in medium weight jersey fabric that sits just right with the hood up or down (so you don’t end up with a pointy looking head) with subtle branding on the cuff and chest.

It’s worth noting that this shirt is slim fitting, so it’s recommend that you order one size larger than normal. Click here if you want to spend your £85 on one. Also available in white.



Clothing, News

Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana and Romeo Gigli at Milan men’s fashion week

By Isabelle on June 26th, 2007

Jilsander
Simplicity and cool colour palettes were the order of the day at Jil Sander. Beautiful sky blues, greys and petrol blues contrasted with warm russets in a well thought out colour palette. Sharp, slim-fitting suits and loose knee-length trenchcoats gave a smart silhouette, and crisp rustling fabrics added a modern, sporty touch.

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Monsoon washed out blazer

By admin on June 26th, 2007

Monsoon
I’m not one for wearing suit jackets with jeans – I end up looking like Jeremy Clarkson rather than the suave-but-casual urban lad I imagine I am. But I might give the look another go if I can get my hands on this Monsoon blazer (£70) which has an informal cut and that "slept in" appearance.

The blazer would look great with just a black t-shirt underneath and a battered pair of jeans or charcoal slacks. It would look even better with an old trilby. Then you could pretend you’re some old jazz saxophonist who’s just finished a set at 6am in some little dive somewhere. That’s what I’d do anyway. Because I’m a bit strange like that.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Lifestyle & Gadgets, News

Keiichi Tanaami at Paul Smith

By admin on June 26th, 2007

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Keiichi Tanaami, a Japanese artist and toy designer has released these typically crazy Japanese prints and vinyl toys through Paul Smith’s website and London stores. Prices start at a very reasonable £10 for a surreal and slightly scary vinyl "Wonder Girl" ornament, all the way up to £950 for a limited edition, framed print, inspired by Japanese family crests.

I love contemporary Japanese art, but unfortunately I don’t have £950 burning a hole in my pocket. I just hope they use some of the designs from both the prints and the toys for tee shirts, as I’m getting a little bored of the whimsical Americana prints and slogans or Banksy style images that seemingly adorn every single men’s t-shirt today… I just want sumfin a little different, ya know?



Clothing

French Connection Transformers clothing

By admin on June 26th, 2007

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In celebration of the release of the new Transformers movie – believe me, a Tranformers movie is reason to celebrate – French Connection have released a range of tees (£20-£40) bearing the mechanical-mugs of the characters as they appear in the movie. From the pictures on the website, I can’t make out which characters they are, but it looks like Megatron, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. In any case these are smart t-shirts and a damn site better than those knock-off "Autobot" and "Decepticon" ones from Camden market, owing more to Terratag designs than anything else.




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