One week after Gianfranco Ferré sadly passed away, his final menswear show took to the catwalk in Milan in front of an emotional crowd. A parade of children dressed in white shirts (a Ferré trademark) closed the show to a standing ovation from guests, journalists and buyers.
Ferré’s final collection included distinct variations of his signature white shirt worn underneath pale waistcoats. Tailoring in different shades of blue with touches of red to be worn from day through to night.
A successor has not yet been named to take over reigns from the Italian designer who died from a brain haemorrhage last week aged 62. [Images: Getty]
Archive for the ‘Clothing’ Category
Watching the BBC Glastonbury footage from my sofa I seriously impressed by Brandon Flowers’ of the Killlers choice of outfit. Flowers picked a entirely gold suit, with matching gold shirt, gold waistcoat and contrasting diamanté lapels and tie . Now I’m not particularly a fan of the band, but my opinion of them rose immeasurably after seeing that footage. If you’re playing the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on a Saturday night would you make like the Kooks in Pete Doherty-lite ripped tees and pork pie hats or would you rock out in gold? I know which I’d prefer!
Cardigan’s aren’t too sure if they’re making a comeback this year. I’ve seen a few indie-nu-rave kids sporting golfer-stylee ones and celebs have been spotted donning plain Lyle and Scott cardies, but your mates will still laugh at you if you turn up in your grandads worn-in, 1970s knit.
I for one think cardigans are great. They’re comfy and can look smart when worn with a decent check shirt and a flatcap. That’s why I’m dying to get my hands on this Gammel Jacket (although it is a cardigan) by Pringle. Alas, the £235 price tag has killed that dream dead. It’s "justified" by the fact that only twenty have been made. Well I guess that’s okay then…
"Let’s all go to Tesco, where your mum buys your best clothes, a-la la la, a-la la la la."
If you were one of those kids who had fleas and smelled of stale biscuits, you most probably remember the above line, sung in shrill unison by all your class mates, with all too agonising clarity. And it was probably true, you smelly fleabag.
But no longer shall you be haunted by your past, because Tesco has bought in some top designers to makeover their clothing range. One such designer is Katharine Hamnett who has extended her "Choose Love" organic clothing line into the store. It’s fairly simple stuff, like this polo shirt. But at £10 a pop for an organically produced tee from Katharine Hamnett, I’m not going to complain. I’m still not going to tell anyone it’s from Tesco though…
Uniqlo have let loose designers, photographers and musicians on their UT t-shirts with eye-catching results. From traditional Japanese designs, to dance moves to ’90s computer game Sensible Soccer style graphics you will easily be able to find something that you like. This t-shirt is by Osamu Tezuka and will set you back a wallet-pleasing £12.99 and will no doubt impress your entourage with your well-honed fashion skillz.
Admit it, ever since you got given a pack of those "rub on" tattoos, you’ve wanted to get your whole body inked in flaming skulls, swords with snakes wrapped around them and evil, naked she-devils. You were going to buy a big motorbike too, and stay up until four 4am every morning. But then you got your stuffy office job, your Ikea furniture and the girlfriend who won’t even let you bleach your hair. Sell out.
Which is why it’s fortunate that you can still buy awesome t-shirts like this (£35). A cobra twisting its way through a human skull? Yes please! Despite just erring on the good side of tacky, it’s actually a good looking, well drawn design. If people really don’t like it, just tell them "Its ironic." Then they’ll agree and walk away like the muppets they are.
I can’t get enough of big-checks – wearing small checks always reminds me of the curtains my mum had in her kitchen. Or school-girl Summer-dresses, but that’s another story. "Mother, I’m thirteen now and I can wear what I want! Get that dress away from me!"
Anyway, this Levi’s check shirt (£37.50) is "sun-faded" for that distressed look (boo) but still looks fantastic with its great big, manly lumberjack checks (yay). A pair of dark or black jeans would go great with this, but avoid skinny jeans, opting for boot cut instead.
Sorry to do this to you again, but I couldn’t resist bringing you this awesome vest jacket (£90), despite it being Summer. It just excited me so much which is rare these days… It’s design came from a brief collaboration with the eponymous ski instructor during the late 1970s, when professional skiers were in high demand to promote anything from razors, to cars to the clothes they wore on the piste.
This has ultimate retro appeal and will look great once the weather starts to cool off a bit. You can pretty much wear it over anything casual, but I suggest a charcoal hoodie. Then you can break out your BMX and make like the kids from ET!
Vilebrequin created boxer-short style beach wear back in 1970, giving rise to pretty much what every guy wears down on the promenade today. Prior to Monsieur Vilebrequin’s vision, inspired by a tablecloth no-less, men wore short shorts. Very short shorts. Or Speedos. Neither were a good look.
Since then, Vilebrequin has continued to churn out the long shorts with various gaudy prints such as bright pink banana’s and orange shrimps with yellow hibiscus flowers. That’s actually one, single design on one, single pair of shorts. The retail value on a pair of Vilebrequins is anywhere between £65 and £125, although there are vintage pairs that fetch three times that. The point is, men keep buying them and I don’t know why.
I found this Paul Smith tee (£45) while perusing their website. Big, thick stripes and colourful gingham prints seem to be the in thing at the moment, so I was pleased when I came across this simple, striped tee. I also like the cut on the arms – I much prefer a t-shirt when the arms don’t go all the way down to the elbow. Perfect for the beach, wear with a pair of dark-khaki shorts.
I generally loathe Next. Their collection is the epitome of the blandness that pervades men’s high street fashion these days and their casual wear is made to such general specifications that they end up fitting everyone and no-one. Seems a little strong, doesn’t it?
Well, there are some things that Next do well. Like cheap but decent formal shirts, work trousers and black tees. And these shorts (£25). They’re simple, three quarter length shorts, but on the strength of a similar pair I purchased a few years ago, I bought these too. They’re a basic and essential item for Summer and that’s what Next seem to do best.
It’s Glastonbury time and short of wearing a jester’s hat (don’t) there’s not much room for festivity in menswear. Instead take some mouth-watering fruity colours that will make you easy to spot in a crowd. Topman’s astoundingly cheap salmon v-neck (£6) will flatter your sunkissed skin and adds a bit of pep to khaki shirts. The colour goes really well with green, so it will be perfect for teaming with wellies and an anorak, which you’ll undoubtedly need.
Look fashionable on the battlefield without giving away your position to the enemy or hurting your wallet – Maharishi is having a sale, with up to 50% off of their catalogue. I’ve picked out a couple of choice items that I really like, but the sale is pretty extensive – there seems to be an (army) surplus of it. Lame joke. Great sale.
This Suns Biker jacket (£125 shown) is a bargain, reduced from £250. It’s getting warmer, I know, but really, how long does a British Summer last? All of five minutes? Plus this will still look great next Autumn.
I was going to feature and purchase this sweet t-shirt but, alas, it’s sold out, which goes to show that you should really be heading over there yourself and snapping up whatever you can. Also, check out the denim department which doesn’t form part of the main sale but nevertheless has some excellent half-price items like these awesome Japanese inspired jeans, reduced to £60.
Rapha, the respected "road racing" (that’s cycling in normal terms) clothes maker and Paul Smith (who needs no introduction) have teamed up to produce a small, but perfectly formed, range of cycling apparel.
The first release from this range is this rather smart racing jersey (£175) which commemorates Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France. It’s made from 100% Sportwool which is wool, but apparently it stops you from smelling when you sweat!
The end of June will see Rapha-Paul Smith racing caps becoming available, although details and prices have yet to be divulged.
Checked shirts come back into their own every Summer. This year, it seems the smaller the check, the better, although there’s still a place for country bumpkin-style picnic tablecloth checks.
Usually, you’ll get two or three colours in a shirt, which is fine. But not here. It seems Topman have included the whole spectrum to make this, the resulting effect looking like a magic-eye poster. I really don’t mean that pejoratively though, I actually really like it…