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Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Brand Profile: The Generic Man

By admin on August 12th, 2008

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Generic Man are a brand who believe in the no logo approach to clothing. So much so that they’ve created a whole new term to describe the person who’s interested in clothes without logos. That term is ‘newdult’.

According to the Brandon Day and Kevin Carney, the creators of Generic Man, “The generic man doesn’t need branding and logos to make him feel confident or stylish. He understands the significance of quality construction and clean, simple, refined lines. The generic man is confident enough in himself to accept simplicity.”

Regardless of whether you like the term ‘newdult’ or not, The Generic Man have created a wearable collection that can easily fit into anyone’s wardrobe.



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities

What will happen to Kanye’s collaborations?

By admin on August 8th, 2008

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I can’t seem to go a day without mentioning Kanye West lately, but this complex post is an interesting one on his various collaborations and the likeliness of them ever appearing in stores. Let us know which one you think will be out first in the poll after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Gallery

Brandish does Boulevard: Neal’s Yard

By Will Reid on August 8th, 2008

Here on Brandish we love a bit of sartorial realism. While Jason deals with cool buys and indie-labels, I tend to veer towards the bright lights of magazines and the high-octane glamour of ridiculously expensive items (WISHLIST anyone?) and the glossy adverts they inhabit.

I do love the high-street and so, with editor’s camera in hand and a trusty phone in the other (who knows what pickle one could get into asking for photos on the streets of Camden?) I set off to find London’s fashionistos.

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Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Polls

Brandish Poll: Leg-in a-Sock Style Jeans

By Will Reid on August 6th, 2008

photo.jpgWe’ve made you endure some pretty terrible things on Brandish (see here and here,) and now I present a sneaky snap of New Look’s new adjust-a-length jeans. The trick is you have to button up each different level of the jean depending on what you’re after; shorts, the semi-crop, full jeans or the button-embellished. Is it just me who gasps at this fashion indictment?

Mr Mills (yes that is the third week running we’ve mentioned him but this is truly relevant,) reported on this trend for the David Cameron-trouser-in-a-sock style only last Sunday and he also came to the conclusion that it was a modern-monstrosity.

What do you think?- tell us in the poll below!

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Designer Spotlight, Grooming, Scent & Aftershave

Brandish Review: Korres Men’s Range Products

By Will Reid on August 5th, 2008

korres.jpg“Oh golly gosh- that looks like it may be over 100ml. Oops for you!” *Grab* “Now, do you know how to reschedule a flight?” I’d like to say that the dragon-lady at Gatwick had spoiled my day by treating me like a dumb blonde (brunette guy by the way!) but it was truly ruined when she took my new Korres products.

The Ginseng Facial Fluid and Ruscus and Chestnut Eye Cream are two amazing products combining natural ingredients with that all improtant dermatological testing for an intense cosmetic experience.

Read on for the full review including product details and ingredients.

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Designer Spotlight

Kitsune unveils Autumn/Winter ’08 line

By admin on August 4th, 2008

kitsunefw08.jpgKitsune’s spring/summer ’08 collection was impressive for the range of quality materials the French label sourced, including Scottish sea island cotton, Portuguese leather and premium Japanese denim.

The follow up f/w ’08 line, ‘A New Fox in Town’ is just as stunning, bringing Masaya Kuroki’s preppy vision to life with a set of cream cashmere cable knits and blazers. Check out some shots from the lookbook after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers

Forget stitching, glue is the future

By admin on July 31st, 2008

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Heard of the saying ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’? Apparently Glue Jeans haven’t as they’ve decided to do away with stitching and make their jeans using glue. Guessing from their name, they decided on the glue before anything else.

It sounds like an interesting idea that will garner publicity but the glue can’t possibly withstand the wear and tear that jeans go through. Also the jeans look to be raw denim, which has to be worn for extended periods of time without washing, so look out for a bunch of ‘my glue jeans fell apart’ stories come next year.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

H&M’s Fashion forward collection

By admin on July 30th, 2008

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We talked briefly about H&M’s fashion forward capsule collection and now that pictures are available, we can all get a good gawk at them. Whilst it ultimately comes down to fit and build quality, on first look I’m slightly disappointed.

There’s a reliance on the colour grey, presumably to tone down the edginess of the looks and some of the pieces have already been done on the high street. On the bright side, I do like the look of the blazer on the far right and Rick Owens-esque long sleeved shirt (far left) looks like it could be an interesting piece. You’ll be able to judge for yourself come mid September, when the collection is released.



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Johan Lindeberg talks about William Rast

By admin on July 29th, 2008

news1007.jpgHaving next to no interest in celebrity clothing lines, I paid no attention to Justin Timberlake’s William Rast line. I’m slightly more interested after finding out that Johan and Marcella Lindeberg were the creative directors of the line. There’s an interesting interview with Johan about the line on Sportswear international.

In the interview he states that “William Rast has a strong language and a special touch. It shows an urban look with a very body-conscious and tough attitude, but with a tailored twist”.



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight

Comme Des Garcons blazer

By admin on July 29th, 2008

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Lining has been an interesting part of blazers for a while now, with inventive designers using it to showcase a contrasting colour or pattern. Comme Des Garçons have gone one step further with this lining print of an anime-like boxer. It’s the kind of the lining that seriously makes you consider walking around in the same pose the models doing above. You can get this from the usual outlets once they start stocking the A/W collections.



Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight, sunglasses

A Vintage Find: My Retro Sunnies from Rokit

By Will Reid on July 29th, 2008

vintage.jpgI’m currently down in London, lapping up the (dubious) sunshine and attempting to dress in a way befitting of the cramped, and quite frankly torturous, morning tube journey. Turns out they’re not too pleased about being next to someone wearing a blazer with Margiela-esque shoulderpads. Basically, the heat is ridiculous and so yesterday I wondered into Convent Garden and bought some vintage sunglasses at Rokit.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, knitwear, Trends

Fred Perry x Tomoki Sukezanne

By admin on July 29th, 2008

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As the old saying goes, ‘another day, another Fred Perry collaboration’. This time with Tomoki Sukezane. It does make a mockery of the whole ‘Fred Perry is for fans of style not fashion’ stance though, as the company are clearly using collaborations as a means to follow trends.

Cynical nit picking aside, this collaboration is right on trend for autumn with the chunky knits and preppy stylings. The knits are made from a cotton and cashmere blend and are available in the four colours above. As it is a Japan based collaboration, I’m not sure when they’ll be available to Europe or America but when news appears, we’ll let you know.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Cold Method: 9 is the magic number

By admin on July 28th, 2008

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With most brands turning into lifestyle brands, you’ll have to provide a little extra to stand out from the crowd. Cold Method are doing just that with their ’9 aesthetics’ capsule collection. The Dutch label state that you need 9 essentials for every season, starting with a t-shirt, denim, shirt, trousers, knitwear, suit, coat and an accessory. Check out the collection at their website.



Designer Spotlight, News, Suits & Tailoring

‘Suit Yourself’: VMAN 11 Preview

By Will Reid on July 23rd, 2008

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VMAN has just released a preview of their next issue (VMAN 11) and by the looks of this preview editorial, ‘Suit Yourself,’ it is going to be incredible. Reflecting V Magazine’s ‘The Women’ editorial, which took rich photography and a classic country manor to project an image of high-society living, this editorial tells a nostalgic story of traditional tailoring with almost grainy photography used to stunning effects.

The photographic wizard at hand is none other than David Sherry and the story is styled by Jay Massacret. VMAN introduces the editorial with “this year’s fall suits combine elegant fine tailoring, clean lines, and a whiff of smoky nostalgia.” A perfect introduction to a perfect editorial.

See after the jump for the entire editorial with product listings.

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Grooming, Heroes and Celebrities

Jude Law’s Photoshop Job for Dior Homme Sport!

By Will Reid on July 23rd, 2008

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Perez Hilton has got his hands on an image from the heavily anticipated Jude Law for Dior Homme Sport campaign. Hilton complains of the blatant photoshop-job surrounding Jude’s sudden wealth of hair, hence the equally blatant ‘FAKE’ scrawled across the image in trademark Perez style!

JustJared reports that Jude was shot by Australian photographer Daniel Askill in May, on location in the Bahamas. Askill says of the fragrance campaign; “it was hard for me to decide whether to take it on because I had directed an ad for Dior before with Hedi [Slimane], it was one of the last major projects before he left, so it was a very tumultuous time.”

Keep reading for more details and backstage (behind the camera?) gossip!

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