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Designer Spotlight, Footwear

Startas make sure plimsolls won’t go away

By admin on July 9th, 2008

startascnv.jpgI’ve already gone on record as saying we should all be hanging up the battered canvas plimsolls this summer, but the re-emergence of a former superbrand might mean the sand shoe gets a stay of execution on the high street.

Little-known Croatian label Startas (only 75 friends on MySpace :( ) have been producing sneakers non-stop since the 1930s, at their peak moving 22m pairs a year. The new, revamped range reminds me of that other European plimsoll ‘giant’ Victoria – relatively well made shoes at relatively reasonable prices, in enough colours to complement any outfit in your wardrobe.

Thanks to men.style.com for the heads up. (Check out their link to another plimmy brand, Kawasaki – mid-top plimsoles hawt for 2009?)



Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Consuelo Castiglioni’s 10 rules of style

By admin on July 9th, 2008

1orules.jpgThis month’s 10 rules are by Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni. As usual there are a couple of universal rules (find your own style, don’t follow every trend, etc) but she also brings up the vanity of Italian men, citing men in suits that are slightly too small for them and the importance of shoes.

She states: “Shoes define the kind of man you are. They should never be too trendy or showy but lean toward the classic. There are a lot of ugly shoes out there, and they can ruin even the most sophisticated attire.” Having seen ugly shoes every day on the tube, I’d have to agree with this statement.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight

YSL Men S/S 09: A Different Kind of Preview…

By Will Reid on July 8th, 2008

ysl.jpgFor this season, the genius designer Stefano Pilati has decided to preview the label’s menswear collection in the form of seven incredibly arty mini-films. The first, called ‘Figures Entwining’, has an undeniable beauty and fragility, but I have to admit that I was a little freaked out by the androgynous and almost child-like models.

See after the jump for a look at all the preview films.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Lad Musician coming to Blackbird

By admin on July 4th, 2008

lad musician.jpgThis is big. Bigger than finding out Liz Jones didn’t like Glastonbury (Shock Horror! A woman who calls cats ‘fur babies’ doesn’t like a muddy festival). I’m typing this so hard, I’m about to break my 3 year old Toshiba laptop. Lad Musician. Are. Coming. To. Blackbird. Read that sentence one more time and take it all in. I know, I can’t believe it either.

This means you can finally stop putting the Lad Musician site through the google translator – especially as it tends to hand back sentences like “The LAD original material for this season’s T-shirt material is nice and soft textures”. Blackbird are starting to stock Lad Musicians AW 2008/9 collection and it will show up in their online store from early August.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Love The Look: Richard Chai No. 8

By Will Reid on July 3rd, 2008

richardchai.jpgThis new feature highlights the looks we love. Whether it be charity-shop mannequins or fashion week-shots, we will tell you which outfits are rocking our fashion-obsessed world. The first post of this feature looks at Richard Chai’s collection and the one look that I would literally kill for. (Okay, maybe not kill but beat up that glossy male model for sure.)

The whole collection had the feel of street-style and with increased ethnicity in the models used by different labels I think it is clear that the industry is beginning to move away from high-gloss and fake tans. Why go for prissy Versace-boy when you can be an adventurous Dunhill-man?

Check out those high-tops and that two-tone shirt and I doubt you will be able to resist the charm of a young designer only in his second season. I would say ‘out with the old’ but then again I believe it unnecessary to have yet another look at Yohji Yamamoto’s ghost model.

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

WISHLIST: Dries Van Noten Transparent Shirt

By Will Reid on July 2nd, 2008

driesvannotenshirt.jpgFor those of you who haven’t watched Amy Winehouse’s performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday, she does this thing where she pulls on her skirt while she sings. She looks to me a victim of ‘Summer Spirit.’

You know what I mean- when all you want to wear are your swimshorts and the thought of a buttoned up shirt and trousers makes you itch. Don’t worry Amy, I have found the answer to this shared problem and it comes in the form of Dries Van Noten’s transparent shirt. Seen in his current SS09 show, this shirt is striped and looks to be made of a silk-like material. It looks cool (in both the urban dictionary and weather sense) and with that white collar and contrast-stripe collar and cuff detail, is a perfect summer piece.

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Karl Lagerfeld stars in road safety campaign

By admin on July 1st, 2008

lagerfieldrsc.jpgAfter starring as a DJ in GTA4 and making a diet book, Karl Lagerfeld decided to take on road safety in this campaign. The text reads “It’s yellow, it’s ugly, it doesn’t go with anything, but it could save your life”. Slightly more sage advice than what was given out in his dieting book.



Designer Spotlight, News, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Visionaire 54 SPORT- A Lacoste Tribute

By Will Reid on July 1st, 2008

visionairelacoste.jpgThe latest edition of Visionaire has been outed as a tribute to Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary. So far, the infamously expensive Visionaire collection has seen issues made of puzzles and vinyl records but we are now being treated to the ‘first wearable issue.’ Confused? Let me explain.

This issue of Visionaire, in collaboration with Lacoste, will contain three state-of-the-art “full-coverage, full-colour, photographically-printed Lacoste polo shirts featuring artwork by some of the world’s leading artists and photographers.” Basically, the magazine will come in the form of a suitcase containing twelve images and three different shirts. There will be one small, one medium and one large within each copy and there will be four different sets of the SPORT issue. Included is the artwork of Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld and Michael Stipe to name but a brilliant few.

The issue will be previewed during next week’s Paris Haute-Couture collections. Those with a subscription are guaranteed a copy.

Each issue costs $250 (£125.)



Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Brandish’s Fashion Word of The Day…Crarem

By Will Reid on June 30th, 2008

crarem.jpgFor those of you wondering where I have disappeared off to recently- the answer is a strange place called Abernethy in Northern Scotland where innocent people are made to compete in equally strange outdoor activities. And not the X-rated kind.

While some have been living it up at Fashion Week, I have been condemned to a lack of ghost models and Matches sales. Therefore, I was delighted to return to Isabelle’s latest fashion accessory- the ‘Medge.’ I have come up with a new fashion word of my own.

I have decided upon the Crarem Trouser’ as my new term. As seen at John Galliano and Etro, this trouser mixes the Harem-style ankle with the new ‘Drop-Crotch’ trend to form the trouser of the season.

(Image: Marcio Madeira)



Designer Spotlight

New Lanvin store ready for Autumn

By admin on June 28th, 2008

00240m.jpgAccording to DNR, Lanvin are set to join the list of high-end names on Bond Street with a 1.6k sq. ft. menswear boutique.

Work began last week, with plans for the redesign to be completed by September. The news is indicative of the increasing strength of its men’s lines, which accounted for 31% of business last year.

The store will house Lanvin’s made-to-measure ’15 Faubourg’ range, plus the Lanvin Couture bespoke service.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Sales

Matches Sale: Paul Smith

By admin on June 27th, 2008

paulsmith.jpgIn case you’ve been too lazy to scroll down the page, this is the second post of Matches sale items, this time focusing on Paul Smith.

Cobalt blue cardigan (£78): Cobalt blue is a great spring/summer colour and will make you stand out in a sea of grey cardigans.

Brown brogues (£165): Everyone needs a pair of brogues as they make any outfit much sharper. Round toe shoes are also a lot more grown up than the ‘I wish I played in the Horrors’ pointy toe look.

Brown leather bag (£188): I’m not even sure why I like this so much, but there’s something very charming about this bag.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Sales

Matches Sale: Phillip Lim

By admin on June 27th, 2008

philliplim.jpgSales are getting larger by the minute which, depending on your financial situation, may be a great excuse to blow your earnings or some more online window shopping. The Matches sale is the largest yet and to accommodate its size, I’ve decided to focus on a designer at a time. This post will focus on Phillip Lim. Check after the jump for info on these items.

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Designer Spotlight, News, Sales

A.P.C Summer Sale

By admin on June 26th, 2008

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With Liberty and Men A La Mode all starting their summer sales recently, APC have got in on the act with their summer sale. As APC’s stock tends to swerve between ‘pre-order’ and ‘out of stock’, it’s fair to say that this sale will run out of stock pretty quickly. I would usually do the whole pick of the bunch thing, but as I’m in love with pretty much every item available at APC, they’d be no point.



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

This month’s 10 essentials featuring Fantastic Man, Purple Magazine and GQ Style

By admin on June 25th, 2008

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There’s an embarrassment of riches on the 10 essentials front as the staff of Fantastic Man, Purple Fashion and GQ Style all chip in with their lists. Founders of Fantastic Man Gert Jonkers and Jop Van Bennekom have the kind of choices you’d expect them to have, with their own pair of jeans, embroidered chinos and Hardy Amies’ ‘ABC of Men’s fashion’ all making the list.

Purple cofounder Oliver Zahm’s list is very classic Hollywood, as he lists a YSL leather jacket, Ray Bans and a Honda 750 motorbike. GQ Style’s creative director David Bradshaw has a simpler list than both the aforementioned, listing a crossroads bike, his back garden and his wedding ring. He also mentions some Tom Ford sunglasses, reminding you that he does work at GQ style.



Designer Spotlight

Raf Simons x Fred Perry surfaces, marks the end of CDG collaboration

By admin on June 25th, 2008

rafp.jpgIt’s even busier than usual at Fred Perry’s ‘collaborations’ department this week. Hot on the heels of Paul Weller’s limited edition henley comes news of the Raf Simons link-up that was announced at the start of the year.

The autumn/winter line, inspired by ’60s skiwear, is the first part in a two seasons collaboration and marks the end of seven seasons of FP/Comme Des Garcons. It’s been a messy divorce, with Fred Perry getting the claws out and claiming they went in search of a new partner to “broaden the product range” as CDG weren’t prepared to go any further than “a few star [print] polo shirts and jackets.”

Raf’s 13 piece collection certainly fits the brief, with wool flannel trousers, a mohair turtleneck and one of my favourites, this knit pattern polo.




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