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Lucas Ossendrijver’s 10 rules of style

By admin on May 29th, 2008

lanvindesigner.jpgIn this month’s Details, Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver delivers his 10 rules of style. While we’ve heard some of these rules before, an interesting one he brings up is that ‘You shouldn’t adapt to what people expect you to wear’. I think that’s an interesting point and one to remember when you get stuck in a style rut.

A couple of his other rules are simply variations of this answer, but it’s always good to know what matters to one of the world’s top designers. I didn’t really understand his last rule where Ossendrijver states that:

“I don’t really like wallets. I prefer that you carry your money in your pocket or put everything in a bag and carry it there. Just keep it simple.”

Surely putting all your money and cards into a wallet is simpler than putting it into a bag?

Accessories, Designer Spotlight


By Will Reid on May 28th, 2008

trilby3.jpgThis week I happen to be in the rather happening city of Mumbai. This former Bombay is, according to US Vogue, the new “It-City” but after landing yesterday I must admit that the gruelling heat wave soon quashed my hopes of glamour and a jet-set style wardrobe. In my stone grey Topman shorts, white belt, Karate Kid t-shirt and flip-flops I realised I was missing something and as soon as I stepped into the light of Indian sun I realised that what I needed was a hat. In my opinion, the trilby is a classic ruined by our own style icons but Browns is trying to change this and the CA4LA collection they have started to stock has a great variety of classic hats with a modern twist. My fave is this hat above with blue brim, white trim and black crown. With badge and feather included, what’s to stop you from pulling a Geldof and strutting out of airport lounges stealing bottles of wine (that’s an actual observation.)

Trilby, £135, Browns

Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities

Brandish Poll: Thom Browne or Tom Ford?

By Will Reid on May 26th, 2008

newyorktimes.jpgImage: Eric Johnson for The New York Times

Thom Browne and Tom Ford are without a doubt two of Brandish’s favourite designers and so imagine my surprise when I got e-mailed this article from the New York Times. It compares the work of both men and includes such literary gems as “the Tom Ford man is an Anglicized gloss on Hollywood style, while Thom Browne’s designs evoke the hipness of eternal adolescence” and Tom Ford’s brilliant definition of masculininty; “to be masculine is to fuse the debonair cut of a Savile Row suit with the swagger of a star from 1970s pornography.”

I made the Brandish team answer this rather sadistic question and you can see their (unwilling) answers after the jump along with a Brandish Poll.

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Designer Spotlight, News

3.1 Phillip Lim Tokyo flagship store

By admin on May 22nd, 2008


I’m not one to make assumptions, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume that the majority of the Brandish readership aren’t based in Tokyo. Nevertheless, if you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo, then you’ll be interested to know that 3.1 Phillip Lim has opened up a flagship store in Aoyama, Tokyo.

If you aren’t in Japan or New York, then these pictures should serve as a taste of what a Phillip Lim store would look like if there was one in your town. Check out another picture after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, knitwear

WISHLIST: Chanel Resort Jumpers

By Will Reid on May 19th, 2008

chanel.jpgResort season is always a bit of a drag for me; overly-frivolous (yes I see the haute-couture irony) and just another season to get my head around, the jump from cashmere coats to cruise is always too much. Karl Lagerfeld’s show for Chanel was proving nauseatingly frilly and I would challenge any British man not to feel melancholic at the sight of a male model in pink tie-dye. That was until Brad Koenig swaggered down the runway wearing that Chanel jumper. You may think that referring to a item as that only three days after it made its debut might be slightly forward but it’s cashmere, a jumper, Chanel and now on Brandish’s WISHLIST. Need I say more?

Lookout for more coverage of male resort looks this week on Brandish.

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)

Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities

Interview- June/July 2008- Marc Jacobs is Andy Warhol!

By Will Reid on May 19th, 2008

marc jacobs.jpgContinuing his penchant for artist/fashion collaborations, Marc Jacobs has taken to this month’s Interview cover as Andy Warhol. The magazine was founded by Warhol and this month marks the artist’s 80th anniversary.

WWD has reported that the fashion designer was shot by Mikael Jansson after Todd Eberle spotted him at a party and told Interview’s Glenn O’Brien “Gee, Marc Jacobs is the new Andy Warhol.” WWD tells of how Marc was told of similarities between himself and Warhol but claims “Warhol is Warhol. He’s practically a god. I thought, ‘I’m going to get a lot of hell for this.’”

Keep reading for more information and pictures (including Marc in drag!)

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Electronic Poet S/S threaded hoody

By admin on May 15th, 2008

elctpoet01.jpgIt might be a bit of anachronism taking a look at hoodies when we’re now well into Spring and talking about short shorts. But let’s not forget this is the UK, so constant balmy weather is never a certainty at this time of the year – global warming or nay.

Electronic Poet have produced the perfect S/S piece with their threaded hoody. Even layered up against the rain, it’s airy enough as to not leave you feeling muggy and uncomfortable.

Click through for some more from Electronic Poet’s S/S range, including 100% more threaded apparel and a couple of nice quilted bits.

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Designer Spotlight, Footwear, Heroes and Celebrities

Nike team up with the ‘influential’ Ed Banger crew

By admin on May 15th, 2008

pedwintraf1.jpgHigh Snobiety have posted another look at Nike’s upcoming collaboration with Pedro ‘Busy P’ Winter, head honcho at French record label Ed Banger.

Part of their on-going ‘Influencer’ pack, creating Air Force 1s designed by movers and shakers in Europe, Asia and the US, apparently one shoe will be done by Winter and the other by Ed Banger’s creative director So_Me, the guy behind Justice’s t-shirt transforming video for D.A.N.C.E. and Kanye West’s ‘Good Life’.

Although I’ve never really been an AF1 fan, the rainbow mid-sole works surprisingly well with the black leather and mesh pink lining. The best bits of the shoe, though, are the doodles on the upper – a stream of consciousness on the problems with designing your own trainer.

More pics after the jump.

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Accessories, Designer Spotlight

WISHLIST: River Island Marvel Cap

By Will Reid on May 14th, 2008

riverislandmarvel.jpgNow I know for a fact that I wasn’t the only one disappointed with Met Gala-attending celebrities lack of Superhero costume inspiration. In fact, Zac Posen was the only attendee who matched up to my high standards of fancy-dress. Therefore, I was delighted when I came across this River Island cap with Marvel Comic decoration (Persil, Armani, River Island- what isn’t Marvel on at the moment!) The only River Island I have ever entered outside the realm of cyber-space was in Fife, Scotland and the fact that the staff could collectively set up a tattoo and piercing parlour helped me to never return. Add to this that I was once told I don’t have a “hat-face,” I was understandably cautious of putting this on my WISHLIST. No longer shall I worry as this cap has enough Wham! Zap! Pow! to last me at least another month of pretending I could wear it.

Marvel Cap, £12.99, River Island

Designer Spotlight

Dolce & Gabbana announce new menswear store

By admin on May 13th, 2008

dg4.jpgLast month we were happy to hear a stand alone Marc by Marc would be opening up in London towards the end of the year. More good news for the city comes this week with Dolce & Gabbana announcing their first menswear boutique.

Taking over the 2,000 sq. ft. space the Tommy Hilfiger flagship left behind on Sloane St., the store will be fitted by Studio Piuarch in collaboration with Ferruccio Laviani, a team which have done the interiors of 35 other D&G stores. So expect varnished walls, black chandeliers and walnut displays.

DNR report the two floor boutique will carry beach and gym wear as well as suits, sportswear, denim and the usual.

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

Everyday Fashion Miracles: Vintage Variety

By Will Reid on May 12th, 2008

I happened through a series of make-believe fashion-related and totally cool occurrences to be watching Britain’s Got Talent the other night and as a result I was witness to the horror of Hoop La La. No, this is not some Christian cult or Paganistic ritual it is the work of Jessie, Craig and Tina; a group of students hoping to make it big with their hula-hoop act.

After watching I was inspired to right a piece on vintage clothing and while unexpectedly drawn from the image of a Scot in hot-pants, there is greater reasoning after the jump.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Victor Glemaud S/S 2008

By admin on May 8th, 2008


Considering Victor Glemaud’s first collection was only Spring/Summer 2007, he’s garnered a remarkable amount of attention in a very short time. It’s no coincidence that he was a publicist before he moved into the fashion world, although he also worked as a design advisor for Paco Rabanne for a year before opening his own line in July 2006.

The sleepwear influence dominates Glemaud’s S/S 08 range with pyjama-like shirts, shoes that could be mistaken for slippers, layered cardigans and colourful smart shorts. The range is also designed with hot weather in mind – you’d be surprised at how many designers don’t do this – so the materials are light and airy. Stockists are pretty hard to find at the moment, especially ones that supply to the EU. For now, you’ll have to do with this interview on Glemaud’s essential items.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight

John Lawrence Sullivan S/S08

By admin on May 6th, 2008


John Lawrence Sullivan is the creation of Japanese designer Arashi Yanagawa. After spending 4 years as a professional boxer, Yanagawa started John Lawrence Sullivan – the name of the first bare knuckle heavyweight champion of the world. A self taught designer, his influences range from boxing to aviation.

The spring/summer range focuses more on his aviation influences, featuring airplane seatbelts as belts and braces. The boxing influence comes out in the short shorts, which are cut like boxers shorts. While the entire collection is a strong one, the standout pieces are the suits. The sharp tailoring and slim but not too slim fit makes them the most wearable pieces out of the whole collection. Some of his collection is available at Famous Friend boutique.

Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Trends: Watch & Wear- Navy SEAL Zeal

By Will Reid on April 30th, 2008

00010f.jpgList any of this season’s It-items and chances are they are water-related or wave-inspired. Yes, that means you boat shoe, loafer, plimsoll, striped tee and navy (hello!) blue shirt.

The mood is light yet determined and spray-in-the-face cool. Imagine sea-side escapades (emphasis on the imagine) and sand between your toes as you loosely raise that striped knit from your oversized Jil Sander mesh-holdall.

Look to the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton (left) and see after the jump for a full report of this operation. Oh, my fellow SEALs, the time has come for a full-scale suppression of those autumnal tones.

(Image Source: Armando Grillo)

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Designer Spotlight

British Knights returning to shoe shop near you

By admin on April 30th, 2008

bknights0.jpgBeing that I’m barely halfway through my twenties, it’s hard to talk about ‘blasts from the past’ without someone rolling their eyes and claiming I’m not old enough to be properly reminiscing over things. Sort of like how I roll my eyes at teenagers getting teary-eyed about the eighties.

But when I heard British Knights were going back into production I instantly fell into a wistful daze, recalling memories of visiting Cobra Sports to buy another pair of trainers (buy 9, get your 10th free!) With an esoteric appeal that Nike, Adidas and Fila didn’t have, BKs were a sign you knew (i.e. took an educated guess and convinced others) what the kids in New York were rocking.

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