Tim Hamilton has designed a collection for Uniqlo and it’s a nicely filtered version of his own stuff. Tim said: “Merging refined elegance with youthful energy, this collection took as a source the modern, playful images of Bruno Munari’s photo-reportage. Finding humour in the industrial, modernising settings of 1930s Europe, Munari shows carelessly chic youth butting heads with the buttoned-up, formal establishment.”
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For possibly the first time in its history, US Vogue is attracting attention for something other than its general lack of interest. The reason; this year’s ‘Shape Issue’ features LeBron James, the 6 ft 8 basketball player, posing with Gisele Bundchen, the 5 ft 11 supermodel.
So, still questioning why this could be seen as interesting by those within the fashion world? Well this is only the third time that a male has been featured on a US Vogue cover (after Richard Gere and George Clooney) and the first time that said male has been of colour- satisfied yet? Within the magazine, we have a feature which takes models like Gisele Bundchen and Doutzen Kroes and pairs them with athletes like Shaun White and Apolo Ohno. It is rare that so many stars come together (especially for fashion) and all those included are at the top of their game (pardon the use of this particular expression.) This is an issue for everyone and although some cynics are predicting a major letdown, let’s look up. In the case of 6 ft 8 LeBron, you’ll be doing it anyway.
See after the jump for great screencaps from a video on the issue. (Source: The Fashion Spot)
“You were on my mind at least nine tenths of yesterday, it seemed as if perhaps I’d gone insane. What is it about you that has commandeered my brain? Maybe it’s your…” Kimya Dawson’s brilliant lyrics ring through my head as I realise that it appears I have nothing better to do on a Saturday night than listen to the Juno soundtrack (heads up my friends, it’s great) and appear pensive and philosophical while typing away at my laptop. That is until you know what is causing me so much mental frustration- I am deciding upon my ‘theory’ (as named by Jason and furthered by Isabelle) regarding the devious short shorts trend.
Short shorts were a feature of last season’s shows and where better to take lead from than the trend-barometer that is the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection (right.) I was quite comfortably on the fence until I received a peculiar delivery from a well-intentioned but elderly great-uncle.
The next look to make our list is the awkward length. This was a hard one to put into this feature as some do manage to pull it off but not everyone is Terence Koh and it only took a look at the local fashionisto’s crash and burn outfit of Kris van Assche-style combat with tight tee to know that this was one to be hastily put down.
So where did it all go wrong? When did the matronliness of Britain extend to Dolce & Gabbana jodhpurs and McQueen knits? At D&G, trousers were either tucked into boots or (sharp intake of breath) fitted with elasticated hems- yes, the same fabric responsible for the horrific Rocky Balboa-tracksuit/pantaloon ankle. McQueen went for his usual unwearable but exquisite fashions and approached this trend with a blend of Alpaca knit and Spanish embroidery. Some celebs have tried to wear this look but unless you are an artist/indie fashion editor/musician/girlfriend of Irina Lazareanu-type, it’s best to stay away. For those of you willing to take on the challenge and prove me wrong- take a look at this Rick Owens thigh-length top from Brown’s.
The latest news on the fashion circuit is of Posh Spice’s new venture-into the world of men’s jeans. According to an article on DNR, Beckham "despises skinny jeans on men." Ouch, first we have to endure the horror of her Barbie-pink twin-set and now we are treated to her ever so subtle sartorial touch. (I really do try to reserve my criticism but give a guy a break!) "Guys should wear jeans big and baggy, with a big pair of boots or flip-flops–exactly how you see David when he’s out in his jeans and T-shirt," is the advice Victoria gives to the new generation of denim-doyens.
They are made from Japanese denim and design features range from the ‘aged-leather’ waistband logo to the purple pocket lining. With the woman’s collection being stocked in stores from Colette to Harvey Nichols, it will be little surprise that the same stores are already enquiring about the brand-tastic bootlegs (denim not drink.) Prices range from £110 to £143 and the designs hit the market in August.
Just as D.I.E’s spring range seeps into
shops, the official Denim is
Everything site has extended their sale by a week, So you can spend all
payday money on important stuff, like t-shirts. The site’s sale archive is extensive,
with shirts dating back to the Autumn/Winter 2005 collection.
The shirts are also available in a colour
range that nearly rivals American Apparel, meaning you can finally get that ‘too young to d.i.e’ shirt in pink and purple, instead of boring old white and black. The
sale lasts until the end of this week and supersonic delivery (I assume that
means next day) costs £6.50 regardless of how many items you’re buying.
When I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow to tour a newbie I know I really shouldn’t be up late on The Fashion Spot, but if you see Tom Ford on the cover of a fairly underground men’s fashion mag it would be criminal not to post.
The news only came out on The Fashion Spot at 10:30 and at the time of writing it is 11:24 so there is not any news on contents at the moment except for the obvious presence of Mr. "My ads are so raunchy they should be banned" Ford.
Any followers of the great fashion maverick will know that he has successfully released fragrances for Estée Lauder as well as his own him and her scents. Also, Ford has released a sunglasses range and a menswear line both of which are firm fashion favourites. The sub-title of the cover states of the "wicked masterplan of the super gentleman" and I can only imagine what that wicked plan entails-ah, how much I love sartorial drama.
I know that it is an obvious choice and not avant-garde in the slightest, but The Sartorialist is one of those gems that just makes you smile. Increasingly, Scott (Mr. Sartorialist himself) Schuman is incorporating more and more menswear into his revolutionary blogging venture. The photos within this post (all property of The Sartorialist) are just a few of Scott’s archive of great shots. Street-style is a major influence within the fashion world right now and everyone from Henry Holland to Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy are taking inspiration from the World’s various street-walkers (no naughtiness there.) Also, despite the location of these shots usually being fashion shows and parties, most of the looks are wearable and Scott makes sure to interview his subjects, getting information on suit sources and blazer bargains. Take a look for yourself and help me spread the fashion virus throughout the Globe (God knows some people need it.)
See after the jump for more examples of Mr. Schuman’s fantastic stuff.
Contrary to popular belief, Issey Miyake
does make items other than aftershave. His range of watches are quite popular
amongst those who can afford them (trust fund kids) and they’ve created several
innovative designs. The pick of the bunch is this twelve 365
The face is as uncluttered as it could be,
seeing as the watch displays day of the week, date and seconds. The most
annoying feature of numberless watches is that it makes telling the time
harder. The twelve 365 watch has fixed that, angling the casing where the
numbers would have been. Price points aren’t available right now, but we can
assume that it’ll be real expensive.
New York label Loden Dager are the latest in an
increasing line of designers to team up with Uniqlo,
creating a Spring/Summer mini collection. The collection is strong, with the
check shirt being the only really ugly piece on it. Some might say it’s a bit
dull but if your wardrobe needs great basic pieces to bring the kookier elements of your wardrobe together then you can’t really go wrong.
I just got back from holiday (not trying to rub it in!) and one of the biggest problems I had; apart form the lack of language, skin-peeling shower and being force-fed Sky News 24/7, was that my luggage was almost impossible to recognise from the conveyor belt and at one point even picked up by a suspiciously befuddled old man. Therefore, I have decided to invest in proper luggage with Joan Collins-style luggage awareness.
I have found this case from Globetrotter that looks set to fit the bill. In navy blue leather and delicious 100% leather, this suitcase is an 18-inch trolley case and great for a short mini-break. Now don’t be expecting to pack for a Summer Holiday fashion extravaganza but to quote form this WISHLIST item’s Browns description- “Be chic as you travel.”
Prepare for the Conveyor-belt laps and see after the jump for a different view of the case.
bomber jacket has all the nautical touches of APC’s spring collection at
half the price. If there’s one word you wouldn’t associate with Ted Baker it’d
be ‘subtle’. But that’s what this jacket is, as they’ve resisted the urge the
write ‘TED BAKER’ across the back or make the stripes unsightly. All these
features make it a relative bargain at £140.
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It’s not often you find a brand that would
make Danny Dyer and Katharine Hamnett happy, but Misericordia would do just
Hailing from Peru, Misericordia
are a sportswear label who make all their items in non-sweatshop conditions
using only organic materials. Everything about the brand is done in-house -
an amazing feat in itself – and one workman makes one item from start to finish.
The clothes are real nice too. Their range is available exclusively at Elements.
The Top 10′s on Men.Style.com are pretty
fascinating, purely because they give you a tiny window into a designers life
and influences. As you’d expect, most designers name an Apple mac and a piece of
clothing amongst their top ten essentials, but some are more abstract than
Take A.P.C’s Jean Touitou, for
example. His top ten features rice, water, books, Olive Oil and soap. Unlike other designers, his choices aren’t brand led. So there’s no 61" TV’s like Ozwald Boateng or customized iMacs like Paul Smith. Touitou’s choices are similar to his design philosophy in that they’re simple and uncluttered, yet not plain in any way. His
most interesting/bizarre choice however, is white sheets. He says he uses them to ‘cover
shitty art in a hotel room’.
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While most spring/summer ranges embrace
bright colours, Nom De Guerre have
decided to go all neutral. Using a muted palette much more suited to winter, it’s
a look that works because it shouldn’t. Grey isn’t a colour you associate with spring
and because of this, the contrast would be all the more striking.
Personally, I’m still not sold on shorts on
men, Most men have legs that should be covered at all times. To Nom De Guerre’s credit, they make it look wearable, which is no mean feat. They’re also (probably)the
only label who haven’t adopted roll ups for their trousers, which shows a nice
streak of nonconformity. Their new range should be available when their online store opens. For now, you
can watch ‘Der Hamster’ instead.