Peter Jensen x Fred Perry

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For a third season Danish designer Peter Jensen and British label Fred Perry are working together on an old staple; the Harrington jacket. Coming in red, black and a very current gingham Jensen is up to standard in his attention to detail with the classic jacket receiving a super-sizing to the pockets and laurel.

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Jonathan SmithPeter Jensen x Fred Perry

Christophe Decarnin Jumps On The Menswear Bandwagon!

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WWD has confirmed the widespread rumour that Christophe Decarnin is to design a menswear range as part of the Balmain label. Apparently, it will be launched at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris next January.

Decarnin has transformed the Balmain label into a fashion so on the edge it’s almost falling off and his collections have become a staple at each season’s Paris shows. The Balmain show of this season featured a Madonna soundtrack and rah-rah skirt haute couture that, in these times of economic crisis, looked set to be a bit of a failure. However, as is the fashion way, magazines have been calling in the collection left, right and centre and Fashionista has stated that it will no doubt be the same with Balmain Menswear.

Either way, I just want Christophe to know that he can send any samples in the direction of Shiny Towers for a full review (and road-test!)

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)

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Will ReidChristophe Decarnin Jumps On The Menswear Bandwagon!

Brandish Inspiration: The Sartorialist Shoots Chanel Menswear in Fantastic Man 8

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It’s that time of year when men and women of every age are all forgetting about work and turning their thoughts to something much more important- Christmas presents. I’m not talking about gifts for the slightly odd uncle or some flowers for that 80-year old neighbour who suddenly said ‘hello’ yesterday even though you heard she had died two months ago (just me?) I mean a Chanel Menswear tweed coat.

The great Karl Lagerfeld is no idiot when it comes to the gift-giving season and for the eighth issue of Fantastic Man, he has asked Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) to shoot the latest collection of Chanel goodies. Wow.

See after the jump for all the pictures from the editorial!

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Will ReidBrandish Inspiration: The Sartorialist Shoots Chanel Menswear in Fantastic Man 8

H&M’s next guest designer will be Christian Slater… no wait, Matthew Williamson

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Up yo your eyeballs in Comme Des Garcons x H&M wear? Bought two of each piece, one to wear and one for keepsies? Sad because the line has been out for weeks now and you don’t know where your next H&M + guest designer cross over hit is coming from? Never fear! Matthew Williamson designer and part time Christian Slater lookalike (seriously check the picture) is here to rescue you! WWD has it that Williamson and H&M will be releasing a line of womenswear at select H&M stores on April 23rd- “But I’m a man!” I hear you cry, well dry your eyes because following this limited release will be a general release of H&M x Williamson summer clothes which will include a menswear line, hurrah!

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Jonathan SmithH&M’s next guest designer will be Christian Slater… no wait, Matthew Williamson

Jack Wills ‘Classic British Tailoring’ Collection

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Jack Wills is a label synonymous with public school brats and pink polo-shirts with faux-Rugby Club logos. However, beneath what appears to be a rather empty and shallow brand image, every now and then Jack Wills releases a couple of items that can be put together to form fashion-friendly looks. I, myself, have a skinny scarf that is a perfect blend of stripey knit and dove grey silk- it never fails to improve an otherwise boring look.

In time for the Christmas period, the high-street chain has released their ‘Classic British Tailoring’ collection featuring gems such as the Lewington Tails and Oakington jacket.

Continue reading for full product details, links and more information about the collection!

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Will ReidJack Wills ‘Classic British Tailoring’ Collection

Brandish Inspiration: Topman Latest Trend- Block Heads

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For AW08-09, Topman has created a video showcase of their latest collection- Block Heads. Model James Mclean poses in what Topman tells is a trend “inspired by the look of a Dickensian gypsy mixed with influences from the deep south.” We get a glimpse of what we will no doubt be wearing by Christmas and the video really projects what the look is all about- a poetic Grunge with not a slight hint of Luke Worrall.

“Bib front t-shirts are worn under a waistcoat and double breasted cardigans, topped off with a black padded donkey jacket for a military feel. Big accessories for this trend include a selection of trilby hats and scarves worn with tweed trainers or brogues.” Winter’s never looked so good!

Check the video here.

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Will ReidBrandish Inspiration: Topman Latest Trend- Block Heads

Dr Martens x Yohji Yamamoto Y’s

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As you may be aware the original Air Sole is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Dr Martens are back in fashion with a design that has changed little in over 60 years, though Yohji Yamamoto and his team of design wizards has tweaked the design classic with a special Y’s collection Calf High Biker Boot and 10 Eye Boot. Available in both black and blue- check out these icons of utilitarian style out after the jump.

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Jonathan SmithDr Martens x Yohji Yamamoto Y’s

Yay or Nay?- American Apparel Unisex Winter Ski Hood

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American Apparel is a brand that I can’t help but be suspicious of. Yes, the adverts are provocative. Yes, Dov Charney supposedly walks around his office naked. Yes, their shop assistants look like they’ve just walked out of a NYLON spread. My problem is that whenever I see someone wearing American Apparel, it tends to be the case that it is the not the clothes that are great but how they are styled.

I can’t imagine this ‘Winter Ski Hood’ (£10) looking good on anyone who isn’t a model but I am wary of giving it a firm ‘Nay’ as I just know that as soon as this post is published, some edgy fashion editor will decree it the It-item of the season.

What do you think? Vote in our poll!

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Will ReidYay or Nay?- American Apparel Unisex Winter Ski Hood

L’Uomo Vogue: AFRICA ISSUE – November 2008

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After taking on the lack of model diversity, Franca Sozzani (the editor extraordinaire behind the Black Issue of Italian Vogue) now wants us to sit up and pay attention to a different cause- the immense need for aid in Africa.

As part of her campaign for fashion to stand up and act, Sozzani has made the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue the ‘AFRICA ISSUE.’ This means that every feature or person included in the issue has some sort of relation to the need of Africa. It features Nelson Mandela, Naomi Campbell, Forest Whitaker and Bernard Henri-Levy (the philosopher and co-editor of the special issue.)

New York Magazine tells us that Sozzani “not want to make an aesthetic statement about Africa…unlike a recent issue of India’s Vogue magazine…this one won’t show peasants posing with $5,000 handbags.”

See after the jump for pictures of contributors including Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama and e-mail isabelle@shinymedia.com to tell us what you think of the issue.

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Will ReidL’Uomo Vogue: AFRICA ISSUE – November 2008

Marc Jacobs Menswear for 5 More Years (which is 5 more Christmases!)

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DNR reports today that Marc Jacobs International has signed a contract with Staff International (a part of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso’s fashion empire) that will see Marc by Marc Jacobs Menswear expand over the next five years. Already in Rosso’s couture stable are Dsquared2, Viktor & Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela and Vivienne Westwood.

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Will ReidMarc Jacobs Menswear for 5 More Years (which is 5 more Christmases!)

Gareth Pugh for Topman

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Well it’s technically Topshop I suppose, and it’s not clothes either so this post is kinda losing its relevance however I shall persevere. For Topshop this (festive) season Gareth Pugh has created a Christmas tree out of those most nontraditional of materials: neon light bulbs. Gareth has used 60 neon bulbs to create this rather lack luster tree that has no tinsel, shiny glass ornaments or even a fairy straddling the peak, minimal just isn’t Christmas. But check it out for yourself, the tree will be available to view at Topshop/Topman’s flag ship store at Oxford Circus.

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Jonathan SmithGareth Pugh for Topman

Alyasha x Adidas Originals preview here already!

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As promised here is the first full preview of the Alyasha x Adidas Originals collab – and arriving a little earlier than I predicted, aren’t we lucky lucky people! Coming via Caliroots (the selected carrier for Sweden) the line looks really strong, drawing influence from 1950’s Americana with a leather and a baseball jacket as key pieces.

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Jonathan SmithAlyasha x Adidas Originals preview here already!

Adidas Originals x Alyasha x Kazuki- no leopard print!

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A few weeks ago we gave you previews of the Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals collab and I for one didn’t much like it. This week highsnobiety has got their hands on a tiny preview of Adidas Originals’ colabs with Alyasha (from Fiberops) and Kazuki (from Fragment Design). Though this preview is limited to one pic of each, the pieces look good and far better than the Jeremy Scott collaboration- i.e. no leopard print in sight.

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Jonathan SmithAdidas Originals x Alyasha x Kazuki- no leopard print!

Brandish Does Boulevard: The Second Bout of Street Style!

This gallery showcases some of the hottest street style looks I’ve seen in quite a while. Granted, some of the photography is a bit shifty (and the background of sun-washed Camden during the summer is enough to provoke resentment from most Brits,) but these looks are on-trend and rival a lot of professionally styled magazine editorials.

Brandish loves street style and there will definitely be more to come in the next few months. Just prepare for rain drops on the camera lens.

Click on the image to start the gallery!

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Will ReidBrandish Does Boulevard: The Second Bout of Street Style!

Carola Euler speaks to Style Salvage

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Carola Euler is fast becoming one of the most talked-about names in menswear, having quickly made her mark on such fashion hotspots as b Store and Asos. We’ve featured some of the streetwear pieces she designed for the latter’s ‘Untitled’ collection, but what makes this still-shadowy designer tick?

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adminCarola Euler speaks to Style Salvage