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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, features, Gallery

Winter Coats Part One.

By ThomasHewetson on October 20th, 2010

When it comes to winter jackets there is a fantastic collection this season for you to choose from. Starting with the casual ones focused on in this post, it’s hard to overlook Penfield’s efforts and with a seemingly expanded line of outerwear and a lot of stockists it is set to be the choice of many in the coming months. In the gallery below is their Summit Woodland Parka which is available at Urban Outfitters, but do not overlook other jackets in their collection most of which is available at Urban Industry.

They may now be a cliche, but quilted jackets are certainly still relevant this winter. Instead of choosing a Barbour like we all have, try Lavenham. They are cut shorted and slimmer and whilst they may cost a bit more than your standard Liddesdale they are certainly worth it in terms and quality and aesthetics. The Lavenham Raydon Quilted Jacket is available at ASOS.

Cheap Monday continue to impress with more than their denim this season and the Grey Canvas Parka in the gallery certainly proves this. Over-sized and simple, it’s nice to see a jacket so often associated with green and Mod revivalists being given a refreshing makeover.

Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, features, Gallery

ASOS Nomad Trend Gallery.

By ThomasHewetson on October 11th, 2010

nomad.jpgASOS have just unveiled a new trend for the Autumn and it actually does their own brand collection justice. It’s a well thought out, solid collection that’s accessible and well styled, continuing the outdoor trend that has lasted a few seasons it seems to have taken the best elements of some them such as Fairisle knits, but left out the worst, like mens fringed moccasins. Here is how ASOS described the collection and below is a gallery of some of the picks of the collection. View the full collection HERE.

‘Scanning the wilderness of North America, Scotland and Scandinavia, Nomad is a look grounded in the history of cross-continental adventure. Playing with ethnic patterns and texture is vital, with Navajo and Fairisle mixing like never before. It’s a look obviously influenced by the wandering tribes and their distinctive take on the functional, yet is equally at home in town. It’s time to take a journey to the great outdoors…’

Click on the picture to start the gallery including links to the products.

Accessories, Clothing, features, knitwear

Another Winter For Fairisle?

By ThomasHewetson on August 12th, 2010

In the past couple of winters Fairisle knits have become a staple item to keep you warm in our cold winters. The trend also seems to be holding it’s ground with yet more garish patterns lined up for you to wear in the coming months. Alongside all of the styles below, I suggest you check out charity shops as you can get some real finds, but the problem is, first of all, you never quite get rid of the smell no matter how much you wash it, and secondly, the vintage styles tend to have very baggy arms which looks cute on women, but less desirable on men. The selections below are all available at Hip.

ymcfair.jpegHat by Y.M.C £40

farahvin4.jpgCardigan by Farah Vintage £85

ymcfairsle.jpgCrew by Y.M.C £110

features, magazine, News

30 Years Of i-D Magazine.

By ThomasHewetson on August 9th, 2010

thennownext.jpegOn August 12th we see the release of i-D magazine’s 30th birthday issue. Featuring covers with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Lady Gaga famously only showing only one eye it’s set to be a great issue with a them of ‘now, then and next’.

“30 years – whoosh, more than an instant in i-D’s lifeline – it’s a generation. Three decades to be celebrated and contained in this special issue. The whole issue was created by Nick Knight 200 portraits that SHOWstudio made at the close of 2009 in Somerset House – once the home of British passports, now the central location for British Fashion Week. Nick’s celebration of identity was also a commemorative project inspired by the 5th birthday issue of i-D, where 100 portraits were featured in The Grown Up Issue. 25 years on, the gallery selection grew to 200. Happy birthday!”

Terry Jones, Editor-in-Chief, i-D

Founded by former Vogue art director Terry Jones in 1980, it’s come a long way since the first issue which was formed like a hand stapled fanzine. With a beautiful layout and it’s constant fascination with youth and the new, i-D remains as relevant as it ever has been. Outliving it’s competitors, the publication was required to scale back the amount of issues released a year from twelve to six last year, but with a loyal readership and constant reinvention including a fantastic new website i-D looks set to remain for some time yet.

These issues will be released on three separate dates:

THEN on sale 12 August
NOW on sale 23 September
NEXT on sale 11 November

Clothing, features, Suits & Tailoring

Reiss A/W Online Lookbook.

By ThomasHewetson on August 4th, 2010

AW10men.jpgYou can now view the A/W lookbook on the Reiss website. With 58 looks for the mainline collection and 19 for the 1971 collection there are plenty to choose from. The mainline collection is really nice this season, keeping the brand’s signature slim tailoring that gives the brand a sophistication rarely seen from a none designer brand. I’m not too much of a fan of the 1971 collection. Certain pieces are beautiful like the sheepskin leather below, but as a collection, it doesn’t have the identity of the mainline collection and there are certainly other brands of the same nature that execute the look of the 1971 collection a lot better.

Clothing, features

Dior Straight Leg Woolen Trousers.

By ThomasHewetson on July 24th, 2010

diorstraightleg.jpgSince Kris Van Assche took over the creative direction at Dior Homme he has been rethinking the silhouette which came to define the latter part of the noughties. Assche’s predecessor Hedi Slimane made the rock n’ roll look work again, collaborating with musicians in campaigns, but achieved it through tailoring. A Dior skinny suit used to be one of the things I dreamed of owning, but now, with the high street producing skinnier than thou suits, it all seems to be saturated and the look simply has to end.
dior2009.jpegDior Homme SS/09 Campaign.

The shift has been happening for the past couple of seasons and following in the footsteps of women’s fashion, men’s versions of the peg and harem trousers have given hope that there is life after skinny jeans doesn’t involve bootcut.

Well the A/W for Dior Homme still sees the same slim tailoring, but this time it’s the relaxed trousers with oversized trenches that steal the show. Colette describes the collection as a ‘return in the quintessence’ and the woolen trousers pictured above are a highlight of the first pieces of the collection to arrive on the website.

Clothing, features

1971 Reiss Cowl Neck Merino Cardigan.

By ThomasHewetson on July 24th, 2010

reiss19712.jpgThe new 1971 collection from Reiss features this fawn coloured merino cardigan. The cowl neck signifies an evolution of the brand since it launched the 1971 collection last year with less traditional silhouettes still with the same sophisticated feel of Reiss which bridges the gap between designer and high street perfectly and has a price tag of £89.

Brand Spotlight, Clothing, Designer Spotlight, features

Why Would You Want To Shop At American Apparel?

By ThomasHewetson on July 13th, 2010

AmericanApparel_00.jpegFast becoming a fixture in every major city in the U.K. the company’s popularity within these shores does seem to be increasing. Once a staple store for the hipster, you can’t go far without seeing a bit of lace or salt n’ pepper nowadays. Despite the apparent increase in popularity on these shores, a recent article in the Guardian suggested that the company is in danger of going under, reporting an $18 million dollar loss in the first quarter of the year.

This could maybe be explained by the brand simply falling out of fashion, but there are several other reasons I could think of. First of all is the evidence as to how the company is run. Emphasis on looks rather than skill are backed up by several current and former employees on Gawker. One states:

“Throughout my years there, I was repeatedly forced to deal with unprofessional, and unqualified corporate employees. There’s no way that these 19 year old girls had the foggiest idea how to manage entire districts of retail stores.”

Dov Charney, the man who owns the company seems a man of complete contradiction. Whilst on the one hand marketing the company as a brand which embraces equality with their ‘Legalise Gay’ and ‘Legalise L.A.’ campaigns fighting for gay marriage and an immigration amnesty respectively, he judges on an aesthetic level. Mr Charney has his ideal and is willing to employ and sack based on looks. This isn’t surprising for a man who was once quoted as saying

“You know, there are some of us that love sluts. You know…it could be also be an endearing term.”

I cannot be alone in walking into an AmApp and not enjoying the sales assistant’s icy demeanor. Before all of the guidelines for the appearance of employees got published on the internet I just thought they should loosen up, but now when you here of the stringent policies, it’s not so surprising they appear to have no job satisfaction. If you want to read the full guidelines you can find them here, but some highlights include making sure you take not wearing much make-up ‘very seriously’ and even advising against blow-drying hair because it could ’cause heat damage’.

Of course, American Apparel have released a statement denying that there is any wrong doing on their part and that “American Apparel does not hire or retain applicants based on beauty” and seeing as none of the sources are named in the articles claiming all these wrong doings (which is understandable) you can maybe say that they have been exaggerated. But I doubt it.

One thing that is accepted by everyone is that the man running the company seems to want to control every aspect of the company and feels like aesthetics will equal sales. What he hasn’t accounted for is that American Apparel is incredibly boring. And it has been for the last year.

Ad campaigns featuring Sasha Grey or some unknown 18 year old aren’t shocking anymore, even if the UK’s advertising watchdog seems to think so. The high street has caught up with the leggings and lace which formed the basis of it’s identity in the past few years. And that’s just the womenswear. I was in the shiny new store in Leeds the other day, with one rather large floor dedicated to the men, and it dawned on me that I didn’t need anything from the store. Once you’ve got your couple of hoodies, a few basic t-shirts, why would you buy anything else? Their poor attempt to go preppy with some corduroy and nautical knits doesn’t inspire you to part with your cash for this overpriced apparel.

AmApp will forever be associated with hipsters and Vice. Now, with the brand deserting them and them deserting the brand it won’t be long before Dov and his ideals go under. On one last note though, they are the best hoodies out there.

Clothing, Coats & Jackets, features

Burberry Prorsum X Colette Parka.

By ThomasHewetson on July 9th, 2010

burberrycolette.jpgBurberry Prorsum have collaborated with Colette to produce this limited hooded canvas parka. Having collaborated on a women’s trench this summer which proved to be a bestseller, this style should sell very fast. Available at Colette.

Accessories, features

Burlington Invisible Socks.

By ThomasHewetson on June 30th, 2010

burlington3.jpgThere is nothing worse than wearing socks with certain items such as deck shoes and suede loafers. There is also nothing worse than not wearing socks and having sweaty smelly summer feet. Luckily Burlington who you can trust to make quality socks which will last, have developed their own version of a ‘trainer sock’. Available at ASOS.

Competitions And Promotions, features

A Suit That Fits 100 For 100.

By ThomasHewetson on June 29th, 2010

for100.jpegSuiting retailer ‘A Suit That Fits’ are giving customers the chance to win a £50 voucher. There are 100 available so the chances of winning are quite high. All you have to do is visit to be in with a chance of winning.

features, Footwear

Dr. Martens SS11 Collection Preview At Hypebeast.

By ThomasHewetson on June 28th, 2010

dm1.jpegHypebeast has posted photos of the DM SS range for 2011. Mirroring the more fashion forward approach to their designs over the past few seasons, brogues and oxford shoes in the same DM silhouette are going to be available which harks back to the authentic skinheads of the 60′s but I have to say, the two tone and brogues aren’t too hot. Highlights are the canvas low chukka shoe and the use of red brick soles which is bang on trend. More images after the jump.

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Clothing, features, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

‘Gorgeous’ David Bowie and Kiss T-Shirts.

By ThomasHewetson on June 26th, 2010

gorgeous.jpgThese t-shirts available at Luisaviaroma by Gorgeous take rock items and give them a morbid makeover. Both Bowie and Gene Simmons get the treatment and the t-shirts are %100 organic and given a worn vintage effect.

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