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Oscar Fashion- Javier Bardem

By Will Reid on February 29th, 2008

06mIn previous years, the Oscars were associated with daring stars pushing fashion’s limits; Cher in Bob Mackie, Jack Nicholson in a beret, Sharon Stone in her husband’s shirt tucked into Vera Wang. However, to the displeasure of writers, editors and readers everywhere, the Oscars now represent a plucked image and dull figments of a mediocre stylist’s imagination. Talking about the lack of fashion daredevils at this year’s Oscars, John Waters in WWD said that "Stylists have ruined everything…Nobody wants to be Björk. I love Björk. We need Björk."

But fear not, this year it was the men who had the sartorial X-factor. Case in question- Javier Bardem in Prada (I have my suspicions that his outfit played a part in his Best Actor win.) Back during fashion season, we at Brandish, along with the rest of the industry, ridiculed Prada’s menswear show and it’s content of mini-skirts and "boy-kinis." Soon after, I assured you that the Prada collection would find a way of being wearable. Oh how nice it feels to be right for once.



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Dazed and Confused: Madonna April 2008

By Will Reid on February 29th, 2008

Madonnadazedconfusedcopy_6Okay, okay- so Madonna on a magazine cover isn’t strictly menswear news but if anyone has pushed the boundaries of androgyny, it’s Madonna. As she appears on the cover of the latest issue of Dazed and Confused clad in horns, Chanel boxing gloves and peek-a-boo lingerie, Madonna is once again mixing men’s and femme’s. 

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Justin Timberlake signs for Givenchy

By admin on February 27th, 2008

Justin_timberlake_givenchyAnother day, another celebrity endorsement deal. Forbes report that Givenchy have signed Justin Timberlake to be the face of their new men’s perfume, which launches this autumn. The CEO of Parfums Givenchy released a statement saying that they chose La Trousersnake for his innate style: "He is a world-recognized trendsetter who redefines modern elegance."

Innate style, my foot and fourpence! Would someone with innate style be seen dead with his girlfriend wearing a matching denim outfits, let alone dressed up as Rag Dolly Anna (left)? I know it was the ’90s but my point is that JT might look good now but I suspect it’s only because his label’s employing a better stylist. To me, it always looks like the clothes are wearing him rather than the other way round.
Read the full story here and note how obsessed Forbes are with ranking and income -  a bit of subliminal advertising for their world famous lists.



Clothing, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

You Would If You Could… Bright Suits

By Will Reid on February 27th, 2008

Markronson2_2There are endless trends and endless items you can wear to copy them. However, some looks are just out there to be seen.

You know what I’m talking about- the type of outfit that you might be let off wearing if the road was a catwalk and we were extras from Madonna’s ‘Vogue,’ throwing shapes at helpless passers-by.  This post is out there to give those looks an airing (we might just tone it down a bit!) Let’s look at the bright suit which is a current favourite among paparazzi-prone men.

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Grooming, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Update: Ewan McGregor for Davidoff

By Will Reid on February 26th, 2008

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A few weeks ago, I posted on the first pics from Ewan McGregor’s campaign for Davidoff’s ‘Adventure’ fragrance. So when this TV advert rudely interrupted my usual Sunday morning T4 routine, I was surprised to realise what it was. Unlike most luxury label adverts, this little film is subtle, succinct and pretty spectacular. It focuses around McGregor’s monologue on the usual blend of journey, travel, enlightenment and charitable experience but it is the stunning visuals which draws the viewer in.

I am beginning to think that this may be a trend in advertising; look at Louis Vuitton’s latest TV feature with wide-eyed travellers roaming the world in LV-labelled luggage. As I said before, McGregor is a relatable star and a man’s man- he’s not airbrushed or entourage-followed and this campaign only furthers my belief in Davidoff’s reinvention as a modern brand for the modern male.

See after the jump for Ewan’s latest televisual adventure (see what I did there?!)

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Brits 2008 Fashion: Arctic Monkeys

By Will Reid on February 25th, 2008

Image5This year’s Brit Awards saw a pretty varied spectrum of red carpet-dressing. The men either went for smart-casual monochrome (Take That) with accessories such as elaborate ties and glittery belts or glorious brights (look out for my other post on Mark Ronson and Mika.) But one group of well-dressed individuals stood out.

The Arctic Monkeys proved to be the attention-grabbing act of the night, whether it included their drunken thank-you speech (or slur,) winning the Best Group of the Year or their spectacular look. The band went for country costumes with full-on tweed and breeches. Admittedly you couldn’t wear it all the time but you have to admit that they do look rather enviously carefree and offensively upper class to the point of clay-pigeon cool.  This year’s Brits were a fabulous reminder of why  the world loves the UK. Some may have found the awards to be an alcohol-fuelled waste of time but at least we saw some genuine smiles and bright-eyes (more standard surprise than surgeon’s snip.) Deep breath- and onto the Oscars.



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DETAILS March 2008-Hayden Christensen

By Will Reid on February 21st, 2008

HaydenchristensendetailsThe latest issue of Details proves that this is a magazine for the fresh faces and rising stars. From Daniel Radcliffe in leather to Jonathan Rhys Meyers in too-tight jersey, we now have another young star who’s set to be a success. And after what feels like forever, we have a subtle cover which just oozes cool (did anyone else find Radcliffe’s ‘tache slightly scary?) Mr Christensen sails dangerously close to the James Dean stereotype but has just enough personality to pull it of without leaving the reader feeling as if they should watch the publicised film/line/fragrance out of pity. The photo-spread is dark, unshaven and unapologetic. Hayden appears determined not to fall into the pretty-boy category and this allows you to think he’s cool without feeling guilty. Inside, we have articles on Somalian gangs, Hollywood smiles, a How-to on Divorce and an interesting looking article on that age-old question- Does size matter? Prepare yourselves for this, it look set to be big.

See after the jump for more of Hayden’s shoot.

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McConaughey the new face of Dolce & Gabanna Scent

By admin on February 20th, 2008

McconaugheyPoor old Matthew McConaughey can’t even take his shirt off without hundreds of paparazzi invading his privacy with their long lenses. At least that seems to be the message of the new Dolce & Gabanna The One perfume ad in which Matty is followed through Venice by men with cameras just waiting to get a shot of his abs. It’s so terrible being beautiful, isn’t it, Matthew?

So it’s the paparazzi, just waiting to snap you in the altogether, rather than the fact that your shirtless in EVERY film you’re in, that means I’m more accustomed to seeing your nipples than my own? Bitch please.

Quite ironic that the man who apparently doesn’t wear deodorant because he doesn’t like to smell like someone else, is advertising a perfume but there you have it. It’s a mixed up world we live in.



Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

A.P.C’s Top Ten Essential items

By admin on February 18th, 2008

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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
that.

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’.



Heroes and Celebrities

Nylon February 2008-The Kills

By Will Reid on February 13th, 2008

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If you read the titles of the latest Nylon cover; "London Calling," "Get inspired by the coolest city in the World!" and "Brilliant British Beauty from the Queen to Kate Moss," you would be forgiven for thinking this was just another ‘Cool Britannia’ issue where the rich and famous club kids, models and Skins extras give bullet-point answers to mediocre interviews and direct us on a wild goose chase that eventually leads to some dingy old club.

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Heroes and Celebrities

Ewan McGregor for Davidoff ‘Adventure.’

By Will Reid on February 11th, 2008

Davidoff20adventure_2 The first images of Ewan McGregor for Davidoff have managed to sneak their way onto my computer screen and so far they look very promising- and very Ewan. The nomadic scarf and excess facial hair along with that motorbike hovering in the background are pure ‘Long Way Down’ and prefect for the new fragrance, ‘Adventure.’ Ewan, a celebrity who has tried to escape the limelight, suprised some by agreeing to star in the fragrance campaign but he says that "the concept of the films for Adventure was about a guy travelling on a motorcycle and that seemed to be right". No doubt the choice of Ewan as model will boost sales and attract the attention of both those looking for a hero and a heart-throb.

Click here to see the Davidoff Adventure video featuring Ewan McGregor.



Heroes and Celebrities

Dress like the characters from Lost

By ShinyMedia on February 8th, 2008

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Lost is back and apparently they’re tying up all the loose ends mystical plotlines and the meaning of those damn polar bears or the black smoke! Thank god because I really didn’t have a clue what was going on. If you missed season three or you saw it and you’re still confused then srsly you guys you could do with a recap. More importantly though, to get into the spirit of things you’ll need to dress like your favourite Lost character. They’re all there, Ben, Sayid, Locke, Jake, Hurley, and Charlie (hasn’t he come a long way since Hetty Wainthropp?!). My favourite Lost character is Locke so I guess I’ll be shaving my head, grabbing a weapon and donning some wilderness gear!



Accessories, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Kanye and Estelle: American Boy

By admin on February 5th, 2008

KanyeThe UK just doesn’t know what to do with it’s Black musical talent. Look at our Black British singers and you have a catalogue of perennial under-achievers: Beverly Knight, Jamelia, Craig David, Kele Le Roc, the list goes on. It’s as true in music as it is in fashion: we just don’t know how to cash in on our homegrown talent.

Estelle is one such artist who could be huge if she’d had the right backing and right promotion – have you heard the track she did with Ben Watt? Amazing. Her next single, American Boy, is probably make it or break it for her as the label’s pulled out the bucks to get Kanye West to lend his support on this cute little ditty about love across the cultural divide.
In the lyrics Kanye shows his appreciation for his dapper British cousins: ‘Dressed smart like a London Bloke. Before he speak his suit bespoke’.

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Psst! -Rachel Bilson in American GQ

By Will Reid on February 1st, 2008

00001f_2Someone in the lingerie trade must be pulling major PR strings. Just when we had got to grips with Lily and Gemma on the cover of i-D, we now have Rachel Bilson in American GQ. The ex-OC starlet is publicizing her new action film, Jumper, and talks about her own life, a childhood car crash and jumps on the celebrity bandwagon of adding her two pence to the Britney Spears debate (Bilson personally thinks we should all leave her alone.) In the accompanying interview and Ellen Von Unwerth-shot editorial, Bilson proves herself to be a confident and re-invented actress amidst a sea of young starlets threatening to steal her American-sweetheart crown. Not that she wanted it anyway.

See after the jump for more pictures. Read the article on men.style.com

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Brandish Pick of the Blogs

By ShinyMedia on January 31st, 2008

BondcraigsuitquantumSanyetta Baptiste writes:

From attractive men in Louis Vuitton jewellery to Valentine’s Day advice for the gents, Mr. MSR surely knows the way to a woman’s heart.  Take notes guys!
The new James Bond is tailor made to perfection.  And you can be too. A Suitable Wardrobe reveals the names of America’s top bespoke tailors.  At half the price, you can’t lose.

Strange things are happening at Manolo Men.  Men in blonde shaggy wigs, earmuffs the size of your head…Some trends should be avoided at all cost.

From basic clothing necessities to interview attire, fashion is made simple at And Shirts.

The advice of Sir Hardy Amies and Men’s Flair suggested men’s wear reads will definitely keep your little black book filled.

Dirty by day…Dapper by night. She Knows Best revea
the top ten fall looks
for the well-rounded man.




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