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Shorts: options for SS09

By Colin Chapman on March 13th, 2009

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If you’re off on your first break of the year somewhere warm shortly you may be considering short trouser options.

The revitalised ASOS store has some great shorts on offer, ticking various trend boxes.

The slim jersey pair here are in line with the overall smart sportswear trend, the rib detail adding a touch of smartness to what could otherwise be a very casual look. The draped front pair by Unconditional meanwhile makes much more of a statement, especially if teamed with a similarly draped front or deep scoop neck T-shirt. Throwing caution to the wind, the dropped crotch shorts in black linen have an air of Thai fishermen’s trouser about them, an exotic note that could look great teamed with leather thong sandals or brown Oxfords.

Of course, the crucial factor with any shorts purchase this early is how to ensure its your outfit that dazzles rather than your milky white calves. Run for the sun at the earliest opportunity or slather on a bit of self tan to help you blend in with swarthy locals.



Brand Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Suits & Tailoring

UniQlo @ Selfridges

By Jonathan Smith on March 2nd, 2009

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Affordable quality pedallers UniQlo are making your shopping experiences that little bit easier by opening a concession in Selfridges Oxford Street. Being UniQlo the space is one of the more colourful parts of Selfridges, looking similar to a Pantone reference book which is in no way a bad thing. The move is designed to introduce the brand to a whole new demographic of buyers and really sets their move into the UK and Worldwide markets in stone. The concession being markedly smaller than any of their stand alone stores, carries an edited menswear collection including their premium ranges, still being competitively priced especially when compared with the other brands that Selfridges stock. The store opened last Monday so get yourself down there and have a shoofty.

On top of this the brand seems to be advancing on multiple fronts as this new concession in London’s shopping hot spot comes on the back of the announcement of UniQlo’s Menswear Tailoring Collection and Premium Denim Collection, both of which will be part of the edited Menswear collection Selfridges will carry.

The UniQlo Tailoring Collection caters to the formal end of the market but still holds the same attention to detail and affordable quality synonymous with UniQlo garments.The line includes blazers, waistcoats, suit jackets, suit trousers, ties and tailored shorts all intended to be mixed at matched with other items in and out of the Tailoring Collection. The line being formal as it is still holds the bright and uplifting look that all UniQlo pieces do with even the darker more formal pieces looking clean and stylish. Prices starting at £29.99 this is definitely something to keep a fashion eye out for.

UniQlo’s Premium Denim Collection is a step up for the brands usually low priced but none the less well cut denim, collaborating with Kaihara and boasting entirely Japanese production for the line this looks to be of interest to any denim heads out there. Kaihara, a brand older than my nan only turned to denim production in the 1970′s but soon made it’s name in Japanese denim producing the entire garment from yarn to finished product to their own high standard. This kind of quality and dedication to a garment sits well with the UniQlo brand going to great lengths with this line to really make an impact on the denim marketplace using raw cotton and traditional antique looms to make the selvedged denim. All pieces in the line are priced competitively at £49.99 and well worth a gander.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers

Jeremy Scott x Ksubi In-store this March!

By Will Reid on February 25th, 2009

20081030173114lh7.pngIn the later months of last year, the Brandish team began to see previews from the Jeremy Scott Loves Ksubi denim collection.

Now, upon Lady Gaga wearing the orange love-heart suit in Sunday Times Style magazine, we are pleased to tell you that the line will be in-stores this March.

This is the fifth time the two labels have collaborated and as with previous collections, Jeremy Scott Loves Ksubi 2009 toys with the idea of Scott’s brilliant, brash prints with the achingly cool shapes of Aussie-label Ksubi.

Trashbag Aesthetics have reported that the line will be released in shops in March and we have already begun sharpening our elbows!

The floral-print denim at left is the only menswear we have so far seen from the collection but those hardcore fashionistos will no doubt be rocking the woman’s Nu-Rave orange ASAP.

See after the jump for more pics!

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Jeans & Trousers, Trends

More trouser options: joggers and (gulp) the drop crotch sweatpant

By Colin Chapman on February 24th, 2009

joggers.jpgFurther to my post about new trouser shapes yesterday, the drop crotch has definitely arrived. East London was awash with them at the weekend (mostly looking ace) and a quick search of the interweb reveals that Oak – New York’s directional boutique/web store – have sold out of the now-cult Corpus drop crotch sweatpants a couple of times over.

It’s not a look that will appeal to all – the harem shape is easier for women to carry off – glammed up with a shimmery fabric, a bit of gathering and some heels. For us guys, there’s a risk that you’ll look like you’re wearing a big nappy under those sweatpants. I can feel an Alexis Petridis piece in The Guardian mag coming on..

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Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Baggy trousers: the return of pleated pants

By Colin Chapman on February 23rd, 2009

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Fashion, as we know, goes in cycles. Thus, after a good few years of thigh-constriction thanks to the skinny jean, the newest shapes for men’s trousers this Spring seem to be all about giving us space to breathe. Whether carrot, balloon, wide-leg or harem the look from waist down is all about having some extra fabric to move in.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers

Yay or Nay: Undercover Lace-Up Jeans

By Will Reid on January 29th, 2009

90680_1.jpgDenim has been revolutionised in recent times and the last few years have seen denim be used by menswear designers to make a true statement. Whether skinny, twisted, acid bright faded, torn, studded, boot-leg: some might say that ‘jeans maketh man.’ And they wouldn’t be far wrong.

So, what would these jeans say about a male? They lace up (with white leather might I add) the side and turn up at the bottom. The have a diamond pattern detail on the back pockets and come from one of the coolest labels of the moment.

Yay or Nay
my friends? Vote after the jump.

(Jeans, Browns, £215)

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Clothing, Footwear, Jeans & Trousers

Investment Spend: RM Williams boots and moleskins

By Colin Chapman on January 9th, 2009

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You may not have the body of Hugh Jackman after all those mince pies but if you’re looking for a a piece to invest in you could do worse than the Australian cowboy classics on offer at RM Williams.

The RM Williams brand has been around for 75 years and brings with it a sense of gritty heritage. They also have a lovely site, including ‘Australia’ themed galleries featuring items worn in the movie.

The fabulous boots (around £189) are made to last a lifetime and even if they don’t they offer a full repairs service so you can genuinely call them an investment. To add to your Aussie rover swagger, a pair of moleskin jeans [heavy duty 'sueded' cotton] will keep you warm in the long run up to springtime. They retail at around £100.

The London store is at 102 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SS tel 0207 629 6222 or Google RM Williams to find UK outdoor clothing suppliers who stock the range.



Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Acne Jeans-Lanvin Collection Launches: a glimpse of Spring 2009

By Colin Chapman on December 19th, 2008

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Acne Jeans have just launched a collaborative denim collection with Lanvin. Check out their lovely Flash pop-up lookbook to see an (oh so welcome!) glimpse of Spring 2009. Soft denim blazers, pleated shorts, these shapes will inevitably be replicated by the high street come summer. Lanvin, under the eye of designer Alber Elbaz, has become one of the most directional brands in menswear in recent years. Not to mention Elbaz’s kitting out Tilda Swinton for red-carpet affairs.

Always cutting edge in terms of shape and finish, the Lanvin label has a genuine polish that (almost) justifies the eye watering prices. Acne Jeans meanwhile are a personal fave: their jeans are impeccably made, and you can guarantee that the very latest cut will be on offer, if at a cost. Their pleated Gentleman’s Jeans earlier this year (also a collaboration: with Fantastic Man magazine) had Charlie Porter in a dither and calling for the end of the skinny jean.

Escape the holiday hell and take a peak at what we’ll be wearing next Spring.

Source: Acne Jeans/Lanvin



Jeans & Trousers

Levis Red Engineered 10 year re-release

By Jonathan Smith on November 20th, 2008

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When it comes to jeans I always believe less is more, which is why I have never taken to Diesel jeans or even most Evisu but Levis, for me seem to get it right almost every time. However for the Levis Engineered Jeans I feel like they really dropped the ball. In theory I love the idea of an homage to the quirk in a twill that meant that early pairs of Levis would twist to the left but the finished product seemed a little cheap. Luckily for Levis few people shared my lack of enthusiasm and the Levis Engineered were an immediate success, 10 years on and the first purpose twisted pair of jeans is being re-released in a super cool collectors box. The special edition comes in the original three cuts: the Standard, the Giant and the Loose Culottes for girls and is slated for release in Spring/Summer 09, however the first 100 pairs will be available from Oki-Ni from early December.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Jeans & Trousers

Fashion Pet Hate: distressed bootcut denim

By admin on October 24th, 2008

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Being overly negative about other people’s dress sense is something that I’d happily leave to Trinny and Susannah but one particular menswear trend grates on me like nothing else.

They might seem innocuous but bootcut faded and or distressed jeans are a massive bugbear of mine. Richard Hammond, part of the Top Gear triumvirate of bad denim, is the perfect example of how not to wear jeans. The overlong shirt cuffs and ‘rugged’ leather only add to the effect and make him look out of date.

Is this a fashion crime or do you dig bootcut denim? Take our poll after the jump.

Let me know what your fashion pet hates are, and we’ll feature them on Brandish. Just send me an email or write on our Facebook Blog wall!

Jeremy Craine/Rex Features

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Jeans & Trousers, News

Diesel’s Dirty Thirty jeans

By admin on October 10th, 2008

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The massive queue, deep in denim conversation.

As we arrived to Neal Street this morning the queue outside the Diesel shop snaked around Earlham Street and almost spilled out onto Seven Dials.
The fuss was for Diesel’s Dirty Thirty limited edition jeans, created to celebrate thirty years of diesel, modelled by Daisy Lowe and retailing for just £30 you can see why so many people turned up for the one-day only sale. 160 Diesel shops are taking part in the promotion, and we stopped to chat to the patient shoppers at the Covent Garden store.

Take a look at the gallery on Catwalk Queen.

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Jeans & Trousers

Life begins at (Dirty) Thirty

By Jonathan Smith on October 5th, 2008

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Life begins at 30, or so they say- I’m 24 and I beg to differ. Come my 30th birthday I will become a recluse until my 50th and can rejoin society with a cane and pipe, because middle age just isn’t cool. However for a denim brand a 30th birthday is the prime of its youth so lets all send our warmest birthday wishes to Italian denim fiends Diesel.

To mark their 30th birthday Diesel launch their “Dirty Thirty” campaign a multi-city, multi-time zone, uber-party kicking off in Tokyo on the 11th of this very month and to commemorate the occasion for one day only will be a limited edition super cheap pair of Diesel denim jeans costing a zany €30. The jeans will be available from 10am this Friday in select Diesel stores and it is expected that they will sell out bloody quick, so pull your finger out and get down early if you want to get your hands on the cheapest, most exclusive jeans of this season.

Check out more pics after the jump.

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Jeans & Trousers

Trousers London: G-Star wearers need not apply

By Jonathan Smith on October 2nd, 2008

tl.jpgA little while ago our young fashionable upstart Will test drove a pre-production sample of a pair of drop crotch jeans by Trousers London and now the equally young denim brand has opened their online store so you can buy the finished article, fancy that!

Their first line comes as four styles of jean each limited to 150 pairs and individually numbered, costing £180 per pair. The brand focuses on the quality and the sustainability of their materials and looks to be a big player in the cutthroat world of denim. I seriously like these jeans; they are potentially a superior alternative to Levi’s Vintage, Evisu and Edwin. In fact, I think they are far superior to all these brands, which is hard for me to say being a Levi’s die-hard.

If you’re looking to splash out on a new pair of jeans then look no further than the Trousers London website and jump through for more images of all the styles – G-Star wearers need not apply.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, Jeans & Trousers

Yay Or Nay: Denim Deity?

By Will Reid on September 30th, 2008

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Denim has been rife on the catwalks of this season with many big-name designers putting out denim tuxedos, denim waistcoats and even denim shirts (okay, that’s not too odd.) I, myself, have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this timeless fabric and I think it’s safe to say I’ve explored it thoroughly!


What do you think? Vote in our poll below!

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Jeans & Trousers, Trends

French Connection vintage trousers

By admin on September 12th, 2008

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Plain old trousers just wont cut it anymore, especially when womenswear retailers are frothing at the mouth over the peg-leg, carrot, and cropped varieties of the trouser this season.
French Connection’s vintage trousers (£80) feature two tucks at the hip for a more traditional voluminous shape, a turn-up and a waist cinch for a perfect fit. They will look good teamed with simple, modern pieces like a grey v-neck sweater and white leather plimsolls to avoid a museum-y or overly retro feel.




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