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Perfect summer layering: John Smedley Blue cardie

By Colin Chapman on April 7th, 2009

Smedley_Blue_Cardie.jpgThis is the point in the year when layering becomes essential. With your peacoat professionally cleaned and (hopefully) being relegated to the wardrobe until autumn, what you need now is some flexible options. One of my perennials is a Sea Island cotton cardigan by John Smedley. Heavier than the usually slinky Sea Island fare, this cardigan will keep the breeze at bay whilst allowing you to breathe comfortably during those sweaty Tube moments. I’ve literally had a black version of this cardie for years, actually re-dyeing it black when it starts to fade. It’s a great shape – short on the waist – with chunky, retro-looking buttons.

The version here is in a very now shade of blue that is cropping up everywhere – most notably at Jil Sander – and looks just perfect for summer. I had to pretty much line up to try on this blue version at Selfridges recently, with all who spotted it cooing over the gorgeous blue shade – fetchingly named BlueEyedBoy.

Teamed with a cotton scarf in an ethnic print, you’re all set to react to our unpredictible weather like an expert.



knitwear, Trends

Smith’s hot summer tip!

By Jonathan Smith on April 3rd, 2009

Right I found it really tough to come up with something to suggest as my hot tip for the summer because my wardrobe changes very little for the summer months I simply wear less of it, so in that vein I’ve gone for AW09 favorite- the cable / heavy weight knit wear.

If you, like me, have stocked up on this stuff through the cooler months there is no need to moth ball it for the warmer ones, yes when layered wool is hot as hell but if you throw this over a vest or a t-shirt and shorts then it breathes enough to keep you cool in the day time but holds it’s warmth to keep the chill off when the sun finally sets. Luckily for those who have been staying clear of the knitwear the last few season -though I’m not sure why you would have- picking up a few pieces doesn’t have to break the bank, the featured piece below from Topman comes in at a cool £40, so you have no excuse.

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Brand Spotlight, Clothing, knitwear

WISHLIST: Pete Versus Toby ‘Tipsy’ Jumper

By Will Reid on March 4th, 2009

pvt2.jpgPete Versus Toby are an Australian label and they are easily one of the coolest new menswear labels out there. From the incredible hair of their model to the vintage-feel of their prints, I am fast falling in love with this great label!

For their latest collection “designer Marco Zirov has collaborated with Byron Bay artsists Lex Williams and Raina Hede to develop an in house winter range that juxtaposes the falling Roman Empire (USA) with Rothschild family inspired sketches. Through developing the diverse range, a study of drug use and its effects on an artist was also important.”

The collection will be in shops soon!

(Image: The Fashionisto)



Heroes and Celebrities, knitwear

Will Smith shows off winter chic at ‘Seven Pounds’ photocall

By admin on January 7th, 2009

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Living up to the Brit reputation of talking about the weather this post is all about how ruddy freezing cold it is! With temperatures so low some offices are abandoning their dress codes and allowing staff to come in casual clothes Will Smith shows us how to stylishly do formal in winter.
Standing in front of the Brandenburger Tor in snowy Berlin for his latest film ‘Seven Pounds’ Will looks smart in a tweed jacket, checked knit and patterned tie. See after the jump for where you can pick up the look in the shops.

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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, knitwear

Silas Winter Lookbook

By Jonathan Smith on November 25th, 2008

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A while ago when Silas pulled out of the UK I was pretty gutted because at the time they were my favorite brand due to the fact that their T-Shirts fit so damn well, the actual design of the T’s were less important to me but to be fair these were just as great. Silas has returned to the UK (though the brand still concentrates on its much larger following in Japan) and has grown up a wee bit with some smarter pieces to their range such as the awesome knitwear and coats featured in this winter 08 lookbook put together by Unbar.

Jump through to look through the book…

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Accessories, knitwear

Junk De Lux knit Dot Dash hat

By admin on November 18th, 2008

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Dot Dash; it’s the name of a great song by Wire (listen to the song against a montage of Star Trek clips here) and it’s also the name of this hat by Junk De Luxe from Asos (£35).

A satisfyingly handknit look hat it mixes demure grey with an earthy brick red and has a jaunty little bobble on the top. Forget pseudo-sporty or military looks this beanie will keep you warm and magically instill a boyish urge to start kicking leaves in the park. Miles better than pretending you’re on manoeuvres or in Chamonix.



knitwear

BBC x Rockin’ Jelly Bean

By Jonathan Smith on November 18th, 2008

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Love him or lothe him, Pharrell Williams is a style force to be reckoned with, as is his clothing line Billionaire Boys Club. As part of their A/W 2008 line BBC has collaborated with the artist Rockin’ Jelly Bean on this pair of crew neck sweaters, available in white and grey and costing a recession ignoring $190 they are a really nice piece and a potential collectors item.



knitwear

Topman’s double breasted shawl collar cardigan

By admin on November 14th, 2008

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Cardigans are ten a penny on the high street, if you want to keep your look interesting a shawl collar is a subtle detail which will add a little curiosity to your outfit.

Topman‘s red double breasted knit (£40) is a retro style which looks contemporary and smart teamed with office trousers and lace ups. Avoid wearing it with cord trousers, otherwise you’re in danger of straying into Val Doonican territory, and what with us being so close to Christmas that is a scary domain to slip into. Neat indigo denim and slim-cut pressed trousers will get the best out of this cosy cardigan.



Clothing, knitwear, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Reader Request: winter thermals pick

By admin on November 12th, 2008

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This Reader Request comes from Sarah, for a chilly boyfriend with no central heating. Come winter time, in the words of TLC I ain’t too proud to beg (for thermals). M&S should be your first port of call, they have long johns, thermal socks and nifty cosy shirts which have masses of grandpa chic appeal. Fellow old-school retailer John Lewis is also unbeatable for some winter warmth.
Thermal tops and underwear are all great, but if the cold is really getting to you drown your sorrows with a handy Ace of Spades hip flask, I’m sure TLC would approve.

If you have a fashion dilemma or you just want to chat drop me an email, or write on our Blog Network wall.

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Accessories, knitwear

Brandish Picks: winter scarves

By admin on November 4th, 2008

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More winter style solutions, this time with our definitive pick of winter scarves. A scarf is a great chance to add a splash of colour, pattern or texture to your outfit so be brave and pick something bold!
From left: University scarves are a great find on eBay, Paul Smith does a luxe silk-lined version for £110. Chunky scarves with the right amount of texture are hard to come by on the high street but Topman have a good selection, this teal offering is £12.

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knitwear

McQ by Alexander McQueen ruched pleat cardigan

By admin on October 27th, 2008

asos alexander mcqueen cardigan grey mcq.jpgGrey cardigans are a bit of an obsession for me, and with reason. The colour looks great with neutrals or brights and it makes the perfect unobtrusive cover-up.

This grey cardigan from Alexander McQueen’s McQ range has got an asymmetric fastening with ruching detail. The detailing is subtle enough for everyday wear buta bit more interesting than your average cardie. Available from Asos for £215 it’s the kind of item that will give you a sense of class and smart with minimum effort.



knitwear

Rokit khaki jumper

By admin on October 22nd, 2008

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Yesterday’s Love the Look outfit featured a slouchy green cardigan which acted as the showpiece for a palette of neutrals.

Rokit’s jumper is a similarly warm shade of khaki that would look great teamed in a similar fashion with grey trousers, tan shoes and maybe with a gold watch to bring out the rich tones of green. It’s very thick which suggests it is probably army surplus and would make a hassle-free substitute for a jacket and will only set you back £15.



knitwear

A.P.C stripe jumper from Start

By admin on September 24th, 2008

apc stripe jumper knit start nautical.jpgStripes are a bit overexposed in menswear generally but A.P.C’s knit jumper still feels fresh.
The classic nautical style looks less gimmicky in grey and oatmeal and the stripes are just the right width.

The four-button sweater is available from Start for £239, they recommend wearing it with a suit jacket (two buttons done up) which is a handy bit of advice. I’d team it with faded grey jeans, a pale cloth scarf and a pair of white canvas pumps but I’m boring like that!



Heroes and Celebrities, knitwear, News

Terry Hall signs Fred Perry limited edition jumper

By admin on September 19th, 2008

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As if I needed a reminder about missing The Specials secret gig at Bestival by being asleep in a tent, Modculture’s Dave has given me the heads up on a great competition he is running from today.

Terry Hall himself is signing (the tags) of a Fred Perry knit to mark the release of a special 500-limited edition version of their v-neck jumpers. They are being made to the specification of the jumper Terry wore on the first issue of the Face, with a deeper ‘V’, oversized laurel and they will be available in maroon and black.

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Beauty & Youth x Lacoste and Jessica Simpson… kind of

By Jonathan Smith on September 15th, 2008

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Does the world need anymore cardigans? No but the world doesn’t need another drunk blond hick, but we have Jessica Simpson and I love her. These cardigans and Jessica Simpson do have a few things in common: we don’t need them, there’s nothing really special about them, we have loads of them but we kinda like them.

Beauty & Youth has gotten together with Lacoste to create these bad boys that could provide a staple piece to any wardrobe. Coming in red, streaky grey marl and navy -which is the nicest in my opinion- with contrasting stripes on the cuffs and button lining.

Hopefully these will not be restricted to the Japanese market and should be available soon from a boutique near you! Jump through for a more detailed look.

Source: highsnobiety.com

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