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Footwear, Heroes and Celebrities, News, Video

Kickers team up with Chromeo and Lovebite for some Fancy Footwork

By admin on December 18th, 2008

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Brand hyping is usually dull PR fluff but at a Kickers presentation yesterday I learnt some Very Interesting Things I Didn’t Know Before. Here they are:

  • It was started in France in ’68 (which has special significance) by Daniel Raufast who wanted something for hippies to wear on their feet.
  • Famous Kickers wearers include David Bowie, Buzzcocks and Ian Brown. The shoes enjoyed a renaissance in the late ’80s on the casuals scene -which I’d put money on making a return very soon btw.
  • Jarvis Cocker wore Kickers so much the company made him a special pair which were dubbed ‘Cockers’.

The company installed a shed around UK festivals where you show off your moves and ended up in an amazing stop-frame vid made by Lovebite, aka Nottingham duo Nick Cobby and Allan Buxton, soundtracked by a nice little CSS remix of Chromeo‘s Fancy Footwork. Phew! If you’re not intrigued after that little intro then you’re dead, the video after the jump.

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Heroes and Celebrities, News

CQ Interviews Aquascutum Archivist Greta Pawlowski

By admin on December 17th, 2008

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Over on Catwalk Queen we managed to get an interview with Greta Pawlowski, who works at established UK label Aquascutum as their Company Archivist. Read on to find out how she got her position, what trends she predicts will be big and advice for getting into archiving.

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Newsflash: Gareth Pugh to do menswear

By admin on December 16th, 2008

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Roisin Murphy‘s fave designer Gareth Pugh has announced he is designing his first menswear collection. The closest he got to menswear previously was designing a Christmas tree for Topman‘s flagship store but come January the British designer his debut collection to Paris.

Pugh (pictured here with Erin O’Connor) said: “It just feels like an organic progression and yes, I am going to be very busy working over Christmas!” The show will take place on the 25th Jan at the Palais de Tokyo.

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, News

Will the Real Henry Holland Please SuperPoke Us?

By Will Reid on December 16th, 2008

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Grazia recently reported that Henry Holland has 662 friends on Facebook. However, upon closer inspection (and my quest to see if old Henners has uploaded his pic with our Catwalk Queen editor Gemma,) I found that there are two Henry Hollands on Facebook. And neither has 662 friends.

One of the Henries has 403 friends and the other has 582- how intriguing! Worst of all?- neither has Agyness Deyn as a Facebook mate. The Brandish team does love a fashion mystery!



Footwear, Lifestyle & Gadgets, News

Back to the 90′s…

By Jonathan Smith on December 16th, 2008

I’ve always been of the opinion that my shoes lack the neon effect of a porn shop window, which is why I nearly shit a brick when I saw this video. These light up neon laces are the focus point of a pair of Solebox x Puma collaborative sneakers, which will hopefully be released soon- perhaps coming a little late for New Rave however there are probably a few hangers on out there, after all American Apparel is still doing business…

[Via: Soulbox]



Entertainment, News

Brandish Inspiration: Prospective Dazed & Confused ‘British Youth’ Issue

By Will Reid on December 15th, 2008

dazed1.jpgFor their January issue, Dazed & Confused asked the youth of Britain to design a Dazed magazine cover based on a set of images Hedi Slimane photographed for the magazine. The issue came out last Thursday and the two black and white covers that were selected for the final copy (pictured after the jump) are very effective but, in my opinion, the image above (by ‘Jamie’) would have made a real statement and epitomised the revolutionary way of British youth today.

Tell us what you think on our Facebook wall!

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Footwear, News

A.P.C team up with Nike to re-release All Court

By admin on December 11th, 2008

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French label APC is racking up a second collaboration with Nike, to produce a new version of their All Court from 1975. APC founder and designer Jean Touitou said “We had a longing to make an elegant and simple sports shoe.” Toitou also added that he thought Nike should never have ceased production of the simple tennis shoe, and the French company will be bringing them back in Gallic red, white or blue.
You’ll be able to get the shoes from APC stores from this spring

[WWD, Image: Refinery 29]



Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

LOVE Magazine- The Masthead and the Madness!

By Will Reid on December 10th, 2008

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Giles Deacon

Fashionista is stating that Katie Grand’s new LOVE magazine (published by Condé Nast,) is a “beacon of hope for the dying magazine industry and its dwindling fashion counterpart.” Well, it may be a beacon of hope for the magazine industry but Grand and her brilliant team have decided to get a head start with a very low-key blog.

The masthead of the magazine was revealed today and a look through the blog revealed such gems as Giles Deacon posing with a pair of Scotch-Egg-Glasses (the ‘it’ accessory of next season?) and fashion editors Francesca Burns and Victoria Young with the likes of Simon Cowelland David Walliams! Who would have guessed that Mark Frith (of Heat and celeb scandal fame,) would be editorial consultant?

Enjoy all the behind-the-scenes pictures as well as the full masthead after the jump!

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Heroes and Celebrities, News

X-Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg

By admin on December 8th, 2008

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Despite his Irish genes Eoghan Quigg manages not to make any Boyzone-style disasters in his shirt and waistcoat combo. The dove grey and black is a subtle move while the black buttons provide a nice focal point for the young chap and I wish him all the best in his musical and sartorial endeavours.

There’s just one thing… I can’t ignore the hair. It looks like 2 months-worth of Dax red wax has come to roost on his head by way of some frisky seagulls. He’ll grow out of it.

Alan Lewis/Rex Features



News

Angel’s Big Vintage Sale, the sale of a lifetime!

By admin on December 4th, 2008

I don’t want to compete for vintage dresses, old suits and heels with anyone but dear Brandish readers come close and let me tell you about one of the most exciting events I’ve heard of in a very long time.

Angel‘s, the London costumier, is hosting the Big Vintage Sale in its Wembley storeroom this Saturday where you can rummage for ex-Angels stock and ex-BBC Resources Costume stock. Clothes hoarder that I am, I’ve spoken to people at the BBC about their costume department and apparently they hardly ever sell of their stock, so this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Watch the video above to get an idea of the scale of the event, and see you at 8.30am on Saturday!

Visit Angel’s Facebook event page for more information on the sale.



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Oh Dear- Is Someone Feeling The Credit Crunch?

By Will Reid on December 2nd, 2008

ramsey.jpgYesterday we saw Jamie Hince donning a rather hobo-chic look and today we hear that Tony Simm, a Gordon Ramsay lookalike (emm…not quite,) has come forward to tell the world of how he is being verbally attacked as a result of the famous TV Chef’s supposed-affair.

Simm, aged 50, tells the Daily Mail that “everyone used to like him, and being his double meant I’d get lots of good attention everytime I left the house. But since the news of him and his alleged mistress hit the headlines, I’ve been called a love cheat by about 50 angry women of all ages.”

Simm also states that “it’s great that people are confusing me with the real deal, but I must admit I’m not totally happy about the fallout this has created.” Well, I guess that’s another reason to not give up the day job.

(Source: Daily Mail)



Heroes and Celebrities, News

It’s different for boys: Jamie Hince, more shabby than chic?

By admin on December 1st, 2008

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Looking at this image of Jamie Hince stepping after a night at girlfriend Kate Moss‘ flat I started thinking about how the Croydon-born model always manages to look chic and stylish is shabby rock-y vintage while Hince looks a little raggedy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the sight of me on a Sunday morning in pjs scuttling to the newsie is far, far worse but the point I’m trying to make is that women are armed with an array of stylistic tools. Mixing mussed up hair with a fancy dress, or shabby jeans with a flashy jewellery has long been Moss’ preserve. When a man dresses scruffy he isn’t in possession of as much to work with to make those well-worn basics look smart, by replacing the well-worn suede boots with a pair of new shoes or the Britpop-era jacket with a duffel coat Hince could have gone from scuzzy to artfully skewhiff.

[Image: Beretta/Sims/Rex Features ]



News

Brioni bring their tailoring expertise to the Royal College of Art

By admin on December 1st, 2008

cary grant brioni royal college of art.jpgItalian menswear label Brioni has agreed to renew their sponsorship of the Menswear fashion Design course at London’s Royal College of Art.
Students will spend a week at the Brioni tailoring school in the Abruzzo region of Italy, learning first-hand the intricacies of tailoring. Brioni’s master tailor will work in the UK alongside tutors helping to decide the curriculum and sharing his tailoring expertise.

Famous Brioni fans have included Cary Grant (pictured above), Clark Gable and up until a couple of years ago, James Bond.



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Keifer Sutherland on the Last EVER Issue of Men’s Vogue?

By Will Reid on November 27th, 2008

0997130.jpgUsually, I like to write these magazine posts with as much information and detail as possible. I’m no stranger to the old hour of uploading just to give you the full low-down on that Dazed & Confused issue with “Tecktonick”dancer Kevin. The US Vogue ‘Superman’ issue with Tom Welling was packed with great pictures that were up on our beloved Brandish within hours of their release!

However, sometimes a hot story is worth posting even if the only information you have is a cover image…

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Christophe Decarnin Jumps On The Menswear Bandwagon!

By Will Reid on November 27th, 2008

00390m.jpgWWD 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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