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The Brandish Sphere of Influence- Mr Mills Style Column?

By Will Reid on July 23rd, 2008

mrmills2.jpgJust two weeks ago, Brandish reviewed the first edition of the Sunday Times Style Magazine’s ‘Mr Mills’ menswear and style column. I decided that Mills needed to brighten up a bit and make the column a little more cheery and summer-inclined if he was to hold the attention of readers. Well, call me egotistical, but is it pure coincidence that the latest edition of the column featured pieces on swim trunks, sunglasses, lime green hair oil and bright-coloured ties?

Jason also picked up on the possible influence of Brandish yesterday with a post on Taz of Sa-Ra. We’re not serious of course, but Mr Mills does look set to be a great read.

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Taz of Sa-Ra featured in the London Paper

By admin on July 22nd, 2008

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Someone at the London Paper clearly reads Brandish. Last week we wrote about the new C.O.L.O.U.R.S video and briefly mentioned Taz of Sa-Ra as a possible style icon. Lo and Behold, Taz is featured in the London Paper today.

Coincidence or proof of our influence? It’s probably the former, but let’s assume it’s the latter. The feature doesn’t mention Taz as a style icon, instead focusing on his pro Barack Obama video ‘Imma vote Obama way‘. Give them a couple of months and they’ll probably stop referring to him as that ‘mad-looking guy’ and start calling him a trendsetter.



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Zoo Magazine: Music Issue 2008- Mick Jagger, Irina Lazareanu, Sean Lennon and Billy Idol

By Will Reid on July 22nd, 2008

zooCoverMick.jpgZoo Magazine has just released its Music issue with a set of four great covers. One sees Irina Lazareanu and Sean Lennon staring wide-eyes and iconic-indie towards the camera. The second cover is just Irina, the third is Mick Jagger with a peek of 64-year old (yet washboard) stomach and the fourth stars Billy Idol.

There are many (loosely) music-related editorials with a mixture of hot, young, glittering stars and a few major musicians such as the previously mentioned Mick Jagger, Billy Idol and also, Wyclef Jean and Sebastian Tellier.

Read on for more pictures and information.

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Manilow Manorexic- An Actual Fear or Tabloid Fodder?

By Will Reid on July 21st, 2008

barrymanilow.jpgLast week’s diet poll obviously hit home for a lot of you- but in a way that I had not expected. I confess to being a guy who is conscious of my weight and I have dieted. I see nothing wrong with wanting to fit into a pair of skinny jeans but thought I was of a minority. However, that appears not to be the case; 57% of you voted that there was nothing wrong with watching your weight and had therefore dieted.

I know that most of you are unlikely to be suffering from an eating disorder but it appears that ‘Manorexia’ is no longer a fad-word put out by editors trying to fill pages of a cheap magazine but a reality edging it’s way into pop culture.

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D.I.E A/W 08 collection

By admin on July 18th, 2008

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Brandish favourites D.I.E have recently sneaked out their A/W08 collection. Expanding on the pop culture theme, they’ve now included Andy Warhol amongst the influences for their tees. T-shirts aside, they’ve included shawl collars on check jackets, colour blocked jumpers and geometric print cardigans. View more of the collection after the jump.

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Timo printed wallets available on asos soon!

By admin on July 18th, 2008

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Launching on asos next month (is it just me or are they one of the best menswear e-tailers at the moment?) is the exciting range of Timo wallets.

Created by New York-based artist Timo Weiland the wallets are slim and simply designed but come in a range of photo-quality prints which range from illustrations to graphics and pixelated images. Weiland also has a specially commissioned collection by Icelandic artist Frosti örn Gnarr Gunnarsson (pictured bottom right).



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Alexa Chung and Henry Holland to present T4 fashion show

By admin on July 18th, 2008

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Rumours abound that Henry Holland and Alexa Chung are going to present a T4 fashion show and the latest is that it will be called ‘Frock Me’… geddit?

Alexa Chung doesn’t have any formal fashion credentials but thanks to her quirky style she’s become a bit of a fashion icon for the indie crowd and topped the Guardian’s Summer Cool list. It’ll be interesting to see her pair up with Henners, hopefully they’ll hit it off and have us chuckling through our hangovers.

Can’t be any worse than watching 20-something barmen/models/whatever bicker on Shipwrecked that’s for sure.

[Source, Image: Zigzag Images Ltd/Paul Cooper/Rex Features]

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Just in case you still needed some more t-shirts…

By admin on July 17th, 2008

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Remember Graniph? If you don’t (and you’re too lazy to click the link) it was a t-shirt site which also hosted a competition to find new designers. The winners were split into one gold prize, ten silver prizes and nineteen bronze ones with Cho Jo Tzu taking the gold with her ‘Peace Love Rabbit Foot’ design.

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Andre 3000 and Kanye West collaborate

By admin on July 17th, 2008

This is only vaguely fashion related but who can resist Brandish favourites Kanye West and Andre 3000 doing a bit of choreographed dancing? The other partakers in this slightly bizarre video are beatmakers Sa-Ra and P.Diddy’s former butler-turned-singer Fonzworth Bentley. Together they call themselves C.O.L.O.U.R.S which stands for cool outrageous lovers of uniquely raw style.

Bringing this back to fashion, Taz of Sa-Ra has been featured in a couple of Sartorialist photographs on Men.Style and seems to have a very eye catching look. Do we have a future style icon in the making?



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Topman announce Lens designers including newcomer Kaspar Harup-Hansen

By admin on July 17th, 2008

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Danish designer Kaspar Harup-Hansen is the latest addition to the Topman Lens roster of designers which includes names like Dexter Wong and Carolyn Massey. Topman’s Design Director Gordon Richardson says: “I have admired Kaspar’s use of Japanese fashion combined with Copenhagen street inspiration. He uses twisted well known classics, with special processing and exquisite detailing.” I like the subtle play on silhouette using familiar items like shirts and hoodies.

b Store’s Matthew Murphy helped Richardson pick the designers for the collection, which will be available from 14th September. See after the jump for the rest of the designers.

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Brandish Special- Celeb Style at The Batman ‘Dark Knight’ Premiere

By Will Reid on July 17th, 2008

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The new Batman film, Dark Knight, has been causing quite a stir throughout the film industry. Heath Ledger’s stellar acting, the new and improved Batmobile, the expectations thrust upon Christian Bale- all these things are no doubt exciting but how did the creative edge of this film translate onto the red carpet?

Read on for full details of this thriller evening.

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Primal Scream play concert hosted by Diesel Black Gold

By admin on July 16th, 2008

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Bobby Gillespie et al played a gig recently to promote Diesel Black Gold, the premium collection launched by the Italian brand this Spring. Bassist Mani sported a Gallic ensemble of red and white striped top and white jeans but I don’t think he had Liz Hurley in mind. Gillespie coordinated with his bandmate in a sheer striped shirt. See after the jump for more images including Patrick Wolf in shorts.

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Even Marc Jacobs can get chucked out of art galleries if he dresses badly enough

By admin on July 16th, 2008

marc_jacobs_page_1_image_0001.jpgThis is only slightly fashion related, but it was such an interesting story I had to share it. According to the New York Post, Marc Jacobs was asked to leave an art gallery because he looked like he was homeless.

An insider states “A low-level employee was disturbed to see this guy walking around and asked him to leave. [Jacobs] left without a whimper. When the owner, Lisa Spellman, found out, she fired [the clueless staffer] on the spot.”

This does leave one wondering – Just how poorly was he dressed? I’m going to make a guess and say that he was probably wearing some of those crumpled classics seen in the SS09 shows.

[Source: NYPost via Getkempt.com]



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Hedi Slimane contemplating comeback

By admin on July 15th, 2008

hedi.jpgKriss Van Assche must be shaking in his billowing trousers right now. Hedi Slimane is contemplating a return to fashion, according to DNR news. When asked about his desire to rejoin the fashion the world he answered “Of course, But it has to be right–the right project”. Little else is known about the label, except that it will more than likely be under his own name.

In his spare time, Slimane has returned to photography, which was something has been interested in since he was a child. The result of this is Rock Diary, which is a photography book focusing on music fans at last year’s Benicàssim.



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False alarm! Victoria Beckhams mens line will go ahead as scheduled

By admin on July 15th, 2008

dvbjeans.jpgApparently, news of dVB’s mens denim line being pushed back was either wrong or premature. A rep told New York magazine that the report was inaccurate and that dVb jeans are due to be released on schedule. You can buy yourself some proper mens jeans in Holiday season (I’m guessing that’s around December) this year.




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