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Heroes and Celebrities, News

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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Heroes and Celebrities, News, Top Five

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.



News

Henry Conway: Queen Sloane, scandalmonger and living end

By ShinyMedia on January 31st, 2008

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I came up with the term ‘living end’ a few years ago to describe people like Henry Conway and I’ve still not yet decided whether its complimentary or not. Either way Henry Conway is a living end to the death, he’s hit the headlines recently after a scandal involving his MP father paying him a researcher’s wage for er, presumably nothing more than being his son.

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News

Kim Jones bags job at Dunhill

By admin on January 30th, 2008

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The world and his brother are talking about it and we at Brandish can’t be left out: congratulations go to Kim Jones who has been given the job of Creative Director for Dunhill.

It is a surprising appointment – the darling of men’s sportswear teaming up with a traditional menswear label – but a very shrewd one.  Dunhill have been trying to revitalise their brand since 2005 when Richard James was brought in, but Kim will definitely bring a breath of fresh air to the label. No one does colour quite like Kimmy and his soft-edged boy-next-door masculinity is such a strong aesthetic it will help to set Dunhill apart from their rivals.
The only bad part of the news is that the Kim Jones label will take a break so Kim can concentrate on Dunhill. Boo!
[Pic - Kim Jones SS08 via gettyimages]



News

Philip Start’s Fashion diary part three

By Kimberley Foster on January 29th, 2008

PhillipstartIn his final round up from Milan Menswear Fashion Week, Philip Start of Start Boutique, who has been keeping a diary of his activities exclusively for Brandish, gives us his third update:

The Costume National show wasn’t Phillip’s cup of tea: ‘it was very Italian, lots of buckles which wasn’t to my taste, but it was fairly nice nonetheless.’ On Mario Matteo, Phillip revealed that it’s a brand they’re going to be stocking exclusively at Start. ‘It’s great, very pared down and casual, but still retains a sense of elegance,’ he said.

Two more brands that will be new to Start, include Analogue Underground, a label created by a British designer living in Paris and Annapurna, an exciting label who do great cashmere. So expect these new brands to hit store soon!

Keep reading for images from the Costume National menswear show…

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News

More news from Paris: Kris van Assche vs. Dior Homme

By admin on January 27th, 2008

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It’s hard to criticise Kris van Assche. He’s got such a likable wee face and he seems like a sincere intelligent bloke, as you can see from this interview with Suzy Menkes, the grande dame of fashion journalism. Gotta love Suzy. Her interview style swings between mumsy and slightly creepy and they both seem horribly embarrassed by the size of Suzy’s boom-mike. Don’t look at it Suzy!

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Designer Spotlight, News

i-D February2008-The Boyz II Men Issue

By Will Reid on January 25th, 2008

Le76a8ce064e6c9018debbdye8_2The latest issue of i-D magazine is dedicated entirely to men, as you would guess from the rather provocative cover image.

Gemma Ward and Lily Donaldson take the cover with a photo by Emma Summerton and styled by Edward Enninful, a duo who have more than proved themselves when it comes to attention-grabbing images. The website description of this month’s issue starts with the line "Grow your stubble, flex your muscles and open doors for the ladies.

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News

Philip Start’s Fashion diary part two

By ShinyMedia on January 24th, 2008

PhilipstartIn his second diary update Philip Start spent yesterday at the Milan Menswear shows and sent us an update:

After an exhausting few days Jil Sander was the only show Philip had time to go to and he liked what he saw: ‘there was a very nice classic element, I spotted a great aubergine suit and there were some fabulous premium leather pieces. I didn’t personally like the fashion element and there were a lot of printed fabrics which weren’t to my taste. They would have looked great mixed up with casualwear but our customer is a bit more classic than that.’ See after the jump for images from the show, or check out our pick of the blogs for Style Salvage’s review.

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Designer Spotlight, News

Paris Catwalk Report: CDG Shirt

By admin on January 24th, 2008

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The Comme des Garçons SHIRT collection typically hit the mark this season with an accuracy which Mrs Tell hoped for her husband William when she waved him off with their son, a crossbow and an apple that fateful morning.

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Designer Spotlight, News

Paris Catwalk Report: Number (N)ine

By admin on January 24th, 2008

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When you’re aware of all the key looks for
the season, looking at fashion shows simply becomes deciding which look a
designer chose. Number (N)ine chose the lumberjack look.

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News

Brandish Pick of the Blogs

By ShinyMedia on January 23rd, 2008

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Pui-Tien Man writes…

This week, we’ve got men’s style covered from
head to toe… and, apparently, inside-out too. Paris has thrown up everything
from the sublime Ute Ploier’s ribcage-scarf (pictured, left) to Prada’s… interesting F/W
collection, featuring crop-tops and frilled miniskirts over shiny
skinnies
. Has the
androgynous trend really crossed the gender divide?

Slick suits reign supreme on the catwalks, but for the modern urbanite, A Suitable Wardrobe looks for more suitable solutions for smart
travel wear
.

Refinery29 puts a Spring in their step with a roundup of
next season’s coolest new footwear, while Men’s Flair
belts up for a review of their favourite smart basic accessories.

But if the holiday
season has left you out of pocket, look to your own cupboard: Style Salvage has been doing some salvaging of his own in his wardrobe, and unearthed some
treasures. Dig deep!



Heroes and Celebrities, News

Henry Cavill becomes the new face of Dunhill London

By admin on January 23rd, 2008

CavillHot on the heels of Jude Law for their clothing line, Dunhill have announced another celebrity ambassador in the form of Henry Cavill, who has become the face of their London fragrance.
Cavill has been dubbed the unluckiest man in Hollywood having narrowly missed out on the roles of Batman, Bond and Superman. Still only 24 he was considered too young for each role, so expect him to go stellar when he’s got a few more years behind him. He did manage to make it onto screen in The Tudors and I Capture the Castle.

Although not as starry as Jude, Cavill is the kind of man who is so ruggedly handsome he would make even the most heterosexual men amongst us want to curl up in his arms and be rocked gently to sleep.
Expect to see a whole lot more of him in the future. Good move Dunhill.



Designer Spotlight, News

Philip Start’s Fashion Week diary

By Isabelle on January 23rd, 2008

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Philip Start has been in Paris at the menswear shows looking for new pieces for his London Boutique Start. He caught up with us and gave us the lowdown from the last few days:

Tranoï a small French retailer, had the best brands that didn’t have showrooms and some of the bigger names included Juun-J, U-ni-ty and Tillmann Lauterbach.

Philip went to the Dior show which he said was ‘a bit retro, all black skinny jeans and nothing new’. Ever since Hedi Slimane’s departure Dior has struggled to find a new style and Kris Van Aasche’s MC Hammer trousers weren’t impressing him: ‘My suspicion is that because he
didn’t invent skinny jeans he’s trying to make a mark but I’m not interested in
it’. Philip’s celebrity companion Brian Molko apparently wasn’t too impressed by the baggy trousers either.

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Designer Spotlight, News

Paris Catwalk Report: Lanvin

By admin on January 22nd, 2008

Lanvin

Lanvin’s collection wasn’t as strong as I would have liked but there were still a lot of lovely pieces which were well made and showed off the luxury fabrics to their best advantage.
The dream team of Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz retained the air of the dandy gentleman but the overall look was much more casual than previous seasons.

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Designer Spotlight, News

Paris Catwalk Report: Comme Des Garçons

By admin on January 22nd, 2008

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Comme Des Garçons love plaid. That’s the
main lesson that can be learned from their Paris show. Other designers have put
in a couple of plaid pieces but Comme Des Garçons practically put it into every
piece they had on show. They would have hired Mel Gibson to come down and
reprise his role in Braveheart whilst wearing head to toe Comme Des Garçons
plaid if they could afford him. Or if Mel Gibson wasn’t an alcoholic anti-semitic.

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