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Paris Catwalk Report: Rykiel Homme

By admin on January 21st, 2008

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You all better not get in my way when the AW08 Rykiel collection lands. You have been warned.
I’m a lover of leopard print as I’ve previously mentioned, but trust Rykiel Homme to make it the absolute chic-est it can be. On cobalt blue and shocking pink it looked electrifying and splashed all over the hooded jacket it was so tough it screamed “Oi you! You laughing at my jacket?”. Ok, not screamed, roared.

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Paris Catwalk Report: Givenchy

By admin on January 21st, 2008

Givenchy

For me, it’s a bit of a shame that so many designers are forgoing the catwalk for cheaper means of displaying their wares, as I think you need to see clothing in movement to really get a sense of it.

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One last Milan Catwalk Report: Gucci

By admin on January 18th, 2008

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Never let it be said that we don’t respond to our fan(s) here at Brandish, that we’re not mere branches swaying in the wind of your approval or censure. This one’s for you Jérôme.
Having dispensed with the designers of the other Gucci lines, the very gorgeous Frida Giannini is now in her second year as Creative Director of Gucci. With her fourth menswear collection she has firmly established her aesthetic – louche, sultry, and very very Italian.

 

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Paris Catwalk Report: Jean Paul Gaultier

By admin on January 18th, 2008

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Gaultier showed his latest collection in homage to Fred Chichin of the French electro duo, Les Rita Mitsouko, who died at the end of last year. Chichin was a true French gent, in the mold of Serge Gainsbourg or Yves Montand and Gaultier’s collection captured that twisted elegance. Click on pic to zoom.

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Milan Fashion Week Catwalk Report: Etro

By admin on January 18th, 2008

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Etro has grown as a brand, with womenswear enjoying a revival with some help from designer Veronica Etro.
The challenge was on for menswear designer (and Veronica’s brother) Kean Etro to
take the menswear beyond mere cult status level.

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Milan Fashion Week Catwalk Report – Moschino

By admin on January 16th, 2008

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When will the lesson “Prejudice is bad” just stay learned? What will it take for me to shed my hard armour of bias and bigotry and step back into the world pristine and uncorrupted as a baby? Perhaps the new Moschino show will be my path to enlightenment.

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Milan Fashion Week Catwalk Report – Missoni

By admin on January 16th, 2008

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For AW08, Angela Missoni has taken over menswear designing duties from her brother Luca and created a collection which has a much more mature man in mind. That man is her father, Ottavio who founded the fashion house with his wife Rosita (after meeting her at the 1948 Olympic games in London, where he was competing as a swimmer, fact fans).
Unfortunately it seems as though her father might have been shaped like a tombstone on legs as all the models look as wide as they are tall. This is what happens when you tuck a bulky jumper into the waistband of your trousers.

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Milan Fashion Week Catwalk Report: Prada

By admin on January 16th, 2008

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I’m a little scared to criticise – only because Miuccia Prada is clearly a god-like,
visionary and I am but a mere mortal – but I’m not really sure what she was trying to achieve with the new Prada Autumn Winter collection which showed at Milan Fashion Week.
Stating that she wanted to create the look of flat surfaces, Miuccia sent her models down the catwalk in some very puzzling creations: shirts with two collars (the second one floating unattached round the neck like something forgotten); ra-ra skirts; and back-fastening shirts. Most puzzling were the large kidney warmers which most of the models had poking out of the top of their trousers and which look just horrible. Not sure what the significance of flat surfaces was – perhaps she’s been banging her head on a few.
Elsewhere, in more sensible territory the suits jackets swaddled the body with an extreme buttonless double breast, fabrics were shiny to the max and the shoes – oh the shoes! – the shoes were to die for.
As usual click on the pic to enlarge.



News

Abercrombie & Fitch launch underwear line

By admin on January 16th, 2008

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Abercrombie and Fitch are dirty beggars. There marketing strategy is simple and was neatly summed up by Cher in Clueless: “Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex.”. Do this whilst also making us think of A&F and you’re quids in.
They aren’t straying from this simple strategy as they launch a new product line and a new assault on our groins with this saucy film. Gilly Hicks is their fifth “concept” and is an attempt to break into the lingerie and underwear market. It is also is inspired by Sydney, apparently. [via fashionista]



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Mango launches Mango HE for men

By ShinyMedia on January 15th, 2008

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Mango is launching its first menswear collection for a decade, and it will hit stores this spring. The collection is called HE by Mango and is composed of 46 pieces including t-shirts, waistcoats, trousers, jeans and swimwear as well as footwear and accessories.
The palette is fairly neutral, white, beige, grey, blue and khaki feature prominently but graphic prints and striking contrasts break up the tones.

The HE stands for homini emerito, latin for ‘man who enjoys a reward because of it’s merits’ but all I can see from this image is a bog-standard distressed hoodie. Mango’s last menswear collection was way back in 1996, I’m hoping that the healthy competition among the high street retailers will get them to buck up their ideas!



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Brandish Pick of the Blogs

By ShinyMedia on January 15th, 2008

GgbsienceofsleepWhoWhatWearDaily have temporarily branched out into menswear giving us a rundown of their eight favourite fashionable fellows. Adam Brody looks particularly good and even Adam Levine from non-band
Moron 5 is well-dressed.
Coherent isn’t beating around the bush where Prada’s new advert is concerned and he’s right, you either love Sasha Pivovarova’s demonic stare or you don’t.
Style Salvage have got a great post on Jil Sander’s catwalk show, but I got totally distracted by the post about Gael Garcia Bernal’s aubergine suit in Science of Sleep which is one of my favourite films.
As if I needed another reason to want to go back to New York, Coolhunting have been checking out A.P.C’s discount store in Williamsburg.
SavoirVivreNY is another convert to pleated pants as he features a great pair by Missoni.



Designer Spotlight, News

Milan Catwalk Review: Alexander McQueen

By admin on January 15th, 2008

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Alexander McQueen is undoubtedly one of our most, if not our most, exciting designers. His love of fabric and his innate understanding of what you can do with it are always a pleasure to behold. As usual he didn’t disappoint with his new collection which hit the runways of Milan at the week-end.
The trademark sharp tailoring was of course present and the silhouette doesn’t seem to have changed much from previous seasons: still square cut shoulders, shaped waists and slim legs. But then, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Brocade, another McQueen favourite was also present. This season he has perhaps been holidaying in the Andes as the overall look had a certain Mayan/ Alpacan feel to it with its hats, fringes and shaggy furs.
All in all it had plenty of drama but more than it’s fair share of wearable pieces.
Click on pics for a closer inspection [Photos via Catwalking]



Designer Spotlight, News

One to watch? Adam Kimmel

By admin on January 14th, 2008

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Pitti Uomo is a massive tradeshow which takes place in Milan just before Milan Fashion week. The organisers pride themselves that this is the place to identify new trends and being asked to show there is like finding one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets.
This year, Pitti asked New Yorker Adam Kimmel to present his new collection which he did on Thursday at a banquet for his closest friends. His closest friends happen to include the major players of the New York art scene including Ryan McGinley, Nate Lowamn, Christopher Bollen and Casey Spooner. These friends also happen to star in his look-books.
Disappointingly I think it’s a case of ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’ which is behind the hype, as I’m afraid to say I can’t see anything particular impressive about his collections. This bin man jacket, available from Hejfina, is the most inspiring thing I could find in his current collection, but maybe I’m missing something….



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Catwalk Report: Bottega Veneta

By admin on January 14th, 2008

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It seems that Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta is sticking to his trusted formula for Autumn-Winter 2008. The casual wear is nowt to write home about but the formal wear is enough to bring covetous tears to my eyes. 
Shoulder peaks again reach for the heavens, lapels are wide and the trousers hang in expensive pleats. Although it’s not the most directional label – Maier is neither a trend-setter nor a trend-follower – the whole thing is so accomplished, it can’t help to instil in the wearer the quiet confidence of someone who knows he’s hot shit, but doesn’t have to crow about it.



Designer Spotlight, Footwear, News

Onitsuka Tiger and Mini do the business

By admin on January 14th, 2008

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The 80′s trend started out as one movement
but then fragmented into whatever you took to be 80′s. On one side was the
coloured jeans 80′s trend, thankfully that was short lived. On the other side
was the 80′s as seen in the film “The
Business
“, starring down-to-earth cockney superbloke Danny Dyer. If you’re
looking to complete your superbloke look then these Onitsuka Tiger trainers
should do the job. Or the business, if you’re into bad puns.

Inspired by Mini, Onitsuka Tiger have
sought to bring all the best elements from the car to your feet. In case you’re
wondering, that doesn’t mean these are the adult form of Heelys. They’re available
in cream, black and brown, so you should be able to find one that matches a
Sergio Tacchini track jacket.




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