I know we are all a bit tired of weddings (thanks Will and Kate), but with the summer wedding season just kicking off, it is probably a good time to invest in a new tie to refresh that suit you wore last year. One of my favourite tie makers as of late has to be General Knot & Co. The …
As we all know on Friday 11th March 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and destructive tsunami caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing and millions more affected by the lack of water, electricity and transportation. Over the past few weeks we have seen people all over the world coming together …
Check out this awesome vest from the Levi’s Lefty Jean collection. Headed up by Takahiro Miyashita and Kazuki Kuraishi, the pair have work together to produce something a little different for the more traditional denim brand. The Textile Vest has a Mexican blanket come flannel feel and is meant to be worn either alone or buttoned inside a Levi’s Trucker …
The past few weeks have seen snow shut down half the country, and unfortunately it is only the beginning of the cold weather. As you know, if you are going to keep warm at this time of year, its all about the layers. From thermals to snoods, they keep you staying warm and staying fashionable. A big trend so far …
When the weather is muggy and you face regular drenchings, the only thing to wear are items that keep you cool and don’t get ruined in the rain. A checked shirt in gorgeous Madras colours keeps the flag flying for summer with long sleeves for those cooler moments. Pair with rugby shorts – yes really! This is a genuine trend I’ve spotted on the streets of East London and you need only be worn with caution if you live anywhere near the hooray-Henry zones of SW London. The shape is actually classic and when not worn with sportswear can look surprisingly stylish.
With sales in full swing and the heat here to stay, now is the time to put together an outfit for those balmy evenings when you want to turn heads during your evening ‘paseo’. A mix of high street and simple staples can pull together current menswear trends without trying too hard. First up, this very fun sailor hat from Topman, with authentic braiding detail. With such quirky headgear best to keep the rest simple, hence the simple tank (buy a size up) and black cuffed shorts. The mix of brown shoes with black clothing is very 2009 and these battered-looking Oxfords would look great matched with cotton socks in a soft pastel shade, like a cream or lemon.
There’s a lot of great summer items out there on the high street, even without the sales. Topman in particular are doing well replacing the label’s history of sweatshop man-made horrors with on trend items in natural fabrics. But first up is Uniqlo, these pink washed chinos are very Hamptons, an easy shape to wear in a brave colour. Button down shirts and denim continue to be trends in shirting .. and Topman combine both in one lovely, slender shirt. Their Liberty-print floral bow tie would be a great contrast and is a keeper. Finally, how nice are these patent grey sandals? Sadly sold out online, hit the stores (especially if you can reach one out of town) to nab a pair.
Two years ago we snapped Kingston Course Director Mo Ali at Graduate Fashion Week, and we spotted him again outside EC2 with some rather fetching trainers.
Its Fleet Week in New York this week, when the City is awash with sailors in full navy regalia whose ships have docked there for the annual celebration. As I witnessed last year, this can be quite a visual spectacle. The uniforms haven’t changed since the days of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s ‘On the Town’ and the sight of lots of men in the whitest of whites set against that most urban of city backdrops is quite something.
Right kids it’s time to lower the tone with some sneaker news: the universally beloved Air Max 1 OG is back for another innings at Overkill. The Air Max 1 was first released in this original colourway back in 1987 and has periodically been re-released to rapturous hype every time. The AM1 OG has since gone down as one of the most loved colourways of one of the most loved trainer of all time making a real, but accessible collectors item.
When my English teacher announced we would be studying ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ I have to admit to a light leap of the heart as I reminisced on John Galliano‘s ‘Blanche DuBois’ collection of 1988 and Marlon Brando in all his retro glory; oozing sex appeal and hard-edged fashion prowess. With these thoughts in mind, and a bit of time spent re-watching the iconic film made in 1951, I set about creating an outfit based on the look of Stanley Kowalski.
Topman have a new mini-collection on their online shop and the look is ‘Chelsea Arts Club.’ The high street label (beloved by the Brandish team,) tells that “this smart trend is influenced by a sophisticated age where actors, artists and sartorialists mixed in exclusive members clubs…the overall look is quirky.”
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Proving that you don’t need to go for mundane colours in a smart outfit, this young gent is sporting a fantastic khaki suit. It runs the risk of looking a little drab but thanks to some clever combinations of colour he’s managed to turn it into something a little special.
Off to a sunny climes for an Easter break? Here’s a head to toe look to get the locals talking and keep you cool. The seersucker blazer from Topman makes a change from the blue or grey fine stripe associated with this fabric. The pink of the blazer sets off nicely the deeper red of this colour-banded vest by Jil Sander. I love these wide-legged shorts (also by Jil Sander), which will definitely air you to the best advantage if you’re heading somewhere steamy but equally look classic enough to wear in town as well as at the beach. Finally, some classic espadrilles grounding the look with a touch of Mediterranean tradition in black .
It’s a small fact of my life that I cannot get out of bed without the 1Xtra breakfast show, something about their cheery voices convinces me it’s worth getting up and going to work.
They now have a blog where you can see what they’re up to on the shows, so naturally I had a look and what to I see but a vision of style, Mr Tinie Tempah. Admittedly his MySpace features a picture of him with his shirt off, but in 1Xtra mode with glasses and metallic tee he looks really good.
You might have noticed my absence from Brandish for a couple of weeks, I made a trip round the West African countries of Burkina Faso and Mali.
Having never been to Africa before it was a memorable trip, and I felt it was my duty to snap some of the well-dressed men that I saw out and about for you Brandish readers. Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, but people are turned out in brilliant clothes, and the Touareg men in Mali are a vision! This is only a tiny percentage of the amazing outfits I spotted, because snapping away at people felt a lot ruder than it might in Japan or the UK for example, but hopefully it gives you a taste for African fashion.