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Accessories, Polls

POLL: Men’s braces – Yay or Nay?

By Gerald Lynch on April 3rd, 2012

I like a good belt, me. From a thin braided offering to a chunky biker buckle, they’re my proffered gravity-defying trouser accessory. But as the years pile up, and the pounds pile on, my paunch is finding itself more and more at odds with my waistline adornments.

So what are my other options? I’d rather walk about in my underpants than wear elasticated trousers. They make me think of the super-sized people who have to hire a golf-cart  to get around Disney World without keeling over. And losing weight just isn’t going to happen when Subway have just launched a £3 lunch time meal deal.

As an upstanding citizen (and one happy not to get an ASBO for flashing my tighty whities) the job falls to braces (or suspenders if you’re a US reader), the shoulder-strapping saviours of trouser hems since being popularised in 1822 by Albert Thurston.

But they’ve had a bit of a chequered history, have the humble old braces.  While they’re currently on the rise thanks to the popularity of the suited-booted Mad Men look, in the UK at least they’re still closely associated with the skinhead style championed by the National Front right-wing movement of the 1980s.

Also, this image of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, caught recently taking out the rubbish wearing little else OTHER THAN BRACES makes a little bit of sick rise to the back of my throat. Sorry Ken, I’d pick you over Boris any day of the week, but this look’s more Albert Steptoe than Albert Camus.

So, have braces weathered the unsavoury associated storm of the Eighties to shine through in 2012 as an on-trend “boardroom-chic” accessory? Or are they still just a way of keeping the thumbs of shaven-headed yobs occupied instead of forming fists?

Take our poll below and let me know what you think! My dignity depends on it!



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Polls

Yay or Nay: Will you Gilet it this Winter?

By wreid on July 13th, 2009

wings-horns-fall-winter-2009-collection-20.jpgWinter is often a season of necessity versus beauty. Unless one has enough in his wallet to buy a piece like this Alexander McQueen (a cool £1,095,) fashionistos are left to settle for cheap and not always stylish alternatives. The gilet (or body-warmer) is a fickle fashion item and this season it has been made-up in enticing chambray by label Wings + Horns.

Gilets often look awful; after all, the Michelin Man-look has never suited anyone. However, when worn over-sized and unzipped with skinny jeans and leather brogues, your padded-tube of fabric becomes the key component of a high-fashion look.

I would say ‘Yay’ to the idea of a gilet- simply follow Brandish’s style advice and you’ll be looking awesome anyway!




Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, News, Polls

Giles Deacon’s second range for New Look hits stores on the 15th

By Isabelle OCarroll on July 6th, 2009

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Giles Deacon for New Look, one of the few designer X high street collaborations for men returns next week with another collection, featuring a selection of shirts, t-shirts, jeans and knits.

We like that the New Look collections are a chance to see Deacon’s lighter take on fashion with witty t-shirt prints and bright colours. Hopefully we’ll see see pieces which push boundaries a little more in future collections but as always it’s baby steps for menswear. Having said that the designer himself wears quite simple and classic clothes, miles away from his last Pac Man womenswear catwalk show. What do you think? Take our poll and let us know!


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News, Polls

Poll: Would you take fashion advice from George Lamb?

By admin on May 29th, 2009

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The Clothes Show kicked off today and over at CQ we were left wondering what Katie Price had in mind for her equestrian bikini.
Also at the Clothes Show was TV and radio presenter George Lamb, normally his style errs the wrong side of indie, but he looked quite fetching in a taupe jacket with a gorgeous mustard silk tie. He seems to be positioning himself as a bit of a menswear expert. Would you take fashion advice from George Lamb? take our poll and let us know!




Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Poll: Brad Pitt in Cannes for Inglorious Basterds photocall

By admin on May 20th, 2009

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There’s no doubt Brad Pitt cut a dash in Cannes yesterday as he posed for the Inglorious Basterds photocall. His pale pink suit, white shirt and grey scarf is an artful colour combination that has already got my mind working.

Having said that there is something about the outfit that seems a little off, the scarf is slightly bulky and the shoes don’t quite fit. A pair of ivory canvas lace-ups or some suede loafers might have fitted in a little better.

What do you think? Take our poll and let us know, don’t forget you can clink on the image to enlarge for a better look.


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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Brandish Poll: The Met, the Models, the Mess! Keifer Sutherland and Jack McCullough Brawl?

By Will Reid on May 7th, 2009

brandishtees.jpgIn the aftermath of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala, fashionistos/as across the world have been gorging over that turban, Madonna’s wackiness, Rihanna’s brilliant tux and Naomi’s beautiful boycott. However, it emerged today that off the red carpet a fight was on and statements are being made across the fashion universe in response to reports that Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCullough was headbutt by 24′s Keifer Sutherland after McCullough supposedly knocked Brooke Shields over.

Surely not, I hear you cry. But yes, McCullough’s rep has confirmed today that “anyone who knows Jack McCollough knows that he would not hurt a fly…all we can say at this point is that he was the victim of a vicious, violent, unprovoked assault and that the matter is in the hands of the authorities.” How delightful!

The question stands- are you Team McCullough or Team Sutherland?

(Tees courtesy of Topman!)




Accessories, Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Yay or Nay? Mickey Boardman’s Gender-Bender Style

By Will Reid on April 20th, 2009

340x.jpgMickey Boardman is the infamous columnist at Paper magazine as well as a social butterfly and fashion extraordinaire. He is also the proud owner of a rather distinctive and intriguing look. Boardman blends paired down basics in block colours (Lacoste polo shirts, chinos, simple cardigans in luxury cashmere,) with extravagant costume jewellery and accessories. Chunky necklaces and lavish loops of gorgeous beads add a high-fashion touch to any simple look. But I worry it might raise a few eyebrows (and maybe a few fists) down at the local supermarket.

So what do you think- Yay or Nay?




News, Polls

Poll: Russell Brand still a fan of ruched leggings, are you?

By admin on April 8th, 2009

rusell brand leggings papped.jpgThere was a time when it seemed like Russell Brand could have been a saviour of men’s fashion. His Dickensian witticisms and gothic-lite get up were a breath of fresh air, but lately Brand has let things slide a little. His favourite ruched leggings leave very little to the imagination, and teaming them with flip flops? Rookie mistake!

What do you think of Russell Brand’s outfit? Take our poll




Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Matthew Horne at the Teenage Cancer Trust afterparty

By admin on March 31st, 2009

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Matthew Horne was snapped outside the afterparty for the Teenage Cancer Trust in London last night looking a little sheepish after he left his wallet containing £1,500 and all his cards in a taxi.

The Gavin & Stacey star has always been a little more fashion conscious than most, sporting rolled jeans and doctor’s bag which make for nicely understated trend pieces but It’s his Doc Martens that really interest me. The scuffed leather is a gorgeous shade of dove grey and the chunky sole is a trend that is slowly filtering onto the high street.

What do you think of Matthew Horne’s outfit? To me it seems a little forced, like he’s been styled for the night, do you agree or do you think he’s making brave baby steps into the world of fashion?


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Heroes and Celebrities, News, Polls

Luke Treadaway appears in madras at the Empire Film Awards

By admin on March 30th, 2009

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Most people use the date the clocks go back as the official start of Spring but at Brandish we pay attention to altogether more stylish markers.

Luke Treadaway (right) turned up at the Empire Film Awards accompanied by his equally stylish twin brother Harry Treadaway. The actor who is tipped to appear in the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans was decked in a madras shirt and a charmingly cut grey suit. A bow tie and battered brown belt top off the look and add a touch of personality to the outfit. Take our poll after the jump and let us know what you think of the outfit, or tell us on our Facebook Wall.

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Accessories, Clothing, Polls

Brandish Poll: Do you Dare? Bum-Bags!

By Will Reid on March 3rd, 2009

n684944737_1400897_1301033.jpgAt a disco the other night, the theme was ‘City vs. Country’ and stuck for ideas, a friend and I decided to go as tacky tourists. Cue vintage novelty braces, high-waisted denim shorts and charity shop shirts.

My charity shop bum-bag has been the focus of much attention. While it was only a joke item, a few friends have since been talking about it and I wonder if it could be worked into an actual outfit.

Outside of an outrageously-themed disco, I think I will wear the accessory when I go to India in March with cartoon-print Harem trousers, white plimsolls, a plain white vest and vintage sunglasses (at right.) Practical and high-fashion!

Yay or Nay?

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Polls

Yay or Nay: Autumnal Tones on The Sartorialist

By Will Reid on February 27th, 2009

2209RLcapWeb-1.jpgFor me, the Sartorialist is often ‘Hail or Fail’ in that sometimes I want to literally hunt down the people in his photographs to steal their outfits and sometimes I just want to hunt them down and …hurt them? Anyways, I can’t decided with the photo to the left. While I love the proportion play of the trench and tight, knit waistcoat and the relatively baggy trousers tucked into the boots, I’m not as convinced by the Autumnal colour scheme.

Am I the only one who thinks this fashionisto needs a pop of bright colour? Vote Yay or Nay after the jump.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Polls

Yay or Nay: Headwear at Duckie Brown

By Will Reid on February 17th, 2009

duckie.jpgAs we move to New York with our menswear coverage, the entire Brandish team has begun searching the shows for particular looks, gossip and moments that have caught our attention. And if there is one designer who has so far got people talking, it would have to be Duckie Brown. This label, designed by Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, has been trend-setting in previous seasons and over the last eight years it has definitely become one to watch for editors and writers alike.

So, with that said, what do you think of the label’s latest headwear designs. Loud, outrageous and not just a bit odd, would you be willing to rock this monumental millinery?

Vote Yay or Nay below!

(Image: Marcio Madeira)

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, Polls, Video

Yay or Nay: Designer Devotees

By Will Reid on February 12th, 2009

Men.Style have just posted this hilarious video of self-confessed ‘Lo-Head’ rapper, 88-Keys. Don’t panic- I too had absolutely no idea what a ‘Lo-Head’ was but all is revealed and it turns out that this term is colloquial for someone who is obsessed with the Ralph Lauren Polo clothing.

What do you think of these label loons. Do you go ga-ga for Gucci? Are you bonkers for Bottega? Vote Yay or Nay after the jump.

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Polls

How will you be spending Valentine’s this year?

By admin on February 3rd, 2009

paul smith heart cufflinks valentine.jpgIt’s less than two weeks to the day which, depending on your opinion, is either a way to express your romantic side or a pointless greetings card fest.

We’re busy planning gift ideas on Catwalk Queen which will come in useful if you have a girlfriend, but what will you be up to if you are single, cynical, or have a boyfriend?

Take our poll and let us know what you’ll be up to this 14th of February, or sound off on our Facebook Blog Networks page!

Paul Smith cufflinks, Harrods: £45.

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