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Polls, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

Does this guy pull off the short suit look?

By admin on July 8th, 2008

yayornay.jpgThis portrait of a F.I.T student in New York magazine’s look book isn’t technically a short suit, it’s a blazer with shorts – but it’s close enough. We’ve seen a multitude of badly worn short suits lately but this one is a lot closer to looking good than the rest. For starters the top half is great – nicely tailored blazer, great shirt and nice use of colour with the tie. The bottom half, however, is a different story.

For starters his short shorts are too wide, and make his legs look like matchsticks. But the socks are really what kill the outfit for me. But enough of my opinion, what do you think? Take the poll after the jump and let me know if you reckon this chap finally got the short suit right.

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knitwear, Trends

Flight of the Conchord’s Bret McKenzie and his retro jumpers

By admin on July 4th, 2008

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Watching Flight of the Conchords the other night I was struck by just how many comedy retro jumpers Bret McKenzie wears. From ’80s sweatshirts with Arctic wolves and pine trees to snowflake pattern woolly nan jumpers the Kiwi comedian has got his bases covered.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Love The Look: Richard Chai No. 8

By Will Reid on July 3rd, 2008

richardchai.jpgThis new feature highlights the looks we love. Whether it be charity-shop mannequins or fashion week-shots, we will tell you which outfits are rocking our fashion-obsessed world. The first post of this feature looks at Richard Chai’s collection and the one look that I would literally kill for. (Okay, maybe not kill but beat up that glossy male model for sure.)

The whole collection had the feel of street-style and with increased ethnicity in the models used by different labels I think it is clear that the industry is beginning to move away from high-gloss and fake tans. Why go for prissy Versace-boy when you can be an adventurous Dunhill-man?

Check out those high-tops and that two-tone shirt and I doubt you will be able to resist the charm of a young designer only in his second season. I would say ‘out with the old’ but then again I believe it unnecessary to have yet another look at Yohji Yamamoto’s ghost model.

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)



News, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

I’m Still Not Convinced- The Short Suit

By Will Reid on July 3rd, 2008

shortsuit.jpgA while ago, we remarked on how a Telegraph feature on the short suit had used rather unusual models to create an unflattering portrayal of the look.

However, this picture (taken at the launch of Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme in Milan,) shows that even the fashionistos of the industry can’t get it right. While also not the most model-ly of men, Bruce Pask of the New York Times would be one of those I thought could pull of this challenging look.

My verdict? I think this would look better with cropped sleeves. Simply roll up your long sleeves to the elbow or at least take them off the cuff as this contrast of short/sleeve length is usually an unflattering one.

Try shoes that can be worn without socks; a cool loafer or Topman canvas brogue. I, as a bit of a sartorial risk-taker (read: hit/miss dresser,) would add a pair of House of Holland velvet loafers in shocking purple or pink.

Now if only Lapo Elkann would give it a try!

(Image: Wireimage.com)



Clothing, Sales, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Sale alert – Dries Van Noten sheer shirt

By admin on July 2nd, 2008

sheershirt.jpgSheer shirts have been on the catwalk for a while now and still haven’t been taken up by many men. The reason for this is obvious – not many men want to wear any kind of see through fabric. The plus side of sheer is that it can transform ubiquitous pieces into daring ones instantly. Like this Dries Van Noten shirt.

As Style Salvage noted, the key to wearing sheer is layering. A sheer shirt on its own would look horrific on anyone but a chest waxing model. But team it up with a simple shirt and you’ve good a summer look that will be way ahead of the times.



News, Trends

John Galliano Paris Menswear collections S/S 09

By admin on July 2nd, 2008

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When most of the fashion world is retreating to the relative safety of preppy, classic looks Galliano’s Paris menswear show last week was a riot of colour and you could tell he certainly wasn’t thinking of the credit crunch.
Drinks cans, colourful afros and shimmering lipcolours accompanied the fanciful clothes which included day-glo sporrans, newsprint tailored blazers and t-shirt featuring pop art images of Galliano himself. See after the jump for backstage images from the collection.

[Images: Rex Features ]

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Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Brandish’s Fashion Word of The Day…Crarem

By Will Reid on June 30th, 2008

crarem.jpgFor those of you wondering where I have disappeared off to recently- the answer is a strange place called Abernethy in Northern Scotland where innocent people are made to compete in equally strange outdoor activities. And not the X-rated kind.

While some have been living it up at Fashion Week, I have been condemned to a lack of ghost models and Matches sales. Therefore, I was delighted to return to Isabelle’s latest fashion accessory- the ‘Medge.’ I have come up with a new fashion word of my own.

I have decided upon the Crarem Trouser’ as my new term. As seen at John Galliano and Etro, this trouser mixes the Harem-style ankle with the new ‘Drop-Crotch’ trend to form the trouser of the season.

(Image: Marcio Madeira)



Heroes and Celebrities, News, Trends

Paris Menswear shows see first ghost model at Yohji Yamamoto

By admin on June 27th, 2008

The New York Times are going gaga for Sergio Lo Re, who made an appearance at the Vivienne Westwood show this week.

His looks are a heady mix of chubby Italian kid and sleazy lothario which isn’t too much of a hit with the rest of the fashion team but I think he’s cute.

Lo Re might be a little unconventional looking, but Yohji Yamamoto took things a step further in Paris yesterday by picking a model who is a bona fide ghost. Admittedly close up (click on the thumbnail) he doesn’t look that ghostly but from far away he is definitely a member of the undead.

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Footwear, Trends

Wedges for men at Fendi’s Milan Fashion Week show

By admin on June 27th, 2008

man wedge medge fendi milan menswear.jpgI spend an inordinate amount of time spying the soles of men’s shoes to see if they have hidden lifts in the sole but bearing in mind there aren’t many Karl Lagerfelds in Tooting I’m usually forced to conjure them up using the powers of my overactive imagination.

Now that Fendi have debuted the wedge on the Milan catwalks the delicate isssue of heel height might come out into the open.

All we need to do now is come up with a patronising name for them, somehow combining the word man with the word wedge. Medge it is then.

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News, Trends

Milan Fashion Week Menswear Trends: Preppy

By admin on June 25th, 2008

Enrico Coveri versace dolce gabbana milan menswear 09 spring summer preppy trend.jpg
Today is the last day of the Milan Menswear shows and by the looks of things they’re not taking any sartorial chances, preferring the relative comfort and security of preppy.
This perennial favourite appeared on the catwalks at Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Enrico Coveri.

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Footwear, Polls, Trends

Purple Moccasins: Yay or Nay?

By admin on June 20th, 2008

purple shoes.jpgI’ve been slightly Sartorialist obsessed lately, but seeing as his Men.Style blog is pretty well hidden within the site, I thought I’d bring this post to your attention. In it, he notes that Italian men have taken to purple the same way British men take to grey. Now that it’s summer, they’ve graduated from purple sweaters to moccasins.

Being a lover of all things purple, I love the look. But what do you guys think? Vote in the poll after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, News, Trends

The Sartorialist’s ‘Done Right’ on Men.Style

By admin on June 18th, 2008

paleblueblazer.jpg‘Done right’ is one of the most interesting features on Men.Style.com right after the monthly 10 rules and Glenn O’Brien’s blog. The Sartorialist’s style insights are always a good read, even if they’re aimed towards the slightly older gentleman.

This feature’s main style tips are pale blue blazers, vintage shoes, shorter (not short!) shorts, spring scarves and white shoes. White shoes are a difficult one as they either make you look like a Mediterranean style icon or an English pimp, depending on how they’re worn. Pale blue blazers are a great look and I think more people would wear this if menswear stores started taking a few more risks with colour.

Seeing as we’ve been bleating on about the merits of short/mid length shorts for months now, what’s taking it so long to hit the high streets? I don’t know if my eyes can take anymore combat Cargo shorts.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Ann Demeulemeester plain sleeve armbands

By admin on June 17th, 2008

ann demeulemeester armband sleeves.jpgI’m not 100% sure how you wear these Ann Demeulemeester armbands, I guess you could freak people out by wearing them under a suit and going shirtless. The sight of a bare torso with shirtsleeves would be enough to unsettle anybody.

The contrast between the neat shirt cuff and the drawstring top is interesting and it would be fun to take them home and experiment with different outfits. Thye’re £90 from Browns but if that sounds a bit daunting nip to your local charity shop and butcher a shirt before taking the plunge.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Full Circle striped polo shirt

By admin on June 17th, 2008

fullcircle polo.jpgIf, for some bizarre reason, you haven’t hopped onto the Madras train yet we are still offering alternatives. Alternatives that don’t stray outside of the nautical look, but alternatives nonetheless.

We’ve featured a John Smedley version of this polo a while back but let’s face it – you’re not going to spend £122 on a polo shirt. This Full Circle polo is pretty much identical, I haven’t counted the stripes or anything, but I’d guess they’d be around the same amount. The FC one also has a pen pocket, something the Smedley one doesn’t even have. And to top it all off, it’s only £38.



Clothing, Trends

Several splashes of colour

By admin on June 13th, 2008

cosby.jpgI’ve gone on about the splash of colour trend in drips and draps for a good while now and I’ve finally found someone who likes it even more than I do. Men’s Vogue writer Amanda Brooks features a large selection of men past and present who have worked the colourful look. It even features a pre-ugly jumper Bill Cosby looking rather suave in a yellow turtleneck.

If you can’t be bothered to click that link, then I’ve featured my favourite looks after the jump.

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