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Gallery, Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Gallery: Summer Shorts

By admin on June 2nd, 2009

Summer is most definitely here, at least for today and if you’re sweltering under the heat of some office trousers we feel your pain. Actually we’ve got our legs out, sorry.

Take a look at our guide to this summer’s shorts, we’ve trawled the internet for the best in short trousers to keep your legs cool and your outfit stylish without a toggle, cargo pocket or zip in sight. There’s something for everyone from denim to tailored and also floral pair you’ll love, honest!

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Clothing, Trends

Preview: Cheap Monday AW09

By admin on May 19th, 2009

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We can forgive you if you’re not quite in the mood for summer, so we’ve decided to give you a sneak preview of Cheap Monday‘s AW09 collection.

There’s nothing in the collection that will have you scratching your head, it’s a collection of good looking staples with cardigans, colourwash marl tees and shemag-like scarves all getting a look in. Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back recently announced her appointment as Creative Director for the brand, so we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for the future. Jump through to see more of the collection.

[Images courtesy of: Coutie.com]

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Trends

Bleached out: summer colours take a beating

By Colin Chapman on May 19th, 2009

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However hesitant the sun may be about sharing its rays with the good folk of Britain, with a little imagination you can step right into summer by wearing the latest sun-bleached, faded colours and prints. Imagine the pink suggested by the red heart on an IheartNY white T-shirt seen inside-out, and you have the shade. Pink, ironically, has a recent association with hooligan chav-dom in the UK, but faded back to barely-there, fleshy pinkness it loses it’s Casual associations and becomes something more nostalgic.

ASOS are big on faded prints and colours this summer, from the faded floral of these shorts, to the bleached out brick tones of their chino shorts. Meanwhile, ever colour-conscious American Apparel‘s super-pale pink V-necked T-shirt is an old favourite that always charms.



Accessories, Entertainment, Trends

How far is TOO far? Taking inspiration from Womenswear…

By Will Reid on May 12th, 2009

IMG_8378.jpgOver the last few years, with the trends having covered skinny jeans, unisex mods, sexually-liberated hippies, shoulder pads, guy/girl jumpsuits and the his/her Eighties where basically anything went, I have tried my hand at many trends that tread the fine line between menswear and womenswear.

This photo recently appeared on Facehunter and, while originally in awe of this fashionisto’s rose accessory, I began to wonder if it would be one step too far and throw me into the realm of uncomfortable dressing (a fatal flaw when it comes to styling!) I happily carry a man-bag and have even experimented with Guyliner in recent months but I couldn’t be sure that I would feel okay with an accessory like the one above. Would you be willing too wear something so overtly feminine or do you like to stick within the traditional fashion sex boundaries?

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Footwear, Trends

Woven shoes for summer from high street to designer

By admin on May 8th, 2009

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We recently had a reader request about woven shoes, the reader in question wanted a pair of semi-formal shoes for summer, with a weave. Seb Law already mentioned that tatty plimsolls are not a good look for the warmer months, and woven shoes are a far more grown-up alternative.

Airy and breezy, Ask the Missus‘ white lace ups are just what every man who can’t quite face sandals needs. For high summer and holidays a pair of sandals with a braided detail are much more stylish than flip flops. The most rustic of the bunch, the brown woven slippers will be the only shoes you need for a summer holiday. Lastly, Officine Creative‘s woven loafers are modern take on a classic, and more than smart enough for the office. Jump through for full product details.

If you have any summer clothing quandaries drop me an email at isabelle@shinymedia.com

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Sexy Grandad: the placket goes deep

By Colin Chapman on May 6th, 2009

placket.jpgLooking for something a tad smarter than a regular T-shirt to wear into the office as the weather heats up? The deep-placket top seems to be filling the spot previously filled by the polo shirt in recent years, as a smarter alternative to the T-shirt. Whilst being a particularly nasty word – a placket – the double layer of fabric holding buttons or poppers at the neckline of a shirt (clearly I’m on a mission to decipher obscure fashion terms this week!) adds a touch of grandad-shirt smartness to an otherwise basic top. As with the deep-V popularised by American Apparel, the current trend for plackets is depth. This enables you to stay buttoned-up at your desk whilst giving you the option to reveal your man-cleavage in the pub beer garden come hometime. And options are always nice.

L: Reiss at ASOS, R: Unconditional at Oak NYC



Trends

Seersucker wins out as fabric for Spring/Summer

By Colin Chapman on May 5th, 2009

seersucker.jpgSeersucker is big with the Brandish team and Matthew Willamson‘s quite lovely seersucker striped suit, as Isabelle highlighted last week, is likely to make awareness of this fabric an all-time high. But what makes it such an ideal summer fabric? Wikipedia (as ever) explains all: the weaving process ’causes some threads to bunch together, this wrinkled appearance causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin’, keeping you cool and meaning no ironing is necessary. Result!

So what are your options? I bought a pair of slim, white/grey needle stripe pants at Banana Republic in the US last year, a great staple, they’re available here at the Regent Street store. For a darker take on summery seersucker, B-store’s, black pleated pants are now on sale at ASOS. Finally, this vibrant, Madras check shirt also at ASOS puts a bright spin on the traditionally subtle stripe.

L-R: B-store at ASOS, FCUK at ASOS, Banana Republic



Outfit picks, Trends

Love the Look: Pastel knit scarf

By admin on April 27th, 2009

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Ville, snapped by the Hel Looks team, has a stylish, easygoing look we love. A pair of skinny jeans and white hi-tops make up quite a basic outfit, but the addition of a pastel knit scarf gives the ensemble a feminine slant and is perfect for spring.
The grey trench adds to the delicate feel and the slouchy shape contrasts nicely with the slim silhouette.

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Clothing, Trends

Paul Hamill’s Summer Picks

By admin on April 24th, 2009

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Paul Hamill describes himself as “student, stylist, blogger, writer and retail assistant”, we invited him to give us his picks for this summer and he came good with a selection of staples that will make a good addition to any man’s wardrobe:

Summer in Glasgow is always a risky affair. Thankfully I met my American flat mate who invited me to stay at her family home in Seattle for a few weeks this summer. My saviour! And with this blissful invite comes the summer wardrobe shop.

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Footwear, Trends

Readers send in their YMC snakeskin deck shoe pics

By admin on April 23rd, 2009

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Colin featured the YMC snakeskin deck shoes back in February and they’ve proved pretty popular with our readers. Mark Quinn from Baluba is quite the clothes horse, and he started off the trend by sending us a picture of his YMCs, (love to see the rest of the jeans!) Daniel Jenkins, from the Monmouth store Daniel Jenkins sent us an amazing picture featuring him wearing the shoes, and sporting what is possibly the best facial expression ever.

Daniel says: “My girlfriend has look of regret each time I wear them out with her because we always get stopped about them. A busload of Japanese tourists stopped on Mile End road to take photos of me in them.”

Jump through to see Daniel’s picture, and if you’ve bought anything featured on Brandish email it to isabelle@shinymedia.com.

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Entertainment, Trends

Festival countdown: time to go shopping

By Colin Chapman on April 23rd, 2009

Coachella_inspired.jpgIf like me, you’ve just about recovered from Coachella-envy, you’d better get your skates on if you want to nab the best items to wear at festivals here in the UK this year. Coachella for men was all about fey Englishness, with Henry Holland and Nick Grimshaw leading the way, (as reported by Isabelle) in cool pastels and Euro-jetset colours. Topman have just about sold out of their Grimshaw-esque coral pink tailored shorts (I’m posting this entry whilst jogging to the store, elbows ready), though the green make a suitable alternative. And for a touch of Agyness Deyn’s faded-stars-and-stripes glory, try this super T-shirt by Der Sammler at OkiNi.



Accessories, Footwear, Luggage, Trends

Seb Law’s Summer Picks: Acne sandals, Mulberry bags and Levi’s shorts

By admin on April 22nd, 2009

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Seb Law is a grown up business Editor by day, dj by night, and in between finds time to maintain his blog at The Staple and keep us entertained on Twitter. He kindly provided us with his summer picks, which get us in the mood for long days at the park, day trips to the beach and lazy pub garden evenings. Read on to find out what he’ll be wearing this season:

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As the sun peeks around the clouds, bicycles begin to appear from garages. Travelcards are massively expensive, the bike lanes are brilliant, it’s good exercise and there’s nothing better than sailing past several of your usual buses en route to work; a bicycle is a summer Staple. If fixie simplicity is too hardcore, go Dutch as recommended by the NY Times and available at Bobbin, or delve into your Dad’s garage, eBay or Gumtree for a vintage model.

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News, Trends

Womenswear gets its cues from Menswear

By admin on April 21st, 2009

Chances are if you’re a Brandish reader then you’re already well aware of the importance of menswear, but today Jean Schneides in WWD did some catwalk investigating and concluded that you need to keep one on the menswear collections at all times, if you want a preview of what the womenswear collections will look like a few weeks or months later.

We’ve already discussed that womenswear trends like ombré filter through onto the menswear catwalks a season or two later, but take a look at the gallery to see which designers have been looking to their menswear collections for inspiration.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Pre Summer Style Homework: The Talented Mr Ripley

By admin on April 16th, 2009

Do you remember the ‘late ’90s film The Talented Mr Ripley? Featuring Jude Law before he became really annoying and Matt Damon before he fucked Sarah Silverman the film is a great way to remind yourself how to shed your winter layers.

Along with Gwyneth Paltrow they loll about in Italy looking gorgeously well dressed until Something Bad Happens. The really interesting bit is watching their outfits, Law’s goes for a ’50s take on Club Tropicana and Damon really cuts a dash in gingham. If you’re going for a preppy look this season then fit in a viewing of this film over the weekend so you can be summer-ready.



Gallery, Trends

Press days: Ermenegildo Zegna, Bally and Yohji Yamamoto and Stussy for Doc Marten

By admin on April 6th, 2009

We gave you a sneak peek of the Doc Martens collaborations on Thursday, and as promised, here is a full press day round up. With some images from Ermenegildo Zegna, Bally and more Doc Marten collabs there’s enough stuff to keep the Autumn Winter excitement ticking over for a few weeks. More to come soon!




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