If 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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
Out dancing on Saturday night it was clear that a big trend for guys this summer is the sleeveless T-shirt. Customised band T-shirts with sleeves cut out around the arm-hole, or, for the lithe of frame, slashed from shoulder to waist ruled the dancefloor, usually accompanied by post-punk undercut hair of various extremes. If your shoulders aren’t your best feature or you lack the necessary tattoo work (clearly a temporary problem) you can coyly roll the sleeves up instead. This still looks cool, especially if the T-shirt is long and flares slightly from chest to waist for a bit of swing.
Right I found it really tough to come up with something to suggest as my hot tip for the summer because my wardrobe changes very little for the summer months I simply wear less of it, so in that vein I’ve gone for AW09 favorite- the cable / heavy weight knit wear.
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.
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We looked at some wonderful summer jackets yesterday featuring labels like Rene Gurskov and Moncler but for the more budget conscious among you here is a pick of summer jackets from the high street.
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Looking for summer jackets might be slightly premature but it’s never too early to shop, and with a chunky jumper a lightweight waterproof layer will more than suffice for March.
Saturday’s oh-so-welcome sunshine provided a first opportunity for 2009 shorts sightings with Hackney’s Broadway Market being an ideal setting. Amongst the tangled limbs of pram central, shorts were very much in evidence.
The undercut is gathering steam as THE haircut for summer. A headcount (literally) at trend spots like Bistroteque and The Joiners Arms at the weekend confirmed that this relic of post-punk Britain will be gracing many hipster heads this S/S.
The American Workman: a style born out of necessity. As the look transgresses into the fashion world some of this rough necessity is lost a replaced with sanitised styling but I say if you’re going to do a look do it all out, why be satisfied with anything less than 100%? Dress like an American Workman, warts and all and with this most utilitarian of looks you’ll have plenty of pocket space for all your tools (Blackberry and Oyster card) plus have you ever worn an oversized flannel shirt? Shit is coooommmmfffffffeeeeeeee.
Lastnightsparty.com is ex musician turned socialite photographer Merlin Bronques photo-blog documenting New York’s hottest parties and people. His victims are always well dressed, usually drunk and sometimes topless and as a result the collection of photos provide a snap shot of fashion in motion… whatever that means. The images are far more accessible than that of fashion photography and give insight into the trends currently being peddled across the pond in NYC– a far more useful tool than any forecast.
Further to my post about new trouser shapes yesterday, the drop crotch has definitely arrived. East London was awash with them at the weekend (mostly looking ace) and a quick search of the interweb reveals that Oak – New York’s directional boutique/web store – have sold out of the now-cult Corpus drop crotch sweatpants a couple of times over.
J.W Anderson is a fringe designer who is fast-becoming one of the edgiest and coolest designers on the menswear scene. His Spring/Summer 2009 look-book is styled around themes of religion and from the title, ‘An Eye for an Eye,’ to the rosary beads and ornate headdresses, his theme is strong and bold.
Fashion, as we know goes in cycles. Thus after a good few years of thigh-constriction thanks to the skinny jean, the newest shapes for mens trousers this Spring seem to be all about giving us space to breathe. Whether carrot, balloon, wide-leg or harem the look from waist down is all about having some extra fabric to move in.
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Eley Kishimoto‘s LFW parties are always a relaxed affair; so forget any fashion snootiness because last night’s bash was a friendly, vibrant do with masses of well dressed people.
We’re gearing up for an exciting day of menswear shows next Wednesday as part of London Fashion Week but in the meantime here’s our compilation of the best of the rest from New York.
Let us know what you think of the NYFW shows on our Facebook Wall, which was your favourite?
More ankle boots from Unconditional, can we make them a menswear staple for autumn?
Sportswear influences made bondage trousers and knitwear look current while neatly avoiding cliché.