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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Seen on the dancefloor: Sleeveless, punky T-shirts

By Colin Chapman on April 6th, 2009

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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.

Whilst a customised, vintage band or graphic T-shirt is best (and so recession friendly) there are designer options if you prefer something minimal. Acne’s current Classics range includes the gorgeous sleeveless ‘Tate’ style.

Images: Acne ‘Tate’ and Obesity and Speed T-shirts both from Oak, NYC



knitwear, Trends

Smith’s hot summer tip!

By Jonathan Smith on April 3rd, 2009

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.

If you, like me, have stocked up on this stuff through the cooler months there is no need to moth ball it for the warmer ones, yes when layered wool is hot as hell but if you throw this over a vest or a t-shirt and shorts then it breathes enough to keep you cool in the day time but holds it’s warmth to keep the chill off when the sun finally sets. Luckily for those who have been staying clear of the knitwear the last few season -though I’m not sure why you would have- picking up a few pieces doesn’t have to break the bank, the featured piece below from Topman comes in at a cool £40, so you have no excuse.

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Gallery, Outfit picks, Trends

Burkina Fashion: Street Style in Mali and Burkina Faso

By admin on March 31st, 2009

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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Coats & Jackets, Trends

Thrifty looks: Summer lightweight jackets

By admin on March 27th, 2009

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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.

At the high end of the market Dexter Wong‘s cropped trench for Topshop is £80 which gets you smart tailoring and an unconventional shape. Burton‘s coated jacket is reduced to £25 and has a wonderfully masculine silhouette. K-Ways were the in thing when I was at school, and they’re back with collaborations from A.P.C and Limoland. This classic version is just £45 and the punchy yellow will team up a treat with smart grey trousers. Even cheaper is Uniqlo‘s windbreaker with a neon lining, combining functionality with good looks it’s only £19.99

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Coats & Jackets, Trends

Dream team: lightweight summer jackets

By admin on March 26th, 2009

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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.

These jackets are all fairly pricey, but would make fantastic investments if you have a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket. Rene Gurskov‘s bomber is in a simple colour but tailoring details like shrunken buttons and origami pocket flaps make it a bit more special. Paul Smith’s jacket is for the more formally inclined Brandites, the colour is simply awesome and will look wonderful with a summer palette. On the more utilitarian end of the scale Moncler‘s khaki jacket is so unassumingly stylish it will take you from office to pub to disco to wherever you kids hang out. Lastly Lyle and Scott‘s jacket is a classic shape and again a great colour, a perfect choice if you fancy something more conventional which retains a bit of interest.

See after the jump for product details and stick around to see our budget picks tomorrow!

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Clothing, Trends

Shorts! What the best dressed legs (aren’t) wearing

By Colin Chapman on March 24th, 2009

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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. On the lithe and louche, high jean cut-offs (a la Fantastic Man‘s guide to making your own) were a popular option. The plentisome SYD‘s (that’s sexy young dads if you’re not sure) meanwhile were a tad more modest with the long and narrow shorts style being popular – often teamed with plaid, deck shoes and a serious beard.

An emerging shorts trend however is old-school khaki shorts – rugby shorts length – that add a certain David Attenborough touch to your summer kit. Look out for vintage Ralph Lauren for a quality look – best avoided if your lallies are more Charles Hawtrey than Lawrence Dallaglio though.

Image: Face Hunter



Grooming, Trends

Undercuts: THE summer haircut for S/S 09?

By Colin Chapman on March 12th, 2009

undercuts.jpgThe 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.

Finally we have a contender for the side-parted floppy fringe (though really this is a development from that). As you can see from these pics, cropping the hair whilst leaving an overhang can be adapted in various ways – its a technique not a style. From full-on Alice Dellal-like long tresses, to almost-mohawk, to a grown out side parting or quiff the options are varied. The contrast in length can either be played up (mousse and blow dry) or left demurely floppy, like a goth Christopher Isherwood. There’s also a choice between whether to go asymetric with a single-sided crop or more faux-mo with both sides clippered. Finally, a bit of inspiration from must-see arthouse film The Fall, new to DVD. Leading man Lee Pace looks mighty fine with his very post-punk/Industrial do adding edge to his matinee-idol homage.

Images: Left Topman lookbook SS09, Middle, The Sartorialist, Right, Weknowwhatyoudidlastnight photo blog



Trends

My Name Is Fashion

By Jonathan Smith on March 5th, 2009

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.

So as the American Workman promises to hit fever pitch this season who do you want to look to as your style idol? Earl Hickey. Jason Lee’s character from My Name Is Earl has his shit together; check shirt and T-shirt, beat up worn jeans and work boots all working for him big time. As for accessories American light beer (can or bottle) occasional cigarette (soft pack of Lucky Strikes) and hot, blond, trailer loving ex-wife with 2 illegitimate kids- score. If you want to go all out, and I suggest you do, then you need to trade your car in for a beat up pick-up truck and some Creedence on tape, you never know it could be life affirming.

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Trends

lastnightsparty.com – your source of vapid voyeurism

By Jonathan Smith on February 27th, 2009

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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.

This “in the moment” kind of photography suits well to show off trends and styles more than it does clothing -which at times is totally unidentifiable- and needless to say it primarily serves to pamper the ego’s of those being photographed but personally I find it hard to take a trend seriously until I’ve seen someone I consider “real” sporting it. The site has been praised and slated in equal measure and you have to totally forgo your feelings on the vapid nature of the photographs and the photographed before you can use the site as an excellent source of voyeuristic research, though be warned if you look at it for too long you do get scenester blindness where everyone looks like the same generic guy or girl but persevere, it’s well worth it.

Lastnightsparty is also available in a slightly too small to be coffee table sized and slightly too vacuous to be of any use book!

Jump through for my selects of the best lastnightsparty images and outfits!

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Jeans & Trousers, Trends

More trouser options: joggers and (gulp) the drop crotch sweatpant

By Colin Chapman on February 24th, 2009

joggers.jpgFurther 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.

It’s not a look that will appeal to all – the harem shape is easier for women to carry off – glammed up with a shimmery fabric, a bit of gathering and some heels. For us guys, there’s a risk that you’ll look like you’re wearing a big nappy under those sweatpants. I can feel an Alexis Petridis piece in The Guardian mag coming on..

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Love the Look: J.W Anderson S/S 2009 Look-book

By Will Reid on February 24th, 2009

jw9.jpgJ.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. The look-book is full of subtle allusions to places of prayer; the smoky incense of Catholic churches to the opulent prayer mats of mosques.

The look above is second last in the look-book and please enlighten me (pardon the pun!) as to how you couldn’t like this shot. The intensity of the model’s stare and the contrast of plain shorts and extravagant crown works to create an utterly brilliant look.



Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Baggy trousers: the return of pleated pants

By Colin Chapman on February 23rd, 2009

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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 men’s 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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Outfit picks, Trends

Yu Masui and other stylish men at Eley Kishimoto’s London Fashion Week party

By admin on February 23rd, 2009

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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.

On the 31st floor of Centrepoint on Tottenham Court Road we sipped cocktails and looked at all the great outfits but the London skyline view was a serious, but welcome distraction! Among the well-dressed people were Japanese journalist and Brandish fave Yu Masui, who wowed in a typically flamboyant pair of sequinned trousers and jump through to see the other stylish men who turned up.

[Images: MelleRobot]

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News, Trends

Best of the rest from New York: Y-3, Rag & Bone, Michael Kors and more

By Catwalk Queen on February 20th, 2009

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?

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Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

New York Fashion Week Unconditional A/W 2008-9

By Catwalk Queen on February 19th, 2009

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. Tailoring and asymmetric coats added to the simple, classy, look while laidback jersey pieces perfectly capture a youthful stylishness.

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