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News, Trends

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci, Jil Sander, Burberry

By admin on January 22nd, 2009

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This the first in our Milan Menswear rundown, it’s not exactly cut out and keep, but you can keep up to date with the trends at a glance. Click on the image to see in its full-size glory. Alexander McQueen was definitely my favourite but here is the lowdown from some of the other designers, which one is your fave? Stay tuned for part two, and check out the Jil Sander catwalk vid after the jump.

[Images: Olycom SPA/Rex Features MCP]

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News, Trends

London College of Fashion MA menswear

By admin on January 21st, 2009

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2009 looks like it will be a defining year for menswear, it’s already a given that designer high street collaborations will include a men’s line and Gareth Pugh will be bringing us his men’s collection in Paris in a few days.

Tonight all eyes are on LCF MA graduates as they show us their graduate collections and for the first time the menswear students outnumber the womenswear. Take a look at the ones who were tipped for success, and stay tuned for a full review tomorrow! If you’re interested in seeing some of the womenswear graduates click over to CQ where we posted a preview.

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Designer Spotlight, Trends, Video

Alexander McQueen menswear show at Pitti Uomo, Milan

By admin on January 21st, 2009

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The standout show at Pitti Uomo was, in my mind, Alexander McQueen’s “The McQueensberry Rules”. Where most Milan designers literally translated the gloom of the economic crisis McQueen added a murderous glint to the proceedings with aristocratic eleagance and a glossy nostalgia for a pre-Thatcherite Britain.

Sending models down the catwalk with fingerless gloves, silver-topped canes and darkened, bloodshot eyes it seemed that McQueen had gone the safe route of pairing outlandish styling with conventional clothing, but on closer inspection everything about this collection gave off a menacing whiff.

Referencing some of the most aggressive or manic male archetypes everyone from the majestic to the deranged got a look in. Skinheads’ oxblood 10 hole DMs, teddy boys’ draped jackets combined with Jack the Ripper menace and Clockwork Orange swagger for a collection that was admittedly theatrical but anchored by impeccable tailoring. Trousers were tight, and a strong upper half was emphasised with sharp suit jackets, thick coats and beefy woollens. Chainmail vests, butcher’s aprons and boxing gloves alluded to traditional facets of men in the workplace in a proudly aggressive and vital assertion of masculinity.

Jump through to watch an impressive video of the show, with thunderous music and songs by the Specials and the Stranglers, you can watch part two here.

[Image: Olycom SPA/Rex Features]

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Topman Latest Trend: ‘Berlin Wall’

By Will Reid on January 21st, 2009

berlinwall.jpgTopman has revealed their latest ‘trend’ (read: mini theme-based collection) and with a name like ‘Berlin Wall,’ I was expecting rough skinny jeans and a fusion of This Is England skin-head with a kind-of Soviet, military cool. As always, the high-street label has delivered and the bleached skinny jeans are accentuated with textured trench coats and monochrome hoodies. I don’t quite see where the comic-strip boxers and novelty socks come into German reunification but I’m not complaining!

I have my eyes on the ‘Vintage Blue Skinny Jeans’ and the ‘Grey Marl Stitch-Line Hoody.’ Check out this link for the Trend video and full collection.



Accessories, Trends

Brooches for men: add a dash of style to your lapel

By Colin Chapman on January 15th, 2009

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It’s rare that a Christmas episode of Top of the Pops sheds light on a new sartorial trend but the most recent festive programme featured Kaiser Chiefs’ singer Ricky Wilson sporting a vintage brooch on his lapel. Generally associated with elderly ladies of the Miss Marple variety, in previous eras a lapel pin was seen as part of a gentleman’s proper attire. Looking very now, a great pin can add an individual touch to an otherwise anonymous peacoat or corduroy jacket lapel.

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Trends

A warning from Brandish: Man Clips

By Jonathan Smith on January 14th, 2009

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Remember a few years ago when it was all the rage amongst so called “men” to wear hair bands and scrape back their long greasy hair? Yeah me too and it looks like dark times are upon us once again as images of a very bearded Joaquin Phoenix sporting some “man clips” are floating around the information super highway. Like anything in the fashion world prefixed with the word “man” it looks and is a bag of crap, nothing angers me more than idiotic man-hair with the possible exception of men in Ugg Boots, even men in make up fails to hit quite so high on the richter scale.

If this turns into a fully blown trend then I will go postal.

[Source: Beauty and the Blog]



Accessories, How to, Trends

Ditch the generic stripe! Brandish’s guide to wearing scarves

By admin on January 12th, 2009

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When your own boss writes that he wants to burn his stripy scarf it’s time to write a definite guide to scarves.
We featured a stripy scarf pick way back in November but we need to go back to basics. The obvious purpose of a scarf is to keep your neck warm, but sartorially speaking a scarf has a multitude of uses, jump through for our guide to the scarf, and burn that stripy scarf!

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Accessories, Trends

Stripy scarves must die!

By admin on January 8th, 2009

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Stripe scarves are starting to become so ubiquitous that they’re joining Taz socks and Homer Simpson ties in the naffness leagues, not any old stripe scarf though, it’s the fine stripe stretchy knit scarf with usually comes in a burgundy melange of colours and has fringing on the ends.

Originated by Paul Smith who tried to update the wool school scarf (which is still a glorious accessory despite the association) and then copied by every high street retailer going, this is the one item that everyone seemed to get for Christmas if they didn’t already own it. Pick a tube carriage at random and you can bet at least ten men have got one of these scarves round their neck. No more please!

Stick around to see our alternatives to the stripy scarf tomorrow and jump through to find out who the culprits are. Are you a proud owner of a stripy scarf and can’t see what the fuss is about? Let me know on our Facebook Blog page.

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Trends

men.style.com 2009 Fashion Forecast

By Jonathan Smith on January 8th, 2009

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men.style.com have posted their fashion forecast for 2009 and it looks like we will be wearing floral print with holes in our shoes this year. As forecasts go I think it’s a little hit and miss, yes plaid is here to stay and mismatching suit jacket/pants seem to be pretty hot right now but I can’t see myself in a pair of perforated winkle pickers I’m afraid.

Check out the whole run down here.



Accessories, Trends

Accessories for Spring

By Colin Chapman on January 8th, 2009

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Available as part of the new Jil Sander collection at OkiNi are some very lovely accessories that are the very essence of the pared-down but colourful 60s-themed collection. I particularly like this key ring – pricey at nearly £100 quid – but surely to be replicated elsewhere at more affordable prices. The Timex watch strikes a new note in an unusual colourway that only confirms that one way to make a statement this S/S is through strong colours. Meanwhile this chunky, plaid tie would look awesome over a smart, chambray shirt. Finally, the Jimi rubber wallet available in a range of luscious colours is almost edible. Themes for SS09 accessories? Cute, colourful, retro and graphic. How clear is that?

Source: all items from OkiNi



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Real men wear denim shirts

By Colin Chapman on January 6th, 2009

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The latest Buck magazine hit the stands last Friday and amongst its Gallic-themed pages is a great piece on the importance of denim this S/S. Highlighting the same Acne/Lanvin collaboration I’ve been talking about here recently it seems that there’s nothing to stop a full on indigo revolution once the sun finally breaks out.

Thing is: don’t limit yourself to jeans. Denim or chambray … there are so many ways to go blue aside from the obvious. My tip: try mixing denim into a formal outfit. A fitted denim shirt looks great with a knitted or chunky tie .. or dare I say it a silk bow tie for maximum contrast. Wear under a blazer or with tailored trousers and keep it pressed. Topman have a fantastic denim shirt instore, the type of shirt that you could find during a lucky day’s haul at a vintage boutique .. or pay £30 quid for now and not have to rummage through all that musty stuff.



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Harvey Milk: first film-related trend of 2009

By Colin Chapman on January 2nd, 2009

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Of all the films pending release in early 2009, MilkGus Van Sant‘s biopic of the gay rights leader/politician Harvey Milk – is most likely to have an impact on the fashion front. As we stride towards a boot-legged, tight-hipped summer, the movie might just start to look prescient: suggesting alternatives to the side parting (big hair!) and yet more reasons to grow a moustache.

Whilst it’s unlikely that Sean Penn will be raising much sartorial interest (despite a great performance) his more fashion-friendly co-stars just might. Emile Hirsch, who graced the cover of AnOther Magazine last year, wears his big-frame specs with a certain nous and his leather jacket/plaid shirt combo is thriftstore classic. Meanwhile, Lucas Grabeel turns more than a few Castro-bound heads, looking especially fetching in a frock, though, in general, he works the 70s look with aplomb as does Milk’s love interest, James Franco.

Milk is in UK cinemas from January 23rd.

Sources: Top left: James Franco, Backseat cuddler.com, bottom left: Franco on-set Flickr, middle: Lucas Grabeel, right: Emile Hirsch both Livejournal



Clothing, Trends

Shake off the winter: more Spring fashion gazing

By Colin Chapman on December 31st, 2008

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If like me you’re bored, bored, bored of winter and want Spring right NOW then a bit of fashion forward investigation might just perk you up.

I mentioned soft tailoring and pleated shorts in my piece on the Acne/Lanvin collaboration the other day but what else does S/S 09 hold in store for us?

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Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Christmas is over: buy yourself some pyjamas

By Colin Chapman on December 29th, 2008

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January looms and you’re trying very hard to wear proper clothes again, but really there couldn’t be a better time to invest in some lovely pyjamas.

Isabelle’s post on finding inspiration in classic movies like It Happened One Night, left me thinking just how fantastic Mr Gable looked in his pyjamas. Meanwhile The Sartorialist posted recently on how he’d decided to take sartorialism into the bedroom by investing in some stylish PJs.

If you need more convincing, nightwear as daywear will be a feature of S/S 09, (at least as interpreted by Dolce & Gabbana) and we’ll be all vertical stripes and drawstring pants by then so why not get some practice in? No doubt anti-fashion writer Alexis Petridis (The Guardian magazine) will be deriding the PJ trend soon but don’t let the sight of him in nightwear put you off.

Brands? Derek Rose (from Selfridges and online) is the prince of PJs or try M&S .. your mother would be so proud.

Source: Dolce & Gabbana S/S 09 (left and middle), Derek Rose (right)



Clothing, Outfit picks, Trends

Outfit Pick: NYE Sophisticated Style

By Will Reid on December 29th, 2008

nyeparty.jpgAs we endure the last week of 2008 and look back upon a year of fashion extremes, we still have the sartorial challenge of New Year’s Eve (NYE) ahead of us. While many opt for a loud, proud and (often) garish get-up, I am aiming to attempt a subtle luxury with the help of muted colours but opulent fabrics (velvet, silk, corduroy etc.)

The black cords above are a great base and, with a white shirt and the dove grey waistcoat pictured, they are easy to pull-off. The bow tie and vintage cuff-links are fun and appropriately over-the-top while the royal blue loafers are expensive but a great talking point.

Have fun, look great and, if you wake up the next morning to find your D&G loafers drowning in the contents of a red wine bottle, at least you know that you’re part of the ‘Walk of Shame Chic’ trend de jour!

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