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Clothing, Trends

More lovely blue things

By Colin Chapman on December 24th, 2008

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Isabelle’s post about the lovely blue cardigan made me look out for other items to fulfill menswear’s current blue moment. Other options to bring out the peacock in you include Acne Jeans’ (yes, them again!) rather stunning blue cords, these snazzy blue-soled shoes by Folk, high-gloss patent Commom Projects hi-tops from Poste and this super-cosy down-filled sweater by Patagonia also from Folk. At this point in the year it might be worth waiting for the sales to kick in (and given the C***** C*****) these could be some sales.

When you do buy just keep it blue.

Sources: Poste, Folk, Acne Jeans



Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Musical sartorialists of the year: 2008

By Colin Chapman on December 19th, 2008

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I mentioned Vampire Weekend by way of passing in my New York shopping post last week. Ezra Koenig and his fellow Brooklyn sartorialists definitely made their mark in 2008: corduroy, fishermen caps, IheartNY tees, deck shoes, bow ties, preppy colours… Dammit, even his name is cool.

Long a source of fashion inspiration, rock bands and fashion have always been like that. As we reach the year-end which other musicians have left their styleprint on the rock ‘n roll catwalk? Cut Copy did skinny to perfection and wore vintage just right. DJ Tiga (still) has the best haircut but my personal commendation for the year goes to Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules & Love Affair. Kim Ann is not only in one of the year’s coolest acts but pulls off retro-80s-earlyhousemusic-NewYorkness in a way which is very admirable. Great hair, great silhouettes, she even designs her own jewelry line. Why follow the rules of male fashionistes when there’s a sexy, amazing, boyish lesbian to aspire to?

Images sources: Ezra Koenig, Merry Swankster
Kim Ann Foxman, NYTimes.com



Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Acne Jeans-Lanvin Collection Launches: a glimpse of Spring 2009

By Colin Chapman on December 19th, 2008

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Acne Jeans have just launched a collaborative denim collection with Lanvin. Check out their lovely Flash pop-up lookbook to see an (oh so welcome!) glimpse of Spring 2009. Soft denim blazers, pleated shorts, these shapes will inevitably be replicated by the high street come summer. Lanvin, under the eye of designer Alber Elbaz, has become one of the most directional brands in menswear in recent years. Not to mention Elbaz’s kitting out Tilda Swinton for red-carpet affairs.

Always cutting edge in terms of shape and finish, the Lanvin label has a genuine polish that (almost) justifies the eye watering prices. Acne Jeans meanwhile are a personal fave: their jeans are impeccably made, and you can guarantee that the very latest cut will be on offer, if at a cost. Their pleated Gentleman’s Jeans earlier this year (also a collaboration: with Fantastic Man magazine) had Charlie Porter in a dither and calling for the end of the skinny jean.

Escape the holiday hell and take a peak at what we’ll be wearing next Spring.

Source: Acne Jeans/Lanvin



Accessories, Trends

Kerchiefs: another alternative to bow ties

By Colin Chapman on December 19th, 2008

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The other day I posted an alternative to the bow tie .. and here’s another. The kerchief worn as necktie adds a jaunty, hipster edge to your shirt collar. There are several ways to knot, consider your personal style and what you’re wearing it with. Ideally find something vintage. Silk always looks dashing or use that spotted pocket square you’ve never had a use for.

A recent Facehunter post shows this accessory idea off to stunning effect though it’s something that The Sartorialist has also featured before, and can even be spotted in current Uniqlo window styling.

So take a break from Christmas shopping and dig out that gem. But be advised to go for subtlety in colour and proportion: unless you really ARE channeling Quentin Crisp.

Sources: left, Facehunter right,The Sartorialist.



Footwear, Trends

Workwear boots: it’s Hard Times again ..

By Colin Chapman on December 17th, 2008

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Classic workwear boots are one of those trends that have been bubbling under for quite a while now with the potential to become a roaring must-have.

Recent Sartorialist posts only confirm this. The redheaded hipster on the right wears them with a certain knowing pride (and a perfect jeans tuck!) whilst the patched and beautifully battered pair (top left) that had Sart swooning last week will no doubt boost sales immeasurably. Redwings are the most classic option. So stylish and proper they’ve never actually gone away, just waited quietly to be taken note of again. Jump through to find out where you can get workwear boots in the UK.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Polls, Trends

Common performs “Universal Mind Control” on Jimmy Kimmel in a bow tie

By admin on December 12th, 2008

Common is also getting on the fashion bandwagon, producing a range of tees with Microsoft for their Softwear range. Whether it will be a little like this is still to be seen but Common is obviously keen to spread his fashion wings as he recently appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show in a nifty bow tie. Are you a bow tie fan? Colin came up with some pretty good alternatives to the bow tie if you’re bow shy, but I quite like them as I included them in my Present Tense Luxe gift guide.

Take our poll after the jump and let us know what you think…

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Accessories, Trends

Bored of bow ties? Try some texture

By Colin Chapman on December 9th, 2008

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Whilst the appetite for formal dressing in menswear shows no sign of slacking, inevitably certain details start to look a bit tired. Thus it is with the bow tie. Whilst some can carry this off with aplomb (as the cover star of last month’s debut Buck magazine showed) for others it was never going to be easy. There’s something novelty about the bow tie that risks looking too try-hard.

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Trends

It’s all about the tuck

By Colin Chapman on December 8th, 2008

Last winter saw a few brave male fashion pioneers trying out the tucked in boots look. This winter it’s all but essential.

But there are some definite rules to make it look effortless. If your pants are too wide you can end up with balloon pants that are more Ali Baba than louche hipster. Too skinny and you end up looking like an ’80s skinhead. A classic straight leg jean cut is the best option for median bagginess. There should also be element of insouciance: a bit of errant hem helps here, as does leaving the top few lace-holes undone for that Artful Dodger touch.

Jude Law is a surprise expert at the tucked in boot challenge so grab a copy of Hello and take note.

Featured items: All Saints
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Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Love the Look: Bill Hailey and his Comets

By admin on December 3rd, 2008

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I’m a little in awe of this picture of Bill Hailey and his Comets from 1957, the energy and movement make it such a great shot.
I love the tartan jackets, they feel a little bit christmassy and the check is a good quality print. To get a ’50s influenced look with tartan wear a traditional check scarf with a pair of simple, neat black jeans and t-shirt with a zip-up jacket. Greased hair and brothel creepers are compulsory.

[Image: GEORGE KONIG/Rex Features]



Footwear, Trends

Ricardo Tisci gives the ghillie brogue an S&M touch for Givenchy

By admin on November 28th, 2008

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On Jak et Jil they’re agog over a pair of Givenchy ghillie brogues with added buckles, lacing and straps. Ghillie brogues are worn by bagpipers, members of marching bands and are an essential part of Highland dress; I’ve always loved the contrast between the feminine lacing and the masculine brogue. I like what Richardo Tisci has done with the classic shoe, and with a careful bit of crafting you could easily recreate the look.
Loake do a great ghillie brogue, but if you pick up a pair intended for marching they will have a thicker sole which is a footwear trend making waves in menswear at the moment.

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News, Trends, Underwear & Swimwear

Wish Room’s Man Bra… Taking Japan by storm?

By admin on November 21st, 2008

Apparently men all over Japan are getting literally getting into bras as the man-bra takes the country by storm.

I’m not convinced by the hype, the man-bra looks like something that would fail to appeal anyone other than underwear fetishists. This just seems like a opportunity for a gratuitous “lawks ain’t Japan just crazy” story as we hit a post-Obama lull.

Anyway, if you need more info on the moob-tackling undies, the silky bras retail for twenty quid and come in white, pink and black from the Wish Room site. Akiko, Wish Room‘s owner, says that she hopes by wearing the bras men will become more sensitive and gain an insight into what it’s like being a woman.

More weird and wonderful on Brandish:

The male chastity belt



Accessories, Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Brandish Inspiration: Topman Latest Trend- Block Heads

By Will Reid on November 20th, 2008

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For AW08-09, Topman has created a video showcase of their latest collection- Block Heads. Model James Mclean poses in what Topman tells is a trend “inspired by the look of a Dickensian gypsy mixed with influences from the deep south.” We get a glimpse of what we will no doubt be wearing by Christmas and the video really projects what the look is all about- a poetic Grunge with not a slight hint of Luke Worrall.

“Bib front t-shirts are worn under a waistcoat and double breasted cardigans, topped off with a black padded donkey jacket for a military feel. Big accessories for this trend include a selection of trilby hats and scarves worn with tweed trainers or brogues.” Winter’s never looked so good!

Check the video here.



Trends

The New York Times does plaid

By Jonathan Smith on November 19th, 2008

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The NY Times is showing us the way in this season of plaid with their guide to 10 ways to wear -drum roll please- …plaid. I’m not sure there really are 10 ways but maybe 3 repeated and I’ll be honest it’ll take a brave man or a Scotsman to step out in some, if not all of these outfits- but you be the judge. Check out the guide here.



Coats & Jackets, Trends

Top Winter bomber jackets

By admin on November 3rd, 2008

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Winter has crept up on us and while you can’t beat a classic pea coat there seems to be little else on offer on the high street.

A wool bomber jacket is a more modern looking shape and goes well with newer silhouettes like double pleat trousers and cuffed jeans. The wool fabric gives the shape a smarter and more structured look than its sporty counterparts and more importantly is a lot warmer. Take your pick from double and single-breasted, zip-up, vintage, retro and modern there’s a bomber for every taste and wallet.

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Trends

Let’s play Hipster Bingo!

By admin on October 27th, 2008

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Here’s a bit of fun for you this Monday, print off the Hipster Bingo picture, go find your nearest coffeeshop or pub with a big window and start trendspotting. Of course, you might want to tweak it a little for UK-hipsters. I’d start by swapping the old-school Pumas for white PE plimsolls, what would you change?

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