Wiley’s ‘Summertime’ styled by SUPERSUPER

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I’ve officially taken down my mammoth collection of coats from the top shelf of my wardrobe so I don’t know what Wiley is doing releasing ‘Summertime’ now, but to be fair he does a lot better job of ripping of Daft Punk than Kanye ever did.
It’s a ’90s-tastic video which reminds me of Positive K‘s epic song ‘I Got a Man’. It features clothes by cult menswear label Jaiden rVa James and styling by SUPER SUPER magazine… Fashiontastic!

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Lad Musician A/W 08 highlights

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Lad Musician are clearly a brand willing to take some risks. For example, take their studded gloves (pictured above). Although it’s a look associated with people who wear new rock boots, it looks surprisingly wearable, although it would look better if it were just polka dots. The other risk is their inclusion of denim jackets.

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Trapper hats make a comeback

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It’s time for us all to start dressing like Lightspeed Champion. Seriously. Take a look at any highstreet store and you’re bound to see a mixture of chunky cardigans, clear lens glasses and trapper hats. Add these together and you have Lightspeed Champion’s look. Out of these three defining pieces, the trapper hat is the one that looks to make a big comeback.

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men.style.com suit you up

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If you are in need of something a little smarter and a lot more expensive than the Topman suit you bought for your court appearance then there is a guide to the coolest cool suits of A/W 08 over at men.style.com with this seasons theme being broad shoulders and wide legs, are we venturing back into the realm of shoulder pads? Sweet lord let us hope not.

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Brandish Feature: Drop-Crotch Demo

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Drop-crotch jeans have been dubbed the ‘future of denim’ and ‘the next skinny jean.’ I am an unbelievable skinny devotee (yes, I am scarred after wearing them in Summer-heat London and not even joking) and for this reason, I decided to road-test an exclusive pre-production sample pair from Trousers London.

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Bobby Womack: Making square glasses look good

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While the term style icon is overused, I would like to nominate Bobby Womack up for the entirely made up award of coolest glasses wearer. His overall style wasn’t amazing, but he wore square glasses better than anyone I’ve seen (not that I’ve seen many people wearing square glasses).

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Brandish Poll: Executive Item Execution

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Forgive that awful title but let me explain; Executive Item Execution (EIE) is the official ruin of an ever-so-stylish item as the result of a figure of authority telling you they have the same piece (and no, this has nothing to do with the fetish trend.)

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Hipsters are dead, long live hipsters?

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The Independent are talking about global hipsters and the dissolution of traditional trends, name-dropping the usual suspects like Ryan McGinley and Nathan Barley. They call the Truman Brewery “a microcosm of an international phenomenon” which is kind of depressing but overall it’s an interesting article, describing the change in trend adoption from a vertical or trickle down movement to a lateral one largely thanks to the internet.

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Comme des Garçons for H&M revealed

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Pictures of the forthcoming Comme des Garçons collection for H&M have been leaked to Fashionista and my intial verdict is thumbs up for the menswear. The women’s collection might be a little overly quirky (I’m reserving final opinion for when the range hits the shops) but the menswear is spot on, no pun intended. Rei Kawakubo has obviously retained CDG’s spirit in a surprisingly mainstream collection. From what I can see it’s a mix of quality tailoring with some well-placed, original flourishes like bias-cut fabrics and contrasting buttonholes.

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Folk Drawstring Cardigan/Corset

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With tights and make up all seemingly now accepted male staples, why not corsets? That’s what Folk have sneaked into the mainstream with this drawstring cardigan. Initially I thought the most interesting part of this cardigan was the contrasting squares on the neckline creating a lapel-like effect. A look closer revealed something much more interesting, are corsets in for men?

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Esser’s Headlock video is your fashion homework

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Not only is ex-Ladyfuzz Ben Esser‘s latest release the most unbelievably catchy song you’ll hear this side of summer but the video for ‘Headlock’ is as we say in fashion parlance ‘bang on trend’. The early ’80s look has been bubbling under for a good while now and it sort of crystallised with the release of Shane Meadows’ ‘This is England’.

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