Archive for the ‘Trends’ Category

Denim, Trends

How The Strokes changed not just music, but men’s jeans too

By Stefano on January 10th, 2013

There’s a really interesting article over at The Guardian where Paula Cocozza looks into why Skinny Jeans have become so popular in the UK.

They might not be for everyone, but since the mid noughties and in spite of the best efforts to re-market the Boot Cut – Levi’s have recently gone with Boot Cut Skinny – the drainpipes as your dad used to call them remains the cut of choice, ooh for anyone under 40 (and a few aging rockers too)

The really interesting question though is what sparked this revival (they were worn by Punks in the late 70s and Teds in the 50s had pretty tight trousers too)? Was it some enterprising stylist who started to champion them? Or was it a celebrity looking to wear something different who brought them back into style?

The answer is probably a bit of both? According to The Guardian the fashion industry was embracing them over a decade ago.

Earl Jean offered slim straight-legs in 2001. In her autumn/winter 2002 collection, Stella McCartney showed trousers drawn taut by cuffs and zips and stirrups. There were stretchy legs at Versus and slim ones at MaxMara.

But it was a celebrity who played a significant role in popularising the style for men at least and not one that you are thinking of. Nope not Russell Brand or even Pete Doherty.

But the man who I think deserves the accolade for being at least partially responsible for the British style success story of the decade is Nick Valensi – the guitarist (who isn’t Albert Hammond) with The Strokes.

Given how quickly they fell from grace after their rather disappointing second album it is hard to remember what a huge impact The Strokes made on Britain and its media. They went from a well kept secret among power pop fans who raved about their debut EP The Modern Age, to playing gigs in sell out London venues where the celebrities outnumbered the indie pop punters.

After half a decade of championing all things British – think Brit pop, Brit art etc The Stokes were when the UK fell in love again with the idealised version of New York. The five undernourished looking dark haired fellas seemed to encapsulate all that we loved about the city from their urban style through to their edgy, but accessible driving punky pop that inevitably drew comparisons with Blondie, The Velvet Underground and and The Ramones.

But check out those early pics of the band (see above) and you’ll see that one member, Mr Valensi, wears his jeans that little bit tighter than the rest in way that conjures up images of a certain band some 20 years earlier.

At the time the press wrote endless stories about the band’s style and their tight trousers. A seed was planted and other rock icons, celebrities and fashion houses took note so that by the mid noughties skinny jeans were starting hitting the mainstream for men. Topshop’s Baxter range along side Kate Moss and others did the trick for women. Within a few years the reign of the Boot Cut would be over and if you didn’t have the legs to go skinny, you wanted your jeans at least straight.

Anyway hop over to The Guardian and read the article. I am off to play Is This It?



Clothing, News, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

Androgyny is in as Men’s Saint Laurent Paris Spring/Summer 2013 range fronted by female model

By Gerald Lynch on November 26th, 2012

Ever found yourself wandering around your favourite boutique, uncertain which rail was menswear and which was aimed at the fairer sex? That shouldn’t be a problem come next Spring as, if Saint Laurent Paris’s New Year menswear range is anything to go by, androgyny is in.

The newly rebranded ready-to-wear arm of the legendary Yves Saint Laurent fashion house has seen its creative director Hedi Silmane pick Dutch female model Saskia de Brauw as the face of its Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

The wiry 31 year-old model looks sharp in the line’s tailoring, with her cropped cut hair and defined bone structure giving her a Jagger style swagger that many male models would struggle to pull off. It’s not de Brauw’s first gender-bending modeling stint, having done previous work during the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2013 menswear show.

Silmane is well known for his gender-neutral styles too, championing slim-fit trousers and suits for Dior Homme that have been as popular with the ladies as the men they were first aimed at. As a result, the new campaign for his debut line for Saint Laurent Paris will stress that all items are available to both genders.



features, Footwear, Jeans & Trousers, knitwear, Trends

Trend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more

By Stefano on November 16th, 2012

Adams Black and White Dogstooth Trousers £85

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Made from Pure Wools, Mohair Wool and Polyester Blends, these have a straight slightly narrower leg 16.5 inch bottoms. Adams of London

One of the likely big trends in women’s wear for next is year monochrome black and white.  Think Bridget Riley, op art, stripes of varying lengths, maybe a bit of dogs tooth too.

Apparently stripey op art style dresses by the likes of Marc Jac0bs are predicted  to drip on down to the High St. 

Chances are that the mod monochrome look will also have an influence on menswear too, which is good news for the heritage brands who t are always selling 60 influenced clothes. Here are few items that are likely to be (coughs) bang on trend next year.



Designer Spotlight, features, London Collections, Trends

London Collections: Backstage @ Jonathan Saunders

By Gerald Lynch on June 19th, 2012

Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 @ London Collections

There’s little to compare to the buzz of backstage at a fashion show, and little else still when that show happens to be the Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 showcase at the inaugural London Collections Men’s fashion weekender. Brandish popped down pre-show for a quick look at how one of the most eagerly-anticipated and talked about events of the weekend came together.

A rabbit-warren of a venue with winding, near-vertical stairs that open out into a dramatic high-ceilinged space, Brandish climbed through the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms to meet with hair stylist Paul Hanlon. Not even a power-outage at the venue could stop him as he talked us through the Bowie-inspired look, using Fekkai products to pull back and add volume to the hair of the 11 models crammed into his makeshift salon.

Backstage before Jonathan Saunders' Spring/Summer 2013 @ London Collections

“I’m kind of trying to tap into that time after Bowie had done with his Ziggy thing. No more red hair, much more mature, more masculine, in a way, less glam rock. This was a time when he was wearing the big pants, shirts. He was much more elegant,” explained Hanlon.

“There’s elements of the fifties in there too, but never falling into rockabilly styles. I don’t want it too androidy though either, there are imperfections in there too, adding character. Think of ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth‘, all that sort of time, and you’d be right on it.”

Last minute line-up changes for the Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 showcase @ London Collections

It’s a look both on trend and achievable, with clean lines and light sideburns, pulling blow-dryed hair back from the face through the roots with a wide-comb, strong wax and mousse for a sharp, uniform look that never veers into militarized territory.

With little under an hour till doors opened, models were still having the final touches applied, with last minute changes to the model line-up meaning a frantic rethink of how best to present the line.

Shoes by Christan Louboutin for Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 @ London Collections

The show itself was rapturously received. Rather than a runway show, Saunders opted for a slightly more laid back static showcase, with the 11 models posing in a colourfully decorated corner of the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms. Chatting to each other beneath the striking natural light of the venue’s sloping skylight, the models entertained guests including David Gandy and Reggie Yates.

David Gandy @ Jonathan Saunders - London Collections

Rails of items from the collection were available for guests to browse, giving all in attendance the chance to get up close and personal with the range.

Rails on show at the Jonathan Saunders London Collections showcase

As Saunders first full men’s collection, the Scottish designer effortlessly played with his trademark striking colours, bringing together graphic, geometric prints on short-sleeves, suits, twinsets and casual wear. Knitwear too, used by Saunders as a “gateway garment” for men looking to add a slightly more subtle dash of colour to their wardrobes, also featured heavily. High neck lines throughout kept the line sophisticated, but the bold, retro stylings keep the collection from ever feeling stuffy. Christian Louboutin’s shoes were a perfect complement, with playful metallics and suede grounding a superbly wearable set.



features, Gallery, Shirts, top ten, Trends

ALOHA!: Ten almost-tasteful Hawaiian print shirts

By Gerald Lynch on April 18th, 2012

Topman - Green Floral Cotton Shirt - £34

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When the summer heat kicks up a wavy haze off the concrete city streets, we know it can be tough to resist the urge to laze around in just your lightest shirts and underwear.

Yet, we just can’t accept the return of the Hawaiian shirt, this summer’s slob-chic must-have. It’s like someone covered themselves in wallpaper paste, tore the pages out of a tattoo catalogue and rolled around in the scraps, off their nut on umbrella-wearing cocktails.

But who are we to judge the fashion gods? We’ve pooled together ten of our favourite offerings from the likes of ASOS and Ben Sherman, ranging from the blindingly garish to more subtle, understated prints if you’re feeling a little less daring but still want to be on-trend when the heatwave finally kicks in.

So grab your hula skirts and piña coladas and dive into the gallery above for our pick of this year’s best Hawaiian shirts.

While you’re at it, have a listen to our short 60′s summer playlist below. It’s sure to instil some sunshine-surfing spirit in you even if the clouds outside your window are stubbornly grey!

 



Brand Spotlight, Celeb style, Collaborations, features, Lifestyle & Gadgets, Trends

Spencer Hart collaborate with Samsung

By Laura on January 1st, 2012

A few weeks ago we were invited to one of our favourite Savile Row tailors, Spencer Hart, to learn about their recent collaboration with Samsung.

The collaboration involves integrating mobile technology into the traditional craft of Savile Row design and lifestyle tailoring. To be perfectly honest I was a bit skeptical at first, but as soon as I saw how the tailors were able to use the Samsung Galaxy Note, all doubts disappeared.

The Samsung Galaxy Note features the S Pen – and advanced pen-input technology combined with a full touch 5.3” HD Super AMOLED screen for sketching, editing documents or annotating images. Spencer Hart founder Nick Hart is using this technology to complement the traditional tools of tailoring for measuring up clients and showcasing different fabrics, fits and designs.

We had a chance to speak to Nick Hart about the collaboration. He explained how it is changing the way they work stating: “In our world we spend time with our clients to make sure everything is perfect and there’s a huge amount of detail we need to record to create clothing that’s tailor-made to them. When you work with high profile people things need to be done quickly and you’ve got to be flexible – using this new technology will make us more efficient as a business and allow more time for creativity.

“And of course it’s not just for work. I travel a lot and I’m always looking for new ideas. The Galaxy Note means I can capture inspiration while on the move, through images, memos and sketches, and share them instantly with colleagues, suppliers and even clients!”

The Samsung Galaxy Note devices is now being used in store at the Spencer Hart flagship at 62/64 Brook Street, London.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Unusual Trends For 2O11: The Crop Top

By Laura on January 21st, 2011


Topman Crop Top

Calvin Klein Crop Top

The year is still relatively fresh, and most of us are starting to check out 2011’s spring/summer collections in anticipation of spotting any future trends. However, sometimes you come across something that simply leaves you bemused. The Crop top is one of them.

This unusual yet bold idea has shown up in look books by both Calvin Klein and TopMan.
Calvin Klein’s interpretation of this new trend features minimal detailing, whilst staying true to the usual neutrals featured in recent collections. As such a boundary pushing piece, it is unlikely that we will see this trend take off in S/S 2011, but don’t be surprised if you start to see men layering a cropped top over other pieces this season.

So what do you think? is this a trend that you think has potential to take off? If so how would/could you carry off this look?



Coats & Jackets, Trends

Style Watch: The Varsity Jacket

By Laura on January 12th, 2011

With warmer weather just around the corner, its time to start thinking about finding the perfect spring jacket.
This season if you want to be right on trend, you can’t go wrong with a varsity style jacket. The varsity jacket has been the anchor piece of the Williamsburg look. With its embroidered logos and contrasting leather sleeves, it is sure to be a staple.



Clothing, features, Gallery, Jeans & Trousers, knitwear, Outfit picks, Trends

The Fair Isle knit: Get the Look

By admin on December 9th, 2010

The past few weeks have seen snow shut down half the country, and unfortunately it is only the beginning of the cold weather. As you know, if you are going to keep warm at this time of year, its all about the layers. From thermals to snoods, they keep you staying warm and staying fashionable. A big trend so far this winter has undeniably been chunky knitwear. Whether it is a jumper or cardigan, some thick knitwear is a great addition to any winter wardrobe. However, there is one style in particular that has lead the trend with both high street stores and premium designers – The Fair Isle knit.

The Fair Isle knitting is technique named after the tiny island of Fair Isle, north of Scotland, between the Shetland and Orkney islands. Traditional Fair Isle refers to any colour work knitting using 2 alternating colours and utilises the traditional patterns of the Shetlands. The technique in recent years has been adapted by designers mixing traditional items and techniques with current trends and themes. However, they still remain true to the vintage and country inspired styles.

Fair Isle knits are a simple and classic way to bring colour and warmth to your winter wardrobe. Whats more, it is a trend that is sure to be around for at least another season, fitting well with the Urban Bohemian trend.

Rock the Fair Isle knits with dark washed jeans, military boots, a chunky scarf and camel trench coat to be right on trend. As things warm up in the spring, pair your sweater with rolled up chinos and boat shoes.

The Fair Isle knit: Designer Look

The Fair Isle knit: Designer Look by Shiny_Laura on Polyvore.com

Paul Smith Jeans fair isle shawl knit, 130 GBP
Thin Finn Black Coated Indigo, $429
Spire Boot, $225
The Fair Isle Knit: High Street Look

The Fair Isle Knit: High Street Look by Shiny_Laura on Polyvore.com

Levi 519 Skinny, 80 GBP
Swear Logan 2 Lace Boot Brown Leather, 100 GBP
Topman Burgandy Shawl Collar Jumper


Accessories, Top Five, Trends

Top Winter Accessory: The Snood

By Laura on November 30th, 2010

The Snood, despite its unfortunate name, is one of the biggest accessories in men’s fashion this winter.

They have been around in women’s fashion for the past few seasons, but don’t let this turn you off. This winter the shops are full of great masculine snoods in great colours and chunky knits. This great winter accessory will not only keep you warm, but adds great dimension to any outfit.

Check out 5 of our favourite snoods this season



Footwear, Trends

Trend: Creeper Boots.

By ThomasHewetson on July 9th, 2010

creeper.jpgOnce popular with the teddy-boys of the sixties, creepers are making a mainstream return into menswear. Reworked into contemporary designs, the creeper sole is the common denominator in all of these styles and is a progression of the clumpy sole trend that’s been about for a while now. Named after their crepe souls the creeper shoe looks set to be big this winter and although the classic brothel creepers aren’t much to look at, Opening Ceremony have reworked them into a desert boot style to fit the origins of the creeper on the feet of soldiers in North Africa during the Second World War. The boots are available in natural suede or black from The GoodHood Store.



Clothing, Trends

Trend. Shirt Layering.

By ThomasHewetson on May 20th, 2010

double.jpgThis trend has been cropping up in the styling of campaigns this summer and it’s quite an interesting one. It can work quite well, and the above styling for AllSaints of a chambray shirt over a checked one might just breath life into the tired checks. As long as the muted shirt is worn over the top and the no-one dares attempt check on check this could look good. You could just cheat and buy this double layer one that they’ve actually done for you that is in the picture above too.
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Clothing, Trends

Trend: Fisherman Jackets.

By ThomasHewetson on May 11th, 2010

suit2.jpegAlthough it should be warm by now, jackets are still an essential, especially after the sun goes down and luckily, this summer a trend for lightweight fisherman jackets has emerged. They aren’t bulky and I like their length. My favorite is the Suit ‘Felix’ jacket. Suit were formed in 2004 and specialise in modernising classic pieces. The jacket comes in four different colours and the Royal blue, which is my favorite, is exclusive to Number Six.

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Clothing, Trends

Trend: Wide Horizontal Stripe Shirts.

By ThomasHewetson on April 14th, 2010

stripe.jpgThis shirt by 1971 Reiss incorporates a trend which I have seen developing on the streets quite rapidly. They are available quite easily in vintage shops and look best when worn over sized, layered over a t-shirt so you can keep it undone with a boxy shape. The flannel gives it a bit of weight so for this transition from spring to summer, it’s a brilliant item for your wardrobe.



sunglasses, Trends

Trend: Flat Brow Sunglasses

By ThomasHewetson on April 7th, 2010

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Last year it was Wayfarers. Everywhere. This summer, it will still be Wayfarers, Everywhere. They are just to easy to wear, suit more people than any other sunglasses, aren’t too flashy and are a design classic. However, the flat brow sunglasses are the way forward. The silhouette does bare resemblance to the Wayfarer on some models, but the nicest ones have a square frame. I do not believe in spending over £20 on sunglasses because I get through 3 pairs in the summer due to standing or sitting on them, yet these ones shown above are £165 and by A.M Eyewear and do claim to be shatterproof and are the nicest pair I’ve seen.




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