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Yay or Nay: High heels for men?

By admin on October 14th, 2008

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The Sartorialist featured these two images of a young man wearing a jumpsuit and heels in one, and jeans and patent lace-up in the other.

Men in heels has become a slightly more common occurrence, on the streets of London anyway; I’m sure the sight of a man in stilettos would probably raise an eyebrow (and possibly a fist) in some of the UK’s more provincial towns.

I find it an unusual sight, not least because I hardly wear heels myself but I totally expect the sight of men in heels to become more and more commonplace. It’s interesting to note that even though on the left he is wearing more casual attire he is still carrying handbag, another traditionally female status symbol. It seems like power suits in the ’80s for women, style-conscious men are co-opting the symbols of female fashion for themselves.

What do you think, are heels the new skinny jeans? Take our poll after the cut!

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Beck on David Letterman

By admin on October 10th, 2008
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The usually cherubic and stylish Beck Hansen looked a little off when he made it to the TV studios to appear on David Letterman’s Late Show.

There is more than a hint of Kid Rock about his outfit (never a good thing!) with hat and the hair and the cossack-style ankle boots add to the feeling of odd proportion. I think Beck looks at his best with a lean and clean silhouette but if you watch the video after the jump (1.50 mins in) onstage Beck’s still got it.

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On|Off Presents: Rozalb de Mura gallery

By admin on September 22nd, 2008

As we walked into the On|Off exhibition I had a ‘I want that boat’ Napoleon Dynamite moment looking at Rozalb de Mura’s designs. I especially lusted after a pleated sleeve tunic in a gorgeous shade of grey and on the catwalk the menswear was equally impressive.

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is the name of a fictional baron thought up by the design team which is a brilliantly Martin Margiela touch. Designer Olah Gyarfas has been working in his native Romania for the last two years on the de Mura label.

Back to the clothes, the neutral colours and straightforward fabrics belie their simplicity. Crisp gathers, intricate origami folds on the back of a tailored jacket and ballooned trousers all sound a lot more gimmicky than the actual garments would have you believe. I’m keeping my eyes on Gyarfas’ progression, along with fellow On|Off Presents catwalkmate Mark Fast he is definitely one to watch.

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APC A/W 08 collection

By admin on July 18th, 2008

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With the sun constantly teasing us in the UK, it’s about time we started looking at Autumn/Winter collections. First up will be APC, who have a distinctly winter-sailor feeling, continuing on from their SS collection. They also surprisingly make Ugg-like boots look wearable. Check after the jump for more looks and accessories.

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Just For Fun: Human Tetris!

By Will Reid on July 14th, 2008

I found this video on Youtube and couldn’t resist putting it on Brandish. Two minutes of innocent people trying to fit through weirdly-shaped gaps in screens of foam, only to be thrown into a pool of water.

And for fashion’s sake, who could ignore those silver jumpsuits? Hilarious!



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Cuffed trousers – how far should you go?

By admin on July 2nd, 2008

fab.jpgWith cuffed trousers being all the rage right now, just how far should you go? While Vogue Brazil editor Fabrizio Rollo can pull it off well, it’s still a risky area. The problem with roll ups is that there’s a very fine line between over-rolling and under-rolling your trousers. Over roll them and they might start looking like cargo shorts, Under roll them and they’ll just look like those old school turn ups people did to show off their selvedge denim. Vote on what type of roll up looks best after the jump

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What do you think of Roger Federer’s Wimbledon look?

By admin on June 25th, 2008

roger federer wimbledon tennis cardigan.jpgRoger Federer turned heads on court at Wimbledon sporting a refined retro outfit of gold-trimmed cardigan, polo shirt and tailored shorts. It’s a departure from the on court trend of wearing hi-tech sportswear and harks back to a more genteel era of tennis.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no sartorial luddite, but Federer’s preppy chic outfit is a cut above your average sweat soaked poly-mesh racer back all-in-onsie. Whether it will make any difference to his game remains to be seen, as he faces Robin Soderling at lunchtime. Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of the Swiss tennis star.

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Yves Saint Laurent at Dover Street Market

By admin on June 18th, 2008

yves saint laurent dover street market stefano pilati.jpgThe dust has barely settled at Chanel’s five floor residence of Dover Street Market and we’ve got wind of another designer houseguest at DSM.

Yves Saint Laurent is going to take over DSM from July 3rd in a space created by set designer Michael Howells, who has worked on fashion shows for McQueen, Galliano and Lacroix and with Vogue and POP.

Edition 24 is a capsule collection of garments inspired by travel and will be constantly updated with new items. Stefano Pilati, YSL’s creative director will also be adding customised Edition 24 items on a regular basis.



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Isle of Wight Festival: Tim Booth, Iggy Pop and Pharrell Williams

By admin on June 16th, 2008

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These pictures taken at the Isle of Wight festival over the weekend are a million miles away from the foppish youth I remember from the early ’90s. I know twenty years have passed -god forbid anyone should ruthlessly pick apart my looks in twenty years time; but that is never an excuse for a shaved head and overcompensating beard. Masking baldness with a freshly razored head is so outdated now that I’d prefer to see a combover than a baby soft shiny pate.

And is it just me or do I spy a touch of Just For Men on the goatee? I’m not even going to start on the soul patch. See after the jump for some more inspiring looks from Pharrell Williams and Iggy Pop.

[Images: David McHugh/Brian Rasic/Rex Features]

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Comme Des Garçons’ CDG Energy C Parfum

By admin on June 13th, 2008

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If you wake up feeling like you need a kickstart to the day then CDG’s Energy C Parfum might be the answer. Hurry up though because the Lime is already out of stock, which means you can only get your hands on the Grapefruit and Lemon scents. They’re £22 each and sound like just the thing to liven up the mornings… I’ll take five!



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Burton stone cotton shorts

By admin on June 5th, 2008

burton shorts tailored.jpgIn my continuing mission to get the men of Britain into short shorts I’ve found a great pair which combines the tailoring of a high-fashion pair of short shorts with good wearability and even better price.

These cotton shorts are only £25 from Burton, they have a great shape but the lightness of the fabric gives it a more relaxed feel.

Team with brightly coloured deck shoes and an acid pastel polo for a sarcastic Sloane look, or if you’re in a more sincere mood wear with a fine gauge shirt with rolled up sleeves and canvas lace ups.



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French Connection Pad trousers

By admin on May 30th, 2008

french connection navy pad trouser.jpgFrench Connection’s ‘Pad’ trousers are a satisfying shade of rich navy which will look très chic teamed with other neutral for a classically elegant outfit. Try a white shirt with a rust coloured pocket square, or a white v-neck tee and grey cardigan for something more casual.

The cut is slim without being overly skinny and the creases are lengthening and flattering. At £70 they are a bit of an investment but they will easily become a staple part of your formal wardrobe and the navy is a sartorially intelligent change from boring black.



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David Mitchell’s astonishing weight loss

By admin on May 28th, 2008

david mitchell weight loss.jpgAre you as surprised as me to see David Mitchell’s weight loss? The Peep Show actor was out on the town for the première of Fat Pig, Kris Marshall’s (that guy off of My Family and the awful BT adverts) new play.

Without the little ring of chub circling his face Mitchell looks kind of normal and well-adjusted. Which is a shame because I quite liked the creepy perma-boy look, I can’t really imagine his slim self sitting in his room playing War Hammer and obsessively crushing on some poor woman.



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Brandish Poll: Do you own a bespoke suit?

By admin on May 22nd, 2008

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For every Emile Hirsch there are a thousand badly made, ill-fitting suits out there that routinely make me weep. You can get a good suit on the high street nowadays, but I still think that bespoke is the best way to go if you want a quality three-piece. Take our poll after the jump and let us know whether you’re a bespoke kind of person or a high street fan.

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White collar and cuff polo shirts by Miu Miu and Balenciaga

By admin on May 14th, 2008

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When I saw these shirts in Browns memories came flooding back of those white collar and cuff shirts that Barön Jon used to do. I started having flashbacks of bootcut distressed denim and overly pointed brown lace ups but actually these shirts are far removed from Hollyoaks style pub-lad fodder. The flash of white brightens up the tops for summer and provides a chic accent to a casual outfit.
I think the cuffs of the Balenciaga (£250) shirt might be a little tougher to wear, but the Miu Miu polo (£165) on the left is perfect.




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