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men.style.com: The Most Stylish Moments of 2008

By Jonathan Smith on December 31st, 2008

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Men.style.com
has compiled their top 25 stylish moments of 2008, sadly it doesn’t include me, grey acid washed, one shoe, a bottle or rum and a whole load of vomit- a classic look to span decades. What is even more upsetting is that rapping retard Kanye West features in this list and as 2008 draws to a close is still alive, so my prayers have gone unanswered.

Check out the The Most Stylish Moments of 2008 here.



Accessories

Nooka Zon and Zoc

By Jonathan Smith on December 12th, 2008

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A far cry from the traditional design of the Rolex Submariner, New York based watch brand Nooka has added a couple of new pieces to its Christmas 08 collection. Both pieces sporting interesting design features and high quality construction and materials. These watches are for the man who feels a traditional dial watch is beneath him, though I don’t know how well I’d fair at reading these with a skin full of Christmas Spirit.

Jump through for more images and info.

[Source: hypebeast.com]

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Clothing, Coats & Jackets, knitwear

Silas Winter Lookbook

By Jonathan Smith on November 25th, 2008

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A while ago when Silas pulled out of the UK I was pretty gutted because at the time they were my favorite brand due to the fact that their T-Shirts fit so damn well, the actual design of the T’s were less important to me but to be fair these were just as great. Silas has returned to the UK (though the brand still concentrates on its much larger following in Japan) and has grown up a wee bit with some smarter pieces to their range such as the awesome knitwear and coats featured in this winter 08 lookbook put together by Unbar.

Jump through to look through the book…

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Heroes and Celebrities

Kanye West at A.M.A

By Jonathan Smith on November 25th, 2008

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Bearded retard and my own personal hate figure, Kaye West wore a piece from his yet to be released clothing line Pastelle to last nights American Music Awards. The panelled varsity jacket is part of the singers clothing label, headed by our very own British designer Kim Jones and is as of yet unreleased to the general public, though look out for the lines website, PastTellMuseum.com, as rumour has that it goes live soon!

Jump through for video of Kanye performing “Heartless” last night at the awards.

[Image: Rex Features]

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Heroes and Celebrities

Lewis Hamilton, a hair away from legend

By Jonathan Smith on November 6th, 2008

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This month Lewis Hamilton is gracing the cover of Esquire and looks pretty damn good, jump through to see Lewis sabotage this with the worst photo I’ve ever seen!

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Barack Obama and Terry Richardson- Better Than Stefano Pilati in Interview?

By Will Reid on September 17th, 2008

terry-richardson-obama-photo.jpgWhen I saw this image on Hypebeast this morning, I instantly wanted to put it on Brandish and have it sent right round the world on some type of banner. Unfortunately, I found out 5 minutes later that the hotel I’m staying at (Grand Hyatt Mumbai,) has given the entire floor above me to a call centre which means that it takes my computer about half an hour to Google something and the thought of uploading a picture onto Movable Type almost brings me to tears.

Anyway here it is: a picture sure to go down in fashion history.

(Source: Hypebeast)



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

A Grunge Revival? Alan Cumming Seems To Think So!

By Will Reid on September 15th, 2008

rex_801664b.jpgRex Features describes the Creative Arts Primetime Emmys as an event to “recognise technical and other achievements for the 2007-08 TV season…widely considered to be a precursor to the main Emmys ceremony.”

In my world of tired soaps like Eastenders and Coronation St, this translates as an excuse for C-list stars to dress up in posh frocks a la the recent TV Soap Awards (or something along those lines) that occurred in Britain where everyone thought that Ashley Slanina-Davies from Hollyoaks was a style star because she actually had a YSL clutch (and, I admit it, she did look wonderfully 80s.)

Anyway, Alan Cumming decided to bring a different flavour to the LA-based awards and opted for grunge-hair and darker shades instead of the usual skinny-fit suit, Converse trainer and grey/black palette that we see from most of LA’s men.

(Image: Jim Smeal/ BE/ Rex Features)



Clothing, Jeans & Trousers

Levi x Fenom

By Jonathan Smith on September 8th, 2008

ap_F23_20080907122243275.jpgFenom’s assault on Denim continues with their now well established collaboration with Levi’s. This seasons offerings are a 207 and a 505 all with the Fenom trademark details such as a new leather patch on the waistband, lining on the rear pocket, zip pocket and of course the Fenom lightening bolts painted on in red. These should be available at select Levi’s dealers soon- possibly by the end of the week.

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[Source: jungle23]

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Accessories, sunglasses

Sabre Madness (has nothing to do with the rise in knife crime)

By Jonathan Smith on September 4th, 2008

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Coming this Autumn masters of eye wear Sabre are bringing you the “Madness”. With inter changeable arms and frame colours these shades are fully customisable and come in a mix of matte and shiny finishes. Great for all that Autumn sunshine we get in the UK?… I suppose they would be good for hangovers. Available soon from Sabre and the usual suspects. Check out some more pics after the jump.

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Heroes and Celebrities, Jeans & Trousers

Levi’s x Damien Hirst

By Jonathan Smith on September 3rd, 2008

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Denim aficionado Levi’s has got together with animal preserver Damien Hurst to to bring a new and exclusive line of jeans and apparel all themed around Hurst’s work. The line was designed by Hurst himself along with designer Adrian Nyman and features skulls, spots and butterflies all printed onto black or blue jeans and black, white or purple t-shirts. No news on price or availability yet but the items should be hitting stores mid-September and are expected to sell out quickly.

[All pics and info from coolhunting.com]



Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities

The Good and The Bad and Ugly from the GQ Man Of The Year Awards 2008

By Jonathan Smith on September 3rd, 2008

Mark Ronson.jpgLast night The Royal Opera House, London saw the GQ men of the year awards. I wasn’t invited let alone nominated which of course draws a question mark over the validity of the event, however that aside it still proves to be a great opportunity for the men of London and the world to get up and be counted for style and talent. Some of the more interesting awards went to the following: International Man – Josh Brolin, Most Stylish Man – Brandon Flowers, Designer – Christopher Bailey, Politician – Boris Johnson (really? I mean seriously though, really?) and Radio Personality – Chris Evans (again: really? I mean radio yes but personality? I wouldn’t have thought so).

The outfits worn at the event all aired on the subtle side but there was a good range of style from damn awful to “DAMN! You look good bro!” Jump through for my selection of the good and the bad and ugly.

[Images: Rex Features]

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Met Institute Costume Gala 2008: Jack White & Karen Elson, Ashley Olsen & Christian Louboutin and Zac Posen & Kate Mara

By admin on May 6th, 2008

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A slightly uncle Fester-esque Jack White turned up with spouse Karen Elson, who looked like a woman from a Rossetti painting with her pale skin, burgundy dress and ginger hair. Despite White’s slightly corpse-like appearance I think he looked good in his white three-button waistcoat.

Christian Louboutin went to the other end of the spectrum with an attention-grabbing badge and I have to say I love Ashley Olsen’s new look. Speaking of attention-grabbing, check out Zac Posen’s outfit after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Fantastic Man Spring/Summer 2008: Tom Ford

By Will Reid on March 6th, 2008

Img121zh0When I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow to tour a newbie I know I really shouldn’t be up late on The Fashion Spot, but if you see Tom Ford on the cover of a fairly underground men’s fashion mag it would be criminal not to post.

The news only came out on The Fashion Spot at 10:30 and at the time of writing it is 11:24 so there is not any news on contents at the moment except for the obvious presence of Mr. "My ads are so raunchy they should be banned" Ford.

Any followers of the great fashion maverick will know that he has successfully released fragrances for Estée Lauder as well as his own him and her scents. Also, Ford has released a sunglasses range and a menswear line both of which are firm fashion favourites. The sub-title of the cover states of the "wicked masterplan of the super gentleman" and I can only imagine what that wicked plan entails-ah, how much I love sartorial drama.



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

L’Uomo Vogue February 2008- Casey Affleck

By Will Reid on March 4th, 2008

Lumo1When I woke up this morning and sat down at my screen, I was confronted with the unsettlingly sad news of Tim leaving (is that fair for someone to have to deal with at such a vulnerable time of the day? – okay, it was 11:30.) As a result I was thrown into a mental retrospective of my short time at Brandish. The posts, the e-mails, the endless questions (sorry Isabelle!) and particularly the instance in which Tim edited a photo for me and sent it back to my grease-stained, holiday-rented and ancient computer even though I was a) in Tenerife and b) a complete stranger to him (Thanks Tim.) As part of this smile-inducing recall, I thought of one of my posts on L’Uomo Vogue. So later, when I was ‘surfing the web’ and found that Casey Affleck is on their latest ‘Hollywood Issue,’ I thought it was worth a post. 

This looks amazing and with stars from Javier Bardem to Quentin Tarantino, you just have to look after the jump for more information and pics. 

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Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities

Oscar Fashion- Javier Bardem

By Will Reid on February 29th, 2008

06mIn previous years, the Oscars were associated with daring stars pushing fashion’s limits; Cher in Bob Mackie, Jack Nicholson in a beret, Sharon Stone in her husband’s shirt tucked into Vera Wang. However, to the displeasure of writers, editors and readers everywhere, the Oscars now represent a plucked image and dull figments of a mediocre stylist’s imagination. Talking about the lack of fashion daredevils at this year’s Oscars, John Waters in WWD said that "Stylists have ruined everything…Nobody wants to be Björk. I love Björk. We need Björk."

But fear not, this year it was the men who had the sartorial X-factor. Case in question- Javier Bardem in Prada (I have my suspicions that his outfit played a part in his Best Actor win.) Back during fashion season, we at Brandish, along with the rest of the industry, ridiculed Prada’s menswear show and it’s content of mini-skirts and "boy-kinis." Soon after, I assured you that the Prada collection would find a way of being wearable. Oh how nice it feels to be right for once.




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