Posts Tagged ‘american’

Designer Spotlight

More A/W09 Looks: Steven Alan

By Colin Chapman on May 20th, 2009

Steven_Alan_AW09.jpgFollowing Isabelle’s lead in previewing some A/W looks, here is another collection of relaxed and very wearable clothes, this time from US designer Steven Alan. Whilst not a household name here in the UK (though he has been stocked at places like Liberty) it would be unusual for a well-dressed New Yorker to not have at least one SA piece in their wardrobe.

Loved for his spin on American classics, Mr Alan treads the line between formal and a slightly crumpled. I love the tweeds in this collection, especially the pleated pants and whilst I’m not sure how much plaid I’ll be wearing this Autumn, dressed up with a tie or interesting layers it can be excused. Great styling, too – love those battered workboots!

See more of the A/W lookbook courtesy of A Continuous Lean. Or look here If you’re intrigued as to what Steven Alan offers for the current Spring season.

Source: Steven Alan AW09 Lookbook, A Continuous Lean



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh vs American Idol’s Adam Lambert

By admin on May 7th, 2009

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Image: Wenn.com

One is a composer for films, and has been in a cult band for nearly forty years, the other is a finalist in American Idol.

Obviously the odds are already stacked in Mark Mothersbaugh‘s favour, his yellow boilersuit (très chic), hapahzard Chris Martin-style gaffer tape and lumbar support/belt have a certain charm. Having said that without the Devo energy dome he’s not a clear winner in the competition for best stage costume. Adam Lambert‘s stick on nipple decorations take care of that; not to mention the hologram leggings, embellished cummerbund and neatly-trimmed chest hair.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Top Five

Top Five: Will’s Summer Wants!

By Will Reid on March 26th, 2009

Last summer I was down at Shiny Towers and the gloriously hot days were spent writing, chatting with my fellow Shinies, trying on Drop-Crotch jeans and touring the streets in search of aspirational street style. But despite all the joviality I didn’t quite anticipate the weather (although I refuse to take the blame for that one- when was the last time we had a proper summer?) and ended up the innocent victim of SSS (that’s Skinny jeans in Summer Syndrome.) This summer I am determined to get it right, which is why I have compiled this list of fashion needs (okay, wants.)

Thumbnail image for DSC00603.JPGb.JPG1. Lots of Extra-Hold Hairspray
Since Christmas and a happy accident haircut, I have been living with a bit of an 80s asymmetrical style. My super-thick hair means that I have to use extra-hold products which are effective but grease-free; the wet fro is never a good look! I will need lots of hairspray to combat the heat.

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Footwear

Redwing factory tour

By Jonathan Smith on November 17th, 2008


Red Wing Shoes Factory Tour from Michael Williams on Vimeo.

Red Wing Shoes is one of those companies whose product changes little from year to year and merely happens upon fashion popularity from time to time. This winter is one of those times, with the American Working man being such a strong look rugged and durable clothing is what you need. Red Wing provide a tough hard wearing boot that is a great alternative to Timberland and would complement your Levi’s Vintage and checked wool shirt a treat.

Check out the above video for a quick Red Wing history lesson and to see how they make their boots quite so indestructible.

[Via: ACL]



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

How to: The perfect turn up

By Jonathan Smith on September 17th, 2008

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Be they around your wrists or your ankles this year it’s been all about the turn ups, which is why we can all thank American GQ for giving detailed instructions on how to do the perfect shirt sleeve turn ups in this September’s issue. The technique is as follows:

1- Flip your cuff back, then pull it up toward your elbow, allowing the sleeve below to turn inside out as you go. Stop when the cuff is just above your elbow.

2- Evenly roll the inside out shirting that is now below the cuff until it’s covering half the cuff, locking in the sleeve.

3- Leave the rest of the cuff out so that it subtly flies out of the roll.

4- Admire your new look in the mirror. Briefly. Now swagger out the door.

[Image: Rex Features]



Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Karl Lagerfeld: A Cuddly Bear for Children of Today?

By Will Reid on September 2nd, 2008

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“Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them”

For a man who claims to not only feel no human emotion but to want no possessions, memories or immortilisation, Karl Lagerfeld sure likes to have his bedazzled fingers in a lot of different pies. After Grand Theft Auto, the Kaiser has collaborated with the German toy manufacturer Steiff on a Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear. That means a bear decked out in all the maestro’s signature pieces; the sunglasses, the rings, the high-collared shirt, skinny trousers, statement belt and skinny tie.

See after the jump for a full-detail picture and all the information!



Entertainment, Polls, Trends

Brandish Poll: Executive Item Execution

By Will Reid on August 21st, 2008

EIE.jpgForgive 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.)

To paraphrase and avoid any further confusion, I will put it into the context of my own life. Yesterday, a figure of authority commented on how “insane” my shoes were.This person went on to reveal that they actually had and often wore my shoes and broke into hysterical laughter as I stuttered and muttered a response that attempted to convey my anguish.

Call me vain, on a high-horse or simply unrealistic but how many names have been ruined for you by the child who used to pick their nose and eat it or mutter to themselves as they drew pictures of dead people? Sadly, the same applies to Margiela as it did to McDonalds (thanks, Morgan Spurlock.)

Feel the same? Vote in our poll below.

(Image: Dean Chalkley/ PYMCA/ Rex Features)

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