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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

Ute Ploier Shorts from b Store

By Will Reid on April 1st, 2008

UTE SHORTS.jpgFrom Marc Jacobs to Topman, McQ to Uniqlo, short shorts have undoubtedly secured their place as the menswear item of the season – and possibly the year. If I said they needed an adopter than Brandish is the orphanage. We have given you examples of short shorts in a spectrum of colours, fabrics and prints and Jason even took it to a political platform!

If politics is your thing, these PVC shorts from Ute Ploier are the David Cameron of this trend (and by that I don’t mean they have their own cringy webcast or a penchant for innocent smoothies.) Quirky, original and edgy these shorts would be perfect for night with a crisp white shirt and dove grey blazer or for day with a plain white t-shirt, raspberry American Eagle jumper and white plimsolls. Most of all just relish in the fact that you can wear PVC short shorts and still be in fashion.

Black shorts, Ute Ploier, £155


Brandish needs you!

By admin on March 19th, 2008

brandish needs you.jpgOver at Shiny Towers we’re looking for a part-time writer for Brandish. As you may have noticed since the departure of our beloved Tim things just haven’t been the same round here. If you care about the explosive short shorts debate, know your Raf Simons from your Kim Jones and are up to date with the latest books and music take a look after the jump to see what we need.

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Brandish’s Top Ten men’s style blogs

By ShinyMedia on December 12th, 2007

toptenblogss.JPGCheck out Shiny Media’s Christmas Present to you, part of our top 100 Fashion and Lifestyle blogs which we’re working on across our sites is the menswear top ten. Here they are in no particular order, enjoy!

Gear Crave
Gear Crave is a stylish site crammed full of exciting product you will genuinely want to buy. It’s also goes easy on the clichéd machismo which is refreshing.

Style Salvage
This site is unashamedly British and ‘indie’ (whatever that means nowadays!) and that’s why I love it. You can’t beat the Style Salvage for edgy yet accessible style musings for men.

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Uniqlo menswear sale – gibberish t-shirts a go-go

By ShinyMedia on July 20th, 2007


Sales are great. Sales at places which are already pretty damn cheap are even better. So the Uniqlo sale is the betterest sale going, pretty much. I’ve always looked at Uniqlo as a poor man’s Gap – but in a good way, because I’m a pretty poor man myself. These days their lines are a lot more colourful, thanks perhaps to the creative types they’ve employed to liven things up, as we reported last month. When I was in there last night I found a lot more stuff I’d consider buying than the last time I was in Gap.

I picked up a polo shirt and a t-shirt for a grand total of £15, and you can’t say fairer than that. Unless they fall apart within a week, in which case I’ll do another post warning you off the place. I went for plain designs, but if you’re fond of adorning your torso with utter gibberish, they do a nice line in nonsense slogans as well (see picture of t-shirt with nonsense on it, right).



M(o)ustache update – World Beard & Moustache Championships 2007; Brits granted entry to Best Sports M(o)ustache of All Time

By ShinyMedia on July 19th, 2007

Boy, those moustached fellas don’t miss a trick. Following yesterday’s post focusing on the American Mustache Institute, a nice man representing the World Beard & Moustache Championships 2007 got in touch to alert us Britishers to their event. It’s held on September 1st in Brighton, which is frankly rather more convenient than Missouri. Like the AMI, the Championships aim to raise money for charity (The Rockinghorse Appeal).

As you’d expect from a body of folk used to keeping things neat and tidy, the event looks extremely well-organised. Check out the event schedule for proof. I for one would definitely take part in the "Parade", which runs from 11am. Later on the competition proper takes place (partial and full beards are catered to), before a buffet supper (runny eggs excluded, one hopes).

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The American Mustache Institute – fighting m(o)ustache discrimination

By ShinyMedia on July 18th, 2007

SelleckIf I could grow a moustache, I would. And I imagine I’d become obsessed with it. I would nurture it like I would a pet. I would search for avenues that would indulge my fixation with my new hairy accessory. I would seek out websites which would feed my desire to look into any number of moustache-related matters. In short, I would be checking the website of the American Mustache Institute every. Damn. Day.

British readers, you’re just going to have to get used to the fact that "moustache" is spelled differently "over there". American readers, I’m only spelling it your way because that’s how the AMI spells it, so don’t go getting all cocky or nuthin’. Anyway, trifling spelling-related matters aside, the AMI provides a portal for all things pertaining to hairy face-sluggery. For instance, you get a section for "Mustaches In The News", which currently has bits about living moustached legends such as Tom Selleck and Billy Dee Williams.

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Lost’s Matthew Fox is the tear-free face of L’Oreal Men Expert

By ShinyMedia on July 16th, 2007

This may be old news, but over the weekend I saw two adverts starring guys from Lost. Cool Water are using Josh Holloway – aka Sawyer – as their swimming hunk in their latest ad, while, as you’ll see after the jump, Matthew Fox is fronting the new L’Oreal Men Expert ad.

Now, when I started watching Lost, my first thought on seeing Mr. Fox was "Hey! That’s the guy from Party Of Five who, like his brother Bailey, cried in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE." If you never saw Party Of Five you may think I’m exaggerating a touch. I’m not. Ask anyone. And then whaddya know, he joins Lost and before you know it the "crying while trying not to cry" face is back on our screens every week. And providing plenty of opportunities for humour.

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I Love What You’re Wearing: Heather and Ollie

By ShinyMedia on May 21st, 2007


This week Brandish and Catwalk Queen are featuring street style pictures from Brighton’s Great Escape music festival. The first couple we have are the cute Heather and Ollie, two students from Brighton. I like their unpretentious fun style, and the fact that Ollie looks like a young Bobby Gillespie.


Topman sale

By Isabelle on April 16th, 2007


Topman have got a sale on, and even though you’ll usually find me in Topshop looking at the dresses and  shoes I ventured downstairs and picked up a lovely shirt for a mere tenner. Steer clear of the trucker caps and rock dude belts and you won’t go far wrong. Take this black gingham shirt, reduced to £15 it’s a great fit thanks to their new slim sizing. Another good pick is their navy bomber reduced to £20, navy is a great colour for summer, especially teamed with brown and fawn colours.


Paul Smith brogue detail pumps

By Isabelle on April 13th, 2007


I think I’ve fallen in love. These Paul Smith summer pumps combine brogue detailing with summery denim and colourful eyelets; although he had me at the brogue detailing. A great casual shoe for summer that will smarten up the simplest outfit and are fairly reasonable at £80. I’m not sure you get away with wearing jeans with these, you might run the risk of looking like a denim dream! Just as well they also come in plain white canvas.

Heroes and Celebrities

David Bowie Vittel advert

By Isabelle on April 12th, 2007

It’s always a bit depressing when you see your heroes doing adverts; admittedly this French Vittel advert isn’t too bad but it still hurts to see the Thin White Duke hamming it up. Set in an imaginary flatshare he has with Ziggy Stardust and some of his other alter-egos Bowie is exasperated at their mineral water consumption (how selfish!) and wanders down the street to purchase another bottle of Vittel.


Shiny red Topshop shoes

By Isabelle on April 12th, 2007

PatentredMmm patent leather, the choice of the ladies’ (or man’s) man. I think more people should wear patent shoes, like Topman’s glossy red lace-ups (£45). You could slide up to your crush in a club a la main protagonist in Pulp’s Disco 2000 and go for a bit of leg swinging dance action. Very smooth. I think they’d look good with some flared slacks and a tight fitting shirt, and as a finishing touch add a fake leather belt from a charity shop with gold buckle. You will then surely be able to charm the pants off anyone you desire.

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Maouflage at Sephora

By Isabelle on April 12th, 2007


It seems men’s make-up or manouflage is becoming more and more popular; I remember squealing  ‘Are you wearing blusher?!’ at my unusually radiant friend forcing him to sheepishly admit to a light dusting of MAC blush. H+M were doing mascara for men earlier this year after customer requests. Coming under the euphemistic sub-heading of ‘Complexion Enhancers’ Sephora are stocking a whole range of cosmetics for men. You can choose from Benefit’s You Rebel tinted moisturiser, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Tout Beau kohl pen and concealer, or Dr Hauschka’s Transluscent Bronze Concentrate to prettify your face.


Pantherella socks

By Isabelle on April 11th, 2007

Pantherella socks are made from Egyptian cotton and come in enough colours that you can match them to your outfit. They’ve got hand finished toes which basically means a smooth finish and a guarantee of good quality. These socks are the perfect finishing touch if you’ve just splashed out on a bespoke suit and at £8.50 they won’t break the bank; you can purchase them online from Wood’s of Shropshire.


Collection of Style menswear

By Isabelle on April 11th, 2007

There’s no denying that women get the best deal on the high street but COS, the latest H&M offshoot  offers what I think might be the best high street clothing for men. I paid a visit to the Regent’s Street store this morning and tried on some of their women’s clothing, but for obvious reasons couldn’t get dressing room shots of the men’s stuff! I did have a good look though and it’s all fashion conscious, without trying too hard. Simple clothes allow features like interesting cuts, on-trend colours and pretty prints to shine. There was lots of dove grey, navy and chartreuse green. See after the cut for more COS images.

Read my womenswear COS review on Catwalk Queen

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