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Coats & Jackets, Trends

Dream team: lightweight summer jackets

By admin on March 26th, 2009

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Looking for summer jackets might be slightly premature but it’s never too early to shop, and with a chunky jumper a lightweight waterproof layer will more than suffice for March.

These jackets are all fairly pricey, but would make fantastic investments if you have a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket. Rene Gurskov‘s bomber is in a simple colour but tailoring details like shrunken buttons and origami pocket flaps make it a bit more special. Paul Smith’s jacket is for the more formally inclined Brandites, the colour is simply awesome and will look wonderful with a summer palette. On the more utilitarian end of the scale Moncler‘s khaki jacket is so unassumingly stylish it will take you from office to pub to disco to wherever you kids hang out. Lastly Lyle and Scott‘s jacket is a classic shape and again a great colour, a perfect choice if you fancy something more conventional which retains a bit of interest.

See after the jump for product details and stick around to see our budget picks tomorrow!

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Accessories

Add a stylish touch to your Spring break with a nostalgic titfer

By Colin Chapman on February 13th, 2009

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Given the dramatic changes in weather recently you may be thinking a sowester is your best option for cover, but once the sun breaks out, a hat looks like an essential accessory for SS09. Lanvin, naturally, have the most romantic and expensive options, available from Browns as well as their store. Wide brimmed fedoras come with ostentatious trimmings of ribbons, flowers or both. Perfect for channeling your inner Quentin Crisp, they also have an air of Brideshead about them, though you probably need a bit of confidence to carry it off comfortably. Suggest keeping the rest of your outfit simple – white shirt, classic shoes. More wearable might be a straw trilby, some great options available at Matches right now, team with a classic Fred Perry polo and flat-front trousers for the full Mod-ish rude-boy look. Finally, YSL‘s blue linen sailor hat will add 50s elegance to dark denims, stiped matelot and espadrilles – just make sure your holiday snaps are in black and white and pose by a Vespa scooter (if you’re not riding one yourself).

Top row: Lanvin from Browns
Bottom row: Straw trilby and YSL sailor hat from Matches



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers

Yay or Nay: Undercover Lace-Up Jeans

By Will Reid on January 29th, 2009

90680_1.jpgDenim has been revolutionised in recent times and the last few years have seen denim be used by menswear designers to make a true statement. Whether skinny, twisted, acid bright faded, torn, studded, boot-leg: some might say that ‘jeans maketh man.’ And they wouldn’t be far wrong.

So, what would these jeans say about a male? They lace up (with white leather might I add) the side and turn up at the bottom. The have a diamond pattern detail on the back pockets and come from one of the coolest labels of the moment.

Yay or Nay
my friends? Vote after the jump.

(Jeans, Browns, £215)

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Accessories, Luggage

Pauric Sweeney python and leather bag

By admin on October 17th, 2008

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As the lovely chap in our Yay or Nay heels debate demonstrated there is a burgeoning trend for men to co-opt traditionally female fashion status markers like heels and bags.
Pauric Sweeney’s bag is no half-measure, it’s pure luxury with a combination of python and leather and discreet hardware. It’s such an intricate bag I’m not entirely sure I could see many men going for it, I wouldn’t mind it myself I just need to find a boyfriend who can afford the £1,480 price tag so I can steal it off him!



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Outfit picks

Outfit Pick: Braving the Blue with Burberry!

By Will Reid on October 10th, 2008

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I’m currently sitting in a small room in India with a fan spinning in an attempt to cool me down and a mosquito net blanketing the balcony door. I have to admit it’s pretty hard to imagine wearing trench coats right now. But, I’m a proud Brit and nothing is going to get in the way of my winter-wardrobe appreciation.

This Outfit Pick shows you how to rock a modern, edgy winter look that will have you feeling protected and warm but not boring and hoping no-one spots you in your M&S beanie.

The trench adds a sharp shot of buzzing colour and the t-shirt and boots add an urban gypsy vibe that’s very on-trend. The umbrella…well, that’s just for fun.

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Footwear

Alden cordovan lace-up boots from Browns

By admin on September 29th, 2008

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DMs are back in fashion but they can look a little clompy for everyday wear. Alden’s lace-up boot hits the ankle at the perfect spot for teaming with rolled-up trousers for an unbeatable look.

The cordovan horsehide is extremely waterproof and polishes up to a great finish making it the ideal winter boot. Coffee-brown laces are a wonderful touch and look great with the black leather, proving that black and brown can go well together. These boots aren’t cheap at £505 but will make an investment that will last years, snap them up from Browns.



knitwear

Missoni button-neck knit

By admin on September 10th, 2008

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Autumn has arrived and with it comes all those lovely warm autumnal colours like aubergine, pumpkin and burgundy. Missoni‘s knit button neck jumper combines all of these with a buttercup yellow, a navy and a grey to stop it looking too fusty.
The deep v-neck will allow you to show off a t-shirt, clashing shirt, or even dare I say it a polo neck. Get it from Browns for £430; winter layering has never been so hot.



Clothing, Entertainment, Outfit picks

Polyvore: The Beloved Tool is Brandished!

By Will Reid on August 25th, 2008

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One of my own punk-inspired ‘sets’ combines Dries Van Noten trousers, a Uniqlo t-shirt, an image of inspiration and a black crayon with Vans for some high fashion-DIY.

Polyvore has long been the talk of fashionistas and our sister site, Catwalk Queen, runs a ‘Style This’ competition based completely around the image-making tool. Whether it’s a Vivienne Westwood tie or a Topman ring, styling outfits has never been easier! Granted, we men have it a bit harder in terms of finding a wide variety of items but just search for ‘man bag’ and you have a good page of man-bags.

And best/worst of all? After you’ve styled your outfits you can even buy everything you’ve included in your image.

Look out for more Brandish outfits or watch the Polyvore tutorials and send your own to isabelle [at] shinymedia.com!



Clothing, Sales, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Sale alert – Dries Van Noten sheer shirt

By admin on July 2nd, 2008

sheershirt.jpgSheer shirts have been on the catwalk for a while now and still haven’t been taken up by many men. The reason for this is obvious – not many men want to wear any kind of see through fabric. The plus side of sheer is that it can transform ubiquitous pieces into daring ones instantly. Like this Dries Van Noten shirt.

As Style Salvage noted, the key to wearing sheer is layering. A sheer shirt on its own would look horrific on anyone but a chest waxing model. But team it up with a simple shirt and you’ve good a summer look that will be way ahead of the times.



Accessories

Tusting leather tote from Browns

By admin on June 26th, 2008

tusting leather tote browns.jpgCotton bags are becoming so ubiquitous these days I’m on the brink of cutting all mine up into strips and weaving them into some sort of über-tote.

A far better idea is Tusting’s leather bag from Browns, much more of an über tote than any half-assed craft project I’ve ever made. The bitter chocolate colour is versatile and chicer than plain black and simple design stays true to its humble tote roots. It comes with a pretty serious price tag (£245) but the subtle style will last you for years.



T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Ann Demeulemeester plain sleeve armbands

By admin on June 17th, 2008

ann demeulemeester armband sleeves.jpgI’m not 100% sure how you wear these Ann Demeulemeester armbands, I guess you could freak people out by wearing them under a suit and going shirtless. The sight of a bare torso with shirtsleeves would be enough to unsettle anybody.

The contrast between the neat shirt cuff and the drawstring top is interesting and it would be fun to take them home and experiment with different outfits. Thye’re £90 from Browns but if that sounds a bit daunting nip to your local charity shop and butcher a shirt before taking the plunge.



Accessories, Designer Spotlight

WISHLIST: CA4LA Trilby

By Will Reid on May 28th, 2008

trilby3.jpgThis week I happen to be in the rather happening city of Mumbai. This former Bombay is, according to US Vogue, the new “It-City” but after landing yesterday I must admit that the gruelling heat wave soon quashed my hopes of glamour and a jet-set style wardrobe. In my stone grey Topman shorts, white belt, Karate Kid t-shirt and flip-flops I realised I was missing something and as soon as I stepped into the light of Indian sun I realised that what I needed was a hat. In my opinion, the trilby is a classic ruined by our own style icons but Browns is trying to change this and the CA4LA collection they have started to stock has a great variety of classic hats with a modern twist. My fave is this hat above with blue brim, white trim and black crown. With badge and feather included, what’s to stop you from pulling a Geldof and strutting out of airport lounges stealing bottles of wine (that’s an actual observation.)

Trilby, £135, Browns



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Trends: Watch & Wear- Navy SEAL Zeal

By Will Reid on April 30th, 2008

00010f.jpgList any of this season’s It-items and chances are they are water-related or wave-inspired. Yes, that means you boat shoe, loafer, plimsoll, striped tee and navy (hello!) blue shirt.

The mood is light yet determined and spray-in-the-face cool. Imagine sea-side escapades (emphasis on the imagine) and sand between your toes as you loosely raise that striped knit from your oversized Jil Sander mesh-holdall.

Look to the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton (left) and see after the jump for a full report of this operation. Oh, my fellow SEALs, the time has come for a full-scale suppression of those autumnal tones.

(Image Source: Armando Grillo)

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Designer Spotlight, Luggage

WISHLIST: Pauric Sweeney Bag

By Will Reid on April 22nd, 2008

browns.jpgSo I am back from a rather long and horribly intense camping trip and I’ve decided that maybe I need to be a bit less full-on when it comes to fashion. How much longer can we go on with these studs and chunks of waxed crocodile leather? To be honest I am worryingly attracted to Jason’s idea of living in pyjamas for a while.

However, when items like Pauric Sweeney’s gem-coloured bags turn up on Brown’s with white piping and “bronze perforated pockets” I am reminded of why I love fashion. Okay, at £800 this love may seem slightly conditional but who was it that said beauty is pain? Whoever it was they must have had a great wardrobe. This season has seen the reinvention of classic items and whether it be the Chanel 2.55 for the girls or the Chelsea boot for men, get on board this embellished bandwagon.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, knitwear, News, Suits & Tailoring

You Would If You Could… The Awkward Lengths

By Will Reid on March 13th, 2008

00360mThe next look to make our list is the awkward length. This was a hard one to put into this feature as some do manage to pull it off but not everyone is Terence Koh and it only took a look at the local fashionisto’s crash and burn outfit of Kris van Assche-style combat with tight tee to know that this was one to be hastily put down.

So where did it all go wrong? When did the matronliness of Britain extend to Dolce & Gabbana jodhpurs and McQueen knits? At D&G, trousers were either tucked into boots or (sharp intake of breath) fitted with elasticated hems- yes, the same fabric responsible for the horrific Rocky Balboa-tracksuit/pantaloon ankle. McQueen went for his usual unwearable but exquisite fashions and approached this trend with a blend of Alpaca knit and Spanish embroidery. Some celebs have tried to wear this look but unless you are an artist/indie fashion editor/musician/girlfriend of Irina Lazareanu-type, it’s best to stay away. For those of you willing to take on the challenge and prove me wrong- take a look at this Rick Owens thigh-length top from Brown’s. 




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