Outfit Pick: Gauche, Awkward and Isaac…

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With a new of series of Heroes about to begin, the unfortunate death of Yves Saint Laurent and the number of Clark Kent-y characters about in the most recent blockbusters, my style radar is tuned to the male who’s more gauche, awkward and geeky in the best way possible. Think of 1970s art students carrying open sketchbooks around Paris, Isaac Mendez of Heroes lounging around his studio in over-sized chinos and Marc Jacobs around his grunge era (which means big glasses, baggy jumpers and lots of corduroy.) I took a risk with mixing the denim shirt with dark jeans but the two items together are a wearable look that anyone can pull off.

Check out the product details after the jump and see how geeky you can get this winter- Argyle jumper anyone?

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Will ReidOutfit Pick: Gauche, Awkward and Isaac…

A Grunge Revival? Alan Cumming Seems To Think So!

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Rex 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.)

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Will ReidA Grunge Revival? Alan Cumming Seems To Think So!

Why So Serious DeNiro?- Oops, Wrong Film…

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My bad! I may have the wrong film but I doubt such a slip-up would result in a look that miserable from Robert DeNiro? Might it be that he’s fed up with films? Maybe he (okay, clearly he) couldn’t be bothered to make the effort to dress up but my bet is that it’s standing next to Al Pacino who, as well as being an arguably equal competitor on the greatest actor front, actually look pretty good!

Read on for pictures including 50 Cent and other major stars as well as info about this cult-to-be film.

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Will ReidWhy So Serious DeNiro?- Oops, Wrong Film…

Brandish Poll: JT in Frock Horror Scandal?

Being the face of a Givenchy fragrance pretty much cements you as a style star (not that I would know but one must work on assumption when speaking of Britney-dating, ex-N*Sync stars!) Well, I was bitterly disappointed in Justin Timberlake’s outfit at the Fashion Rocks concert last week. JT wore a grey blazer from his new ‘William Rast’ range and a pair of hideous turn-up jeans with an odd silk tie- seemingly cut in half.

Is it just me who’s shocked by this lack of style sense? Vote in our poll below!

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Will ReidBrandish Poll: JT in Frock Horror Scandal?

Love The Look: Menswear Maestro Michael Bastian at Fashion Rocks

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Condé Nast’s fifth Fashion Rocks event was hardly devoid of well-dressed men: Valentino, Justin Timberlake (who’s fashion-savvy has become a matter of debate…well, for me anyway,) Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford (who’s rumoured to have scored an up-coming VMAN cover.) My point is that, for a menswear designer, Michael Bastian more than held his own in this pantheon of celebs.

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Will ReidLove The Look: Menswear Maestro Michael Bastian at Fashion Rocks

Outfit Pick: The Waistcoat Done Well?

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Just last week, Brandish editor Isabelle asked the general fashion public if the waistcoat could ever be worn well. We were subjected to the torture of Boyzone (whose waistcoat crimes can also be seen here,) and then buttered up with stories of white waffle and petrol blue. Now, I’ve created an outfit out of an All Saints waistcoat and looked to Frank Sinatra for tailoring inspiration.

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Will ReidOutfit Pick: The Waistcoat Done Well?

Brandish Poll: Chris Martin Reads Brandish?

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In previous months, I have reported on the possibility that maybe Brandish is read by major celebrities. We preempted Russell Brand’s short shorts, the change in mood of Mr Mill’s Style Column in the Sunday Time’s Style Magazine and now, it appears that our editor Isabelle may have inspired Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s new haircut. Days after claiming skinhead-inspired film ‘This Is England’ as style inspiration, Chris Martin has appeared at a BBC Radio 2 song session with his previously curly locks shaved off. Simple chance or Sartorial steal?

Anyway, what do you think of this new look? Continue reading to vote in our poll.

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Will ReidBrandish Poll: Chris Martin Reads Brandish?

Computer Kylie? Moving Maddona? Esquire Bag The ‘First Ever Digital Cover!’

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A fantastically over-the-top and outrageously extravagant magazine issue seems to be à la mode for the brand anniversaries of today. Lacoste reworked Visionaire for their 75th Anniversary and now Esquire, the mens lifestyle magazine, is celebrating their 75th (coincidence?) with the World’s first ‘Digital Cover.’ In Brandish speak: a cover that actually moves!

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Will ReidComputer Kylie? Moving Maddona? Esquire Bag The ‘First Ever Digital Cover!’

Brandish Gallery: Heath Ledger

Last night I went to see ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ at a small, local film-house. The queues trailed out of the cinema and down the street- surely a first for such a small-scale cinema. Bearing in mind that this cinema sits in the middle of a village that doesn’t exactly boast of a youthful population, I knew there must be some reason they were flocking to watch a super-hero film. That reason is Heath Ledger.

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Will ReidBrandish Gallery: Heath Ledger

Love The Look: Ewan’s Down With Love

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Ewan McGregor, Brandish fave and actor extraordinaire, has made it as this week’s ‘Love The Look’ style icon. While not actually a look he created himself, McGregor’s get-ups in the film ‘Down With Love’ were unbelievable.

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Will ReidLove The Look: Ewan’s Down With Love

Because The Tan Isn’t Bad Enough; Cristiano Ronaldo Does Silver Short-Shorts!

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Way back when (honestly Cristiano,) at the peak of the short-shorts trend, Brandish was rife with talk of Wham!, a model short-shorts wearer and metallic fabric. In an awfully weird way, Cristiano Ronaldo looks like a mixture of about three weeks worth of posts.

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Will ReidBecause The Tan Isn’t Bad Enough; Cristiano Ronaldo Does Silver Short-Shorts!

Jude Law’s Photoshop Job for Dior Homme Sport!

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Perez Hilton has got his hands on the heavily anticipated Jude Law for Dior Homme Sport campaign images. Hilton complains of the blatant photoshop-job surrounding Jude’s sudden wealth of hair, hence the equally blatant ‘FAKE’ scrawled across the image in trademark Perez style!

JustJared reports that Jude was shot by Australian photographer Daniel Askill in May, on location in the Bahamas. “It was hard for me to decide whether to take it on because I had directed an ad for Dior before with Hedi [Slimane], it was one of the last major projects before he left, so it was a very tumultuous time.”

Keep reading for more details and backstage (behind the camera?) gossip!

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Will ReidJude Law’s Photoshop Job for Dior Homme Sport!

Zoo Magazine: Music Issue 2008- Mick Jagger, Irina Lazareanu, Sean Lennon and Billy Idol

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Zoo Magazine has just released its ‘music’ issue with a set of four great covers. One sees Irina Lazareanu and Sean Lennon staring wide-eyes and iconicly-indie towards the camera. The second cover is just Irina, the third is Mick Jagger with a peek of 64-year old (yet washboard) stomach and the fourth stars Billy Idol.

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Will ReidZoo Magazine: Music Issue 2008- Mick Jagger, Irina Lazareanu, Sean Lennon and Billy Idol

Love The Look: George Lamb’s Lashings of Fashion Fabulousness

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Big Brother’s Little Brother (BBLB) presenters have a tradition for being rather cool fellows and after the likes of Dermot O’Leary and Russell Brand, George Lamb is the latest man to be lighting our screens with his look.

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Will ReidLove The Look: George Lamb’s Lashings of Fashion Fabulousness

Manilow Manorexic- An Actual Fear or Tabloid Fodder?

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Last week’s diet poll obviously hit home for a lot of you- but in a way that I had not expected. I confess to being a guy who is conscious of my weight and I have dieted. I see nothing wrong with wanting to fit into a pair of skinny jeans but thought I was of a minority. However, that appears not to be the case; 57% of you voted that there was nothing wrong with watching your weight and had therefore dieted.

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Will ReidManilow Manorexic- An Actual Fear or Tabloid Fodder?

Office Wear Chic In The Independent

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Reading through The Independent Online last night, I came across this article by Alice-Azania Jarvis on the art of dressing for work. As she states, “the thing about getting dressed for work – the thing that makes it so very difficult – is that work is definitely not about clothes. On the contrary: in the world of earnest employment, such frivolities are almost frowned upon.”

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Will ReidOffice Wear Chic In The Independent

First Day Fetish… Luke Worrall’s Heels

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The Farlex Free Dictionary decrees that Monday is “the second day of the week, and the first day of the working week.” That latter part means that for most of us, it is a ridiculously depressing day of hellish tasks and grumpy peers.

So why not add a dash of excitement with these pictures from the August 2008 issue of Dazed & Confused. From the title editorial, itself entitled ‘Dark Magic,’ I present to you Luke Worrall in high heels and other pieces of woman’s clothing.

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Will ReidFirst Day Fetish… Luke Worrall’s Heels

I’m Still Not Convinced- The Short Suit

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A while ago, we remarked on how a Telegraph feature on the short suit had used rather unusual models to create an unflattering portrayal of the look.

However, this picture (taken at the launch of Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme in Milan,) shows that even the fashionistos of the industry can’t get it right. While also not the most model-ly of men, Bruce Pask of the New York Times would be one of those I thought could pull of this challenging look.

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Will ReidI’m Still Not Convinced- The Short Suit