As Isabelle has mentioned and as you may be aware from the adverts that have been on your telly since the start of November (which is too early goddamit!) it’s Christmas time and time to start thinking of what gifts you’re going to ply your loved ones with.
Major fashion retailer H&M has got together with Japanese fashion ninjas Commes des Garcons to bring you the latest in affordable fashion. H&M is not new to collaborating with the big wigs of fashion, their ’04 colab with Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld springs immediately to mind, so the new line of clothes has been eagerly awaited for months now and has sprung many an internet debate mostly focusing on the cost of the pieces which are to be expected to be on the pricey side for the rock bottom retailer H&M.
Jordan Askill, a designer whose work for Dior Homme and Ksubi has cemented him as a name to keep an eye on, has launched a jewellery collection at Dover Street Market (DSM.) Dover Street Market is a fashion emporium founded by Rei Kawakubo and her husband and it has become known for its artistic installations, exclusive lines and designer collaborations. In previous years, we’ve seen a hotel room designed by Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and a Tiki-hut check-out.
My style pick for this week is this gorgeous Comme Des Garcons wallet from Start London. Mr Start, a past columnist for Brandish, has a great look and I can imagine this item slotting into his vintage chic and classic cool wardrobe quite nicely. The embossed leather is a great cerulean blue, made famous by the brilliant film ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ The wallet has a zip around two sides and an “internal pocket to hold either coins, cards or bills.”
Rare are the occasions when I disagree with Hadley Freeman, there was a bit of fuss about bright opaque tights when her book came out but on the whole she’s a good ‘un.
Today in Guardian though Hadders was less than enthusiastic about the Comme des Garçons collection for H&M saying: “while Comme’s granddad styles might look like the apogee of chic when done with the highest quality of fabrics and sold in the snootiest of department stores, the budget versions, one suspects, will have a different look.”
Pictures of the forthcoming Comme des Garçons collection for H&M have been leaked to Fashionista and my intial verdict is thumbs up for the menswear. The women’s collection might be a little overly quirky (I’m reserving final opinion for when the range hits the shops) but the menswear is spot on, no pun intended. Rei Kawakubo has obviously retained CDG’s spirit in a surprisingly mainstream collection. From what I can see it’s a mix of quality tailoring with some well-placed, original flourishes like bias-cut fabrics and contrasting buttonholes.
Lining has been an interesting part of blazers for a while now, with inventive designers using it to showcase a contrasting colour or pattern. Comme Des Garçons have gone one step further with this lining print of an anime-like boxer. It’s the kind of the lining that seriously makes you consider walking around in the same pose the models doing above. You can get this from the usual outlets once they start stocking the A/W collections.
This weekend sees Henley Regatta in full swing and if you’re heading down to Boris Johnson’s old constituency you’d better look the part. Comme des Garcons’ plaid jacket will look great teamed with a straw boater and some deck shoes and is perfect for lounging on the banks of the Thames.
New male fragrances that aren’t endorsed by David Beckham are pretty rare these days, so it’s refreshing to see a magazine like Monocle decide to make one. Given the care they’ve taken in designing their magazine and website, it’s an almost certainly that that Hinoki will be given the same amount of care and attention.
The time has come for the return of the eccentric dresser. But before you all stop reading this, firm in the belief that I have finally cracked, I promise that I am not subliminally feeding you pages from ‘An Idiot’s Guide to … being an idiot’ but instead providing you with an outfit that will allow you to get freaky without the raised eyebrows- more crinkled blazer than straight-jacket.
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Comme Des Garcons love plaid. That’s the
main lesson that can be learned from their Paris show. Other designers have put
in a couple of plaid pieces but Comme Des Garcons practically put it into every
piece they had on show. They would have hired Mel Gibson to come down and
reprise his role in Braveheart whilst wearing head to toe Comme Des Garcons
plaid if they could afford him. Or if Mel Gibson wasn’t an alcoholic anti-semitic.
Right now is the most awkward time to buy clothes. You know you need some more winter clothing but are also aware that spring is just round the corner. Stock up on tees and you’ll be freezing until at least March. Stock up on coats and jumpers and you’ll have nothing to wear come March. It’s this dilemma that’s led us to stockpile our sale coat recommendations into one handy top five post. After this you will see no more winter coats on Brandish. Unless we see a coat we like.
In terms of English eccentrics, jewellery designer and artist Andrew Logan is one of our best living examples. This is something which effing genius Rei Kawakubo recognised in her AW07 Comme des Garçons collection and which Glassloves (yet another collective) have captured in a new film.