Posts Tagged ‘hipster’

music, Style

How Paul McCartney invented the hipster look and indie pop

By Stefano on July 9th, 2013

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When Paul McCartney left The Beatles in 1970 he decided to drop out of public life for a while. Taking his wife and children Macca headed off to his newly bought farm house in the Mull of Kintrye to raise sheep, walk on the beach and pen gentle folky ditties.

It wasn’t until a year later in 1971 when the former Beatle raised his head above the parapet again with the release of the album that had largely been written on Kintrye – Ram. He probably wished he hadn’t bothered. When the press compared Ram with the output of his former sparring partners they found it to be twee, slight and a tad half-baked. It was no match at the time for Lennon’s primal screams or Harrison’s spiritual ditties. Although it sold well Ram became a exhibit A for Macca detractors.

Fast forward over forty years and there is a growing number of both critics and fans that rate Ram as the very best post Beatles solo album. Macca had in Ram delivered the template for much of what we now know as indie pop. It is all there; twee pop (Uncle Albert), folky acoustic strumming (Ram On), re-inventing the Beach Boys (Dear Boy), power pop (Too Many People). Music that delights in big melodies and that wears it tweeness as a badge of honour.

But also take a look at this pic. Macca wasn’t only light years ahead in his music,. He also delivered the template for men’s hipster fashion in 2013. Unkempt beard – check, Fair-isle jumper – check, retro camera -check, ironic tea drinking – check. Credit to @ianbetteridge for the spot.



News, Retail, Sales

FLASH SALE: 50% off Lazy Oaf T-Shirts till 12pm 20/04/2012 !

By Gerald Lynch on April 19th, 2012

Now this is the kinda sale we like to see! Ultra-hip Carnaby Street-based Lazy Oaf have just announced a 24-hour flash sale on all their men’s T-Shirt designs, knocking a whopping 50% off the tag price.

“Today is a very exciting day as, for the first time in Lazy Oaf history, we’re giving you a whole 50% off ALL of our men’s T-shirts,” reads the Lazy Oaf announcement.

“This ridiculously radical offer starts at 12pm today and finishes at 12pm MIDDAY tomorrow Friday 20th April. This is a once in a life time discount deal so make sure you get involved before it is too late.”

HALF PRICE! Just in time for summer too, making this a very timely way to update your wardrobe before the sun starts shining.

Including long-sleeve T-shirts and polo shirts too, the offer is also available instore at Lazy Oaf’s 19 Fouberts Place retail outlet, just off Carnaby Street in London W1F 7QE.

We’ve already bought two, and suggest you do too. Click here to check out the deal.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Alexander Wang Announces Menswear- Is Our Favourite Hipster Jumping on the Bandwagon!

By Will Reid on February 6th, 2009

Nitrolicious has revealed that Alexander Wang, the most recent fashion darling and It-designer, is to launch a menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2010. Adamant that he isn’t simply jumping on the bandwagon, Wang explains that “for us it’s a component that’s always been there..the idea has always been there, I’m just expanding it” in reference to his famously androgynous looks.

What do you think- would you be up for Wang’s signature baggy vests, scruffy trainers and cropped trousers? I’m already excited! Write on our Facebook Wall and let us know what you think.



News, Trends

Hipsters are dead, long live hipsters?

By admin on August 18th, 2008

hipster scenester american apparel.jpgThe Independent are talking about global hipsters and the dissolution of traditional trends, name-dropping the usual suspects like Ryan McGinley and Nathan Barley. They call the Truman Brewery “a microcosm of an international phenomenon” which is kind of depressing but overall it’s an interesting article, describing the change in trend adoption from a vertical or trickle down movement to a lateral one largely thanks to the internet.

It’s a mostly upbeat article but it does slag off Uniqlo‘s pre-trendification era saying it was thought of as “a cheap and nasty Asian C&A equivalent” in 2004. Err, by whom?! Certainly not yours truly. Anyway if that’s all a little too fluffy read this Adbusters article on Hipsterism where Douglas Haddow calls it the ‘Dead End of Western Civilization’.

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

50 Films that influenced men’s style

By admin on June 13th, 2008

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The problem with spin-off men’s style magazines is that they’re often not given the same TLC that the main version is. Men’s Vogue hasn’t got anywhere near the level of the main Vogue magazine, but with features like ‘50 films that influenced men’s style‘, it’s getting there.

Starting from 1934 to 2007, the article includes everything from Easy Rider to Gigolo to The Royal Tenebaums and has little blurbs of information on just how every film has influenced men’s style. For instance, The Royal Tenebaums is credited with kickstarting hipster’s love affair of all things bright and sporty. An example of the hold movie stars had on their audience in the 1930′s is exhibited in the blurb on It Happened One Night. Clark Gable chose not to wear an undershirt in the film millions of people followed suit, nearly bankrupting the entire undershirt industry.




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