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Henry Conway Features in The Guardian’s ‘Best Dressed of 2008′

By Will Reid on December 16th, 2008

henryconway.jpgThe Guardian released its ‘Best Dressed of 2008′ list last week and along with likes of Carine Roitfeld and Alexa Chung, Henry Conway was featured as a sartorial star. The newspaper reports that “anyone who can steal the limelight from Paris Hilton at her own London party courtesy of a dashing white satin suit is OK by us.”

The 10-person long list is women-dominated and the only other men to feature on the list were Take That and Barack Obama so Henry has done rather well!

Do you agree with the paper’s judgement? E-mail isabelle@shinymedia.com or write on our Facebook wall!

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Entertainment, Footwear, Heroes and Celebrities

Iggy- That’s Not What We Meant By The New ‘It’ Shoe!

By Will Reid on October 2nd, 2008

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Iggy Pop has, in previous seasons, been declared by designers as high-fashion inspiration. And for many valid reasons; he rocked skinny leather trousers long before Kate Moss, meddled with blood long before Angelina Jolie and played the effeminate rocker with crazy hair long before Russell Brand.

But when Brandish’s own Isabelle reported on the menswear trend of ‘Medges,’ (men’s footwear with a Wedge heel,) no-one was expecting the trend to filter down to Crocs.

As good old Oscar Wilde once mused, “fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Well, there’s no time like the present!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Love The Look: Men at Kris Van Assche, Paris

By Will Reid on September 29th, 2008

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The Kris Van Assche show was bound to attract some of the fash-pack’s best-dressing men and with the help of The Sartorialist, we need not fly to Paris to savour the front-row fashion savoir-faire.

These guys are both rocking fairly androgynous looks and as Isabelle mentioned earlier, it’s no secret that Doc Martens are the industry’s hot (but slowly cooling) item. I like the other man’s over-sized bag but what interests me the most is his headscarf. D&G featured Queen-chic headscarves on their runway last season and being of Scottish origin, I fail to not feel a slight home-sickness when faced with high-fashion previously seen in my gran’s wardrobe.

Fashion inspiration comes when you least expect it!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

Pyjamas Never Picked Up- So We Did Them In Prints!

By Will Reid on September 23rd, 2008

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Read on for the rest of this trend report- including The Sartorialist and the full explanation for this image!

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Clothing, Outfit picks, Suits & Tailoring

Outfit Pick: The Waistcoat Done Well?

By Will Reid on September 8th, 2008

waistcoat.jpgJust 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.

Tell us what you think by e-mailing isabelle@shinymedia.com!

Product details after the jump.

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Pick of the Blogs: socks, comics and Mr Potato head

By admin on August 29th, 2008

dahlia print umbrella.jpgSeptember looming means it’s socks time again and don’t think that those faux Nike ‘Hike’ sports socks your dad bought from Wembley market will cut it. Oh, is that just me? [Style Salvage]
I could happily see a lot more of this comic, bring it on! [The Sunday Best]
I had never thought there could be such a thing as a perfect umbrella until I saw these ones. [Daily Danny]
In typical non PC-style Ian is telling you NOT to spend $101.95 on a Mr Potato Head keyring. Wise words. [Calculatus Eliminatus]



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!



Heroes and Celebrities, News

Aidan Moffat dispenses love advice

By admin on August 21st, 2008

aidan moffat the quietus arab strap column love advice.jpgArab Strap once released a gem of a song called ‘General Plea to a Girlfriend’ which contained the following lyrics:

I can’t make boasts about my body.
The workmanship is somewhat shoddy.
Sometimes I overwork my gob.
Can’t buy you gifts I’ve got no job.

So it may surprise you to learn that Aidan Moffat, the miserable-voiced vocalist of the band has a sex and love column in new online mag The Quietus.

It will surprise you even more to learn that his column is an amazing piece of genius. In one response he tells someone writing in about a troublesome open relationship:

“I’ll be honest with you, James, I think you people are fucked in the head.” Priceless.



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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Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

Comme des Garçons for H&M revealed

By admin on August 18th, 2008

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.

Can I put in a request for polka dots to take the crown from stripes? We just need to find a successor to plaid for next spring. Answers on a postcard please.

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Sean Avery joins Scott Schuman and poses for Gap

By admin on August 15th, 2008

Sean Avery Gap advert.jpgWe’ve already featured one of the Gap adverts with Scott Schuman and now we’ve got our hands on the image of Vogue intern cum hockey player Sean Avery for the US retailer.

WWWD calls Avery a ‘self-confessed workhorse’ and the sports star has expressed a wish to become a fashion editor when he retires from hockey. He started his internship with Vogue this summer and guest-edited mensvogue.com.

Other fabulous faces featuring in the Gap adverts include photographer Ryan McGinley and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman.

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T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Katharine Hamnett’s Save Our Sea t-shirt

By admin on August 14th, 2008

save_the_sea.jpgEco designer extraordinaire Katharine Hamnett has turned the focus of her attention to the aquatic world with her latest collection (well, ‘slogan’), which bears the legend ‘Save the Sea’.

“We get 98% of our oxygen from the sea; the sea is dying because of pollution and environmental degradation”, warns Hamnett, who has created the new range of oversized (it’s an ’80s thing) tops in association with the Environmental Justice Foundation’s campaign against a practice called pirate fishing, which I’m sad to say involves neither dressing up or Johnny Depp.

Visit Hippyshoppper to find out more, including where to purchase the eco tee.



Heroes and Celebrities, News

Justin Timberlake will perform two shows at New York Fashion Week

By admin on August 13th, 2008

justin timberlake william rast.jpgJustin Timberlake is going to be busy this New York Fashion Week, as well a putting on a William Rast show the singer is performing at Fashion Rocks and at the Roseland Ballroom as models strut the catwalk for his A/W collection.

Timberlake has been running WIlliam Rast along with childhood friend and business partner Trace Ayala for two years in October. J Lindeberg founder Johan Lindeberg and his wife Marcella were called in as creative directors to the brand last year and this Autumn’s show will be the second under their directorship.

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Pick of the Blogs: purple suede moccasins, fish shoes and Jeff Buckley

By admin on August 8th, 2008

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Purple moccasins are where it’s at, no seriously. Actually I totally see what Bon Vivant means. [SavoirVivre]
Jeff Buckley is such an great style icon for this season, why didn’t I think of it first?! No go and listen to Grace. [Style Salvage]
Fund the design, get Jimyo’s t-shirt. Simple as that. [Hide Your Arms]
The fish print on Tretorn’s pumps is so beautiful it almost brings tears to my eyes. Almost! That’s just a er… A dusty eyelash in my contact lens. [Nylon for Guys]



News

Calvin Klein announces menswear move to New York

By admin on August 7th, 2008

calvin klein new york fashion week milan menswear.jpgCalvin Klein have decided to move their menswear catwalk collection to New York this season instead of Milan. The company will still present their collection to retailers in Milan this coming January but the show itself will take place on the ground floor of the company’s headquarters.

“As this is the year we have brought the Collection business back in house and will celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary, we thought this was an appropriate time to change things up a bit,” said Tom Murry, President & COO, Calvin Klein, Inc. He went on to add: “We see this as a great opportunity to support our U.S. business and retail partners and acknowledge our heritage in New York City.”

The move isn’t permanent but could be a sign that designers are getting a little concerned about retailers’ spending during the economic downturn.

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