The 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.”
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.
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.
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.
September 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]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Arab Strap once released a gem of a song called ‘General Plea to a Girlfriend’ which contained the following lyrics:
The workmanship is somewhat shoddy.
Sometimes I overwork my gob.
Can’t buy you gifts I’ve got no job.
The 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.
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.
We’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.
Eco designer extraordinaire Katherine 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’.
Justin 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.
Calvin 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.
Pyjama style pants were a big trend on the menswear catwalks and are set to break onto the high street next summer.
Not only is ex-Ladyfuzz Ben Esser‘s latest release the most unbelievably catchy song you’ll hear this side of summer but the video for ‘Headlock’ is as we say in fashion parlance ‘bang on trend’. The early ’80s look has been bubbling under for a good while now and it sort of crystallised with the release of Shane Meadows’ ‘This is England’.
Checks have been on the fashion radar for a while but now they seem to have snowballed and there’ll be no escaping the trend this autumn.
One for the bloggers… Scott Schuman, better known as The Sartorialist, has hit the big time by starring in Gap’s autumn 2008 line-up.
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