Alice Olins of The Times newspaper has just released a quick summary of the major menswear shows so far at Milan’s Menswear Fashion Week and with insider details and little snippets of useful information, her reports are a great read.
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The standout show at Pitti Uomo was, in my mind, Alexander McQueen’s “The McQueensberry Rules”. Where most Milan designers literally translated the gloom of the economic crisis McQueen added a murderous glint to the proceedings with aristocratic eleagance and a glossy nostalgia for a pre-Thatcherite Britain.
Givenchy chose to give a presentation of their clothes at Pitti Uomo in Milan yesterday, take a look at the video to see the clothes, which consisted largely of avant-garde style traditional menswear. The collection gave off slightly post-apocalyptic vibes with fur coats and military tailoring.
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Merry Christmas Brandish Readers!
With the H&M CDG, Andrew Price’s Priceless range for Topman and Giles for New Look collabs, Gareth Pugh’s forthcoming men’s range and people like Andre Benjamin upping the style stakes it’s been a great year for menswear (let’s just gloss over the Wishroom’s men’s bra!)
If you’ve opened your presents, had a sip of Buck’s Fizz and eaten your way through a tin of Roses’ Chocs and are still bored then enter our Great Christmas Giveaway!
Roisin Murphy‘s fave designer Gareth Pugh has announced he is designing his first menswear collection. The closest he got to menswear previously was designing a Christmas tree for Topman‘s flagship store but come January the British designer his debut collection to Paris.
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New kid on the publishing block, Buck Magazine has a great interview with John Skelton the creative director of London based fashion website Oki-Ni. The Interview is in depth and covers the whole gamut of menswear and retail answering some burning questions for the consumer such as what Oki-Ni means in Japanese, Buck also gets John to pick his top products from Oki-Ni– some of which are pictured above.
WWD has confirmed the widespread rumour that Christophe Decarnin is to design a menswear range as part of the Balmain label. Apparently, it will be launched at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris next January.
Decarnin has transformed the Balmain label into a fashion so on the edge it’s almost falling off and his collections have become a staple at each season’s Paris shows. The Balmain show of this season featured a Madonna soundtrack and rah-rah skirt haute couture that, in these times of economic crisis, looked set to be a bit of a failure. However, as is the fashion way, magazines have been calling in the collection left, right and centre and Fashionista has stated that it will no doubt be the same with Balmain Menswear.
Either way, I just want Christophe to know that he can send any samples in the direction of Shiny Towers for a full review (and road-test!)
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It’s that time of year when men and women of every age are all forgetting about work and turning their thoughts to something much more important- Christmas presents. I’m not talking about gifts for the slightly odd uncle or some flowers for that 80-year old neighbour who suddenly said ‘hello’ yesterday even though you heard she had died two months ago (just me?) I mean a Chanel Menswear tweed coat.
The great Karl Lagerfeld is no idiot when it comes to the gift-giving season and for the eighth issue of Fantastic Man, he has asked Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) to shoot the latest collection of Chanel goodies. Wow.
See after the jump for all the pictures from the editorial!
Giles Deacon‘s first ever menswear collection hit the shops yesterday, the 25-piece collection is made up of wearable wardrobe basics. T-shirts, jeans, jackets and shirts are all given the Giles touch with neon detailing and gold chains. This is good news for men’s fashion as it seems that every designer/high street collab now has a menswear range, and not a minute too soon.