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Denim, Trends

How The Strokes changed not just music, but men’s jeans too

By Stefano on January 10th, 2013

There’s a really interesting article over at The Guardian where Paula Cocozza looks into why Skinny Jeans have become so popular in the UK.

They might not be for everyone, but since the mid noughties and in spite of the best efforts to re-market the Boot Cut – Levi’s have recently gone with Boot Cut Skinny – the drainpipes as your dad used to call them remains the cut of choice, ooh for anyone under 40 (and a few aging rockers too)

The really interesting question though is what sparked this revival (they were worn by Punks in the late 70s and Teds in the 50s had pretty tight trousers too)? Was it some enterprising stylist who started to champion them? Or was it a celebrity looking to wear something different who brought them back into style?

The answer is probably a bit of both? According to The Guardian the fashion industry was embracing them over a decade ago.

Earl Jean offered slim straight-legs in 2001. In her autumn/winter 2002 collection, Stella McCartney showed trousers drawn taut by cuffs and zips and stirrups. There were stretchy legs at Versus and slim ones at MaxMara.

But it was a celebrity who played a significant role in popularising the style for men at least and not one that you are thinking of. Nope not Russell Brand or even Pete Doherty.

But the man who I think deserves the accolade for being at least partially responsible for the British style success story of the decade is Nick Valensi – the guitarist (who isn’t Albert Hammond) with The Strokes.

Given how quickly they fell from grace after their rather disappointing second album it is hard to remember what a huge impact The Strokes made on Britain and its media. They went from a well kept secret among power pop fans who raved about their debut EP The Modern Age, to playing gigs in sell out London venues where the celebrities outnumbered the indie pop punters.

After half a decade of championing all things British – think Brit pop, Brit art etc The Stokes were when the UK fell in love again with the idealised version of New York. The five undernourished looking dark haired fellas seemed to encapsulate all that we loved about the city from their urban style through to their edgy, but accessible driving punky pop that inevitably drew comparisons with Blondie, The Velvet Underground and and The Ramones.

But check out those early pics of the band (see above) and you’ll see that one member, Mr Valensi, wears his jeans that little bit tighter than the rest in way that conjures up images of a certain band some 20 years earlier.

At the time the press wrote endless stories about the band’s style and their tight trousers. A seed was planted and other rock icons, celebrities and fashion houses took note so that by the mid noughties skinny jeans were starting hitting the mainstream for men. Topshop’s Baxter range along side Kate Moss and others did the trick for women. Within a few years the reign of the Boot Cut would be over and if you didn’t have the legs to go skinny, you wanted your jeans at least straight.

Anyway hop over to The Guardian and read the article. I am off to play Is This It?



Accessories, bags, features

The Courier Ruc Case by J. Panther Luggage Co.

By Laura on December 30th, 2011

The Courier Ruc Case by J. Panther Luggage Co. from J. Panther Luggage Co. on Vimeo.

J. Panther Luggage Co. launched just over a year ago after 2 years of intensive development. Now they are well established in the luggage market and have quite a loyal following. Their products are designed and tested in NYC then handcrafted and finished by New England artisans who’ve been making upscale luggage for generations.

The Courier Ruc Case is their first new product since launching, and we love it! Drawing upon the versatility of their Ruc Tote and the more sporty features of the deluxe Perfect Weekender, this is the perfect work-oriented bag. What stuck us most is that its been designed to withstand the roughest treatment en route to the office, yet it is still bound to leave a good impression once there, unlike the many more sporty cycle bags available.

The Courier Ruc Case has been hand-built from water-resistant Horween leather and has a unique highly functional three-way carry system. The leather handles of the classic briefcase are augmented by two further options. Twin straps to the rear provide simple yet efficient ruck-style carry, with the third option of a shoulder strap. The bag opens up fully in a book-like style and will fit most laptops. In addition it has a variety of compartments and pockets that will accommodate tools ranging from iPads and tablets down to pens and business cards.

The Courier Ruc Case retails for $990 USD and is available here.



Clothing, News

3sixteen give us a sneak preview of the A/W 09 collection

By admin on April 29th, 2009


3sixteen Fall 2009 Photoshoot from 3sixteen on Vimeo.

Andrew Chen from 3sixteen kindly sent us over a sneak preview of their A/W range. I know most of us are just getting our summer wardrobe sorted, but it never hurts to be prepared!

Shot on the streets of New York the collection is neat, grown up and functional. There’s a lot of grey, which we always love, but the real treat is the mix of textures like chambray, denim tweed and knit. Look out for details like toggles on jumpers and quality leather accessories, can’t wait to see the lookbook.



Heroes and Celebrities

LA Times: Models, from subway to runway

By Jonathan Smith on March 12th, 2009

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The other day I was idly flicking through the Internet Uber Highway and I came across this LA Times interview with Matvey Lykov the hot new thing with a Y chromosome on the catwalks.

Lykov, someone who has gone from scrubbing toilets in NY to facing Jil Sanders’ Autumn 07 and Spring 08 campaign talks candidly about what goes on before and after some of the 34 biggest catwalk shows he has appeared in this year as well as the different treatment, pay and travel arrangements of the male and female models in the business. Lykov also talks about his own life, business sense and ambitions, giving great insight into one of the biggest faces as well as on the apparently hollow modelling scene this year.

This article is genuinely insightful, especially for those unfamiliar with the modelling scene as well as being well written and entertaining. If you can spare 5 minutes of your life to be enlightened then check it out here.



Trends

lastnightsparty.com – your source of vapid voyeurism

By Jonathan Smith on February 27th, 2009

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Lastnightsparty.com
is ex musician turned socialite photographer Merlin Bronques photo-blog documenting New York’s hottest parties and people. His victims are always well dressed, usually drunk and sometimes topless and as a result the collection of photos provide a snap shot of fashion in motion… whatever that means. The images are far more accessible than that of fashion photography and give insight into the trends currently being peddled across the pond in NYC- a far more useful tool than any forecast.

This “in the moment” kind of photography suits well to show off trends and styles more than it does clothing -which at times is totally unidentifiable- and needless to say it primarily serves to pamper the ego’s of those being photographed but personally I find it hard to take a trend seriously until I’ve seen someone I consider “real” sporting it. The site has been praised and slated in equal measure and you have to totally forgo your feelings on the vapid nature of the photographs and the photographed before you can use the site as an excellent source of voyeuristic research, though be warned if you look at it for too long you do get scenester blindness where everyone looks like the same generic guy or girl but persevere, it’s well worth it.

Lastnightsparty is also available in a slightly too small to be coffee table sized and slightly too vacuous to be of any use book!

Jump through for my selects of the best lastnightsparty images and outfits!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers

Jeremy Scott x Ksubi In-store this March!

By Will Reid on February 25th, 2009

20081030173114lh7.pngIn the later months of last year, the Brandish team began to see previews from the Jeremy Scott Loves Ksubi denim collection.

Now, upon Lady Gaga wearing the orange love-heart suit in Sunday Times Style magazine, we are pleased to tell you that the line will be in-stores this March.

This is the fifth time the two labels have collaborated and as with previous collections, Jeremy Scott Loves Ksubi 2009 toys with the idea of Scott’s brilliant, brash prints with the achingly cool shapes of Aussie-label Ksubi.

Trashbag Aesthetics have reported that the line will be released in shops in March and we have already begun sharpening our elbows!

The floral-print denim at left is the only menswear we have so far seen from the collection but those hardcore fashionistos will no doubt be rocking the woman’s Nu-Rave orange ASAP.

See after the jump for more pics!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

News from New York: The Return of Ombré

By Will Reid on February 18th, 2009

00130m.jpgSince I started on Brandish just over a year ago, I have repeatedly examined how trends begin in womenswear and eventually make the leap to menswear some few seasons later. Well now the Ombré trend worked by womenswear designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Prada almost three seasons ago has been dished out in rather glorious spades by designer Robert Geller.

Geller has managed to take the trend and work it in a way that is masculine and edgy (a rare occurrence in the world of menswear) and this shirt looks set to make my WISHLIST as soon as it hits the shops in a couple of months.

What do you think of Ombré? Tell us on our Facebook wall!

(Image: Marcio Madeira)



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Polls

Yay or Nay: Headwear at Duckie Brown

By Will Reid on February 17th, 2009

duckie.jpgAs we move to New York with our menswear coverage, the entire Brandish team has begun searching the shows for particular looks, gossip and moments that have caught our attention. And if there is one designer who has so far got people talking, it would have to be Duckie Brown. This label, designed by Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, has been trend-setting in previous seasons and over the last eight years it has definitely become one to watch for editors and writers alike.

So, with that said, what do you think of the label’s latest headwear designs. Loud, outrageous and not just a bit odd, would you be willing to rock this monumental millinery?

Vote Yay or Nay below!

(Image: Marcio Madeira)

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News

End of the road for Obedient Sons and Daughters?

By admin on January 9th, 2009

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Obedient Sons and Daughters, one of the brands we were looking forward to at New York Fashion Week is closing due to problems with one of their major investors, who is said to be Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.

The label, which started off as Obedient Sons and added the ‘Daughters’ after incorporating a women’s range is run by husband and wife Swaim and Christina Hutson but it wont be the last we’ll see of the duo. Obviously aware of impending troubles they’ve been designing a collection for a sibling venture which will show on the 14th February during fashion week. The new name will be revealed as the invitations are sent out, in the mean time take a look round the couple’s apartment courtesy of clebu-interiors porn site The Selby.

[Source, Image: The Selby]



Clothing, Footwear, Luggage & Travel, Sales

New York City Shopping

By Colin Chapman on December 12th, 2008

With the post-Obama glow making the US a desirable destination again, the pound not doing so badly against the dollar and hot guides like Buck magazine’s current New York issue, you may well be considering a shopping trip to NYC for Christmas or for the sales.

Head downtown where (reasonably) well known destinations like BBlessing and Oak offer the novelty of man boutique shopping at good prices (for us Brits at least). Ralph Lauren Rugby, aptly off University Place and not available in Europe feels like Vampire Weekend’s dressing up box. Other lesser-known places include TheCAST’s first retail store and Freemans – the offshoot of the uber-trendy restaurant.

If you make if off Manhattan (its EASY!) then Williamsburg has some great options: the original Oak store, the APC sale shop and Shoe Market (THE place in the city for deck shoes at half UK prices). Oak, TheCAST and BBlessing all have webstores if you can’t make it in person (though be cautious of those import taxes at the UK post office).

Image: Bblessing

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Accessories

Nooka Zon and Zoc

By Jonathan Smith on December 12th, 2008

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A far cry from the traditional design of the Rolex Submariner, New York based watch brand Nooka has added a couple of new pieces to its Christmas 08 collection. Both pieces sporting interesting design features and high quality construction and materials. These watches are for the man who feels a traditional dial watch is beneath him, though I don’t know how well I’d fair at reading these with a skin full of Christmas Spirit.

Jump through for more images and info.

[Source: hypebeast.com]

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pick of the blogs

Pick of the Blogs: waistcoats, craft and Grand Central Oyster Bar

By admin on December 5th, 2008

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Even if you can’t offer you handy, crafty, tipster services have a look at the video on Sunday Best, it features singing, montages and a nifty ye olde effect. For those who can, roll up your shirtsleeves and send in a contribution, it’s the perfect Christmas holiday project [The Sunday Best]

We go on about waistcoats so much I thought it was only fair to link to this comprehensive backstory on the silk and wool garment [Permanent Style]
I pity anyone going home for Christmas, shenanigans in a hometown pub AIN’T my idea of fun [NYLON FOR GUYS]
Time for a return trip back to New York, the Grand Central Oyster Bar (pictured) beckons [A Continuous Lean]



Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Fake tan poll: are you taking your cues from Valentino?

By admin on November 27th, 2008

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At the opening night party for the New York Ballet Valentino rocked up with SJP looking even more orange than he usually does. Having said that, a little fake tan mixed with moisturiser is my number one tip for instantly improving your appearance, it’s great for hangovers, lack of sleep or when you are ill.
Do you fake tan? Take the Brandish poll after the jump and let us know!

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Heroes and Celebrities, News

Mad Men come out for Bloomingdale’s men’s floor reopening

By admin on October 17th, 2008

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It was bound to be a smart affair when Bloomingdale’s reopened their men’s floor in New York yesterday, and who better to have as party guests than the Mad Men themselves? I like the suits although I must say I’m a little disappointed with Rich Sommer’s choice of footwear… Is that a generic ‘long shoe’ I see?!

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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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