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Milan Fashion Week: Gucci, Jil Sander, Burberry

By admin on January 22nd, 2009

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This the first in our Milan Menswear rundown, it’s not exactly cut out and keep, but you can keep up to date with the trends at a glance. Click on the image to see in its full-size glory. Alexander McQueen was definitely my favourite but here is the lowdown from some of the other designers, which one is your fave? Stay tuned for part two, and check out the Jil Sander catwalk vid after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, Trends, Video

Alexander McQueen menswear show at Pitti Uomo, Milan

By admin on January 21st, 2009

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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.

Sending models down the catwalk with fingerless gloves, silver-topped canes and darkened, bloodshot eyes it seemed that McQueen had gone the safe route of pairing outlandish styling with conventional clothing, but on closer inspection everything about this collection gave off a menacing whiff.

Referencing some of the most aggressive or manic male archetypes everyone from the majestic to the deranged got a look in. Skinheads’ oxblood 10 hole DMs, teddy boys’ draped jackets combined with Jack the Ripper menace and Clockwork Orange swagger for a collection that was admittedly theatrical but anchored by impeccable tailoring. Trousers were tight, and a strong upper half was emphasised with sharp suit jackets, thick coats and beefy woollens. Chainmail vests, butcher’s aprons and boxing gloves alluded to traditional facets of men in the workplace in a proudly aggressive and vital assertion of masculinity.

Jump through to watch an impressive video of the show, with thunderous music and songs by the Specials and the Stranglers, you can watch part two here.

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News

Armani clashes with Dolce & Gabbana over trousers

By admin on January 20th, 2009


Dolce & Gabbana’s recent catwalk show

An epic fashion row has erupted over a pair of quilted silk trousers seen on both the D&G and Armani catwalks at the Milan menswear shows.

Armani started it all by saying: “Now they copy, later they will learn.”

Then Dolce & Gabbana took it up a notch stating: “For sure we have much to learn – but certainly not from him.” They said Armani “has never been a source of inspiration for us and we stopped seeing his shows years ago”. The design duo ended it with a whopper of a statement: “As Picasso used to say – copying from others is inevitable but copying from oneself leads to sterility.”

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Designer Spotlight, News

Pitti Uomo: Givenchy menswear

By admin on January 14th, 2009

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. Trousers had oversized waistbands cinched in with rope or woven leather belts, thick soled shoes made an appearance and patterns consisted of stripes and plaid check.

From a writer’s point of view presentations are great because you can see fabrics and details up close, but I feel that they sometimes lack the impact of a catwalk show? What do you think?
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Designer Spotlight, News

Kilgour drops out of Paris menswear shows

By admin on January 13th, 2009

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Pitti Uomo kicks off today, but for now the big news is that Savile Row tailor Kilgour has dropped out of the Paris Menswear shows. The label will instead be holding viewings in their London showroom from January 21st. Carlo Brandelli, Kilgour’s creative director said: “We thought about a visual presentation in Paris on the schedule, but with the current instability and climate at the moment, we wanted to have a rethink on how the brand progresses and shows for the next seasons.”

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If David Beckham moves to Milan will he visit Pitti Uomo?

By admin on October 22nd, 2008

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David Beckham’s possible January loan to AC Milan is big news in football but all I can think about is whether he’ll start dressing more like an Italian… hey, even James Bond, the quintessential English gent wears Brioni.

I’m hoping we’ll see pictures of him at Pitti Uomo hanging out with Kanye West and Gianni Versace. Much better than Tom Cruise as a fashion buddy anyday; L.A’s loss is Milan’s gain so fingers crossed!

Apologies to The Sartorialist for the Image



Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities

Andre 3000 talks about Benjamin Bixby

By admin on September 11th, 2008

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As news of Benjamin Bixby continues to trickle out, Mr. 3000 is finally beginning to do interviews about the clothing line. American Esquire’s interview is far from in-depth (with a grand total of two questions) but it’s better than nothing. Check out the interview after the jump.

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Designer Spotlight, News

One to watch? Adam Kimmel

By admin on January 14th, 2008

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Pitti Uomo is a massive tradeshow which takes place in Milan just before Milan Fashion week. The organisers pride themselves that this is the place to identify new trends and being asked to show there is like finding one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets.
This year, Pitti asked New Yorker Adam Kimmel to present his new collection which he did on Thursday at a banquet for his closest friends. His closest friends happen to include the major players of the New York art scene including Ryan McGinley, Nate Lowamn, Christopher Bollen and Casey Spooner. These friends also happen to star in his look-books.
Disappointingly I think it’s a case of ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’ which is behind the hype, as I’m afraid to say I can’t see anything particular impressive about his collections. This bin man jacket, available from Hejfina, is the most inspiring thing I could find in his current collection, but maybe I’m missing something….




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