Top Five: Will’s Summer Wants!

Last summer I was down at Shiny Towers and the gloriously hot days were spent writing, chatting with my fellow Shinies, trying on Drop-Crotch jeans and touring the streets in search of aspirational street style. But despite all the joviality I didn’t quite anticipate the weather (although I refuse to take the blame for that one- when was the last time we had a proper summer?) and ended up the innocent victim of SSS (that’s Skinny jeans in Summer Syndrome.) This summer I am determined to get it right, which is why I have compiled this list of fashion needs (okay, wants.)

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1. Lots of Extra-Hold Hairspray

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Will ReidTop Five: Will’s Summer Wants!

Brandish Inspiration: ‘Landed Gent’ in the NY Times T Style Magazine

Week on week, the NY Times T Style Magazine delivers a fabulous fashion spread. Sometimes the editorial is womenswear-based and on occasion, we are provided with incredible style spark. This week’s magazine features the ‘Landed Gent’ editorial and with its vintage, Grey Gardens feel and stunning photography, I felt I had to share it!

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Will ReidBrandish Inspiration: ‘Landed Gent’ in the NY Times T Style Magazine

Brandish Poll: Do you Dare? Bum-Bags!

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At a disco the other night, the theme was ‘City vs. Country’ and stuck for ideas, a friend and I decided to go as tacky tourists. Cue vintage novelty braces, high-waisted denim shorts and charity shop shirts.

My charity shop bum-bag has been the focus of much attention.

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Will ReidBrandish Poll: Do you Dare? Bum-Bags!

Yay or Nay: Autumnal Tones on The Sartorialist

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For me, the Sartorialist is often ‘Hail or Fail’ in that sometimes I want to literally hunt down the people in his photographs to steal their outfits and sometimes I just want to hunt them down and …hurt them? Anyways, I can’t decided with the photo to the left. While I love the proportion play of the trench and tight, knit waistcoat and the relatively baggy trousers tucked into the boots, I’m not as convinced by the Autumnal colour scheme.

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Will ReidYay or Nay: Autumnal Tones on The Sartorialist

US GQ March 2009- Justin Timberlake

The latest issue of American GQ looks set to be an exciting issue. While not the most fashion-forward of magazines, GQ manages to provide consistent style advice and it usually has at least a few good features.

In this issue, we have Justin Timberlake posing in a variety of stylish albeit bland looks and one of the most interesting looking features looks set to be their ‘Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America’ feature. Check back soon for the entire list with pics!

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Will ReidUS GQ March 2009- Justin Timberlake

Which High-Profile Model Inspired Brandon Flowers’ Brits Brilliance?

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When Brandon Flowers stepped onto the stage at this years Brits 2009 in that jacket I died as I felt my own wardrobe implode with sheer joy. His jacket had major shoulder pads covered in long feathers and the overall look was a mixture of indie legend and an American footballer who had been given a makeover by Jean Paul Gaultier.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many people shared in my amazement and when I set my Facebook status to something Brandon-related immediately I had replies from fashion, music and technology writers all claiming to be either in love/ mad with envy or seeing double. I, myself, felt that I recognised the jacket and it wasn’t until the next day that I realised the model Brandon had obviously been taking style tips from…

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Will ReidWhich High-Profile Model Inspired Brandon Flowers’ Brits Brilliance?

Jeremy Scott x Ksubi In-store this March!

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In 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.

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Will ReidJeremy Scott x Ksubi In-store this March!

VMAN 13: Spring 2009- Jake Madden and CJ Hancock

The latest issue of VMAN was released a few days ago and it has two, bright covers. Models Jake Madden and CJ Hancock pose in fab suits from designers Calvin Klein and Givenchy and the covers are brilliantly fresh- perfect for the economic moan-athon we are currently suffering!

CJ and Jake are the joint winners of the VMAN and Ford Model Search and from these debut covers it looks like they will go far.

See after the jump for a full review of this issue with pics included!

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Will ReidVMAN 13: Spring 2009- Jake Madden and CJ Hancock

Love the Look: J.W Anderson S/S 2009 Look-book

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J.W Anderson is a fringe designer who is fast-becoming one of the edgiest and coolest designers on the menswear scene. His Spring/Summer 2009 look-book is styled around themes of religion and from the title, ‘An Eye for an Eye,’ to the rosary beads and ornate headdresses, his theme is strong and bold.

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Will ReidLove the Look: J.W Anderson S/S 2009 Look-book

News from New York: The Return of Ombré

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Since 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.

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Will ReidNews from New York: The Return of Ombré

Yay or Nay: Headwear at Duckie Brown

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As 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?

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Will ReidYay or Nay: Headwear at Duckie Brown

Brandish Question: Are Your Favourite Labels Ruined By Celebs?

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I hate to admit it but fashion weeks kill me. They really do. Don’t get me wrong- I love the glamour, the fabrics, the details, the models and every other part of the fashion seasons. But it gives me a pain in the very bottom of my heart when I realise that the glorious clothes I drool over and dream about will only end up on the Jonas Brothers 2 months later.

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Will ReidBrandish Question: Are Your Favourite Labels Ruined By Celebs?

Jimmy Carr in ‘Mancake’ at Elle Style Awards 2009

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Yesterday, I was on my way to Gatwick after a holiday in Brighton and the radio came on with Jimmy Carr talking about such things as ‘Guyliner’ and ‘Manscara.’ It turned out that Carr had himself been wearing these rather controversial at the Elle Style Awards on Monday night and he explained that “you can’t polish a turd but you can sprinkle glitter on it.”

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Will ReidJimmy Carr in ‘Mancake’ at Elle Style Awards 2009

NY Times loves Yu Masui, we love Yu Masui

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Spotting the familiar face of Yu Masui on NYT’s site brought back some good memories. We snapped Masui last year out and about at Graduate Fashion Week (right) in a great Balenciaga neckpiece and cropped trousers. Elizabeth Spiridakis (aka White Lightning), talking up her holy trinity of boy-fash crushes interviewed the Japanese fashion writer who said this about borrowing from womenswear:

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WISHLIST: Kris Van Assche for Oliver Peoples Sunglasses S/S Collection ’09

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Kris Van Assche, creative head of Dior Homme, and luxury sunglasses label Oliver Peoples have already put out successful collections of their collaborative designs but this week has seen the launch of the Spring/Summer 2009 collection.

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Will ReidWISHLIST: Kris Van Assche for Oliver Peoples Sunglasses S/S Collection ’09

Alexander Wang Announces Menswear- Is Our Favourite Hipster Jumping on the Bandwagon!

Nitrolicious has revealed that Alexander Wang, the most recent fashion darling and It-designer, is to launch a menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2010. Adamant that he isn’t simply jumping on the bandwagon, Wang explains that “for us it’s a component that’s always been there..the idea has always been there, I’m just expanding it” in reference to his famously androgynous looks.

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Will ReidAlexander Wang Announces Menswear- Is Our Favourite Hipster Jumping on the Bandwagon!

Skins fashion details now available on-line!

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The third episode of this season’s Skins is out this week and the series is already proving that the youthful fashion beacon has been passed onto a new cast. From the over-sized tees and shrunken dungarees of Freddie to the vintage sportswear worn with careful nonchalance by the fabulous Cook (on the right.)

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Will ReidSkins fashion details now available on-line!

Male Models like Luke Worrall and Cole Mohr -Can We Ever Relate To Them?


“Rake-thin, 12 year-old-looking, alien-eyed lady-boys”
- this is how one of my friends describes the male models of today. While I don’t quite agree with his overly-harsh and rather sweeping statement, I have to admit that there are times where the men plastered over magazines and high-fashion ad campaigns just seem completely out-of-touch.

Continue reading after the jump…

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Will ReidMale Models like Luke Worrall and Cole Mohr -Can We Ever Relate To Them?