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Yay or Nay?- American Apparel Unisex Winter Ski Hood

By Will Reid on November 13th, 2008

aa.jpgAmerican Apparel is a brand that I can’t help but be suspicious of. Yes, the adverts are provocative. Yes, Dov Charney supposedly walks around his office naked. Yes, their shop assistants look like they’ve just walked out of a NYLON spread. My problem is that whenever I see someone wearing American Apparel, it tends to be the case that it is the not the clothes that are great but how they are styled.

I can’t imagine this ‘Winter Ski Hood’ (£10) looking good on anyone who isn’t a model but I am wary of giving it a firm ‘Nay’ as I just know that as soon as this post is published, some edgy fashion editor will decree it the It-item of the season.

What do you think? Vote in our poll!




Heroes and Celebrities

Steve Sanderson of Oi Polloi

By Jonathan Smith on November 11th, 2008

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If you live or have ever lived in Manchester chances are you know Oi Polloi, along with Ran it’s one of the cities best boutiques. The small independent shop is part of the unique style that makes Manchester timeless.

Oi Polloi is now gaining more and more international notoriety having their own clothing line and collaborations with well established brands such as Etnies- plus a few weeks ago Steve Sanderson, the boutiques co-founder, was interviewed for The Guardian’s Close Up feature. The feature concentrates on Steve’s own style but edges onto his ethos for Oi Polloi and what he considers to be style. Check the article out here.

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, News

L’Uomo Vogue: AFRICA ISSUE – November 2008

By Will Reid on November 11th, 2008

66245_L3uomo_Vogue_122_575lo.jpgAfter taking on the lack of model diversity, Franca Sozzani (the editor extraordinaire behind the Black Issue of Italian Vogue) now wants us to sit up and pay attention to a different cause- the immense need for aid in Africa.

As part of her campaign for fashion to stand up and act, Sozzani has made the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue the ‘AFRICA ISSUE.’ This means that every feature or person included in the issue has some sort of relation to the need of Africa. It features Nelson Mandela, Naomi Campbell, Forest Whitaker and Bernard Henri-Levy (the philosopher and co-editor of the special issue.)

New York Magazine tells us that Sozzani “not want to make an aesthetic statement about Africa…unlike a recent issue of India’s Vogue magazine…this one won’t show peasants posing with $5,000 handbags.”

See after the jump for pictures of contributors including Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama and e-mail isabelle@shinymedia.com to tell us what you think of the issue.

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Marc Jacobs Menswear for 5 More Years (which is 5 more Christmases!)

By Will Reid on November 11th, 2008

00030m.jpgDNR reports today that Marc Jacobs International has signed a contract with Staff International (a part of Diesel founder Renzo Rosso’s fashion empire) that will see Marc by Marc Jacobs Menswear expand over the next five years. Already in Rosso’s couture stable are Dsquared2, Viktor & Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela and Vivienne Westwood.

The contract means that Staff International will have exclusive rights to the production and distribution of the Marc Jacobs menswear line but, with Rosso’s history of major successes, I think this can only be a good move for both parties.

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira at Style.com)



News

Gallery: Barack Obama’s style in pictures

By admin on November 5th, 2008

So the news is in and the votes have been counted. Barack Obama is now the US president but he was always undisputedly the most stylish candidate in the race.
His trademark tall and lean look is accentuated by his uniform of slim-fitting suits and petrol blue fabric which complemented his colouring perfectly. There was a lot of fuss made over his wife Michelle’s sharp sartorial decisions but here is the man himself in picutres.

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Heroes and Celebrities

Alan Flusser: fuck you clothes

By Jonathan Smith on November 3rd, 2008

Men.style.com has posted this rather good video of Alan Flusser, the tailor and author of many books on style and fashion. Flusser talks about style rather than fashion and how you should base your clothes on what suits you fit, colour and fabric wise- something I wholeheartedly agree with. The temptation is always there to wear something that is very cool, but looks like a sack of crap off the hanger and on you, let’s face it we all do it.

Flusser goes on to say that style transcends fashion and should be timeless and once again I agree that constantly chasing fashion is too expensive and too much hard work; it’s far better to find a good look for yourself and then augment it as fashion moves on. Alan also discusses men’s catwalk fashion and how it alienates many men from following or being interested in menswear, which I think we can all agree is a fairly accurate statement.

Check out the video below to hear from Alan himself on style, Hollywood and Thom Browne.



Clothing, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Yay or Nay?: Ronnie Wood and Girlfriend Go Matching!

By Will Reid on October 27th, 2008

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Ever since Ronnie Wood ran off with his 18-year old mistress Ekaterina Ivanova, I have been keeping my eye on the new couple’s outfits. Throughout history, scandals have been defined by fashion; Princess Diana’s tiger-print swimsuit, Heather Mills’ patchwork suit, Monica Lewinsky’s ‘Blue Dress.’

It struck me that Ronnie and Ivanova were often wearing outfits with a similar theme. On the left, we can see that one week, they both indulged in tie-dye print and during this week, they wore on-trend plaid/tartan jackets.

What do you think of couples in matching outfits? Yay or Nay?

Take our poll after the jump!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Gallery, Outfit picks

Brandish Does Boulevard: The Second Bout of Street Style!

By Will Reid on October 27th, 2008

This gallery showcases some of the hottest street style looks I’ve seen in quite a while. Granted, some of the photography is a bit shifty (and the background of sun-washed Camden during the summer is enough to provoke resentment from most Brits,) but these looks are on-trend and rival a lot of professionally styled magazine editorials.

Brandish loves street style and there will definitely be more to come in the next few months. Just prepare for rain drops on the camera lens.

Click on the image to start the gallery!



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Political Fashion Cont. – Josh Brolin in Interview November 2008

By Will Reid on October 15th, 2008

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A political campaign seems to be the ‘It’ accessory of this season. After Tyra Banks posing as Michelle Obama in September’s Harper’s Bazaar, Interview has pulled in Josh Brolin to rock the presidential trend for their latest cover. Josh is actually playing President George Bush in an up-coming film, titled ‘Bush,’ directed by Oliver Stone. However, on the cover he is photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Do you think that the fashion industry is taking the politics trend too far or do you think it’s a necessary evil at a time like this. Tell us on our Facebook page!

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Trends

British Style Genius

By Jonathan Smith on October 7th, 2008

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British fashion she be a wild and confusing beast, luckily the BBC (and I mean the real BBC- voice of a nation the British Broadcasting Corporation) has created a website that carves up British Fashion into 5 manageable chunks. Surprisingly this guide is actually really good and though 5 sections may not seem like enough to cover the whole gamut of British fashion it has done the job quite nicely, linking many different styles together with cultural and social references.

Check out the BBC’s British Style Genius site and find out how your style is categorised by the good old Beeb.



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Rafael Nadal the Face Of Lanvin’s New Men’s Fragrance!

By Will Reid on October 3rd, 2008

rex_796866h.jpgFashionista, the site that is always in-the-know, has reported upon a WWD article that reveals tennis-supremo Rafael Nadal as the chosen face of French fashion-house Lanvin’s new fragrance for men, L’Homme Sport.

Nadal is the first tennis face to front the campaign of a French fashion house and the news of his appointment is causing quite the stir. Nadal recently became the Number 1 Tennis Player in the World, taking over from Roger Federer who is, himself, a bit of a fashion darling beloved by editors and designers from Anna Wintour to Oscar De La Renta.

(Source, Image Source: Rex Features)



Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, pick of the blogs

Tavi Tells The Truth: A Man And His Gold Coat

By Will Reid on October 3rd, 2008

goldjacket.jpgTavi, the girl-wonder-blogger with a fashion sense so incredibly brilliant I feel like crying when I ‘m reading her blog, has found this picture and decided that she wants to marry the wearer of this great, gold jacket.

I’m okay with just being his friend but it is an undoubtedly fantastic image.

Now, the only question is where to find that jacket.

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Clothing, Heroes and Celebrities, Outfit picks

Outfit Pick: Trapper Hat Hot

By Will Reid on October 3rd, 2008

outfitpick4.jpgI have to admit that despite being a lover of high-fashion millinery from the likes of Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy, I just can’t wear hats. They look truly horrific on me.

But the whole Brandish team is currently infatuated with an item that looks set to take off in the coming months (of snow and cold.) That item is the Trapper Hat.

In this week’s Outfit Pick, I’ve added a few eccentric pieces to a Topman Trapper hat and created a look that anyone could pull of by balancing the quirky tweed bag and dancing brogues with a classic beige trench also from Topman.

Are items you want to see included in a Brandish Outfit Pick? E-mail: isabelle@shinymedia.com!

Product details after the jump…

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Yay Or Nay: Denim Deity?

By Will Reid on September 30th, 2008

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Denim has been rife on the catwalks of this season with many big-name designers putting out denim tuxedos, denim waistcoats and even denim shirts (okay, that’s not too odd.) I, myself, have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this timeless fabric and I think it’s safe to say I’ve explored it thoroughly!


What do you think? Vote in our poll below!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Love The Look: Men at Kris Van Assche, Paris

By Will Reid on September 29th, 2008

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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.

These guys are both rocking fairly androgynous looks and as Isabelle mentioned earlier, it’s no secret that Doc Martens are the industry’s hot (but slowly cooling) item. I like the other man’s over-sized bag but what interests me the most is his headscarf. D&G featured Queen-chic headscarves on their runway last season and being of Scottish origin, I fail to not feel a slight home-sickness when faced with high-fashion previously seen in my gran’s wardrobe.

Fashion inspiration comes when you least expect it!

(Image: The Sartorialist)




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