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Stefano Pilati in Interview September 2008- Words Cannot Describe Him!

By Will Reid on August 22nd, 2008

interviewpilati1sept08.jpgI’ve just caught up on the contents of the September 2008 issue of the newly Fabien Baron-designed Interview magazine (we featured Marc Jacob’s cover a few months back) and found these pictures of Stefano Pilati, the YSL designer and all-round sartorial inspiration.

I can’t even write about them except to just point out the obvious: they’re jaw-droppingly brilliant.

See after the jump for more!

(Source: Fashion Week Daily)

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Pick of the Blogs: Michael Phelps and Anna Wintour, hair trends and Vogue Hommes Japan

By admin on August 22nd, 2008

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First Roger Federer, then Scott Avery and now Michael Phelps… Where does Wintour get the energy? [Haute Concept]
Fashionising are so on the money with their hair predictions, the brushed forward look is like a less extreme quif, but as for the slickback, that’s one for the brave. [Style Salvage]
Vogue Hommes Japan is out now, and it feature Nicola Formichetti-styled shoots, off to the newsie asap! [Danny Daily]
Quiz time! How well do you know Dandyism.net? Well enough to get a 100 questions right? GO on test your knowledge! [Dandyism]
Trying to resurrect the poloneck is no mean feat [I Luw Fashion]



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Designer Spotlight, Suits & Tailoring

WISHLIST: Alexander McQueen Photo-Print Blazer Down To £258 from £865!

By Will Reid on August 22nd, 2008

Thumbnail image for mcqueen.jpgWhile potentially worrying and probably not at all a good sign, Andy Warhol’s ‘Death Scenes’ have always interested me. His principle was that by repeating the same image of a man impaled on a lamp-post (that’s just one of the prints,) death became strangely banal. This blazer might not be all blood ‘n’ guts (which with McQueen’s history is rather surprising,) but it is undeniably interesting. With city scenes and a fitted shape, this jacket could be worn at work, in the park, at a party and even to a music festival. I like that Matches put it with jeans for a modern edge and if I could afford the £258 price tag, I would go for a crisp white shirt and an Alber Elbaz-style floppy bow-tie. In faded, purple velvet. *Sigh*

Blazer, £258, Matches.com



Entertainment, Polls, Trends

Brandish Poll: Executive Item Execution

By Will Reid on August 21st, 2008

EIE.jpgForgive that awful title but let me explain; Executive Item Execution (EIE) is the official ruin of an ever-so-stylish item as the result of a figure of authority telling you they have the same piece (and no, this has nothing to do with the fetish trend.)

To paraphrase and avoid any further confusion, I will put it into the context of my own life. Yesterday, a figure of authority commented on how “insane” my shoes were.This person went on to reveal that they actually had and often wore my shoes and broke into hysterical laughter as I stuttered and muttered a response that attempted to convey my anguish.

Call me vain, on a high-horse or simply unrealistic but how many names have been ruined for you by the child who used to pick their nose and eat it or mutter to themselves as they drew pictures of dead people? Sadly, the same applies to Margiela as it did to McDonalds (thanks, Morgan Spurlock.)

Feel the same? Vote in our poll below.

(Image: Dean Chalkley/ PYMCA/ Rex Features)

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Designer Spotlight, Jeans & Trousers, Polls

Brandish Poll: Leg-in a-Sock Style Jeans

By Will Reid on August 6th, 2008

photo.jpgWe’ve made you endure some pretty terrible things on Brandish (see here and here,) and now I present a sneaky snap of New Look’s new adjust-a-length jeans. The trick is you have to button up each different level of the jean depending on what you’re after; shorts, the semi-crop, full jeans or the button-embellished. Is it just me who gasps at this fashion indictment?

Mr Mills (yes that is the third week running we’ve mentioned him but this is truly relevant,) reported on this trend for the David Cameron-trouser-in-a-sock style only last Sunday and he also came to the conclusion that it was a modern-monstrosity.

What do you think?- tell us in the poll below!

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News, Trends

Love The Look: Ewan’s Down With Love

By Will Reid on July 29th, 2008

ewandownlove.jpgEwan McGregor, Brandish fave and actor extraordinaire, has made it as this week’s ‘Love The Look’ style icon. While not actually a look he created himself, McGregor’s get-ups in the film ‘Down With Love’ were unbelievable. Mod suits, a Rat Pack-slick haircut, patent shoes and exotic skins; the look was one of excitement and interesting times. As the love story blossomed, each event was painted with the brilliant sartorial brush of McGregor’s dapper-dandy. Who cares if the actual film was rubbish?

(Image: 20thC.Fox/Everett/Rex Features)

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Because The Tan Isn’t Bad Enough; Cristiano Ronaldo Does Silver Short-Shorts!

By Will Reid on July 24th, 2008

ronaldo(2).jpgWay back when (honestly Cristiano,) at the peak of the short-shorts trend, Brandish was rife with talk of Wham!, a model short-shorts wearer and metallic fabric. In an awfully weird way, Cristiano Ronaldo looks like a mixture of about three weeks worth of posts.

In case you haven’t already been blinded my that horrific pic to the left, I’m talking about this week’s latest fashion crime: those tight, silver short-shorts. Ronaldo was snapped while shopping at the Christian Audigier boutique in Beverly Hills, perfectly tangoed and crutch-ridden. Unlike that signature white suit, I can’t even bring myself to jokily utter that infamous question- Yay or Nay?

(Image Source: Most Wanted/Rex Features)



Clothing, Entertainment, News

The Brandish Sphere of Influence- Mr Mills Style Column?

By Will Reid on July 23rd, 2008

mrmills2.jpgJust two weeks ago, Brandish reviewed the first edition of the Sunday Times Style Magazine’s ‘Mr Mills’ menswear and style column. I decided that Mills needed to brighten up a bit and make the column a little more cheery and summer-inclined if he was to hold the attention of readers. Well, call me egotistical, but is it pure coincidence that the latest edition of the column featured pieces on swim trunks, sunglasses, lime green hair oil and bright-coloured ties?

Jason also picked up on the possible influence of Brandish yesterday with a post on Taz of Sa-Ra. We’re not serious of course, but Mr Mills does look set to be a great read.

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Clothing, Entertainment

A Bit of Fun: 80sTees.com

By Will Reid on July 10th, 2008

80stees.jpgAs part of Google Mail, you are constantly bombarded with adverts for whatever your e-mails are about. For me, that is largely fashion and therefore, I receive links to sites such as 80sTees.com. This online store proved to be pretty good; I wasted about half and hour going through the memorabilia.

See after the jump for my top picks-including a Karate Kid t-shirt, awesome NEW YORK MTV t-shirt and an incredible Freddy Krueger jumper (who cares if it’s not entirely wearable-it’s a “deluxe replica”!)

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News, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

I’m Still Not Convinced- The Short Suit

By Will Reid on July 3rd, 2008

shortsuit.jpgA while ago, we remarked on how a Telegraph feature on the short suit had used rather unusual models to create an unflattering portrayal of the look.

However, this picture (taken at the launch of Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme in Milan,) shows that even the fashionistos of the industry can’t get it right. While also not the most model-ly of men, Bruce Pask of the New York Times would be one of those I thought could pull of this challenging look.

My verdict? I think this would look better with cropped sleeves. Simply roll up your long sleeves to the elbow or at least take them off the cuff as this contrast of short/sleeve length is usually an unflattering one.

Try shoes that can be worn without socks; a cool loafer or Topman canvas brogue. I, as a bit of a sartorial risk-taker (read: hit/miss dresser,) would add a pair of House of Holland velvet loafers in shocking purple or pink.

Now if only Lapo Elkann would give it a try!

(Image: Wireimage.com)



News, Trends

Milan Fashion Week Menswear Trends: Preppy

By admin on June 25th, 2008

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Today is the last day of the Milan Menswear shows and by the looks of things they’re not taking any sartorial chances, preferring the relative comfort and security of preppy.
This perennial favourite appeared on the catwalks at Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Enrico Coveri.

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Designer Spotlight, Heroes and Celebrities, knitwear

WISHLIST: Chanel Resort Jumpers

By Will Reid on May 19th, 2008

chanel.jpgResort season is always a bit of a drag for me; overly-frivolous (yes I see the haute-couture irony) and just another season to get my head around, the jump from cashmere coats to cruise is always too much. Karl Lagerfeld’s show for Chanel was proving nauseatingly frilly and I would challenge any British man not to feel melancholic at the sight of a male model in pink tie-dye. That was until Brad Koenig swaggered down the runway wearing that Chanel jumper. You may think that referring to a item as that only three days after it made its debut might be slightly forward but it’s cashmere, a jumper, Chanel and now on Brandish’s WISHLIST. Need I say more?

Lookout for more coverage of male resort looks this week on Brandish.

(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)



Designer Spotlight, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Everyday Fashion Miracles: Vintage Variety

By Will Reid on May 12th, 2008

I happened through a series of make-believe fashion-related and totally cool occurrences to be watching Britain’s Got Talent the other night and as a result I was witness to the horror of Hoop La La. No, this is not some Christian cult or Paganistic ritual it is the work of Jessie, Craig and Tina; a group of students hoping to make it big with their hula-hoop act.

After watching I was inspired to right a piece on vintage clothing and while unexpectedly drawn from the image of a Scot in hot-pants, there is greater reasoning after the jump.

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Footwear, News, Trends

More boat shoes! this time from Band of Outsiders

By admin on May 8th, 2008

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If we said phrases like ‘so and so is the new so and so’ we’d say that boat shoes are the new Puma for Brandish. The latest hoppers onto the boat shoe bandwagon are Band of Outsiders. Their new collaboration is with boat shoe specialists Sperry topsider.

With piping and boat shoes becoming increasingly popular nowadays, these effectively hit two trends with one shoe. There’s also the added luxury of knowing that these were made with people who know how to make good boat shoes, meaning it won’t be badly made overpriced nonsense, like a pair of Armani jeans or something. You can get these from eluxury for $265.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Trends

Trends: Watch & Wear- Navy SEAL Zeal

By Will Reid on April 30th, 2008

00010f.jpgList any of this season’s It-items and chances are they are water-related or wave-inspired. Yes, that means you boat shoe, loafer, plimsoll, striped tee and navy (hello!) blue shirt.

The mood is light yet determined and spray-in-the-face cool. Imagine sea-side escapades (emphasis on the imagine) and sand between your toes as you loosely raise that striped knit from your oversized Jil Sander mesh-holdall.

Look to the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton (left) and see after the jump for a full report of this operation. Oh, my fellow SEALs, the time has come for a full-scale suppression of those autumnal tones.

(Image Source: Armando Grillo)

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