Posts Tagged ‘Trends’

Accessories, Polls

POLL: Men’s braces – Yay or Nay?

By Gerald Lynch on April 3rd, 2012

I like a good belt, me. From a thin braided offering to a chunky biker buckle, they’re my proffered gravity-defying trouser accessory. But as the years pile up, and the pounds pile on, my paunch is finding itself more and more at odds with my waistline adornments.

So what are my other options? I’d rather walk about in my underpants than wear elasticated trousers. They make me think of the super-sized people who have to hire a golf-cart  to get around Disney World without keeling over. And losing weight just isn’t going to happen when Subway have just launched a £3 lunch time meal deal.

As an upstanding citizen (and one happy not to get an ASBO for flashing my tighty whities) the job falls to braces (or suspenders if you’re a US reader), the shoulder-strapping saviours of trouser hems since being popularised in 1822 by Albert Thurston.

But they’ve had a bit of a chequered history, have the humble old braces.  While they’re currently on the rise thanks to the popularity of the suited-booted Mad Men look, in the UK at least they’re still closely associated with the skinhead style championed by the National Front right-wing movement of the 1980s.

Also, this image of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, caught recently taking out the rubbish wearing little else OTHER THAN BRACES makes a little bit of sick rise to the back of my throat. Sorry Ken, I’d pick you over Boris any day of the week, but this look’s more Albert Steptoe than Albert Camus.

So, have braces weathered the unsavoury associated storm of the Eighties to shine through in 2012 as an on-trend “boardroom-chic” accessory? Or are they still just a way of keeping the thumbs of shaven-headed yobs occupied instead of forming fists?

Take our poll below and let me know what you think! My dignity depends on it!



Brand Spotlight, Clothing, features

Topman: Get The U-Bahn Look

By Laura on January 17th, 2011

Topman has really upped their game this season, starting with the recent release of the U-Bahn collection. This look sees catwalk trends inspired by Berlin’s edgy underground scene and pays homage to post-punk. Built on tough sculpted shapes, it is all about creating a fresh silhouette littered with antiqued military detail.

Check out the gallery below, where I have chosen a few pieces that best represent this trend.

Navy Hoody Duffle Cardigan

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A great spin on a classic look, this duffel cardigan is perfect for spring weather. Available for £34



Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Gallery, Sportswear, sunglasses, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe pt2

By admin on July 2nd, 2009

The second instalment of our summer picks from menswear buyer Lee Douros. There are some beautiful items that will take you stylishly into autumn including a wonderful pair of cornflower blue deck shoes.

Having made their first foray into menswear my-wardrobe have got some exciting brands on board for Autumn, can’t wait for their A/W picks!

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Brand Spotlight, Coats & Jackets, Gallery, Suits & Tailoring, Trends

Paris Menswear: Lanvin SS10 Catwalk Show

By admin on July 1st, 2009

You can rely on Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver to deliver a great collection and they did. This collection for Lanvin was typically elegant affair, with the très chic suits and kimono-style jackets. Irreverent touches like trousers and suits made from tie silk reinforce Elbaz’s gentle sense of humour and sandals worn with socks gave a geeky twist to the look.

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Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Footwear, Gallery, Gifts, sunglasses, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe

By admin on June 30th, 2009

Lee Douros is the menswear buyer for my-wardrobe and at the last press day we had a great chat with him about men’s clothing and the online side of things. Lee definitely knows his stuff, so we were thrilled when he agreed to present his top summer picks for us. If you’re still stuck for high-summer chic then this is like the holy grail. Stay tuned for pt2!

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Clothing, Gallery, Suits & Tailoring

Menswear: Jill Sander catwalk show SS10

By admin on June 22nd, 2009

Clean, clean, clean. The Jil Sander show featured neat boys with bowl cuts in pale summer colours and dark, sharp suits.

Shoulders are wide, fabrics are sheer and there is only the merest hint of print in a few drawn-on pieces. Raf Simons focused on details, but they were never bitty, things like pockets visible through shirts, short shorts and racer back singlets all added definition to this simple collection.

Best worn: on a blustery northern French beach in Spring.


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Accessories, Entertainment, Trends

How far is TOO far? Taking inspiration from Womenswear…

By Will Reid on May 12th, 2009

IMG_8378.jpgOver the last few years, with the trends having covered skinny jeans, unisex mods, sexually-liberated hippies, shoulder pads, guy/girl jumpsuits and the his/her Eighties where basically anything went, I have tried my hand at many trends that tread the fine line between menswear and womenswear.

This photo recently appeared on Facehunter and, while originally in awe of this fashionisto’s rose accessory, I began to wonder if it would be one step too far and throw me into the realm of uncomfortable dressing (a fatal flaw when it comes to styling!) I happily carry a man-bag and have even experimented with Guyliner in recent months but I couldn’t be sure that I would feel okay with an accessory like the one above. Would you be willing too wear something so overtly feminine or do you like to stick within the traditional fashion sex boundaries?

Tell us on our Facebook wall!



Trends

My Name Is Fashion

By Jonathan Smith on March 5th, 2009

The American Workman: a style born out of necessity. As the look transgresses into the fashion world some of this rough necessity is lost a replaced with sanitised styling but I say if you’re going to do a look do it all out, why be satisfied with anything less than 100%? Dress like an American Workman, warts and all and with this most utilitarian of looks you’ll have plenty of pocket space for all your tools (Blackberry and Oyster card) plus have you ever worn an oversized flannel shirt? Shit is coooommmmfffffffeeeeeeee.

So as the American Workman promises to hit fever pitch this season who do you want to look to as your style idol? Earl Hickey. Jason Lee’s character from My Name Is Earl has his shit together; check shirt and T-shirt, beat up worn jeans and work boots all working for him big time. As for accessories American light beer (can or bottle) occasional cigarette (soft pack of Lucky Strikes) and hot, blond, trailer loving ex-wife with 2 illegitimate kids- score. If you want to go all out, and I suggest you do, then you need to trade your car in for a beat up pick-up truck and some Creedence on tape, you never know it could be life affirming.

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[Image: Wenn]



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, 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!

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Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

Milan Fashion Week: Versace, Prada, Marni

By admin on January 22nd, 2009

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Part two in our Milan menswear rundown, this time Versace, Prada and Marni get the Isabelle patented Photoshop Mad Skillz® treatment, click to enlarge.

Let us know who your favourite was, or if you’re waiting for Paris before you make any decisions. Speaking of which, the Paris shows kicked off yesterday so stay tuned for more catwalk news from Brandish.



Trends

A warning from Brandish: Man Clips

By Jonathan Smith on January 14th, 2009

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Remember a few years ago when it was all the rage amongst so called “men” to wear hair bands and scrape back their long greasy hair? Yeah me too and it looks like dark times are upon us once again as images of a very bearded Joaquin Phoenix sporting some “man clips” are floating around the information super highway. Like anything in the fashion world prefixed with the word “man” it looks and is a bag of crap, nothing angers me more than idiotic man-hair with the possible exception of men in Ugg Boots, even men in make up fails to hit quite so high on the richter scale.

If this turns into a fully blown trend then I will go postal.

[Source: Beauty and the Blog]



Heroes and Celebrities, News

CQ Interviews Aquascutum Archivist Greta Pawlowski

By admin on December 17th, 2008

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Over on Catwalk Queen we managed to get an interview with Greta Pawlowski, who works at established UK label Aquascutum as their Company Archivist. Read on to find out how she got her position, what trends she predicts will be big and advice for getting into archiving.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

Pyjamas Never Picked Up- So We Did Them In Prints!

By Will Reid on September 23rd, 2008

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Read on for the rest of this trend report- including The Sartorialist and the full explanation for this image!

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Jeans & Trousers, Polls, Trends

Brandish Feature: Drop-Crotch Demo

By Will Reid on August 22nd, 2008

Drop-crotch jeans have been dubbed the ‘future of denim’ and ‘the next skinny jean.’ I am an unbelievable skinny devotee (yes, I am scarred after wearing them in Summer-heat London and not even joking) and for this reason, I decided to road-test an exclusive pre-production sample pair from Trousers London. I ventured into Covent Garden to get the public opinion on whether the jeans were ‘(Drop-)HOT!’ or ‘PANTS!’ Pitying glances, envious looks, angry words and self-styling monologues; the Drop-Crotch jeans certainly attracted attention-but was it praise or pity? Read on for the full report with street-style pics, interviews, comments and product details.

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