There was a time when every self-respecting man about time worth his salt wouldn’t be caught dead with any smartphone other than an Apple iPhone. And though Apple keep on delivering the goods year-on-year with updates to the range, Android smartphones are now every bit as desirable. The new best-in-class model is Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Revealed at a glitzy launch …
Dizzee Rascal is back, with Bonkers, a track which sees him collaborating with Armand van Helden. The naysayers have been saying it’s half-arsed or a bit cheesy but I like it, whether I’ll still be saying that come summer when I’ve heard it more times than I’ve seen checked shirts on the tube.
Who’d a thunk ol’ Petri Dish was on You Tube?! Well here is showing us how to dress like Mark Ronson.
This seems to consist of a Specials-lite look of Ray Bans, retro jacket and pork pie hat. The respected music journalist doesn’t always hit the menswear mark, but to his credit he is self-depreciating enough to be loveable… Give it a watch!
Topman has revealed their latest ‘trend’ (read: mini theme-based collection) and with a name like ‘Berlin Wall,’ I was expecting rough skinny jeans and a fusion of This Is England skin-head with a kind-of Soviet, military cool. As always, the high-street label has delivered…
I’ve read a few interviews by Man Like Me, and wasn’t convinced but when our Stu showed me their latest video I began to come round. ‘Single Dad’ (out on Feb 9th) is all about the perils of finding yourself with child but thankfully it has a happy ending. Steel drums are always a good thing in my humble opinion and their Madness-esque sound is awfully nostalgic.
As videos go this one is kinda dull. There are no explosions, guns or tits nor is there a girl satisfying a horse/dog/herself (delete as applicable) so it’s doubtful that this is the kind of fodder we would usually ogle on our TV’s or behind our bedroom’s locked door. However there are shoes, lots of lovely shoes. The video is from Band of Outsiders and showcases their collabo with Sperry bringing some awesome deck shoes for the coming season.
Brand hyping is usually dull PR fluff but at a Kickers presentation yesterday I learnt some Very Interesting Things I Didn’t Know Before. Here they are:
For AW08-09, Topman has created a video showcase of their latest collection- Block Heads. Model James Mclean poses in what Topman tells is a trend “inspired by the look of a Dickensian gypsy mixed with influences from the deep south.” We get a glimpse of what we will no doubt be wearing by Christmas and the video really projects what the look is all about- a poetic Grunge with not a slight hint of Luke Worrall.
“Bib front t-shirts are worn under a waistcoat and double breasted cardigans, topped off with a black padded donkey jacket for a military feel. Big accessories for this trend include a selection of trilby hats and scarves worn with tweed trainers or brogues.” Winter’s never looked so good!
Check the video here.
Red Wing Shoes is one of those companies who’s product changes little from year to year and merely happens upon fashion popularity from time to time. This winter is one of those times, with the American Working man being such a strong look rugged and durable clothing is what you need. Red Wing provide a tough hard wearing boot that is a great alternative to Timberland and would complement your Levi’s Vintage and checked wool shirt a treat.
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.
The first installment of the Nike 3×3 project has dropped over at Nike Sportswear. The 3×3 project is a series of 9 short films by 3 talented young peeps the first of which by Adam Jay Weissman features the legendary Nike Windrunner, other shorts by Todd James and Chris Robinson will be dropping over the course of the next 8 weeks at the rate of one a week.
I’ve officially taken down my mammoth collection of coats from the top shelf of my wardrobe so I don’t know what Wiley is doing releasing ‘Summertime’ now, but to be fair he does a lot better job of ripping of Daft Punk than Kanye ever did.
It’s a ’90s-tastic video which reminds me of Positive K‘s epic song ‘I Got a Man’. It features clothes by cult menswear label Jaiden rVa James and styling by SUPER SUPER magazine… Fashiontastic!
The opening scene’s of Lakai’s “Fully Flared” skate video are about the best 5 minutes of skate video in existence and arguably one of the best intros of all time. The slow motion operatic explosion-o-thon has now been put to print in the form of a series of t-shirts from Lakai, if you like cool shit on your t-shirts then look no further. No release details as of yet but check out your local skate emporium.
Love him or hate him (I hate him if you wanted to know, have I not mentioned before?) but Kanye West is back here on Brandish with a new music video and once again proving that he is a modern Renaissance Man he has directed this latest effort. The video for the song “Good Morning” is animated by influential Japanese artist and animator (obviously) Takashi Murakami and depicts Kanye as the famous bear late for his graduation.
Not only is ex-Ladyfuzz Ben Esser‘s latest release the most unbelievably catchy song you’ll hear this side of summer but the video for ‘Headlock’ is as we say in fashion parlance ‘bang on trend’. The early ’80s look has been bubbling under for a good while now and it sort of crystallised with the release of Shane Meadows’ ‘This is England’.
This is probably a good time to admit that before Brandish, I wasn’t too involved in the world of menswear (only now do I realise how much I was missing out on!) However, Thom Browne is one of those designers who manages to capture two opposite industries with just the cut of a hem and the snip of a gorgeous thread. His signature look of shrunken suit, sports socks and loafers has cemented him as a style icon for both sexes and his shows have even inspired my own trend reports. Now, Style.com has talked to him about his exercise regime (although running daily on tracks including Central Park, the Eiffel Tower and the Imperial Gardens of Japan are a luxury rather inaccessible to us hoi polloi.) But I really must warn you that the vid may leave you feeling slightly inferior- after all how many of us can claim to have completed 15 marathons worldwide and still be running in Thom Browne knitwear?
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