March 30, 2011

Twenty (2) Too Spring/Summer 2011

Twenty (2) Too is the brainchild of Romanian designer, Mihai Dan Zarug, who is a graduate of École Supérieure de Gestion PGSM in Paris.

Mihai’s concept behind fashion is both jovial yet serious.

Mihai parallels a man’s search for clothing to a search for a lifetime partner.

The garment should be rare—unique collector’s pieces—that accompany him on his life journey.

Consequently the items are “evolutive”; that is, they follow the man’s transformation throughout as he progresses through the different stages.

Interestingly the past 2010 autumn/winter collection began at childhood (see pictures 1-3).

As a travel diary, each season corresponds to a progressive stage of life.

Twenty (2) Too collections drawl their inspiration from both urban jungles and Romanian peasant life.

The collections are ironic in that they combine street wear with traditional tailoring.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Twenty (2) Too.

March 29, 2011

Alexander Wang: a Californian in New York

Born and raised in San Francisco, this native Californian moved to the New York City at the age of 18.

There, he attended Parsons School of Design and by his sophomore year he was already creating his own collections.

Since his first full collection in 2005, Alexander has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. His flagship store is located in Soho of New York.

The 2011 spring/summer collection is ideal for guys who love to wear sweatshirts and shorts with ample room but not looking like they just got back from the gym.

Have a look at the collection here.

Photos Copyright Alexander Wang.

Enrico Coveri—a Family Affair

Enrico Coveri launched his eponymous label in 1973 with his debut collection showing on the runways of Milan. Undergirding successive collections, the debut abounded in color, chrome, and prints.

In 1990 Enrico passed away at the young age of 38 and his sister, Silvana, took the helm as Managing Director.

In 1996 Silvana’s son, Francesco Martini Coveri, came onboard as Creative Director. But fashion was not new for Francesco—he had been raised in his uncle’s studio for years.

Francesco is eclectic: a lover of basketball, music, photography, and model cars.

Equally solar in color to Francesco’s spirit, the Enrico Coveri 2011 spring/summer collection is rich in lively pastels and very Italian in look, feel, and design.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Enrico Coveri.

March 28, 2011

Hackett London—AID to Earthquake Victims in Japan

Hackett London Launches ‘Hope’ Polo Shirt to Aid Victims of the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan.

On Friday 11th March 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and destructive tsunami caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing and millions more affected by the lack of water, electricity and transportation.

Hackett London is launching a limited edition polo shirt to help the victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami with all profits being donated to the Japan Society “Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund”. The polo shirt has been designed with traditional Japanese embroidery of the cherry blossom which is an emblem of love and affection. The declaration of ‘Hope’ is embroidered on the polo in English and Japanese characters, highlighting the belief in a positive outcome from such a disastrous and tragic act of nature.

Hackett is also installing a ‘Hackett supports Japan’ window display in several UK and international stores to promote the ‘Hope’ polo and donations to the Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

Hackett London arrived in Japan two years ago and since then the brand has been well accepted within Japanese society. Hackett has always been pleased about how much the Japanese appreciate the classic Britishness of Hackett and Jeremy Hackett (Co-founder and Chairman). With Japan’s welcoming and optimistic nature, it has felt like home for the brand which just emphasizes Hackett’s desire to help the country at this time of need. Nevertheless, Hackett is convinced that with the enduring determination, courage and strength that Japan has shown in past events, they will return reinforced and stronger than ever from this situation.

The Japan Society’s Chairman Christopher Purvis CBE says: “We are most grateful to Hackett London for this initiative in support of the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund. While the world watches with deep sadness, we know through our Japanese friend’s resilience and the generous donations from the Hackett London “Hope” polo shirt we will help to support the recovery and rebuild of so many livelihoods and communities”.

The polo shirt is available in classic navy and also in white and is manufactured from 100% cotton pique. Priced at £49/€60 the shirt will be available in Hackett stores worldwide and online at Hackett from the end of April, with the option to pre- order in stores or register your interest on-line.

The Japan Society is the leading body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship. With a history stretching back to 1891, its members are committed to promoting deep and lasting understanding between our two countries.

Click here for more images.

Photos & text Copyright Hackett.

March 27, 2011

Luca Larenza Seizes the Day in “Carpe Diem”

Two thousand years ago, a Roman poet by the name of Ovid, who, in a hymn to youth, invited man to seize the moment and enjoy what life has to offer.

Young Italian designer, Luca Larenza, portrays the protagonist of his 2011 autumn/winter campaign as young man immersed in a dreamlike atmosphere, a dreamer himself but attached to his roots and a lover of tradition.

Luca seizes the day with garments like maxi cardigans in baby alpaca, sartorial wool and cotton jackets, and items of special dye effects, all of which create a rugged mood of elegance from other times.

See more images here.

Photos Copyright
Luca Larenza.

March 25, 2011

Trunk Club—Painless Shopping for Men

Some men equate clothes shopping with the pain that is inflicted in a cardiac catheterization. Some men would rather pass a kidney stone before hitting the local mall.

Then, again, there are other men who enjoy shopping for clothes, but their busy schedules just will not permit it.

Well, if you fit into either category but need to look your best for work and play, there is new hope—Trunk Club.

Trunk Club lays out five easy steps for you to look your best and with the least amount of fuss:

1. Talk With Your Trunk Club Expert
Have a brief conversation on the phone or over email with your expert stylist about your clothing needs and preferences.

2. Receive A “Trunk” Of Clothes Picked Just For You
Receive a trunk via FedEx filled with outfits, hand-selected for you by your expert from our inventory. Shipping is free both ways.

3. Try Everything On
Your expert is available anytime to answer questions about outfitting and discuss feedback on what works for you. It’s easy for us to follow up on new sizes or styles.

4. Return Anything You Don’t Want
A pre-paid FedEx label is included in every trunk. Return shipping is free: You only pay for the clothes you keep.

5. Request New Clothes Anytime
We get better at serving you over time as we get to know you. Just give your expert a call or drop a quick email when you’d like to see new options. Same deal always applies: Keep only what you like, free shipping both ways.

What’s important, you will receive lots of advice in your selections so that you not only look “together” but also in style.

See a few more images here.

Photos Copyright Trunk Club.

March 24, 2011

Sergio Dávila—the Designer of the 3 Americas!

Peruvian designer Sergio Dávila is a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Motivated by drive and passion, Sergio defines his inspiration as “the style of the men from the three Americas.”

Already nominee and winner of several prestigious awards, Sergio has been showing his collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Photos Copyright Sergio Dávila.

DIMITRICHRIS for Modasuite

A Vintage Inspired Reinvention of the Classic White Shirt
Modasuite is proud to present a limited edition capsule collection specially created by LG Fashion Week designer DIMITRICHRIS.

Taking inspiration from the 1930s and vintage sports, DIMITRICHRIS takes the most important piece in a man’s wardrobe, the white shirt, and veers it in a less serious and yet sophisticated direction.
The three shirts that are part of this capsule are versatile, practical and quintessential to any spring and summer wardrobe.

The Signature Patch Pocket Shirt
Achieved through an infusion of 1930s elegance, this shirt was designed as a reinvention of the minimal white shirt.

The hidden placket provides its modernity and the patch pocket in the paisley print, its sense of humor—both being distinctive touch of DIMITRICHRIS’ designs.

The Raglan Shirt
This shirt borrows its styling influences from classic American varsity sports.
Built as an overall modern white shirt with a slim collar and a hidden placket at the front, it’s the contrast raglan sleeves that provide its athletic touch.

This is an item to be worn just like a men’s favorite baseball jersey.

The Summer Paisley Shirt
Vintage inspired details mixed with today’s minimalist design elements makes this shirt a statement piece.

About Dimitri Chris
Birth of a passion and the entrance to a new world... Born and raised in Montreal, Dimitri Chris was immersed in fashion at a very young age. His mother being a seamstress, Dimitri learnt about the art of creating and grew fond of making outfits for his sister’s dolls.
After leaving Montreal at the age of 13 for Europe, he decided to pursue his love and passion for fashion by studying at the International Academy of Design.

Dimitri Chris started his adventure by working for a large manufacturer in Montreal. Quickly, Dimitri Chris went back to his sketchbooks and launched his ready to wear collection under the name DIMITRICHRIS.

Since then, he has presented at both Montreal and Toronto Fashion Weeks as well as being one of the only Canadian designers to be invited to the prestigious Pitti Uomo in Florence.
His collections illustrate the designer’s personal trademark style where both tailor and couture are transported to the modern man.

See a few more images here or watch the video.

Special Collaboration DIMITRI CHRIS x MODASUITE (Spring Summer 2011) from Modasuite on Vimeo

Photos & text Copyright Modasuite.

Pica-Post by OiPolloi

Pica-Post is a new, twice-yearly publication showcasing the best clothing and footwear from OiPolloi’s perspective.

Best described as an extension of their popular online feature, Deck-Out, Pica-Post features the familiar, irreverent tone that runs throughout OiPolloi.

Illustration is a key element, with contributions from previous OiPolloi collaborator Ben Lamb.

Additional insight into the products featured comes from essays entitled ‘Bufallo Bill and the Salford Sioux’, ‘Even God Wears Khaki’….

See more snapshots from the publication here.

Photos & text Copyright Pica-Post.

March 23, 2011

Rockadelic Shoes at SXSW Music Festival

Rockadelic attended the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, last week, setting up shop at the Express Rocks! Music Lounge at Cedar Door restaurant.

A perfect audience for the new men’s shoe brand, Rockadelic hosted a slew of musicians, bands, DJs and many more in their booth, with a tremendously positive response.

New fans of Rockadelic included Asher Roth, Cisco Adler, Diplo, Skylar Grey, Jamie Burke and his band Burke, Blue October, Benny Blanco, Flosstradamus, Blaqstarr, Kevin Devine, Caveman, Kill It Kid, DJ Kaskade, DJ Yoda (UK), Foster the People, The Antlers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bowling for Soup, Chappo, Black Lips, Neon Trees, The Sounds, DJ Felix Cartal, Peelander-Z, Great Lake Swimmers, Twin Atlantic, The Death Set, The Click Clack Boom, Sick of Sarah, Miguel, and many more.

Styles on display at the lounge included the popular Lick sneaker-boot, Deuce slip-on, Sunday slip-on boot, Riff slip-on loafer, and Explosion slip-on.

About Rockadelic
Launched in 2010 by Founder and Creative Director Alison Muskat, Rockadelic is an edgy, modern footwear brand with a perfect mix of experimentation.

Rockadelic shoes feature fashion-forward styling and a high level of quality and detailing that is unprecedented at a contemporary price-point.

Rockadelic was created for a guy who loves denim but sometimes has to trade in his jeans for a suit, and his Rockadelic shoes allow him to inject his look with just the right amount of attitude and rebellion.

Laid-back designs, unique style re-interpretations and a rock n’ roll attitude make up the DNA of the collection.

A worn out yet never worn feel, hand-treated leathers, unexpected materials, modern taste for color and sleek, stylistic and casually hip patterns and attention down to the last detail are the foundations of this.

Check out some more images here.

Photos & text Copyright Rockadelic.

Christian Westphal Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

Rich in details, the 2011 autumn/winter collection by Christian Westphal is full of surprises. As with last year’s collection, the silhouette is slim, elegant, and refined.

A predominant trend that permeates the collection is asymmetry, as seen—for example—with the button-up pant fly.

In addition to several geometric shirt collars, notice how several outerwear garments pose an asymmetrical collar that swoops down to the side—very reminiscent of the Chinese robes worn in the Han Dynasty.

While several jackets bear hints of the tuxedo, Christian metamorphosizes the pea coat, the tailcoat, and the smock into fashionable formalwear that is casual enough for any social occasion.

Emotions are heightened by only a mere splash of color, as matted fabrics are juxtaposed with shinier materials.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Christian Westphal.

March 22, 2011

Pudel Spring/Summer 2011

The key words of Swedish designer Lina Österman for her 2011 spring/summer collection are streetwear grunge, which encounters the rock culture!

The collection is largely denim of assorted washes. Colors veer towards blue and green.
Lina founded Pudel in 2005.

Check out images as the two cultures meet here.

Photos Copyright Pudel.

Ellesse Heritage Launches Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

For this Spring/Summer season, Ellesse introduce us to a sporting sartorial treat with their Italian retro specific sportswear collection inspired by a glamorous heritage and a desire to always look better than the opposition.

Ellesse was conceived in 1959 in Perugia, Italy, and founded by charismatic tailor and personality Leonardo Servadio—the brand has been deliberately and stylishly blurring the boundaries between fashion and sportswear ever since.

Specializing in ski and tennis wear, Ellesse was recognized as one of the world’s most eminent sport brands; a marriage of bold exciting contemporary designs, juxtaposed with its innate sense of history.

Never wavering from its heritage, yet never compromising on the modern trend.

This SS11 heritage range is the Ellesse strong response to the four re-issued heritage pieces launched in November 2010 – both collections marking the brand’s re-launch into the UK.

The collection features a number of iconic looks including the Ellesse polo shirts buttoned to the top, classic zipper track tops and a modern take on the traditional tennis shorts and slipovers.

With a mixture of both pastel and block coloring, there is a recognizable element of nostalgia running throughout the collection.

The casuals will rejoice and the new breed will be gob smacked—this is vibrancy with the Italian Paninaro aesthetic thrown in for good measure.

A strong use of cerulean and citrus shades enhances the stripe and graphic prints, giving a knowing nod to the global trends of spring/summer 2011.

The brand’s globally renowned logo has become a symbol of true sportswear grandeur with strong and recognizable design aesthetic that continues to be worn with pride from the playing field to the high street.

The mood is high octane and phantasmagorically colorful, truly Italian, VERY eighties; it defines the summer months; it’s all about winning, hedonism and casual classicism but always correct and elegant.

The words on the campaign images, “Sport della Vita,” translate as ‘Life’s Sports’. See the campaign images here.

Photos & text Copyright Ellesse, Courtesy Sane Communications.

aussiebum New Range of Underwear: Man!

aussieBum’s New-Age Approach to Underwear
‘A redefined, refined brief for a stripped back shape that is sexy and strong’ Global men’s lifestyle brand aussieBum announces its latest range, ‘Man’, a whole new, raw approach to men’s underwear.

Highly refined, but low maintenance, this range contours the body for the wearer who wants a superior shape and uncomplicated comfort and to be left feeling polished and powerful.

‘Man’ is a redefined, refined version of brief underwear that is stripped of heavy banding, classically masculine and timelessly sexy.

‘Man’ has a supportive fabric, yet is light to the touch. The new age ‘Man’ is no myth down under. He makes a statement simply and comfortably in his own skin.

Says aussieBum founder, Sean Ashby, “There is so much unnecessary analysis and discussion out there about who the new age man is and the lengths he’s supposed to go to evolve, but it really doesn’t have to be that complicated for a man to be sexy, strong and refined. Our new range, ‘Man’ is the next generation of men’s brief that has been specifically designed with lightweight, supportive fabric for ultimate comfort. Its form fitting cut is free from loud branding or extra bells and whistles. The underwear is there to complement - rather than distract from - the man that is wearing it.”

Product Specifics
‘Man’ comes in two color options, white and charcoal, and is available in sizes XS – XXL. It is made from a perfect blend of yarns of Cotton, Elastine and Polyester for that combination of comfort, stretch, durability and aesthetic.

See a few more images of the range here.

Photos & text Copyright aussiebum.

March 21, 2011

Black Volta by A. Sauvage

After an eleven year absence, British designer Adrien Sauvage revisits Ghana. Black Volta, his most recent collection, captures the carefree spirit and assertive independence of the Ghanaian society.

The economical and political interrelationship between Africa and Europe is examined through his use of point and shoot photography, which examines the construction of identity.

This has further been channeled into Adrien’s 000-1.00011 collection where extracted segments from African cloths and textiles, such as Kente, discreetly furnish the articles.

The single narrative thread of his portrait photography, which sees natives dressed in the Black Volta collection, explores his relationships with family, friends and people from then neighborhood.

By revisiting his heritage a new story begins yet the collection builds on the same principle of perfecting cut, concentrating on fit and adding pieces to the range as season and need demands.

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Meanings of the colors in Kente cloth:

Black—maturation, intensified spiritual energy
Blue—peacefulness, harmony and love
Green—vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal
Gold—royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity
Grey—healing and cleansing rituals
Purple—associated with feminine aspects of life
Silver—serenity, purity, joy
White—purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
Yellow—preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility

See the images here.

Photos Copyright A. Sauvage.

March 20, 2011

Etexeberria & “the Skin I Live in”

Following the latest film by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, “the Skin I live in,” Etxeberria has prepared a collection for autumn/Winter 2011 entitled “La piel que habito” (‘the Skin I live in’).

Based in Barcelona, this Basque designer, Roberto López Etxebarria, was born 1976 in Eibar, Guipúzcoa.

British in spirit and geometric in shape, Etxeberria’s autumn/winter 2011 collection won the L’Oreal prize at Cibeles Fashion Week in Madrid this year.

Have a look at the collection here.

Photos Copyright Etxeberria.

Jaime Mesa and Silvia Gallego—Newcomers but not Novices

At Cibeles Fashion Week in Madrid, two more newcomers to the fashion scene debuted their latest 2011 autumn/winter collection; namely, Columbian designer Jaime Mesa and Silvia Gallego from Bilbao.

After two semesters of Fashion Design at Universidad del área andina in Bogotá, Jaime arrived in Spain to his studies at Instituto Europeo de Diseño in Bilbao.

Graduating in Law from Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Silvia entered INEDI to study Fashion and Style Design.

For autumn/winter 2011, Jaime Mesa and Silvia Gallego have prepared a dark, gothic silhouette with an eye to futurism.
Check out the collection here.

March 19, 2011

Cati Serrà, Majorca & the Sea

Born 1986 in Majorca, Spain, Cati Serrà went on to graduate from Barcelona’s ESDI in Fashion Design and the University of Southampton, England.

Sparing no time whatsoever, Cati’s collections have already walked the runways of Cibeles Fashion Week in Madrid.

Inspired by her childhood surroundings, for spring/summer 2011 Cati takes men back to their primal beginnings where life first sprouted to life—the sea.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Cati Serrà.

March 18, 2011

Adam’s Rib and Walrus Tusks: El Colmillo de Morsa

Designed by Jordi Espino and Elisabeth Vallecillo, Spanish label El Colmillo de Morsa has prepared a 2011 autumn/winter collection entitled “La costilla de Adán”—‘Adam’s Rib’.

El Colmillo de Morsa has prepared a 2011 autumn/winter collection entitled “La costilla de Adán—Adam’s Rib.

The name of the label, Walrus Tusk, is somewhat of a metaphor in that the walrus is not a particularly beautiful animal but possesses very precious teeth.

Based in Barcelona, Jordi Espino is a graduate of the city’s Escola superior de Disseny and Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

Jordi draws his inspiration from the North, primitivism, and the depths of emotion.

Have a look at more images here.

Photos Copyright El Colmillo de Morsa.

D.S. Dundee 2011 Spring/Summer Campaign

Eager to see how the D.S.DUNDEE man keeps himself busy for the warmer half of the year?

While the weather's still making its mind up you need the versatility of a fine cotton knit which adds a layer of luxurious warmth for the chillier days and lets you breathe when things warm up.

Knitted in Scotland from the finest Egyptian long-staple cotton the cardigan features contrast placket, pocket jets, body and cuff tipping.

We’ve also knitted the same yarn into a fine v-neck sweater.

See the rest of the campaign here.

Photos & text Copyright D.S. Dundee.

March 17, 2011

More New Sexy Faces at Timoteo

Photographer Allen Zaki just completed a photo shoot for Timoteo with Matthew Smith, who is new to the modeling world.

Standing at 6 feet 2 .5 inches (1.89 meters), Matthew is originally from Colorado but now lives in Los Angeles.

Only 21 years old, Matthew is represented by Pinkerton Models.

Timoteo is designed by Timoteo Ocampo in Los Angeles.
See more shots of this new model in Timoteo swimwear here.

Photos Copyright Timoteo.

March 16, 2011

Asger Juel Larsen: So Who is Uncle Sam?

For 2011 autumn/winter, Asger Juel Larsen draws inspiration from a historical figure who, later, became personification of the US government.

During the War of 1812 between the US and the British Empire, a meatpacker by the name of Samuel Wilson supplied beef to the US army in barrels that were stamped with “U.S.” but the soldiers jokingly labeled them as from “Uncle Sam.”

Soon the nickname caught on and anything labeled “U.S.” was considered Uncle Sam’s! Images of Uncle Sam started appearing as an elderly man with goatee dressed in the colors of the US flag.

To this image, Asger combines some Native American motifs, 19th-century army uniforms, and other symbols.

See the shots here.

Photos by Ellis Scott & text, Copyright Asger Juel Larsen.

Asger Juel Larsen 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection “Uncle Sam”

Asger Juel Larsen’s autumn/winter collection is the finest testament of the unique aesthetic he’s become renowned for, continuing his apocalyptic path through the past with a stylish tale that takes inspiration from the playful, powerful and deceptive in the American dream.

Asger’s childhood fascination with the 1860s enlightened him to the utopian ideals of modern living that soon exposed and invited the conflict of cultures. The collection “Uncle Sam” embodies this clash, illustrating the playful times of a ‘wild’ and earthy America with the federal and uniform side of battle. With all his collections, a modern taste is also fused into the mix with Gothic, mechanical, and industrial backbone to the landscape that Asger inhabits so well.

The character template of the collection is a mix of personas, from native Indian chiefs to a U.S federal officer, and even a craft mechanic with tendencies to fetishism. The fluxing between past and present hybrids an alluring sense of androgyny with prints of heritage. Exaggerated Victorian collars and funnel necks engulf half of the head; jackets surgically corset the body in an asymmetric manner; and melted rust and other industrial colored jeans reflect a city-weathered traveler.
There’s a playful and powerful vulnerability, which is only heightened through the mixture of soft and hard fabrics, from cashmere and wool to leather and tough Japanese denim. The boots were designed in collaboration with British rock n roll footwear brand Underground, giving an even heavier print to the runway.

An eye-catching element of the collection is the sprinkling of stars that hide or pounce on the eye. They’re a twisted interpretation of the American flag, with a Gothic and ‘clockwork orange’ vibe that illustrates something beautiful but broken: a mood that embodies Asger’s thoughts on the American dream. Asger’s Gothic aesthetic continues to evolve and excite with this new collection highlighting a wonderful dark magic in his eye.

Check out the collection here.

March 15, 2011

Men’s Trend Report F/W 2011

Season Trend Theme Men's Apparel: F/W 2011-12. "Synergy" marks a new era of pragmatism, simplicity and efficiency, as a fresh model for living is sought across the globe, after decades of excess and heady capitalism. Innovative design meets a Scandinavian aesthetic for precision and minimalism that retains a sense of warmth and homeliness. The traditions and architecture of the Nordic States inspires contemporary looks. The "Synergy" trend forecast presents many opportunities to inspire and to be directed into seasonal phases as seen in this report. Presented on WeConnectFashion, courtesy of

Synergy: Seasonal Trend Inspiration

Phase 1: Regeneration
Influenced by contemporary, functional architecture, Regeneration’s ethos is inspired by the innovation and originality integral to the Nordic States. Urban spaces, lifestyle and fashion are rejuvenated. Casual cool styling mixes clever classics with an eccentric twist. A clean, minimal geek chic persona ensues, exuding the now world famous Scandinavian cool.

Top heavy silhouettes are reoccurring, androgynous option; wide shoulder jackets are paired with ultra skinny slacks. Deliberate insouciant styling sees voluminous jackets and excessive layers pulled together with drawstring waists or mismatched narrow belts.

Fine tailoring meets casual comfort dressing; rolled-up tapered trousers are worn with long-line masculine fit t-shirts, and cropped box jackets. The simplicity of draped jersey separates is lifted by zipped panels and buttons added sporadically and unevenly to create bunched effects. In denim collections, subtle sandblasting and Atari denim with selective fading at the ridges of creases gives a quiet urban edge.

Key words: casual tailoring; geek-chic styling; dip dye effect; minimal utility designs; jersey long sleeved tops; blurred northern lights inspired tones; simple urban t-shirt designs; layered 2 in 1 cardi shirts; traditional knitwear with an industrial twist; clean cut tailoring.

Key words: Scandinavian cool; voluminous jersey pants; tapered leg designs; smart geek chic styling; sandblasted, faded denim; utilitarian combat trousers.

Key words: classic blazer styles with an eccentric twist; casual tailoring; urban greys; faded denim jackets; two-tone heavy jackets; military inspired industrial work wear; zipped pockets; wide shoulder jackets; boiled wool.

Phase 2: Collectivism
Contemporary design and innovative techniques fuse with traditional handicrafts and prints for a harmonious collective collaboration. The recovery of community spirit and united efforts is the underlying philosophy of the trend. Cue an aesthetic that juxtaposes radical handicrafts with customization, mismatched ensembles and digitalized Scandinavian patterns.

Thrown together styling sees androgynous outsized sweaters and coatigans combine with extreme paper bag waists and loose-fit jeans. Obsessively decorated garments and accessories use macramé, outsized graphic appliqués and unfinished hems.

For menswear, extreme texture contrasts and contemporary patchworks add interest. Free style crochet, laser cutting and punched leather add an extreme old-fashioned meets high fashion dimension. An eclectic aesthetic continues into denim collections, with randomly placed pockets and patches attributing to a handcrafted look. Twisted seams and rough stitch details further add to the beautifully imperfect, haphazard theme.

Key words: chunky knitwear; eclectic styling; diverse color palette; androgynous styling; simple, honest design; extreme handicraft; revived & repaired garments; cross stitch detail; print heavy; owl iconography.

Key words: checks & gingham prints; contemporary patchwork designs; restored element; customisation; panelled patch sections; boyfriend fit trousers & jeans; old meets new styling; comfortable casual fit; neutral colour palette.

Key words: haphazard tailoring; frayed edges; outsized box shaped jackets; wool & lightweight contrasting fabrics; heavy prints & embroidery; warm, folk style patterns & prints; chunky coatigans.

Phase 3: Resolve
As we look to the Nordic States for inspiration on new economic, social and environmental models, a renewed emphasis is placed on a pared down, minimal yet luxurious aesthetic. A marked return to comfort and function sees non-sporty basics and luxury loungewear perfect the theme, with silk jersey and cashmere in warming neutral, tonal hues. The theme layers differing textures for a three-dimensional quality; laser printed silk and satins combine with other glossy hi-tech finishes. Clean lines sit adjacent to dramatic draped cowl necks and fine jersey snoods.

Volume is controlled: shape is formed from wide carrot-shaped trousers, dropped shoulders and sack tops. Sustainable fabrics are integral to the trend; sasawashi, soya based fabrics and silk bamboo accompany other soft, woolen textures.

In denim, the loose silhouette continues. Dropped crotches, wide legs and tapered hems turn jeans into a comfortable, casual garment. Jumpsuits are light-weight and worn with outsized hooded sweaters and cocoon-like coatigans.

Key words: comfortable casual loungewear; silk jersey fabric; icey pastel colour palette; luxe layering options; cowl necks; soft draping effects; loose, free fall silhouettes.

Key words: soft, slouchy designs; sustainable materials; rolled up hems; comfortable casual styling; wide leg pants; loose silhouettes; extreme denim fading; minimal designs with a luxurious feel; carrot-shaped trousers; lightweight playsuits & all in ones.

Key words: luxe layering options; outsized jackets; long line silhouettes; warm winter coats; soft woollen textures; blazer inspired outerwear; slouchy draped neck; controlled volume; hi-tech finishes.

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March 14, 2011

Bruno Cucinelli—A Tribute to Asia

I thought the words of Bruno Cucinelli were an appropriate tribute and homage amidst the tragic scenes we have all been watching in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan—one of Asia’s jewels.

“You, oh Asia, so far away yet close, land of nomads, of emperors and monks, and worked by persistent farmers and myths, land of bold warriors and sophisticated thinkers, where spirituality is in the soul of everyone, free and loyal only to the heart.

How many people in the history of the West have dreamed of your moon-lit silver shores, your fabulous seas populated by monstrous fish, your mountains and valleys that hide gardens of eternal spring, windy prairies where your scattered clouds weave a kind of white wool that I do not know; where entire underground entire armies deployed for the war seem to shout and, in the sky about the tree of life, disquieted shamans fly to capture evil souls and render balance to the spirit!

How many have told tales of fantastic animals and ancient dinosaurs—today’s colored paper dragons that come to life each year amidst the glow of bright lanterns in the night lit by fireworks! How many people have dreamed under your kites that fill the sky and trembled with emotion in the circus before the bodies of folded gymnasts as arcs of acacia wood under the canopy of a huge tent!

How many have followed without hope the patient secret of fine porcelain, the mysteries of the daily rites transformed in prayer, the windy silences of high solitary monasteries, the charm of the inconceivable, the strength of what is tenuous, and the painted alphabet where each letter is a word of art and a miracle of nature.

And you, oh Asia, so shy and indomitable, gentle and wild, have looked to us just as eager to learn, to love, to build, to work, to live. You have welcomed our weary travelers and have not spared them your treasures; you opened the doors of your city and you have let them enter your forbidden city without being able to understand its mystery hidden in the red and gold of splendor and in the white of the eyes of every fugitive subject.

You wanted to know about our religions, accepting them all with spirituality, so diverse but no less profound or true than others—spirituality free and rich in sap that does not die.

You were not afraid, you have not lost yourself. You just desired, transfusing the blood of peoples so far, men who will try again today one by one among the doors of the new world in the new space where the great meets the minute as an immense and quiet flow of one of the great rivers: flowing water, the ocean around the world.

It really is a great spiritual river that joins the beaches today of the East and West, a brother river, which seems slow and thoughtful, mobile and faithful, harmonized to the nobility of the earth.

Spreading and fertile river, mixing the seeds with the seeds of a new world, so diverse from what had just been lived that we can hardly guess it so we look at it with eyes that dream.”

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Bruno Cucinelli, translation by Francesco.

March 12, 2011

Davidelfín Autumn/Winter 2011 “Diogenes Syndrome”

The Diogenes syndrome, which can also be called senile squalor syndrome, was noted in 1966 as a disorder that is characterized by self-neglect, anti-social behavior, hoarding, and other such compulsions

The disorder derived its name from the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope (modern-day Turkey)—a Cynic and minimalist.

Diogenes was bold character, who never feared going against the grain or attacking corruption.

He finally moved to the big metropolis of Athens to defy the city-state system, advocating the return to the simplicity of nature.

His name has since resurfaced throughout the millennia in literature, art, and now fashion!

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Davidelfin.

Davidelfín Spring/Summer 2011 “Tautology”

David Elfín entered the world of fashion through painting, which permeates every collection.

When the label was created in 2001 by Bimba Bosé; Deborah, Gorka, and Diego Postigo; and David Elfín, the team based it on the media of photography, architecture, and video as they seek to heighten the emotions of their audience.

For spring/summer 2011, Davidelfin has prepared a collection entitled “Tautology.”

The Free Online Dictionary defines ‘tautology’ as:

a. Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.
b. An instance of such repetition.
2. Logic An empty or vacuous statement composed of simpler statements in a fashion that makes it logically true whether the simpler statements are factually true or false; for example, the statement Either it will rain tomorrow or it will not rain tomorrow.

Have a look at the collection here.

Photos Copyright Davidelfin.

Francis Montesinos—Still Pulling out the Surprises!

Francis Montesinos Gil was born 1950 in Valencia, Spain, and has worked in a wide spectrum of fields, including cinema, ballet, theater, graphic design, perfume, and fashion.

His works draw heavy on Spanish folklore and its Mediterranean roots as he reinterprets and personalizes them to suit modern society.

See the collection here.

Photo Copyright Getty Images, Used with Permission by

March 11, 2011

Roberto Verino—the Picasso of Spanish Fashion

(Manuel) Roberto Verino was born 1945 in Verín, Ourense, Spain, and began showing his collections at Madrid’s Cibeles just two years after having studied Fine Arts and Business in Paris.

Now nearly 30 years later, Roberto has received awards like best designer of Spain and has launched a line of eyewear, as well as fragrances, watches, ceramics, and wines.

Simple and sophisticated, Roberto Verino designs are infused with romance and culture.

Noteworthy is Verino’s guiding principle in life—the words of Picasso: “Inspiration is very important but it should find you hard at work when it arrives.”

Check out the autumn/winter 2011 collection here.

Photos Copyright Getty Images, Used

Devota & Lomba at Cibeles Madrid

Devota and Modesto Lomba are not new to the fashion scene but rather launched their career in 1986, going on to win numerous awards.

After the death of Luis Devota, Modesto carried the baton entering into men’s under garments and swimwear.

Devota and Lomba can be characterized by architecture, deconstruction, and a dark palette with dashes of color that highlight detail.

See the autumn/winter 2011 collection here.

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Victorio & Lucchino and the Soul of Seville

The label Victorio & Lucchino embraces the spirit of Andalusia where it was born, a crossroads of Christian, Arab, and Jewish cultures.

Victorio & Lucchino was founded by José Víctor Rodríguez Caro and José Luis Medina del Corral during the 1970’s when Seville was undergoing an artistic revival, which is characterized by this fashion label.

See the 2011 autumn/winter collection here.

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March 10, 2011

ANNTIAN Autumn/Winter 2011 “Crystal Inside”

“Crystal Inside” carries away from cold, icy winter days outside with crystal clear air and gives in the longing for coziness and comfort -for being inside.

The Interior of one’s home is in focus now—there are all these things that make you feel at home and comfortable that allows you to contemplate.

Objects you’ve come across over the years and that happened to be beloved ones. Things of no real value, just full of “meaning”, thoughts and memories of your own... Pillows, books, rugs and blankets, plants, stoles, tea & pastries...

On this basis graphic elements of the collection are inspired by ornaments, patterns of rugs, crystals, geometric arrangements to be found in “still lifes”.

Colors are earthy, brown tones, black and white, plus strong highlights like red and pale neon green, accompanied by a fresh pale blue.

Patterns are based on the approach of “involving” blankets and scarves in garments and silhouettes - patterns developed out of “wrapped” blankets.

The composition: series of wool coats, jackets and trousers…some printed jerseys, and an ensemble of knit, being important in the line.

Alongside the clothing line the collection includes pillows, blankets, rugs, printed porcelain dishes & tea sets, plus the crystal-porcelain jewelry line and the winter boot.

See the whole collection here.

Photos & text Copyright ANNTIAN.

March 9, 2011

L.G.R RAW Limited Edition

The Raw limited edition is the combination of a rough, unpolished frame with a sophisticated polarized lens, developed exclusively for L.G.R.

The visual contrast can be seen through the combination of the dark opaque frames and deep blue mirrored lenses.

Offering the latest techniques in mineral glass production, this collection makes for a unique eyewear experience.

The collection consists of 4 models, presented all together in an elegant black leather case. Each style is limited to 100 pieces.

The distinctive element of this limited edition is the “L.G.R Pola.Neophan” lenses, which were specifically developed for L.G.R.

Neophan lenses were invented in the 1940’s for fighter pilots, in order to increase the vision’s perception of color and the contrast of image (color enhancement).

This is possible through the chemical element neodymium, which is added to the fusion of glass.
It allows light transmission to be selectively filtered, therefore enhancing certain colors and contrast.

Check out the models here.

Photos & text Copyright L.G.R.

van Laack—130 Years of Tailor-Made Excellence

The van Laack label was established in 1881 by Heinrich van Laack and two partners who had a vision to produce luxury shirts.

By the 1920’s van Laack shirts had already forged the way to a reputation of “the royal shirt.”

Since that time the company has been acquire by Heinrich Hoffman in 1953 and Christian von Daniels in 2002.

Now, van Laack is sold in over 50 countries!

Have a look at more images here.

Photos Copyright van Laack.

March 8, 2011

Heutchy—A Nice Story about Shoes…and More

Heutchy is the brainchild of Wells Stelberger, who aims at designing timeless footwear for men, who desire attire-appropriate shoes for any time of the day.

Wells draws inspiration from the photos of Bruce Davidson, who in the 50’s captured the life and times of young Brooklyn boys.

Several designers that appear on Men’s Fashion by Francesco collaborate with Heutchy, such as Timo Weiland, Shipley and Halmos, and Native Son.

The name Heutchy is the last name of Wells’ maternal grandfather, whom he never met but wishes to honor through this line.

See the entire line here.

Photos spring/summer 2001 collection , Copyright Heutchy, Courtesy CJ Swanton PR.

Want to Look Sexy as an Aussie: Try Tribe!

After years of research, Tribe was launched in 2008 as an underwear label that would make men look sexy and masculine, all the while feeling soft and comfortable.

Since the underwear line resembled swimwear, Tribe launched their line of swim suits a year later.

Now, this 100% Aussie brand has launched a collection of swimwear for spring/summer 2011 that should be a major hit in the Europe!

The collection ranges from simple geometric styles to Hawaiian patterns, all in several cuts.

The swim shorts with the contrasting waistband are particularly fun for the beach, but as a competitive swimmer my favorites are the swim briefs!
Have a look at more sexy swimwear here.

Photos Copyright Tribe.

March 6, 2011

Davide Lamma for Barboni di Lusso

For autumn/winter 2011, Barboni di Lusso shoots a hoop with Italian basketball player, Davide Lamma—capitan of the team Fortitudo Bologna.

Sitting in an old train shed somewhere in the countryside of Reggio, Davide is sitting on an abbandoned train waiting to depart on a trip.

The collection consists of thick chunky wool pullovers, woolen jackets and coats with an urban flair, and torn discolored sweatshirts and t-shirts, all of which personalize the streetbumb’s look.

Barboni di Lusso—metropolitan dreamers that want the luxury to choose.

Photo Copyright Barboni di Lusso, Courtesy S2B.

Ray Vincente 2011 Autumn/Winter Concept Shoot

Designing since 1983, Ray Brown launched his menswear collection called “Ray Vincente Eclectic” in 2009.

I met Ray for the first time a year ago at Washington DC Fashion Week, and I have been following his collections ever since.

For autumn/winter 2011, Ray Vincente lives up to its name—Eclectic!

The collection is rich in plaids and throws a 1970’s twist.

See the collection here.

Photos Copyright Ray Vincente.

March 5, 2011

Selected Homme Spring/Summer 2011

The brand Selected Homme is represented by two strong lines: Selected Homme and Selected Jeans.

Selected Homme is the exclusive line grounded in the classic art of tailoring. The lines vary from a formal business look to a trendy expression.

Elegant with an edge. The classic look is combined with modern details to create a personal style. The expression is sophisticated and bold – for the man who goes for a striking take on the classic look.

Cool business. The collection is exclusive and represents the classic business expression. Elegant and masculine in a well dressed and traditional way—for the choosy man who uses the suit as a professional attitude.

Selected Jeans is the casual line of the brand. The style is laid-back and various from an understated sporty expression to a raw image.

Raw attitude. Forget everything about looking nice. The style is relaxed and raw—masculine in the random way —for the guy who deliberately goes for the messy rock image.

Classic casual. Relaxed in a cool way. The expression exudes an understated attitude, a nice and well balanced man who knows how to look well dressed, yet relaxed.

About Selected
Selected is part of Bestseller, a family-owned clothing company founded in Denmark in 1975.

The Selected brand was launched in 1997 for the menswear market and the presence of the brand in 25 countries around the world reveals the strong foothold Selected has gained on the market.

See the collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Selected.

Kent Denim Spring/Summer 2011

For spring/summer 2011, Kent Denim has prepared a casual collection of denim shorts and pants with accompanying tops for a cool, laidback look.

Plaid shirts span a range of colors, sporting contrasting collars and cuffs and fun ways of buttoning up like Norman Rockwell, Robert Frost, and Astros.

For the more casual guy, black enzyme-wash hoodies and tanks with gold logos or basic cotton tees complete the collection.

What’s great about the jeans is that they don’t wear out fast. Choose from Japanese Kuroki denim in assorted vintage washes, raw cone white oak denim in your choice of fit: boot cut fits, relaxed fits, and slim leg fits.
View the collection here.

Photos Copyright Kent Denim.

March 4, 2011

William Brogue to celebrate Esquire’s 20th Anniversary

To celebrate Esquire’s 20th Birthday this month, the UK’s leading online retailer of ‘everyday luxury’ designer fashion has joined forces with traditional English shoe makers Grenson to create an exclusive design of the William Brogue.

The ‘William Brogue’ already exists in the Grenson range as their classic unlined brogue. Lee Douros, Menswear Buyer and Tim Little, Creative Director of Grenson, have taken this classic style and given it a modern reconstruction using two tone suede and contrasting eyelets in a tonal summer colour palette. Unlike a regular ‘Goodyear Welted’ shoe, the unlined brogue has no lining, making it light and easy to wear.

The shoes are made in 4 stages: clicking, closing, lasting and finishing. The first refers to cutting the leather, the second to creating the upper, the third to the moulding of the shape and the fourth to polishing; in all, taking around three weeks to manufacture a pair.

All Grenson shoes are ‘Goodyear Welted’, a process invented in 1800s England which involves the upper part of the shoe being stretched and moulded over the last – a plastic shape that simulates the foot shape – before being attached to the insole of the shoe.

The process is time consuming but the result means that the shoe will keep its shape for many years.

Grenson was founded in 1866 as William Green & Son and abbreviated its name in the 1930s.

It supplied British servicemen during WW2 and its shoes were worn by film stars such as Cary Grant, David Niven and Fred Astaire.

See a few more angles here.

Photos & text Copyright Grenson, Courtesy My Wardrobe.