February 29, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday to Cos!

The brand synonymous as design-led, inventive and creative turns five years old this April.

COS have been laying their own unique path since the launch of the brand on London’s Regent Street five years ago. To celebrate this birthday they have re-released a limited run of five of the classic COS white shirts from both men’s and womenswear.

Read the full article and see the collection at Cos Turns 5.

Photos & text Copyright Cos.

Shades of Blues, Bruised and Beaten ... Amsterdam's Blauw Salute the Beatniks

From the heart of Amsterdam, Scotch & Soda proudly presents its third Amsterdam’s Blauw® denim collection, entitled ‘The Longest Breakfast’.

A line of high quality denims, inspired by Japanese and American denim esthetics, but with its own fresh twist. Scotch & Soda likes to focus on the small details that make the big difference; the denims are so well-constructed, you could almost wear them inside-out.

Read the full article and see the collection at Scotch & Soda – Amsterdam Blauw.

Photo & text Copyright Scotch & Soda.

Pinterest Gains....Pins?

Pinterest was co-founded in 2010 by Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann in California, already attracting 12 million users.

One of the hottest social media topics, Pinterest is projected to rival the others in a short time.

Picture driven, Pinterest allows you to pin photos on your profile according to themes.

But what copyright violations does Pinterest invite?

Well, like all new types of technology, we will have to figure that one out too.

As for the fashion industry, in particular designers, Pinterest can become an effective marketing tool.

In the meantime, happy pinning!

Have a look at my pin-profile at http://pinterest.com/mensfashions/

Will Smart Pants Soon Charge Your Smart Phones?

I found this article interesting and thought to share it with you:

How Your Pants Might Charge Your Phone.

February 28, 2012

Nico Didonna in Southern Italy

I love the designs of Nico Didonna, and his inspiration for spring/summer 2012 strikes a cord in my heart.

I used to go to Puglia for agriturismo; that is, to eat a great meal in the countryside. The food and wine was fantastic! The people too were great!

Well, for spring/summer 2012, Nico takes us to Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot where you can find great olives and olive oil, and--yes--Primitivo wine!

"Nico Didonna embraces SS12 with an eye cast backwards to his roots of southern Italy. He draws upon his uplifting experiences and filters a nostalgic view of the untouched rustic beauty of Puglia into a head turning, cutting edge collection."

Read the entire article and see the collection at Nico Didonna: a Salute to Puglia.

Photo Copyright Nico Didonna.

2wink: Hot from the 70s & 80s

(NEW YORK - FEB. 27, 2012) - Giving new meaning to the phrase “make love,” while simultaneously redefining “greed is good,” 2wink Australia, a leading Aussie manufacturer of men’s swimwear and underwear, gives guys something more to show off with a cotton-spandex mix that is sure to warrant more love and definitely more greed from a partner who can’t get enough of the sexy briefs and trunks.

Read the full article and see the hot retro models at 2wink Australia Launches Underwear for Generations X & Y with New 70s and 80s Ranges.

Photos & text Copyright 2wink.

February 27, 2012

Who Created Jean Dujardin’s Dapper Look at the Oscars?

Celebrity hair stylist Louise Moon created Jean Dujardin's dapper look for the 2012 Academy Awards tonight, using Leonor Greyl Haircare and Talika Skincare.

Read the full article at Jean Dujardin's Grooming Look for the 2012 Oscars.

"The Artist" & Jean Dujardin for Jaeger-LeCoultre

French actor Jean Dujardin received an Oscar last night as Best Actor for his role in the film “The Artist” at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Read the full article and see more at Oscar-winning Actor Jean Dujardin Chooses Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage.

February 26, 2012

Wintry Materials for Warm Feet by Falke

The fashion for rugged boots combined with chunky socks is set to continue in Autumn/Winter 2012/2013.

Read the full article and see the collection a tFalke Men’s Legwear Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright Falke.

Falke Hybrid Times

The Falke Group was founded in 1895 and is run by the 4th generation Franz-Peter Falke and Paul Falke.

Read the full article and see the collection at Falke Menswear Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright Falke.

Stephen F by Stephen Ferber

Stephen F is clean and sleek with eye-catching details.

The current collection consists of cashmere suiting, reindeer-skin leather jackets, and wool sweat pants—some garments even handmade.

Read the full article and see the collection at Stephen F 2012 Spring/Summer Collection.

Photos Copyright Stephen F.

Civic Duty—the Civic Responsible Shoe!

Civic Duty was founded as a brand for everyday people when Steven Weinreb lost his job in 2009.

The shoes are created out of Tyvek (recycled FedEx paper) becoming footwear for the socially minded.

Read the full article and see the collection at Civic Duty to Inspire.

Photos Copyright Civic Duty.

February 25, 2012

Billionaire Mafia

Born from a revolutionary vision to create the world’s first luxury lifestyle brand with a powerful message behind it, Billionaire Mafia encourages today’s generation to participate in its own survival and take responsibility for every choice made, word spoken and action taken.

Photos & Copyright Billionaire Mafia.

Beta Unit

Based in Encinitas, California, Beta Unit is an independent label that focuses on wearability, unconventional functionality, and engineering the perfect fit.

Beta Unit SS12 from BETA UNIT on Vimeo.

Cedric Jacquemyn and Iceland

The Collection
The inspiration for this collection depicted from a duality in nature: The Ocean—the womb of our earth—the origin of life, has the power to destroy crops, to dry out the land by leaving layers of salt after a flood.

Photos & text Copyright Cedric Jacquemyn.

February 24, 2012

Happy Socks Tube Socks

Traditional, energetic and new tube socks.

New Over-The-Calf Tube Socks by Happy Socks

E. Tautz 2012 Autumn/Winter Collection

“There is an imponderable vastness to weight” wrote Richard Serra. I visited his exhibition at the Met in New York in the summer of last year and was very drawn to his vast dense absorbent forms.

See the collection and read more at E. Tautz Autumn & Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright E. Tautz.

February 23, 2012

Manish Bansal...a New Collection

Manish’s collection encapsulates the irony of the Gamekeeper’s duty as a protector/nurturer to the killer/destructor. It draws parallels from this role and compares it to the role of British Raj (Rule) in the Indian sub-continent.

See more and read about the collection at Manish Bansal Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright Manish Bensal.

Bone Wear Tight Fits

Bonewear has launched two new designs in their popular Tight Fit Briefs range, now available in silky White Bijou with Red Stripe Inserts and silky Navy Bijou with Blue Stripe Inserts.

See more at New Tight Fit Briefs from Bone Wear.

Photos & text Copyright Bonewear.

Jack Mackenroth for AIDS CURE

Jack Mackenroth recently released his 2012 "Calendar for a Cure" in December, with 100% of proceeds going directing to amFAR.

See the images at Jack Mackenroth Calendar for AIDS.

The calendar is now only $10. Order your calendar here and support the cause.

Ben Sherman Plectrum

I’m not a big fan of Ben Sherman, but I like the recent release with tropical influence. Check it out at Plectrum by Ben Sherman.

Photos Copyright Ben Sherman.

Umbro Athletic Wear

Umbro is celebrating 88 years of stylish sportswear with a four piece collection that pays homage to its unique football tailoring heritage. Icons Re-issue is a tribute to the classic silhouettes which have embodied Umbro’s reputation for crafting smart football garments.

Check it out at Umbro Launches Icons Re-Issue Spring/Summer 2012 Collection.

February 22, 2012

Battle of the Bulge?

Australian company 2wink Australia launches an underwear campaign with its newest low-rider range, HUNG DOWN UNDER, giving guys a little something extra to show off!

Check out more sexy underwear at 2wink Australia Launches ‘Hung Down Under’ Range of Underwear.

Photos & text Copyright 2wink.

Underwear by Timoteo: "RUGBY"

Timoteo Ocampo worked with photographer Tom Cullis to produce some really hot new locker room images with Models Zach Greenfield and Tyler ScottBoth Models are new to the fashion world and were very excited to make their modeling debut with Timoteo.

See more rugby images at “Rugby” by Timoteo.

Photos & text Copyright Timoteo.

February 21, 2012

Daniel Palillo: Autumn/Winter 2012 “The Enterprise”

Like most of Daniel Palillo's oeuvre, the autumn 2012 collection reflects the designer's experiences from everyday life. A diary of sorts, it expresses his recent interests ranging from traditional American sports to the forests of Finland—or the world of comics, manifested in anthropomorphic patterns and slimy imagery. Both The Toxic Avenger and the Marshmallow Man can be found in between the lines.

Photos & text Copyright Daniel Palilo.

February 20, 2012

Women's/Men's Trend Forecast F/W 2012-13 CIFF

Season Themes | Women's Men's: 

View the trends created by CIFF for their February 2012 event. 

Four distinct trendlines are on display, each has substantive material, both visual and descriptive. 

Themes for both the women's and men's forecast are: New Romantics, Wild Things, Retro Maniacs, and Seventy Somethings. 

The report is a good overview to get retailers in the mood of the Fall/Winter 2012-13 buying season. Presented on WeConnectFashion, courtesy of the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF).

New Romantics
It's a candy coloured world for picture perfect ladies and gentlemen
A whimsical air of youthful charm surrounds the New Romantics. Delicate pastels and vibrant acid nuances take centre stage in a fairy tale universe of frivolity and young romance, while buoyant silhouettes and ultra-light materials highlight a fresh elegance. A classic approach to dressing is seen in clear-cut, dainty shapes for women, which revisit the sophistication of Mid-Century smartness. It is a macaroon-coloured world of magic and grace. On the men's side, a quietly rebellious 1960s spirit meets the playfulness of 1920s summer attire and sees the creation of a refined young gentleman with a worldly edge and a penchant for camel.

For the natives of the Earth, nature is a walk-in wardrobe
A longing for the natural is what drives the Wild Things. Bluesare likened to the ocean and the sky, while the greys and whites of mountains make out a calm palette base. Chunky knits pay homage to the nomads of the north, while the warm colours of South American tribalwear appear on prints and patterns. An effortless approach to dressing is seen on the women's side where the swathing of cosy materials around the body is key. The use of leathers and furs cements the natural feeling. Performance wear is the focal point for our man, who adopts the bohemian and sporty sense of styling of a modern-day traveller.

Retro Maniacs
The rebels of today apply some beats to the swinging 60s
The free-spirited, upbeat minds of the Retro Maniacs give them their distinct sense of style. Multiple multi-coloured prints embody their universe and pay tribute to the patterns of the 1960s. A rebellious attitude is evident in the reworking of classic silhouettes and a re-imagined celebration of the old. Burgundy, auburn and mustard play tag with tartans and tweeds in an utterly British sense of styling. The arty nature of our woman is exemplified in a quirky attitude to dresses and skirts, which appears both boyish and boho chic, while in the men's division, the mood is set for mod.

Seventy Somethings
Throw a little glitter on it with the evening's finest crowd
A sense of 1970s glamour and sophistication rules supreme for our Seventy Somethings. Deep purples and reds are contrasted with black, gold and orange in the shimmer of disco balls and cocktail rings, while striking silhouettes are cut in the sumptuous materials of evening dresses and tailored suits. These are the lounge lovers of the luxury world. Studio 54 is the backdrop for our dazzling queens of the night, who sparkle in sequins, fur and killer heels. A sexy air of ruggedness describes our cosmopolitan playboy, who values double-breasted suits, rollnecks and a smart sportscar above all.

Report courtesy of: The Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF), Europe's #1 fashion fair. View the Fall / Winter 2012-13 CIFF Report in its entirety.

CreditsArt Direction: Stine Aalykke. Creative Direction: Anders Solvsten Thomsen. Production: Ann Hertha / Fashion Exclusive Anette Kjergaard / Fashion Exclusive. Editing: Anders Christian Madsen.Pictures: Abaca, AP, Armando Gallo / Retna Ltd / Corbis, Bettmann / Corbis, Black Sheep, Cat's Collection / Corbis, Christian Simonpietri / Sygma / Corbis, Christopher Smith / Retna Ltd / Corbis, Frank Trapper / Corbis, Hiroyuki Takeno / a.collectionRF / amanaimages / Corbis, Kev Rush / Planet Photos, Kurt Krieger / Corbis, PA Photos, Stephane Cardinale / People Avenue / Corbis, Sunset Boulevard/Corbis, The Granger Collection, WWD / Conde Nast / Corbis

Photos & text Used by Permission.

Young Men’s Color Trends S/S 2013: Design Options

Color Trend Report | Young Men's, Contemporary: The Spring / Summer 2013 young men's color forecast is on display, with three themes that range from: Bright Online, to Hard Rock and Homme Coming. The color boards present directional palettes, trend descriptions, incoming color combinations along with runway visuals. In all, a quick snap shot of key color influences for the young contemporary menswear market. Presented on WeConnectFashion, courtesy of Design Options, the color forecasting company who brings Southern California's unique aesthetic to the world.

Spring / Summer 2013, Young Men's Color Trends
Design Options, has a golbal client base, filling the color needs of large retailers to small indie design firms. Design Options is dedicated to bringing Southern California's unique aesthetic to the world. Its singular, cutting edge perspective, coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of the current marketplace, fuels the company's imaginative products and high-end consulting services.

Photos & text used by Permission.

Men’s Top Color Spring 2013 Fashion Snoops Trend Report

Color Trend Report | Men’s: Confirmed by the recent men's runways, this forecast of the must-have colors for Spring 2013 promises a diverse season to come. Bright red, and orange through to golden rod are countered by refreshingly cool limeade, spearmint and eye-popping cerulean. Olive and straw offer a neutral break from the color festivities of S/S 2013. Courtesy of Fashion Snoops where the full report is available to subscribers.


An in-depth analysis of color harmonies and emersions for Fall 12/13 to Spring 13 is available at Fashion Snoops for subscribers only. All reports include reference numbers for Pantone and Color Solutions International (CSI), as well as high-resolution runway references. Reports on other trend areas like design themes, key items, details, etc are also available for the ladies, kids and accessories.

Photos & text Used with Permission.

February 16, 2012

Public School...Really Not Private?

When I look at the Public School 2012 autumn/winter look book, I get the impression of a private school.

The look at first glance strikes me as if a Yeshiva student, or should I say, a Lubovitch school. At second glance, it takes me to an Amish school.

Read more and see the collection at Public School—Public Indeed!

Photos Copyright General School.

Daneil Dinis Autumn/Winter Collection 2012

Daniel Dinis graduated in Fashion Design from the Lette Verein of Berlin in 2004, going on to work as an assistant at the atelier of Dino Alves in Lisbon until 2006.
See the full collection and learn more about Daniel at danieldinis—different, unique, refreshing.
Photos Copyright danieldinis.

Vietnam & Korean War Inspired Denham

Denham is proud to present their variation of the M65 jacket, the DUTY. The M65 style has been part of us military livery for over 40 years. Originally introduced in 1965 to replace the M-1951 field jacket, it was used by soldiers during the Vietnam and Korean Wars and is still in official military service today.

Read the article and see more at Denham: Natural Duty—A Spring Essential.

Photos & text Copyright Denham.

Denham is proud to present their variation of the M65 jacket, the DUTY. The M65 style has been part of us military livery for over 40 years. Originally introduced in 1965 to replace the M-1951 field jacket, it was used by soldiers during the Vietnam and Korean Wars and is still in official military service today.

Read the article and see more at Denham: Natural Duty—A Spring Essential.

Photos & text Copyright Denham.

Guest Writer on Men's Fashion by Francesco

As you might already know, the designer suits are a lot different from the regular ones. The reason for this is that most fashion houses have their own secrets that help them to tailor some truly comfortable suits. The increased level of comfort, which most designer suits offer, represents a very important characteristic of these suits and the reason why everyone loves designer suits. However, many people know that the designer suits are not only comfortable but also very beautiful, being able to enhance the overall appearance of a person.
Read the full article at How Are the Finest Designer Suits Made?