September 30, 2012

Jack & Jones for the Fashion Conscious Guy

Jack & Jones is a jeans brand that makes it easy for fashion conscious men to create their own personal style.

In terms of design, the five lines, Originals, Core, Premium, Vintage and Tech, have different target groups and expressions, but every piece of clothing can be combined with our jeans. 

Read the press release and see the collection at Jack & Jones Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Photos AW12 & text Copyright Jack Jones.

September 29, 2012

2nd All-New Weekly eNewsletter: the Hottest Trends thru AW14!

I sent out today the second eNewsletter, which features the hottest trends all the way up to autumn/winter 2014!

If you have not subscribed to the new letter, you may do so here.

To read the newsletter, you may click on this link. Here’s the opening:

This week abounded in assorted trend reports, which predict the upcoming colors, fabrics, and styles all the way up to autumn/winter 2014!  It’s great to know what is trending on the horizon, so that when we shop for our clothes this year we will not be outdated next year!  And good news! Many emerging designers have already incorporated these new trends into their AW12 and SS13 collections.

Take the NINH Collection above for an example of the punk revival in stud and spike embellishments, which have transformed the classic prep look into a modern-day steampunk--a type of neo-Victorian, post-apocalyptic, science fiction soldier.

Well, not all emerging trends are so out of the ordinary. Solid takes us to the Nordic trails of lumberjacks, city Bohemians, and urban workers, while Bespoken pulls together in one look the toughness of the British woodlands and the classic tradition of Savile Row.

Finally, for all you folks who enjoy hunks in trunks, check out Geronimo, the swimwear and underwear label from the Black Sea!

Enjoy your reading and stay tuned: larger images are coming soon at MensFashionbyFrancesco.

The 50’s Sloppy Autumn/Winter 2012

Crafted from 14oz Japanese selvedge denim, the 50’s Sloppy introduces a new silhouette for autumn 2012.

 Read more and see the collection at Ben Sherman Mod, Meet Rocker.

Photos & text Copyright Ben Sherman. 

September 28, 2012

Geronimo's Hunks in Trunks for 2013

Bulgarian swimwear and underwear label, Geronimo, has just released the 2013 spring/summer collection, which is a sex line of briefs, board shorts, trunks, square legs, and Capri.

Photos Copyright Geronimo.

September 27, 2012

Preps, Punks & Steampunks by NINH

During New York Fashion Week, local designer Ninh Nguyen showcased two upcoming collections at a spectacular side event.

When I inquired into the inspiration of the NINH Collections, Ninh responded with an outstanding explanation. 

Read all about it and see the collection at NINH Collection Predicts Steampunks, Punks and Preps AW12/SS13.

Photos Copyright NINH Collection.

September 26, 2012

Top Trends F/W 2013-14. Fashion Snoops

Seasonal Themes | Womens Mens Apparel Textiles: Take a look at the Fall 13/14 Trend Galleries Fashion Snoops presented at the latest edition, August 2012, of the Sourcing at MAGIC shows in Las Vegas. From elaborate detailing and luxe fabrics of Renaissance to the high-shine and sleek textures of Futurist. A special report for WeConnectFashion members, courtesy of Fashion Snoops, where the full report is available to subscribers.

Top Trends & Fabrics Fall / Winter 2013-14

Read the report and see more images here.

Copyright WeConnectFashion, Used with Permission.

September 25, 2012

Emerging Color Report F/W 2013-14. Trendstop.Com

Color Trend Direction | Women's Men's Accessories Beauty: View an emerging color trend that has long range impact - Lavender. Frosty blooms of pallid Winter Lavender impart a ghostly air to day and eveningwear, accessories, the beauty market and street style alike. As a soft demure winter pastel with a cold edge or an exhilerating pop, lavender is here.

Women's Men's Emerging Color. Lavender F/W 2013-14

Winter Lavender is a key color that has been seen on the runways and emerging within Street Style. This trend is a small taster from one of's diverse "Ones to Watch" reports where trend experts have identified key themes and colors on trend this season. 

Read the report and see the trends here.

Photos & text Copyright WeConnectFashion, Posted with Permission.

Women's Men’s Big Trends F/W 2013-14. SPINEXPO

Seasonal Direction | Textile Fiber Knitwear Men's Women's: This must-see grend report is an inspiration. We all know it's the yarn and fiber folks to watch for incoming trends. They are first in the trend cycle. This is the case here. 

Fall winter 2013-14 SPINEXPO Trend Report

The SPINEXPO trends for F/W 2013-14 have explored the idea of "Writing the Next Chapter" and reflecting on how this interprets into four strong global trend messages we see emerging for the season ahead: Prologue, Genre, Narrative, and Epilogue.

Read the report and see the trends here.

Copyright WeConnectFashion, Published with Permission.

September 24, 2012

Solid Spring/Summer 2013 Collection Bohemians & Nordic Trails

The spring 2013 collection by Solid accommodates the fashion-conscious city dweller as well as the more rugged outdoor type. Hence, the look for this season offers two distinctive trends: City Bohemian and Nordic Trails.

Read more and see the collection at Solid: City Bohemians and Nordic Trails.

Photos ss12 collection & text Copyright Solid.

Solid Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection Nordic Lumberjacks

With their new Autumn Collection, Solid have got it in one by creating a look with plenty of scope for the man who wants a bit of everything.

Nordic Roots takes its inspiration from the worker look with a dash of sailor style and indigo workwear, while Highlander ventures into the wild in a cool “dirty look” featuring a mix of cord materials, army-style details and lumberjack checks along with oilskin jackets.

Read more and see the collection at Solid Autumn/Winter Lumberjacks & Big Cities.

Photos aw12 collection & text Copyright Solid.

September 23, 2012

Ankar Sweden Spring/Summer 2013

Following the trend forecast for spring/summer 2013, Niklas Ankar presents a brilliant color palette of mint green, lemon yellow, and bright fuchsia. 

Read more and see the collection at nkar Sweden “Spectrum de Luz”.

Photos Copyright Ankar Sweden.

Bespoken Clothiers Autumn/Winter Collection 2012

Continuing the theme outdoorsmen and rebels this autumn/winter season, Bespoken Clothiers brings together the toughness of vigilantes and British gamekeepers, who manage woodlands to ensure enough game for shooting.

Read more and see the collection at Bespoken Clothiers “Gamekeepers & Vigilantes”.

Photos Copyright Bespoken.

September 22, 2012

Have You Read the All-New Weekly Newsletter?

Today I sent out the first all-new weekly newsletter entitled What's New with Emerging Menswear Designers & Trends Around the World? I hope you enjoy it. 

If you have not yet subscribed, you may do so by clicking here.

Here is a sneak peak:

It has been an exciting week with fashion weeks and after parties raging around the world. So, what's trending for the upcoming AW/12 and SS/13 seasons? It's what I call "eclectic retroism."

As seen in G.P.P.R.'s AW/12 look (above), we can expect lots of striped chunky knits in a true Brit silhouette with an outdoorsy, almost into the woods feel. Colors long for the calm natural habitat of South American mountain ranges, while the rebellious spirit of the Sixties revives multi-color prints. Deep purples and reds on black and gold with a sparkle of the disco ball reminisce of the Seventies.

For spring/summer 2013, rebellion turns radical as trends go "old school" with floral prints, scoop neck tees, and sun-bleached denims. Colors appear vibrant like the flavors of a refreshing gelato in the summer heat: strawberry, spearmint, melon, limeade, and blueberry. Tailoring is geometric, semi-formal, and sleek, influenced by sportswear and composed of hybrid fabrics.

September 21, 2012

Tropical Eye Candy with A.Z. Araujo

What do you get when you combine the sexiness of Brazil and the chicness of New York?  The spring/summer 2013 swimwear collection of  Brazilian designer A.Z. Araujo!

See the eye candy at A.Z. Araujo Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos Copyright A.Z. Araujo

September 20, 2012

Richard Chai "Light & Transparent"

On Thursday, September 6th at 11:00 AM at The Stage at The Tents at Lincoln Center, designer Richard Chai debuted his Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Light and transparency was the inspiration behind the season. 

See the collection and read the press release at Richard Chai SS13 New York Fashion Week.

Photos & text Copyright Richard Chai.

Joseph Abboud Mixing the 50's with the 80's

“It’s about looking back to the old glamour of American style and modernizing it. Taking inspiration from yesterday’s icons but bringing something completely new. I believe that design is a mode of expressing individuality, not suppressing it…and this collection leaves room for tomorrow’s icons to be made.” –Bernardo Rojo

See the collection and read the press release at Joseph Abboud SS13 New York Fashion Week.

Photos & text Copyright Joseph Abboud.

September 19, 2012

Street Eclecticism by Ray Vincente

Last Friday night, I went to center city Philadelphia to view the spring/summer collection by Ray Brown at Ray Vincente. 

The runway show was hosted in an old refurbished mill with live music, punch drinks, and assorted hor d'oeuvres.

What I enjoy about Ray’s collections is his ability as an Afro-American designer to capture the feel of American streetwear, which he skillfully combines with European tailoring.

Read more and see the collection at Ray Vincente Spring/Summer 2013.

Commune de Pari 1871 Autumn/Winter 2012

For the 1st time, Commune de Paris 1871 delivers a complete wardrobe: tweed coats, sheepskin jackets, moleskin trousers, leather bags now add up to the usual shirts, jumpers and accessories.

Once again a tasteful and carefully prepared collection by Commune de Paris 1871. 

Photos & text Copyright Commune de Paris 1871.

CAMO: Classic Wear Revisited

On September 11, ten designers from around the world sent their collections down the runway in Milan at Milano Unica, one of whom was Stefano Unghetti of CAMO.

Read more and see the collection at CAMO Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright CAMO.

September 18, 2012

L'envie "Classic Pieces with a Retro Twist"

“Temptation is a powerful being and can mislead even the purest individual”

New men’s casualwear label, L’envie has arrived, creating classic pieces with a retro twist, all produced to the highest quality in the UK, appealing to the fashion conscious man.

Read the more and see the collection at L’envie Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright L’envie.

20 Inspiring Looks for Autumn/Winter 2012 by Scabal

Next to the campaign pictures where several Misters present the season's collection, Scabal would like to inspire you with over 20 looks from our look book.

Read the more and see the collection at Scabal Autumn/Winter 2012.
Photos & text Copyright Scabal.

Stone Island Garment Book

The history of the Italian brand in a volume with more than 300 iconographic images of archived garments.

Read the more and see the collection at 30 Years of Stone Island in a 644-Page Image Book.

Photos & text Copyright Stone Island.

G.P.P.R. Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

This fall collection, "the Revolutionary Experience," is dedicated to the blue collar philosopher; a thinking man's rebel of sorts.

Read the more and see the collection at GPPR Fall 2012 (R)evolutionary Experience.

Photos & text Copyright G.P.P.R.

September 17, 2012

Where Is Life Taking You? Meltin'Pot

It’s an adventure through time and a discovery of new places, you’ll be amazed!

“Where Life Takes You”, is the theme for the new Meltin’Pot FW ’12 campaign. It’s a celebration of life, a walk on the wild side, taking its inspiration from the brand’s deepest roots!

See the collection and read the press release at Meltin’Pot “here Life Takes You” Collection AW12.

Photos & text Copyright Meltin’Pot.

A Visual Art Project Feat by Luis Carlos Aguayo for Tom Rebl

The project BARBA for TOM REBL was initiated by Luis Carlos Aguayo, who is a great admirer of TOM REBL, the emerging star in menswear fashion.

The project consists of three different shoots starring three different types of bearded men; ne dark-haired, one red-haired and one blond.

Read more and see the images at BARBA for TOM REBL.

Asaf Ganot in the Meat Packing District

Asaf Ganot recently exhibited his spring/collection13 in the Meat Packing District of New York with “amazing” response! TrewProductions did an outstanding performance in the execution of the event!

In the aftermath, Asaf sent me the following pressrelease for the collection.

Read it here and see the photos at Asaf Ganot Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Asaf Ganot.

September 16, 2012

Columna Cerului by InAisce

For spring/summer 2013, InAisce has prepared a collection entitled Columna Cerului, which is a Latin phrase that stands for the ‘center of the world’, the connection between heaven and earth.

Hence, the collection is a quest for the soul, which defines the depth of each garment.

Photos Copyright InAisce.

September 15, 2012

Boxfresh & Passarella Death Squad

Out of the shadows in the darker months of AW12 will emerge a collaborative collusion between two iconic urban protagonists who occupy opposing ends of the streetwear spectrum.

December 2012 witnesses British streetwear alumnae brand Boxfresh meet 'guardian of the avant-garde' of print silhouette inspired fashion – Passarella Death Squad in a collision that is no accident - it’s a premeditated rendezvous planned meticulously to accentuate two iconic players and allow each party to propagate their respective brand direction.

Read more and see the images at Passarella Death Squad X Boxfresh Spring/Summer 2012.

Photos & text Copyright Boxfresh/Passarella Death Squad.

Stelios Koudounaris' Wet Silhouettes in Autumn/Winter 2012

Stelios Koudounaris returns with his new collection for Fall/Winter 2012 faithful to his design obsessions, adding elements that are presented more mature and innovative than ever. 

Multiple layers are found in liquid, almost "wet" silhouettes crafted in a completely different way along with lines that follow the body shape. 

See the collection and read the full press release at Stelios Koudounaris Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright Stelios Koudounaris.

September 14, 2012

Kings of Style by 90 degreez

Tonight in Philadelphia 90 degreez is hosting Kings of Style and I am waiting to watch the menswear collection of Ray Vincente.

what I like is the freeze modeling prelude. The models are wearing Eye Innovations sunglasses.

September 13, 2012

DROMe & Little Red Riding Hood

FACTORY is a young and dynamic new company set up by the designers behind the Santacroce brand.

FACTORY is also where DROMe was conceived, planned and finally realized.

DROMe’s designs are a long way from the traditional classic leather jacket, and embrace the style of modern sports bike riders, combining a biker-rock style with exciting new ways of treating and finishing the material.

Read more and see the collection at DROMe Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Photos & text Copyright DROMe.

September 12, 2012

Goth Legion by Asger Juel Larsen

Imagine a Goth armoured in his bulletproof black outfit and signed off with a military monster footprint. 

Now distract this man down the wrong dungeon, thumping him in an underground rave where the walls sweat acid and the crowd glow in the dark. 

Asger Juel Larsen's ghetto grunge collection makes a mixtape of these two worlds, exploring the similar aesthetics of a relaxed aura and a polished Goth.

In loving memory of our good friend and work colleague Fabian Berner.

See the entire collection and read the full press release at Asger Juel Larson “Goth Legion” Spring/Summer 2013.

Photos & text Copyright Asger Juel Larson.

Lucid Disorder by Asger Juel Larsen

Asger's Lucid Disorder is introduced with a leather top that has a melting straight jacket aesthetic to it, deliciously darting between dreamy and dystopian. 

There's an immediate air of sophistication to the start of this collection, with coats that focus on boldness rather than erratically shaped behaviour, and furry soviet hats that nestle the story into shape.

See the entire collection and read the full press release at Asger Juel Larson “Lucid Disorder” Autumn/Winter 2012.

Photos & text Copyright Asger Juel Larson.

September 11, 2012

Lumberjacks & General Idea

I just received the most recent press release and collection of runway shots taken during New York Fashion Week. Here’s my take on the trends:

Having lived and worked in rural China, I find the inspiration fascinating, and what’s more impressive is the designers ability to interpret the image of the Chinese lumberjack into modern-day streetwear.

The collection utilizes several outdoors motifs, while it employs both color blocking amidst plaids, stripes, and other interesting patterns.

The color palette is mixed with vibrant colors and muted ones, with a pop of color from the accessories, such as the shoes and/or hats. The colors clash, but they do not conflict.

Jackets, tops, and overcoats are slightly oversized, while the laying of the same is executed delightfully.

Read the press release and see the collection at General Idea Men's Summer/Spring 2013.

Photos & text Copyright General Idea.

September 10, 2012

Theatre de la Mode Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

I just received the autumn/winter 2012 look book and press release from designer Chris Kelly of Theatre de la Mode. 

Interestingly, according to Chris several items are going to be trending this winter, including work jackets and shirts, double corduroy peg legs, vent pants, drip dyed tees, trenches, wide classic belts, and large rucksacks.

See the collection and read the press release at “Nonpareil” The Collection by Theatre de la Mode.

Photo autumn/winter 2012 collection & text Copyright T d l M.

Theatre de la Mode Nonpareil Sculptures

Three of T d l M’s most popular jackets have been brought to life as giant paper sculptures.

To celebrate our collection of re-invigorated classics we have collaborated with paper sculptor Andrew MacGregor to create our most elaborate and exciting show to date. 

Each monster sculpture embodies the spirit of the jacket and translates the fabric texture into the finest paper forms.

See more images and read the press release at “Nonpareil”: The Sculptures by Theatre de la Mode.

Photo autumn/winter 2012 collection & text Copyright T d l M.

September 9, 2012

MBFW Spring 2013 Best Of Runway Day 3: Qingqing Wu

Designer Qingqing Wu walks the runway at the VLOV-QingQing Wu Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

A model walks the runway at the VLOV-QingQing Wu Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

A model walks the runway at the VLOV-QingQing Wu Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

MBFW Spring 2013 Best Of Runway Day 3: Marlon Gobel

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Marlon Gobel Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

September 8, 2012

It's New York fashion Week!

New York, NY (August 2, 2012) As summer nears its end, the start of the international fashion week season is just around the corner. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the first major stop in the circuit of fashion’s most influential events, is gearing up for a week full of top international designers and the next generation of emerging talent, to take center stage at Lincoln Center. IMG Fashion, producer of the Event, announced today the preliminary line up for New York City’s most renowned week. 

Photo: NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: A model walks the runway at the Arise Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on on September 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

September 7, 2012

Ray Vincente to Be Honored at 90degreez Kings of Style

Philadelphia, PA (90degreez), August 20, 2012, 90degreez presents Kings of Style, male luxury event, September 14, 2012 at the Skybox in Philadelphia, Pa from 7pm - 11pm. Kings of Style will recognize and highlight men who are making positive contributions to the fashion, style and image related industries. 

Kings of Style will honor industry leaders, feature high-end designs on the runway and spotlight performers.

Read the full press release and see Ray Vincente’s collection at 90degreez Kings of Style Press, Featuring Ray Vincente.

Photos Copyright Ray Vincente, text 90degreez.

September 6, 2012

Have You Ever Heard of Mc5 Bags?

Mc5 is an audacious bag brand, founded in Hong Kong in 2010 by French designer Philippe Montagne.

See the two collections and read more at Mc5 Collections Film Noir & Mon Legionnaire.

Photos & text Copyright Mc5.

Luxury Menswear Label Ninh to Launch his Spring/Summer 2013 Collection during NYFW

New York‐based menswear designer Ninh Nguyen will be launching his Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week on Monday, September 10th, 2012, with two individual fashion installations in a private events loft in the West Village.

See a few more sneak preview shots and read the entire press release at Ninh Nguyen Gearing Up for New York Fashion Week.

Photos & text Copyright Ninh.

September 5, 2012

Façonnable Inspired by Iconic Frenchmen

For the new fall season, Tailored Denim channels the incomparable energy of two iconic Frenchmen: Jean-Paul Belmondo, the famous Gaelic actor of the Nouvelle Vague cinema movement, and Nicolas de Staël, a celebrated painter who worked from his beachside studio in Antibes.

See more images and read the full press release at Façonnable Tailored Denim.

Photos & text Copyright Façonnable.

A Catwalk on a Hovercraft?

Customers at a famous Isle of Wight ferry crossing have been treated to the world’s first fashion show on a hovercraft.  

Operating their high speed and energy-efficient hovercraft crossing service from the Island to Southsea, Hovertravel teamed up with Award-Winning eco-fashion brand Rapanui to turn their unique passenger ferry into a catwalk in advance of London Fashion Week.

Read the full press release at Catwalk on Water—First Every Flying Fashion Show.

Photos & text Rapanui.

September 4, 2012

The British Country Look

Check out Guy West’s suggestions on How to Get the British Country Look.

Text Copyright Guy West, posted by Permission.

Tiger of Sweden Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

In the 1960’s and 1970’s Tiger of Sweden US headquarters were based in the Empire State Building, New York City, from here they watched the relationship between art, music and fashion be explored beyond all boundaries by a new generation of artists. 

20 years later this movement became the brand – artsy, and rockfish with a pioneering silhouette. 

Today, a further 20 years on, Tiger of Sweden makes another interpretation of timeless pop culture when presenting the Spring-Summer 2013 collection: a playful tribute to the flamboyant and never party, where everyone is invited to play and create.

See the collection and read the full press release at Tiger of Sweden “Factory”.

Photos & text Copyright Tiger of Sweden.