Monday, 27 September 2010

Identification Please

Had enough of jealous colleagues stealing your shirts? We guessed so. Receive complimentary initials monogramming on your shirt commissions from now through October!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Words of Wisdom - Embracing Change

"It’s fine to look at the past and tradition but you have to realise that you need to exist in the future. Otherwise you’re nothing." - Kim Jones for Dunhill.

Wise words again from, in my opinion, one of the best innovators in the industry today. Working for a label with such a rich and long history is never an easy task, let alone trying to inject your ideas into its extensive archives. I think Kim Jones, together with guys like Milan Vukmirovic (Trussardi), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga) and Christophe Decarin (Balmain), are doing a fantastic job at reviving these well-established, albeit a little stagnant, fashion houses. Which is why I felt it was such a letdown that Bruno Pieters left the artistic director post at Hugo by Hugo Boss. Just when things were starting to get interesting! :(

Drawing inspiration from the past is great, but being able to translate that into something that's relevant today is the key.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

My Old Man Wears Dior Homme & YSL

I was sorting out some old family pictures when I came across some really interesting ones of my dad in his heyday. Fashion styles are cyclical - it's almost like clockwork. You'll never know when that old pair of pants buried deep in your closet is going to pop up once again on the runways of Milan. So, don't throw out your old clothes!

My dad (left), circa 1960

Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme

My dad again (right), circa 1970

Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2008

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Words of Wisdom - Mystery of the Shrunken Pants

Photo extracted from Men's Style GQ

"I don't necessarily want people to see my socks, but I want to make sure they can see my shoes." - a discerning Italian, on why European men wear pants with a shorter-than-average length. And in the case above, a great way to stay stylish and show off some ink-art at the same time.

So, nope - it's got nothing to do with the recent flash floods.

The correct choice of footwear can elevate an ordinary outfit to a whole new level, and a questionable one can completely ruin an otherwise perfect get-up. If you can afford it, splurge a little more on shoes -and if that means holding back on purchasing that latest iWhatever, so be it. Hey, at least that pair of Church's is not going to become obsolete in 12-months' time!