Band of Outsiders Saddle Oxfords
February 28, 2010, 3:03 pm
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Weeks after the Band of Outsiders AW10 presentation in New York, I keep coming back to these great saddle oxfords.  Everyone was talking about the staging of the presentation (the kid swinging from the chandelier was an inspired touch) but I really think this was a standout collection outside of the theatrical flourishes, too — capped off with smart details like these shoes.

(Photos via Luxist)


Viktor & Rolf & Pringle & Margiela

I realized today that I haven’t posted much of anything from this season’s men’s shows from Paris, New York or London Fashion Weeks.  So, going through some of my favorites from this season* to pull together a highlight reel of my picks, it struck me how well the AW10 collections from Viktor & Rolf, Pringle of Scotland and (Jay-Z’s favorite label to mispronounce) Maison Martin Margiela complement one another.  Sure, everyone makes room for layers in their fall collections, and many designers also use the same muted palette these three labels worked in.  But the way these three design houses mix and match textures, work knitwear into their clothing and keep the focus on suiting as outwear really fits together quite well.  You can see a Viktor & Rolf-esque quality in Pringle’s comically oversized fur gloves; Pringle and Margiela both play with the effect of having a blazer embellished along each side of the front, echoed again in a furry Viktor & Rolf jacket.

So what does it mean that these three very different brands have so much in common within their respective fall collections?  Are we all moving closer still to one giant globalized fashion community?  Are European designers feeding off of one another?  Will Tilda Swinton, the current face of Pringle, and noted Viktor & Rolf aficionado Rihanna start to share a wardrobe like a high school girl and her Cool Mom?

Probably not.  It probably just means that my taste in menswear is pretty consistent.  And that I will take any opportunity to mention Rihanna in a blog post.

Have a look at some of Viktor & Rolf & Pringle & Margiela after the jump below.  Doesn’t that sound like one of those over-played t-shirts from a few years ago?

(*On an unrelated note, I’m usually a big fan of Michael Bastian, and there was some pretty great stuff in his show, but what was up with some of his collection veering dangerously close to Dsquared2 territoryNo bueno.)

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Chiddy Bang, “Opposite of Adults”
February 25, 2010, 12:12 am
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My Own Private (capsule)

If there’s one thing I learned from this season’s awesome (capsule) shows, it’s that it takes a very specific type of man to rock the drop crotch.  But, if there are two things, it’s that there is still so much out there in menswear right now really worth getting excited about.  Between New York, Vegas and Paris, plus Compass for footwear and (capsule) Women’s, hundreds of brands came together to build some serious buzz and get some big exposure.  Favorites like Mark McNairy (who we can thank when we’re all wearing digital camo cargo pants) lived up to the hype and relative newcomers like Norse Projects made a big impact on their own.

So since I’ve had all of 5 hours to reflect on the trade show season since (capsule) Women’s wrapped this evening, what better time than now to check off a list of some of my own personal favorites from these last five shows, after the jump.

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Mayer Hawthorne, “Maybe So, Maybe No”
February 23, 2010, 11:19 pm
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Models are funny.
February 23, 2010, 11:16 pm
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Raf Simons x Fred Perry SS10 Campaign (via Hypebeast)

Keith Haring Takes Over
February 23, 2010, 3:53 am
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Lately, I’ve noticed a huge resurgence in interest in the iconic artist Keith Haring, and, ignorant as it may seem, I didn’t realize it was the 20th anniversary of his death until I read about it online.  Which makes complete sense: Haring is a quintessential New York artist, responsible for defining an era in this city.  His work, and in particular the “radiant child” is emblematic of New York in the 1980’s and all that went along with it.  Despite his tragic death, his art lives on.  Today, we can see his influence in everything from Rihanna’s music videos, to Betsey Johnson’s Fashion Week presentation and the most mainstream of all designers, Tommy Hifliger, who designed a limited run childrens’ shoe collection based on Haring’s work.  Along with Basquiat and Warhol, Haring has made a place among New York figureheads who defined what it meant to live in this city at a specific time.  For some current admirers of his work, click through after the jump.

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