T Magazine: Common Thugs
July 13, 2010, 10:08 pm
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T Magazine, the New York Times’ style title that is also sometimes confusingly called The Moment, published an online editorial yesterday called Common Thugs.  Ostensibly tied to the ludicrous and highly-publicized “Stop the Sag” campaign, the photos addressed the resurgence of baggy clothes among high-end menswear designers, referencing early 90’s hip-hop and classic streetwear shapes.  Really, it takes clothes like this to show how much skinny jeans and cropped suits have saturated the market in recent years — enough that these saggy shapes in streetwear really look like a throwback.  More photos from the shoot below.  For credit information, visit T Magazine.

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Classics: 8 1/2

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The Long and Sordid History of Leopard Print for Men

Listen, as the proud owner of a pair of acid-washed, elastic waist jeans that resemble nothing more than a pair of maternity pants for men, I’m clearly a big supporter of taking some fashion risks.  But I will admit that the current penetration of leopard print into the world of menswear has given me pause.  Much love to Steven Tyler, but this is a trend I can’t 100% endorse — minus a few exceptions.

Leopard print for men is certainly nothing new.  Countless illustrious men throughout history have donned the skin of this elusive animal, from Dionysus to Alexander the Great, from Dali to Amber Rose.  But it does seem to have some new life behind it.

See exhibits A through G, below:

That would be Burberry, Paul Smith, Acne and A Bathing Ape, among others, not to mention recent looks from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott for Adidas, all making use of the Official Fabric of Menopause.

But just because your spiritual guru does it, doesn’t mean you should, too.

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Saddle Shoes for Everyone, by Everyone

In the fall of ’07, bolstered by a strange fascination I had at the time with The Specials, I decided I wanted to purchase a great pair of black and white saddle shoes.  This is weird on a few levels, namely that I just tried to find a picture of anyone in The Specials wearing saddle shoes and wasn’t able to do so, even after a stalker-deep Google search.  So, I’m not sure where I got the idea that they wore them.  Also weird that I wanted to dress like a semi-defunct British ska band, but it must have resonated pretty deeply, because I also bought a pair of Fred Perry suspenders for the same reason and wore them in public approximately once.

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Philip Crangi
March 9, 2010, 9:32 pm
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Jewelry designer Philip Crangi embraces many elements of personal style that would give lesser men pause: copious tattoos, prominent glasses, a full-on mountain man beard and, of course, more jewelry than Mickey Rourke (RIP Loki). And he does it with an ease and an effortless cool that has won him countless admirers, from The Sartorialist to Teen Vogue.  Despite all of the ornamentation, you never get the sense that Crangi’s playing a part or dressing in costume; the impression is he’d be wearing a railroad spike cuff and an anchor pendant no matter where he lived or what he did.

“Everything you wear, you should feel like yourself when you’re wearing it,” Crangi said in an interview with GQ a little while back.  True words from a man with one of the most clearly realized visions of personal style.  After the jump, a brief survey of Crangi’s signature look.

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Street Shooting Man: Tommy Ton for GQ
January 27, 2010, 1:00 am
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After a “25 Most Stylish Men in the World 2010” feature that was decidedly meh, GQ has really upped the ante on street style with their A+ man-on-the-scene portfolio from Paris and Milan by photographer Tommy Ton.  Sure, it helps that Ton is taking photos on the streets where many of arguably the most stylish men — or at least those most invested in style — are congregating, but his keen eye for detail puts that other street photographer (the one with the homeless fetish) to shame.  Pelayo Diaz Zapico and his trademark kilt even make a cameo.  And with snapshots this carefully observed, I’m not mad at the in-house self-love thrown in the mix, either.

See the full series here, or have a look at what Sartorially Inclined has to say here.

Paul Smith FW10
January 27, 2010, 12:32 am
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I’ve long admired Paul Smith for his mastery of some of my favorite aspects of contemporary menswear: splashes of bold color, pattern mixing, and the combination of youthful, rebellious flourishes with classic pieces.  It’s all very British and rakish and punkish.  So, needless to say, I geeked out over the FW10 collection, which had all of these elements I love and more.  Seriously, if I could afford to eat, drink and furnish my wardrobe primarily in Paul Smith, I’d be rather content.

The collection has some killer suits, including a skinny electric blue number, knitwear that I haven’t seen from Paul Smith in past seasons, and enough plaid blazers to satisfy the somewhat irrational attraction I have toward such things.  Naturally, there are some great tweeds and there’s a pretty badass leather jacket, too.  Pairing boots with slim-cut trousers is on-trend for fall, and bringing in some sneakers is a nice nod to the high-low mixing that is still both an appealing and realistic style option for many consumers.  While incorporating color is an area where Paul Smith always really shines, the collection integrates a muted palette well, too, layering on contrasting fabric to keep things interesting.  Enjoy some highlights below.

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