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Bomber vs Bomber

In Fashion on May 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Silk bomber with leather sleeves by Religion from Coggles.

I’m attached to a great textured bomber I got from the Swedish brand COS. It’s a sexy mélange gradient tone. It’s got matte press-studs down the front and raglan sleeves. What I love the most is that I haven’t seen a single person in my jacket yet.

After writing about the black-on-black Varsity coat, that is, of course, when it becomes omnipresent. And now, it could be loosing its lustre. I haven’t decided. Perhaps I’m not keen on how I’ve seen it worn.  It’s either too low grade, or… I’m just not convinced. But, with the bomber, I suppose it’s sexier.

Silk Acne bomber from my-wardrobe

I’ve been having a bit of a rockabilly moment. I don’t dress like one, but I admire their style. I find it fascinating how people can be stuck in a modern-day time warp with the quiffs, Levis, exaggerated eye liner (for the girls). I really love it. And though I don’t think this is a style I would emulate to the fullest, I would pull some pointers for sure.

Michelle Pfeiffer and the ganger in Grease 2.

That said, I guess both the bomber and the varsity fall into that whole rockabilly category. Which means, I have no interest in wearing it in its relevant context. And when I say that, I mean, I notice a lot of young Londoners infusing their hip-hop hipster style with the jacket. I don’t like it. But then again, for some reason, I don’t necessarily like seeing guys in purple either.

Stolen Girlfriend’s Club bomber from Suprette 

The only other alternative for me, is if it had a punk edge to it

Image pulled from Ahoodie

I suppose, rockabilly is a combination of 1950s style and punk, but then, that’s just my observation. But I can’t help but think the bomber will be around way longer than the varsity/letterman will.

Coat for him: gift guide for me

In Fashion on December 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

On to part two of the gift guide saga. Sorry I’m so late on this, but I’m notorious for being a last-minute shopper, anyway. Coats. A good one can literally last a lifetime, while a fad endures for a month – tops. If you’re stylist – and there’s a difference – your closet is more likely than not to filled with classic pieces. But If you’re fashion-conscious, well, you’re on to the next as seasons change. The interesting thing about fashion though, is that if you truly have an eye for it, you can easily spot something timeless, as I hope I’ve done here. While some men will get these pieces, others with tunnel vision won’t.


This Raf Simons bomber jacket reminds me of the good ‘ole days. I was young. Happy. And I wanted a bomber jacket. Badly. The small zipper on the side, the orange lining, it’s completely grunge. Circa `92. With the ripped jeans and flannel shirts to match. If you were hip hop, you wore all black: toque, jeans, tee, kicks and a bomber off the top. It came in olive, or black. But at this stage in life, I think most men may find the darker hue more sleek.


Alright. My obsession with Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is nothing new. But you have to admit: most things by this man are – tres chic – cliche intended. This trench coat has a strong British aesthetic to it, it’s got that post-punk rebel attitude. And it’s fairly reasonable (in price) for a high-fashion brand (685 Euros). What’s best about this coat though, is that it transcends age, most (mature) younger men can wear it, and it’ll easy work its way into the latter end of the age spectrum.


Let me tell you a little something about Savile Row: it doesn’t get half as much credit in west as it deserves. Did you know the late Alexander McQueen originally trained at the row? For a man to wear an Duffle coat acclaimed brand as this means he’s got taste. Unfortunately, you’ll have to educate a lot of men of a certain generation about it.


Capes are in. But on a guy, they tend to remind me of Batman. But in this case, this cape by Ann Demeulemeester gets a major pass. If your guy falls in love with this coat, consider yourself a champion of style.


This coat is my personal favourite. I had always been in love with Hudson’s Bay point blanket , so to see it be revived and re-modeled over the years brings about a sense of pride. Here’s a point I’ve been arguing for years though: why do designers in warmer climates make such wonderful winter coats? Here, we have a brand, Monitaly, based in California, whip up a Riders white stripe wool coat. And the brand’s designer Yuki Matsuda, has a thing for us Canadians; he’s also designed a collection for our beloved Canada Goose. Now, I should be clear: the Canadian brand does not come cheap (this coat is about 902 USD), but consider it a staple. Like an original Burberry, this is the type of item that gets better with age.

Shoes for him: Gift guide for me

In affordable, Fashion, Good Look, Men, Shopping, sneakers, Trend, Trend Report on December 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I’ve got style, which makes difficult buying something for a guy. You’d think it be easy, but not all guys dress like Kanye West. It’s one thing to see something and say “Oh my gosh, he should would love this.” But what he should do verses the reality can be apples and vodka shots. Ah, I digress. In the ideal world, “his” style is a reflection of mine. That said, I’m compiling this gift guide on the basis that he’d love most, if not all, the things I bequeath. Our closets would be one in the same. (considering the whole boyfriend trend going around, trust that this does happen).

I thought I’d start with shoes, because at least think I can confirm that shoes have held importance to most men I’ve attracted or been attracted to. And, quite possibly, I’ve always felt if you that if you can connect with your taste in shoes, you both may be on your way to a fruitful future.

Can’t really go wrong with Chucks, ever. Sure they have a strong `80s aesthetic, but they’re still understated. Just a second look until you’d realize there’s patent embellished on the ankles. I think they also came in all-black, but they’ve long sold out. Not bad in price either 65 GBP.


Cute. Masculine, hence why I prefer the wine hue, but chic. I notice that as some men get hold, there’s this desire to ‘shed’ the streetwear image they one coveted. Sneakers become something you’d rather wear to the laundry mat, rather an authentic fashion statement. But as for me, no matter how many heels, boots and shoes mount up in my closet, I will always be a lover of sneakers. But I can appreciate upgrade their street appeal, with shoes such as these.

Who is Thomas Erber and what is Le Cabinet de Curiosités? I had no idea until I came across these lovelies. I’ve always wanted a pair of shoes similar to these (available for 900 euros exclusively at Colette), and by the price of these, I suppose they’ll remain on my dream list of quite a while. And so it remains for him as well.


Oh yes, one of the sexiest shoes I’ve seen yet. I hold these Lanvin plaid sneakers close to my heart. And admittedly, if I had to choose, I’d go with me, and the boyfriend would get a box of coal. Christmas is a about giving, I know, but for 1517 euros, I’d have to be whipped.

These hunting boots remind me of Moccasins. Oh and wait, what do you know. As stated in the description “The true moccasin boots are finished with leather laces, cream leather gusset tongue, leather lining, cushioned leather insole, heel pulls and a sports crepe sole.” They certainly do have a feminine flair, but they look durable. Besides, one should never judge the outer appearance, as they say.

Stay tuned for part II, I think that one will be… the coat.

Steal: Evening dresses

In affordable, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, steal, Trend, Trend Report, Wish List on December 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I may be young, but when it comes to clothes, I’m not delusional. Most of the time. As much as I can imagine myself in an over-the-top designer dress, I know how to find my favorite brands at reasonable prices too. And still set the trend, if I must add.

The thing about designer, is that minimalism isn’t an issue. You could be bare feet with a plastic bag, and you’ll still look dope. Reason being is because designer means quality – it’s not rocket science. So while we’d love to spend $1,000+ on that dazzling couture piece, we can still look on point in less than a fraction of the price. On top of that, adorned in clothes by some of the hottest designers in the fashion bible hot list.

OK, OK, wait a minute, here. A 100% silk dress by Swedish it-brand ACNE for under $250? And where can I get that? Coggles you say? Is that not a steal? And they have my size? If you – or me for that matter – don’t get on this, well have to resort to rags. This doesn’t happen very often… if ever.

Alexander Wang, in my opinion, is the Alfred Sung of his generation. This 26-year-old fashion prodigy has received accolades from Vogue, and is top-tier to celebrities around the world. That said, to own anything by Mr. Wang is a treat. And if it’s under $200, say no more. Even if it is his secondary line.

What more do you need in a TWENTY8TWELVE dress? It’s super-mini, and it’s pink. Nicki Minaj, eat your socks. And it’s roughly under $250 (CDN).

One thing you’ll have to realize: when it comes to cost-effective designer dresses, there’s less fabric to work with. But it’s okay, it’s worth it. You’ve got the body, the look and the attitude, and a little minus degree whether won’t kill you, right? Who wouldn’t wear this grey scale body-con dress by Jonathan Saunders. I thought grey was the new black. And apparently it’s 199.50 (USD), not even $200. Go for it.
Sportmax, a subsidiary of the MaxMara empire is constant in Vogue‘s pages. Does that mean anything, well yes, it does. it’s the originator in sport-motif chic. Minimal construction, and fine detail. And to top if off, for about $250 USD, you’re getting a 2-for-1 deal, a dress and bolero in a navy hue. OK. I meant three.