Posts Tagged ‘Paul Smith’
Stretch cotton-twill and leather varsity jacket by Paul Smith. A hefty £925 price tage. Available at Mr. Porter.
I’m not sure where this fascination with varsity jackets came from. Perhaps it was after seeing the lovely line-up at E.Tauz or maybe, it’s the boy in me, but they’ve suddenly become a priority on my staple list. Ah, that’s it. Though the varsity jacket is as alpha male as it gets. This season’s version boasts an androgyny with muted, monochrome palettes and uber clean lines.
The perfect example of this is the young, feminine featured New York rapper A$AP Rocky. His latest video, Goldie, saw him spice the jacket up with a toque and some grills. But his soft, lean silhouette – he does look rather waif – was reminiscent of your favourite tom girl.
NIKE Destroyer £280. Available at the NIKE store.
Then there’s NIKE Destroyer for women. OK. I did recently post about it. Maybe too recent. While it’s not as smooth as Paul Smith’s version (and a fraction of the price), it is surprisingly minimal (no logos or obvious NIKE branding) which makes this a strong option if you’re into this trend.
It’s a tough call, believe it or not. It is much easier to dress down the Paul Smith version than it is to dress up the NIKE one. Though they’re both very similar with the ribbed cuffs, press-stud fastening, leather sleeves, it’s about the finish and effect in the end. Needless to say, I can’t really justify even spending £280 on a NIKE jacket, of all things, either.
I’ll be keeping a close eye… on both of them.
There were too many collections to keep track. And though I loved them all, I had to narrow it down to the ones that stood out to me. And even if they didn’t, there was something strong in their message. Something worth noting.
Versace menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012
The new trend: Blue
Blue is back, but with a lot more panache than the denim that inundated fashion last year. Blue – this year – is royal; soothing, much like the exquisite beaches in Aruba. Donatella Versace did a beautiful rendition of blue in swathed sweaters and fine-tailored suits, while Dries Van Noten, though not a standout in the collections, did a beautiful number on those double-breasted wool-blend coats. But Acne was, by far, the best collection in this department. Jonny Johansson, creative director behind the brand, complemented the hue with the minimalism trend giving it a very contemporary appeal.
Paul Smith menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012
The new trend: Orange
Last year it was burnt sienna, but this year, it’s a full-out ode to the hue representing enthusiasm and creativity. Ann Demeulemeester, mostly known for her dark design concepts, threw in punches of orange as show here, while Kenzo enriched the colour with a bit of berry. Paul Smith, otherwise known for his whimsy multi-coloured stripes, added a bit of edge to his collection, but threw in orange for good measure. It definitely worked.
Givenchy menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012
The new trend: Graphic print
Alright, this is not particularly a new trend. But, it is one that designers want you to understand. Yohji Yamamoto did what appears to be an ode to the late Alexander McQueen, you know, the gorgeous art of the medieval era, Sir McQueen was so good at – but, in true Yamamoto fashion – a bit of whimsical flair lightening things up. It is fashion at its peak, but still wearable for those into making statements through their clothes. I have said, for a long time, that I am in love with Riccardo Tisci. This has not changed, and neither has my love for his design hand at Givenchy. With its incorporation of pitbulls, Jesus and chains, this collection was very west-coast, very “hood,” and an interesting cross-over into more accessible fashion. As for Jean-Paul Gaultier, the man who gets his inspiration from the street, there was nothing new. But that’s okay, Mr. Gaultier played on his strengths: prints, sexuality and fantasy. But his way with prints, in this case, is indisputable.
Burberry Prorsum menswear – Fall/Winter 2011 2012
The new trend: gray, hats, bags
The thing about this, is that there’s too many to just single out one. When I look at the hats – especially in the Dior Homme collection – it’s an easy ode to Indiana Jones. But, when I look at them, I think of the late, absolutely great Michael Jackson. He lives on through fashion. And the way the hats tilt (as seen in Lanvin), concealing the eyes just so, it is an obvious reference. As for gray, the colour representing sorrow, security and maturity, rather than dwell on the bad, let us think of it for its security. It’s dependability. And, better yet, as seen in Burberry Prorsum, its sleekness. “Manbags” – feared by men across the globe at first, are now bigger than ever. To the point of commonality. But unlike the men in skirts trend last year, this one is nothing to be ashamed of. And as the trend develops, it learning to take on a masculinity of its own.
I’m a clingy girlfriend – there, I said. But I’m also a loyal one, just ask my bags. I’ve got bags with straps falling off the seams, filled with century stale crumbs and holes leading to wonderland. But that could be because I’m an easy shopper: I see it, I want it, that’s it. Which could be the reason I’m so loyal to my limited bag collection in the first place. I don’t really like shopping for bags, and I’m pretty confident in the type of bag that suits my body type and personality. You’re tall, thin, go with something that slouches around the body. Long straps are sleek. Flexibility is key. Marc by Marc Jacobs is a personal favourite. Chanel, well, I admire that one from a far, and Hermès, well, forget about it. But I digress.
There’s people that collect bags for the sake of it, but this isn’t about that. Nor does it have anything to do with price. Sometimes, you just need a bag you throw over your shoulder and go your way, you know what I mean? Well, okay, you might want to throw a bit of hotness in-the-mix.
I’m a fan of the acclaimed french brand Balenciaga. And even bigger fan of the bags it produces. However, they’ve got an older aesthetic. May not be suitable for someone under 25, unless you’ve got the physique and personality to pull it it off.
I’ve never really had the chance to get into Paul Smith, until now. It’s a timeless brand, that swirl? Sexy. As is this bag. It’s got that quirky graphic in the classy style.
Python is hot. Always has been. And the colour? Stunning. Jerome Dreyfuss is relatively new to me, but by the looks of this one, I could get into it.
Burberry. The brand I could never afford. But it’s a staple if you can actually get your hands on one. This check is more versatile compared to the other ones, along with the colourway.
I’ve always wanted a Mulberry bag. I’ve just never had the opportunity to get one. This Mulberry purse is stunning, kind of young, but fun. And flirty.
There’s that girl, again. Rihanna. I was in awe with her dominatrix phase, but these days she seems in synch with where I am stylistically right now. Wanting to go back to her roots. As you can see, Rihanna’s playing with patterns and boisterous colours while adding a touch of street in the process. Marc Jacobs took it there for Spring – as did a lot of designers – Mossino included. But if you decided to go the tribal pattern route it can’t be strategic. It’s got to be grimy, or else what’s the point?
I need somewhere to sport some super short-shorts and combat boots. Red hair not included. I already did the big jewellery, but I don’t mind bringing it back – for the right purpose.
So, I’m pulling together a look that reminds me of this ferocious outfit Rihanna wore during her MTV “The Seven” visit. I like it.
Paul Smith Tailored Tux Jacket
Friend of Mine Black Silk Sonic Tank available at Bunnyhug
As I’ve grown older, my eye for good quality sneakers aka trainers, has become more refined. I admit, I’ve always had good taste in sneakers, but now I can easily spot a really good one when I see it. And believe me – it takes skill, particularly when concepts are slapped together – in the laziest or excessive ways- and then suddenly considered the must-have item of the season.
I don’t like my sneakers to be pretentious, well – maybe just a little. But pretentious meaning they’re equal parts fashion and art. Yes, I truly do believe in wearing art on your feet.
The Top Ten Hottest kicks for 2009/2010 (so far):
I do quite like these all-black leather high-tops. What’s particularly interesting is the piece of lace intertwined with the shoe laces that are strapped through the shoe.
High-top black canvas sneakers with white city print. How cool is that? I’ve never been one for the whole BBC/Ice Cream shenanigans, but I love the simplicity of this shoe. you may be looking at the shoe thinking “What’s so simple about it?” well, the minimalism with architectural element. This shoe is very art deco.
Would someone really be that crazy to wear 5000+ dollar crystalized sneakers with wings? You betcha. Jeremy Scott made winged sneakers the rave for 2009 and this is a perfect way to end off the year. A true gem, Swarovski showed the world that they can be just as street as the rest of them. Kudos to Jeremy for constructing such a daring fashion statement.
I’m one of those people who sets their eyes on something and when I want it – that’s it. When I saw this little happening fashion statement I loved it. And I certainly do love the colour pink if it’s done in a way I can stand.
Whether it’s a tiny streamline inside a coat, cuff or an added degrade effect, a great look this winter is splashes of pink on your outerwear. Yes, instead of that bland grey, or black, invest in a piece that’s sizzling in hot a pink embellishment. It’s a statement that will never go out-of-date rather, becoming more refined with age. Matter of fact, I don’t think many young’uns are keen on the trend yet (which might be why Balmain’s pointy shoulders are plastered in mags rather than the pink effect). But it looks good on any age.