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F/W09 Military, Layers, and Delivering the News

Buenos dias everybody I am back at it again. I’m combining posts like crazy here trying to get all of this stuff out as S/S10 shows have already hit the runways in Milano! Since I’m going to be running the rest of this show on a condensed time table as fall in the Northern hemisphere draws near, I’m not going to talk about EVERY outfit. For the rest of these I’m just going to slap images in your face and then talk about my faves of the bunch. Let me flip on some music to play into my ears (my Thievery Corp station on Pandora) and the slapping shall commence!!

F/W09 Military #1

So the military uniform influences were all over the place in F/W09, but none more prevalent than in the D&G shows. My favorite overall looks from this group are definitely D&G 14 and 17. I love the bow tie with v-neck sweater underneath that awesome jacket in #14. I honestly don’t even know what to say about #17. It’s just so awesome. That jacket is great and pairing it up with the lightly destroyed denim gives it that sort of real appeal that I could see myself wearing out on the town for an evening. The other look that I like in this group is D&G #21. That fur down the inside for the cold Russian nights in 1940 and the whole regal appeal that rolls with it is awesome. The other things that I really like in this group are the black & red jacket from D&G #3 and I love that little touch of the flower on the Armand Basi trench.

F/W09 Military #2

Here’s your second set of military up in this piece. My favorites from this group are the looks from Diesel Black & Gold, Moschino, and Trovata. I like the overall feel of the Diesel Black & Gold look and that coat is extremely well made. The Moschino look is also excellent in its own right. The clean lines and extra-shined leather definitely give that feel of a high ranking officer. Also, note the red, white, and blue tie that they snuck in there as well. In my previous post about the RWB showing up, there were a couple of Moschino looks. Thus, it’s them carrying over that pattern into multiple looks. The Trovata look is probably my favorite in the bunch. The shawl-collar navy (in color and branch of the military) pea coat is definitely one of the better pieces in this group. Add in the accented straps on the lower forearms to hold out the water and you’ve got yourself a superb coat. Other pieces I like in this group are the three D&G looks leftover from the last one. The two coats are awesome and then red piping accents on that light blue shirt really sets it apart from a lot of the looks seen in F/W09.

F/W09 Layered Colors

It’s time to layer it up ladies and gentlemens. Although, in this group it’s not so much physically putting on layers, but layers of colors. In a lot of the past shows and recent trends there was a color fade trend where gray would fade to black. Well what I noticed through F/W09 was that a lot of the designers made their colors much more defined. There’s still a little fading in this group, but it’s not as gradual. There are more steps to it. My top 3 looks in this group (in no order) are Emporio Armani (minus the leather fanny pack-esque thing), Hermes, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love the sweater and overall feel of this look and the flat cabby-style hat adds to it even more. The Hermes look I love because it was so simple, but so different from everything else I saw. The subtle change up of the color of the stripes on the shirt on this shirt makes it my fave. I’m definitely a fan of the subtle details that really show the designer took their time in crafting the garment. Next in my fave three is this awesome sweater from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I really like the mix up of the colors on this. It’s very Rivers Kuomo (lead singer of the band Weezer) and two of the swatches are donegal tweed/salt & pepper in nature. Other faves in this group would be the great sweater from Dirk Bikkemberg and the diagonal white stripe that runs from sleeve to body to opposite sleeve and the sort of Charlie Brown feel that Missoni tosses at us.

F/W09 Newsboy Hats

Finishing us off here we’ve got some Newsboy and Driver hats that were working the runways. Burberry Prorsum definitely took the reins on this and came out with some really fantastic looks. The first look from Burberry is probably my fave in the entire group. I love how all of the clothing has very deep, rich color and then the shoes come at you like mirrors with the shine on them. Also, note that on three of the four Burberry looks I have up there, they have them with fingerless gloves. That’s definitely something to pick up for the colder months if you happen to live in a climate where you’d need them. Now, the driver’s caps from Dolce & Gabbana are fantastic couple with those suits and the skinny ties. I mentioned before that the gradual fade had gradually faded out, but actually the pants in the first Dolce & Gabbana looks have that fade to them with horizontal lines up the pants. It’s a very cool and complex pattern in what seems to be a very simple pair of pants. Again it’s me with the subtleties. 🙂

That should just about wrap up this one. Next up, I think I’ll finally suit you guys up with some fantastic formal wear from F/W09. Stay tuned everybody. Same Oscar craziness, same Oscar blog.


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F/W09 Dressy Outerwear

Ohhhhhhhhhh snap. I’m back at you with more Fall/Winter 2009 hotness from the runways. This post is more of a debonair affair than the previous ones. You have your jackets that you can just toss on and go to wherever you need to head to for the day, and then you have that really nice coat that you wear for special occasions. Here is a taste of those coats:

F/W09 Dressy Outerwear #1

First up, we’ve got a very nice coat from Belstaff. The offset zipper gives a nice fashionable touch to this coat and I really like really the overall feel of this look. This definitely has a power look to it. Next up we’ve got a fantastic coat from Burberry. It’s a touch more casual than the rest of the coats I’m talking about in this, but it’s best suited for when you want a nice coat and you’re not looking for it in black. Note the nice tie for the waist. The following two we have here from Dries Van Noten and DSquared2 are two pea coats with a collar in common. I really like the deep black of the Dries Van Noten jacket, which is almost like much thicker and heavier blazer. The strong shoulders and chest pocket are nice touches to this very regal coat. The other coat with a color switch on the collar is the one from DSquared2. This coat is a much more relaxed coat than the previous, but still just as excellent in it own right. Although it’s shown with jeans, I think this coat bodes better with the white shirt and bow tie. The last two in this set have accents on the other portions of the jacket. This first one from Emporio Armani has a cut similar to the Dries Van Noten jacket in the shoulders and at the opening the cut is right down the middle. The accented pockets are great for fashionability, but I wouldn’t leave my wallet in one of them. 🙂 The last one in this group is a really great classic coat from Hermes with a tan inner lining that shows up on the cuffs and just inside the opening on either side, but left off of the collar.

F/W09 Dressy Outerwear #2

Moving right along with the coats here we’ve got a really well put together pea coat from Iceberg. Very classic lines on this coat and definitely set off with that huge scarf. The second in the line here is very classic as well, but it’s also very classic Michael Kors. The overall feel of this look from Michael Kors seems to be right in line with the look of most of the S/S09 Michael Kors campaign. It’s very well-put together and very elevated. Note the knit collar as well, as it’s definitely something to look out for in F/W09 trend spotting. The next look here from Richard Chai looks like it’s casual, but really this jacket can go both ways. You can wear it like the designer tosses it out here or suit it up underneath and work it as a nice softly textured plaid coat to offset the solid colors of say a navy suit. Sliding on down to the bottom row we’ve got a great jacket from Salvatore Ferragamo. It carries over the accent seams that were rampant in the S/S09 shows and brings to fall astonishingly well with the military feel to boot! Finishing off this post we’ve got two looks from the Z Zegna show. The first one here is a great black coat with those little, shiny accents over the front of the shoulders that really set it apart from the rest. Last, but definitely not least, is this great deep brown jacket with a teeny bit of shine to fabric and, like the previous Z Zegna coat, a bigger sprinkle of shiny accents down the front. These accents aligned themselves with the theme of show as if the rain just stopped falling on the models with wet asphalt look of the runway.

And that wraps up my picks for dressy outerwear from the latest shows. Coming up next I’ll hit you with a couple of trends that were really overtaking the runway in the outerwear category that I haven’t really shown yet.

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S/S09 Accented Seams, Military, and Craziness!

It’s the end of the S/S09 as we know it, and I feel fiiiiiiiine. Alright, capping off this fabulous season of fashion, I’m gonna hit you with some accent seams, a military vibe, and some things that just made me laugh. Alright so kicking it off are the accented seams!

Accented Seams #1

Now, for the most part these are self-explanatory and if you’ve read from the beginning, or at least close to the beginning, you probably already noticed that some of these have already shown up in other posts of mine. Kicking it off here we have a great jacket from Belstaff. I like how the seams are almost like an extension from the pants to the jacket in texture and note how the pockets on either side are also the same fabric as well. This is a demonstration of a more subtle form of the accented seams as a lot of them are much more noticeable. Then, we’ve got two from CNC Costume National. In the first one, the shirt is the one that’s obviously done with accented seams, but also the zippers on the gray jacket. On the black jacket in the second from CNC, I really like the white edging around the buttons. I like the jacket even without that, but I felt like that was a really cool touch that CNC added to that. Following CNC we have three looks from D&G. In the first I really like that gray shine texture on the breast of jacket. Again it’s more subtle, but don’t worry if you want it in your face D&G hits you with the next one. You cannot escape the white breast on the black coat here along with the accents on the pockets and (it’s hard to see) the white seam up the outer seams of the pants. This one is a lot like the the last one D&G, but they toned it down slightly with a white edging all around the edges of the jacket here including the chest pocket and the sleeves. Moving on to something completely different and much more retail, we have a look from the Gap. The edging is on the lighter side, but if you were to wear your polo open you could see these white stripes up the inside of polos where the buttons are and the white collar on polo. I’ll definitely be watching the Gap website to see when that comes out and what other colors they provide. The last one in this group that I just adored was this coat from Gaspard Yurkievich. I really like that blue tartan pattern and then to cap it off you’ve got the black around the edges. I thought it was just a killer concept that somebody in SL should make.

Accented Seams #2

Omg! How did more Iceberg get in there? I have no idea. 😉 This shirt is awesome. Cool, casual, and comfortable. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…I could live in Iceberg. Moving right along (footloose and fancy free) is this fantastic sweater from Marithe + Francois Girbaud. I love the colors on it and those shorts are pretty great too. They both really work together very well. Next up we’ve got a great thin black jacket from Michael Kors. It’s very much like something you would see Kanye wearing and it actually touches on the upcoming military-inspired section coming up. The big pockets in the front are cut military style. Finishing it up here Roberto Cavalli and Versace throw their hats into the ring on the accented seams. Roberto Cavalli hits it with a navy coat and cream accents to match up with with the pants, whereas Versace hits it with a little piping around the edges of the black jacket.


Still marching its way onto the runways is the military-inspired clothing and I’ve got 4 looks here for you. The first is a great all cream look from Belstaff. I really like the pockets and the fabric on that look. It’s definitely your light and comfortable military look for spring. Then, we have more of a contemporary runway version of the military look from D&G. The all black with white buttons is a superb piece. High shine on the boots and military colors reign over this look from rag & bone. Finishing this off in the main color of Spring/Summer 09 is a military-inspired piece from Versace. I really like this jacket and the pockets angled in is a great touch.


Finishing it off we have some things that I just could not hold myself back from laughing at. I know the designers chose these items and models for specific artistic reasons, but sometimes they just go a little too far. In the first pic we have a white trash Easter play. The second gives a model that looks like he rolled out of his cardboard box. The third just made me think of LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells”…LL Cool J is hard as hell! Battle anybody I don’t care who you tell! I excel! They all fail! I’m gonna crack shells! Double L must rock the bells! The next could have joined Paul Blart in the Mall Cop movie. Again, DSquared2 hits us with some classic Run DMC. Finally, if you ever need a place to hide your sultan sword, remember that your hair or a do-rag on your head are perfectly good places to hide.

Alright, that wraps up all of my Spring/Summer 09 coverage. I just looked at the website that I used to look at all of these images and the 2009 Fall RTW Menswear images are up to 2,441…Again I will sift and inform, but next time it won’t be as close to the season as this time. Hard drive crashes when you’ve already completed your entire pull of images blow…Thanks for reading everybody and stay fashionable!


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