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S/S11 – Milan

Hoooooray for holiday weekends… at least in the USA here. Earlier this week I was talking to a co-worker and she mentioned that soon enough we’ll forced back into cold here in the Midwest. So I replied to her that the people in the trend department already have their eyes focused on 2011 with all of the runway shows that happening in Milan. This sparked my memory that I really haven’t done any of my favorite looks from the RL runway in a long time. Since the Milan shows only happened a couple of weeks ago, I figured I’d jump right on it and get you some of my fave looks. I’ll work this alphabetically by designers that had looks I liked and give short descriptions of what I like. FYI all of these images were taken by Andrew Thomas for GQ.com, except for the Moschino images, which were given to GQ directly from Moschino.
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F/W09 Suits!

Ladies and…wait…Gentlemen and Gentlemen, it’s time to get suited up! Much like my previous post this one will be much more about the pictures than what I have to say about them. So without boring the crap out of you, here’s what I’ve got!

F/W09 Suits #1

Alexander McQueen set out on a mission to bring across this early 19th century feel to his collection and he definitely hit the mark. I feel like these two guys could be in the same gang where the one on the left is the boss and then the one on the right is the young enforcer. I love the pattern on the enforcer’s suit and those fingerless gloves on the boss are fantastic as well. Calvin Klein hit us with a great suit here. The color and power of that blue suit absolutely shines right through. The model almost feels like Clark Kent walking down the street and at any moment he could hop into a phone booth and turn in Superman. My other two faves from this group are straight down from the Alexander McQueen ones. These two looks from D&G are excellent. I love the double pocket on the one blazer and that fantastic quilted pattern on the other one. The crushed velvet appeal of those pants with the quilted blazer is really great as well.

F/W09 Suits #2

The first image I like out of this group is the suit from Hermès. The clean lines and subtle shine really make this a great classic look. What takes it to the next level is that it only has two buttons total on the blazer and that shine scarf as more of an accentual piece than being what the entire look is about. The second one that I’m feeling out of this is that great looking suit from Jean Paul Gaultier. It’s almost reminiscent of a zoot suit. Jean Paul Gaultier hit the runways with a whole lot of afros and these military style suspenders. He really hit the mark for me with this look and that black-and-white striped skinny tie really adds to this look. Again, for the love of the updated classics, I really liked the suit from Loewe. The dark mauve bow tie on the deeper purple shirt with that nice, thick scarf really put this ahead of the rest. The last of my faves from this group comes from a designer whose entire collection I really dug, PLUS he used a one-man-band for the music of his show. How awesome is that? Miharayasuhiro came out with a really great F/W09 collection and this suit is just one of the many splendors of his show. I strong suggest checking out his entire collection because there are so many pieces from so many different influences all brought to together for his looks.

F/W09 Suits #3

Honestly, picking out a favorite in this group would be like picking which amazing supermodel I’d like to marry. They’re all so amazing, so I’ll touch on what I love most from each of them really quickly. The Raf Simons suit is very classic with that shine to it and those kicks are just awesome. For the Rag & Bone suit, I really like the accented edges and how well they crafted the layering in that suit. The first suit from Salvatore Ferragamo is really just awesome on all levels. It’s one of those pieces that really transcend the group where it could be dressed up very well and dressed down just as well. I am in awe of the versatility of that suit. The second suit from the Italian designer is almost as good as the first. Again, it’s a one-button blazer and that clean light gray look is just tip top. Again with Salvatore Ferragamo I love the clean lines on this suit and that camel colored shirt underneath accented by the off-center bow tie. The last one in the Ferragamo group here I picked because of the great use of color. It’s a very studious look and the sheer, pale violet, deep v-neck sweater really sets it off. Z Zegna gave us that same sort of look as the one before it, but in a much more formal form. I love that sheen feel to the shirt and tie underneath delicately playing off of the light. Last, but certainly not least is this black on black on black on black on…you get the point look from Z Zegna. What I love about this look that a lot of designers understand is that if you’re going to pull this off you have to mix up the materials and shine levels in the layers to set them apart.

F/W09 Shawl Collar Suits

The final thing I wanted to kick out there was these shawl collar suits. I have to say that I absolutely love this wrinkle in suits. Not a lot of designers took the risk to throw these out there for F/W09, but I give mad props to the ones that did. The shawl collars are just about everywhere, most notably in sweaters lately, but bringing it into these suits is absolutely brilliant. Now, these are nothing NEW new…I mean shawl collar suits were all the rage back in the 70’s, but updating them and bringing them out in this fashion is just awesome and I had to give kudos to those that used it effectively. Thus, I raise a glass to you Miharayasuhiro, Shipley & Halmos, and Versace for these superb suits.

For my next trick…er…post I’ll hit you guys up with some sweaters, scarves, and a random collage of looks that didn’t really fit into any specific categories that I happened to like to. That will finish off everything that I’ve got from F/W09, so hopefully I’ll have that done and written up very soon. Thanks everybody and happy weekend!

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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 Stripes!

Alright ladies and gents, it’s time to hit the trends that I picked up. First up in that category is the stripes and there were enough to make the zebras in Africa jealous. From Burberry to Y-3 you’ll see stripes in Menswear.

Stripes #1

Appropriately, starting it off here we have a Burberry look with diagonal stripes on a tee. I think diagonal stripes are really where it’s at for this year. You’ll see diagonal stripes in this Burberry and D&G 06, 23, and 26…all in different capacities. The vertical stripes on that vibrant blue suit from D&G are supreme and the diagonal stripes on the shirt next to with paired with the skinny tie are perfect. I don’t think I’d wear that shirt with the mini shorts, but that’s probably why I’m not a D&G stylist. The white look is really cool because it actually touches on two styles. The first is obviously the stripes, but the second is less obvious. All you have to do is note how the chest pockets are crafted to see that it’s actually a military-inspired shirt. I’ll touch on the military-inspired look in an upcoming post. Now in the black suit you may be wondering where the heck the stripes even are, but they’re actually on what seems to be a scarf underneath. It’s just barely showing, but I guarantee they’re there. I’m actually not 100% sure if that’s a scarf or a vest or something else, but I know that it’s a nice little touch. On this final D&G look you’ve got stripes and accented edges all over the place. The shoes actually remind of a pair that I already own in SL from Detour called the Jaywalker Sneakers. Next up is a more classic use of stripes from DSquared2. I love the light cream jacket that he’s wearing with this and again it feels very Sartoria. The last one in this contact sheet is a very subtle use of stripes from Iceberg and I love that blue. 😉

Stripes #2

One of the things that I really like about this first look from Iceberg is the use of stripes underneath. It’s not like the D&G one where the stripes are all up in your face and you can’t escape them. Here they’re simply used to accent the tie with the pocket square color matching the lighter blue from the shirt. Speaking of not being able to hide from the stripes, this Jean-Paul Gaultier look practically stands up and slaps you in the face with them. The one piece from this that I really like is the full-zip sweater. It’s very cool and it gives that deep V-neck feel without forcing you to commit to it. The next three here give you different looks at stripes on polo shirts. John Bartlett’s heather gray polo gives you a more muted version of it, Just Cavalli steps it up a level giving you vertical stripes in a gray scale, and then Lacoste throws reds and oranges in a more contemporary style. The entire look from Marc by Marc actually features a lot of stripes from the layers down the arms, to the bottom of the shirt, to even a very light striped pattern on the pants. Now, the look from Moschino…well I’m not sure why I picked it, but the whole appeal of this is very cool. It almost feels like something you would see at a Sex Pistols concert. It gives that sort of London punk scene. Following up the London punk is picnic kid from Moschino. What I like about this is the stripes that run right into the accented edges.

Stripes #3

Alright finishing off the stripes here, we’ve got a couple of different ways from Perry Ellis. Again with the blue (it’s getting to be a theme eh?) and then I like how Perry Ellis used the accented seams on the light lavender shirt to show a v-neck without there actually being one. Thom Browne really did hit us with a v-neck sweater on this one and he threw on some stripes as merits denoting rank on the left arm. Omg! It’s blue again on the Versace! I like how the diagonal stripes are a lot more abstract on this one. They’re there, but subtle. Again with the subtlety of stripes in the double-breasted blazer on the other picture I have in there from Versace. You can barely see them except for in the light. The next is one of my favorite shirts in the stripes category from Vivienne Westwood. I love how the cuffs and collar have that deep berry & white stripes on the edges. It’s something funky and fresh that I could definitely see a designer easily integrating into their product arsenal. Finishing off the stripes are a couple of designs from Y-3. The first is a lot like the Iceberg one before where the stripes are very light accents. I also really like the shine to that green shirt underneath yellowish cream jacket. The last pic we have here is very Back to the Future 80s, but really my favorite part is the shoes. I love that wavy triple stripe over the top of the shoes.

That just about wraps it up for my observations on the Spring/Summer 09 stripes. My next post will be my last post on Spring/Summer 09 fashion. I’ll be covering accented seams, some of the military-inspired clothing, and then a little bit of craziness that really made me laugh. That should be up tomorrow night and conclude my faves from Spring/Summer 09. I hope you guys are enjoying it because it took a lot of time clicking to get all of this. Thankfully I got a new mouse for Christmas. 😉

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S/S09 Suits!

It’s time to demonstrate how you’ve got to dress to impress Spring/Summer09 sty-lee. Suits were pretty much a staple in every single menswear designer’s S/S09 portfolio. Here is the cream of the crop that rose to the top for me:

Suits #1

Kicking it off we have agnes b. I know I’m overlapping some designers a lot in these posts, but as I was combing through all of these images it was like if a designer hit a right chord…it seemed as though they hit another and another to me. I do touch on a few of designers in this group that I haven’t touched on in the previous posts, but I digress. Agnes b! I yanked out three of her suits for this affair. The first one, despite the look on the model’s face, is an excellent navy suit. I like the mixing of blue on blue (yeah I’ve admitted to being a blue slut and S/S09 totally will allow me to be a blue slut) and the vertically striped tie is a great accent piece to this. The second and third really hit a homerun in my eyes. It’s like I’m looking at Ol’ Blue Eyes and Deano back from the dead. They are classic Rat Packian-style suits and if the fedora had a little fake feather in it, I could see my grandfather (God rest his soul) in one of his hats in this style. Note the horizontal-striped tie on the one and the dotted-down the middle tie on the other. The next two from Cerruti are along the same lines as the two to their left, but they’re not as dapper. These are more “church on Sunday” than “smoky night club”…if you want to stand out at church. They have a nice little shine to the fabrics that really sets them apart and they are suit separates. The two side-by-side maestro-esque suits from Chanel are almost works of art in themselves. I could see them in front of the orchestra and working their magic. From the maestros we move to a couple of shots of a suit from DKNY showing its diversity of looks of more casual and then more dressy. The casual having the deep v-neck shirt and canvas shoes while the dressy going with a blue on blue up top. If I had to pick between the two, I’d go with the dressy one because I like how the tie and shirt are the same color but the material demonstrates their difference. The last suit in this group is an excellent sky blue suit from Dries Van Noten that’d make Harry from Dumb & Dumber jealous.

Suits #2

Kicking of set #2 of the suits we have, lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine! Okay it’s not Adam Levine, but he really friggin looks like him. This suit shows that cream is still a player, although much more minor now, in the color palette of spring/summer and the deep purple tie is the match that lights it up. Next up we have a couple of suits from Emanuel Ungaro. The thing I like about the two suits is how they’re both pretty basic, but then underneath you have some excellent shirt that light up this look. They feel very classic 70s European, but the shirts underneath really bring them to today. Emporio Armani had a very excellent collection for this Spring/Summer 09 and the first one I have from them is again demonstrating that suit separates theme coming around again. I really like the pinstriped pants on that, but I’m not all that sure about the blonde tips on these guys. Maybe that’s just me. The second suit is fantastic. The color is a very bold dark blue. If nothing else, you cannot deny that it’s supremely striking and carries an air of a very powerful suit. The bottom five are like ducks in a row of gray scale excellence. The first three of Fendi are again the Ryan Darragh special, especially the one in the middle (even though his av reminds me of the first one). I really like that deep red on the shoes in the first shot. If I had to pick a favorite suit out of all of the ones presented in this the Marithe + Francois Girbaud one really set it ahead of the rest. I really love the innovative cut on the suit along with the perfectly placed buttons and that nice subtle pattern on the fabric. Top to bottom it is the best, in my opinion. In the last one on this piece by Moschino it’s not Brandon from 90210, but it could be…with a picnic basket waiting to take you all away! Honestly though, it’s one of the best light gray suits that I saw and the diagonal-striped tie really set it apart from the rest.

Suits #3

Last set of suits…are you ready!? OK! Really love the shine on the suit in the Moschino suit here and also note how the tie pattern matches the shoe pattern…brilliant. On the suit from Neil Barrett I really like the skinny black tie and the wide-collared shirt on the white, single-breasted jacket. Next up is probably the coolest and comfortable suit in the entire set here from Roberto Cavalli. It just oozes elegance and affluence in a very warm climate. Moving along, we have two suits from Thierry Mugler. The first I chose for the blue on blue again. I guarantee you there was a lot of blue around this season and especially that sort of color blue as the shirt underneath the suit. From what I’ve shown so far, you’ve seen it in only Perry Ellis, but in what’s upcoming you’ll see it in Versace and D&G as well. I chose this black suit from Thierry Mugler because I love that classic suit with the extra flair up the shoulders. It reminded me of the Amorsolo suit in black from Casa del Shai that I blogged a little while back. Finishing off the suits we have a nice group from Tommy Hilfiger. Honestly, straight down the line reminded me of something that Sartoria di Traveller Bade. You can also find a plethora of diagonally-striped ties with your suits at Sartoria as well. **UPDATE** I went to a Fabulous Fashion show last night and Kobe Flatley of Mechanism was the designer guest. One of the outfits he put out there as a preview piece had a fantastic flexi black & white, diagonally-striped tie. Also, serjordan Bonetto of Emery had some of the prim persuasion out upstairs in his store as well. If Photoshop would’ve gone in the correct order on these you would have your morning, noon, boating, and night suits all in a row, but instead it put them in noon, boating, night, and then morning order. The white suit is just striking and I really like it. It’s a lot like the DSquared2 cream suit that I showed before, and the blue-jacketed suit separates setup is perfect for a day of yachting or flying your small personal jet around. 😉 The final suit I’ll talk about is that great single-breasted suit with a touch of blue on the breast. That extra touch really sets it apart from your regular, run of the mill suit. Capping it off is that bow tie and a great pair of very shiny oxfords.

Alright, that wraps up my picks for the suits of Spring/Summer 09 fashion. On deck, I’m going to get into a few of the trends that I noticed in the shows. They have shown up in a lot of the ones that I’ve already showed to you guys, but they were much more minor pieces of these looks. In the next ones they’ll be the central focus. Kicking it off will be my dedication to the Stripes….stay tuned!

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S/S09 Dressy Casual

Alright alright! Two posts in two days. Don’t get used to it because I’m not! lol Moving right along in this series we have my favorite Dressy Casual looks from the Spring/Summer 09 fashion shows. Now, as I go through all of these understand that some of these attire categories are going to crossover to the trends and vice versa. Alright enough talky talk. The second attire category I’m touching on in this series is Dressy Casual. Let’s get to the pix!

Dressy Casual #1

Starting it off here again we have a look from agnes b. I love the clean lines on this outfit. This sort of clean style that I like also shows up in the Cerruti outfit if you hop over Alexander McQueen (don’t worry we’ll come back for him). These two clean looks really bring back in my memory some of the more “Golden Years” of US in the 1950s. That sort of Richie Cunningham/Happy Days (congrats Ron Howard on the Oscar nomination) appeal if you will. And we’re back to Alexander and jumping over to D&G. The one thing I noticed that I liked was items, whether they are sweaters or jackets, that were overall pretty plain but with that extra touch that set them up on the next level. For the Alexander McQueen jacket is a cigarette smoke plume dancing elegantly from one side of the jacket to the other and for the D&G it’s the small six-shooter center piece (almost reminiscent of the gun that Michael uses to kill Sollozzo in the Godfather Part I). I love the bow tie too. Moving right along we have almost a collegiate professor look from DSquared2…if your college professor was in his 20s and really into fashion. The look is really eclectic, but somehow pulls it all together. Although I’m not a huge fan of how the pink lighting affects the color on the two from Emanuel Ungaro, the looks are the classic blazer/button up shirt/jean combo that’s very prevalent these days from the bars to the first dates. Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing casual suit from Etro. It’s very reminiscent of something that you might see at Meriken in-world. I love the green & brown tartan print that’s present, but doesn’t full takeover the entire look. I have a pair of nice dress pants IRL that are gray with a blue outlined tartan print on them and they’re one of my favorites. In the Dressy Casual category that suit is probably my favorite and those shoes…oh man those shoes are just killer.

Dressy Casual #2

Starting off this second set of Dressy Casual is Fendi. I liked this look, and a lot of the looks in Fendi, for the very intelligent use of shine fabrics. I believe while looking through all of these images I dubbed Fendi the Ryan Darragh collection because they just fit his style so perfectly. There are three more looks coming from Fendi in the Suits section I’ll be touching on in my next post, so hold your horses or fast forward to them. Next up we’ve got a double shot of Giorgio Armani. I chose these two because it demonstrates something coming to the runways with a lot of suit separates. I also just love the color on these two. You can pick up a blazer that’s very similar in color and material to the blue at Hoorenbeek. It’s the Velvet jacket in Blue and it’s L$520 for a single (L$945 full pack of 4). Down the line, we have Givenchy with the wide collar shirt and somewhat channeling Josh Hartnett in their look. The following Kris Van Assche look is on there for that little black accessory on breast of the jacket. The jacket really makes the look and what looks like a black synthetic corsage really makes it shine. The final three in the Dressy Casual category all feature ties in different ways. Louis Vuitton attacks the tie in a pretty normal form, but on a pink shirt and using it to further accentuate the accented seams. Rock & Republic tackles the tie in skinny form with somewhat skinny pants as well. The pants are really more between a straight leg & skinny style. Salvatore Ferragamo tucks in the orange tie under a very nice sweater, touching on the fade pattern that was big in charcoal to gray this fall.

I know! I lied! I’ll try to get around to doing the Suits tonight. I guarantee it’s worth the 6 or 8hr wait until I get those done. So next up are Suits!

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