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F/W09 Sweaters, Scarves, and the Others

There’s always an end and I’m finally ready to say that after this my F/W09 posts are done for the season. Let’s kick it into high gear and finish strong!

F/W09 Sweaters

With fall and winter collections, obviously, out come the sweaters. My favorite in this group is definitely that fantastic, yellow shawl-collar sweater from Hermès. It’s clean, simple, and very fashionable all in one package. My second favorite sweater is actually the busiest. I love how playful the lines are and it’s the same sort of yellow that’s in the Hermès sweater. Of course I’m talking about the one from Missoni. It almost has a modern Charlie Brown feel to the pattern that makes it even better. I love when designers take iconic patterns, toss them into their own designer blender, and hit frappé. The last two sweaters I want to talk about are kind of a tied for third, if you will, and they’re actually the first two in the image. I love that knit sweater from Adam Kimmel, although I think the attitude of the model wearing it really does help its image. He brings that extra touch of personality that makes it almost feel like you’ve caught a shot from The Sartorialist.

F/W09 Scarves

Again, because this was Fall/Winter and these are cold weather looks, the designers kicked in some really great scarves. If I were forced at gunpoint to pick 3 of them (oh the horror 😉 ) I would definitely take the Givenchy, Emporio Armani, and Michael Kors scarves. I love the hand-knitted feel to the Givenchy one. It’s almost like an heir loom or something that your grandmother made you (if your grandmother had extremely excellent knitting craftsmanship). It’s that touch of authenticity that really drives this one home as one of my favorites in the group. On the Emporio Armani scarf, I really like the touch of the floral patter on there. The brushed velvet look of the blazer definitely helps the scarf to stand out as the centerpiece in this look. Finishing off my faves is the neck muffler from Michael Kors. A lot of designers came at us with some neck mufflers for Fall/Winter and I was definitely digging them. I know all three of the ones I chose are all black, and I do kind of like that bright red one from Iceberg, but these were the standouts. The other thing of note here that I really liked was the purple sweater from Burberry Prorsum. I love how the patterns switch up and play together through it.

F/W09 The Others

Welcome to the final contact sheet…obviously there is a bunch on here. There are even a few that I kicked out to get a nice even 20 looks. I’ll give you a quick-hitter on all of the highlights in my eyes here. I love the salt & pepper accented seams on D&G cardigan and that nice blue oxford underneath. Double pocket and cut of that jacket from Dunhill really make it a winner. I love the huge scarf in the Gilded Age look and ladies…his name is Chad White and I can’t you tell if you he’s single but he is a nice guy. I love this sweater from Libertine and it seems that NoaR did as well. Moschino hit us with some upscale geek chic. The glasses and pen stitched into the sweater make it simply awesome. Most of Number (N)ine’s very editorial selection was a bit too much fantasy for my tastes, but there was just something about this look that I really liked. I like how the jacket hooks together. It almost feels like he’s some sort of mythical Shaolin cowboy. Moving down the line, I liked the interesting cut on the sweater here from Raf Simons where it looks as though there’s a piece from where neck is on the sweater comes down over the shoulders. To the last row we go here with Ralph Lauren showing a quality way to pop some color into Fall/Winter. Looping back to my first post about the colors, the mauve vest is used to perfection here. I love the amber color in the velvet blazer from Salvatore Ferragamo and the pattern on that tie is so interesting. The last two in this collection of extras have this great knit sweater that’s actually created in the same sort of pattern that the aforementioned Givenchy scarf was.

Alright that wraps up my posts on Fall/Winter 2009. I hope you all enjoyed them and were able to at least pull one thing out of these that you really liked. If I can get some of this fashion through to one person, I think all of my efforts here putting these together were worthwhile. Over the time I’ve been putting these together my SecondLife inventory has swelled to about to bursting point, so I’ve got some looks that I’m going to throw out at you guys in quick succession. Thanks so much for reading and be well everyone.

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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 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 RWB and Donegal Tweed

Alright ladies and gentlemen we have another couple of trends that were burning up the runways. The first one I’m going to toss at you is a touch of Americana. OK OK, so maybe there are a bunch of other countries whose flags are red, white, and blue. Call me a big, fat American if you will, but on the runways this fall a few designers hit us with these gems:

F/W09 Red, White, & Blue

Starting off with a bang we’ve got a fantastic sweater from Adam Kimmel. The colors are so clean and vibrant it really stands out in this crowd of other red, white, and blue looks. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of a cardigan sweater I had as a child. I don’t think I have any pictures of me in the sweater and I wouldn’t subject my childhood to the peanut gallery here. 😉 Also in this look the muffler with the cut edges has the colors, but in different hues. It’s a nice little touch to this look.

Next, we get suited up in excellent fashion. Gucci tosses this classic power suit at us with very clean lines and a shirt and tie to lighten it up a little. I obviously don’t mean that it’s lightened up color-wise, but more in having some fun. The banker white colored shirt and the checked pattern definitely pop out in this look as well as the shine texture to the tie.

Strolling in now, we’ve got a couple of looks put forth by Iceberg. In the first look, well…we’re missing the white, but the red and blue are there! That’s actually why I did throw this one in because I love how the red and blue announce themselves on the scarf. It’s almost like a red-winged blackbird how the color stands out in this look. That right there really forced my hand in putting in this look into this group. Also, in this first look I adore the intricacy of the detail put into those shoes. The second look from Iceberg is definitely more on the casual side of things. I love the big, red neck on the turtleneck portion of this and those clean, white Velcro shoes are excellent as well.

Moving to the bottom, we’ve got this awesome sweater from Michael Bastian. It’s in the same category as the Adam Kimmel sweater right above it. However, this sweater has a nice shawl collar to it and a much busier Native American pattern to it with the two chiefs and teepees.

Coming up next we’ve got a couple of looks from Moschino. I love the regal appeal of the first one from Moschino. It’s definitely a step back into time with the bowler hat atop and the crisp cut and feel of the navy blazer. Where the Gucci look had a lot of fun, this Moschino look has a lot less. The only fun you get out of this look is the diagonal stripe to the tie. Speaking of fun, the other look from Moschino that I have in this red, white and blue trend is this awesome blazer, tie, and shirt combo. I love how from the waist up that it’s very busy and pops against the very reserved pants and shoes.

The last look in this group is simply a scarf that really did it for me. I really like how Yohji worked this into the sporty feel of Y-3. The way that they tied up the sweater around the neck like an intricate pretzel is just awesome and really adds to the casual feel of this entire look.

F/W09 Salt & Pepper #1

Donegal tweed hit the runways HARD in the F/W09 shows this year. There was a flash of it in almost every collection this season and here are some of my favorite looks from it.

Starting it off we’ve got a fantastic coat from Alessandro Dell’Acqua. I love the black fabric accents and the solid gray sleeves on this. It almost feels as if the coat is a vest with a collar. I’m also a big fan of the light shine to those slacks with the cuffs on the bottom. It’s a very dressy casual fall style on this. The pants may take it a little out of that realm, but overall it still has that feel.

This next look from Bottega Veneta also comes with that same feel, but the shine on those pants are a bit too high to wear to your local coffee shop. I’ve always been a fan of the light collared shirt under the sweater and they did something interesting here. Usually when the collared shirt is underneath you’ll have a V-neck sweater, but on this they used it on a crew neck.

Coming through now, we’ve got a couple of looks from two different Armani collections. The first here is a very casual look from Emporio Armani. I love the look and feel of that coat along with the newsboy hat in a brown version of that same salt and pepper feel. This look is for sure my favorite in the group mainly because I can envision myself wearing that down the streets of a snowy New York City, even if I do live in middle America.

The other look from Giorgio Armani definitely has that more regal, affluent feel to it. The salt and pepper relaxed blazer with that vest underneath are perfectly paired up. I also like how the pocket square helps to tie the jacket into the overall look. It’s a very nice touch indeed.

The following look is probably the most mixed up in terms of the patterns. You’ve got your full suit of donegal tweed, diagonal strips on the tie, dotted multi-color shirt with a banker white collar, and red/white/black slip on shoes. When you read that you would think that the look would be WAY too busy, but somehow Gucci pulled it off where it doesn’t look all that overly busy. It definitely leans toward the busy side, but, in my opinion, it didn’t break over that threshold of too busy.

The last one in this group from Iceberg falls right between the Bottega Veneta and Emporio Armani looks. You’ve got your low shine the pleated dress slacks and then that donegal tweed look in a knitted pea coat. My favorite in this though is the blue, knitted, loose turtleneck sweater. A younger dad could definitely pull that off on the sidelines of a brisk, cool day for their kid’s soccer game.

F/W09 Salt & Pepper #2

Starting it off on this second set we’ve got this great clean and sleek look from Jil Sander. I like this clean look and how it really makes the donegal tweed style the central piece of the entire look. They didn’t add anything amazingly flashy to run with it. The salt and pepper is the statement of fashionability in itself.

Michael Bastian tossed his cap into the ring on this group as well. This fantastic, sporty look I really like the double pocket on the jacket and those blue fingerless gloves are awesome as well. You can’t really tell if they’re connected to the full-zip underneath or not, but I would assume that they’re simply complementary to the full-zip.

Now, we’ve got another classic Michael Kors look. Salt and pepper not only works its way along the jacket, but also the turtleneck sweater as well. My favorite part of this is actually something very simple: buttons on the inside of the coat. Often buttons are a great accent, but when you can hide them inside and make the look even cleaner it’s excellent.

Next on the palette of donegal tweed we’ve got this jacket from Neil Barrett. The first thing that’s great about this is how Neil breaks it up with the rest of the coat being a deep black with the salt and pepper fabric shining through. Then he goes and allows you to break it apart and use it as a scarf. Form and function work perfectly hand-in-hand on this coat and I think it’s awesome. Those shoes are pretty cool too. 😉

One of the designers that really caught my eye in all of the Fall/Winter 09 shows that hit the runways was Trussardi 1911. I don’t know what it was about their looks, but they really just hit that spot for me. I like how the grays play off of each other in this look and, same as the jacket from Michael Bastian above it, has the double right-side pocket. It is very business attire oriented with great class.

Finishing off this post we’ve got a great salt and pepper stole from Victor Glemaud. I really like the casual appeal to this look and note that across the board on the bottom there’s either a hem to the cuff of the pants or they’re rolled up. A lot of designers were doing this in menswear for this season.

That wraps up this post. I hope you all enjoyed this. I’ve got about 6 other topics to cover, so I’ll try to bust through them as my schedule is much more open this week. Thanks everybody and up next I’ll cover the military influences, layered colors, and newsboy hats that lit up the runways.

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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 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 Casual

Okay let me preface this with the fact that I know absolutely minimal information about what the buzz is about trends in S/S09 Menswear. I went through all of the images and just sort of picked out the looks that I liked and some of the trends that I picked up on. I assure you that there are probably a ton of trends that I missed because, as I said, I’m not exactly sure what to look for. A few of the things that I noticed are: vertical, diagonal, and horizontal stripes (I’m partial to the diagonal), military styles are around though less prominent, big buttons on sweaters, and a lot of contrasting colors on the seams/around the edges. I also realize the the Fall/Winter 09 shows have already kicked off in Milan, which prompted me to get my bootay into gear and get this post done. A lot of these images are going to require a closer look to see what I’m talking about, but I’ll touch on some of my favorite things. The categories I’ve put these in are Casual, Dressy Casual, Suits, Accented Seams, Military, Stripes, and last but certainly not least Craziness. Simply because of the sheer size of this, I’m going to break this up into smaller posts on specific sections. So let’s kick this off with the Casual:

Casual #1

I’ll touch on some of my favorites in these shots. Starting it off from agnes b, I was really liking how she used the green-patterned shirt underneath the jacket. It really made that look pop and jump out at me. Next, the innovative zippers by Emporio Armani really gave a basic leather jacket that little bit extra. Note the nice shine texture to the pants as that’s still around. Now, like the agnes b look, the Evisu look here with the nice lure on the sweater and the green underneath that jumps out. Great for sitting on the dock of the bay…I hope that’s a Snoopy fishing rod. The main piece of the Hermes shot that I liked was mainly to show the strappy sandals. I saw a lot of strappy sandals and you can actually pick up a pair of excellent strappy sandals from J’s called the J’s Men’s Belt Sandals. They feature a set of prim toes for you to adjust to your skin color. They’re only L$280 for 6 different colored straps. Last on this image, but starting off the next one, are some of my favorites from Iceberg. I can 100% honestly say that if I could live in the menswear of any designer it would be Iceberg. Perry Ellis is a close second, but Iceberg really just hits me hard. I pulled off a lot of images from them.

Casual #2

As I said before, Iceberg Iceberg Iceberg, love it! The next 4 shots after Iceberg feature something to watch on the runways that I didn’t pick up initially, but notice how they all have the rolled cuffs. I also really really like that Lanvin sweater with the elbow patches. It takes something that naturally would feel very old school, but brings it up to that next level. Also note the diagonal stripes on the tie. The Kris Van Assche shot mainly demonstrates what I’d love to see in a bold pair of boardshorts in SL. The two Lacoste shots were just really excellent pieces. Just looking at them makes me feel calm, cool, and collected (like the Eugene song). The Lanvin shot is also in there as another reference to those strappy sandals.

Casual #3

The third and final collection of casual attire starts with a really really cool tee. I love how the electricity of the blue and red of the graphic play off of each other with the stark contrast of the dark gray tee. Despite the fact that this guy reminds me of Animal from the Muppets, his look, as well as the three from Perry Ellis, really hits the same spot as the Lacoste looks before. I love the Roberto Cavalli look there. It’s almost like something you would wear on a cross-country trek. Rock & Republic bring back the acid washed jeans in skinny style. I’m not a big skinny jean fan because of A) a little tight RL and B) there’s no way that they’d work on my bigger more athletically-shaped av. I love the stark contrast that the jeans provide in this look. Simply as an FYI Audrina Patridge, of The Hills “fame”, is in a new ad for Divine Rights of Denim in acid-washed jeans…I have a feeling they might be on their way back. Again, here we have the strappy sandals on the Salvatore Ferragamo look and really liking that sweater.

I think a lot of these could be implemented into SL. And that’s not saying, “DESIGNERS GO COPY THESE” because everybody has their own flavor that bring to the table. I think these would be some nice spices to add to your recipes is all. Alright the first one is down. Coming up tomorrow, I’ll give you my picks on the Dressy Casual looks and Suits that I’m really feeling.

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