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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 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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰

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 Casual Outerwear

Outerwear is always everywhere in the Fall/Winter fashion shows. F/W09 really did have some gems for outerwear this time. I always really love Fall/Winter because I’m more of a winter color kind of guy. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy the nice bright colors that come with spring and summer, but coming from a frigid northern state I guess my opinion is a bit swayed because I’m wearing outerwear 7 to 8 months out of the year. In this post I’m going to get into some of the more casual outerwear that I found in the shows. All of these jackets can be worn with a nice pair of jeans or, for one, a pair of solid gym pants.

Casual Outerwear

We’re coming out of the gate swinging. This old navy boxing champ will drop you on your ass and look damn good doing it. I love the extended collar on this coat from Adam Kimmel and the dark colors totally set off those rubber boots. It’s almost something straight out of Deadliest Catch, but all of those guys wear orange in case they fall out of the boat. He’s more of a local fisherman.

I hate to play favorites, but this second look here from Band of Outsiders is probably my favorite look in all of Fall/Winter 09. Maybe it’s my affection for aviators, but really that gray patchwork, half-zip hoodie is just awesome. It’s slightly snowboarder flashy, but muted with the gray. And the whimsical patches of really 3 different colors of gray that never repeat into a fully obvious and coherent pattern make something this simple that much more complex.

Next up we’ve got these crazy cool jackets from Calvin Klein that seriously remind me of Tron. In that shot you can see the black on being walked in the front, but they also had it in a gray as well that’s walking behind. From the different shots that I saw of this jacket, it almost was as if the jacket was made of foam or a foam-like material. It’s one of the pieces that really stood out from all of the other shows. Not a whole lot of people took risks this season, but I would say that this one from CK was definitely an intelligent and calculated risk.

Following Calvin Klein, we’ve got a look from Belgian designer Dirk Bikkemberg. The Bikkemberg label really centers on the sporty aspect of the fashion world. In his own words from their website, “Sport in general, and football in particular, represent the language of a genuine and positive way of life.” In case any of you misunderstood, he was speaking of European football (what we call soccer). Thus, this look here represents the football culture in the sporting aspects of the look. This fleece-looking top with the salt & pepper main portion was a great piece in the Bikkemberg collection.

Moving down to the bottom we have this great look from Gilded Age. It’s a shorter peacoat with some very nice sandblasted and partially acid washed jeans. Throw on a scarf with two different plaids and some fingerless gloves there and you’re set to go…on to the next look of course.

This jacket from Armani is definitely more of a fall coat than a winter coat. By ease of which this jacket moves around and the look of the coat, I would say that it’s probably a polyester blend fabric. Also, peeking out from underneath it is a shirt with organized patches of stripes going every which way and the velvet touch to the pants is a nice addition.

My last two outerwear pieces come from designers known for their editorial looks on the runway. The first is a Satyr-like character from John Galliano’s show wearing a great coat that will for sure keep you warm in the winter. I mean look at all of that faux fur (I assume) on the inside of that. It’s great because the texture of the fur on the inside touches on the brushed velvet look without actually being that look. The last casual look comes from a postapocalyptic soldier with dirty boots and a military style gray jacket that’s simply to die for. You can tell that this jacket from Nice Collective is much lighter in weight than the aforementioned coat from John Galliano. Both have the same sort of feel to them though.

That finishes up the Casual Outerwear portion of my coverage here, but be on the lookout for my picks on Dressy Outerwear to come next.

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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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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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