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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.

Military

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.

Craziness

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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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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