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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 Colors

I’m back again with my runway madness. I know that when I put out all of my S/S09 picks that it was pretty much right in the middle of the F/W09 shows. Thus, I’m trying to get this one out before all of the S/S10 images hit the runway. Also, it’ll give the few designers that even read my blog some quality looks at designs they can implement into their digital design arsenal.

Kicking off my F/W09, I’m going to hit you with some of the colors that popped off the screen and slapped me in the face through my sifting. Although it was more like they were challenging me to a duel. Anyway here are some of the colors that were more prominent throughout the shows.

F/W09 Colors

Carrying over from last season, I still saw a lot of reds that showed themselves. Etro kicked out a couple of them in those first two shots as well as Tim Hamilton on the bottom. The Etro looks show a deeper red that was very synonymous with F/W08 shows. Speaking toward each look, the first actually speaks toward this sort of patchwork trend that was making its way through the shows with whimsical cuts of where one pattern breaks off another begins. The second Etro look is a very casual chic with a square-quilted pattern a lot of designers were showing off. Tim Hamilton’s look is a very striking, velvet red suit and no matter if you were to break up that suit, just wearing the jacket or pants, it would still hold the same sort of punch that the full suit does.

The next color above is that sort of mauve color that comes into play with the turtleneck from Etro. Where Etro shows you how the color can punch from an opened blazer, Loden Dager demonstrates the mauve color in a slightly more demure form in outerwear. There are two other things of note within these two looks. The first is that in the Etro look you have your shine texture still around in the fashion world. The second is that you’ll notice the rolled pant legs in the Loden Dager look. A lot of designers used rolled pant legs for their more casual looks in a lot of different ways.

Moving on, another key color that showed itself was this camel/khaki color. This isn’t so much of a color that would jump out at you, but it’s definitely a solid base color. The two looks that I chose for this color were from Patrick Ervell and Versace, respectively. I like how comfortable the Patrick Ervell look is. As I said a moment ago, Ervell uses an elastic band on the end of these pants, almost like rain gear, for the shortened pant look. The other camel/khaki look from Versace is a lot more of a comfortable style that you can take to an art gallery opening or something of the like where the Patrick Ervell look is much more meant for the artistic display of the runway. Note the perforations in the shoes on the Versace look. The only store in SecondLife, off the top of my head, that you can find a pair of shoes like these is at Adam n Eve. They’re called the Pepperpot, but I don’t think they come in camel like the ones in the Versace show. Also, the Pepperpot’s are slip-ons where the

The last color I want to talk about here is orange, and here’s the fantastically quirky jacket from Junya Watanabe. The hunters’ blaze orange offset by the strips of plaid is just awesome. Like I mentioned about the 2nd Etro look, this jacket has a much larger quilted pattern on the orange portion of the jacket. Also the brown accents on the pockets as well as the hat really bring this all together. When I saw this I thought that this would be something that you could find in the closet of say Ben Gibbard (lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie) or one of The Jewnas Brothers.

Alright, I got the easy post out of the way. Other colors that you should watch out for are teals in the light and dark variety, navy’s, and gray’s. These will manifest themselves later on through my posts that are coming on down line, but I felt like these were the most notable. That’s it for now, and I’ll be creating contact sheets and moving on down the line for more F/W09 fashion posts. Stay tuned fashionistas.

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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 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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