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Window Dressing the Man

Style, the way of putting things together has become more relevant now in menswear.  But maybe not quite, as much as how it has infectiously shaped the opposite sex.  Menswear is strictly fashion throughout the years, whose templates are invariably suits, shirts, ties, pants that continually define men and masculinity. Then style penetrates into men’s fashion, disregarding any sense of propriety.  That’s simply how Style stimulate “human interest”….like opening a hifalutin magazine these days and seeing all these otherworldly, intergalactic bamboozlement of editorials, at least, that’s how it appeals to me.  Interesting? Yes, but making sense? No.

Presentation of Soe SS/10 at the course of JFW

Presentation of Soe AW/10 at the course of JFW, encased in a Window view

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Boy Zone

Paris Fashion Week (homme SS/10), as Fashion is highly perishable, menswear designers have developed a routine habit of future streaming, that’s by and large, dependent on technology.  But this season, the fleeting pace is mellowed to a halt, as immediacy fades to allow relaxed, untrained and flimsy visions of an immature man.

Lanvin schoolboy

Lanvin schoolboy



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Raf Simons unveils The Modern Form

Retrospective look from Raf Simons SS/10 Collection

Retrospective look from Raf Simons SS/10 Collection

The first agenda of this season’s Fashion calendar had just been adjourned, there’s a hype of information now coming from Paris Fashion week.

Looking back at a few noteworthy shows, I think Raf Simons made an outstanding collection.  His show focused on bringing a heightened sense of consciousness to the man’s body; producing an array of torso-hugging suits and sleeves drawn up toward the deltoid corners of a man’s physique.  As if to suggest that a toned body may well be a precursor for Fashion to follow suit.  Thus, form is followed by all outer implements which are the clothes clinging only as mere accessories to the body, so to speak.  Raf Simons’  exploration on the man’s form is a glass shattering undertaking in menswear, delineating a similar Modern attitude towards clothing that seems to only exist now in women.

Raf Simons SS/10

Raf Simons - austere modernity echoed on every detail

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Shoe Perforation Mania at Prada

A look from Prada S/S 2010 collection (photo from Catwalking.com)

A look from Prada S/S 2010 collection (photo from Catwalking.com)

No other designer has exaggerated the perforated style in footwear except for Miuccia Prada. Her latest Spring Summer collection in Milan may be called a mock to the conventional suiting styles with which the traditional suit is worn….taking the sleeves off, detailed tailoring (with mesh and interior looking prints) and even a little hint of sportiness.  I always adore Miuccia’s bold choices….and how dare she manipulated the holy grail of menswear?  That refers to the  suit, which seems only a few designers would dare touch while Mr. Dries might have been busying himself perfecting suits for the past few seasons.  I am not surprised at all for someone like Miuccia Prada who delves in the unusual.  At reciprocal value, the shoes are just as maddeningly creative and anything but traditional.

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Prada shoe in distinct perforated holes

Synthetic laser cut holes couldn’t get any bigger.  Just make sure you walk on the dry path.

Prada perforated shoe

Prada perforated shoe

A barely dressy shoe like this makes a handsome pair of walking shoes….even the thought of going sockless is comfortably convenient.

Caged pattern on prada shoe

Caged pattern on Prada shoe

A handsome pair

A handsome pair of Prada shoes

A handsome pair that could potentially outdo any wearer.  There was an elfish quality with the raised front of these shoes but its elongated shape makes it more masculine.  Well, given serious attention, do these shoes really transcribe the new men’s dress shoes?  I don’t think so, I think the perforated style in footwear is preposterous.  Hence, these are all walking shoes.  A hardworking gentleman can never put aside a reliably tried and tested pair of chunky oxfords (or the Classic Prada shoes).

A boxy Prada bag

A boxy Prada bag (All Photos from men.style.com)

A boxy container unexpectedly turned out.  Wow!…I hope it’s not another Prada Nylon bag…or is it?

Bottega Venetta Bags are too good to carry

Playful colors at Bottega Venetta

Playful colors at Bottega Venetta (Photo from Catwalking)

Tomas Maier’s new collection for Bottega Venetta was not an understatement if  the brand’s slogan “When your initials are enough” is to be considered.  It was a playful display of  mashed up colors and sporty apparel.  Not to mention those tie dye shirts which I myself would be in doubt to wear.  But the handbags have always been at least to me the most irresistible.

BV bag in ostrich

BV bag in ostrich

This handbag in ostrich leather is just stunning…possibly my favorite.

chocolate BV handbag

chocolate BV handbag

I can totally see an executive class man from the far north toting this one.

shopping tote in blue crocodile leather

shopping tote in blue crocodile leather

One in a flashy blue crocodilian leather.  And the rest are all shopping totes with their signature hand weave probably more inspired this time from the oriental side of the world.

Mr Maier has given us so many timeless bags.  I don’t know why, but I utterly miss his flat bags from last fall.

BV flat bag from the fall collection

BV flat bag from the fall collection (All photos from Style.com)

It all goes down to Utility at Burberry


Milan Fashion Week S/S 2010: A look from the recent Burberry collection (photo: Catwalking)

The fashion world has started its seasonal routine all over again leaning toward spring next year.  The calendar of fashion shows kicks off at the Milan fashion week starting in the men’s department. Burberry Prorsum, as I’ve heard shall be celebrating its anniversary later in September and while its edging closer, Mr. Christopher Bailey, the creative director of the luxury brand presented another Spring/Summer collection which I simply cannot ignore.  To my opinion there was nothing strangely fantastical about the show, the kind of  somber mood that was reflected in its previous collections, it was nevertheless a generous outpouring of real and modern clothes.  I believe Mr. Bailey put into consideration the Burberry man in its contemporary period….this was all part of a main plot.  That plot started last year if I can recall those exquisitely handpainted cashmere sweaters…those slovenly scrungy cardigans that appeared in the summer…and then those true blue burberry checks last fall…now everything seems to be meeting at a singular point – Utility.  In fact the show started with Snowpatrol’s Chasing Cars…it was not a thematic show and forget those cheesy but all melodramatic british soundtracks from the past.  More critically there were looks that very much resembled his older collection….like that knitted cardigan which is now more refined than before…the lightweight breezy shirts from the past now more ambigous (shirts in draped straps)…. and all the luxuriously poetic silk brocade shirts and pants from the nostalgic past now economized to modern wearable separates that are practically Utilitarian.

Burberry raincoats in primary colors

Burberry raincoats in primary colors (photo: style.com)

And the water coats, they are as a coat should be…but in primary colors.

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

Mr. Bailey’s new proposition of a burberry man I think answers the questions of keeping a bright outlook  for such a dismal economic climate.  So smart indeed, eventhough this collection was not atypically inspired.  Now the vision of Burberry is like a gradation from a monochromatic neutral blur….to a decisively bold pop color.

Nadal skips Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal is his new pink tee on the French Open

Rafael Nadal in his new pink tee on the French Open (Photo credit:(Photo credit :JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal, the current world no. 1 in tennis makes a pass for Wimbledon this year.  After losing to Roger Federer last month on his very own battlefield (French Open), Nadal not only accepts defeat but also continues to struggle past debilitating knee injury.

The brawny Rafa who’s smarter than he looks puts wellness on top of it all.  He withstands the pressure of ‘keeping up‘ instead looks after his health.

Now that Nadal is out of the tournament which will start tomorrow, there’s a greater chance for Roger to reclaim his glory at Wimbledon and possibly win his 15th title (more than Sampras).  If nothing fails, that shall place Federer as a legend set for posterity.

There may not be enough coal to bring out the fire at Wimbledon but it might still make history for Roger to surpass Sampras.

Further thoughts….

I can’t help but comment on Nadal’s new ‘pretty in pink’ uniform.  He failed to defend his beloved title though, at least in style.

On Federer, in case he gets the title….winning of course equates financial success (even bigger in figures) per se. If I’m not mistaken, Andre Agassi posed for an ad campagin with the luxury brand Louis Vuitton not so long ago.  Already a rolex endorser, I’m thinking in the near future we might see Federer as a face of LV, in luggage.