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Carolyn Massey SS11

11 Nov

I readily put my hands up and admit I don’t really get menswear. I’ve covered a few menswear shows in the past, Versace and Jil Sander I think but on the whole, I find it really hard to get excited about it. That was until last Saturday when I spied Aiden Grimshaw looking very dashing in a lovely crisp white shirt on the X-Factor. Upon further investigation, and a helpful tweet from show stylist Grace Woodward, I discovered it was from menswear designer Carolyn Massey’s range for Topman. I had absolutely no idea Topman secured designer collaborations like sister brand Topshop. Her sell out collaborative ranges have earned her style fans including Elliott Sainsbury from Fashion156 to Steve Salter of Style Salvage. 

If the high-street collaboration was this good, I knew I had to check out her main line, it did not disappoint. She is a very well deserving winner of the BFC NEWGEN men’s award, not once but thrice! Her SS11 collection combines her minimalist take on menswear tailoring with surprising ribbon detailing. I love the pared down, basic colour scheme of beiges, mustant and dark blues. 

Carolyn Massey SS11 film from Chris Brooks on Vimeo.

Jil Sander Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

25 Jun

Gosh I Love technology. I’ve always prefered being at a show rather than looking at beautiful images online, the atmosphere, setting and seeing the clothes on a model down the catwalk always help put the collection into context. So I’m over the moon that so many shows are being either streamed live or put onto YouTube after. Here’s an absolutely fantastic collection by Raf Simons for Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011:

The first few looks seemed like a happy marriage between nu-rave brights and sleek simplicity. Turquoise, fuchsia and orange minimalistic separates almost seemed complimentary rather than garishly clashing. His collection also included stripes and florals. These looks have provoked extreme reactions, some like me absolutely love them but others cannot stand them. I agree that sometimes the entire look is a bit much, but it’s the same can be said for womenswear. But part of the beauty of fashion is creating something extreme. The suits should prove less controversial, with only slightly quirky twists like punctuations of those bright colours, short shorts and accordion pleating. The chaotic print jumpers and colourful trenches were my favourites, along with the sleek suits. Overall, I loved this collection, the crisp classic shapes were typical Simons while the bright pops of colour added a new twist. 

Versace Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

22 Jun

Most people who know me know I’m not into menswear. It just isn’t as versatile as womenswear and certainly doesn’t have the same potential to mix things up either…cropped tee layered over a maxi dress with an oversize cardi, anyone?! Previously, my only interest to date has been lusting after the odd AllSaints tee. However, having had a few sneaky peeks on have piqued my interest, to say the least. 

I’ve become a fan of Versace womenswear over the past few seasons, and have now discovered that the menswear side of the business is gaining momentum. New man on the block Martyn Bal, formerly Dior Homme, is appealing to a new, younger clientèle with his modish tailoring and nod to the eighties. He is of course inspired by the archives as well as Bruce Weber’s photography for the house during the eighties. The suits were one of my favourite looks from this collection, subtly altered for summer with shortened sleeves and slim fitting trousers rolled up at the ankle. Shiny fabrics, faux-bibbed shirts and optical prints on fabrics make this a surprisingly sumptuous men’s collection. 

Suits you?

8 Jul

I’ve got to confess, as much as I love fashion, I just don’t pay too much attention to menswear. Sure, I mooch around the menswear section from time to time and find a manbag to covet or toy with the idea of buying some slouchy men’s trousers…but I don’t know what’s new and hot or pay attention to the shows. I just like what I like. The Boy is also mostly ignorant of menswear fashions, actually make that fashion in general. But that’s ok, I have enough clothes for both of us.

Anyway, I digress. The Boy has been suit shopping, on his own. Usually, him shopping completely by himself is a scary thought. But he has done well, I thought he would probably stick with a boring black suit but he has bought a lovely charcoal grey suit. I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. The rest of it was a struggle. Again, long distance relationships suck, imagine trying to explain a shade of blue to a boy over the phone or trying to describe what kind of tie would look good. But I think he’s done very well.

Not that I actually know what makes a good suit…I just like when the shirt picks up one colour on the tie and the cuffs of the shirt are *just* longer than the blazer. Oh and perhaps a little handkerchief in the pocket. It’s all in the details. Someone who does know a good suit is Scott Schuman. The following pictures can all be found on his blog The Sartorialist.