Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2010 men's

Overview: The brand most associated with the super slimfit from the 00's is now offering more drapy alternatives. I guess the winds of change are blowing.
Rating: *** (out of ****)

Highlights: Draping cloaks

Lowlights: Ankle length coats
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Lanvin Fall/Winter2010 Men's

Overview: Known for soft fabrics and delicate shades, this season, the collection toughened up a bit with a of a bad-ass apocalyptic look. And it worked.

Rating: ***  (out of ****)

Highlights: Clunky boots, straps, wraps, buckles, etc.

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Lowlights: Shiny silver fabrics-- only looks good on the moon.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Yves Saint-Laurent Rive Gauche Fall/Winter Mens 2010

Rating: ** 1/2 (out of ****)

Highlights: Elegance of grey flannel and black

Lowlights: Flannel jumpsuits

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Viktor & Rolf, Fall/Winter 2010 Men's

Overview: This show was definitely a delightful suprise from the dutch oddball duo. One of my favorite of the season;

Rating: *** 1/2  (out of ****)

Highlights: Whimsical use of black and grey,  casual and formal

Lowlights: None.

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Rick Owens Fall/Winter 2010

Overview: There is definitely much in the way  of entertainment and novelty value, but I never got Rick Owens. I just don't see most of the clothing line as being very wearable. I would however select him, and not, say Ralph Lauren, to design the costumes for the next Mad Max movie (or Rihanna video). 

There is definitely a lot of buzz around RO. Will it last?

Rating: *1/2 (out of ****)

Highlights: Wrap around leather jackets  and coats

Lowlights: Too many to list: men in haltertops, squirrel furs, snakeskin boots, giant cannoli wraps, etc.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2010

Overview: Of all the  unconventional, visionary designers, for some reason, Galliano stands head and shoulders above the rest.  I can't quite explain why his far-out collections and trippy theatrical shows appeal to me whereas as those of other rogue designers (e.g. Rei Kawakubo, Rick Owers) simply annoy me. Maybe because's he's simply much, much better than the rest?

Rating: **** (out of ****)

Highlights: Victorian getups, samurai chic

Lowlights: Bustiers (men in lingerie is never, never a good idea).

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Gucci Fall/Winter 2010 Men's

Overview: What guy wouldn't want to look like James Bond? What guy would want to look like James Bond circa "The Spy Who Loved Me? That's a diferent question.  For the most part, I think Frida Giannini managed to pull off 70's chic.

Rating: *** (out of ****)

Highlights: Velvet jackets and turtlenecks.

Lowlights: Shiny velvet and loud print jackets

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Jean-Paul Gaulthier Fall/Winter 2010 Men's

Overview: Much has been already made of oddball Jean-Paul Gaulthier's bloody boxing theme, but maybe not for the reasons he envisioned.  Painting the models with blood may have seemed to be a good idea at the time but DSquared beat him to the punch (bad pun)  this very season with a bloody hockey theme.

The other notoriety comes from a picture of JPG with Chris Brown, which looks eerily similar to the infamous Rihanna bruised pic.

Anyways, as for the show, it was imspired by boxing gear, but boxers don't wear much-- at least the ones I've fought.  Go Figure.

Highlights: Boxing shoes/boots, leather "motorcycle" pants

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Lowlights: Typical JPG wierdness, skirts, etc.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 men's

Overview: I've grown to enjoy the Louie V men's collection ever since designer Paul Hebers took over from dress-wearing icon Marc Jacobs a couple years ago or so. This earthy colours  were a welcome change from many other labels which preached dreary shades of black and grey for the season.

Rating: *** (out of ****)

Highlights: bags (obviously), boots, gloves, sports jacket and dress pants combinations.

Lowlights: Not many, but I'd go with oversized dress shirts worn un-tucked and sports jackets with side "patches"

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Costume National Homme Men's Fall/Winter 2010

Overview: Grey, and lots of it; Ok, some black too.

Rating: *** (out of ****)

Highlights: Unconventional cuts for leather jackets and wool coats


Lowlights: Bad combinations of woven and fleece wool; Dressy fleece-- what the hell?

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