July 30, 2009

Support the cause

Check out these t-shirts by Marc by Marc Jacobs ($24)! Not only are they cool, but they also show your support for equal rights for same-sex couples seeking to get married. Sadly, not every country or state can be as avant-garde as Belgium is.

"I pay my taxes, I want my rights."

Pre-Fall Pre-Special

Not only am I a genius in coming up with subject titles but I’m also making things easier for my trusty readers. Many fashion sites and magazines are already reporting on the trends, shapes and colours for next year and seasons us normal people aren’t even thinking about, that’s just the way the business works and it makes it easier for fashion-lovers to prepare themselves for seasons to come. But thinking far ahead makes some of our heads hurt so I always report on styles and clothing that are of the current season, to keep it simple. I know that autumn is still a long while ahead of us, but here in Belgium it can get pretty cold sometimes already.

Cue Style for Guys’ Pre-Fall Pre-Special. Which means that it’s not autumn yet and that it’s not my soon-to-come Fall Special yet! This Pre-Special contains some new looks for when the sun just can't muster the will to shine or if you live in Australia or wherever and it’s winter already. Seen that I’m a smidge OCD, I put them in nice little categories for you to browse through. Enjoy!

1. Cool yet cheap
There are a few places you can find inexpensive clothes that aren't totally boring (H&M, Zara et al) but one brand in particular sticks out for me. The Japanese brand UNIQLO, they've been designing clothes since '49 but only recently have they taken the world by storm. Their clothes are wicked, don't cost much and are of good quality. Somewhat like American Apparel, you can choose from a wide range of colours. Go check out their online store for more.
Rain-proof parka (39.5$) and skinny jeans (coincidentally, also 39.5$), both UNIQLO.
UPDATE: UNIQLO just announced in the September 2009 issue of British Vogue that there will be a special cooperation line with Jil Sander called J+, with 40 pieces for men, starting at 25$!

And what about this suède belt by GAP (34.5$), perfect for finishing off your rugged plaid ensemble.

2. Cool yet a bit pricey
I have already professed my love for ACNE- the brand, not the skin condition- and this love doesn't wither over the seasons. Check out these looks and especially the double denim look (as discussed in my previous look) with this 100$ cerulean blue denim shirt and the incredible navy suède bomber jacket (580$).

Or get feral with these leopard-skin Marc by Marc Jacobs high-tops (p.n.d.) paired with grey MBMJ jeans (170£)?

3. Preppy
Get your prep on come fall with these polished looks from Polo Ralph Lauren (purple cashmere sweater -98$), Ralph Lauren Rugby (striped blazer - 298$) and Lacoste (black and white merino cardigan - 195$).

4. High Fashion
And conclusively/exclusively, the pieces some of us dream of and some of us can actually afford. These are my favourite pre-season looks, starting off with an American label that I worship: 3.1 Phillip Lim. Neo-romantic shapes meet urban trends and marvelous textures.

After all these years, Giorgio Armani still stands for quality and amazing Italian tailoring. What about this fantastic velvet-lined peacoat by Armani Collezione (2,495$) or quilted grey jacket (1,095$)?

And, in conclusion, tell granny to get her knitting needles out because the geeky Nordic knit (Fair Isle) sweater is back in business. Pair with skinny jeans, and maybe some oversized nerd glasses to fully take it to the next level. I love this one by Alexander McQueen (595£), with his trademark skulls subtly incorporated in the design (can you spot them?).

(images: www.acnestudios.com, www.31philliplim.com, www.marcjacobs.com, www.uniqlo.com, www.gap.com, www.polo.com, www.rugby.com, www.bergdorfgoodman.com, www.lacoste.com, www.matchesfashion.com)

July 29, 2009

A thousand apologies

So it's official, I'm the world's worst blogger. I'm so sorry that I've not been updating at all lately, and I promise to make it up to whoever is still reading this anymore. I never thought that I'd ever reach 694 visits and 1508 page views in the site's almost 4 months existence! To me, that's fantastic and thank you for that.

As some of you already may have heard: it's not a fashion crime anymore to wear double denim, however there's a lot to be said for that new wave. If you're bold enough to pair jeans with a denim jacket, make sure the fabrics are different enough in bleaching or texture as not to look like you're some sort of Doctor Denim who's on a mission to dress the world in jeans.

Today I want to share two looks by Dutch denim label G-Star Raw. You probably know them for their artfully distressed jeans trousers, but the things they make out of denim are quite amazing. I'm talking trench coats to Vespa helmets, and at first sight you might not even see that the fabric in question is denim.
The looks below show a jacket and blazer made entirely out of denim and it doesn't even look like it at all. It's the ultimate urban look for jeans aficionados around the world.
(images: www.g-star.com)

July 12, 2009

Sneaking Around

It's been a little while, but life has been très hectic lately. Things have settled down now, and what does one do when time is on your hands?
That's right: you go shopping!
I discovered a new brand when shopping yesterday; it's called Sneaky Steve, a Swedish footwear label. You can find their comfortable, cleverly designed shoes in stores as Urban Outfitters and Oak or in Men At Work in Belgium. I got these grey ones, and I really like the details on them and at 45 euros, they're a real steal. Check out their website to find out more.