Despite being categorized under the umbrella of “fast fashion,” H&M has always maintained a decidedly high-end approach to its seasonal lookbooks, imagery and visuals. Presenting its Winter 2012 range, the Swedish retail and fashion giant debuts a minimalist and cleaned up pictorial highlighting its range of menswear. For this season, the brand initially displays an affinity for all things formalwear via tailored blazers, skinny ties and knitwear. While overtones of formal garb are heavily promoted.Obviously the swing to streetwear is is there in Letterman jackets & hoodies. Dont expect any of these items to be amazing quality or last more than a season..
Firstly I’m a huge fan of the classic denim jacket, and these are some of the best I’ve seen in a long time.
The Denim Jacket Project sees the high street store commission six British and American designers to have a crack at reinventing the classic jean jacket. It’s no easy feat: the jean jacket has long been a staple of men’s wardrobes. While fashions come and go (stone-washed, indigo or acid wash denim, slim fit or boxy), the general idea hasn’t changed a huge amount since Levi’s started producing them in the early 1900s.
One most high profile name on board is the British designer Oliver Spencer, known for his relaxed casual tailoring and outerwear. Here he has taken inspiration from the classic leather biker jacket and recreated it in a bright blue denim.
I expect one of the most popular jackets will be the one by Katie Eary, who has used bleached out denim and added a detachable borg collar. It’s an unassuming, simple design – until you unbutton it. It’s lined in a bold animal print. Very on-trend this spring is the offering by Topman Design, which is my particular favourite Topman’s in-house design studio. It’s based on a 1930s shape and has been created made from a dark, polka dot printed denim. The other designers on board are Lou Dalton, Shaun Samson and Mark McNairy. See all the designs below
Denim Jacket Project launched yesterday , April 4, and is available at Topman Oxford Circus, Topman General Store Shoreditch, Topman General Store Seven Dials, Topman.com, Harrods, Selfridges, Topman Manchester Arndale.
Streetwear giant A Bathing Ape is introducing a new label into its fashion family. Taking the moniker Aape BY A BATHING APE, the range is set to slot in between the current A Bathing Ape and BAPE Kids range, hoping to attract the disposable income of the teenage market. The style and designs reflect a return to an older style BAPE, no more so than in the choice of logo. A lower price range has also been attached, with T-shirts starting at approximately $48 and parkas at $120 USD). In what is probably the biggest move from the brand since the takeover by I.T, it will be interesting to see in what direction this collection takes the company. The Aape BY A BATHING APE 2012 spring/summer collection will be available soon at BAPE stores worldwide. I personally thing that this will be available for wholesale at be in varied stores in a couple of seasons just like Mr Bathing Ape. Keep your eyes here for more of the collection as the revealed.
Credited with the creation of the original waxed waterproof polyester motorcycling jacket, Barbour is an iconic British label with a historically rich pedigree dating back nearly 120 years. Their most classic piece has become the standard for waxed jackets with Spring Summer 2012 seeing Barbour giving two of their most technical and iconic jacket styles a healthy dose of color (including the belted A7-inspired jacket popularized by Steve McQueen). You can browse the International collection here
So its the hottest day of the year and it wont be long before the pastey white legs are out on the UK male population and that wardrobe needs updating. Have a butchers at Weekend Offender’s new Summer collection, as always the jackets look amazing and you will also leave plenty of coin left in your wallet for offending! They also not so long back opened their first flagship store on D’Arblay Street in Soho which is well worth a visit.
A summer staple, ASOS has put out its own version of The Harrington jacket, in time for the transition into the Spring Summer season.
The Harrington is made from 100% cotton with a tartan lining; warm enough to wear with a shirt and be comfortable out at a bar but sharp enough to be worn in place of a suit blazer at the office or in warmer weather. Plus won’t set you back a small fortune 45 of your hard earned English.
British streetwear brans Chateau Roux have just dropped their AW11 product on their website. Highlights for me are the animal print tees and the extra special ‘Open Rev Shirt’ more of a overshirt than a shirt with curved placket finished in brushed cotton twill a snip at 85 of your hard earned. Check out the full collection here
Celebrating the craftsmanship, functionality and intricate details that catapulted G-Star to denim fame long before hip-hop celebs began sporting their jeans, the brand has taken it back to their 1989 roots with their new collection, Raw Essentials.
Hitting stores this week, the collection includes key pieces like boiled wool cardigans and leather jackets but remains chiefly focused on selvedge denim. With deconstructed accents—like abrasion marks and hand-painted rivets— the jeans have an overall worn-in feel, while details like hand-sewn stitching between fabric panels reveal themselves only on closer inspection. Shot by Anton Corbijn, the face of G-Star’s Autumn/Winter 2010 and Raw Essentials collections is 19-year-old chess champion Magnus Carlson. To celebrate the season’s launch, G-Star is assembling a three-member team of first-rate international chess champions for its RAW World Chess Challenge on 10 September 2010 in NYC to play against Carlson, with the public’s input.