Monday, 31 December 2012

Jaewan Park Menswear Spring/Summer 2013

Jaewan Park is a young and promising menswear designer hailing from South Korea but now resident in London (where he graduated from the London College of Fashion and the Royal College of Art) that I have started following recently and whose work I admire for its sleek tailoring and unexpected detailing such as asymmetrical lines and buttoning, deconstructed cuts and tromp l’oeil effects. The campaign for his latest collection, shared with The Style Examiner and featuring model Yemi, was stylised by Julian Ganio and photographed by Thomas Lohr.

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Belstaff Menswear Pre-Fall 2013

Revived in 2011 under the creative direction of Martin Cooper (who used to contribute his design expertise to Burberry), Belstaff is one of the most promising brands currently flexing their sartorial muscles and one that I have been following closely with pleasure over the last couple of seasons. For its menswear Pre-Fall 2013 campaign, Janis Ancens modelled a collection featuring rich textures and deep colours in very strong outerwear pieces such as slim puff jackets, structured leather jackets, and mixed fabric trench coats.

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Photographs courtesy of Belstaff

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Kris Van Assche for Eastpak Spring/Summer 2013

Belgian fashion designer Kris Van Assche has collaborated with American luggage manufacturer Bfor the fourth consecutive season to produce a collection of bags designed to bring together the outdoors world of sports with city life. To this end, the bags incorporate details such as zip strings that conjure up images of climbing ropes while edges protected by black leather suggest sophistication. The collections’ seven designs are made from beige, light blue or black structured twill 100% nylon mixed with a grey marl jersey, and will be available from January 2013 in selected KRISVANASSCHE and Eastpak retailers.

Photographs courtesy of KRISVANASSCHE

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Louis Vuitton Menswear Pre-Fall 2013

Paris fashion house Louis Vuitton has unveiled its menswear Pre-Fall 2013 collection in a campaign modelled by Janis Ancens and Rutger Schoone that also featured the brand’s latest ranges of accessories and luggage.

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Photographs courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Monday, 24 December 2012

River Island Menswear Spring/Summer 2013

British fashion brand River Island has unveiled its campaign for Spring/Summer 2013 menswear, revealing yet another strong range of wearable garments that confirm this as one of the most interesting high-street fashion labels. The collection comprises the lines Authentic Blue, Cosmic, Havanna, Graphic, Tribalist, Life of Tailor, and Holloway Road. Inspiration for the different ranges came from diverse sources such as nineteenth-century hardworking American work wear, 1980s new wave, neon and acid washes, metallic and cosmic imagery, sportswear silhouettes, Japanese street style, Afro-Cuban prints, 1950s rockabilly, and Savile Row tailoring.

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Photographs courtesy of River Island

Balloon Dresses by Rie Hosokai and Takashi Kawada

Japanese artist Rie Hosokai, whose work is known for including garments made from inflated materials, has unveiled a new dress built by knitting balloons together as part of ‘Piece for Peace’, a charity art exhibition that is open to the public at Tokyo’s Parco Gallery until 9 January 2013.

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Photographs © Hiroshi Manaka

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Prada Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign

Milan fashion house Prada has selected actors Harvey Keitel, Benicio del Toro, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Dane DeHaan for “their individual sense of style” to feature in the Spring/Summer 2013 menswear campaign photographed by David Sims.  

Photographs courtesy of Prada

Versace Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign

Italian fashion house Versace has unveiled the campaign for its Spring/Summer 2013 collection photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. The images (with art direction by Giovanni Bianco and styling by David Bradshaw and Melanie Ward) feature models Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy, and Joan Smalls surrounded by Edward Wilding, Kacey Carring, and Veit Couturier half-dressed as gladiators.

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Photographs courtesy of Versace

Garçon Model: Combining Style and Comfort in Men's Underwear

I recently came across the new Canadian men underwear brand Garçon Model and became curious about what it had to offer to the area of men’s bodywear. The helpful contact in their main office in Vancouver swiftly provided me with information about the brand and sent me a sample to try one of their products in order to write a review. 

I admit that I had initial reservations because of the composition of Garçon Model’s garments (82% nylon and 18% elastane) as I am inclined to prefer bodywear made from 100% cotton. I find that is the most suitable fabric to allow skin to breath, although cotton also comes in all kinds of weight and weaving that need to be factored in according to the seasons. When I received the black briefs from the Garçon Model Iconic Metallic range my first impression was positive: the packaging was stylish and the metallic waistband was fortunately not as shiny as I thought it was going to be. After trying them on, I realised that the fabric proved to be (at least on a cold Winter day) soft and comfortable, and the cut was surprisingly snug as it allowed for the briefs to be moulded to the shape of my body.

Although Garçon Model’s campaign seems to focus on how underwear for men can “ooze style and sex appeal”, I’d recommend their pieces for their comfort. Yes, they are stylish, but essentially their cut makes them very comfortable, while the soft microfiber fabric manages body moisture very effectively while not loosing shape throughout the day.

Garçon Model underwear comes in three classic styles (boxers, back-printed logo trunks and briefs) in a wide range of colour options. For more information, visit

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Photographs courtesy of Garçon Model

Paul Smith Opens New Shop in Cape Town

Paul Smith has recently opened a new shop in Cape Town, South Africa. Situated on the corner of Bree and Wale Street, in the heart of the central business district and at the foot of Table Mountain, the shop offers both men’s and women’s collections. Paul Smith himself mastered the design of the shop, characterised by a vivid blue exterior and newsprint-lined interior walls highlighted by colourful touches.

Photographs courtesy of Paul Smith


Friday, 21 December 2012

Corneliani Opens Shanghai Flagship Store

Italian menswear brand Corneliani has inaugurated a new flagship store in Shanghai’s Citic Square shopping centre on West Nanjing Road, one of China’s most famous luxury retail hubs. The store is Corneliani’s 40th in China and it sells all the brand’s lines, from Corneliani ID leisurewear to a made-to-measure tailoring service.

Corneliani's new flagship store in Shanghai’s Citic Square

Designed by architects Daniela Podda and Paolo Ponti, the exterior of the three-storey boutique is covered in a pattern of interlinking bronze rings, a design that not only symbolises power in traditional Chinese iconography but also echoes the architectural details of St. George’s Castle in Mantua, Corneliani’s home city. This motif is repeated in the interior of the store where materials such as leather, suede, macassar ebony panelling, polished stainless steel and imperial marble are combined in a palette that includes mainly dark brown, sand and light grey tones.

Corneliani Spring/Summer 2013

Corneliani was founded in Italy in the 1930s but only started its international expansion in 1985 with the opening of a store in New York City. Since then, the family-owned company has opened flagship stores in London, Paris, Moscow, New Delhi, Seoul, Tokyo and Mexico City. In 2008, Corneliani opened its first store in China, a country that generates 15 percent of the company’s entire global sales, which in 2011 amounted to 135 million Euros.

Photographs courtesy of Corneliani

Club Monaco Spring 2013

Club Monaco has unveiled its Spring 2013 campaign featuring models Nastya Kusakina and Miles Garber photographed on the streets of New York City by Venetia Scott. 

For next season, Club Monaco continues to explore its eclectic approach to fashion by combining contrasting prints, textures and designs, such as mixing lace with metallic fabrics, lace with leather, knits with sheer fabrics, and sportswear designs with 1990s’ minimalist lines. Images of femininity across different ages groups is also a feature, with floral prints and Peter Pan collars evoking dresses worn by young girls, while cashmere sweaters conjure maturity and luxury. The collection will be available in Club Monaco stores and online between January and March 2013. 

Photographs courtesy of Club Monaco

G-Star RAW Names New Creative Director

Dutch denim brand G-Star RAW has announced the controversial appointment of Peter Hamelinck as its new creative director. The news was met with some criticism because, although Hamelinck studied Fashion at the Netherlands’ ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and was editorial photographer and art director for a while, he has spent the last ten years working in advertising and social media and not designing fashion or accessories.

Peter Hamelinck (photograph by Krijn van Noordwijk)

Cambridge Satchel Company Announces First Men's Collection

The Cambridge Satchel Company has announced that it will unveil a debut range of bags for men for Autumn/Winter 2013 at trade fair Pitti Imagine Uomo in Florence, Italy, in January 2013. The collection will include 75 pieces in a variety of styles and sizes and will introduce new colours such as pale grey, neutral, Monaco blue, cobalt and dark green.

Photograph by Erin Yamagata, courtesy of

Escada Announces New Store Openings

Fashion and accessories label Escada has confirmed plans for continuing its international expansion by opening three new stores in Toronto, Istanbul and Kuwait this month. 

Photograph courtesy of Escada

The newly opened 304 square metre Toronto flagship store, located on Bloor Street in the downtown area of Yorkville, is the eleventh retail space for Escada in Canada (which comprises 5 directly operated stores and 6 points of sale in multi-brand stores). Also unveiled this month are a refurbished 212 square metre store in Istanbul, Turkey, and a new 152 square metre shop in Kuwait that houses Escada’s garments and accessories as well as the new jewellery and watch ranges.