After the successfully me-pleasing Byzantine Collection and Ancient Roman maiden-inspired coin-heavy spring/summer collection, Dolce & Gabbana continue to present excellence in their A/W 2014-2015 Menswear:
With some impressively medieval-looking prints:
If their continued romp through history follows the same pattern as before I guess we can expect a step backward in time to the “Dark Ages” (maybe some Hun-inspired jewellery?) and then another leap forward to around the Georgian period. Either way, I can’t wait, and can’t get enough of these architectural and printing-press prints.
And unrelated to D&G, but with a rather similar look, they could do worse than to take a leaf out of the book of whoever created these glorious Garden Of Earthly Delights Doc Martens:
Once again Bolongaro Trevor provide longing for the impoverished and slightly-too-rotund, but if you’re richer than me and have a chest measurement under 46″ you may like to wear this on my behalf:
On closer inspection I can’t say I’m personally thrilled by the buttons, being a great lover of shiny brass military ones, but I have to say that these demure and understated black two-hole ones have their place.
Familiarity with the standard of BT’s other creations suggests that this will be comfortable and wear well, and for the listed price of £295 it bloody well ought to. Maybe wait for the January sales!
Street Etiquette is a men’s lifestyle site run by Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs which I recently discovered through Tumblr and fell in love with. I wanted to shoe horn it into my post on street style somehow but it didn’t quite fit so I thought it deserved a post of its own. I’m a big fan of sites which allow me to ogle ridiculously well dressed and good looking people and this site fits the bill with that. It also showcases some gorgeous photography from around the world. an excellent tumblr. I can thoroughly recommend looking at both that and the main site if you’ve got time to kill but recently what’s stood out for me are the images from their trip to London, which they partnered with Topman for. I’m not generally a big fan of Topman but the overall look of the photographs from the shoot they produced I do enjoy (along with the jumper in the first image, which I’d quite happily buy). I’ll resist posting all of the images here and limit myself to these two, which are my favourites and hopefully show a little bit of the excellence of the site generally.
You can see the rest of the images on Nordstrom’s men’s fashion blog here.
I don’t really know where to start with this whole serious blog business so for my first contribution I’m just going to use it to rave about my favourite menswear designers yet again.
Agi & Sam was set up by Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton and is based in London. In their profile on the London Collections website here it says “With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and humour, we believe that fashion should never be taken too seriously. We also endeavour to sit firmly in the middle of brands that fear creating something different and those which push collections too far.” That sums up what I love about them perfectly. Although their latest collection seems to be more understated in places it also includes outfits like this one, which I’m pretty sure is inspired in terms of print by the kind of prints you see on public transport:
The fact that this seems toned down compared to some of their past collections is a sign of just how beautifully weird some of them have been.
Due to the relative lack of print in collection (I say that although it’s still has more print than many other collections around at the same time) this isn’t one of my favourites though. That honour goes to their autumn/winter collection for this year. It was inspired by the Marquess of Bath, who in case you haven’t heard of him or seen him before looks like this:
That should give you an idea of where the collection comes from. Somehow the actual collection inspired by him is pretty classy as well as being completely mad though so you end up with images like these:
It helps that they keep the garments themselves relatively simple and yet the colours and prints speak for themselves.
Another favourite collection of mine is this one, which was produced for Topman. It was based around the idea of having a football team which they called The Owls. As the name would suggest this means most of the printed pieces have prints inspired by those birds, but they’re much more interesting than the bulk of most bird inspired prints around on the high street at the moment.
The main piece I covet though isn’t printed at all. It’s the yellow blazer in the image below. Unfortunately, even at a reduced price it was still out of my budget. I can dream though.
If you want to see more of their collections then the best place to go is their website here, which is where I got all of the images of their collections from.