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August 27 2014

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27 posts tagged "Menswear"

Editor Obsessions: Perfect Trousers From Maison Martin Margiela

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noah-editor-obsessionem>Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

I spend a lot of time thinking about pants. Much more than any sane man should. What I’ve determined is that a perfect-fitting trouser is incredibly difficult to find, but not impossible. The anonymous, lab-coated designers of Maison Martin Margiela have figured it out. Lately, I’m really feeling a tapered, slightly longer fit with a slight crease down the leg. And always blue.

Maison Martin Margiela tapered trousers, $392, Buy it now

Editor Obsessions: Barbour Bedale Jacket

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barbour-sizedEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

A good thing about being tall is wearing men’s clothes. I own and dearly love a lot of men’s shirts and T-shirts because they fit me better than a lot of women’s clothes. (I prefer a relaxed fit—something not too short.)

I’ve been lusting after this Barbour waxed jacket for a while now. When I was a teenager, my father bought my sister one, and I scoffed at it, even though he said it was a timeless piece. Now I’m wishing I had listened to him. Had I bought one back then, it would have just the right amount of wear now.

Barbour Bedale men’s jacket in navy, $379, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy of Barbour

Clover Canyon Now Offers Its Signature Digital for Guys, Too

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clover-image-1A quick browse through Tommy Ton’s street-style archive from the menswear shows confirms that modern guys are now embracing vibrant colors and statement-making patterns more so than ever. Certainly, digital prints are nothing new to the womenswear market (which has become oversaturated with them in recent seasons) thanks to trailblazing trendsetters such as Mary Katrantzou. But with the exception of tastemakers like Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and County of Milan’s Marcelo Burlon, menswear labels have largely failed to meet the increased demand for in-your-face graphics—particularly on the contemporary level.

Enter Clover Canyon, which caught the photorealistic wave more than three years ago when it launched its print-driven women’s collection. After fielding plenty of requests from guys for some of its more unisex items, the California-based brand is debuting its premiere menswear lineup today at Project trade show in Las Vegas. “So much has evolved in terms of men expressing bolder individual style. For men, having fun with fashion is now more acceptable by even the most restrained observers,” Clover Canyon designer Rozae Nichols told Style.com.

Every season, the Clover Canyon studio draws upon a unique cultural inspiration. (Recent destinations have included South America, Ireland, and Greece.) According to Nichols, the theme behind her Spring ’15 men’s range, titled “Electric Lotus,” was the “correlation between electricity and the intrinsic powers of harnessing energy by ancient practices like acupuncture, chi kung, and meditation.” This cerebral concept brought about full-on looks that merge together bamboo motifs with mechanical gears, for example, or hothouse florals with electric circuits. The aforementioned prints are featured on staple silhouettes including bomber jackets, neoprene sweatshirts, board shorts, and even sneakers. Nichols envisions Clover Canyon’s male muse as a “younger man who really enjoys the discovery of a unique garment, and is excited about wearing thoughtful, bold designs with a visual story. Our prints always have something fun and interesting to say, and so does he.” While it definitely takes a confident dude to carry off head-to-toe prints like these, Clover Canyon has already received positive feedback from current retailer partners like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.

Seen here, Clover Canyon shared digital renderings from its debut Spring ’15 menswear collection ($120 to $450) exclusively with Style.com. For more information, visit clovercanyon.com.

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Photos: Courtesy of Clover Canyon

The Rise of Beefcake Yoga, Idris Elba on Rapping, and More of the News You Missed Today

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idris-elba-harticle-sizedToday’s strange fitness trend…
Beefcake yoga is a real thing…seriously. All we’ll say is that it involves rock music and former World Wrestling Entertainment stars, and Lululemon is not recommended. Click to read the full story. [New York]

Idris Elba, star of Mandela film, on dropping beats…
We know him best for his role as Nelson Mandela, but actor Idris Elba also has a career as a DJ and, more unofficially, a rapper. In his new interview with Details, he reports that he and some of the cast members from HBO’s The Wire used to book studio time to record their rap sessions. [Details]

Summer’s most popular shoe…
Birkenstocks, duh. In case there was any question about that, a Birkenstock PR manager told NYT today, “It’s been an incredible summer, and for sure New York is leading the way.” But are we prepared to wear socks with our Birks when temps start to drop? [The New York Times]

State of men’s fashion in Iraq…
Not up on the fashion scene in Iraq? Neither are we. Luckily, Bullett magazine shared an enlightening dispatch today from Baghdad. What we learned: A man’s shoes and hair are the most important part of a man’s look. [Bullett]

In oddball news…
Snaks 5th Avenchew is in the doghouse with Saks Fifth Avenue. The puppy snack company reportedly received a cease-and-desist letter from the department store, asking that it change its name by Wednesday (yesterday). The owner of the high-end, hypoallergenic dog food company claims she will not change the name and that she meant it to be a compliment. [Reuters]

Photo: Mark Seliger / Details

Let Needles Expand Your Menswear Purview

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It’s no secret that we—menswear nerds, I mean—look to Japan as a beacon for enhancing and broadening our spheres of style. It’s practically a cliché at this point that Japanese brands perfect a style or trend and eventually some diluted version of the original reaches the States. A cliché, maybe, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Needles, a brand distributed by Nepenthes, is the proof.

Based in Tokyo, designer and Nepenthes founder Keizo Shimizu has been at work on Needles for 20 years. The Needles collection consists of sportswear, denim, and tailoring, in addition to a range of brilliantly Frankensteined vintage known as Rebuild by Needles. The collection puts an emphasis on unusual detail, as with the intricately re-engineered military and hunting outerwear and collaged shirting. For Spring 2015, Shimizu’s inspiration was 1970s American sportswear—denim overalls, wide-leg tracksuits—with particular focus on Southern California and Mexico. Shimizu cites James Taylor’s album Gorilla as an especially powerful influence.

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You won’t be alone if your first impression is that Needles’ approach to menswear is a bit too far left for most guys. These are clothes that require an adventurous and highly discerning taste level, but that’s what makes it great. And if you don’t get on board now, you likely will in a few seasons.