Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Usual Suspects- J.Crew 2K11 Spring Collection

No this is not a police lineup but J.Crew’s spring 2k11 collection. Next season J.Crew has rounded up its usual suspects to introduce some key pieces i.e. slim cut blazers, outerwear, knits and great footwear collaborations. The color palette for this line consists of navy & natural tones with an infusion of color. Pairing different fabrics such as denim shirts with wool cardigans/cotton blazers not only adds that J.Crew aesthetic but brings the collection to life by pulling each look together.  If this was indeed a police lineup these suspects are outfitted very well.

Written by: Curt Greenidge
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Heritage For The Holidays

The Ralph Lauren band is going Heritage for the holidays.  Heritage is somewhat of a rustic style that involves comfort and ruggedness. With that being said the brand reintroduced some of its classic pieces from the Ralph Lauren archives like graphic sweaters, classic plaid shirts and colored wide wale corduroys. Not to mention one of this season’s “must have” items, the lace up boot.  Combined together these pieces will make some great looks for the holiday season.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Velour

Velour is a Swedish clothing line that launched its first collection back in 2005. Although this brand launch was recent they’ve been around since 1997. It all began when Per Andersson invaded his grandmother’s ready-to-wear shop which had been out of business since the mid eighties and reopened it as Nostalgi with some of his friends. Their cliental enjoyed the clothing so much that they encouraged the owners to start designing their own clothing, which lead to the creation of Velour. Velour’s inspiration is taking classic preppy looks and redesigning them into current and stylish ways. The look book for the Fall/Winter collection is nostalgic of 80’s clothing that we have seen before, from the denim patch pocket shirts, toggle coats and plaid shirts. Velour’s styles manifest their own interpretation making the looks effortless.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Martyn Bal

Designer Martyn Bal has a very impressive resume which started as a teen apprentice to Belgian designer Dirk Bikkembergs who is known to mix glamour and casual cool. Bal graduated with a MA at London’s Royal College of Art, which led to him working at Dior Homme. He went on to design collections for Versace and then later directed the men’s studio for Burberry Prorsum.  With these qualifications and rich work history on his side resonates through his 2010 F/W collection. The tailoring and cut of these garments are reminiscent of his Dior, Versace and Burberry background. Along with the combination of pieces, each look embodies the mixture of high fashion and casual cool from being Bikkembergs’ apprentice.  Martyn Bal’s is a great high fashion designer and his work definitely speaks for itself in this F/W collection.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Wendi Reed Sweater Collection F/W 2010

A great emphasis has been placed on adding fashionable sweaters to your wardrobe this Fall/Winter season, whether it being chunky, light-weight or graphic knit wear.  New York designer Wendi Reed found some very creative ways to infuse some of these characteristics together for her F/W collection. Wendi’s line is handmade and one-of-a kind constructed from vintage clothing. This designer is so innovative by combining different textures and patterns together that this has become the signature for her line. I was blown away when I saw Wendi’s collection. Not just by how unique her style was but how wearable these pieces are especially to the everyday man.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

H&M Goes Couture

A reoccurring trend that most high fashion designers have been taking part in more frequently is collaborating with moderately price brands and stores. Isaac Mizrahi started this trend by joining forces with Target, selling his lower end ready to wear collection in these stores across America. On September 2nd 2010 H&M announced that Lanvin will be the guest designer for its Fall/Winter 2010 collection. In the past H&M has paired up with designers like Jimmy Choo and Karl Lagerfeld for its collections giving admirers the opportunity to afford these pieces. Lanvin who is known for its couture collection teamed up with H&M to design a line which will be available in over 200 stores worldwide on November 20th 2010. It seems like this was a match made in heaven, the collection embodies both Lanvin’s couture aesthetic and H&M signature style. Great looking bowties/neckties, suits and tuxedo shirts are some of the staples for this collection.

Written by: Curt Greenidge