12
Nov
05
Oct
gqfashion:

This is Really Happening
“DTF has a new meaning: Down to Formal!”—Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino on his new line of formal wear. More info on the Jersey Shore star’s seriously-this-is-not-a-joke fashion endeavor here.

If you ever wanted to know the definition of “creative black tie” and why it’s something you should never do, then here’s an example.

gqfashion:

This is Really Happening

“DTF has a new meaning: Down to Formal!”—Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino on his new line of formal wear. More info on the Jersey Shore star’s seriously-this-is-not-a-joke fashion endeavor here.

If you ever wanted to know the definition of “creative black tie” and why it’s something you should never do, then here’s an example.

05
Oct
04
Oct
rubenhughes:

“Thom Browne’s always putting a different spin on the dress shirt every season. He’s doing something that’s a real hybrid that I haven’t seen that much, which is a button-down club collar. He finds a new way to reinvent the American button-down every season. This one we love because it’s a two-color windowpane pattern so you’re going to want to wear this with your quieter fabric suits and tweeds and sportcoats or a solid color cardigan. The tie is silk but it’s beefier, it’s heavily constructed and it will tie really stiff, with a strong dimple. I haven’t seen the red power tie, or the red tie, since the ’80s. This is the anti-Republican power tie.”

If Thom Browne neckties ever get to be at least 3” wide, then I’ll be buying quite a few. I love his designs, but the super-skinny width just doesn’t work for me and my wardrobe at all.
Also, FYI, there’s a bunch of Thom Browne neckties on Yoox right now sitting pretty under the $100 mark.

rubenhughes:

“Thom Browne’s always putting a different spin on the dress shirt every season. He’s doing something that’s a real hybrid that I haven’t seen that much, which is a button-down club collar. He finds a new way to reinvent the American button-down every season. This one we love because it’s a two-color windowpane pattern so you’re going to want to wear this with your quieter fabric suits and tweeds and sportcoats or a solid color cardigan. The tie is silk but it’s beefier, it’s heavily constructed and it will tie really stiff, with a strong dimple. I haven’t seen the red power tie, or the red tie, since the ’80s. This is the anti-Republican power tie.”

If Thom Browne neckties ever get to be at least 3” wide, then I’ll be buying quite a few. I love his designs, but the super-skinny width just doesn’t work for me and my wardrobe at all.

Also, FYI, there’s a bunch of Thom Browne neckties on Yoox right now sitting pretty under the $100 mark.

(via acnw)

19
Sep
15
Jul

A morning with Paul Smith — A good lengthy video interviewing Paul Smith, a London-based menswear fashion designer. At 20 minutes, it’s a bit of a time commitment, but I found it interesting to watch. My favorite part is when he’s asked to define luxury and he gives a brilliant answer.

13
Jul
life:

Few religions are as misunderstood and as steeped in often-cartoonish misapprehension as Haitian Vodou. Countless people around the globe, shown images of a ceremony, might confidently say, “Yes, that is Vodou.” But very few, when pressed, could coherently discuss the core tenets of the belief.
For photographer Anthony Karen, who has traveled extensively in Haiti over the years, Vodou is at once a fascinating subject and — in a very real sense — the gateway to his vocation.
“About 13 years ago,” he told LIFE.com, “I was in a difficult, transitional point in my life. Out of nowhere, I felt Haiti calling to me. I traveled there, and saw two Vodou ceremonies in person. On the same trip, I discovered my passion for photojournalism.” Here, LIFE.com presents previously unpublished pictures of a June 2011 Haitian Vodou ceremony, along with Karen’s insights into so-called “marginalized” groups and his own work as a photographer.
see more — Inside Haitian Vodou 

#fashion #menswear

life:

Few religions are as misunderstood and as steeped in often-cartoonish misapprehension as Haitian Vodou. Countless people around the globe, shown images of a ceremony, might confidently say, “Yes, that is Vodou.” But very few, when pressed, could coherently discuss the core tenets of the belief.

For photographer Anthony Karen, who has traveled extensively in Haiti over the years, Vodou is at once a fascinating subject and — in a very real sense — the gateway to his vocation.

“About 13 years ago,” he told LIFE.com, “I was in a difficult, transitional point in my life. Out of nowhere, I felt Haiti calling to me. I traveled there, and saw two Vodou ceremonies in person. On the same trip, I discovered my passion for photojournalism.” Here, LIFE.com presents previously unpublished pictures of a June 2011 Haitian Vodou ceremony, along with Karen’s insights into so-called “marginalized” groups and his own work as a photographer.

see more — Inside Haitian Vodou

#fashion #menswear

28
Jun
jhilla:

Louis Vuitton S/S 2012.  Those funky knits ties were fresh

It’s worth noting that after clicking through all the runway photos, almost every single item is wearable for the general public, with the exception of those sandals and that huge buffalo-plaid print outfit. I feel like that’s pretty rare for a fashion-y runway show, right? I can appreciate that moreso than the “out there” stuff. The one thing I really dug? This pocket square. I’m a fan of that red/white/blue stripe along the edges.

jhilla:

Louis Vuitton S/S 2012.  Those funky knits ties were fresh

It’s worth noting that after clicking through all the runway photos, almost every single item is wearable for the general public, with the exception of those sandals and that huge buffalo-plaid print outfit. I feel like that’s pretty rare for a fashion-y runway show, right? I can appreciate that moreso than the “out there” stuff. The one thing I really dug? This pocket square. I’m a fan of that red/white/blue stripe along the edges.

26
Jun
Thom Browne longwings with tri-colored sole (via GQ) — Earlier today goingoutgoingin replied to my earlier comment on a pair of Thom Browne longwings, in which I praised the tri-colored pulltab, which also doubles as a branding device for Thom Browne’s line. He pointed out that I’d railed against branding on clothing and that perhaps liking a shoe for such branding is perhaps hypocritical, which is a fair point to bring up.
In that same post on branding, I did mention that I liked Thom Browne’s version of branding, as I thought it actually did something that wasn’t tacky and played well with the clothes in how it was incorporated. On another level, I do like it simply because it can be used to echo other elements in your wardrobe in a place where you typically wouldn’t involve color (your shoes).
I’m a fan of Browne’s colors that he uses, neutrals with red/white/blue. And while I think that his clothes and runway shows aren’t anything I’d ever wear, I do find his accessories to be something that a lot of people could use and incorporate into their wardrobe easily — if you’re someone who wears those colors quite a bit as I’ve been tending to do.
I see Browne’s stripes as more a signature of his brand than a logo, which might be splitting hairs in definitions, but I think that perhaps it’s something worth differentiating. If you see a pair of shoes with brightly colored EVA soles, then you most likely know it’s from Mark McNairy (or perhaps Jil Sander if the shoe’s black). Is that a form of branding or a signature styling? Or both?
Would I ever buy Browne’s shoes at full retail for the express purpose of getting that pulltab? No. At a discount price comparable to another longwing that I perhaps had my eye on? Much more likely. It’s more so a detail I enjoy as part of the whole shoe, not the fact I want to wear something designed by Browne to show it off, but I hardly think it’s worth a premium price.

Thom Browne longwings with tri-colored sole (via GQ) — Earlier today goingoutgoingin replied to my earlier comment on a pair of Thom Browne longwings, in which I praised the tri-colored pulltab, which also doubles as a branding device for Thom Browne’s line. He pointed out that I’d railed against branding on clothing and that perhaps liking a shoe for such branding is perhaps hypocritical, which is a fair point to bring up.

In that same post on branding, I did mention that I liked Thom Browne’s version of branding, as I thought it actually did something that wasn’t tacky and played well with the clothes in how it was incorporated. On another level, I do like it simply because it can be used to echo other elements in your wardrobe in a place where you typically wouldn’t involve color (your shoes).

I’m a fan of Browne’s colors that he uses, neutrals with red/white/blue. And while I think that his clothes and runway shows aren’t anything I’d ever wear, I do find his accessories to be something that a lot of people could use and incorporate into their wardrobe easily — if you’re someone who wears those colors quite a bit as I’ve been tending to do.

I see Browne’s stripes as more a signature of his brand than a logo, which might be splitting hairs in definitions, but I think that perhaps it’s something worth differentiating. If you see a pair of shoes with brightly colored EVA soles, then you most likely know it’s from Mark McNairy (or perhaps Jil Sander if the shoe’s black). Is that a form of branding or a signature styling? Or both?

Would I ever buy Browne’s shoes at full retail for the express purpose of getting that pulltab? No. At a discount price comparable to another longwing that I perhaps had my eye on? Much more likely. It’s more so a detail I enjoy as part of the whole shoe, not the fact I want to wear something designed by Browne to show it off, but I hardly think it’s worth a premium price.

13
Jun
The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of every day life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.
- Bill Cunningham New York
27
Apr
08
Apr
nickgerber:

I’ve decided I don’t like making standard runway pictures anymore.

If you like original photography, then give nickgerber a follow (and he shoots much more than just fashion, too). I just thought I’d reblog this here because I assume there’s some crossover interest.

nickgerber:

I’ve decided I don’t like making standard runway pictures anymore.

If you like original photography, then give nickgerber a follow (and he shoots much more than just fashion, too). I just thought I’d reblog this here because I assume there’s some crossover interest.

25
Mar

A list of menswear Tumblrs that I follow

So, this list is really long — well over 100 people. But they are who I follow and if you’re looking for fresh faces, ideas and such on your Dashboard, then consider this a list of suggestions. I’ve also put this list on my “links" page, which was getting really outdated and needed updating.

Obvious disclaimer: This list isn’t ranked in any specific order (although my first few people I followed are toward the top-ish) and it’s in no way a thorough and conclusive list of people tumblr-ing about menswear.

The full list after the break:

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15
Sep

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

E-mail me, I'm fairly nice: thesilentist@gmail.com

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