Menswear Monday: Medieval Magic at Dolce & Gabbana

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What is a well dressed, well-to-do Game of Thrones Fanboy to wear out and about, but  pieces from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s fall/winter 2014 collection?

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We’re channeling Robb and Jon here. Continue reading

Put a Blazer on It!

Gentlemen! Dressing up has never been easier, faster, more affordable, or more comfortable. That’s right, there is NO excuse for showing up anywhere underdressed. Lose, the sweatshirt, destroy the CROCS (PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF COOKIES, DESTROY. THE. CROCS!), and … Continue reading

Watch it Wednesday: “Iron” by Woodkid

Watch it Wednesday: Fashion Plus Geekery in Moving Picture!

“Iron” by Woodkid

An epic WiW post, to help you get through the longest hump day of the year!

Featuring supermodel Agyness Deyne, this video looks like Karl Lagerfeld and/or Steven Klein shooting an editorial for Vogue inspired by The Guild, or Warcraft. It’s a sexy, stylized representation of the struggles befallen a band of MMORPG characters; and a stunningly realized work of art. A reason to watch music videos again.

Bonus: Iron has been embraced by both the fashion and geek worlds: The song itself was used for both the Dior Homme F/w 12-13 show, entitled “A Soldier on My Own”—A direct line from the song— AND the trailers for Assassins Creed Revelations. In fact, here’s some bonus videos! See for yourself:

(feel free to jump to the beautiful finale of Dior Homme at 8:29)

Seriously, how EPIC is this song?! This post?!

JOHN GALLIANO + SHERLOCK HOLMES

A few weeks ago, May 22nd, to be precise, we celebrated the birthday of renowned author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of us may have been caught unawares if not for the twitter trending topic, as for some reason, Google failed to publish a themed masthead to mark the occasion, (what up, Google? You did it in ‘06). You know, because we depend on Google for absolutely everything.

To mark the occasion, I got as far as drafting this post, before partaking in a marathon viewing party of the latest films inspired by Doyle’s most notable character— and one of pop culture’s most iconic— super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. I have a confession to make, I hadn’t actually seen the Robert Downey Jr. films until then! And as they were more or less the direct inspiration for John Galliano’s Fall/Winter ‘10 menswear show, I couldn’t very well publish this mini showcase without first understanding the reference myself.

The Galliano show was broken down into three stories, or what one LA Times reviewer more fittingly named, scenes. I give you examples of the first two (the last one’s kind of a hot mess) above. The first is representative of the iconic Sherlock Holmes look, pipe, deerstalker cap and all (a design choice made by the original illustrator, Sidney Paget). Then, from Baker Street to Savile Row, it segways into the modern, well-dressed English gent. For those opposed to deerstalkers, PVC, and exaggerated dropped crotches, the more sharply tailored pieces are more for you. Lapels, ties… you may even be tempted to rock the cape!

Speaking of not understanding the reference, sure, this last guy can pull off the man corset well enough, but what’s it doing here? According to Galliano it’s meant to evoke the idea of keeping the other parts of one’s psyche suppressed. I get it, I do. After a… err…healthy debate with a close non-fashion friend, however, it seems more like an excuse for the designer to throw in some, “signature Galliano,” and less an accurate representation of anything, as Mr. OCD, junkie, “high-functioning sociopath,” Holmes…. doesn’t really suppress anything.

And if you’re excited about this post, you shouldn’t either.