Versace to Design Iconic Collection for H&M Fall/Winter 2011

Margareta Van Den Bosch, Creative Advisor for H&M announces plans for a Versace capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2011.  The collection is scheduled to launch here in Canada on November 19th amidst a consumer frenzy the likes of last year’s Lanvin, maybe worse.  The collection will feature reworked iconic pieces from Versace’s past and present.  Donatella promises a glamorous 40-piece collection for the women and 20-piece for men, accessories on top of that.  She was so excited about the collaboration that she actually wore one of the leather Versace for H&M dresses to the Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 show in Milan yesterday.

Versace for H&M

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Converse Fall/Winter 2011 Footwear & Accessories

CONVERSE Fall/Winter 2011Ever since its inception in 1908, independence has always has been the cornerstone of the Converse name.  When Marquis Mills Converse declared, “Our company was organized in 1908 fully believing that there was an earnest demand from the retail shoe dealer for a rubber shoe company that would be independent enough not to follow every other company in every thing they do,” did he think that over 100 years on, that philosophy would remain steadfast?

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Double-Breasted Comeback

Double-Breasted Jacket

::::: Double-Breasted Jackets Top L-R: SS11 Acne, Cavalli, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferré, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bottega Veneta ::::: Bottom L-R: David Beckham, Spiro Mandylor, Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, Ryan Gosling

It’s been an exciting year for men’s fashion.  Last season we saw major trends such as plaid shirts, bow ties, and rolled pant-cuffs peak in popularity.  In early January, the It’s All Style To Me Men’s Spring/Summer 2011 Essentials were posted and highlighted some of what I felt were the most promising trends of the upcoming season.  Belted trench coats, braided leather belts, statement sports jackets, white suits, colour blocking, leather strap sandals, and seasonal knits have livened up our wardrobes.

Single Vs. Double-BreastedSince its reintroduction in 2008, the double-breasted suit and men’s dress jackets have been picking up steam, making a huge comeback.  No longer limited to fixtures of the 1980s such as Wall Street bankers, creepy game show hosts, and slick used car salesmen – double-breasted suits are looking pretty cool again.   The demand for double-breasted suits and separates has been fueled by new innovative new designs coming out of the world’s leading fashion houses.  Male celebs like David Beckham and Ryan Gosling have been daring enough to give them a go and Kurt Hummel even sported one in at least one episode of Glee last fall.  They fit in nicely with trendy young guys who are adopting the cleaner, tailored, preppy look reminiscent of the Mad Men era.

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Dress Shirt Review & Giveaway: Custom Shirts by MODASUITE

MODASUITE

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About a month ago, I talked about trying to nail down the single most important item in a man’s wardrobe.  Given its history, versatility, and sartorial significance, it would be hard to not choose the dress shirt as that piece.  The dress shirt is the most versatile article of clothing that a man can own.  Irrespective of one’s personal style, you can wear a dress shirt with everything from a black tuxedo to a pair of distressed jeans.  From punk rocker to business man, a fitted quality dress shirt will work with everything.

Given my odd body shape, I have traditionally gone with either buying shirts that fit fine on the neck, but flare out like tents at the bottom or going for shirts that fit on the body, but won’t button up at the neck.  The solution? The made-to-measure (a.k.a. bespoke, custom, tailored) dress shirt.  I have owned around seven bespoke shirts and two bespoke suits and can tell you that the most important factors when purchasing a bespoke piece is the quality and the fit.  With respect to quality, you want a dress shirt that is 100% cotton, or a blend that comes as close to 100% cotton as possible. Why cotton? Cotton is comfortable, breathable, absorbent and static-resistant. Sound construction is another important aspect of quality. When it comes to fit, the key characteristics are the neck width, sleeve length, and cut (classic, tailored, trim). I’ve typically paid $250/shirt or more to have them made locally. Not cheap.

Modasuite Dress Shirt

My Made-to-Measure Summer Paisley DIMITRICHRIS Casual Dress Shirt by Modasuite.com

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Strellson Takes Flight – Fall/Winter 2011

Strellson Fall/Winter 2011
On Tuesday, Swiss fashion design label Strellson held an impressive preview of their Fall/Winter 2011 Collection in North Toronto’s Canadian Air & Space Museum.  The creative venue tied in nicely into their Travel Style themed collection consisting of travel-ready business wear, elegant sportswear, and sharp-looking accessories.  With staff on hand from their head office in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland including Creative Director Marco Tomasi, Strellson showed it takes a keen interest in the Canadian market.

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