menswear

What to buy from Uniqlo U SS19



Uniqlo U ss19

Even though we’re braced for a(nother) cold snap, I’ve seen sure signs of spring in the air. I distinctly detected a Turner-esque chink of blue sky peeping through the grey at 430pm a couple of days ago, which to me is a clear indication that green shoots are on their merry way. Man, you don’t know how happy that makes me feel…!

And perfectly timed is the arrival of Christophe Lemaire’s latest Uniqlo U SS19 collection, billed as a ‘playful meditation on colour’.

It certainly is. I really like these slabs of flat raspberry pink, tan, white and leaf green (more…)



Shop the post: Is tech wear the new street wear?



Polo Ralph Lauren Polo 11 Jacket with self heating technology
Is tech wear the new street wear? Yes please if it’s going along these lines…

Here’s a new hi tech idea from Ralph Lauren. Annoyingly, the Polo 11 jacket (above), a Bluetooth-controlled self heating jacket that warms up with the aid of an app, is strictly limited edition so will probably only be seen on a few ‘influencers’ and undeserving celebs (more…)



Menswear aw19 trend report



Prada AW19 menswear

Quite often the menswear shows give a peek into what the womenswear shows will look like. Even more so if you like your womenswear on the non froufrou side. So here’s a primer to myself on the menswear AW19 highlights so far. Valentino, Prada, and Jil Sander had the best knits, Vetements, the most interesting concept, and Dior and Raf Simons the best accessories.

Vetements was really interesting to me. A commentary on the dark web, the hoodie-balaclava hybrids were creepy but also symbolic of people wanting to withdraw into themselves. (more…)



Twenty years later: the Hermes tan trainer



Hermes aw98 trainers Vogue Runway

Ten years ago I would have been all over the Sacai x Nike trainer collab (a kind of double-everything monster trainer with a retro vibe). Today? Not so much. I’m well over super-statement trainers and prefer a Nike Air Max shape or a utilitarian gym shoe like a Converse Jack Purcell. (Currently seeking a JP in white – why so elusive, Converse?)

However, I’m feeling the return of the luxe tan trainer, an understated gender-neutral number that kicks the post-ironic, hypebeast trainer roundly in the butt. Do you remember when Hermès did its first trainer? It was in 1998 and part of Martin Margiela’s first collection for the house. A rich conker brown affair, Hermès was the first luxury brand to design a trainer made entirely of leather and thus the ‘Quick’ caused quite the stir. (more…)