Archive for the ‘Dior Homme’ Category

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Heidi Slimane replaced by Kris Van Assche

March 31, 2007

I’m sure you guys have heard of this huge news. Heidi Slimane revolutionised male fashion and kind of created the whole male size 00. Slimane was famous for the “Dior Homme” look that usually consisted of: white shirt or dirty old T-shirt, skinny jeans, sneakers. This look, wasn’t really my favourite, but those in the rock scene rocked the look pretty well. Will Assche create a huge impact in the fashion world for men? I think the answer would be yes. Slimane loved androgyny. Assche’s version of jeans are ”baggy black pants”, and this is already a far cry from skinny jeans. Assche was also quoted to be inspired by the “Bell Epoque” period that featured bow ties and hats – very classy indeed. Also well known at Dior Homme, colour was usually absent, but Assche says that for his spring show that had an “eighties feel – American Gigolo”, there was a lot of “yellow and red”.

I’m already quite happpy that Assche is taking over Slimane. Don’t get my wrong – Slimane is one of my favourite designers, but to be honest, it seems that Assche is going to be a great change for Dior Homme. I was getting quite tired of the whole mod look – a look that I seldom embraced and didn’t exactly love. Also quite worthy of knowing is that Assche is a fan of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis (Joe Le Taxi, anyone?), and this, already is a change from Slimane’s love for Pete Doherty (Crack-head!!)

P.S Feel free to leave comments! =)

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Selfridges shoes round-up!

March 26, 2007

I went out shopping yesterday and specifically put aside a certain sum of money to spend on shoes. After combing through Selfridges’ shoe section for 2 hours, I ended up with nothing. Absolutely nothing. There wasn’t anything to buy. The thing is, I always manage to buy something from Selfridges everytime I step into the store. But yesterday was just horrid – nothing at all.

Anyway, let me sum up some of the collections.

Dolce&Gabbana: Why the hell have they come up with a monogram?! The shoes were a tad too white and had far too much gold in it. The DG area left me with nothing more than a headache.

Bottega Veneta: Lovely leather shoes, but if you’ve got leather weaving on shoes, I wouldn’t want to wear them out.

Dior Homme: Pretty standard. White. Black. How wrong can you get?

Gucci: I think the designers went a bit Red/Green mad on the shoes. And they’ve got these slippers with a red base. Ew. Not recommended!!

Paul Smith: Same old same old stripey stripey – getting quite tired of it.

Tod’s: Love their driving shoes in the array of colours.

Miu Miu: Saw a nice canvas pair..but was afraid that the straw-weave would start coming out after wears.

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Dior Homme – Bibbed front shirt

March 24, 2007

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Credit: Brownsfashion.com

I have a real love for white shirts. So far, 4 from a range of brands. I don’t usually buy Dior Homme apparel as they really fit those either really skinny or those who don’t mind threading the fine line being androgynous or feminine. This Dior Homme bibbed front shirt, however, is all about sharp style. It’s got a stand up collar with smal peaks at the front, and leads into a bibbed and button down front. It’s got double flap cuffs and button fastenings which means that you can use those gorgeous cufflinks as well. (I saw a swarvoski crystal studded pair from Dior Homme as well.) This extremely sharp shirt will work with skinny black jeans, smart shoes and of course, a great manbag. £220 from browns.

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Homme fashion – T-shirts and Shirts

March 20, 2007

Fashion in Singapore is usually confined into a tiny corner as there’s a distinct lack in the 4 seasons.

With the hot and humid climate, guys live in a uniform of a T-shirt, berms/surf-shorts and havainnas. Good look? It’s mediocre, but that’s ALL they wear. T-shirts are probably the most important in anyone’s wardrobes. T-shirts should be well-fitted (no rapper like ones), the colour should never be faded in any way. I like the ones from Armani Exchange that are made out of pima cotton and are so well cut and do not make you over heat. An alternative is ck Calvin Klein basic pima cotton tees. Finding the perfect T-shirt is a precious find, and buy as many as you can afford as stores have that horrid habit of discontinuing your perfect tee. And remember to get different shades- black, navy blue, slate grey and white – as these colours go with almost everything. A simple T-shirt, a great belt and a good pair of jeans with great shoes is a much cooler look. Printed T-shirts are alright – I’ve got some great ones from A|X and Country Road, but plain ones are more useful. However, they are so noticeable that you can’t really wear them often, and some times, they look a little too gimmicky when it’s too much.

T-shirts with slogans are not too bad, but make sure they’re sensible ones. The 70s was peppered with T-shirts with the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood’s punk pieces. To be honest, I can’t really stand the ones that have got suggestive words printed on the front/back of the T-shirt. Junk Food (from Urban Outfitters) does some great ones as they’re basically names of bands and they’re really cool when paired with jeans and a baseball cap or hat. These sloganed rock ‘n’ roll T-shirts are cool and show that you’ve got a sense of humour, which is attractive. The ones made by House of Holland are really fun as well, coming up with stuff like “Get your freak on Giles Deacon”, “Do me daily Christopher Bailey” and “Cause me pain Hedi Slimane”. A look that I love doing in the summer or while in Singapore is a good-fitting T-shirt, straight cut jeans a pair of good shoes and sunglasses.

Shirts have long been a part of my wardrobe, regularly worn whenever I want to channel that smart-casual look. A shirt should be fitted well, non-baggy and should have those collar stands that make the collar pop. I always like a classic coloured shirt with a little design just to make it more interesting. Reiss does some fantastic ones that last forever, Country Road (an Australian brand) does shirts that look like they cost a bomb, Dolce & Gabbana does some great bib front ones, Dior Homme also does some fantastic detailed shirts as well. For the more peculiar and fun detailing, Vivienne Westwood is your best bet.

Waistcoats have been making a comeback. They instantly make an outfit much more interesting and are really cool when paired with V-neck T-shirts and jeans. I’ve got a few vintage ones that I sent to my tailor to take in at the back to make it much more fitted. A look that I like and have rocked is a rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt, a waistcoat, skinny jeans and leather sneakers (fedora is optional).

In the winter, I count on my trusty jumpers from A|X as they’re well-knitted, and fit like a glove. I hate feeling cold, and would do anything to feel warm while stylish. Country Road do some thin but warm wool jumpers that are comfortable and easily layered over or under. Teamed with jeans, boots and a scarf, it spells chic. Coats are obviously a huge part during winter. I like sticking to Burberry’s trenches, Reiss pea coats/half-trench and bomber jackets. They keep you warm while allowing you to be stylish.

(More on this series in the later days/weeks to come)