Monthly Archives: November 2010

Armani Rings In With Samsung Again

Do you need an Giorgio Armani phone? For the same reason a Breguet wearer would not buy an Emporio Armani watch, a true tech geek is not likely going to own a GA-branded communication device. And it’s even less compelling if you consider the less than spectacular specs of this Adroid-powered phone. Five-megapixel camera? Are you impressed?

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L’eau Miyake

This one, I’d have to say, is a surprising partnership. Issey Miyake is not known to collaborate with other fashion brands, let alone lend his name to bottled water. The result is no less charming than the quirky accessories the brand churns out, especially those by Pleats Please, now so well loved by Thai women.

Does drinking water with a designer name on the bottle makes it taste better? Past Evian supporters include Christian Lacroix, Paul Smith, and Jean Paul Gaultier, but there has been no news from Evian in Thailand if their water sells better when the bottles are  this pretty.

Evian by Issey Miyake is available at Central Food Hall

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She And Lee

Designer denims are, of course, nothing new. Designer-and-denim-brand collaborations are also not terribly current. One of the earliest designers to work with jeans makers is Junya Watanabe. His teaming up with Levi’s has produced some very innovative treatments to the classic 501s. Last year, Jean Paul Gaultier also worked with Levi’s for some very un-laundered, decidedly tailored denim wear. 

The latest designer to join the denim partnership is Vivienne Westwood. Her jeans are produced in collaboration with the Kansas-based Lee. I like this less obvious choice of a denim brand. Lee is not a label without history, having first made its name with overalls in the 1920s. Its jeans, while not terribly innovative on the design front, has tradition going for it. So it was good to know that Vivienne Westwood’s Anglomania line has chosen to work with such a heritage denim brand to come up with something decidedly Ms Westwood, all with swashbuckling swagger.

Especially fetching is this low-crotch jean (above right). Engineered in style and ample in volume, it’s the kind of jean you’d expect Vivienne Westwood to do, especially when she still dreams of her men as pirates!

Vivienne Westwood + Lee denim jeans are available at Luxe Men, level 4, Central Chidlom

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Lanvin Landing

Despite all the talk and the blogs, no one knew for sure what Lanvin would be putting out in its first collaboration with the Swedish behemoth H&M… until now. The images for the men’s collection released so far shows Lanvin at its cheeky best. I find myself thinking of Kid Creole, a man who, even without The Coconuts, would be able to introduce some nuts to sartorial prim.

The queue worldwide will start to form soon enough and guys who cannot resist Lanvin’s boyish elegance will stand in line for the trench,  tux, collegiate jacket, the bib-front shirt, and those skinny take on harem pants! Hope it is as good as it now looks.

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5cm Goes The Distance

Hong Kong label 5cm has always made wearable clothes cool and full of attitude. It’s A/W 2010 collection continues to blur the lines between work wear and street wear, sometimes unabashedly taking the cue from Junya Watanabe (the above quilted vest, for one!). What’s especially alluring is that, season after season, 5cm always tries to do something interesting. And that, in the post-fast fashion era, is very much welcomed by the discerning and budget-tight consumer.

Take the brand’s collaboration with American work wear brand Dickies. The result is a couple of pants done in typical Dickies style (heavy cotton twill), but given a fresh, somewhat Japanese take. I especially like the khaki (and black) chinos. It comes, predictably, with a turn-back cuff in tartan, but it’s the pocket treatment that deserves mention: slit pockets on which stitching was employed to mimic those similar to five-pocket jeans! The two-in-one that’s not quite.

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