The Modern Mr. Dandy

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A refined man conscious of sartorial sensibilities, refined language and leisurely hobbies, pursuing these debonair qualities with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of self.

Be stylish, be cool, be Mr. Dandy.

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Skinny Fit

As a skinny tall guy who never seems to get fat (Yes, I can already hear people cursing at my complaint), I have over the years accepted my small lengthy frame and made it work. So while the guys flaunt their manly ‘blown-up’ chest and beautifully sculpted abs, I’m contented with my lean frame that I just wish was a little more muscular.

All I wanna be is Skinny Fit. And below is what I call the ‘Fit’ Fit.


‘Fit’ Fit


Credit: Conquistador Spring Summer 2012

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Kudos to Another Magazine for this wonderful illustration of the Miu Miu Spring / Summer 2012 Runway show that had me chuckling nonstop like a kid on sugar high. Before you knew it, I was subconsciously humming to the familiar tune that was unquestionably one of the biggest hits in the 90s.

And yes, it feels like just yesterday that I spent an hour in front of the mirror perfecting the ‘center parting’ (otherwise commonly known as the curtain hairstyle) that had to be straight, flat, and symmetrically equally on both sides.

I always knew the 90s will make a comeback, I just didn’t expect it to be so soon. And by Miuccia Prada no lest.

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Continued from previous entry…”four rather underrated labels have come to my attention with their unique takes on the modern dandy…”

I played it cool in PART ONE of this two-part entry with contemporary and slightly quirky classics by Surface to Air and Jonathan Saunders’ Spring Summer 2012 Collection.If you are one who doesn’t play by Fashion 101s and/or know no gender boundaries, now it’s time to risk it all and live on the edge with avant garde apparels by SixLee and Juun J. 

Part Two: Fashion Deconstructed

From oddly stylish half-cut suits to what looks like one-quarter of a sweater stitched to a sharp checkered suit, Six Lee’s imagination runs amok as he fuses the whimsical flair of one’s unconscious state of mind (dreams) into the sensibility of the real world. 

The must-have of the collection? I would pick the sleeveless suit. Not only is it the most practical of the lot (given the ridiculous heat waves during summer), it’s one that is edgy yet incredibly sleek and doesn’t look too far-fetched

With his models seemingly stepping out from a time machine, Juun J impresses with his futuristic vision fused with a tinge of inspiration from the 70s. From the crafty cape-like vest and lopsided U-shaped shirt; right down to the pentagon-shaped footwear, I admit this is not a style many can handle.

One might end up like a clown with just one tiny mistake in the entire outfit, much like my Harry Potter inspired ensemble. But if you are up for it, ready yourself to be the centre of attention because I’m pretty damn sure you will be. At least in the Singapore context. 

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Since its introduction earlier this year (at the Milan Fashion Week for the showings of Autumn/Winter 2011 Menswear), the grungy chic gentlemen dreamed up by Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 took a backseat as the Spring Summer 2012 took center stage. 

Now, these rugged yet extremely sleek and dapper men whom seemingly stepped out of a stylised version of Brokeback Mountain return in the form of Adrien Sahores, Bo Develius, and the incredibly sexy Francisco Lachowski

Check out the dark and sensuous portrayal of these men in Dsquared2’s campaign images for Autumn Winter 2011/2012. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve included the campaign shots of the womenswear as well. Enjoy!

For those who need a recap of what went down at Dsquared2’s Fall Winter 2011-2012 Menswear Fashion Show, here is the video:

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I have an eye for all things wacky, and Walter Van Beirendonck certainly caught my attention with the myriad of whimsical apparels and over-the-top styling. For the Spring Summer 2012 Collection aptly entitled 'Cloud #9', Walter Van Beirendonck lets loose and celebrates a world without a tinge of sadness.

Packed with an extensive palette of electrifying hues - from oral, lavender, green, blue, yellow, pink, and orange - I can’t help but be reminded of the bubblegum pop era of the 90s filled with chirpy and colourful tunes that got stuck to your head relentlessly after the first listen. This collection was no different.

But if one observes and look pass the body paint and puffy hair (with a comb stuck in the middle), these suits are in fact impeccably tailored and functional to say the least. So it’s a little on the wild side, take a risk, that’s what fashion is about anyway. And if you are up to it, slip on these half-arm gloves guaranteed to have all eyes on you, regardless of the occasion. 

Now that I look at it, Walter Van Beirendonck does have some gorgeous trousers don’t you think? From neon orange baggy pants to slim-fit sky blue checkered pants, there is not one I wouldn’t love to have. I’m such a sucker for colors. 

But of course, Walter being Walter, he doesn’t stop at just sharp suits and vests. Bent on showcasing his creativity and innovation, things started to get interesting as models strutted down in shredded tees and tulle covered costumes. Impractical they may be, we can’t deny that Walter sure knows how to put on a spectacular show each time.

So what say you? Is Walter Van Beirendonck too whimsical for you? Or it’s a dandy look you would gladly embrace (shredded tees and tulle costumes not withstanding)?

I for one would LOVE to try on those suits. They look so yummy!

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I was instantly intrigued and hooked by the alluring simplicity and soft muted palettes (especially the striking yet toned down mustard yellow) when I set eyes on the lookbook of Spring Summer 2011 last year. What stood out from the collection in particular were the sleek high waisted pants and the flowy silhuoette of the tees.  

This year at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, Acne lived up to my expectations and rolled out a collection that elevated and heightened its standards while staying true to its Swedish roots.

Developing and expanding its signature soft muted palettes, Acne’s Spring Summer collection works its magic beyond tees and onto sharp tailored suits, knitted pullovers, and even jumping on the floral trend (of which I just did an entry about).

If you ask me, my favourite looks of the collection would have to be of the gorgeous suits of an unconventional hue and the green knitted sweater I so yearn to have.

Aside from the usual suspects of Men’s Fashion Week (from Prada, Burberry to Givenchy and McQueen), Acne is one of the few cult brands I actively googled for updates. Here’s a toast to Acne’s splendid collection for Spring Summer 2012, and I sure am looking forward for more surprises to come!

Sadly, I don’t think it’s available in Singapore, unless of course some multi-label boutique do bring them in. For now, we can only content ourselves with gettin them online.

For those interested, here’s a video of the runway show:

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Now that it’s officially Summer, it’s time to add some vibrance and colours to your satorial arsenal! Even better, learn a thing or two from the Hawaiians and go all out with loud hues and flamboyant floral prints! As evident from the recent Spring Summer 2012 collectio by Prada and Givenchy, floral prints are definitely here to stay!

And before you decide to dismiss Haiwaiian print shirts as unfashionable and utterly cheesy, just take a look at these selections by Karmakula. If one styles it well, I bet even Haiwaiian print shirts can look dandy as well!

Style tip:

Take for example the white Haiwaiian print shirt. Already lookin rather dapper on the model, push the envelop and pair it with a high waisted black pants tapered at the end. To match, a gorgeous pair of brogues from Jil Sander’s SS11 collection.

The above Karmakula Hawaiian print shirts are available at ASOS.com for those interested. Better get them before it’s sold out!

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(Credit: Karmakula, Prada, D&G, JIl Sander, BryanBoy)

Ever since its debut at Men’s Fashion Week 2011, I have been anticipating for the launch of ELOHIM BY SABRINA GOH’s Autumn Winter 2011 collection - Parachute. Consisting of several sophisticated capes and jackets that are to die for, the real stuff didn’t disappoint at all!

After receiving news that the ‘Parachute has landed’, I just had to make a trip down to the SABRINAGOH boutique at Orchard Central and have a feel of the apparels myself. The sweet sales assistant even passed me a beautifully crafted brochure containing information about the collection and its rationale.

Quite frankly, the pictures didn’t really do the collection justice. To truly appreciate the intricate tailoring, the soft fabric and the voluminous movement when worn, these apparels are meant to be touched and felt by hand. Sounds kinda wrong, but you get what I mean.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the collection, especially the cape jacket (second and last picture below) which I’m really tempted to get. 

The full collection is now available at SABRINAGOH, #02-11/12 Orchard Central. Be sure to head down and check them out! Like I said, this is a collection meant to be experience up-close and personal. 

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I shall refrain myself from saying, “I TOLD YOU SO” because that’s just plain immature and childish. But it seems like Givenchy (along with Mugler) agrees with me that the ‘Half Shirt’ is set to be the new sartorial essential for men next year! But of course, Riccardo Tisci injects his unique flavour and vision into the line of apparels, making it upbeat, fresh and truly-Givenchy.

For Spring Summer 2012, Tisci ditches the dark and mysterious and celebrates the vibrancy of life with unabashed splashes of floral prints, crystals and sequins. Far from the whimsical explosion of colours one would expect with such a description, Tisci managed to pull in the reins and focused the collection based on four key hues - White, Green, Beige and Purple.

Personally, I’m in love with everything from that collection that is in pastel apple green hue. Definitely a colour that stands out from the rest and not what you will see on the streets of Singapore.

Given the 180 degree change from the dark animalistic Spring Summer 2011 collection to the jubilant collection for Spring Spring 2012, one thing remained constant - adrogyny. Afterall, isn’t that what true warriors wore centuries ago?   

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Alexander McQueen is all about 60s English-Rock madness as Sarah Burton loosens the silhouettes and proportions for the Spring Summer 2012 collection, her third since the demise of its eponymous creator. From bold candy-red stripes to luxe suede fabrics and floral prints, it’s one hell of a rocker’s wardrobe if you ask me. 

Recently into the whole high-waisted look, I’m totally digging the bold red striped range of apparels, from the shirt, pants to even the finely tailored jacket. That aside, I can probably make space in my wardrobe for the low V-neck cardigan-shirt as well. I mean, why not?

What I probably won’t be getting is the 'Burning Blazer'. Interesting, yes. For a bona fide rocker, yes. For me, nah, I wil pass.

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