The Modern Mr. Dandy

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.

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Casual yet luxurious, I’m digging the various prints used for the collection! Most of the time, prints tend to either make you look fashion forward, flamboyant or just plain tacky. Seldom do you see the use of elegant prints for such an understated collection fit for the modern dapper gentlemen, stylish but not too fashion forward. But in the case of James Long’s Spring Summer 2012 Collection, everything just seems so easy and casual without being over the top, even with print-on-print pairings.

I for one am bidding color blocking goodbye and saying hello to prints in 2012!

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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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Having written about the classic 60s suits by Banana Republic, bold work attires of neon hues and fashion forward interpretations of the dapper gentlemen’s sartorial style by the likes of Acne, Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood for Spring Summer 2012, four rather underrated labels have come to my attention with their unique takes on the modern dandy. 

In this two-part entry, we have on one extreme two contemporary labels that offer chic and elegant apparels albeit with a modern twist; while on the other, two innovative labels that pushes the limits with edgy and unconventional garbs for the bona fide fashionista. 

Part One: The Contemporary Dandy

Exuding a casual and laid-back vibe, Surface To Air’s Spring Summer 2012 collection finds inspiration in the relaxation and tranquility of summer days. From earthy khaki-brown hues to pops of orange, red and blue, the collection offers a wide variation of apparels that can see through the day from work to leisure. For a man who loves to keep it simple, you have your answer.

On the other hand, if you are man who is up for some quirky twists to the classic shirt and pants combo you adorn everyday, try Jonathan Saunders’ Spring Summer 2012 Collection. Live a little and embrace bold prints toned down by its muted hues and clean tailored lines. I for one am digging the half-gradient shirts and especially the neon-blue suit.

Stay tuned for the second-half of this two-part entry.

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With work duties piling up faster than I could clear them, school assignment deadlines looming ahead and a sprained neck to top it all off, I reckon some fun is called for to blow off some steam, relieve stress and take the load off my chest at least for one day. Seeing as immobility is an issue, I’ve decided to vicariously live through some ‘FUN’ moments right here on my blog.

Often seen expressionless or plastered with heaps of make-up where one becomes barely recognisable, models are always seen as being flawless and god-like when on the runway. But if you ask me, what charms me more is when I get to see the models being their silly selves off the runway.

After all, who would wanna date a drop-dead gorgeous guy who perpetually looks like he is on the runway but never smiles and lacks personality, right? Fine, maybe for some that might do. But hunni, it ain’t gonna work for me. 

Be it back stage or off stage, it’s just refreshing to see models comfortable with their own skin and goofing around like any other individual would. Now, that is what I call a truly drop dead gorgeous guy - one who exudes effortless charm even when shaving or with a comb in his hair. 

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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 for those interested. Better get them before it’s sold out!

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

Unrealistic as it may be, I’m insistent about getting myself a half-tee. What is perhaps truly unrealistic is sculpting my abs to go along with the beautifully tailored garment.

But for real, I would probably pair the half-tee with a crisp tailored shirt of a contrasting colour to add a needed twist to an otherwise boring ensemble. Instantly, a dull shirt and pants combi gets revived, and you have yourself an outfit that is formal yet playful.

Sometimes, fashion is just about keeping it simple.

If you are desperate enough, you could probably try snipping off half of your t-shirt and see how it looks. Just promise me you will tweet/pm me a picture.

FYI. That’s brazilian model Marlon Teixeira in that video. Incredibly sexy and crazy hot.

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Yes, business is serious. But who says one can’t have fun with business especially during summer, when the beach should be what your business is about! Ditch the boring old suits of black, white, brown hues; and adorn bright wacky colours bound to lighten up the mood in the office and everywhere else.

Take style notes from the dapper dandy - Darren Criss (of GLEE fame). Be it electric blue, baby blue, reddish brown or checks, he aces it all and emerges sleek and very cool!

Or heed the advice of fashion mags and online shops like the following:

Johnny George by Milan Vukmirovic for L’Officiel Hommes Germany

Green blazer from Zipia

Baby pink blazer from Zipia

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(Unless stated otherwise, images are by ThePresidentsMrs and MensFashionWorld)