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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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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The Very Best of Versace for H&M Campaign Video I love you girl, but every time I look at Donatella, she still scares me a little. Whimsical, quirky and hinging a little on freaky, but I kinda like the eccentricity of it. Lanvin x H&M’s campaign video still wins hands down though. Skeptically approved by,


"Everyone needs a pink suit right, I mean who doesn’t!", exclaimed my friend. That was her first reaction when she set eyes on the Versace x H&M Collection in the newspapers today. And I wondered, would I really want a pink suit if it wasn’t because it’s labelled "Versace x H&M"? 

For me, I actually did. In fact, I was practically scouring the web for the puurfect pink suit to adorn for my friend’s wedding, but the impracticality of it pulled me away in the end. That said, I’m pretty sure many have their eyes on this gorgeous hot pink suit simply because of its label and before this, it never crossed their minds that ‘Hey, a pink suit’s actually quite dapper!’  With that comes the phenomenal where you are swamped by a cloud of ‘pink people’ (no pun intended) on the streets of Singapore all donned in this same suit just because it’s Versace x H&M. 

That is one huge reason why I’m resisting really hard not to fall prey to temptation even though I really adore this monochromatic graphic shirt. Seeing the number of tweets and FB statuses going “OMG, this is love!!”, “I’m soo gonna get this” just makes me wonder if I’m the only one afraid of being caught wearing the same thing as three other guys on the streets. 

Then again, these are some really exquisite apparels with Versace’s signature style and design aesthetics. Has Versace x H&M convinced you enough to get your hands on the collection knowing that the chances of meeting someone with the same apparel is as high as 75%? Or is your strategy going to be just buying the not so iconic/recognizable yet sleek pieces from the collection?

Well, I definitely have yet decided mine. 

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This had me laughing my guts out throughout the entire minute. It might be stupid, but Lanvin sure scored when it comes to having me remember this campaign vid. I can’t get it out of my head now.

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That was the first question that popped into my head when I saw this intriguing editorial spread by VMAN. What are we trying to prove when we adorn our favourite outfits and brave the harsh realities outside the four walls we call home?

Is it really just about making first impressions, or is it your way of loving yourself and showcasing that love to others? And if so, how much love it too much? Or is there even such a thing as loving yourself too much? What say you?

Check out the rest of the spread below. I especially love the close-up shot of model Jon Kortajarena in tears. Simple but intense. Now that’s what I call modelling.

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While we content ourselves with the blossoming of young hollywood actors from Dakota Fanning, Robert Pattinson to Daniel Radcliffe); and stellar performances by seasoned actors the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp, I can’t help but miss a certain actor who felt out of the radar over the past few years.

No he ain’t dead.

I’m talking about the sexy vegan whom I once swooned over - Josh Harnett.

You can imagine my surprise when I laid eyes on the September issue of Corduroy magazine, whose cover featured Josh Harnett looking as dandy as ever. Granted he does look like he put on a few pounds, but in my opinion, no harm was done to his boyish charms and captivating small eyes.

As much as fashion is about pushing boundaries and taking risks, I do appreciate dressing down in t-shirts and jeans on a casual day out. But of course, without any ‘additional help’, one is left with his innate personality and appearance to make a good first impression.

I know I sound curt, but it’s reality. But if you look anything like Josh Harnett, then you have abso-fuckin-lutely nothin’ to worrry about! Enjoy the wonderful editorial spread photographed by Peter Ash Lee and styled by Adrianne Tunney.

You can also read the interview with Josh Harnett at The Fashionisto.

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Credit: Corduroy Magazine / The Fashionisto.

It was definitely my honor when the guys at Lilreddotfolks approached me to discussed about a possible feature on their fashion blog that showcases the “everyday folks rocking their personal styles” in the Lil’ Red Dot nation we call Singapore.

Short of sounding a little snobbish, I do believe that "Style transcends labels and no amount of luxury goods can ever replace it!" I might not be the most stylish individual in town, but I’m pretty sure you would agree that piling on labels doesn’t equate to style.

You can read more about the interview at Lilreddotfolks.

Now, whoever says Lilreddotfolks (ala SIngaporeans) only understand flip-flops and board shorts? But I have to agree, sometimes the weather is so ridiculously hot/humid that even I find it cumbersome to dress up only to end up soaked in sweat. 

(Credit: Lilreddotfolks)

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Though polo tees aren’t my first priority when it comes to selecting / pairing my outfits lately, I got to give Fred Perry credit for its Autumn Winter 2011 Origami Blank Canvas Collection that had me do a double take when I laid eyes on it. 

Apart from the obvious influences of Japanese origami - from the cherry blossoms, polka dots to the traditional Japanese fan, I’m actually more intrigued about the way the polo tees seem to frame one’s shoulder to make it look broader and wider. For someone who has ridiculously narrow shoulders, I would do anything for broader looking shoulders! 

Still kinda into the whole floral craze right now, it’s no surprise I’m lusting over the blue floral shirt. But of the two polos, I would definitely go for the one with the traditional Japanese fan print! Polka dots are too overrated, doncha think?

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