Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rips and pleats

So I woke up yesterday morning wanting to wear something shiny. I hadn't used this American Boulevard shirt for quite some time so I decided to fish it out. Only problem was it had always been a little too long, so I decided, with brave finality, to shorten the hem myself. With nothing but scissors.

Shirt, American Boulevard; ripped jeans, Neil Barrett; thrifted belt; stainless steel abacus necklace, from 168; white leather sneakers (not seen), Converse; briefcase (below), Tyler

Of course I was hoping that the rough edges would also give it a raw feel, but after finishing with the act, that became the least of my problems. The shirt was this time too short! I was near to running late for work, so, with another spur of the moment decision, I sent for a few safety pins.

The damage control looked like this. I need stitching along the upper hem, but I have to decide exactly how to re-attach the part I cut to give that layered effect. More safety pins, studs, you have any ideas? Do you think I should repeat the process for the sleeves?

Whatever I do, I want to retain the raw effect. I think this accident promises a good first DIY project.

As the excitement of the day wore off, I traded my ripped shirt for this pleated one and changed sneakers for an adidas event.

Tuxedo shirt, Zara; ripped jeans, Neil Barrett; thrifted sneakers, Gucci; watch, Omega Seamaster

Outdoor photos by Patricia Suzara

The future of Y-3 and Jean Paul Gaultier

Too early for skirts I guess.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

White jeans

Another staple for summer. I know they're dust magnets, but nothing looks as nice.

Jeans, Maison Martin Margiela; shirt, Crocodile; thrifted bag, agnes b.; thrifted belt, Structure; lace-ups, Marlboro Classics; wristwatch, Tissot

To take Details' advice, here's a jolt of black for this evening. (Can't help the neon.)

Nylon jacket, Izzue; shirt, Sisley; trainers, Nike
Building photos by Patricia Suzara

Style Sightings

Stumbled upon this street style site only a few days ago. What I like about it is that it has absolutely no air of pretension. It features both the sartorial and the downright whacky, even surveying clubs and beaches, and occasionally, its author launches into reverie.

Take a peek at its most recent menswear posts.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Drawstring pants for summer

As I was saying, I was glad to see drawstring pants worn with shirts tucked in for Richard Chai's previous Spring 2009 collection, as belts can sometimes be cumbersome. In my case, there is really nothing like soft, baggy pants to start getting used to the sudden change in season in Manila.

The button-down sweater, of course, is just a precaution for airconditioned offices and establishments. Otherwise, they are best left tied to your messenger's shoulder strap.

Sweater, Muji; shirt, Old Navy; leather sneakers, Converse; pants, Marks & Spencer; watch, Omega Seamaster

Monday, February 23, 2009

Band of Outsiders: The soles of shoes

Regard the stripe detail of the soles, which, together with the seemless design of the topsiders, brings preppy a step closer to dandy. Or for the satin suit above, the other way around.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Victor Glemaud: The peculiar power of buttons

In the precise color and size, they are more striking than fingerless gloves or gold Doc Martens.

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Who's Richard Chai?

The first time I heard of Richard Chai was through an entry by The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman (there is an earlier post, but you have to scroll down to the bottom of this archive page). Apparently, he started at the same time as fellow Asian designers Peter Som and Derek Lam.

Then the menswear pieces of Richard Chai started appearing on for Spring 2009. The horizontal panels (top left) on his coats, jackets, and shirts intrigued me, especially when he repeated the theme for his Fall 2009 collection, but this time, in marvelous indigo (blue violet?).

Richard Chai draws inspiration for his Fall collection from the photographs of August Sander

Interestingly, for these two gray coats from two different seasons, he just moves the panel down by one button. (Of course, I can't see up close any changes in construction.)

The bisecting motif becomes a two-tone color design for summer shirts and the combination of two very different fabrics (unless the lower part is just very meticulous trompe-l'oeil) for fall pickings.

I was surprised to see drawstring pants styled with tucked-in shirts, since I have also been doing this before. Even more interesting is the jacket on the right, where the horizontal panel was raised to the topmost button - right under the lapel - giving the illusion of a bolero.

This Chesterfield collar is also repeated, but with a longer cut for fall. The cropped spring version is really quite terrific, with the combination of drawstring pants and sneakers.

Spring's blue jacket transforms into fall's indigo peacoat, which can be zipped up.

For fall, purple is also a dominant color, as are cropped jackets paired with long knits.

There is also cerulean (teal?).

And other shades between green, gray, and blue.

Persian red (Pantone, help!) is also used as a bold color.

Of course, fall won't be fall without the cold, neutral tones.

Richard Chai looks promising. Let's see next season if he keeps up the excitement and retains any of his themes.