Monthly Archives: June 2010

MSGM Fall/Winter 2010

A menswear line that actually looks like it was designed with men in mind, Italian label MSGM‘s fall/winter 2010 offerings are mixed bag of workwear-oriented pieces and fashion basics, coming together for a cohesive, well styled seasonal collection. I’m really feeling the grey knits throughout, but most importantly the line comes off as casually wearable, something that we’ve been discussing a fair bit these days… so many good labels around, but how many of them can actually make you look like a normal, functioning human? Click through for more from MSGM f/w 2010.

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Junya Watanabe Spring 2011

With previews from all the upcoming spring 2010 collections now showing, it is time for us here at 84/85 to filter through them and share our favorites. Junya Watnabe definitely falls into the favorites category with this nautically infused spring 11 collection. There is a huge amount and proportion of stripes being used throughout the collection, being paired with whites, light tans, navys and reds which all add to the nautical theme. The overall feel is very light, relaxed and rather simplistic, which makes me want to step up my yachting game. Keep reading for a few more of my favorites…

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Freshjive Fall/Winter 2010 Lookbook

Entering their second season as an ‘unbranded’ collection, Freshjive‘s evolution is one of the most noteworthy amongst streetwear brands who have shifted their focus from all-over print and flashy graphics to cut-and-sew and subtle design in recent years. And while the collection itself isn’t exactly breaking new ground, you have to admire Freshjive’s adaptability and willingness to stay relevant, and this goes to the overall presentation of the brand itself… make sure to check out their blog, where they cover everything from politics to art to fashion. Keep reading for the rest of this f/w 2010 lookbook.

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Adam Kimmel Spring 2011

Adam Kimmel has really been on his A game for the last few season, especially after his previous collection which was well received. His recent showing of his Spring 2011 collection moved its inspiration from gambling to who else but Snoop Dogg. The Designer took huge cues from Snoops dressing styles including an Italian cashmere football jersey, ┬ásatin bomber jackets, and the use of bandana style prints on cuffs, collars and liners of jackets. Other notable pieces include his signature jumpsuit and reversable jackets that turn from casual blazer to tuxedo. The collection has an overall feel of classy gangster, which could easily have been done all wrong but Kimmel makes this one a straight hit with everything from the presentation to the execution. Keep reading for the full preview…

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Balmain Spring 2011

Balmain continues their military influenced styling for spring 2011, with hints of prep athletic and Brit punk mixed in for good measure. Always a well composed collection, this spring run doesn’t deviate much from their last few seasons, but continues to hold their well deserved niche in the menswear market. Keep reading for more preview shots.

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Marni Spring 2011

Marni‘s spring 2011 offerings just might be the most complete, cohesive collection I’ve seen in a long time… transcending ‘high’ fashion and neuvo streetwear, the line is presented flawlessly, from model choice through styling to the actual pieces themselves. The Italian label is nothing short of impressive coming out of the Milan shows, giving it’s aesthetic a needed shot of youth and putting themselves at the forefront of menswear. Cool without trying too hard and completely wearable, Marni has hit all the right notes with this collection… click through to see for yourself.

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Missoni Spring/Summer 2011

The most visually striking collection to emerge from Milan this week, Missoni‘s spring/summer offerings are a kaleidoscope of patterns and color, and taken individually the pieces are bang on. The Italian label is a bit much as a top-to-bottom aesthetic, but I would definitely mess with any of the tops, especially the knits… combined with some simple denim and a white shirt, I’d be a happy man. I also love the use of boat shoes throughout, as I’m fully on the bandwagon for the first time ever this summer. This collection is also notable for us as it features an appearance by one of our favorite local baristas… Ian, you’re a long way from home… click through for more.

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