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Top Men’s Runway Looks For Fall 2008
Band of Outsiders
Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008
Why these pieces rock:

These are pieces and combinations that any man can put together and look amazing on the fly. Since not every man is a fashionista, it isn’t always difficult to create a casual look that will gain your respect from the non-causal world.

Band of Outsiders does this with just enough geek and chic to not frighten away even the most fashion squeamish man. This is also a line that one can duplicate with ease if you do not have the means for a label heavy wardrobe.

If you employ enough creativity when shopping at vintage boutiques and other various outlets, you can look straight off the Band of Outsiders runway.

Costume National (C’N’C)

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

Costume National is thankfully still mixing in muted plums into what would be a far duller collection in only grays and blacks. Texture in this set adds to the visual effect of their layering; maximizing the visual impact of each piece without having to do any additional wardrobe work.

C’N’C’s fall ready to wear looks are not a financial stretch to duplicate, either. Assuming you already have a few three piece suits in your closet already, you can utilize the ves, pants and jackets by intermingling various pieces into different outfits.

You can’t really screw around with a well fitting and modern leather jacket, so if you don’t have one of those I would suggest springing for something like that new from a decent boutique. Leather is one of those things that you can tell if you’ve cheaped out, so don’t take the risk.

D&G

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

D&G shows that mixing pattern on pattern can be done without your photo ending up splatterd on the ‘worst dressed list’ for wherever you’re from. If you follow the lead of D&G, you can see that as long as colors still play nice together, you can layer nearly anything.

If you look close, everything on the left model is patterned; the shirt, tie, argyle vest and plaid jacket. This is a dapper vintage look that should be attempted only by the boldest men! If you don’t have an outrageous personality to match those wild threads, you may get worn by your clothes instead of vice versa.

Alternatively, the otufit on the right is more subtle; yet still fun. When keeping with darks, try mixing up the fabrics to create a look with depth, instead of something all cut from one cloth that will fall flat. It’s an easy away to look slick yet call less attention to yourself than the extrovert plaid option.

DSquared

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

Dsquared came up with more of a streamlined, almost-business casual line that still is funky enough to be worn in the streets. I’m sure most of you boys have some sort of plaid button-up shirt in the confines of your closets, and if not, they are easily and cheaply attained from a local Value Village.

Buying something for $5 also leaves room for affording to have it properly tailored to fit you. A $5 button up from VV can almost instantly turn into something that makes you look like a million bucks. Remember, tailoring equals assumed quality of goods!

Throw in a few H&M skinny ties with your blazer and fur-lined jacket, and you’re set to make your own brand of Dsquared.

Hermès
Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008
Why these pieces rock:
Hermès is more of a classic alternative to the more flashy previous collections. If you have a desk job or need to look pro most of the time, you can pair block colors with one busier piece (such as the vest or the tea scarf) to add some personal flair and keep your co-workers guessing.
This look relies more on staples than anything. Black suit pants and co-ordinating blazers rule the more conservative realm of Hermès. If you love looking stealth on the street but don’t want to be turning every single person’s head while streetside, I would suggest creating pieces that blend like the men above are demonstrating.
Junya Watanabe

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

You may be afraid of it now, but rolling up your pants and displaying those fancy socks you invested in is a raging trend. Rolling pants also gives a bit of a quirky, youthful appearance to what could be considered a fairly standard suit.

So, show off those socks! Match them with your tie!

This also showcases your footwear (since they’ve got no pant leg to hide in), so be sure that your oxfords are polished and ready for showing. Thankfully a dressier shoe like an oxford does not fade in and out of style; they can always be used. In the age of lazy (and potentially shabby) slip ons, you can easily set yourself apart from the crowd in one fell swoop by sporting a smart shoe.

Lanvin

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

Lanvin has created a dependable line with a look that won’t act as fickle as your high school lover. All pieces (ties, vests and cardigans included) are going to carry through the seasons and will be able to be worn again and again.

While they aren’t the most exciting combinations, there are still some times in a man’s life where he can’t dress to match the extrovert he is. In these times, Lanvin’s grey on black style bible will come through. These are more subtle and versatile pieces that can be used in the office or to make a casual outfit have a more formal twist.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

For those longing for their younger days of raging punk rock (or those wanting to flex their jail chic style), the fall Marc by Marc Jacobs highlights are for you. Looks like these are definitely edgier street wear, but the looks aren’t taken over the top.

If you combine too many layers with already strong pieces (such as the asymmetrical zipper jacket), the slightest accessory or additonal layer can take you too far into a look’s exaggeration. By keeping it simple, you keep your cool.

Since Cheap Thrills closed down on Granville Street years ago (ahh, memories); there are still a few dwindling shops that can sell slightly obnoxious psuedo punk wear that could be tamed to one’s personal liking with other pieces with less of a vendetta against “the man”.

Moschino

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008
Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

Moschino appeals to everyone’s inner rock star. Yeah, you know it. Whether you allow it out or not, it’s always clawing to get out and wear that blue sateen suit with the latest over-sized sunglasses and overly attention grabbing shoes.

Shiny color-cordinated trainers (no, your vintage Nikes or Chucks don’t count) can also bring a previously dull suit into a more eye catching ensemble. By adding a metallic to the look, you instantly amp up the rockstar effect.

Now that more labels are jumping on the designer trainer bandwagon, it is easier than ever to find an appropriate pair of fancy trainers to complete your Kanye-esque look.

Paul Smith

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

Colored denim can revive a potentially tired look and make it new again. As Paul Smith demonstrates, you can pair yellow jeans with an ordinary shirt, tie and jacket to make it pop. Colored denim is still available at most retailers in varying shades, including American Apparel and Urban Outfitters.

If you have the opportunity to make it to Europe over the summer, I would suggest scouting colored denim at the UK Urban Outfitters (their color selections are far superior to the North American stores).

Instead of a tie, a scarf is also an option. Silk scarves are usually purchased reasonably cheaply at vintage shops, or at discount retailers like Winners. Since the scarf is not a male usual piece, you may have to swing through the women’s scarf section. This does not demean your masculinity (as long as you don’t get one in pink!)

Other than the more outrageous accessories and bright pants, Paul Smith simply showcases more examples of the best pattern on pattern vest and shirt pairings. Take note, boys.

Rag & Bone

Top Men’s Runway Looks (By Designer) For Ready To Wear Fall 2008

Why these pieces rock:

Ok, I’ve left the greyest for last. Though Rag & Bone is definitely not showing us anything new and ground breaking; it’s worthwhile to remember the roots of what can create any man’s good look. Greys are basic, always wearable, quintessentially fall and simple to layer.

Grey vests, pants and shirts are likely already in any man’s closet, and have a secure position to stay there. As long as there is fall, there is grey for men to blend in with.

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Hi Victoria,

Hmmm… I used to be a model (for an Italian firm, no less) and I’m not 100% sure I am in love with all of these combos. But, and that’s important… I do enjoy some of them 🙂 Good finds!

Sorry we missed you at the Green Living Show. I saw your comment on my blog (well, on the old Blogger site – I have now moved to WordPress).

Comment by Raul

@Raul: haha thanks!
I’m actually not into the whole green living/environmental scene (whenever I hear people talking about bamboo clothing (AGAIN!) I die a little inside), so I never go to shows like that.

Comment by Victoria Potter

Aww…. Victoria, does that mean that you’re not going to show up by my blog every so often? 😦 I am also a fashionista! I love fashion, and I used to be a model, and I write some cool stuff (at least I would like to think so!)

I’m not only an environmentalist, there’s a lot of other fun stuff on my blog 😉 Come visit sometime!

Comment by Raul

i love this year fall looks

Comment by aaron

Hey Raul,

You used to be a model?

-snicker-

Comment by william




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