mens fashion review

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 starring Keanu Reeves

“In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.”

  • Film premiered in Los Angeles on January 30, 2017 & was theatrically released in the United States on February 10, 2017
  • Rated R (strong violence throughout, some language & brief nudity)
  • 90% Tomatometer (7.3/10) -  93% Audience Score (4.5/5)
  • 3.5 stars out of 4 Roger Ebert
  • Filming Locations: principal photography becgan October 26, 2015 in New York City, NY, USA - Rome, Lazio, Italy - Montreal, Québec & Ontario, Canada

image: thunder road pictures / 87eleven productions / summit entertainment

5

iTailor shirt review:

I’m sad I didn’t discover this website before, because the shirt is very well made. The company is based out of Thailand, but don’t let that deter you. 

The shirt is the perfect thickness, (not too thin, and not too thick to be considered a utility shirt) and is fully customizable on the company’s website. You can choose collars, cuffs, and with hundreds of colors and patterns to pick from, you can create a one-of-a-kind shirt just for you. You can also add monograms, if that’s your thing.

I measured my sleeve length incorrectly, so unfortunately I can’t wear the shirt without rolling them. However, the perfect shade of blue makes it a great casual date night shirt without a tie and some dark pants.

iTailor regularly has a fabric of the week, which offers a certain pattern or color for a discounted price. The colors change every week, but white is always on sale.

My recommendation? Do it. It’s around 50 a shirt for basic colors, including shipping, but considered it’s custom made for you, you really can’t find a better deal. I ordered my shirt around the 4th of July and it arrived today, 28 July. 3 weeks to custom make my shirt, and to ship it from Thailand? Not bad at all.

I will likely wait to purchase another shirt from them once I’ve started growing from T, but this company has my seal of approval. The company also makes custom suits as well as custom footwear (I’ve had a little too much fun playing with the customizer). And ladies, this company also makes women’s clothing.

Go forth and be dapper!

-Ken

3

One of the best things about opting for a presentation over a show is the opportunity to have a wholly immersive, performative experience. Set in St. Giles church on the Strand, spectators were invited to wander the marble cloisters of the church at the Beau Homme presentation, following and searching out the models. Having spoken to the designers about their inspirations for the collection, this setting took on another poignancy.

This is one of the other great perks of a presentation over a show. Whereas at a show the designer is inevitably careering round backstage or being bludgeoned by cameras and microphones after the mayhem of the runway, at a presentation the relaxed, wine-lubricated setting allows for freer, more insightful conversation. Both designers spoke eloquently about the original concept, aptly so seeing as the collection is based around ideas of thinking, contemplation, and questioning. Bemoaning the fact that social media has relegated human contact to awkward inefficiency, the Beau Homme duo both talked about how the ideas of conversation, discussion, and even argument was crucial. This is reflected pictorially in the prints. One print consisted of three heads, symbolising conversation and group discussion. A second featured heads connected via bridges – an engaging conversation. The moment they said this, a Virginia Woolf quotation (from my all time favourite novel,Mrs. Dalloway) leapt into my head: 

Part of the people she had never met; being laid out like a mist between the people she knew best, who lifted her on their branches as she had seen the trees lift the mist, but it spread ever so far, her life, herself 

This idea of being connected with other people through thought, with people you may never have even met through shared ideologies, is a deeply resounding image, especially in a church surrounding, and one that I think is very interesting to observe through fashion, an art form based so wholly around self-expression.

And the self-expression the pair was trying to convey was one of autonomous menswear. Rightly pointing out that so often womenswear takes centre stage (one need only look at high fashion womenswear haute couture and high fashion menswear, or even the female and male sections of high street shops,) they spoke of trying to free menswear from its potentially restrictive creative shackles. Though not necessarily pioneering, with J. W. Anderson’s androgynous boundary breaking and Raf Simons’ wondrously artistic creations, the collection did have a new eye. Full print suits in deep blues, adorned with the connected head print mentioned above, were eye-catching statements, with an aesthetic not dissimilar from Siki Im SS14 or McQueen SS14 in many ways.

What most caught my eye, however, were the unique fabrics and attention to detail. Hand crocheted detailing on jumpers added dimension and subtle interest to staple AW pieces, reimagining classic knitwear. These features were embellishments over an Airtex base, an example of the pair’s use of new fabrics. The two materials were arranged in symmetrical panels, giving a sculptural element to a simple silhouette.

The styling was also interesting. Hair adorned with gold leaf, very much in the same vein as the hair for the Miharayasuhiro SS14 show, crowned the models’ bent heads, who were avidly scribbling away in notebooks during the presentation, penning ideas, engaging in thought and discussion. And this was the image we were left with. Standing underneath the dome of the church, the image was of a youth questioning its surroundings, Janus faced, looking back at histories, represented by the ancient doctrines of the church, and forward, reflected through the inventive clothes.

An experience I won’t soon forget, and one that reminded me that fashion is more than what we put on our backs. 

Text: Jacob Mallinson Bird

Photo: Zimbio