Philip Sparks Fall 2010 Preview Videos

The first Philip Sparks Fall 2010 Preview Video was release in January. Philip is inspired by Moby Dick this season. I can’t wait to see all the nautical inspired clothing and accessories. Since then there have been two videos posted so I’m going to post all three for you to enjoy.

Part 3 is so much fun. Peacoats for all!

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i want: WUYORK Accessories

WUYORK Accessories

I was reading and came across these WUYORK handmade bowties. I was surprised to discover that Taiwanese designer York Wu spends his time in New York and Toronto. He is also an interdisciplinary artist/designer and Interior Designer. His bowties are quite beautiful and unusual.

WUYORK Accessories

These bowties can move between traditional usage and jewellery.

WUYORK Accessories

The WUYORK website contains more product and campaign images. There is also photos of the packaging, which is just as beautiful.

WUYORK Accessories


Fashion Show Venues – Menswear Fall 2010

Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Adam Kimmel
Adam Kimmel

Wallpaper has featured some of the venues from the Fall 2010 menswear shows. Here are a few of my favourites. Adam Kimmel’s presentation was just creepy. Check out Tommy Ton’s photos from the Adam Kimmell show.

Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Maison Marten Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela
Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Lanvin

I love the long white runway with high wall at Lanvin.

Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Dior


i want: Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

Browsing lead me to Christopher Raeburn. I love these spring 2010 jackets. They are so colourful and making use of the sheer trend.

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

Christopher Raeburn is a young British fashion designer, known for creating ethically-aware men’s and womenswear collections that are original in design. Utilising re-appropriated military fabrics, Christopher Raeburn creates garments that are functional, intelligent and meticulously crafted.

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

A graduate from London’s prestigious Royal College of Arts in 2006, Raeburn is fast becoming known for his pioneering work towards the future of ethical design.

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

Christopher Raeburn’s collections are highlighted for their intelligent design, high quality and extreme attention to detail. Staunchly British, all Raeburn garments are proudly ‘Remade in England’ and produced in East London.

Christopher Raeburn has jackets for both men and women. I’ve posted some of each here because I liked both styles. The colours are so vibrant. The jackets just scream fun times to me. I really like the way they pop in these trade show photos I found on the Christopher Raeburn blog.

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

Christopher Raeburn Spring 2010 Jackets

These booths would be magnets to me.  I would be drawn by the bright colour and fabric.  Of course, there are no Canadian outlets for Christopher Raeburn but you can purchase online at the webshop.


D&G Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

D&G Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

The kind people at also emailed me some pictures of the backstage action at the D&G Fall 2010 fashion show.

D&G Mens Fall 2010 Backstage
Aww, it's Tommy. I'm so proud of you Tommy 🙂

D&G Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

You can watch the full mens Fall 2010 collection from D&G on the website. I didn’t like this collection that much. The pants were very distracting. I didn’t like the oversized, multiple layers styling either.  However, the knits were lovely.

D&G Mens Fall 2010 Backstage
I'm sure you girls remember this boy from the Dolce & Gabbana backstage shots. Still don't know his name

Dolce & Gabbana Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

Dolce & Gabbana Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

The kind people at emailed me some pictures of the backstage action at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 fashion show. I thought I should share some of my favourite shots. Some are just purely eye candy, very good eye candy.

Dolce & Gabbana Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

You can watch the full mens Fall 2010 collection from Dolce & Gabbana on the website. The whole collection felt very mobster. I liked the clothing and did not enjoy the presentation. It was information overload for me. I was amazed at the number of models that were cast for the show. The final walkout was insane.

Dolce & Gabbana Mens Fall 2010 Backstage

Here is a video that discusses some key looks from the Fall 2010 mens collection; providing information about material and techniques.

Balenciaga Menswear Lookbooks Fall 2007 and 2009


I got the Fall 2007 Balenciaga Men’s lookbook at the Meatpacking district store in NYC. I was there for fashion week and was checking out the stores in the area.




I prefer the Fall 2007 collection. It’s very preppy, which was keeping with the Balenciaga Fall 2007 woman minus the lego shoes.



The Fall 2009 lookbook I got in the menswear sections of Holt’s bloor street. Not as exciting as the Meatpacking District, le sigh. I like the simple layout of the lookbooks. The format hasn’t changed either, I like that.




The Fall 2009 collection is a lot more sleek and angular. I like the use of colours. I didn’t really see the connections with Balenciaga women’s as it was drapey, sparkly and full of prints.




i want: Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars

Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars

I love the minimalistic nature of these Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars. Unfortunately, these are for the guys. Not in my size. Boo. I’m a 5.5 Converse!

Enlisted as a contributor to the 1HUND(RED) project, Koh’s approach to the design of his shoe focused on subtraction. “I wanted to keep the DNA of the Chuck Taylor intact, while reducing the seams, and smoothing out the shoe’s surfaces as much as possible”. Terence replaced the usual curve of the ankle with a vertical construction to give the shoe a clean square look. A smoothed-out version of the signature Converse tread on the sole combines with a white on white All Star rubber license plate on the heel to round out the ultra-clean look and feel of the shoe. As a contributor to 1HUND(RED), a percentage of the net wholesale price of the shoe will go to help fight AIDS in Africa, giving consumers an opportunity to become agents of change and offering a way to turn design into power.

The Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Star is available in a high-top, premium white leather version. The shoe launches globally on Saturday November 21st and will be available in the US at Opening Ceremony ( in New York and Los Angeles and select retailers globally. Shoes will retail for $150 and will be available in sizes 7 – 13. via Sneaker Freaker Magazine


Holt Renfrew Style Rules with David Donohue


After the Philip Sparks Spring 2010 show, I headed over to Holt Renfrew for their Style Rules event. The guest speaker was David Donohue, a professional car racer. We were also introduced to the new four door Porsche sedan, the Panamera.


I’m a huge Porsche fan. My dream car is a Porsche 911 Targa. It’s been my dream car for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, I’m not an owner yet. When I heard the Panamera was a four door, I was a little skeptical. However, after listening to David and Porsche Canada’s president talk about the car I began to change. The unveiling sold me, it’s not too bad. It’s larger than the two door models but smaller than the Cayenne. It has all the bells and whistles anyone with money could wish for.


They opened the car up and let the guests take a look inside. It was drool worthy. In the end, my favourite car is still the 911 Targa. The Panamera is nice, but not the kind of car I would buy if I had the money.



There were so many men at this event.  It was refreshing as I don’t normally see that many suits in a room outside of my usual haunts, the financial district. It was also nice that there was plenty of Moet . 🙂


TEFW – Philip Sparks Spring 2010

Philip Sparks was the unofficial start to what I’m calling Toronto Extended Fashion Week. TEFW for short. The venue was in the usual haunts of the Burroughs Building. This season they used the bigger section of the 6th floor. They also had a great setup for the lounge area, complete with cheese plates and a DJ.


I had a preview of the collection when I got to sit in on the Lookbook photoshoot. The collection included some pieces that I hadn’t seen which was a great surprise. The inspiration this season was cottage life and 1950s Canadian Pacific Railways gatewya ads. The collection featured fabrics like seersucker, cotton voile and ramie. Philip worked with textile designer Kerry Croghan to create his Gone Fishing print. It’s inspired from Thor Hansen fabrics and Canadian souvenir imagaery. These prints were used in shirts and ties.


I love the fact that Philip doesn’t shy away from his Canadian roots. He embraces them fully and I really appreciate that love for our history and culture. I’m a born and raised Richmond Hill suburb child and my love of Canadiana is ingrained. It’s wonderful to see this translated into clothing.


Philips show was very nautical. Waders (famously worn by Agyness Dyne), stripes and trenches we major staples. Typical Sparks basics, like button up shirts and henleys, complemented the staple pieces. The hooded windbreaker brought back memories to any person that were old enough to remember the 80s vividly. I’m totally bias but Philip can do no wrong in my book. I love his vision of a Philip Sparks man. He is relaxed about his appearance but appreciates the sartorial touches. The models in Philip’s show were really hot. I felt terrible for drooling as some of them are way too young.


My favourite pieces included the new Philip Sparks handbags. The hardware is all brass and handmade by Mennonites. I also love everything with the print that was designed by Kerry Croghan.


Overall it was a very well produced show with great models and clothing. The runway room looked fabulous and it was very roomy. Everyone got a good look at the collection. It was the best way to start Extended Fashion Week. Next up is Greta Constantine.


See the complete collection in the Philip Sparks Spring 2010 slideshow.

Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got,

i want: Riding Boots with Brown Cuff by Philip Sparks

Riding Boots with Brown Cuff by Philip Sparks

When I saw these boots at Philip’s Fall 2009 show I died. I immediately asked if they were going into production and then I asked what the sizing would be. Unfortunately, they start at Men’s 40 which is a 6.5 and too big for me. However guys that doesn’t stop you from getting a pair. The Riding Boots with Brown Cuff can be found at the Philip Sparks online shop.


FASHION Magazine’s Men’s Fall Style Special Event

FASHION Magazine's Men's Fall Style Special Event
FASHION Magazine's Men's Fall Style Special Event

I attended the FASHION Magazine’s Men’s Fall Style Special Event last week. I brought The Grumpy Owl with me since he sometimes concerns himself with fashionable things.


The party was to celebrate the launch of the FASHION Magazine’s Men’s Fall Style Special supplement. It’s a magazine created by the Fashion Magazine team dedicated to men’s fashion. There were cigars and a small cigar lounge setup outside. The Grumpy Owl bought a nice cigar and enjoyed it on the patio.



There were canapes and drinks at the party but we were also treated to a Hugo Boss Fall 2009 fashion show.


The Men’s Fashion Fall 2009 supplement is pretty good. I love the product offering and the way they are displayed. There is also a long article demystifying men’s grooming by Andrew Sardone. I LOVE the men’s editorial though. Here are two images to get your hungry to find it.

Men's Fashion Fall 2009 by Fashion Magazine
FASHION Magazine's Men's Fall Style Special
Men's Fashion Fall 2009 by Fashion Magazine
FASHION Magazine's Men's Fall Style Special

geekiviews: Equmen Compression Clothing

Equmen Compression Clothing

So, I was shopping with a male friend who decided to buy an Equmen Core Precision Undershirt. It’s goes by the male girdle when people are being snarky. The buzz about these types of products has increased in the last year and I was dying to get access to a user of the product.

Regular readers know I’m a fan of shapewear. It’s not about losing a lot of inches, but smoothing to leave clean lines. I had a feeling that the men’s version is similar in principle. I learned a bit more about the marketing from the website. There were three things the Men of the World need that Equmen delivers according to the website.

The weight angle:

Look and feel more fit with style. Equmen’s CORE PRECISION UNDERSHIRT will help to trim and tone your physique for a more tailored look.

  • Streamlines Torso. Targeted compression wraps around core to trim stomach and smooth love handles.
  • Straightens Posture. Pulls the shoulders back to deliver a taller, more streamlined, confident appearance.
  • Visibly Sculpts. Body response fabric enhances muscle tone.
  • Improves the Fit of Clothes. Classic styling and immediate slimming effect improves clothing fit, from business to casual wear.

Of course they gotta get the golf in here somehow:

Correct posture and a strong core play a vital roll in golf. The CORE PRECISION UNDERSHIRT can assist golfers at any level by providing essential bio-mechanical support for peak performance from the course to the range.

  • Improves posture Correct posture in golf creates an athletic setup and optimal swing angle, allowing for balanced, powerful and consistent ball striking.
  • Stabilizes core Supports a solid base, helping to transfer energy from the centre of the body out to the limbs more effectively as you rotate through the axis.
  • Reduces fatigue Targeted compression helps you maintain form from start to finish.
  • Regulates body temperature Ventilated, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you comfortable throughout play.

The fashion/beauty angle:

Discover the only sport-inspired undershirt that will dramatically improve how your clothes fit for a more tailored, polished look:

  • Improves posture
  • Visibly streamlines and slims
  • Enhances energy
  • Controls temperature and moisture
  • Immediately feel enhanced confidence from the moment you put it on. Your suit will fit better. Your appearance will sharpen.

Up your game in the job market today.

Equmen Compression Clothing

I think this garment will be as ubiquitous as Spanx is now. It will happen, give it time. I informed my friend during his purchase that I wanted updates on the garment and it’s performance. In exchange for his privacy I have some first hand accounts of what the Equmen compression clothing is like. My source bought the Core Precision Undershirt in black. He is a medium size. He wears a lot of suits so I was very interested in how the fit would change with the undershirt on and a dress shirt.

His initial test fit was a vest that had become a little to tight recently. I observed him with the vest on before wearing the undershirt and the results afterwards. The vest was looser with the undershirt on, he did lose some inches. He mentioned that the garment sucked everything in. He mentioned that getting of the shirt was a little bit of trouble.

I checked in with him a few weeks later and he was a new convert. He added the sleeveless version of the undershirt to his wardrobe. He mentions improved posture and better fitting clothing as major benefits. He wears the undershirt under dress shirts and sweaters and the tank under tshirts. The undershirt is better for posture than the tank but the tank is more comfortable. He mentioned that after a short period of adjustment they are comfortable to wear all day.

Equmen is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and

Quotes and images from

Adeline Andr̩ Couture РFall 2009

Adeline André Couture - Fall 2009

The most interesting couture presentation was done by Adeline André. It consisted of one look for men and one look for women.

Adeline André Couture - Fall 2009

To demonstrate her patented three-armhole design (and reveal just how much fabric went into each piece), the four items, including a shirt, jacket and coat for men, were first pegged on a clothesline before being donned by the models. The women’s look, a layered silk crepe dress merging from flesh color tones to pinks and reds, took minutes to put on as meters of fabric and a staggering 21 armholes were wound around. “I wanted to show my work, and the history of the armholes, in a very precise way,” André said. (source:

Adeline André Couture - Fall 2009

I love the performance art aspect of this collection and the garment itself. The layers of colours gradually moving from light to dark is a nice touch.


i want: Jeeves & Wooster Pendant Lights by Jake Phipps

Jeeves & Wooster Pendant Lights by Jake Phipps

Jeeves & Wooster Pendant Lights by Jake Phipps

THIS. THIS. THIS. What else is there to say about these amazing pendant lights. They would make a great addition to any sartorially inspired home. Love.

The Jeeves & Wooster pendant lights were designed as a playful take on lighting with a real sense of cultural identity. The hat is an object that often associates its wearer with a particular society, heritage or race. The bowler and top hat are classic British cultural icons reflecting a bygone era of imperialism, class divide, and eccentricity.

via Iconique Magazine