At my tender age of 20 years old, i can say that over the years, my taste in clothing have changed and i can now define what is my style. And that change in taste have greatly affected the labels i wear. And as years go by, I have grown to hate some labels and designers that i used to purchase, and have grown to love some that i used to despise. I'll go with my list first. Hopefully, you guys will partcipate as well. What i used to hate, now love: Tom Ford (YSL, Gucci) - His designs may not be on the cutting edge as some would like and the quality is questionable. But, i feel Ford's designs are probably the most wearable of any major fashion label. I know many of you posters especially of the Oxxford-wearing dandy boy club would never wear Ford. And that's fine. It's not your style. But i love the seventies gigolo shit he has been putting out for years. Gucci and YSL is about sex and being pimp. I feel his clothing does me good when i hit the club. I cant say that about kiton (not that i would have made that mistake anyway). Ralph Lauren - Ive like him as a young teen and grown to dislike his wasp-ish style as my taste (and income) progressed. However at this point, i have more respect for the guy. His purple label is pretty good and his ever so common polo shirt is a classic that goes well with jeans, slacks, and so forth. Marc Jacobs - His thrift shop style used to never amused me. Thats till i actually tried on and bought some of his stuff. I cant explain it. It looks like clothes from goodwill, only with lux fabric and bit of an urban feel to it. The Louis Vuitton stuff is really nice quality as well. Dunhill - I thought the designs were a bit bland for me. However, i had the opportunity of trying on some pieces. Very nice, stylish, yet conservative. Zegna - I think the fabrics are great. I know there are better, but i could wear the label from head to toe. I know i wont be as stylish as i want to be, but its generally good stuff. Grown to dislike ( for now anyway): Brioni - Quality of suits are excellent, however the style is nothing to me. It seems like a really expensive zegna. I dont think the styling justfies the price no matter how great the construction. Helmut Lang - Very unwearable to me. And whats with those nipple shirts? If i want clothes on the cutting edge, I'll take dior homme thank you very much. Oxxford - same with brioni. Excellent quality. Probably the best ive had the pleasure of trying on. When i become that 50 year old plus top level government bureaucrat or prominent politician (i can dream, anyway), i may have to pick up a few. But im not old yet, therefore i'll pass. What i desire: Dior homme - I just dont have the skinny as bones frame. And even if i did have the body, i dont think i just have the look to pull it off. Yet, i still watch each collection year after year in awe. hedi is probably the most relevant designer in menswear right now. Patek Phillippe watch - I always like the understated elegence and the unsurpassed quality of those watches. A bespoke Richard James suit from Savile row - Love the suits. Probably the only designer with a silouette and styling that appeals to me.
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3/25/04 at 7:51am