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House of Boateng

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GreyFlannelMan, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. GreyFlannelMan

    GreyFlannelMan Senior member

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    So I just caught the first episode of "House of Boateng." I thought it was somewhat interesting, and have very mixed feelings.

    First, OB lacks a certain charisma on film. He comes off a bit smug, and the numerous shots of him driving around in his Bentley don't help.

    The "confrontation" with the model before the V&A show was a bit silly:

    Model: "There's no energy or spirit here because there's no food!"
    OB: There are sandwiches...
    Model: Men don't eat sandwiches!

    OB eventually sacks the model before the show begins.

    Some of his clothes are really nice. I may not wear a mustard or orange colored suit, but I definitely saw pieces that I could wear.

    His wife is quite beautiful too.

    Let's see if I warm up to it more with epi 2...
     
  2. Catchcall

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    Hmmm, I like Mr.Boateng's suits and have a few by his Couture line. But I work in engineering so they are a little loud for everyday.
     
  3. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    He sounds like an ass.
     
  4. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    there are a ton of billboards all over town for this show, and i still don't know when it's on or on which channel.[​IMG]
     
  5. koobalicious

    koobalicious Well-Known Member

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    ^^ it's on the Sundance Channel (it was channel 168 on comcast but i live on the east coast) at 9pm EST on thursday nights...we've actually been talking about the show here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...hlight=boateng

    anyway, i like the way it was shot - love seeing London in action and the buzz of the fashion world, behind-the-scenes. having helped a friend launch her handbag business not too long ago (OT - i want my own someday) i am really interested in seeing how he goes about building his business from scratch here in the US.
     
  6. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I'm watching the show as we speak and I think that OB is looking a lot like the next Nick Lachey(Newlyweds).
     
  7. Kamala

    Kamala Well-Known Member

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    I liked the show. I think Boateng will definitely be a hit in the U.S. with the younger, hip crowd. Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight, Will Smith are already wearing his suits. All Boateng needs is a Kanye West endorsement and he's good to go.

    As far as the clothes, I liked them. I wouldn't wear some of the colored suits. But his more traditional colored suits I would wear, not to work (law office), but out on the town. Also, Boateng himself cuts quite a dashing figure, if I may say so myself. BTW, I liked the Bentley.[​IMG]
     
  8. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    mfff. It's hard for me to think of him in his Berlutis swanning around without thinking of the two immigrant mailmen who stole a million pounds in the mail and became devoted customers of Boateng and Berluti.
     
  9. korinkahn

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    He swears far to much- I had no idea he tried to crack america once before I did not know him until 2 months ago, why do you think he failed before with celebs behind him?
     
  10. GBR

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    Hmmm, I like Mr.Boateng's suits and have a few by his Couture line. But I work in engineering so they are a little loud for everyday.

    Boateng's legacy will be a number of short lived fads not a substantial one of classic designs always to be seen. he has a name not a lot more.

    Remember the 1960s? Teddy boy suits etc
     
  11. Get Smart

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    Boateng's legacy will be a number of short lived fads not a substantial one of classic designs always to be seen. he has a name not a lot more.

    Remember the 1960s? Teddy boy suits etc



    I disagree. I don't think his suits are 'fad-y' at all, many are pretty classic British silhouettes but he uses very vivid out-there colors. (btw Teds were more mid 50s, they were pretty much done by the 60s until the 70s revival with Crazy Cavan, Sandy Ford et al [​IMG] )

    Saw the show, which I was looking very forward to, as I have a couple OB suits and some shirts and really like what he has to offer. I thought the show was well put together. For a 30 minute program, they paced it well so a lot was put into it and they didnt linger too much on one thing or another. He does come off smug but I wouldnt expect him not to. Fortunately there didn't seem to be an manufactured drama like "Blow Out"

    I'm still wondering where his US store is supposed to be, as I heard that at one point he was looking at retail spots on Robertson in LA, but NYC seems more likely.
     
  12. mrchapel

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    For the life of me I can't remember where I read this, but I was reading about him the other day. When he tried to break it in the states before, it was in NYC. It didn't take well so he went back across the pond. Anyway, the article said he'd be trying again - except this time in LA, where it is felt that he'd receive a much better reception.
     
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    the article said he'd be trying again - except this time in LA, where it is felt that he'd receive a much better reception.


    that's great, but I'm not anticipating the serious hit on my wallet if Ozwald opens a purple palace of goodness, right near my pink palace of goodness (the paul smith store)
     
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    damnit, my cable service's menu/schedule is wrong and doesn't actually show when it will be on. It didn't show it at 9pm on Thu but rather at midnight. And it doesn't show up that according to the Sundance channel website it will be on on Sunday at 2 and 9pm again.

    So I missed it. I'll try on Sunday.

    Btw, there's a new season of Project Runway coming up starting July 22 or 27th or something.

    bob
     
  15. koobalicious

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    hmm that's very strange re: your cable... if you missed it, there are episode guides and scenes from the show on the sundance channel's official site and also on AOL Black Voices.

    i'm excited about the next episode to see how it all turns out - 30 minutes is too short! [​IMG]
     
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    [He says sheepishly...] Actually it was my fault. It turns out we have both a SundanceWest and East. I was looking at the West coast feed. But I managed to see the show. My thoughts:

    I didn't mind the shots of the Bentley, but his non-stop talk about the shit being on fire (or whatever it was) at the show was kind of annoying. Come on, they're walking down a catwalk.

    As for the hungry model (aren't they all?), I would have fired him too. Who the hell does he think he is? He's the hired help. Shut the f--- up and do your job.

    Other than that, my overall impression was that the show was sort of blah. Maybe we need to get into the coming episodes where he slams into the realities of franchising agreements and US corporate law. Thrills a minute!

    I did find the bits with his family rather endearing.

    bob
     
  17. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    for all us not state siders where can i download it??
     
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    i thought he was charming, not really smug at all. just entrepreneurial. he's got good energy.

    the phrase was something like 'smoke that shit'. i think he was just trying to hype up the models backstage. it was funny when he sent the photog out there on the catwalk.
     
  19. Tomasso

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    i thought he was charming, not really smug at all.

    One man's Charming is another man's Obnoxious.[​IMG]
     
  20. phaedrus

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    for all us not state siders where can i download it??


    I second this, would be great to find a tv-rip of this series.
     

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