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COMME DES GARÇONS POUCH / BYREDO PERFUME / RYAN STORER EAR CUFF / GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI SHOES / DIOR HOMME CARD HOLDER / HELMUT LANG BLAZER / T BY WANG TEE / THE ROW LEATHER LEGGINGS

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BIRTHDAY SUIT

VERY BLACK

COMME DES GARCONS LARGE BLACK WALLET

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I COULD BUY THIS BEAUTY? IT’S BEEN ON MY WISH LIST FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW AND I STILL CANNOT TRACK IT DOWN, AND WHEN I DO, IT’S SOLD OUT. IT IS ONE OF THOSE CLASSIC BLACK POUCHES THAT I PERSONALLY THINK EVERYONE SHOULD OWN. IT’S MY ULTIMATE GO-TO CLUTCH. PS. I’LL NEED IT FOR WINTER…TIME’S TICKING!

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HARROLDS FORCE

Harrolds is undoubtedly the most comprehensive menswear store in Australia. Having two flagships, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney, provides stylish men with access to all their favourite brands at competitive prices to overseas and online retailers. Each season they buy the best from Brioni, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and more. This season we are excited to announce the addition of Balenciaga and Maison Martin Margiela. Being the exclusive business partner for Tom Ford menswear in Australia provides Harrolds with an edge not many can compete with.

Each season they do a great shoot, showing off all their favourite pieces from the different designers. In a job such as this, we look at a LOT of women’s fashion, so it’s nice to have a pretty distraction sometimes, by the way of a handsome man in an even more handsome suit. Even though this isn’t your everyday fare, we all wish the men in our lives would dress as sharply as this. There is something very James Bond about it, no?

Harrolds carefully selected pieces reflect both trend and tradition this season. The new direction of Saint Laurent Paris with Hedi Slimane at the helm provides men the diversity of a well-cut slim trouser coupled with the contrast of a tweed and leather jacket. This fabric has been used across the board as both highlight and centerpiece, seen in Harrolds edit of Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford with their elongated leather jacket. Hear that boys, tweed is it!

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HARROLDS FORCE

paris fashion week|comme des garcons rtw fall 2011

There’s nothing particularly shocking about a cleanly cut coat — unless it’s the first look coming toward you at a Comme des Garçons show. Has Rei Kawakubo dared to go spare? Answer: No, but guests still got quite a surprise when the model turned around. Said coat, made from slicked faux snakeskin, was actually worn pinafore-style, neatly tied together at the shoulders. The back opened to reveal an adorable pair of shorts with ruffles at the hem. And so the show began, with Kawakubo playing deft surgeon, taking scalpel to cloth for expertly bisected and dissected tailoring. No garment was complete. There were backs of coats worn like capes; fronts were apronlike; left halves, and rights. Wear one and you got those ruffly bloomers and a swath of sheer fabric around the bust to cover you up. Combo two and that read like an intriguing hybrid garment — as in the chic frock coat-cum-trench. Add a sleeve to a dress. Pair half a jacket to a sheath. If the patchworking motif rules for fall, then Kawakubo’s serving it up DIY style — mix and match your own collaged look. It wasn’t the designer’s most revolutionary outing, but powerful nonetheless. Kawakubo went beyond those streamlined men’s wear-inspired openers. She indulged in some major bunching, ruching, knotting and crinkling, and threw in a metallic jacquard blazer or two — or just fractions thereof. On the frothier and more colorful side was a scarf story. Kawakubo whipped up dresses from spliced-together kerchiefs in a miscellany of vintage prints, occasionally adding rows of tight ruffles for visual intrigue. At a time when everyone is delving into those digital, computerized, Photoshopped, iPhoned graphics, these magpie mash-ups of retro florals, paisleys and grandmotherly patterns felt, well, comforting. One phrase came to mind, which was nicely punctuated by the show’s quirkly finale of all-gold looks: Kawakubo’s still got the Midas touch.

paris fashion week|comme des garcons rtw fall 2011