Posts tagged ‘Clothing’

July 9, 2011

Accidental Bear New Contributor from GQ Italy: Stefano Guerrini Part 2

by Accidental Bear

‘A Man For Next Season (Part 2)’

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Photography: Simone Monopoli
Art direction and styling: Stefano Guerrini
Grooming: Marco Minunno@mks-Milano
Styling assistant: Angelica Pianarosa
Model: Sasha Marini@Beatrice

Location: Annapurna Showroom
Special Thanks to: Terry Trincia, Marco Zisa and Massimo Curella

Cappotto e sciarpa / coat and scarf Annapurna (female collection), pantaloni militari / trousers A.N.G.E.L.O. , anelli / rings Archivio


Maglione / sweater Annapurna (female collection)

Maglione / sweater Annapurna (female collection), pantaloni / trousers Annapurna


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July 9, 2011

Accidental Bear New Contributor from GQ Italy: Stefano Guerrini

by Accidental Bear

‘A Man For Next Season (Part 1)’. 

Scritto da Stefano Guerrini alle 06.05 — Strike a pose


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July 7, 2011

BBB | Viberg Service and Chukka Boot for Spring/Summer 2012

by Accidental Bear

I want to dress you like a doll.

BBB | Viberg Service and Chukka Boot for Spring/Summer 2012

Rather than preview the clean unworn takes, we take Mr. Cabourn’s advice and showcase the service and chukka boots coming from Viberg this Spring/Summer 2012. Might as well show you how they wear. You’ll be giving them the same work over.


June 29, 2011

Lee 101 Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection: Woodsy

by Accidental Bear

 Woods, but the real test is, Can you swing an axe? Back in the day Lee was un-cool hand me downs. Through the test of time and durability Lee is stronger than ever. Woodsmen, dock workers, and laborers alike are the inspiration for the Lee 101 collection. “A highlight of the collection is the Logger Jean – sturdily constructed it is fitted with extra durable and functional details such as suspenders and additional pockets, it is available in a selection of 5 finishes (2 rigid, 3 washes).”  You will be protected by the city elements you city slicker: rough train seats, close encounters with rogue nails sticking out under your  work space or desk and unexpected downpours of acid rain.

Lee 101 Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

June 21, 2011

Left Field Spring/Summer Button Downs

by Accidental Bear

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe I chose blue and brown, classic, retro and brings out sexy blue eyes. Perfect for HOT summer days.

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Crafted in the USA, Left Field’s Summer shirting include real Trocas Shell buttons, a button down collar with third button on the center back, locker loop at the shoulder seam and notched short-sleeve cuff with button detail. Two are made from rom a barely-there light Japanese madras, while the third is made from baby-butt soft organic cotton gingham. All three look cool and will help beat the heat. (via Selectism)


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June 19, 2011

Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 Men’s Collection

by Accidental Bear
 Burberry for me is a taste  I acquired as I have aged gracefully (shush), kind of like brussels sprouts. I wouldn’t touch them and had a disdained dislike for them when I was younger, but now I really enjoy quality, organically grown brussels sprouts and appreciate their distinct flavor, much like the collection of Burberry. AB
Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 Men's Collection

Taking a distinct 60s direction in the design approach, the collection features lots of oversized work wear trench coats, oversized double breasted heritage trench coats, fishtail and storm parkas and a special range of knitwear. Patterns are not only placed on jackets and knitwear, but also on shirts and even the eye catching range of cork soled moccasins. Hand crafted natural wood toggles, weathered metal buttons and natural horn buttons make an appearance as well, only adding to the detailed range presented for next season. The color range is also very special, and is in line with the 60s look and inspiration. (via Selectism)
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June 9, 2011

Closed Autumn/Winter 2011 Footwear Preview

by Accidental Bear

Closed Autumn/Winter 2011 Footwear Preview

To be honest we have not been paying too much attention to Closed these last couple of years. While we have always appreciated their denim and especially cotton pants program, the brand somehow slipped our mind. A while ago we ended up walking into their booth at a fashion tradeshow and checked out their Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection.

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June 8, 2011

Christians Now Hate Old Navy: But What Will they Wear?

by Accidental Bear

Gary Cass of says Old Navy is promoting a lifestyle that is in “complete rebellion against God.”

“Rather just focusing on giving good products to their customers, they want to use their products now to advocate for a very controversial topic, much less a very immoral and very deadly topic,” notes Cass.

The T-shirt designs include a white shirt with “Love Proudly” written in the colors of the rainbow, and a black shirt with rainbow-colored stripes. Cass tells OneNewsNow that an economic dent in the company’s profits may be the only way to change things.

“Unfortunately we have to do the hard work of communicating our outrage, our frustration — and then following that up with some kind of practical expression such as taking your business elsewhere,” he suggests.

According to reports, the T-shirts will be available at 27 Old Navy stores until the end of June or until supplies run out. Facebook followers of Old Navy’s “Love Proudly” campaign are criticizing the retailer for not distributing the shirts through all of its outlets and only making a few dozen available at the select locations.

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May 19, 2011

Left Field Angus Young Shorts

by Accidental Bear

Hi high school I missed you. If I wear these shorts will I also break out into pimples and have to wear braces again? It has recently occurred to me that I may be in love with Left Field clothing. My computer tells me that I post about them most of all. Summer crush? ~AB

Left Field pays homage to the AC/DC legend in a quartet of new shorts for Spring/Summer 2011. One pair is a Spanish Chambray, one made of Japanese Hickory Stripe, a Japanese Pinstripe, and the final a US grown and woven red Organic Cotton Twill. Details are the same for all four, and they include a chain-stitched waist band, heavy-duty YKK zipper fly, front slash pockets, back welt pockets, Japanese chambray pocket bags, and sustainable Corozo buttons throughout.
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May 10, 2011

Mark McNairy for Bass Weejuns for Spring/Summer 2011

by Accidental Bear

I have flirted with these shoes for the last year on men on the metro here in SF. I have flashbacks of junior high because every school year we would get a new pair of Dock Siders to ONLY to be worn to school and “dress up” days; Picture day for example. I again find myself attracted to them. I am surprised though to see them coming out again for summer. The way fashion moves, won’t they be “out” by then? ~AB

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END offers a wide assortment of MM’s for Bass Weejun shoes just in time for Spring/Summer 2011. The leather mocassins continue to rule the roost, as they say. The collaborative effort between NY’s modern day shoe wizard and G.H. Bass looks to bring well-priced models that look and feel great. Eddie Rabbit would recommend avoid wearing them on a “Rainy Nights” (watch for aggressive lightning). Via Selectism
May 2, 2011

Summers Here, Raid Grandpas Closet

by Accidental Bear

Save yourself a lot of $$ and raid your grandfathers closet for some awesome patterned golfing pants and cut then down for your summer look. Shorts in the park so far this year are at an all time high and by that I mean short! “Hipsters” are cutting off their skin tight jeans mid-thigh and them rolling them up to right below their bum. I will be keeping my shorts at a respectable right above the knee length this summer. Thank you and you’re welcome.


Insight Room Service Shorts

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This mid-length pair of shorts from Insight features a raw hem edge that remind us of those Dickies cut-offs we made during our youth (shit, we still do it). But with the Insight pair, the pattern is more appropriate for wooing in your better half (or a new one). Would love to see Mourihno rocking these. Need Supply has them. Airy.

April 14, 2011

Short Sleeved Sweatshirt a Flashback to Rocky Balboa

by Accidental Bear

A throw back to the mid 80’s when Rocky Balboa rule the movie screen. I sat there in my green sweat shirt, cut off sleeves, and cropped to the belly button, praying for Adrienne to make out with Rocky. These short sleeved sweatshirts are obviously flooding me with memories of the 80s. Not sure if will be able to sport this look again.


Three Over One Short Sleeved Sweatshirt

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A perennial summer contender, the short sleeved sweatshirt is back again and this is the time we think it’s gonna break through the barrier. The colour might be a little off putting to some folks, but just call it washed red instead of pink and you’ll be fine. (ASOS)

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April 8, 2011

The Short Sleeved Shirt is Still a Polarizing Piece

by Accidental Bear

I have trouble with shirts with collars in general. I have a serious complex about looking like a preppy, some sort of mid-life crisis of sorts. Anytime I  have a button on and  look in the mirror, I see preppy, even if my shirt were to have skull and cross bone buttons. Sounds like a personal problem , huh? But I find my way around this if the shirt is fitted well or too small. I’ll go for a tad to small over baggy any day. Most shirts I find while thrifting are tiny, so I usually don’t have a choice. I am tragically hip.


Opening Ceremony Striped Short Sleeve Shirt

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The short sleeved shirt is still a polarizing piece. Some hate it, some love it. Us? We’re in between. Like all things menswear, it’s the way you do it that defines whether it’ll look good or not. It’s fair to say that as long as you steer clear of an awkward and puffy sleeve, you should be fine. (Opening Ceremony)

April 8, 2011

Accidental’s Chat with Fashion Bears Costello Tagliapietra

by Accidental Bear


A stitch at a time, Costello Tagliapietra are cementing themselves into fashion royalty. In some circles they are known as the ” fashion bears”, and let me add, of the world. With gay teens being bullied left and right, what’s  missing are gay, real men, role models. Growing up ,my gay “role models” actually made me cringe, and were examples of men I hoped to NEVER grow up to be like. If  fashion bears Costello Tagliapietra were in my sight while I was going through my growing pains, I would have seen it was possible to be all I can be.

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra being wrapped in lumber jack, Brawny man looks themselves,  would surprise you as they send the finest, most delicate, feminine, body enhancing, gorgeous clothes down the cat walk. I give theses guys a ” Meow” for the ladies and a ” Woof” for the bears. Their clothes do not follow trends, for trends have short shelf lives, but follow “classic design”, and it is ever clear their heart and soul. Eyeballing their dresses in their Spring 2011 Collection (pictured below), my eyes get lost searching for a seam, and I go on a journey twisting and turning in the delicate fabrics and bask in the colors that which reflect rich colors of earth. Enough admiration for now ( really, I could go on and butter them up like a Thanksgiving turkey), let’s hear what the guys have to say.

Keep and eye open for the these two on April 21st, where they will launch their Uniqlo collaboration! FOR INFO CLICK

What goes on in the heads of Costello Tagliapietra:

Accidental Bear: How did such hunky, burly men start making such delicate clothing?

COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA: We began soon after meeting in 1994. Jeffrey had already been working on some amazing projects, and I(Robert) still in art school joined in right away. The first project we worked on together was the Madonna “Bedtime Story” video. It is a long story but after years of working on projects together including Nine Inch Nails to Bruce Springsteen we decided to create a capsule collection of hand crafted jersey dresses, an article in Vogue followed and the rest is history.

A B: I read that you were both taught by your grandmothers. While sewing did she give you some snappy, wise advice that stands with you today?

C T: “Don’t touch that” I think we are both tinkerers to a fault and it is sometimes better to leave your work alone and not to overwork things.


AB: I have this vision of your furry knuckles working on such fine fabrics. How hands on are you guys in the making of the garments? Are they made in the US?

C T: All of our samples are made in-house actually!

We are very process driven, having begun our careers in costume where it was sometimes easier to just get things done yourself due to time restrictions. This began to inform how we work/design. All clothes that make it to the stores however, are made at factories.

AB: I bet the models just eat you guys up. Do you temp them with doughnuts or do you put out trays of Tic-tacs for lunch?


C T: We love feeding the pretty little ladies!  We had cupcakes for them all a few seasons ago! During fittings, there are always a bunch of treats available to them… and don’t kid yourself, they do eat!

A B: Trends come and go like the wind. What is the shelf life for new trends?

C T: Trends are such a different thing thanks to the internet and fast fashion. For these reasons we stay away from trends because they put an unnecessary shelf life on your designs….we would rather think of what we do as heirloom or heritage; something to cherish and buy because of an emotional connection rather than a dictation from an editorial.

A B: Have you ever thought of making men’s clothing? (For me)

C T: Of course, it has to be great though! We have been looking for the right partner, so that we can do it properly and at the right price point.

A B: The Gays, what do you think about gay fashion these days? Beard trend? Whats next baby face smooth?

C T: Fashion in general is more democratized than ever…  it is impossible to spot gay from straight. The gay community especially, is embracing much more diversity than ever before. In the nineties there were really only a couple of “acceptable” ways to look, but today there are far less rules. In terms of facial hair, we are always fans of the beard as long as it is not one of those highly stylized chin strap varieties.

A B: While camping, would you rough it in a tent of get a log cabin? Frankly I see you in a log cabin, swinging an ax, but it might just be the flannels.

C T: Sure, red flannel union suits and a fire-warmed log cabin.

A B: What comes to mind when I say dingle berrys ?


C T: Strangest question ever asked.

A B: Ha ha , my speciality is randomness.

AB: Husky jeans for boys? Discuss.

C T: All of our Sybil Isabel Dorsett-like personalities run and hide at the sound of those words and the torture associated with having that label on our grammar school behinds.

A B: Are you guys “gay married”? What are your thoughts about the term civil union? Same as marriage?

C T: After seventeen plus years of living together we are waiting for it to be wholly legal before getting properly married.  There is no reason we in the LGBT community have to accept anything less than any heterosexual citizen in the USA are offered.

A B: If you had a baby, which one of you would change its poopy diaper?

C T: Robert

A B: Your dresses are so feminine yet, I imagine what they would feel like on. Do you ever use plus size models on the runway? (me) 🙂

C T: We don’t believe in gimmicks like that.  It can send the wrong message and make it a spectacle.  We do however try to showcase different body types and races and ages in the casting each season.


A B: That makes so much sense. A few shows I have witnessed lately, were circus side shows. I expected someone to walk by yelling, ” Cotton candy, Cotton candy!”

A B: What is your stance on fur used for fashion? Can there be an ethical way to use it?

C T: Fur is beautiful and a reality in luxury goods. There are though, gorgeous fake furs out there now.  Technological advances offer microfibers that are very close to the real thing! Baby alpaca is another humane alternative; the fur is only farmed from the babies who do not live through there first year. No alpaca is killed for it’s fur.

A B: It seems like most gay couples in a LTR are in an open relationship? Is that the key to a happy long-lasting LTR? Do believe in monogamy or think that it is just a heterosexual tradition?

C T: We can only speak for ourselves, we have been in a monogamous seventeen year relationship.  We have friends, straight and gay, in many types of arrangements, and they are equally as happy.

A B: That is amazing. Congrats to you for every one of those 17 years.

A B: A gallon of neapolitan ice cream slips into your grocery cart. What would be the first flavor gone?

C T: Vanilla

A B: What comes to mind when I say tranny bear?

C T: John Travolta?

A B: (Ding Ding Ding, balloons drop from ceiling) hilarious answer.

A B: Have any of your models had any epic falls on the runway?

C T: Thankfully no!


A B: Are there any unconventional or unusual fabrics you like to work with?

C T: We began our career being known for our use of jersey. Recently, we have been using the company AirDye to dye our fabrics with their technology which saves upwards of 60 gallons of water per dress made!

A B: Do have any other creative outlets? Knitting? Naked yoga? Macrame? Braiding each others chest hair?

C T: Competitive eating

A B: Awesome, when we meet, we’ll have a pie eating contest! I warn you, I can shovel food down. We’re on!

A B: What does the future hold for your line? Have any surprises up your sleeves?

C T: Surprises are better when you don’t know ahead of time  😉

A B: Finally and most importantly, when I finally meet you guys in person can we have a three-way kiss?

C T: We are great huggers

A B: Awesome, I’ll take two!

I will keep an eager eye on you two from now on. I know there is an audience of yours, that gets goose bumps at the mention of your name. Until next time, Robert and Jeffrey, you make this unmanageable modern world, a much more pleasant one to look at. Much love to you and thanks for playing!



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April 4, 2011

Lee 101 Logger Selvage Denim

by Accidental Bear

It is really close to impossible to keep up with what to do or not do when it comes to denim. For example, I thought you were not suppose to be caught dead in Lee jeans. Am I wrong? Apparently so. I am a true Levis man and basically have 2 denim rules to live by, NEVER acid wash or pleats.


Lee 101 Logger Selvage Denim

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Like all things in menswear, washed denim never disappeared, it just stepped out of the limelight for a bit. We remember attempting to bring them back under the spotlight a few times but we usually get comments like ‘looks terrible’, ‘dad jeans’, ‘Obama wears these’. But this is shaping up to be the year that folks come round to the idea of washed denim. All we’ve gotta say is ‘what took you so long?’ (Crooked Tongues)

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