Posts tagged ‘J.Crew’

August 8, 2011

Real Men Don’t Shop, Help for the fashion Phobic Meets Gay Machismo

by Accidental Bear

August 8, 2011 IssueThere is an enormous amount of stigma attached around machismo in the our gay world. Some gay men simply do not want to ‘look gay’. That’s a whole can of worms I just dropped so for this moment we focus on shopping. Shopping is for girls and sissy boy’s has been the message spread in mainstream media of the past. To break away from this thinking is not so easy for some of our gay brother who are trying to hold to there ‘manliness” or not comfortable in their gay skin they have been born into. Otherwise known as internal-homophobia. I fall prey to this as well. After buying a delicious $20- salad recently from San Francisco’s Firewood Cafe in the Castro district, I found myself rolling down the sides of the ‘retail shop’ looking bag, so I wouldn’t look like a gay on a shopping spree. But indeed I was carrying fru-fru salad. Things that make the gay in me go hmm. AB

I found this great read in The New Yorker called Real Men Don’t Shop, Help for the fashion phobic

ABSTRACT: ON AND OFF THE AVENUE about menswear. Brooks Brothers is still a fine place to go for unpretentious staples like khaki summer suits, oxfords, and button-down shirts. At J. Crew, purveyor of the I Don’t Care look, broken-in chinos, pre-faded T-shirts and madras shorts abound. In the Ralph Lauren mansion, the polo player logo appears on shirts and knits, sometimes three inches tall. Paul Stewart dresses men who want to look quietly dapper in suits of mixed American and English design. Bergdorf Goodman Men’s has exquisite Continental suits at exquisite prices. Designers include Isaia, Etro, Dries Van Noten, and Thom Browne. Tom Ford is no place for the unhip or chunky.

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May 2, 2011

J. Crew Can Do It, Why Can’t You; Gays in Print

by Accidental Bear

***A nod to the amazing Fashion Bear Corbin Brett Chamberlin for the heads up.

From defending a photograph of a mother painting her sons toenails pink to full spread REAL LIFE gays holding hands in catalog. I call that zero to 60 is 1 second. Good job J. Crew, may you be a role model for those lagging in the 60’s.

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Gay J. Crew Designer Appears in Catalog

By Advocate.com Editors

The May 2011 J. Crew catalog features a gay designer and his boyfriend following last month’s controversy over an online newsletter in which the company president painted her son’s toenails pink.

ABC News reports on the catalog photo of designer Somsack Sikhounmuong and his boyfriend Micah with the caption, Happy Together.

“’The Men’s Shop’ section in the back of the 135-page catalog includes J. Crew’s in-house stylist with his 9-month-old son, bearded brothers, a designer with his dog and also the photographer’s African-American husband and their Asian daughter, headlined as ‘Family Matters.’ READ MORE

“Last month, the company sparked controversy when its online newsletter included a photo of president and creative director Jenna Lyons painting her son’s toenails hot pink.

April 1, 2011

Levi’s Fall 2011 Collection

by Accidental Bear

Damn it Levi, I told you I’m broke. It’s like you are not even listening. Did you purposefully make your Fall 2011 collection smack me in the face amazing? Shall I just direct deposit my paycheck into your account? On an up note, this fall, I’m going to be strutting the sidewalks looking good.

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Levi’s Fall 2011 Collection

curated mag - Levi's Fall 2011 Collection

This week Levi’s unveiled the Fall 2011 men’s collection which builds off both past collaborations and new innovations. A highlight, for us, is the introduction of the Commuter Cycling Series, a set of garments designed purposefully to meet the needs of the commuting cyclist. The denim in the Commuter Cycling Series is a slim cut 511 with utility waistband (set up perfectly for a u-lock) and the pant also employs a higher waste and 3m reflectivity.

The Fall 2011 collection also introduces new pieces from the ongoing Levi’s Workwear by Filson range and pushes the possiblities of Levi’s new program, Water<Less.

Full looks after the jump. Photographs by Phillip Angert.