Wednesday, April 18, 2007


I'm in a big time visual groove today.

I spent most of my lunch time trawling through pictures from recent menswear collections, trying to get inspiration for Autumn and Winter clothes this year and especially to get ideas for things to (maybe) knit. Oh sure, beanies and scarves may be the extent of my knitting skill at present, but I can dream can't I?

Aside from the fact that staring at all these tall skinny minnie boys makes me want to stop eating immediately (and grow a foot taller), one recurrent theme is the colour. I'm already a big fan of grey and black, but I also love purples and burgundy reds and all the shades in between. (I also wear a lot of blue, and some tones of green, but this year I'm thinking it's the Year Of The Plum. Sugar Plum Fairy, anyone?)

Last night I knitted a swatch to test the gauge for a beanie I'm about to start, and it's a beautiful deep deep purple (almost black) aran tweed yarn, with flecks of other colours through it. It's part of the Jo Sharp yarn range I'm so keen on (click "Silkroad Aran Tweed" on the website's sidebar menu and look for colour "117 Potpourri").

So, I'm feeling inspired by:

Gianfranco Ferre - Fall 07 (Photo by FirstView)

I love the colour of this cardigan by Gianfranco Ferre, and the design of the cables and shawl colour. I don't think I could carry off the extended shoulder line, but the rest of the design I really like.

Custo Barcelona - Fall 07 (Photo by FirstView)

I couldn't do the horizontal stripes I think because it would be Hello Dumpy McDumperson!, but I like this combination of grey, black and the plummy red.

Etro - Fall 2007 (Photo by FirstView)

I really dig the colours of this cardigan! I never would have thought of the burgundy colour with the oatmeal/pale grey and the acid yellow, but I think the combination rocks. Maybe not as a cardigan, but as an accessory like a vertical striped scarf perhaps? ::idea!::

Emporio Armani - Fall 07 (Photo by FirstView)

I like the chunky textured rib of this hoodie, and the black and white trim on the sleeves and hem. I'd probably pass on the apres ski feel of the rest of the look though. Not really me. Not 'inner urban homo' enough.

[P.S. I should add that this idea of planning what to buy is new, and really a result of not replacing as many clothes as have been wearing out. I don't know why, maybe because my weight has fluctuated so much over the past 3 - 4 years, but I got out of the habit of buying clothes. Except for the odd small purchase here and there. Actually, when you're my size all purchases are 'small'. Fnar. Anyhoo, I'm not into the idea of disposable fashion so I'm thinking about making/buying things that are quality and will last.]


M-H said...

Oh boy, have you slid to the dark side or what? :) Love that first aran cardigan. Brooklyn Tweed has a couple of very cool cardigans too. If you found something that wasn't quite right there would help available for pattern tweaks from knitting geeks. And those colours peeking under the jacket are very arresting.

The Other Andrew said...

Oh, I am so far into the Dark Side I already forgot what daylight was.

At this point I think my design sense is outstripping my skill by a large ratio, but it's good to dream don't you think? I love the adventurous use of colour by Etro. The only problem would likely be finding unique colours in commercial yarns though right? I mean, I love the Jo Sharp colours but even she stops short of acid yellow. :) A light fresh yellow/green might be as close as I'd get.

Keith said...

I can't stop staring at the second model. So pretty!

I share a smidge of your feeling about quality vs. disposable pieces, but I'm not committed. I need to do some buying of some sort, though, because I recently purged about 75% of my stuff.

Michael said...

Our seasons are flip-flopped obviously (spring is sproinging all over here), but I'm also on the purple tip (!) with my divine lilac v-necked jumper in a light and touchable cotton/cashmere blend. Go ahead, touch it.

Ur-spo said...

dear me
these models look like heroin addicts.

The Other Andrew said...

I love purple. Periwinkle makes me twinkle. Lilac tightens my nutsack.

Ur-spo I agree. Some of the designers use beefier models, and the last boy I posted looks fairly healthy, but most of the other boys I saw looked too, too skinny. I know many of them are like 17 or something, and may maybe naturally lanky at that age, but many of them look unnaturally gaunt.

Keith said...

That's what heroin addiction looks like?

::snaps on tourniquet::

Bring it.

The Other Andrew said...

Hah! You bad.

Keith said...

Hey, if smack can make me lanky and Eurasian, who am I to stand in the way of my dreams? Besides, if we learned anything from RENT it's that your friends can always sing you back from death by overdose/AIDS.