Men’s Fashion and Designer Clothing Ideas for Fall-Winter 2010

As the Fall/Winter 2010 season approaches, along with it comes a lot of new and exciting trends and fashions. It can be quite confusing to know which designer clothing brands work best with others, and which styles are going to be the more popular ones. While wearing famous designer clothing brands is not essential in order to be fashionable, it can really help especially if you are not sure which particular fashions work for you or if you are looking to emulate a celebrity’s style.

For those that do not know, designer clothing styles are released twice a year in time for the upcoming season. In January or February, the Spring / Summer collections are released. In August or September, it is time for the Fall / Winter collections. Each season has its own overriding individual styles that run year-to-year. For example, Spring / Summer clothing will likely be of light or bright colours, whereas Fall / Winter collections will usually bit a lot thicker than the Spring / Summer clothes to keep the wearer warm on the cold winter days.

Each season has its own set of traits and trends that run throughout all brands and is based upon how people and celebrities have been wearing the clothes in previous seasons. A popular misconception that its detractors spread about the fashion world is that fashion imposes rules and laws on what people that follow fashion have to do. This is a nonsensical statement as ‘fashion’ is simply the manifestation of popular trends as worn by people. Contrary to what the naysayers say, fashion is created by people, it is not the people’s captor.

For the upcoming Fall / Winter 2010 season, there are already some trends that will be making appearances. Designer denim, such as Edwin jeans, Pepe and Prps will be very popular. If you’re new to fashion, denim is always a safe bet. Try to get jeans that are ‘raw’, this means that there is no wash, abrasions or stresses on the jean. It is just the basic cut and stitching and nothing more. The great thing about raw jeans is that they look incredible when you first get them, and then over time the colours gradually fade as the jeans get worn out. This is really good, as jeans wear out according to how they are worn – they are a record of all the time that you have spent with them, telling your story back to you whenever you look at them. However, it is really important that you do not wash raw denim – certainly at least not for six to nine months after you get them. If they get dirty or smelly, try to dab stains away with damp cloth and try to neutralise odors with a product such as Febreeze.

Other fashions for the new season include a special tribute to the street fashion of 1980s Great Britain. This particular style of fashion is often referred to as British Terrace-Wear, a homage to how the houses in inner-cities and strong working-class areas were constructed. If you like the sounds of this, you would do well to check out designer clothing brands such as Gabicci Vintage, Farah Vintage and Fred Perry. A good combination would be a pair of Fred Perry plimsoll sneakers, a pair of Farah Vintage bottoms and a Gabicci Vintage Polo Shirt. For the sportier gentleman, you might want to mix this up with trainers and tracksuit bottoms from the likes of Fila Gold or Adidas Originals.

More contemporary men would probably prefer something less confrontational. In this case, they might like to grab a pair of raw Edwin ED-45s (Levi’s 501s would also work a treat), throw on a white Diesel or Junk de Luxe T-Shirt and finish off with a black or navy blue cardigan from a designer such as Full Circle or Vivienne Westwood. If you are venturing outside into the cold, you might like to max your look­­­­ out with a navy or black denim jacket from Wrangler, Levi’s or Lee.

Whatever styles you go for in Fall / Winter 2010, it’s important that you feel comfortable and confident. Experiment with different clothing combinations to get a look that makes you look and feel great. Do not follow fashion trends if they make you feel uncomfortable. If you are in any doubt or are unsure about what you think would work best for you, contact your local designer clothing boutique for more advice, it’s what they are there for.

Insider’s Guide to Studying For the Fashion and Design Industry

Many people have a preconception that the fashion industry is very glamorous! What they don’t know in fact is that it is a very fast paced and cut-throat environment – especially if you choose to go down the pathway of becoming a designer. Fashion design firstly requires talent. You need the passion, enthusiasm, drive and commitment to survive in this kind of industry. Along with excellent organisational skills, a good eye for detail, colour, form and line. But with all the hard work, the results are very rewarding. When you see someone photographed or walking down the street in something you have designed/created it is a very surreal and proud moment.

Our Top Tips

- Stay patient! It will pay off
- A lot of people find pattern cutting boring initially, but once you have mastered it, it won’t be, so keep at it
- Watch out for pin pricks! You don’t want any drops of blood on your garment
- Look out for inspiration at all times, wherever you are always keep a camera handy
- If you can’t already use Photoshop, buy yourself a self-teaching book, it will really help when producing range plans and illustrations
- Always make a toile, before making the real thing, this will save making costly mistakes
- Recycle old garments/fabrics to keep costs down
- Keep good care of your equipment, if you do so it can last you a lifetime
- Any work experience in the industry would be a great insight. Try to keep in touch with anyone you meet or work for
- Be well rounded: it’s not just about great designs; it’s about communicating, negotiating and working to tight deadlines. Use skills learnt at school or college
- Regularly read fashion magazines such as “Women’s Wear Daily” and “Vogue” to remain current on trends and future trends, and industry magazines such as “Drapers”
- Try and visit as many shows as you can, for example London Fashion Week, and Graduate Fashion Week, to get an insight into how a professional show works

Training and Qualifications

You can gain qualifications by studying part-time whilst working or you can take a full time college or university arts, crafts or design course.

- NVQs and City and Guilds are available part time whilst you are in work
- If you stay in further education, you have a wider range of qualifications to aim at – GNVQs, A-levels, various Diplomas, there are vocational qualifications specifically designed to qualify you for entry into employment and many will open the doors of higher education
- If you go on to higher education, a range of Diplomas and degrees are available – HND, BA and so on
- You could then go on to postgraduate studies and take a masters or PhD. Taught and research courses are available

But whichever route you choose, your first step is to decide which branch of the industry you wish to be involved with and then research the places that can offer you the right course or courses to enable you to succeed in this industry. And one final tip, keep your portfolio up to date, interviewers will almost certainly want to see it whether you are going for a job or trying for acceptance on your preferred course.