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5 Trends That Should Never Have Resurged

Who knew that the double denim craze would strike such a nerve? As a further follow-up to our rant about Double Denim and our strong belief that this trend did not deserve the resurrection many trendsetters and fashion journalists are predicting for this season, we give you five more trends that have seen a recent resurgence, though we wish had been left alone.

Jnco Jeans and Tevas - Nice Look!

 Overalls and Tevas… Always A Good Look

1. Animal Prints -

gross… with very few exceptions.

“ohhhmagod, you would make SUCH a nice g-string” (funny photos)

2. Elastic Waist Denim -

If you’re not pregant and wouldn’t qualify yourself as “husky” these aren’t cute, please stop wearing them.

We thought we’d seen it all… Elastic Waist, Denim, Cargo Pants. Dear Gahd. (hotklobba)

3. “Leggings” or “tights” for men –

For us, it’s not really a question of masculinity, or anything like that. These may have been all the rage for Robin Hood and Bill Shakespeare, but if you’re not going for a run and you’re not Kobe Bryant… you shouldn’t be wearing tights. Full stop.

If only for a moment Kobe reached his childhood dream… he had become Donatello. (sacbee)

4. “Fake” vintage -

there are some perks to vintage styles and clothing. It’s sustainable, and as we’ve pointed out, some of these looks never should have gone away. We’re all for nostalgia, but your “My Little Pony” tee that was made in China in 2010 isn’t cool. Especially if you weren’t alive during the initiall popularity of the character/show/film in question. If you want to rep your favorite cartoon try to find a shirt from the era… or go to Comicon and steal one.

She thinks: “This shirt makes me look innocent and is soooo cute”
We Think: “You’ve got Daddy issues, wouldn’t ya know?!” (80s tees)

5. Early-90s bangs -

Just because it looked good on Kelly Kapowski doesn’t mean it will look good on you.

If you haven’t got anything nice to say… (Wikipedia and flickr)

Tomorrow we will bring you our final top 5 list inspired by the horrendous craze that is “Double Denim”: 5 Trends We Really Hope Will Go Away Soon.

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Fashion Repeating Itself – The Best and Worst of Yesterday’s Fashion, Today

Yesterday’s post about the Canadian Tuxedo really got us thinking about how fashion, like history, tends to repeat itself. After a great deal of thought, the Crockstar team has compiled a list of five trends that we are happy repeated, five trends that never EVER should have come back, and five trends that we hope are gone for good! Check back for the next couple of installments!

Five trends that never should have left:

Pipes- A man who knows how to smoke a pipe is an absolute legend. It isn’t easy to pull off, but it certainly is a classic.

Obama may be the Mesiah, but Gerald Ford makes his smoking habits look downright wimpy. (Image- BBC)

The Outdoorsmen- 2009 saw a rebirth of “manly” hunting and outdoors clothing. This is a good thing. Many men dabbled in wearing pink shirts and all the rest, but at the end of the day nothing says “I’m a man” better than a flannel shirt and some L.L. Bean boots.

If I could grow a beard you know I would (image via SartoriallyInclined)

The Don Draper- the customes in (and inspired by) the television programme “Mad Men” are another example of a classic. Well made suits, slick hair, and incredible tailoring.

 “You’re lucky you’re not a woman…”(via HillaryGardner)

Sailor Jerry Tattoos- It may be a bit of a “hipster” thing to do now, but sailor jerry tattoos have always been classic.

“Ukelele Kid Ain’t Got Shit on Me”

Suede Elbow Pads- Just because your grandpa had them on his cordury jackets does not mean they aren’t still cool.


 Howard Moon would kill for this… (etsy)

Double Denim – Why Sometimes it’s Best to Go Against the Grain – Fashionomics 101

Double Denim Nooooo!

Sometimes it is important to know when to say “no” to a trend. While fashion trends come and go some of them are better off gone. Every major fashion magazine, designer and influencer/trendsetter can be blamed for the “big” trend for 2010 that never should have come back: the Candian Tuxedo. Yes, we mean you TopShop (source of above photo).

For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, the Canadian Tuxedo is denim on top coupled with denim on bottom, or as it is being called this season “double denim.”

We, here at Crockstar, are all for the rebirth of denim. We love a nice pair of raw selvedged Japanese indigo. We didn’t mind skinny jeans in the slightest. Heck, Levis even managed to make a couple of acceptable jean jackets last season. We would almost even rather see Jean shorts (“jorts”) come back than double denim. This is cold hard proof that there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.”


Image Via: Stylist

The economist within me would describe denim as having negative returns to scale. According to “Crockstar’s Theorem of Denim” every item of denim added to an outfit (after the first) has a negative effect on the overall utitlity or quality of that outfit. As illustrated in our handy utility curve below, you start out with negative utility with fewer than one items of denim, this assumes you would be naked and in public (we are ignoring voyeours as outliers here). The first unit of denim results in a gain of utility (a positive return). YES! Denim!

However, as illustrated in our figure, the curve has a very sharp angle and utility plummets as you reach and pass two units of denim in any ensemble. By the time we reach three (3) units, we are reaching extreme depression and by the time we have reached four… well, let’s not even go there.

Fashionomics Negative Returns to Scale

Please endeavour to understand this. there is a big difference between diminishing returns to scale and negative returns to scale. Diminishing returns to scale are one thing (the sort of thing you might find with number of cotton items in an outfit)… you reach a certain number and things get worse rather than better. However, denim, sequins, the color white (outside of a wedding) all have a unique character. Once you reach a certain level of satiation, things not only stop improving, they get rapidly worse… until you are worse off than with none.

In summary: double-denim, the Canadian Tuxedo -whatever you want to call it- it’s disgusting. Do not do it. One piece of denim = positive. More than one piece of denim = increasingly negative.

Shwood Eyewear – Wooden Sunglasses

While on the fine quality wood products tip it is best we return to the fashion world. Wood has become a staple in design- from architecture to interior design and even, as show last week, in technology. There was some great usage of wood on display at London Fashion Week (including in Comfort Stations jewelry range), however, the one place you might not expect to see finished wood would be on eyewear. After SUPER unleased some nice leather frames in their latest collection it is quite nice to see someone taking a step back and producing top-quality shades from other top quality materials from yesteryear.

Canby Rosewood

Shwood is a Portland, Oregon based company and makes use of sustainably harvested wood from authorised and supervised production plantations in a number of African companies. All of the finishing and crafting is done in-house in Oregon and despite the old school lens materials, all leneses are constructed from top-class Zeiss (the very same used in SUPER’s glasses collection) optical quality or polarised materials.

The glasses come in a couple of styles: the Canby (shown in Maple, below left and in East Indian Rosewood, above) offers a slightly wider  frame and temple-pieces. Meanwhile, the Govy (shown in Zebrawood, below right), which offers a slightly more “standard” shape. Both models draw a certain level of inspiration from the Wayfarers and should fit similarly (e.g. may be best for a long-shaped face).

Govy ZebrawoodCanby Maple






Shwood glasses are available for purchase online through the Shwood online store and start at $95. At a price like that, you can’t beat these shades with a stick and there’s no better time than now to start getting ready for the spring and summer with a quirky accessory that is sure to turn heads this summer.

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Geektastic Design – Wooden Computer Mouse from AlestRukov

While the space race may be over, and optical mice may not be the most cutting edge in technology, these little guys are pretty bad ass. For the finest in Russian technology, look to Alestrukov. These mice are pretty serious from a design perspective and the technical specs aren’t so bad either. There’s really something quite beautiful about old school materials and craftmanship meeting new school technology. I’ll be waiting for them to come out with a wireless version myself… but it the meantime, feel free to grab yourself some of this exotic wood for a few schillings (625-900€).

While I cannot attest to the ethical nature of the production, I can certainly attest to the quality of the design. The pieces are all constructed from a single piece of wood and are available in a range of the finest mahogany (cue Ron Burgundy) or ebony.

Each mouse takes anywhere from 3 months to a year to construct (given the natural dying, drying and coating of the wood), are produced from a “sustainable” process (at least according to their website), can be built for either right or left-handed users, offer volume control and are guaranteed for 5 years.

It’s not a small investment but it is a beautiful little conversation piece.

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High Quality Images from A. Hallucination London Launch

Thanks to Chung Chung Lee (desinger along with Hwan Sung Park) behind A. Hallucination the new London based menswear label that launched earlier this week at the Korean Cultural Centre. Chung has provided us with some higher quality images of my favorite two garments from the show: the duffel vest and beige cape. Chung is off to Paris in a few days for the Lie Sang Bong show and Paris Fashion Week (which, I am gutted to say, I will not likely be able to attend).

As it turns out, in addition to churning out one of the best menswear collections I’ve ever seen in two months, Chung is still working for one of the big names in high fashion. NBD.

Hopefully the higher quality images will give you a better idea both, of my favorite pieces, and the quality of the tailoring on the suits.

Duffel Vest 1

A. Hallucination Duffel Vest


Sleeved Cape 1

A. Hallucination Sleeved Cape


Duffel Vest 2

A. Hallucination Duffel Vest London Launch


Sleeved Cape 2

A. Hallucination Sleeved Cape London Launch

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A. Hallucination London Menswear Launch – What a Trip

Every now and again you get to be a part of something special.

Maybe you were there the night the Red Sox turned it all around and won their first World Series in 86 years. Maybe you were at the first Woodstock. Maybe you were in Chicago to join the celebration when the United States elected their first black president. Wherever it is, we all know that feeling when you step out of your body for a fleeting moment and think to yourself: my God, what have I just witnessed?

It’s not often that a fashion show gives me goosebumps, and to be quite frank, I certainly wasn’t expecting such a show last night at the Korean Cultural Centre for the unveiling of a new London based menswear brand: A. Hallucination.

A. Hallucination

I was a bit nervous about the event – given that my invitation came via a comment on my blog. I arrived to a beautiful space with the boyish models trying to master their catwalk techniques and poses before the masses (hopefully) arrived. As it crept towards showtime and the number of guests could still be counted on one hand it looked like A. Hallucination would be entering the cruel world of fashion not with a bang, but a whisper… thank goodness I was wrong.

Things started to come together and build up speed as we moved beyond the scheduled start time. The guests began to arrive in throngs of beautiful young people (primarily of Asian descent), flyers were passed around and I struck up conversation with the young woman next to me. As it turns out, this young lady was a good friend of the designer and they had worked together for Alexander McQueen. She told me of her adventures working for John Rocha, life as a designer, and all about Hwan the perfectionist. What a treat.

A. Hallucination “The first Peal”

Close-up on seamless sleeved for two-toned dress shirt

Hwan Sung Park graduated from Central Saint Martins a couple of years ago and enjoyed stints with McQueen, Tom Ford and most recently Burberry. Probably after a bit of soul searching (and with a bit of luck) Park decided to start a label with his young friend Chung Chung Lee. And I cannot tell you how glad I am that he did.

The show went off without a hitch, save for a few moments of insecurity from the young models. My mouth was literally left gaping as the men paraded down the catwalk in immaculately stitched suits, quilted capes, and duffel-coat vests looking very much the part of “London dandy.” On display was some of the finest mens tailoring I have seen this side of Savile row… no doubt a product of the fact that Chung Chung Lee gained some of his experience at Ozwald Boateng. The sillhouettes were classic London menswear: skinny and clean-cut. The materials were perfectly selected, the attention to detail unbelievable and the execution both stylish and precise

A. Hallucination “The First Peal” Duffel Vest

Backstage Look at Mens Duffel Vest (with Hwan Sung Park in background)

To really appreciate the quality of this clothing it had to be seen up close. There was no doubt the clothing was attractive, but was it of good quality? I have seen many samples in my life (hell I’ve even paid for some), but in all my years I’ve never seen such high quality samples. Every stitch was in place, every seam carefully planned, and every bit of fabric soft and hand selected. Sometimes perfectionism is not a vice but a virtue.

It is always said that we are impacted from where we have been and the experiences we have had. Never has this been more accurate than in the case of Hwan Sung Park. It was as if this young man learned his creativity from Alexander McQueen personally, the tailoring done with Tom Ford’s hands and the palette and inspiration carefully selected from the ghost of Burberry seasons past.


A. Hallucination Mens Sleeved Cape

The perfectionism of Hwan Sung Park could be seen in his disappointment after the show. He seemed deeply troubled by the way it had gone: the minor delays and a few missteps by his models. However, this launch was beyond reasonable expectations for anyone’s first show. The garments were so impressive that surely no one noticed these minor hiccups anyhow, and even if they had they won’t have cared.

No one can predict the success of a brand or a designer. It is common place for a designer to go bankrupt more than once before achieving success. But, as in business, it is the stubborn, the persistent, and the perfectionists among us that reach the pinnacle of success.

The only suggestion I might make about how to improve upon the launch would be a simple message to Hwan: smile a bit more, you’ve just started something special.

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Cassette Playa Autumn Winter London Video

I just thought I’d share this follow-up video to the Crockstar coverage of the Cassette Playa show.

If webkinz weren’t crazy enough for you, it turns out that the augmented reality elements of CP’s pieces will eventually be yours to play with on your home computer and  create your own avatars. Sounds both nutty and awesome all at the same time!

Little Green Story – London Fashion Week Turns Ethical

All images taken by Lina Arvidsson and provided by the label.

It is very nice to see the ever growing contingent of “ethical fashion crusaders” at some of these big events, and to see support from the likes of Monsoon for the British Fashion Council’s Esthetica, an eco-sustainable initiative that has been going strong for several years now and seems to finally be finding purchase in the fashion soil.

Little Green Story

As may be expected, it seems the Scandinavian countries and labels are at the forefront here (as with all things ethical and sustainable). They were well represented with a handful of labels at the event. Little Green Story, came across as one of the younger brands and had primarily cotton items on display at the show. The garments were, nevertheless, impressive and the brand in general were reassuring for the efforts of the Crockstar label as well.

Although Little Green Story has a deeper range of garments modelled on the website, their focus for the time being is on organic cotton produced in the most environmentally stable way possible. To quote their website: “Little Green Story is for the independent and trendy urban woman with an environmentally conscious mind.” They have experimented with collaborations and recycling vintage fashion in order to stay within the realms of the brand’s vision.

Little Green

In addition to the lovely screenprinted shirts, Little Green Story have produced some edgy t-shirt dresses, some cotton jackets, and the range of products seems on offer seems to be growing rapidly.

Helena Åkesson, the lovely young woman behind the brand, has helped Little Green Story get to this stage and from the looks of thing, she has helped steer the brand through the benchmark third collection and shows no sign of slowing down.

For the moment the brand is available exclusively in Swedish retailers and the label’s online store.Though if our conversation with Ms. Åkesson was any indicator, they will likely be conquering the UK and mainland Europe in the near future.

LGS Shine

The shirts are no bargain (at nearly £50 a pop), but the quality is impressive, the design wonderful, and hey, it’s not exactly kosher but it is ethical baby.

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Highlights of London Fashion Week A/W 2010 in Images

Most of these images are fairly low-quality given that they were taken on the Blackberry. Apologies for that, but enjoy and look for better images of the things that fascinate you!

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte Wax

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte Wax Close-up

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte. Candle-wax inspiration, with lights in the heels. What up LA Lights for grown women?

End of Belle Sauvage Show
End of the Belle Sauvage runway at On|Off London. Full Coverage of Belle Sauvage here.

Christopher Raeburn Installation London Fashion Week A/W 2010
Christopher Raeburn installation at London Fashion Week A/W 2010.

Maria Francesca Pepe Live Modelling
Maria Francesca Pepe and her entourage live-model her Autumn / Winter 2010 collection at London Fashion Week (full coverage here).

Tata Naka
Dressed chairs collaboration with and Tata-Naka

Cassette P
Cassette Playa Digital Presentation (full coverage here).

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