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I am saddened by many things in Rolling Stone, but I am particularly saddened by the fact that they are championing white sneakers. White sneakers are currently one of the only things making me truly, giddily, unreasonably happy (note: cleaning white sneakers is not), and I fear their increased exposure can only kill off this particular trend/fad (what do you call something that’s not quite one or the other? A trad? A fend? Can we fend off the trad with subverso trends and anti-fads?). Once the white sneaks go, I’m afraid I’ll have no options but, say, camouflage Tevas, and nobody wants to see that.

Speaking of all things sartorial (well, some things sartorial), how goddamn excited am I that both Veronique Branquinho and Hussein Chalayan have launched menswear lines? (Answer: very.) Now, the only trick is figuring out how to afford these Continental coutouriers on $.10 a word. Yo Vero, Chally, you know that jetsetting hacks and hobbyist DJs have gotta look good whilst grubbing down microwaved mini-pizzas during our five-hour layovers at JFK. Hook a scribe up! I’ll plug you, promise. Here’s a sample: “Superpitcher’s hyperengineered gloom-pop is as sleek as the lines on Branquinho’s re-constructed racing jackets for SS/04; unlike the Belgian designer, though, who carefully snipped all logo patches from her uniform-style outerwear, leaving a teasing outline of corporate branding in the seamed outlines around the negative spaces of the excised badges, Superpitcher wears his affiliations – windswept New Romantics and glossily painted glam godz – proudly on his sleeve.”

(Note: this offer also open to representatives of Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten, Dirk Schönberger, and Exquisite Vestments, makers of some of the finest ecumenical attire on the Good Book circuit. To participate in our strategic partner plan, just send an email to sharpdressedman@sartorialsellout.com!)


White sneakers are a crime against feet.

i only wear white sneakers and only ever have.

The Branqhino stuff looks excellent, the chalayan stuff looks so anti design as to seem pointless to me- and i really admire him as a designer AND a thinker - it looks like c&a gear. His first 2 seasons seemed closer to Marghiela's mens line and i probably liked it more for that reason.

and i can't afford any of it!

(by the way this is the second time i have cancelled a post rather than posting it - the cancel button shouldn't be first!)

fair enough - i'm probably fetishizing chalayan's brand more than i ought to; i agree that some of those examples didn't look so hot. (love the elongated sleeves, though.) that brinquinho stuff is hot with several t's, however. what's margiela up to these days, anyway? hard to find him in SF.

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