So I finally got some rest and can give my full attention to finishing our evaluation of the 2010 fall fashion shows for Fashion Week on

But before we start, let’s take a few laughs at the image below.

Freakin' A!! How can you take yourself seriously with that outfit on. Thom Browne Image from

As I mentioned in articles 1, 2 and 3 of the series, us ESM folks are broke, so we had to just go through the online coverage by GQ and give our take on which designers, pieces and outfits were winners.  We understand that Fashion Week is sometimes about creating fashion that people will talk about (actually, we will never understand that) but our objective is to find things we would actually buy.

Raf Simons is a designer that I wasn’t too familiar with and I liked how he was pushing the envelope with the use of snaps and velcro, but wouldn’t have bought most of the things that went down the runway.  I did like one piece, however:

Raf Simons image from

Richard Chai is also another designer that I wasn’t too familiar with, but I liked the colors, look and feel he brought to his collection.  Actually, the thing I liked the most was his clothes looked both usable and comfortable.

Even though this is a suit, it looks like something you can wear on a more casual day. Richard Chai image from

Seriously, the gloves have to go. Richard Chai image from

I especially liked these next two ensembles:

The leather jacket hoodie. Put this one in the "W". Richard Chai image from

Try to focus on the suit and not on the weird turtleneck. Try also not to think about how much the model looks like a woman. Richard Chai image from

I have always had a penchant for British men’s fashion design and the Spurr label by designer Simon Spurr confirms it.  His collection was sharp and well put together – just like James Bond.

Dude. That outfit is so money and you don't even know it. Spurr image from

The ladies just come to me to feel my hair. Spurr image from

Check out the slacks/leather combo below:

Badass yet refined. Spurr image from

And for the pièce de résistance – a sick gray suit with a gray turtleneck underneath.  Word.

If you wore this outfit, the heavens would rip open and the Almighty himself will give you a fist bump. Spurr image from

Although I know a lot of people who love the brand, my interest in Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto only started fairly recently when I saw a picture of Lil’ Wayne in GQ wearing a Y-3 hoodie and shoes.  Based on the two images below, it looks like my interest in Y-3 designs is only increasing.

Hopefully, the "half tuck" was on purpose and he didn't just come out of the bathroom. Y-3 image from

Digging this look. Y-3 images from

Although I am not too fond of the baggy silhouettes (I still remember the 90’s) that some designers were trying to bring back, there were a few pieces that I liked from Yves Saint Laurent:

Kind of reminds me of XXX (the Vin Diesel movie, not the porn you watch every night). Yves Saint Laurent image from

Although you can probably find an outfit like this with other designers, I liked the hues that were used. Yves Saint Laurent image from

And last but not least is one of my personal favorites: Z Zegna.  Sans the weird looking leather outfits and the really tight pants, there were a few pieces in their 2010 collection worth spending the coin on:

I don't understand how anyone could wear pants that tight. Z Zegna image from

Check out how this trench coat closes. Pretty cool little detail. Z Zegna image from

That wraps it up for our take on Fashion Week 2010.  Hopefully next year, we’ll have enough money to go for ourselves.

Come to think of it, even if we had the press passes and the money to pay for the trip, we still wouldn’t make it to the shows.  We’d probably end up just partying through the whole week.

But that might not be a bad thing.

We can title next year’s series: “Fashion Week Partying – a 1st person account”.  That might even be more interesting,


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