Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Menswear: River Island A/W 2012

Here’s one for the boys – it’s menswear day at Fash Mob towers, which we’re going to get cracking into with a look at a few details from River Island‘s A/W men’s collection, in store now! River Island’s menswear is …

Fri, Oct 12, 2012, 07:30

   

Here’s one for the boys – it’s menswear day at Fash Mob towers, which we’re going to get cracking into with a look at a few details from River Island‘s A/W men’s collection, in store now! River Island’s menswear is all about sharp cuts and even sharper silhouettes, and while it’s not quite as dapper as Zara, it’s definitely just as cool – just a little more laidback.

For A/W, the devil’s most definitely in the detail – check out the luxe buttons on this blazer!

These remind me of this enormous box of buttons in my granny’s house – every time I went to visit I would take them out and count them, group them, admire them . . . I collect buttons now, in jars in my bedroom. Anything that comes into my house with a spare button, that button goes straight into my button jars. I just can’t bring myself to bin any of them, even though (don’t tell anyone) I’ve never sewn a button on anything in my life!

On another blazer, check out these ombré buttons – I loved this tiny touch that was so small but so well thought out. It caught my eye as soon as I looked at the jackets, which were quite nice themselves, to boot – River Island’s blazers are quite fitted. They always make me think of boy bands (a little bit!) – I reckon Westlife and One Direction are probably not-so-covert RI fans.

Lastly, I loved this navy shirt with black collar piping and those gorgeous little duck-egg blue colour pop stitches. Just really nice details that elevate an otherwise very ordinary piece to the realm of the extraordinary. And fellas, these are the little things that women notice on your clothes.

When in London the other day, I was thinking about what it is about London fellas that distinguishes them from Irish and I realised: it’s the fact that they look as if they have thought, and I mean really thought, about what they’re wearing. Consider what it is you’re putting on – ask yourself if the shirt fits you, if the jumper has gone out of shape in the wash, if those trousers are a little short, if those bootcut jeans are a little 1990s . . . just think about it.

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