Gang Chic

by jennine on January 21, 2009

It isn’t very often when I wish I could wear menswear, or envied mens’ fashion choices. Let’s face it, men got dealt the bad hand when it comes to sartorial liberties.Women, we can wear pretty much anything we want, including menswear. Tops hats, waistcoats, oxford wingtips, a crisp button up shirt, and even a tie.  So I was very pleased to see Alexander McQueen take inspiration from one of the films I’m quite fond of, Gangs of New York… some of  you may remember the admission of my infatuation with Daniel Day Lewis. And since the release of the film, Leonardo DiCaprio has earned his acclaim as a great actor (thank you for not going down the romantic comedy route Leo!).

Before I digress… Alexander McQueen’s AW09 collection has definitely taken cues from some aesthetics rumbling underground, part steampunk, part cinematic appropriation… who hasn’t been influenced by film in some way? McQueens interpretations have always been very conspicuous (no ambiguous ‘clean,’ ’sexy,’ blah blah blah), and that I’m grateful for… it certainly makes him a good resource to look to look at when searching for something to pull me out of a creative slump.

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1 Ginger January 21, 2009 at 4:55 am

feels like a johnny depp movie…the breast plate is a little frightening. love the shoes and the trench.


2 jennine January 21, 2009 at 4:57 am

oh yes… i was thinking of sweeney todd or the mad hatter, but i think it’s mostly the makeup and the brooding. the actual clothes, are taken from gangs of new york though.

the breast plate is frightening… but i i like it.


3 Mary January 21, 2009 at 5:08 am

seems like the whole menswear is retreating to the 19th century pushing men to wear suits every day…


4 Miss Glitzy January 21, 2009 at 5:22 am

Love it! I have to take a closer look at the shoes…


5 Emlyn January 21, 2009 at 6:17 am

I’ve totally been inspired by Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid! I seriously wish I could be a cow boy.


6 calamityjem January 21, 2009 at 6:17 am

Theatrical Savile Row-esque style…awesome! I wish my hubby would dress like this minus the make-up perhaps :)


7 jennine January 21, 2009 at 7:04 am

❤mary…oh maybe that’s not a bad thing? i’m so over full grown men wearing hoodies and baggy jeans. i’ll allow it for rocky, until he turns 30, then the hoodies go to charity.
❤miss glitzy… i have a pair of similar shoes, that i absolutely adore… and wear quite often!
❤emlyn…ooh awesome, i LOVE paul newman…and that movie is spectacular.
❤calamityjem…heheh, i’m all for men’s lib, but i still don’t trust dudes who wear makeup. unless they are drag queens, in which case i trust them alot. ;)


8 Kater January 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

Ahh! I love it! It does make me a big jealous, because while of course I can and do take inspiration from this sort of thing, I occasionally envy the way men’s clothing fits men as opposed to women. There is just something about it!

Big thumbs up for Daniel Day Lewis. I call my dad Daniel Dad Lewis, for no apparent reason, but it makes me giggle!


9 Princess Poochie January 21, 2009 at 11:21 am

all I can say is HAWT


10 Renata January 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Oh! That looks great! It’s the kind of artistic but usable fashion that I’ve been missing.


11 Ian January 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I loved the show from start to finish.


12 Meg January 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Amazing!! This is the best thing I’ve seen since… since ever.


13 Prêt-à-Porter P January 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

i really like this mcqueen collection.
one of my favorite runway collections in general is when mcqueen did a “vampire” collection for menswear.

i tried to watch gangs of ny once, but it just didnt appeal to me.


14 Mothra January 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm



15 seatedbather January 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

It kind of reminds me of Stephan Schneider


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