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Zara Love and Hate

I have been seeing quite a few pictures here and there of the new Zara collection for men around the place and I have, at least so far, liked what I have seen. The pictures, unfortunately, have been small or of questionable quality, so I thought I’d jump straight to the sauce and navigate my way to Zara.com. As much as their clothing makes me smile, their website does not. It rarely loaded pages correctly in Mozilla Firefox, and when it did it took longer than it should have. I have quite a nice internet connection, I should not have to wait while a web-page trickles in at around 1KB/s. Which bring me to my point, flash is not the catch all for designer web-pages! It does, however, make you look like every other designers web-page which I imagine cannot be goal that you guys are aiming for 😐 (seriously, learn some AJAX or something).

After trying it in IE with IE Tab Plus and getting slightly better but not impressive results I decided to find the collection elsewhere. Luckily everyone’s favourite fashion blog, The Fashionisto, is, like always, right on top of the ball and has all the goodies that you could possibly desire.

Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto
Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto
Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto
Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto
Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto Sean O'Pry for Zara Fall 2010 Campaign | The Fashionisto

The big winner for Zara’s 2010 autumn collection is the trench coat love! To quote the song in my left ear “so long, so long, so long” is has been that I’ve seen such impressive trenches in the designer spotlight (at least to my knowledge, albeit limited at best). Of course, they probably cost an arm and a leg as all nice things do, but as long as they are less than Abby Shot’s CAD$1499 Leather Duster, one cannot complain.

Pino…

Colorado

I never had any intention of focussing on particular brands, at least not making it a regular thing, until I realised that these self-imposed rules (I like to create strict rules about EVERYTHING I do and only operate myself within those rules or my conscience has a cry) are going to get me no-where; plus, how am I ever going to keep this blog up if I keep being vague and general all the time! So, in lieu of such internal conflicts, I shall write about Colorado.

You know what? I always thought Colorado was an American company (because of the name). I always thought that they were one of those rare companies that didn’t believe in fashion hellenisation (I really have no idea how else to describe it). Actually, that’s a good point, can someone tell me the word I’m look for? Anyway, this is hardly important and I’ll continue on. So, as I was saying, I always thought that they were an American company until this blog article where I found out that they were Australian owned (and the head office is even in my city – how about that).

Colorado - Mens Footwear Colorado - Womens Footwear

For those who do not know the brand, Colorado, they make casual adventure clothing and footwear (there used to be a bigger focus on the footwear, now it is generally half and half). Their wears are usually very practical and is sometimes marketed as ‘adventurewear’ to give a brief idea. I am a little torn with Colorado to whether in fact I indeed like them, or not. A lot of their stuff tends to be very, well, what I see as middle aged attire (not as bad as another Australian company, Rivers, but still enough to make me cringe), but then again, they do have some pretty nice shirts and shoes, and some to think of it I have a paid of pants that I have only worn once (maybe). Wow, they are a very dark brown (I thought they were charcoal) and don’t look too bad on me – maybe I do own other pants.

Colorado - Womens Footwear Colorado - Womenswear - New Range In Store Now

One thing that can be said about Colorado is they are ridiculously well made. When you buy something you can easily expect it to last longer than anything else you may be wearing it with. The unfortunate thing is, the current winter range (at least what it shown of it on the official website) is rather unimpressive :(. Looks like you’ll just have to take my word on it.

Pino…

I want another trench coat.

I was going to buy one of these leather trench coats from Southbeach Leather:

…as they have some pretty impressive little gems for quite nice prices (considering that it’s 100% genuine leather) but I some how found myself quite distracted and looking on eBay where I found this sexy little number:
'TOP' SS- Long Coat Black(USSZ-M) - Top Class Season 2
…which I just fell in love with (and no wonder, look at it!). Nothing even remotely this stylish exists in my wardrobe, but for a mere AUD$88 including shipping it’s one hell of a bargain for one hell of an item. I would have bought the slightly longer wool version (that one is cotton) but I think I may be allergic to wool and should investigate that further before I go buying something that’s a wool blend and will cover most of my body.

Come to think of it, it’s probably for the best that I’ve bought this item as I already have a trench coat that turns heads as it is – I think it’s about time I aim to tone down my attire from now on.

Pino…

I want my leather!

Metropolis French Coat - Leather Attractions

Leather Attractions is a website that’s been around for some time and has quite a few great reviews here there and everywhere, but whenever I try to use my MasterCard to buy some lovely, lovely leather wears, it comes back with some silly merchant error. The first time I tried it was ages ago and there’s been no suspicious activity on my card since so I hardly think it’s a dodgy website (especially not with it’s Comodo verification and many positive reviews). If anyone has purchased from them before I’d love to know how you did it (Visa perhaps?).

Apart from that hiccup, LA have some pretty sexy coats and jackets for really impressive prices. If I/we can sort out the payment issue they’d be a very awesome place to buy from.

Pino…