All posts by Isabelle Rabin

The Men of Gucci

It’s a Mad Men palette infused with a 21st century dash of leather, fur, and shorter jackets. The Fall 2014 Gucci Menswear Collection is all simplistic, clean lines, with every once in a while a new zipper appearing on a motorcycle jacket.

To the casual observer, the latest of Gucci menswear may seem the slightest bit too prim, or maybe too simple after all. However, a closer look at the details in every ensemble cause the eye to realize its mistake. The craftsmanship is Haute Couture; every pleat exact and collar crisp. The pieces themselves are incredibly well shaped to a very lean form, with the outerwear providing the bulk, although there isn’t much bulk overall. Pants are slim fitting and the jackets mostly wool, with variations of the pea coat and blazer occurring most frequently. Either double, or single breasted, the two kinds of jackets veer from the young entrepreneur to the older, more experienced businessman.

Leather was an outstanding feature for Gucci; from a single large pocket on a navy boat-neck sweater, to a subdued collar on a double-breasted belted pea coat, to a full, powerful, motorcycle jacket. This was the material that stood out against the otherwise fairly neutral color scheme. Gucci went for black, grays, beiges, watered down blues, and pale, brownish pinks. Unsurprisingly, the looks were revealed to be sophisticated and charming, not old or tired.

Gucci’s Fall 2014 Menswear Collection was chic yet understated. It was a perfect tribute to easy, accessible, and stylish, menswear.


FashionMister Felix Flair : Style for the Modern Man

The motto is “style for the modern man,” although many of Felix Flair’s Instagram posts appear to emerge from Jay Gatsby’s world. A true fashionMister brand; a fashion connoisseur, this brand and promoter of elegant menswear has an Instagram worth following. The style is incredibly proper, emphasizing the dapper charcoal grey suit, with the white button-down casually popped open at the neck, pocket square barely falling out, and watch glistening innocently on a strong wrist. Felix Flair loves a good Italian leather loafer, paired with a plaid sport coat and appropriately masculine man purse (Italian leather, of course). The brand isn’t afraid of color, especially pastels. Despite leaning toward the excessively vintage at times, the looks are almost never too flamboyant. The ensembles are quietly stylish, and have their special place in Rome, Stockholm, Paris, or New York, although they lend themselves well toward the European crowd.

Enjoy exploring Felix Flair’s Instagram for menswear inspiration.

Pitti Uomo

It is truly heaven on earth at Pitti Uomo, the world’s most important platform for menswear. Pitti Uomo is a biannual trade show in Florence, Italy, where buyers, retailers, editors, and the fashion-exposed men of the world gather together to stroll the cobblestoned Italian streets to view the latest menswear collections. Think many, many gorgeous men, looking their most dapper, all congregating in the alleyways and piazzas of Florence. Think the best, most stylish menswear in the world.

From impeccably crafted blazers, to pastels, to pocket squares, ties, and bowties, Pitti Uomo is Mecca. It is also a launching pad for the future of men’s fashion. For inspiration and unveiling a collection, Pitti Uomo is the place to be for designers, retailers, and those who can’t help but adore a man in a great outfit.