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Who Needs a Compliment When in Balmain?

Today, when we talk Balmain, we talk creative director Olivier Rousteing. Sparing the details, the man is as confident as you should get and his clothes don’t shy away from that title.

Below you will find images of the men’s F/W 2014 collection and you will realize that the Rousteing touch requires no stamp of approval. Rousteing worked a safari theme and played with colors of green, khaki, and camel, and exotic animal prints from leopard to zebra. The collection screamed organic extravagance, and expanded the world of Balmain.

Balmain this season brought you leather jackets and drop-crotch Jodhpur trousers in olive drab; and printed leopard jackets in pony skin. The collection also included and slip-on sneakers and evening shoes. The collection merely represented his new direction and remaking of Balmain: “It’s being more myself; my music, my style, my generation,” he said.

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via Balmain
via Balmain

Eye Luxury: Pardon Persol

 

Persol is an Italian luxury eyewear company specializing in sunglasses. The name is translates to “for the sun.” Formed in 1917 by Giuseppe Ratti, Persol originally catered to pilots and sports drivers.

Presently, the company is famous for its durable sports sunglasses. Its trademark is the silver Supreme Arrow, and several of the company’s glasses feature this symbol.

One feature that sets Persol sunglasses apart from other brands is the Meflecto system. The Persol Meflecto is the world’s first flexible stem system that sets maximum comfort by allowing the glasses to adapt to the shape of any face. So not only is Persol fashionably outstanding, but comfortable as well.

The Persol glasses are famously famous in the celebrity universe. You have seen Persol on Chris Brown, even James Bond wore the PO2720S Polarized, UV Protection Persol sunglasses.

To learn more about Persol, look here.

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via flickr/davharuk

 

 

Get Down on One Knee with O Fée

Avoiding breaking your bank while proposing with diamonds might seem impossible, but not with O Fée’s elegant new engagement rings.
Offering accessible and elegant engagement rings, O Fée presents its Pop collection featuring delicate rings in 18-carat yellow, rose and white gold and the gentle glint of a flower-shaped grouping of diamonds.

Yellow Gold (Via O Fée)
Yellow Gold (Via O Fée)
Rose Gold (Via O Fée)
Rose Gold (Via O Fée)
White Gold (Via O Fée)
White Gold (Via O Fée)

 

Luxury Travels High

While it is the season to head to hot spots such as Mykonos and Ibiza, it calls for changing time zones in style.

Topping the list with its classical charm, the Goyard Palace trunk is the must have personalized accessory this season. With its exceptional heritage, Goyard is a drawn inspiration that stands uniquely amongst other fleeting trends. Goyard labels itself as a timeless design that will appeal to customers looking for uncompromising exclusivity, unparalleled craftsmanship and aesthetic refinement.

Goyard offers four distinct product lines:

• Travel goods: Goyard provides travelers with all the accessories needed for a stylish getaway such as; trunks, hard-sided luggage, trolley cases, vanity cases, hat cases or weekender bags.

• For men and women: Goyard offers a large choice of handbags, tote bags, pouches, briefcases and clutches with an equally large range of matching accessories: wallets, change purses, diary and check-book covers, and business-card holders.

• Personalized orders: Goyard personalizes trunks and luggage. Each piece is unique and entirely hand-made, just like in the 19th century.

• Pet accessories: The « Chic du Chien » line was launched in the late 19th century by Edmond Goyard. It features collars, leashes, bowls and dishes for pets, and is sold exclusively at the Chic du Chien boutique, 352, rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

The long-lasting sustainability of Goyard products is a plus since the line doesn’t change every season.

via facebook/goyard
via facebook/goyard

 

 

The Manimalist

Minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements, to simplify it’s minimal art. By being a minimalist you are part of being more with less.

The fashion industry can get pretty overwhelming; everyday a new trend comes to life. Designers have made the list from A to Z fairly indigestible and when you want to simply follow a trend, you find yourself comparing it among a minimum of 100 designers.

This is when choosing becomes more important than buying. This Fall season you are avoiding looking into your stuffed closet and thinking, “I have nothing to wear!” and will know exactly what to wear.

For the Fall 2014 season the below are what you need to own:
-Backpack: that will work professionally and casually
-New Balance shoes: will be worn for working out and casual affairs
-Boots: one pair
-Loafers: one pair
-Leather Jacket
-Trench Coat
-Four dress up shirts
-One Suit
-Four T-shirts
-Two cardigans
-Ten pairs of socks
-Two sweats
-Two shorts
-Scarf

Kindly donate the rest.
Dress up shirts

Is it For Her or For Him, Jonathan Saunders?

Adding the contemporary spin to the cricket sweater, Jonathan Saunders reinvents his knitwear collection with the Leanne merino wool sweater.
The dual colored sweater is the perfect piece to invest in if you are a supporter of the matching outfits trend. The Leanne merino wool sweater is the perfect way to approach Fall, while holding on to summer with the baby pink and turquoise colors it is available in.

This V-neck style is knitted from luxurious merino wool and has the perfect slouchy fit. The versatility of this piece allows you to wear it with anything, which defines the unisex approach.

Via Jonathan Saunders
Via Jonathan Saunders
Via Jonathan Saunders
Via Jonathan Saunders

 

Louis Vuitton Watch Case

The object of desire for the time being is the eight-watch case by Louis Vuitton. An essential trunk for collectors who often travel all over the globe. It is an excellent safe guard that easily goes from safe to suitcase, and has a removable tray to hide other valuables.
This luxuriously soft leather case is crafted with the fashion house’s famous monogram, and fits up to eight different watches.

Via Louis Vuitton
Via Louis Vuitton
Via Louis Vuitton
Via Louis Vuitton

 

Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2015

“Can’t wear skinny jeans ’cause my knots don’t fit” Was definitely the ongoing motto for Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Below is a link to the collection of Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2015.

http://www.acnestudios.com/collections/?___SID=U#mensspring15

The obvious is obvious! The collection is still richly portraying late trends that have been translated numerously to becoming a global language. The elements of oversized, plaid and leather are still part of the image. But, the execution gives it an Acne touch that is undeniable. Comparing it to Fall 2014, the difference minimal, it just feels warmer which is normal for the season.

Oversized remained the most obvious, from top to bottom, the pieces were maximized. When it came to colors, Acne Studios opted to earthy colors that represent Spring such as: yellow, green, brown, and burgundy. The collection remained low key compared to the previous Spring collection.

 

 

Givenchy’s School Backpack

From the tribal complexions of Spring/Summer 2014, to influences from the Bauhaus art school, the graphic collection presented by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is the product of combined diverse inspirations. Tisci’s executions reveal a raw, street vibe to the collection, portraying the gang/thug style. The label’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 pre-collection encompasses a bold mix of urban culture and features.

The Black Abstract Portrait Backpack is the latest Givenchy accessory that is being admired widely. With its multicolor mural with an ethnic street vibe vibrant stamp, the backpack surely defines the urban look.

Givenchy has had major success with the line of backpacks that include: Madonna Backpack, Givenchy Black & Yellow, Givenchy Airplane Backpack, and Givenchy Black Bambi Print Backpack.

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via ssense.com

 

Bow the Tie

Clearly the outfit below is heading towards the bow tie route, so ladies fasten it. A brief history of this must wear accessory for the Fall/Winter season won’t hurt nobody:

Roots: Croatian
Date: 17th century
Originally: Cravat
First adoption: French upper class
Came to fame: Since birth and became a staple in men’s fashion by the ‘90s
Today: Worn by you
When talking bow ties, the mind drifts towards a generic black bow tie and that is normal. But this season we are stepping aside from generic and aiming towards the large loose hanging schal bow tie. Just think of Hedi Slimane’s big debut collection at Yves Saint Laurent back in 2012 and the image is drawn.

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via ysl.com

Whether you are opting for the tuxedo look or simply dressing down with a sweatshirt, do not hesitate to address a bow tie. Many designers have integrated the bow tie concept to their collection this season and the best idea is you don’t need to buy it because you can make it.

The two-step procedure will keep you trending all season long: Just grab and wrap a simple schal.

 

Haze Collection S/S 2015

The story is simple, but the outcome is an architectural inspired eyewear collection that offers a distinctive mix of eclectic aesthetics and exceptional manufacturing quality.
For the Haze Collection S/S 2015 presentation during New York Fashion Week, the team brought together family, friends and loyal customers to not only reveal the latest line but to also try the pieces while enjoying an open bar and live music setting at the Hudson Hotel Pent House Tent.
The eyewear collection can be described in two words “Modernly Classic”. While you would find a vintage feel to most of the pieces, you will be interrupted with modern elements such as shield pieces or chrome lenses. The piece that stood as a forerunner in the Haze Collection S/S 2015 was in fact the Shield.
The Shield’s pattern is inspired by architecture from the Ming Dynasty, and is individually laser-cut into slices of gold-plated metal. While trying on the Shield during a fun photo booth session, I learned how functional it was because the shield was removable and was held in place with internal magnets, which facilitates the styling of choice.
So whether you are feeling the modern boldness or simply in the mood for a unique frame for the upper body display, Haze Collection will serve your feelings to the dot.
Haze Collection S/S 2015
Haze Collection S/S 2015
Haze Collection S/S 2015

Get Blue with Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby

It is not rare to witness a collaboration between an artist and a designer. But it can be, when they produce a complete collection with consistent style and extreme attention to detail.

Back in January, Belgian fashion designer, Raf Simons, collaborated with L.A. based contemporary artist Sterling Ruby on his F/W 2014 collection. Each piece in the collection brings together the two creative minds, leading to the design of a shirt partway between a spoilt, blue-collar worker’s shirt and a subtle tie-dye. The collection also features pants duplicate to the shirt. So for fall don’t shy away from exaggerated prints and keep it fun. For a subtler look, you can mix the pieces with solid colors.

Simons himself called the collection “our collection”, implying that the clothes were a truly joint vision, not dismissing anyone’s’ role. This is not the first time Simons has collaborated with artists back in 2003 his F/W 03 collection featured various garments printed with classic Peter Saville designed album covers.

 

September Guide for a New York Bag

Having a style that falls in the unisex category, and a wardrobe that could style a man perfectly, I will attempt to minimize the feminine direction of the article and place importance on objects needed by both genders.
Now please keep in mind that is an open discussion and having not lived in New York during September, I will need your experienced expertise as well. I have done enough research, random street conversations and major summer experiences to allow me to list essentials that I am positive you will nod your head with approval.

The number one essential is, the “Umbrella” because no you can’t stand under anyone’s umbrella, since half the people will be running to escape the rain. Always have on in your bag, New York is the moodiest when it comes to weather and you will never now when the emotional feeling hits and it starts to cry.

Via Flickr/Gwenael Piaser
Via Flickr Gwenael Piaser

Number two goes to “Band-aids”; you are probably staring at a blister this very moment and agreeing “So True!” New Yorkers are fortunate to have the choice to walk anywhere and even if you don’t like walking at one point you have to walk. So with that, I am sure each person reading this has had the worse blister experience and it’s painful I know.

Via Flickr/sarawestermark
Via Flickr sarawestermark

Falling in third place, the “Portable Cell phone Charger”. The sad part is, not many people know it exists, but the happy part it does. Do yourself a favor and head to the nearest Duane Reade and buy yourself one.

Via Halo2Cloud
Via Halo2Cloud

Number four, “Cash”. If you are a brunch person, happy hour person, pizza person or simply a person, always carry cash with you. Most spots in New York have ATMs that will charge you an extra fee and cause an extra hassle.

Via Flickr/Tax Credits
Via Flickr Tax Credits

And for the finale, “Bottle of Water” if you ever get stuck on a subway for 30 minutes you will thank me.
Awaiting your feedback.

Via Poland Spring
Via Poland Spring

 

Photo By Alice

Ralph Lauren Hops on the Wearable Tech Train

Being the sponsor of the ball girls and boys at the U.S Open, Ralph Lauren found the perfect event to surround its latest invention, the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirts with biometric tracking capabilities with present/potential consumers and the media.
The U.S. Open marked the debut of the Polo Tech “smartshirt,” a snug black nylon compression shirt, through some ball boys. None of the players will be wearing the shirt and the availability of the shirt in the market will not be present till next year.
NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron stated that he would be wearing it during his practice sessions for the U.S. Open. In addition, Ralph Lauren launched a video for the latest piece with the ultimate futuristic fee.
The price point of the “smart shirt” has not been released yet, but given the price of some relating tech inspired pieces the assumption between is $ 150 to $ 250.

Photo By Alice

Leica for Men

It’s typically a stressful situation when it comes to buying the perfect gift for men. That being said, one of the most popular accessories that has been on Vogue UK’s must have travel list is the Leica camera. Being purely a digital camera, the Leica was built with the precise needs of professional photographers in mind, which adds to its coolness.

Leica gets it so right. Their design inspired by its 35mm cameras from the golden age of photography. It is one of the smallest full-frame cameras that offers excellent handmade quality, impressively easy handling, extreme robustness, excellent image quality and perfect matching of all its components.

The retro-chic camera has been the accessory of choice for the celebrity class on red carpets, film sets and vacations. “If celebrities are going to be seen with a camera, for better or for worse, Leica does lend a certain cachet,” said Michael Holve, a professional photographer on Long Island who runs a Leica enthusiasts’ blog.

In recent years, Daniel Craig, Brad Pitt, Louis C. K., Miley Cyrus and many other celebrities have been seen toting Leicas.

Leica Camera
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Name Air, Surname Jordan

First produced in 1984, and then released for public consumption in 1985, Air Jordan, or simply J’s, is the hottest foot accessory at this very moment.

Owned and produced by Michael Jordan, Nike’s Jordan Brand subsidiary, the athletic shoe has become a 2014 must have. The original was the iconic Air Jordan I in red and black to match the uniform of the Chicago Bulls, and the baby grew all the way to AJ XX9.

Celebrities love their J’s, naming a few such as A$AP Rocky, T.I, Kanye West and even Kim Kardashian, so the unisex shoe must partake on your must have list. Buy it and wear it with everything is the motto that comes with the Air Jordan. From jeans, leather pants, sweat pants, shorts to meggings, you can pair them with the perfect Air Jordan and walk out feeling like MJ.

Latest Air Jordan news:

Austin McAllister, a sneaker customizer out of Oklahoma City, has taken the Air Jordan to a whole other level. Calling them “Renaissance,” the custom Air Jordan V and LeBron XI feature a print of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” and Raphael’s “The School of Athens.”
The shoes are available on McAllister’s website for $275.
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Opening Ceremony Wants to Have Play on the Runway

After broadening there collaborative portfolio with a capsule collection based on the protagonist in Spike Jonze’s film, Her. Opening Ceremony is at it again and is planning on staging a one-act play in place of a traditional catwalk show this season.

Directed by Oscar-winning director and screenwriter, Spike Jonze, and written by Hollywood favorite, Jonah Hill, the plot and title are still in the stages of finalization.

“We were really excited about him writing an original script and seeing how this would take shape,” said Humberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony, reported WWD.

The project marks the third time that Opening Ceremony and Jonze have collaborated. Aside from the collaboration on Her, back in 2009 Opening Ceremony and Jonze did the same for his film Where The Wild Things Are.

Opening Ceremony is aiming to open its curtains for the act on September 7th.

via facebook.com/openingceremony
via facebook.com/openingceremony

 

 

Embracing The New Men’s Wear : Meggings

The term megging that literally translates to “Men’s leggings” has been redefined. While trying to imagine men’s leggings, a sense of discomfort might not be a surprise to many. The traditional meggings come obnoxiously tight and unflattering, but like mentioned before meggings have found a new route.

Do you have 25 dollars?

If so, you can find them here and go ahead, buy yourself the trendiest Topman meggings.

via TopMan
via TopMan

The grey meggings are combined with shorts, giving your casual style a street chic inspiration. Celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kanye West have had a taste of the innovated meggings and you’re next on the list. The meggings can be worn with simply an oversized T-shirt or sweatshirt, but if you like to mix and match with styles, address a fitted black leather jacket that will take the look to an edgier level.

When in meggings you can wear whatever type of shoes that fit your taste, and that is another reason why you should own at least one pair of meggings. Whether you opt for Converse or high top sneakers, you are always in the right zone.

 

Fashion Free Land

Dear Reader,

Did you ever wonder how fur would look on you? Did you ever wonder if thongs are really just for women? Or if pink is really a taboo? If you have, then you haven’t been to the fashion world.

When you wonder, you never know. Keep that in mind.

As we witness designers loosing all inhibitions on the runways, it is only fair to join the ride. So if you are into hairnets as Riccardo Tisci, strut it all the way out.

For Spring 2015, the menswear collections included it all. If you wanted to formalize the mood with a childish touch of stripes, proceed to Dior Homme.

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via nowfashion.com

If you are starving for tailored, churchy and monochrome strictness Givenchy is open 24/7.

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via givenchy.com

And with Hedi Slimane’s continuous rock ’n’ roll indulgence, you don’t have to fantasize about your favorite rock star, you can be one.

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via hedislimane.com

So this season and proceeding forward, don’t understate your desire to wear what was sewn for you. But, you have to always keep in mind that size does matter and always choose the perfect one for your body.
On a lighter note can you imagine yourself wearing a backless shirt or perhaps a dress?

 

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Pump the Pompadour

If you are the type who likes to back school it, then the below should lead to a date!
The ‘50s was a decade known for experimentation especially with hair. It was the time of comparative prosperity, which influenced fashion and highlighted the concept of glamour.
Hairstylists invented new hairstyles and the rich and famous globalized it. French hair fashion made its way to the Hollywood, New York and London, popularizing the artichoke cut, pixie cut, bouffant and the most popular the pompadour for men.
Elvis Presley and James Dean to David Beckham had a great influence on the pompadour greased-up style that requires a lot of gel. This season be one to join the trend and wear on your best pompadour. The cut has been visibly popular among many designers during the fall 2014 menswear debut.
The pompadour requires thick hair so if you are lucky with that don’t hesitate.
Elvis Presley
Pompadour Men

Hey Chelsea!

When people talk about Chelsea, one might imagine a blonde girl with blue eyes, or perhaps Chelsea, New York. But when people talk about the Chelsea, it’s the traditionally black leather, closely fitted, ankle-high boot.

If you haven’t been introduced to Chelsea, please proceed to read on below.

With all the credits and thank you gestures to Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, J. Sparkes-Hall, the Chelsea boot was born in 1851, and later became an iconic element during the MOD era in the ‘60s.

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With a noticeable comeback that has been served on many runway shows by various designer houses, the Chelsea boot has been and is a celebrity favorite. With a unisex character, the Chelsea boot has been worn by the boldest such as, John Lennon, Kate Moss and many more.

With the Chelsea boot you can never go wrong, at least Saint Laurent’s creative director, Hedi Slimane didn’t. Opting for the Beatles inspired Chelsea boot that is distinguished with a Cuban heel, Slimane incorporated a lot of Chelsea boots in the menswear collection, and that truly highlights the importance of you owning one.

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Mostly popular in leather and suede, the Chelsea boot is to be found anywhere and everywhere. With an immortal modishness, the Chelsea boot is the best investment one shouldn’t hesitate to approach, don’t you want to feel like Sir Paul, or look like Kate?

Images via Gentlemen’s Gazette

Here Comes the Bride

Nahhh! Finally here comes George Clooney. Well maybe!
The world stood on its toes to witness what late lady Diana wore on her wedding, same for Kate Middleton. In general or let’s be real, most weddings, people only care about what the bride wears. But, when you are a heartthrob and the world’s most eligible bachelor, your attire is the world’s business.

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via tuxedohto.net

So step aside Amal and let Clooney shatter a million hearts while wearing but of course Giorgio Armani.
WWD reported that the Armani team traveled from its headquarters in Milan to Clooney’s Lake Como home to fit him and his groomsmen for his forthcoming nuptials. The wedding is set to be next month for Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese human rights lawyer. The actor and philanthropist has been married once before to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993.

Now what will the bride wear?

Fashion industry insiders are hopping the British-born bride will choose a British designer. But rumor has it that Oscar de la Renta is the frontrunner.

Spokespersons from both designers declined to comment.

And finally when it comes to the location, it’s all about Italy this season.

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via www.clichemag.com

Mazel

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Clooney & Alamuddin

Three Words: Abraham’s Beard Shampoo

When a man beards down, he is serious. Coming across organic shampoos is as typical as coming across zero fat milk. It’s everywhere! But coming across beard shampoo, definitely requires a second of your time.

With a simple tag line, “Keep it clean”, Abraham’s Beard Shampoo is an all natural beard/face wash product that is formulated to seep through the facial hair and clean the skin under it while keeping your beard soft.

via abshampoo
via abshampoo

Even more, the usage of salicylic acid and jojoba oil in the formula helps with fighting dandruff, acne, ingrown hairs and irritation. Abraham’s Beard Shampoo lightly conditions, and leaves your beard clean and moisturized. It’s a 3 in 1 formula face wash, beard wash, and shampoo.

“If you shave, Use this beard shampoo or wash to clean your face before you shave and it will help in the prevention of razor burn,” Abraham’s Beard Shampoo commented.

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via abshampoo

As mentioned, Abraham’s Beard Shampoo is always tested on real men, not animals. And it’s made in the U.S.A.
For more information about Abraham’s Beard Shampoo visit: www.abshampoo.com

 

Photo: Andy
Edited by Isaac Nho

 

Fall for Fall Trends

The clothes have been displayed and now it’s about time to get them bodied. During the F/W 2014 fashion display shows around the world, fashion designers weren’t shy to overstate the importance of empowering the boldness in men’s fashion wear.
From Saint Laurent’s rock’n’roll collection to Lanvin’s the ‘80s never died themed pieces, the runways kept throwing the perfect punches. While Kenzo and Mihara Yasuhiro got technical with colors and prints, Hermes opted for the edgy monochrome escape.
You name it, you saw it!
Mid summer is the perfect time to establish your fall wardrobe. Taking a glance at your favorite brands will allow you to execute the smart shopping. With sales being up to 70 percent in most boutiques and stores, you will find look a likes for the price you like. With Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy pattern sweatshirts as an example, don’t be shy to take a trip to Zara to find a similar piece.
Not only did Givenchy have fun with sweatshirts, Acne Studios, Christopher Kane, Dolce & Gabbana, and Lavin participated.
Leather stood solid among designers and having said, the perfect and most sustainable piece of clothing that should be added to the list is a leather jacket. Almost all designers accessorized their outfits with a perfect leather jacket, please imitate!
And finally, while some men dismiss animal print, some take it to the runway. Bold of the boldest Olivier Rousteing invited leopard and zebra prints to the Balmain collection. So why shouldn’t you?