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Hugo Boss is redefining suits

Last February, Hugo Boss held its first ever menswear show since 2008. This is a sign that the label, which is mostly known for its suits, is looking for a way to redefine the brand in the menswear section. Hugo Boss will now be a regular during fashion weeks.

The brand’s move also hints at the change menswear as a whole has undergone over the past years. The change is that most millennials are not wearing suit as much as the eras before them. They opt for a more casual look everyday with khakis at work.

With the current men staying away from most suits, menswear brands have had to come up with clever strategies to stay on top of the fashion world, and no other brand has done a better job so far than Ingo Wilts’ new Hugo Boss. Wilts was in Dubai last month for the reopening of the Hugo Boss store at Mall of the Emirates. He spent some time talking to Khaleej Times in a brief interview. Here are the key takeaways:

How has Hugo Boss managed to stay on top of its fashion game for so long?

Wilts: We are known worldwide for our tailoring DNA and the suit is our key product. Hence, we are constantly working on the development, redefining and modernising our products to offer timeless modern pieces to fulfill our customer’s needs. With our fashion show collections, we additionally show our more fashion-forward fashion expertise.

Hugo Boss is all about the suit, but perhaps the modern man is not wearing the suit as much as he used to. How has this affected your label?

Wilts: Boss is about more than the perfect suit. We’ve immersed ourselves to taking a new approach to design, with a more fashion-forward result to fulfill customer needs. The suit will always remain a key product for us, but it is cut and styled in a modern way. Along with the suit, our product range also includes sophisticated casual looks that can easily be combined with our business and evening wear to provide solutions for all wearing occasions.

How have you reinvented the suit to make it fit into the workplace of now?

Wilts: We see a general trend towards athleisure and have also adapted the Boss codes of tailoring and fine quality to a very relaxed way in many pieces of our collections. Suiting has never been so relaxed with oversized or double breasted suits styled with sneakers and a cashmere sweater instead of a shirt and tie.

A collection that simplifies getting dressed

Over the course of years, Christine Cenentera, the stylist and fashion director of Vogue Australia, found that she has been constantly been the go-to for fashion advice. She would be bothered by her sisters over a well-tailored black blazer that didn’t cost half a paycheck and even get asked by friends over the basic simple wardrobe necessities.

“You’re always asked these questions,” she says. “And often I find it difficult to send them places that are reasonable — middle-ground but really well-made pieces.”

Her and her longtime partner for over 10 years, Australian designer Josh Goot, they have decided to come up with a solution. The solution being Wardrobe NYC, an edited collection of high-quality basics for both men and women, which launched today on Thursday, December 7.

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The full collection features only 16 pieces, 8 for men and women respectfully. The bae for what Goot and Cenentera feel is supposed to replicate a simple, unimpeachable wardrobe that is possible for almost everyone to wear from all different professions and fields. The collection can appeal to people that range from different personal styles, ages and body types. Many of the pieces in the collection are cut nicely and range from all different sizes, their men’s T-shirt runs from a small up to 3XL. The men’s collection has an assortment of necessary wardrobe pieces like a roomy overcoat, a two-button blazer, a T-shirt, a pair of loose-fitting trousers and a hoodie. For the women, there is a big coat, a white collarless shirt, black leggings, and an A-line skirt. All the pieces in the collection are either black or white, a palette that Goot explains as “democratic” and “solutions-based”. The collection is filled with all the things you would enjoy wearing almost every day of the week and can match perfectly with almost everything else that’s already sitting in your closet.

The collection is entirely produced in Italy and can only be bought from the brand’s website. For both the men and women, the entire eight-piece wardrobe collection cost $3,000. There is also an available four-piece “core” wardrobe which cost $1,500. this four-piece wardrobe consists of a blazer, a button-down, a T-shirt, and a skirt for the women. For the men, it includes a blazer, a button-down, T-shirt and trousers. None of the items from the collection are available to be purchased separately.

The reason to pare down the items shows how this collection is trying to separate from the norm of other designer collections. This collection wants to change from fast-fashion clothing, where pieces are produced in bulk and for cheap prices.

“What we’re trying to say is, this is less, and it’s really well done, and it will last you a really long time, and it will never go out of style,” Goot says. “These pieces are forever. What’s so great and different about working this way is that it’s not about the excess production, or the excess styles that everyone designs in conventional models. It’s also people’s time.”

You can shop the collection at Wardrobe.NYC

Harry Styles reveals his fashion inspiration

Ever since Harry Styles left his One Direction is fashion sense went from boy-band clothes to rocking the highest end in suits. Harry Styles unique fashion sense makes him stand out among other popular artists with his non-conforming outfits. But when we see Harry Styles we assume his fashion inspiration comes from rock stars or other stand out artist way before his time.

In a recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight”, Harry Styles admitted who his secret inspiration was. The interview was recorded in Shanghai before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. With the recent interview, Harry Styles shocked the world when he told us who he truly looked up when it comes to fashion. Proving everyone who assumed that his outlandish outfits came from rock stars or even iconic figures like Prince or David Bowie.

“I think both music and fashion, [my] main influence was probably Shania Twain,” he said. “Yeah, I think she’s amazing.”


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Shania Twain is an iconic performer in her own way. She is known for her famous hit songs like “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. Twain is known for wearing strange outfits like long leopard print jackets, full sparkly cat suits, and matching wide-leg pants and crop tops. Twain embraces her own fashion sense and never fails to impress with something new out of her wardrobe all the time. Taking this into account, it’s no surprise Styles takes after her so much with his own unique suits and outfits.

Simon Spurr and his return to men’s fashion

About a week ago, Eidos had announced their new creative director which rung a couple familiar bells. The name was none other than Simon Spurr, who back in 2012 was among one of the driving forces in American fashion. Spurr help top design jobs in the past at Calvin Klien and Ralph Lauren.  Simon Spurr has been a recipient of a CFDA nomination for best menswear designer for his eponymous brand. His brand was a hit in both critical favorite and enjoyed retail success. But two days after getting the industry stamp of approval, Spurr walked away from his label after a major dispute with his business partner. After this fallout, Spurr took jobs at Savile Row house Kent & Curwen, and then Gieves & Hawkes, but somehow nothing seemed to be like a long-term job. Last year he started a footwear brand called March NYC which was supposedly the official staple of his return to fashion but has yet to make any magic of his golden days.

Spurr has officially taken the brand over from the hands of Antonio Ciongoli, who was taking the brand into a perennial insider-favorite for over five years. With all the fuss about Spurr officially coming back into the limelight, GQ style decided to get an exclusive interview with Simon Spurr. Below are a couple of the best quotes from the given interview.

“What made you get back into the fashion world?”


Spurr answered with, “I mean obviously fashion’s going through an interesting time if you’re looking at it from a more sartorial perspective—we’re in a sportswear and streetwear moment. So I’ve definitely taken inspiration from those other projects I was talking about, and obviously working on my own line of boots got me back into it. And I still love what I do, I still have a passion for fashion, and I have a lot of people around me saying, you have to get back into it, don’t do it for yourself do it for us. [laughs] So there was a ton of support around me getting back, and I just took so long because I was trying to find the right fit. Now, for one of the rare occasions in my career, with the people from Isaia I’m working with true craftsmanship and precision. I built my own brand’s reputation for quality and execution. So, to have the freedom that Isaia has offered me has been a great opportunity.”


“Where do you plan on taking Eidos?”


“I had a pretty clear brief from [Isaia CEO] Gianluca [Isaia] to keep the brand independent, but elevate it a little bit so that the Eidos customer can move up to Isaia when they have that disposable income. So I think the collection itself will have a little more color in it, it’ll still be very wearable, but the way it’ll be styled will be a little more European. And then my reference points will hopefully bring a cultural aspect to it. In the time off I’m heavily influenced by artists like Carmen Herrera and Sol Lewitt, and the kind of methodology and the mathematics behind their approach to creating their work. I want to underscore the intellectuality of the brand and increase that out-of-the-box thinking.”


“What does being a New York designer mean to you?”

“I probably only know how to be a New York designer. Next year is my 20-year anniversary in New York. But New York is a multicultural epicenter of the world, it’s a very democratic kind of environment—I don’t mean politically—where you have to be very aware of everyone that’s here, consumer demands and needs and taste levels, and it’s international and very culturally saturated. For me it’s one of the best places to be. I think American menswear in the past has gotten a bit of a bad rap, it’s been so commercial, but now Thom Browne’s been on the scene for a good number of years, you’ve got Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, and I think people are starting to embrace smaller brands as well as consumers look away from overly-distributed brands. They’re looking for smaller, more independent brands, which is one of the things that attracted me to Eidos. So I guess New York for me is about having an international point of view. I don’t know if a Parisian designer would say the same thing. And one big difference I’d say as a European in America is you can still get things done here. You can still meet a stranger in a bar and they’ll open up their rolodex and help you out and make connections within 30 minutes of talking to them. That doesn’t happen in Europe. Sorry to coin a phrase, but it is still the land of opportunity. Could I have achieved what I achieved at Simon Spurr had I done that in London? Probably not.”

Dad Bod or Athletic Body?

Over the past year, society’s 20-35-year-olds have battled over which body is more attractive. Buzzfeed and major news agencies alike have published articles supporting the “Dad Bod” while there are countless articles throughout the Internet showing us mostly nude, very defined muscular males with washboard abs from around the globe. So which one is right for you? Well, I’ll let you decide that in the end, but here are some advantages and disadvantages to both.

The Dad Bod

According to Urban Dictionary, Dad Bod is defined as, “A guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also with a belly that says I drank those beers and I can eat 6 slices of pizza in one seating.” Used in a sentence, “Check out all those chicks all over Mike’s dad bod at the pool (top definition). Others describe it as “softly round,” while others describe it as a person who possesses laziness.

It is generally found in males who have started a family and find it acceptable to let themselves go (for a lack of better words). They generally drink and eat what they want. Maybe they hit the gym here and there, but their primary focus is continuing to provide food on the table and financial and emotional support for their family. On the flip side, a man who has this body type and is single may not exactly turn heads while out running errands or at the bar. The assumption will be that that man is taken because if he weren’t, he’d be working a much better body THAN that.

So just who has the stereotypical dad bod? Actors such as Leonardo Dicaprio, Jason Segal, and X Factor UK judge Simon Cowell all were rocking it before it was cool. Those individuals not only have the audacity to flaunt what they’ve got but also are the icons for those in love with the dad bod.

The Athletic Bod

Urban Dictionary’s top definition for athletic is, “Body type characterized by a lean, sinewy, muscular physique (NOT scrawny, but not muscle-bound like a bodybuilders’ or obese). Despite the name, many non-athletes have athletically shaped bodies due simply to a healthy lifestyle.” They are in no way “athletically challenged.”

What does that mean? Well, for starters it means you have defined muscles to accompany a lean build. Some relate the words sexy, cute, amazing, hot, strong and perfect to a man that has an athletic bod. Females and gay men alike will more than likely turn their heads when a man with the “perfect physique” walks by them.

Actor Zac Efron, professional soccer player David Beckham, and NFL star Colin Kaepernick all have the stereotypical athletic body. They no doubt turn heads every time they go somewhere, not only because of their endless amounts of money but also because of their physical body appearance.

There is some dedication involved to obtain a “Dad Body,” such as drinking beer, showing up to the gym about once a week, paying incredibly close attention to sports, and making sure your family is well taken care of. Likewise though, the athletic bod requires a large amount of attention to eating right and exercising. So which one is for you? There are advantages to both. There is no doubt about that.

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A Look At the New York International Auto Show 2015


New York City. The Jacob Javits Convention Center. April 01, 2015. It was here that that the world’s premier automotive companies converged for North America’s largest auto convention, the New York International Auto Show 2015. It’s doors opened to the press on April 1st, the public on April 3rd, and had its closing day on April 12th, marking an extremely eventful and successful convention. A litany of automobiles made their World and North American debuts, with offerings from leading companies such as Jaguar, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz and many, many more.


The latest trends for both today and tomorrow were unveiled by the best minds the industry has to offer, with more than 1,000 cars on display, running the gamut from future hybrids to top of the line roadsters. It seems the words of the event were “Sedan” with many companies debuting new sedans, and the always at the forefront “tech” with manufacturers putting their foot forward with new technology.


Mercedes-Benz took the award for Car of the Year with its C-Class sedan, taking top honors from tough competition such as the Volkswagen Passat and the ever popular Ford Mustang. Mercedes also took awards for: Performance Car of the Year with the AMG GT, Luxury Car of the Year with the S-Class Coup, Green Car of the Year with the BMW i8, and Car Design of the Year with the Citroën C4 Cactus. Certainly a great year for the German manufacturer.


Appearances were made by celebrities such as: Miss USA Nia Sanchez, Jeremy Gayner from The Voice, and Tony Sirico who is better known as “Paulie Walnuts” in HBO’s crime tour de force The Sopranos.

Kerry King of @SlayerBandOfficial is signing autographs until 2 PM at @Scion! Find them in the North Hall! #NYIAS

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  The most heartwarming act on display took place when Toyota donated at 2015 RAV4 Limited to Army Staff Sergeant Alfredo Delossantos, an injured veteran. The car was specifically modified by the Bussani Mobility Team to fit the needs of Delossantos, who is an above-the-knee amputee.

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  All in all, it was a very fun show. It is always a treat to see what the future holds, especially in a market so forward thinking as the automotive industry. All that’s left now is to show off some of the more interesting cars and look forward to what next year’s show has in store!

Match a Watch to Your Lifestyle and Personality

You see a nice watch, it has all these random buttons or rampant designs, and you have no idea what they’re meant for or how to use them. Well have no fear my fashionmister. I am going to tell you which watches match your personality in a three part series, starting with the athletes.

The Letterman
Divers, Pilot, or Chronograph

The Divers watch, also known as the Marine watch. Made to withstand the pressure of deep sea diving. I don’t recommend jumping in the ocean and swimming down 2000 meters to see if it actually works.

Most Divers watches come with the basics:

•Water resistant, in case you get caught in the rain while on your jog, or in case you leave it on as you get thrown in a pool.
•A unidirectional rotating bezel, (which deals with timing of oxygen tanks, only certified divers need apply)
•Nearly all feature a glow-in-the-dark face, yes glow-in-the-dark.

Get yourself one if you’re more concerned about function than style (not that some aren’t stylish), or more specifically, if you’re the type of person that spends weekends running triathlons.

The Pilot watch, also known as the Aviator watch, which is a more attractive and sophisticated name for it. Ideally designed to meet your navigational needs of aviation. The Aviator is capable of performing all calculations of a flight plan. A ridiculous feature for a watch because I’m sure all planes have this covered. I guess you could entertain yourself while sitting on your team flight to your next game.

The aviator features:

•Many have large, easy to read display
•Some provide the time for up to one or two time zones.
•Longer wristbands, if you decide to wear it over your jacket like a World War II pilot

What makes the Aviator watch stand out is its flat black background, making it easy to read for those of you who spend countless seconds trying to tell time.

The Chronograph watch, built for Olympic stars or gym teacher across America. The Chronograph is simply a stopwatch with an elegant band, in order to keep it on your wrist, you know. The extra sub-dials, or for you laymen out there the buttons along the side of the watch are used to start, stop, and reset like a stopwatch, otherwise it runs like a normal watch.

Some of the features of the Chronograph include:

•Stopwatch capabilities
•Days of the of the week
•Telemeter, which can track distance. Very complicated stuff

If you’re constantly timing everything or want to see how fast you can run a mile, don’t waste any time (see what I did there?), and go get yourself the Chronograph.

Match a Watch to Your Lifestyle and Personality, part two

The Rich Kid
Business, Semi-formal/Formal, or Luxury watches

The Business watch, let’s hope the Fashion gods have graced you with a job that grants you the opportunity of wearing a suit to work, and if so, you’ll want to wear a business watch. You can identify this type watch by it’s silver or leather strap, and simplistic or better yet minimalistic appearance. Trust me, in business it’s better to be simple than flashy, your watch should match your understated suit so as to not take away from you bright ideas. If you’re the type of person that wears Brooks Brothers’ suits, schmoozes clients, and flirts with secretaries then get yourself business watch. Preferably a self-winding or automatic watch, you won’t need to wind the mechanism, that way you’re free to obsess about market fluctuations.

The Semi-Formal/Formal Watch is the watch you’ll need if you’re fancy and you know, and you really want to show it. I see you with your tux on. Do you have a wedding to go to, or you just got tickets to the theatre? Well the best way to top off that penguin suit is a formal watch. What does semi-formal even mean, yet alone a semi-formal watch? Let me tell you that it implies that you have some formal elements mixed in with some casual elements, in this specific case the type of watch you’ll be wearing. That watch should be on the high-end of the market. A diamond watch, in particular, is a functional piece of jewelry that will dress up any outfit. A diamond watch, is one of those watches with the diamond where twelve is supposed to be, and just as the diamond stands out, so will you.

The Luxury Watch—if money is no object, and you’re simply a person that must have the best of the best, then a Luxury watch is the only clear choice for you, my good sir. At times ascribed as Haute Horlogerie, luxury watches are usually reserved for collectors and watch connoisseurs, but I personally don’t ascribe to those beliefs. If you appreciate expert watch mechanisms and exquisite handcrafted complications that are enclosed in first-class materials and precious gems, then I’m pretty sure you already have a Luxury watch. But if you’re like me and could care less about the inner-workings of a watch. You just like it cause it’s nice. Get yourself one, you deserve it. You may know a few names like: Rolex, Movado, but some unfamiliar names, and yet more extravagant and expensive are Jean Dunand or Breguet watches. Check them out when you get a chance.

Cedric Jacquemyn shows Fall/Winter 2014 during Paris Fashion Week

Dark and raw describe this collection in a couple of words. Much like the full length forest green wool shawl collared robe that’s been finely stitched with a horizontal pattern and wide herringbone patterns on the collar itself. Then there is black wool extra wide crew neck sweater with extra material that was napped on the shoulders and arms to give the basic sweater a differentiating design, and style. Also a big part of the collection is asymmetrically designed including the faux suede and shearling single breasted jacket with a faux fur lining. If this collection isn’t unique enough there is one piece here which is all that one would ever need to survive the whole winter season. That is the black leather and black shearling lined oversized coat. The shearling lining completely comes out from underneath the leather jacket to show itself off, and to keep you warm throughout.  Technically it has a notch lapel, but it is so wide, that it is more like an enormous leather and shearling flap to keep you safe from the elements. This is the only jacket you will need all season, it is warm with great stitching details including flat square cuffs, with elbow and shoulder detail stitching. So when you want to brave the elements, this collection has you covered from head to toe, usually with just one piece of clothing.


22/4 shows fall/winter 2014 Collection

This collection is all about color blocking and fabric blocking. What stood out the most from this collection was the grayish blue and burgundy suit. This color block combo features burgundy pants, and the jacket has burgundy suit sleeves. However, the rest of the suit jacket except the sleeves is a grayish blue tone, and instead of two buttons in the middle there are two off center straps holding the jacket together. On the left lapel there is a navy blue floral accent to show off even more fabric texture. It can be a new take on modern buttons perhaps. Another really interesting outfit is the tuxedo where in place of the regular cummerbund it’s leather. Contrasting fabrics, and yet still being formal at the same time.  A fall/winter collection isn’t complete without fur though. It’s a very luxurious and noticeable fabric that is used as both the highlighting material and as a contrasting addition. It’s highlighted in its use as the full back and shoulder material in the new half wool and half fur overcoat. The cream colored fur seems like a lion was conquered in the wild, and used as warmth on the body. That same material was also used as an accessory fabric as a collar for a white sweater. Keeping warm and looking good has never felt softer and more enjoyable than with fur.