This most recent Louis Vuitton fashion show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week was a monumental one in terms of the hype building up around the show regarding Virgil Abloh, creator of Off-White, and his first collection as the head artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This was a monumental moment in fashion itself as Virgil is the first African American artistic director of the famous Paris fashion house and one of the few to be a leading influence at the level he is at. What Virgil has been able to accomplish in what seems like just a couple years time from his beginnings with his brand Pyrex Vision to Off-White to his collection with Nike it seems that Virgil has almost reached the pinnacle. To Virgil Abloh though I believe he cares more about just spreading the culture that he was brought up into this industry in.
Virgil Abloh and Kanye West have known each other and have been close creative partners since the early 2000s. Virgil has worked on a lot of different projects with Kanye before ultimately breaking off to step out of Kanye’s shadow, not necessarily creatively but Virgil wanted to make a name for himself. Virgil did this by creating his brand Pyrex Vision back in 2012 which was his first venture into the world of high fashion. Pyrex Vision consisted mostly of screen printing onto Champion blanks and old Ralph Lauren flannels, not exactly revolutionary, but Virgil was able to charge upwards of 500 dollars for the pieces and they would sell. Virgil eventually folded the brand and started Off-White with a crew of Italian streetwear aficionados. Off-White would pick up right where Pyrex Vision left off charging astronomical prices for mostly screen printed streetwear. But Off-White would grow into a Nike collaboration and establish it as one of the most sought-after brands in streetwear today. This would ultimately be Virgil’s foot in the door when it came to breaking into the world of high fashion houses like Louis Vuitton.
Now during Men’s Paris Fashion Week everyone patiently waiting to see what Virgil would do with his introductory show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Virgil showcased to the world and to everyone in attendance a beautiful gradient painted pavement runway outdoors in a garden in Paris. Virgil really delivered when it came to the overall presentation of the environment around the garments. But the garments and accessories were nothing like Louis Vuitton has ever had before from transparent gradient rainbow luggage to ceramic white chains draped over the models and as straps for the luggage. After having various streetwear icons and celebrities from the likes of Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti, Blondey McCoy and A$AP Nast you can really tell that this show was all about the culture that Virgil Abloh came from. That is why Kanye, seated front row, when Virgil walked out at the end got so emotional. Kanye was able to see one of his very close friends and collaborators not only ascend to the pinnacle of fashion for African Americans today but was able to be a part of it with his new album being played during the show. Kanye has been skeptical of Virgil leaving his side and branching out in becoming one of today’s fashion moguls but he’s finally been able to come to terms with it in this most recent embrace at the end of Virgil’s very first show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.
Instagram account Diet Prada is an account that specializes in pointing out the not so coincidental copying that goes on in the world of fashion today. As we all know there is no problem with drawing inspiration from someone whether it be their design, runway setup, or just the overall theme of a collection. But there is a very clear difference between pulling inspiration from something or someone and blatantly stealing an idea and crediting it as your own. Diet Prada since their first post in 2014 calling out Raf Simons for using designs very similar to Prada, hence the name, has been diligent to point out those who do not give credit where it is due.
In Diet Prada’s most recent claim they are accusing Kanye West of taking the ideas of photographer Minissi and a series of photographs she took in 2015 that explored identity and the wanted of oneself to reconnect with their own body, a very deep subject. I believe what Diet Prada feels what Mr. West is most guilty of is the fact that he drew inspiration from this very deep emotional photo shoot and turned it into a not safe for work sneaker advertisement. Myself, similarly to Diet Prada see it as a little distasteful considering the subject matter of the original photographs.
This would not be the first time though that Diet Prada has made claims against not just Kanye West but the West family in general. In July of 2017 Diet Prada accused Kim Kardashian West of very blatantly using the designs of Comme Des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo and Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia for children’s pieces for Kim’s brand The Kids Supply. Kim said that the pieces were being made as an homage to the designers and that the pieces would be named after them, clearing the air about the whole copycatting fiasco. But Diet Prada was not done there also accusing Kim of ripping off the makeup done on Beyonce for a Flaunt magazine cover for Kim’s makeup collection, which Kim did not address. The last claim Diet Prada made against the West’s though was when Kanye in May tweeted sketches that appeared to be taken directly from ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman just with his name for the sketches photoshopped off the top of the sketch. This was another accusation that Kanye would not address.
With these most recent accusations made by Diet Prada against Kanye West, many are left unsurprised by his actions. Many without real ears to the ground in this industry and this culture believe that Kanye West is a very original one of a kind thinker when it comes to his ideas. What many don’t know is that Kanye West just like all of us draws inspiration from the things he hears and sees around him in his day to day life. The only problem with what he’s doing right now is by not giving credit to this original photographer, if that is where he drew the inspiration from, he is disrespecting the whole entire series of photographs she did and the message behind them. The fact that he recreated them as a way for him to sell sneakers too just adds salt to the wound.
When it comes to online shopping, something we all do, myself like many others I’m sure peruses the internet all day looking at the newest fashion, technology, and products to just look and nothing more than that. Online shopping is centered around being able to have anything you want at your doorstep in few days but now with programs like Amazon Prime practically the next day. One thing many might not realize is that according to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania that men are in fact the biggest spenders when it comes to online shopping. This has nothing to do with the fact that men have more money to online shop or that they shop more it mostly just comes down to the fact that men love the convenience of not having to physically go to a store, look through all the products and just generally not really know what they are buying. For men who shop online for big money items, they are able to read reviews and look through thousands of options for finally coming to the grand decision of what they are going to buy. This introduces a whole new kind of opportunity to create a luxury online shopping location catered towards men.
Of course, you are going to have high fashion brands have their own websites like Louis Vuitton or Gucci who have perfected their online shopping experience to be catered to those who are in the market for a luxury product, but how can this be expanded upon. Websites all over the internet like Grailed and StockX have popped up not for just the teenager who wants to buy or sell Supreme online but for men who have or want high-end designer clothing and expensive sneakers and have a marketplace for them. Grailed especially is catered towards designer clothing but also features sneakers. The average teenage sneakerhead isn’t usually going to be interested in Margiela, Raf Simons or Rick Owens but Grailed creates a stage for the more established financially well-off men’s fashion connoisseur to be able to purchase and sell these products that come with a serious price tag, with many products reaching over one thousand dollars. Where StockX comes into the equation is not necessarily in securing men as the majority demographic in spending at least one thousand dollars on the internet but it creates something totally different. StockX allows the slightly older sneakerhead who most likely has a better job and maybe a family to be able to buy the sneakers he wants, guaranteed legit, at a fair market price and he doesn’t have to meet up with some teenager to purchase them. I believe over time the older sneakerhead will use StockX for most of his transactions and he could easily eclipse over a thousand dollars spent on sneakers just on that website alone.
With premium men’s online shopping popping up more and more every day on the internet and the fact that the average man just doesn’t prefer the experience of walking into a physical store to shop it’s no surprise that men’s retail locations are going to decline sooner rather than later. While many men who are seriously interested in fashion and almost the artistry that goes into the displays and aesthetic of a retail store many men do not share these views. There will always be a premium men’s shopping experience in fashion-forward cities like New York and Los Angeles, but for the average man who just enjoys sitting in his home to make his more major purchases, the internet will continue to deliver that to him and to his doorstep.
As body positivity for women continues to expand every day for women on the internet, in stores and just in everyday conversation the conversation hasn’t necessarily shifted towards talking about body positivity for men. While more and more plus sized women break into the world of fashion and modeling the landscape is still not set for plus sized men to make their push into the forefront. When it comes to covers of magazines and runway shows this most recent New York Fashion Week incorporated a decent amount of plus-sized women’s models the men were somewhat nonexistent with only about one being featured for Asos. Asos already has a section of their website dedicated to plus-sized men and women and are taking strides in giving them fashionable options without shaming them for their bodies.
The importance of men’s body positivity when it comes to fashion is that in the fashion you want clothes that will fit cleanly and look good overall different types of body types, because you are marketing not just to people who are into fashion that are thin. A lot of people personally struggle with coming to terms that the fashion they may love and admire may not be something they can never wear. When you create a collection or a product most designers want whoever appreciates their art and image to be able to purchase and wear their product. This isn’t always the case though when it comes to high fashion designers who mostly model their clothes not just after women that are far thinner and taller than the average woman but for men that have unachievable body standards. For men, I feel it comes in a much different light than for women but male models usually consist of two different body types lean and muscular or just very thin. This becomes an issue for plus sized men when they are online and in-store shopping because they see a product on the rack or on a website and immediately know that this garment will not drape over their body the way the designer intended it to.
The whole stigma that comes with being plus sized in the world today is one that can be very degrading for people. It is something that will affect one’s confidence and the way they try to portray themselves too the world and the least they deserve is to feel confident and comfortable in the clothes they wear. The responsibility of promotion of a positive outlook on plus-sized men and women comes on that of the designers, magazines and clothing companies to find a niche for these people who still definitely have a huge voice and impact on the world of fashion. What companies like Asos providing fashion-forward options and opportunities to not just plus sized women but men even including them in their fashion week runways is something a lot of companies should take notes from. It’s going to take the effort of not just one company to change the outlook on plus-sized men in fashion and just body positivity for men in general, but I think with the trend of body positivity when it comes to women things are moving in the right direction.
Nike has tried many mash-ups of its classic sneakers in the past that just left people confused as to why Nike would come out with a product that no one was asking for. From the any of the fusion Jordans to taking the Air Max 95 and combining it with the Roger Federer Air Zoom Vapor, many of these mashups simply just leave sneaker-heads saying why Nike? This time around Nike is unveiling a new colorway of the loved and hated Nike mash up the Forceposite. This mashup of the classic Air Force One and Penny Hardaway’s Foamposite is coming out in a colorway that might change the way people look at the Forceposite. By taking one of the classic Foamposite colorways, ‘Metallic Red’ this Nike is reaching out to the true Foamposite heads and giving them something to move into a different silhouette. Nike has dropped multiple Forceposites in the past and many of the colorways and silhouettes have flopped, but these might be the Forceposite that gives the mash-up sneaker a better reputation and separates itself from the pack.
The Nike Air Force One is in the middle of a little bit of a resurgence for Nike at the moment. Over about the last year, you can see Nike Air Force Ones on the feet of celebrities and influencers all over the world for a few reasons. After rolling out 3 different iterations of the shoe with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Nike came through and gave the people what they wanted with more Air Force One collaborations. From a collaboration paying homage to a very sought after Roc-A-Fella records, a collab with Just Don’s very creator and head designer Don C, and lastly probably the most hyped of all the full canvas upper Air Force One that featured detachable swooshes and lace covers that they worked with rapper Travis Scott on. Nike and its signature Air Force One was approaching the pinnacle of what made the sneaker so popular in the first place. The Air Force One is so great for its simplicity, its classic silhouette that can go with anything, and that it appeals to so many different lifestyles and cultures.
Nike’s Foamposite, unlike the Air Force One, is in somewhat of a downward spiral at the moment. Although the shoe will always be a cult classic Nike model and it has developed a following of its own, the masses aren’t asking for the heavy, clunky Penny Hardaway model these days. After a resurgence in 2012 due to the highly anticipated release of the Nike Foamposite Galaxy that had people not only paying prices in the thousands for the shoe but people even trading their cars for the shoe. Nike was riding high with the Foamposite at that time dropping a plethora of colorways from some of the originals like the metallic reds, pine greens, and the royals to new really out there colorways like the weatherman and the thermals. One problem Nike was over saturating the market with Foamposites and they began to sit on shelves in sneaker stores all over the country and eventually find their way to the Nike outlets going for way below retail.
Nike is hoping with this most recent mash-up of two of its classic models to be able to pull in the fanatics in each crowd. Mashing up the Air Force One and Foamposite in a colorway that will actually be able to demand attention from sneaker aficionados might actually make this shoe a sleeper of the summer and at a retail price of 180 dollars, it meets right in the middle of the price of two of Nike’s most popular models.
When it comes to the world of fashion music is one of the biggest influences when it comes not just to people’s personal style but for the direction, fashion is moving in. One of the largest impacts that music has had on fashion was the rise of hip-hop. You can go all the way back to rappers like Slick Rick and Big Daddy popularizing over the top gold chains that were literally things only your favorite rappers could wear to groups like the Wu-Tang Clan popularizing Clarks Wallabees and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Snow Beach collection. Groups like the Wu-Tang Clan didn’t start dressing like this because of their new found money from rising through the ranks of the music industry they dressed like that because it was how they always dressed. There is something different in terms of the connection between the musician and his audience when the person listening is able to reflect how they connect with the culture. They are able to portray this in what they wear and when it is easily attainable for the listener that bond grows even stronger.
There were band tees dating back to the late 60s and early 70s that allowed a fan of a certain musical group or act to show their friends that they attending a show or went to a certain stop on the tour, but nothing that just showed that they were down with the group and the movement they were starting. Wu-Wear, the clothing line started by RZA and many other members of the Wu-Tang Clan, revolutionized this idea and perfected it in a way that would inspire many other rappers and groups to follow suit. Wu-Wear was started in 1995 after the success of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The clothing line was carried at stores all over the country and was a huge source of income for the entire Wu-Tang Clan, even allowing them to open their own separate retail locations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Norfolk. Wu-Wear allowed the fans of the Wu-Tang Clan and just those that followed street fashion and street culture to get down with the Wu-Tang Clan’s movement and show their support for the group out of Staten Island. Although Wu-Wear folded in 2008 it has left a huge impact on the culture surrounding hip-hop designed and inspired clothing lines.
Today with the resurgence of 90’s hip-hop culture into the mainstream it’s only right for the return of Wu-Wear but marketed in a way that nobody would’ve expected, it’s being promoted through an event at Barney’s. The fact that Wu-Wear is coming back in a fresh new way at Barney’s, with updated designs and the focus of not just promoting the group but being on trend while still being able to respect its origins is incredible. This just goes to show you that the rich culture associated with hip-hop and rap music has ascended more than just music. Hip-hop today is regarded as one of if not the most popular genre of music today and it shows with everything around us. Barney’s which is a luxury department store that no one, not even RZA, would’ve imagined his Wu-Wear line rolling out a ten-piece collection exclusively for them is just another mark of how hip-hop music and fashion today really go hand in hand. This gives many older hip-hop heads a chance to reminisce on the early days of the Wu-Tang Clan and can cop and rock a piece of the new Wu-Wear while still allowing the younger generation to get introduced to the Wu-Tang Clan in a whole new way.
Virgil Abloh’s Off-White is one of the hottest brands making noise is not just in the space of fashion but accessories and now with talks of a potential Ikea collaboration, furniture. Off-White’s latest collaboration comes in the form of a premium luggage collection with world-renowned luxury luggage company Rimowa. This is a big step in the right direction for both companies.
Off-White who is coming off a stellar 2017 and 2018 with one of the biggest streetwear collaborations of the last year with its ‘The Ten’ collection with Nike. Off-White in the last year has grown immensely from their use of safety tape designs for their belts and the use of black and white striped printing on the back of their garments. They are currently one of the hottest brands within streetwear with everyone just waiting to see what Virgil Abloh will do next with his brand and if it will take a back seat after recently being appointed men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. With Virgil making strides not just for the world of streetwear in high fashion but for African Americans within high fashion many are watching his every move to see what he will do next to impact the culture he has been able to grow so quickly in.
Luxury luggage company Rimowa is also making huge strides in its collaborations with streetwear with this most recent Off-White collection of luggage and packing bags with Virgil’s signature words with quotations around them in the Helvetica font. Rimowa in the last year has cemented itself as the go-to luggage brand of streetwear aficionados. The way Rimowa has been able to accomplish this feat in a world where people care about having all aspects of their lifestyle fit their personal clothing style is through, obviously collaborations. Over the past year, they have collaborated with Los Angeles streetwear label Anti Social Social Club on a collection consisting of their Essential suitcase and apparel including a t-shirt, hoodie and a hat all emblazoned with the Rimowa logo. Their next even more hyped collaboration within the world of streetwear was their much anticipated with possibly the biggest streetwear brand in the world today, New York City’s very own Supreme. The collection with Supreme consisted of two different suitcases one traditionally sized suitcase with the signature Supreme box logo all over the suitcase in a black and red colorway and a carry-on suitcase with the same design. Both of these collaborations for Rimowa sold out within seconds of both their online and in-store releases, with the Supreme collaboration selling for prices of around 5,000 dollars on the second-hand market.
With both of these collaborations working out probably beyond Rimowa’s expectations naturally, their next step would be to join forces with another streetwear giant just to further establish themselves as the premier luggage brand to fans of street fashion and culture. I don’t think their collaboration with Off-White will be able to attain the same hype and buzz as their collaboration with Supreme. But having already seen the impact a collaboration with Off-White could have on the overall success of a brand and it’s products I think Rimowa is definitely headed in the right direction.
The product that Off-White and Rimowa are releasing is an interesting take on the average person’s perception of what personal luggage would be. The carry-on luggage is composed of a transparent polycarbonate that allows anyone that might see your luggage to see exactly what you have within your suitcase. This offers a new commentary on the lack of privacy that people face in society today from government surveillance and the overexposure of people’s personal lives on social media.
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.
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.”
Jay Amin has tried his hand at different career paths throughout his young life, but throughout it all there was always one thing that stood out, the North Penn High School grad has always been one step ahead of everyone.
“Fashion has always been an extreme passion of mine, and my dad was always into suiting and looking his best, so I grew up knowing what different things about the suit were. As I got older I paid more attention to European styles, since I was from there,” noted Amin, who was born in London and moved with his parents to Upper Gwynedd when he was eight years old. “Caring about my appearance was always very important to me and I’ve always been in industries where suiting was required.”
With his careers ranging from being a hotel owner to a pharmaceutical start-up and even included a short time in the Navy, it always loomed in the background that the world of suits and ties. It was no surprise then when Amin partnered with Eagle safety and a known fashion maverick, Malcolm Jenkins. Together they opened up a high-end affordable men’s store called Damari Savile at Washington Square in Philadelphia last summer.
“I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, and I’ve always kept my eyes open, and although fashion is a very difficult industry to get involved with, it was just a good timing thing for me to do this now,” Amin said. “Malcolm and I kind of bumped into each other and we realized that we both wanted the same exact thing at the same exact time, and we both had the resources and the time to put into it so we kind of jumped in with both feet and here we are. It all happened quickly. Our partnership was formed in March and the store was open in June.”
The store is located at 709 Walnut St, Philadelphia. ““Damari is Malcolm’s middle name and Savile is named after Savile Row in London, where I’m from,” Amin explained. The store features Amin’s tailoring philosophy for custom-fitted suits as well as ready to wear. The store is quickly becoming a statement for style sophistication in a city that is not well known for its fashion sense. The store is aiming to target the younger millennial market, while the store also caters to wide demographic, including plus-size males.
“Fashion for men is not very prominent here. Philadelphia guys just don’t care as much as guys in other cities,” Amin said. “There are places in the city where you can get custom suits but it just wasn’t what we wanted it to be and it became a lot of time wasted, making the purchase, getting alterations and it became very tiresome. So we just sat down and realized we had this opportunity to effectively create what people were looking for. Malcolm and I have completely different styles as well,” he added. “Malcolm is very outspoken with his dress and mine is very subtle. For me, less is more.”
“We’re definitely not a fashion company. Fashion comes and goes. We’re not the company that goes on the Internet to see what’s cool this month and try to replicate that. That’s not what we’re about. We really try to help men identify what their personal style actually is, because style isn’t something most men will take the time to think about. Identifying your style is key to moving in the right direction.”
When it comes to fabricating a wardrobe that functions as both fashionable and dependable through multiple seasons, the ultimate power comes from being able to formulate an impeccable foundation is crucial. With that being said it is sometimes challenging to find a good foundation to construct a valuable wardrobe. But when Tom Ford drops in with a capsule collection of his wardrobe must-haves, he will singlehandedly make the task a lot easier.
Ford created a capsule exclusively for Mr. Porter. The capsule collection is the first ever one done by the brand, it is made up of six of Tom Ford’s most iconic designs, each being specifically rendered to certain colors and fabrics that somewhat mirror the same items in Ford’s own personal closet. The collection will range from refined looks to the must rugged. It will include some stand-out pieces including a sumptuous emerald green velvet tuxedo jacket (retail price around $3,650) and even includes a western-inspired suede field jacket (retail price $7,960) both striking just in-between of trendy and classic.
The capsule was released in time to celebrate Tom Ford’s 10th anniversary. The collection features the pieces that have come to form the core of the brand. The slim-cut Shelton suit ($5,070) has been redone in a luxe grain de poudre wool and Ford has turned the classic white poplin shirt ($610) into a subtly sexy shirt thanks to a barely their gold bar designed to keep the structures collar in place.
The collection, which was launched on MrPorter.com earlier this fall, is rounded out by a sleek pair of chocolate brown leather boots ($1,790) that have been hand-polished and designed to be paired perfectly with everything from suits to jeans and even with a shawl-collared cashmere cardigan ($2,390).
you can shop the full collection of the Tom Ford collection on MrPorter.com
Molly Hurwitz has co-created an app aimed at shoppers to help them look for the clothes they want. Hurwitz got the idea when she was going through Instagram for fashion inspiration but couldn’t quite find the pieces she saw in pictures and google wasn’t much help either.
The app is called ScreenShop which launched November seventh. It allows users to buy clothing and accessories they see on social media, online, or even on the streets by taking a photo or screenshot on their phone.
The user uploads a photo of the outfit they like onto the app. ScreenShop then identifies the items in the photo by using computer vision and then proceed to suggest similar clothing options that vary in price ranges from different brands. The shopper can then click on the item they want to buy from the brand’s website, all without having to leave the app.
What we built is the Shazam for fashion,” said fellow co-creator Jonathan Caras, what was referring to a popular app that tells you the name of a song that is currently playing.
Kim Kardashian West is an advisor for the ScreenShop app and has been with the company since the beginning. It is said she will be sharing information about the app on her social media pages, according to the company.
“[With Instagram] you’re limited to that specific item that people and brands are tagging, and it doesn’t solve the overall problem,” Hurwitz said.
Even with users being able to tag brands and items on their photos on Instagram, Hurwitz believed it didn’t fully solve the problem.
“I don’t want to spend $1,800 on a dress, but I do want the inspiration,” she said. “The idea [with ScreenShop] is to be able to take your inspiration from anywhere, from watching a movie or browsing online or a magazine.”
ScreenShop isn’t the only service offering help based on a visual search in fashion. Asos had their own version of a visual search earlier this year on its UK app, but with Asos, it only suggests products from its own website and not an overall search. ScreenShop has partnerships with over 450 retailers like Nordstrom, H&M, and Topshop. Screenshop’s catalog includes around 10 million items that vary from seasons. When customers do make a purchase through the app, ScreenShop gets a percentage.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android users can sign up to use the beta version.
With other large supermarkets, such as Amazon and Wal-Mart, expanding their target audience with its own apparel, Kroger, the largest US supermarket chain, decides its time for them to jump on the experiment. Kroger is said to be planning on releasing the clothing line in fall 2018.
The launch of the apparel line is set to make the collection available in 300 stores, including the Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace locations. The US supermarket says it will be “playful, simple, and uplifting”.
The collection is set to sell “modern lifestyle” clothes that are intended for kids and adults. The fashion line will be called “Our Brands”. The line will focus on activewear and basic essentials. Kroger’s says they are “clothes to truly live life in, and look good doing it.”
Robert Clark, the vice president of merchandising, said, according to a statement released, the brand “gives Kroger a chance to inspire and connect with our customers, offering effortless style every day.”
“This launch of Our Brands fashion will re-invigorate Kroger’s apparel line,” Robert Clark said in Friday’s release. “We will be able to serve our customers across the country, the inspiration they are looking for, which translates into an immense opportunity for growth in sales, share, and loyalty.”
Competition has become even more intense since Amazon.com Inc has started to expand into Kroger territory forcing the brand to find new ideas to keep up to date. It is said that most new Whole Foods customers were once former Kroger loyalist. This increase began after Amazon took over Whole Foods. Even European grocers like Aldi and Lidl plan to open more stores in the United States which will add even more pressure to supermarket chains that are affiliated with Amazon. Lidl itself has launched an exclusive line with celebrity designer Heidi Klum that will more than likely expand Lidl even more across the United States than it already has begun to.
Kroger has already been under enough pressure giving the fact that share values have dropped almost 40 percent this year. But the shares climbed 2 percent after this clothing apparel was announced. Food deflation and discounts has made the sales decrease and the profit margins to be almost nonexistent.
Opening their own clothing line could be the boost Kroger needs. Private labels have sometimes proven to be a money maker. A report on October 27 on Investor’s Business Daily addressed the private label trend, calling it “a bounty waiting to be innocently discovered online as modern shoppers ditch old-school name brands and seek out stuff that’s cool but cheap.” The fashion line is part of the company’s “Restock Kroger” plan.
“As part of our Restock Kroger Plan, having Our Brands be a strong, vibrant growth vehicle for Kroger is a top strategic priority,” said company spokeswoman Kari Armbruster.
Kroger is investing into more technology as more and more shoppers are doing their purchases online. The company has even opened up a restaurant as well. Kroger is even considering selling their convenience stores that generate around $4 billion in sales.
Kroger soon might be the go-to place for your daily groceries and clothes for your average days of the week.
Erdem Moralioglu, a world-renowned London designer, has tried his hand at making a collaboration with retail giant H&M. But with Moralioglu’s collection seeming different than most collaboration among other designers and brands.
When designers tag team with brands to create a collaboration line, they don’t really hold up to the expectations many people thought they would. With a lot of the collaborations seeming like a knock-off of the designer’s original line and seemingly being priced higher than normal clothes at the brand’s stores, Erdem Moralioglu decided to finally change the ongoing cycle.
Erdem Moralioglu created a London-based label which was founded in 2005. Moralioglu graduated from Royal College of Art began his career interning for Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg. His portfolio has blown up in the past couple years, thanks to his famous fans who often wear his signature floral prints. The group of fans includes: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kate Mara, and Meghan Markle.
“When you hear about these collaborations, it’s often something that’s ‘a lesser version of’,” he says.
“It was about creating pieces that have a permanence to them and doing the opposite of something that feels like ‘fast fashion’.”
Moralioglu, who is now 40 years old, has created an accessible and affordable line with one of the leading fast fashion brands in the world. But unlike most fast fashion, his collection is filled with timeless silhouettes, luxe fabrics and superb tailoring to make his clothes last years. Moralioglu has said that he believes his pieces from this collection can be worn for 10 to 20 years and are adaptable enough to be mix and matched.
Moralioglu’s new collection even something he usually isn’t known to do, menswear. The menswear collection will include T-shirts, hoodies, a backpack, and sneakers engraved with his name. Moralioglu’s says his collection with H&M is his cure to disposable fashion. Moralioglu is most notably known for his ultra-feminine dresses and bold floral prints.
“Creating these pieces that have an odd classicism to them is almost disruptive to the idea of ‘Let’s consume it, let’s buy it, let’s wear it for a bit and let’s discard it,'” he says.
Moralioglu has said in an interview with straitstimes.com, he got his inspiration for the collection from a music video for a 1990 Pet Shop Boys song, Being Boring, that he first saw in high school.
The video is set “in this old English country house with young people inhabiting it – girls in bias-cut dresses wearing sneakers and boys in tuxedos with T-shirts. And there was something so democratic and inclusive about this idea of formal and informal and having something that would be amazing for someone who’s 16 or 75,” he adds.
The designer also took inspiration from his childhood memories, in which his time was split between Montreal, Canada, and Birmingham, England.
“I wanted to work with Harris tweed in Scotland and create a perfect tweed suit, and have the jacket sold separately from the trousers so a man could wear it almost like a jean jacket or as part of a suit.”
The designer says he did this collection the same way as he does with his main line. He starts with “the idea of character and narrative” for inspiration then he pays incredible detail the workmanship. Ms Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor believes the line has the capacity to stay around a while and even reveals the company has learned a couple things from working alongside Moralioglu.
“His clothes have longevity. These are precious things you can save in the wardrobe and take out over and over again,” Ms. Johansson says.
The Balenciaga sneaker take over hasn’t stopped with the Speed Trainers. Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers have sold out instantly in Manhattan, one of the most fashionable areas of the world.
Triple S sneakers have taken the market by storm just like their counterpart, Speed Trainer shoes. These unconventional sneakers almost resemble an 80’s style shoe that you could find at your local thrift store. according to an employee at the Parisian brand’s Madison Avenue, New York, location, they sold out in 30 minutes. Right now, the Triple S sneakers are arguably the most sought after casual footwear.
You can give partial credit to Instagram, because they have been showcased on multiple accounts leading to many sneakerheads, fashionistas, and people wanting to make a bold statement, to go looking for the chunky shoes. Triple S sneakers have even been spotted on some famous feet such as ASAP Ferg and Offset. The Triple S sneakers were dominating the Paris fashion week scene, as they were seen practically everywhere.
The sneakers have a three-layer stacked sole with pre-distressed details throughout which is how it got its name (Triple S). The shoe size is embroidered on the toe, with rope laces adding the finishing touch to the shoes. The shoe was originally added to the Balenciaga men’s collection by artistic director Demna Gvasalia for the brand’s FW17 show in Paris.
Just like what happened with the Speed Trainers, other brands such as Gucci, Dior, and Prada, have been trying their best to catch up to Balenciaga and release shoes closely resembling the Triple S. Fast fashion brands have also jumped on board of the “ugly” shoe trend. Zara has completely ripped off the Triple S, releasing their own shoe that mimics the iconic shoes called, the Multi-Piece sneaker. Zara has priced their shoe around $35 USD while Balenciaga’s model is around $850 USD.
The shoes are said to be going for almost double the price from resellers on eBay and other websites. It’s also said that even knockoff Triple S sneakers are going for a whopping $450 USD.
“People with a lot of visibility wear ugly sneakers and it’s a trickle-down effect,” says Chris Green, divisional merchandise manager of New York boutique Totokaelo.
On Highsnobiety they interviewed multiple people who instantly went after the clunky shoes and some of the answers they got were quite interesting.
“@Jakebinning: I first saw the Triple S about eight months ago during the Balenciaga FW17 runway show, and I instantly liked them. I really liked the fresh silhouette, the general aesthetic, as well as the colorways and the chunky sole”.
“@91yxng: This is the most trendy sneaker, and the hottest brand in the world right now”.
Balenciaga are planning on releasing a new color scheme of the Triple S sneaker in the near future. The new scheme will prove consumers a more subdued color combination. The new style will have a white mesh base with cream and off-white accents, but the Balenciaga branding will still remain black.
As the seasons transition, we find ourselves scrounging for the next best items to own to wear proudly and continue to be the most stylish guy. Below you will find a list of items that you need to purchase for this autumn.
First is the off-white shade Wrangler Wild Wash Vintage Design T-shirt. This shirt is perfect for street wear! It is a simple graphic T that you obviously need so follow the link Wrangler.com. Another is the River Island Mid Blue Faded Ripped Jimmy Slim Tapered Jeans. Oh man… that is one long name for a pair of jeans! Anyway, these jeans resemble a 90s style fit with a white washed look. It features multiple rips as well. Here is the link to purchase a pair RiverIsland.com. The Primark Camouflage Backpack features the next century camouflage at a reasonable price. Follow the link Primark.com to retrieve your newest backpack!
Next is the H&M Nylon Bomber Jacket. This is the perfect jacket to transition throughout the season. It is a very lightweight jacket; so follow the link H&M.com to purchase your jacket for the 2017 Fall. The collaboration of RNLI X Finisterie features items that include fisherman knits, beanies, and waterproof jackets. The positive affect happens when you purchase an item. 10 percent of the sales are donated to charity!
The Fimex MKI Aluminum Watch is the next best thing to own this season. This watch is the reinterpretation of the Mik-W-46374B TimeX from 1982. It features a military aesthetic with a sleeker and slimmer band. Here is the link to purchase one for you End.com. Another pair of jeans to own would be the G-Star Raw Motac 3D Slim Jeans. These jeans were specifically constructed for mobility and comfort. It features 3D ribbed panels along the calf and back of the knee. To own a pair here is the link g-star.com.
Obviously, shoes need to be purchased for this upcoming season. The Adidas Originals EQT Support Boost 93/17 has the most ground breaking contemporary design to date! Here is the link Adidas.com to purchase a pair for you. You already know that you will not be disappointed in this wise purchase. The MKI Miyuki Zoku Pink Printed Cotton Top is another shirt to buy. It has a very updated design that runs up the sleeves. Here is the link harveynichols.com.
To carry all of this stuff you are about to purchase you need a stylish bag. The Sandqvisk Apollo Backpack that has a sleek style for durability and practicality. Here is the link sandqvick.net so you can carry all of the necessities! Again, you can never have enough shirts so the Beams Plus Camp-Collar Printed Shirt will be a great purchase. This shirt resembles a 80s theme by the print-blocking technique pattern throughout the shirt. Here is the link to buy it mrporter.com.
Topman featured black checked jogger pants. These joggers are extremely fashion forward that are as comfortable as ever! Here is the link Topman.com to keep looking stylish but comfortable as ever! Lastly everyone just needs to purchase the Boohoo Man Nasa Cap. Everyone needs a hat… so there is the excuse to buy it boohooman.com!
These are some of the top essentials to own right now especially during the change in the seasons. Hopefully, you find some of these products to fit your personality and can represent your style!
The typical dress attire has changed in multiple aspects. These helpful tips will allow you to update your formal attire to be the best-dressed man! Numerous dress code rules that were established throughout previous decades are vanishing or loosening right in front of our own eyes. This allows each man to create easier and more appropriate outfits for dressier occasions. As street wear, sportswear, and gender fluidity continue to rise across numerous collections, it becomes known within the mainstream fashion.
One of the dress codes that have changed revolves around coordination and color appropriation. The old dress code consisted of different shades of grey, navy, and black. The new revamped style allows men to coordinate with layers of different colors and patterns. In this new generation of style code, a tie has become optional as well. A simple T-shirt and jeans can be just as appropriate for the office for certain occasions.
In the olden days, wedding suits were known to be a plain solid dark color. By bringing color into the man’s wedding attire, this allows character and sensibility. The combination of styles, silhouettes, and ascents are now a factor within the fashion of men at weddings.
Remember the good old nightclub days, when you had to wear black dress shoes? Well, those days are gone! Now, a simple white tennis shoe is appropriate for the nightclub or evening event scenery. This shoe allows a versatile array of options as it can coordinate with countless outfits.
Back in the day, crew necks were for the day to keep casual attire, as collared shirts were worn to evening events to resemble formal attire. In the 21st Century, a contemporary-casual is the norm that allows men to create multiple combinations, which can be worn during the day or night for any occasion. Basic necessities consist of tailored trousers, plain crew neck T-shirt, loopback sweatshirt, sneakers, and a casual bomber jacket.
Gender fluidity continues to influence multiple brands, which is a major step in the fashion industry this decade. Recent trends that have crossed over into men’s fashion have consisted of embroidery, looser trousers, sliders, and round sunglasses.
Jogger pants in the past were known to be worn only around the house, to do errands, or go to the gym. Now, they can revamp an entire outfit by adding street style to the pieces. Adidas and Louis Vuitton have partnered with Supreme to work on luxury sportswear items that can be worn during any casual occasion.
Hopefully these helpful new rules allow you to revamp your style into the 21st Century!
Releases have been dropping like crazy throughout the men’s fashion industry. These are the top brands that you do not want to miss out on!
Recently, Stüssy released the collaboration for the Stüssy X Dover Street Market T-shirt Retrospective Collection. This collection became available on August 25th. These fashion brands decided to collaborate to re-release nine T-shirts from past Stüssy collections. The collection includes three exclusive graphic T-Shirts, which will be partnered with IPEA. Key logos are represented throughout the collection such as the signature crown and eight ball. This collection can be purchased at DMS locations and stussy.com.
Next is the Everlane Denim Collection, which will be released on September 7th. This Demin collection prices at $68. This affordable denim line is for men and women, which will feature indigo and black options. Pre-order a pair today everlane.com.
The Noah Fall/Winter 2017 Collection already available to purchase! You are able to buy pieces from this collection at noahny.com. This New York based brand features pieces inspired by different social issues. One of the pieces is the Rose T-shirt, which is inspired from the city of New York. Another example is The Scuba Diver tee to show the shift in weather patterns and the issues revolving around rising sea levels. The collection has various tees, hoodies, pants, and a custom German Moleskin pea coat made with 100% Scottish wool. This collection price ranges from $48-$648, so go find your favorite pieces throughout the collection.
Another collaboration is between Raf Simons and Fred Perry. The Raf Simons and Fred Perry collection continues to take archive pieces and represent them throughout another season. An example would be the classic polo, which takes on the oversized fit look. Other pieces such as T-shirts, long sleeve T-shirts, button-ups, crewnecks, and jackets that feature a boxier silhouette. You can buy pieces from the collection at fredperry.com.
Lastly, is the release of the House of Marley Positive Vibration 2 Wireless Headphones, which is available now. The House of Marley has released the second line of headphones from the Positive Vibrations product line. Recycled materials produce the Positive Vibration 2 headphones. These materials consist of aluminum alloy, plastic, and fabric. The reason these headphones are special is due to the features they include. These features include a 12-hour battery life, built-in microphone, and Bluetooth system. The headphones cost $80 and are available at thehouseofmarley.com.
Throughout the past couple of years, Oud fragrances have made a global impact on society. By dominating the market, oud fragrances have taken the form of “liquid gold” since it is one of the rarest and most expensive components used in luxury fragrances. An oud fragrance is best worn during an evening event or when you want to make an impact!
Authentic ouds are known as “big” meaning they consist of intense smells that allows you to use less of the product. In this case, less is more so you are not overpowering every person around you. If you are looking for a scent that is extremely powerful, then try Oud Alif by Shay & Blue, Ermenegildo Zagna Indonesia Oud, Armani/Prive Oud Royal, or Creed Royal-Oud.
An accessible Oud fragrance scent allows it to be a less overpowering, which allows it to be less noticeable from the people around you. Specific brands that are known for Oud fragrances with a less intense aroma are Tom Ford or Comme des Garçons. If you want to try a fragrance with a less intense smell, try Tom Ford’s Oud Wood or Spicy Tobacco Oud. Other brands to try are Comme des Garçons Wonderoud, John Varvatos Oud, and Boss Body Oud.
Now there are other ouds that are phenomenal but have a weird mix of scents. One example would be Tom Ford’s Private Blend Oud Minérale. This scent is the combination of smoked wood that resembles warmth with a hint of salty marine like fragrance. Another example is the Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud due to the mix of lemon and wood. This creates a rich and fresh scent leaving behind a hint of smoked citrus. Other fresh ouds consist of Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot.
To beyond the realm of fragrances! We find ourselves searching for other useful oud products, which are available. If you are addicted to using oud fragrances you can purchase the Carsons Apothecary Oud Beard Oil. If you happen to not have a beard, well… now is the perfect time to grow one!
Other products are mainly household items. Since everyone likes their home to feel warming and inviting, you want to have a nice scent that will make your guests want to come back as soon as possible. So purchase an Oud candle. Some examples would be the Timothy Dunn Oud candle or the Acqua Di Parma Heavyweight Colonia Cube candle. Incenses can be purchased as well. A few great products would be the Bakhoor Insense or the Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser.
Hopefully you make the right choice to purchase one of these rich and inviting scents to allow you to become a better-rounded dapper gentleman!
Finally! The leaves are about to change, the wind will become a bit brisk, and everything is going to be pumpkin spice flavored. It is time for you to get new boots for this fall season. Well, lucky for you all the best boots have been listed for this 2017 fall season!
The first boot to buy is the chukka. This boot is known as the desert boot as well. Chukka boots are one of the best forms of casual footwear that can resemble class. The 2017 fall colors, for this boot, would fit into the traditional earth tones or the purely bold colors. Tod’s offers one of the best chukka/desert boots, and it can be purchased at Tods.com for only $545.
Next is the brogue boot. You know how the brogue was one of the best shoes for a man to own during this past spring/summer season? Well, vamp up your style with the brogue boot. This boot is a great transition from the summer footwear you have been wearing, to the essential fall footwear needed due to weather changes. It will appear extremely similar to the ordinary brogue shoe but a bit taller. To buy a quality pair of brogue boots you can purchase a leather brogue boot at Burberry.com.
From season to season, the Chelsea boot continues to rise in popularity through multiple fashion trends. This is another boot that transitions from summer to fall with an effortless style and a fashionable look that can be worn with numerous outfits. It can be worn in a formal or informal event. For this fall season, the most popular color is the army green in suede. To purchase the Wyatt 30 Chelsea Boot by Saint Laurent for $945 follow the link ysl.com.
The lace-up boot allows you to have an edgy vibe to your 2017 fall boot collection. This boot has a Rock n’ Roll sense, but resembles the same feel as the Chelsea boot. It tends to be much dressier than a combat boot, and can be worn in a wide range of preferable attire for numerous occasions. Outfits can range from suit and tie or to casual jeans. If wearing jeans with the Balenciaga lace-up leather ankle boot try wearing black or white jeans to make it a statement piece! You can purchase these boots at matchesfashion.com.
As popular fashion trends continue to revolve around the 90s, the combat boot is a staple to this 2017 fall fashion season. To embrace a punk-rock moment, try the Dr. Martens Vintage 1460 8-Hole boots in Oxblood Quilon drmartens.com.
Hopefull, these five boots can help complete your 2017 fall boot collection! Who knows what is in store for the 2017 winter footwear trends!
Are you ever thinking about how you can upgrade your shoe game? Well do not worry about a thing because there are numerous shoes that are essential to a man’s wardrobe. The average American man only owns twelve pairs of shoes. If you had to choose the top twelve what would they possibly be? This is the answer to all of your questions with the top twelve shoes you need to purchase to upgrade your style to a whole other level.
The first type of shoe that is needed is a pair of brogues. These shoes are considered a workhorse shoe that can almost coordinate with anything. These pair very well with jeans and suits!
For certain occasions, these shoes can be worn to range from formal events to business meetings that relatively possess conservative business attire. The best recommendation for purchasing a quality pair of brogues would be at us.burberry.com. Black Cap-Toe Oxfords are the second essential shoe that resembles quality for dressier occasions. The best occasion to wear these at is during a suit and tie event. You can shop for these at matchesfashion.com to buy a pair of oxfords by Ami.
The next shoe is the perfect dress boot for the suited and booted attire. This tends to appear less formal but has a modern casual style. Lanvin features the remarkable Grained Leather Chelsea boot, which you can buy today at matchesfashion.com. Another top shoe to own is a casual boot. These shoes are a main essential to have when the weather is harsh or if you are just in the mood to have a slick street style vibe for the day. Go on and buy a pair of Dr. Martens at drmartens.com to purchase the Vintage 1460 Boot! The last boot of the collection of twelve that you need is the desert boot. This is the type of boot that is not considered a sneaker or a dress shoe. It provides proper and casual attire for multiple occasions. The Oakwood Suede Desert Boot can definitely be for an everyday outfit. Follow the link to add to your collection clarkusa.com.
The plain-toe derbies are the type of shoe that you need for a mildly formal/casual occasion. This shoe is not overbearingly dressy but not simply casual. Honestly the best place to buy a pair of plain-toe derbies is from Dsquared2’s Missionary Lace-Ups at dsquared2.com.
Penny Loafers allows you to have a classy and sophisticated type of shoe that shows a sense of luxury of a young dapper gentleman when bought by a high-end fashion brand such as GUCCI. So buy a pair today at gucci.com so you can stay GUCCI and look fly!
A minimalist sneaker is perfect when worn as a neutral color, which will coordinate with everything for occasions such as the office, the bar, weekend events, etc. Buy the Achilles Low Gummy sneakers by Common Projects at endclothing.com. Another sneaker would be the technical sneaker that is wonderful for any daily tasks such as running errands. The Gel Lyte III by Asics endclothing.com is a great pair of sneakers to throw on to do your everyday duties. Lastly, a classic throwback sneaker has to be in your collection. Obviously these are needed for all the right reasons so buy the Old Skoll Vans at vans.com to rock your throwbacks!
The espadrilles are a classier look and upgraded style other than wearing a simple pair of flip flops. Try the espadrilles in black canvas by Saint Laurent ysl.com. To wrap up all of the essentials, the most needed would probably be a pair of house slippers. It is perfect for lounge wear with a simple style that allows you to unwind at the end of a long day and stay comfortable once taking off one of the eleven pair of shoes listed above. Try a pair from L.L Bean at llbean.com.
Hopefully this helpful shoe game collection resolves any issue for your next purchase!
During the past month, the men’s NYFW for the Spring/Summer 2018 Collections have been breaking the fashion industry by storm with the quality and meaning behind multiple of the collections.
The HEAD OF STATE designer, Taofeek Abijako, particularly left critics astounded by his designs throughout his SS ’18 collection. He managed to create a social impact through cultural designs and concepts behind the collection of the season. The theme revolved around the colonialism in West Africa. The inspiration for this concept came from multiple African contemporary photographers and artists. Some of the influencers of the designs consist of Clic Clac Baby, Malick Sidibe, and Samuel Fosso. The HEAD OF STATE SS ’18 season collection wanted to capture how normality in society has returned in West Africa through multiple efforts but wanted to feature an elegance and soulful manner that represented the birth of all nations throughout West Africa. This collection mainly revolved around multiple different aspects, which this collection was known for during men’s NYFW. It included skillful color blocking throughout the designs and the pairing of a new sense of street style. As this collection has includes a wonderful representation of multiple cultures and nations the fashion industry has to wonder what is coming next from Taofeek Abijako’s HEAD OF STATE brand.
Raun Larose featured a different design throughout the SS ’18 collection. This collection’s inspiration revolved around the 1980s. The representation for this seasons designs was to show how technology on the mass cultural ideal influences society. Raun Larose wanted this season to symbolize multiple themes throughout the collection. The apparent themes were to show a romanticized, nerdy, and extremely exaggerated collection in the modern era. Some articles of clothing that revolved around the 80s featured oversized jackets and pants in multiple unique shapes. Progressive fabrics were used to symbolize the increasing artificiality and virtual reality of society. Inorganic materials were used to give the collection a retro-futuristic feeling. An artist named Jose Chunà designed stripes for the collection to reference towards a computer screen about to crash. This collections main theory is to question the future and where society is headed within technology.
Another brand that took a different approach to the fashion industry is C2H4. For the SS ’18 NYFW, this brand’s feature collection was called “Zero Gravity.” The designer’s vision was for chemists on Mars. This was to resemble a laboratory work wear collection for chemists in the year 2082. Feature pieces included laboratory coats, utility vests, and multifunctional anorak. Bottoms consisted of technical sweatpants, pocketed cargo pants, and side-strap track pants. This collection wanted to represent saturated and monochromatic color schemes to boost certain colors such as multiple blues, reds, and urban yellows.
Press got an early look at the new Domenico Vacca boutique and the consensus was: wow! Domenico Vacca himself had this to say about the new flagship: “I got carried away.” That statement sets up quite an expectation, but the boutique itself blows even the most jaded of expectations away.
Domenico Vacca is a name that is familiar to those who follow the Red Carpets and Men’s fashion, and his many stores (including a few in New York) have been an invaluable asset for those seeking a certain Italian style. But his newest venture, located on 15 West 55thStreet, is something you have never seen before.
This unique venture is a Domenico Vacca flagship that is 10 stories, in the middle of Manhattan. The building boasts two full floors of shopping, as well as a barbershop, spa, beauty salon, cafe, as well as exclusive apartments designed by Vacca himself. It really is a one-stop location for all your luxury needs.
Domenico Vacca had big ambitions in mind with this building, and had this to say on that topic:
“This building is a mecca of extravagance and comfort, each aspect and detail a labor of love. For the new retail space, I wanted to create a place that is not just a storefront, but a destination that draws people in to connect, shop, and relax, reviving the in- store shopping experience.” -Domenico Vacca
If you find yourself in New York City with a craving for the fine life, and don’t want to travel around the city, be sure to check out the new Domenico Vacca Flagship! Totaling over 8,000 square feet, there really is something for everyone here. If one lived in one of the apartments above the building, it would be conceivable to never have to leave the building to get all your needs fulfilled…
Comfort is always a must for the casually fashionable. Entering the summer months with global warming rearing its ugly head, one must adjust accordingly. Looking specifically at footwear for the summer, the fashionMR has a plethora of options. For the younger generation, the question begs: sneakers or boat shoes?
Walking around we peep the style of our peers and weigh who we are, along with how we want to be viewed. Am I a sneaker guy or am I a boat shoe guy? How comfortable do I want to be? How much do I sweat? All of these are relevant questions when picking the perfect pair of shoes for this summer.
First one must assess sneakers. Comfortable, yet sometimes brutally hot, sneakers can be the perfect accessory. For many sneaker-heads there has been a movement back to the retro. Very popular amongst younger markets has been Nike Air Max. Under the umbrella of Air Max, there has been a specific yearning for the Air Max 90’s, an undeniable classic. With an assortment of color combinations and a relatively low price point depending on the model (starting at $90) vintage Air Max have been, and continue to be a clutch, classic option. To supplement your summer sneaker, socks are a must, but not all socks were created equal.
When wearing sneakers, mid-calf socks are the way to go. No-show socks are another option, but many times when the elastic wears out or the size isn’t perfect, those no-shows slide down off your ankle and wrinkle in the shoe, creating wrinkle and ankle blisters. Ankle socks are not the look unless you’re going for that ‘classic’ old man with Asics running sneakers and a stained free tee shirt style. Since no one actually wants that look (some may be born with it), steer clear at all costs.
Another sneaker option that has carried weight this season is vans supplemented with mid calves. When looking at vans however, one should tend toward more muted color patterns, as that type of shoe should not be the eye-grabber of an outfit. The subtlety of Vans are their beauty, so getting multi-colored or tiger striped patterns is probably not a good idea.
The pros of sneakers boil down to these simple facts: they provide ample support for your feet when you want to go on a nice summer walk, socks will always be an acceptable complement to the shoe and there is a tremendous variety to choose from. The same does not apply for boat shoes.
Boat shoes are great. Arguably the best part of boat shoes is that you can dress them up or dress them down. Boat shoes are ideal for cocktail parties or barbecues; the country club or the beach; the city or the suburbs. Essentially, boat shoes are acceptable anywhere unlike sneakers.
There are certainly shortcomings to wearing boat shoes. The first and perhaps most prominent concern is foot sweat. On those sweltering city days when the sidewalk is hotter than the air, which in turn is hotter than your oven when slow-cooking beef brisket, your feet sweat more than a boat shoe can handle. Sticky and stinky in no time, the leather wears easily and frequently onto your foot, leaving leather stains in more places than one would care to mention.
Foot sweat is not the only concern with boat shoes; the leather boat shoes are made with sometimes cuts consumers’ feet, others say they do not provide enough support, and still other grumble that the laces constantly come undone.
One might ask “why not wear socks with boat shoes? That seems like an easy solution to all those complaints.” This is certainly valid, and some do rock this style, however, the look is not ideal. Sneakers, unlike boat shoes, were built to wear with socks, especially since their profile tends to go higher up on the foot. However, one should notice that the tongue of a boat shoe is abbreviated. This shortened tongue reveals much of the upper foot for the un-socked gentleman. In turn, with simply less shoe to attract attention, the sock tends to overpower the boat shoe, drawing attention away from the carefully selected shoe and toward your bland white socks.
The choice seems clear. If you find bare-foot-boat-shoes more comfortable, that’s all you since one pair can fit all your summer social needs. However, for those that prefer the casual sneaker, consider an additional investment in mid calf socks to avoid social and physical discomfort.
When you have a former hollywood agent as the creative face behind a brand, you can surely expect unique takes on American classics. The high end clothing label based out of Los Angeles is known for its modern yet defiant looks.
With outstandingly huge product line offerings across menswear – over 60,000 independent brands and own label – ASOS has no shortage of sartorial goodness. The online fashion retailer stands as one of the UK’s largest.
Ruth La Ferla, of the New York Times, describes the brand’s identity as having a
“brooding aesthetic… built on the fusion of modern technology and the crudely mechanized cosmos of the late Victorian age.”
If that doesn’t pique your interest in the British retailer, then it’s a fairly good thing the list doesn’t end here.
As another menswear brand coming out of California, Rogue Territory caters to the person interested in the subtleties. It separates itself through its handcrafted quality that is almost reminiscent of a bespoke fit.
Wings + Horns
The young menswear label is a Canadian project that attributes much influence not only to its home landscape, but also to the Japanese’s approach to details. Given its deliberate thought to fabrics, it’s no wonder the brand has made itself quite popular in the world of men’s fashion.
That’s right, Sriracha is now a beer; a stout to be exact. If you thought the pumpkin spice craze is getting out of hand, this spicy and irresistible taste of Asia is pretty close.
The boffins over at ROGUE laboratories has created another concoction that just might top all the other crazy creations they’ve thought up. While it is a bit pricey for a 1 pint bottle, novelty craft beers are rarely modestly priced. So if you’re a Sriracha addict, this will help you give you an extra fix of irresistibly hot, chili sauce while helping you loosen up. ($13)
You’re eyes are not fooling you. That is a piece of leather wrapped around the flashlight’s grip. Made with standard American cowhide and powered by two D cell batteries, the design is quintessentially vintage. The looks hark back to the early days of flashlight design. But while playing tribute to an old look, it provides a modern touch. The torch uses LED bulbs for illumination instead of incandescent bulbs; allowing for longer battery life. With the three batteries, you can expect 20 hours of use. So if vintage is your thing, out looking for a gift for someone who does, or just wants to add to a future costume, this is right up your alley. ($45)
The folks over at Kenu are out with a must have iPhone accessory called the “Highline”. Made for active individuals who often worry about losing their smartphone in precarious situations (i.e. on a ski lift, kayaking or rock climbing).
The “Highline” is a kit that consists of a case and a compatible leash. The elastic leash, made from kevlar, fastens to the bottom of the case via the lightening port and can be attached when not in use. Once connected to the bottom port, the leash can be fastened to any zipper, loop or carabiner with a lanyard. Heavy-duty in design, the “Highline” is sure to prevent any future mishaps with your precious i-device. ($30-$35)
So the season for egg nogs, festive storefront decorations, Rudolph’s red nose adorned in front of car and truck grills and ugly Christmas sweater parties. And finding the best sweater to standout can be just as stressful as finding clever costumes over Halloween. Well that’s what we’re here for; to find you the most whimsical and festive ugly sweater; just don’t expect affordable prices. Disclaimer: Some of the items below may be “geek-tastic”.
If you’re still confused about where “lemon-flavored” snow comes from, this sweater clearly explains it through threads. In this depiction of Saint Nick, gifts aren’t the only things that he delivers, so be careful and think before you try some fallen snow. ($74.95)
This next ugly sweater deserves to be on the list due to its creative design. Made with two halves of a stuffed reindeer on the front and back of the sweater, the 3D Ugly Christmas Sweater is a bit of a celebrity. With appearances on Live! with Kelly and Michael, it’s a cute and clever way to impress your friends and family. ($59.99)
If you’re a product of the 90s, this next sweater should be a pleasant trip down memory lane; if you choose to buy one. Adorned with the two iconic Street Fighter characters, Ken and Ryu, this ugly Christmas sweater is tastefully put together. So if the attendance at the party consists of geeks and nerds, the Street Fighter sweater is sure to turn heads. ($44)
Being part of the “United States of Wu”, this next sweater really hits home. But being a fan, it’s going to be tough choosing between the Ugly Sweater Party and a night with your best headphone and favorite Wu-Tang tracks. ($79.99)
The most famous transforming automaton is back; this time in the form of a sweater design! Adorned on the front of this sweater is Optimus Prime; coupled with subtle Autobot logos found on the chest and sleeves. ($79.99)
British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney is pairing up with Johnnie Walker to release a limited edition leather brogue with a little secret. Hidden in the soles of each shoe is a small bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label!
But, it doesn’t end there. The iconic “Johnnie” logo is stamped on the side of each shoe. And on the back is a stitching of the initials “J.W.”. These leather brogues are priced reasonably for a pair with a “special feature” ($489). So if you don’t mind being judged as an alcoholic, and love to be alcoholically prepared, you might want to add these to your wish-list.
Lets face it, we’re not all superstar gift givers. While others are picking up on subtle hints by loved ones, the clues blow past you like any booze-filled Friday night. If you’re the latter, the holidays or birthdays are filled with anxiety. Well here at FashionMR, we want to lend a hand to make this holiday season a bit more enjoyable and relaxing. Below is a collection of stocking stuffers that will surely tickle the fancies of any man (no sexual pun intended).
The gifts in this guide range from “cheap and cheerful” to “downright ridiculous”. And they vary from the tiny pocket sized bottle of Sriracha ($15) to the luxurious stay at the Presidential Suite in the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night). So whether you’re being overly generous this year, cutting it back or somewhere in the middle, you’ll be sure to find something in FashionMR’s 50 Holiday Gifts.
$100 or Less
Thermals By Tani ($150-$300): Soft to the touch, thermals from Tani provide a mixture of warmth and comfort throughout the winter months; a staple in every male wardrobe.
Uniqlo Cashmere Sweaters ($90): An unbeatable price for a cashmere sweater, Uniqlo pulls it off again with this comfortable and warm piece. The sweaters come in crew neck or v.
Bison No.1 Leather Belt ($100):Sturdy and better looking with age, Bison No.1 leather belts are handcrafted in the USA and each item screams quality. Rather standard in design, it’ll keep any pair of slacks or denim from coming undone. Each belt is stamped with a silhouette of a Bison and very smooth to the touch. It’s another leather product that looks better with age.
Topsiders by ChantUSA ($90): Fusing college livery and casual topsiders, ChantUSA has a growing collection of shoes from UCLA to the University of Miami. Each pair comes made in leather and branded with the school’s initials on the sides. So flaunt your school colors. Tastefully express school pride or help someone else do the same this holiday season.
Pocket Sriracha ($7): Ease your craving for Sriracha with this pocket sized bottle. Just throw it in your bag and be ready whenever you have that itch for some heat.
Death Before Decaf Mug ($12): We love our coffee here at FashionMR, so we feel that it should be made known to everyone around you. If you’re just as passionate about your cup of joe, this is the a way to do it.
Shit I Got to Fu*king Get Done Notebook ($10): We know you always have a laundry list of things to do each and everyday. And if you’re the forgetful type, why not write it in this?
Bonobos: Bold Check ($85): Look clean and stylish this holiday season with this button-down from Bonobos; currently on sale for $48.
New Balance: Elite Racing 999 ($99): Comfortable, classy and stylish in design, Elite Racing from New Balance is sure to help you standout from the rest.
Hickoree’s: The Hill-Side Salt & Pepper Beige Socks ($18): Your socks have every right to be seen. So, let the world know that your socks are the shi*t with these bad boys!
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon ($24): The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without some “fire water” courtesy of Bourbon extraordinaire Evan Williams. So make someone (or yourself) happy with some Evan Williams Bourbon.
Petrolified Iconic Car Prints ($19): Got carlovers in your life? If yes, surprise them with these minimalistic prints of iconic cars throughout history. It’s sure to class up any man-cave.
Maple Bacon Flavored Ground Coffee 1 lb. Bag ($13.99): Why buy and enjoy them separately when you can simply enjoy it all in a coffee? This is the perfect gift for the bold few who enjoy bacon as well as coffee.
Kopi Luwak Coffee ($70): With the reputation for being “the world’s most expensive coffee”, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is quite an exotic blend of coffee. Harvested using methods that would make you cringe or hurl, the Kopi Luwak Coffee is truly in a class of it’s own.
Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker ($80): Since we’re on the topic of coffee, why not talk about cool brewing methods? Bodum offers this nifty vacuum brewer that’s sure to add a twist to any coffee-lovers brewing ritual.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare ($60): For the Sony PS4 and Xbox One systems, COD: Advanced Warfare is a perfect choice for the gamelovers in your life.
Parker 71R Safety Razor Shave Set ($80): A classy razor set, the Parker kit has everything you need to shave like a “real man”.
Penfield Summit Parka ($435): Any winter holiday gift guide will be lacking without a jacket recommendation. The Penfield Summit Parka is a quality choice that is sure to last many seasons. A mix of casual and utilitarian, these parkas are right at home over any kind of top; suit, shirt or sweater. And with a line of fur over the hood, it keeps the wind and low temperatures away.
Topo X Woolrich Rover Pack ($190): Topo in partnership with outdoor brand Woolrich, makes these cool day packs. Built by hand in Colorado, this pack is a mix of durability as well as quality. You can feel quality from the fabric used to make the pack, to the seemingly indestructible zippers.
Naked & Famous 32oz. Selvedge Denim ($495): Weighing in at 32oz., this heavyweight from Naked & Famousis are as stiff as they come. It’ll turn any yogaphile or gymnast into a rigid branch. And because they are raw, you’re going to have to break into denim. While it may be a pain to get into or move around in them, this denim is the king of all warm denims. Due to their thickness, this pair of denim is durable and long lasting.
Danner Mtn Light Overton ($330): An item manufactured right here in the U.S. of A., is the Danner Mtn Light Overton boot. The pair comes with Gore-Tex lining (breathable and waterproof) and a suede exterior. And much like the Bison belt, these boots look better with age.
Maple Set Knives ($105): This set of knives is a rather unique item in that each knife is made mostly of wood; with just the blade being metal. By using only a small amount of metal for the blade, it cuts down on the weight, making it comfortable to use.
Shinola: The Runwell Watch ($550): Built in Detroit with passion and quality, the Shinola Runwell watch is a minimalistic watch hand-built to last.
Grovemade: iPhone 6/6+ Wooden iPhone Case ($129-$139): Grovemade iPhone 6/6+ cases are built by hand using leather and wood. Each case is built to near perfection and made to last much longer than the life of the iPhone.
Eye of Mine: GoPro Gimbal ($399): A perfect companion to the GoPro, the Eye of Mine Gimbal is designed to keep the camera steady and leveled in any situation.
YotaPhone 2 ($800): Packed with two displays, the YotaPhone is first of its kind. With a AMOLED 5 inch display in the front and a 4.7 inch E-paper display in the rear, it allows the user to go with a battery saving option by using the B/W rear display. It also comes packed with the usual set of amenities like an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android OS built in.
Brooks Brothers: Fitzgerald Fit Blue with Rust Windowpane Sport Coat ($498): Known for comfort, luxury and quality, Brooks Brothers knocks it out of the park with this tasty number.
Polo: Diamond-Quilted Sport Coat ($279.99): Perfect for the winter season, this coat by Polo is ideal for any classy and simple setups.
Red Wing: Iron Ranger ($310): Designed for durability and know for its ruggedness, the Redwing: Iron Ranger is no exception. You can probably go without another boot for awhile.
Tanner Goods: Utility Bifold Wallet ($100): This Bifold wallet is another example of a quality item built right here in America. But if you’re not fazed by that fact, know that it is well made to last for years.
Canada Goose Freestyle Vest Caribou ($307.80): Jackets are a necessity this holiday season, so are the vests if you’re planning to go for a layered look. Keep warm while looking good with Canada Goose’s Freestyle Vest.
Lomo’ Instant ($120): If you’re bored and annoyed at the design and handling of the Fuji Instax line of instant cameras, why not try one from Lomo? It takes the same film used on the Instax cameras, so you won’t have to commit to another film format.
World Class Driving Experience ($300+): For those who love cars and experience based gifts, the World Class Driving experience will keep you smiling for a few hours. Enjoy a few hours driving cars you can only dream about (i.e.: Ferraris, Lamborghinis and pretty much anything fast).
20th Anniversary Sony PS4 ($650): If you’re a Sony purist, you shouldn’t let this one go. With only 12,300 units being sold, it is a rare piece. Reminiscent of the original Sony PS1, this kit comes with the unit, controller and camera; all in the same color.
Leica M-A ($4750): Put together with extreme scrutiny, Leica’s M-A is 35mm film camera handmade in Germany. Unchanged since the 50s, this camera is made to last longer than your great grandkids, hence the price.
Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000): If Marty McFly was a childhood hero to you and ‘Back to the Future’ was your favorite movie growing up, then the dream of owning a real hoverboard is that much closer. For $10,000 bones you can live out your childhood dreams while emptying your wallet.
Custom Suits by Brook’s Brothers ($14,000+): You know that any item from the Brook’s Brothers line screams quality. These suits are no exception. If money is no issue, why not get your loved ones a suit that matches perfectly to them?
DJI: Inspire 1 Drone ($2899): This little gadget is sure to bring out the kid in you. It’s a perfect item for videographers and enthusiasts alike. Just be mindful of the price.
2016 Lexus RC-F ($60,000+): Lexus is back in full force with a classy and sporty coupe. So go ahead. Buy it for your trophy wife when she says, “You don’t have to get me a Ferrari.”
Fujifilm X100t ($1299): While it looks a lot like the last model, X100S, it comes built in with a large number of new features that will make any photography professional or enthusiast smile.
Lux iPhone 6+ ($12,000): So why is this iPhone so expensive? Just take a look. The 24K gold plated iPhone 6+ also comes with diamond encrusted Apple Logo. Extravagant? Yes.
Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong, Shanghai, China ($27,000/Night): Take your loved ones to spend a week or two in this palace of a suite. They’ll never forget it. Really. NEVER.
1967 MIKOYAN MIG 21 UM ($70,000): While your millionaire buddies brag about their G6, one up them with a Soviet Era fighter jet.
Moro Monk Strap by A. Testoni ($38,000): Made with alligator skin, the Moro Monk is a labor of love. Meticulously put together, these shoes are made to be durable yet soft and comfortable in any weather condition. Testoni also offers an option to add a gold, diamond encrusted buckle.
$100,001 or Greater
432 Park Avenue: Tallest Condo in the World ($95 million+): If you want to feel like a god in NYC, this is the place to do it. With 360 views of the entire city, the price tag is well worth the money in the Big Bad City.
Wallypower 118 Yacht ($33 Million): “The Darth Vader” of yachts, it definitely lives up to its name. It may not be the biggest, but it is definitely one of the slickest and swiftest yachts out there.
Westbury Castle Estate ($8 Million): If you know anyone that has dreamed about owning a castle, now they can all the way across the pond in England.
Mercedes Benz 6×6 ($600,000): Based off the G-Wagon, the Mercedes Benz 6×6 is sure to help you drive in style during the zombie apocalypse.
The Triton 36000 Personal Sub ($15 Million): If one-upping your rich friends isn’t enough, show your worth by gifting a loved one or yourself, a personal sub.
Prevost Featherlite RV ($1 Million+): Built with all the usual amenities you would find in a villa, the Prevost Featherlite RV is as luxurious as it gets. Travel in style and comfort.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ($2.5 Million): Sold in a two tone black and orange, it is the closet thing to a G6 for the road. If you know anyone with the need for speed, this is something right up their alley.
Whether you’re a cubicle creature, a king of the hill or a window office executive, a nice clean shirt is a staple in your wardrobe. In the meeting room, a sit-down with clients or social gatherings, a form fitting shirt could make or break any situation. And even if you are stylishly oblivious, you might’ve noticed that the shirt pattern that looks oddly familiar to a traditional picnic table cover is trending. Because of this, the shirt game is saturated with brands that carry this style. First off, if you’ve been calling it the “picnic table pattern”, lets start off by calling the shirt design by its rightful name, “gingham”.
Twillory follows this same design trend with a collection of gingham shirts; with spread and button-down collar options (for more info on collars). Made in five colors, all the shirts ooze quality and an attention to detail. Any brand can stitch similar fabrics together and sell it for competitive prices. But the gingham shirts from Twillory, give the feeling that you are getting more than what you paid for.
The fabric is hardy yet smooth and it feels like the shirt can handle many washes and battles with the iron. At a 120 cloth count, it is tightly woven. Also, the cuffs provide an extra bit of adjustability with another set of buttons. Up front, the shirt is adorned with mother of pearl buttons; commonly found in high-end shirts. And remember that “attention to detail” feel mentioned earlier, well the spread collars come with steel collar stays.
For $79, it is rather affordable for what it offers. But, be sure to know your measurements. An individual with a small body frame might find a medium, loose fitting for a tailored fit. Find them at Twillory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
It can be difficult to stay fashionable whilst having other obligations and hobbies. Venturing into a store with the objective of getting one particular item can lead to hours of searching only to find that your desired item is sold out, or if you do find it, to leave feeling like you spent way more than you should have. With more and more stores providing online shopping it is easier to avoid hectic stores and shop from the comfort of your home or office. However, just as you would spend grueling hours combing shops for the right shirt, so can you be burdened with searching through thousands of selections in hundreds of online stores. That is, until the most recent shift in fashion, from physical stores, to online ones, and now to apps.
Shopping via app is growing more and more popular because of its convenience. There are apps that allow users to view a specific item while seeing similar things at rivaling prices. Some apps alert you through email upon the arrival or restocking of an item that interests you. Apps such as Cool Guy (not in U.S currency), Jack Threads, Mod Man and Frank and Oak are only a few that have been getting good reviews from app users all over. Some stores like Mr Porter and Givenchy Men have also set roots in the growing field of app retail.
Cool Guy which is targeted towards European men of style allows for its users to browse from a decent selection of clothing and accessories. After selecting they have the option of adding an item to their closet and then arranging it with other items for different looks. Overall, it’s a great app to have because it minimizes the time needed for creating outfits and packing for holidays. Similarly, Jack Threads allows users to view brand name items at reduced prices. They update their inventory everyday at 12 pm and offer description of each item so the shoppers know exactly what they are getting.
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.
A melange of all things sensual and alluring, Issey Miyake introduces a seductive cologne during New York Fashion Week entitled “Nuit D’Issey”. A mix of all things necessary in a fragrance, Miyake seems to have hit the perfect balance between light and dark. The light bergamot gives off a very sweet and citrus aroma which is backed with just a hint of black pepper giving a unique pinch to the users nose. But given that light cologne wears off quite easily, Miyake gives the fragrance a firm background of black woods and vetiver, giving the cologne a strong woody essence, effectively allowing the user to have the scent attached to him throughout the day.
The presentation of the cologne is striking as well, given that the bottle was designed and modeled with the help of visual artist Ryan Hopkinson. Together, Miyake and Hopkinson capture the elements of night. The bottle has quite a smokey gradient to it, reminiscent to that of the moonlight, while the box has a similar dual tone.
But the cologne itself is not perfect, nor can it be. The idea of perfection is one that men chase but can never catch up to, and with that being said Miyake has come quite close to having an ideal, well rounded scent that anyone and everyone can enjoy, giving it the status that is a step towards perfection. If I had to give a rating to the scent, it would be a solid 8/10. On my recommendation, I feel that this is a perfect cologne for a working man. After running around all day for Fashion Week, one would imagine that they would need a spritz of cologne before they begin attending the after parties, but I find that while wearing “Nuit D’Issey”, I do not need to apply that second air. The cologne stays strong through a rough day and would fit the criteria for any professional, boss, or boyfriend that has little time for themselves. It would be a great gift considering that it is well worth the money you pay for a cologne.
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.
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.
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.
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. via flickr/sam deng[/caption]
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.
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.
Diego Vanassibara (http://www.diegovanassibara.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home ) is a Brazilian born designer who has taken the accessories industry by storm with his original take on a long standing craft, shoe making. His shoes speak for themselves, not to be outshined by colorful suits or peculiar sox. Diego moved to Britain when he was about 22 years old, leaving behind his home and desires of being an architect to pursue shoe making at Cordwainer’s College. Anyone with a love of quality materials and old styles made a-fresh will love Vanassibara’s line for autumn/winter 2014 which features deep blues, greens, and vibrant reds. Nike has been around for a long time, but it’s just recently that they have started to market luxury sneakers. Their shoes are just as likely to be seen paired with basketball short and a jersey as with cuffed chinos and a crisp button down shirt. It isn’t just Nike catering to new high fashion sneaker enthusiast; brands such as Balenciaga and Givenchy have long since picked up on the trend. White leather sneakers where paired with tailored suit on runways during fashion week and can be seen gracing the feet of New York’s fashionable men.
Contrastingly, those same men of fashion have also been sporting what seems to be one of the biggest summer trends, sandals. It’s no joke that Birkenstocks have made a huge comeback over the past year or so. Similar designs can be seen on models wearing loose fitting pants or even well tailored trousers on websites like ZARA. The trends stretched to gladiator style leather sandals as seen in Topman, D Squared 2, and Dolce and Gabana.
Finding the perfect suit can be trying at best especially with the large divide between design and affordability. Then, when you take into consideration shirts and accessories, looking good can amount to quite a lot of effort and money. Never to fear, the fashion world had heard your complaints and many brands and designers, some having experienced the difficulty of finding the right suit, have created their take on men’s suits at a much lower price. First up is Brooklyn Tailors (http://www.brooklyn-tailors.com/). You might have heard of this brand started by Husband and wife duo Brenna and Daniel Lewis. Their accent began modestly with them catering to a few locals out of their apartment in 2007. Four years later, they made the leap of opening their first store and selling their own line of already made clothing. Brooklyn Taylors boast crisp suits, pinstripe button downs, and colourful ties for an all together hipster businessman look. Indo Chino (http://www.indochino.com/collection/New-Arrivals?cvosrc=blog.header0 ) is a men’s store offering a wide array of suits, shirts and accessories. The brand was created two friends, Heikal Gani and Kyle Vucko, who agreed that the men’s suit industry needed a revamp after Heikal had a bad experience trying to purchase one. Together they started planning a company that would create custom suits for each man’s body type. IndoChino has expanded greatly since its birth and like many great ideas it was born because of someone’s intolerance for inconvenience. It’s no secret that JCrew (https://www.jcrew.com/mens-clothing.jsp ) is a big name in menswear. They and other brands like Topman provide designer quality suits for less than designer prices. Their Ludlow Suits comes in a variety of colours, styles and fabrics and feature quality workmanship that will stand the test of time.
Image suggestions: JCrew Ludlow Suit- https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheLudlowShop/Lightweight/PRDOVR~A5961/99103403794/A5961.jsp Image of Brenna and Daniel Lewis- http://www.brooklyn-tailors.com/pages/about-brooklyn-tailors
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