Leica for Men

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

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

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

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

Leica Camera
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Name Air, Surname Jordan

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

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

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

Latest Air Jordan news:

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

Traveling is one thing that should for sure be on your list of goals for a lifetime. Explore the fabrics of the world and roam the streets where some of the most legendary designers have walked. Here are some places you should consider traveling to next!

7. Tokyo, Japan

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Japan unleashes fashion at its wildest. Platform shoes to people dressed as anime characters. Fashion is not just clothes in Japan, but a whole new way to transform yourself. In Japan your outfit isn’t complete unless you hair is as funky as your wardrobe. Have you checked out clothing lines like Bathing Ape and COMME des GARÇONS?

6. Berlin, Germany

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Street wear is big in Germany. Edgy patterns and color blocking are a must here. Germany, in fact, houses two of the biggest sneaker brands; Adidas and PUMA.

 

5. Barcelona, Spain

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Balenciaga sunglasses, Why not? Enjoy the warm weather and beaches in Spain.

 

4. Rome /Milan, Italy

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These historic cities are one of the most crucial places to visit! Italy is known for having some of the best shoe designers in the world. This is Sightseeing fashion heaven filled with designers such as Versace, Valentino, and Moschino.

 

3. London, England

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A Burberry trench for the fall is a fashion essential for the London fog. Drive around London and pick up a pair of some Alexander McQueen shoes while you are there. Filled with dapper tailored suits and known for their beloved desire of hats. Do you remember Pharrell’s infamous Vivienne Westwood Hat?

 

2. Paris, France

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Discover the history of popular fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Walk around this fashion savvy city in your adored Red Bottoms soaking in the Parisian culture. Souvenirs? A great gift for your fashionista girlfriend would be a pair of these handcrafted shoes . Isn’t this a fashionMr Dream come true?

 

1. New York City/ Los Angeles, USA

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“New York, New York.” The Big apple is ranked as the number one city on the fashion capital list. Be sure to grab yourself a cup of coffee from Starbucks, because this overly populated city will have you on your feet and waiting for a yellow taxi. The city contains 5 boroughs that each contains a selected trend of fashion.

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They say “California girl are unforgetable” so add LA to the top of your list as well. Ranked right beside New York City, LA has produced some of the most iconic fashion movies and TV shows. The legendary Alfred Hitchock loved to bounce back & forth from LA to NY filming some of his classics. Plus, I’m sure you’d love to shop down Rodeo Drive !

 

 

The Men of Gucci

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

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

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

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

 

Opening Ceremony Wants to Have Play on the Runway

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

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

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

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

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

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Beat the Summer Heat in Style – Affordable Fashion Ensemble

With the weather permitting, it is still very much possible to flourish your fashion fiend addiction under 90 degree weather. Paying attention to the material your clothes are made of is fundamental when hitting extreme temperatures. Light linens, easy breathing fabrics as polyester or cotton to keep cool. Here are some summer saves while updating your closet.

G-Star RAW 2 Pack V-Neck Tees -$35

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Simple and casual, and classic v-neck shirts will always be in style. You can wear them with almost anything. You receive two shirts in this bundle with over 19 different colors to chose from. G-Star makes these shirts with a polyester and cotton blend, guaranteed to help keep cool. Other alternatives can be found at an abundance of stores like H&M, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s or Tjmaxx.

Zara Faux Leather Combination T-Shirt With Seams-$22.99

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This Faux Leather shirt is good to add flare to your wardrobe. Dark colors tend to track more heat to your body in the sunlight so at night this is a great fit.The best part about leather is that is is guaranteed to always look good on you.

H&M Short-Sleeved Denim Shirt- $19.95

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Denim is fun but heavy, but this shirt is actually a denim printed shirt made out 100% cotton. It has a distressed pattern to it giving off a retro vibe.

Club Monaco 10 ½” Jackson Short- $69.50

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These cotton shorts come in two calm colors of navy and red. Designed for warm weather, these shorts are flexible to the occasion. Pair these with boats shoes, Vans, Converse or Puma Sneakers.

Bonobos -Straight Leg Washed Cotton Chinos -$43.98

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For a business casual look, straight leg chinos are a great investment. They are even on sale now at Nordstrom in 9 different shades. These pants are also light and 100% cotton. You can find alternatives at Zaras, Macys, and Revolve Clothing.

H&M Chino Shorts- $19.95

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These cotton shorts are a classic straight cut. They are meant to go slightly above the knee and are available in nine vibrant colors. These shorts are great for color blocking with a graphic tee or tank.

Cole Haan -‘Grant Mto’ Driving Shoe-$87.98

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This half leather and suede shoe is on on sale right now for 50% off at Nordstrom. It also comes in three different shades. A versetile shoe can be worn for different occasions. Reviews about the shoe express “..Very comfortable, like walking on air!!!!”

Topman Suede Gibson Shoes.-$70.00

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These casual brown shoes, detailed with beige stitching is a great way to seal an outfit. It is a 100% leather and is accompanied with a rubber sole. Some pastel linen trousers, cuffed at the bottom and a white v-neck would go really smooth with these shoes.

Adidas Ciero Sneaker- $75

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Turn your day outfit around with these low cut Adidas. These comfortable sneakers are classics and are go to’s for many men. The red stripes give a pop of color on the simple suede beige sneaker. With hints of lime green on the back and front logos, the lightweight rubber sole finishes off the design. You can find this shoe online at Urban Outfitters.

Puma Super Classic Suede Sneaker- $59

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Another sneaker alternative is this Classic Suede Puma Sneaker. The lightweight soles are great for everyday wear. Available in red, blue, black,and gray. You can find these at Urban Outfitters or Pumas offical website.

 

 

Quality Over Quantity: Why It’s Sometimes Better To Spend More.

Clothes, like cars or children, are investments. A person looking for a job will expectedly dress smartly depending, of course, on the type of job desired. You wouldn’t attend a formal event dressed informally unless you’re seeking to make a statement of some sort, or that is in fact the image you chose to portray. The type of clothes you wear says a lot about you as a person and it is up to you to acquire the right ones in order to be perceived in the right way.

Thus we enter the debate of quality over quantity. Often, big retail chain stores sell replicas of higher end designs, but you should not only consider looks or pricing when purchasing clothes. It is easy for any store to sell a basic white button down shirt, it’s a whole different story however when you consider the materials that make up this shirt and the way that is made. It is impractical to purchase a poorly made shirt for less money because it will eventually show the signs of its quality, and repurchasing it will, after a while, cost you more than if you had bought the more expensive but better made one. The term quality isn’t only applied to suits and shirts, everything, from t-shirts to sneakers can be well made.

Some things to consider when searching for well made clothing are the labels which tell you what kind of fabric is used and how it should be taken care of, and whether the fit is what you are looking for. Some stores to find quality clothing that won’t leave you bankrupt are Topman and ZARA. Shopping online would also be beneficial, as in most cases you will be able to read reviews of specific items and often there is a sale section containing reduced price goods.

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via Zara

 

Embracing The New Men’s Wear : Meggings

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

Do you have 25 dollars?

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

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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.

 

Kors Planning $1 Billion Men’s Brand

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CEO and Chairman of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, John Idol, previously mentioned to WWD, that he would be expanding on to the menswear aspect and he indeed is following up with his words. A report in seekingalpha.com, earlier this year mentions that Michael Kors Holdings is growing fast into a global luxury lifestyle brand. The woman’s line is indeed affordable, but at the same side grants a high end casual approach. The shift towards menswear was inevitable.

Carried in over 450 stores in 35 different countries, big things are happening for Michael Kors. With the new global menswear president being Mark Brashear, former Hugo Boss Americas CEO, 2015 shall be a promising year for Kors.

Plans for a $1 billion dollar goal with the welcoming of the new CEO. The line shall include watches, apparel and other leather goods to be on the look out for. Have you noticed the popular iPad cases? Although, Michael Kors is adored by many woman, will Kors dominate the Menswear industry?

 

 

How to Stay Nice and Cool While Cycling to Work

With traffic patterns slowly getting worse every year and gas prices creeping upward, biking to work seems like a great alternative to driving. You can be less taxing on the environment, save money and get in shape.

Still, all these factors can fall short in the face of convenience. Instead of waking up earlier and preparing for a bike ride in a dozen ways, many of us chose to get dressed and turn the key in the ignition. Experience tells us, however, that the easiest way out isn’t always the best solution. Here are some solutions to issues that arise when biking to work.

Hydrate Heavily

It’s best to freeze your water or sports drinks during the day and let them thaw a bit overnight. A chilly water bottle leaving your house will taste like warm tap water 10 blocks into your ride, so keep drink super-chilly. You can put them in your office fridge to freeze over while you’re there, so you’ll have proper fuel for the ride back home.

According to consumerreports.org, cooling towels could help you along the way. Eduracool towels ($11.99-$41 on Amazon), endorsed by Dwayne Wade and Serena Williams, and competitor Chill-its towels ($10.50-$28 on Amazon) both have been proven to cool a person down during and after a workout. They just might make your rides a bit easier.

If you elect to pass on those products, one option is too freeze a slightly damp towel to wrap you head with on your ride. It will pay dividends on the way back home, when it will almost certainly be hotter than the morning.

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via Mission Athlete Care

What to Wear

Office clothing will always look like a wrinkled heap after even the shortest bike ride, so it’s best to keep professional wear at the office. Towing it on your commute isn’t a good idea, either. Save yourself some headaches and make use of local dry cleaning. Additionally, keep a few extra outfits at the job; you never know when a lunch time disaster will ruin your get-up right before a big-time meeting or an happy hour meet-and-greet.

Lock it Up

Fact: Most office buildings don’t offer bike storage, and you might not like the prospect of leaving your bike strapped to a sign only to hope it’s there when you punch out. The Bikes in Buildings program aims to make storing your bike at work easier. It allows tenants of office buildings to request bicycle access for their employees. In response to that request, a building owner must either grant access or request an exception from the New York Department of Transportation. The law only applies to buildings with a freight elevator. Likewise, it excludes buildings that aren’t primarily composed of offices.

Stay Fresh and Clean

The best solution after a ride, would be a shower at a nearby gym, but that would only make sense if you had a long ride. It’s unlikely that your job is next door to a gym, anyway. Baby wipes and wash cloths are the best bet.

The Route

Your bike route to work should be just long enough for a workout but not so long that it leaves you drenched. If the bike route is extra-long, consider driving part of the way there. Cutting the distance in half with a bus or train ride is a good option as well.

 

 

5 Places You Should Add To Your Summer List!

1. 230 Fifth

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via 230-Fifth

2. Sugar Factory American Brasserie (New York, Las Vegas Paris & Las Vegas Towns Square , San Diego , Brooklyn *Coming Soon*)

You might as well call this place candy land.

With four locations, you can spot some of the hottest celebs drinking one of their signature candy infused goblets. They have over 10 different signature chocolate martinis.

Their menu ranges from breakfast, brunch and dinner. Options from waffles, crepes, pancakes all the way to chicken tenders. Having a birthday soon?

Make a reservation at Sugar Factory and get a packaged deal with their party menu.

3. LIV night club (Miami)

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via Liv Night Club

“Your momma used to live at the church on Sunday
You just go to LIV after church on Sunday”

Yes, Rapper Drake said it and it really is true; LIV is the place to be on Sunday.

LIV is considered one of the most popular clubs at Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. They are known for having the hottest DJ’s and GoGo Dancers. Beware, this place is pretty pricey! Other than that, you are guaranteed to be partying with A-List celebs, athletes, and socialites.

Are you ready to Party?

4.1 Oak (Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, South Hampton *coming soon* )

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5. Hudson River Café and Lounge (New York)

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via Hudson Cafe and Lounge

 

 

 

Colors and Cultures – What Has Psychology and Marketing Done to Us?

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In a follow up to a previous article “The vibe that we give off with the colors we wear” there came a realization that culture plays a very important role in how we perceive the world. Within that culture are the marketing geniuses that want to make us associate their own colors with certain feelings. Coca-Cola for example wants us to associate their red and white colors and their trademarked logo with happiness. Hence their brand image and slogan “open happiness.” Each color in each culture means something completely different, so how does culture affect what we wear? How about also thinking about where we were brought up in terms of communities and affiliations. Certain colors are group colors and have symbolic meanings themselves which are ever so noticeable by specific accessories.

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Let’s take the color red as an example. In the U.S. or Western culture it is a sign for love, passion and danger. While in some Eastern cultures that same red color symbolized happiness, prosperity and is used as the color of a bride’s main dress. White has a very different effect in cultures throughout the world. Here in Western culture it symbolizes purity and cleanliness. However, on the opposite side of the globe it is a symbol of death, mourning and sadness. While in most countries and cultures it’s still a symbol for purity, that isn’t the case everywhere so by you wearing it, can have a negative effect on a complete stranger.

Marketing does play an extremely significant role in how we associate colors in society. Multi-national corporations specifically study this science when choosing their logo colors, and their slogans to ensure that they always have an advantage and effect on the consumer. McDonald’s is a prime example. They specifically use red and yellow in their logo designs. Among other multi-national fast food chains like Burger-King who use red and yellow as well. The reason for that is for the majority and also where they were first founded before going global red and yellow represent two specific attributes. Red stimulates the appetite while yellow stimulates cheerfulness and enthusiasm. They go hand in hand, one makes you hungry while the other makes you happy, all in one place. That’s our society, marketing at its finest.

Culture does play a huge part in how we perceive colors and life in general, however apparently the multi-billion dollar marketing industry paired with psychological tactics can train us in ways we don’t even realize until it’s too late. Did you ever use a Kleenex after sneezing, or how about grabbing a Bounty to clean up the mess? Yeah, we substitute company names for the proper grammatical terms, a psychologically conditioned marketing and branding strategy. The only way out is to disassociate yourself from the current culture – move to a tropical or deserted island. What colors come to mind then? Well those are also mental associations that you developed over time.

 

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Fashion Free Land

Dear Reader,

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

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

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

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

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via nowfashion.com

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

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via givenchy.com

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

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

 

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Antonio Marras at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

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An ode to fine tailoring, master sewing techniques and a tribute to his father was how this show started for Antonio Marras. The collection was filled with mixing fabrics and subtle colors into singular pieces with touches on modern design and flare.

The collection started with a white polka dot pattern on a deep navy suit combination and followed by a white shirt with a print of his father in a pinstripe suit. That was the start of the tribute from the son, which was shortly after followed by a double breasted coat that featured two different color block and fabric combinations with the chest and sleeves.

The tailoring was so detailed that on that piece it was possible to see the stitch line as one fabric changing to the other. Further showing fine design techniques was a jersey cardigan which transitioned from a gray color to a charcoal blue plaid pattern.

Turtle neck sweaters had various designs and patterns including rugby stripes both in regular and cropped versions of the same design while Fair Isle patterns in sweaters brought some history back into the collection with a traditional feel.

The tribute didn’t stop there because almost every design had some sort of pattern, fabric combination, print or modernization of a classic design from the past. That included having suit pants conceptualized from a sporty fabric held up by drawstrings instead of belts. An original makeover for a design that has been the norm since it can be remembered.

Two pieces stood out because of the fabric combinations with one of them being a cropped leather motorcycle jacket that had pinstripe suit sleeves. However, the most intriguing item from this collection was a double breasted jacket that included three different materials. With a felt fabric going to a glen plaid wool and ending with a white shearling.

The ultimate homage didn’t come from the clothing though in this show, it came when all the tailors sitting behind their sewing machines stood up and put on their still torn and unfinished blazers and walked out down the runway. A fitting end to a tribute collection from son to father.

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Zegna Fall/Winter 2014-15

Space is the future and everyone wants to be a part of it. People want to be astronauts and go to the moon or just take the new voyage around the atmosphere. Well even though space is the future it is here now both in fashion and in life. The Zegna collection joins in on the action with a galaxy inspired runway. The show did merge future and present with its video of the earth seen from space and then zooming in and focusing on cities like New York, and Shanghai. Both business and fashion markets and two of the top places where we would find a Zegna suit or coat being worn.

The fashions started with a traditional gray two piece suit with a futuristic space theme by employing a glitter style giving off a galactic visual effect. Then bringing the collection back down to earth with a set of traditional checkered coats including a pea coat and another that featured a fur hood. The looks included three main designs consisting of a quilted pattern, a checkered pattern mainly used with suits and coats, and a combination of the two layered together usually with the quilted jacket tied over the checkered coats and suits. Layering was a big statement with this collection where by the designers own words the inspiration behind the looks was “It’s like the perspective of fashion—sometimes close, sometimes far, but always present. Everything is relative.” Mixing patterns was also a staple in the collection and consisted of a houndstooth overcoat with a plaid interior lining and cuffed sleeves. Mixing the patterns was a little risky but nobody can predict the future so this very well could become a new trend. There was a standout piece which brought the history back into clothing and by history it was the Jurassic age where a navy blue belted cardigan had a Stegosaurus spine appliqued onto the arms, while unconventional it did bring the individualistic style into tradition. Thus being able to go between land and space was the theme here, and since we are still on land for now this was a fitting design spectacle of luxury and innovative classical style.

Pump the Pompadour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here Comes the Bride

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

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via tuxedohto.net

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

Now what will the bride wear?

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

Spokespersons from both designers declined to comment.

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

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via www.clichemag.com

Mazel

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Clooney & Alamuddin

The Empire State will light up silver for 50 Anniversary of Warhol’s Empire on 7/25

“I never liked the idea of picking out certain scenes and pieces of time and putting them together, because… it’s not like life… What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment.”

The late American Artist, Warhol stated this after producing the most unique film of the 20th century. He was known for his ambiguous productions of art. He stuck by his own visions and perception of beauty and gave his viewers a journey through his eyes. His love for the Empire State building was so grand; he created an eight hour filmed dedicated to the building.

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All throughout July you can catch a Viewing of the film Empire in the Empire State building. Also details of the artist and his creations will be accompanying this tribute to Warhol and the building.

On July 25th, the building will be will filled with thousands of white lights dedicating the honor of the film’s anniversary in 1964.

Be sure to hashtag #WarholEmpire while tweeting your pictures!

 

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Shoe Trends

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.

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via flickr/Michael Patterson

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.

 

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via Farfetch

 

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Color Coded: What Vibe We Give Off with the Colors We Wear!

When we get dressed in the morning we put on the clothes we either picked out yesterday or just go into our closets, pull something out and throw it on. Then we proceeded to think about how it would look with everything else that we have on and in some cases how we are portraying ourselves to the people around us. That’s what the colors of our wardrobes do, they evoke a feeling from other people. It can be a simple subconscious emotion that one may get or a completely visible reaction that they wear on their face or sleeve. But one thing is for sure, it definitely gives of a vibe. Each color gives off its own meaning and message to someone else, so the important thing to do is dress for the occasion, but more importantly is dressing for the impression and the reputation.

The basic and the most pure color is white. In fact, it is actually the absence of color that makes white what it is. It symbolizes purity and innocence. For this reason a bride is almost always in a white dress or gown. It is also the ultimate neutral color, it reflects light and highlights everything around it because around it is only color. You really can’t go wrong with white, unless it’s all white and after Labor Day.

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Black is the complete opposite of white, it is the combination of all the colors into one. Like a black hole, the color sucks everything in. Which as it turns out works for clothing and appearance. Putting on something black will automatically make you appear slimmer, and even though it’s a dark color it can bring happiness with that little illusion. More known for being a formal color and one that shows authority, strength, intelligence but also represents evil. That is why most villains are portrayed in dark colors, shadows and is why when people have negative emotions about someone they are usually in black attire.

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The most used color of all and the reason it is also the most popular color is blue. A sign of trustworthiness, calmness and relaxation. For this reason one of the top choices for interviews or any meeting is a blue suit. It gives off a trusting and calming vibe to the other person which is exactly what is hoped for in that situation. The color also stimulates thought better and that’s why people in blue rooms are more productive and why some of the world’s top companies have blue logos.

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Yellow is a color that really hits and affects the eye in many ways. On one side it’s a ray of sunshine where it brings happiness and optimism to the room. However, too much of it can get irritating fairly quickly and bring out anger effects and anxiety. Being on both sides of the spectrum, pun intended, is a very risky road to take. But style and fashion is about takings risks, so risk the sunshine and maybe cause a style flare while you’re at it.

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Everyone gets green with envy when they shouldn’t. Green symbolizes nature and balance. Two things that actually go hand in hand. There is a balance in nature and the color has a relaxing effect. Green is all around us in the grass, the trees, leaves and we all dream of having all the green in the world. Yes, referring to money and if we had all that green, wouldn’t we be relaxed? You bet. So next time you want to portray a feeling of balance and relaxing, wear green. It’s easy on the eyes, and so should you be to look sharp.

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The most talked about and emotion evoking color is red. It is the ultimate eye catcher. Red catches attention whether you like it or not. It portrays strength, power and energy. Red makes us act more spontaneous and aggressive. For this reason red is the romance color and not subtle at all. It is actually the opposite and often causes a jump in heart rate which makes decision making less rational. A University of Rochester study showed that red actually enhances men’s attraction to women. That’s why women wear it, to draw attention and make the guy act primitive. Negotiating in red might actually work against you, so if looking for a mate, it will definitely attract them but the personality is what has to keep them.

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Pink, the subtle version of red and with a mix of white is a tranquil and soothing color. A feminine color per say and it takes a truly confident FashionMR to wear pink. Because of its soothing feeling it brings warmth to the person opposite of you and portrays kindness. Too much pink can actually end up draining you of energy. So if are brave enough to wear pink, don’t overdo it and appear as if you are wearing a unitard. You might not have enough energy to actually go anywhere, which might be a blessing after all.

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The color of kings and royalty has historically been purple. The color embodies quality, power and elegance. It also gives off a lavish feeling. If your goal is to portray quality and the finer things in life, then purple should be your go-to color. It does evoke contemplation and meditation so you and the company you are with can get stuck in a thinking mood. Then after the drinks come they might expect you to pay. Wear it proud, but be careful and not give off the subconscious “I got the check” vibe.

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Orange is the new red, but a more fun subdued version. It portrays energy and stimulates enthusiasm. It’s still a bright and friendly color but not as sharp and aggressive as red. It is the new red alternative to stand out and to say to the world, “Yeah, I know you notice me, and I don’t take myself too seriously, so let’s have a great time.” Orange brings out the fun in everyone, so if you are usually the center of attention and you are wearing an orange shirt? Then it’s just game over for all the wall flowers out there. It will seem like they didn’t even show up.

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While every color can and will evoke a different feeling in each individual based on their past experiences, there are generalities about which colors lead to what feelings and impressions. Dressing based on these general guidelines is a safe way to make the style statement you want and be cautiously optimistic that you won’t offend anyone or accidentally trigger their long lost memory.

 

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Watch Guide for the Budget Conscious

Nothing tops off an ensemble like a nice watch. A glimmer of a sharp watch face in a lounge or a nice splash of color in a bar can pull positive attention and get a conversation started. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend the equivalent of a mortgage to have a stylish, durable watch that will keep drawing stares for years to come. There’s a bevy of trustworthy websites and apps that sell high-quality watches at bargain prices. It should be noted that these sites hold temporary sales on watches, so their sale items change frequently. Comparable options will be available when the sale items below are gone. Here’s a few options listed below:

Groupon Watches

Akribos XXIV Men’s Multifunction Swiss Watch

Price: $59.99 Original Price: $525

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via Groupon

Akribos watches have a big-faced, strong profile and uses quality materials for their sunray dials, crystal-accented bezels and braided bracelets. Akribos implements handsome color paterns; whether you pick black face with gray band, blue face with gold band, or black face with black band, you can’t go wrong.

Adee Kaye Men’s Italian Design Automatic Skeleton Watch

Price: $74.99 – $89.99 Original Price: $495

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via Groupon

Adee Kaye watches are designed in Italy and feature square faces and genuine leather or stainless steel mesh bands. Numerals pop on the watch dial with blue on gold, gold on black or gold on blue numerals. Watching the mechanics of the watch through the skeletal frame is a nice touch, too.

Studer-Schild Sabin Men’s Chronograph Watch

Price: $99.99 Original Price: $1,299

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via Groupon

These chronograph watches feature 1/20th and 12-hour sub-dials, a date window and a handsome multi-textured face. The black dial-on black face and band setup would look right at home hanging out of the driver side of a sports car.

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Joshua and Sons Swiss Genuine Leather Strap Watch in Red

Price: $78.99 Original Price: $485

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Now you can bet that you’ll stand out from a crowd of lady hunters wearing this awesome piece of wrist wear. Joshua and Sons has released another gem with this one; a see-through frame and angled second dial, plus a checkered face for both dials make it a must buy. The black leather band and red stitching pull everything together like Recaro seats in sexy coupe.

The Dual Time Stainless Steel Watch in Silver and Gold, Josha and Sons

Price: $132 Original Price: $745

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The tasteful color pairing of gold and silver in addition to the arrowhead hands and Arabic numerals put this watch over the top. This timepiece would look just as good as an everyday office accessory as it would to pull together your three-piece suit or after-hours business casual ensemble.

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Price: $159 Original Price: $440

AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Chronograph Watch

Price: $129 Original Price: $725

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via JackThreads

This AVI-8 pays homage to the legendary Hawker Hurricane, a British single-seater fighter that was credited for 60 per cent of the Royal Air Force’s Victories in the Battle of Britain. White numbers on a black dial stand out well, and a second dial is lit up with the colors that the Hawker Hurricane made its mark wearing. The case is stainless steel with a black strap to finish the look.

Stuhrling Emperor Skeleton Dual Time Zone Watch

Price: $179 Original price: $725

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This watches keeps you covered in two different time zones, just in case you obsess on planning ahead when you make long-distance flights. It features a skeletal set-up and tasteful blue accents in addition to a jewel-like background to Roman numerals. The black leather band in glossy, paired with gold-accented, stainless steel elements.

 

 

Lanvin Men’s RTW Spring 2015

Lucas Ossendrijver, head of the Lanvin ready-to-wear brand, said, “Men don’t change every season, even every year. What changes is their lifestyle.” This year’s RTW Spring collection is a celebration of equal part elegance and individuality. His ensembles push the professional approach of suits, yet they stay loose and move with the body, accentuating exquisite materials that are naturally high-priced.

A theme of fluidity seems to flow through most of the pieces in this collection; a thin belt often barely keeps a loose but smooth vest or button-down inline, stanchioned by slim but freely flowing dress pants. Later, close-cut jackets are offset by an unhinged vest and an eye-jarring collared shirt beneath it. The outfits that accompany his white pea coats and jackets scream authority and know-how. Moreover, the king of the lot is the ivory jacket with sharp flipped-up black leather cuffs to compliment a generously cut black leather collar. Oh, and the black ascot over a silky slick button-down is a nice bonus.

Lanvin’s new collection enables men to find a look that’s all their own without sacrificing a shred of quality or professionalism. Many looks exhibit the feeling of energy and urgency, instead of conventional rigidness and conformity.

Lanvin was the guest designer for H&M’s 2010 Winter Collection. In 2013, Lanvin became the official tailor of Arsenal FC, a London-based soccer club. Lucas Ossendrijver has been the head of men’s-ready-to-wear clothing since 2006.

 

FashionMister Felix Flair : Style for the Modern Man

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

Enjoy exploring Felix Flair’s Instagram for menswear inspiration.

Three Words: Abraham’s Beard Shampoo

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

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

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

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

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via abshampoo

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

 

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Fall for Fall Trends

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