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Giambattista Valli launching an active wear collection

Giambattista Valli will be launching an activewear capsule collection in the coming year and is even gearing up to make a retail push, marking the first steps to grow his label under its new partnership with the billionaire family Pinault.

Giambattista Valli is a designer more commonly known for his flirty cocktail dresses and sculptural evening gowns, but in recent seasons has shifted into a brand with a more casual presence. In recent shows, he has brought out taffeta jackets with Nike running tights for fall and has introduced logo-printed denim for spring 2018.

Valli will be added to the list of luxury brands trying to get a profit out of the increasingly growing athletic garment market. According to Euromonitor, sports-inspired footwear has increased by 10 percent and sports-inspired apparel has increased by 6 percent in 2016.

By the end of his decade-long partnership with Italian luxury outerwear firm Moncler as the creative director of its Gamme Rouge line, Valli will showcase his new namesake activewear collection of 50 to 60 pieces, including coats, puffer jackets, sweatshirts, and tracksuits, to customers in January.

“It’s a capsule collection where we will express a more functional side of the brand, while remaining faithful to the atmosphere of contemporary chic that is part of its DNA,” Valli told WWD in an exclusive interview.”

“I love the idea of introducing new materials to active wear by applying the house’s know-how in handling certain fabrics to this segment,” he added. “It’s extremely Valli, extremely sophisticated, extremely luxurious — but on the other hand, today’s customer mixes Uniqlo with luxury brands.”

The base prices for the collection will range from 1,303 USD to 2,962 USD. The line is expected to be dropping in June of 2018 to go along with the pre-fall season. The collection will be a color-coded label, it will be sold in Giambattista Valli boutiques and select specialty stores, and will even be displayed on the catwalk alongside the main collection.

Ever since Artémis, the private investment of the Pinault family, took a stake in Maison Valli in June, the two companies have been devising a plan to develop the brand into an all-around franchise, Valli said.

“We really want to develop the brand in every direction. This is just the start,” he explained. With the recent expiration of his contract with Italian fur-maker Ciwifurs for his own fur coats and jackets, Valli has now brought all production and distribution in-house.”

Maison Valli was founded back in 2004 and has produced haute couture, the Giambattista Valli and Giamba ready-to-wear lines has gained quick recognition as a very important fashion and luxury player, dressing some of the best-named socialites and celebrities like Amal Clooney, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Diane Kruger.

“Over 12 years as an independent label, I created a niche for this house. It’s nice to be able to apply that formula, that magic, to products that are a little unexpected for the brand,” Valli said.

“I think today, the concept of luxury has become a little duty-free everywhere. It’s always the same thing. If you’ve been to one store, you’ve seen them all. And I love this idea of slightly more individual, dedicated spaces that each have their own personality,” he said.

“With the arrival of a French family, the brand has entered France’s heritage. The longer-term ambition is to turn it into an exceptional and historic brand,” Valli said. “We really want to explore the brand, to give it the widest scale possible while keeping that sense of privilege that you have when you approach it.”

The Hottest New Items to Purchase Right Now

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!

Image via Flickr/ Daniel Pimley

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 Top Men’s Fashion Releases to Know!

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.

Are You Ready for Fall? Well, here are the Best Boots to Own!

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!

Fall Trends For Men

Givenchy Fall/Winter 2015
Givenchy Fall/Winter 2015
Hermes Fall/Winter 2015
Hermes Fall/Winter 2015
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2015
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2015












Temperatures are getting cooler. Our favorite jeans, long sleeves, sweaters, scarves, and hats are being brought out from deep down in the closet. The question is, are those pieces from last year still trendy? More than likely with a couple adjustments, they are. Here are some tips when putting your looks together for fall fashion which is approaching rather quickly.

Scarves: If you are wearing a rather simple, sophisticated outerwear look, use a bold colored scarf to make it stylish. Hermes did exactly this in their fall 2015 menswear fashion show. Wearing a gray suit with a statement scarf is a must-have for fall and winter collection.

Dismantle Your Suit: If you have plans after work and you need to dress casual, make sure you wear the right pieces for your workday. If you plan on wearing your gray suit, make sure to wear either a simple, solid color dress shirt or a patterned one. This way when work is done, you can take off the jacket, undo the top couple buttons of your shirt, and look like a stylish gentlemen. For instance, choose paisley, plaid, polka dots, something that will make you stand out in the right way. When it comes to stripes, if you have a pinstripe suit and undershirt with stripes the same width, rock it. Givenchy did exactly this in his Fall 2015 Menswear Collection.

Patterned Suit: If you’ve got one that is easy on the eyes, yet intriguing, rock it this fall. However, do make sure it’s full of neutrals and not full of pastels (Do note that shades of red should be in your wardrobe as well). Fall is the season for neutrals and that’s exactly what Louis Vuitton presented.

Knits: These were in style last fall, and are yet again in style this fall. Top designers around the globe are making traditionally feminine knitted pieces and making them stylish and trendy for men. What is that piece exactly? A skirt. Givenchy used various knitted skirts paired with a pant leg and jacket in the 2015 fall collection. It’s something every man should consider and see if he can pull it off.

One last tip for my men out there, facial hair is great. However, even though it is considered “No Shave November,” I would advise you to at least trim it so it looks nice, and not straggly and food-filled like a caveman’s.

Images via Imaxtree

The Manimalist

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

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

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

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

Kindly donate the rest.
Dress up shirts

Breton Stripes: Classic French Style

The swing of the fashion world away from Americana and toward Italian sensibilities has led to an explosion of bold styling, an experimentation with color and pattern born thoroughly of Continental taste.  Yet the Italians shouldn’t get all the love.  Overlooked as they sometimes are, the French have been formidable contributors to men’s fashion over the years- it’s no accident that Paris puts on runway shows for men as well as women.  France, as a whole, loves striking, memorable design, something that stands out, something that reveals the good taste of the wearer.  The pattern we call Breton stripes is drawn from this love of the bold, and to this day it is a worthy choice for any FashionMR in search of a casual statement piece.

The Breton stripe, as its name suggests, originated in Brittany, though not in the way one might think.  Though it became a province of France in 1532, Brittany has long maintained an independent streak, perhaps due to its history of changing hands between France and England.  This nationalism is exemplified by the Brittany flag: instead of a colorful design, it is starkly black and white, black stripes on a white background, with a canton like ermine fur in the upper-left corner.

Though originating in Brittany, the Breton stripe became completely French in 1858, when an Act of France designated that white shirts with black stripes would be the official upper garment of sailors in the French Navy.  As so often happens with military wear, what started on seamen soon grew ubiquitous among all sailors and mariners, and then became just as commonplace on land.  In the 1950’s it crossed the Atlantic through the efforts of great artists such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, and though it has not always enjoyed roaring popularity, it remains to this day a solidly famous garment.

The Breton stripe can be worn as a sweater or a shirt.  In both forms, it is always a crewneck, and almost always long-sleeved, in keeping with its maritime traditions.  Though typically white with black stripes, navy stripes have become popular, and even red stripes occasionally appear.  Some makers even invert the colors, creating black shirts with white stripes.  Whatever permutation you select, you cannot go wrong with the Breton stripe shirt or sweater as a casual garment.  Wear it indoors in the Winter, and as Spring arrives take it outside with a pair of chinos or some shorts.  It is simple, bold, and has heritage- everything a FashionMR could ask for.

The Bomber Jacket

The military has long been a source of inspiration for men’s fashion.  It gave us chinos, as well as the color khaki; it gave us the navy blazer; it gave us the peacoat.  Military gear continues to drive trends in fashion because it is strong, simple, and functional, three qualities that men prize in themselves and in their clothes.  The leather bomber jacket fits all of those criteria, so it should come as no surprise that it has migrated from military apparel to a style staple of men the world over.  Especially as the cold weather comes swirling down our streets and onto our doorsteps, a bomber jacket should quickly become a good friend of any FashionMR wanting to brave the chilly outdoors.

Also known as the flight jacket, the bomber jacket has its origins in the First World War, the dawn of military aviation.  In those days, airplanes did not have closed cockpits, and pilots flying sorties needed something to keep them warm in the cold upper atmosphere.  This need grew more pressing during World War Two, when the altitudes at which aircraft flew rose tremendously- and though planes had closed cockpits by that time, those were not insulated, making a thick coat essential to ward off the frigid temperatures.  The result was a closely cropped, thickly lined jacket with a high collar and elasticized bands at the sleeves, along with elastic around the waist.  Like so much military apparel, after the wars it found many fans among civilians as it became associated with heroism and daring.

Bomber jackets have remained similar in their basic shape, though they do change between manufacturers.  Some have pockets on the chest, while others maintain two simple pockets for a more streamlined look.  The material they are made of also varies: many are made of leather, while others are made of nylon or other synthetic fabrics.  All are classic pieces that should find a versatile place in a FashionMR’s wardrobe.  Pair a classic brown leather bomber jacket with chinos or corduroys for protection from the cold.  If you prefer to be more adventurous, try a jacket in another color, or even a cotton bomber jacket with a patterned exterior.  Unlock your inner flight jockey and dress for adventure.

John Lawrence Sullivan Fall/Winter 2014-15


JLS takes us on a fabric journey from basic gray wool’s, to space age foam and Macintosh style shirts and coats. He starts off with a simple gray wool two piece low cut suit with the jacket having a one button closure that is on a black sateen diagonal strap sewn onto the jacket. He then goes on to show off some sateen shirt style jackets with outlines and chest patch pockets. What is really interesting about this look is that the jacket is so thin that it looks like another low cut shirt that’s tucked into the pants. Only then you realize that it’s a jacket tucked into the pants, which is another style statement in itself. The journey then continues on to a patterned look and feel comprising of rugby designed faux-fur sweaters in blue and black, and burgundy and black colors. Keeping with the patterned theme he then shows off some gingham patterns and besom pockets in his red, and blue single breasted suits. Now he gets to the space age materials, making blue and burgundy duffle coats from foam and fiber materials with rubber hooks, patch pockets and epaulets on the sleeves. Finally comes the truly unique look. A charcoal two piece PVC material suit that if worn in the rain will be the best feeling in the world. Everyone else running, and you are just strolling along waterproofed like there is no rain at all.

Style Bonus: Colorful Dress Socks

Once you’ve mastered the rules, you can break them.  This is as true in men’s style as in many other fields, and the ability to violate the rules with aplomb can set the FashionMR apart from the crowd of unassuming men that surround him.  One of the cardinal rules of good style is that you should match your socks to your pants.  It’s a good rule, generally speaking: it lengthens your legs visually, makes you appear taller, and is a safe union of color between the pants and the shoes.  But like all rules, it can be broken, and if you break it with style, you can have a flash of bold dress that declares your sartorial independence from the ordinary.

First, some grounding rules- yes, there are rules for breaking the rules.  The whole point of bold dress socks is that they contrast the sober surroundings of your pants and shoes.  Therefore, if either of those happen to already be colorful, opt for normal, staid dress socks.  You wouldn’t wear red dress socks with blue suede shoes, for example- unless you seriously wanted attention.  Additionally, you should match patterns with solids and solids with patterns- if both your socks and your pants have a pattern, the effect will be too busy.

That said, use your dress socks for a flash of color in a normally sober outfit, like a colorful dress shirt.  In fact, if you choose, you can match your socks with your dress shirt- consider wearing pink socks with a charcoal gray suit and a pink Bengal stripe dress shirt underneath.  Play with complimentary colors, if you can: if you’re wearing a navy suit, try some orange socks.  Of course, if it’s summer and you’re wearing a white or khaki suit, all bets are off- be as colorful as you like.  Use your socks as a palette no less than the rest of your wardrobe, because every part of your body can act as a tool of expression.  You should be an individual from head to toe.

Dyed Denim: Beyond Blue Jeans

The designer denim craze that has so gripped the world of fashion has transformed the way we think of jeans.  What used to be workwear has been dressed up, shaped up, prettied up, and thrust into the spotlight as a wardrobe staple on par with the navy blazer- indeed, jeans and a blazer are now recognized as an excellent evening staple, a state that used to be considered heresy.  In the rush to upscale blue jeans, however, there is one option that is sometimes overlooked: who said jeans have to be blue?

Denim can take on many garment dyes; indeed, as cotton, it is highly suitable to a broad range of colors.  We therefore recommend that you go beyond blue.  An easy way to start is with a pair of white jeans, a great substitute for white chinos in the Spring and Summer.  If you don’t want stark white, consider an off-white pair like the ‘wheat’ color sold by J. Crew.

There’s more to dyed denim than white, however.  Denim most enjoys dyes of bold, dark colors, such as black, gray, and even burgundy.  At the same time, it can take the lighter shades, such as the aforementioned white and even khaki or stone.  If you have the resources, don’t hesitate to experiment with different colors of denim.  Treat these jeans like a pair of colored chinos or corduroys, but with the added edge of their rough exterior.  Pair them with a scratchy tweed sport coat, a marled sweater, and some desert boots, and you have the perfect outfit to spend a night out on the town with.  Or you can go hiking, if you feel so inclined.  You are wearing jeans.

Never Wear: Lumberjack Style

Young men in cargo pants and buffalo plaid trek boldly under a gray sky, their Red Wing boots tramping on the stony ground.  They wear heavy watch caps on their heads, while over their shoulders axes are slung.  There’s one problem with this: these young men are walking down our city sidewalks, not the gravel roads of some frontier town.  The trend toward American workwear reached its zenith several years ago, but even so, it has expanded and grown.  There’s a point at which this needs to stop, and we have clearly passed it.

It was a good exercise at first, this workwear trend.  At its core, the focus on American workwear is a focus on the days when garments were made with quality, and were built to withstand the hardship of a working man’s life.  It was an attempt to rediscover a distinctly American identity by young men who were just learning how to dress well.  It was natural that, after years of t-shirts and jeans, they would gravitate toward the familiarly rugged trappings of chambray shirts, workwear boots, trucker jackets, and tin oil cloth.  Brands like Filson and Red Wing and Gitman Brothers, true holdovers from the heyday of the American garment industry, welcomed these newcomers and created a new generation of products to meet their old-fashioned tastes.

Then things started to go overboard.  Wearing a flannel shirt and hiking boots started to become expected apparel for the sidewalk, instead of just the mountainside.  Men were showing up with bushy beards and watch caps to well-appointed restaurants and meetings.  There were even companies that sold ‘fashion axes,’ and men bought them.  Middle-class men who were in no proximity to any wood in need of chopping bought axes as a fashion statement.

We say to you, the budding FashionMR: please don’t dress like a lumberjack.  Heritage clothing and workwear is fine in a casual setting, but it should be worn with the understanding that you are probably not a mill worker, a mechanic, or above all, a lumberjack.  You work at Starbucks.  You work at Bloomingdale’s.  You work at Wells Fargo.  You do not work in a steel mill and you do not work at a saw mill.  Please dress appropriately.  Of course, if you do happen to be a lumberjack, then by all means, buy that axe.

Color Study: Orange

Today we’ll look at the color orange, a worthy addition to any FashionMR’s wardrobe, particularly in this time of year.

Orange is a warm color, but not a hot one.  It is the color of the rising and the setting sun, but not the sun at noon.  It doesn’t make us wince away in its brilliance as yellow does; rather, orange is an inviting warmth, drawing us closer, making us slow down and bask in the comforting heat.  Orange lacks the immediacy of red.  It is a complex color, a considerate color, requiring more study than its other warm shades.  Yet orange is still bright, and still sturdy.  Its harmony with the falling leaves makes it suited for the outdoors, giving it a rustic, sporting aesthetic.  Anyone who has hunted quail will connect orange with the reflective vests used to identify hunters in the field.  Like them, a FashionMR who wears orange will be noticed without fail, and the scrutiny he will endure means the piece he chooses must be able to stand up to careful examination.

Orange is not a color that should dominate a wardrobe.  It is so sturdy and bright that a single item of it in an ensemble is enough to capture attention.  We suggest picking a piece that you feel comfortable showing off.  A sweater is an easy choice: wear an orange sweater under your navy blazer with brown pants for an ideal Autumn wardrobe.  It will make you appear warm and confident in the cold days to come.  On the other hand, you can go the Ivy League route and wear orange trousers.  Pair them with a gray tweed sport coat and a white shirt and you’ll be the toast of any party.  If you feel uncomfortable sporting orange in such a broad fashion, you can even wear something simpler.  An orange necktie will look good, particularly with blue, its complimentary color.  Hurry, though- Fall will be over before you know it.