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Tinie Tempah goes from top charts to top shows

Tinie Tempah top floor of his studio in Holland Park is covered in clothes and paper sketches. Tinie Tempah has went from being a well-known musician to becoming a well-known fashion icon. Tempah released his first collection for What We Wear.  Tempah has been an ambassador for LFWm since its launch back in 2012, a time where Tinie Tempah believes was pivotal for men’s fashion.

“I think 2010, 2011, there was a lot of press about how British men were becoming more fashionable. ‘Metrosexual’ was the term being used around the time,” he tells the BBC.

“Since then, more men have been paying attention to their fashion. To be honest, I still think there’s a lot more women paying attention to what they wear, how they wear it, how it looks, who the designer is.”

“But we’re started to seeing a new generation of young people who are very savvy, more into their brands.”

“Most people who are shooting music videos, they’re styled to some degree, there’s some thought about what they’re wearing, how their hair is styled. All of that, to me, is fashion.”

“Even a fashion show itself wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t any music. I think there’s a really close relationship between the two.”

“I’d say it was from about nine or 10. I come from a Nigerian immigrant background, my parents had us here, and my Mum, on top of having three or four jobs, she always believed in having a side hustle, and one of those was actually going and buying fabric,” Tinie explains.

“She’d go over to Switzerland or Italy, bring it back and sell it to other women from the local community.

“In Nigerian culture, a lot of the women like to make their own dresses and wear them to weddings, so she’d buy all these different materials, and once in a while she’d let me go with her.”

“From there, I started to understand and have a bit of a passion and knowledge for fashion and textiles in general.”

Tinie’s enthusiasm eventually encouraged to him become a prominent figure in the fashion circuit, working closely with the British Fashion Council.”

“I remember just saying to myself one day, ‘I can’t come to another Men’s Fashion Week for the sixth year running, being this guy that knows fashion, being this guy that’s a clothes horse for most of these designers, and not make a contribution myself,'” he recalls.

Ilaria Urbinati gives dressing tips for dapper men

The old saying that behind every strong man is a strong woman holds true in this situation. For red carpet walkers such as Bradley Cooper, Donald Glover and Armie Hammer, the woman behind them is not their significant others but celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati.

The A-list stylist has quite the clientele, and this holiday season she has decided to share some insightful tips courtesy of W magazine. She has done her best to give great advice to those men out there who want to look their best during the holidays. Urbinati’s best piece of advice is to have fun, and when in doubt you “can’t go wrong with a little fair isle.”

W: Biggest difference between styling women vs men?

Urbinati: The politics of dressing men couldn’t be more different than those of women where you’re always just chasing that “one” sample dress. With men, it’s more about working within the parameters of men’s style rules while trying to break out of them just the right amount.

W: Best advice for men dressing for a holiday party?

Urbinati: You can’t go wrong with a little fair isle as long as it fits right. Do go easy on the plaid, though it’s great under a suit. Don’t be afraid of a little color. Do embrace velvet. Do go hard on the tweeds, cashmeres, and herringbones. Don’t forget, as goes for the rest of the year, it’s all about the fit.

 

W: Most flattering silhouette on a man?

Urbinati: A slim two button peak or notch lapel suit will never be wrong. A nice shoulder doesn’t hurt especially for winter. Unlined is great in the summer

 

W: Ideal men’s holiday party outfit?

Urbinati: For black tie, a velvet suit is gorgeous. For a more casual affair, a wool or tweed suit with a Christmas sweater or plaid shirt nails it.

 

W: Best men’s accessories to pair with a party look?

Urbinati: I’m really into men’s jewelry right now. David Yurman makes my favorite men’s gold chains and gold rings. The bee or lion rings are my faves.

Designer John Varvatos says music and fashion allow him to remain wild

New York-based menswear designer John Varvatos is known for having a brand that carries rock’n’roll inspired collections and rebellious footwear. During a recent interview with star2.com, the designer opened up about many things, including how music and fashion allow him to remain “wild at heart.”

The following are quotes from interviews with the Los Angeles Times and the Tribune News Service:

“I saw early on music artists were shopping with us and contacting us about clothes and photo shoots and tours,” Varvatos says.

“And I thought, ‘That’s pretty amazing.’ Then you get people who were icons when you were growing up who want to wear your clothes or are already buying your clothes someplace. And you’re like, ‘Oh my god, Jimmy Page is buying my clothes.’ Or Alice Cooper or Iggy Pop or whoever it was at the time.”

“At this time in the world, we need people who have voices,” he says.

“We need people that aren’t meek and sit back, but they want to create change out there. They don’t want to put up with the that’s going on. Even in the music industry, I believe it’s time for those rebels again – the ones that have a voice that isn’t just a fun pop song.”

Varvatos is currently 63 years old and has just recently opened up a new Westfield Century City store in Los Angeles. This store will be added to the list of stores in California such as in Hollywood, Malibu, Costa Mesa, and San Diego. Varvatos also raises money for Stuart House, a foundation of the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.

Josh Goot and Christine Centenera are launching an anti-fast fashion collection

Josh Goot, owner of Wardrobe.NYC, and Christine Centenera, a designer with a decade-old eponymous collection, have teamed earlier this month to create a collection that was set to try to disrupt the fast fashion dynasty.

Virgil Abloh, Off-White founder and longtime friend of both Goot and Centenera, had the pleasure to interview both of them before his trip to London, where he won British Fashion Council’s Urban Luxe Brand Award while wearing a brand new Wardrobe.NYC suit and shirt.

Below are a couple of questions that Abloh himself personally asked. You can read the full interview at Vogue.com

Virgil Abloh: Talk to me about the moments before settling on the exact structure of Wardrobe.NYC. What informed how you got here?

Josh Goot: There were a few things happening: I was wrestling with the challenges of running my own label. And I was exhausted and I suppose less inspired to stay on the merry-go-round. I was also spending a lot more time in New York, feeling the energy here, seeing the way people work, move, think, and live. And then I was also kind of pondering the mood of the industry. There has been so much talk about a broken model or a changing landscape. I was thinking about how to keep all the good stuff, but do something that makes more sense from a business model point of view.

Virgil Abloh: How did you land on the pre-pack idea?

Christine Centenera: I think we take for granted how often people find it difficult to get dressed in the morning. I think this provides a solution. As for how we landed on the eight pieces, we looked at ourselves; we have active lives, constantly moving and doing different things each day. I need pieces to work hard in my wardrobe and be versatile and of great quality, and I want to know that I’m wearing items that are well made. We got it down to the eight pieces that we think form the basis of a wardrobe that can be worn together as an ensemble or mixed back with fashion pieces. Part of this concept is “less is more,” in a way.

Dave Franco talks about working with Dior

Dave Franco is no stranger to the red carpet, especially red-carpet style as of recently. The actor has been spotted at multiple events making rounds promoting his new film with his brother called “The Disaster Artist. Aside from his outstanding acting career, Dave Franco has been circling around the fashion scene, killing the bold tailored look at almost every event.

Dave Franco did an interview with Esquire.com and he dropped some valuable information in the process. 

First, Franco talked about how he got started working with Dior.

“They invited me to Paris Fashion Week a few years back, and I think that was the first fashion show of any kind I had ever attended. And it was Dior and it was Paris so it was as good as it gets. I remember watching the show and just being so impressed by the spectacle of it all. And the time and the energy and the creativity that goes into it—all of this being done for a 10 to 15 minute show. So even though it was my first fashion show, I could still recognize that there’s a reason why Dior is Dior; it’s all about the craftsmanship and the tailoring. It’s all perfect. I think at the time I probably only owned one suit, and it definitely wasn’t Dior. But I respected them afar, and when they approached me for that event I was very flattered. I don’t think I’ve ever looked better than I did at that event.”

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Franco then proceeded to give a little inside on his red-carpet style looks.

“I like to keep it pretty classic and clean. I look at guys like Paul Newman or Steve McQueen who just have a kind of timeless style. All that being said, I like to add just the tiniest pop of something, whether that’s a funky shirt or a unique tie or even an interesting detail on the shoe. Just to make the whole outfit feel a little more original.”

Franco opens up about past style mistakes.

“I’m sure I have many of them. The one that comes to mind: In high school, my favorite pair of jeans was from the Gap. I wore them every day for years, and they had so many holes in them. I literally wore them until they fell off my body. But before I retired them, the back pockets actually fell off the jeans and I continued to wear them, and you could see my baggy boxers through the jeans. I essentially had one strip of jean going down my butt crack. All my friends called it the jeans thong. It was not my best look.”

Finally Franco talks about what he thinks is exciting that is going on in the men’s fashion world right now.

“Maybe this is just the people that I’ve been around, but it feels like men have been more into fashion than ever. My friends who used to not care about fashion at all, they now respect fashion as it’s own art form—which it is—and they appreciate brands like Dior. One trend that I’m intrigued by but that I could never pull off: the fact that men are wearing track pants everywhere, even on the red carpet. I like the idea of it, but the reality is me just looking like a doof. I guess I just respect any trend that prioritizes comfort. For me, comfort is the most important thing. Even if I have a really nice jacket or something, if it doesn’t fit exactly right, I just won’t wear it.”