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Kanye West Cries Front Row At Virgil Abloh’s First Louis Vuitton Show

This most recent Louis Vuitton fashion show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week was a monumental one in terms of the hype building up around the show regarding Virgil Abloh, creator of Off-White, and his first collection as the head artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This was a monumental moment in fashion itself as Virgil is the first African American artistic director of the famous Paris fashion house and one of the few to be a leading influence at the level he is at. What Virgil has been able to accomplish in what seems like just a couple years time from his beginnings with his brand Pyrex Vision to Off-White to his collection with Nike it seems that Virgil has almost reached the pinnacle. To Virgil Abloh though I believe he cares more about just spreading the culture that he was brought up into this industry in.

Virgil Abloh and Kanye West have known each other and have been close creative partners since the early 2000s. Virgil has worked on a lot of different projects with Kanye before ultimately breaking off to step out of Kanye’s shadow, not necessarily creatively but Virgil wanted to make a name for himself. Virgil did this by creating his brand Pyrex Vision back in 2012 which was his first venture into the world of high fashion. Pyrex Vision consisted mostly of screen printing onto Champion blanks and old Ralph Lauren flannels, not exactly revolutionary, but Virgil was able to charge upwards of 500 dollars for the pieces and they would sell. Virgil eventually folded the brand and started Off-White with a crew of Italian streetwear aficionados. Off-White would pick up right where Pyrex Vision left off charging astronomical prices for mostly screen printed streetwear. But Off-White would grow into a Nike collaboration and establish it as one of the most sought-after brands in streetwear today. This would ultimately be Virgil’s foot in the door when it came to breaking into the world of high fashion houses like Louis Vuitton.

Now during Men’s Paris Fashion Week everyone patiently waiting to see what Virgil would do with his introductory show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Virgil showcased to the world and to everyone in attendance a beautiful gradient painted pavement runway outdoors in a garden in Paris. Virgil really delivered when it came to the overall presentation of the environment around the garments. But the garments and accessories were nothing like Louis Vuitton has ever had before from transparent gradient rainbow luggage to ceramic white chains draped over the models and as straps for the luggage. After having various streetwear icons and celebrities from the likes of Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti, Blondey McCoy and A$AP Nast you can really tell that this show was all about the culture that Virgil Abloh came from. That is why Kanye, seated front row, when Virgil walked out at the end got so emotional. Kanye was able to see one of his very close friends and collaborators not only ascend to the pinnacle of fashion for African Americans today but was able to be a part of it with his new album being played during the show. Kanye has been skeptical of Virgil leaving his side and branching out in becoming one of today’s fashion moguls but he’s finally been able to come to terms with it in this most recent embrace at the end of Virgil’s very first show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

So Trendy Men’s Shoes Are Memes Now?

When many people think of a meme you’ll usually think of some kind of online trend or joke that becomes adopted by multiple different subcultures and is used in their own way to portray their own joke or message. Overtime with the internet becoming more and more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds memes today has become somewhat of this watered down joke that dies out within almost a month of its relevance. Memes often go to die in a few places whether it’s the Yodel kid appearing on the Ellen show or your mother or father oversaturating their Facebook page with memes they really don’t understand. Now apparently there is a new category of a meme within the menswear community, this meme just consists of wearing a shoe that is considered by most within the world of fashion as trendy. It doesn’t just consist of shoes through a few garments also fall into this category according to popular menswear subreddits and online blogs. With the use of the word meme to describe certain garments and products it just raises the argument are trends just memes within the world of fashion?

With certain shoes being regarded as memes today for menswear communities it opens the discussion as to how these shoes achieved their meme status. Most of these shoes are just menswear staples that any man should have in their closet as opposed to something of a meme that comes and goes. You have classic men’s shoes like the Adidas Stan Smith being referred to as the ‘Meme’ Smiths and Clark’s Desert Boots being thrust into this category of a meme as if they are loud out there shoes that will not be relevant in a few months. These are shoes that have been around for many years and may have recently become a little more popular than they were maybe 20 years ago but that is no reason to classify the shoes as memes. Sometimes when a shoe or garment isn’t as popular and widespread but it is a quality product that can apply to many different peoples wardrobes all it needs is that reintroduction into the mainstream in order to boost its popularity and make many realize that this is something they need in their closet. Now, this doesn’t mean meme to me even though it has gained popularity because the Stan Smith is something every man needs in their wardrobe which is a white leather sneaker and the Desert Boot falls into the same exact category of something every man can use to sophisticate any outfit without doing too much. This may scream meme too many online menswear communities but these are simply just efforts by the average man to make more fashion conscious decisions when it comes to their footwear and to overall become introduced to fashion as a whole, which is a good thing.

With all this recent change of popular shoes achieving this new found ‘meme-dom’ it raises the argument is there an equivalent within women’s fashion? Women’s fashion is mostly regarded as being centered around developing somewhat of a personal style not relying on a few key items within their closet to achieve their ‘unique’ look. I personally disagree with this and if you are going to talk about menswear having its own memes womenswear definitely has its own memes. From riding boots, the white Converse Chuck Taylor and the ever so hated ‘spartan’ sandal women’s footwear definitely has its own memes just the online discussion isn’t as great, but they are there. That doesn’t mean those are memes either these are just products that a lot of women purchase because they are popular and reliable for them. I don’t think online communities should be describing different shoes as memes but you can’t stop the discussion from happening and you can’t stop more and more men from buying these shoes, so the discussion on what is and is not a meme within menswear will continue.

RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan on the Return of Wu-Wear

When it comes to the world of fashion music is one of the biggest influences when it comes not just to people’s personal style but for the direction, fashion is moving in. One of the largest impacts that music has had on fashion was the rise of hip-hop. You can go all the way back to rappers like Slick Rick and Big Daddy popularizing over the top gold chains that were literally things only your favorite rappers could wear to groups like the Wu-Tang Clan popularizing Clarks Wallabees and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Snow Beach collection. Groups like the Wu-Tang Clan didn’t start dressing like this because of their new found money from rising through the ranks of the music industry they dressed like that because it was how they always dressed. There is something different in terms of the connection between the musician and his audience when the person listening is able to reflect how they connect with the culture. They are able to portray this in what they wear and when it is easily attainable for the listener that bond grows even stronger.

There were band tees dating back to the late 60s and early 70s that allowed a fan of a certain musical group or act to show their friends that they attending a show or went to a certain stop on the tour, but nothing that just showed that they were down with the group and the movement they were starting. Wu-Wear, the clothing line started by RZA and many other members of the Wu-Tang Clan, revolutionized this idea and perfected it in a way that would inspire many other rappers and groups to follow suit. Wu-Wear was started in 1995 after the success of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The clothing line was carried at stores all over the country and was a huge source of income for the entire Wu-Tang Clan, even allowing them to open their own separate retail locations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Norfolk. Wu-Wear allowed the fans of the Wu-Tang Clan and just those that followed street fashion and street culture to get down with the Wu-Tang Clan’s movement and show their support for the group out of Staten Island. Although Wu-Wear folded in 2008 it has left a huge impact on the culture surrounding hip-hop designed and inspired clothing lines.

Today with the resurgence of 90’s hip-hop culture into the mainstream it’s only right for the return of Wu-Wear but marketed in a way that nobody would’ve expected, it’s being promoted through an event at Barney’s. The fact that Wu-Wear is coming back in a fresh new way at Barney’s, with updated designs and the focus of not just promoting the group but being on trend while still being able to respect its origins is incredible. This just goes to show you that the rich culture associated with hip-hop and rap music has ascended more than just music. Hip-hop today is regarded as one of if not the most popular genre of music today and it shows with everything around us. Barney’s which is a luxury department store that no one, not even RZA, would’ve imagined his Wu-Wear line rolling out a ten-piece collection exclusively for them is just another mark of how hip-hop music and fashion today really go hand in hand. This gives many older hip-hop heads a chance to reminisce on the early days of the Wu-Tang Clan and can cop and rock a piece of the new Wu-Wear while still allowing the younger generation to get introduced to the Wu-Tang Clan in a whole new way.

Pakistan fashion designers are tackling stereotypes

A handful of Pakistan designers are starting to take a bold stance on topics that are predominant in the country, trying to make it okay to think a different way. Shahnaz ki Shaadi, or Shahnaz Wedding, has kicked off a campaign for new wedding dresses but in her campaign,  she has been showing off women in their 50s with their adult children celebrating with them. In Pakistan, divorce is still a weird subject, but Shahnaz’s campaign makes it obvious that love can’t be found at any age.

“Right now is the ideal time to be in the fashion industry,” Ali Xeeshan, a designer, says, “Since the Pakistani film industry is not as big as Hollywood or Bollywood, fashion gets the spotlight here. That’s why we can really make use of the situation by highlighting social issues.”

“I think all fashion brands have a responsibility about how women see themselves,” says Khadija Rahman, Generation’s creative head, whose parents Nosheen Khan and Saad Rahman launched the brand in 1983. “Women can be seen differently — they’re all beautiful, dark, fair … There’s no one fixed standard.”

Dior confirms Kim Jones as new menswear director

The British designer Kim Jones was announced as the new artistic director of Dior Homme, just two months after he has stepped down from the menswear line of Louis Vuitton. He will be replacing Kris Van Assche, who was in the position for 11 years.

The new decision to hire Jones will be part of the first of major decisions by Pietro Beccari, chief executive of Christian Dior Couture, who joined the brand from Fendi in November.

“I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones at Dior Homme,” Mr. Beccari said in a statement, adding that Mr. Jones would “create an elegant men’s wardrobe both classic and anchored in contemporary culture.”

“I am confident that he will continue to further develop Dior Homme on a global scale,” Mr. Beccari added.

“I am deeply honored to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” Mr. Jones said. “I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.”

Supreme nominated for one of the biggest award’s in American fashion

The CFDA Awards is the closest you can get to the Oscar’s for the fashion. The CFDA Awards is set to celebrate the best American designs. Last night the nominations for Menswear Designer of the Year were announced, and they include Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Virgil Abloh for Off-White and New York hype brand Supreme.

It has come to many as a surprise that a skate brand has picked up a CFDA nomination. It is odd because only Public School has been named a winner for the award that isn’t one of the big label brands. But Supreme has done nothing that Public School has. They don’t put on runway shows nor are their designers helping out with other big label brands. Instead, Supreme’s most desirable items are graphic hoodies and T-shirts while collaborating with other brands like Public Enemy.

Supreme in the past has ripped off big brands wholesale in the past but lately has been trying to get a foot closer to the giants by taking a big investment from the Carlyle Group, collaborating with Louis Vuitton and opening up a new store in New York City.

In a statement by Steven Kolb, head of CFDA, he started urging voters to consider a wider pool of brands that they had in the past. “We truly want the event to celebrate the full creative spectrum and richness of American fashion,” Kolb reportedly wrote. “Just think of how much fashion is changing, and the diversity of our industry. Designers with broad cultural backgrounds and political ideas are expressing their experiences and beliefs in their collections. Their work deserves greater acknowledgment, acceptance, and visibility.”

Paris Fashion Week gets dark at Givenchy

The red carpet has finally moved on from the time’s up blackout, but there have recently been some interesting pieces in the Givenchy and Elie Saab collections during Paris Fashion Week.

Claire Waight Keller, Givenchy designer in her sophomore season, has taken over the reins for Riccardo Tisci with a different mood, taking her inspiration from the 80’s Berlin. She turned the halls in the Paris Palace of Justice into a dark and moody maze, with models walking down in big curtains of black, slate and blue as spotlights hovered over them.

Waight Keller took inspiration from David Bowie, Stranger Things and Noomi Rapace. Waight Keller started the show with louche faux furs cinched with patent belts before turning on the sharp-cut dresses that would fit right in Germany ’83. Pencil skirts and oversized animal prints followed right behind, with both men and women in shiny trousers.

The men’s looks were mostly tailored, with the exception of the puffy white coat. The oversized equipment handled bags that were carried by the men will most likely cross over.

Simone Porte Jacquemus set to launch men’s line

Simon Porte Jacquemus has finally revealed his new professional challenge that he has been hinting at on his social media: the launch of his very own menswear line.

The designer announced the news at his Paris fall show by taking a bow in a sweatshirt that read “New Job L’Homme Jacquemus” at his women’s ready-to-wear show.

He won’t be presenting his first creations until Paris men’s fashion week in June, and it has yet to be determined if he will have a show or a presentation for the line.

“I see the Jacquemus man as I see the Jacquemus woman: it’s a sincere story,” Jacquemus told WWD:

“I didn’t do men’s until now because I didn’t feel the need to do men’s and I couldn’t imagine it. I fell in love and I started to imagine that the Jacquemus man exists. I did Jacquemus women’s for my mother, and while I’m not saying that the men’s collection will be all about my boyfriends, it will still always be a love story.”

The designer has used social media as the main outlet for communications since he launched his brand in 2009 after dropping out of fashion school due to his mother’s death (Jacquemus is her maiden name).

Since then, Jacquemus has become one of the most talented young designers on the Paris stage.

Jacquemus has predicted that adding a men’s line would change the mood of the brand. “This is going to change Jacquemus a little in the sense that it’s much more forward-looking, because there is a lot of melancholy in the women’s collections, for obvious reasons,” he said.

Drones replace models during Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Show

Dolce & Gabbana has managed to make human runway models a boring trend by replacing them with technology on the runway.

When the show started at the D&G Fall-Winter Men’s Fashion Show in Milan, a horde of drones carrying handbags glided down the catwalk. The drones were accompanied on the side by people who wore white lab coats.

Attendees during the show were asked to turn off the Wi-Fi on their phones, including personal hotspots.

“A comically impossible task for a room full of influencers made famous by the Internet, all of whom speak different languages,” according to The Cut’s Emilia Petrarca, who attended the weekend show.

G&D was not the only brand to add high-tech technology to the mix. Alessandro Michele unveiled his own Gucci Cyborg. His show included small dragons and models carrying 3D-printed versions of their own heads.

Suitsupply celebrates same sex love in new campaign

Suitsupply, a men’s tailoring brand founded in 2000 by Fokke de Jong in Amsterdam, has shown off its new imagery for their Spring/Summer 2018 campaign which put the spotlight on gay couples.

The campaign is set to display in over 100 stores across 22 countries and is also currently at the front of their website, which Jong has said could have a negative impact on the business where LGBTQ people are not accepted:

“The attraction between people is an important part of fashion advertising. A campaign featuring the attraction between men was long overdue and particularly relevant for our brand.”

The new collection is available in stores and online. It features linen cotton blended suits, checked jackets, lightweight bombers, and it brings new colors into the mix.

Queen of England goes to her first ever fashion show

The Queen of England attended her first ever fashion show this past week. The show was for Richard Quinn and his Fall 2018 collection.

The Queen wasn’t there just to be stunned by magnificent fashion designs but rather to hand out the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. It’s meant to highlight the role that the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy.  It recognizes young artistic and entrepreneurial talent.

Richard Quinn may not be a recognizable name, but what he has accomplished is far from average. Between winning fashion awards from H&M and being the recipient of part of the Sarahslist (which highlights the talent of designers), he has also been giving back to his community. Many companies referred to him as “one to watch” last year.

Quinn ultimately delivered a unique show with his tendency to cover the models’ faces, but nonetheless, he did enough to capture the attention of many, including the Queen of England.

Anthony Davis and Saks Fifth Avenue celebrate newest fashion collection

Anthony Davis was in Los Angeles because of the NBA All-Star game but also to visit the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Thursday night to celebrate his latest fashion collection, Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis.

“This city is amazing,” he told The Times. “The people are amazing. I actually stay here in the summertime. I love the weather. It’s, in my opinion, the best city in the United States. Over Miami, [over] everything, you know?”

A huge group of influencers all gathered to commemorate Davis’ latest luxury capsule collection, which was first debuted in 2016.

“Every piece is unique,” Davis said. “Every time we put a collection out there, we want it to be unique and different from the last — and a little unique and different from what everybody else is doing. I’m excited about it.”

Davis’ newest collection is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and at Saks.com

“As a guy who’s tall, it’s hard to find clothes,” laughed Davis, who is 6-foot-10. “I thought [this collaboration] was the perfect opportunity to try to showcase my style with a great brand like Saks…. It’s been great for me to get another side of me out there instead of basketball.”

“We are proud of how the Saks Fifth Avenue collection ― our private label offering ― has grown over the past few years, evolving into one of our top performing menswear brands at Saks,” Louis DiGiacomo, general merchandise manager for men’s, said in a statement. “And, since 2016, we’ve been partnering with Anthony on the Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis capsule collections that have an athletic-inspired, youthful sensibility … And our customers love it.”

Men’s New York Fashion Week was crypto-inspired

Some of the men’s shows at New York Fashion Week are showing signs of a potential kick start to crypto high fashion. Meanwhile, the wait times between the shows are providing time and opportunity for attendees to discuss the recent crypto market dip.

The Belgian fashion designer and icon Raf Simons’ runway show was described by the Financial Times as “looking like the inner sanctum of a boiler room, where brokers pitch their clients on penny stocks and digital currencies with a Machiavellian zeal.”

Simons showed off slim cut three-button suits, topcoats paired with some type of surgical gloves and rubber boots. The runway was also filled with turtlenecks with slits. Some of them had patches with three letter acronyms like XTC and GHB. “One was just a letter off” from a Bitcoin code, the Financial Times jokingly said.

The Financial Times said Simon’s clothing could “fit easily on today’s youngest investors, who don’t stick to the Kiton and Zegna suits of their fathers and prefer Coinbase to TD Ameritrade.”

TD Ameritrade surprisingly advertised Bitcoin futures during their ad, which aired during the Super Bowl.

Tom Ford showed “Wall Street-approved pleated trousers” paired with snakeskin printed ties. The Ford show ended with models showing off the company’s new launch of underwear, which included silk boxers in different metallic and animal prints.

Men’s street style stats might make man berets a trend

This year, the New York Fashion Week: men’s has been tied to the women’s show to make for a 10 day long fashion marathon. This allows smaller brands to be shown alongside big fashion juggernauts like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. Just as with previous years, however, the streetwear styles kicked off the season by catching eyes with no help provided. So far for the 2018 shows, their new gimmicks have proven to be just as fashionable as they were last summer, which brought in fanny packs, cross body bags and Hawaiian shirts.

So far for the winter season, the looks include berets, coats that are dazzling with how well they were tailored, panels of mirrored armor and full-on balaclava.

To see the shots of the streetwear styles, click here.

David Jones shows off what is to come for men’s fashion

David Jones recently held their Autumn/Winter womenswear and menswear collection at the Sydney Carriageworks. The event is always filled with celebrities and air kisses, so it is always an interesting event during this time of year.

Recently, during most of these sorts of events, menswear has hardly shown up and has been very underwhelming; however, at David Jones’ show, there were glimpses of hope that this year might be a change for the ever so boring menswear market.

This year, the menswear fashion show was led by male model Jordan Barret. This season’s show focused on layers and earth tones. Green coats, burgundy checks and sleek black suits were shown throughout the show.  This show could have arguably been the best collection from the Australian retailer in years.

David Jones’ International Menswear designer collection was also a very impressively styled selection that has been introduced in recent years. That collection was filled with wool hats, heavy frame aviator glasses, green coats and patent leather brogues.

This season might prove big time for the Australian brand.

Massimo Dutti holds fashion show in Paris

Massimo Dutti held its second-ever fashion show in Paris, sending a very much Texan-like men’s and women’s spring collection down a sandy runway at the Palais de Tokyo.

“For a fashion player, it’s essential to be in Paris, it’s essential to be in France,” said Jean-Jacques Salaün, the director of French operations of the brand’s parent company, Inditex.

The brand was able to pull off a see-now-buy-now collection by projecting images from the show on its internet site. The label has also planned on doing the same projection style on screens in brick and mortar stores.

Men’s outfits in the collection were trim and dressy, featuring lots of suits. The colors for the men’s collection ranged from a dark olive green to light browns and ivory. Most of the models carried a small bag tucked under a wrist.

H&M is calling its newest brand “paradise” for discount treasure hunters

H&M’s newest brand collection will be on sale from the start. After the Swedish company’s plunge in profits for six years, the company announced that it will soon offer a new off-price marketplace called Afound.

H&M describes the new outlet as a “style- and deal-hunting paradise” that will begin selling discounted clothes and lifestyle items from H&M group’s own labels, which also include offshoots such as COS and Cheap Monday, as well as outside labels. The first Afound store will open up in Stockholm, Sweden in 2018, along with a new website.

H&M is entering a profitable category. According to Euromonitor, the global off-price market grew more than 30% between the years 2012 and 2017, going up to $62 billion. The U.S. owns the biggest share with 80% of the total.

Considering that big retailers such as Nordstrom have had much success in the discount business, H&M’s move is different from the mega brand because it is a fashion brand selling clothes from other brands.  H&M has yet to state what other brands will be sold alongside theirs or if they are planning on buying overstock and out-out-season items directly from the brands.

The company surely needs a boost of some kind to pick up its declining growth. H&M took too long to build its e-commerce and has realized it has way too many brick and mortar stores. It has also been outmatched in speed by digital competitors such as ASOS, BooHoo and longtime rival company Zara, thus leaving H&M stores filled with unwanted clothes.

Off-price retail, meanwhile, has shown an increasing attractiveness over the years. “Coincidentally enough, it looks very similar to the same reasons that people shop online too,” Tim Barrett, a retail analyst at market research provider Euromonitor, wrote.

Brooke Shields joins the fashion world

Brooke Shields is an actress, model and author who has spent most of her life growing up in the fashion world. This very reason was why she wanted to add another title to her long resume.

Shields is going to be designing a collection for QVC called Brooke Shields Timeless. It will be available to see on Feb. 15 but won’t be purchasable until Mar. 14. The actress will be on-air showing off her creations, which she got with the help of the KBL Group International, a New York-based apparel company.

The actress is planning on previewing her apparel and accessories collection to media outlets at The Beekman in New York on Wednesday evening.

Shields has shown that she is a hands-on designer by having a say in every aspect of her collection. She has an office at KBL and was often up there, late at night, e-mailing back and forth with her partners. The 52-year-old actress elaborated:

“I’m involved in every button, every zipper, every seam, every hem and every pocket. The whole thing is initiated by an aesthetic I have, and working with the manufacturer and QVC themselves. They have a great deal of input. What’s been so refreshing is they [QVC and KBL] have really consulted me on everything.”

Shields has been approached by companies before, but they were only interested in her name and refused to listen to her input. Doug Howe, chief merchandising officer for QVC Group, had a different reaction:

“When we first heard Brooke speak about her collection, we were blown away by her passion and her attention to even the tiniest detail. Each and every piece of this line is special to Brooke and she’s had her hand in every design decision, from stitch, colors to prints. We feel confident that her excitement will appeal to our customers and that her stories will inspire them.”

Shields continued:

“This has been a cumulative effort over the years on my part. Every show that I’ve ever done, every television show, every Broadway show, there’s a whole fit process and it doesn’t matter what you’re buying. You could be buying something off the rack at a discount store or you can be putting on haute couture of some famous designer. And they all can be tweaked and can look better.”

“It’s years of understanding that maybe I’m a little short-waisted, or maybe I’m long-waisted, or maybe I need a rise to be a little longer to bring your attention to my waist, my hips, whatever. The beauty of fitting these varied models is you watch these women of all sizes be able to not at all jeopardize their aesthetic or their look or line because it fits. It’s been such a revelation for me.”

Shields is hoping for the collection be a success in order for her to become even more involved in the fashion world.

Georgina Chapman’s Marchesa is ending its Fashion Week runway show

Georgina Chapman was hoping to make her comeback this season and was set to show her fashion brand Marchesa at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 14, but on Tuesday, The Post learned that the show was ultimately ended. An insider said that it will most likely be a digital presentation instead.

“Georgina couldn’t go through with it,” a NYFW veteran said. “She was too scared.”

The show was scheduled for Valentine’s Day and was set to be produced by Navia Vision, a Brooklyn-based production company.

“They were gung-ho . . . but as they got closer, she choked,” the fashion week vet said.

The NYFW vet also stated that Chapman’s brother, Edward, who is the CEO of Marchesa, “doesn’t really have the chops to navigate a boat that’s in that type of water.”

“Marchesa is looking forward to presenting their Fall ’18 collection in an updated format this season,” a spokesperson from Marchesa told The Post.

It didn’t come as a huge surprise that the 41-year-old designer wasn’t ready for the spotlight again. Chapman has barely been spotted since the wave of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein. More than 100 women have accused Chapman’s former husband. Chapman has also announced back in October that she and her two sons will be leaving Weinstein.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she told People Magazine. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”

‘Black Panther’ premiere filled with stars and standout outfits

The “Black Panther” cast and attendants of the premiere stuck with the theme of the movie and dressed up as characters of the fictional nation of Wakanda. The attendees kept with the “royal attire” theme and showed up on the purple carpet in a massive display of regal, African-inspired outfits.

Taking inspiration from the film’s costumes (which were all designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter), Lupita Nyong’o channeled her character, Nakia, while wearing a purple, custom-made Atelier Versace chiffon gown which had a gold metal hardware harness that looked like armor. Chadwick Boseman, who plays the Wakandan ruler T’Challa, looked the part in a black and gold blazer made by Emporio Armani.

Letitia Wright plays Princess Shuri. Her character interpretation came in the form of a black-and-white embroidered Bibhu Mohapatra gown, which stylist Ade Samual helped pick.

The brilliant @letitiawright, aka Shuri, on the purple carpet!

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“We talked about what the movie meant and how strong it was and wanted to give that same powerful feel to Letitia’s look on the red carpet,” said the stylist, who took inspiration from her own Nigerian roots while researching the theme before landing on the ethereal, embellished number for Wright. “Letitia plays such a riveting character and she brings a light to the role. Keeping her fresh and young was the idea.”

The cast weren’t the only people dressing for the occasion. Yara Shahidi wore a youthful, white Etro gown and Christian Louboutin sandals, while British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo wore a traditional dashiki. “Insecure’s” Issa Rae showed out for the occasion in a pleated white Rosie Assoulin dress with rainbow-colored panels, paired with Giuseppe Zanotti metallic shoes.

Long live the king. #BlackPanther @chadwickboseman

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Even actor and musician Janelle Monáe worked with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn to put her own spin to the theme while maintaining her own persona.  “Something black and white, but also something sculptural and avant-garde that felt very regal,” explains Mandelkorn. She then went with a billowing skirt paired with a top featuring two-tone sleeves. Monáe finished the look with an Erickson Beamon tribal choker and a traditional black kufi cap filled with gold embroidery.

“It looks like a crown,” Mandelkorn said. “It was very fitting for the theme.”

The Jonas Brothers reunite for fashion show

Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas all attended the John Varvatos fashion show on Friday, Jan. 26 in New York City. The boys were seen enjoying a guy’s night out while wearing matching leather jackets. Kevin and Nick, 30 and 25 respectively, who have a limited-edition collection with the menswear brand, were spotted on the front row of the show.

The Boys

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Joe, 28, shared a photo after the show of the three of them posing and captioned it “The Boys,” while Kevin posted the same photo soon after in black and white. Fans quickly jumped to conclusions about the band reuniting. They commented things such as, “REUNION TOUR PLSSSSS.” Another wrote, “IF THEY DO A REUNION … MY 2008 SELF WILL SOB.” One simply wrote, “Quit playing games with my heart.”

There was a previous report about the brothers getting the band back together when, on Jan. 15, photos of the band’s original Instagram page reappeared for the first time in four years. None of them have commented on the rumor.

The brothers first opened up about their decision to end the band in an interview with Good Morning America back in October 2013. “We feel like it’s time that the Jonas Brothers comes to an end,” Kevin said. Nick added to his brother’s statement:

“We’re family first and that’s always been our main priority and so honesty within what we do as a group was really important. I came to the table with the guys … and shared my heart with them and my feelings. I said, ‘Look, I feel like we’ve had some complications within the group for a long time [and] without addressing them I think this train will fall off the tracks. It was a tough conversation. It was the first time we really had that real conversation.”

Tom Ford to show menswear at New York Fashion Week

Tom Ford will be taking the final spot for menswear in the New York Fashion Week calendar on Feb. 6 with a runway show. It will start at 8 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory, which will immediately follow Joseph Abboud at 7 p.m.

Although Ford has shown menswear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his menswear collection exclusively at this event. His last New York show was back in September 2017 when he started New York Fashion Week with a women’s show at the Armory. His Spring 2018 menswear line was shown in Milan.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America decided last month to push the dates of the New York Fashion Week Men’s to Feb. 5 through Feb. 7, which then allows the women’s calendar to precede immediately afterward. This new schedule will create one big 10-day calendar.

The addition of Ford to the mix gives the fashion event a boost to the men’s portion, which it desperately needed. So far, the lineups have been filled with emerging labels but not so many established brands. The big names this season will be Raf Simons, Abboud, Perry Ellis and Hugo Boss.

Hedi Slimane enters the fashion scene by joining Céline

In a shocking announcement this past Sunday, LVMH announced that Hedi Slimane will join Céline starting Feb. 1 this year. The designer will be the director of artistic, creative and image, and he will expand the LVMH label’s offering into menswear, couture and fragrance. The first collection he will show for the brand will be in September during Paris Fashion Week.  Slimane will be taking over for Phoebe Philo, who announced she would be leaving the brand after its Autumn 2018 presentation in March. Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman and chief executive, commented in a statement:

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison.”

Slimane has worked with Dior Homme, who he brought back to life both in 2000 and 2007. He left the brand to launch his own label, before which he worked with Saint Laurent.

“I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline,” Slimane said. “I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

“Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work,” Sidney Toledano, the man who made Dior a powerhouse for over 20 years, said. “I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to ever greater success.”

French fashion label rallies support for press freedom from Trump

Paris fashion stood up for press freedom Saturday with two brands teaming up with the New York Times to show their concern for Trump’s attacks on the media.

Japanese brand Sacai and French house Etudes used slogans from the newpaper’s “The Truth is Hard” and posted them on their clothes in their men’s winter collections.

Sacai designer Chitose Abe included all 19 lines of the declaration, posted by the Times last February to defend itself and other papers from the attacks by the U.S. president, on the back of T-shirts and hoodies. She herself wore a black one with the Tims logo and the line, “Truth. It’s more important now than ever.”

Abe told the Agence France-Presse that the stance was not political, “but I do think what the New York Times said is right and that’s why I wanted to collaborate and support them.”

“It is also about the importance of tolerance and accepting everyone… and about goodness,” she added.

Etudes used the New York Times’ logo on scarves among other collaborations with the newspaper.

Both designers Jeremy Egry and Aurelien Arbet told AFP that they did not “want to send a political message but obviously we want to support freedom of expression.”

Alexander Wang is leaving New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has lost longtime designer Alexander Wang. Starting this summer, he is moving his shows from the February and September schedules and place them in June and December. The move is likely to place his designs closer to pre-collection season.

According the company’s announcement, the move “is widely considered to be a transformative solution for the global industry, breaking out of the conventional fashion calendar.” The move also includes combining the pre-collection and main collections into one single collection, thus dividing the label’s products into monthly drops.

In terms of what the new change affects, the new schedule will shorten the time for purchases to four months after the show rather than the former span of six months. This also means that there will not be any ready-to-wear shows from Alexander Wang anytime soon.

The move will also shrink New York Fashion Week, which will likely affect a major portion of local industries such as hotels, restaurants, transportation and florists.

Wang will be the fifth New York designer of his generation to part ways with the official NYFW schedule.

Dior Homme looking to take over the millennial market

Dior Homme did something very unexpected during their show in Paris last week. Before the show, there were hundreds of teenagers shrieking in joy at the site of Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, but that wasn’t the most bizarre thing to happen.

The show started off with a series of slim black suits in single and double-breasted models. Then, the show took an unexpected turn with baggy ravers’ jeans, short-sleeved t-shirts layered over longer sleeved versions and the repeated heavy-metal motif that was etched on rucksacks and bomber jackets. The motif was even seen shaved on the sides of the models’ hair.

Most of the models varied in age, and not just in the 20s range. The theme for the show was “Forever Young,” a reference that dates all the way back to the 1984 Alphaville song.

The designs seemed to appeal toward a new set of customers while also bringing up the past for others. More evidence that Dior was trying to court the millennial market surfaced when Bella Hadid wore a pair of the label’s new trainers, Dior Homme Runners, on her Instagram page.

Four female designers making a big impact in British menswear

As the menswear market continues to grow, several women have tried their hand at designing menswear instead of womenswear. Most notably, a number of London female menswear designers are bringing much needed talent and takes and turning them into profiting brands.

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St Martins back in 2014. She presented her first collection at Fashion East in 2015, and, that same year, she won Emerging Menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

She made her debut at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2016 with her own label titled Wales Bonner. Most of her designs explore inspiration from European and African influences. Now, Bonner’s collections and shows are some of the most anticipated on the show calendars. Keep in mind, Bonner has yet to turn 27.

Lou Dalton

Dalton dropped out of school when she was 16 and began to learn her craft while working as an apprentice to a tailor, then she went on to study menswear at the Royal College of Art.

Dalton’s tailoring combined with her Shropshire roots make her clothes beautiful and extremely durable. Dalton’s collections are now some of the most highly sought after clothes. She has made capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Dalton’s designs are available internationally on her online store.

Astrid Anderson

Anderson launched her own brand back in 2011 and has caught attention for her knack of remodeling the sports-luxe category. Her designs go far beyond a simple tracksuit. She is expertly able to blend urban influences with small feminine details to make clothes that challenge the gender norms.

She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and was able to get support from Fashion East and NEWGEN before making her official debut at London Fashion Week Men’s. Her celebrity base, including Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna, all adore her clothes.

Martine Rose

Rose, a 36-year-old designer, is one of London’s most original menswear designers. Her label, which is now 10 years old, has constantly been pushing boundaries.

Her designers effortlessly play with shape and proportion. Her designs are now being stocked at Barneys in New York, Dover Street Market and Matches fashion. Rose has also been added to the Balenciaga team to consult on its menswear line.

Norman fashion line tries to help Oklahoma

Middle America has never been seen as a fashion hub of the United States. Menswear brand companies are years behind other areas, but Norman resident Alejandro Vaca is hoping his new men’s line will send Oklahoma into the future.

Vaca comes from Ecaudor, where accessories and ensembles are critical parts of the culture’s everyday attire for both men and women. America’s “renaissance of makers” will help them grab the attention of the manliest of men in Oklahoma. Vaca commented:

“We’re focused on marketing to women who are choosing clothes and accessories for their husbands, spouses, fathers, or who are making suggestions about what looks good and what they like on a man. I grew up in a matriarchal community, one where the role of women and their contribution was respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our brand, to respect a woman’s contribution and to help reshape the typical macho man’s way of thinking about women and about fashion.”

Vaca, 35, is the fourth-generation fashion man following all the men before him up to his great-grandfather.

“I used to sneak in as a kid and have the employees teach me how to use the machines before I was really old enough,” Vaca said. “I have a memory from when I was really young of being in this room that was filled with hundreds of rolls of leather and that smell, it has always felt homey to me.”

“The big goal is to open a boutique here in Norman,” Vaca said in December. “I’m hoping to do that next year, but it could still be a couple years. We’ll see how things go.”

Vaca displays some of his collection at Stash, a local shop in Norman, but also goes to the University of Oklahoma’s Innovation Hub.

“The Hub exists to support entrepreneurs among the campus community and the Oklahoma community at large,” Fabrication Lab Director Brandt Smith said. “Our goal is not that he would continue using the Hub forever, but we want to help him get to point when he is successful and eventually can sustain without us.”

“People here have been so welcoming and warm, and I want to contribute to that and to give back to the place that helped me start this,” Vaca said.

David Beckham opens new Kent & Curwen store with his family in London

David Beckham was joined by his wonderful family as he attended the opening of a new store for the label of which he is now a co-owner and helped relaunch.

The Essex man has become one of the most influential male fashion figures in the industry, and it’s starting to rub off on his children– especially his 15-year-old son, who was supporting his father by wearing one of the brand’s jackets.

Beckham has worked with the brand since 2015 and was able to relaunch it with Irish designer Daniel Kearns last year.

The England soccer star was even accompanied by his mother Sandra Beckham and his sister Joanne, who recently became a new mother with her partner Kris Donnelly. They had a daughter named Penny.

To celeberate the launch of the new store, located on Floral Street, Beckham hosted a lunch. He managed to maintain a British feel with a menu full of pie and mash followed by sticky toffee pudding.

Vivienne Westwood collection stands out at London Fashion Week Men’s

Vivienne Westwood and Craig Green were two of the best names on Monday’s schedule, also known as the last day of London fashion week men’s. This meant a guaranteed show for the best British creatives.

A normal Vivienne Westwood show is always different from the rest of the fashion week, and her latest collection was no different. To begin with, there was no fashion show, but there was a two-minute and 45-second video that was shot mostly at night or backstage that starred character models, Westwood, an EU flag and sandbags.

Westwood’s theme this year was military style. The message the models kept repeating was “don’t get killed.” The 76 year old designer always manages to put beautiful pieces behind her slogans. The collection put military history with texture and focused more on the color. Westwood’s iconic princess coat was unisex for this collection in big camouflage print, tweed and undyed wool.

The whole collection consisted of belted coats, loose trousers, two-piece suits and draped gowns. Westwood promoted unisex styling for reasons that have to do with helping with the environment.

“You all know what I’m up to – I use fashion as a vehicle for activism to stop climate change and mass extinction of life on Earth,” she said.

David Beckham brings grit to London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has long been an event to help find a new style for British manhood. For the past two decades, David Beckham has been the poster boy given his mainstream masculinity. Kent & Curwen, a brand that was recently brought back to life on Savile Row in 1926, has been a partner of David Beckham since 2015 when he became an owner.

Kent & Curwen worked with photographer Perry Ogden, who photographed the book Pony Kids. He posted his images along the walls of its autumn/winter 2018 collection. The images were shown in the new store on Floral Street, and while the images seem a bit odd for a menswear brand, they worked well with Beckham’s type of pedigree. Beckham is a man with some grit behind him.

The brand’s new direction is different from their first impression with Beckham, one which was more suited for Savile Row. The clothes that were designed by creative director Daniel Kearns had a college feel with striped knitwear, duffel coats and checked jackets. The new look is one that suits Beckham now more than ever. There are bomber jackets and t-shirts with “no guts, no glory” written on them. Other repeated motifs on the pieces included the rose and the three lions crest.

Beckham praised Ogden’s experience, way of shooting talented kids and accurately portraying them in pictures:

“That’s what the brand is about. It’s very multi-generational. I can go in the store and find something great and my 15- or 18-year-old kid can go in the store and find something great.”

Beckham believes his contribution is significant, especially in Asia where Kent & Curwen have stores including 100 in China alone. “I think what I bring to this is I am very British, I did wear the three lions for 15 years,” said Beckham. “Having the relationship in Asia that I have, the popularity that I have, it helps.”

Menswear brands to recognize for the upcoming fashion week

As more and more top brands are opting to combine their menswear and womenswear shows and presenting their full collections during the busier womenswear season, the official menswear schedules have taken a toll and lost big fashion house names. London is now without Burberry and J.W. Anderson; Paris lost Balenciaga and Saint Laurent; Milan no longer has Gucci; New York missed out on Calvin Klein and Coach.

Even with the sparsity of superstar names this season, there will be no lack of talent. With such changes increasing, a new wave of menswear brands is set to benefit. As big brands leave, lesser known brands gain the space, time and attention. There are a number of menswear brands to take notice of before it’s too late: GmbH in Berlin, Grace Wales Bonner and Charles Jeffrey in London, Feng Chen Wang and Xander Zhou in China, and Avoc and Y/Project in Paris. These brands will soon become the future of men’s fashion.

The GmbH brand launched in 2016, and within a couple of months, the Berlin brand was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize. The brand will be showing in Paris for the second time on Jan. 16.

Charles Jeffrey recently had success at The Fashion Awards and will have his second standalone show at London Fashion Week Men’s. Grace Wales Bonner single-handedly brought the ideas and issues that surround black masculinity to the front of her LVMH Prize-winning label. Her next collection is set to debut tomorrow in London.

Avoc is a brand that has recently won the ANDAM Award’s Creative Brand Prize. The gender-neutral brand will show during Paris menswear week and is set to collaborate with Nike later in the year.

Xander Zhou has been on the London menswear schedule since the week emerged. Y/Project has grown its stockists almost 500% in over three years. The brand is set to show in Paris as well. Feng Chen Wang has opted to show in New York for its menswear show this season.

Diddy’s son becomes the newest face for Dolce & Gabbana

Christian Combs, son of Sean “Diddy” Combs, landed the deal to become the newest face of Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2018 ad campaign. The campaign was shot by photographers Luca and Alessandro Morelli. The campaign is set to be an Italian holiday themed shoot, which is targeted towards millennials.

Christian, aside from making music, first became affiliated with the fashion company when he walked for their menswear line last summer, and he did so again last fall. Christian released a song called “Feeling Savage” in December and is expected to be back in Milan next week for men’s fashion week.

London College of fashion MA menswear students show off collection

London College of Fashion graduating MA menswear students got a chance to showcase their collections this past Friday with a special runway show just before London Fashion Week men’s kickoff.

Ten students from the fashion school presented their pieces and collections at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster. The best lineups came from Hanni Yang, Ying Yi Lu, Hengmin Lu, Sohyean Park and Xu Bo.

Yang, who worked with Teatum Jones and Céline in the past, used the skill of pattern-cutting to attach scarves to clothing pieces. She also provided a wide selection of tailored looks and put burgundy and cream silk scarves over a white shirt and burgundy trousers, creating an iconic look.

Ying Yi Lu took inspiration from younger boys during the Victorian era and put sole focus on tailoring, observable on a cropped blue pinstripes suit. Lu finished the collection with sailor style hats done in a collab with Atelier Millinery.

Hengmin Lu, who previously worked with Ports 1961, took inspiration from architecture of the Chairman Mao era. Lu did a take with functionality and pattern cutting, which was seen on a long brown coat worn over a white shirt with a unique mandarin collar and white knee-length trousers. The student was able to team up with JKJY Handcraft Fashion Ltd. Shanghai on footwear for the collection.

Park created a collection with a retro and vintage style from the late seventies and added artificial fabrics like polyester. The best look from this student’s collection was a blue pussy bow shirt with oversized tan shorts and a light check gray trench coat with a furry collar.

Bo worked with rayon raffia yarn and made most of his pieces using fringing, hand-weaving, crochet and knitting. Bo worked with Dinu Bodiciu on hats. A silvery gray woven overcoat was worn with a knitted top and silky trousers.

Prada makes new Velcro sneaker

2017 was a year filled with big luxury brands creating the ugliest shoes that became a hot trend. Balenciaga with the sock sneakers and huge sole shoes took over for the most part with other brands not far behind. The longtime company Prada decided to kick start 2018 in similar fashion by releasing their new Cloudbust Sneakers in a very un-Prada-like way.

Prada’s new spring 2018 menswear collection is a mix of virtual reality and actual reality, and the Cloudbust silhouette fits both perfectly. The upper part of the shoe closely resembles what running shoes look like with a touch of luxury. The shoe has leather panels, a Prada logo and a multi-piece sole that gives the shoe an astronomical feel to it. Its two tone colorway (black and a dark red) also contributes.

Prada has been able to create staple pieces for a season, in the past, and the Velcro shoes might be the newest staple yet– the shoe has already been spotted on the feet of artist A$AP Rocky. This signals a significant indication that the shoes will cause a major wave in the fashion world. The shoes are available on Prada’s website for $695.

Four Scandinavian menswear labels to mark their stamp on 2018

Though European brands are at the center of high-end menswear, there is little recognition to European brands from countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Here are four Scandinavian brands who will surely catch the eyes of the public this upcoming year.

Tiger of Sweden

This brand was founded back in 1903 in Uddevalla, Sweden as a tailoring house. The label went into a renewal process back in the early 1990s, focusing most of its efforts on modernization. Recently, Burberry alum and Swedish man Christoffer Lundman took the reins of the company. Today, the it’s a well-established brand that produces classic wear while offering slim-silhouette suiting and separates. Some styles they offer are the Lamonte wool check suit ($825), velvet blazer ($550) and a cotton striped Farrell button-down shirt ($170). All the looks are available at ssense.

Mismo

Mismo was established in 2006 and was based out of Copenhagen. This fashion brand offers accessories for men on the go. Most of the label’s collection includes a wide range of travel bags, including chic backpacks, totes and briefcases, it also has a wide selection of wallets, tech cases and belts. The brand uses a premium, durable canvas and leather to craft all of its pieces. The brand’s simple offerings are made to last a long time and be durable. Some notable pieces of the brand are a utility tote ($635), the MS Sprint backpack ($721) and MS Weekend bag ($485).

Stutterheim

Stutterheim was launched back in 2010, making it the youngest brand on this list. Alexander Stutterheim found his grandfather’s 1960s-era fisherman’s raincoat at an abandoned family barn, which gave him the inspiration to launch an outerwear company. Within just a couple of years, the brand’s waterproof handmade coats and jackets caught the attention of Barneys New York, earned the praise of Kanye West and even led to a collaboration with Jay Z– now the collection is available globally. Last month, the brand launched the Stutterheim x Marni capsule collection in partnership with the playful Italian brand. The collection includes a number of colorful coats (from $790).

Lindeberg

Lindeberg is a brand based out of Stockholm that has a passion for putting stylish tailoring into active wear, and it does so without taking away from functionality. The label was founded around 20 years ago and is available today in over 900 stores across the world. J. Lindeberg offers a range of clothing from slim-cut velvet pants and wool mohair blazers to high-performance ski and golf outwear. Some of the brand’s most notable pieces are the Crillon 2L Down Jacket ($800), Mixed Hybrid Jacket ($295) and Paclite Pants ($375).

Nordstrom starts hiring for its men’s NYC flagship

Nordstrom, Inc. is set to hire around 250 employees for its first ever men’s store in Manhattan, which will open its doors on Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Street in April 2018.

The company is also set to open a New York City flagship store in 2019 at Central Park Tower. The retailer said that Cailin Caro will be the manager of the NYC men’s store, while longtime company member Chris Wanlass will take over as vice president of the Manhattan full-line store. Caro commented:

“This is an exciting and historic time to be a part of Nordstrom as we prepare to open our first full-line store in one of the best retail cities in the world. We’re building an empowered team of people focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

To promote hiring, the retailer wrapped banners around the exterior of its men’s store with big signs stating, “Desperately Seeking Sock Svengali,” “Now Hiring: Sneaker Obsessives,” and “People People Wanted.” They are also recruiting online through social media placements.

“Nordstrom is a great place to build your career, something I’ve been fortunate to have experienced firsthand over the course of my 25 years with the company,” said Wanlass, adding that he and Caro are “committed to creating an environment that fosters career development and growth opportunities, not only within our Manhattan stores, but the company as a whole.”

Nordstrom has been listed as an employer of choice by Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For (and has been on this list for more than 20 years); Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work for LBGT Equality (for 13 consecutive years); Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity 2017; and Business of Fashion’s The Best Companies to Work For in Fashion 2017.

Sales and support positions will be posted today, Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018. Anyone who is interested can visit careers.nordstrom.com to apply.

Zegna creates a line for the streetwear scene

At an event earlier this month at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills, the company launched a line of tailored sportswear essentials called the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture XXX Collection. Unlike any other collection launch, Benjamin Millepied staged a modern dance performance that was inspired by the collection in which the dancers wore pieces from the actual collection.

This new collection from Ermenegildo Zegna, which is a company mostly known for its high-end tailoring, is trying to bring couture-level crafts to a range of casual wear. It is also trying to create some new silhouettes, the most notable being a tuxedo that mixes traditional jackets with tailored joggers. The collection will be available in Los Angeles and New York, then globally, on Feb. 8. Some other pieces from the collection include outerwear, denim, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Esquire.com spoke with Sartori about the collection in an interview:

“First of all, I wanted to explore the idea of different constructions and different fabrics and fabrications. We included knitted fabrics and non-classic regular woven fabrics. And a lot of jersey too, all with a lot of special construction.”

All the pieces from this new collection are made from eco-friendly materials including cotton, recycled polyester and technical silk fabrics.

“Although everything is deconstructed and unlined, at the same time, we wanted cooling fabrics. So, the idea was to combine what was classic with what was comfortable and cool. It’s a new generation of light products, which is why we used dance, and specifically this type of modern dance, as inspiration.”

 

What men wanted to wear in 2017, according to Lyst

With the start of a new year and the ending of the old one, it’s best to know what was a growing trend and what wasn’t. luckily for us, global fashion search company Lyst has gone through its data over the course of the past year to find out what exactly men were looking for in 2017.

At first, Lyst noticed that outwear brands, such as Patagonia and The North Face, received a huge spike in popularity and ranked among the top five most desired men’s labels worldwide. Top luxury fashion brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Vetements have all increased their number of searches as well.

Streetwear brands continued their increased involvement in the fashion world during 2017, with skate labels growing the most. Skate labels received a 304 percent increase in searches over the course of the year. Palace took one of the top three fastest growing menswear label spots, proving that streetwear brands are here to stay.

In the pants category, the United States as a whole went to a straight-leg silhouette. All over the world, consumers kept up with their sweatpants, thanks to none other than YEEZY, Champion and Supreme, all of which have also increased their growth in searches by 104 percent.

It is a good bet to say that Canadian artist Drake has brought back the trend of cargo pants and even helped increase the success of Stone Island with the help of John Mayer. Drake wore a pair of cargo pants back in March which led to Stone Island being searched 12,000 times. Both Drake and John Mayer are huge fans of the color pink, which was the color with the most movement.

The last biggest trend in 2017 consisted of the sneaker collaborations. Every two seconds, someone was searching the site for a collaborative shoe. Among the top searched was Virgil Abloh x Nike, Vans x Fear of God and Raf Simons x Adidas.

Coast FIFO miner creates his own men’s gym wear brand

One coal miner was told he would no longer have a steady income of 17 years in less than 3 years. Craig Holzigal was faced with the challenge of looking for a new career, but  he and his brother, Matt Holzigal, suddenly had a bright idea that they hope will become successful as their sole focus.

The duo created Smashing Fibres, a men’s gym and streetwear apparel label, which will be soon launch on Jan. 5th, three years after Craig Holzigal received the unfortunate news. Holzigal commented:

“It was a big, big shock and I still have moments where I struggle to fathom (what happened). I was there for 17 years, not just 2, so it wasn’t an easy transition. Going from a secure income that you know will stop is hard. But going down this road is exciting.”

The duo considered several business ideas before they decided to settle on a clothing brand, which they say can fill a void in the market. The past 12 months the brothers have consistently been designing, planning, testing and setting up their business.

“We’d always spoken about doing something together for years, we just didn’t know what,” Matt said.

“And we ended up doing research without knowing it. We’d look at what males were wearing in the gym and it was either high-vis stuff straight from work or not knowing what to wear.

“The women’s range is massive, but males all over the shop,” he said.

The name of their brand is rooted in their youth when they would say, “let’s go smash some fibres,” which is equivalent to saying let’s hit the gym or pump some iron.

“We were very picky with how we wanted the product to feel and we sent a fair few products back,” Matt said.

Now seven products including tees, singlets and shorts will be available to the public on Jan. 5, and the brothers say the products are easily worn in the gym or even on a casual day going to a coffee shop.

“It gives guys a versatile product that will last. It is a nice clean design that you could throw on with a pair of jeans and wear to the pub,” according to Matt.

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.

Hugo Boss is redefining suits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men catching up to women in online fashion shopping

Women are considered to be very active online shoppers, but as of late, it seems that men are slowly catching up and creating competition. Men are already taking the lead in footwear and accessories.

According to Rashi Vasudev, vice president at Flipkart, men’s footwear was the number one category expected to grow the fastest over the course of the next two years with an online penetration up to 18 percent, while clothing will see an increase of 5-6 percent:

“Over the years, we are seeing the otherwise active ecom shopper, who is male, foraying more and more into fashion online. Market size of both men’s and women’s clothing online is at neck and neck now. However, in terms of footwear and accessories, men’s market online is far ahead.”

A report released by Boston Consulting Group stated that between 55 and 60 million consumers are currently buying fashion products online, and the market is getting even bigger. Men’s fashion is expected to get another boost by this new growth.

According to Kabir Mehra, co-founder of Herringbone & Sui (a label that creates made-to-measure suits and Indian formal wear), there will be an increase in new portal introducing more menswear to the growing segment of consumers. This will become a trend with more men opting to shop online rather than at brick and mortar stores:

“As a trend men are more likely to shop on occasions, as opposed to indulging in the activity as leisure. They are also shoppers of habit and tend to research thoroughly on any expenditure they make when it comes to luxury ensembles. Given this, the online landscape has drastically changed.”

Women also tend to shop for their partners or male family members online, since it’s much easier and more convenient to shop this way rather than taking them to a store.

“They can simply share link of what they think is a good purchase and all the men need to do is check this on their phones, thereby making the process quicker,” added Samarth Hegde, the other co-founder of Herringbone & Sui.

Arun sirdeshmukh, head of Amazon Fashion says that they have witnessed almost 100 percent growth in the menswear category from 2015 to 2017.

“With the growing appetite for up-to-date trends, men are getting increasingly fashion forward,” he said.

Reebok gives retro shoe a makeover

Reebok is a brand that relies heavily on their classic outwear such as the original Classics shoes, and this time around, Reebok has managed to push a new shoe into the mainstream fashion world once again. This shoe is none other than their iconic Reebok Workout.

The newly remodeled version of the Workout is made out of an ultraknit construction. The shoe, now named Workout Clean Ultraknit, also features an EVA midsole, rubber outsole for more traction and the label’s signature branding to the side. It is suitable to become your new workout shoe. The lighter construction of the shoe is better suited for circuits with additional ventilation, but the retro look fits nicely with any outfit.

Reebok was able to get Tokyo illustrator Rimo to create the artwork for the relaunched campaign. The shoes can be purchased at Reebok.co.uk and are currently going for around $150 USD.

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.

Cats Eye releases party collection for men

Recently, Cats Eye has launched a new and exciting collection which is their attempt to keep up with men’s contemporary fashion. Cats Eye’s new collection features minimalist vests, prince coats and many more pieces that help spice up evening and party wear.

The new collection even brings tailoring into effect while the winter collection for men has an included update on palette, patterns and hemlines.

Customers who shop online at www.catseye.com.bd will be able to get exclusive deals and discounts throughout the winter time.

Long time stylist Nabila creates something for men

Nabila, who is known for her beauty and haircare industry, has decided to step out of her comfort zone and create something for men. The woman who is known for her transformative celebrity stylist skills, having created some life changing looks and new images for top celebrities, and also having her own salon named after her in Pakistan, now has branched out to the opposite sex in hopes to recreate her success.

Nabila launched an exclusive styling and grooming salon for men which goes by the name of NGents in Gulberg, Lahore a while back, and it has quickly gained success. The salon itself is what sets it apart from others. The interior of the salon appears to be lush and laden, filled with modern furniture and salon accessories along with marbled and tiled floor and walls. Sprinkled along the walls are eye catching portraits and mugshots of iconic style legends.

The salon pays close attention to detail, with the inside being filled to the brim with handcrafted leather furnishings, chocolate brown and oxblood interiors and barber chairs alongside state of the art hydraulic backwash. The salon even includes an exotic kitchen that serves an array of snacks from a wood fired pizza to a freshly brewed espresso.

Paul Stuart’s Made on Madison Collection is seriously stylish

When winter time comes along, tis the season of layering up and bulking down. With more options to choose from and more clothes to wear at one time, it’s also the time for holidays to come around. And what better Christmas gift than gifting some new attire, especially from the new Paul Stuart’s collection. The new collection is filled with cozy items such as robes (from $445) and pajamas (from $197).

The New York-based company has been around for some time now, since 1938, and has recently just begun to produce a line of luxury loungewear for both men and women. The material used for the collection ranges from cashmere to wool and even has the occasional silk mixed in. the collection is named Made on Madison and what is so unique about the collection

that most of its items are hand-sewn by a team of in-house tailors at Paul Stuart’s New York store on Madison Avenue. You can even schedule an appointment to tour the workshop and watch the tailors work hard to carefully cut patterns and create the brilliant loungewear.

One of the best pieces of the collection has to be the elegant robes. The robes are made with shawl collars and contrast piping, which are able to be used as a dual threat. You can use the robe for cozying up near a fireplace or use it for a night out, pairing it up with a formal jacket. The brand also has created a good cashmere scarf ($348) to pair up with the robe.

Men’s fashion in 2018 could get a boost with lustrous details and more sports clothing

With menswear not twisting and turning as much as womenswear, men tend to buy more expensive clothes but less often. For Spring/Summer 2018 there seems to be a couple of new tweaks men can make to their style to add more modernity to their standard pieces.

There are a couple of things that can happen such as going towards soft shell, retro styling, rich pickings, or going sports direct.

For a soft shell look, big brands like Ermenegildo Zegna and Berluti are bringing in airy, lightweight, float-from-the-body jackets and trousers that are very soft fitting. This look can be made up from very simple items like a soft-shoulder blazer with a T-shirt.

Gucci for some time has been producing lavish, high-quality 1970s fashion pieces. Next season is set to include some stylings that Elton John would wear back in the day, and to add to things a host of more brands has been opting to make nostalgic clothing. This year especially, 1950s-style Elvis Presley Hawaiian shirts have been seen constantly on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, while bowling shirts were also being sprinkled along Prada catwalks. 1980s American gigolo-style long blazers even made a guest appearance on Dries Van Noten.

The past couple of seasons the men’s collections have been pumping out items with discrete lustrous details, brands such as Bottega Veneta has brought back silks for men, while Dolce & Gabbana have also added bullion and heavy-duty hardware sweaters to their collections.

High-tech mountaineering attire has been spotted a lot recently at Parisian label Lanvin with cagoules coming with toggles, zips and cords. Jogging trousers have appeared at Berluti coming with a great sense of elastic, next year can be filled with even more heavily sports related clothes.

Public School drops out of New York Fashion Week

During the recent changes made to the New York Fashion Week’s official schedule, Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have announced they will skip showcasing their new Fall 2018 collection in February. The designer duo has made the decision to drop out and have already made plans to launch a “new direct-to-consumer concept” this upcoming spring.

This past year, Osborne and Chow have been keeping the entire fashion world full of excitement with their creative and dazzling fashion week. Back in April of 2016, they had a fashion show for Public School collection off-calendar, showing close to menswear and pre-collection schedules in December and June. Public School also combined their men’s and women’s and made a co-ed show for a number of collections.

“The company will focus on refining its own product assortment, delivery cadence and restructuring the organization, including making new hires,” said a spokesperson for the brand in an official statement for Fashionista.

This isn’t the first time Osborne and Chow have thought about new ways to approach fashion weeks as more and more New York brands struggle to find a new way to increase their consumer-facing productions.