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Monday Men Style: Go Hard or Stay Home.

Fashion month is coming to a close in a few days and I sure the French will end it in high Parisian style.
Before that happens lets take it back to good old New York City where the most important fashion week kicked off for the F/W 12 season. This post is to the men in this fine city who’s swagga is like no other.  To the men who can make rough look sexy, a somewhat untidy appearance encouraged, plus rips and tears within their clothes, trend-setting. Continue reading “Monday Men Style: Go Hard or Stay Home.” »

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Karl Lagerfeld and Sephora Collection.

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Karl why you playing us in the U.S? What have we done to deserve the abandonment. Don’t you think we would want your collection which was created with Sephora? Did you not think that maybe, just maybe hundreds of Americans would love to buy the eye shadows, nail polishes as Christmas gifts, or own the Karl Lagerfeld doll and not be judged since it’s of you. Let’s not forget the snow globe, helllooo we are suckers for snow globes, why not share the good stuff around the world?

We can’t help but be jealous of fashionable step-sisters, Europe and Singapore who the collection will be exclusive to. Now for those who are just hearing of the collaboration and will be in that region of the world, please stock-up since the Karl Lagerfeld for Sephora collection is being sold now.

I’m hoping that we will get some love over here, and that Karl and Sephora will make us feel like Cinderella soon, very soon, like New Year’s surprise soon. Until then visit Sephora.com for other gift ideas

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Monday Men Style: New James Bond, New Designer.

My Monday post came about a bit differently this week and was researched, edited and posted completely all from my IPad.

Well some days ago, my MacBook gave me the blue scree of death, leaving me with with no computer and lacking the ability to write, or so I thought. A weekend of Ipading and Iphoning the hours away, got me thinking, why can’t I just use the mobile devices I have? I found apps to insert captions, create collages, upload and export my images all mixing them together with the administration section of my website, giving everyone the final result which is…read on

Bond time is always sexy time. James Bond, the fictional character created decades ago, is a British Secret Agent, code number (007) who is man of charm, wits, physical strength, sex appeal, and stimulates the viewers minds, bodies, and everything else. (wink)
The movie franchise has made leading men out of a handful of British actors who filled the needed requirements for such a role. Personally I’ve never watched all of the James Bond movies, but better late than never, especially since Daniel Craig was the one that got me hooked and the suits than adorned his body fitted him like a well-tailored glove, thanks to designer Tom Ford.
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Sadly Mr.Craig will be reprising the James Bond role for the last time in 2012 and a new 007 will have to fill his shoes. So who is tall, sexy, has a voice that will hypnotize us and a body to be worshipped with or without clothes on it?

Lately,there has been Hollywood talk about actor Idris Elba taking over the role, and hopefully he gets the role, so the phrase “tall, DARK and handsome” can finally be added to the characteristics of James Bond.

With a new Bond, there should be a new designer to dress the man. A designer who is known for his expertise in tailoring, has dressed some of Hollywood’s leading men, can wear his own designs like no other and calls the United Kingdom home, with the sexy accent as proof. Give us Ozwald Boateng, shaken not stirred.
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Born in Ghana and now based in London, Mr. Boateng began making bespoke suits in 1990 and never looked back. He is widely credited with introducing Savile Row tailoring to a new generation and his clients include Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Mick Jagger and P Diddy.
it’s high time that Ozwald Boateng suits, help define James Bond‘s physical assests and in my book he is the perfect designer to dress Idris Elba or any other actor who may be chosen for future installations of the movie franchise.
Click HERE to see a preview of a documentary based on the designer

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For The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: InCase Stuff

It is something we carry with us everyday. We can’t eat, sleep and sometimes do the unmentionables without it in our presence.  Accessories these small devices, and  showing them off should be done right.  Our smart phones and computer tablets are devices that can easily fit into our handbags, but why do that when we can have another excuse to express ourselves.  This gift idea ranges from the personalized to the name brand.  For some who don’t want to spent a lot, to others who would spend money for what they love, and I’m quite sure most of us will be weighing our options within the Mac users category. 

 Since we Apple devotees have already shelled out hundreds to thousands of dollars for our Macbooks, IPads and IPhones, getting our mac kiddies all dressed up with customized  logos or art work would of cost pretty pennies most of us weren’t willing to spend.  We rather save it for the upgraded versions of our mac kids.

Well I’ve found two sites that can help us dress up the Macs in our lives and make them look like our very own tech offspring.

Grove Made is a company, based in Portland, Oregon, that customizing cases for  Iphone 4, 4s, IPad2 and has several MacBook Air and Pro backs, all handmade from Bamboo and hand rub with coats of their custom natural oil/wax blend,  if you want it.  in addition, for IPad2, they also have beautiful leather engraved cases.

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Case Mate should be a mate to whoever has a smart-phone, or computer tablet.  This site has cool one of a kind cases with graphics, artwork and logos for Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, IPhone smart-phones and several tables like Amazon Kindle Fire and Blackberry Blackbook.  Another biggie, customizing is the way they roll for about $34.99!!  So this is great for anyone who want to use their smart devices as advertising space. Or maybe getting something from case-mate is the perfect way for the people close to you to help support your business with this loving gesture and Xmas gift in one.

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Last but not least, two more online shops from my creative brethrens on Etsy.com.  

Nimoo  made to order cases for your smart-phones and MP3 devices range from $12.50 – $27.50

CrankCases has the some of the coolest graphics for their cases. Prices range from $13 – $23.oo

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Talk Tuesday: Showing Us The Way ShowStudio.

In 2003 I came across a fashion website that featured live-feeds all day long.  Back then I don’t even think it was called a live-feed, just live viewing of the interior of a studio or fashion offices with a clock at the bottom of the computer screen.  The site was based in the UK which made my find exciting.  At that time in my life, it was as close as I had ever gotten to seeing the other side of the fashion world as it was happening.  My hopes were to have something take place live when I visited the website. Something enticing, like a photo-shoot or a designer, photographer losing his/her cool and cussing up a storm.  Just something to bring my love for European fashion to life.  Unfortunately it never happened when I tuned in, but my explorations on the website showed a whole lot more, and opened my eyes to a new platform of viewing fashion.

Founded by Nick Knight, Showstudio.com was the place that introduced the digital age to fashion. It showed me there were no boundaries for fashion and creating your own avenue, your own section within this creative world, challenging yourself and other creative minds to join in, is something we should all do to keep the fashion world evolving.  Showstudio.com is a place to witness the process of fashion, to participate in and allow yourself to contribute creatively.  Showstudio.com’s marriage between the Internet and fashion has evolved to give us live runway shows and photo shoots, interviews with legends from different facets of the arts, and created projects specifically for it’s audience, fashion lovers or not.

I would like to share some videos from Showstudio.com that has influenced me throughout the years.  A site that have made me question my definition of fashion sometimes, has motivated  to think outside the box, and  helps preserve some of work from the late great, brilliant Alexander McQueen.


Massive Attack by Nick Knight


Nick Knight – Natural History Museum & Victoria and Albert Museum

Twelve Days

Twelve Days Of Christmas: Watch each of our twelve creatives’ decorative spirits run riot arranging Swarovski sparkles across a Nick Knight print in these short films

 

Object Fetish: Alexander McQueen Shoes

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Dynamic Blooms by Nick Knight and Tell No One



To Lee with Love, Nick. Tribute to Alexander McQueen by Nick Knight

 



Refined Rebel.  My very own video inspired by Nick Knight’s Photos.

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AGENTS PROVOCATEURS: NICKI MINAJ TRANSFORMED BY FRANCESCO VEZZOLI

 

 

“He transformed Eva Mendes into ­Bernini’s masterpiece The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa for his Prada Foundation installation at this year’s Venice Biennale and, for MOCA’s 30th-anniversary gala in 2009, he re-imagined Lady Gaga as a latter-day Ballets Russes star. Now, for the Art & Fashion issue of “W” Magazine, Nicki Minaj was transformed by photographer/artist Francesco Vezzoli and styled by Edward Enninful to showcase the types of women during the 18h century–which was glamorous in its own right.”

ROCOCO PORTRAIT OF NICKI MINAJ AS JEANNE BÉCU, COMTESSE DU BARRY

In the cover photo, directed by Pasquale Abbattista, Nicki wore a Dior Haute Couture’s silk chiffon embroidered dress. Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets; vintage Manolo Blahnik shoes.

 

Dior Haute Couture’s silk embroidered ensemble. Saint Vintage brass and vintage Czech glass bead necklace (in hair); David Yurman 18k yellow gold and pearl necklace.

Western Costume Company’s lace and silk brocade dress. Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets.

NEO-ROCOCO PORTRAIT OF NICKI MINAJ AS MADAME BARBE DE RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

Vera Wang’s garza and French tulle ballgown.

To read the entire interview with Francesco Vezzoli  click HERE

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Turtleneck Love

That extra fabric around our pretty necks which keeps us warm on brisk days and cold nights.  That piece of clothing that can make the wearer look refined, sophisticated or dare I say, mature for all the right reasons.  The essential piece of garment that’s the go to when it comes to layering during Fall/Winter would be the turtleneck.  On chilly days when a scarf  is the no-no part of the outfit you’re wearing,  or you need to hide a neck full of evidence from some naughty activities, a turtleneck would be an appropriate alternative to a neck-cover.  Now working this timeless item of clothing with the right pieces is just a matter of finding the appropriate layers of dresses, jackets and bottoms to make the turtleneck look modern, sleek and tailored.

Basic turtlenecks are perfect to combine into any outfit for different occasions.  Business, causal and formal looks can be created by simply taking that one turtleneck and adding it to an item in your closet you wouldn’t normally pair with the tighty turtlies.  (new phrase wink)

 

Look 1: Topshop Nutmeg Boyfriend Blazer $130// Osman Archive for Matches Navy Dress $1225.00 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Scuba Neoprene Clutch in Green, Navy and Black $175 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Jayne Boots $695

Look 2: DKNY Two-tone wool cape $495 // Polo Ralph Lauren Charcoal Grey Turtleneck Knit Dress $380 // Topshop Crocodile Print Collar $40 // B Brian Atwood Paramour Suede High Heel Booties $450 (also available in Black)

Both dresses above can be easily worn with either the blazer or cape above.

You can also wear them with leather jackets to toughen up the overall look.

To keep the look long, lean, and focused, try not to wear big handbags, or a lot of jewelry.  A clutch to carry and one focus point for your jewelry above the chest be it a necklace or earrings, not both.

 

Take the basic turtleneck and pair it with another favorite this fall, the pencil skirt,  giving you a classic look. Pair the two-piece stunner with wedges or heeled-loafers and color popper accessories making it modern.

Look 3: VANESSA BRUNO Grey Turtleneck Wool Top $135 // Lanvin Metal And Stone Necklace $752 // House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Clutch in Leopard Pony $225 // Diane Von Furstenberg Jade Green Lytton Embossed Croc Clutch $365 // Alexander Wang Anais leather loafer pumps $650 // Rachel Zoe Eva Platform Wedge Pumps $650

Some of us think twice about wearing cocktail or va va voom dresses during the colder months.  Why should those sexy pieces be hidden away when all that’s needed is  the black turtleneck, a must have for every fashionista.  Coupled with a decorative dress or an embellished blouse, the black turtleneck can dress down your look a bit, but can also give you an entirely new look and increase the amount of times and the places you wear that special piece.

Look 4: Andrew Gn Knit Turtleneck $640 // MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Safety Pin Dress $295 // Elie Saab Wave Small Clutch $532 // Lara Bohinc Tatjana Suede Pouchette $674 // Reiss Earlham BOX CLUTCH $150 // Alexander Wang Luisa Open Toe Booties $550 // Miss KG Delia Platform Mary Janes $156

Each of the turtlenecks above can be worn with either one of the skirts.  The same goes for the heels, all which can be paired with opaque tights.    Since the top and bottom together can create such a strong statement, try keeping the accessories to a minimum and handbags or clutches understated.  Keep the colors going strong all year round. It’s a good way to stand out from the “All Black Attire Movement” during the colder months.   If you’re not ready to color it up with your outerwear, incorporate it with the different pieces under your coats.

1: M Missoni Dolman-sleeved wool sweater $136

2: Miu Miu Cashmere Blend Turtleneck Pullover $449

3  VANESSA BRUNO Grey Turtleneck Wool Top $135

4: MARY KATRANTZOU Silk-satin peplum skirt $2,620

5: Kaelen Luanne Pleated Skirt $279

6: Topshop Velvet Frame Bag $56

7: Forzieri Unlined Italian Leather Gloves $87

8: Club Monaco Dora Bag $189

9: 3.1 Phillip Lim Regine T-Strap Sandals $750

10: Ralph Lauren Collection Jalie suede T-bar sandals $650

11: Givenchy Suede and leather T-Strap sandals $740

12: Miu Miu Purple Suede Platform Sandal $695

 

 

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Monday Men Style: Stars Smoke It Up.

How could doing something so bad, look so sexy? The celebrities have perfected this formula.  It is the appeal of who these stars are, their ability to seduce us and the different platforms they use to do so.  They can make us believe that bad is good.  To see beautiful things from an ugly situation and take us out of our own worlds into the fantasies they’ve helped to create, with their performances.  So why not have us following their trail of smoke-filled air like it was incense?  

I say all this now only because when we see celebs smoking it up, it is rarely in our presence, so there is no harm to us.  It’s usually from a movie screen, a stage or photographs, nor have I had the chance to date a smoker and find out if that puffing gesture can turn me on.  I’m lying, I did date a smoker once.  Not an actor but, he had movie star looks and New York City swagger, which made him even sexier.  He kept me excited for a while, but that special aroma every time I entered his Jeep, ohhh, I remember it for all the wrong reasons.  All that sexiness started to fade away and I started to worry about my poor lungs.  Obviously that relationship didn’t last,  my gosh almost forgot about the man.  

So with that said, maybe those different platforms which are the movie screens, stages or photographs are the best and the safest ways for celebrities to glamorize this bad habit to us.  

 

Photos via TheHandsomeBoyClub and GTheGentleman tumblr pages.

 

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Monday Men Style: What Did Tweed Say To Herringbone?

The chills are here and we no longer have the chance to see the boys rocking the sleeveless or the 3/4 sleeve- tops.  No more buttoned-up shirts with the sleeves rolled-up or the masculine wrist candy easily visual. (check this story out) Ohh the trauma these men will be inflicting upon us by hiding what their daddy gave them.  How can we survive the Fall/Winter without seeing some skin? Let’s all repeat these words, ” absence makes the heart grow fonder,” it can help us get by. In the meantime, let’s look forward to the fabrics that the men of style will be wearing.  The well-dressed men will have us staring and using our imaginations as to what they’re packing underneath that tweed suite.

Photos via GQ.comGuerreisms.com, StreetFSN

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Kenzo and Fendi Are Torturers Of Mine.

With years of practice and training myself to believe that good things will come to those who wait, it has helped me get by during the fashion months twice a year.  When I was a youngin and watched fashion shows for the first times, I noticed the designers were showing  collections for the upcoming seasons that were at least six months in the future.  I would question why show us what we’ll be wearing next summer at the end of the current summer season?  Why have us wait?  Ohh how fashionaive (new word) I was.  

Gaining knowledge about the business side of fashion helps me understand how things run behind the scenes and the cycle of the fashionable life we live by.  It also helps keep my somewhat sane and not feel as though the clothes will be teasing me for months before they hit the stores.  Scratch the last sentence. Who the heck am I fooling. 

Patience is not a virtue here, it is the ONLY option allowed, one I’ve never liked, and some of the  Spring/Summer 2012 collections prove that.  Kenzo and Fendi are just two of the several which will be called out.   

Exhibit A: Kenzo

This Kenzo S/S 2012 look is perfect me me right now.  Every single piece from the button-down shirt down to the open-toe booties that will look great with a pair of tights.  

Exhibit B: Fendi

 

This look from Fendi S/S 2012 is screaming for me to rock it with a grey or bright-colored turtleneck knitted top below the blazer.  

I  continued to watched the presentations from other designers,  and I couldn’t help but get giddy and start sucking my teeth just because.  I can’t touch  or try the clothes until they touch down into stores next year.  My gosh will some of the pieces I like from the collections even be available for purchase?  Ohh the pain and torture these designers put me through.  

Know what, I think it’s only fair that some of the pain I feel is shared.  So watch, watch how designers can be so mean and tease us with their creations, but still have us love them and call their names out while batting our eyes.  It’s a vicious, emotional cycle I tell ya.

Kenzo Printemps Été 2012 from KENZO on Vimeo.

Psss: Kenzo remixed one of my favorite songs for the show!
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) is the song!  Click on the album cover to listen to a sample.

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Monday Men Style: New Man On The Block: Raun Larose

My favorite piece from Raun Larose's Fall/Winter Collection

I have a thing for designers who managed to make clothes I want to take off the men they’ve created them for, and wear the designs myself.  Raun Larose managed to get my lustful eyes twinkling with some of the pieces from his Fall/Winter 2011 collection.  I wondered what this new addition on my designers radar was going to serve us with his spring/summer collection?
“Dressy in the front and sporty in the back.” That’s how I’ll describe Raun Larose’s S/S 2012 collection.  This Brooklyn based designer isn’t well-known, but will not stay that way for too long.  I love his technique of making practical clothes into very functional, innovation well-tailored sportswear that look easy to wear.

I love how he blatantly tailored the shorts shorter than the front pockets.

This is a piece I can see myself wearing with a leather belt, or left open with riding boots or booties, tampered jeans and a turtleneck top.

To see more from the wonder-kid visit Raunlarose.com

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Monday Men Style: Music Videos Kanye West Style.

Time and time again, Kanye West never disappoints in the less than tactful way he voices his opinions or how he responds to comments he may not like.  At the same time, he also never disappoints us with the impressive music and the elaborate, creative videos that accompany those songs.  ”Runway” video is a perfect example of using your video time wisely. The volcanic red skies providing the backdrop to a scenic drive, red smoke being shared by the young, “All Of The Lights”  from some fireworks light the sky…..red, a small parade of men marching in that special color, with an inflated head of Michael Jackson and a woman in feathers throughout the video. Color: Nude!  

The epic video is filled with clips of several songs from  his latest album. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West managed to take music videos into a new categories, with visual story telling every-time, and the length of this particular video being 34 minutes.  This one is best watched full-screen.  Good way to see how the somewhat nude-feathered lady gets caught up with the red stuff.


Download the entire album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  for $5.99 on Amazon.com