In true New York fashion, the city is gearing up for a week of sizzling style, long catwalks and haute couture. Many elements come into play to make New York Fashion Week the mega event that it is. One of the key elements in making the week a success is none other than the models. A fashion designer's creation is brought to life by a sexy curve, a special "smize" and the electric walk of a fashion model. We know the designer receives many things like acclaim and accolades, but what exactly do the models get after a week of strutting their stuff?
There is a certain incandescent ambiance in the air as the beloved Fashion Week returns. Fashionistas wait impatiently for the first day to arrive so that they can pull their best ensembles out of hiding and hit the streets for some couture fun. Tinges of uncertainty bounce around every fashion magazine as contributors wonder what each designer will bring to the catwalk that year. However, with the recent elimination of the infamous event, "Fashion's Night Out," one has to wonder, will Fashion Week this year be as exciting? It was said back in February that the Vogue-funded occasion would no longer take place due to the revaluation of the event’s actual significance.
Many fashion magazines have written articles on how to turn your office outfit into a look fit for a night on the town. However, those articles don’t take into consideration what city girls have to go through to be New York ready. We don’t have car trunks where we stash our heels and we need walking shoes, working shoes, and dancing shoes. Anything we carry with us is likely going to be toted on a bus, a subway, across a couple of avenues, and into the bar. That being said, being party ready once the clock strikes five isn’t impossible, it can even be fun if you’re creative. (And by creative, I don’t mean running into the nearest Sephora and redoing all of your makeup at the sample counter…because let’s be honest, what city girl doesn’t do that?)
Bags are no longer a woman’s-only accessory. Men have also discovered the benefits of carrying a bag, making it must have for them .They are perfect for carrying anything-- from phones, wallets, Ipad/laptop, magazines and even your lunch. Here in the city it’s easy for men to carry just as much junk as a woman, so make the time to find the bag that best suits you.
The Duffle Bag
The duffle bag is the perfect everyday bag. If you like to go to the gym after work, or taking short weekend trips, then this is the bag for you. This hold all is also essential if your job requires a lot of travel. We suggest to go for a dark color--either brown, black, or navy, and leather as it is more durable.
For some, the terms fashion and style are easily confused. At no fault of their own, these few are distance from the world of glamour and know nothing of the intricacies that define it. However, those who have spent their lives living, breathing, and love/hating the industry know that the two words are not twin sisters at all, but more like distant cousins to say the least. The wise and talented fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “It is about style not fashion. Fashions come and go, but style is forever.” Those enticing words got us to thinking as to how true this perception may be.
The greatest outcomes in fashion often occur with help and inspiration from different cultures around the world. If you're looking for a little inspiration, theres no better place than the The International African Arts Festival. The festival began in began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, and has blossomed into a plethora of vibrant culture, tasty foods, and spirited fashion taking place in Brooklyn.
If you pay attention to fashion, then you're well aware of the influence African culture and dress is having on the spring/summer 2014 runways for both men and women. Fashion houses like Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood have created collections highlighting key trends with African twists. Detailing like tribal inspired prints, and draped drop-crotch pants from the men's collection at Vivienne or Givenchy's multi-colored graphic print separates featuring black and white tribal portraits are taking center stage. (see slideshow)
Tradition and modernity collide with Hackett London's 2014 Spring Menswear line. Debuting just last evening on the London catwalk, this innovative mix of flare and sophistication has already achieved the fashion police’s utmost nod of approval. Inspired by Sixties jet-setters with shades of Frank Sinatra, Jeremy Hackett projects the culture of British elitism and old Hollywood with classic tweed, linen, and wide-rim fedoras.
As summer vastly approaches, excitement grows and women everywhere can’t wait to show off there hottest summer styles, and the men to match. But beware; sunny days, warm breezes, and great fashion aren’t always at the forefront, especially when it comes to men. Fortunately guys, there are a couple short and to the point men’s fashion tips and essentials that will take your summer and your style to new heights.
If by now you haven't heard of Miansai, it's time to get familiar.
Debuting in 2008, the jewelry line—brainchild of founder Michael Saiger—uses such materials as French and Italian leathers, 14K and 18K gold, sterling silver, and military-grade ribbons and ropes. The raw, organic, and unpretentious aesthetic the line exudes pays homage to the nation's rich military history and nautical influence, while remaining thoroughly modern and relevant. Rugged yet refined, the ease at which the handcrafted pieces transition from day to night, city to countryside, and even the beach (the brand is based in Miami) is the genius in the line's allure.
Men’s footwear, like menswear itself, is vastly changing. As the men of today become more daring in their style of dress, so do what they decide to put on their feet. This new found freedom has paved the way for new and innovative styles and trends to hit the runway and reach the consumer. And that’s exactly what’s happening this spring.
You can always rely on shoes, be it men’s or women’s, to take an outfit to the next level. This happens through variety of shapes and sizes and fabric and color. This season features materials like leathers and suede, as well as metallic and printed fabrics.