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.
Spring has sprung into action, and so have all your favorite designers of menswear. For years now, fashion for men has been developing from more than just suits and slacks, into daring pieces that play with silhouettes, experiment with color, and give innovation to the consumer. This year is no different. Three key trends men should be ripping from the runway this spring are Prints & Patterns, Fit &Tailoring, as well as Color.
Prints & Patterns are great for the budding businessman and the more classic male who doesn’t want to get to out there with his wardrobe, but still wants to stay current. This season the runways were a blaze with prints from designers like Vivienne Westwood, and Sarah Burton who awed with a bronze combination gold and silver metallic blazer with matching trousers for Alexander McQueen (see left). The bolder male “fashionistas” can go to the extreme, while the further subdued can opt for more subtle approaches like Viktor & Rolph’s zigzag patterned black and silver suit also featuring a metallic finish (see slideshow).
Whether they've been naughty or nice, every fella deserves a thoughtful gift this holiday season. We've compiled a short but sweet list of unique gifts, ranging from low to high prices so that everyone can find something for that special man. In no particular order (since all items listed are awesome), here we go:
Rugby Ralph Lauren Cardigan, $99.99- Create your own cardigan with the luxury brand, Ralph Lauren. Options include an elbow-patch cardigan in navy and black. The website also allows you to make your own hat, rugby, polo and solid oxford shirts, all on sale now! Don't miss out on this chance to personalize your gift and truly make it one-of-a-kind.
When Seun Olubodun used his dog, Duke, as inspiration for his fashion line, he had no idea it would become such a success. Duke & Winston, the company that offers east coast-inspired garments, is named after a bulldog and Winston Churchill...so obviously it can do no wrong.
The fashion line was created in 2009 and was solely focused on menswear. The goal was to create casual duds for the modern gentleman - sorry, Ed Hardy fans, that discludes you. The graphic tees in the collection sported Duke's mean mug and was an instant hit, and we can sure see why. Now the line has expanded to include both womenswear and clothing for pets (check out the perfect stocking stuffer for the pet lover here). Seun states of his most recent collection - his Fall 2012 Boathouse Row series - that he was "inspired to put together a fall line that is a little more refined than my more graphic line of t-shirts. It focuses more on subtle graphics and embroideries, and makes a perfect transition from summer to fall.”
Calling all NYC party VIPS! Earlier this month, Carolina Herrera launched a modeling campaign for her latest fragrance, 212 VIP. Hererra and a team of judges narrowed down the pool of contestants to 8 worthy VIPS. Now, viewers vote who'm they like best as the VIP fragrance spokesmodel.
NYC's own, Evan Woodhouse, the multi-faceted promotional director for Liberty Theater, Owner of HollywoodWoodhouse Inc. and L'Afterworks, all around VIP and now model is in the running. Woodhouse has our endorsement and his webisode will air on December 6th. Here's the teaser.
Simona Blumenfeld Kornberg the owner of NJ based boutique gem, Mint Vintage boasts an array of chic finds. Here's the store and Kornberg's interesting tale.
What inspired you to open a boutique?
Ironically, I began my career at age fourteen in the modeling industry. I was a top model in Israel and learned a lot about fashion that way - designers, cuts, styles, fabrics. As a teenager I was always going to flea markets in Israel and dressed myself with the great fashions that I found there. I liked them so much better than the designer clothing that I could have gotten for free as a model. At the age of twenty-five, I decided to move to America with my mind and heart set on opening my own boutique. My dream since I was a little girl was to have my very own designer boutique.How do you select your pieces, Simona? I have a very discerning fashionable eye. It's something I think you're born with and develops with life's journey and influences. I select my pieces based on the notion - that timeless beauty is what's always in style and forever will be. I do like to feature trends, but then we all become slaves to the latest trend, rather than what looks flattering on us an an individual. I know my clientele and I know what they like and dislike & style my boutique accordingly. I sell designers such as Chanel which speaks to every woman of every age. Often, the quality of vintage is better and everybody is copying everybody - it's hard to find an exciting item to wear. You'll never have that problem at Mint Luxury Consignment. From a stunning Escada runway dress, to a Cozy Dior sweater set, to a hot pair of red sole Louboutin beauties, to a rare Chanel purse -- you'll find it all here. My customers often joke that Sarah Jessica Parker's "Sex and the City" character Carrie Bradshaw, would be in heaven here. This is a mother/daughter boutique. Tell me about your background in the fashion industry? After I was a model, I opened 6 very successful boutiques name: Fuga, featuring the latest style of clothing, handbags and accessories from France and Italy. I liked selling contemporary, new designs, but I always had a passion for vintage fashions. I did quite well with my Fuga stores. I sold the 6 stores moved back to Israel for 4 years, and had children. I missed my country so it was a nice break. When I came back to the US, I saw all the estate sales and I knew the time was right to open a vintage designer boutique in the US. What are some of the hot vintage styles you're featuring right now? I carefully pick amazing clothing and handbags that you can never replace, and all are in amazing condition, fresh, artistic and individualistic. There is only one at the boutique and you and only you will have it (if you buy it). How exciting is that? Plus the price is so much more reasonable than any item you'll buy in a mainstream department store, for the same quality. Some of the "hot" styles I'm featuring are vintage cloche hats, party dresses, gorgeous sweaters, and stunning Louboutins. I also have a coveted Fendi, Chanel and Louis Vuitton collection that women from Manhattan travel to see me. I also carry vintage baubles, but these are high-end and stunning. I also carry 1960's sunglasses from Pucci. Every item tells a story. Advice for others who are interested in opening their own fashion boutique or business? Have a vision, have a goal. Work hard and make a plan. Have a niche. Never have regret and follow your dreams, even if it leads you to other countries. All the wisdom and information you gather will guide you. Never let anyone tell you who you are or limit your success. The sky is the limit!