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Hot Fashion at The 2015 BET Awards

This year the BET Awards, which is an awards ceremony established by the Black Entertainment Network to celebrate African American entertainers in the fields of music, acting, and sports, was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 28th. The red carpet was sizzling hot with male and female celebrity fashion. Some looks were traditional with tuxedos and gowns, while other looks were a little, how you say, manufactured.

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One example of a manufactured or out-of-the-box look is singer Chris Brown who arrived on the red carpet in this baseball – style jacket with the black fabric body and a bright pop of color in the black leather sleeves that have the painted roses on them. Chris paired this fabulous jacket with a simple white t-shirt, long black shorts and sneakers for a trendy casual look. He also chose the right accessories with his white Fedora, white bold watch, and the perfect shades.

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The other out-of-the-box fashion look for the females on the red carpet at The BET Awards was singer/dancer/actress Zendaya in this sexy, silver sequined menswear-inspired dress. The pointed collar, cuff sleeves, and front button placket was a menswear type of look, but in no way masculine when it was blended with the sheer bodice, cut-out chest pockets, high hemline, and super-stiletto sandals. Zendaya’s cute pixie haircut was the perfect complement to her over-all look.

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Some more traditional looks for the red carpet at the BET Awards is “Murder in the First” TV actress Nicole Parker and actor Boris Codjo who are dressed to the hilt in her white fitted gown with white lace cut-outs, that hug her perfectly proportioned curves and his grey tuxedo with black lapels and pockets. I like the all white dress shirt and trousers that create a column type of effect under the jacket and let it be the main attraction of Boris’ look.

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Review: The Producer Bow Tie by Threads for Gents

When it comes items that a man need to complete a suit, ties are the first thing to come to mind. Sometimes, the bow tie is a forgotten accessory, unless it is a black tie affair and it actually can be a stylish addition to any suited look. Even though a form of bow ties has been around since they were used by the Croatian Mercenaries during the 17th century Prussian Wars to hold the neckline of the shirt together, the bow tie has managed to remain in fashion. However, it definitely has gone through some changes through the years.
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At Threads for Gents, they are dedicated to having a selection of the best accessories for men, at affordable prices. Neck ties, bow ties, and pocket squares are the essential finishing touches when it comes to your suit, but they can be extremely pricey when luxury materials are being used. For example, one of the bow ties at Threads for Gents is The Producer.

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It is a 100% tightly woven silk and is fabricated in a multi-tonal blue and brown plaid. The tans and grayish-taupes are the neutrals to the plaid pattern, while the blues make the bow tie pop. It really allows you so many color choices with your dress shirt and suit, so you can choose a combination that is on the demure side or something a little bolder.

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The other great reason to get The Producer and other suit accessories at Threads for Gents is the price. A pure silk, plaid bow tie like The Producer, which for similar ones can run hundreds of dollars in upscale department stores, is at the unbelievable price of $19! Even their selection of long neck ties, made of a silk/linen blend are also $19 each. Threads for Gents is a place where you can get luxury accessories at bargain prices.

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Rising Stars in Wedding Band Materials

There was a time when wedding bands meant only silver, gold, and platinum and grooms were hard pressed to make a choice that would reflect their personalities in a distinctive way yet ensure that their choice was durable, attractive-looking, and easy to take care of. However, modern technology and research for industrial applications has yielded a variety of materials that posses amazing physical and chemical properties, and are also wondrous in their appearance. Needless to say, jewelry designers have adapted these space-age materials to a large assortment of contemporary wedding jewelry, including wedding bands. Take a quick tour of what you can discover on the shelves today.

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Ceramic Rings

High technology industrial ceramics are a far cry from the brittle household ceramic cups and saucers that we are all so familiar with. Sporting a rich lustrous jet black color, ceramic rings offer a singular and completely versatile option to the usual assortment of metals used in wedding bands. Alleged to possess the combined qualities of titanium and tungsten carbide, both extremely durable materials preferred for challenging industrial applications, ceramic rings are lightweight, scratch-resistant, hardy, and crack-resistant. Surprisingly affordable, you can get higher performance in variants like Seranite.

The manufacturing process involves the mixing of titanium and tungsten carbide under very high temperature to yield titanium carbide, a very had material that has a rating of 9 on a 10-point Mohs scale used to measure the hardness of minerals. Possessing the tungsten carbide’s hardness and the light weight of titanium, it is now seen in a number of jewelry designs with finishes that range from highly-polished to matte. Seranite offering greater durability and quality involves a proprietary process of manufacturing. While nothing more than a wipe with a damp cloth is required for care, the toughness of the material does not permit resizing.

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Tungsten Rings

Giving hot competition to other jewelry materials is tungsten that is really tungsten carbide formed by mixing tungsten, a rare metal with carbon. Scoring 9 on a 10-point Mohs scale used to measure material hardness; it offers an unparalleled hardness, thus making it extremely durable and scratch resistant. However, direct heavy impact with a hard surface may cause it to crack. This feature, though, comes in handy in case a ring needs to be removed in an emergency, as it can be broken with pliers or a similar instrument. Usually available in signature gunmetal grey shade, there are variants that are completely black and a silvery white resembling platinum or even white gold. Tungsten rings also get a distinctive weighty feel that adds to their allure. Due to their hard nature, tungsten rings cannot be resized but since they cost so less, replacement need not cause any worry. You can download a complete guide on men’s tungsten wedding bands by clicking here or you can visit the genuine tungsten ring site – http://www.tungstenrings.com/

Palladium Rings

An extremely attractive option to the more common white gold and platinum for wedding bands is palladium that jewelry designers have adopted to give a distinct look that combines classicism with a contemporary outlook. A relation of platinum in the hierarchy of metals, it boasts of the same lustrous white color of platinum but is significantly lighter and delightfully less expensive. Originally used as a white gold alloy material, palladium was elevated as a standalone design material as fallout of the scarcity of gold and titanium due to demands by defense manufacturing during Word War II. Not only is it popular for its shiny appearance but also costs less and is great for persons with sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic. Palladium does not require any re-plating like white gold and its hardness makes it durable as well as corrosion-proof. Now required to be hallmarked like platinum, palladium wedding rings can be resized though with some effort.

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Cobalt Chrome Rings

Cobalt chrome has emerged as a hot favorite of jewelry designers all over the world who are looking to please their discerning customers by offering them the luxurious and classic appearance of platinum or white gold with the advantages of materials born out of contemporary research. The new-generation metal has a lustrous look and is extremely hardy making it crack and scratch-resistant. The other great advantage is that rings made out of this material can be resized, unlike the many other space-age stuff in vogue. Even persons with skin sensitivities can wear them round-the-clock for extended periods without worrying about allergic reactions as the material is hypoallergenic.Many times tougher than gold and platinum, cobalt chrome rings permit fine engravings and decorative work, and are pleasantly more affordable.

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Choosing the Perfect Pear of Pearl Earrings

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Adding the finishing touches to an outfit doesn’t just involve the proper belt, shoes or bag. Jewelry is just as important and the right pair of pearl earrings can add quiet sophistication to even the simplest of looks. But women often buy pearl accessories based on personal preference, color and overall style. There are many other factors included in the decision-making process, from face shape to hair length and ear shape. Each aspect needs to be taken into account when searching for the perfect pair of pearl earrings.

After all, it’s a pity to invest in a beautiful pair of earrings that will never see the light of day because you later come to the conclusion that they simply did not match your features.
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Getting Acquainted with Face Shapes

Face shape and skin tone are important in the fashion choices we make, not just because of the fact that certain colors don’t go well with particular skin tones, but also because you want your jewelry to not overwhelm your features. There are six main face shapes:

  • Heart Shaped: perhaps the most feminine out of all six possibilities, heart shaped faces feature wider foreheads and a narrow chin.
  • Long: Long faces have features that are equally wide (forehead, cheekbones and jaws) and tend to work well with any types of accessories.
  • Oval:Similar to heart-shaped faces, oval-shaped ones feature foreheads that are just as wide as the cheekbones. From the cheeks towards the chin, the face narrows.
  • Triangle: Also referred to as diamond-shaped, women with a triangle-shaped face have very strong cheekbones, wider than the chin and the forehead.
  • Square: In this situation, both the forehead, the cheeks and the jaw have approximately the same width, however, the jaw lines tend to be well represented.
  • Round:Also referred to as a circular face, round faces present with wide cheekbones. These do not taper down towards the chin as in the cases of other face shapes.teardrop pearl earrings

Choosing in Accordance to Face Shape

When describing pearl earrings, designers and sellers refer to the design and the materials that have been used to produce a particular piece. As such, earrings can be classified according to shape. These include:

  • teardrop earrings (or dewdrop, which are meant to dangle below the wearer’s earlobe),
  • studs (classic pearl earrings, consisting of a single pearl sitting directly on the wearer’s earlobe),
  • chandeliers (which combine stud earrings and teardrop earrings into a piece which sits on the earlobe and has an additional component which dangles below the earlobe),
  • cluster earrings (this particular earring type sits atop the earlobe and features clusters of tiny pearls which may or may not extend beyond the earlobe),
  • hoops (such designs feature longer pieces of metal running from the front of the wearer’s earlobe to the back and may feature one or multiple pearls depending on the design),
  • Clip-earrings (this particular design resembles hoops and is excellent for wearer’s who haven’t gotten their earlobes pierced; the clip-on mechanism allows the earring to clamp onto the ear)

While studs work excellently regardless of face shape, there are other styles and shapes that may be tricky. Women with oval or narrow faces look stunning regardless of the style of earrings they choose. Oval-shaped dangling earrings or chandelier ones, however, will draw attention to the wearer’s features. Round faces are a bit trickier to accessorize. Choose to elongate your natural features with dangle earrings or teardrop styles.

Women with heart-shaped faces can balance out the features of their faces by going for teardrop, dangle or chandelier earrings while those with square faces should choose hoop earrings, which add a delicate note. If hoops extend a bit below the jaw line, they create the illusion of a smaller face. Diamond-shaped faces should be accessorized with long styles with soft curves. Avoid dangle earrings and choose studs instead.

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Menswear and Street Chic Primer

But, like any style moment – be it edgy summer floral wear, color dress shoes or retro sneakers – there are some who catch wind of the trend, splurge on the latest threads, and when putting it all together, sadly get it all wrong.

Despite the casual ease that street chic implies, it can be difficult to pull off such a youthful look without looking like a wanna-be teen in the process. In this article we’re going to take a look at what it takes to be ‘street chic’ – avoiding any chance of an outfit double up with a fashion forward fifteen-year-old.

Breaking It Down
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Street chic is exactly what it sounds like: the surf/hip-hop/skate elements of American youth culture mixed with the likes of optimal, luxury labels. Combine synthetic fabrics (think nylons, neoprenes and satins) with cotton, cashmere and woollen fabrics; bringing texture to the outfits.

Then, remember to retain clean lines and correct fit. Street chic may give off a less structured and relaxed vibe than tailored pieces, but structure is paramount – avoid baggy tops and saggy bottoms. Finally, focus on minor details, like leather caps, tech savvy watches and cashmere scarfs to give street chic that final kick. It’s all about going from ‘eek’ to ‘chic’ in one fell swoop.

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Monochrome Focused

Nothing says ‘street chic’ more than monochrome. Pairing solid blacks with bursts of white is a foolproof look for luxury streetwear, instantly dressing up any combination.

The tonal look that monochrome gives is all about wearing the outfit as one uniformed hue, and then adding pops of difference such as metallic zips, fabric contrasts (think leather backpacks on cotton jackets) and even wearing sneakers that carry a slight print or a bold burst of color, with an otherwise pared back outfit.

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Think Digital

Just the same as you would with a smartphone, it’s time to upgrade the 2D prints in your wardrobe or move onto the real digital prints. These intricate fashion prints aren’t your average navy blue stripe or polka dot, they’re a more sophisticated graphic or pattern that projects a story onto the fabric.

The patterns are often life inspired and graphic, and often look molecular and futuristic in style because of the level of detail. Far more ‘mature’ than a typical print, work these graphics into tees and shirts, while letting the rest of your outfit be monochrome in style.

If you want to take the digital print a little further, think about incorporating digital patterns below the belt. Street chic can be a pair of patterned shorts or pants as the centerpiece of a monochrome outfit; remember the secret to chic is one burst of pop styled with a monochrome base.

Ultimate Chic Footwear

Sneakers really should be your only ‘street’ footwear consideration. And the ‘chic’ follows quickly in toe when you invest in a premium pair. Nothing gym ready is required here, we’re not talking about a chunky pair of Adidas with great endorsements for arch support. There’s only one ethos to follow: white for dressy, block colored for the brave and retro for quirky.

Above all, keep the sneakers clean and let the suave kicks do all the ‘street chic’ talking.

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Menswear at 2015 Milan Fashion Week

With London Fashion Week ending a week ago, focus has shifted to Milan Fashion Week, where a number of designers have displayed their S/S 2016 Menswear collections. The linen, relaxed nature, and light colors associated with S/S collections have of course appeared, but other unexpected surprises have manifested themselves as well.

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The German house Jil Sander, though the queen of minimalism herself no longer runs the house, did display her signature minimalism in its use of blocks of color and solid colored pieces on its runway show. Uniquely, the collection was almost entirely made out of functional materials. Blazers, trousers, and coats made out of what looked like raincoat-material plastic coated fabrics gave the collection a functional aspect and created a futuristic look with its sleek textures. Though the collection utilized minimalism as expected, Jil Sander creative Rodolfo Paglialunga also expressed himself in the collection, using bustling patterns delicately throughout and creating a contrast with the Sander minimalism.

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Damir Doma brought out a number of his signature loose, draped, and flowing silhouettes in typical summer colors of light grey, white, even salmon, while including darker tones of blues and greens appeared with a surprising prominence. Less busy than his winter collection, it seemed to be a refinement and minimalistic view of what we know as Damir Doma. Raw and deconstructed sweaters, linen overcoat choices dangling over the floor, and slices of various precious stones adorning the necks were the highlights of the show.

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Bottega Veneta brought an unexpectedly rugged collection for its S/S menswear. Hiking boots, sandals, zip-up hoodies, and anoraks brought an adventurous vibe to the runway. Even bomber jackets were given a raw edge, made with technical fleece and the busy taped seams of a functional piece. A backpack or two along with single-strap bags fit right in with the mountaineering gear filling the catwalk. Similar to Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta has given a collection that is not only stylish, but has a functional purpose as well.

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