Men’s Fashion Advice – Man-gagement Rings: I Do or I Don’t?

Man-gagement Rings: I Do or I Don’t?

The idea of a man wearing an engagement ring to express his commitment to his fiancé is not a new one, but over the years it has not been a very popular trend. However, this year, some celebrities have brought it back in a big way.

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One trend-setting guy who was spotted with a “man-gagement” ring recently on his left ring finger is Johnny Depp. His rather substantially large round diamond solitaire is flanked by graduating diamonds down the shank of the ring and is a nice compliment to Johnny’s fiancé Amber Heard’s sparkling solitaire that is in a slightly more feminine setting.

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Another couple who has jumped on board with the “man-gagament” ring trend is Singer Jennifer Hudson and her Wrestler fiancé David Otunga. His commitment ring is a band style ring with raised geometric squares and inset diamonds in between each square and along the profile. It is a modern design by one of the top ring designers, Neil Lane. It has both sparkle and unique interest all in one package.

Considering that engagements can be quite lengthy sometimes and both parties may enjoy professing their love and commitment for each other, the idea of a “man-gagement” ring seems like less of an oddity. Also, in breaking with tradition, the usual engagement ring recipient may really enjoy being able to show their love for their “spouse-to-be” with the gift of a ring in return. Most people may not have the finances to buy a 5 carat diamond set in Platinum that celebrities like Johnny Depp and David Otunga may be wearing, but there are simpler band styles made out of white gold, sterling silver, and stainless steel that may fit the bill.

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Luxury Fashion Advice – Riding In Style

Concierge has connections to limousine rental services so that you can enjoy the luxury and prestige of arriving in style at any event without dealing with the hassles. The most popular events for limousines are weddings, concerts, proms, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and anniversaries. But limos are fun no matter what the occasion.

Before you contact us to order your luxury limousine rental, you might want to do a little homework. You want to consider how many people will be with you, how long you need the limo and how far you’ll be going. Rates are usually determined by the hour, so by carefully planning, you can have a pretty good idea of what the limo will cost. You also want to get the right limo—not too small and not too large. Your guests should be comfortable, not crammed in the limo like sardines.

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The most common limousines are Lincoln Town Cars, but some companies have Mercedes and specialty vehicles too. A 12 passenger limo will comfortably hold up to ten passengers. Similarly, six, eight and ten passenger limos will hold four, six and eight passengers respectively. If you’re taking your entire posse with you, you’ll want a larger limo, like an Escalade or Navigator. If there are twenty people in your party, a Hummer is probably the best solution. From there, you’ll need a limousine bus. Classic cars, like Rolls Royces, are also available for smaller parties.

Don’t pick the cheapest deal you can find. You get what you pay for, so make sure you’re getting what you need. Ask if the limo has music or if you need to bring your own mix CD or MP3 player. Make sure the limo has enough room for a couple extra guests, just in case you run into some extra friends. Make a budget and stick to it. We can recommend the best companies and the best limo for your needs.

If you plan to drink during the ride, bring along some ice, mixers and the beverage of your choice. Tell the driver where you want to stop and how long you’ll be at each stop.

The best way to deal with the whole limousine rental process is to let VIP Concierge handle the details. You tell us what you need, what you want and when you want it. We’ll take care of the rest. Because we have a long-established record of dealing with limousine rental services, and we can get you the best deal possible. Look at it this way. You hired a florist to handle the floral arrangements for your wedding, so why not hire a professional to set up your limousine needs? It’s important to reserve your limo early for the best selection, especially if you’re planning to celebrate during the busy season, like graduation, Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Showing up in a limousine to important events is the best way to show that you’ve not only made it, you have arrived. You can be sure that by setting up your limousine rental service through VIP Concierge, you’ll get the best deal and have the best experience.

Melanie Massey works in the luxury entertainment industry and writes about luxury limousine rental

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Men’s Fashion Trends – Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC 2014

One shining “fashion spotlight that we all look forward to in the dead of winter is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC. The city buzzes with excitement as veteran and emerging designers put forth their creations for Spring/Summer 2014. From February 6th to the 13th this fashion week’s schedule is packed with designer shows that highlight their efforts over the past year for the up and coming season.

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Even though is seems that women’s fashion is the focus for most designers in this Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show, there are several menswear designers on the scene. For example, Libertine is a brand that was created by Johnson Hartig in 2000 and has revolutionized the use of graphic art in traditional clothing. The first runway photo is noted for its unusual subject matter of heads that are boldly distributed over his grey sports jacket and tan trousers. This particular look reminds me of a post card that has been stamped several times over and may be too “graphic” for most tastes.

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The second design by Libertine for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is a multi-colored, simulation of patterns that looks more like he is wearing a suit made from a piñata! The explosions of colors and patterns would definitely be an attention-getter.

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Another men’s designer who caught my eye is Ricardo Seco. He was originally a businessman from Mexico, who’s love of fashion made him a self taught designer who is revered for his clean, unique style. One of my favorite looks is this black and white color-blocked leather jacket with the wide lapels that is paired with a black and grey layered t-shirt and casual tie-waist black trousers. This design by Seco is a very wearable and timeless look. The pants though are less than amazing – perhaps he should look to Edwin Jeans for some inspiration?

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Ricardo Seco’s version of graphic design is much simpler with this long men’s tank top with the grey “swimming fish”. It looks great with the fuller leg pants, but I am not so sold on the sleeveless leather baseball jacket. Pair them with some Redwing Boots though and maybe you could pull off a deconstructed military look!

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Fashion Industry Trends – GQ Celebrates “Men of the Year”

On November 12, 2013, one of the most stylish parties of the year was held in Los Angeles. It was the GQ “Men of the Year” party. This celebration featured men like Justin Timberlake, and Will Ferrell, who have graced the cover of GQ. This year, others were recognized for their accomplishments included: Designer of the Year Tom Ford; Legend of the Year Michael Douglas; Breakthrough Designer of the Year Jonathan Saunders; and Genius of the Year Sir Elton John. Pretty much everyone wore noteworthy outfits, ranging from suits out of D&G to quasi-sportswear straight off of a Tony Pryce Sports catalog – we’re talking tennis shoes and running gear here. The ones guilty of the latter we won’t harp on; here are a couple of close-up’s on what the more gentlemanly gents wore:

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On GQ’s red carpet there was a myriad of celebrities who were showing off their designer style. Actor Mathew McConaughey arrived in a shimmering grey Dolce & Gabbana suit. The sheen and color cover two trend of the season, which include metallic fabrics and the color grey. I like his choice in a slate blue dress shirt and pocket square to keep the cool color theme of the suit, but I think this particular shade of grey makes him look washed out.
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Men’s Fashion Trends – Runway Oddities at London Fashion Week 2013

Since the wrap up of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC on September 12th, the fashion spotlight has turned toward London Fashion Week, which is scheduled from September 13th to the 17th. While browsing through the line-up of designers, I came across some men’s fashions that I don’t really see catching-on beyond the runway – except maybe at a crazed laser light heavy rave!

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Another Runway look that I don’t see taking off is part of Agi and Sam’s collection for Autumn/Winter 2013, whose mantra is that “Fashion should never be taken too seriously”. It is such a miss-match of colors and patterns that your eyes don’t wear to look. The color blocked blue and grey zippered jacket is a little “too blue”, especially when paired with the drapery patterned yellow pants and the orange rubber covered lace-up shoes.

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Last, but certainly not least, is a very unique look for Fall 2013 by JW Anderson, who attempts to blur the lines between male and female fashion with their new collection. Besides the dull beige fabric, the ruffled short-shorts and crimped riding boot toppers are just too much to take. I just don’t see any guy strolling around town in this shorts set.

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Women’s & Men’s Fashion Trends – Leopard Graces The Front Rows at Fashion Week

This bold animal print can be found all over the place from Karlie Kloss’ Coach bag at New York Fashion Week to Sienna Miller’s long leopard coat over her embroidered white dress across the pond at London Fashion Week.

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Meet the trend head on in a flirty long-sleeved dress like the one Camila Alves sported at the Novak Djokovic Foundation New York Dinner. Or rock a 3.1 Phillip Lim leopard mini with a double-breasted blazer like off-duty model, Pauline Vander Cruysse.

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Or show off your wild side just a little, with a leopard accent like Nicole Richie’s pumps at the kick-off to New York Fashion Week, The 10th Annual Style Awards. Off-duty model Jessica Hart wrapped herself in an animal print scarf while out walking her dog around NY in blue skinny jeans and a beige moto jacket. No silly plaid shirts for women like these!

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Even the guys are rocking the spotted print. One Direction’s Harry Styles showed up at the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week in distressed black skinny jeans and a Burberry long fitted animal printed tee. Jared Leto opted for a more subtle tribute to the print at the Giles’ Spring 2014 presentation in London in a long grey leopard print scarf.

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Love the look but not on an A-lister’s budget? More likely to afford cheap skater dresses with a mangy cat print? Add a few bold feline accessories to spice up your look like Kloss did with Coach’s Madison Small Madeline East/West Satchel for only $278.00 or the Madison Small Wristlet available at coach.com for $48.00. This Leopard Haircalf Clutch from Brooks Brothers has tortoise resin accents, perfect to pair with a little black dress and at brooksbrothers.com it’s on sale for $274.00. Dress up jeans and a like Hart with this leopard print scarf is only $32.90 at the thelimited.com.

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Try a work appropriate frock like Rebecca Taylor’s Leopard Print Dress on sale for $87.97 at Piperlime.com.  Or top off you look with leopard like Alves with this Kardashian Kollection Women’s Ponte printed blazer on sale for $37.04 at sears.com. Or, Stay polished in this Collarless Animal Print Coat by Betsey Johnson at Nordstrom.com, on sale for $109.90.

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Celebrity Fashion Spotlight – The 65th Annual Emmy Awards

September 22, 2013 was the 65th Annual Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Red Carpet was teeming with celebrities as they filed into the theater to see who would walk away with the angelic golden statues for excellence in Prime Time Television.

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Along with the choice of nominees, there were the fashion choices. Some were outstanding and some were not. The first couple up for critiquing is Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt. Jon has departed from the usual colors of tuxedos with his cream colored jacket, but I don’t think that it faired very well next to his stark white tuxedo shirt. Now, as far as Jennifer’s dress goes, the bustline is one of the most unflattering shapes that I have ever seen. There is definitely too much “East/West” going on! The dark coral color can be pretty, but the mixed media panels don’t work either.

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Next, is the “daddy and daughter duo” of Alec Baldwin and his beautiful daughter Ireland. Alec is looking classy wearing a straight forward style black tux that has an overall sheen to the fabric. With all the weight that he has dropped lately, the jacket could have been a little more fitted. Alec’s daughter Ireland is as glamorous and curvy as her mother Kim Basinger in that nude, high-neck gown with the “bling” in all the right places.

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Lastly, are Lauren Parsekia and Aaron Paul. Aaron has a nicely tailored navy tuxedo with the thinner lapels and one button closure. Even a basic looking tux can look fabulous if it is cut and fitted well. Lauren is the perfect example of how sometimes “less is more”. Her gown is a gorgeous strapless with just a wonderful drape of taupey-grey fabric and no “bells and whistles”, but it is very figure flattering. Lauren accessorizes it perfectly with a silvery clutch, a statement necklace, and a loose up-do.

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