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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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:
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.
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!
The first two looks are by Katie Eary, a designer who calls London home and describes her collection as “glamorous streetwear”. Her Spring/Summer 2014 duo here. which really asks to be presented with a display laser at a fashion show, is done in a monochromatic orange and brown animal printed polo-style top and matching pants definitely have the current trends of adding bright colors and prints to your wardrobe. But I can’t seriously see any guy that I know walking out of his house in any one of these outfits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall and winter are not only a change of season, but they are also the time of year that designers are showcasing their creations in fashion shows all over the world. However, don’t expect the clothing for the current season to be on the runway because the designers are usually working on collections six months to one year ahead. And don’t expect any trips to these exotic runways to be cheap! A wise investment to make beforehand might be in travel insurance from John Lewis. This type of coverage internationally guarantees a generous cancellation cover limit, emergency medical expenses, and a travel delay retainer!
One of the biggest movie premiers of the summer season is “The Butler”, directed by Lee Daniels and written by Daniel Stray. It is a historically based film about a White House butler named Cecil Gaines, who served there between 1952 and 1986, who saw many changes in America first hand. The movie stars a host of celebrities in the cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, and Mariah Carey. For the NYC premier, they were out in style.