Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mens Spring 2013 Trends | Stripes are Cool

Mens spring/summer 2013 trends - stripes are cool
From top left: J.Crew Fleece Sweatshirt (here) // Ralph Lauren Striped Polo (here) // Maison Kitsune Pique Polo (here)
From bottom left: Gap Striped Tee (here) // Gant Jersey Polo Shirt (here)

Spring is probably the best time of the season for guys, and the worst time for others. It's the season where most guys begin to show off what they've been working on all time around - their six pack. Hate them.

No, I don't literally hate these guys, but they do have access to more resources. And you know what I mean about this. Anyways, you probably wonder what does this have to do with this Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear Trends posts? Well, it does have something in common. 

Stripes are by far the best designs out there for men. They have been in the market for years, and in the spring they are stronger than ever. There is one reason why they are so popular in the spring/summer season. The answer is simple. They form an illusion that makes you appear more pumped up. It adds volume to your body in a very masculine form. By this I mean that it actually tones down your torso to make you seem more slimmer and athletic. This is why it doesn't really work on skinny guys. Sorry.

When dealing with stripes, I prefer to use the thick bold stripes like Maison Kitsune's striped polo shirt, because it actually defines your torso equally well. Oh, and it lengthens your torso, which can make your appear slightly taller.

For spring's 2013 trend, choose vibrant stripes that add a youthful masculine touch to all your looks. Don't be afraid to play with colors. As long as you have those vibrant stripes put on, the rest should be kept toned down to achieve your desired effects. If you are a risk taker, then hope your colors won't make you look all gay.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hermes Luxurious Crocodile T-Shirt

hermes crocodile mens summer t-shirt
Hermes Crocodile T-Shirt (Spring/Summer 2013) that retails for $91,500

Hermes has been in the center of attention lately for its upmost ridiculous t-shirt retail price. This crocodile t-shirt above retails for $91,500. No, I did not make a typo. If you were to buy this t-shirt (I wonder who would), you would be paying around $8,000 simply in taxes. Seriously? This could pay for a good college education, a car, or a moderate home. In the South I could purchase a good luxurious home.

Whoever were to buy this item I'd believe it would be only for the sole purpose of showing off how much money they have. You know I'm a freak when it comes to designer clothes, but this t-shirt in particular I don't know. I recently came across a Burberry crocodile trenchcoat that retailed around this particular Hermes price tag. I know Hermes is well known for its luxurious couture craftsmanships, such as its Birkin Bags which begin at a retail price of $10,000 and above, but sometimes luxury can exceed its standard limits. 

In general, if I even had thousands of dollars, I would never agree upon purchasing this t-shirt. There are so many more things one would be able to do with this amount. I love Hermes though. Who wouldn't?

Would you buy this t-shirt if you had all the money in the world?

Monday, March 25, 2013

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Friday, March 22, 2013

A Biker Jacket Is Your Best Friend

Balmain Slim Biker Jacket (here)

Spring may be here, but you have to agree that it still feels like a wintery month even though trees are beginning to bloom again. Their is always one particular outerwear item that will never fail to make the greatest impression of your outfit no matter what season you're in. That would be the famous biker jacket. 

This jacket never disappoints me when it's chilly during the spring or summer time (it can get kind of cold where I'm living). I don't know what it is, but there is always something special about these jackets. I guess it may have to be with their design perspective - young, versatile, and masculine. 

As I always say, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars for one particular jacket. You know what you pay for is what you get for. This may be one particular item it may be worth investing in besides a great pair of shoes. After all, you have to agree a biker jacket will always be one of your best friends no matter what season or formality. 

What brand biker jacket are you fond of?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Raf Simons X Fred Perry

Raf Simons x Fred Perry - One of the best menswear collaborations
From left to right: Short sleeve panel shirt, V-neck houndstooth sweater, and Knitted jacquard shirt.

It has been no secret how big of a fan I’ve been for Raf Simons. His position as new creative director for Christian Dior brought him more prestige than what he already was when at Jil Sander. Menswear has been no difference for this designer. Everything he designs is meant to be a trend setter for the men seeking to look “fashionable.” It is only for him where I can state his collections are truly on the fashion spot for men. They never fall in the side where something can look sort of bizarre for a man. You know what I mean. 

For spring, well renowned menswear brand, Fred Perry took the time to include a collaboration collection with Raf Simons. If you have not seen the collection then you must go see it. I guarantee there will be something for you to get your hands on. This is what I love about Simons. I don’t know how he does it, but he always manages to make a colorful patterned sweater or a cheetah print shirt appear so masculine. The three looks above are just some of the clothes I truly like. I honestly want to get the third look from the right (blue-green knitted jacquard shirt). It’s a must have for spring.

Do you like this collection of Raf Simons x Fred Perry?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shoes are What Make The Man

Shoes Make The Man - Fashion Blog - Prada Shoes
Prada Wing-Tip and Kiltie Shoe Styles. What else do you want with these shoes?

For men, purchasing a great pair of shoes is equally as important as choosing the perfect suit (more about it soon). I always say, if you're not so much into suits, then you better be into shoes if you want to look stylish. There are people who will practically look at me like I'm a crazy bitch for purchasing such expensive shoes. The truth is, what you pay for it is what you get for it. 

When buying shoes, don't purchase them at first sight. Think about it. What can I style these shoes with? Will they look good with shorts, pants, a t-shirt? Especially when you're about to make a very huge purchase, such as these Prada shoes, which retail around $1,000. 

I know, the price may be superbly high for the majority of us. But wait, don't forget the semi-annual sales that occur every once in a while. This is the time to attack and get your hands on one of these beauties. There are so many sites that offer great styles of shoes to wear - Aldo, Zara, Cole Haan - at reasonable prices. 

When I buy shoes, there is one key thought I always bring to mind - If it looks great with a t-shirt, then it must look perfect with anything else. For example, the two Prada shoes above, all you need is a pair of jeans, white t-shirt, and a biker jacket. That's all it requires to be the most stylish guy in town; simple and no stress. Next time take a look at some of the street style outfits photographers shoot. What makes those guys stand out in a t-shirt? Simple, the shoes.

Oh, and by the way, Wing-Tips and Kilties are major this season in menswear. A little touch of color in the soles can add a little magic to your outfit. Casual or formal, you decide.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How to Turn Your Favorite Black Dress Sexy

How to Turn Your Little Black Dress Sexy
1. DVF Lip Clutch (here) \\ 2. Helmut Dress (here) \\  3. Gucci Belt (here) \\ 4. Alexander Wang Sandals (here) \\ 5. Illesteva Sunglasses (here) \\ 6. Michael Kors Watch (here)

Wearing black can sometimes appear boring. I always say add a little pop of color and texture and your set to be the star of the night. It is always necessary to have fun when dealing with a little black dress. After all, this is what actually makes your black number stand out in front of the others. Don't stress about the dress you should choose - all attention should be focused on gathering the perfect accessories.

Shoes could be another key factor you should think about. I don't know about you, but those red python Alexander Wang sandals are sure ultra sexy. There was something that caught my attention when I saw them online. A chic black dress came to my mind immediately. These shoes are the center of attraction with texture happening everywhere - python and lizard injected with the most rich color.  These are the type of shoes you could pair with a jersey dress (above), leather pants, skirts, etc. There are so many options to be creative with them - retro, sexy, sophisticated. The only questions is if you would be willing to pay $625 for these beauties? Would you? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Final Hours of Paris Fashion Week

The last day of a month full of Fashion Week was finally over. What a way to have begun the final hours with Louis Vuitton, following Miu Miu, and ending it relaxed with Elie Saab. You couldn't have asked for more.

Vibe: A romantic intimacy.
Results: This was by far the most romantic theme Marc Jacobs could portray for Louis Vuitton. Pajamas. It was all about those silky daywear numbers he opted to present. Who wouldn’t want to wake up like this in their LV pajamas and still look as gorgeous as a dress would imply? I know for most women this is their dream come true. No more dealing with the daily struggle of what to wear. Coats definitely were a plus. The manner in which colors sort of faded from each other was femininity to the max. And for the suits as the one above, Jacobs basically said, forget those pants, just make it your dress. I don’t know if that was romantic or lusty. What do you think?

Vibe: Star Trek gone sexy.
Results: Miu Miu (derived from Miuccia Prada’s nickname) has become one of the most sought out brands in fashion. It’s no surprise why this brand has had some of the honors of being one the of the second to last shows to close Paris Fashion Week, and to add, close a month full of Fashion Week. Ms. Prada has made it clear about the differences between Prada and Miu Miu. To summarize it, Prada is all about being playful and feminine, but Miu Miu – she’s the chic, fashion-forward, and lusty one. Those neckerchiefs provoked something mysterious hidden in her. The setting appeared futuristic, which gave the clothes that perfect atmosphere. Pink polka dot coats screamed femininity in a lustful style. Shoes became the future of the new sexy footwear. I mean, as usual, Miu Miu taught us some fashion tips to expect to be wearing in the future. Some of you may know that Star Trek will be out soon. I don’t know why, but the movie comes to mind when I view the collection. I can already imagine the women fighting with these clothes on. 

Vibe: Office evening
Results: Elie Saab has been in charge of closing a month full of Fashion Week. I believe it does feel adequate to close Fashion Week with a collection that feels relaxed and pleasant for many. This is what Elie Saab delivered in his presentation. I would have to state I view his collection more commercially than anything else. Now, his Haute Couture is another story. He is a talented man, but for a collection, I felt it was a little too resort or pre-fall to say the least. I hope you agree with me that the clothes were quite relaxed and lovely to watch. Colors – navy, purple, black, yellow, and white – were a hit target for many women. Southern women would definitely fall in love with the collection. If anything Elie Saab knows how to make beautifully, it would be lace embroidery. You have got to love them.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

PFW Review | Who Runs The World? Chanel!

Chanel Fall 2013 world purse

It was clear that Chanel, under Karl Lagerfeld, will still be the dominator of fashion. I mean, who in the world doesn’t know what Chanel is; at least Chanel No.5. Chanel is literally one of the best shows in town when it comes to a fashion show.  If anything you should be impressed by when viewing a Chanel presentation, it should be its setting –  a merry go round, a barn, sea creatures, crystal glaziers, wind turbines, and now………The World. 

It may seem that after so many years that Karl Lagerfeld has been designing for Chanel it gets boring. In my opinion, designing for Chanel four times a year, you’d think you may run out of ideas; not for Karl. Each collection just gets better. Karl has made Chanel his own world we all want to live in. And for his fall collection it was stated clear – if you want to be with him, you must reach the top of the world.

When I judge something, especially a runway show, I have to view a video of the show in order to give my opinion; from what I am able to observe. I am obsessed when it comes to the movement of the garments. The way something moves is a key fundamental part of a designer’s presentation; no movement, no interest. And let’s get to the point. Mr. Lagerfeld scored a huge win here. If you have not seen the show, you must go watch it now (after this).

Runway to Style Fashion Blog: Chanel Fall 2013 Coats

Coats stole my heart in this show. The silhouettes were simply impeccable – strong, energetic, and extremely confident for the Chanel customer. Coats were slightly loose in such a way, they created a swag for the model wearing them; so sick when paired with those chained shoes. When closed, they appeared as if they were a one-piece suit – skirt and suit all in one – which were very deceiving and rewarding. Texture definitely appeared crafted a la Chanel. I wish I could have seen it closer in person.

Runway to Style Fashion Blog: Chanel Fall 2013 Unzipped Skirts

Unzipped skirts. Let’s talk secretly sensual. Another deceiving and mind thoughtful idea ……until you realized there was a second layer hidden underneath. Too bad for those guys who thought there was something occurring under there.

Runway to Style Fashion Blog: Chanel Fall 2013 Accessories

Accessories were very pleasing. I loved the idea of those colored fur haircut hats. Shoes, as I stated previously – sick. Handbags were colorful and youthful. Everything was mastered with perfection; no complaints as always.

Who wants to be part of the Chanel world? 

Watch the Show Here.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Christian Dior Fall 2013 - Simons' Surreal Femininity

Dior Fall 2013 RTW Collection

Calm. Classic. Innovative. After three seasons, Raf Simons seems to be getting comfortable handling the house of Christian Dior. For the average person, some still can’t accept the fact that Dior’s prestigious roots has returned for good; there are no more theatrical designs we were used to viewing. Get over it! Since Simons’ couture debut, I could already see the changes that were about to occur. Then, in his first Spring 2013 RTW collection, he stamped the official return of the legacy (Christian Dior) mixed with his own style. 

As you can quite tell, I am a really big fan of Simons. He is the only one who can make women look so romantic without inserting the sexual (even sensual) word. His talent exceeds one’s expectations. 

After a while, too much sexiness can be boring, but too much modernism can get boring as well. Mr. Simons found the perfect magical balance to achieve a breathtaking collection. I believe this was the reason why the setting was well designed with the vibrant atmosphere of the sky paired with the huge silver crystal balls that reflected one’s image. It was time to change routes – peacefully and slowly – without being too obvious (sort of).  The reflection described to me the new woman who will learn to fall in deep love with this collection. After all, a reflection is the most powerful weapon a woman could have; the collection was itself powerful.

The opening of a black coat – cape-like silhouette with an exaggerated neck tie – was striking beautiful. These designs also came in a deep red, to a light pink one as delicate as a woman. Iconic strapless dresses made an appearance – featuring hand-drawn artwork portraying dazzling shoes and women – with enough statement fit for a romantic dinner. 

Wide-leg trousers were a new introduction after last season’s tailored ones. Peplum blazers were a must – making the trousers much more feminine. 

Dior Fall 2013 RTW Collection - Knitwear

Knitwear was one the biggest winners in this collections. The manner in which he took the cable-knit dresses, and added peplum details blew my mind. Crochet was superbly feminine. A pink crochet layered over a houndstooth dress was one of my favorites. Shoes, bags, and pearl rings - I had no words to describe them.

For evening, beaded and metallic mid-length dresses couldn’t be any more romantic. I became deeply in love with the final dress the model ported down the runway. I adored the simplicity and ladylike designs it offered with metallic strips of burgundy running from the side. All dresses were clearly meant to be worn for a red carpet event. Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard will have lots to think about for this upcoming fall collection; if they can wait. 

Dior Fall 2013 RTW Collection - Evening Dresses

Raf Simons in conclusion, made this presentation one of the major and most innovative collections of the season. If you don’t appreciate this, then it may be time for you to take a visit to one of Dior’s boutique and view it live and present. Sometimes, a show like his is better worth experiencing it in life than behind a computer.

Balenciaga Fall 2013 Review | The Couturier

Balenciaga Fall 2013 Runway Collection

Alexander Wang as new creative director for Balenciaga became one of the biggest debates of the season. Some were disappointed, some joyful for him, and others (like me) curious to know what he would bring to the table, for he had big shoes to fill in. The wait was over Thursday morning.

Wang sent a good message across here. I never saw a glimpse of Nicholas Ghesquiere’s work in any of the clothes. It was as he never existed; thought competitive. Just as Raf Simons opted to go back to the archives at Dior, Mr.Wang went the same route as well. I felt it was a great moment to celebrate the history of a master – Cristobal Balenciaga – with the debut of a new designer. It was clear that Alexander had been doing his homework for quite some time. The months he took to do his research and study every detail of the house signatures paid off. Couture silhouettes are synonymous of the house, so this is what Alexander gave us. You wanted couture, volume, and texture? Well, here it is.

I was very pleased with the round shoulders, black cocoon coats, cracked marble turtlenecks that looked they had a life of its own, and mink jackets that had an astonishing visual effect. Skinny pants were the surprise here, knowing Wang is not so into the fitted trend situation, were pleasing to watch. A favorite of mine on the runway was a gray dress with beautiful prints of swirls; a mosaic parade was happening everywhere. 

Balenciaga Fall 2013

If I were to personally grade this collection, I would give it an A. Why? Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m used to experiencing color influence on most of the designs the previous designer used to present, which I may have wanted. If you know already, Alexander Wang is all about the black and white, and some gray. We know he does extraordinarily great when it comes to texture, which was not doubt perfectly present on this runway, but maybe his next step will be to let go of his fear of experimenting with more color. Overall, it was a great technique of Wang to use the archives as his advantage for his debut. Hopefully, next season he upgrades his hues a little more for his spring festive.