Tuesday, April 30, 2013

If Only My Teacher Were This Fashionable

Elle Mexico April 2013 issue
Teacher at the gym in Alexander Wang Spring 2013

From time to time, I always like to take a look at some of the new editorials that various international magazines tell about in their monthly issues. When you stare at each page of an editorial for more than ten minutes and imagine yourself in that story, then you know the magazine did an excellent job.

Elle Mexico's (yes!) April issue came up with a steamy story titled, Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone, that portrays a very luxurious teacher who apparently doesn't follow dress code rules. If you look at the pictures, the model (teacher) does an excellent job being the center of attraction. Each piece is a beauty that can only be a dream for most people. 

If you're really into fashion, you have to agree you would drool over your favorite teacher if she ever dressed this way. I know I would stop by every day and talk to her just to see who is she wearing. Wouldn't you?

Elle Mexico April 2013 issue
Teacher in Burberry Spring 2013

Elle Mexico April 2013 issue
Teacher in Fendi Spring 2013

Elle Mexico April 2013 issue
Teacher in Bottega Veneta Spring 2013

Now, if you know of any teacher who really dresses in this high-end designer dresses in real life, I'd like to see. It doesn't hurt to wear one designer piece a month, but each and every day of the week? I'd be very suspicious about that. How in the heck can she afford to look so good and luxurious with such check? I'd love to know the secret.

Elle Mexico April 2013 issue
Teacher at the hallway in Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2013

Elle Mexico April 2013 issue - Prada
Teacher at the band classroom in Prada Spring 2013

Teacher at the playground in Chanel Spring 2013

I have to say the most memorable one has to be the teacher in Prada. Prada did such a beautiful collection this season that was so breathtaking. There were some that said the clothes were ugly on the runway, but when they saw them styled differently, they fell in love with it. Only Miuccia Prada can play with our minds.

Which one of these photos is your favorite of all? Do you see any teacher of yours wearing this?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

StreetStyle Shoe Trends - Dior vs. Valentino

Streetstyle Trends - Dior and Valentino Spring 2013 Shoes

Dior vs. Valentino - Two shoes that have caught the attention of many fashion freaks this season

If you happen to be a streetstyle admirer, you probably have noticed some very trending shoes women are wearing right now. 

Christian Dior's and Valentino's Spring 2013 shoe collection have been a mega hit on the streets and online fashion blogs over the past few months. I have lost the count of how many times I've seen both of these styles shot in photographs. Too much views is difficult not to remember the details even in your dreams. 

Personally, I believe these shoes are one of the best of the season. Raf Simons first spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection for Dior seems to be going pretty great for the brand. Valentino, of course, can never disappoint you - always modern classical.

The main question here is if you had the chance to choose between one of these pair of shoes - only one - which would you rather go for? Is it tough?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Links a La Mode

Once again, I made to the top Links a la Mode list! I tried submitting each week a new post, but found out I wasn't entering the correct url. This time I made sure it was correct and guess it worked it, because here I am de nouveau. Hopefully, now I won't have more problems. 

Below you fill find several other posts you may find interesting. Enjoy. 


World Click

Does it matter where you blog from? I say this as I've lived in four cities during my blogging career, and to tell the truth, it kind of does, but it also kind of doesn't. This week Style Bizarre asks that question to a few bloggers about their experiences with blogging and location. We also travel around to Australia to check out their MBFW, how Man Repeller got us thinking about Japan (again), about how female politicians across the globe relate to fashion (should they?) and where you can get globally conscious accessories. As always it's a mixed bag, so enjoy!

Links à la Mode: April 18th

  1. Anna Lou Elliott: 3 ways to wear white: for day, night and work
  2. Attire Club: What We Can Learn From Superheroes
  3. Cosmolawitan: Dove: Empowering Women With Its Ad Campaigns
  4. Dressed Up on a Cloudy Day: How to Combine Colors : Analogous Colors
  5. Fashion is Evolution: 4 Tips for Pushing Yourself to Achieve Your Creative Goals
  6. Fashion Moriarty: Are female politicians reduced to what they wear?
  7. Hey Mishka: 5 Globally Conscious Festive Accessories For Summer
  8. HH Designs: Glamping: My Overall Lack of Roughing It...
  9. Lara Lizard: Test : Are you the cutest creature of the social media?
  10. Incognito: On how Man Repeller got me thinking about fashion in Japan
  11. Modestelle: Mercedes Benz Australia Review 2013-2014
  12. Mis Papelicos: My 6 Easy Steps to Happiness
  13. Nothing to wear: The Rookie Department: Hair Styling For Beginners
  14. Runway to Style: 7 Style Guidelines To Look Your Best at Prom and More
  15. Style Bizarre: Blogging: How important is your location?
  16. The Curatorial: Vale Jewelry: Algorithms and Delicate Jewelry
  17. Undercover Dress Up: Interview with lolita icon Emilka P.
  18. We Are Ready Made: Irreverent Youth
  19. Wild Beauty World: War Paint
  20. Youth Savage: Fashion Blogging vs. the World
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Saint Laurent Sold Out

Saint Laurent spring 2013 collection have sold out
Several of these Saint Laurent spring pieces have already sold at various retailers, and are having to make a second order to keep in stock. The classic fedoras in rabbit fur have been a big hit.

Hedi Slimane may be by now the most talked about designer in the fashion world. Since his debut as the new creative director for Saint Laurent Paris, the negative critics for his work at the house have not stopped following him. His debut for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection was criticized as a horrendous mockery to the legend of Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent. In fact, his two most recent collections – his spring boho and fall baby-doll grunge theme – received one of the strongest negative reviews I had seen in a while. 

According to a latest New York Times article written by Eric Wilson about Hedi Slimane’s new role in the world of Saint Laurent, Slimane was already expecting such negativity from his collections even before his debut. If he sensed this was going to happen, then why create such a controversy? If you ever happened to know something about its original creator, Monsieur Saint Laurent, his brand itself was quite a controversy. It is no surprise Slimane has gone back to the roots of the once acclaimed power house, but in my perspective he has keenly made sure it becomes back again the brand we all used to once talk about so much. 

To sort of prove my side, Style.com reported in the article that Slimane’s show ranked the second most viewed collection for both fall and spring seasons – more than 2.2 million views for his fall collection – right after beloved Chanel. Apparently, while Stefano Pilati was under the house, Saint Laurent never made it to such a high ranking, not even the top 10. 

Several retailers have already begun to sell Hedi Slimane’s spring/summer collection for Saint Laurent. And critics may scream disaster, but the truth of the fact is that the customers who are shopping around for this specific collection have a different taste. Sales for Slimane’s spring collection have rocketed over the sky. The sales have been so huge that most online luxury retailers like Net-a-Porter and My Theresa have sold out several of its pieces already. Referring to the article, Barneys New York sold 60 percent of its spring orders at full price. There were no discounts. I checked back recently at other retailers after the pieces had been sold out, and it seemed they had restocked another order of Saint Laurent accessories and shirts. 

I believe what was once a collection that may have “shocked” you, after a certain time, converts into the most desired collection you can’t get out of your thoughts. It’s like hearing a song you hate so much, which after a while you’re joyfully singing it over and over. It may be that what is happening to this spring collection will hopefully happen to next fall’s baby-doll grunge collection. The critics may need to calm their negativity and take time to indulge on it slowly and sweetly. I’ll guarantee you’ll see a whole different dimension. If you still happen to disagree, then all I can say is get used to him, because it seems so far Mr. Slimane will be around for quite some time.

And for you girls waiting for the end of the season 70 percent sale, I doubt you'll get your hands on Saint Laurent. Better luck saving for next upcoming fall.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

7 Style Guidelines To Look Your Best at Prom and More

April is a month where most high school girls are prepping up for their so desired prom event. Most of them are running around like psychos searching for the perfect dress to put them on the so recalled “Best Dress List.” 

For guys, it’s a whole different situation. Just as the perfect dress makes a girl sparkle, a well fitted suit gives authority to a man. It’s not about “Hey, I’ll just grab this suit and wear it to prom.” It may take time and some money to find that single suit that fits like a glove, but the time will be worth everything for your girl, because nothing says sexier than a man in a fitted suit. 

Money may be a main factor when purchasing a suit, but in actuality there are many retailers out there that offer great fits for a fraction of a high-end designer suit that will have you looking dapper no matter what occasion you’re in need of. I used to wonder what was it that made those male celebrity stars look so well put together. And it took some time, until I found the answer…..fit. As long as your suit is all fitted, you can make any suit no matter what brand, appear as if it were worth thousands of dollars.

Below are some guidelines I have made to help you look your best when prom arrives or any other event so to speak.

Guys Style Guide to Prom and More - It's All About the Suit
From left to right: ASOS skinny fit tuxedo suit jacket ($157.94) and pants ($66.50) //
TOPMAN slim fit suit jacket ($175) and trousers ($75) //
J.Crew's LudLow tuxedo jacket ($388) and tuxedo pants ($198)

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Religious Fashion Devotion at Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2013 Presentation

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce at their fall 2013 menswear presentation
Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce (right) at their Fall 2013 Menswear presentation.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s theme for its new fall/winter 2013 menswear collection was “devotion,” a word that couldn’t be any perfect to describe the craftsmanship these two men dedicate hours into, designing a collection that always leaves me eager for next season to arrive. Their Sicilian inspirations were no longer available here (not that I wasn't fond of), but perhaps they felt it was time to take a slightly different route; religion became the new trend setter and our new devotion. The setting – mounted with crystal chandeliers and decoration of flowers – marked a new purified atmosphere.

Professional models were left out of this runway, and replaced once again by average men of different heights and shapes that made tailoring be much more appreciated. Dolce & Gabbana knew perfectly well how to attract the non-model guys who seek to feel confident and trendy; not everyone is tall and slim. They provided several options that molded the realistic man we’d find out in the streets somewhere. I felt more connected towards this presentations than from the other shows. It was nice to see how I probably could rock an outfit very well even if I'm not as tall and lean as a model.

Details of white dress shirt, dolce tees, and outerwear coats at Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Shirts, crisp white with delicate embroideries, reminded me of Sunday morning church attires I would be willing to assist each week if given. Other tops printed in religion icons, to a yellow number embroidered luxuriously in gems, added a new statement to the well endorsed Dolce tee. Pants were tapered and felt comfortable enough to wear; not too tight, not too slouchy. Overcoats were kept classical and modern (mostly black), to their standards.

Details of floral print suits and handmade needlepoint floral designs from Dolce & Gabbana men's fall 2013 show

The real magic was captured with one of the most beautifully made floral print suits of the season. Flowers could be a topic of major concern for men, but the designers managed to pull off a well convincing, breathtaking artwork. Suits made out of handmade needlepoint floral designs added the perfect masculine and alluring touch. Other suits, such as a white laced piece, had enough to shut the envious guys who know they’d secretly want one. And their velvet lined shoes were definitely a plus. 

The final rain of models walking down the catwalk, wore Domenico’s and Stefano’s love to their catholic roots. The end deserved a well respected applause that commended us to pray for these talented designers to keep doing what they’re best at……..designing for the modern gentleman.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GSR X Belstaff - A Collaboration Worth Your Investment

GSR X Belstaff Collection
A tartan motorcycle jacket from GSR X Belstaff men's collection.

Belstaff is literally one of the best British luxury brands that exists. Very rarely are there brands that manage to succeed based on their iconic pieces. A Belstaff belted jacket is just as iconic as a Chanel tweed jacket would be. What makes a Belstaff jacket a favorite among many is not just it's quality, but it's wearability. 

Belstaff knows how to sell to the man who does not only look for something to stay warm and dapper, but  also seeks for the jacket that fits their lifestyle. Most of their outerwear pieces pertain particularly to the man who is quite adventurous - motorcycle riding, hiking, camping, etc. Their jackets are of superb quality that can be resistant to tearing, are waterproof, have built-in protection (shoulders, elbows, and back), are comfortable, and breathable without suffocating yourself. And much more included in a single jacket. What more can a man ask for? I call this a man's best investment of his fashion life.

I must say I feel Belstaff markets to the young adult in their late 20s. Not that this means anything, but the reason I state this is because the GSR (Goodwood Sports & Racing) X Belstaff collection totally appeals to a more younger audience - fresh, adventurous, and spirited. Their is definitely a great amount of Belstaff heritage injected into this collection though, but in a much more cooler version.

Details here are stunning, which speaks a lot for such a supposed collaboration. This appears more of collection that should carry on soon to a second round. In other words, the heritage sportswear british brand of GSR, and the lifestyle habits of Belstaff collide in one of the best menswear collaborations that I have ever seen personally.

GSR X Belstaff Collection
Dark brown belted motorcycle jacket and blue jacket from GSR X Belstaff collection.

The tartan motorcycle jacket, dark brown belted jacket, and the details in the rubberized blue jacket are impeccably wearable for any occasion. It doesn't matter if it's day or night, zipped or unzipped, either way would work fine. At the end, isn't this what every man wants? Not have to worry which way pleases the best.

GSR X Belstaff Collection
Casualwear polos, shirts, and t-shirts from the GSR X Belstaff men's collection.

Besides their great jackets, casualwear here should be of great interest. I love the effect that the tartan button down shirt and the oat printed jersey shirt offer. The knitted, diamond-shaped patterned polo shirt should be one to have a look at for it definitely does not appear like your average polo you may have in your closet. Normally, I am not crazy towards white t-shirts, but this t-shirt obviously does not seem to be like the one you would use for your sleepwear. For $195, somehow sounds convincing. 

Which coat or jacket would you love to wear?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Urban Gentleman at Bottega Veneta Fall 2013

Bottega Veneta Men's Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

Tomas Maier is a man of few words who doesn’t need much to say when designing for Bottega Veneta. The clothes spoke for themselves at the runway. What designer wouldn’t appreciate not having to give overly details of their collection for the press to comprehend? Just as we’ve seen over the past few days, designers (an adequate amount) have chosen to keep things classic and subtle for fall/winter 2013 collections. At Bottega Veneta, there were no exceptions.

The looks were sleek and conservative, appropriate for a weekend daywear at the office. Suits were tailored and effortless compared to last seasons refined patch worked designs. The tactical colors – blacks, grays, and navys, emphasized the clean details that needed to be caught. There was enough to pick around from single or double breasted suits, to three piece ensembles that came with narrow or wider lapels. 

Pants, slimmer in construction, had a perfect length that added masculinity to the overall look. Coats, such as a peacoat shown at Veneta, came in a luxurious version - slim and fitted - compared to the average boxy version I've seen before. And mustard overcoat numbers were some to have been deceived by; buttons were layered underneath.

Leather pants and suits at Bottega Veneta Fall 2013

Leather needed to be a must coming from Maier. Polished leather pants, jackets, and shirts, added that touch of urbanism Maier is best at performing, keeping that dark consistency men would seek to add to their next fall/winter wardrobe collection. I am not of fan of leather pants, but here Mr. Maier drove me crazy for one. The consistency of the shine control and thickness is a very risky thought for most men, but here everything was perfectly controlled. Even the leather suits were a must have, and probably ones to watch next season during fashion week among the dapper guys in the streets. 

Bottega Veneta Fall 2013 accessories

 Knits aided in maintaining a youthful tone done luxuriously well. Accessories were another hit as well. Bags made out of exotic skins, sent a message that men should be opting for now. Wing tip lace ups finished marking Maier’s triumph.

If any, I am curious to see how long this sophisticated collection will last on the shelves of several retail stores and select boutiques when it comes out. Nicely done Mr. Maier.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Luxury Fit for The Million Dollar Gentleman

Beautiful detail of Ermenegildo Zegna's Fall/Winter 2013 suit
Beautiful detail of Ermenegildo Zegna's Fall/Winter 2013 suit

Ermenegildo Zegna presented one of the most luxurious collections a man could own in his wardrobe. This collection marked the roots of the brand, which molded the million dollar gentleman we all strive towards. No outfits were made of plain cotton fabrics. Rich fabrics, such as silk, alpaca, and velvet were used to set life to the collection.  Tailoring was as sharp as it could be. Pants, higher in waist, were matched with cummerbunds that interpreted class. A lighter gray coat from the first look kept that long and lean feel most men would appreciate. Suits paired with knitted sweaters instead of vests gave that young maturity level of a true gentleman. Jackets were longer than average (done with laser-treated mink inside), which reminded us of who this was meant for. 

Although this presentation seemed to be mostly about the rich wealthy man, evening wear offered a slightly different twist than what we expected. The velvet numbers were more youthful and fresh than what we had experienced before. Overall, there were a variety of quality materials to choose from, but price may be something else to think about. You must agree this collection was pure luxury at its finest.

Ermenegildo Zegna Fall/Winter 2013 Men's Collection
Ermenegildo Zegna Fall/Winter 2013 Men's Collection

Peter Pan and Jil Sander Uniting at Fall 2013 Collection

Jil Sander Fall/Winter 2013 details
Closer detail of Jil Sander's Fall 2013 Menswear collection

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Derek Lam for Kohl's Spring Designer Collection

Derek Lam for Kohl's Spring Collection
Shop Derek Lam for Kohl's spring collection (here)

Today in the morning when I woke up, a specific Kohl's commercial shocked me. At first, I saw Derek Lam appear in the commercial. I was confused, as for I thought it was a commercial for his luxurious resort 2013 collection. That couldn't be possible, because I've never seen a luxury designer campaign on national television. Have you seen one? 

All of a sudden, I couldn't believe it was a commercial promoting Kohl's next designer collaboration. It was Derek Lam's turn to collaborate with this mega retailer. Where was I that I never heard of this news? Maybe I did hear about, but forgot after a while. 

I can't stress enough how Kohl's has been doing extraordinarily well choosing which designers to collaborate with. I remember Narcisco Rodriguez being one of the chosen to design such a feminine yet casual collection for the everyday woman. Now Derek Lam is next in line. 

If you view the collection and are familiar with Derek's design perspectives, then you must agree this is pure Derek Lam gone affordable. We know how much his original collections can cost you - a couple thousands of dollars for a dress, top, or skirt. Well, now you don't have to spend so much if you don't carry the necessary amount needed to purchase one of his beautiful pieces. The prices for his limited collection for Kohl's range from a $36 tank to an $88 jumpsuit. How about that for the price? Girls, you can even purchase an amazing color block sheath dress for only $60

This will be another collection should run out very soon for all you designer freaks who are out there searching for great bargains. Again, you can't deny the collection feels like Derek Lam designed it and not someone else who put his name in the collaboration. 

As far as other designer collaborations go - Target and H&M - Kohl's has demonstrated they too can make a great collaboration team. The collections just keep getting good. It may be a little too soon to think about this, but I wonder who else they have in mind for the next collections. There is one thing I do wish one of this retailers would do, besides H&M - offer a men's designer collection. That would just be great.

What designer would you like to see next at Kohl's?

Derek Lam Spring 2013
Derek Lam's Spring 2013 original designer collection

If you'd like to shop Derek Lam's second look - cotton macram√© top ($1,850) - click here.