Monday, June 17, 2013

Links a la Mode #4: The Fourth Counts Too



One of the things I love the most about blogging is that there are both actions and reactions in content. Action: making, creating, styling. Reaction: commentary, reviewing, dissecting. It satisfies both the heady space fashion can sometimes occupy, as well as occupying our two little hands. This week we have a great combination of things you can do and things to think about, and heck a couple of things you can put on your summer wishlist.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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Men's London Spring/Summer 2014| Rag & Bone Men's Clean Cuts

Day 2 of London Collection: Men's Best Spring/Summer 2014

rag and bone mens spring 2014 shirts

Men's London Spring/Summer 2014 | Topman Does Floral Prints

Day 1 of London Collection: Men

Topman spring 2014 western floral shirts

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Perfect Watch for Father's Day

daniel wellington watches
These are the perfect watches for any father - young, mature, or fashion savvy.

Father's Day is almost here, and looking for the perfect gift for a dad can be one of the most stressful hunts of the week. A father can be quite a picky man whether they say not. Especially when it comes to  being fashion savvy, clothes may not be of good choice when gifting someone unless you really know their great taste. All that being said, accessories are the perfect gift when it comes to father's day, such as this exclusive Daniel Wellington watches. 

A watch has some magic of its own, because it is what makes the man. You see he ports a Rolex, then he must have a lot of money to wear it. Now, I know most of us can't afford to buy such a luxurious piece of status, but there are many watches out their that have a luxury feel without breaking the bank account. Daniel Wellington's watches are just the perfect father's day gift for any man who wants a refined, masculine timepiece on their wrist. Their minimalistic, light and beautiful designs make them of great appeal to any region of men. 

Their navy nylon colored wristband watch are a great selection for the dad who likes to be on top of the most recent fashion trends, whilst their dark brown crocodile leather watch cannot let you down. They also come available in two watch face colors - rose gold or silver - and are water resistant for those busy dad's. Prices range between $199 - $229 USD. Luxury was never this affordable. 

What will you give your dad on this Father's Day?

Breaking News: Marc Jacobs Leaving Louis Vuitton, Isabal Marant X H&M, and more

Jason Wu, Isabal Marant, Emma Hill
pictured: Jason Wu (left), Isabal Marant (middle), and Emm Hill (right)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Resort 2014 Bestseller Collections - Sexy, Chic, Casual, Rebellious

The South is probably the most conservative of all states to savor a good dose of fashion. As you may already know, most designers have presented their newest Resort 2014 collections that will be available in most stores some time not during the next two months. Around December or next year perhaps? 

I have come to the point of analyzing several collections most women here could come to an agreement with me that the following collections are perhaps a win for their closet. Having a great knowledge for fashion here is not necessarily needed as it would for a designer (runway) collection. The main goal of a resort collection is to really, short and simple, see what pieces sell the fastest, and what pieces stay on the floor the longest. It can become quite a stressful time, since most retailers want to see profit and clothes selling and selling. Most designers have to let go of their artistic (couture) abilities and turn on their marketing skills for resort. All customers want here is easy, luxurious, no drama pieces to wear any season or occasion. Yes, it can be quite challenging for some, but as long as most of their resort collection sell out, all is fine.

Below are just a few of the resort collection, who in my opinion, think have a potential of connecting with many customers, or simply sell out pretty good. 

Prabal Gurung Resort 2014 Prints

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Men's LFW Spring 2014 Schedule is Official. So, Will We Ever Get a Men's NYFW Schedule?

Men's London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Schedule Official
Pictured Left to Right: Burberry Prorsum F/W 2013, Rag & Bone F/W 2013, Alexander McQueen F/W 2013

London is getting ready to began its official 3 day fashion week dedicated purely to men's fashion. It's created quite a buzz for many in the fashion world. What's so important about this three day event though? Well, what's interesting is that London has become the third capital of the fashion world to announce a menswear fashion show full of only men's designers. We know Milan and Paris are not only a fashion capital known for its womenswear collections, but also for its prestigious menswear collections. London has begun to follow the lead of the other capitals. If you are familiar at all with London Fashion Week, you would know it is the capital of what I like to describe as "Innovative Beginners." Many of us forget to look at the creative designers that London has to offer, especially in men's fashion. I bet you are sure to find extraordinarily hidden boutiques that pride in the best sartorial craftsmanship. 

This is why several new and international designers have made sure to make the Men's LFW schedule much more interesting. Rag & Bone, who are actually an English brand, have moved their presentation from Milan to London for their next men's Spring 2014 collection. Burberry, who is one of the most internationally recognized English brands, have also decided to join the Spring 2014 Men's LFW calendar event. Even Dolce & Gabbana (Italian), who were asked a month ago if they were willing to join in this special event, were pleased to accept the invitation. They will have the honor of officially opening Men's Spring 2014 LFW with a presentation of their summer 2014 tailoring collection and store debut. Jimmy Choo, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and others have also joined the list.
Who knows, maybe London's three day menswear event may soon turn into an official fashion week separated into menswear and womenswear? For now, the schedule that was released looks quite interesting to begin with, but the other big question is this. If London, Milan, and Paris are going to offer both men's and women's shows, will New York become the next capital of the world to even all things out with only a menswear fashion week? 

There are menswear collections during NYFW, but it only interferes with what most of us are assigned to see - women's runway collections. They don't give much of an opportunity for new menswear designers to be looked at or others, because were too busy analyzing other clothes. That being said, maybe a NYFW menswear calendar should be taken into consideration. Make the event happen during the first week of June, and then let it lead to London? Yes, it may take time to make the calendar fair for everyone, but one thing for sure is that profits and new talents could become more recognizable.

Check out the official Men's London Fashion Week Schedule here, which will began June 16-18. Check back here soon for the coverage.