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À la carte: Street Style Edition

3 Dec

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My first week in the Bay area and I had the pleasure to be snap by street style photographer Katrina from “The Bay Modernist” (Instagram: @thebaymodernist).

Believe it or not this is my first street style capture EVER! I am horrible at taking photo when I don’t have creative control or not all that satisfied with my look. Ask my friends or search Facebook, you’d be hard pressed to find a tagged photos of me. Nope, nah! Won’t catch me slipping trying to capture me from a fat angle!

While I was in the Oakland Jack London Square area Katrina took interest in my look. Nothing I’m wearing is particularly new or special but It’s extremely nice to know someone appreciate the effort I took in pulling this look together. The most savoring thing about moving to a new city is that EVERYTHING you own is new again! Sour thing now is that now I can’t wear this anymore because its on Instagram now!

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Cable Knit Sweater: American Living JCP $62

Extended Tee: Reign + Storm Pacsun $27.47

Denim: 511′s Levi’s Dillard’s $39.99

Ankle Strap Boots: Zara $129.99

Accessories: Charmed & Wrapped Bracelets Alex & Ani, Watch & Studded Cuff Micheal Kors and Skull Cuff Urban Outfitters.

 

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New Skinny Techniques: Alexander Wang SS16 #NYFW

26 Sep

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Now that the sweat of New York Fashion Spring/Summer 2016 has dried I can now start a new set of crunches as I recap my most savored collections of the upcoming season.

With the bulk of menswear shown this past summer during New York Fashion Week: Men’s I didn’t have much to gorge on.

Although, as cliche as it may sound I am really into the handful of offerings from Alexander Wang. With an (obvious and borderline redundant) ode to the the 90’s this collection marked the 10th anniversary of Wang’s eponymous label. Inspired by what Wang himself saw first hand growing up this collection is rife with street influences from skaters to the grunge movement. Noticeably more refined, with the help of silken fabrics as well as, more technical fabrics that he likely learned and honed in on during his time at Balenciaga.

I adore the sizing and proportions of this collection because one thing we love to hate about the 90’s were how big the clothes were. However, during summer when your summer body isn’t ready we all need a strong, cool collection that will hide any remnants from our lackluster gym performance during winter.

Not saying this is my most desired aesthetic, however I can appreciate the attention to design and tailoring in this urban offering.

Sometimes it take looking at new styles, tips and techniques to strengthen your own style.

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Alexander Wang Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2016 Collection in New York

Thinspiration: Matthew Davidson for Oak Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

2 Sep

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Can’t wait for Fall, then don’t! Summer is almost over according to the calendar but we all know fall doesn’t really get here till about late October. However, that shouldn’t stop you fashion crooners from chirping over the new fall looks.

As for me, my fall/winter body is still under construction therefore, my aesthetic will be a little more “cozy active-wear.” Clean lines, simple color palette and of course over size; basically cool weather gym clothes.

That’s why I’m excited for Oak Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear look-book starting slim framed model Matthew Davidson. If you’re starving for new looks then fill up on this collection. A few transitional pieces that will heat up your current look without making you sweat, some really great sweater to purchase now and wear later and the pants are very much figure forgiving just in time for Thanksgiving. I just would opt for a less sad shoes.

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Thinspiration: In Glorious Costards

10 Aug

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Monday has historically become the seemingly deadliest least motivational day of the for some, NOT ME. I personally like Mondays, however what better way to attack Monday other than with a killer suit.

Monday sets the pace for your week, whether you get up early for a hardy breakfast, intense workout or just get to work on time and get everything completed. Also, its the perfect day to start over or recommit to any damage the real enemy- the weekend may have sabotaged.

I’m a firm believer that if you look great you’ll fell great and in turn you’ll do great. So, as I was cleaning out my thinspiration folder I remembered I had this editorial from April 2015 GQ France “In Glorious Costards”.

I had to share this colorful and cool editorial featuring the slim perfect melanin filled skinned supermodel Fernando Cabral, photographer by Marc Philbert and styled by
James Sleaford.

I hope these mode suits and Fernand’so beautiful skin gets you motivated to prepare yourself with the right arsenal to stop Monday dead in it’s tracks.

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Delight Du Jour: Robert Geller SS16 #NYFWM

27 Jul

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My first show of New York Fashion Week:Men Spring/Summer 2016 was none other than my ultimate absolute favorite Robert Geller.

As you go through my reviews of menswear shows, I can sometimes use the word ‘favorite’ a bit loosely but its all in context. However, what is consistent is my affection for my top favorite overseas designers- Dean & Dan Caten of Dsquared2 for their personal style, business sense and sexy shows.

Rerouting back to America I have a top five of utterly un-f*@K-with-able menswear designers I will gladly never even mention food again and pay rent to the gym, yoga studio and boxing gym to merely sit down to lunch with, (backwards I know)…

5. Richard Chai
4. Tim Coppens
3. Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne of Public School
2. Daniel Sliver & Steven Cox of Duckie Brown

Number ONE being Robert Geller!

I have been a fan since landing upon his fall 2007 collection in my dorm during a procrastinating study session. Since then I’ve been watching and salivating over the genius, creative and quirky design offerings each season there after.

I feel as though I’m a true fan, I call him out when he’s being redundant, his one note casting and sometimes season questionable fabrics. Also, I lift him up to Skinny-Jesus in praise when he satisfy all my clothing cravings. So image my response when I received an invite to attended his show two week ago.

You would have thought Jennifer Lopez called me or I lost 32.8lbs (my current goal weight) in one nap the way I screamed and ran all around my apartment. Cut to the day of the show; I woke up at 6:30 a.m. to get a run in to be at peak tautness, popped a fat burner and went hysteric when I took the wrong train to get to 550 Washington ave. I literally sprinted to get to the show on time, sweaty or refreshed as some said and bypassing prime street style photo-ops. Thank goodness everyone in fashion is fashionably late, even the designer, of course the show started about 20 minutes late.

As I elbowed/bag nudged for my place, cooled off and got my camera ready as the light dimmed I couldn’t believe I was really there. It was all worth it!

The collection was refreshed from previous shows, all the while keeping key elements that we’ve come to love and associate with Geller’s aesthetic. It was an interesting fuse of “stranded on a desert Island that happens to be the Riviera” having a luxe-deconstructed-utilitarian vibe to the overall collection. A far departure from the seeming dark and smoldering past shows. He played with more colors other than black, grey and wine. Manipulated new fabrics as oppose to neoprene such as; the recycled crumpled paper-esque bags, shorts and shirts. There were some pleasant accouterments; i.e. the legwarmers or toe-less socks paired with sandals, the trademark hats and charming ethnic necklaces.

As sleek bohemian the collection was there were a few Dries Van Noten and Balmain influences but nevertheless dashingly eccentric, relax and cool. Believe it or not my delight du jour was the hair and makeup. I’m very much all about a slightly sun kissed dewy glow and wet on-the-go but coif hair.

Let me not mention how I was almost jumped out of my skin when I seen Adonis Basso walking the show in two looks! The collection was the perfect collection the view as my first time having a seat at the show over waiting for uploads at home. The collection have great standout/alone pieces and full looks that could be worn straight off the runway.

My new life goal is to become a brand ambassador for the brand. Just imaging me a half a person lighter gallivanting around next season’s fashion week in Geller’s fashion!

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Even the soundtrack was rockin’

Menu Amendment: Rochambeau SS16 #NYFWM

27 Jul

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Making their runway debut the dope duo Joshua Cooper and Laurence Chandler of Rochambeau showed a versatile athletic-minded collection full of sportswear that’s ideally aesthetically pleasing for the street sartorialist man on the move, the fashionable rapper and Instagram clothier, all the while understanding utility is key.

A great intermix of urban, fitness and immaculate tailoring is what impressed me about this collection. I also sensed an ode to the 90’s Bad Boy era. With a great amount of cozy knits to soften the could be hard collection I was smitten with the jump suits and oversize tops. These garments are very transitional from summer to fall.

A wonderful debut to build upon, as a person who love to look well put together, as well as have an adornment for workout clothing this collection satisfy both needs. If ‘sleek’ needed a visual definition then, this show is it, from the set to the hair as undoubtedly the garments.

Lunch Time: Parken & Ronen SS16 #NYFWM

27 Jul

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During the last day of New York Fashion Week:Men Spring /Summer 2016 in between shows I was meeting and conversing with some fellow bloggers. A few of the bloggers opted out of seeing the Parke & Ronen SS16 show for a lunch break, reasoning being “they just make underwear.”

Quite the contrary, as I skipped lunch (obviously) I was telling the other skinny people that stayed around in the lounge that Parke and Ronen are the quintessential brand of Spring/Summer fashion. The duo Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel know what garments are needed for a stylish classic summer.

Their show displayed exactly what sets them apart from other New York Based designers, summer sometimes is less about the grandeur and couture but about being cool, showing skin and looking great.

This SS16 collection was very retro (NOT VINTAGE!), by melding psychedelia, flower power, and freedom into a dewy fresh and SKINspiring entertaining show that makes me want trade in my dri-fit for a good tan, 2 hours at the gym, swimwear and short shorts. With retro music to match the floral patterns that pollinated the entire collection: on a camo jacket to a teeny bikini (that I’m two juice cleanses away from purchasing) and an array of print mix-matching, all worn by hard bodied models in their Birkenstocks-socks combos.

Yes, their staple is swimwear however, Parke & Ronen did present a new less skimpy version to appeal to those who may not be summer body ready.

We (men) need a classic summer collection that has great go-to’s were we can mix and match with our couture pieces during the pool, beach and cookout functions of the season.

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