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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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Grubbing & Detoxing: My Review of #NYFWM

29 Jul

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After seven days, three cities and one week of being in bed sick exhausted readjusting to the climate change and avoiding unpacking I’m finally back to normal. Did I mentioned I haven’t had a workout since I left New York, my clothes are going to hate me.

This month I attended the first every standalone menswear fashion week in New York City #NYFWM. Presented by Amazon’s fashion sites– with additional support from Cadillac to showcase American men’s fashions which kicked off July 13-16 with the Spring/Summer 2016 collections at Skylight Clarkson Sq.

I had the time of my life and I ate it up like chocolate covered everything! It was everything I imagined and I’m saying may grace before every workout to Skinny-Jesus it will happen again next year!

As I’m mentally reviewing the events as I go through my camera my metabolism is everywhere just thinking about it all.

When I first learned that New Fashion Week: Men was even an idea being push around I was doing my daily thinspiration search over on FourPins.com. There after I Google alert anything referencing the event. Thanks to Monroe Steel over at FashionSteeleNYC.com for her pointers on how to request invites to shows. I obtained a show calendar and sent out requests to every designers’s PR firms to much success of 8 shows! Then, off to New York I went!

Devoured: As you read in my Robert Geller post it was my first show as I missed the first day of social events & presentations as I was making my way to New York. Here’s what I love about the overall event… there were three different platforms for which designers presented their collection per calendar scheduling. Along with offsite locations that other designers presented their collections as well. There was a very minimalist stylish homme lounge for viewers to rest in style between shows, station for bloggers & photographers to update their sites and the most brilliant thing ever- a charging station for devices, as well as a refreshment bar. I had the pleasure to meet some of my favorite menswear bloggers and Instagram-ers where we had some in-depth, exciting and inspiring downloading sessions over collection thoughts, site budgets and pitching post ideas to one another. And of course some fun photo-ops. What I really enjoyed about the experience was that it felt more like the first day of college than high school. There were no cliques, no pomp and circumstance and no one waiting to be “noticed,” everyone was open and eager to interact. There wasn’t even a huge hustle and bustle outside the venue, you wouldn’t even known there was something groundbreaking for American menswear happening until you reach the corner of Washington & Houston (HUE-STUN not HOUSE-STUN,) even the invites wasn’t fussy just QR Codes and the shows wasn’t over-packed nor overlapping. If a show was offsite it usually was a presentation so you had ample time to get there, view, get your images and get back to Skylight Clarkson. Everyone was laid back excited to meet one another and get an up close look of next year’s garment offerings and sport their current looks. Most of all, I met one of my ultimate thinspiration- Adonis Basso! He was charming, friendly and even told me I smelled nice. BTW, I’m starting a juice cleanse Saturday because I noticed he was drinking a fresh pressed juice.

Rather Be Spinning: The drawback or dilemma I had was that as much as I thought I was prepared with schedules, invites, and Google maps I wasn’t ready for the business of fashion week neither equipped with the proper footwear for the street of NYC. I was so enthralled with simply being in the same room with some of my favorite designers’ genius creations that I sometimes forgot my site and my goal; I forgot to take pictures/videos or get my picture taken. Being a blogger and wanting to gain more readership & partnerships- publicity is a must. Where some just came to stand outside to get snapped by for street style photographers, or stop for vlog interviews I was too busy reading my schedule and cutting out to meeting with other friends around the city. I did get snapped a few times but I hated every picture because either I wasn’t paying attention or I looked fat. Also, style of dress was very important, although I did manage a few interviews they weren’t published mainly because I opted for weather friendly garments over the Dandy look or Avant-garde. Speaking of interviews, I learned quickly that most people can “like” or “admire” something and know nothing about it. I met a few people who had no idea what they were talking about. It was funny and disappointing but they looked fabulous so…eh. Also, I learned that being social is very important as well as a follow-up question. Some people are so hung up on themselves or what they want people to think of them that they get stumped when you asked them a follow up question which shows their facade like a well calibrated BMI digital scale.

Meal Prepping: After attending my first week of shows I can now go into next year’s shows with a set of goals, more focus and a course of execution. Chiefly, this is a business and one that I want/am apart of, therefore I have to be more strategic and less of a fan. Ideally, I would want to go back with a team or such. There is so much to do in one day let alone a week. I want to be able to view the shows to give a concise reviews, get the posts out on time, update my social media consistently, curate my wardrobe properly, meet people and be seen for ample publicity. Ultimately, my goal for next year is to collaborate and represent some of my favorite and most used brands while there. More so creating creative content while enjoying what I love most. Oh, and be a bit more thin.

I enjoyed everything about my time in New York. I also learned that I can’t live there, I’m too spoiled here with free restrooms, grass and a car. Here’s to next year events, I will be slim and equipped with a fully loaded Metro-pass. If you only knew how much I spent on transportation I could have went shopping and copped everything at Kith NYC!

No FAT What-so-ever: Duckie Brown SS16 #NYFWM

25 Jul

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If you’ve been following this site long enough you’ll know Duckie Brown is one of my top 5 absolute favorite American designers. I’ve been raving about their funky androgynous designs since their first collaboration with Perry Ellis in 2012. For the first time in my blogging history I had the magnificent pleasure to sit and view a live runway show from the duo during New York Fashion Week:Men Spring/Summer 2016.

The New York-based design duo (Daniel Sliver & Steven Cox), took a note from Europeans, were lace shirts were all the rage and took it a step further making their spring/summer collection all about sheer tops. In a short but poignant show of 19-looks the SS16 collection played to the designers love & strengths of proportion and gender.

What I respect and admire about this collection and duo’s aesthetic, is they’ve done this style of creating in the past but now at a high fashion level has since gone mainstream. Always keeping the masculinity with the volume, structure and color scheme all remained strong enough to showcase the feminine looks. Like the soft draped raglan top in highlighter-yellow, the white oversize transparent tee and blackish brown sheer long-sleeve jacket-like shirt with the zipper up the front. Each ethereal top was styled alongside contrasting elements that were sporty and athletic in nature, like large and fluid pants, puddling on the floor and secured via a silken belt as well as the paper bag cut pinstripe slacks and multicolored sneakers.

This is has sport, sexy and sharpness appeal that is everything you’ll need for next year! I’m still reeling over the fact that I actually seen this show live. My look Du Jour is the finale piece- the all yellow look, I just wish my skin didn’t look baked in the color.

Thinspiration: George & Kyle for Double

6 Jul

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Just in case you’re standing naked in front of your closet feeling bloated with nothing to wear checkoutGeorge Koh and Kyle Forde in the 27th issue of Double magazine.

This retro and Afro-centric story is the perfect summer thinspiration to find something funky and vintage to wear today featuring bold colors and fluid proportions. Shot by Andrea Spotorno and styled by Poppy Kain, respectively.

This spread gets me in the mood to go thrifting, something I haven’t did in a while. I must admit as much as I like to so show skin, voluminous shapes are really interest me here lately.

Howbeit, playing with oversize tops with streamlined pants (or the reverse) or simply playing with large prints, this look has its stylish positive benefits. For example, its very forging by hiding that holiday bloat, ventilating therefore, no pit stains and the right vibrant color makes your skin look even a clear.

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The Cook Sabotaged My Diet: Balmain SS16 #PFW

29 Jun

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The craftsmanship alone should make us all fast in prayer to Skinny-Jesus for such a subprime blessing!

The Paris-label’s first ever men’s runway show did more than delivery; it severed, stuffed us and sent us back to the gym for some extra bench-presses.

Balmain‘s creative director Olivier Rousteing showcased a plethora of “toy soldiers” or militarism inspired luxury sexy garments. Structure and military themes have always gone hand in hand in previous collections from the designer, this was no different. Although, this time we got a hint of middle eastern garb included, there were a buffet of paratrooper pants, structured jackets and boot-sandal hybrids. Rousteing also, played with knits and macrame to create interesting layers amidst all the lushly fabrication and sometimes embellished designs. The draping/wrapping of the tops are outstanding and the knotting of rope to create the provocative non-body forgiving see-through tops are going to be top of every ostentatious fashion connoisseur next year. I can see even rappers getting in on the utilitarian guild.

Though this collection give me more fall than spring/summer it still manage to be strong, sexy and gaudy similar to Versace but with amazing architectural like tailoring.

Binging!: Dries Van Noten SS16 #PFW

29 Jun

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I had a rather productive weekend, as well as a rather flush Monday. Now I’m here being out on the the last two day of Paris Fashion Week: Men Spring/Summer 2016. Though, I’ve seen some brilliant pieces from the Parisian shows, I’ve yet to see a plethora of full, consistent, well curated and innovative collections.

I love when fashion week overwhelm me with thinspo to want to revamp my look and get me out of these gym clothes. However, there were some great trends happening on the runway and interesting muses for menswear.

Such as, Dries Van Noten‘s SS16 collection. Using Marilyn Monroeand Salvador Dali as muses for the Belgian designer. The busty Hollywood icon was emblazoned on suits, shorts and knits that signature smile and mole. Also seen throughout the collection was a lobster, in red or sequined on a suit, references Dali’s surrealistic creations. In true Dries Van Noten fashion the show consisted of; animal prints, luxury and a bit of dandyism.

A huge trend on the runway this year is loose and fluid tailoring, like the robes that fluttered in the wind as wiry models paraded down the runway. The tops are my motivation, the tee, billowy dress shirts and form fitting jumpers are sexy, classic and versatile.

Dries Van Noten gets it right every season so no wonder I liked it. I should of named this post “Comfort Food.”

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