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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

“The Clavicle Bone Diet.” NYFW: Duckie Brown

18 Feb

Duckie Brown FW15

Fashion is suppose to motivate your gym exploits! I get that winter is cold and all we want to is not freeze to death before making it to ours jobs to be worked to death.

All I have to say is when I die bury me in the Duckie Brown section at Nordstrom.

I have become a fan of the duo at Duckie Brown play on women’s wear for men. With deep V-necks dainty fabrics and traditionally feminine hues this collection will not only make a guy feel pretty but move motivation to continue with the push-ups and arm curls. I enjoy how to waist of the pants gather at the natural waist but is roomy in its tailoring. This collection walks a fashionably thin line of slouchy and sexy.

While the silhouettes are feminine with Chinese influences of kimonos there still is masculinity present with its military influence in the tailoring. This is a very European collection from the American designers that I wouldn’t mind pulling off next year. This collection make me want to get my clavicle bone in prime over expose condition. I will be underfed and cold but after I pull off my coat when I make it to the office you all will be jealous!

“Dancing While Shopping is Cardio!” #NYFW: Rag & Bone

18 Feb

Rag Bone FW15

It’s too freaking cold to run and now I’m regretting not renewing my gym membership because I NEED a treadmill like 10 miles ago! However, one must always remember that shopping is cardio too, and a couple of twirls in the dressing room and jamming out to the store music will help you burn those excess calories or you could just bench press all the garments you’ve been stacking on your arm as you comb the store for more garments before hitting the fitting room.

Rag & Bone get it’s! There’s no way around it, layering and oversized proportions are back. Though, I adore me a fit streamlined look, the effortless sportswear rugged pieces in this collection has a caught my eye. First off, what I love about this fall/winter 2015 lookbook are how the garment shown off by famed dancer Mikhall Baryshnikov with fellow dancer Lil Buck and a couple of other models who give the seemingly heavy pieces life.

This collection at first sight has a hobo-vagabond appeal to it with its layering and textile mixing, but as I look over again I’m getting an nice ode to the 90’s grunge and hip-hop movements in fashion. This collection is very on trend with young men now. How they are taking different pieces from many aesthetics and putting them all in one look. As this collection is much in material I can’t deny how chic it is. There is a very carefully curated appeal in the fabric choice, how the colors are standard as well as, how the collection rely heavy on the styling.

There are brilliant stand alone pieces like the overcoats and pants with it’s fluidity, appendages and richness. Also, each look is so perfectly styled that you can wear this collection exactly how it’s presented to us. It’s hard not to look or feel stiffed in your winter attire and Rag & Bone understands that with this warm jumbo collection this doesn’t forego movement and style.

“Force Feeding Myself” NYFW: Billy Reid

18 Feb

Billy Reid FW15

There is something about this season’s New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 that just don’t pack the punch as previous seasons. Maybe because it’s the coldest temperatures New York has seen in a while or the anticipation from the upcoming Men’s week debuting this summer but I’m not getting much from the men’s collection I’ve view but grays, blacks, jumbo portions and two-ply fabrics. Albeit, I still managed to get thinspired by a few collection from the week.

Billy Reid down home southern comfort transported to the city fashions are always perfect for this freezing season. Just like comfort food we all seek during the winter months this collection is cozy, plush and appealing. Also, weight gain forgiving!

I’m all for luxury knits and dynamic coats, the suits and coat in this collection are abstract in construction for the modern fashion male but heavy with premium textiles for the country bumpkin trying to look great while staying warm. This is a very rich collection, the strong color palette helps bring home the grand theme of the garments. Its a perfect blend of overindulgent of fabric, hue and structure that is edited down to its bare bones.

Who Needs a Gym Membership Anyways?

8 Oct

telfar

Living this thin lifestyle we are bombarded and aided with different equipment, solutions, classes, pills and videos that promote a thin waistline, a plump butt and hard abs but do we really need all of it? Whatever happened to simple calisthenics in your living-room and cooking sensible meals in your kitchen?

Even though these things may help us on our skinny journey but sometimes we can get lost in the gimmicks and promises of slimmer jeans when we are searching for something that will work consistently for our own personally lifestyles. Same with menswear and personal style.

Yes our clothing is basic and sometimes monotonous; reasons why over-the-top and avante garde designers gain so much praise and hyper-beast when they present ostentatious collections each season. Reviewing a few collections from New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 I was stuck on Telfar‘s ss15 show.

This was a fresh spin on unisex basics. This collection is a very bare minimum clean mode medley. I appreciate how each of these garments can be the foundation of any aesthetic or simply stand alone as good everyday wear. The word wearability can sometimes be a bad word when referring to a designer’s well worked and very creative designs however, this word is perfect for Telfar. When you see these clothes you are again reminded how easy style should be and how cool it can be. It’s hard to pull of the effortless look, let’s face it some people are just blessed with good genes/jeans. But that doesn’t mean those who aren’t can’t look just as great.

Menswear to me is about pushing boundaries without going off the deep end. Like building the perfect body with dressing you have to start with great essentials and infuse other things that may work for you. Such as, this color pallet, its cool, light and complementary to just about any skin tone. The denim is the X factor to me with the interesting cut-outs and the fit is relaxed making it easy and flattering to many different body builds. Not every look we don have to be so fitted and pristine, sometimes a little slouch is good. The last two looks of the show are my favorite and of course the shoes. A very androgynous placid collection that is the perfect starting point for any novice fashion enthusiast.

It’s okay to drop all the excess, focus on looking great and find what works for you that you can keep up with. Also, the hard bodied black males don’t do anything to damages this collection. Which reminds me I need to do arms & chest during today workout!

Electrolytes!

8 Sep

Feeling the drain of my new workout and diet change I haven’t even open one folder of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 shows. Another reason being that I wasn’t hugely impressed by the other menswear collections from London, Paris and Milan. So I know us Americans with our barriers and censors wasn’t going to deliver anything shocking. However, the Americans came with the flue this season to keep you on the right weight path for next summer. Not a lot of menswear shows but enough to jump start your shopping and eating budget for next season. As I wait for the final shows to come in here are my most appetizing men’s shows of the last four days of #NYFW.

robert-geller-ss15
Robert Geller may have been called out on his one note casting being that he referenced a time period (the 60’s) that was the beginning of the civil rights moment but his collection was nothing close to one note. Sticking with his eccentric but modern and tailored aesthetic of loose refined knits, this collection is one of my favorites of New York Fashion Week. The most savored part of this collection is his “white noise” prints that was shown in cropped pants, well tailored bomber-like short-sleeved shirts and blazers. The hats are really the only “on-the-nose” 60’s references apart from the fit of the pants and boxy tops. A very contemporary collection that is cool but refined by it’s execution.

duckie-brown-ss15
Duckie Brown designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver has the best sense of humor in fashion. I was delighted when I seen this collection, it’s Boca Raton meets today’s 23 year old sartorialist. Last spring was all about being androgynous but this collection is all about ageism. This is how I want to dress when it’s time for me to retire with great fitting trousers, soft color palette and simple yet stylish outerwear. The eye and daring risks that these men take are always a well received sight to see. Can’t wait to see what they do next season!

lacoste-ss15
Lacoste is known for it’s sporty style/look but this collection was less preppy tennis and more urbane athletic. Sportswear is going to be big next year but this trend of cleaning up athletic-wear with a bit of street style and superb tailoring is right up my alley. I like the paired down look in the spring/summer months but I don’t want to lose the filtered sleek finish of my garments. Lacoste understands that and have effectively made a collection that caters to today’s urban youth and dressy elders.

richard-chai-love-ss15
Richard Chai Love is the poetry of menswear. Always showing lithe, sexy and summer explicit attire. Going for a more punk-y feel to give the 90’s enthusiasts something to enjoy I enjoy that this collection is complex in color, shape and layering but still wearable and fashionable. The shorts are the star of this show! From short shorts paired with long coats to high waist-ed boxy short paired with knee-high socks is sure another trend to look for next year.

custo-barcelona-ss15
Custo Barcelona have you covered from the beach to the club. Per usual with it’s vibrant color scheme and flamboyant textile choices I get excited and scared at the same time looking at this collection because I know there will be no off days at the gym if I want to don any look like these. Sexy, fun and exotic are the prefect words to describe this collection and look 10 is the epitome of vacation attire.

hood-by-air-ss15
Hood By Air has every fashion website, magazine and blogger going crazy over it’s Lucite dog collars that seemingly influenced by Queen Elizabeth. But I didn’t quite get that reference I believe that Hood by Air is this century’s urban courtier of American fashion. Still loud 90’s street style roaring through the collection infused by ultra sexy silhouettes, I can’t ignore the detailed quirky intricate craftsmanship of the collection. Even if this has nothing you can really wear in public it doesn’t take away from how great and relevant this collection is finished. This collection is beyond making petty clothing it’s about inspiring a new era of dress.

n-hoolywood-ss15
N. Hoolywood is another sporty and metropolitan collection of nicely crafted menswear. Brilliant use of prints and shapes, these parings are something that I savor being that designer Daisuke Obana manage to take all the fuss of the prints and voluminous shapes then tone it down to a easy flowing collection. Nothing messy or over the top just genuine modern clothing for today’s young male. Not to mention these are some good pieces that could carry you into fall.

perry-ellis-ss15
Perry Ellis had me with it’s color pallet! The calm coloring are genius to keep buyers and shoppers focused on the construction of the garments. Sticking with what mall shoppers are accustom to from the brand you can see the extra details (fanny pack, standout prints/geocentrically shapes and strong tailoring) put into this collection to add personality and gradually introduce people into a new aesthetic coming from the brand since the appointment of new menswear director Michael Maccari. The jolt of youth is very present in this collection a trend I’m noticing from many legendary fashion houses as they reach for a new younger audience.

siki-im-ss15
Siki Im has been an eye catcher for about three seasons now for me. If a designer that is obviously not your personal style choice can create a collection that you love and open your taste to something new is a phenomenal designer. Even though it’s not like Siki Im is doing something innovate I can’t help but appreciate the risks displayed season after season. An unquestionable outerwear driven collection the Japanese references of kimono, Sumo wresting and austere tailoring are simply awesome. The extreme layering, asymmetrical sheathes and enveloping silhouette are phenomenal to me. How can something so overwhelming come off so relaxed and dope? With an air of bad-ass warrior ninja meets American kick-ass this is a ethereal collection.

tim-coppens-ss15
Tim Coppens just gets it. Though I was growing tired of the same structured bombers, sweaters and shirts in geometric shapes and jumbo prints this first ever finalist of the LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize has keep me wanting more for another season. Sticking with what he does best; athletic tailoring and mix media prints, showcased an underwear theme collection. My favorite being his interpretation of camouflage was a great utilitarian sporty show. The slow ease of color as the show progressed is great and produced some of my personal desired looks of the shows.

Digest This! #NYFW Day 8

12 Feb

I don’t know about you but I need fashion to keep thin. Otherwise I’ll eat everything in this house.

Billy Reid FW14
Billy Reid‘s collection is a well curated array of cozy manly lodge/cabin winter attire. Plush furs, chunky patterns and well tailored pants…oh and velvet!

J Crew FW14
J. Crew is a one of few mass retailers that doesn’t duplicate high-end collections but constantly refreshing classic American men’s attire. This collection is clean, exact with strong versatility. Always preppy always, always dapper and always Americana. A utilitarian collection inspired by the 1940’s workers scene of New York.

custo-barcelona-fw14
Custo Barcelona is a flamboyant collection that never seems to have a clear direction yet we love everything that comes down the runway. I think the originality and his genius ability to mix prints, color and fabrics is what makes Custo Barcelona shows/collections awesome. From the half zebra camel coat to the half tone suits these are just exciting luxe garments. Not for the fashion enthusiasts addicted to black. Not to mention the tailoring is incredible and precise that it plays well with the textiles.

Kenneth Cole Collection FW14
Kenneth Cole Collection is the result of taking street/gangster chic from the 20’s, 90’s and today. A very Gangs of New York and dope boy fresh meet city slicker. A sleek dark collection that is dapper and relate-able. Sometimes a collection like this can one be don by one type of man but the creation and styling of these garments are sure to evoke many a style to pull from this show.

mark-mcnairy-fw14
Mark McNairy always perfectly blend hipster, hip hop and dandy in his collection. This is a really fun and smart collection that has everything to stand out during the dreary months of fall/winter: prints, color and weather appropriate textiles. This collection isn’t as verbose as his previous collection however, the smokey mysterious undertones manage to say a lot. Never passing up a moment to use camo print the fur coat is the bee’s knees. Side-note: Mark McNariy and rapper Cam’ron are to collaboration on a cape line soon, hence Cam’rom finale walk.

Ovadia & Sons FW14
Ovadia & Sons had it’s first runways and this just happens to be my first time viewing their collection. A punk sportswear collection infused with relaxed suits and separates. I enjoy every single look. This collection has a cool feel to it that is young but professional, rough but stylish.

Opening Ceremony FW14
Opening Ceremony collection is the ideal fashion collection for any BMXer, Skier or Motocrosser. I love how Carol Lim & Humberto Leon Kenzo influences are all over this making the two collections look more like siblings than overtime production of two lines. The color blocking is simply great, the paneling and geometric shapes are slimming and the cuts and monotone prints are righteous!

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