Man Fashion Show: Gucci SS 09 Review

Typical summer shades seemed far from the minds of numerous designers at the beginning of fashion week.

That was, of course, until Frida Giannini injected some unbridled life into the proceedings.

At Gucci, bold stripes and elaborate florals were found on ultra-slim pants and variegated styles of that true Gucci-jacket which now seems ubiquitous.

Giannini aimed to convey 'youth and luxury' – which also meant soundtracking the show with indie-favorite 'Time to Pretend' by MGMT.

Not only is Giannini reminding us of the archetypal Gucci aesthetic, she is also making clear her distinct lack of vision for the development of this line.

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Man Fashion: Classic Pieces Every Man Should Own

The backbone of a stylish male wardrobe requires certain essential, well-crafted pieces. because these items are enduringly chic, they should be of sufficiently good quality to last for multiple seasons. Some may require a significant initial investment, but their long lifespan will often warrant the investment. :)

These items are the wardrobe and accessory staples every man should own; the things so ingrained into our lives that even after one of them falls apart, we go out and buy another in the very same style. Just be sure to follow the golden rule of selecting staple items when shopping: remember to Stick to neutral colors such as black, brown, gray, navy, white, and tans of they can be easily matched with each other or brighter colors if need be. With that rule in mind, rad on to discover which pieces will help you to achieve your smoothest style ever.

  • Black Dress Shirt
  • Overcoat
  • Scarf
  • Brown Dress Shoes
  • Cashmere sweater
  • Leather Belt
  • White T-Shirt
  • White Dress Shirt
  • Sport Coat
  • Black Socks
  • A Suit
  • Black Dress Shoes
  • Polo Shirt
  • Jeans

Man Fashion: Beach Footwear [CROCS]

Did someone say Crocs is comfortable? Because this is a culture quick to justify wearing virtually anything in the name of comfort -- pajama bottoms as pants, sneakers as business footwear, leggings in lieu of trousers, Uggs with miniskirts.

Crocs now rival flip-flops as the most annoyingly omnipresent style of summer footwear. City streets are inundated with shuffling phalanxes of men and women with bright orange, yellow and red Bozo feet.

So here is some history for someone new to this Brand. Crocs were created in 2002 and roared to ubiquity during the summer of 2006, just after the company went public. The company now manufactures about 4 million pairs of Crocs a month and last year had revenue of $354 million, says Mattson. Among the most enthusiastic early adopters were people who spent the major part of their day on their feet: hairstylists and nurses, for instance. They were perfect shoes for walking the dog. Gardeners found them both comfortable and functional.

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Man Fashion: Unbuttoned Styles

Whether you agree or not, double-breasted suits do look better buttoned up. But then so in fact do single breasted suits. Chasing down a man in a single breasted suit that looks better ‘unbuttoned’ is a challenge; ask a chap in a two or three button to fasten one of them and his figure is instantly altered, and usually for the better.

So you will probably be interested, and experienced, in purchasing ‘off the rack’ suits. And most of these suits purchased will meet the requirement of ‘sufficient formality.’ However I think it is a failure of design that most suits cut for the everyday man look unsatisfactory unless the material is drawn into the waist by the securing of a button. I always feel that ‘unbuttoned glory’ is possible and achievable with a suit – consider the magnificent frock coat and morning coat designs of the recent past – and would always advocate a little adjustment to make the unbuttoned man a good deal more elegant.

Unbuttoning is to be expected; there’ll be the long days at the office, the warm afternoons dragging laptops and luggage to the airport and the relaxation occasions in the local wine bar after the clock has chimed 6. It is important to attempt to retain as much of the ‘pinch’ created by buttoning that maintains the correct positioning of the jacket so it is vital to assess suits as a buttoned and unbuttoned possibility. If there is insufficient ‘pinch’ then the jacket has a tendency to ‘fall away’; too much and the jacket is likely to constrict movement.

So here is the general rule of thumb:-

  • Buttoned if wearing a shirt and tie

  • Buttoned or unbuttoned if wearing a shirt and no tie

  • Unbuttoned if wearing a vest or sweater as well

Man Fashion: Louis Vuitton Latest Ad Campaign

Famous Man and Women Fashion Designer company Louis Vuitton has announced the faces of their latest core values ad campaign.

Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and his daughter Sofia Coppola are featured in a country side setting shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The Oscar award winning father and daughter duo appear in the countryside outside of Buenos Aires where the director is seated with Sofia lying at his side on the grass in an impressionistic and serene setting.

The core values campaign seeks to get back to the basics of Louis Vuitton by reinstating travel and the fundamental and defining value of Louis Vuitton. It highlights the company’s heritage in luggage and travel accessories.

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Man Fashion: 3Sixteen in NYC

If you are new to this street fashion's brand, it is always not too late! :) What brand are we talking about? Yes! 3Sixteen. 3Sixteen has been dominating the streetwear market over the last few years. Based out of NYC, the line began in 2003 and has quickly gained notoriety for their top notch design, fit and quality. 3Sixteen is “the new royalty”…”for the masses…the ones who choose not to pursue power or monetary gain by way of greed, lies and corruption. It’s the new title of nobility that belongs to those who strive to make a difference through creativity, hustle and innovation.”

Time to get Fashionably Four-Eyed

“They give you an edge,” trend-starting actress Chloë Sevigny recently told The New York Times about her fabulous frames. “Even if you’re wearing something preppy or totally conservative, they make the look cool. “They can flip an outfit on its head.”

Unlike the days of Dorothy Parker, guys love to make passes at fashionistas in cute glasses. Regardless of whether you need them to actually see, Famous designer brands like Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Bvlgari, Prada & Versace have a good selection of frames.

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Yves Saint Laurent | 1936-2008

The inventor of modern-day ready-to-wear, the first designer to use black models on his runway, the first to bring androgyny to high fashion, the successor to Christian Dior, the first to license his name to other businesses, and one of the youngest designers ever to be at the helm of a major Parisian Haute Couture house, Yves Saint Laurent, died at his home on Sunday evening, June 1, 2008.

Fans of YSL, or simply those who want to learn more, may want to check out the newly-opened (and, I guess, impeccably-timed) YSL retrospective at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal which runs until September 28, 2008 and which is being planned in conjunction with La Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Bergé himself was on-hand for the opening of the highly-acclaimed exhibit last week, and according to a friend on the organising team, he recounted some incredible stories about his life and times with Monsieur Saint Laurent.

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