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Menswear Spring 2015 Review

This season offered up mostly the usual fashiony mix: the crazy and totally ridiculous, the tried and true, the daring newcomers, the avant-garde and the rockers. Within fashion in general the menswear designers have a much harder go of it because frankly most men aren’t interested in most of what’s on the runway. Even the self proclaimed stylish man will usually stick with his specific look, be it a suit and tie gent, a jeans and tee type – what have you… This is why as a retailer we tend to lean toward more wearable real life clothes that function and aren’t too costumey. Although every now and then even that stable stylish fellow wants something flashy – a statement item, so we keep a look out for that too!  With that in mind, here are the picks from the runways of Spring 2015.

Diesel – Black Gold

 Not quite the rocker not quite the hipster. Diesel has come back in the last few years and has really found it’s customer. The clothes are interesting, wearable and unique. They really fill a hole in the market for the man who wants to dress cool and do it quietly. Plus a casual tuxedo pant is always welcome.

Diesel Black Gold

Costume National

I love that somehow these suits look both painfully 1970’s pimp and/or Mick Jagger while also looking super suave for that guy you know who charms all the ladies with his David Addison crooked smile. These suits are for the Motown loving, sly fox,  cool cat that the world needs more of. That purple suit is just killing me with cockiness – in a good way.

Costume national

Miharayasuhiro

This I had to include because I am nostalgic and all I see here is Duckie from Pretty in Pink who is probably the most originally styled character in a movie ever. If you don’t get this reference then immediately stop reading this and go watch the movie.

If you are still reading, then I love the distress on this blazer. Its effin awesome.

Miharayasuhiro

Lanvin

The styling is a problem – the neck scarves are a bit alienating I’d say. But the clothes fit so well, the shoes are great – I love the messenger bag (really the only bag I see as reasonable for stylish men to carry as a  “man purse”). The pants are narrow without being tight, the jackets are slim without sacrificing ease – these clothes look comfortable right? The first rule of cool – be (or at least look) comfortable.

Lanvain

St Laurent

So here’s where the pants are too tight- they look uncomfortable (camel toe) so that’s right out. What I love here and cannot get enough of is the idea of seeing these embroidered jackets in person and being blown away. There is no question that these jackets are amazing quality and fit perfectly – this is St Laurent after all. To have any one of these would be like the signature item in the rock god wardrobe and that is just freaking irresistible. My eyes literally have stars in them looking at these. Rock and F IN Roll man.

Saint Laurent

Dolce and Gabanna

Dolce and Gabanna menswear is hit and miss for me. The same aesthetic that kills it for the women’s wear , The lusty Sicilian siren – often times is just cheesy when interpreted for men. Though the last few showings have felt less like Versace and more like La Dolce Vita and I am glad for it. The bullfighter was undoubtedly the inspiration here and as always with Dolce, they show tons of looks.  Many just to support the theme, yet amongst the frivolity were some solid numbers. For example, these first two suits are really refreshing. The vest is classic looking paired with the 3/4 jacket and the polka dot in grey and black seems very sophisticated despite the whimsy of the dots. The dashing fellow in the 3rd shot is wearing a great alternative to the black tie basic black and finally the jacquard slippers are just so cocky they are hard to deny. I love the world these two designers have created and the fun that they have decorating it is apparent in their shows.

D & G

Valentino

The Valentino men’s seems like a cross between Prada and Burberry. It’s playful like Prada yet traditionally cut like Burberry. I like this cross because often times the look of the Prada outfit is quirky and cool – but the cut of the garments can be alienating. Where as Burberry has got the fit that most anyone can wear but they typically don’t get as playful. So here is a great mix. The plaids are almost cheeky and the floral embroidered suit is fun. I hate “fun” as an adjective but really… I can see a cool cat wearing those tulip pants with a beater and a black cardigan. Any of these suits can be dressed down in this way and look fantastic.

Valentino

Haider Ackerman

I have become an official fan. In my last men’s review I pointed out how Ackerman ‘s show looked like an 80’s reinterpretation. I belive I mentioned “Men Without Hats” Well here again I see a total 80’s reference via the slouchy blazers, the pastel satins, the pegged pants and dropped trousers- it’s all here and it’s awesome. Ackerman does something magical when he interprets an era. He finds the best bits and exploits the hell out of them while somehow making it look totally easy. This all looks like he just put pen to paper and it flowed like a poem. The silks, the colors, the layers, it’s all so lovely. In fact it’s enviable for the women – I would steal all of these clothes the second my man turned his back. And I stand behind my prediction from that last post. This is the new hipster look.

Haider Ackerman

Belstaff

First this model is not doing these clothes any favors.

 Belstaff are all about classic, expertly crafted, functional biker clothes which are not necessarily made for bikers. They never let me down and if you have some money to drop on a piece you will wear and keep forever then they are your go to designer. They have that leather jacket you have always wanted, the great sweater, the everyday pant. Stellar and reliable.

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John Varvatos

The king.

If rock and roll prayed for a designer then Varvatos would be it’s answer. These clothes are for the self respected rocker or the man who just knows what it feels like to be admired for his confidence and style. I don’t really feel that there is anything to say other than : more please.

J varvatos

Thank you so much for stopping by! We’ll see you for couture 2014…

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Men’s Fall 2014 Review

Men’s certianlly isn’t as fun as women’s. The more outrageous the Menswear the more silly it usually seems. Where with women’s outrageous can be art – the gateway to the next big trend and so on.  My take is that men’s should be real, should make the Man the best version of himself – whether that’s a rocker, a gentleman or a dandy for example. That in mind, here are the standouts from the Fall 2014 runways:

 

Belstaff

The quintessential Biker from whatever era – the best of all? This man wears only the finest. This is the top of the line for Leather and the styling is dead on.  Another great showing.

 

 

Belstaff

 Haider Ackerman

This is a total throwback to the 80’s for me. When I first saw this I flashed on Men without Hats – Safety Dance… anyone else? But then I realized, I don’t mind as a matter of fact these guys look  pretty cool in that, I don’t care I just threw this together way. Not for everyone, but I see the next hipster here.

Haider ackerman

 

Alexander McQueen

Another revival here. The rocker will like this and so will the hipster. It’s classic punk from the vantage of a suburban bedroom window. Familiar and comforting in a way, not to mention extremely high quality. If your looking for your last shredded sweater look no further! (anyone else see Nick Cage from Valley Girl?)

McQueen

Shoes

So lets take a break here and look at one of the accessories that are easiest for men. Shoes can do so much to an ensemble. They are often beloved by their owners when they find that perfect pair and for good reason. Shoes can notoriously say a lot about their wearer. Here are some cool characters we spotted this season.

Dolce & Gabanna

D & G

Saint Laurent, Prada, Bottega Veneta and  Thom Browne

shoes

Ralph Lauren

The Great Gatsby. This is simply beautiful. Lauren has clearly taken from the 30’s 3 piece here, which are my favorites because this is a man who is DRESSED. The collection also showed some nice looking clean casual pieces that make good solid staples in any man’s wardrobe.

 

ralph Lauren

Roberto Cavalli

Lets forget about the headbands here. That red jacket is such a standout and the snake print coat is so cool you should have to pass a coolness test to wear it. I don’t get the styling here at all, but who cares. Those 2 pieces are amazing.

Cavalli

Saint Laurent

So people have been going gaga over this new designer for Saint Laurent and I really honestly don’t get it. It’s derivative  and not really in a very successful way. Both the Men’s and Women’s lack polish and lack class. It all seems very sleazy and at the price you are paying that just doesn’t compute. So – yeah – I don’t get all the accolades. That all being said, these are Rocker clothes, and I cannot resist the rocker. Period.

St laurent

I think it’s obvious to see that many designers can’t put down that torch they have for the past. Many creative people began noticing the world in fine detail at the time of puberty. Whatever they saw at that crucial time has burned into their psyche the same way a first taste of rock and roll does to a musician – that Chuck Berry or The Beatles will always be an influence on thier style. Here we see it is no different for fashion. It’s probably the explanation for why fashion goes in 30 year cycles. As the preeminent designers at the time will likely be in their 30’s or 40’s doing throwbacks to their youth – making that era come alive all over again for a new crop of aspiring artists. SO are we doomed to repeat fashion over and over every 30 years? I don’t think doomed is the right word…

Certainly in Menswear, the classics are classic for good reason.


Pre Fall 2014 Ready To Wear – Favorites

The last month has been a whirlwind of Look books Runways and Presentations starting with Pre Fall 2014 – then Menswear 2014 (which is still happening) then Couture and now BAMFall 2014 Ready to Wear. Whew! There hasn’t been time to catch our breath let alone set aside time to get these posts organized and logged. But a few stolen moments here and there and we will dive right in with our Best of the Pre Fall shows for 2014. This group is paired down to just the true standouts as time is of the essence here and we just didn’t have enough to do a more elaborate and thorough review.  Nonetheless here it is – Enjoy!

Burberry brings it with romantic and feminine jewel tones that make you wonder why anyone would ever wear pastels.

Burberry brings it with romantic and feminine jewel tones that make you wonder why anyone would ever wear pastels.

Altuzarra carried over the feel from the very inspired looks of the Sring 2014 Collection and did so seamlessly. Still sexy and wearable and with a beachy ease. Love this. And we love the burnt orange and navy, feels like a perfect fit for Pre Fall.

Altuzarra carried over the feel from the very inspired looks of the Spring 2014 Collection and did so seamlessly. Still sexy and wearable with a beachy ease. Love this. And we love the burnt orange and navy, feels like a perfect fit for Pre Fall.

Belstaff continues to put forth cool beautifully made chic clothes you would wear everyday if you could afford to. Right? Amazing. Yes

Belstaff continues to put forth cool, beautifully made, chic clothes you would wear everyday if you could afford to. Right? Amazing. Yes

Zac Pozen designs for a Modern day Marilyn Monroe, no doubt. There is equally less doubt that any woman who would wear a dress would want to look like this wearing it. No doubt. He is consistanly showing gorgeously tasilored form fitting andf enhancing garments that just make you sigh overwhelmed with romance.

Zac Pozen designs for a modern day Marilyn Monroe, no doubt. There is equally less doubt that any woman who would wear a dress would want to look like this wearing it. No doubt. He is consistently showing gorgeously tailored, form fitting and enhancing garments that just make you sigh overwhelmed with romance. Sigh

This is what we love to see from Donna Karen, easy and cool sportswear. Pieces you can pick up and add to your wardrobe with no effort made to make them fit in. They just work, they are timeless.

This is what we love to see from Donna Karen, easy and cool sportswear. Pieces you can pick up and add to your wardrobe with no effort made to make them fit in. They just work, they are timeless. Next!

I'm pretty sure this is the first time we have included Antonio Berardi in a post...Here's why we did this time. That skirt. That silhouette is a knockdown kockover knockout. Boom.

I’m pretty sure this is the first time we have included Antonio Berardi in a post…Here’s why we did this time. That skirt. That silhouette is a knockdown kockover knockout. Boom. (And the red underside – AWESOME!!!)

The Olsens twins are all over  this right? As former and possible latter Seattlilites the whole Grunge look is like a charming stain we leave on the wall because it adds character to an otherwise just pretty wallpaper. the star here is that plaid shirtdress , the possibilities of that one item are endless. that one's going in the essentials.

The Olsen twins are all over this right? This is from one of their less expensive lines called Elizabeth and James named for their siblings. As former and possible latter Seattleites the whole Grunge look is like a charming stain we leave on the wall because it adds character to an otherwise just pretty wallpaper. The star here is that plaid shirtdress , the possibilities of that one item are endless. That one’s going in the essentials.

The design team that has taken over Valentino have had their work cut out for them for sure. They have truly taken the Lable in a new direction, but I say NEW delicately as they are truly one of the few designers who are making ready to wear that is Couture inessence. These garments atre so esquisite (I never say esquisite) that tey are destined to be vintage pieces of great importance and value in the future. They are the New VINTAGE. That's fucking impressive.

The design team that has taken over Valentino have had their work cut out for them for sure. They have truly taken the label in a new direction, but I say NEW delicately as they are truly one of the few designers who are making ready to wear that is Couture in essence. These garments are so exquisite (I never say exquisite) that they are destined to be vintage pieces of great importance and value in the future. They are the New VINTAGE. That’s fucking impressive.

Roberto Cavalli. I probably say this every time but you either Love or Hate Cavalli. But he certianlly doesn't care if you hate him that's apparent due to the confidence of his designs. He is everything we want to see from Milan. you want color? You want Prints? Do you want to own a room the minute you walk into it? Yeah, DONE.

Roberto Cavalli. I probably say this every time but you either Love or Hate Cavalli. But he certainly doesn’t care if you hate him that’s apparent due to the confidence of his designs. He is everything we want to see from Milan. you want color? You want Prints? Do you want to own a room the minute you walk into it? Yeah, DONE.

Francesco Scognamiglio. I don't know if this is a first for us with this designer - it's hard to keep track honestly. But these pieces were just captivating in their delicacy and feminity. They are cool and sexy and strong while still being coquettish and demure. ???? Bravo. For the mystery of Woman.

Francesco Scognamiglio. I don’t know if this is a first for us with this designer – it’s hard to keep track honestly. But these pieces were just captivating in their delicacy and femininity. They are cool and sexy and strong while still being coquettish and demure. ???? Bravo. For the mystery of Woman.