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Binging!: Dries Van Noten SS16 #PFW

29 Jun

Dries Van Noten SS16

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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Thinspiration: Stand & Watch

26 Aug

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Dreaming of cooler weather; summer isn’t my favorite season by far! I love the fall & winter I’m thinner, more stylish and lighter.

Granted I sweat more in the summer which means more calories burned but I’m black and leathery than the entire Alexander Wang FW14 colection.

That’s why I love my “Thinspiration” posts very much, they keep me focused and ready for whats to come. I’m just standing in the shade and watching as Labor Day weekend approaches marking the end of Summer. Now I can began to plan my looks for fall/winter. With thinspo from Dries Van Noten, Kris Van Assche and Dior Homme fall/winter collections sported by the gaunt even darker than me male model Fernando Cabral.

Cabral silky evenly tanned skin is the perfect accessory to pull off every look styled by Mauricio Nardi and photographed by Johan Sandberg. Now I’m think my farmer’s tan may not be so bad.

This fall I really want to try fur and leather. I played with the notion of leather once last year and I kind of liked it but as I’m pushing myself to try new styles and aesthetics this shoot for Dapper Dan magazine “Stand & Watch” is a perfect start. Don’t know about the skirt/kilts but I’m ready for this 101 degree temperatures to drop. I’m so over wearing cut-offs and flipflops!

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Skinny Fashion Connoisseur: Paris Fashion Week.

1 Jul

Writes on thinspiration board: Get back to my birth weight, try to live till Spring 2015 in order to enjoy these sublime creations from Paris Menswear Fashion week spring/summer 2015. The Parisian won this season of shows with romance, travel and art influenced menswear. London is known for its cool modern street take on fashion, Milan for its luxe and tailoring however, the Parisians took their sexy apaeal, boundless gender garments and met it with a contemporary advance and premium finishing. Next season will be clean, relaxed and subtle in hue no matter if you’re a stickler for fit or just a textile snob. Even those who don’t consider themself fashion enthusiasts you will be represented. The next time someone ask me to describe my style I will simply reply “it’s kind of Paris spring/summer 2015.” Here’s my introspective to the collections that caught my eye and shut down my will to eat.

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Carven is showing buyers and wearers that next year’s fashion isn’t going to take it self too serious all the while delivering premium goods. This blend of crisp textiles and sharp colors are ideal for the current state of the runway and designers alike new found affection for activewear in men’s sportswear. Where the sportswear aspect of the collection is more business casual with the color-blocking and voluminous linear sleeves; the activewear is shown in the easiness of the ribbed cuffed trousers and slim cut dri-fit like shirts. You know a collection is glorious when you’re looking in your closet now to see if you can replicate the looks this season.

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Kolor showed a enthusiastic active urbane collection. A untialltian path to today’s young fashion cruners. Every type of guy is getting into fashion and it’s nice to see that there is a sportswear collection for the active meets collegiate dresser. A well curate show that is on trend as it creates it’s own lane for a scaled down avant garde collection.

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Last season Kim Jones took us to South America, season before that Tokyo and remember Paris. So a new exiotic fashion fantastic destinination is only befitting for the spring/summer 2015 Louis Vuitton collection. Next stop… Jaipur, India (the pink city) was the destination for this 1950’s-esque flight inspired collection. I am fawning over the lines, the precision like tailoring and of the boxy colorful garments that can only be described as great versatile sportswear. My favorite looks are the skydiver jumpsuit. The bags are rivaling women’s leather goods.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino is another luxury brand that has put the slim fit tailoring on the back burner for a more unbothered appeal. Albeit this collection is just a rehash of the last two collections just in a new color palette from the return of camo print, flip flops and floral. This season brought on a new style of tailoring and DENIM! I’m convinced that designer denim is making a comeback. I always adore the Italiano school boy charm that Valentino exhibits in their collection. With this more relaxed urban appeal this is another brand who is redirecting their attention to a new fresh crowed of menswear connoisseurs

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From classic art work of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to the modern streets of today Andrea Crews collection is fine art meets the not so sophisticated streets. Active wear is IT for next season and if you are looking to stand out and not leave your current fit of choice behind, then this collection is for you. I love the gilt-edge of these garments tailored with a 90’s motif. The oversized silk shirts are graphic masterpieces, each piece stands on it own and can be worn as edgy, shabby chic or modern breeze. I appreciate how the collection is speaking to current trends all the while adds more to the genre.

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Dries Van Noten collection is simply- poetic. The ballet flats, the sleek yet tatter finish of the tops and the rhythmic flow of the pants are wonderful. When I first saw this collection is felt like it was a sweet hymn of the previous collection. Pajama inspired this is another collection that may be forgiving in the cut but still urging discipline at the table & gym. Luxury scaled down that is hauntly vintage and androgynous.

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Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo has managed to ditch the darkness-esque of their normal aesthetic for a cheerier bright look and keep their fashion forward strong structure. It’s obviously that these two know how to pick/create a print or graphic which, is not a surprise that this collection was going to prints. What is amazing about this collection is that it instantly makes me happy when viewing it. Set against a rainy Parisian afternoon I get to dine on a plethora of excellent coats, invigorating colors and stunning shapes. This color/fabric-blocked sweater is worth starving to death for.

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With cannabis leaves, dip-dye and fringe Paul Smith‘s collection is clearly an ode to the pot heads that are into luxe clothings. The billowy fit are accompanied with an array of fabulous supreme fabrics that are laid back and eye catching. This a very calm collection without being to literally for the stoners. It’s as if the 60’s baseheads were styled by the baseheads of today. Always finding a way to be cheeky and fashionable simultaneously. I’ve come to love the cheeriness of this collection and it primo textiles.

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Thom Browne is an American couturier. His approach to fashion is business minded clothing, architecture structure tailoring and graphic novel whimsical. He has a way with fabric that not only challenge your idea of the business suit but taste level. Though, these items may seem over-the-top just pay attention to the pants, I totally want these pants to either don with a simple tee or solid blazer. This is art at it’s best, Browne deserves all the accolades he is receiving this year. Are you taking in those shoes? An exact rendering of the futuristic dandy.

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Less is more but in Wooyoungmi‘s case more is less. The oversized pants and jacket are just the right deuce with the featherweight tops. I am enthralled with how preppy this collection is rooted however, remaining completely eatherial in fabric choice and cut. The cuts of the clothing may be a bit forgoing but all the sheer is a constant reminder of no slacking off at the gym. This is a harmonious collection between Youngmi and his daughter.

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Yohji Yamamoto is the king of athletic couture, his Y-3 collection is proof of that as you take in all the other Parisian designers this spring. The have obviously been inspired by his draping, innovative textile paring and daring sometimes overbearing silhouettes. This season the collection is a bit more paired down with basic hues with the addition of hibiscus floral prints and a little green here and there (I think lime green and black will be big this fall/winter). I like the fluidity of the garments that is slightly idealistic/amorous yet easy going without losing it’s urban wearability. I like the buoyant direction this collection has went in this season.

Thinspiration: “AMERICAN GRAFFITI”

20 Mar

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring other than burning 1000+ calories today for your pre-summer body? Oh yeah, drooling over the latest spring/summer 2014 menswear collections from Calvin Klein, Burberry, Givenchy, Gucci, Dsquared2, Roberto Cavalli and Dries Van Noten all draped on major thinspiration David Agbodji in March issue of GQ Espana. Snapped and clothe by obviously genius duo Giampaolo and Sgura Miguel Arnau.

Menswear is more than chinos and graphic tees! These images ‘thinpsire’ me to take risks this season with graphic/print paring, accessorizing and eccentric shoe choices. Or if all else fails stay thin and make sure I have a magnificent backdrop around me whenever the camera snaps. I hope you enjoy these pix as much as I do. These styles aren’t groundbreaking, it’s all about the styling. Spring is all about organizing (remember when your parents invented “spring cleaning”) and making room for the new bloom. Howbeit, a new style, lease on life or fitness commitment use the Spring/Vernal Equinox 2014 to blossom.

As the last remnants of winter melt away make sure your sluggish habits do as well.

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Bland or Full? #PFW

17 Jan

I don’t know if it’s me or the Parisians…

I know they are known for they light eating and forever skinny clothing but this is another season of scarce stellar runway shows from Paris. After two days of shows during Paris Menswear Week fall/winter 2014 I managed to only like 9 of 23 complete shows presented thus far. I will state that I have seen a few savory pieces here and there but nothing to motivate me to drop another pants size by next September. Maybe I’m just being too greedy with all that was served at London and Milan. You tell me.

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I love when American culture inspire designers overseas. This collection by Carven reeks of the 1920’s NYC gangster scene refined. I like the muted color pallet and rich textiles. Not as eccentric as his previous collections Guillaume Henry still showed the subtle charm of his interesting aesthetic. The plaid and nude injection of ‘color’ helps maintain the moodiness of the garment without making it too dark.

Frankie Morello FW14
The duo Maurizio Modica and Pierfrancesco Gigliotti are known for their quirky urbane menswear designs for Frankie Morello. With a great mix of sportswear and suits this collection steered away from the duo’s love of color and graphics but keeping the street/schoolboy appeal. Pristine tailoring and proportions this collection also included some social media referencing with it’s hashtages. Notice the blankets??? Next season’s outwear.

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Dries Van Noten‘s collection is for the guy who likes layering, standing out and being dapper at the same time. I haven’t seen a consistent use of mix media textiles & prints in a few seasons. I would have never expected a vast funky collection from this brand however, I like it. I see the Japanese influences that make me consider this collection “artsy vagabond chic.”

Louis Vuitton FW14
Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton brought a more oceanic vibe to this collection verses the western approach of last season. Personally, I think this collection is a refreshing look for the brand, it’s more laid back and less ostentatious than previous seasons. Still in Vuitton fashion it is ultra luxe with smooth coats, cozy but stylish sweaters and another collection that shows ombre and color-blocking will still be in vogue next year.

Valentino FW14
Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are in the pack with other slim fitting structured designers who paired down their traditional sleek collections for a more sportier look. The geometric patterns, loose tailored pants and custom-fit denim help showcase this new dressy causal aesthetic. Though in true Valentino fashion sizing and tailoring wasn’t sacrificed on the clean yet ridged collection.

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American artist Ruby Sterling collecbrate with Raf Simmons for this boisterous collection. The chunky shoes, bleach splatters and ceramic like patchwork along with artsy applique showed a excellent blend of art and mode. The coats/jackets and bags are masterpieces alone!

Alexander Wang FW14
Alexender Wang quite honestly does sporty street-wear the best. Kids these days like the mix of causal and moto and the oversize garments with streamline tailoring make this collection as desirable as previous collections. Looking at this presentation you see not only one style of guy in these looks but really taking in the clothing you can see some vast array of fetching pieces. The knits, leather, fur and hint of construction worker take this presentation to a inviting edgy place.

Balmain FW14
I’m beyond stoked that ninja theme is gone from Balmain! Still the military and rocker infusions are prevalent, Olivier Rousteing suckered me in with softer overture of these looks. I just can’t contain myself over these grandiose jackets. From embroidery, animal prints and military graphics to the fur, knitting and leather I wonder why don’t Balmain just makes jackets.

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My first time seeing a John Lawrence Sullivan show I am impressed. Another ode to the sixties this collection was brought to the future with “not-so-skinny” suits and flamboyant metallic fabrics.

Thinspiration: Double Checking

23 Nov

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Well I’m packing to go home for the holiday and I’ve yet to find anything to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. If your family functions are anything like mine you know that your attire is more important and scrutinized than any fashion week or first day of school wardrobe. You haven’t seen those people in about year and all they have been seeing are Facebook and Instagram pictures of you trapezing around in awesome designer duds.

Of course they expect nothing less hence the reason they are probably out shopping right now. On top of that, because I only go home for three occasions: holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas), weddings and funerals my parents take this opportunity to flaunt me around to their church members, distant relatives and friends like I just finished the “Biggest Loser.” In other words: I have to look like a before and after picture.

For you guy who haven’t a clue what look to go for then skim this editorial of my two personal ‘thinspiration’ models Corey Baptiste & Sacha M’baye in the The FT-How To Spend It magazine titled “Double Checking” photographed/styled by Damian Foxe.

Unless you were busy in the gym during fall/winter fashion week you’d know that the biggest print for males to rock this season is checkered howbeit, Hounds-tooth, Prince of Whales, tartan and tattersall. In case you missed it take a peek at Hilfiger’s collection.

I have been on the prowl for a checkered suit (in my price range of course) to dine in this Thursday. I don’t do too much eating but I do enjoy being the eye dessert while everyone is making a massacre of the dinner table and their gut. Checks are a classic menswear suit staple just like the grey suit but, like every classic it has to be updated every so often and the creations from these designers do just that. Whether you like to be engulfed in a fabric or show of your physique with a fitted look they got you covered even a variety of different weight and fabrics.

I feel like this spread did a superb job of capturing all the different styling aesthetic while showing off a singular trend. Check them out and hopefully you get ‘thinspired’.

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Picky Eating (Paris Menswear Fashion Week ss/14)

28 Jun

People, I’m skipping my morning run for this!

Day 3 of Paris Menswear Fashion Week ss/14 I am noticing that the Parisians designers have traded in the form-fitting skinny silhouettes for a shorter boxy look for next spring/summer. Going through looks from 20+ shows I am not as thrilled as I was during London but I will say all the collections are solid. I just hope we don’t revisit the dreadful bagginess of the 90’s.

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Alexander Wang’s presentation is very implicative of current Hip-Hop fashion. Structured, equilateral and lots of leather… in the summertime. I enjoy these looks because they are urban and fashionable. I like to see other aesthetic introduce to encourage more different types of males to play with fashion.

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Mesh and floral is used heavily to make Dries Van Noten dark romantic collection come to life. Floating is how I would describe this collection, Van Noten’s cut are pretty much that of spring: relaxed, away from the body and open however, it’s his use of material and prints that give it a luxury easiness.

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Void of shoes Aliebellus+’s show is flamboyant and simple at the same time. His last collection was inspired by the sky, this collection is more tidy than the last yet I still see fluidity. The lines, geometric shapes and framed tailoring works in harmony with the colors and airy textiles.

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Julien David is a good example or modern commercial clothing. This is what young creative but regular guys are interesting in wearing currently. A touch of vintage with lots art-pop influences and a laid back wear-ability.

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3.1 Phillip Lim collection is strong, sexy and pure awesome. Inspired by the ocean I can see myself replicating these looks next summer. Its awesome when you can be a standout without having to put on a lot of clothing while still being simple. That’s what I got from this collection. the shapes are relaxed but precise and the prints are bright and big but not overwhelming. Good to know color-blocking, stripes and floral will still be at the height next year.

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The duo Maria Garza Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli didn’t stray away from concepts of their last two collections for Valentino. Still have a sophisticated gentlemen appeal with a tough prep school geek chic vibe to each look. The team up with Havaiana help laze the collections. I usually hate flip flops but with the mash-up camo, leather, suits and t-shirt esque tops they are infused perfectly.

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