Archive for July, 2008

From G’s to Gents: Episode 2

Marcellus Reynold and Fonzworth Bentley
I love Bentley’s casual look- perfect.

The bad acting continues. . .

In a nutshell: The episode starts with a “B*tch calling contest”, a few of the guys call each other and their mothers the B-word. After getting dressed they go down and read The Daily Gent, which is a newsletter about the activities of the day. The Daily Gent lets them know that the day is going to be about fashion. The guys drive down to Beverly Hills to meet with celebrity stylist, Marcellus Reynolds at the Reiss store. He gives them a few tips and pointers about fashion and style. After the visit to Reiss the “G’s” find out that the next challenge is going to be a fashion show.

Britsh men have impeccable style,
Ozwald Boateng has dressed Jamie Foxx and Will Smith

For this event celebrity stylist Ozwald Boateng was the guest judge. The guys were divided in a group of 4 in which one guy had to be the spokesperson while the other 3 dress up for a particular event/occasion: 1. Spokerperson at a Country Club 2.) Skybox Party 3.) Charity Event aboard a Yacht. Stan, Zenel, and E6 win simultaneously, which left group A as the winners with immunity (Stan & E6’s team).

Male stripper Stan wins the Country Club look

When it came down to elimination. D-Boy had 1 black ball, Zenel had 2, Mikey P had 2, and Kesan had 7. In the end Mr.Bentley sent Zenel and Mikey P home because he felt like they were already doing pretty good for themselves as actors and/or models. (Even though Kesan is a actor as well and a rapper, but whatever, lol. . .this show is too fake).

Zenel and Mikey P loose their Gentleman’s Club Membership

Lesson 2: Fashion
Fashion is a non-verbal language. You notice it as soon as a person enters the door, so it’s a part of the first impression you give off. It’s all about dressing appropriately for everywhere you go. The suit is the international uniform for business.

Every man should know how to a tie a tie. When tying a tie make sure you have a dimple in it; the dimple is also known as the “Wall Street Clevage”.

Urban Gent view: Fashion is obviously very important, hence this blog, lol. And a dimple in your tie is a must.

Fonzworth Bentley and his guest judges looked superb all episode.

Men’s Fashion: The Marching Band Jacket from Lupe Fiasco to Chris Brown to Michael Jackson

Being a nerd has never been so cool
Georgia Tech Marching Band

It’s never been so cool to be a nerd. Not only do nerds currently rule hip-hop, but they also dominant the current styles. From the most preppy L7 (square) clothes to borderline bi-focals. . . dressing nerdyish is too cool for school. And the marching band jacket falls right in line with these trends.
Chris Brown rockin a really haute band jacket at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards

Kanye West, Chris Brown, and Lupe Fiasco all seem to be fans of the band jackets. And the new Converse commercial featuring Santogold in a marching-band jacket has seemed to make the trend even more popular … everybody wants a band jacket now!

Lupe Fiasco has some of the most meticulously designed
marching band-esque jackets I’ve ever seen.
I’m sure Dr. Romanelli helped to create a few.
(Dr.Romanelli has designed several of Lupe’s jackets)

Wearable marching band jacket are actually pretty hard to come by. The style is popular, but only a few brands and stores carry it, so the jacket is sold out everywhere. I found a website that carries some unique variations of the marching band:

Ipso Facto Jackets


$60.50


$69.50

$241.50

Life Research Group LRG carries variations of the
marching band jacket too

To be honest, the marching band jacket style isn’t just about marching band jackets. The style is actually a mix and cross-over between marching band jackets, military jackets, varsity jackets, and motorcycle jackets. Both Chris Brown and Lupe Fiasco sufficiently mix these styles in their wardrobes. And as long as you have one of those type jackets you can easily gain the edgy looks that the superstars create.
If you happen to come across “marchmiliVarmoto” type jacket, scoop it up quick because it most likely won’t be there for long.


This new style is also somehwhat of a tribute to Michael Jackson- who started it all. You can find many of these retro style jackets on eBay.com for a really good price.

Michael Jackson “Victory Tour” Jacket

Michael Jackson “Thriller” Jacket

Michael Jackson “Walk of Fame” Jacket

Check out Santogold in her marching band jacket in the Converse commercial:

MARCHING BAND JACKET UPDATE, CLICK HERE.

New Fall 2009 article on
Men’s Marching Band/Military Jackets,
click here.

Where to buy them, which designer brands carry them, etc.

2008 Espy Awards: Red Carpet Fashion

Justin Timberlake hosts the 2008 Espy Awards

The 2008 ESPY Awards were held at NOKIA Theatre L.A on July 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The 2008 ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 20 at 9PM ET on ESPN.

I must say- I was a little disappointed in much of the attire at the Espy Awards. Don’t get me wrong, everyone looked nice, but only a select few were truly stylish and well-tailored. At first I only wanted to put up the best-dressed celebs from the event, but I decided to include some of the plain and not so great ensembles as well.

Carmelo Anthony & Lala

Carmelo looks okay, it’s dapper…

David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham are always dressed perfect

Check our David’s collar
It’s a rounded or club collar.
Not every guy can pull it off, and if you have a big head don’t try

He’s not an athlete, but actor Zac Fron was really sharp

I’m a fan of skinny ties
This High School Musical star looks fly

Jalen Rose
He was one of the only guys to rock it out in all white.

College Basketball Player
Russell Westbrook
The casual look is cool, but he could have worn a better jacket.

Boston Celtic, Rajon Rondo & wife
He was definitely on my best dress list

Veron Davis
pretty regular…

Terrell Owens
He was pretty clean, better than last year…

Soccer star, Christiano Ronaldo
He looked great for a man on crutches
Actually, I really digged his look- really smooth

Soccer Player, Freddy Adu

Good ole Samuel Jackson...
This was a fashion fatality, it’s not a good look.

NFL player Shaun Phillips
Gold? Are you sure about that??
Ummm, it’s okay, very nicely tailored though

Jerry Rice
He’s always dresses pretty nice…

NFL player Braylon Edwards
He was trying to go for the edgy look, but as you can see below…

…it just didn’t work.
Are those jeans? w/ a silver cumber bun
This is why there are stylist, so you don’t end up looking like this:-)

Paul Pierce & girl
He looks country… really country

NBA player Steve Nash
He looks quite gentlemanly

Derek Fisher and ESPN host, Stuart Scott

Justin Timberlake looked great!

David Beckham

Eli Manning and New York Giants

(I’ll add more pics over the next few days)

Men’s Style: The Perfect Casual Club Attire

Jay-Z, Usher, Nelly, & JD hittin’ the club

It’s Thursday night and many of you are making plans to go hit the club scene. The problem is that most of you may not go out looking as fly as you think. Many men tend to over think the club attire, they’ll wear baggy jeans with a button down shirt that may be tucked into the front to show off the belt buckle, lol, then they’ll have on some shades. . . it’s just an all-around bad look!

There are so many different types of looks you can rock to the club. And depending on what kind of club you’re going to you may dress up or dress casual. But overall there is a great basic club look that will surely catch the right attention…

The basic club look: slight v-neck tee, quality dark denim jeans (that fit you), dope sneakers that fit your personal style, and a fitted hat (preferably an A’s fitted, lol). You should also wear a nice belt, stunner shades, and a stylish watch.

Slight V-neck shirt:

The v-neck shirt has been around for awhile, but stores like American Apparel have made it popular. The v-neck is modern and edgy, but you have to make sure the V isn’t too deep, unless you’re attracted to the same sex. Deep V’s are extremely popular with gay males, I hope I’m not offending anyone, but it’s true. You can wear a deep V as a heterosexual male, but you may attract more dudes than chicks (I’m from Atlanta so I know:-) I suggest a dark colored slight v-neck tee like navy, black, or burgundy, but a graphic slight-v is also a great choice.

3-pack American Apparel, $36
Buy it here

Akademics, $28
Buy it here.


Quality Dark Denim Jeans

You can’t go wrong with dark denim. It’s simple, stylish, and always make you good. Check out the jean guide to find the brand that fits you best.

LRG, $54.99
Buy it here

Armani, $135
Buy it here


Dope Sneakers That Fit Your Style

Don’t listen to people that tell you women don’t notice your feet- b/c they do. It’s not about having on the newest pair of J’s, it’s about having nice clean kicks that enhance your style. They don’t have to be loud or exotic, they just need to coordinate.


All Stars: keep it funky or stick to the classics

Supra’s in croc suede
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Skater Shoes are pretty hot- DC

Vans Authentic are always a good choice


Creative Recreation shoes always give an edge

For Accessories:
New Era has a plethora of fitted hats you can choose from

– Check out my watch guide for info on the best watches- I would suggest a gold or digital watch

– Rayban has some of the best shades at good prices- you can buy them on eBay

– You can find belts anywhere, for new styles check out journeys.com

Sidenote: If you sag a little make sure you have on some nice boxers (Old Navy has nice ones)

MOST IMPORTANTLY:
Check to make sure you have some breath-enhancers and some really good cologne (not too strong though). Also, make sure you atleast have a shape-up and please make sure your nails are cut.

Have fun at the club tonight! And use protection if you end up getting some nookie (too many STDs out there)…

*** This is the basic casual club look alternative for those who usually wear baggy jeans, XL tshirts, and airforce ones. This blog is full of other, more modern and gentleman like looks that would be great for the club Ex. blazer, v-neck, trousers, and lace-ups   -OR- button down, dark denim jeans, and boots… club attire changes for each club and each person.

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