Archive for September, 2008

MTV VMA Red Carpet Fashion & Style: The Men

Check out the fashions and styles from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards held in Los Angeles at the Paramount Pictures Studio Lot. Everybody looked really good for the most part, so two thumbs up!
Plain White T’s: Tom Higgenson,
De’Mar Hamilton, Tim Lopez, Dave Tirio and Mike Retondo

Paul Wall and Travis McCoy of the Gym Class Heroes

They say he finally “came out the closet” by the way, nothing to be ashamed of.
I guess the final verdict is still in the air though.

Michael Phelps

Lupe Fiasco


Lil Wayne

Jonas Brothers
Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas

David Banner

Residente and Visitante of Calle 13

Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas


Shwayze and Cisco Adler

Robert Pattinson

another weezy pick, he loved his thumbs up
pose last night, lol

Zac Efron
He’s always so darn clean

Busta Ryhmes, rockin the same shirt Kirk wore
at the BET Awards earlier this summer

C Breezy

Our favorite- Lupe Fiasco rocks the
marching band jacket


German band Tokio Hotel

Pete Wentz (R) and The Fall Out Boys

DJ AM and musician Travis Barker

Kobe Bryant

A few performances:

Backstage Cool:

Jermaine Dupri and Q

Corbin Bleu

Ryan Sheckler and Tony

Panic! At The Disco

Trend Analysis:

Like I said before everybody looks pretty good. They are all following the latest trends: fitted pants, blazers, skinny ties, vests, preppy & rock combos… I love it. Good Job Gentleman!

What Do You think of this year’s MTV VMA fashions?
Who’s your favorite?

Fresh to Def: Bow Wow

Bow Wow is featured in the new King Magazine. He talks a little about his style, saying that we’ll never catch him with long hair and beads again, lol. Oh and he’s done with the extra baggy wear, only “fresh gear”.

So what is Bow Wow’s look? He tells us in the interview: “On a daily basis, I’m in a white Polo V-neck tee, some True Religion jeans and some Chucks or Jordan gear. I’m always dressed down but dressed right at the same time.”

Urban Gentlemen: Dee & Ricky

Dee & Ricky

Do you remember those buttons Kanye was rocking at the Louis Vuitton Spring09 fashion show this summer? Yeah, well the heart lego button was the creation of young fly entrepreneurs Dee and Ricky Jackson. “The Twins” are known throughout the fashion and music circuits of New York. They have appeared in fashion spreads and advertisements in the world’s most influential style magazines. These two young 21-yr kids from Staten Island ended up styling an entire Marc Jacobs fashion show- that’s HUGE and crazy… makes you wanna just follow your dreams completely huh? lol… The Twins are a part of what I like to call “a new breed of cool”, lol, style and music and everything just seems to have a peculiar vibe these days. The way many of us “80’s babies” are expressing ourselves is so ridiculously unique. People like Santogold and Janelle Monae are also examples of this “new breed of cool” as well. I found an article about Dee and Ricky and I’ve posted some of the notes and interview from it below:

They [Dee and Ricky] have had their portrait painted by renowned fine artist Kehinde Wiley and have popped up in advertising campaigns for Puma, Nike, Supreme, and A New York Thing, as well as in editorials for Teen Vogue, The New York Post and Paper Magazine. Recently, the Twins’ accessories – belts and brooches by Dee and Ricky- were commissioned by renowned fashion designer Marc Jacobs for his New York Fashion Week Spring 2008 ready-to-wear runway show.

Kanye sportin’ a Dee & Ricky brooch
at the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show this summer

Marc Jacobs Fashion Show
featuring Dee & Ricky Accessories

Check out this interview they did:

Tell us about yourself.
Dee: I live in Arlington Housing Projects in Staten, Island, NY. I’m 21 years old, and I’m one third of the internationally famous recording act Jackson Swinton.
Ricky: I am Ricky and I am an extraterrestrial.
Who would you most like to style with your Lego belts and brooches?
Dee: Michael Jackson Or El Debarge. They’re cool..Yeah!
Ricky: I would want to put our belts and brooches on an official Lego Minifig.
What’s the worst fashion faux pas?
Dee: Tight Pants I hate them!
Ricky: The sagging of the trousers.
At what age did you begin to feel passionate about fashion and design?
Dee: Probably around 11 or 12 years old. I was always wanting the newest garments and such.
Ricky: Yeah, me too. Probably around 11 or 12 years old.
Where do your creative inclinations stem from?
Dee: Everywhere, just random, nonsensical stuff.
Ricky: My surroundings, basically. My backdrop.
Who do you consider to be personal icons within the fashion or art world?
My style has no father.
Yeah, word.
Do the two of you have any major differences in personal taste or style?
Dee: Yes, we most definitely do. It depends on the day though.
Ricky: Yeah, Dee likes men. LOL.
How did the Lego-belt/brooch design come about?
Dee: Our boy Ari got us into this accessories game. He originally gave us the idea of making belts out of toys and then we came with the Legos and really started doing our thing.
Ricky: Yeah, On The Go Ari and our whole team set things up for us then we put our flavor in it and took it to the next level.
At what point did you come into contact with Marc Jacobs?
Our boy Matt Goias brought us to a party in The Hamptons and we got introduced to Jason Preston who was Marc’s boyfriend at the time.
Yeah. Then Jason liked our belts and showed them to Marc and I guess he was feeling them too. From there it was a wrap. A few days later we got the call that they wanted to commission us to make accessories for the Marc By Marc Jacobs runway show.
What has that relationship (with Marc Jacobs) been like?
Dee: We don’t really talk but I stay whooping him out in guitar hero, chea!
Ricky: It’s all pretty grand. He’s mad cool. Very open-minded and he loves our style and energy.
How would you describe your aesthetic as designers?
Ummmmmmmm. Whatever Ricky said.
Hanna Barbera meets Muppets In Space.
Is the goal to make a career out of designing?
Dee: Yeah, I’m also thinking about going to flight school.
Ricky: Yeah but not just designing. I wanna try everything we come across.
What projects are you currently working on?
Getting ready to drop the Jackson Swinton album but also working on some top secret shit.
Mainly Jackson Swinton right now but we’re also gonna bring back some of our vintage stuff and some artist collaborations that we gotta keep on the low.

For more info, check out:
Dee and Ricky / Jackson Swinton
interview source:

The Twins featured on the Satorialist Blog

The Twins at a Camp Beverly Hills Photo Shoot

The Twins with Marc Jacobs

Gentleman Interior Part I: A Basic Guide to Spruce Up a Gentleman’s Quarters

A Basic Guide to Spruce Up a Gentleman’s Quarters

Gentlemen, when deciding to spruce up or re-decorate don’t do it in haste. Seriously think about how you want your pad to look. Ask yourself “What don’t I like about my place now?”, “Whose home decor do I really like”, and “What type of ambiance do I want my place to have?” After those three questions you should have a general idea of what you like and don’t like. If you’re sprucing up or doing minor re-decorations then your room already has a look or theme of some sort… you should build upon this. If you’re current theme or room look is very unique and different, you may need to email me so I can help you out one on one, otherwise follow these tips.

Let’s focus on 2 main areas: living room and bedroom

Living Room:

This is usually the main part of the house because it’s the first thing people see. First off, it should be neat and clean, and less is ALWAYS more especially when it comes to a man’s house. SO if you have alot of stuff in your living room- narrow it down to the main pieces (couch, coffee table, side table, lamps). Spruce your living room up by adding artwork- you’d be surprised how much of a difference a couple large art pieces can make. Depending on your current living room theme or look- you may want to opt for a painting or a print. Find an accent color (the second main color) that you want to use in you room- blue, orange, or whatever and make sure that your painting or print has that color in it.

pop art

See, there’s a big difference in the vibe that a print gives versus an actual painting. If you decide to go with a print I suggest pop art- it’s cool and chic. If you opt to get a painting I suggest an abstract painting.

abstract art

At this point you should have a clearer vision of what you want your room to become. If you are lost, then take a look at your print or painting and build your new theme/look around the art. Depending on the current color of your walls I suggest painting one wall a new color. For example if all your walls are white- paint one royal blue, black, or burgundy- whatever color matches best. Painting your wall will make it seem like you totally re-did the house, it’s called the accent wall by the way. Now, we need to just add some finishing touches, by adding a few accent pillows, maybe a new rug- and you’re done. It doesn’t take too much to spruce up the living room: color on one wall, 2 new paintings or prints (they should be framed), pillows, and maybe a few accessories… new shag rug and/or lamp. Oh and let me not forget- a flat screen tv is a must these days… and most stores have good deals on them- so please upgrade if possible.


The bedroom is the place that most of you are concerned about- for obvious reasons. But I must stress how important it is for the living room (den) to look nice- that’s the first impression you’ll give off to visitors. So please make sure it’s right! Okay, back to the bedroom…

When re-decorating the bedroom, start with the bed spread and sheet colors. You probably already have a color or pattern in mind, if not let’s use the same method we used with the living room- find a painting or print you want to use. From your art, choose a color and base everything around that. In the bedroom decorating is alot easier if you opt for a modern look- it’ll make your place look instantly chic. And you’ll really give off the impression that you have true style and swagger. (The modern look is just an easy way to gain style for those who need help, but if you have style already feel free to go for whatever look you want). Always use soothing colors in the bedroom- cool hues such as blues, purples, blacks, greens. You can use warm colors like- red, yellow, or orange, but they should be an accent color- not a main color. Cool colors make you and your guest feel more relaxed and besides, it’s nice to wake up to a beautiful “cool-toned” room with the sun shining in.

(Oh, and remember this is NOT the time and place to post up your Scarface poster collection, save those things for your theater and game room areas- women like gangster movies just as much as men, but they don’t want to see it while you’re making love, lol)

Once you have your art and colors picked out, you can get bedding to match. Now the core of the room is re-done. Finishing touches would include re-painting furniture, getting new more modern lamps, and/or adding unique accessories.

Possible bedroom upgrades: top-notch mattress, king size bed- it’s just so comfortable.

The two main colors are black and white
orange, zebra, and silver are accents

Suggested colors for redecorating:

If your main color is black try using purple and heather grey as accent colors.
If your main color is brown try using turquoise and burnt orange as accent colors.
If your main color is navy try using brown and white as accent colors.
If your main color is white try using burgundy and stone gray as accent colors.

Places to shop:
– Online stores: Ex:
– Crate & Barrel, IKEA, Bed Bath & Beyond.
– Vintage/thrift stores often have unique one of a kind pieces and they have the BEST deals
– T.J Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross
– Clothing stores often sell unique furniture, like Urban Outfitters.
– Check for sales in your local papers, you can find deals at stores like Rooms To Go, American Signature Furniture, Macy’s.
– Don’t be afraid to stop at a yard sell.

Buy Art:
– find an image you like on the internet, take it to Sam’s Club or your local printing shop and get it blown up, then frame it.

Magazines to Help:
– Home Magazine
– Elle Decor
– Tye Pennington At Home
– Metropolitan Home

TV Shows to Help:
– Cribs (MTV)
– Trading Spaces (TLC)
– Design on a Dime
– Extreme Makeover

If you have any specific questions feel free to email me:

Inspirational Photos:

Gentleman Interior: A Man’s Guide to Decor

Throughout the summer I was often emailed by bachelors who asked how they should decorate their pads… I was trying to wait to write an article to answer their questions because I was helping two of my bachelor friends decorate their new condo, and I was going to do a before and after piece. But we got a late start decorating and before we finished I moved to Manhattan… so it is what it is (hopefully I’ll post it at some point this fall though). In the meantime let me help you Urban Gentleman get your pads right!

Now, there are tons of ways to decorate and tons of topics we could go through. But I’m going to focus on 3 main topics:

1. A Basic Guide to Spruce Up a Gentleman’s Quarters
2. Gentleman Decor: How To Decorate
3. Dorm Room Tips for the Urban Gent

Those 3 topics are more of a series that will come over the next few days (or weeks). So the topics are relevant to each of you whether you’re in college, want to decorate a new place, or just want to add some finishing touches or even do some minor re-decorations.

Check out the next post to get- Part I of the UG’s Decor mini-series…

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