Archive for January, 2009

ABC’s: Men’s Fall/Winter 2009/2010 Fashion Week Reviews

The runways of Paris and Milan have been haute for the past week or so as all the top designers flaunt their newest creations. Some left me overjoyed and totally inspired while others left me wondering "why"? I'll highlight different shows over the next few months, but I figured I'd start you all off with the ABC's- meaning a quick synopsis of the collection of a few designers whose names just happen to start with A, B, or C.
Fashion Week Milan Paris: (prepare yourself… I'm in fashion mode and I am therefore not responsible for the things I say… lol. just kiddin)

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Adam Kimmel.
 

Adam Kimmel. frumpy see as frumpy do. Even though it seems as though many have moved passed baggy and saggy and turned to more clean lines and straight silhouettes, Kimmel like other designers this season, are showing otherwise. Here again we have a rising of the over-sized and bulky… do we leave it or do we love it…. who knows. But he certainly takes the worker look to a real level, almost giving each look its own personal story- and for that reason I am a fan… 7.8/10.

PS- I live for the star and striped sweater. People who dress like this in real life are always so cool.

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Alessandro Dell Acqua.

 


Alessandro Dell Acqua. flesh tones, cuffs, bigger tops smaller bottoms, structured shoulders… in the water we all must go (high-watered pants)… Though Dell'Acqua's new catch phrase is "bourgeois revolution", I for some reason, get a feeling of "modern goth with alot of class"- clean yet emotional in subtle ways- the elongated sleeves, cuffed pants, flesh tones… immaculate pieces for the most part… 7.9/10.

 

 

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Alexander McQueen.
 


Alexander McQueen
. drama is his middle name- always has been always will be. I must say aside from the scary faces McQueen unsurprisingly brings it once more- his array of designs, patterns, textures, shapes, can easily be seen in the wardrobe of any well dressed man. When viewing his collection, like always, you have to look at the individual pieces. And the pieces are very well executed. Though I feel like these models are going to jump off the screen and get me- I do like the overall collection… but I didn't however like the order of the show, I would have changed it a bit… 8.9/10… The man is a brute.
 

 

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Bottega Veneta.


Bottega Veneta. "Excuse me gentlemen, but can I take you home with me," that is the feeling I get after viewing Veneta's collection. These are the clothing of a pristinely dressed gentleman. Great, I mean just great jackets- especially in the chocolate section- this is what fall is all about! My only criticisms would go to the short sweater and large trouser combos- oh how I do hate that silhouette, I am simply not a fan… never have been never will be. Overall, Bottega makes the monochromatic trend I spoke of earlier this month seem like a work of art. I absolutely adore this collection… (applauds) 9.3/10.

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Burberry Prorsum.

Burberry Prorsum. (Christopher Bailey) We all love you and we all buy you, but… if you don't mind me saying so- "the show" was completely uninspiring. Well, maybe completely is a bit harsh, but the only thing I found special was the use of velvet. Again we see the frumpy crotch heavy harem pants… I really do wonder if this trend will hit America in a big way. Seems totally appropriate for England and the pebble stone streets of Italy, but America, hmmmm- who knows.The highlight of the show was… well, there wasn't really one, but I did like the 2nd to last look because of the blouse and jacket- so perfectly tailored, so burberry. Besides that, the ever changing shapes and cuts of the pants were completely distracting leaving me slightly annoyed. And the random graphic tees left me perplexed. But again, just for the record- we do all love you Burberry- today just wasn't your day.
 

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Comme Des Garcons.


Comme Des Garcons. dressing in the dark is so obviously the name of this game. Perhaps the Comme Des Garcons show would have meant more to me if I had been there, but since I wasn't I can only ask "When did the circus come to town"? The girly shoes, wide yet short pants, and unsuccessfully playful silhouettes left me thinking- wtf? Rei Kawakubo', my darling, I hate to ask, but "when will the show end". Though her shows are always playful, they also always include pieces that can be confidently worn alone- this years collection lacks that. Coincidentally this is the same show Kanye and his colorful crew were photographed outside of and many weren't fans of their get-ups either… but hey, maybe we just didn't get the memo.

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Stay Tuned for more mini-reviews of the
Fall/Winter 2009/2010 Menswear Collections
.

Cindy of the Urban Gentleman

YouTube Videos of The Year: AlphaCat as Barack Obama

During this entire election a guy by the name of AlphaCat has been doing Barack Obama impressions on youtube. I thought everyone was “hip” to his videos, but after talking to some friends it seems that everyone is not. So I decided to post his 4 funniest videos… this dude is h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s.

Barack Obama Before a Debate

Barack Obama After the Debate**
(this is my favorite)

Barack Obama Wins November 4th
(to T.I’s “You Can Have Whatever You Like”)

Barack Obama Inauguration
(to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”)

Alphacat’s real name is Iman Crosson. He’s 26-year-old and is from Dayton, Ohio. He’s a dance major who started perfecting his Obama impression while working as a waiter in Manhattan, but he’s recently moved to Los Angeles to start his career in Hollywood.

Kanye in Paris: Swagger on a Hundred Thousand Trillon

I must say Ye’…. you’re a hoot. (laughter).


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Did he just say, Martin LOUIS the King Jr.??? I think he did.

Another Photo of “Kanye & Crew”
(I like this angle better)

Yes Ye’, you’re the “numba one stunta” and we applaud.
(applauds in the background)
But really guys, how fly is this guy…. yeah, he could be a bit more humble, maybe a bit more nice, but we can’t deny his flyness.

via teampeterstigter

Kanye? 50 cents?// Kanye West Louis Vuitton Sneakers

Lol, this video will make you laugh.

He forgot to remove his bag from the runway at the Louis Vuitton show, so the photographers are making remarks about this. This video is shot from the photographers pit.

Here’s some pictures of Kanye at the Louis Vuitton Show:





And finally, here’s a closeup of the Kanye for LV shoes:

PARIS — Marc Jacobs and the Louis Vuitton men’s studio director Paul Helbers have some design competition this season. Kanye West, who was sitting front row at the Vuitton show, has designed a line of five LV sneakers. Only one design, above,
was featured in the show — a monochromatic midtop with no frills, save for a quilted flap in the back, all the easier to tuck pants into. “The inspiration came from a jacket with a huge collar in the movie ‘Dune,’ ” West says. “Most sneakers focus on the tongue, so I wanted to do something different.” West knows whereof he speaks: he says he has no idea how many shoes he owns, but he does know that he routinely needs to send shipments off to storage. The LV-meets-Kanye kicks will be available at Louis Vuitton stores in June.

via themoment.blogs.nytimes.com

One Photo, What Do You Think: Kanye and His Entourage

As some of you may know all the Men’s Fall/Winter 2009 Fashion Shows have been in progress over the past week ( … I’ve been pretty busy writing about all those shows over the weekend- yes all of them… but I will probably only share a few of my reviews, hmmmm, we’ll see.) Anyway check out this picture of Kanye and his crew outside of the Comme Des Garcons Show and they’re quite colorful. I recognize Fonzworth Bentley and Taz, let me know if you recognize any of the other guys. (Milan and Paris Fashion Week)


So, what do you think?
(click to enlarge)

from jakandjil.com

A Few SAG Award Photos

15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) in Los Angeles January 25, 2009

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
I like how Brad matches with Angie in a subtle way.

Julius Tennon and Viola Davis.
A few guys have been asking me about advice for prom and this is a good example of how to match. The girl is wearing a radiant color like yellow and you can match by choosing a neutral complimenting tie color in the same material- in this case silver.

30 Rock Cast

The cast of “Slumdog Millionaire” with director Danny Boyle.
They just keep winning all the awards.

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