New York Fashion Week Mens Day 2: Public School, Ovadia and Sons, and Yeezy Boost.

Public School's Line-Up Presentation During New York Men's Fashion Week 2015

"I’m coming up… on a Tuesday.” That’s how we all felt, after viewing Public School’s 2016 Spring Summer Collection

Upon entering the presentation of Public School, the mood shifts. Our eyes are met with wall to wall alleged criminals and convicts, maybe some are guilty maybe some are innocent. Who knows?? But what one does know is this is clearly going to be the dopest show at New York Men’s Fashion Week 2015
Pure personality, these models really sold the presentation. Their movement, their expressions, the diversity enhanced the Public School apparel. The cool guy in the middle is actor, Waris Ahluwalia.

Each lineup was the perfect vignette, giving you assorted flavors and variations of refined grit, swagged utility, and simply— good men’s fashion. Top buttoned, zipped-up, boxy pullovers, and redefined bomber-moto-trench-blazer combos. Neutral palette – whites, navys, grays with a few subtle barely there plaid and grid prints. This, is a man’s collection – safe in color, hard in style, no skinny shit, just good fit.
Public School Duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
CFDA Men's Designer of the Year
Congrats Public School (Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne), you made everyone's Tuesday awesome. 


On New York Men's Fashion Week night one I met DJ Mike Nouveau, he was the only man in the room wearing the combo of two of my favorite trends— pattern on pattern and flowers. So of course when he told me he was DJing Ovadia and Sons I knew I had to check it out. (See Mike Nouveau's look on our Facebook page)
Dwayne Wade, R.Kelly, Victor Cruz on the left in the front row. 

The closing look

Reimagined camo, floral, elongated silhouettes, and a slew of versatile jackets… in fact, that was the overall theme— uncombersome versatility. Their looks were ready to wear straight off the runway. The usual athletic fashionistos (Victor Cruz, Dwayne Wade, etc) lined the front row, with a random and entourage laden last minute edition of R.Kelly. lol. Yes, R.Kelly. The R&B singer sported the all the trends of the first night— big hat and beard.
The first Yeezy Boost wearer, an Urban Outfitter rep, chillin in Cadillac's Fashion LoungeMen's Fashion Week attendees were kept hydrated with Art2O water. He's holding Root + Leaf cold pressed juice

In other news, Day 2 of Men’s Fashion Week New York was filled with more sandals and clean silhouettes. The first pair of Yeezys made an appearance, which I must say was a pleasant surprise. Showing that not everyone feeds into the hype… it's always cool to just have niche hype. 

The Opening Act: New York Men’s Fashion Week, Day 1

The inaugural New York’s Fashion Week MENS has begun. While a few traveling delays didn’t allow The Urban Gent crew to scope out the first day presentations we were able to immerse ourselves in the post 4pm festivities.
Bloomingdales Men's Fashion Week Tailgate in New York

After walking through the Skylight venue we were asked to join Bloomingdales tailgate festivities… hungry and hype, we of course obliged. They're hooking up all fashion show goers with post show eats… thank you :-)
Todd Snyder, Steven Kolb at Amazon's NYFWM Launch

The highlight of the evening was the official Amazon Fashion Week Launch in Brooklyn. One moment we were conversing with DJs and Joe Jonas, the next we’re laughing it up with NBA Star Dwayne Wade and his beautiful wife, actress Gabrielle Union.  
Gabrielle steps to the side and let's her husband, Dwayne Wade,  shine

Joe Jonas and DJ Brendan Fallis

The evening was filled with good vibes and well, men’s fashion of course. Although it was easy to get caught up in conversation and champagne. I often took moments to stand to the side and observe… Observe the state of men’s fashion in America because that’s essentially what NYFWM is. It forces us to very directly ask ourselves how we stack up to Milan, London, Paris… I’m happy to report we’re doing just fine.  
NBA Player Rudy Gay at Fashion Week, New York
New York Giant's NFL Player, Victor Cruz at NYFW, Men's. Amazon's Fashion Launch event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Day 1 Trends: would like to officially report that
the suit & sneaker is officially  a new American dressing standard
Suits & Sneakers. 
The night was littered with all the trends: skinny fit, harem pants, sockless, white kicks, espadrilles, and more. Hip Hop and the influence of people like Russell Simmons was ever so present since the suit and sneaker combo is no doubt attributed to the original "urban" culture. I’m sure stylist like June Ambrose, who helped define the style of hip hop royalty including men such as Diddy, had a role to play in defining the look as well. The 2015 version of the suit and sneaker is more refined and more popular than ever. Clean lines, body conscious fits, a simple tee or white shirt, mixed with a matching simple sneaker. 

Men in sandals at Fashion Week New York 

Show the Toes – Sandals.
We first brought the topic to the internet and the men’s fashion world back in 2010… “Can Men Wear Sandals?” can they? The answer is still the same, yes, but you just have to know how to work it. Now, 5 years later… we have clearer more defined examples of men getting it right. Amazon’s event was sprinkled with well-dressed sandal wearers. 
Big hats were showcased throughout the night

Hats, on hats, on hats.
Hipsters have been wearing them since forever, so have cowboys, and a ton of southerners. But Pharrell has made it okay for men to be more bold with their head adornment choices… so the 10-gallon hats were in full effect last night. 
A beard in every stage

Babyface or Beard.
On the way home to SoHo the TUG crew discussed the beard. There’s been no other time in history, well, in the last century in which the beard was so strong. When they look back at the 2010s  in 2090 there’s no doubt beards will be portrayed in the mix. What started as a hipster phase, turned into a Movember movement, solidified by a Duck Dynasty bonanza, is now simply a rites of passage for the modern man. At some point, you just have to beard it out… you do. So you find men at either extreme… in the midst of the beard passion or freshly minted back to babyface. Both beautiful, both necessary.

All in all, the opening day to Men’s Fashion Week New York was a win. One day down, three more to go. 

*Check back later to get the looks*
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The Urban Gentleman Presents: Summer Looks for Men

Get the Looks in the Video:

Look 2: Summer Elegance, CLICK HERE.

Look 1: The New Summer Classics, CLICK HERE.

#TheUrbanGent #SSSAMOHT #SummerTeasers #We'reBack 

Above: Cindy's poodle Huxtable, chillin' with #TUGCrew models Josh & Chris

Behind the Scenes

Men’s Fashion Trends: 90s, Boxy Fit, Overalls, Prints

If you don't wanna go the subtle 90s route, then there's the literal option with modern accents. Instead of wearing your overalls with an oversized tee or jersey like Zac (Saved by the Bell ) or Will (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ), pair it with a fitted denim button up. Instead of baggy pants or shorts with your boxy printed tee, opt for tailor fit denim 

AllSaints denim shirt, Topman Overalls, Vintage RL Denim Hat, Floral Vans

Zanerobe shorts, Vintage Georgia Tech hat, Nike Air Huarache 

Introducing New TUG Crew members Josh & Chris

Get the Look:

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this Men's Fashion Look Book

Men’s Casual Summer Elegance: Get the Look

Summer Elegance. Sometimes, or maybe alot of the times, you need more than ripped jeans and a t-shirt for your casual menswear. In the same sentiment of The New Summer Classics, try one or both of these looks to satisfy your more elegant side. 

How to Ensure Your Wardrobe is Summer Elegant?

- A neutral palette that compliments your skin tone. Darker skin tones = beige, khaki, white / Paler skin tones = brown, burgundy, olive

- Fit. Not too big, not too small… just right.  

- Material. While there are exceptions to the rule stay away from sporty workout materials.

AllSaints button-up, AllSaints shorts, AllSaints sweater, Topman tassel loafers, Vintage accessories

A tucked in button up is always preferred, but in summer months you get to forgo "the rules"… keep it loose and untucked for a more airy comfortable feeling.

Sidenote: I would like to commend AllSaints for the thoughtfulness of their button-up design above. These days we button it up— all the way, it's very stylish, but it can be a little tight on the neck. Their button-up features a hook top button that is hidden under the collar. This gives a cleaner crisper look and allows the neck a little breathing room. #TUGCrew says thanks. 

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(scroll right, press the arrow, to get the look from above and below)


AllSaints Knit Sweater, Sol Angeles Shorts, Cole Haan Espadrilles, Vintage Accessories

Summer Elegant accessories includes items such as hats, beads, and anything that will add to your outfit without overpowering it. 

Come back tomorrow, for Look 3. – #TUGCrew

The New Mens Summer Classics.

Join us over the next couple months in our Summer Series: Teasers. The series will include the latest and the greatest in men's fashion, style, and grooming. If you don't already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and as we finally build up our Instagram

Let's start this 3 part Men's Fashion Look Book with the mandatory summer basics. These are some core summer wardrobe staples that will keep you, well, swaggy at all times. 

The 90s: Dwayne Wayne and em’. As far as the 90s trend— we’ve moved from The Fresh Prince to A Different World. You and your crew should give a subtle Hillman College aura when hanging about. But it’s 2015, so your Whitley looks more like Tika Sumpter of course ;-) . The 90s subtlety comes from your choice of accessories, hairstyle/cut, and mix in of athletic wear and prep. 

Men's Summer Fashion

Custom ripped Levis, Topman crew top, Topman huarache loafers, Duluth Pack backpack (above)

Ripped Jeans: Summer jeans might as well keep you cool, right? Rip’ it, cut it, breeaaathe. Pair them with huarache loafers– my favorite urban gent summer shoe btw, a lightweight short sleeve summer knit, the classic 90s herringbone, digital gold watch, and circle frames. 


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Swimwear as Streetwear. You never know when a day party will turn into a pool party, so just be ready. Bright pool-adaptable shorts paired with a net / mesh shirt and chains worn underneath to give an inconspicuous shine at the right angles. Keep the top boxy, but proportionate to ensure a masculine look. Simple classic kicks, we chose suede navy Nikes, you might choose burgundy New Balances– wearer's choice. 

Men's Summer clothing is all about keeping cool and staying ready.

Topman net shirt, Topman trunks, Nike Air Odyssey, Chrome backpack, Vintage frames and accessories

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Come back tomorrow, for Look 2. – #TUGCrew

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