TRENDS TO REMEMBER: THE FASHION OF MICHAEL JACKSON- 3 DECADES STRONG.

Michael Jackson was one of THE most influential persons in the world, and quite obviously THE most influential entertainer of all time… along with that came his tremendous impact on fashions and trends. Tracey Lomrantz of GLAMOUR did a great fashion write-up on MJ. Check it Out Below.

(personal sidenote: all this referring to Michael in past tense is Really bugging me, soooooooo weird, still doesn’t feel real).

From sequined fedoras to one very special glove, the King of Pop–who died from a sudden cardiac arrest yesterday–was more than a music legend. He was a bona fide style superstar.

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1972: As a member of the Jackson 5, Michael was a rising star by the tender age of six. His sartorial wild streak was already showing by age 14, with bold mixed patterns and hair that screamed “look at me.”

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1983: Jackson’s “Thriller” video captured 80s excess in all its glory: Expensive effects, seductive dance moves, and a red peak-shouldered motorcycle jacket that spawned a national fashion fever for zipper-laden leather bombers.

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1984: One look at Balmain’s intensely popular Spring 2009 collection, and it’s obvious Jackson’s signature look still has serious impact. The glittered Sergeant Pepper-style military coat he wore to the American Music Awards—with date Brooke Shields on his arm—is as relevant now as it was 25 years ago.

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1984: No accessory in pop culture history has enjoyed as much well-earned fame as Jackson’s one glove, which made frequent on-stage appearances throughout his career. It was intended to hit auction blocks earlier this year (legal snafus put an end to the sale), and at the time was expected to fetch up to $200,000.

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1987: There’s subtlety and then there’s…Michael Jackson’s stage wardrobe from the 80s. His fiercely fetishized look—leather, buckles, an in-your-face attention to his…er, maleness—are also evident in the present-day collections of everyone from Rodarte to Alexander Wang.

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1992: Jackson’s flair for the unexpected continued into the 90s, when the King of Pop highlighted his patented crotch-grab with a gold lame thong worn over a pair of tight black pants with—what else?—a broad silhouette hologram jacket and some Rambo-style bling.

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1995: Before Jackson came along, the rules for showing off your white socks were hard and fast: Don’t do it. But once the world saw him perform a magical feat known as the moonwalk, his fedora tilted just so, we decided there must have been some kind of magic in that footwear.

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2009: Right up to his last days, Jackson was a loyal (and unpredictable) fashion force, picking pieces straight from the women’s runways of fashion insider favorites Givenchy and Balmain. It’s difficult to say who was paying tribute to whom, but the whether Jackson was cause or effect is irrelevant—his inimitable stamp is everywhere in the fashion sphere.

Trend Report: 06/08/2009

Ray-ban Retro Super Future Wayfarers

This is your official public service announcement of the latest trends. If you’re a regular here at The Urban Gentleman, then you may already know most of these.

As of Monday June 8, 2009:

1. Summer time equals sockless. No need to worry about matching your socks with your t-shirt or blazer anymore, just dont wear socks at all! Oh, but don’t forget to lotion your ankles- ashiness is never in vogue.

2. When I go to lunch or tea with a well-dressed gentleman its hard to not notice his pants are cuffed or that his shirt sleeves are rolled up. Interchangeably during the warmer months try either rolling the sleeves on your plaid shirt or cuffing the pants on your dark denim jeans.

3. Canvas shoes keep the feet cool… I think. Whether in boot, boat, or skipper format canvas shoes are an easy must.

4. The sun must be blocked and “modified wayfarers” are what should be worn to block it… there are so many styles- rectangular, oval, classic, flat, retro… wear what looks best on you.

more trends to come…

Sagging Crotches: MC Hammer / Harem Pants

If you’re observant or if you’re a frequent visitor to sites like style.com you’ve probably noticed a trend that started a few seasons ago (in 2007) and just isn’t going away…






This trend can be seen on women and men throughout Europe- London, Paris, etc etc, but most Americans haven’t quite caught on yet. I think its because we so vividly see MC Hammer and think “Too Legit to Quit” in our heads… but Dior Homme, Phillip Lim, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and many other designers have chosen to re-introduce these baggy saggy crotch heavy pants… Me personally? I think I’ll stay away from these suckers for awhile, but who knows maybe I’ll come around by June.

For Your Amusement, Here’s MC Hammers
“You Can’t Touch This Video”:


So Anyway, What Do You All Think of Harem Pants?


photos from: GlamCanyon, Wunderbloc, Style

Let’s Start the Year Off Right: Trend Anaylsis 08-09

Hey Gentlemen,

Okay, so I think I’m focused, refreshed, and ready to make The Urban Gentleman undoubtedly the coolest blog around, lol. First things first, let’s start the year by going over a few trends- past, future, and present.

Okay so 2008 was all about:
1. scarves
2. skinny jeans
3. skinny ties

I would say that those were the main 3 wardrobe items that most men caught on to- stylish or not. Skinny jeans were a love/hate thing, scarves were worn by all- even those you didn’t know how to wear them, and skinny ties finally made a big hit on the red carpet.

I think it’s safe to continue to purchase those items for the most part, but I would minimize the purchase of “arab scarves” if you live in a stylishly advanced city. And as far as skinny jeans go well I know some of you would love for me to predict that they’re out, but that just simply isn’t true. There are way too many celebrities that sort of just caught on to the whole skinny jeans thing and they’re just now feeling comfortable with even wearing them, so you should see more of those in 2009. I personally don’t think all guys should rock skinny jeans, you should wear what makes you comfortable and what fits well (without a belt)… but skinny jeans do look great on some guys.

There were a few “trends” in 2008 that I feel are no longer trends: The “nerd” and “50′s worker” look have really transcended “trend status”- there are pieces in both looks that are actually very very classic and should be in the wardrobe of any well-dressed gentleman… so you should continue with this “look” if you already rock it.

- thick glasses
- oxfords
- boat shoes
- cardigans

those are a few of the items that aren’t “trends”, they are classic staples. Meaning you can always wear them from now til your 75, no matter how much the trends change.

Okay and as for 2009, this is what you should focus on…

2009 Trends:

Velvet
From velvet ties to velvet blazers to velvet slippers. This is a trend that made a few appearances in 2008, but will surely make even more in 2009. Now NOT everyone should rock this look, its for guys that are really confident with their style and are just a little bit arrogant- just a little. Don’t ask me why, but it just looks better on them…. its hard to explain, so I won’t even try. But I think all guys should wear a velvet bow-tie to atleast one event this year.

Varsity
Varsity jackets go in and out all the time, but they’re technically always sort of “in” to extents because all high school athletes have one- atleast you should… I’m gonna dig out my old varsity jacket at some point this month. But guys like Chris Brown and Kanye West rocked these hard at the end of 2008 and I’ve seen a few others already rocking them in 09, so if you have one I think it would be cool to wear it until it gets warm. And once it gets warm start searching for Varsity cardigans, alot of designers will have them for Spring: Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Bixby, and Lacoste just to name a few.

Monochromatic

This trend is only for the bold and undeniably stylish. It’s all about wearing one color no matter the shade. This isn’t the 80s so you can have different color shoes and accessories if you wish, but your actual clothing should be one color. This is a trend that a friend and I “started” last fall and we receieved so many compliments on it. I saw a few magazine ads in December with guys and gals dressed in one tone, then Kanye (below)… so I feel like its really cool and should be tried at some point within the next few months. I don’t think its a everyday look, but it’s great for the days that you want to just switch it up.



Stay tuned for more “Trend Reports”….

Ode to Star Trek: The Incognito Sunglasses


Okay, so this is nothing new– we’ve been seeing men walking around the mean streets of NYC, London, and Paris rocking sunglasses that undoubtedly remind of us LeVar Burton in Star Trek (and then I think about Reading Rainbow, lol). When I initially saw guys in these glasses I thought to myself “this is too much”, but the more I see it the more I understand it and I can surely respect it. There are two or three black guys that wear these shades all the time and they can semi-regularly be seen on street blogs such as The Satorialist. When I was shopping in SoHo last weekend I saw one of the guys, but he seemed like he was in a rush to go get somewhere so I didn’t stop to talk to him. These shades were “brought back”, buy Maison Martin Margiela in his S/S 2008 collection. Margiela is all about being incognito and letting the clothes speak for themselves. About 2 months ago Pharrell Williams was seen wearing the red and black Martin Margiela jacket at a Diesel concert- and they jacket surely spoke for itself.
The star trek glasses fad is slowly catching on with some people who don’t mind looking like Geordi LaForge (the Star Trek character), but it’s still too early to tell if it will disseminate or really end up in many peoples sunglasses collection. But unless Kanye or Pharrell start to wear them on a daily basis, then I doubt it- but who knows.

oh how i HATE men in heels

S/S 2008


S/S 2009

Maison Martin Margiela “L’INCOGNITO” Sunglasses, around $596 ea – visit: maisonmartinmargiela.com


Velvet Slippers on the Streets

Over these past few months I've noticed an increase in men wearing slippers- on the streets. Usually velvet slippers are worn by rich men lounging around in their cigar rooms, and they often wear matching velvet robes and paisley ascots. But these days velvet slippers are being worn sockless with light colored denim jeans and button-ups. It's the winter so many of you won't be going sockless, but you can wear your velvet slippers with socks that compliment your overall look.

 

Check out this collection of the best Velvet Slippers:

 

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Where to buy: most high-end retailers- Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom
Online:   Stubbs & Wooten, Shipton & Heneage

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