Music Break: A Shakur Summer, Get the Look

It's Tuesday, so why not play a little Tupac as we work. I love music, you love music, we all love music…  After having Marley Monday yesterday, I figured why not share our current listenings with you every once in awhile. Sometimes a song can dictate my post, a single verse can be the difference of why I choose a pair of Italian made moccasin -vs- a pair of Brazilian made huaraches to match a particular look. 

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*(some songs are explicit)

 

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Marley Monday: Bob Marley 1979, Music and Style

Let's start the week off with the mellow Caribbean tunes of Bob Marley.

Amandla Festival Press Conference with Bob Marley The Wailers and comedian Dick Gregory © Sharon Donahue

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*http://www.bobmarley.com/amandla-festival-of-unity-1979/

The Finale: Day 4, NYFWM, Perry Ellis Wins, and Fashion Week Superlatives.



Perry Ellis, NYFWM

By day 4, we're all tired… the models are happy because they can eat again, but the surveyors of the clothing they wear? Well, we've been lugging around our Macbooks and SLRs for too many days. It's all good though, we're troopers… let's do this! 

The first show was unexpectedly, sorta… perfect. Platform 1 was filled to the rim, whoever setup the Perry Ellis runway maximized seating allowing this to be the largest turnout of any show at NYFWM. Hundreds looked to be seating and hundreds upon hundreds more standing… smart move.

A SUPER packed house for Perry Ellis and designer Michael Maccari

I found myself sitting next to a long time close friend of Perry Ellis Creative Director, Michael Maccari. She worked with him at Polo Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and Calvin Klein. As the show began and the looks rolled out both of us were smiling from ear to ear… Maccari did an outstanding job.  He gave us exactly what a fashion designer should-  a foundation of staples beautifully tailored. Questionable trends, such as men in sandals and leggings, were integrated in a such a way that even the most uninterested unfashionable man would be moved to give it a try. A broad variety of textiles and textures – intricately detailed sweaters, translucent sheers, vibrant linens… there was just no stopping it. Perry oh Perry, or should I say Maccari oh Maccari. Perry Ellis, an underdog to some, was a clear winner at NYFWM. Round of applause. 

 

See lots more Perry Ellis, here. 

The Amazon.com sponsored hallways of New York Fashion Week Mens

While most of us had several more shows to attend, we skipped "school" for a bit, socialized in the hallways, then headed over to the Bloomies stand for food (more like light snacks). All the cliques met up: the preps, the jocks, the emos of Men's Fashion Week NY. Atlanta, Houston, St.Louis, Miami, and of course lots and lots of NYC reps were in the mix. I managed to confirm my attendance to Liberty Fairs then we UBERed over to Chelsea Market for a real lunch. 

Tortoise shell, watches, and beards

Summer black, with Skeleton stitched velvet slippers

The final day, we see both pair of Yeezys

The first New York Fashion Week Mens was a success. If I had to grade it, A+ in my book. Can't wait to do it again next year!

 

Most Creative Show: Public School

Best Dressed: Victor Cruz 

Most Popular Show: Greg Lauren

Most Improved Show: Perry Ellis

 

Check out other shows such as John Varvatos, John Elliot, Hickey Freeman, and more Men's Fashion Week Street Style on our Facebook page this week. 

Day 3, Men’s Fashion Week New York: Michael Bastian, Greg Lauren, Backpacks, MCM, and Trends.

Day 3 was the day I most anticipated. Let's put it this way– my dogs first middle name is Bastian (don't judge me). So yea, I'm a fan of his work. 

Michael Bastian's showing at New York's first Men's Fashion Week was also his first time showing for women. Job well done, Mikey B. job well done.  Personally, I think of Michael Bastian as a mix between Dsquared and Ralph Lauren. Classic Americana, but with a current main stream edge that men want and desire. His Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was no different – he offered lots of obvious multi-use pieces that are easy to place in your closet. From athlete to power broker, polo to double breasted blazer, tassel loafers to high-top kicks… he depicted the new age Bel-air man. Carlton meets Gordon Gekko meets Stephen Curry. 

 

 

Duck Dynasty has finally made it to the runway – Hey! Uncle Si would be ecstatic:-)

Bastian and his crew also used grooming beautifully. We had our token beard, the proud pompadours, and even a delightful surprise of the ever-so-popular gray/blue/purple pastel hair. 

The (Hunger) Fashion Games

Greg Lauren. Greg who? His son, his nephew, his cousin on his mom's side twice removed. The chatters inside the gates of men's fashion week were everywhere…  who is Greg Lauren? One things for sure, his last name is Lauren… so we had to attend his show. And apparently everyone else did too. The now familiar Victor Cruz and real life giant Amar'e Stoudemire was present, but also actual living icons like Bethann Hardison. Ex polo model Tyson Beckford. And after the show I found myself living out our ode to the 90s by conversing with Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley) from Saved by the Bell. Celebrity filled indeed. 

 
 
But how about the show? Once again I shot from "the pit" and got a straight on view and experience of the runway show. And so, it began. Greg took us on a journey, the western workman brimming with style through the ages. At moments I found myself unintentionally guessing the faction of a particular set of looks, is it dauntless or abnegation? Can't be candor, must be amity. As the looks changed so did the mood which was provoked by an abrupt switch in music. We traveled to the dessert for a little then slowly made our way to the oil mines. From sand to dusty green to faded black. American field worker to English peasants. But no matter his arduous occupation he was movie set ready… hat, scarf, bag, jacket, and all… Lauren gave us abounding variety in fashion apparatus
 
An Army of Greg Lauren Looks

It was clear the designer was proud of his work when an army of additional looks came stomping out. Followed by an additional set. It was a good (and popular) first showing. So now you might ask– what's the difference between Greg and Ralph? So far, he's Ralph but with grit. We love Ralph because of his ability to take the clean and classic and make it luxurious, similarly we'll likely love Greg for his ability to take the simple and gritty and make it opulent.  
 
Sidenote: The collection reminded me of Atlanta based brand Striver's Row.  (Workwear, Utility, Etc Trends)
 

The Trends and Street Style of NY Men's Fashion Week, Day 3: 

While Day 1 gave us beards, sandals, and hats, and Day 2 gave us the first Yeezy siting, Day 3 brings us much more… 
 
 
Men in backpacks at NYFWM

Backpacks.
While messengers and murses may be okay for Europeans and others. American men wear backpacks. Now of course any man can still carry whichever style bag he'd like no matter his nationality, but the handy dandy backpack– that's a made in the USA type thing.  From models to businessmen NYFWM, and NYC in general, was filled with them. Why? Because they're practical, easy to carry, and now come in a whole host of styles. 
 
I think you can tell a lot about a man from his choice of, hmmm,  let’s call it "carry wear” (you heard it here first, lol). The style, the color, the texture, the size. Some like it canvas, some leather, others nylon. Some want several pockets, others want clean crisp lines. Which style is best for you??? We'll go more in depth later :-) So bookmark this page and come back. 
 
Street Style at New York Fashion Week Mens, monochromatic navy and black 
 
Mirrored Sunglasses.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall who's the dopest of them all?  You couldn't throw a stone without hitting someone in mirrored frames. Me included. Round, aviator, square, blue mirror, pink mirror, green mirror… all the cool kids can see you, but you can't see them.
 
After seeing orange shoes, pants, and backpacks, this solidified it all– a bright orange vintage Bronco. It passed us while chillin' in Bloomingdales Tailgate area. This guy must be the one passing around the note…
Pops of Orange.
First there was a few spottings on day 1 and 2, but by day 3… I wondered if there was a secret note being passed around. Pops of orange was popping up everywhere– off duty models, fashion executives, and bloggers alike. Of all the bright colors, orange shined the brightest. Shorts, shoes, backpacks, sunnies, and even… cars. 
 
 
Green & White.
A palpable palette for all because of its ties to nature and military, this color combo found its way out of the closet and into the streets of many NYFWM goers. 

 
A NYC real estate exec makes his way to Men's Fashion Week sporting an elegant "tuxedo" short set, white crew neck tee, marijuana velvet loafers, and burgundy MCM luggage

MCM Luggage. 
The most recognizable branded bag of choice was MCM. In burgundy and tan, each day I'd observe MCM logo gear everywhere. Not many LVs, no MKs… just MCM. Makes sense to me. I see MCM as one of the first true to to heart "street" luxury bands. It's luxury first of course, but it was the first brand in it's range to gain authentic street cred by integrating rappers and street inspired influencers into its brand. While others enjoy the million dollar spoils of their names being mentioned in rap songs, they not dare invite those same artists to dinner. MCM went opposite. So taking 1st place in branded gear at NY's first Men's Fashion Week is deserved… your trophy is in the mail. ;-)

See more on our Facebook page for more pics of the trends and fashion shows. 

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:

TheUrbanGent.com 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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