“Wait… I sneaker exhibit at The High?!” That was the general reaction when people learned that Atlanta's finest museum would have a bunch of rubber-soled athletic shoes on display this summer. The concept intrigued me so I made plans to go opening night, and I must say it was quite the experience.
THE OPENING NIGHT:
As I walked up to the High Museum of Art it seemed as if I had entered into an alternate universe or atleast onto the set of a movie… “Panda… Panda Panda Panda”. Are they playing Future, I mean, Desiigner? Bro… seriously, what's going on here?! I had never seen so much hip-hop flavor at my neighborhood museum. You see I go to The High quite often, just about once a week or so. And while I’ve definitely experienced lots of music, people, and dancing in the courtyard of The High, I’d never seen this before. It was like a high-end, fancy HBCU cookout where dress code required sneakers valued no less than $300..
We've talked about the classic white sneaker on The Urban Gentleman since the beginning… since 2008. We told stories of yearly back to school shopping and finding the perfect pair of white sneakers for the upcoming year. Now in 2016 our view and nostalgic childhood flashbacks have made it mainstream and nearly everyone and every brand has a pair of white sneakers you can rock.
So to help narrow down the choices, there are 50 pairs of white sneakers for men below ranging from classic shell-toe Adidas to Common Projects. My advice is to choose the style that makes you hype + fits your budget. I think all the styles, sleek or bulky, futuristics or classic, can look good on any body type, frame, or complexion. Let us know about your favorite pair of white sneakers by commenting on here, Facebook , or Instagram.
I came across this video last night and had to post. Donovan Livingson is a Harvard Graduate who recently gave an amazing speech at graduation, listen below, it's less than 5 minutes. View the entire transcript of the speech below after our 3 Urban Gentleman Career Looks:
Some of you are headed off to Wall Street for the 1st or 2nd time. Some of you will be educators, others may be creatives expressing themselves, while some may simply be corporate America soldiers– hustling and doing your thing until your purpose and vision become crystal clear. Whatever the job or career, look good doing it! People will take you more seriously, many will admire your style, and most importantly you'll feel good.
I chose 9 items below that can become a staple in various careers– whether it's a classic navy suit for the business man, perfectly ripped denim jeans for the creative, or chinos for the well-dressed teacher. Take your pick!
This is for your Class of 2016.
Congratulations – The Urban Gentleman is proud of you!
Finally, here's the Men's Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Style Trend Guide, Part I.
My focus or want for the Spring Summer 2012 trends is 'something new', or the same but remixed. Meaning, some of this ish is getting stale. Okay okay not completely stale, but just redundant. For example, I've been killing Spicy Grilled Salmon Sushi lately, eating it damn near every day. Then one day I had it, and it just wasn't as good– flavors were there, they made it right in front of me so it was fresh, but my belly just wasn't rejoicing the same way it usually does. My taste-buds weren't savoring the flavors like usual, so I had to space out my sushi dining to every 3-4 days or so, allowing me to appreciate and savor it more. That's sorta what we have to do with some of the Mad Men 60's type style… we gotta pull back so that it can be savored.
There are a couple of particular trends that I'm excited about focusing on this year… two in particular one main one for spring/summer and another for fall/winter. I'll let you know what those are later. For now, in usual Urban Gentleman Style Guide form, check out some of the main Spring Summer 2012 the trends below:
Above: Iceberg, Frank Morello, Canali
Spring's Got the Blues. As usual right. Designers love to blue up their spring collections, so it's no different this year. From the schoolyard royal blue to classic navy to the airiest sky blue, all hues of blue are seen this season.
Above: General Idea, D&G, Louis Vuitton
Pattern Me Crazy. In keeping with a trend that we'll get into later this season, there's the overall trend of patterns. Stripes, flowers, native, camouflage, plaid, even polka dots and animal prints (in moderation). Options options options, you have to love that men have that now, not just options in colors or fits, but in patterns– schweeet!
Above: Etro, Yigel Azrouel, Giorgio Armani
The Formal Utilitarian. Another of my favorite trends is the mixing of formal wear with sportswear, in particular utilitarian gear. It's something that we saw alot of on the streets of Italy last year during Fall/Winter so why not bring it into the Spring. Back in the day, the mixing of casual and formal was throwing on a pair of sneakers with a suit, we've graduated from such simplicity and take things to a different place. Now it's throwing on a parka with that dress shirt, dress paints and tie, refined leather hard-bottoms worn with rolled-up cargo pants, rugged lace-up boots worn with double-breasted blazers.
Above: Kanye West, Balmain (Spring/Summer), David Beckham
The Basic White. Going all black has been in trend for awhile, now the opposite befalls us. Lately more and more celebrities have been keeping it simple, with high-dollar simple white t-shirts and white button downs. While some are going pattern crazy other's opt for the opposite, and you just gotta respect it… you just do.
Above: Calvin Klein, Versace, Thierry Mugler, Richard Chair
Bright & Bold. Designers and retailers alike really want us to pop into spring with some color– the commercials are relentless. While wearing bold and bright colors may seem like more of a girl thing to some, boys can do it to. I just implore you to do it in a more studious and conscious way. Don't just throw on a bunch of colors, mix a bold color with a neutral. Make your bold or bright color unexpected… all navy suit, with bright orange brogues -or- neutral base (top and bottom) with a bright colored jacket.
Above: Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Billy Reid
Back to Easy Fit. I'm such an advocate of well-fitting tailored clothes, but the looser fits designers are re-introducing are secretly making me happy. Why? B/c some people don't know the difference between tailored and too damn tight… if your junk is very visibly exposed maybe rethink it, unless you're a rock star (in real life or in your mind– can't hate on the dreamers). And if you're sagging with too skinny jeans, you really gotta rethink some things… this is a real issue :-/ So going back to looser fits may just be what the people need. Looser fitting more airy silhouettes are making its way back to retail thanks to designers efforts over the past few seasons.
More Spring Summer 2012 Trends:
(Many of the same ole oldies but goodies are still into play, mixed with newer or reemerging trends we're growing to love)
– Sockless. Same trend, different season.
Check out Part II of the Men's Spring Summer Fashion Style Trend Guide, later this week and next, to "Get the Look".