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Spring 2011 Men’s Fashion Shows: A Few Favorites

Spring 2011 Men’s Fashion Shows: A Few Favorites

So here's a quick run down on a few favorites from the Men's Spring 2011 shows…
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A Few Favorites: Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Shows

Because of my crazy busy schedule I haven’t been able to give you guys my usual rundown of the shows from fashion week. So below I’ve covered a few of the past shows…

“All Hail McQueen”
The prints, the texture, the designs, the everything… Alexander McQueen gives us his usual uniquely dark point of view, this time he does it with intricate prints and textures. (may he rest in peace).
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“My Friend Brian”

Band of Outsiders always has such fun with their styles. Their Fall 2010 collection literally reminds me of my high school friend Brian. He was this really rich kid who exclusively shopped at thrift stores. With his finds he’d create the most random ensembles, but somehow they worked for him. You don’t know my friend Bri, so my style comparisons may not be resonating at the moment. Let’s just say that their collection is like the ivy style of an occasionally wild and laid-back frat boy.



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“A Smooth Bad Boy”
I’m SUCH a sucker for Bottega Veneta, secretly infatuated with most of their collections. For Fall 2010 they give us their usual perfect monochromatic inspired tones, but with a bad boy country edge. Lots of great pieces sprinkled throughout the collection, mainly in the first 1/3 (the last 1/3 lost me). I’m a little perturbed with some of the fashion show styling– like the heavily devilish pompadours, I would have preferred smaller ones, but that’s a minor issue. All in all they have enough great pieces to make BV one of my favorites for next winter.




view more of the collection here.
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“Overindulgent Snowboarder Dressing in the Dark”
I felt like D&G raided my friend Chinny’s closet, or atleast his hat collection. Layers upon layers upon layers of snow-gear, D&G’s motto for this collection had to be “go hard or go home”. Their excessiveness makes me ponder upon the future trends… we’ve been ruggedly simple for the past year or so. Is their abundance of clothing on the runway a sort of rebellion to the crucial downgrades of the economy? Or maybe, well, most likely, its just a response to the fact that humongous coats are for the birds, its all about layers, layers, and more layers boys. (With the world’s schizophrenic weather you have to be ready to take it off and put it on).


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Michael Bastian. It’s in the details… This is a great collection for those still swimming in the latest trends. A little preppy, a little edgy, lots of plaids, and Doc Martens galore.
Burberry Prosum. Doing what they do best, they give us the most thorough collection of jackets and coats. I’ll skip the extra verbiage and will simply say having atleast one of their jackets in your wardrobe is a must.
DKNY. My fashion alma mater can barely do wrong, lol. Versatility, as usual, is key with DKNY’s collection. In their usual hues of steel, charcoal, and blue the collection battles rugged and refined while always keeping its streetwise city style that can be worn by all.
Commonwealth Utilities. They gave us what we wanted. This is the collection to choose from if you’re a ridiculously handsome, manly, trendy yet conservative bloke.

Spurr

Other collections to check out next Fall and Winter: Michael Kors, Spurr, Victor Glemaud, Buckler, Tommy Hilfiger, G-Star, Loden Dager, and Trussardi 1911.

View all of the collections above plus more by going HERE.

*Check back soon for one of the anticipated Urban Gentleman Style and Trend Guides.

photos from NYMAG.

Spring | Summer 2010 Trend, Fashion, & Style Guide for Men

We've been holding on to this article since Feb 18th, sorry for the delay guys, 2010 has been crazy busy.

The task of creating this Spring/Summer 2010 was a bit more arduous than I had foreseen. When I initially began to outline this article in my moleksine I kept coming up short… nothing dramatically stood out, nothing new atleast, but then when I thought harder, just a little harder it became so clear. Check out..

The Urban Gentleman's Official
Spring Summer 2010
Trend, Fashion, and Style Guide

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90s Summer Camp

My standout show from the Spring/Summer 2010 shows was Dsqaured2. When glancing at their collection I could only think–, "Camp Anawanna we hold you in our heart and when we think about you, it makes me wanna…." Lol, only the 80's and early 90's babies will get that Nickelodeon reference. Dean and Dan's collection most favorably represents this spring. It's happy with the colors, yet masculine, and creative. It fits the current adventurous spirit many men are channeling this year.90s Summer Camp is all about embracing that enthusiasm and glee you had back at summer camp. Basically, you should be dressed and ready to go on almost any kind of adventure at a moment's notice– but just in 90s colored clothing and camping gear. Hi-top boats shoes and duck boots become staples. Paired with shorts and/or jeans, in every color and texture.

Get the Look: 90s looking graphic tees, rolled up shorts and jeans, well-fitting cargo shorts, hi-top boat shoes (or mid-top), duck boots, chukka boots/sneakers, boy scout or military shirts, 90s looking hats.

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Harem Nation

Remember when we first reported these pants… well the time is here. I saw a guy in harem pants yesterday and they actually looked pretty darn good. I saw one in them today and this guy wore them even better. Designers have gotten creative and are offering many different types of harem pants… maybe these are the new skinnys? Well, they probably aren't but as each month passes the amount of guys and gals wearing them seem to increase.This is the most avant-garde choice of all the spring/summer trends, if you dare to be different you should scoop atleast one pair.

Get the Look: Harem pants, slippers, blazers, t-shirts, low-top sneakers. With Harem pants its all about proportions and editing. The easiest way to seamlessly integrate harem pants into your wardrobe is to first create an ensemble using trousers the same color as the harem pants… this can be any ensemble: casual, dressy, preppy, rock, etc. Now take away the trousers and replace them with the harem pants. From here the harems will either flow nicely or the other items you have on will look a little off. If it is the latter, then look in the mirror and try on different jackets/sweaters, shirts, and shoes until you get a look that you like.

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American RockStar

We're back to our rockin' American roots. T-shirt and distressed jeans if you're the simple american rocker type– but I say nothing but ripped and/or distressed jeans in a variety of washes, random ass t-shirts, random ass hair styles, maybe a blazer, maybe some lace-ups or maybe some velvet slippers. Basically do whatever you want, but keep it classic hardcore rock.

Get the Look: T-shirts of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Distressed, ripped, torn, and/or slashed jeans. And anything/everything rock and roll!

www.theurbangent.com

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White Out
 
From stylish jackets to t-shirts to ripped jeans… everyone seems to be going completely white a bit more than usual. But not in the stereotypical linen and brogues kind of way, nah, the stylish gentlemen folk are whiting out in a scruffier, edgier, 'masculinely' polished type way… it's like there's some kind of unofficial "who can look the most fly in all white" contest going on.


Get the Look:
Wear white on white on white. Atleast 3 white items on at all times.

 

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Colorized

 

It's like we're refined 80s babies this year. We match it all, but in the most tasteful ways– sorta elegant, but mostly preppy.
 

Get the Look: Wear the same color all over, or almost all over. Then prep it out by going sockless, adding a cardigan, maybe opting for a polo instead of a v-neck. If your 'color on color' is too much then break it up by adding a article of clothing or accessory that is white or complimentary to your base color.

The Urban Gentleman
 

Other Spring Summer 2010 Trends:

Colors: Orange, shades of blue, white, plaids
Accessories: colored sunglasses, buttons, colorful boat shoes, boots, bookbags, sew-on patches.
 

1. Summer layers- wearing a little, but alot of it (ie. tank, loose tee, a jean jacket)
2. Booted Up- this spring and summer is all about finding ways to integrate boots into your spring wardrobe. Hi-top boat shoes are easy for most guys, but integrating chukkas and desert boots may be a bit more challenging for some, buuuut if you can do it, if you can pull it off, well, you win ;-)
3. Shorts (usually cargo) over thermals, skinny jeans, even leggings
4. Subtle military shirts- we're not going into full combat anymore, keep your military flares a bit more discreet unless the occasion calls for full decoration.
5. Printed slippers (ie. monogrammed velvet slippers)
6. Denim shirts
7. Sockless
8. Summer rolls– rolling up pants and shorts and sleeves and and and, lol… nah, just kiddin'.

Must-Haves for the Spring and Summer:

- jean jacket
- high-top/mid-top boat shoes and/or desert boots
- bright colored hat
- pair of colorful sunglasses
- jean shirt
- clear pair of glasses
- slim-fit jeans
- white shorts, jeans, or trousers
- blazer
- a favorite plaid shirt
- harem pants/shorts (if you're bold enough)

 

 

More Spring/Summer Trends
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(Designers above: G-Star Raw, D-Sqaured, Gucci, Martin Margiela, John Richmond, Lacoste, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Costume National, Salvatore Ferragamo).

Photos from: NYMAG.com
The Urban Gentleman

Stayed tuned for How to Get the Look for each trend &
the Urban Gentleman Spring Summer Trends photo shoot.

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
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Cindy of the Urban Gentleman

I’m So High off Etro

Over the past few months I’ve fell for Etro- hard. I mean I was amazed that I had not noticed the designer before. I love color, texture, and print and so does Kean Etro. The pure ironic contrast of prints and strategic use of color in his designs may seem like over kill to some, but it’s like a box of jewels to me. Some of his runway looks seem a bit aggressive, but the Etro ads (in GQ, Vogue, etc) are just downright inspirational. When I look at his line I just wanna touch it, don’t you?
Etro Spring Summer 2009:


i love the use of the older
gentleman… very swank.

how could anyone be more dapper.


one of my favs.

the patterns are sickening.
and i dig the tatts.


every designer had skirt in his
collection this year.
hmmmm, i don’t know how i
feel about that… lol, yes i do.

Justin Timberlake: The Designer, Re-introducing William Rast

After a brief hiatus Mr. Bringing Sexy Back has decided to bring back his line William Rast. Along with other celebrity designers Justin showed his line this week at New York’s Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Week. I really like his line, it’s very “Justin-like” meaning that the line looks like the clothes that JT rocks on a daily. Which is more than I can say for some others; there’s nothing worse than celebrities who don’t rock their own brands… freakin’ posers! lol, j/k. Above all I admire that the clothing line has included both female and male pieces since it’s debut in 2006.
Justin Timberlake started the line with his best buddy Trace Ayala. The name “William Rast” is a combination of Timberlake’s and Ayala’s grandfather’s names. The clothing line is truly a rocker’s paradise, full off denim and pieces that truly emulates the style of a rockstar. According to a paragraph pulled from Nordstrom.com: the denim line infuses the soul of authentic Southern heritage with the energy of contemporary Hollywood. Discover tailored pieces that blend rock ‘n’ roll rebellion and modern sex appeal for a uniquely defined style.

And if you didn’t know, Mr.Timberlake launched his Re-introduction of the line with a series of mini movies that feature “William Rast“… starring Justin Timberlake as …??? As William Rast why of course! Check out his series of movies HERE

Re-Introducing William Rast:

One of my favorite looks from the show

The William Rast Design Team

You can buy William Rast from a variety of stores including
Nordstrom.com

So What Do You Think of William Rast?

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