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Fall Preview: Street Style during New York Fashion Week

It’s fashion week in New York and all the designers are showing their Spring/Summer 2010 collections. While many sites are covering the actual collections I feel it would more beneficial to cover the street style… to see what the guys are wearing as Fall sweeps in. (I’ll cover ss2010 later).

Bryan Boy (sunglasses: Marc Jacobs, tulle top: Veejay Floresca, pants: Gucci, sleeveless shirt: Zara, shoes: custom made)

Ykiro Nigel, designer for the clothing line Laissez-Faire.
(jacket: Laissez-Faire, top: Laissez-Faire,
jeans: Cheap Monday, shoes: Top Shop)

Teen Vogue editor Andrew Bevan

designer Kristopher
(white Gap shirt, rolled up torn Levis Jeans, Ferragamo loafers)
As a woman- the thing to envy about men’s fashion is that it doesn’t radically change. The styles subtly adjust overtime allowing a stylish man to really enjoy the current trend. And as per last Fall there’s still these extremes of men’s style: the over-sized vagabond type look, very skinny/very tailored styles, rugged/torn edginess, authentic preppiness, rolls rolls and more rolls. It’s interesting to see the trajectory of only a few guys consistently rolling up their pants in Spring 2008 to now. It’s hard to catch a stylish guy without them rolled/cuffed up in Fall 2009. I wonder how this will play over in deep fall and winter? Will patterned and colorful socks be all the rave again, so that guys can keep their Thom Brown look without their ankles getting cold, hmmm, I wonder?

For now I advise all guys to purchase a really nice pair of oxfords and boots. Get one pair of each that you feel you can wear with almost anything. I’ll do a post on my favorite oxfords and boots sometime this month.

photos from:,, altamiranyc, streetpeeper, jack&jil.

Fashion Week RTW Spring 2010 (Milan): D&G, Dolce & Gabanna, Etro, Dsquared2

Okay, so I haven’t gone through all the new collections from the Spring 2010 RTW Fashion Shows (Milan and Paris), but I’ve scanned a few and I like what I see so far (oh and thanks to all the designers, magazines/newspapers, etc who sent images, samples, etc).


Spring 2010

>>>>>>>>>>>> You sexy rugged bastards.

D&G was a direct ode to westerners. Deeply cut and torn jeans, cowboy boots, scarves, studs, aviators, (western shirts), and a color palette of dirt brown and jean blue. As usual, I really enjoyed it. It seems like they’re trying to move the “country look” out west… So no more farmer gear, you need to saddle up. There were moments of the collection that became too much… like the heavily studded jacket and a few of the combinations were a bit uncomplimentary. But overall, I rocks wit D&G… I deeply appreciate any designers that ‘s bringing back the masculinity into male fashions.

For more of their collection, click here.

And I can’t do D&G without touching on Dolce and Gabanna. Their collection? Sexy, sexy, sexy all in black and white (with a bit of blue). Fancy-smancy, arrogant, and elegant; a stark contrast to the cool-headed ruggedness of D&G, except for the insertions of severely ripped jeans. The highlights of the collection would undoubtedly be the well-tailored suits- the cut, the fit, the decor-ed simplicity… rocks my world.

Spring 2010

>>>>>>>>>>> Savannah boy meets the Cali sun.

I am an avid fan of Etro. No one quite does patterns and colors like them. And as far as Spring 2010 goes… they absolutely did not disappoint. Think 70s beach bum with alot of money and great taste- and he, the lavish beach bum that is, wears ensembles that only he can get away with. The phrase “often imitated, but never duplicated” comes to mind, lol. The collection is engulfed with varying shades of ocean blues, while other bright “psychedelic” hues are used as accents. I see a sort of story when viewing Etro’s Spring collection, “In 1978, A man from the South, perhaps Savannah, Georgia decides he wants to move to California. He wants to adapt to their style, but keep his own style at the same time, so he decides to mix a little of his southern dandiness with california fun. He finds himself mingling with local residents, and people instantly like him, his southern charm has made the transition from east coast to west coast rather easy. The southerner in Cali soon becomes consumed with life being synonymous with bon-fires at the beach. And his new style depicts his latest philosophy, “look good, be easy, have fun”. The end, lol.

(I love that they used the Andre Benjamin look-a-like/ Benjamin Bixby model
he’s really cute ( I know you guys don’t want to hear that, lol)
designers, puh-leez, lets put him in more shows)

For more of their collection, click here.

Let me just point out once again that I LOVE the models they used… seriously, they’re all sort of like that really attractive guy you know, who’s incredibly handsome, well-mannered, and just has that intrinsic style (and swag- sorry for using the “banned” word, lol). And most of all he has that type of aura that make all the girls want to date him and all the guys want to be his best friends… I know that’s a really vivid long-winded description, but hey I had to say something about it.

Spring 2010

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> “On my honor, I will do my best…”

Boy Scout Boy Scout do your duty… lol. That childhood song came to mind when I first flipped through Dsqaured’s Spring Collection. And guys, let me just go on record as saying, “Dsquared never disappoints.” It’s like they have people from every background (street wear, high fashion, etc) thinking up what to do for the next season. Which allows them to always cohesively incorporate several of the current and upcoming trends into their collection, making the ownership of one of their pieces an absolute must.

I mean, omg (sorry had a girl moment), they hit it right on the head… this is EXACTLY next spring… the patches, the water gear, the camping, the buttons, the colors- still bright but a bit more subdued. And they still managed to embed that nerd, Steve Urkle element – with the glasses, pocket protectors, and unintentional messiness, but now the nerd is just swagged out. Definitely one of my favorite collections so far, the only way it could have been better is if they picked better models (the guys were good, but they kind of looked the same- next time borrow Etro’s models).

For more of their collection, click here.

(sidenote: i also like this collection because I had an impromptu girl scout inspired photoshoot back in February with the same overall theme, so I find this “male version” oh-so-cool)

Okay boys, that’s all for now, I’ll have more reviews later.

Photos courtesy of WWD (click links above to view more of the collections)

Who is Kanye’s Crew?

from left to right

Don. (aka deadstock don)
Taz Arnold. (a rapper/artist, has a line called Ti$a)
Chris Julian. (Owner FRUITION in Las Vegas)
Kanye West.
Fonzworth Bentley.(host of from g’s to gents)
Virgil Abloh. (a creative force/ PASTELLE designer of sorts)
Ferrai Murakami. (his barber) (not featured here)

there’s more depending on the day, the time, the moment.

*These guys pretty much refer to themselves as the G.O.O.D. Music/ Pastelle Fam. So basically everyone you see him rolling with is pretty much helping him with the label in some way or another.

Kanye and friends have been in Paris just “ackin a fool, stuntin’ on em” , but seriously though many of you all HATE the looks being worn by Kanye & Crew, I however have to applaud in many aspects— okay, yes they may seem to be trying to hard, but really they aren’t.

Taz, well if you know anything about the dude he just dresses over the top- that’s him. Fonzworth he’s staying true to himself and continues to make us proud by looking like a true dapper southern-bred gentleman (Georgia-bred to be specific). And Kanye, well he just has a love for labels and that’s just how some people are, but I’m pretty sure with age he will transcend the labels. And the other guys, well I don’t really know their history per se, but from what I’ve been learning about them they seem to just be “doing them”. They all may be turning it up a few degrees for fashion week, but hey Kanye’s trying to launch a label so they’re getting ALOT of publicity from this… and from what it seems they will surely have a superb line.

Sidenote: seriously though, these guys have style in their own way… I’ll do an individual profile on each of them later.

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)

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.

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.





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.



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.


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.


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.


Stay Tuned for more mini-reviews of the
Fall/Winter 2009/2010 Menswear Collections

Cindy of the Urban Gentleman

Kanye West Debuts Pastelle at Fashion Week

Kanye West, creative director of Pastelle

I just knew Mr.West was up to something when he first showed up to the Louis Vuitton fashion show in a jean jacket w/ Michael Jackson & Lego pins. Apparently throughout this past Men’s Fashion Week, Kanye West was debuting pieces of his clothing line by wearing them to different shows. He was always front row and managed to attend about a dozen fashion shows- (all of that without Alexis’s help- Good job Kanye!) Okay so lets have a look back. . .

Day 1- Louis Vuitton Show w/ seemingly BFF Pharrell:

Like I said the first time- Kanye looks extra regular. I pray that the buttons are the only possible things that are Pastelle.

Day 2-
He was spotted at Kris Van Assche & Junya Watanabe
in a gray notch lapel blazer and red pocket square

Day 3- Front Row at Lanvin Show

For some reason when I first saw this picture I said to myself
“I bet he’s wearingPastelle”. I thought so because it resembles
Kim Jones designs so much – you know, with all the light
blue. (Kim Jones is helping Kanye Design Pastelle)
I think I enjoyed the styling of the outfit more
than the actual individual pieces.

Day 4- at the Dior Homme Show

This was Kanye’s “break-out” day to some people.
Mr.West sported a zip-front hoodie with shoulder patches and a red-, yellow- and pink-striped hood topped with a shark fin. This is definitely the best piece he displayed during the week- from what I saw anyway. The jacket is innovative, creative, and the caliber we would expect from Kanye. I really like the way the jacket looks from the front- the dark gray shoulders & the red interior of the hood is extraFly.

More pictures of the shark fin jacket:

source: LA Times

Check out my favorites from Dior Homme
Spring/Summer 2009 Collection:

I love the jacket, great color

The bronzy iridescent jacket is sick, as is the belt

I like the jacket, pants, and shades.
I could definitely see Kanye rockin those shades.

Watch the Dior Homme Fashion Show HERE

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