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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. ;-)

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To Be Unique.

Yasiin Dante Smith Bey aka Mos Def

Sometimes it's those simple defining pieces, that make you different. Gotta have the proper accessories to add that special uniqueness to your look. 

Take your pick: Sunglasses, Pocket Squares, Ties

 
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Fifteen Minutes of Fame.

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As Andy Warhol said, "In the future everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes ." The future is now. So get a pair of shades and embrace the moment.

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Worn by All: Carrera Sunglasses, Since 1956

It’s hard to see a celebrity these days without them wearing one of two type of shades: Rayban or Carrera. We all know and love Raybans, but many of you are a tad unfamiliar with Carrera…

Quick History:
Carrera was established in 1956 and produces high-performance sports eye wear, ski helmets, and goggles for a wide range of extreme sports. The name itself is taken from an extreme sport – the Carrera Panamericana, an auto race that used to cross the entire country of Mexico.

Carrera sunglasses are available in several categories: Hi-Performance, Sport-Fashion, Everyday, Junior, and Adapters— the ones we see David B, Kanye, and Jay-Z wearing would obviously be the sports-fashion or everyday.

Kanye West

Check out a few of their most popular styles:

“Safari

“Hot”

“Champion”

they’re all so subtly different.

Purchase these at Bloomingdales for $120-150.

Want the Carrera look, but can’t quite afford to spend $150?
Get the coveted Carrera look-alike-style for $10, here.

Tyson Beckford

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


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