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.
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.
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Above: Cindy's poodle Huxtable, chillin' with #TUGCrew models Josh & Chris
Behind the Scenes
Summer Elegance. Sometimes, or maybe alot of the times, you need more than ripped jeans and a t-shirt for your casual menswear. In the same sentiment of The New Summer Classics, try one or both of these looks to satisfy your more elegant side.
How to Ensure Your Wardrobe is Summer Elegant?
- A neutral palette that compliments your skin tone. Darker skin tones = beige, khaki, white / Paler skin tones = brown, burgundy, olive
- Fit. Not too big, not too small… just right.
- Material. While there are exceptions to the rule stay away from sporty workout materials.
AllSaints button-up, AllSaints shorts, AllSaints sweater, Topman tassel loafers, Vintage accessories
A tucked in button up is always preferred, but in summer months you get to forgo "the rules"… keep it loose and untucked for a more airy comfortable feeling.
Sidenote: I would like to commend AllSaints for the thoughtfulness of their button-up design above. These days we button it up— all the way, it's very stylish, but it can be a little tight on the neck. Their button-up features a hook top button that is hidden under the collar. This gives a cleaner crisper look and allows the neck a little breathing room. #TUGCrew says thanks.
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(scroll right, press the arrow, to get the look from above and below)
AllSaints Knit Sweater, Sol Angeles Shorts, Cole Haan Espadrilles, Vintage Accessories
Summer Elegant accessories includes items such as hats, beads, and anything that will add to your outfit without overpowering it.
Come back tomorrow, for Look 3. – #TUGCrew
Join us over the next couple months in our Summer Series: Teasers. The series will include the latest and the greatest in men's fashion, style, and grooming. If you don't already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and as we finally build up our Instagram.
Let's start this 3 part Men's Fashion Look Book with the mandatory summer basics. These are some core summer wardrobe staples that will keep you, well, swaggy at all times.
The 90s: Dwayne Wayne and em’. As far as the 90s trend— we’ve moved from The Fresh Prince to A Different World. You and your crew should give a subtle Hillman College aura when hanging about. But it’s 2015, so your Whitley looks more like Tika Sumpter of course . The 90s subtlety comes from your choice of accessories, hairstyle/cut, and mix in of athletic wear and prep.
Men's Summer Fashion
Custom ripped Levis, Topman crew top, Topman huarache loafers, Duluth Pack backpack (above)
Ripped Jeans: Summer jeans might as well keep you cool, right? Rip’ it, cut it, breeaaathe. Pair them with huarache loafers– my favorite urban gent summer shoe btw, a lightweight short sleeve summer knit, the classic 90s herringbone, digital gold watch, and circle frames.
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Swimwear as Streetwear. You never know when a day party will turn into a pool party, so just be ready. Bright pool-adaptable shorts paired with a net / mesh shirt and chains worn underneath to give an inconspicuous shine at the right angles. Keep the top boxy, but proportionate to ensure a masculine look. Simple classic kicks, we chose suede navy Nikes, you might choose burgundy New Balances– wearer's choice.
Men's Summer clothing is all about keeping cool and staying ready.
Topman net shirt, Topman trunks, Nike Air Odyssey, Chrome backpack, Vintage frames and accessories
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Come back tomorrow, for Look 2. – #TUGCrew
There have been recent reports of certain bloggers stealing entire Urban Gentleman articles and claiming them as their own… please REPORT them and CALL THEM OUT when you see this… and tell them to have some class and to get some authentic swagger! Damn copycats… If you have taken Urban Gentleman articles please remove them within 24hrs of reading this notification- if you choose not to comply further actions will be taken.
PS- I am so shocked that this is happening, we bloggers are supposed to work together not against one another. I have nothing but love for all fellow bloggers- please have love for The Urban Gentleman!
It’s official… I put the Urban Gentleman in the “urban dictionary” yesterday. Check it out here.
So now “Urban Gentleman” has officially been defined by yours truly. The definition of an Urban Gentleman…
2.) A certain wardrobe style.
3.) A stylish well-mannered man with
swagger. He has knowledge of proper
etiquette and grooming.
Notable Urban Gentleman: David Beckham, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Brad Pitt.
“Wow, look at the way he dresses- Lacoste shirts and Ecko jeans, he’s so nice and ambitious- that guy is such an urban gentleman.
*(I spelled ecko jeans wrong on the entry, but I couldn’t edit it… be sure to give it thumbs up).