Saturday, August 29, 2009
At first I thought that it was going to be similar to Calvin Klein, boxy and monochromatic, but then some surprising pieces came down the runway. I really like the multi-colored jackets, they are a bit much with matching pants and turtle necks but thrown over a simple V-neck and jean would look smashing. It is interesting because so far I haven't really seen those jackets come up in an editorial sections in magazines, but I'm still not too far into fall issues as I am desperately clinging on to the end of summer.
I also thought the shapes were quite interesting. The over-sized sleeves with cuffs create an unique look, it doesn't look quite right for the office but it could be a big hit at a party. Many of the jackets seem narrow at the waist but wide at the shoulders and hips, it creates a sort of oddly manly hourglass figure. Usually I think of Jil Sander as a more androgynous look, but this seems to be more of a dualism of masculine and feminine instead of a lack of gender. I think it works for individual pieces but the look is a bit too much for head to toe.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Minimalist, monochromatic, colorless this collection seems really typical of Calvin Klein. I always like Calvin Klein clothes in reality, but his presentation is just always the same. The silhouettes a little too boxy which gives everything a really stiff feel. I will say I do dig the music though, but I don't quite see what its connection to the clothes is. I greatly prefer what Gucci had to offer instead.
I like the different materials and the slim cut look of their suits. Gucci is known for a dark, slick and edgy look and this does not disappoint. The accessories really add a great rock-n-roll touch to the look, but suggest that if dressed differently a very different feel could be achieved. Also that purple striped shirt just screams Chuck Bass to me, and that's never a bad thing.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Apparently Converse and Comme de Garcons have teamed up to give out feet some happy! I deeply covet that black pair and may have to go order them now (which you can do here).
I love that Converse keeps cashing in on its low-key cool by pairing up with either different designers or retailers. I got a few pieces from the Converse for Target line and have been a big fan of them and this new endeavor looks ever better. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In some other cases though, everything ended up looking mighty fine:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I'm not completely sure how I feel about it, I am always turned off by anything that suggests a physical characteristic could become a fashion statement. I know some people will obviously want to embrace a trend that lets them off the hook for gym time, and if that is what you want more power to you. But whether the body part trend of the moment is shoulders (as the instructors at my gym claimed this spring) or pot bellies it still seems somewhat dangerous of a notion to try and alter your body to fit specifics that are "in". And even worse if your motivation is, as the article implies, a reaction against a president who is both successful and in shape.
That being said, I personally am finding this article to be well timed as I had an overly packed, extended weekend filled with food, fun and drink. So at least for a few days until I get back into a regular routine of eating right and getting a healthy amount of exercise I'll take comfort that my little belly is hip right now. After all, it would be somewhat hypocritical given my statements above to bust my butt to loose the gut just because I prefer the opposite of the trendy pot belly. So I'll enjoy my workout, but won't sweat drinking that beer later on.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
To be honest I don't think this is anybody's best work. I feel as if I've seen these exact picture of this exact quarter back before. Tom Brady is not really much of a fashion icon in my book, other than the excellent street cred of being married to the, now pregnant, Giselle he doesn't really have anything to do with fashion. Sure he looks good in a suit, but I don't get even the slightest impression that he knows or cares which suit he is in. The article itself is also rather terribly written, well below the standard I expect from the publication. But if you're a die hard Brady fan give it a look/read for yourself.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I especially love that the focus is on using recyclable and sustainable options. While I tend to go for something a bit more stylish than the American Apparel referenced in the article the idea is still a good one. Now that the public at large is more aware of the pressing need more environmentally conscience it seems that designers are following in step. The notion that fashion doesn't need to be disposable is a good one. Personally I tend to fall a bit on the other side of the spectrum and never throw anything away. Whenever a piece still fits and is in good shape I will pack it away and wait for the trend to come back. If I grow out of something it goes to the donation pile and if something wears out I break it down for rags or try and find other uses for it. Every little step helps!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I consider Don Draper (John Hamm) to be the patron saint of Manscaper, he oozes style and class. There is nobody else in Hollywood who can pull of a suit quite like him. Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious Don Draper is the physical embodiment of classic good looks. If you've never seen the show, shame on you and run to rent or buy the DVDs!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
That statement is true, but the article as a whole seems designed to turn people off of exercise. I feel a more responsible, and logical, approach would have been to suggest people take extra steps to make sure they eat a healthy diet while exercising, instead of making exercise sound pointless.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I just thought I had to share it with you, it is not something that I have yet attempted myself but it is very informative. One thing that wasn't mentioned in it is my personal secret for shoes and that is to always remember that leather was once animal skin so the products you use on your skin will work just as well on shoes. While learning the correct way to shine shoes is very important and can insure that you look polished and professional sometimes you get caught in a pinch. In that case just your standard hand lotion or Vaseline will work wonders to buff up a few scuffs on a shoe should you find yourself on the way to an important meeting or event.