Male Music Celebs Push the Genderless Fashion Trend

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“Fashion has no gender,” words infamously spoken by “Glee’s” Kurt Hummel during the prime of the musical TV series. Little did anyone know at the time that that statement would come to permeate the bigger conversation around genderless fashion, and fashion that goes beyond gender would become a buzzword. In 2017, genderless fashion became the subject of wagging tongues when H&M launched a genderless fashion line. That same year, genderless Parisian brand Avoc won the ANDAM award, awarded $129,000 to grow their business.

While this at first seemed like a movement limited to a niche audience or just the fashion- insider crowd, genderless fashion has become a bigger conversation in 2019 thanks to popular music celebrities. In 2016 when rapper Young Thug wore a dress by Alessandro Trincone on the cover of his 2016 album, Jeffrey, music and fashion blogs went into a tailspin. Conversations erupted about Young Thug’s sexuality, black masculinity, and specifically, masculinity in hip-hop. What the internet couldn’t quite seem to grasp was that Young Thug was simply a man in a dress; not a drag queen, not a transgender person; just a man in a dress.

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The notion of male music stars defying gender norms is not a new development of the 21st century, as some recent reviews on celebrity style would make you believe. David Bowie, as Ziggy Stardust, was one of the kings of camp and was known for his androgynous, femme chic style that included bright red platform boots to flamboyant Comme des Garçons jumpsuits. Bowie begin to redefine what fashion could be for stylish men of that time. Suit and ties weren’t his typical style, and no one asked that of him.

Bowie’s rise came on the heels of the glamrock era, where performers were known for their over-the-top costumes, defying gender stereotypes. The glamrock era would eventually lead to the legendary careers of artists like Freddie Mercury of Queen, Elton John. and Iggy Pop.

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Freddie Mercury’s penchant for campy glamour resurfaced years after his death in the 2018 Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Because of Bohemian Rhapsody, there were quick google searches for Freddie Mercury’s style, which included everything from patterned kimonos to rainbow colored, paneled jackets.

Of course, there was one person from the early 80s whose style transcended boundaries. Prince Rogers Nelson took the world by storm with his signature falsetto, larger than life stage presence, and his genderbending fashion choices. From his shoe collection that would make even the ladies shoe department at Nordstrom envious to his to his colorful suits that brought about the popularity of New York’s Trash & Vaudeville, Prince was first a music icon, and second a fashion icon.

In the last several years, musicians’ approach to gender fluid fashion has expanded. Grammy winner Sam Smith came out as gender fluid in 2017 and has been known to don both men’s and women’s clothing, telling LGBT publication Attitude “I feel just as much a woman as I am a man.”

Young, gay pop star Troye Sivan has also challenged gender norms by wearing brands like Palomo Spain. Known for its campy, Victorian style, Palomo Spain has earned an impressive celebrity clientele which includes not only Sivan, but actor Cody Fern, and Beyoncé Knowles, who wore a Palomo Spain dress when she debuted a photo of her new twins Rumi and Sir Knowles-Carter.

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Former One Direction member Harry Styles began to challenge the notion of how men could dress at this year’s Met Gala where the theme was camp. Styles wore an all-black outfit, with sheer top with ruffled neckline, his nails were painted, and he had a pearl earring in one ear. It was a subtle but major screw you to ideas of masculinity and how men could dress that was perfect timing in this social climate.

 While gender fluid fashion has been looked at as something that’s a trend for daring celebrities or primarily confined to a niche market, things have now taken a precipitous turn. In past decades, musicians and celebrities had the power and influence to move the genderbending fashion needle. Now, that fashion needle is being nudged by the consumer.

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With urban streetwear being a global phenomenon, it is important to acknowledge the role that hip-hop artists of the 80s and 90s played in this booming trend. In that mold, pop music stars of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s gave fans re-invented skintight pants and crop top looks. Now, pop artists of this decade are redefining the way we perceive gendered fashion. Maybe, in the foreseeable fashion will not be dictated by gender, but by mood and what makes you feel good!!

—Kristopher Fraser

Wild, Outrageous Men’s Summer 2019 Sneakers

Sneaker culture has grown to permeate menswear as a symbol of cool style and/or belonging to the luxury tribe. From the Grailed fanatics trying to get their hands on sold out Off-White sneakers that have been flipped for a higher price, to those who love a luxury pair of Gucci kicks, sneakers are becoming an almost foolproof market. Just how outrageous have men’s sneakers gotten with the sneaker hype? Here’s some of Fashion Reverie’s selects, if you were wondering.

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Christian Louboutin Tribalous High Top Sneaker

This sneaker is a maximalist homage to colors, patterns and textures. There’s a face on it, literally saying, “come buy me.” Who can resist a signature pair of red bottoms, even if it’s sneakers?

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Versace Crystal Chain Reaction Caged Sneakers

Shine bright like a diamond in these sneakers, literally. These sneakers come with a glitter upper for a little sparkle and shine. Note the signature iconic Greek Key detail.

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Gucci Men’s Leather and Canvas Sneakers with Removable Crystals

If you haven’t been under a rock, by now, you’ve probably seen these Gucci sneakers. They are the must-haves for fashionistos and have been seen in street fashion during fashion weeks from New York to Milan. These removable jeweled stretch-ribbon traps make this shoe a literal gem. 

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Valentino High Bounce Feather Sneakers

Yes, there are feather sneakers for men. However, they aren’t just any feathers. These are peacock feathered-heel panel sneakers. Valentino has truly redefined the term peacocking. 

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Maison Margiela Fusion Low Top Sneakers

These slick sneakers look like they were descended from Planet X in the most outer part of the galaxy. The perforations and textured fabric upper make for excellent breathability and cushioning. These shoes will take you to infinity and beyond. 

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Giuseppe Zanotti Graffiti Stud High-Top Sneakers

Graffiti isn’t just for street art anymore, and not just for street culture-inspired urban brands. Graffiti has become a part of the mainstream. These graffiti-studded Giuseppe Zanotti’s give both a grunge and streetwear feel, at a time when both are dominating trends.

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Vans Sk8-Hi International Flag

These sneakers are ready to go on a world tour with their international flag print. Vans put a worldwide take on these shoes, ensuring they have global appeal. Talking about giving a new definition to globetrotter.

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JW Anderson x Converse Chuck Taylor

In case you haven’t noticed glam is back, not only for women, but for men as well. Especially if you are the kind of guy that is bold and not afraid to challenge norms. The glitter Chuck 70 sneaks sparkle and shine and you don’t need deep pockets to purchase. At only $133, it’s almost a steal!!

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KANGHYUK x Reebok Advanced Concepts Sole Fury

This collaboration between emerging label KANGHYUK and popular sneaker retailer Reebok was created from deconstructed and repurposed airbags. Yes, made from airbags, like in your car. The handmade creations are certainly unique.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Men’s Fragrances: Scent of Sex Sets

Pheromones are nature’s way to our heart. They are chemical transmitters that lead to attraction. That attraction leads to desire. That desire can lead to love, or at the least, romance.

We consciously lust with our eyes, but we subconsciously love with our nose. We become proverbially intoxicated with the personal aroma of someone we adore, and remain drunk in love long after they’re gone. Memories come flooding back when we catch a whiff of their scent on a shirt … a bathrobe … a pillow.

Fragrance makers spend countless hours and dollars creating perfumes and colognes that make you want to pull in closer and take a deeper breath. They toil away to create the perfect concoction that makes you close your eyes and inhale all of your desires. Some perfumers work on a single scent at a time, and others work on a family of fragrances that keep you intrigued, coming back for more.

Sometimes less is more—but sometimes more is what we need. Fashion Reverie has assembled a selection of fragrance box sets that will have your love interest titillated and longing for another round of olfactory stimulation.

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Le LaboThe epitome of artisanal creation, Le Labo emphasizes the work du main, or “of the hand, ”hand-picked roses, hand-poured candles, and hand-formulated perfumes. Each bottle is made to order using the highest quality ingredients, providing the peak of freshness. Their Classic discovery set allows you to experience a range of their scents before committing to one (or a few). Their five-fragrance micro selection allows you to explore the worlds of musky ambroxan, viril vetiver, full bloom rose, masculine woods, and deep tea and tobacco leaves.

The experience of a Le Labo fragrance leaves you with the cerebrally sexy knowledge that this bottle was made specifically for you. You will enjoy it more as the concoction melds with your natural body chemistry and morphs into a scent that is uniquely and distinctly your own. And when your love interest leans in to get a closer smell, you’ll know you have captured them.

Another 13: ambroxan musk, jasmine, moss and ambrette seeds absolute

Bergamote 22: petit grain, grapefruit, amber, and vetiver

Rose 31: Centifolia rose, cumin, Gaïac wood, and cistus

Santal 33: cardamom, iris, Australian sandalwood, and leather

Thé Noir 29: bergamot, fig and bay leaves, cedar wood, black tea leaves

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L’ASCARISometimes we have to look deep into history to find something “new.” Most of us are not familiar with solid perfumes, a waxy or creamy alternative to eau de parfum and eau de toilette. However, in ancient Egypt, these ointment-like unguents were scented with local flowers and imported spices and used as solid perfumes. Today, L’ASCARI uses Australian organic, plant-derived ingredients coupled with waxes and oils to create their own version of solid fragrances.

L’ASCARI’s set of solid colognes range from the brand’s bold and masculine Artisan, to the fresh and spicy Virtuoso, to the powerful and sexy Pioneer. Smartly packaged in 70mm tins, they are ideal for carrying in your gym bag and travel carry-on or leaving in your office or car in case of a last-minute rendezvous.

Artisan Blend 70: lavender, orange, lemon, leather, sandalwood, amber, and patchouli

Virtuoso Blend 158: nutmeg, lemon, star anise, geranium, cinnamon, musk, and tonka bean

Pioneer Blend 246: bergamot, cedarwood, mandarin, rosewood, patchouli, musk, and tobacco

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Editions de Parfums Frédéric MalleFrédéric Malle is a third generation perfumer with an intimate understanding of the art of perfumery. His grandfather, Serge Heftler-Louiche, founded Parfums Christian Dior before passing on its direction to Frédéric’s mother. His respect for the craft is so deep that, instead of bowing to business trends of creating fragrances to market an image, he created Editions de Parfums—“a publishing house for perfumes, where perfumes are created and published as unique works of art.”

Editions’ Loved By Men essential collection contains five fragrances that can be defined as raw masculinity, artistic flamboyance, and savage sex appeal. Created by individual artisans, yet bound together in a thread of masculine excellence, these scents transcend the range manliness and speak true to why the collection is loved by men and women alike.

Bigarade Concentree: bitter orange (bigarade), cardamom, pink pepper, cedar

French Lover (Bois d’Orage): pimiento, angelica, juniper, patchouli, vetiver, frankincense

Geranium pour Monsieur: mint, aniseed, geranium, sandalwood, frankincense

Musc Ravageur: bergamot, mandarin, lavender, amber, vanilla, sandalwood, and musk

Vetiver Extraordinaire: Haitian vetiver, cashmeram, bergamot, pink pepper, oak moss

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Louis VuittonThe world of Louis Vuitton continues to grow. Building from trunks and luggage, and expanding beyond clothing and jewelry, Vuitton now takes you from looking like luxury to smelling like it. These new additions to their fragrance collection exemplify what every man aspires to be. Lustworthy. Virile. Lavish. Venerable. Simply, Louis Vuitton.

L’immensité: ginger, grapefruit, and amber

Nouveau Monde: cocoa, oud assam, and saffron

Orage: wood vertiver and patchouli

Au Hassard: sandalwood, cardamom, and pear liqueur

Sur La Route: Calabrian citrus, cédrat, bergamot, and Peruvian balsam

—Carl Ayers

Fashion Reverie Roundup: Fall 2018 Men’s Fashion-Forward Coats

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It is chilly outside, particularly if you live on the East Coast. The steep drop in temperature makes it seem as though autumn may swiftly pass us by. If you haven’t already done so, it is past time for you to pad your wardrobe with a new fall coat. With such an abundance of designers, it may be challenging to decide on the perfect coat to purchase. To help ease any indecision, Fashion Reverie has assembled a list of this season’s best men’s coats that run the gamut from vintage to contemporary and from head turning to sublime.Burberry Graffiti Vintage Check Down-Filled Puffer Coat $3,090

For years, graffiti was frowned upon, and now name-tagging is the epitome of cool. Graffiti print emblazoned atop the classic Burberry plaid makes this coat hip enough for both a millennial and his father.

Fear Of God Zip Denim Coat $1,925

Stonewashed denim was all the rage of the 1990’s, especially among the California coast set. This Fear of God coat takes us back to the days of surfing, bonfires, and “Saved By The Bell.”

Ovadia & Sons Snap-Front Melton Wool Varsity Jacket $895

No teenage movie would be complete without school jocks and their varsity jackets. For those who never lettered, you can skip the high school hijinks and snag this Ovadia & Sons jacket for yourself.

Balmain Camouflage Leather Jacket $6305
Camo is never out of style. But when you mix it with lambskin and shearling, you get a Balmain jacket that is on another level.

Heron Preston Python Print Puffer $1,377

When it comes to animal prints, people often run to the cats—tiger, cheetah, and leopard. But if you want to truly stand out, opt for this Heron Preston python print.

Moncler x Valentino Maxi VLTN Quilted Down Short Jacket $2,450

This jacket is the embodiment of contemporary menswear. This jacket is the result of a collaboration between two mega brands, Moncler and Valentino, has a short silhouette rather than the long puffer coats of recent, and has a luxe sheen that screams “riche.”

Gosha Rubchinskiy Camo N-3B Coat $2,565

This parka by Gosha Rubchinskiy showcases a mix of multicolored camouflage patterns and patchwork motifs that are designed to symbolize a spirit of togetherness; not just make passers-by do a double take.

McQueen Deconstructed Field Jacket $3,695

This deconstructed field jacket by McQueen looks like a mashup of an American soldier’s uniform and that of a Japanese samurai warrior. No matter who wears it, this jacket commands attention and respect.

Nude Contrast Print Lab Coat $1,200

Nude spares us from the safety and boredom of the monochromatic coats from other brands. This lab coat gives the eye something to look at and appreciate in terms of artistry and functionality.

Rossignol Camouflage Print Hooded Coat $792

Sometimes you just want a standard coat with just a bit of personal flair. This Rossignol camo printed parka does the trick by keeping you warm and providing you a subtle touch of style.

Sandro x Helly Hansen Sailing Jacket $865

No fuss, no muss—just a simple, stylish coat from two brands known respectively for their fashion and functionality.

Zegna Lined Parks Coat $1,658

Sophisticated and smartly designed defines the Zegna brand. This parka lives up to that standard with triple-layered waterproofing, drawstrings to ensure a secure fit, and a quilted hooded lining that can be removed to make the garment cooler and lighter in warmer climates.

—Carl Ayers

Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Summer Men’s Bags Roundup

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Summer is officially here and it is time to have fun in the sun! And while you are ripping and running, whether in your hometown or abroad, you need something to carry your daily essentials. It’s too hot to wear a jacket. (And who wants to be bogged down with items in their pockets?) So to help you stylishly haul your stuff around, Fashion Reverie has assembled the best list of bags for summer 2018.2017 saw the resurgence of the fanny pack.

Renamed as a “belt bag,” these tiny totes have been seen around the waists or slung across the bodies of the most popular celebs. Visually, they range from subtle and simple to vibrant and striking. Small enough to not weigh you down, but bold enough to make a statement, the belt bag adds the perfect amount of trendy swagger to any outfit.

images of Heron Preston, OKV, A-Cold-Wall, Kenzo, and Balenciaga belt bags courtesy of their respective brands

Balenciaga Graffiti Printed Leather Belt Pack ($1,380)A-Cold-Wall Canvas Utility Bag with Leather Strap ($420)

Heron Preston Nylon Padded Belt Pack ($422)

Kenzo Tiger Embroidered Nylon Belt Pack ($180)

OKV Marsupio belt bag ($550)

If you need a bigger bag to carrying case, a backpack is a failsafe choice. There are literally thousands of options on the market. It is almost impossible to not see at least one backpack on sale in any clothing store. However, all backpacks are not the same. Some are made for function, and some are made for fashion. And just like people, there are some that blend into the background, and others stand out from the rest of the pack.

Images of Bally, Mango, Neil Barrett, Dolce & Gabbana, and Man del Sud bags courtesy of their respective brands

Dolce & Gabbana Etna Color-Blocked Nylon Backpack ($1,645)Mango Colored Straps Pockets Backpack ($100)

Neil Barrett Lightning Bolt Backpack ($715)

Mani del Sud Geometric Leather & Nylon Backpack ($630)

Bally Canvas Packpack with Patches ($1,195)

Everyone likes to travel, and summer is the optimal time for a jaunt. With planes being faster and fares being cheaper than ever, the quick and easy getaway is literally at your fingertips. Whether your trip is scheduled months in advance, or planned in just a few days (or hours), you will always look like a seasoned traveled if you have the right weekender bag. They’re the perfect bag for tossing in the back seat as you escape to the beach or countryside. Roomy enough to carry just the right amount of clothes—you don’t worry about over packing, and you don’t worry about not having enough room for the essentials. And dare Fashion Reverie says for the extra luxe, some weekenders can even double as a gym duffle bag.

Images of Brunello Cuchinelli, MCM Dieter, Givenchy, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gucci Night Courier bags courtesy of their respective brand

MCM Dieter Weekender in Camo Nylon ($950)Givenchy Star and Logo Embossed Leather Duffle Bag ($2,845)

Gucci Night Courrier Soft GG Supreme Carry-On Duffle ($3,490)

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Logo Duffle ($128)

Brunello Cucinelli Men’s Canvas and Brown Leather Duffle Bag ($2,650)

Fashion and style are not just for…

Style doesn’t stop at the city limits. When traveling, we want to look just as spiffy in the airport as we do when rolling around the city. So when traveling, your suitcase should be as fashionable as the rest of your wardrobe. Designer luggage is definitely on trend. Not only does luggage make a silent statement about you and your sense of style, but it also help you find your suitcase quicker at the baggage claim conveyor belt.

Images of OFF-White x Rimmova, Victorinox Vx Touring, Fendi, Brics Green Bellagio, and Paul Smith Globetrotter bags courtesy of their respective brands

Off-White x Rimowa ($995)Paul Smith Globe Trotter x Trolley Case Signed Limited Edition ($2,400)

Victorinox Vx Touring Wheeled Duffel ($300)

Bric’s Green Bellagio 2 82cm Spinner ($787)

Fendi Circle Logo Plaid Canvas Rolling Bag ($2,790)

—Carl Ayers

Summer 2018 Men’s Fragrances

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Spring, the season known for rejuvenation, cleansing, and new beginnings. But while spring is the time associated with refreshing rain showers, summer is the season of fun in the sun. The warm weather creates the perfect atmosphere to be out and about, living your best life. And what better way to combat the strong Sun’s rays other than being on the water?Whether you’re strolling along the boardwalk or sailing across the sea, you want to feel good and look good. That said; your outfit is incomplete without the right scent. Your style may draw attention, but a whiff of the right scent will draw everyone closer, and make folks linger just a little bit longer. So, to help you sift through all of the olfactory options out there, here is Fashion Reverie’s list of men’s fragrances that will be the perfect accent to your summertime shenanigans.

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Mr. Burberry Indigo is a clean and crisp scent, inspired by the fresh sea breeze along the English coastline. The energetic citrus top notes of lemon awaken the senses, while the violet and minty mid notes offer a steady, tranquil balance. As the fragrance wears on, the bottom woody notes add depth of character that can be described only as refined and oh so British.Head notes: lemon, rosemary

Heart notes: violet, mint

Base notes: oakmoss, amber

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Acqua Di Gio Absolu by Giorgio Armani is the perfect way to end the summer. This scent exemplifies the transition from summer walks by the lake to autumn evenings by the campfire. Absolu is not about city life; it is about nature and captures the alliance between water and wood. The patchouli heart note balances the aquatic top notes and woody base, thereby creating a most manly and outdoorsy fragrance. Absolu may appeal to some city folk, but it calls out to the mountain man in all of us.Head notes: fruit, bergamot, sea notes

Heart notes: patchouli, geranium, lavender, rosemary

Base notes: wood, labdanum, tonka bean

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Maison Margiela Replica — Sailing Day takes you not only on a trip across the current-day Aegean; it also takes you on a trip back in time to days of the ancient Athenians. Inspired by Paros Island, Greece, this fragrance is subtly floral, airy, and a little musky. Sailing Day is light, but it is can also be complex. The spicy aquatic top notes form a mental image of relaxing on the deck of a drifting sailboat. Juxtaposing the fresh above-water top notes are the briny below—water base notes of seaweed and ambergris. This is the scent of a true seafaring explorer.Head notes: aquatic accord, juniper, red pepper, aldehydes

Heart notes: iris, coriander, rose, amyl salicylate

Base notes: seaweed, ambergris, amberwood, cedar

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Yves Saint Laurent Y is not a typical aquatic scent. Unlike the other fragrances on this list, Y is not necessarily made to evoke aquatic themes. This is not your go-to scent for yachting; however, it is perfect for sunset beach bonfires. It is inspired by the iconic Yves Saint Laurent white t-shirt and black jacket, and represents a balance between freshness and strength. Like putting on a new crisp white tee shirt at the end of the day, notes of bergamot, sage, and ginger offer a sharp freshness as you revel with your friends in the twilight. At its base, soft notes of balsam fir, cedarwood, and marine ambergris embody the subtle power of a tailored black jacket that protects you from the night air. YSL Y is the fragrance that truly takes you from dusk til dawn.Head notes: white aldehydes, bergamot, ginger

Heart notes: sage, geranium absolute, violet leaf

Base notes: ambergris, incense, fir balsam, cedar, musk

—Carl Ayers

Fashion Reverie’s 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

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May is for mothers, and June is for fathers. Last month, we showered the premier women in our lives with gifts that showed them just how much they are loved. This month, let’s do the same for dads. Skip the typical handkerchiefs and slippers, and let’s make sure we get dad something to let him know how much he we appreciate him.To help ease your search for the perfect present, Fashion Reverie has created a fashion-forward gift guide for dads. And don’t forget to enter our #FashionableFather contest. To enter, (1) post a picture to Instagram of a dad and his child (or children), (2) tag @FashionReverieMag, and (3) hashtag #FashionableFather. The picture with the most likes will receive a gift package from two brands on our 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide—Beau Brummell for Men and The Little Dapper Collection.

The Little Dapper Collection bowties ($20–$30)

The Little Dapper Collection (TLDC) handcrafts bowties for infants and toddlers, and also offers father-and-son sets. The company was originally launched as a children’s brand when founder Genesis Emery became pregnant with her son, Noah. However, when Noah was born, he spent the first two months of his life in the NICU due to post-birth complications. Turning those months into motivation, Genesis decided to add a philanthropic component to her company. TLDC donates part of their monthly profits to charities and non-profits that focus on children in need. Their work is two-fold: they make the world more stylish, one toddler at a time, and they give back to children with special needs. This year, skip the typical slippers and handkerchiefs for dad, and get him and his son a bowtie that makes a difference!

Beau Brummell for Men skincare kit ($25–$99.95)

Beau Brummell for Men is the go-to shop for small-batch, expertly formulated men’s skincare products. Named after an 18th century confidante of King George IV, the company focuses on the first steps of a gentleman’s style and elegance—his skin. Creators Zack and Daniel have smartly curated concoctions that elevate a gentleman’s grooming regimen without overwhelming him. With a pointed assortment of products, Beau Brummell walks you through the entire face care process, from washing and scrubbing to shaving and moisturizing. They even have products to tame your beard, hands and feet. From top to bottom, Beau Brummell prepares you put your best face forward with one idea in mind— “so you can stay handsome.”

Wine Enthusiast decanter set ($69.95)

For the traveling man who loves his libations, the Wine Enthusiast Decanter Set would be a welcome addition to his man cave. Made of lead-free glass, and sitting on a mahogany base, this decanter is detailed with an etching of the world map. Ideal for storing and displaying 40 oz. of his favorite cognac, rum, or wine, the decanter rotates to show off its detail, but also aerates the liquid inside, releasing its flavors and aromas. But no decanter is truly complete without accompanying glassware, and this set comes with two double Old Fashioned glasses, similarly etched with world maps. Glasses for two—because a man may drink alone, but a wise man never has to.

Leatherology Passport Cover and Luggage Tag ($55)

Just because he’s a father doesn’t mean he has to be stationary. Whether he’s on a business trip or a weekend getaway with the guys, Dad should look stylish when dealing with TSA. Leatherology has created a matching passport cover and luggage tag set that subtly lets everyone know that Dad is no ordinary Joe. Available in over 10 color options, with monogramming options, this gift set keeps your most important travel document at hand, and quickly identifies your luggage from everyone else. And to make it even easier to present this gift to Dad, the items come pre-wrapped in a gift box. There is no easier gift than this set for the jet-setting dad in your life. 

Wahl Deluxe Chrome Pro Haircutting Kit with Trimmer ($49.99)

All men need an at-home haircutting kit. All men. Whether he wants to simply trim his mustache, or if he wants to nix the barber and do it himself, Wahl has the tool (or toolset) for him. The Deluxe Chrome Pro kit comes with everything he needs to begin cutting his own hair. The kit comes with a corded electric clipper. Your guy also gets a battery-operated trimmer for light touch-ups.

Some men may need more tools to keep their hair in check, so you can purchase additional accessories, from nose hair trimmers to electric shavers, to expand his set. Wahl has been around for almost a century, and is used by barbers across the globe. So if there is one brand to trust for cutting his mane at home, it’s Wahl.

PowerUp Remote Control Paper Airplane ($16.99-$199.99)

Sometimes Dad just wants to be a kid again. Help him put a modern spin on his childhood, and get him a remote controlled paper airplane from PowerUp Toys. PowerUp sells a variety of kits and bundles. There are basic kits that add an electric propeller to your paper airplane 30 seconds of flight (great for teaching the principles of physics and aerodynamics). There are advanced kits that connect your airplane to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and allow you to control and direct your plane via a free smartphone app. And then there are the high-tech kits that not only add the Bluetooth-controlled app, but also feature a nose-mounted camera so you can fly your plane and see what the plane sees in real time. You can even use Google cardboard to watch your flight “from the cockpit.” If Dad is very competitive, you can Dogfight bundle for head-to-head competition; again you, the kid, or the neighbor. May the best man win!

Louis Vuitton x FIFA World Cup bag ($325–$4,300)

Just in time for the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Louis Vuitton (LV) has released a collection of bags and accessories to commemorate the event. Since 2010, Louis Vuitton has made the carry case for the FIFA World Cup trophy. Now, soccer dads can have an LV FIFA token to call their own.

Made of the brands Epi leather, the bags, cases, and leather goods feature a hexagonal pattern design, inspired by the 1970 World Cup match ball. The limited edition collection features the Apollo and Keepall bags, as well as smaller products, available in three colorways (black, red, and blue). For those wanting a more personal bag, the Keepall can be customized using eight colors, which can be combined with five additional trimming options, which can replicate almost any nation’s flag.

You can also add a luggage tag embossed with the flag of one of 35 countries. This is definitely for the serious football fan. If you call it soccer, this may not be for you.

Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag ($35–$55)

Every man needs a dopp kit. If he’s traveling, he needs one. If he’s going to the gym, he needs one. If his items are scattered around the bathroom sink, he needs one. Dagne Dover’s Hunter Toiletry Bag comes in two sizes and nine colorways. The large version comes with a zippered interior pouch, a sideslip pocket, and a detachable air mesh pouch. Made completely of high-tech neoprene, this durable dopp kit is hand washable and quick drying. The air mesh pouches are tear resistant, breathable, and nearly weightless. This bag is made for the man who likes the ease of organization but doesn’t like to be weighed down.

Sony VPL VW285ES 4K SXRD Projector ($4,999.98)

Sony has taken television projectors to the next level. No longer are they big, noisy machines that need total darkness to adequately project films. The new Sony VPL VW285ES 4K SXRD Projector has 1,500 lumens of light, so you get a clear picture even in direct sunlight. It has motion flow technology that lets you watch action movies and sports without distortion or lag time. With 4K technology, 8.8 million pixels, and a projection range of up to 200 inches, this projector turns any living room (or man cave) into a home theater.

—Carl Ayers

Innovative and Impressive Men’s Watches for Spring/Summer 2018

Finely tuned engine, technological advancements, and luxurious leather, sounds like selling points to a new sports car, right? Well, these are actually the features of our top picks for Fashion Reverie’s spring/summer 2018 watch roundup.

Every man isn’t in the market for a high-end vehicle, but every man should always keep his eyes open for an accessory that truly compliments his style and personality. Whether he is rough and rugged like the G-Shock x Burton Mudmaster, or a flashy attention grabber like the Zenith Defy Zero G, or refined and understated like the Fossil Q Activist Hybrid, there’s a chronometer made to fit every wrist.

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic 45 MMRestricted to 500 watches worldwide, this timepiece is as hard to find, as it is hard to damage. On the surface, this is a red ceramic watch. On a deeper level, this watch is a technological breakthrough. In 2011, Hublot created and released a line of watches called “Magic Gold”—a scratch resistant 18-carat gold made of an alloy between boron carbide (ceramic) and 24-carat gold. After years of refining their process, Hublot has produced and patented a new, denser ceramic, making for a more resilient, damage-resistant timepiece. Sure, you can drop this watch and not worry, but why would you want to? Price varies

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Shinola Canfield SportAre you in the market for a homegrown traditional watch with a bit of a twist? Well, Shinola may have the right timepiece for you. Shinola is breaking the mold when it comes to the traditional sports watch. The Canfield Sport is a timepiece where complexity takes center stage. Built using a top loaded case construction, the Canfield Sport features a fixed top ring with ceramic insert and an open dial punctuated with three sub dials, making this watch sporty and instinctively classic. The look is completed with a rich aubergine leather strap. $900

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Zenith Defy Zero GThis watch defies gravity. Well, not literally, but it is built to negate the effects of gravity. For the past decade and a half, Zenith has worked on, and utilized, internal watch technology that compensates for the negative gravitational effects on watch mechanisms. They’ve discovered that by keeping the regulating organ and balance wheel in a horizontal position, a watch maintains better accuracy. For their newest line of watches, the company has slimmed down the “Gravity Control” gyroscopic module by 30%. The result: even better accuracy. This watch is definitely made for a guy who knows that every second matters. Price varies

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Mondaine Helvetica Regular SmartwatchI bet your Fitbit doesn’t look like this! All Mondaine Helvetica Regular Smart watches come preprogrammed with Motion® activity tracking and Sleeptracking® sleep monitoring, aimed to help make your time awake and your time asleep as healthy as possible. Paired with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and a downloadable app, you can track your daily fitness of steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned, as well as set fitness goals. On the flipside, the watch gives you information on how much time you spend in different stages of sleep, and allows you to set sleep cycle alarms to wake you during your lightest sleep phase. Also, when connected to your smartphone, this watch alerts you of calls and notifications, and automatically updates the date and time when in a new time zone. In our busy schedules, we often spend time watching the clock, but this is a clock that truly watches over you. $275 

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G-Shock x Burton Mudmaster GG1000BTN-1ATo celebrate G-Shock’s 35th anniversary, the brand teamed up with Burton for their third collaboration since 2013, the limited edition MUDMASTER GG1000BTN-1A. Perfect for the cold-weather sportsman, it is designed with a unique camouflage of duck camo and also includes Burton’s ethos of “no bad trips” engraved on the case back. Featuring G-SHOCK’s twin sensor technology of digital compass and thermometer, as well as a special mud and debris-resistant structure, this watch is a perfect companion for the tough, snowy conditions on the slopes. $380

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45It seems most smart devices cater to Apple users first, and Android users second. TAG Heuer has changed that around. Built with Google services inside, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 gives any Apple watch a good run for its money. Notification and fitness monitoring seem standard on any smart watch these days, but this watch takes things up a notch. Not only can you play music and use voice command, but the international jet setter can also make use of Google Maps, Google Translate, and Android pay right from your wrist. You can leave your phone in your pocket, and instead of looking like a lost tourist, you can look like Bond, James Bond. $1700

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Cyrus Klepcys Vertical TourbillonCyrus may be a young brand, but it is already leaving its mark in the world. Known for their creative and innovative design aesthetics, the brand has once again reset the parameters of watch design. In most timepieces, the tourbillon is offset to one side or the other, in order for the gears that move the hour and minute hands to be set in the center. The Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon turns that concept on its head. They have rotated and displayed the tourbillon vertically, and split the hour and minute markers to either side— the hours to the left, and the minutes to the right. The retrograde display has the hours running from the bottom to the top, and the minutes running from the top to the bottom. Cyrus even goes a step further and places a sphere at 12 o’clock to indicate how many hours are left in the 96-hour power reserve. This timepiece is certainly a masterclass in innovation. Price varies

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Fossil FTW1206 Hybrid Smartwatch Q Activist Luggage LeatherSmart, tasteful, and understated. Fossil’s foray into the smartwatch realm results in a watch as clean and sleek as their luggage—and uses the same leather. Their Q Activist watch hybrid looks like an ordinary, simple wristwatch. However, it performs double duty as a smartwatch, with customizable buttons that allow you to perform the de rigueur smartwatch functions of activity and sleep monitoring, music control, and smartphone notifications. While not as outwardly fancy as other smartwatches on the market, the Fossil Q Activist Hybrid is simple and streamlined for the gentleman who likes to live a subtle, subdued, but connected life. $155

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Casio Edifice EQS800For the speed demon in all of us, there is the Casio Edifice EQS800. As Casio has been an official partner of the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team since 2016, they have created a timepiece that utilizes carbon fiber that emulates the materials and design of a Formula 1 racecar. The timepiece’s carbon fiber dial uses solar charging technology—a first time achievement for a Casio solar chronograph. Casio’s Solar Power uses enhanced charging technology that can continually store energy via a solar panel located under the inset dials. After a full-charge and without further exposure to light, the timepiece has a battery life of approximately five months—perfect if you’re into late night Fast and Furious drag races. $170

—Carl Ayers

The Evolution of the Male Model

               Images courtesy of out.com, littlethings.com,and pinterst.com, respectively

How does one define masculinity? Or more so to Fashion Reverie’s interest, what currently defines the look of a top male model. In previous decades, particularly the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, male models looked like very handsome actors. Think of those tall, handsome, Hollywood types—Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Tab Hunter, John Gavin, Ted Danson, and Tom Selleck. (Ted Danson and Tom Selleck actually started out as male models.) The really good-looking actor standard for American male models held for quite a few decades until iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber came along.

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Though Weber is controversial, he is still a revolutionary figure in the fashion industry. It was Weber who introduced the all-American Ivy League–like male model to the American consumer, and later to the international fashion community. The quintessential man for Weber was the all-American handsome young man with Disney Prince Charming-like features and athletic jock body. “Bruce kind of pioneered that all-American aesthetic, marrying striking good looks with athleticism. Scouts would [comb] Ivy League campuses and find tall, fit guys who were on the rowing teams, lacrosse, and fencing teams. In the 80s [the US] put males models on the map,” said former model and New York Times bestselling author Brad Gooch in a fashionreverie.com interview.

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During the 1980s male models began to have  V-shapes, and gym-toned bodies. However, in the early 2000s, a dramatic shift happened and a new kind of male model emerged. Male models began to look younger—in some cases they looked like high school students—more svelte—extremely slim with teenage bodies and taller frames. (In previous decades male models ranged in height from 5`10 to 6`1.) The new male model was rarely shorter than 6`0 and could be as tall as 6`4.

Though fashion designer Hedi Slimane is credited for popularizing the slight-framed, teenaged male model, that aesthetic started before Slimane. According to businessinsider.com, “by the early 90s hypermasculinity was out and the everyman was in.” And in fashion that meant sayonara muscled male models, hello skinny grunge boys. (Though Versace continued to use muscular male models for another decade.)

Slimane , who is currently making headlines again for being the next creative director of Céline, served as ready-to-wear director of menswear collections for Yves Saint Laurent from 1996 to 2001. His last show for the brand was fall/winter 2000, and it was considered the debut of “skinny.” The slim cut silhouette (and the ultra slim male model) foreshadowed how Slimane would promote the change in menswear and the face of male models.

 Images Marcus Schenkenberg, Tyson Beckford, and Alex Lundquist courtesy of twitter.com, popsugar.com, and listal.com, respectively

Slimane would move on to the position of creative director for menswear at Christian Dior, and his designs were so acclaimed that Slimane became the first menswear designer to receive the CFDA Award for International Designer. During Slimane’s tenure at Dior, the face of the male models continued to change. The standard of the muscle boys of the 90s like Tyson Beckford, Marcus Schenkenberg, and Alex Lundqvist was passé. The heroin chic look became the order of the day in the new millennium. (If you google heroin chic on Pinterest, you’ll find several Saint Laurent images from the Hedi Slimane era.) It was as if menswear brands had begun putting out calls for male models that said, “Give me your tired, your starved, your single digit body fat men.”

      Images of Chad White and Sebastian Suave courtesy of artpartner.com and pinterest.com

Even top male models of the ‘00s who started off more muscular like Chad White and Sebastian Sauve had to slim down as industry standards for male models changed. In addition to the more svelte look of male models, another trend of gender fluid models began to emerge in the fashion industry.

Images courtesy of popsugar.com, out.com, and photogenics, respectively

Male models like David Chiang, Marcel Castenmiller, and gender ambiguous models like Rain Dove and Andrej Pejic began strutting runways in New York, Milan, and Paris for brands Jean-Paul Gaultier, Richard Chai, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Kenzo, and PLAYOUT. Other gender ambiguous models like Kris Gottschalk (who identifies as female) and Ruby Rose (who is gender non-conforming) became niche faces of what it meant to be a “male” model. (Andrej Pejic in 2013 transitioned to a female; however, before the transition Andrej was known as the first completely androgynous supermodel.) By the end of the 21st Century’s first decade, the standard men of the runway began to change again. Hedi Slimane was out of Saint Laurent, having left the brand in 2016. The heroin chic look was beginning to fade, and the red carpet was rolled out for the boys with classic good looks—Sean O’Pry, Eian Scully, Garrett Neff, Pierre Woods, Henry Watkins, Cory Baptiste, and Pietro Boselli.With their chiseled bodies, knockout good looks, and charm, this new breed of men began to dominate the industry from runways to top ad campaigns. It was “the return of the male supermodel,” as Soul Artist Management founder Jason Kander so he put it and popularized as a hashtag on Instagram.

However, on the horizon is the return of Hedi Slimane—he’s been named the artistic creative and image director of Céline. As he has planned to introduce menswear to Celine, the ultra slim model could make a comeback. Also, with luxury brands adapting luxury street wear as a design aesthetic, a slimmer male silhouette may experience a resurgence. Only time will tell, let the evolution of the male model continue.

—Kristopher Fraser

Fashion Reverie’s Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s Grooming Guide

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Autumn. Otoño. L’automne. The time of year when we set our clocks back and we start to let ourselves go—less gym time and more comfort food. The onset of shorter days and cooler nights affects us mentally and physically, and seems to give us license to relax from our regular routines. We eat less healthily, slack off on the gym, and dress in more somber colors and tones. And as the temperature continues to drop, we experience more fatigue, our skin can become drier, and our hair can become more brittle.But just because temperatures are cooler doesn’t mean we have to look and feel as somber as the forecast. We don’t have to walk around with ashy skin and scraggly beards. This fall, fight back; combat fall fatigue and winter wear-down. Let’s continue looking as good as when we had our summer glow. To help you weather the seasonal changeover, Fashion Reverie has assembled a list of products that will have you feeling springtime fresh, even in the bleakest of climates.

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One of the biggest cold weather issues is dry skin. Brutal winds are bad enough, but multiple layers of clothing rubbing on your skin can accelerate the skin dryness. Enter SEACRET.SEACRET is a wide range of skincare and spa products stacked with minerals from the Dead Sea. One of their most popular products is the salt and oil scrub. The concoction of Dead Sea salt, grape seed oil, and honey not only gently exfoliates your skin, but also stimulates cell renewal. It is especially effective for nourishing your hands and feet. After your first use, your skin will begin to feel healthy and hydrated, and ready to take on whatever ‘Old Man Winter’ throws your way.

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More and more men are growing out their beards, and it has become a case of the haves and have nots—some have it together, and some don’t. But as with all successes in life, there are levels to this. On the basic level, some guys are using regular shampoo and conditioner to care for the beard. However, men in the know use products specifically developed to tend to their facial follicles. But fellas who know best, use Mountaineer Brand (MB).Mountaineer Brand is an all-natural brand from West Virginia and offers a full gamut of products to keep your whiskers tamed. They have everything from beard wash and shampoo to waxes, balms, and oils to shave kits, combs and brushes. Of particular interest is their beard oil. Not only does it absorb quickly and give your beard a healthy shine, it also conditions your skin and promotes hair growth. And their products don’t smell like honeysuckle or eucalyptus (even though there’s nothing wrong with that.)

MB’s products have scents of timber, coal, pine tar, citrus and spice, or lime and fir needles. Mountaineer Brand may be made with the rugged outdoorsman in mind, but it works perfectly fine for the city slicker, too.

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Looking and feeling good on the outside doesn’t mean much if you don’t look and feel good on the inside. The main portal of entry into your body is your mouth, so it is imperative that you take good care of it. One of the best ways to care for your mouth is with mouthwash and tooth powder from Garner’s Garden.First, there is Garner’s Garden’s mouthwash. It is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, fluoride free, and comes in regular strength or reduced strength for those with sensitive mouths. Also, Garner’s Garden has re-mineralizing tooth powder that you use in combination with the mouthwash. It removes stains and toxins, whitens and polishes teeth, helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis, reduces inflammation and soothes gums.

This product line, which is handmade and 100% all natural, is a slight deviation from typical oral care, but it is certainly worth it. You combine the two products in your mouth, then brush and gargle as normal. For those who include oil pulling as part of your oral care regimen, Garner’s Garden offers an alternative—Oxy Pulling. Rather than swish coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, you can swish their Oxy Pulling oral rinse for 30 seconds and get up to 10 times the effectiveness. Using all three products will result in drastically improved oral health. If you dread visits to the dentist as much as most people, these products can make your next dental visit a bit more pleasurable.

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Sometimes the forgotten soldiers of our winter woes are our feet. During good weather, they often don’t get enough rest, but it’s even worse in the cold weather months. We stuff them in boots for hours on end and they trudge us through the snow, and when we get home, they might get a cursory massage. All that hard work can take a toll, and we need to alleviate as much stress as possible. One way to treat your feet better is with foot masks by Starskin.Starskin are healing socks for your feet. Inside each sock is an array of skin softening, callous removing, dead-skin sloughing ingredients. You slip them on for an hour (you can put a regular pair of socks on over them), and let them do their magic. The lactic acid and other ingredients perform a deep exfoliation on your feet, and over the next week, you will notice the dead skin cells falling off, and a new, smooth layer of skin now at the surface. Some people have even reported a layer of skin coming off like the shedding of a snake. Cool? Gross? Whatever! The ancient Chinese believed that reflexology points in the feet lead to better health. If these socks can help rejuvenate my feet, and thereby restore the equilibrium of the yin and yang, Fashion Reverie is all here for it.

—Carl Ayers

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