Father’s Day Pick: La Difference

La_DifferenceWho says that men don’t want to look their best? Ask any aesthetician or rejuvenation specialist and they will tell you that male consumers of skincare products and skin rejuvenation techniques has more than doubled in the last ten years. And with the summer season only a few weeks away, men are concerned more than ever about the condition of their skin.

Plastic surgery and injectable products like Botox®, Juverderm®, and Restylane® can work wonders. However, these products can be pricy, may have adverse side effects and don’t last. What’s a guy to do, particularly if you don’t have deep pockets?

Collages1303La Difference to the rescue as an option for great skincare!! From its LDC INTENSE Hyaluronic Miracle Cream, that contains a powerful blend of moisturizing and antioxidant  ingredients  to  ensure  that  the  skin  remains  hydrated  and  balanced  to prevent  signs  of  aging; to its LDC  INTENSE  Cucumber  Eye  &  Lip  Cream that uses  a  blend  of  cucumber  extract,  peptides, vitamin  E  and  retinyl  palmitate  to  provide  generous  skin  nourishment  and hydrating qualities that help alleviate dark circles, stimulate collagen growth, reduce wrinkles and fine lines; to the brand’s LDC INTENSE Anti-Aging Night Repair Cream, which is the added boost you’ll need to counter that aging process and restore your skin back to its youthful shimmer.

And the results are long lasting!! Fashion Reverie’s team of editors can testify to that. Developed over a two-year period, La Difference all new Intense Skin Therapy, which includes eight products, was designed to provide dramatic results including lifting and firming skin, providing instant results, tightening and strengthening skin that contain antioxidants to fight free-radical damage.

Images courtesy of Simply the Best PR

Images courtesy of Simply the Best PR

Created in a FDA-approved, scientifically-advanced laboratory, Intense Skin Therapy uses plant stem cells as well as clinically proven ingredients that work on a cellular level to provide instant rejuvenation and hydration of the skin, while powerful tightening actives work to reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. Founded by three women who saw a void in the marketplace of effective and natural anti-aging skincare that actually works. The idea was conceived to have a line so versatile, it would easily adapt to any beauty and maintenance regime for women and men.

And speaking of men, La Difference’s Intense Skin Therapy is the perfect gift for the man or men in your life. Remember, Father’s Day is just a week away!! Products range in price from $45 to $150 and can be purchased at ladifferencecosmetics.com.

—Ano Okera

 

 

 

PORTS 1961 Men’s Spring Campaign

SS17Military-inspired looks and hashtags were the order of the day for PORTS 1961 men’s spring 2017 collection. Combine those reference points with collaborating with athletic wear brand Everlast and you have a collection that covers a lot of bases. “I wanted to give a message of less hate and more love,” explained creative director Milan Vukmirovic.

Images courtesy of PORTS 1961

Images courtesy of PORTS 1961

And in these distressed times a lot more love is what we all need. Vukmirovic expresses this desire for more love with love messages on tee shirts, hoodies, and capes accompanied by hashtag symbols. This menswear campaign photographed by Vukmirovic features Matthew Noszka.

—Ano Okera

PORTS 1961’s Fall 2016 Menswear Campaign

PORTS 1961 fall 2016 show courtesy of vogue.com

PORTS 1961 fall 2016 show courtesy of vogue.com

Is it possible for a brand to appeal to an age demographic that ranges from 18 to late 50s? Some women’s wear brands have some successfully pulled this off, particularly when 50 is the new 35. Coach, Tadashi Shoji, Club Monaco, and even Kate Spade come to mind. Still, with menswear it is a bit harder.

For the fall 2016 menswear campaign, PORTS 1961 has accomplished almost the impossible, combining a wide age demographic in its campaign.  And it works. PORTS 1961’s selection of guys to front its fall 2016 menswear campaign which comes from the ranks of fashion includes a male supermodel, a fashion consultant and buyer, and two stylists. Photographed by their creative director Milan Vukmirovic with styling from Scarlett Viquel.

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Adonis Bosso is very familiar to almost everyone who follows fashion is familiar with Adonis Bosso. He walks in over 50 shows every year, and has had campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Armani Exchange, and H&M.

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Image courtesy of C&M Media

Nick Wooster is a regular presence at New York Fashion Week and for a couple of decades has been a well-known name in the industry as a buyer and fashion consultant. He has previously had strong ties to PORTS 1961 by walking in their shows in Milan.

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Image courtesy of C&M Media

George Cortina is a freelance stylist whose work has appeared in PORTER, the Wall Street Journal, and GQ Germany. He has also styled campaigns for Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli.

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Image courtesy of C&M Media

Fashion Stylist Miguel Arnau also fronts PORTS 1961’s fall 2016 menswear campaign. Arnau has styled for At Large MagazineGQ SpainHercules Magazine and VOGUE Japan.

—Staff

 

Men’s Hair Trend Alert: Get your Hair Ready for NYFW: Men’s Spring 2017

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A new hairstyle is an easy way to really change up your look.  To stay ahead of the trends, we asked 2015 “Educator of the Year” and PRORITUALS’ new Creative Director and Director of Education, Douglas Martucci what we can expect to see on the runway at New York Fashion Week: Men’s spring 2017 collections  and how you can get ready and look your best.

So what will be the biggest trend in men’s hair?  “Expect to see texture, this past year we have seen a tremendous growth in the texture categories.  We will for sure see shine and structure as well as a soft matte looser and more casual feel,” Martucci predicts.  “We are definitely seeing shorter sides with a disconnected and heavily textured top.  Arched, skin, and tight fades are definitely at the forefront this year.”  Martucci recommends playing with different products to really see how they work with your hair.  “It’s all about versatility in men’s hair right now, some structure and some softness. With men I think we are more likely to see these trends hang out a bit longer, who doesn’t like a well groomed man?”

To get on-trend hair, start with the basics.  “Good shampoo and conditioner is always the first step to creating any look.  Be on the lookout for shampoo and conditioner that’s a pH of 4.5-5.5.  It’s the same pH as your skin so it’s less likely to dry your scalp leading to dandruff.” Martucci explains.

Mens_hairtrends_spring_2017_pompadour_02Martucci also recommends when going for a new cut, try getting a style which has multiple options, “…talk to your stylist or barber about how to style your hair differently, you can have the beach texture but also a smooth pompadour with a change in product and some time practicing with your new look.”

Then right before Fashion Week or any big event make sure to “groom your brows and clean up your side burns,” Martucci advises.   “Keeping your brows neat frames the rest of your face and can show off those baby blues.  Sideburns are a big one, the bigger and burlier they are, the wider they make your face appear.  Keep them trimmed and close to create a leaner face shape.”

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Image courtesy of Gucci7.com

With a little precision grooming and a versatile style you’re sure to get noticed by the street style paparazzi!

—Janine Silver

Fashion Reverie’s Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Are you scratching your head because the man or men in your life have everything? With Father’s Day just around the corner, the ‘man who has everything’ conundrum is a common challenge for most consumers.

Put your fretting aside, Fashion Reverie has come with some unique last-minute gifts for the man who has everything. And the good news, these gifts won’t break your bank!! Men are easier to please then you think.

Thirty-five is not only the new 50 for women, the modern man also doesn’t look his actual age. The days of dads looking like Ozzie Nelson and Vincent Van Patten from “Eight Is Enough” is not the standard look of the modern father. Men are paying a lot more attention to their physicality and looks then they did twenty years ago.

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That said; who says dads don’t want nice skin too? Ecco Bella‘s Skin Care Line is perfect for sensitive skin, especially for dad’s who shave their face! It’s one of the only products on the market enriched with VitaminCells. It’s an organic skin care line that has anti-aging benefits!

Speaking of shaving, most dads go through the daily ritual of keeping their faces squeaky clean and smooth, especially if they happen to work in an office. Razor burn and dry skin is a big challenge for shavers every day. And who wants to kiss a face that is not smooth and scratchy.

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Pacific Shaving Company, a leading manufacturer of innovative shaving essentials that use safe, natural, and eco-friendly ingredients, offers a breakthrough product—the first line of Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave. Women have been using caffeinated skin products for sometime in everything from eye creams, cleansers and anti-aging product. Well, the guys have finally caught up with Pacific Shaving Company’s Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave.

“When topically applied, the benefits of caffeine can take effect quickly. With 50 milligrams of naturally-derived caffeine (an espresso contains approximately 60 milligrams), Pacific Shaving Company’s new products may not replace your morning coffee routine, but they will help get you going in the morning—while providing an exceptional shaving experience,” explains Stan Ades, founder of Pacific Shaving Company. The products retail for $7.99 each or $15.99 for the set and are available at nationwide retailers including Target and Rite Aid.

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We know that men like their outerwear to look good, but they also like the under garments to have a certain about of style and panache as well. Look no further, Lacoste has a great underwear designs that are perfect for you guy for Father’s Day.

The well-known sportswear brand has a two-pack of briefs in bold green, red, and blue in solids or latticed that will look great on your guy. And an extra bonus, Lacoste is having a 50% off in-store and online sale. Hurry before supplies run out!!

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Image courtesy of Chic Style Exec PR

Looking for the perfect accessory for dad to take along to the beach this summer? Look no further! The CoolBag LLC was founded in 2013 out of a need for a secure recreational bag, with the support from an array of professionals. Fabulous for those on the go, CoolBag is like no other with its heavy-duty locking system and sleek look. CoolBag allows the fun to happen so customers can relax and “Stay Cool in Life”™.

The patented CoolBag keeps valuables safe with its heavy-duty locking handle and combination zipper. The 100% cotton canvas with PVC backing allows users to lock up their valuables—even to lounge chairs to keep them secure if you decide to step away for a dip in the pool!

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Image courtesy of Exposure.net PR

Though your guy probably has a great timepiece, he probably would love a great watch that matches his lifestyle, especially he is active and always on the go. Durability and boldness combined with style are the main components that he is looking for. If that is the case, G-Shock has a variety of watch styles for your guy!! And if you live in the New York metropolitan area, G-Shock has a store in Soho!!

For Father’s Day, Fashion Reverie has selected the G-Shock’s Metallic Dial Color Add Series, a three-piece analog/digital watch collection that offers a bold look in variations of black accented with silver, gold and rose gold. The super-tough G-SHOCK series comes with a large rotary crown switch for intuitive operation. All three timepieces are designed to create a stylish, resilient fashion accessory. The black GA400GB-1A has silver accents, the GA400GB-1A9 is accented in gold, and the GA400GB-1A4 features rose gold accents. The accents offer a splash of jewel tones to the case, band, and face, for a traditional design in a non-traditional watch.

—William S. Gooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menswear Spring 2017 Style Prediction: Prince for Spring 2017

 

Prince_Spring_2017_Menswear_predictionAs we look back at the fashion and music of Prince Rogers Nelson, like David Bowie who transitioned in late 2015, many fashion designers will draw inspiration or reference Prince in their spring 2017 collections. Prince’s fashion choices reflected his penchant toward silhouettes, fabrications and color spectrums that expanded the definitions of masculinity and femininity. At times his style bordered on the extravagant, even sometimes cartoonish. Still, it was all Prince Rogers Nelson in his undisputed glory, marching to the beat of his own fashion drum.

Fashion Reverie projected which fashion brands could successfully conjure up images of Prince in their spring 2017 collection while staying true to their brand DNA.

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Image courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency/REX/Shutter.com

The obvious choice of designers/brands that will inject Prince’s fashion sensibility into their spring 2017 collection is Versace. It is well known that Donatella Versace was a very good friend to the “Purple One.” Versace was one of the few fashion shows that Prince ever attended. Prince was even friends to Gianni Versace before his untimely death.

Images of Versace Mens spring 2013, 2015 and 2016 courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/vogue.com

Images of Versace Mens spring 2013, 2015 and 2016 courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/vogue.com

Prince was also noted for wearing Versace prints and accessories. He attended the Versace H&M party in 2011 with Donatella and later in the evening performed “Purple Rain” for the attendees. That said; Fashion Reverie looking back at some of the brand’s menswear collections and observed that conjuring up images of Prince’s personal style would be an easy fit for Versace.

Images of Moschino Fall 2016 and Jeremy Scott spring 2017 courtesy of Marcus Tondo/Yannis Vlamos/vogue.com

Images of Moschino Fall 2016 and Jeremy Scott spring 2017 courtesy of Marcus Tondo/Yannis Vlamos/vogue.com

Though Jeremy Scott/Moschino’s menswear leans, at times, to the comical with a cartoon quality, it does fit in line with Prince’s fashion eclecticism. (The Flintstones and racecar driving seen through the lens of Louis XIV have inspired Scott/Moschino menswear in the past.) For Moschino fall 2016, Scott collaborated with British agritprop artists Gilbert & George to create an outré collection that saturated with color, just down Prince’s alley. For spring 2016 Scott’s eponymous brand was screwy homage to 60’s sci-fi movies. Again, wacky and wonderful; Prince would have been pleased!!

Images of Dolce & Gabbano spring 2016 courtesy of Marcus Tondo/vogue.com

Images of Dolce & Gabbano spring 2016 courtesy of Marcus Tondo/vogue.com

Dolce & Gabbana is another brand that would be a great fit for a Prince-inspired spring 2017 collection. From the early 2000s to just before his untimely death, Prince opted for a more tailored look, moving away from the gender bending, over-the-top looks of the 80s and 90s.

For spring 2016, Dolce & Gabbana injected a lot of floral prints into their men’s collection. And when you marry D&G’s version of floral prints—peacocks and dragons frolicking through a bamboo forest—with tailored suits, you have the re-invented modern Prince.

John Varvatos spring 2016 images courtesy of Ernest Green/fashionreverie.com

John Varvatos spring 2016 images courtesy of Ernest Green/fashionreverie.com

John Varvatos is the undisputed menswear designer of rock n’ roll fashion. That said; John Varvatos is a natural fit for a Prince-inspired spring 2017 collection.

Prince’s musical repertoire expanded pop, fusion jazz, gospel, R&B, punk, hip hop, and rock n’ roll genres. And Varvatos’ spring 2016 Edwardian aesthetic paired with an early 70s rock n’ roll sentimentality correspond to the current design aesthetic that Prince had evolved into.

Philipp Plein spring 2016 images courtesy of vogue.com

Philipp Plein spring 2016 images courtesy of vogue.com

Philipp Plein’s fall 2016 menswear collection referenced “Mad Max” and 80’s punk, something that Prince toyed with almost three decades ago. (Remember the “Dirty Mind” and “Controversy” tour.) Though this is classic Prince from the early 80s, Philipp Plein is right at the top of the list of menswear designers that could easily conjure up Prince for spring 2017.

—William S. Gooch

Men’s Accessory Pick: Parabellum’s Slim Briefcase

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How many times have you heard brands and labels pronounce that their new product will revolutionize the industry? Sometimes it true, but often times it just brand marketing. Few brands live up to these overarching claims; however, Parabellum is one such brand whose pronouncements live up to all the brouhaha.

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With their recently launched Slim Briefcase, Parabellum has really put their money and innovation to good use. Though this new product mimics the same aesthetic of the original large briefcase, the frame is smaller and features dedicated device pockets and ample storage with Parabellum’s signature handcrafted detailing. This unisex bag is ideal for all occasions, especially work and travel.

Available in Parabellum’s signature black and pumpkin color way as well as dark brown, burgundy, and emerald blue., the Slim Briefcase retails for  $688. And ladies this a great holiday gift for that special man in your life, hint hint!!

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Image courtesy of Alab Group

Now, this new product from Parabellum might now revolutionize the accessories market, but Parabellum never claimed that it would. Still, Parabellum is on to something that so many brands seem to have forgotten. Innovation plus quality equals sell. That combination is a win-win!!

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Image courtesy of cfda.org

Parabellum is a leather goods company founded by Jason Jones and Mike Feldman in Los Angeles, and is known for the complicated details of its design and craftsmanship. Parabellum was named finalist for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund in 2013, and makes bags, belts and wallets for some of the most discerning men and women in the world. Parabellum juxtaposes deeply textured Bison leather with sophisticated ceramic hardware, and is proud to support a domestic micro-supply chain of idealists. For more information, go to parabellum.la.

—Staff

Menswear Editors’ Pick: Converse Deck Star Slip ’67 Missoni

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Images courtesy of PMBNC

The Missoni x Converse collaboration continues. Longtime collaborators Converse and Missioni have teamed up yet again for Deck Slip-on sneaks inspired by the romantic essence of an artist and his travels along the Trans-Siberian-Manchurian rail line. And as you sneaker aficionados will testify, it is a collaboration made in heaven.

The Missoni x Converse collaboration has produced such great product as the Missoni x Converse spring 2016 Chuck Taylor high tops with zigzag pattern, the fall 2015 Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor high tops with mint green and black vertical stipes, and the fall 2015 Missioni x Converse deck sneakers inspired by the Southern European and North African coast line. And that is just to name the current collaborations for 2015.

This current Converse Deck Star silhouette is enhanced with a thick, chunky space-dyed elasticated cashmere upper that is ideal for the colder weather that comes with the winter months. Premium satin is applied to the back of the sneakers to deliver a more elevated look while the colors reflect the darker, earthy hues of the landscape—the mountains, rivers and forests—that the artist passes on his journey.

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Images courtesy of PMBNC

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The Converse Deck Star Slip ’67 Missoni sneakers are now available for a suggested retail price of $250 USD at Converse retail stores, select first string retailers and online at converse.com.

May the sneaker Gods be praised!!

—Staff

Men’s Fashion Alert: Stetson Celebrates 150 Years

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How many brands can attest to being on the market for 150 years? Not many. And it is particularly a challenge to maintain market viability in an oversaturated market where everyone from celebrities, sports figures, and every new graduate of a fashion school can place a product on the market in a short period of time.

For over 150 years Stetson has been a mainstay brand on the American market. No other fashion brand conjures up images of the American Frontier West with style, panache, and market sustainability better than Stetson. Founded in 1865 by John B. Stetson when he headed west and created the “Boss of the Plains” hat, the brand has been associated with being the purveyor of Western-style hats.

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Stetson is now the largest hat maker in the world with its main factory located in Philadelphia and though Western-style hats were the products that gave the brand its market viability, Stetson has now expanded into fragrances, apparel, footwear, eyewear, belts, bourbon and a range of other products evoking the historic American West. And its fragrance ads and editorials have included Matthew McConaughey and Tom Brady.

“Stetson has been both the stuff of dreams and a household name for three centuries. We have achieved this by being a reflection of an evolving yet enduring vision of America. I feel we are caretakers of this legacy, happy to celebrate 150 years of history while working hard to maintain and broaden our identity and scope,” said Izumi Kajimoto, chief executive officer of Stetson.

Images courtesy of Agentry PR

Images courtesy of Agentry PR

During this 150-year anniversary, the 150-year product collection will run across Stetson’s various categories including hats, belt buckles, clothing, fragrance, and footwear. Under the hat category, the brand will revive archival hat styles as well as current styles, all of which will feature a commemorative pin on the band. Boots will be stamped on the sole with the 150-year insignia. New packaging will be rolled out for Stetson’s famous fragrance. A special edition coffee table book and select home goods will also be released.

Images courtesy of Agentry PR

Images courtesy of Agentry PR

Stetson’s digital push comes in the form of an interactive micro-site within the brand’s current website. The platform will allow users to experience both the rich history of Stetson as well as examine its current culture across the US. Users can view the timeline feature, which takes you from the brand’s humble Philadelphia beginnings through major moments of the 20th Century, and into today. Stetson commissioned tastemakers in 14 American cities, from Nashville to Portland to create their Stetson City Guides. The guides will take visitors into local favorites, from coffee shops to music venues, giving a taste of the modern Stetson lifestyle. The micro-site also offers videos, which show the American craftsmanship behind the brand’s most exciting offerings. Finally, the platform features a contest, giving users the chance to win a VIP concert experience.

—Staff

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