Father’s Day Find: The Collateral’s Chic and Sophisticated Cufflinks

 

Image courtesy of The Collaterals

Image courtesy of The Collaterals

Another pair of socks, a tie, dress shirts, oops, did I forget the last minute gift card? I guess you know where I am going. Father’s Day is less than a week away, and though being creative about getting Dad something special—particularly if the man seemingly has everything—is not your strong point, you have enough time to get that special guy something chic and sophisticated.

Fashion Reverie to the rescue, helping its readers identify those unique fashion items that will set them a part from the crowd of consumers who settle for banal, disposable fashion. With an oversaturated fashion market—even in menswear—most men are looking for that special fashion item that is attention grabbing.

Whether your special guy works in an office or is an outdoors type, a least a couple of times a year he has to look spiffy for a special occasion. Though he may contend that he is not style conscious, every man likes to look good and appreciates compliments on well thought out style choices.

Images courtesy of The Collaterals

Images courtesy of The Collaterals

Fashion is  about change, so for Father’s Day why not combine sophisticated elegance with an innovative, revolutionary concept. The Collaterals collection of cufflinks combines exquisite craftsmanship with a totally new way to fasten French cuffs.  Collateral’s patent pending Prometheus foldable automatic locking system fastens French cuffs in a true, slick fit around the wrist that is not possible with traditional cufflinks. They are adjustable if a little more room is preferable when wearing a watch.

“My Collaterals collection is designed for ambitious, tenacious, high-profile men who dress for success and are looking for a luxurious modern accessories effect which matches the high caliber of their high-ticket watch, suit or car. Each mechanical cufflink head has a unique smart internal plate that allows the locking action and is crafted from high-grade Japanese stainless steel.  The natural gem stones and materials used in the designs are embedded into the head with a technique which heats a natural material to its highest temperature tolerance forcing it to shrink in size so it can be inserted in the cavity. When rapidly cooled, the piece expands and perfectly fills the cufflink head almost as if it fused itself to the stainless steel frame. This eliminates the traditional gluing technique used for other cufflinks,” details Creative Director Carlos Castillo.

Image courtesy of The Collaterals

Image courtesy of The Collaterals

The Prometheus cufflinks collection offers several designs as well as the Futura and Raptor cufflinks collections. In addition, the Collaterals brand features luxury designs for Shirt Collar Links, Shirt Collar Stays and Suit Lapels. The Collaterals products exist to provide elegant, stylish touches to the business wardrobe of the modern man.

Remember, these cufflinks and collar stays are also heirloom accessories to be passed own from one generation to the next. The Raptor Blue cufflinks retail at $225 and Lapis Lazuli Prometheus retail at $280. The collection can be purchased in Bloomingdales in Hackensack, NJ, Orlando and Miami, Florida or online at thecollaterals.com.

—William S. Gooch

 

Men’s Style Alert: Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star and Comme Des Garcons Link up Again

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Images courtesy of PMKBNC

Fashion collaborations are very common in fashion. From Pharrell Williams’ collaboration with Opening Ceremony to Misha Nonoo and Aldo to Lily Pulitzer and Target to Alexander Wang and H&M, combining well-known designers with mega retail stores in some cases seems to produce big bucks for both parties involved. (Remember Missoni selling out overnight in H&M with most of the produce being resold on Ebay, Target’s collaboration with Lily Pulitzer followed suit.)

Well, this is the fourth time around for Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker collaboration with Comme des Garcon’s creative director Rei Kawakubo. But, collaborations are nothing new to Converse. Missoni collaborated with Converse in 2014 as well as Maison Martin Margiela in the same year. And who can forget Converse’s Chuck Taylor collaboration with the mega heavy metal band Black Sabbath for spring 2014 with Black Sabbath logos and graphics to boot.

Images courtesy of PMKBNC

Images courtesy of PMKBNC

For spring 2015 Comme des Garcons and Converse chose to create an exclusive four pair collection of the premium All Star Chuck 70 sneakers in high top and ox silhouettes. Featuring heavy grade black and milk canvas uppers, a smaller toe box and higher midsole finished in solid white, reinforced contrast canvas heel strips, nickel hardware, thick cotton laces and a cushioned sockliner for added comfort. The design is accented with the signature red heart logo created by New York-based graphic artist, Filip Pagowski, peeking out from behind the midsoles.

This fourth collaboration is a limited edition series that goes on sale May 14 exclusively at Dover Street Market stores in both London and New York, COMME des GARÇONS New York and online atdoverstreetmarket.com. They will be released at other global retailer partners on Friday, May 15, 2015 and will retail for a SRP of $125 USD.

Images courtesy of PMKBNC

Images courtesy of PMKBNC

Now, don’t wait til the last minute to purchase these fashion-forward sneaks. Do we really want to crash the Internet again? I hope you fashionistas learned you lesson from the Lily Pulitzer/Target crash!!

—Staff

Menswear Exclusive Interview: Nicholas Elliott

Fall 2015 images courtesy of LER PR

Fall 2015 images courtesy of LER PR

How does a European designer, or any non-native designer get traction stateside when they are not a recognizable brand or household name? The US market is saturated with established and emerging designers that are all scrambling for that consumer who wants unique, chic clothes that reflects their personal style while not breaking the bank.

British menswear designer Nicholas Elliott is looking to make inroads into the most chaotic and challenging menswear market in the world. Though the US menswear market can seem like a little gated community—and it often is—there is always room for innovative design, brilliant construction, and a unique perspective on what male consumers want to wear. Nicholas Elliot and his brand N-p-Elliot just might fit the bill.

One component to success in menswear is being able to predict what the male consumer wants before the consumer even knows it. And Elliott has his pulse on the heartbeat of the new, emerging male shopper; a shopper who is willing to go beyond the tried-and-true and is open to non-gender specific clothes.

Is Elliott assured of the same stateside success he’s had across the “big pond”? Only time will tell. Fashion Reverie hopes the gamble pays off!!

Fashion Reverie: What inspired your fall 2015 collection?

Nicholas Elliott: Two cult classic films; one being “Gattaca,” and the other being the Bond film “Moonraker” inspired the collection. The collection is called “Dystopian Present” because both films deal with an impending dystopian regime. The color palette is very limited; the choice is very considered. The wools in the collection all come from a British company called Hemsworth that makes all the military uniforms for the British army. The quality is amazing and the fabric is very durable. There is also great history with the Hemsworth brand.

Fall 2015 images courtesy of LER PR

Fall 2015 images courtesy of LER PR

FR: A lot of designers for fall 2015 are using the dystopia concept in their collections. What motivated you to use this concept?

Nicholas Elliott: My mind is pretty dark anyway and when you see so much disorder in the world, you want to bring some order to it. With fashion you are in control of how people are dressing, even if it just within your brand. There is a kind of uniformity in how this collection is presented and put together. Also, it reflects societal views on fashion and how everyone currently wants to dress the same. Whether that aping comes from wanting to belong or fear of standing out. It is almost like the McCarthyism of late 1940s into the 1950s.

FR: There is an androgynous feel to your fall 2015 collection, why that direction?

Nicholas Elliott: I hate gender stereotyping; it is so boring. I have never felt constricted by the way I dress. I don’t believe this collection feminizes men or is very cliché. This collection does harken back to a 1970s aesthetic and point of view when men were more adventurous in their dress and attitude. Currently, a lot of menswear is very conservative.

This collection is more contained and restrained than my spring 2015. I took a lot of advice from buyers who said that you could be adventurous but not in all aspects of the collection. So, I took that into consideration, and my fall 2015 collection is adventurous but every aspect.

FR: There is a strong 70s reference in this collection, why that approach?

Nicholas Elliott: Well, both films that I used as inspiration have a 70s reference in their scope. “Gattaca” was made in 1997 but had a strong 70s vibe and “Moonraker” was made in 1979.

Fall 2015 images courtesy of LER PR

Fall 2015 images courtesy of LER PR

FR: Micromesh was a big trend for spring 2025, why are you carrying over this fabrication into your fall 2015 collection?

Nicholas Elliott: I use the micromesh in tee shirts because I believe this garment works well as a layering piece for fall/winter. I like the idea of everyone being very pragmatic and physically fit, even though the tees have been bound and lined in silk faille. I am attempting to take styles that you can keep using and developing throughout the year, not for just one particular season.  I also attempt to take patterns and silhouettes and carry them over from one season to the next, making them better the next season around.

FR: I have noticed that you also only use fabrics and materials that have some basis in eco-soundness and environmental utilitarianism.

Nicholas Elliott: That’s true. I try to use fabrics and materials that are by-products of things you would eat anyway, like lamb, goat, sheep, and beef, using the fur or skins of those animals. I don’t want to alienate any customers by randomly just using fur and skins for fashion sake alone.

FR: And your clothes are not necessarily gender specific.

Nicholas Elliott: Yeah, my clothes look good on everyone. Everyone looks good in a bomber jacket, relaxed-fit pants and an oversized tee or cap-sleeve tee, if you can appeal to a broader market, why not? And you will not lose anything by being gender neutral.

FR: Who is your customer?

Nicholas Elliot: I generally make clothes that I would wear, but I am already putting clothes on people I like. America is more of a niche market, but in Europe I am putting clothes on people in the music industry, fine art, and a lot of different careers. In the US, the markets are more segmented with fashionistas only wearing certain designers and musicians liking a whole different set, and business folks in a whole other category.

Ultimately, I see my clothes are really cool, stylish people. I want my clothes to be worn by a cool guy in his 50s, but also a cool guy in his 20s and 30s. I don’t want to ostracize any group. You know fashion for all!!

—William S. Gooch

Men’s Holiday Grooming Guide

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Image courtesy of firstolympian.com

The fall chill has turned into the winter freeze, so it’s time to think of all things warm and fuzzy. Kids are putting on their flannel pajamas, women are getting into their snuggies, and men are growing out their beards. Ladies, your man’s beard can be a curse or a blessing for you. If you don’t mind him pressing his itchy, wooly face against yours, let him handle it alone. However, if you prefer cozying up to softer stubble, get him these products to maintain his facial hair through the holidays and all year round.

Image courtesy of Mr. Natty Face

Image courtesy of Mr. Natty Face

The first step in growing and maintaining a healthy beard is making sure it’s regularly cleaned. Some men question what product to use for this. Your man isn’t going to want to use your facial cleanser, so I suggest you get him Mr. Natty Face Forest Soap. Gentle enough to be used daily, FFS is high in antioxidants thanks to olive oil (which also hydrates the skin), has shea butter to protect dry skin, and peppermint oil to give it all a little kick.

Image courtesy of Cold Label

Image courtesy of Cold Label

Cold Label has teamed up with celebrity barber Faheem Alexander to create “Bully,” their luxurious beard and shave oil. Bully is actually a blend of their classic shave oil and beard oil, both of which contains follicle softening oils that moisturize and condition your skin and beard. This special edition blend helps grow a full beard with a natural shine and a soft touch. Made of only ten natural ingredients, this oil is also perfect for sensitive skin.

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Grooming

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Grooming

Brooklyn Grooming’s line of beard balms is perfect for growing a longer, thicker, coarser beard. Made with organic ingredients, including candelilla wax and shea butter, this balm reintroduces moisture to his beard and seals it in. Think of this beard balm as a styling pomade for his whiskers, holding down fly-aways and leaving them with a healthy sheen.

Image courtesy of Big Red Beards

Image courtesy of Big Red

After all of the washing, and moisturizing, and waxing, his beard maintenance is not complete if he lets it turn into a matted mess. He needs to simply comb it out. He doesn’t have to give it 100 nightly strokes, but he should regularly pass a comb through it. Combing his beard not only removes debris and detangles it, but it also helps redistribute beard oil and balm throughout. For this follicle treatment, I recommend grabbing a groomer from Big Red Beard Combs. At different stages of growth, his beard will need combs of different sizes, so pick up the trio pack and he’ll be well taken care of.

—Carl Ayers

*Slideshow image courtesy of ifashinolo.com

Nick Graham: Not your Average JOE

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Image courtesy of nickgraham.com

Everyone loves JOE BOXER, but do you know the man behind the brand, NICK GRAHAM? The genius behind one of America’s favorite underwear brands, Nick Graham is not only the brains behind the household name, but a maverick who considers himself a cultural archaeologist.

And so he is. A man full of passion, ideas and information, Nick Graham has many sides to his  life. In the past, Nick’s style experiences included launching rockets into space, live streaming fashion shows from airplane hangers in Iceland, and developing the first transatlantic fashion show with his good friend, Richard Branson.  Similar to Richard’s reputation, Nick Graham is a man full of adventure who also carries a heart of gold. A huge advocate of AIDS and breast cancer awareness, Nick is also a huge spokesman for literacy.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

A man of English heritage and a Canadian upbringing it appears that Nick was destined to be a quirky gentleman. Thus, a true renegade of style, Nick is determined to restructure the way we view fashion and now menswear. His latest enterprise, best entitled with his own signature, is a focus on what he dons a ‘Post Prep’ look for men.  Packaging men’s quality shirts with quirky bow ties and ties, Nick has developed a new form of one stop shopping for men.  Allowing men to have easy options are elements of style that are typical of Nick Graham, and are revolutionary for men to dress up without too much fuss leaving enough mental space for fun, color, and conversation.

In a world obsessed with branding, marketing, and image, Nick understands how the pieces of the puzzle can nicely come together to convey messages of cultural change that will not only sale, but can inspire many to create a better future.

Fashion Reverie: Everybody loves JOE BOXER; it’s a household name.  What do we need to know to love NICK GRAHAM, the menswear brand?

Nick Graham: Joe Boxer was for me a happy accident. I moved to San Francisco in the 80’s and needed new underwear. Needless to say it got out of hand. Nick Graham is more strategic.  Menswear to me is shifting to what I call Post-Prep, a new dynamic of dressing that is opening up more options for guys everywhere, and I don’t see any one particular company addressing that developing market.

Image courtesy of nick graham.com

Image courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: You as the founder, Nick Graham, have Canadian roots. You also have a flair for the dramatic, which is not very Canadian. Or is it?

Nick Graham: Canadians are very dramatic when it comes to hockey, beer, and Celine Dion.  But, Canada also breeds some of the funniest comedians around. Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Seth Rogen, Leslie Nielson are all Canadian, and somewhat dramatic. There is a very high level of irony in the water in Canada, so that makes us who we are. Of course, there is also Justin Bieber, but for now, America can have him.

Fashion Reverie: How did Canada influence you?

Nick Graham: I always use some aspect of Canada in one of my lines every year.  In my first season of Joe Boxer, I sold the “Ultimate Hoser” a plaid flannel boxer that came with a detachable raccoon tail. I sold them to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and they sold out in one day. Next fall, I am doing Eau de Moose, a collection of rustic ties and textured shirting fabrics that are built for urban wildlife.

Fashion Reverie: You have a definite “English Gentleman’s” sensibility. It’s also clean and quirky. Do you think American men can get into that sort of fashion as adult and fun?

Nick Graham: No one does Brit better than Ralph Lauren, so yes American men are already into it. He’s brilliant, and a real idol of mine. He creates a world that is firmly planted in English lifestyle, and is better at doing it than the Brits are. My parents are British, but I grew up on a ranch in Alberta where the only thing bespoke were the things on my bike tires. My great grandfather was Sir James Dunn, a Canadian industrialist, who was very dapper and well dressed. I remember as a young boy growing up on the farm, my mother gave me a very fancy men’s silk scarf one day. She had dated Rex Harrison the actor and he had given it to her. I would wear that scarf with my cowboy boots, a la Ralph Lauren.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: Your newest menswear collection is purposefully packaged with a shirt including a tie and bowtie to match.   Do you think this type of packaging will influence men to shop and dress better?

Nick Graham: The idea is to make it easy for guys to look cool without spending a lot of time thinking about it. Most of the guys I know have ADD when it comes to shopping (including me) and this is like a cheaper, safer, more stylish medication for it. Plus, it makes great gifts.

Fashion Reverie: Do you find in America that branding and marketing is much more important than design? Do you see this as advantageous or the opposite?

Nick Graham: Design and Product rule everything, and always will. Branding and Marketing are just by-products of a great product, and when a product is good you hardly need to market it. Lots of people think you can market anything, but if the product/service sucks, it’s not going to change the consumers mind. Apple is a prime example of that.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: The idea of the two-tone bowtie/tie is clever. I love your flair for quirky design exemplified in everyday living. Do you yourself live in a world of whimsy?

Nick Graham: The idea of Post Prep is to take the familiar and make it new. That’s why the ties are that way, they look very straightforward but have a little hidden element that makes them pop.  Yes I like whimsy, but it has to be smart. I like making people kind of lighten up and not take stuff so seriously. I do that through design, some people do it through music, film or art. Someone was in my showroom last week and said it was a cross between “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and an American Paul Smith, which I thought was funny.

Fashion Reverie: You’ve developed a partnership with PHAIDON, Why?

Nick Graham: I love books and I also think they make you look smart. I love the way the covers of the books blended with our shirts, it created a narrative with our products that I liked. Someone said it looks like you had Robert De Niro promoting your brand, but no, its just the cover.

Images courtesy of nick graham.com

Images courtesy of nickgraham.com

Fashion Reverie: Any other collaboration in the works that you care to discuss?

Nick Graham: I’m working with my friend Brian Cox, the UK physicist, on his tour of the US. It’s a comedy show about science … or a science show about comedy, I can’t remember. It’s in March of 2015. Lots of other stuff is coming, too.

Fashion Reverie: Do you have any ideas that you have to extinguish or do you simply file them away for the future?

Nick Graham: My philosophy is there are no new ideas and there are no old ideas, either. Ideas are just that, ideas. It’s when they became real that they become businesses. I have a ton of ideas, and there are a lot of them in the file!

Nick Graham’s world is available on www.nickgraham.com

—Kelly Mills

Haspel Celebrates 105 Years

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

Haspel spring 015 images courtesy of Haspel

It’s a banner year for menswear line Haspel. First and foremost, it’s their 105th anniversary. And how are they celebrating? They started in September with an intimate presentation of their spring/summer 2015 collection co-hosted by Jockey and Esquire Magazine. Second, they held an anniversary party in NYC’s famed Meatpacking District. And third, they’ve teamed up with four other heritage brands to create a limited selection of accessories that compliment the lifestyle of the Haspel man.

Re-launched in the spring of 2014, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (also designers of award-winning men’s brand Shipley & Halmos) have expanded on the tradition of Haspel. A company founded in 1909 as the originator of the seersucker suit, the brand currently also manufactures menswear in linens and light denims.  For the spring/summer 2015 season, the Haspel customer has a generous selection of sartorial options, from suits to shirts to shorts, in colors ranging from optic whites to sea foam greens and Parisian blues. One of their most eye-catching pieces is their berry-colored Délavé linen suit.

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

Image of Laurie Haspel Aronson courtesy of Haspel

To highlight their longevity, the company celebrated its 105th birthday with a New Orleans-themed cocktail party and retrospective at The Griffin in New York’s Meatpacking District. The retrospective included archival suiting displays from the 1930s–1970s and models in Haspel’s fall/winter 2014 collection while music was provided by legendary New Orleans jazz band, Henry Butler & Friends.

Image courtesy of Haspel

Image courtesy of Haspel

To commemorate the brand’s anniversary, Haspel teamed up with Terrapin Stationers, Mulholland, Brooklyn Watches, and AO Eyewear to develop a collection of limited-edition essentials inspired by the Haspel man. Known primarily for suiting and sportswear, the brand has never ventured into accessories, but Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos felt it was the perfect opportunity to do so. “With this anniversary, we wanted to think about the Haspel of the future and how we might round out this guy’s life and wardrobe,” said Halmos. “We also wanted to make sure our collaborators reflected the Haspel man’s sense of humor, style and confidence.”

Cheers to Haspel! For more information, go to haspel.com.

—Carl Ayers

Men’s Fall 2014/Spring 2015 Trend Report: In Praise of the Man Skirt

Images of Hood by Air fall 2014 and N. Hoolywood fall 2014 courtesy of style.com

Images of Hood by Air fall 2014 and N. Hoolywood fall 2014 courtesy of style.com

Do real men wear skirts? Well, apparently so if you are a trendsetter and aligned with what was flaunted at the men’s shows for fall 2014 and spring 2015. From Y-3 and Rick Owns to General Idea and Skingraft to Comme des Garcons and Alexander McQueen, the man skirt/apron trend has re-emerged in a more masculine incarnation. So, the question of real men wearing skits should be rethought and re-examined to if consumers are confident enough in their masculinity to wear this trend?

If the male consumer is to follow Hollywood’s lead when it comes to fashion then the man skirt should be par for the course. In 2014 alone, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Jerod Leto, Omar Epps, Justin Bieber, and James McAvoy put aside trousers and donned a man skirt on stage or for a red-carpet appearance. Sean Combs flaunted a man skirt on stage in 2012, fashion designer extraordinaire Marc Jacobs has been spotted wearing Prada pencil man skirts as far back as 2011. And action adventure celeb Vin Diesel was slaughtered in the press for wearing a man skirt in 2003.

Images clockwise: James McAvoy, Vin Diesel, Kanye West, Sean Combes, James McAvoy

Images clockwise: Marc Jacobs, Vin Diesel, Kanye West, Sean Combs, James McAvoy

Still, this re-emergence of man skirts/aprons is quite different than its trending kilt counterpart of several years back. For fall 2014 and spring/summer 2015 the man skirt/apron goes beyond its kilting predecessor. This recent incarnation is not for shock value or middle-finger rebellion. With men’s fashion gathering momentum globally, many menswear designers now have the support and latitude to stretch the boundaries of design which includes incorporating a wider range of cultural influences and embracing a wider variety of silhouettes that were once considered taboo.

New elements and trends in menswear take a while to catch on for the average male consumers. For decades men have become accustomed to silhouettes that are more tailored and streamlined. However, the past couple of decades have produced more relaxed silhouettes, evidenced in baggy pants, oversized shirts and extended crouch pants; younger male consumers are accustomed to a more expansive choice in design aesthetics.

Kayne West wore a man skirt in 2012, and though he was met with support and detractors in March of 2014 West announced that he would include a man’s skirt line as a part of his burgeoning fashion empire. “Men wearing skirts goes back hundreds of years, but never caught on in America. We have been brainwashed into thinking this is some sort of feminine act. One of the most masculine things you can do is put on a skirt. I believe this will soon be the norm … I am the trend. You watch how quickly this spreads and remember who started it,” detailed Kanye West.

Australian menswear designer Brent Wilson begs to differ in a recent Sydney Morning Herald article. “I’m an advocate for people embracing their own sense of style, but I’m also quite old-fashioned … unless it’s part of your heritage or religion, leave this one to the ladies. [It’s] another fad that has come and gone and been on the runways and celebrities many times before.”

Images of Skingraft courtesy of Ken Jones, Genera Idea images courtesy of Ernest Green

Images of Skingraft fall 2014 courtesy of Ken Jones, Genera Idea fall 2014 images courtesy of Presley Slack

For fall 2014 LA–based Skingraft, Duckie Brown, Hood by Air, and Korean menswear brand General Idea included man skirts/aprons in their collections. Unlike previous incarnations of the man skirt, Skingraft, Duckie Brown, and General Idea ingeniously paired skirts with long pants—Skingraft’s oeuvre was incorporating short pants sewn into the skirt/apron. (No more crossing of the legs or keeping your knees together in sake of modesty.)

Skingraft and General Idea’s skateboarder meets urban road warrior motif with skirts in quilted and textured leather added a masculine patina to this re-emerging trend. While, Duckie Brown and Hood by Air’s foray plays more with re-thinking masculine silhouettes, Brown, in particular, has played with skirts and aprons as a form of layering and introducing different fabrications in one ensemble.

Rick Owen spring 2015 images courtesy of style.com

Rick Owen spring 2015 images courtesy of style.com

For his menswear spring 2015 collection, Rick Owens was inspired by Nijinsky in the ballet L’Apres Midi D’un Faune. The androgyny of the faune in the ballet is one of the centerpieces of the work, and Owens encapsulated that androgyny, as well as the mix of masculine and feminine in garments that paired oversized trench and double-breasted coats and graphic shirts over knee-length man skirts.

Comme des Garcon and Alexander McQueen fall 2014 images courtesy of style.com

Comme des Garcon and Alexander McQueen fall 2014 images courtesy of style.com

Comme des Garcon married graphic tees with culottes and man skirts. While Alexander McQueen’s more masculine pairing of graphic shirts with leather man skirts is a bit more commercially viable for the trending fashionisto, Comme des Garcon’s man skirt combinations are forward thinking and ideal for that male consumer who has a penchant for shock and awe.

Just a warning, when wearing a man skirt  knobby knees just want do. Knobby knees and underdeveloped legs just don’t cut the mustard if you dare to wear a man skirt/apron. Man skirts work best on men that have a great pair of calves and defined thighs.

Physical attributes aside, are you man enough to wear a man skirt? Of course, you are!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie’s Five Men’s Summer Essentials

 

whitemainGuys, it’s summer, so it’s time to live and love life. No time to be stuck in the house and office; it’s time to be out and about. But while you’re out having fun, make sure you leave a good impression.

Sephora "Leading Man" sampler image courtesy of sephora.com

Sephora “Leading Man” sampler image courtesy of sephora.com

To do so, the first thing you need is a good summer scent. This is the perfect time to incorporate a new cologne into your regimen. Fashion Reverie suggests you head over to Sephora (or Sephora.com) and purchase the “Leading Man Fragrance Sampler.” This box set comes with four samples of Sephora’s most sought-after modern men’s fragrances (Gucci Guilty Intense, Gucci Made to Measure, Hugo Boss Boss Bottled, and Lacoste Eau De Lacoste) plus The Art of Shaving’s Sandlewood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. What truly makes this set so great is that it includes a certificate redeemable at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any of the four fragrances at no extra cost. Did I mention this is all for $55? Yes, a real deal.

Men's summer shades images clockwise Prada Linea Rossa Aviator, Fossil Jordan Polarized Aviator, Michael Kors Gold Colton Aviator, and Tom Ford Black Brow Bar Aviator

Men’s summer shades images clockwise Prada Linea Rossa Aviator, Fossil Jordan Polarized Aviator, Michael Kors Gold Colton Aviator, and Tom Ford Black Brow Bar Aviator

Secondly, you need a good pair of sunglasses. Block out the suns rays with style. I suggest a nice pair of aviator frames, either gold frames with amber/brown lenses or gunmetal frames with dark black lenses. I’d stay away from reflective lenses, unless you want to look like a highway trooper.

Men's watches clockwise

Men’s watches clockwise Kenneth Cole Men’s Rose Gold, Nixon Men’s Spur Rose Gold, Chanel J12 Matte Black Superleggera, and Emporio Armani Men’s AR1400 Black Chronograph

Next, make sure you have a good, metal watch. Some people may suggest a leather strap watch, but your sweat and body oils can wreak havoc on a leather strap during the summer. A nice sized, well-fitting, rose-gold or black ceramic watch looks great in the summer sun, and gives you a sense of style that subtly sets you apart from guys wearing more traditional timepieces.

Downloads332Earlier this year, a good number of people started hitting the gym in anticipation of the beach body season. Some hit the gym HARD, and some of us … not so much. Physical fitness should be a year-round endeavor, and there’s no time like the present to begin your journey. You don’t have time to hit the gym? Do you think gyms can be intimidating? I hear you, but that’s no excuse. A simple solution is to buy pushup bars and a resistance band. You can have them at the office or at home, and workout in private at your own pace and convenience. You won’t get the full results of being in a gym, but with all of the exercises and tips you can find on the internet, you can get pretty close, and you’ll be on the road to a better body. (On a side note; when traveling to stay in shape always pack a resistance ban. It’s a great way to get a quick workout in our hotel room.)

hendricks_ginLastly, what is summer without thirst-quenching libations? Happy hours, rooftop lounges, pool parties … You are bound to be asked the question “what are you drinking?” What’s going to be your response? Vodka and cran? Gin and tonic? Come on man! A man’s choice of drink is a part of his sense of his style, just as his choice of music and art. So this summer, Fashion Reverie suggest you elevate your liquor selection and align yourself with a drink that signifies you are a cut above the average. I’m not saying go as far as always ordering a cocktail with elderflower liqueur, but instead of asking for just rum, request 10 Cane Rum, one of the purest rums on the market, or instead of asking for just gin, ask for Hendrick’s gin, one of the most flavorful gins available. (Bonus points: if you travel to the Caribbean, stop in the Duty Free Shop before returning to the U.S. and secure yourself a few bottles of Hennessey Pure White. It’s smooth, light, and not sold stateside.)

Now that you have your summer fun starter kit, go out and hit the town. Be sure to come back and let Fashion Reverie know how well you’ve worked these items into your life and style.

—Carl Ayers

Menswear Style Report: Flower Power

Ovadia&Sons SS14, Paul Smith SS14, Comme des Garcon SS14, and Comme des Garcon SS14. Images courtesy of style.com and Ovadia&Son

Ovadia&Sons SS14, Paul Smith SS14, Comme des Garcon SS14, and Comme des Garcons SS14. Images courtesy of style.com and Ovadia&Sons

In seasons past, floral prints were generally reserved for women’s wear. Luckily, designers have begun to broaden their sartorial minds and expand floral prints to menswear. For some men, wearing flowers is a fearful leap. Not to worry; Fashion Reverie will guide you through the fashion field of flowers and ferns.

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Images clockwise: Rodd & Gunn-Glendowie Shirt-$145, MarcByMarcJacobs-Bellflower Print Shirt-$178, Steven Alan-reverse print floral shirt-$124, Saint Laurent Requin Collar Surfer Shirt in Red Palm Printed Silk CRÊPE-$890, and Monitaly-M15352 WEBBING SHORTS 80s Floral

First, know your comfort level. Do you like colors that are loud and bright or subdued and muted?  When it comes to scale, do you like floral prints big and bold or small and subtle? Intensity and proportion are key elements when wearing floral prints. Do you want to standout and grab obvious attention? Or do you prefer you be laid back and let only those close by see how stylish and trendy you are?

Dries van Noten SS14 images courtesy of style.com

Dries van Noten SS14 images courtesy of style.com

Secondly, what kind of visual effect do you prefer, literal or abstract; all-over print or strategically placed? The visual effect of your garments may affect how people perceive you. Wearing lifelike prints may offer the image of sophistication and seriousness, while more cartoonish versions may suggest you’re more playful and aloof.

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Gucci SS14, Prada SS14, Tom Ford SS14, and DSquared2 SS14. Images courtesy of style.com

Thirdly, dress for the occasion. Are you lounging at the beach, going about your daily routine, or hitting the town for the evening? Florals are being used on almost every type of material and garment. From mesh tank tops to jacquard blazers, you’re sure to find a way to incorporate floral prints into wardrobe, day or night.

Leroy Jenkins, Topman, Obey, Prada

Images clockwise: Leroy Jenkins Floral black Palms Snapback, Tom Ford Chesterfield Floral Embroidered Silk and Cotton Tassel Jacquard Evening Slipper $3770, Prada-Red Ibiscus Motif Briefcase-$2670, Duchamp GRANDI FLORAL SOCK $17, Topman Black Floral Print Rucksack $40, and Tretorn-Otto featuring Florence Broadhurst-$80

Fourth, don’t forget about your accessories. Some men may still shy away from fully embracing floral patterns on their clothing. If that’s you, try something small. Skip the shirts, pants, and jackets and try hats, socks, belts, bags, and shoes.

Remember, for spring/summer 2014 it is all about flower power!!

—Carl Ayers

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