Custom suits and imported silk ties look great, but they’re not a lot of use to young men in their late teens and early 20s.
Even if you could afford that kind of a wardrobe (most can’t), there’s no place to wear it – it’s far too formal for socializing with 20-somethings, and very few men are walking out of college and straight into high-powered financial or legal offices.
So much of the advice on how to dress well as a man isn’t all that useful for high school and college students, or even for post-grad students and working 20-somethings. A good suit is useful to own, but not something you’re going to be wearing when you go out with friends.
So what to wear instead?
The trick is diversifying – taking the same casual level of dress that most young men wear, and adding new looks to it to stay sharp without looking stuffy.
The Varied Wardrobe: A Young Man’s Friend
It’s safe to assume that most young men have a couple pairs of jeans, some T-shirts, a sweatshirt or two, and maybe a few button-down shirts in their
At Chanel, the show starts long before the clothes appear. Karl Lagerfeld’s overture began a few days ahead of this collection with the show tickets: simple slabs of eco-friendly plywood looking nothing like haute couture’s traditional beribboned and gold-embossed invitations.
Once inside the Grand Palais on the day of the show, guests found themselves transported from the leaden skies and frenetic streets of Paris to a blissed-out, spa-like stage set, with a painted blue sky lit by floodlights and a backdrop of trees in full leaf. A minimalist pavilion in slatted wood sat in the centre of a lawn edged by paths picked out in yet more pale wood.
The natural idyll was a notable departure from Lagerfeld’s recent Chanel shows, which have been staged in a Paris street scene (September 2014), a cafe (March 2015), a casino (July 2015) and an airport (October 2015). The presence of the ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth in the seat next to Anna Wintour was another final clue to the theme of this collection, which Lagerfeld said later was about fashion and
Over the past 15 years, the fashion industry has undergone a profound and baffling transformation. What used to be a stable three-month production cycle—the time it takes to design, manufacture, and distribute clothing to stores, in an extraordinary globe-spanning process—has collapsed, across much of the industry, to just two weeks. The “on-trend” clothes that were, until recently, only accessible to well-heeled, slender urban fashionistas, are now available to a dramatically broader audience, at bargain prices. A design idea for a blouse, cribbed from a runway show in Paris, can make it onto the racks in Wichita in a wide range of sizes within the space of a month.
Popularly known as “fast fashion,” this trend has inspired a great deal of media attention, but not many satisfying explanations as to how this huge shift came about, especially in the United States, and why it happened when it did. Some accounts attribute the new normal to top-down “process innovations” at big companies like Inditex, the parent company of Zara and the world’s largest—but hardly most typical—fast-fashion retailer. And at times, popular writing has simply lumped fast fashion in with the generally sped-up pace of
In today’s marketplace with thousands of products and services being rapidly commoditised, a brand name helps to stand out and establish a clear identity in the market. The brand name in itself signifies the existence of a powerful “narrative” link to the brand.
“You must carefully define your attitude, your particular sense of style and fashion, and what sets you apart from the other labels” says Jay Jurisich, Creative Director, Igor, a branding consultancy firm based in San Francisco.
Fashion labels mostly use the designer’s name as the brand name. This helps in creating an association with the quality and uniqueness of the apparels. The value added on the name is to create a hook in order to connect the consumers with the unique identity of the designer in terms of quality and exclusivity. This would help to increase the longevity of the relationship like Giorgio Armani, GUCCI, Prada, etc.
What you may need to know before selecting a brand name
Define your audience archetype
The brand name may be created keeping the consumers in mind. A well researched name helps to associate with a large number of consumers. With a clearly defined
NYFW might be all about what’s going to hit the market this fall, but I personally care most about what’s just around the corner: spring. After sneaking backstage at a few shows, I’m stupid excited to share all the spring 2016 hair trends with you that are going to be huge. I’m getting the scoop straight from professional stylists!
While taking a quick break from turning models’ hair into straight up effortless art backstage at the Katie Ermilio show, I was able to spend a few minutes chatting with Mirza Batanovic, lead hairstylist for the show and a Eufora educator, along with Dana Hodges, another of Eufora’s amazing national trainers and stylists. And fun fact, if you read Bustle’s fashion news regularly, you’ll totally recognize their names from an article on whether or not razoring is bad for your hair, as well as the key things hairstylists would never do to someone’s hair.
Before I dive into what to expect this spring, I want to give you a quick heads up on what Batanovic and Hodges have officially deemed “old news.” Sadly for all the lazy hair girls out there (myself totally included), both stylists agreed that the
based handbag line Hunting Season got a jump-start on fashion week with a breakfast hosted by founder Danielle Corona, previewing her new collection at Café Clover Monday. She introduced a new shape — a saddle bag that stands on its own in all crocodile and a suede-croc combo — in keeping with the brand’s ethos of a more youthful take on exotics.
Brazilian jeweler Ara Vartanian hosted a cocktail party Monday night at the Mercer Hotel to introduce his latest collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Highlights included a torque-style choker in 18-karat white gold and diamond flanked by two stunning tanzanites; a large emerald and black diamond double pendant, and a gold cuff with rubies, black diamond with kunzite center stone. All will be showcased in his new Mayfair boutique opening in London this May.
1. Referencing the famous Seven Sisters of the constellation Pleiades, the Lulu Frost presentation showed models adorned in designer Lisa Salzer’s Frequency collection, such as the gold-tone group with labroradite, sapphire, peridot and moonstones worked in a twisted ribbon shape. The models donned tights with hand-embroidered crystals in the shapes of constellations.
2. Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost explored the universe for her latest collection, called “Frequency.” Not
Things are finally heating up in northern Europe which can only mean two things: more (pale) skin is showing…and there’s a lot more color outside! I don’t know about you, but when the sun is out, I opt for brighter colors in my wardrobe. And with my frequent trips to some of Europe’s best beaches this summer, you can bet I’ve had my eye on what other guys were wearing (or weren’t). I’ve pulled together all my favorite items I’ve worn to the beach this summer to give you a bit of insight on what’s fashionable at the beach.
What to Wear to the Beach This Summer
Colors have always been popular in beach towns, but while browsing clothing shops, one thing that stood out has been the incredible amount of neon. Hopping between several stores in Barcelona, there seemed to be neon flip-flops, neon shirts, neon hoodies—neon everything. A bit of color never hurt anyone!
The bright-color trend seems to have carried over into more than just shirts and tops, though. Swatch has been making brightly colored watches for years—and for relatively cheap usually under 50€.
Tank tops & tees
Is there any better place to wear a sexy tank top than on
As I mentioned in yesterday’s article Top 10 Fabulous Beach Day Essentials, there are so many cute coverups and other options to wear to the beach. If you’re stumped for what to wear to the beach or just want a little bit of inspiration, here are five beach day outfit ideas.
This outfit makes the quintessential “shorts and a top” look a lot more interesting. First, a black monokini doubles as a top when worn under denim shorts and a button-down white shirt left unbuttoned for maximum cool factor. A fun floral bag adds color and interest, while turquoise gladiator sandals are far more fabulous than basic flip flops.
This outfit keeps it simple in the best possible way. A loose white tee and shorts combine for the ultimate summer uniform, while a basic black bikini is universally flattering. Dark faux Wayfarers (or real ones if you have the cash) are just as classic. I love the addition of some metallic Havaianas sandals and a buffalo plaid bag for a little extra interest that still keeps it simple.
This look channels the 80’s trend that’s so popular right now with lots of brights and a hint of acid wash for
Craftsmanship is in demand more than ever and we can see its rising appeal within modern society (Campbell, 2014), especially in Luxury Fashion Market. According to this perspective, traditional craft methods seem to play a strategic role within contemporary fashion design courses and research, setting new relationships between theoretical subjects and many high-end artisanal practices.
Often, the students show a lack of information on what those craft practices really are and, most importantly, what constitutes their values.
The Craft Council supported by the UK government is currently discussing on how to prevent the craft skills and traditions from disappearing. The aim is to find the best way to support tools for crafts development as well as the design and innovation in crafts.
The storytelling of tangible and intangible aspects of a crafted object is what crafts are about in today’s western societies. The manufacturer understands the need for his craft to have a valid purchase potential. Why is a crafted object worse paying for and what is the story engraved into it? This last paradigm brings a new aspect of crafts and reinforces the fact that crafts are valuable goods not only in the production process but also through the message and story
1. Powerful is better than pretty
Phoebe Philo said her Celine show was about “power and women”; Miuccia Prada said her show was about women being strong and visible. When two of the fashion world’s smartest and most influential women are on the same page, something is in the air. This being Paris fashion week, it seems appropriate to quote Coco herself: fashion reflects the world we live in, she said. Note that off the catwalk, women have been landing high-profile positions in the industry. Marigay McKee is leaving Harrods to become president of US retail giant Saks, while Stacey Cartwright, former Burberry finance director, is thought to be close to being named the new CEO of Harvey Nichols. In both cases, the women replace male incumbents.
2. Minimalism is over
When the fashion history books are written, the years from 2009 to 2013 will be known as the Golden Era of the Interestingly Plain. The Interestingly Plain was a fraternity inspired by Philo, whose skill at saturating the simplest garment with modernity and cool made other designers frills and fastenings look instantly naff. With hindsight, the writing was on the wall for the Interestingly Plain when two supposed minimalists, Raf Simons and Hedi
At “terminal 2C” in Paris, flight attendants at the check-in desks went about their duties assisting hordes of glamorous passengers. Not that they were actually heading anywhere. This was the slick set of the Chanel fashion show and it was not lost on the audience that while this event was all about the clothes, in the real world, angry airline workers had been ripping the shirts from their bosses’ backs.
As has become customary at Chanel, the immersive catwalk experience paid strict attention to detail, with the tongue-in-cheek references delightful or predictable, depending on your point of view.
The set at Grand Palais included a large departure board featuring the destinations where the brand has held its recent resort fashion shows – from Dallas to Salzburg to Shanghai. Branded luggage trollies were abandoned by “Porte No 5”, while VIP guests were seated on rows of aluminium waiting-lounge chairs.
The set echoed that of recent Chanel shows, which have featured brasseries and supermarkets – the point being designer Karl Lagerfeld has the power to elevate the mundane into the desirable with a sprinkle of the Chanel-branding fairy dust.
The travel theme is an obvious one for the Parisian label. Lagerfeld, who travels by private jet,
With the recent explosion in cycling popularity, the United States is experiencing record growth in the sport of cycling. This is a particularly encouraging development in a country which has largely associated cyclists with automotive target practice using projectiles like Gatorade bottles and 7-11 Big Gulps.
Each day a new cyclist dons his or her two wheeled steed for the first time is a day where more people learn to tolerate the sport. However, if you go out on the road and look like the quintessential cycling geek who clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing, you will only hurt the cyclist’s cause for social acceptance.
We all have to start somewhere, and I was definitely not immune to being a neophyte. I had all the rookie characteristics: the obscenely large helmet, haggard looking shorts, baggy jersey, hairy legs, greasy chain marks on my calves, bobbing posture on the bike – oh yes, I was indeed a tool.
However, not all rookies have to be subject to ridicule. There is a way to look experienced without having thousands of miles under your legs; you just have to pay attention to the details. This article is targeted towards folks who are new to the
So you’ve got a full tank of gas and your itinerary all planned, but aren’t quite packed yet? This list of fashion necessities for the road will give you the inspiration you need to dress for perfect photos at the coolest roadside attractions.
Not only will a summery headscarf give you a perfectly retro look, but it will protect your hair from the windy road. If you’d rather let your hair down to stream in the sunshine, tie it cravat-style for some Wes Anderson vibes. This versatile fabric can also be used as an eye-mask for getting that necessary rest before another day behind the wheel, as a mouth cover if you encounter a dust storm, as a belt, or as a tourniquet if your luck on the road goes south.
- Denim Shorts
Everyone needs one of those Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants kind of shorts, that fit comfortably no matter what, and that go with any outfit. Bonus points if they’re long enough that you can roll them to different lengths to suit
- Light Jacket with Pockets
A light jacket will keep you warm during desert nights and in overly air-conditioned hotel rooms. Plus, the pockets are a great place to store