Monthly Archives: December 2010

Thank You

2010 is on its final leg and Stylus Mag has officially completed its freshman year! I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone that has supported Stylus Mag during this past year. Even if you are a regular visitor or had just stumbled onto the site by accident, THANK YOU! To my dream team Andre Naraine of Copasetic Photography and my Editor B.A Thorne, Thank you for your creativity, great work ethic and support! We have lots of work to do come 2011 so don’t get too comfortable! Naa Dei, my graphic designer, creator of the Stylus Mag logo and business cards. You did an amazing job and I will be forever grateful. To designer Gregory Allen for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with me to become my first interview for Stylus Mag. Therefore creating a great business relationship that lead to me styling for a couple of your photo shoots and becoming the men’s head stylist for the Poetic Fashion Show. Thank you for recognizing and trusting in my talent so much to be granted those opportunities and I look forward to working with you in 2011. Thanks to Greg Morris owner of the Swagga Store, Balance Velasquez owner of Editorial Showroom and Elie Shermer of Paradigm Entertainment for inviting me into your worlds giving me the chance share them with my readers. To Tamara Thorpe, thank you for inviting me to be part of the Poetic Fashion Show. Not only was it a great experience, I had the opportunity to work with great people to create a wonderful event that gives back to the youth and community. Now Stylus Mag will to entering its sophomore year in 2011 and we have some new and exciting endeavors ahead and to you my readers will not be disappointed!! To Teca Cameron of Teca Cameron Image Management Agency, 2011 thank you in advance! If I forgot to mention anyone thank you for your support and wishing each and every one of you a Happy & Healthy New Year!!

Curt Greenidge, Stylus Mag Chief Editor.

Brooklyn Circus Academy

Brooklyn Circus is a brand and store that was created back in 2006, catering to the trendy Boerum Hill clientele. The label focuses on “classic aesthetics and antique motifs” inspired by the 30’s and 40’s, still incorporating modern design.  During the holidays the label opened its San Francisco store carrying the BKc brand of course, Florshiem by Duckie Brown, PRO-Keds by Mark McNairy, Sebago, Billy Kirk, Common Projects and many more brands that share the BKc classic aesthetic.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Sibling 2011 Spring Knitwear Collection

Recently I have been noticing that men’s knitwear have been taking on a different form. Instead of the traditional plain sweater, brands like H&M used retro themes i.e. Flintstones and Star Wars to create these looks. Sibling is a knitwear line out of London also had a similar concept for its spring 2011 collection. From polka dots to stars, animal prints and bold statements, Sibling managed to create a very fun and trendy men’s line. This collection didn’t lack in experience since it was a collaborative effort from designers Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery who have worked within design houses of  Alexander McQueen, Galliniano, Lavin, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud.

Written by Curt Greenidge

UGG Butte

The Men’s Butte boot by UGG Australia should be a staple in every man’s winter shoe collection! For those of you that experienced that horrible blizzard that has been terrorizing the North American East Coast for the past couple of days you will need a pair of these boots to dig yourself out from the piles of snow. These boots were on my Christmas Wish List and I can tell you after wearing them and experiencing how warm and comfortable they are I will never go back to wearing any other fashion boots for the winter season! Constructed of waterproof full grain leather with a removable and replaceable sheepskin sock liner this boot will keep your feet dry and cozy. This ultimate boot is built to with stand the ultimate cold weather conditions. Now I know why these boots have been the craze for the past couple of years. They retail at $330 CAD/ $220USD and comes in an assortment of colors and sheepskin linings i.e. Black, Club Brown, Worchester and Navy. For more details check out the UGG site.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Simon Spurr S/S 2011 Collection

Simon Spurr’s S/S 2011 collection is for the all the fashionistos out there, the man that’s very in tuned with his own personal style, who is fearless when it comes to fashion. Each look consists of business to business causal to casual wear and personally I would wear every single piece of this collection. The lines and cut of each suit have been perfectly designed to add a tailored aesthetic. The color selection and combinations compliment the season, not to mention the playful use of different fabrics. This collection caters to the young and young at heart meaning there is no age limit or bracket to wearing Simon Spurr’s clothing. He has managed to capture a youthful and edgy presence with his casual clothing but still connects to the more mature audience with the suits and business casual selections. This is a well balance collection, job well done Simon Spurr!

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Bird’s Eye View: Fashion Photographer Zachary Bako

Photography plays an important role in the fashion industry and without these magnificent men and women, designers and brands alike would never be able to bring their collections to life. I’ve always been fascinated by photography. Admiring the way photographers would capture the most amazing images through their lens and wonder how they did it. That’s why I have decided to pay tribute to all the amazing photographers and toast to their amazing talents and accomplishments. First on my list is photographer Zachary Bako. A brief background history about this American Photographer, at the age of 17 Zachary decided to pursue his passion for photography by travelling alone to Hong Kong. While there he developed an eye to observe and absorb his surroundings which cultivated his love for taking photos and travelling. Bako scholastic achievements are as follows: a degree in Business and M.A in Art from Case Western University, trained in photojournalism and studied photography and film at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

I was really intrigued with Bako’s work after seeing the backstage shots he had done at the 2011 Petrou Man S/S show. The photos captured Petrou Man’s very eccentric and artistic collection. The camera angles and shots taken of the models in hair and makeup reminded me somewhat of a scene from Alice in Wonderland which tied in perfectly with the style of the clothing. The picture of the cakes topped with strawberries and the models getting outfitted with scrubs and butterflies gives you that eerie feeling they were getting ready to meet the Mad Hatter for a tea party. The candid shots of the models and backstage staff bring to life a sense of mayhem and anticipation before the show. Zachary Bako definitely has an exceptional eye for a great shot; he captures emotion in his photographs. To check out more of Bako’s amazing work visit his site.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

Rihanna’s British GQ S&M Spread

Rated R the title of Rihanna’s last album is the appropriate name to describe her new racy spread for British GQ. Rihanna is every man’s wet dream and every woman’s fashion icon. The sexy vixen did an S&M shoot for the magazine’s January edition. The Pop Icon wore designer lingerie while indulging in a bowl of strawberries with whip cream, lying on a bed of roses and enjoying a cocktail. Rihanna spoke about her new reinvented image, past relationship with Chris Brown and her new album Loud.  “Loud” a fitting name to describe her new fiery red locks and matching lips. This Bajan beauty has done it again managing to fog up your computer screens by captivating her audience with her sex appeal, style and talent.

Written by: Curt Greenidge
Photos courtesy of GQ

Trilly and Truly: "Overthrown Junta"

We have being seeing a reoccurring trend of entertainers getting into the fashion industry by creating clothing that best represents their personal style. Lupe Fiasco fits perfectly into that equation after creating his brand Trilly and Truly. His main motivation, since he was growing very tiresome of what was out there was to create a comfortable clothing line that embodied the Japanese street wear aesthetic. Lupe is not a believer in mass production. Instead he would rather produce one of a kind/limited edition pieces to be sold in a small number of boutiques providing that exclusivity to the consumer. Lupe is scheduled to release his new collection called “Overthrown Junta” and I have a sneak peak of two “badass” pieces. Biker Jackets are very popular this Fall/Winter season and Trilly and Truly introduced the camouflage leather jacket and vest. Now exclusivity always comes with a price these items will retail between $3,000 and $4,000 USD. Some stores in the US are expecting them to arrive in store within the next three weeks.

Written by: Curt Greenidge

08sircus BOOK

 Upon reviewing 08sircus BOOK by Japanese men’s wear designer Kiminori Morishita, not only was I fascinated with the craftsmanship but the intensity and commitment of the model and photography used to convey mood and darkness of the line.  The model’s expressions and posing bring to life what it took to make the line, which was taking soft fabrics i.e. linens and cotton that have been dyed with root extracts and treated intensely resulting in a hard and rugged exterior. Technology has indeed come a long way and Morishita’s darken view of the world in addition to his talent has made this line an artistic and innovative reality. This line will be available for spring 2011.

Written: Curt Greenidge