Monthly Archives: July 2011

Simplicity and Comfort: Valentino

Even though this model looks like he is walking aimlessly in circles, at least he is doing it in style. Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is constructed with garments that scream simplicity and comfort. There are certain pieces in this collection that are reminiscent of my childhood.  For instance, the two-toned suits and Hawaiian-print clothing, all which I would have liked to have kept repressed forever! However Valentino has managed to make them fashionable and relevant again. In past seasons colored pants were introduced in moderation but today you will find brighter and more adventurous color selections. Nevertheless Valentino has decided to keep it a bit low key, using more subtle colors like royal blue and burgundy. Denim is another significant part of this collection from suits to casual outfits reinforcing their theme of simplicity and comfort. 

Written by: Curt Greenidge

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Stylishly Hip! Marc Jacobs

I’ve been noticing that the colors beige and blue are becoming a reoccurring color trend for most 2012 Spring/Summer collections. Not far behind is the use of bright colors to accent and bring the collections to life. Marc Jacobs seems to have adopted and used these color swatches for his cool and sporty menswear line. With bright orange pants and accessories (by Marc of course), different shades of blues and beige garments along with that Marc Jacobs swag made this collection a stylishly hip one!
Written by: Curt Greenidge
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Band of Outsiders

Over the years, Band of Outsiders has been known for its cool and hip casual clothing. There Spring/Summer collection for 2012 reminds me of a casually chic version of “Weekend at Bernie’s” with its comatose looking models each wearing a pair of dark sunglasses. Unlike the 80’s classic these garments are updated and revamped into relevant pieces in current men’s fashion. Double-breasted suits and blazers with a hint of colored accessories to inject some swag into these neutral colored garments bringing this collection to life. Nothing says summer more than a clean, crisp white suit! If a remake of “Weekend at Bernie’s” were in the works I would recommend the costume designer to take note of this 2012 Spring/Summer collection from Band of Outsiders!
Written by: Curt Greenidge
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WARNING: NOT FOR THE CONSERVATIVE! Daniele Alessandrini

There is nothing that I like more than a collection that defies all the rules of fashion and goes completely outside the box of what is considered to be acceptable.  Italian menswear designer Daniele Alessandrini did exactly that with his “no holds bar” collection for next year’s spring/summer season.  This collection is a clear indication that there are no rules when it comes to color and print coordination (if done correctly of course).  Alessandrini’s line is not for the conservative types but more so the fashionistos that are conscious of their style, not afraid to take risk while breaking all the rules.  The tailoring and attention to detail is impeccable making this collection perfetto!

Written by: Curt Greenidge

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Flash Forward: HolloH

I know summer has just begun but I just wanted to flash forward a bit to HolloH’s Fall/Winter collection.  HolloH is a brand based out of Paris France; however its high-end cashmere clothing is produced in Italy. Cashmere is known as one of the most luxurious fabrics with that being said, compliments this collection precisely. 
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Woolrich Woolen Mills

Woolrich Woolen Mills introduced its 2012 Spring/Summer line by channeling Ernest Hemingway’s sense of style while touring Africa during the 1950’s. Inspired by Hemingway’s safari clothing which were manufactured by Woolrich, designer Mark McNairy managed to capture his style with bold prints, khaki- cotton fabrics and suede chukka boots. McNairy added a modern twist by accessorizing with Chuck Taylors and boat shoes. Not only is this a great looking collection, but more impressing is that all the garments are finished by hand!
Written by: Curt Greenidge
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