Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Haider Ackermann Men's Spring 2014

When I saw Haider Ackermann was back on the calendar for Men's Fashion Week I took a celebratory shot. Haider is one of my favorite designers and after his absence from MFW for three years now (his last men's collection was for Spring 2011) I have been missing his work terribly, and had to fill the void with pictures of Tilda Swinton rocking his clothes to the umpteenth degree.
Should I have been worried about him finally reentering the menswear arena? After such a long time away from the runway his tailoring might be rusty...BUT NOPE. He knocked it out of the park and delivered a gorgeous collection in a mix of rusty pastels and shimmering black which I will be coveting until they hit the racks at Barney's.

 These. Pants. I. Must. Have. Them.

 Loving the tonality of these lilac trousers, and those shoes are perfection.

 Just think about all you could hide in that coat. ALT must be dying right now.

 Normally I'm not one for vests, but I'll make an exception, least because I look smashing in green.

 Everything. I want everything. It's like Crouching Tiger Hidden Style Icon.

 This suit with nothing underneath? Tres Tina Chow=Tres chic.

I'm done.


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D.L. Eyewear

Today marks the launch of the website for D.L. Eyewear, the product of Dan Levy, television personality and son of comic actor Eugene Levy. Dan has flirted with the fashion industry for years, not least because of his great style (jump over to The Covetuer to see their terrific photos of his closet) and eyewear is the perfect field for him to start out in, as the man can, and always does, rock a great pair of glasses, looking extremely handsome as he does so.

I popped over the website to check out the styles and fell in love with their classic, sleek designs. A few I'll be trying to pick up soon...
The Whitehall frames. So incredibly classic; think Cary Grant with Audrey Hepburn in Charade.

 The McKenzie. Get me a vespa (but really please don't) and I'm in Italy.

The Cluny. Perfect for traipsing around Monte Carlo this summer.

All frames are available in both optical and sunglass format, so you can get great style no matter what your situation. The glasses are all priced at $95.00 CAD, which works out to about $90.00 USD, so you're definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck. Unfortunately they aren't yet carried in any stores here in the U.S. but I'm hoping for progress. In the meantime you can still buy them online, just in time for summer!


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Balenciaga Men's Spring 2014

Since Alexander Wang premiered his first collection for Balenciaga back in Paris Fashion Week this spring, I've been waiting eagerly to see what he offered up for his first men's collection, and he certainly delivered.
Verdict? Perfectly modern, as though Star Wars and Barney's had an incredibly chic baby.
 The safety pin closure is a nice punkish touch on an otherwise very elegant jacket. It would be appropriate to wear when receiving your medal for heroism from Princess Leia.
 Can somebody say texture? I've been ogling that overcoat all day...need it in my life, you know, for when I'm battling the dark side with my lightsaber.
The tonal effect here is incredible, not too much but just enough. I would wear this at that weird jazz club on Tatooine. You know, if I ever decide to go. I heard their tequila selection is pretty limited.

Head over to to see the rest of the collection.


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An Introduction to Champagne

One of my favorite champagne's is from J Vineyards in the Russian River, California. My dad would always buy cases of this for "entertaining", although I drank 90% of it and the only people they regularly entertain are my Mormon step-brother and his wife (you see what I'm saying?). You can't find J everywhere; it's easier on the West Coast, as I've had some difficulty getting it here in New York, but thank Dionysus you can order it online at The Cuvee 20 Brut is reasonably priced at $28.00 and my personal favorite.
It also makes GREAT MIMOSAS. Hint: use a splash of mango juice or a splash of peach juice instead of OJ for an exciting experience.
Enjoying said mimosa in Riverside Park. Turns out tupperware makes 
a great alternative to cups. Scarf: Alexander McQueen

I find it fitting that champagne, the most iconic of beverages, symbolic of wealth and luxury, (I'm not including hangover-in-a-bottle's like André or Korbel in that statement) would start to come into fashion at the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. When the young king entered his majority in 1654 (thirteen years and a day), he was crowned at the cathedral at Reims, as was tradition. The present nobles of Reims, capital of the Champagne region, said to their new king “Sire, we offer you our wines, our pears, our gingerbreads, our biscuits and our hearts.”  Louis responded coolly, “that, gentlemen, is the kind of speech I like.”
However, Louis did not like his wines to bubble[1], as it was generally held to be a flaw in the fermenting process until Dom Pierre Perignon, a blind Benedictine monk, managed to regulate the effervescence when it proved impossible to remove-thanks dude! Wine bubbles naturally when the grapes are first pressed, but in colder climates, such as that of Champagne, the yeasts which cause the fizzing hibernate during the winter and wake back up in the spring. Champagne’s wines returned to life in March and were bubbling like mad come summer.
Although it gained in popularity amongst the nobility during the King’s reign, the rarity and expense made it a subject of censure among the lower classes. Doctors (who back then were about as effective as an ax murderer) and priests were often unanimous in expounding the dangers of drinking champagne, while verses were penned to its detriment, such as the following by professor Bengine Grenan:

             Lift to the skies thy foaming wine,
             That cheers the heart, that charms the eye,
            Exalt its fragrance, gift divine,
Champagne, from thee the wise must fly!
A poison lurks those charms below,
An asp beneath the flowers is hid.

The following century gave champagne a wider audience, as it gained in popularity following further advancements in the fermenting process. The Regent, Philippe d’Orleans, nephew of Louis XIV, enjoyed the sparkling wine and featured it at his nightly petits soupers at the Palais-Royal. D'Orleans was especially known for these late night private affairs, which history has led us to believe often degenerated into fullblown orgies; indeed, the French Regency period is regarded as one of the most licentious and gleefully perverse in history. If you think the 1% nowadays is philandering and wasteful, you don't know squat. This was an era when men would sleep together not because of sexual preference, but because bad behavior was in fashion and what could be more dastardly than buggering your friend just for the hell of it? 
Throughout the 18th century champagne houses opened up, creating a new business dynamic. Rather than single estate growers or monasteries producing the majority of wine, private houses or merchants who bought grapes from vineyard owners to make champagne came to dominate. The houses of Moët & Chandon, Louis Roederer, Piper-Heidsieck and Taittinger are some of the major houses that were founded during this period. Besides the Regent, champagne gained other prolific supporters such as Madame du Pompadour and Voltaire; the latter immortalized the growing trend as well as its French origins in poetry: This wine where sparkling bubbles dance/Reflects the brilliant soul of France.

So now you'll be able to brag about your classy alcohol knowledge next time you're poppin' bottles up in da club.
And if you haven't seen the best advertisement ever for Moet & Chandon you need to get on that, and don't forget about SNL's attempts to shill Hermes Handbags. Priceless.


[1] Prior to Perignon’s influence, the bubbles in sparkling wines were irregular and hardly resembled what we would today classify as Champagne.

Band of Outsiders Men's Spring 2014

Alright, normally their clothes aren't quite what draws my attention-I'm more of a Balmain, Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester boy, but for Spring 2014 Band of Outsiders pulled out some pretty good stops, enough so to make me brake for squirrels, or whatever. Maybe it was just the casting of Devendra Banhart as their mannequin-which was GENIUS-but either way I was definitely thrown by the great casual mix of elegant and beachy.
It made me want to be a skater in LA in the 90s, which is something I would NEVER way to go BOO.

That moment after a homeless guy flashes you and you realize it isn't his junk he's showing you but actually his awesome seafoam chinos.

White with a black collar? Tres chic. Although that circle window makes it look like he's on a cruise.

Now wave goodbye to your friends as you board said cruise, in an amazing camel jacket. But seriously don't go on a cruise; they're creepy. Have you seen Ghost Ship?

I love it when men wear a topcoat. You can't beat it. Just wear it like you're Kate Moss and it's a fabulous Fendi fur.


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Dear Kimye

Dear Kimye.

Okay, we get it. You're fab and we're not, but guess what? YOU CAN'T JUST GO AND NAME YOUR BABY NORTH WEST. People will remember this atrocity on the same level as Pearl Harbor and they will not thank you for it. Do you not remember what happened the last time someone named their baby something this ridiculous? No. Because it has never happened. You just blew Gwyneth and Apple out of the water.
I've heard you've been calling her Nori for short. That's cute, the fact that you get to abbreviate a five-letter name, but NO. Also, I assume you are aware that nori is Japanese for seaweed? Just throwing that out there. I say this all as someone who respects your work ethic and what you've both accomplished, from sex tape to 808, so please, keep that in mind.


p.s. Enjoy this wonderful series of Kim's cry face

That last one is a beaut, ain't it?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Inaguration


With all the ugliness in the world I think we all could use a bit of an escape, a way to remember the beauty that our earth has to offer. And I'm here to provide you with that, so consider this blog your new percoset. But besides making you look and say 'ooh', 'ah' or just 'dayum', I'm also here to give you the background information, the substance that makes up the stylish, if you will. You'll leave here feeling luxuriant, educated, and elevated, with a better sense of style and taste than when you first arrived, and hopefully you'll get some laughs along the way.

Now, kick up your feet and pour yourself a glass of wine (or just drink straight from the bottle) because it's time to relax and enjoy yourself a bit while I try and do what that wine is hopefully doing: making you feel better about life.