April 20, 2015 |
The return of the dinner jacket brings with it a new appreciation of one of menswear's swankiest accessories. The trendlet Lapel pins are undergoing a crafty revival as artisans fashion felt, ribbon, and organza into faux flowers perfect for pinning. This spring, look for the confident and well-coiffed dude to add a dose of petaled, pastel pizzazz to tuxedo jackets and linen blazers. Where's it come from? The boutonniere, of course. And these "buttonhole flowers" go back to the 16th century, when grooms wore them to ward off evil spirits.
March 2, 2015 |
In a world where ties are increasingly optional - much to the chagrin of menswear purists - snazzy neckwear is a sartorial sign that dandyism still exists. The trendlet Bow ties in polka dots, zigzags, stripes, and African prints are taking the modern man's suited-up look from OK to worthy of a second glance. Just ask Matthew McConaughey. Where's it come from? With the advent of suiting in the mid-17th century came cravats - a neck band that tucked into men's formal shirts like handkerchiefs.
November 12, 2014 |
Look for plaids - the most classic of menswear patterns - to weave their way through many a daring dandy's wardrobe this late fall into holiday season. For many guys, staid plaids never left their closets. But high fashion's masculine move to funky tartans is twofold: The style world continues to borrow from American heritage. (Nothing says chop-the-firewood-rugged like a plaid flannel button-down. There's even a new term for that look: lumbersexual.) And we've got almost a year under our belts of seeing Savile Row-inspired suiting, perfect for many versions ofthe sturdy, checked patterns.
July 18, 2013 |
Villa has been in the hip-hop fashion game since the baggy days of Cross Colors and Fubu. So execs of the retail chain figured if anyone could help designers from "the block" make fashion, they could. In winter 2012, Patrick Walsh, vice president of marketing, launched a contest calling on designers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and surrounding states to submit their best work. More than 250 entered, and the winner, Khaleel Salaam, 30, saw his collection of men's fitted T's, hoodies, and tanks produced by the Philadelphia-based company.
July 5, 2013 |
Cool futuristic looks, courtesy of Drexel University students, sauntered down the run- way at last month's annual senior fashion show. The presentation, held on Urban Outfitters' campus at the Navy Yard, featured amazing examples of the latest in women's wear, menswear, bridal, eveningwear, and children's clothing. Some designs popped, like Kate Murphy's lace shorts. Others sizzled, as in Jaizelle Hanna-Sten- dardo's grouping of silver- tiered eveningwear. Flashes of color were big trends, too, including Yeon Son and Alice Stevenson's menswear.
August 23, 2011
THERE'S NOT a woman in Philly who would rock a burka just to make a fashion statement. But when it comes to Muslim-inspired menswear, well, that's another story. Regardless of their religious affiliations, certain Philadelphia men, mainly African-Americans, have adopted the style of wearing long, old-world-style beards, sometimes pairing them with calf-length trousers and long shirts - all looks inspired by traditional Muslim attire. For many, this convergence of hip-hop with Islamic style is purely a fashion statement and has nothing to do with whether a guy worships in a church or mosque.
June 8, 2011 |
Tiny suits, skinny jeans, and shrunken shirts - hallmarks of the latest ultra-fitted era in men's fashion - are relaxing a bit. And that's not the only news in menswear. When it comes to shopping, guys are slowly breaking their blind loyalties to such traditional menswear outlets as Boyds and Brooks Brothers and branching out, finding style solace in what used to be haunts for just women. Think H&M, Urban Outfitters, Zara, even Ross. "My whole outfit is from Ross," said Jack Soos, 23, clad in a lavender dress shirt and pleated pants, and sipping a hoppy beverage in this week's With Love Beer Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel.
April 20, 2011
Bijan Pakzad, 71, the ritzy fashion designer whose by-appointment-only Rodeo Drive boutique is billed as "the most expensive store in the world," died Saturday at a Los Angeles hospital. He had suffered a stroke Thursday. Mr. Pakzad - or simply Bijan, as he preferred to be known - unabashedly promoted the opulence of his glamorous life, his stores, and his clientele. He starred in his own advertisements, appearing on billboards and in magazines beside celebrity clients such as Bo Derek and Michael Jordan, or posing provocatively with nuns and a rabbi or, in one campaign, a model who slapped his face and, in the caption, called him a chauvinist.
February 22, 2011 |
Frumpy is the new funky. New York's fall 2011 runways at Lincoln Center were packed last week with conservative looks of longer skirts and button-up blouses. Main Line favorite Tory Burch led the pack with a series of plaid, polka-dot, and pleated dresses with long sleeves and high necks reminiscent of the '70s working girl. Designer Yoana Baraschi featured a long-sleeved tan-and-black polka-dot dress with a high neck and tie - which she called "the librarian. " "People are finally more interested in covering up," Baraschi said at her presentation.
January 27, 2011 |
Walking into the Philadelphia Museum of Art's latest fashion exhibition, "The Peacock Male: Exuberance of Masculine Dress," I expected a collection of mostly tailored suits, possibly sprinkled with a hint of color and a dash of dandyism. Instead, I was greeted by a turquoise-sequined peacock costume, courtesy of Philadelphia's Mummers, complete with 12-foot-tall feathers and painted leather shoes. And on the other side of the Joan Spain Gallery was a phenomenal Yohji Yamamoto black wool coat - drab in comparison, until a peek at the lining revealed a silk-screened mermaid with the face of Marilyn Monroe.