Dolce & Gabbana, Joan Rivers, and a Touch of Sparkle

January 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

Sequin blazers at Dolce and Gabbana F/W '11

I kind of died over the sequin Dolce and Gabbana blazer Brad Goreski wore on the premiere of his new show, “It’s a Brad, Brad World.” He wore it to an award ceremony hosted by US Weekly, where he accepted an award for his signature personal style.

Brad Goreski in the blazer

Beyonce wore a magenta version of the same blazer for her performance of “Love on Top” at the MTV Video Music Awards last September. It offered some fun (but pretty modest) gender play and harkened back to the days of the Rat Pack.

Beyonce at the MTV VMAs

After doing some research on sequin blazers on the market just now, I learned that one of the best comes from none other than Joan Rivers, who apparently has her own line called “Touch of Sparkle.” The blazer comes in four colors – black, maroon, navy, and steel – and in sizes from XXS to 3X. This means that no matter who you are, Joan Rivers has a sequin blazer that’ll fit your taste AND your body!

Also, she’s her own model. Kind of amazing.

Buy your own Touch of Sparkle blazer from the QVC website here, and feel free to submit pictures of yourself wearing it, posing as Joan in the picture above.

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Now Trending: Geometric Jewelry

December 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

The ubiquitous minimalism aesthetic has given way to a range of geometric jewelry this season. Retailers offer the trend in diamond, triangular, or chevron shapes done in a range of precious or semiprecious metals. Some of my favorite iterations of this trend include 3-dimensional rings as seen in street style coverage from New York Magazine, as well as Eddie Borgo‘s sleek interpretations of flowers and insects.

via New York Magazine

Chris Habana, via Oak

via Facehunter

Orchid pins, Eddie Borgo

via New York Magazine

Street Style: Garosugil, Seoul, South Korea

December 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

“H” to “T” Rick Owens.

My Latest Obsession: The Billy Kirk Duffel

November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

After a long, arduous hunt, I’ve finally found the perfect duffel bag at In God We Trust in soho. It’s by Billy Kirk, a duo of Amish brothers who craft each bag by hand. I love the leather handles and buckles, as well as the leather base. Also, the whole aesthetic goes perfectly with the heritage trend that has dominated menswear over the past few years.

Although I went with the traditional crafts-oriented bag myself, Billy Kirk offers a range of other styles that compliment a variety of other looks. I’m personally in love with the quirky camo bag they made in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, for example – it’s pop heritage! And the black tote they sell at Oak is great for rocker and/or hipster types.

Billy Kirk x OC camo bag

Billy Kirk tote from Oak

Street Style: Hongdae, Seoul, Korea

November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lovin’ this guy’s updated take on the dandy trend. He took some straight forward basics – shirt, tie, blazer, and trousers – and jazzed them up with unique accessories. I particularly enjoy his vintage items, like the briefcase and what I’ll call the lady brooch. They gave the look a quirky, worn-in feel.

My Latest Obsession: The Bone Ring

October 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

Who doesn’t love a little Flinstone’s flair in their wardrobe?

I never thought of myself as a jewelry guy, but this bone ring I found at Sangsangmadang has proven to be my gateway into all things shiny: rings, bracelets, etc. It’s the prefect cross between Antoni Gaudí’s bone-shaped columns and  Claes Oldenburg’s loopy sculptures of everyday items.

Stay posted for more of my latest adventures (and experiments) and men’s accessories. Yabadabadoo!

My Favorite Looks from Paris Fashion Week

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Comme des Garcons

Strip away the costume boning and you’re left with a delicate white dress fit for a lady. I love the roundedness of the lace top and the way the underlayer fades away like a distant memory. The tiered skirt recalls an upside down wedding cake and the irreverence of the wellies comes across as refreshingly unfeminine. This look’s commentary on the perils of marriage takes it beyond the mere pleasantries of luxury fashion toward thought-provoking art.

Kenzo

Kenzo’s new Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim revamped the fading French label with a youthful essence and accessibility. For this look, they took classic couture shapes and technique (like the pleated peplum) and infused it with a sportive edge, adding a club collar at the neck and styling the model with a kiddish baseball cap. They also got on board the bird-print trend we’ve seen since last season with a sand skirt covered in images of sparrows. The disparate elements of the look would clash in most collections, but somehow, they all came together in Leon and Lim’s eclectic, totally fun universe.

Lanvin

The Lanvin woman took on a new attitude this season, one that’s darker and a bit more mysterious than usual. This newfound attitude was apparent in a head-to-toe look covered in images of coiled snakes. The silhouette was soft and feminine, but the print had an aggression that imbued the look with an unmistakable power. I also loved the beading at the shoulders that recalled an intricate plate of armor.

Maison Martin Margiela

What makes Maison Martin Margiela’s collections so alluring is their ability to make big design impact with just simple shapes and modest fabrics. Here, the MMM design team made a shapely hourglass silhouette from just a black ribbed cardigan and floor-length skirt. The hem at the waist of the sweater creates a feminine proportion and transforms the portion of the sweater underneath it into shadows of a peplum. The sheen of the skirt adds a nice contrast to the matte quality of the top.

Junya Watanabe

I love the whimsy in this look – textured lace, ruffled shoulders, a cascading stream of bird feathers. It’s Junya at his best. The swirls worked into the lace of the dress have a dynamism that brings to mind Roy Lichenstein’s “Drowning Girl” (1963), and this sense of movement is echoed in the soft waves in the jacket. I also love the simple plane of leather at the bodice; it’s like the calm in the middle of a storm.

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