Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Ok, men take notes & grab your favorite fashion friend, it's time to stop crunching numbers or checking your stock portfolio-- it's time to update your wardrobe. Whether you are a ROLLING STONE, a SOUL PROTECTOR, or a MAD MAN, clothes always determine the man. Gear up for a fantastic fall/winter without the stress of this past year! Fall head over heels in love with these 3 key trends for men:

1. ROLLING STONE. Has the economy got you waivering on fall holiday plans? Cheer up, chum, this winter grab your skiis, hiking boots, and camping grear. Make the outdoors your winter wonderland. Native american prints, bold plaids, and cozy thermals inspire tales of rails and trails. Turn up the heat with layers of plaid, thermal, and cargos. From DSquared to Ralph Lauren, these designers are ready to get out from behind the desk and create their own adventure!

2. SOUL PROTECTOR. Still not sure if you can embrace these trends? Then stay heavily guarded in your best suit of armour. Sometimes the best weapon is looking stealth in your threads. Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein take inspiration from G.I. Joe's closet. Look for bullet-proof faux details, such as quilting jackets, sleek tailored coats, and molded foam vests, so that you can be an American hero. Try pairing high neck turtlenecks with a velvet blazer and a pinstripe scarf. Make it street savvy by adding a badass pair of leather cut-off gloves that pack a Kung-fu grip. No need for the Brinks truck now.

3. MAD MAN. Eager to make waves in the boardroom and in the bedroom? Leave the skinny jeans for the emo kids on Sunset and take a trip back in time to the sexy 60's. Confidence is the best accessory when reminiscing on these good ole days. There is nothing sexier than a man in tailored suit, can we say Don Draper? The runway competition was fierce this fall. Ralph Lauren kept it classic with his ruthless silhouette that only he can perfect. Louis Vuitton knows the best things in life come in 3's- blazer, vest, and slacks. For the men who are looking for a statement without saying a word, try Ermenegildo Zegna's tweed trench pair a Brooke Brothers white dress shirt, with a Hugo Boss charcoal scarf, and your favorite jeans. (Men, stay smart with a bootcut jean- favorites are William Rast, Joe's jeans, and Hudsons.)

Monday, August 10, 2009


Fall Fashion Trend Report 2009 is a little different than last year. The recession is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to the movement of trends. We will see some trends stay and some trends go. So which ones should we with open arms and which of your favorite designers gave us something to smile about until the recession passes like and old hand-me down?

1. Leatherheads. Vroom! Vroom! This season's "Must-Have" leather jacket can be seen worn on top of a little black dress or paired with a perfect t-shirt and jean for a night out. From Ackerman to Alexander Wang, designers went hog wild with this trend of leathers, buckles, and zippers. Do not be inspired by a local biker bar, these sophisticated motorcycle jackets are a definite a fashion tribute to the hip, motorcycle rockin' James Dean.

2. Boudoir Babe. A little lace never hurt anyone and it definitely does not disappoint. Lace, sheer, and tulle take centerstage this fall and not just under your wearables, but as the main event. Sheer geniuses take note, from delicate details at Balenciaga, to intricately draped corsets at Fendi, channel your inner lingerie diva. Parade around in a decadent bra with a blazer and a slimming pair of tuxedo slacks and give a whole new meaning to Playmate.

3. "New Look". Just like the 40's and the end of the depression, designers are ready to scale down the fancy smancy details of the past. In the 40's, Dior founded the decade as the "New Look", which emphasized the plush fabrics, stream-line silhouette, and elegant lines. Velvets, furs, and feathers are an ode to the legend costumers of the past that dressed Icons, such as Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo. From Dolce & Gabbana to Zac Posen, these designers were inspired by lavish lifestyles and memories of a luxurious past.

4. 80's Evolution. The eighties are not going anywhere, so unpack your acid wash jeans, shoulder pads, and sharkskin fabrics because those once hideous fashion choices from your childhood might be a hot comodity. The Twisted Sister who put her own spin on this trend, is none other than fashion legend, Donatella Versace, who brought back the party dresses straight out of Whitney Houston's closet!

5. Shaken and Shirred. Rouched and ready for a night out, these divinely draped shirts, skirts, and dresses will have you turning heads. Sinfully slim-fitting dresses that have their own swagger is a trend that you do not want to miss. Holiday 2009 is sure to be a season of charmeuse, chiffon, and jersey fabrics. Dior to Donna Karan's creations will give you something to toast to at a company's Christmas party.

6. Security Blanket. Trenches, vests, and double breasted coats are classic and comforting. They give a sense of security to an unstable economy and for that matter an unstable closet. Even risktakers, such as, Prada and YSL sent masterly fit coats down the runway alongside, the tailored and traditional trenchcoats of Burberry and Armani. When your wallet gets tight, turn to the timeless treasures already in your closet.