Sunday, March 2, 2014

Men's Fashion at the 2014 Oscars

On the eve of Hollywood's biggest night, we rounded up the most fashionable men on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards.  Honourable fashion mentions include Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Chris Evans.  Congratulations to all winners!

Bradley Cooper rocks a Tom Ford suit and Chopard watch
Zac Efron looks suave in Calvin Klein Collection
Chris Hemsworth in a three-piece, burgundy David August suit, Fred Leighton jewellery, and Mont Blanc watch
Brad Pitt stuns in a classic Tom Ford suit
Matthew McConaughey contrasts black with white in Dolce & Gabbana
Chiwetel Ejiofor in a Rake suit with gorgeous Christian Louboutin shoes

All photos courtesy of JustJared.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

Caring for Patent Leather Shoes

Patent leather has traditionally been seen as a fabric for tuxedo shoes.  It "patented" glossy shine is appropriate for formal occasions and is now gaining popularity in office settings.  See Hugo Boss Black Carl loafer and Prada double monk strap shoe below:



I recently purchased a few pairs of patent shoes.  I've realized it's much more difficult to wear them for everyday use and that they require greater attention and care than matte leather.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Creasing - working in a highly physical environment can put strain on the patent and cause noticeable creases across the front of the shoe.
  • Intense shine - patent shoes by nature reflect light and can stand out easily from the rest of your outfit.  Wear them with a patterned suit or a dark sport coat to dress up your overall look.
Caring for patent leather is key to increasing its longevity.  Here are some tips to keeping them looking fresh:
  • Clean and wipe off water and dirt using smooth shoe polishing cloths.
  • Shine leather using shoe polish to maintain its glow.
  • Avoid shoe sprays or brushes as they are not necessary and can hard the patent material.
  • Insert shoe trees after each use to minimize creasing.

Patent leather shoes are a must-own item.  Look out for them on your next venture to the shoe store.  You'll be sure to receive compliments.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Best and Worst Dressed at the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremonies

In the spirit of fashion and the Olympics, we decided it would be fun to rank the best (and worst) outfits from last night's Opening Ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Best:

1. France (designed by Lacoste) - So classic and simple.













2. Norway (designed by Mood) - Their sky blue pants were a breath of fresh air.

3. Germany (designed by Willy Bogner for Adidas) - For their unintentional social message and vibrant colour choice.

4. Poland (designed by OTCF, formerly 4F Sport Performance) - For their monochromatic ombre effect.


5. Sweden (designed by H&M) - For their on-trend, cobalt blue and unique fabric designs.












6. Russia (designed by BOSCO) - Because fur is the material of the season and the Russians know how to flaunt it.












7. Canada (designed by Hudson's Bay) - For their maple-leaf stamped mittens.












Worst:

1. Bermuda (designer unknown) - Because shorts are never appropriate in the winter.












2. Tonga (designed by Willy Bogner) - Because palm trees and snow suits are an oxymoron.












3. USA (designed by Ralph Lauren) - Because ugly Christmas sweaters are so two months ago.













4. Japan (designed by Descente) - Because lab coats should be restricted to hospital settings only.













5. Lithuania (designed by Audimas) - Because green and yellow colours are meant for leprechauns.












All images courtesy of nationalpost.com, mashable.com, and usatoday.com

Monday, February 3, 2014

Review of Men's FW 2014 Fashion Week

This month's fashion week featured multiple themes.  From Givenchy's basketball athleticwear to Paul Smith's musical note prints, this year's shows proved eventful.  Check out the latest trends below for Fall/Winter 2014:

Luxurious Fur:  And lot's of it.  Fendi went over the top with their fur-lined carpets and walls:


Punk/Rock/Rebel Chic:  Check prints, animal stripes, argyle sweaters, and hippie sunglasses dominated this year's runways:


Striped Overcoats:  Command the streets with these gorgeous, bold prints next winter.


Refined Baseball Jacket:  These designers know how to make athleticwear look chic.

All images courtesy of WWD and GQ.com

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Fashion

Expect Ermenegildo Zegna to make an appearance at this year's Super Bowl XLVIII.

WWD asked Peyton Manning, five-time MVP and quarterback of the Denver Broncos, which designer he would be wearing on Sunday.  His response was, "I'll have a good-looking Zegna suit on."

It seems Zegna runs in the family, as his brother Eli has often been spotted wearing the popular Italian designer's suits.

Photo courtesy of Pursuitist.com

Retailers have also been hopping on the Super Bowl bandwagon.  Bloomingdale's unveiled 48 designer helmets in their windows on January 15th.  The retailer partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers to commission one-of-a-kind helmets.  Helmets will be up for auction to support the NFL Foundation, and include designers Alexis Bittar, Alice + Olivia, Diane von Furstenberg, John Varvatos, Kenneth Kole, Michael Bastian, and Todd Snyder.  Currently, the highest bid is for the haute couture helmet by John Varvatos at $2,276.  Auction closes Tuesday night at midnight.

Image courtesy of bloomingdales.com

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Valet for the Morning Routine

Finding the right clothes to wear every morning can be a daunting task (for most).  To help alleviate the stress, a men's valet stand can store all of your day's attire in one place.  I recently came across one while staying at the Sheraton Laval in Quebec.  I was mesmerized.  I didn't have to rummage through my luggage every morning to find a matching tie, belt, pocket square, or watch.  I could place them all neatly on a stand with my suit the night before.

I decided to take the idea home and order my own valet stand.  For $73, Richard Homewares offered one on amazon.com in dark wood.  With a fews days for shipment and an hour for construction, I completed the set up (see image on right).  The design was sleek and size appropriate.  It was the perfect way to help compile my look and start the day stress-free.



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Statement Shoe Laces

Give your dress shoes a new kick this summer with statement shoe laces.  A bright coloured-lace can help to complement a bold pocket square or tie.  Not to mention, it will stand out in all settings from weddings to cocktail parties.



 Image courtesy of Maxton Men (visit maxtonmen.com)

Visit Ian's Shoelace Site for coloured shoelaces at $1.79 each.  We recommend the round braided shoelaces for dress shoes.  There are 20 colours to choose from and in multiple sizes.  Use this handy size chart to determine the length of lace to purchase.  Most dress shoes are narrow with five pairs of eyelets.


Image courtesy of Ian's Shoelace Site.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Case for Paisley

This summer is all about patterns, lightweight jackets, and colours.  

One pattern you'll often find at your local department store is paisley.  The paisley design originates from Persian and Indian cultures, and typically resembles a "twisted teardrop" or kidney.  
  
Its distinctive shape takes form in multiple colours, and designers from Ermenegildo Zegna to Etro have recently used paisley in their collections.  If you're feeling bold, try one of their paisley shirts, swim trunks, ties, and pocket squares.  It'll be a sure-fire way to make a statement.

Etro Paisley Swim Trunks

Etro Paisley Cotton Shirt

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Most Memorable Men from Met Ball 2013

Anna Wintour's annual Met Ball party was held on May 6, 2013.  This year's theme was Punk:  Chaos to Couture.  Celebrities donned extravagant head pieces, studded apparel, plaid prints, and blue streaks.  But as usual, most of this year's attention was on the women (see all the photos of the women here).  Here were the most memorable looks by the men.


Nicholas Hoult, star of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and boyfriend of Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, rocks the red carpet in Tom Ford.


Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants, wears a Lanvin tuxedo.

Tom Brady, QB for the New England Patriots, stands alongside his wife Gisele Bundchen in Tom Ford.

Zachary Quinto, aka Spock in the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie, wears Vivienne Westwood Man with gold slippers to match.

Eddie Redmayne, star of Les Miserables, wears Dior Homme.

All photos courtesy of GQ.com and The Guardian.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Going "Sockless" in the Summer

When it comes to wearing loafers, drivers, and boat shoes, going "sockless" is the new fashion statement. But wearing shoes with only your bare feet can often cause bad foot odour that is difficult to eliminate.



The solution?  Try wearing these "no-show" loafer socks.  They add an extra layer of comfort and hide perfectly underneath the shoe.  Banana Republic and J.Crew both have styles under $20 CDN.



Image courtesy of BananaRepublic.com