Award Season Style 2015

Awards season has started! Most of us just see these award shows as a way for our favorite celebrities to gather together and win awards. Well, the underlying meaning of awards shows in fashion is that it predicts the trends for the year. From bold colors and interesting fabrics, to glitter tuxes and funky sneakers, we can see the new year’s trends already in action.

Beards were out in force on the red carpet with numerous stars from Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan to Jared Leto, all sporting fuzzy faces, rather than the traditionally more formal clean shaven look. In terms of tailoring,  it was a rather mixed affair with ordinary tuxedos mingling with more statement suits.

George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Jake Gyllenhaal all went down the standard black tux route while others including Adrien Grenier and Matt Bomer tried a slightly different angle in navy versions. Justin Theroux eschewed a bow-tie in favour of a skinny black tie whilst Eddie Redmayne opted for a velvet version.

If you want to see more of the Golden Globes Red Carpet, head out our Pinterest page to look through the creme de la creme of our favorite celebrities. Here are some pictures of this years newest styles for men:

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3 ‘Must Have’ Books of 2014

Books give us pleasure, of course, but they also help us frame what’s happening all around us at any given moment.  Reading these 3 books will give you a much fuller picture of what humans were dealing with in 2014.

As the year is at a near end, these are the top 3 books chosen by men for men to better understand ourselves but also the current world we are living in. According to Esquire.com and GQ.com, here are some new year’s resolution books to get you going in 2015!!

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1. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is not the kind of book you can give your heart to. It’s mean. Its main character is not likable even to himself. Very little happenes. However, it is a must read because Nathaniel P. is “unforgettable as a literary creation and the book’s shock of recognition is only muted by the discomfort it brings with it.” —Stephen Marche, Esquire.com

 

 

 

cover225x2252. We Are Not Ourselves,is Matthew Thomas’s exceptional first novel. “It doesn’t pile on, doesn’t harass the reader; rather, with profound compassion and understanding and at times majesty it painstakingly lays out the three seemingly unexceptional lives as they’re lived, in the end summoning the only truly universal verity governing life in America: You can be anything you want, but in the end you’ll always be yourself.” —Joe Keohane, Esquire.com

 

3. The Name Sake by Jhumpa Lahiri depicts what no other novel this century has done. That is, to so fully, meticulously described the life of a man, from birth to middle age, and all the choices and obsessions that guide him through it.

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New Year’s Eve Style Tips! Welcome 2015 in Style

New Year’s Eve, the biggest night of the year. With the right outfit, you definitely won’t be alone at midnight. Be sure to make a statement with accent brights and tailoring for masculine charm.

Sure there are tuxedos, and then there are turtlenecks and patterns and, blue jeans, but gathered here are some surprising ideas, of-the-moment inspiration and plenty of champagne!

Style tip No. 1:

Jeans! Invest in some boot cut or or straight leg jeans. Dark denim can be dressed up with a blazer and a nice shirt, which is replacing black slacks as a closet staple.Lighter jeans are always more casual looking than darker ones, so if you do go light (or even distressed) with your denim, balance it out with a dark blazer and a (tucked-in) collared shirt.

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Style tip No.2 :

The turtleneck is the best not-too-dressy, not-too-casual alternative to a collared shirt at your disposal. You should aim to go more dark, and layer a blazer over it. Remember though to never tuck it in!! Turtlenecks have returned to the world of men’s fashion and are a great item for New Year’s Eve, creating an instantly modern look that is so simple.

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Style tip No. 3:

A tuxedo is a must for those “black tie” New Year’s Eve parties. And, really, what is a tuxedo? It’s simply a suit with a satin lapel and satin stripe on the pants. Like any important suit, it should fit well, be comfortable since dancing is likely and be of a quality that lets you keep it for a long time. In a classic fit, you will never regret investing in a quality suit that you will enjoy it for many years, and it will easily stand up to the test of time.

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Ideas of Gifts for Men this Holiday Season!

Finding that special something for the guys in your life can be quite a challenge. From the sports fanatic to the gadget obsessed, get inspired by these fun finds.

For the traveler: Birchbox is a  company founded by two friends that combines monthly deliveries of personalized samples with original editorial and an exciting ecommerce shop. It is easy, efficient, and fun—a monthly delivery of surprise and delight. Birchbox Man launched in April 2012 to bring guys tailored shipments of grooming and lifestyle products. Birchbox will send a grab-bag each month of trial-size products like shaving cream, hair gel, and cologne from luxury and up-and-coming brands.

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For the outdoor-sy guy: If he spends his time hunting big game, scouring the river for the best trout, or just enjoys living in front of a campfire instead of a laptop, the best gift for the modern day backwoodsman: anything from Patagonia! Not only is the company one of the greenest in the world, their garments offer functional style made for any adventure.

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For the guy that has everything: The PlayStation 4 by Sony has unveiled the fourth generation of Playstation consoles. Technologies like advanced real-time lighting, shaders, texture mapping, artificial intelligence, more system memory, a large 500GB hard drive in every system, and all sorts of other technobabble under the hood is all part of what makes the new PS4 so acclaimed and sought after.

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A lot has been going on in our world for the past 365 days, why not take a step back and treat the guys in your life with the coolest gifts you can! Happy shopping!

Check out an extensive amount of gift ideas on our Pinterest page!!!

How to Plan for a Winter Wedding

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to bear down for the winter ahead! While most of the US is already pulling out their winter coats and jackets.

If you think there’s no setting more romantic than a blanket of snow, then consider planning a winter wedding!

First think you have to do,  is choose your winter location. You may want to stay close to home or plan a destination wedding. Consider the ease of transportation for your guests, the availability of hotels and the elements you can use to create a more magical winter atmosphere.

Next, set your date. If you are having a small wedding near your home, you may be able to have the wedding near Christmas without many conflicts. A larger wedding may benefit from being scheduled around a long weekend.

You have to keep in mind many things though, such as the weather, comfort of your guests, and pricing. Many things go into planning nay wedding, but planning a winter wedding might be slightly more challenging due to the curveballs Mother Nature might throw at you!

For our groom and groomsmen ff course the easiest way to express personality and individuality is with colour and over the years we have started to see Grooms with pops of colour through socks, braces, ties and pockerchiefs. But this year we see grooms getting braver and bolder, with coloured suits, particularly jewel tones of deep blues, emeralds and purples.

Head over to www.simpltux.com to look at the perfect hues you might be thinking about wearing to your beautiful winter wedding!

Fall/Winter Style inspired by Classic Hollywood

It was in the 1930s and 1940s that the icons of the movie industry reached a kind of perfection, not only as talented and as pure actors but, no less importantly to their legacy, how charismatic and cool they were. We like to think of our best movie stars walking the red carpets in sunny Los Angeles, decked out year-round in tuxedos. Through movies and through real life, celebrities play an important part in influencing the changing trends. On occasion a very unruly trend can also be born out of TV and the big screen; such trends may not necessarily be new creations but can also be old trends getting renewed. Therefore, turning to classic Hollywood stars for stylish advice is the perfect way to get that look you want during this holiday season.

Here are some perfect examples of that classic hollywood style we can incorporate into today’s fashion!

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Marlon Brando. Marlon Brando showed that there is proof that cozy can be a fashion statement but also double as being a bad ass! The best-known Brando looks are remembered by his crewneck shirts and muscle shirts.

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Burt Lancaster. Lancaster showed us that the classic grey athletic sweatshirt is equal parts casual and elegant.

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James Dean. Dean of course is famous for his bad boy style, like Marlon Brando, of a white shirt and jeans. Showing and example of how jeans, a white shirt, and some chucks will always be in style!

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Cary Grant. Car Grant showed us why the classic tennis sweater has endured for so long, and why it remains an essential item in any fall or winter wardrobe. It’s stylish, warm, and sensible!

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Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen was seen a lot in chunky cable-knit sweaters, showing its versatility, masculinity, and comfort for the colder seasons.

 

Photos taken from Esquire.com

(http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/classic-hollywoods-best-fall-winter-fashion)

3 Menswear Designers you have to Know!

Everyone loves finding new brands and styles. These five designers are innovating and shaping the way for the future of style. It is important to know who is who in this industry, and by giving you a little introduction into these designers, it will broaden your knowledge of menswear in fashion.

1. Umit Benan

Raised in Istanbul, Umit Benan wanted to be a filmmaker but turned to fashion, keeping the urge to tell and portray stories. After finishing school, Benan received opportunities with prestigious designers to help build his career.
In 2009, he launched his debut collection and won the noteworthy Who’s On Next/Uomo contest.
Umit Benan uses clothes to build personas, putting to good use multi-cultural life experiences accumulated in a chaotic city full of contrast.Freedom of expression is Benan’s goal in life and the reason he decided to become a fashion designer.
His garments show quintessential masculinity, sophistication, luxury and durability.
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2. Alexandre Mattiussi

Born in 1980, attending prestigious fashion schools, and having a plan and goal, makes Alexandre Mattiussi a true designer.
Mattuisi’s line, called “Ami” translated into English means ‘friend’. Ami is a unique concept of ready to wear for men: a complete men’s wardrobe, well designed, easy, chic and above all, cool. “This collection is not about fantasy. It is a proposition of real clothes for a real man”, explains Mattuisi (BusinessofFashion.com). Ami is positioned at an affordable price point while offering high quality and sophisticated designs.

The clothes are made with Love, as indicated on the label. A modern, well thought-out collection of clothes and accessories to dress men from head to toe, with a healthy dose of French chic and charm, relaxed elegance mixed with a definite sense of ease, and authenticity.

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3.Oskar Metsavaht

Oskar Metsavaht is the founder and creative director of Osklen, the Brazilian fashion brand. Although the brand began with a focus on sportswear, after ten years Metsavaht refocused the brand on the luxury segment.
He is the Founder of ‘E Institute’ (Instituto e), a nonprofit organization located in Rio de Janeiro, dedicated to the promotion of sustainable human development, which develops the e-fabrics project that, in partnership with companies, institutions and research centers, identifies fabrics and materials developed from social and environmental criteria (TheBusisnessofFashion.com).

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Dear Veterans: Thank you!

It takes courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his country. The least we can do is to honor these heroes. That is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(US Department of Veteran Affairs).

To gain a broader knowledge of veterans in our country, here are some statistics stated by History.com:
-9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
-1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
-1.8 million veterans are women.
-7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
-5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
-2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
-2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
-6 million veterans served in peacetime.
-As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
(history.com).

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

George Orwell once said: “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”, so when you see a veteran or know of someone who has served and helped this country, say thank you. their work is greatly appreciated.

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How to Prepare for a Stress- Free Thanksgiving

It’s creeping up behind us! Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means you might be having the whole family over. It is overwhelming but in this time of thanks you have to really enjoy and embrace the day instead of being stressed out with cooking and planning.

Poor planning is the number one stressor in planning large Thanksgiving dinners. You need to organize, prepare your menu in advance and purchase the turkey.

Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to help you out by bringing along drinks or desserts. It brings families together when they do things together, and having your family members participate in making the meal with you could be great.

When you plan in advance, fixing a feast becomes much less daunting. The work that remains will mostly be finishing touches. Also one must take deep breathes, exercise, and sleep to maintain a healthy well being before the big dinner!

With so much to coordinate, you can expect that something will go wrong. Remember that the true meaning of Thanksgiving is not to show off a perfect table or turkey, but to feel gratitude for all that you have.

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Newest Up and Coming Bridal Designers

Although you may have not heard of them yet, these bridal designers will soon make their mark on the bridal scene. With talent and creativity to inspire any bride, these designers are a few examples of who is rising up in the industry.

Christos Costarellos
Already an established designer in Athens, Greece, Christos just launched his debut collection of wedding gowns. His dresses show off fine tailoring, intricate finishing details and couture techniques that have become the signature of his fashion house.

Samantha Sleeper
As an alumna of Parsons the New School for Design, Samantha Sleeper has made a name for herself by creating beautiful, detail-oriented pieces for women looking for designs that reflect their unique personalities. She creates pieces that are romantic and ladylike with an edgy, bohemian twist. In her debut collection, she experiments with color, classic silhouettes, weightless fabrics and lace to create dresses that are effortless, elegant and truly unique gowns that women can feel beautiful in.

Katie Fong
Up-and-coming eveningwear designer Katie Fong is the latest designer to join the bridal industry, and she’s already gaining celebrity fans for her ladylike styles that are perfect for weddings. Specializing in elegant formal separates and fresh silhouettes for brides, bridal parties and guests, Fong’s latest custom bridal service has us buzzing. We sat down with the designer in her New York City studio to discuss her start in the industry, her inspiration, and her unique design process (Brides.com).

Check out more trending wedding dress designers on our Pinterest page!