Top 5 classic Prom Themes

As prom is creeping up quickly behind us, it’s time to look at the top 5 most common prom themes.

Taken from About Style.com, they give us some of the most popular themes they have seen throughout prom history.

1) Under The Sea :

On a dancefloor filled with sparkling “oceans,” colorful fish, and other intricate underwater wonders, you might mistake your prom dress for a mermaid fin and start going by alter-ego Ariel.

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2) Walk of Fame :

Debuting your gorgeous dress on a red carpet will make you feel like an A-list celebrity. Cover the floor with “walk of fame” stars featuring the names of the senior class. A red carpet will complete this Hollywood-inspired prom theme.

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3) A Starry Night :

The classic romance of a celestial theme is a perennial prom favorite. Though this is an easy prom theme to pull off – simply decorate with loads of metallic stars and strands of twinkly lights – this romantic theme packs a glamorous punch. Are you sick of your date’s dance moves? Just wish upon a star.

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4) Hawaiian Luau :

What prom outfit wouldn’t be improved with a bright, frilly lei? Add “palm trees” and tropical flower arrangements, then ask the DJ toss on a few luau-worthy tracks – so much fun to dance to in your prom night finery.

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5) An Evening in Paris:

The City of Love is always popular for romantic prom themes. A faux Eiffel Tower might sound like quite an endeavor, but the effect is well worth it. Grab a few talented art student to paint the landmark, then finish off with scenic “trees” and romantic park benches.

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Check out some prom inspiration boards on our Pinterest page!

Happy prom season!

Men’s Fashion Week: An Overview 2015

They say Paris fashion week comes last on the European fashion calendar because it is the best. Fashion week shows us what we should be wearing in the upcoming year, and how to wear the certain clothes.Whether it be in Paris, London, or Milan,  this year we saw mostly dark suits, in different shapes, sizes, and textures. If anything is clear from Paris fashion week, it is that suits and trousers are loosening up now, though no dominant shape has yet emerged leaving editors and fans to sort through a mishmash of cuts and styles.

The tailoring is sharp indeed, with slim fit lines and a nod to many “vintage” cuts. Dolce&Gabbana sent suits out on the runway reminiscent of the dawn of the brand’s menswear in the nineties while Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Lauren showed skinny tailoring that could have been cut by the master himself. Miuccia Prada also revisited a very Prada-esque aesthetic with her menswear, steering clear of Hawaiian prints or gimmicky accessories.
The colour palette ranged from traditional autumnal hues like burgundy and green to cool winter white and the ever so chic camel, which just exacerbated the elegance and volume of the outerwear. Blues were the accent colours of this traditional palette with grey and black dominating the catwalks.

Overall, the highlights of the collections were aplenty and the fashion strong, defined and often very wearable.

Check out our Pinterest board for more looks from men’s fashion week!

The Best of the Detroit Car Show 2015

Since 1907, over a century ago, with the exception of the World War II years, Detroit has hosted an auto show: the Detroit Auto Show. The vision and fortitude of the 1989 organizing committee, that made the show international rather than regional, as well as the efforts of Detroit area auto dealers who’ve since served on the organizing committee, the North American International Auto Show has continued to grow and has earned a top spot among auto shows around the world.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show brought the year’s first glimpse at what our automotive future-near and far-holds.

Some of the most impressive and favored cars of the show were:

Ford GT 2016

The carbon-fiber-bodied, 600-horsepower Ford GT is basically engineered for high-speed chases down coastal highways, and showing the world you are superior to them because of the crown you have, called the Ford GT. Ford plans to introduce 12 new performance vehicles by 2020. Two others that debuted in Detroit include the F-150 Raptor and Shelby GT350R.

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Acura NSX

This car has a  hybrid powertrain that pairs a twin-turbocharged V-6 with three electric motors, allowing computers to do all the technology things that are needed to maintain traction and thrust. Acura will begin taking orders for the limited-production hybrid super car this summer. It will reportedly have a starting price in the mid-$150,000 range.

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Mercedes-Benz F 05 Concept

The self- driving car which is also known as the ‘luxury in motion’ project, made its premiere at the Detroit Auto Show, where it showcased how the future of the automobile is shifting towards becoming a private retreating space. It is a car focusing on the progression from self-propelled to the self-reliant vehicle, the luxury sedan concept is electrically driven using a system similar to the F-cell plug-in hybrid used in the 2011 ‘F 125′ research car.

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Check out some more of the future of automobiles on our Pinterest page!

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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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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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!

Marlon Brando

 

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.

James Dean

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!

Cary Grant

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!

Steve McQueen

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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Rest In Peace Mr. De La Renta,


The loss of a true icon was brought to our attention, Monday October 20, 2014 as 82-year-old Oscar De La Renta passed away.

His label has become synonymous with luxury, sophistication and style and is one of the most desired labels for men and women all over the world. Oscar De La Renta’s men’s collection is very professional and stylish, consisting primarily of suits, jackets, dress shirts, ties and dress pants. Most of Oscar De La Renta’s designs are tailored for a perfect fit and are designed to enhance the body shapes of men. Perfectly cut for optimum satisfaction.

Oscar also designed wedding dresses so his clients would fall in love again, with the dress. His dedication to luxury and glamour, De La Renta aspired to make women feel beautiful.

During his long career, Mr. de la Renta was among the few designers who knew the difference between the runway and fashion.

“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion,” Mr. de la Renta once said. “A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense” (NYTimes.com).

Free Tuxedo Rentals for Homecoming!

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It’s that time of year again. It’s Back to School! And to celebrate in the time honored tradition (dating back to 1909) high schools across the country are getting ready for Homecoming week. Traditionally a week of school spirit activities, a Homecoming football game, Homecoming court…all culminating in the Homecoming dance finale.

To participate in this celebration, SimpleTux is offering Homecoming King Nominees FREE Tux Rentals and Fittings. We will come to your school and measure you personally.

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