Monthly Archives: October 2012

Can men tuck their pants into their boots?

My husband and I found ourselves at a crossroads of opinions this weekend on a men’s fashion point.

We were browsing Hermes and happened across a fantastic pair of men’s boots for winter.  My husband tried them on and loved them.  He stood up, pulled his pant legs over each boot and found himself intensely disappointed by how concealed all of the detailing became.  You could no longer see the beautiful zipper and craftsmanship.

I told him that he should tuck the pant legs in.  The question at hand: Is it acceptable for men to tuck their pant legs into their boots?

I poked around to see what the general consensus is on this subject and found this quote from Madeline Weeks, fashion director for GQ Magazine.  “It’s definitely a good look, but the proportion of the boot and the pants has to be right. You don’t want to the boots to be too short or too tall — say, four to six inches above the ankle, or up to eight if you’re really going to go there.”

I also found a couple of shots that I think are amazing of men rocking this daredevil look.

Chanel Fall 2009

Chanel is reliably one of the most timelessly stylish houses to ever grace the runway.  The Russian-inspired coat is a phenomenal pairing with this look, but a peacoat would be a great alternative as well.  The point I am trying to make though is that the pants are tucked into the boot and he still looks masculine and stylish.  It is a very European look and I adore it.

Dsquared

Now, this one is a little bit more of a fashion risk, but I also love this look (minus the chain wallet, please).

I agree with Madeline in that the acceptability of these looks is heavily dependent upon the cut of the pant and the height of the boot.  Those two details being properly addressed though, I think it is absolutely acceptable for men to tuck their pant legs in and show off some awesome leather!

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Milan Spring 2013 RTW Fashion Week Runway Report

The Spring 2013 Milan Runway show addressed the full spectrum of fashion potential.

Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, and Marni.

Copious displays of leather for spring in bold hues and textures were shown by Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Trussardi and a number of others.  While leather for spring may leave some spectators donning perplexed looks, I found it to be a not-so-subtle tribute to the region’s most acclaimed material.  Forest green, lavender and British tan brought lightness to a heavy material, making them indisputably appropriate for a season of fresh new beginnings.

Jil Sander

Androgenous silhouettes have been resurrected by the likes of Armani, Jil Sander and Agnona.  Blazers are back and they brought with them the tailored short and trouser.  Glittering finishes add a whisper of femininity to these otherwise masculine and power-packed pieces.  Not designed for the meek, these looks convey an air of prestige and elegance that could make even some of the most powerful men in the world shake in their boots.

Emilio Pucci

Bottega Veneta

On the softer side of things we have sheer separates layered over diaphanous pants and high-waisted bloomers.  Emilio Pucci, Bottega Venetta, and Versace showed some of my favorite skin-baring collections.  These ethereal looks created dramatic curves and shapes on the runway.  Strong colors and bold detailing allowed these whimsical silhouettes to maintain the feminine strength that was so prevalent on the runway this season.

Fay

Last, but certainly not least, 60’s mod made a retro replay in bright patterns, blocky cuts and mini lengths.  Moshino, Prada and Fay led the charge on this vintage-inspired front.  You can expect to see a lot of platforms this season as well.  Personally, I am happy to welcome back these style heavy weights with open arms.  This era of fashion is one of the most iconic in my humble opinion.

This scorching hot showing is something to look forward to through the cold and dreary winter.  I thoroughly enjoyed this season’s Milan Fashion Week.

(Photos hijacked from WWD)


Ralph Lauren Spring 2013 RTW Collection

I was prompted to write a brief Runway Report for my Fashion Business class on one of the designers from a Spring 2013 RTW runway show and wanted to share my thoughts with you all!

Ralph Lauren’s show was presented beautifully.  A vibrant color palette filled with stunning patterns showed incredibly well against a creamy white runway.  The models entered through a Spanish-influenced archway and passed under wrought iron light fixtures to establish consistency through Lauren’s Latin themed collection.  The front row was studded with stars by the likes of Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and Patrick Demarchelier.

Ralph Lauren offered up a seemingly paradoxical representation of the Latin lands.  So much of the world’s focus is often placed on the economic credit standing of a country.  Ralph Lauren reminded us that riches can be found in unexpected places.

He infused elements of detailed embroidery, beading, leathers and lace that represent notable and cherished components rooted in traditional Latin garments and costume.  Contemporary silhouettes lent themselves well in helping to put a modern spin on such historical references.

The extraordinary tailoring, fit and styling were in line with what Lauren’s line typically represents.  He takes a very literal approach when incorporating his inspiration into his collections.  This season’s ready to wear collection was no exception to this rule.

Lauren’s vibrant palette, strong silhouettes, and heavier fabrics stood out against some of the more muted tones and whimsical textiles used by designers like Mara Hoffman, Lorry Newhouse, and Rebecca Taylor.

All in all I think Lauren’s 80th showing was a tremendous success.  I feel that he stretched his own boundaries and took an avenue that was not necessarily expected of his house.

(Photos boosted from WWD)


Project Style 2012 National Style Off

Alright.  So, we’ve come to the final round of my Forest City Project Style competition.  It has been a blast to participate in and I’ve gotten some pretty amazing clothes out of the deal as well.  The prospect of attending NY’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and meeting these professionals within the industry is such an inspiration and honor.

This round is being judged by 3 different judges:  Jeannie Mai, she’s an incredibly talented stylist out in LA and host of “How Do I Look?”; Nick Verreos, who many of you will recognize from Season 2 of Project Runway and many of the red carpet events; and finally, Jane Lisy, who is the SVP of Marketing for all of the amazing Forest City shopping centers.

This has been an incredible opportunity to add to my portfolio in the fashion industry.  As many of you know, styling is vital to communicating the right feel for an outfit.  It can make or break your look.  Gaining the experience and knowledge that I have through this competition has been such a blessing.

There were some excellent submissions for this final round.  I was lucky enough to have my sweet husband help me coordinate the logistics for the shoot and some really wonderful friends who allowed me access to resources that are pretty unbelievable.

XJet Nick and Jess

Nick and I after the shoot.

I hope this inspires those of you out there with the same dream in your heart to get involved in events and competitions. Anything is possible if you want it badly enough.  Hope you enjoy my video!!