Bespoken Word: Street-Style Trends Become Essentials

With the advent of street-style, some trends are here to stay.

Single-breasted or double? Tailored or loose fit? Floral or solid? Theres’s so much to choose from, so its been that the consensus via street style images is that men of style are now focusing more on the details than on complete ensembles. It’s all about the accessories.

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Summer Layering

David Yurman: Lapis Beaded Bracelet    I    Fendi: Leather Wrap Bracelet

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Single-breasted or double? Tailored or loose fit? Floral or solid? Theres’s so much to choose from, so its been that the consensus via street style images is that men of style are now focusing more on the details than on complete ensembles. It’s all about the accessories.

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Summer Layering

David Yurman: Lapis Beaded Bracelet    I    Fendi: Leather Wrap Bracelet

For the past few seasons, bracelets have certainly moved from trendy to stable status. Magazines have all been advocating the trend while well-known design houses such as Fendi, Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo have created pieces that can be worn everyday. These high quality and stylish pieces use a variety of stones and metals: light titanium, classic gold and silver, or even contemporary leather and cord.

Not only do bracelets hardly ever fail to make a strong fashion statement, they’re also the perfect keepsake; pieces picked along the way that carry a meaning and a memory, and therefore, play an integral part in establishing your personal style.

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Hats Off

Gucci: Wool Hat    I    Paul Smith: Vintage Paper Straw Hat

This summer, chances are you can’t look at any street style gallery and not see men in hats. This summer, it looks like this signature accessory is peeking; brands like Gucci and Paul Smith are making fedoras, and for those who are apprehensive about that old-timey look, other designers are also catering to the man of style who feels more casual. Leather baseball caps from brands like rag & bone are proving that dressing down isn’t synonymous with being underdressed.

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Self Reflection

3.1 Phillip Lim: Sunset Mirror Sunglasses    I    Ermenegildo Zegna: Metal Aviators

Sunglasses are certainly nothing new to a must have accessories list. However if you want to bring a little eccentric touch to your personal style, you may want to move it to the top of the list. This season, what seemed to have been popular only on the ski slopes has made it’s way into the suited man’s closet: it’s all about the mirror lenses.

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Be a Square

Eton of Sweden: Camo Pocket Square  I  Giorgio Armani: Oval Print Silk Pocket Square

Gentlemen: If your suit is missing the pocket square, your look is far from done. It’s a quintessential item in any distinguished man’s closet. This is the ultimate final touch and allows men to express their personal style, given all the possibilities in terms of color, pattern and texture. Now bring your personal touch, have fun playing with the color, or keep it classy and neutral, or feel free to decide on a tieless look; Milan this summer even saw a few stylish men combining suits, t-shirts and pocket squares.

That’s what’s happening on the streets of Milan. Discover what digs other men of fine tastes are getting into with some menswear bestsellers.


Carven Celebrates New Website with “Social Media Love”

The cheeky short film announces Carven's new social media presence.

It’s been five years since Guillaume Henry stepped onto the scene to blow the dust off the beloved French brand Carven. That initial fashion presentation is still vivid in the mind after all these years, even with hundreds of fashion shows in between. It was prim, but not very proper. Femme tartan frocks with very strategic cutouts, vivid colors and fabrications that just begged to be touched. Editors went mad in an instant and the call for more Carven hasn’t abated since.

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Printed Cotton Poplin Shirtdress    I    Cutout-Back Satin Dress

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It’s been five years since Guillaume Henry stepped onto the scene to blow the dust off the beloved French brand Carven. That initial fashion presentation is still vivid in the mind after all these years, even with hundreds of fashion shows in between. It was prim, but not very proper. Femme tartan frocks with very strategic cutouts, vivid colors and fabrications that just begged to be touched. Editors went mad in an instant and the call for more Carven hasn’t abated since.

Carven-Social-Media-Love-at-saksYouthful, Sexy Ease is the Carven Way

Printed Cotton Poplin Shirtdress    I    Cutout-Back Satin Dress

Fast-forward to this June, when Henry and co. completely reworked the Carven website to include tons of interactive material, the brand’s first venture into ecommerce and a new global social media overhaul. To mark the occasion, the maison created an adorably tongue-in-cheek short film titled “Social Media Love”, filmed in the style of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960s French New Wave. The “wink” factor is hard to resist and it’s a pleasure to see the brand introduce itself to the market on a global scale with a good dose of levity in tow.

View the “Social Media Love” video below and get connected with Carven.


Paul Andrew and Tanya Taylor Among 2014 CFDA/VFF Finalists

The prestigious fund will name the next big American designer on November 3rd.

This past week, at the Westfield World Trade Center, the future home of Conde Nast come November, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CFDA/VFF) announced its ten finalists for 2014. Over the past few years, The CFDA/VFF has proven itself to be a particularly sound barometer for spotting the leading American designers tomorrow. Past winners include Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.

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This past week, at the Westfield World Trade Center, the future home of Conde Nast come November, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CFDA/VFF) announced its ten finalists for 2014. Over the past few years, The CFDA/VFF has proven itself to be a particularly sound barometer for spotting the leading American designers tomorrow. Past winners include Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.

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Zenadia Classic Suede Pumps

Shirin Calf Hair & Leather Ankle Boots    I    Suede Fringe Ankle Boots

Among the nominees is the exceedingly talented shoe designer and British export Paul Andrew, who with 15 years of experience under his belt, having worked at Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen and Narciso Rodriguez, has already been landing on everyone’s must-watch list since launching his eponymous line in Spring 2013.

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Harley Paneled Floral-Print Dress    I    Carolina Paneled Floral-Print Dress

Joining Andrew in the pool of finalists is Canadian womenswear designer Tanya Taylor, who has been winning fans left and right with her youthful and feminine designs since launching her brand in 2012.

In between now and November 3rd, when winners will be announced, the ten finalists must partake in a Maybelline-sponsored design challenge, followed by a staged runway show at West Hollywood’s famed hotel, Chateau Marmont. Check out the full list of finalists below.

CFDA/VFF 2014 FINALISTS
Paul Andrew, Paul Andrew
Tanya Taylor, Tanya Taylor
Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon
Brett Heyman, Edie Parker
Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent, Simon Miller
Eva Zuckerman, Eva Fehren
Gigi Burris, Gigi Burris Millinery
Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence, Orley
Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Grey Ant
Ryan Roche, Ryan Roche

Let rag & bone give you a behind-the-scenes look at the CFDA/VFF