how he used the natural cut of a pelt to give leather jackets and shorts an unusually-textured bottom edge, played with linen and cotton for suits and tops that looked crisp, clean and contemporary and added accessories that built upon the black Converse tennis shoes he partnered with last year.
FW: What made you first realize you wanted to design clothes? Were you always into fashion and how? Tell me about your favorite fashion or designer pieces over the years?
DB: STEVEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A DESIGNER AND STUDIED AT LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY.
all in linen. The concept, the execution, the clothing raising compassion to a creative art, menswear that aspires, in John’s words, to be cruelty free and earth friendly. From his watermelon/kale ticking stripe suit that opened the show, to his navy striped djellaba and “om” printed shorts, jackets and pants, John maintained his compassionate integrity and creative passion.
FashionWhirled went back to school last week, making the grade past the discerning doorman before entering the exclusive cool and louche Electric Room venue of the Dream Downtown hotel, in what couldn’t have been a more perfect backdrop for Askmen.com’s launch of its Academy series.
Basically a personalized private tutoring of sorts to a select group of its hip readers and friends, the Academy premier last Thursday night catered to the fashion set with men’s style guru and author Tom Julian dispensing dressing tips, while hair stylist Jen Atkin, using Clear Men Scalp Therapy, gave grooming insight meted out with free trims.
Askmen’s director of advertising and promotions Armando Gomez said the night’s event
will serve as the first of many more on the Academy “syllabus,” as other select readers will get further specialized education from additional pros — among other real life lessons, like mixology manners, to name one upcoming session planned within the series.
The robust crowd was fashion savvy yet enthralled and educated by Julian’s fashion know-how and the complimentary way in which he steered them toward a new dress direction. Julian set up three distinct lifestyle fashion groupings — the Creative, the Casual, the Conservative — presenting clothes in each from Ted Baker, Lacoste and Joe’s Jeans.
Most of the party goers fit easily into one of the style classifications, like the three gentleman to the left — who were perfect runway-to-real life creative, casual and conservative examples. Many attending even wore their own bespoke tailored jackets, like Reginald in the rockin’ orange trou, among other financial agents, fashion executives, tourist board directors and media producers. Julian pushed casual guys toward adopting sophisticated pocket squares in their three-button sport coats worn over untucked plaid shirts and jeans, while he led dressy tailor-made suited guests toward dimpling their ties.
But guys, don’t sweat booking up before Askmen’s next class act. You may have a lot to learn, but when the Academy is in session, all you need is to just be present. Can I get a raised-hand “here!?”
We may be movin’ out of Iraq, but the hot military camouflage pattern shows no signs of retreating.
Camo spread like shotgun scatter shot across this past two week’s menswear trade shows, from Capsule to MRket to ENK. Here, just some bullet highlights:
L-R: designer Kevin Stewart, Susan Sidor, Catherine Salfino, Barney Bishop, Gary Williams
|Event organizer Mary Ellen Barone with Mr. Osborn|
rice balls, meat balls, sauteed peppers and calamari