Haute Summer Cocktails: MensWearNetwork July 2016

It was the hottest day of the summer until the heavens opened up with a monsoon just as the MensWearNetwork group was set to descend upon The Lambs Club’s second floor bar at The Chatwal.

But the interior of The Club prevailed cool, serene and packed with just the right proportion of menswear industry members, including newcomers like menswear legend Alan Flusser, there for our July event to catch up after last week’s New York Men’s Day and NYFW:M menswear shows and this week’s Project, Capsule and MRket trade shows.MensWearNetwork July 2016

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Mansformation Fall 2016 – Amazing Goodwill Article

It may be warming enough that guys are thinking more board shorts than bundling, but #FBF to that time last month that Amazing Goodwill’s Fashion Expert, my fashion buddy Bjorn Nasett, asked for my take on the trends of the NYFW:Men’s fall 2016 shows in one of his weekly columns.

Big warm WRAP SCARF fashion hugs, Bjorn! Thanks for the hook up!

Click through to see all my photos:  http://www.amazinggoodwill.com/ask-the-experts/fashion-expert-bjorn-nasett/mens-fashion-week.

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It’s A Wrap! The Main Trend at NYFW:M Autumn Winter 2016

It’s all about that wrap, as this past week’s menswear designers showing at New York Fashion Week: Men’s proved.

It seemed like NYFW:M’s saw a poncho, cloak, serape, mantelet, shawl or long, long, wide scarf draped ever-so-correctly around one’s shoulders at almost every collection. There was even a super model’s super hero cape, as in the case of the extended, destroyed Hero Hoodie the inimitable Tyson Beckford rocked front and center at designer Greg Lauren’s Autumn/Winter 2016 presentation at ArtBeam Studio Wednesday night.

Here, a Fashion Whirled recap.

Super model Tyson Beckford at Greg Lauren AW16

At Greg Lauren, above and below.

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At CWST, above and below.


Garciavelez poncho

At Garciavelez.

Ricardo Seco sarapes

At Ricardo Seco.

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More Men’s Wear Moments: Amazing Goodwill shown me from The Amazing Goodwill Ambassador, Bjorn Nasett


And now a little shout out love to my brilliant fashion pal and general good-guy buddy Bjorn Nasett, Goodwill Ambassador, the dapper due in the photo, who showed me a lotta love in one of his most recent posts on the Amazing Goodwill, linked here and shown below, picking my brain about the New York Fashion Week: Men’s shows. Please read on! Continue reading

MensWearNetwork (MWN): Summering in the City July 2015

It was cool and comfortable inside The Lambs Club at The Chatwal Hotel Tuesday night during our July menswear market week meeting of the MensWearNetwork (MWN) minds.

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Mark Grischke, Sam Woolf and Fern Mallis

We had a full house of approximately 100 executives, designers, media and others, who, it seemed, didn’t want Continue reading

NYFW AW15: Stephen F and The Oak Room’s Last Photo Shoot

There’s a new kid in town for menswear. Metaphorically speaking, that is. Stephen F isn’t really  new, but he does seem to be taking New York by storm right now in a fresh, new manner. And as he should be. Suffice it to say, I have fallen for this handsomely talented man and his elegant work.

Swedish designer Stephen Ferber, creative director behind Stephen-F menswear collection, sharing a smile backstage pre-presentation at The Oak Room.

Swedish designer Stephen Ferber, creative director behind Stephen F menswear collection, sharing a smile backstage prior to his presentation at The Oak Room.

I first experienced Stephen F at last season’s New York Men’s Day, all tailored loveliness and sleek leather bomber jackets; however, the clothes were altered to fit female models and you couldn’t tell how they might suit a real guy. Fast-forward to this week’s show at The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel — and all questions to that end were answered.

Creative Director/designer Stephen Ferber’s AW15 “Lili Collection,” serendipitously presented during a six-week window of availability before The Oak Room closes to undergo renovations  (his PR genius Paula Rosado called it “The Last Photo Shoot at The Oak Room”), is a beautiful creative homage to Ferber’s maternal grandmother, who survived Auschwitz.

With models maneuvering in front of three white seamless stations amid a stylish group of editors and buyers, the clothes spoke for themselves. Brand ambassador, model and business partner Alex Lundqvist, seen below with Stephen, is the perfect face of the brand, which focuses on clothing crafted in the same Italian factories that assemble Zegna and Corneliani, as well as on sportswear that is elegant, suave and effortless. I was extremely impressed with the accessories, too, which included deerskin or fur portfolio/ hand warmers. Stephen F’s clothes, dark, luxe, all sharp cuts and trim tailoring, represent wearable luxury today’s modern guy will be drawn to acquire.

Speaking of buying, I spied Saks Fifth Avenue’s VP/Fashion Director Eric Jennings perusing the montages of models, making me hopeful that Saks will start carrying some of the Stephen F menswear. Stephen F’s creative results are too good not to be available in the States. Note that there should be news about a flagship shop opening here soon in NYC. Both Stephen and Alex mentioned they were waiting for paperwork to be finalized, possibly as early as yesterday.

Stay tuned for updates here, guys, regarding Stephen F’s availability for next winter. I know you’re going to want to snap up this designer’s elegant clothing the minute you touch it, let alone wear it around a fitting room.


Designer/Creative Director Stephen-F flanked by business partner/model Alex Lundqvist and models.

Stephen with business partner Alex Lundqvist, who makes for a great brand ambassador of the collection

Stephen with business partner Alex Lundqvist, also the brand ambassador of the collection, seen here wearing a green velvet db tuxedo over a cashmere turtleneck.

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I couldn't resist, I remember working with model Alex Lundqvist back in my DNR days. Such a handsome, lovely man, heis now business partners with Stephen Ferber for the Stephen-F collection.

I couldn’t resist – I remember working with model Alex Lundqvist back in my DNR days. Such a handsome, lovely man, the business partner still has the sweetest personality. 

MBFW AW15 Ricardo Seco:
Stepping Out the Real Way

Mexican designer Ricardo Seco has been doing such a wonderful job of making cool, wearable menswear since 2012 that every season I come away wishing my husband owned and wore at least one piece of his great artistically-crafted clothing.

But I’m on a different mission now after seeing his AW2015 collection and learning that this designer’s colorful collaborative work with New Balance isn’t selling anywhere here in the States. Okay, just do it, book my flight to Mexico City, stat! These brilliant beaded trainers are the perfect ticket for some hot sales here, if I do say so myself.

There was other beautifully beaded, or bead-inspired, work reminiscent of contemporary Mexican art. Seco said he wanted to bring Real to his collection this season, interpreting the traditions and innovations of Mexico for the rest of the world. Some of his graphic black and white patterns looked like stained glass mosaics reinvented without color. Some of those patterns ended up twisted into beaded detail work on the sleeves of pony skin and leather cropped jackets or on the flaps of backpacks or used overall for patterned punch on a hooded leather and wool coats, a pair of trim narrow trousers, even as a sport jacket with impeccable tailoring.

However, those shoes were truly the show stoppers. In black and white or in color. These are kicks that will take you stylin’ every step of the way, always in fashion and beyond. Ricardo Seco certainly is keeping it Real.

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Designer Ricardo Seco

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Duckie Brown AW15: Tomorrow is Not Just Another Day

Serene, sophisticated, clean…with the prettiest palette this side of Lincoln Center. And, as tends to be the case, one of my favorite menswear collections. There’s always so much creativity, but such that is honed to perfection by unusual cut, impeccable tailoring and ultimate wearability.

Tearing down the walls of backstage and creating a transparency that merged into the front row, designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver put their hopes and dreams for a new “tomorrow,” as their show invite stated, front and center at their West Village venue at Industria. It was one part voyeurism (were you, too, thinking 50 Shades of Brown?!) and one part fashion art performance.

Pinks and clarets in silk charmeuse served as open wrapped cardigans. Floaty white chiffon turtlenecks were tucked into pleated trousers that flowed languid and loose. Collarless overcoats came out in grey flannels and buffalo checks. These were the obvious makings of a grown-up collection worthy of the self-possessed mature man.

Bring it, Duckie. We are ready for tomorrow.


And the walls came down…prior to the presentation


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