A snapshot of where menswear is at today.
There are so many good fashion shows happening this week, you won't want to miss a single one. Antonio Azzuolo flexed his tailoring skills, Lyn Devon found inspiration in Mexico, and Carlos Campos kept things monochromatic.
Mark Zuckerberg is having quite a month. The Father of Facebook just turned 28, bought out Instagram for $1 billion and is now facing the most lucrative point in his career: Going IPO on Friday. We’d offer him a congratulatory “poke” but sadly, that option’s no longer available. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the IPO acronym, it stands for Initial Public Offering-- meaning that the company will finally be open to stock holders where the likes of Wall Street—-and even you!—- can purchase a part of the social media company. But with the estimated $100 billion that’s supposedly coming his way, we’re wondering whether the Harvard dropout will invest in a new wardrobe. Will he finally change out of his usual uniform consisting of dowdy college hoodies, sweat-drenched Adidas shower flip flops, and tattered baggy jeans, into something more uh, dapper? Better yet, the question posed is this: Can all the money in the world transform someone from HTML geek to sartorial chic? Fashionistas can only hope! To give him an extra boost, we’ve enlisted the help of several fashion experts from designers like Carlos Campos, Alan Eckstein from Timo Weiland and Simon Kneen of Banana Republic, to editors from GQ and Esquire, to buyers and the likes to see what kind of advice they’d shed onto Silicon Valley’s hottest star. And regardless of whether he takes our suggestions or not (note to Marky Mark: you really, really should!), happy IPO Day! We’d definitely like to send you a congratulatory poke soon—- this time, live and in-person.
This year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists are a mixed bag of prior nominees and newbies, clothing designers and jewelry makers, names that are on the tips of everyone's tongues and names we'd never heard until last Thursday when the CFDA and Vogue announced them. Here's a few details on each finalist, plus our thoughts on why each one could win, to help you decide who to root for.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue have just announced the ten finalists for the eighth-annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative, which provides financial support and business mentorship for emerging designers. The chosen ten include some of our favorites like Altuzarra, Suno and Fenton/Fallon. Click through to see who else made the cut!
In a childhood that encompassed the entire nineteen-eighties and a great deal of the nineties, I somehow never managed to see Newsies. And thanks to Carlos Campos, now I never have to (if the long-rumored Broadway musical version of Newsies ever gets going, I know which designer they should consult for costumes). Campos’s F/W 2011 inspiration reached back into his Latin American roots, seizing on the works of Pablo Neruda. The 1930’s urban look, gave us newsboy caps, leather bombers, pullovers, and militaristic nuances. Campos’s ode to common things included a mostly muted, earthy palette, “as if it’s been burnt or left to age,” says campos. This let the eye focus on his fine Italian wools and cottons, as well as the old-world tender loving care the designer brings to each piece.