In a recent piece on AOL.com, Lloyd Boston - the Today Show's on-air fashionista, and author of Men of Color and Before You Put That On - offers up this fundamental piece of advice for fellas in search of personal style: spend the bulk of your money and time of classic pieces, and add pizazz with some trendy items. The result? High style with a minimum of effort.
Some tips from Lloyd Boston on becoming stylish:
Fashiontribes Picks the Top Five Must-Haves for the Style-Minded Male:
A classic trench from Dior Homme.
Pinstripes are always a classic fashion "do" & this Etro suit gets it right.
A fun & funky shoe for a necessary touch of trendiness - the Jack by Todd Welsh.
Because everyone's crazy 'bout a well groomed guy - Monaco Shaving Set with a silvertip badger hair brush by Hommage.
Gucci Pour Homme is unabashedly sexy...just like you.
- Lesley Scott
(photo from IAmPrettyNYC.com)
PODCAST: Fall Makeup is Completely Different This Year. Shine is Out, Matte is In, and Lips are Luscious. Makeup Artist Elke von Freudenberg Lays Out the Fall Beauty Blueprint. FASHIONTRIBES BEAUTY BLOG & PODCAST - mP3 File
"This is the first time in years when fall makeup is completely different than summer," explains Elke von Freudenberg, celeb makeup artist & the beauty blogger behind The Beauty Newsletter. "Summer was all about bronzer and lipgloss, while for fall, everything is different from eyes, to lips, to cheeks & skin. They are all matte, especially skin. But not like in the Kevyn Aucoin days of foundation with powder and more powder. Now It's matte, but not flat." She also loves the new smokey eye rendered not in the standard black, but in softer, more flattering grey tones.
According to Elke, put away anything that contributes to shine or dewiness, and go for the more refined toned-down shine. "Matte skin gives an elegant, refined look from head-to-toe, and if your skin isn't matte, your look won't work."
Elke von Freudenberg's Picks for fab fall makeup:
- Lesley Scott
Catfights, intrigue and over-the-top frippery. When Bo Derek, Morgan Fairchild & Tippi Hedren take to the small screen in the daily MyNetworkTV’s "Fashion House," the rag trade is finally getting its soap opera due. "It ain't Tolstoy," Fairchild told WWD with a laugh about the plot of the one-hour drama which features Derek as Maria Gianni, going to any lengths – including fistfights…in a fountain at one point – to prevent a takeover of her fashion company Gianni, Inc. "On the other hand, not everybody wants to read Tolstoy. It's fun, fast-paced with a lot of twists and turns. It works like a good beach read."
In addition to the Southern California location which makes for a cheerier vibe than NYC’s traditional black-clad ground zero of the fashion business, Seventh Avenue, the authenticity of the fashion part is questionable to the eye of an insider. Fairchild sports a number of suits in eyecatching hues such as bright green and yellow from her extensive personal wardrobe of Versace, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana – in contrast to the neutrals favored by Derek’s character. "Bo and Morgan had a lot of input about what they wanted to wear," explains stylist Sherrie Jordan. "We also had a lot of young, hot models to dress, including two girls who are models in real life." Bill Blass, ABS & Betsey Johnson all contributed, and casual gear was provided by Mavi jeans, Paris Gordon and Halle Bob.
With the 80s back in fashion & entertainment, along with remakes of over-the-top shows like that catfight & intrigue-fest Dynasty, it’s not surprising that a show centered around the glamourous but bitchy world of fashion would appear now. In addition, shows like Project Runway have exposed a much wider audience to the inner workings of the fashion business, which makes for a better looking alternative to the ubiquitious crime and lawyer dramas that have dominated the airwaves for so long. (via WWD)
Glam Shopping Beat column for the week of 8/21/06 - by Lesley Scott:
Once frigid temperatures set in, every day can feel like a bad hair day. Fortunately, a key part of fall's layered looks is hats - in all shapes & sizes. Burberry's Christopher Bailey sent out chic little knit berets, while at Bottega, Tomas Maier opted for more structured caps that captured the jaunty feeling of an English driving cap crossed with the volume of a sixties topper. The showstopping, equestrian-bowler-tophats at Balenciaga left many an editor speechless with lust. And for days when wearing a bag over your head seems like the only viable option, Marc Jacobs sent out the next best thing at Louis Vuitton: a super-sized & lampshade-like Inspector Clouseau-style number which literally hides the eyes and skims the top of the nose.
When recreating the look for your own wardrobe, choose hats with interesting shapes or innovative choices in fabrics, such as hounstooth & or plaid. Hats with historical references feel especially fresh such as the Edwardian age (top hats), bowler hats (19th century), Flapper-era cloches, and, of course, the Pop Art 60s. While the shapes are exuberant, the color palette of the moment is extremely muted: greys, black, earthy greens & murky earthtones, with occasional splashes of lipstick red.
Great hats by Eugenia Kim for fall:
All shopping picks are available through Glam.com.
(runway photos from Style.com)
R.D. Fowler was fed up. Riding the subway during rush has never been an experience anyone would mistake for pleasant, but rudeness is reaching epidemic levels. Every day, the battle for space on the lurching, screeching trains offers up the same set of annoyances and puzzling dilemmas. While most subway riders accept rudeness as an unwanted part of their $2.00 fare, Ms. Fowler decided to do something about it. “I went on Craigslist to vent my anger,” explains Ms. Fowler. “And I asked other people what made them crazy when they rode the trains and buses.” What started with a simple post on an online bulletin board quickly grew into something much bigger. “It definitely struck a nerve,” she says. “I was not alone in noticing that there were some serious subway etiquette problems out there.”
Fowler decided to catalogue and share the responses she had received in Subway Etiquette: The Rules We Should All Know, Especially During Rush Hour. And just what did New Yorkers have to say to their fellow travelers?
From giving up your seat to a pregnant woman to realizing that other riders might not be thrilled you decided to travel with your bike, backpack, sleeping bag and shopping cart, Subway Etiquette offers an interesting, and often hilarious, look into the daily commute that millions endure everyday. For those who might not realize that they’re part of the problem, she also offers some solid advice on how to remember that you are, after all, riding “public” transportation. But don’t worry. Ms. Fowler isn’t asking New Yorkers to stop being New Yorkers, nor is she trying to take the “rush” out of rush hour. It is the Big Apple, after all; so when your next train pulls in “get out of the way or you will get pushed out of the way.” Available at Amazon.com.
- Lesley Scott