Tommy Hilfiger & The New Spring Prep

The Spring 2012 Tommy Hilfiger collection isn’t your usual northeastern private school prep. Good move? Great move. The americana king surprises ( I believe ) most of us and presents a collection like we’ve never seen from Hilfiger.

Click here at CHAOS Magazine  http://chaosmag.blogspot.com/2011/09/tommy-hilfiger-spring-2012.html to check out my full Tommy Hilfiger review. Enjoy!

Primetime Emmys, Primetime Style

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired this past Sunday. This is an event to honor television’s most talented stars. It’s also an event for those stars to honorably showcase their style. Every year a handful of men really miss the mark and end up on worst dressed lists across the web. This year, I’m surprised to say, saw more men acing the red carpet test than failing. If it were me, I would wear a Tom Ford double-breasted tuxedo every year. And I would never fail. The following three men did not disappoint on the red carpet.

Jon Hamm laid waste to most of his peers on the red carpet wearing a Tom Ford double-breasted shawl lapel tuxedo. Great minds think alike. Mr. Hamm could have shown a bit more cuff for spot on detailing. The “Community” star Joel McHale wore a Michael Bastian tuxedo and was as dapper as anyone has ever seen him. And that’s saying a lot given that he can be seen hosting “Talk Soup” regularly in Burberry suits. “The Office” star John Krasinski looked almost regal posing with his wife Sunday night. And really presented a vision of how most men want to spend their lives; sharply, confidently dressed with a beautiful woman.

Peak Your Interest In Peak Lapel Suits

Popularized during the Roaring Twenties, peak lapels were universally worn on either double-breasted suit jackets or formal single-breasted dinner jackets. Peak Lapels coalesced with single-breasted suit jackets and defined elegance in menswear. Whether on suit jackets, blazers or overcoats, the peak lapel always communicates class, sophistication, and style. Don’t believe me? Take a gander at peak lapel aficionado and perennial leading man of style Cary Grant. One essayist writes, “Men want to be as lucky and enviable as he is-they want to be him. And women want to land him.”  What makes Grant such an archetype? A number of things, but surely his consistent appreciation of peak lapel suits. Budding intellects like Langston Hughes, wore peak lapel suits during the Harlem Renaissance. And even notorious gangsters like Al Capone wanted to embody the gracefulness that peak lapel suits represent.

The broad V-shape a peak lapel jacket creates is ideal for displaying bold and creative shirt-tie combinations. Contemporary peak lapels are much slimmer than those originally worn in the twenties and thirties, allowing for a superior silhouette. These contemporary designs still harness the graceful nostalgia of original pioneering style. Reputable attire for the office and especially dinner dates, a peak lapel suit will set you apart as a man with choice style. Recent designs by mastermind Tom Ford, prove peak lapel suits will always be a suave selection, undoubtedly complimenting any man.

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Adoration For Junya Watanabe

Designer Spotlight: Junya Wantanabe

 Junya Wantanabe is the Japanese designer behind one of the most talked about labels in menswear. Wantanabe graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and began to work for Commes Des Garcons creator Rei Kawakubo. After years of apprenticeship as a knitwear designer, Wantanbe debuted his own collection, “Junya Wantanabe Commes Des Garcons” in 1993. The fashion gods looked on us with love when Wantanabe expanded and began designing menswear.

Wantanabe’s Fall 2011 collection is a beautiful representation of fearless contrasts of fabrics, textures, and patterns. Seasonal patterns dominate the collection, particularly Fair Isle knitwear. One of my favorite pieces is a double-breasted Fair Isle royal purple shawl collar jacket. It’s visually stunning and immediately caught my attention, as it is unique in its creation and imperial in its essence. My second favorite piece is a navy Fair Isle hooded toggle coat. Again, I’ve yet to see a toggle coat this majestic from any other designers but Junya Wantanabe. The silhouette is flawlessly streamlined and the colors are meticulously complimentary. I suppose it’s only natural that I enjoy the knitwear the most from the former knitwear designer.

The Fall 2010 collection has a bit more of the rebellious attitude we associate with New York City, with asymmetrical double-breasted jackets and contrast suiting. One piece that stands out is a textured drab olive shawl cardigan, perfect for stylish layering. The most recent Spring collections do not disappoint either. Spring 2011 is a mix of colors; creams and whites, paired with shades of navy and plaid. Conversely, the 2010 collection is bold, colorful window-pane and plaid blazers, ascots, and oxford brogues.

I really can’t get enough of Junya Wanatanabe. The designer is a master of manipulating menswear classics into contemporary hallmarks. Not only is Wantanabe acclaimed in the fashion world, he is also acclaimed in the music industry. Lupe Fiasco created the track “Gold Watch”. A track dedicated to “peruse the essentials of cool”. In that song Lupe boasts “Such a good designer, Junya Wantanabe”, before shortly saying he also admires Yohji Yamamoto. What does that mean, you ask? When music and fashion begin to merge, it’s the sign of a designer at the top of his game.  

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