What’s That Jacket, Margiela?!

I promised a play-by-play of the Watch the Throne concert day. Without further ado…

4PM: I get back to my girlfriend’s apartment in Brooklyn from a quick (bicep & tricep) pump at the gym. She stumbles half asleep out of her room and I decide I need a hearty meal before this concert. So I slide into the kitchen to prepare some spaghetti. Her roomate’s brother, Jason, is posted in front of the television, submerged in his apple computer monitoring fantasy football like a real man.

4:45PM: Dinner is about ready. Jasmine mumbles something to me about Dez Bryant, how her red bull just kicked in, and admits she’s excited about the concert. Why wouldn’t she be excited? She loves yeezy and loathes Jay-Z. Conflict of interest I guess.

5:20PM: Jason decisively renders his verdict asbout my spaghetti; “It’s good. Really good.” Sure it doesn’t take much to make great spaghetti but there happens to be a duel of sorts between Jasmine and I. Who makes the best spaghetti? Me. Time for some music. First track “Love Lockdown”.

5:45PM: Now Playing: “Salt Shacker”. I need the atmosphere to shift in here. No one seems to be as excited as me.

6:20PM: Now playing: “Stronger” & “Dueces” (remix). There’s a short debate over what Jasmine should wear. Here comes Amber (her roomate) with her opinion and her opinion immediately supercedes mine. It’s a wrap. As long as Jasmine feels comfortable and sexy I have to acquiesce. And she (always) looks damn good. For the record, I will not be chuckin’ dueces.

"Nails done, hair done, everything did."

7:05PM: Marche rolls up. Everyone heads downstairs to the car and we start our journey to New Jersey. I’m really getting excited about the concert. Marche is excited as well, making agressive, evasive manuevers in the car. Jasmine looks over at me and fastens her seatbelt. Now playing: “I’m On One”

7:25PM: Amber is on the phone. I whisper, “Amber get off the phone. I need to hear this song.” “She’s on the phone with someone in Iraq.” Ooops. He gets a pass for being in a war zone. Now playing: “Party” Beyonce.

7:40PM: Lord have mercy. The radio is at it’s lowest volume and the women (Jason and I are outnumbered 3:2) start talking about relationships. It’s inevitable – assemble a group of women and this will no doubt occur. It’s some type of natural phenomenon. All of a sudden the Ford is transformed into an Oprah-esque open forum about relationships. I look over at Jason peering out the window presumably brainstorming how to kill himself.

8:00PM: We arrive at the IZOD Center

8:04PM: Murder Death Kill confirmation. Hold your gasps of horror. Murder death kill is a two part reference. The next vehicle I own will be all blacked out. “All black everything” as Hov would say. Anything (especially vehicles) blacked out I refer to as “murder death kill’d out.” I shared my delightful anecdote with Jason earlier and while walking in the parking lot he pointed to a car, “Murder death kill.” I knodded in agreement and Marche says, “What movie is that from?” I got really excited that she was familiar with the movie reference. “The one with Wesley Snipes? Demolition Man!” Jasmine acknowledged the movie reference earlier as well and now Marche has validated my claim that everyone knows the phrase “Murder Death Kill”. Demolition Man, what an awesome movie.

8:15PM: Seats are dope. We have our own little row of seats. The second (rising LED) stage is literally 30 feet away from us.

Our Watch The Throne row

8:45PM: Standing in line for drinks. Looking around, the crowd is very representative of Kanye and Jay-Z fan base. A tapestry of ethnicities, ages, sizes, and shapes.

 9:15-9:18PM: Jay-Z enters the arena adjacent to our seating section and the arena erupts with screams. Beyonce comes out behind Jay and makes her way to VIP. It’s pandemonium. They’ve just finished “HAM” and the second stage in front of us lights up and begins to rise. The stage is visually awe inspiring. I have a keen sense of smell and the stage is not the only thing that begins to rise; someone, actually some thousands, have just lit their blunts to mentally prepare for what’s sure to be sensory overload for the next two hours.

9:22PM: “Otis” crowd sing along

9:27PM: “Welcome To The Jungle” My man on the organ is showin’ out.

9:30PM: Kanye speaks to the crowd, “I go by many names. Martin ‘The Louis’ King Jr…”

During "Welcome to the jungle".

9:38PM: We’re into individual performance territory now. Mr. West begins with “Can’t Tell Me Nothin” and goes into “Flashing Lights”. “Who makes songs about lights and fashion? This is the original”, says Kanye.

Kanye during "Can't tell me nothin'".

9:42PM: “Jesus Walks” starts up and Jasmine goes bananas. Kanye does the Jesus walks across the stage and drops to his knees to finish the track.

9:45PM: “Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is JOV!” Flames shoot from the stage and the arena is shaking with voices rapping along with Jay.

10:00PM: “Monster” cues and Kanye proclaims, “Best rap group of all time.” There’s a close up of Kanye on the big screens and literally as I turn to Jasmine to say, “Look at that niggas bracelet”, everyone else around us (and probably the entire arena) says the same thing verbatim.

10:10PM: “Hard Knock Life” This song was my first introduction to Jay-Z. My cousin, Farrah, gave me “The Life and Times of Sean Carter Vol.2” and I was made a Jay-Z fan instantly. I might have been twelve.

10:26PM: “If I told you I didn’t like the dress you wore tonight, don’t mind me. I’m an asshole…cuz you always fine…”  Those words really resonated with Jasmine for some reason. Kanye performs “Runaway” on the second stage right beside us.

"Runaway"

10:32PM: “Stronger” on the stage beside us.

"Stronger"

10:35PM: “On To The Next One” mixed in with a little “D.A.N.C.E.” by Justice. This was an awesome mix and it only lasted for the intro. I would’ve given anything for that hint of Justice to stay in the entire track.

10:54PM: “All Of The Lights>Big Pimpin'” I almost lost it about this point in the concert. “All Of The Lights” went SO HARD and the transition was seamless and flawless.

“Y’ALL NIGGAS AIN’T READY!!!!”

11:12PM: This is what Kanye screams again and again as “Niggas In Paris” begins. This is the end of the show and the most anticipated song of the night. The duo performs the track three times. The encore track is “Encore”.

11:27PM: I’m sitting down, head in hands, trying to gather myself after one of the best shows I’ve had the priviledge of experiencing. We compare voices, identifying who screamed their lungs out of functioning properly and head to the car.

12:00PM: Jasmine says Jay-Z has elevated from a 4 to a 74 in her book. We all agree that’s a fair upgrade.

12:54AM: Everyone gets back home very hungry. I attack the spaghetti. Amber says, “That little spaghetti sauce is good.” I say, “I know, I made it. I can’t wait to tell Jasmine what you just said.”

1:17AM: Bedtime.

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Hilfiger X J.Crew X Ralph Lauren X Clarks

I sure wish I was in Tuscaloosa for the Bama vs LSU game . I was stuck on the couch (in New York) with an ungodly heart rate, screaming “Strip the ball!” at the televsion, knawing and chewing on pillows. We lost 9-6 in overtime. I was pretty dissapointed after the game, I’m not ganna lie. But we’ll bounce back stronger than ever. Check out yesterdays look.

What Else Do I Do With My Free Time?

Yeah that’s me shopping. Some days when I have free time I shop like most people. And most of those days I do my best to not spend money. Unlike most people I don’t have a problem with just going to look at clothes. I absolutely love just looking at clothes. People don’t like to look at clothes especially when they don’t plan to spend money or have money to spend. Not me. I love clothes – I love to look at them, to touch, and feel fabric. But what’s really happening when I’m looking at clothes? I’m fantasizing. I’m fantasizing and parlty calculating about what this shirt or that tie could do for my wardrobe. My style is very calculated, there’s nothing random about it, and it’s probably the only calculated aspect of my life. I’m fantasizing of how I would (confidently) wear whatever it is I’m looking at. Fashion is a fantasy anyway, right?

In my free time you can find me posted in front of the television for football Saturdays and Sundays. Afterall, I am southern. I haven’t done much shopping as of late. I’ve been busy. Busy managing my (three) fantasy footbeal teams. I’m 5-2 in my best league while my girlfriend actually has a better record than I do in our league. She’s on a two game loosing streak and i’m on a two game winning streak. I’m looking to make my playoff run bout this time. I’m ready.

I’m also ready for this Watch The Throne concert this weekend. During my college years I lived for live music and attented festivals and concerts with my friends religiously. Those were great, blurry, high times. I’m talkin’ HIGH times bro.

Not this go’round. I promise to give a play-by-play of what’s sure to be one of the greatest concerts I’ve attended. It’s ganna be hard to top Radiohead and Coldplay (HIGH), but if anybody can do it, Kanye and Jay-Z certainly have the capability. Not sure what I’m going to wear. Jeans? For sure. Tie? Possibly. Pics to follow. Stay clean.

Oct. 29 - 25 degrees & snow (not pictured-vest)

Socks & Bow-tie

I said I would post picks of my bow-tie and socks soon. Well here are the goods. I wanna reiterate how excited I am to wear these socks.

I had a very important meeting this night. I was a little nervous but for the most part I was confident. I was confident in what I was wearing and what I was wearing made me confident. And let me tell you, I nailed it; completely nailed my meeting and was actually complimented on my look. Something  I’ve discovered is that if you don’t feel particularly confident, you should atleast dress confidently. And somehow that style confidence and swagger will translate into a confident attitude. And that’s what both you and I want. Check out the pics. I can see I’ll be wearing my vest alot this fall. Stay Clean.

J.Crew X Ralph Lauren X Levi’s

I did a bit of shopping this weekend. I love J.Crew and usually purchase something every time I step into the men’s shop on 79th & Madison.

“You know outerwear is 20% off today sir” said the dapper gentleman in the navy 3-piece suit…

 Well sure I’ll buy a vest, I mean why not? This buttton down really needed a heavier (wool fabric), darker tan tie, which I almost bought. But I held off so I’d have someting to look forward to purchasing next week. I also got some socks I’m really excited to wear. I’ve never been excited about socks but these joints are nice. Pics of the socks and bow-tie I purchased last week coming soon. Stay clean.

Tweed Run Wrap-Up

The Ralph Lauren Tweed Run was this past weekend. It was a gorgeous day in NYC; perfect for cycling and perfect for styling. My girlfriend and I decided to check out the event and check out the Rugby Store on University Place. We ran into some Occupy Wallstreet demonstrations and pressed on in style to visit the store neither of us had seen. The store is small in dimension but gigantic in style – nothing less than what you’d expect from Ralph Lauren. Here are some pics….

So we did a little, and I mean, a little shopping. I simply cannot go into a store and not buy something. It’s a problem, like for real. As a matter of fact, today i walked into the J.Crew Men’s Shop and bought a bow tie. Do I need a bow tie? Not partiularly. But I bet i need it when it’s in my closet. Anywho, I picked up a simple tan/brown striped button down, on sale might I add, and bought my girlfriend a lovely wool dress. She was really excited about the dress – because she looked so damn good in it – and excited about the store in general. Here’s a peak at the goods. Stay Clean.

7 Things We Can Learn From Simon Spurr

 I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Spurr at Bergdorf Goodman and view his Spring 2012 collection up close. And let me tell you, it’s much better in person. Ultra clean; cleanest of the clean. I told Simon how much I loved his assymetrical leather biker jacket and to keep cranking out 3-piece suits. He was charming, really nice and an approachable guy. Dream come true. I was a bit nervous, i mean he’s like famous. I had my camera in my pocket ready to ask someone to take a picture of him and I, but I felt like a total geek and decided against it. Here’s a look backstage at the 2012 Spring Simon Spurr show during NYFW. The British designer’s advice for his models are reccomendations I try to adhere to everyday.

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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