Category Archives: general accessories

SS13 MENS GLOBAL THEMES

In case you didn’t have a chance, during our very wonderful holiday, to check out the Mens Global Themes on the site here is a breakdown of the trends we called out for SPRING 2013.

FUTURISTIC FITNESS

Probably my favorite theme for men in 2013, this trend focuses on the balance between futuristic couture and athletic inspiration. Minimalism is the key to keeping this trend balance with a monochromatic color palette and touches of metallic and holographic finishes. Look to brands like Y-3 and Margiela for inspiration.

 

TROPICAL SABBATICAL

With a huge sweep of tropical influences, SS13 for men also supports a sea-side trend, from over-sized Hawaiian prints to casual resort wear. We focus on the diver watch being a key element in supporting this trend as scuba gear is a major influence. New fabrics such as Neoprene, nylon and ripstop are highlighted.

 

AFRICAN WARRIOR

From gladiator sandals and safari inspired bags at Michael Kors to straw materials and bright colors at Burberry, there was a vast range of African influences. We look to new material combinations and fabrications such as canvas, braided jute and wax-finished leathers. Over-sized cuffs and neck-wear also make a statement for SS13, setting a new identification from past seasons’ African expression.

 

ALMOST FAMOUS

Taking inspiration from pure Rock-n-Roll, this trend is not defined by a specific decade but rather a free-spirited and grungy sensibility. For many decades music has influenced fashion but one consist trend taken from the industry is a nod to rocker’s non-nonchalant garb. With juxtapositions from distressed and worn in tailoring at John Varvatos to casual kick-back Cobain style at Nicholas K, this trend is sure to fill the shelves for SS13 with more attitude and style than any of the others.

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ASOS SS12 PREVIEW

Headed to the ASOS SS12 preview last week and it totally blew my mind. Their use of fabrication is incredible considering the price point. I loved all the tropical inspired hot shorts and mini dresses. The lucite tinted visor and perforated backpacks were so cool too. I am always so impressed by the evolution of ASOS as a private label brand. Some of my favorite shots below….

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SEEING SPOTS

I don’t even think Cruella De Vil would know how to handle the amount of dalmatian print showing up at retail all over the world right now. Of course, all of these styles are conceptual and not actually dalmatian skin. (that would send PETA over the edge, I am sure of it.) BUT, I do think its a great alternative to the overkill of animal we are seeing for the umpteenth season. ThOSE Penelope + Coco pumps are DYNAMITE and literally my favorite thing on the internet right now, I would HIGHLY encourage any fashionista in their right mind to swoop them before they are sold out. How do you guys feel about dalmatian? Are you going to rock this trend once our bone chilling Manhattan winter sets in?

TOPSHOP BAG

PENELOPE + COCO CALF HAIR PUMPS

SONIA RYKIEL MINI SKIRT

EDDIE BORGO DALMATIAN PYRAMID BRACELET

TOPSHOP SWING COAT

TOPSHOP SOFT SHOPPER TOTE

 

ASOS SPOTTED MITTENS

JKC: TIL DEATH DO US PART

Most of you would probably recognize Jessica Kagan Cushman’s Nantucket bangles or canvas totes which sport witty sayings such as “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner” and “My Other Bag is a Chanel”. Her style of accessories allow the wearer to express themselves with bright colors, sarcasm and a whole lot of flare. When I met Jessica at Premiere Classe in Paris this summer I immediately fell in love with these skull rings covered in diamonds and told her I would literally wear it as my wedding band (someday very far from now). Skulls have a very fine line between tacky and trendy but I really think this style is simple enough to make a statement with out looking like Bret Michaels. Plus, what is a more literal way to say “til death do us part” than rocking a skull on that wedding finger.

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WHAT I PACKED FOR: ART BASEL MIAMI 2011

Heather and I are at Art Basel in Miami this week and here are a few things I’m dreaming of having to wear this weekend! I really love the monochromatic look with pops of bright punchy accessories. (I might even give my right arm for those Altuzarra pumps…!) Basel has been great so far, amazing galleries and photos to come soon, stay tuned.

images from netaporter, fashiongonerogue and vogue.com

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I’M WATCH

Android systems has officially produced the first curved touchscreen smart watch. Fully equipped with apps, music and calling capabilities. It feels so secret agent cool and is surprisingly good looking considering its geek power. Would you sport one of these news watches?

i’m watch – the first real smartwatch in the world from im watch on Vimeo.

**APPLE DID INVENT A VERSION OF THIS FIRST WITH A WRIST CLIP THAT CAN TURN YOUR IPOD NANO INTO A WATCH AS SEEN BELOW BUT IT ONLY HAS MP3 PLAYING CAPBILITIES. **

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MENS TOP DESIGNER SS12

All of the men’s top designers from the SS12 collections are up on the site… get your hunny fix now !

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MULBERRY CUFFS

As one of the most powerful fashion houses in the world, Mulberry has dominated the handbag market with multiple bestseller styles including it-girl favorite, the Alexa bag. For next spring, Mulberry plans to release these gorgeous gold cuffs which will also have the traditional padlock closure for the perfect Mulberry finishing touch. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rose gold one and I am certain we will be seeing them on the wrists of editors across the world very soon.

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ITEM TO WATCH: VISORS

Although I will be the first to admit that more often than not, certain runway trends never actually make it, well, off the runway; this is one abstract accessory that has serious potential. The “visor” has already made its way into the hearts of bloggers all over the world which is usually the first step to global acceptance. Of course there are probably golfers and senior citizens all over the USA claiming they’ve been wearing this trend for decades but as we all know, fashion is truly determined by the right timing. Whether this visor trend has staying power is truly up to the consumer but I think it is a great alternative to the classical fedora we’ve been seeing for a few years now. Check out the various photos below and be the judge for yourself.

images via columbinesmile. fashionerogue, susiebubble

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WRAP IT UP

A cool trend I noticed while I was in Europe were these thread wrapped accessories; from choker necklaces, [which we can all agree are the coolest piece to have this season] to bracelets and even hoop earrings. It is such a simple detail but yields so much room for creativity by alternating colorways, texture and even layers. Below are a few high-res images from Topshop that can be found here.

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