New York Men’s Day: American Brands Band Together

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is known for being predominantly geared toward the sartorial-obsessed females of the world. Typically, if you want to view designer menswear, a flight to London, Paris, or Milan is required. But according to the New York Times, an industry-wide push for a full-fledged Men’s Fashion Week is gaining momentum, and it started yesterday with NYFW Men’s Day.

NYFW Men's Day

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September 4, 2014

Seen On & Off the Runways: Men’s White Sneakers

The white sneaker has graduated from grade school. According to the New York Times, these classic kicks were a recurring trend at this month’s men’s fashion weeks, all the way from the models’ feet down to the front-row audience.

White Sneakers for Men

Image via the New York Times

But unlike grade school? These are white leather, not canvas. And they’re a whole lot more versatile. In Milan, Giorgio Armani’s menswear collection, “Echoes of Armani,” showed them with classic, tailored suits. Also, Gucci’s collection paired white sneakers with every color, pattern, and type of suit. London’s Alexander McQueen put a modern twist on this happening trend with printed graphic suits, combining British tailoring with an urban approach.

Off the runways? The white sneaker adds a more finished and tailored look than your everyday running sneaker. Josh Peskowitz, the men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, claims he’s “been wearing them a lot more than expected.” He rocks them with formal suits and everyday outfits, on both sunny and rainy days. Jian DeLeon, the deputy style editor at Complex, even went so far as to pair a plaid suit with white sneakers out to the ballet (how bold).

Feel free to wear them with (almost) anything in your closet, from casual Friday to lazy Sunday. But for how long? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if white is here to stay.

Read more on the New York Times.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Fashion Filtered: How Instagram is Changing the Industry

Social media has completely changed the way fashion week is reported. Follow the right bloggers, and images from the runway will fill your feed weeks before hitting the pages of Vogue. Yes, fashion – according to the New York Times – has officially entered “the Age of Instagram.”

 Fashion and the Age of Instagram

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April 11, 2014

On the Move: Bruce Pask Trades T Magazine for Bergdorf Goodman

Spring is in the air and times are a-changing. Especially for T: The New York Times Style Magazine's men’s fashion director, Bruce Pask. The always stylish and effortlessly cool Pask just accepted the title of men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman.

Bruce Pask

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Considering Pask has been styling menswear for Bergdorf’s for a couple of years now – notably in its spring 2012 men’s lookbook – the move isn’t that much of a shock. I have no doubt Pask, a street-style favorite, will take his new role in stride and create killer men’s content for the mega store. My real concern is, who will fill his rather large shoes at T Magazine? We’re taking bets in the office.

Read the full article on style.com.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2014

The Wild Trend: Is Finding Yourself the New It Thing?

According to the New York Times, the Pacific Crest Trail – a 2,650-mile-long hiking trail which winds its way from Mexico to Canada – has seen “a record number of long-distance hikers this year.” It is no coincidence, the Times continues, that this peak follows the publication of (and obsession with) Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailIn fact, they call it “The Wild Effect.”

I prefer to call it, simply, “The Finding-Yourself Effect.” The concept of making an escape to find yourself is hot in the world of memoirs. And I, too, am guilty of getting swept away in the romance. But unlike Strayed, who lost her mother and fell deep into drugs, I’m not reeling from catastrophe. Nor am I stuck in a post-divorce rut, à la 2006's source of inspiration – Eat, Pray, Love's Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m a twentysomething with a good job living in a city that I fall in love with more and more each day.

My father, born in a matchbox of an apartment in the Bronx in the 40s, never would have dreamed of such a thing. The idea of finding yourself – so thrilling to today’s pseudo-intellectual hipsters and hopeless romantics – was a luxury. When I think of him, the idea of finding myself suddenly feels selfish.

So for now, I think, I’ll wait this hype out, stick to finding myself… a coffee… and get back to work. There is a time and place for every big adventure. And today, no matter the memoir du jour, is not one of them.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 24, 2013

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

Nick Wooster, a senior vice president at J.C. Penney, on the emergence of camo in menswear – specifically in Dries van Noten’s latest showing:

We Couldn't Have Said It Better

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March 22, 2013