Month: May 2014

Looking Dapper, Ol’ Chap

Burberry:

Founded in 1856, Burberry is a British clothing house formed by Thomas Burberry. The company distributes clothing, perfume, accessories and sunglasses, which makes it a huge success. The brand is best known for its Tartan patterns as well as the famous french coat invented by Thomas Burberry himself.

Thomas Burberry:

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Holding the status of Founder of the House of Burberry, he is also the inventor of Garbardine. Burberry started off as an assistant at a drapery store. He opened his first Burberry house in 1859 and since then, the brand has become international. Queen Elizabeth even received tailored clothing from the company.

Apparel:

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Celebs in Burberry:

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Versace:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite awhile or you’ve been completely shut off from the world, you’ve heard the name Versace. Italian fashion has amazing quality and textures which is what makes it so popular. Versace has eye popping designs and a celebrity status that brings the brand attention and a high fashion name.
Gianni Verace:

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Founder Gianni Versace opened the first Versace shop in 1978 in Milan. The name became popular rather quickly. Since then, Versace has become a leading international power house name. From the several runway shows they do globally to their famous “Black Versace dress of Elizabeth Hurley,” Versace is no short from a worldwide legacy. Gianni was murdered in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan and so his family immediately took over the company.

Donatella Versace:

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Sister of the late Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace quickly because head designer of the company. She kept her critics in awe with her controversial decisions. With her very gaudy taste in gold and colors, Donatella has never stopped being  the center of attention, especially in the celebrity world. She has worked with top names such as Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and many more.

Allegra Versace:

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Heiress to an Italian empire fit for a queen, Allegra Versace owns 50% of all Versace stock due to her uncle’s will. She reviews all works that go through Versace and gives the go to when they make it to the runway. She has been on the tabloids about her fight with anorexia. Allegra now travels vigorously between Milan and New York. She is also attending colleges in UCLA for French, the history of the arts, as well as theatre.

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Threads for Her: Zara

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This Spanish clothing and accessory retailer, founded by Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera in 1975 is serving countries worldwide. It is apart of the Inditex clothing group. Launching over 10,000 new designs each year, Zara has a policy of “zero advertisement.” Over half of Zara’s products are manufactured in Spain. Óscar Pérez Marcote is Zara’s General Director and they have a fully toxic-free clothing production. The phenomenal Dutchess Kate Middleton is a fan of the brand. Having over 1800 stores over the world, Zara is continually expanding.

Kate Middleton in Zara:

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Summer Playlist 2014: Part 3

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Summertime 2014 Music Playlist:

(Song titles are links…enjoy!)

The Mowgli’s- Say it, Just Say It

John de Sohn (feat. Andrea Moe)- Long Time (radio edit)

Measure- Down Easy

Atlas Genius- Trojans

Hot Chelle Rae- Hung Up

Echosmith- Bright

Hey Ocean!- Big Blue Wave

High Highs- Open Season

Lucy Rose- Night Bus

The Paper Kites- Never Heard A Sound

Safetysuit- On Your Side

“J’aime Balmain”

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Pierre Balmain:
Balmain has always had an keen eye for brillant clothes. Growing up with a family who owned their own fashion boutique, Pierre has been around clothes since he was seven years old. His father passed away when Balmain was very young. He then spent most of his days with his mother and her sisters in a dress shop they ran. Pierre Balmain opened his first Couture house in 1945 and over time it became just as popular as Christian Dior. In 1945 Balmain created his first fragrance, Vent Vert, which is still in production today. By 1951, Balmain branched off into the United States. Balmain was able to open up several ready-wear shops and increased the French style.

Modern Balmain:
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Celebs in Balmain:
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Summer Style

Everyone wants to look great while catching some rays and relaxing in the warm summer heat. Whether it’s chilling by the pool or running on the beach, clothing can still be comfortable and supportive. Don’t let the heat waves of summer sweat out your style.

Hurley:
Originated in South California, Hurley was bred and born on the beaches. Founded by Bob Hurley, the company give priority towards surfing, music, and skateboarding. Hurley lives and breathes summer fun which shows in it’s clothes. Since 2001, Hurley has been run by Nike Inc. The company founded Billabong USA in 1983 and endorses bands such as All Time Low and Blink-182. Hurley also sponsors the band Avenged Sevenfold. Hurley’s team includes surfer Evan Geiselman, skater Bob Burnquist, and surfers Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson.

Team Hurley:
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Apparel:

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Billabong:

Being known for mostly skate, snow and surf accessories, Billabong International Limited is an Australian clothing company noted worldwide. It was founded in 1973 and although the company collapsed in early 2012, it was taken over within the next year and the brand has began to rise again. The company not only promotes its brand but a lifestyle as well; this is shown throughout the team members that Billabong sponsors, like the late surfer Andy Irons.

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Rest in peace- Andy Irons (July 24, 1978 – November 2, 2010

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Sperry Top-Sider:

The spreading popularity of boat shoes is sweeping countries worldwide. Designed by Paul Sperry in 1935, Sperry Top-Sider was the original boat shoe to be put out into the boating market. The company is the official sponsor for US Paralympics Sailing Team, the US Junior Olympic Sailing Team, and the US Sailing Team. Team Sperry travels around the world competing in sporting events. Even though it was primarily meant to help avoid the risk of slipping, Sperrys can be wore fashionably with any outfit and for any occasion. Wore at any age and with or without socks, Sperrys are the perfect summer footwear choice.
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New Age Luxuries

As the world is constantly changing, so is technology. We now have apps that can order clothes from anywhere in the world with just the touch of a button, to cars that can drive on their own. Today I’m going to introduce a new wave of modern and incredible technology…

The PocketPlug:

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Have you ever went to a friend’s house or maybe on vacation and forgot your cell charger? Now, your phone can be charged without a cord ever being needed. Priced at only $49.99, this is a new and reliable case with a great and productive feature!

IPE Fire Table:

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Eco-friendly and tasteful, this fire-in-glass center piece would get anyone’s guests talking. IPE offers plenty of products from simple glass torches to creative fire places. The IPE Fire Table is priced at $600 and would look spectacular in anyone’s home.

Tranist by Soen:

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This brilliantly designed and extremely convenient product was crafted by the Swedish workshop, Soen. Transit is a wireless blue tooth device which can set the mood for any event and looks great in any room.

G I V E N C H Y

LEAGUE OF ITS OWN:
A french luxury fashion brand that has all the celebrities in their grasp like reality star Kim Kardashian and musician Kanye West. Givenchy has been flaunted and appraised constantly due to their artistic nature of clothing. Founded in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy, it has seen been taken over by a new company LVMH. This grossed about 176 million dollars, making Givenchy second under Dior in the division. This remarkable brand has since dressed the most famous people in history like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Liz Taylor.
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THE FACES BEHIND GIVENCHY:
Hubert de Givenchy- A successful and brilliant french aristocrat and fashion designer, he founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. Givenchy gained his fame when he did the personal wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. He was honored and elected into the International Fashion Hall of Fame in 1970.

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Riccardo Tisci- In 2005, Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci was named the Creative Director of womenswear and haute couture. In 2008 he was also named accessory and menswear designer for the company. Tisci has been up and down with critics about his outlandish dress wear but has still remained a top designer.
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Sebastian Suhl- Since March of 2012, he has been the director and CEO of Givenchy and has been part of the LMVH since the 1980s. Before Givenchy, Suhl worked with Prada and became general manager in 2001 before moving to France. He’s bringing attention to the fashion industry and is expanding Givenchy greatly.
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CELEBS IN GIVENCHY:
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Modern Day Chanel: Karl Lagerfeld

“Personality begins where comparison ends.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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The Head Designer for the House of Chanel is a very talented individual who also manages Fendi along with three other independent companies. Karl Lagerfeld started in the fashion industry at a very young age and from there has made his name extremely well known. He has been with Fendi since 1965 as well as running Chanel since 1983. His name is known worldwide. Lagerfeld mixes in with celebrities names such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Lily Allen. His talents include fashion design and management, is an author as well as a film director. He wears signature black sunglasses and is usually found wearing a head-to-toe black wardrobe. He lives a well and luxurious life and works hard for what he wants, such as his incredible weight loss. Being the sage behind such an iconic name brand as Chanel, Lagerfeld is known for several controversies and is obviously not afraid to speak his mind, an example being his comments on Adele and his plan of marrying his cat. No matter where his designs, ideas, and schemes lead to next, Karl Lagerfeld will definitely be a name to remember in the fashion industry.

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Men’s Essentials

A Good Suit:

Whether you’re cleaning up for a night out or going to a wedding, any man can look good in a suit. The key factors are comfort, the way it fits, and how you feel in it. Suits are meant to be tailored, so make sure you don’t sell yourself short. Get it tailored correctly.

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Favorite Pair of Jeans:
Everyone has their favorite pair of jeans. They could be anything from worn out and sun bleached to full of holes and beaten up. A good pair of jeans can be paired with anything and can be worn at anytime. Jeans are not only comfy and dependable but come in many different options including dark, light, faded, skinny, boot-cut, and straight leg.

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A Reliable Pair of Shoes:
A guy should be able to go out of the house and be confident that whatever he has on his feet will keep him comfortable doing anything. Everyone needs a good, dependable shoe. Use a personal preference on the brand of shoe; think about comfort, style, and what you’re going to be wearing the shoe for. I completely agree that no matter the situation you should be comfortable in what you have on your feet. I personally like Nike 5.0s.

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The Warmth of a Sweatshirt:
Three words to describe a good sweatshirt are durable, reliable, and dependable. A sweatshirt is durable because it can be worn in any season and with practically any outfit. Sweatshirts are reliable because no matter how you’re feeling, you can always throw one on.  A good sweatshirt is dependable because you can keep it for a long time and wear it in any situation. Whether going for a run, sitting around a bonfire, or going shopping, a warm and comfy sweatshirt is something anyone can wear confidently.

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The Classic Button Up:
Also known as a dress shirt, these classic shirts can be worn for any occasion. Button ups can be open with a nice graphic tee underneath for a warm summer night or even buttoned up to the top matched with a nice tie for a sophisticated, tasteful look. They can be put together with a nice sweater or a vest for a classic Ralph Lauren Polo look.  Any way you wear it, a classic button up dress shirt is needed in every guy’s closet.
PIQUÉ SHIRT WITH CONTRAST ELBOW PATCHES

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