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New York Fashion Week Menswear Pick – Tim Coppens

By Melvin Browne

Balgian Designer hit the New York Fashion Week scene with his renewed and remarkable spring 2014 Collection. I personally am a huge fan of fashions that form outside of the ‘normal’ boxy male shape and Coppens definitely interjects that trend. Times are definitely changing and most males in fashion can appreciate menswear that is inventive but yet still wearable. Tim Coppens use of leather is amazing, the mix of color blocking is genius and the skin exposure will definitely have the bois on trend for spring 2013. Get into Tim Coppens Spring 2014 Collection Below.

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New York Fashion Week Menswear Pick – Hood By Air

By Melvin Browne

Designer Shayne Oliver delivered a fresh street collection to New York Fashion Week with Hood By Air for Spring 2014. The Unisex Runway featured his take on street wear and ready-to-wear fashions worn by both sexes. Hood By Air has been one of the most original and balanced brands, this Spring 2014 shows definitely made a huge statement to the industry. Shayne Oliver’s use of color, shape and everyday staples will definitely secure Hood By Air a very interesting future in fashion. Sitting front row was Rap Megastar Kanye West who is rumored to be partnering with the HBA. I personally loved every look, in retrospect to my personal style and what most of my friends would admire. Get into Hood By Air Spring 2014 Collection Below.

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New York Fashion Week Menswear Pick – Nicholas K

By Melvin Browne

Birthed from the religious practice of ‘Shamanism’, designer duo Nicholas and Christopher Kunz unisex spring 2014 Collection was dead on with its origin. The collections combined neutral colors and airy silhouettes made a surprising statement for spring. With more designers going with fitted silhouettes and body forms, it’s refreshing to see the incorporation of loose fitted styles. This collection gives a lot and I’m almost certain will influence some to lay back and assort their spring looks. Get into the spring 2014 Nicholas K Collection Below.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ‘New York’ Spring 2014

By Melvin Browne

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 MBFW NYC

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Commences in 2 Days at Lincoln Center. Thanks to Technology and the countries current economic situation, catching runways shows and staying up to date on the latest designer collection has become more accessible to us average folk. The 2014 Spring Collections can be viewed on the #MBFW Official Website via LIVE Video Stream. Tune into some of your favorite designers and keep a look out for HomoCouture’s featured menswear designer reports throughout the week. Happy Fashion Week & See you at our very OWN Fashion Week Event September 11th At Arabesque New York!

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HC Style Highlight: INOVATION3

headerlogoBy Melvin Browne

lookbook2_zps20f44c6aSwag for an imagination and fashion for the streets. INOVATION3 is a lifestyle brand based out of New York. Inspired by urban fashion and the skater lifestyle, CEO and Creative Director Sharda’ Beverly created this brand with patience and quality.

When you hear Innovation, you think of something fresh, new, and inventive. INOVATION3 promotes exclusivity and style. Hence the Light Bulb Detail on many of their pieces. “Dream. Imagine. Inspire” is their motto. The brand looks for ways to reinvent street wear. The Collection is inspired by major changes in life and depicts the direction of change. Like a flick of a switch or turning on a light. The bulb is cracked, a statement of imperfection. Hence cracked light bulb: “Genius but with a twist.”  Get into the INOVATION3 collection below. Pieces can be found and purchased at the Official Site and be sure to Follow INOVATION3 on Twitter and Instagram for the Latest Updates… Enjoy

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LVL XIII: Luxury Designer Footwear by Antonio Brown

By Melvin Browne

SHOE_04As the Editor-in-Chief of HomoCouture and a member of the press, it’s very important that I cover the good and the not so great. Last night I was confirmed to attend AM Studios here in NYC for the Launch Expo for LVL XIII, a luxury men’s collection designed by Antonio Brown. I can’t tell you much about the brand; however the preview photos/website definitely caught my attention.

But what a complete waste of an outfit and Cab ride! I coulda had a V8! My routine Monday night of watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, was taken away from this misleading coordinator from Blink PR for this event.

I won’t go into the ridiculous details about how this event was unorganized. Nevertheless, I would still like to invite my HC readers to get into some of the LVL XIII Collection! Instead of shopping for your next Giuseppe Zanotti or Balenciaga high-tops, you might want to consider the LVL XIII Collection! Definitely an interesting line of luxury that I would love to add to my own collection! It’s unfortunate that Blink PR missed out on an opportunity to give LVL XIII a just debut, to really showcase what seems to be a great up and coming designer brand. Check them out for yourselves! Visit the LVL XIII Website for more info and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter.

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Paris Runway: Balmain Spring 2014

By Melvin Browne

For Spring 2014, Balmain’s designer Olivier Rousteing designed a collection close to his persona. The French enthused collection includes detailed throw on jackets, worker jump suits and fitted trousers paired with ballerina flats. The meticulous motifs feature detailed appliquéd denim on denim, modern nautical prints/patterns, and the essence of the French town Saint-Tropez. Ad usque fidelis”,

 Get into a few Looks from Balmain’s Spring Collection Below!

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Top 3 Trends in Menswear for this Spring

By Melvin Browne

Spring 2013 exposes some the Hottest Trends in Menswear. Designers jam-packed Paris and Milan Runways with MUST have additions to your wardrobe this spring. Color Statements, Bold Prints, and Focused Silhouettes are IN! So make room in your closet for this Season’s Hottest Staples. Here are HC’s TOP 3 Trends for Spring 2013.

1. Color Trench Coats

Trench Coats are perfect for the Spring Weather and Layering your Look. These light-weight coats are the Perfect Top Layer to keep you Warm, Dry and Most Importantly Trendy. This spring, Designer Looks included layering shorts, pants, light sweaters, and jackets; then Completed with Trenches of wild POPS of Color. Get into These Designers use of the Trench.

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2. Stripes

Vertical or Horizontal, Designers this Year made it clear that stripes are In. Usually reserved for mid-summer for fourth of July and nautical looks, spring boasts premature lines of masculinity and focus. Some designers went OVERBOARD with full coverage, while others used stripes in main pieces to establish focus to that particular place on the male form. Either way experiment with your own judgment when styling your STRIPED Looks; no one wants to see a jigsaw puzzle walking down the street. Get into the MOST seen trend on the Runways this Spring.

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3. Camouflage

Most can agree that Military Camouflage never goes out of style. It Intertwines throughout the Seasons and brings a hint of masculinity to any look. If US Soldiers can fight all year in the same Head to Toe Fashions, I’m sure we all can fit this Macho but yet Sexy trend into out wardrobe. This Spring, Designers used traditional Camouflage but also experimented with the abstract shapes and introduced some new shade combinations. Either Way Suit up, and get into these Runway Camouflage Looks.

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Wouldn’t Be Caught RED!

By Melvin Browne

Editor’s Holiday Fashion Picks!

Inspired by the upcoming Holidays, here is some of MY favorite menswear picks this week. Prices are mid-range and vary in shades of SANTA RED. These pieces make great gifts or great additions to your own wardrobe. Please let’s all attempt to stay warm and fresh this holiday season… Enjoy!

Topman: Limited Edition Bright Red Wool Duffle – $180

Kenneth Cole New York: Roma Leather Satchel Duffle Bag – $395

Gucci: Hi-Top Sneaker – $495

Diesel: Timeframes S/Summer12 – $120

From the Court to the Runway: Ballers and Fashion

By Ibrahim Malik

Front rows aren’t just reserved for Fashionistas and Editors, but Ballers are front and center at the all the Hottest Shows. Athletes are trading their cleats and jerseys for designer labels. No longer are the days when athletes splurge, million dollar contract just on Fast Cars and even Faster Women (on some Boys too) but invest in Tailored suits and custom kicks. Michael Jordan is a household name not just because of his sick jump shot but his Iconic Shoes. Nowadays athletes like Amare Stoudemire, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and DeWayne Wade are exceeding way beyond just a shoe endorsement. This past New York Fashion week, they towered over in the front rows at shows such as Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Bastian, and others. These fashion houses and designers look at it as a true win-win situation giving an easy mainstream appeal.  Joe Zee, Creative Director of Elle even contributed “In the last few years, fashion shows have become as much a spectator sport as about the fashion, with blinding paparazzi snapping celebs in every front row.”

Lockouts in the NFL and now the NBA, allow ballers more time to divert their attention from the court to fashion. It is been a true emergence of athletes showing of the impeccable physiques in amazing editorials and eye-catching ads. We still won’t forget Kobe Bryant Amish-Inspired 2010 photo shoot in LA Times Magazine. More recently Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade have spreads in Vogue Italia and VMan respectively. So if this current lockout doesn’t turn out so hot, they can fall back on Modeling (so LaLa and Gabrielle Union don’t fret). Amare Stoudemire turned his hustle up a notch with his current collaboration with Rachel Roy. “I was never a designer or anything like that, but as far as putting together what I was going to wear, I was a fashion rebel, always mixing it up,” said Stoudemire. The collection itself is meant to be the best of both worlds: Fashion & Sports. Rachel Roy had this to say about their line “What does Gisele wear when she goes to see her man [New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady] play? What would Kate Moss wear? Those images are the inspiration as we’re designing.” It’s a toss-up when the next NBA season will start but the players just might be changing in the locker rooms from shorts to tailored shirts by designers from around the globe.

 

 

 

TOP Male SuperModels!

By Ibrahim Malik

Photographers hunger to see these physiques in front of their camera lenses and designers swoon as these men don their garments. You see them everywhere, in campaigns, on the catwalk, and on billboards, are you ready for some of my Favorite TOP Male SuperModels.

Rob Evans is captured raw and tastefully in his latest cK One Ad he gives a TKO to the fashion and modeling world. Discovered in a local gym, 22-year-old Irish-African American Boxer turned model from UK–Evan’s knockout looks demanded attention in his first season with Givenchy Men’s spring/summer 2011 show. Rob Evan’s slayed the international runways of  Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier Men’s, Trussardi, and Jeremy Scott, landed major ad campaigns with House of Frasier, cK One Jeans, ck One Shock Fragrance, and features in magazines such as i-D , Numero Tokyo, and Vogue Hommes Japan. Rob is proving up to be just as strong a contender on the catwalk and in front of the camera, as he is in the boxing ring.

 

 

 

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Andre Douglas–The caramel beauty with his classic all-around American Looks has landed many major campaigns like Dsquared2, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger and Macy’s. The Chicago born model said to OUT Magazine, “Fortunately, I’ve been blessed in this industry to where I’m not struggling and I’m able to work with a wide variety of clients. But I do know that this journey and where I’ve made it is not owed to me by any means, so I take it as a blessing and I’m thankful every day”. Originally André Douglas had no interest in Fashion or Modeling at all, even turned down offers to play division one basketball, but luckily for us he accepted his gift.

 

 

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My jaw dropped while gazing at Calvin Klein Men’s spring/ summer 2010 ad where David Agbodji BARED IT ALL!! in a Glistening Nude campaign. This chocolate Adonis first caught the eye of the Fashion and Modeling world when he not only opened but closed the spring/ summer 2010 Calvin Klein Men’s Show, which led to him becoming the face of Calvin Klein. Ever since his career has catapulted into greatness, David Agbodji models for countless campaigns, catwalks, and fashion spreads his most notable being, Cole Haan, D&G, Hugo Boss, Vivienne Westwood, Mugler, Hermes, & Jean Paul Gaultier.

Whether it’s their Chiseled Bodies or Enamoring Looks these men are proving that they are the SHIT Phenomenal Models!!

 

 

FALL’s FAB FIVE: 5 Fab Pieces for your Closet!

By Ibrahim Malik

Summer is unfortunately over. It’s time to trade in those tank tops and shorts for some thermals and a parka. Don’t fret about what to put in between, I got five pieces that’ll bring the HAUTENESS (pun intended) to your fall wardrobe.

1. Slim Fit Cords
a slim fit cord is a great alternative to your everyday pair of jeans, with the same versatility and comfort. They pair easily with a fitted denim shirt or plaid flannel. If you don’t own any, I suggest a tan or light Brown pair; it is a great starter color that works wonderfully with many fall staples like your navies, maroons and Olives.

   

2. Pea coat
A classic Navy Pea Coat has been staple in the closets of Fashionistas and Sailors alike for a LONG TIME!!!! And they still haven’t lost their appeal. But if you are one to break out of the Fashion “Norm” this classic cone in other great colors and plaids that add to its Chic appeal. My personal fave is a Light Grey Pea.  The Light Grey has a clean effortless look that can be dress up or down. It’s also a great homage to military inspired fashion.

   

3. Gingham Print
One of the biggest fall trends is mixing different patterns and textures; one of the easiest and fabulous ways of doing that is with Gingham. It comes in many variations whether it’s a sport button down collar shirt or a dress shirt that comes in many great colors. I have a client who is a young fashionable elementary teacher, I paired a burnt orange spread collar dress shirt with a purple striped tie and some slim fit khaki chinos. It was a great look that embodied the fall trend and he could have easily went from day to-night, and it all began with a versatile gingham shirt.

   

4.  Shawl Collar Sweater
The bottom line for any fall wardrobe is warmth point-blank, and the best way to accomplish that is layering. Just like the Pea coat I mentioned before the wool Sweater has been here for years on end, but I’m not talking about those itchy sweaters you mother used to put you in. A Shawl Collar sweater not only serves as an amazing layering piece but it gives you an effortless cool. It works well in the office or going out for a couple cocktails with friends.

5. Chukka Boot 
A chukka is the perfect way to finish off a fall ensemble. It’s more casual than a dress boot and way less chunkier than a pair of Timberlands (c) . I really like these boots because they pay homage to the classic collegiate style. They pair well with slim fitting trousers, whether chinos or denim,  gives a very casual yet chic feel.

 

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 #NYFW Menswear Collections!

By Melvin Browne

Unfortunately Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has come to an END! The last time I reviewed #NYFW was back in 2009, so I definitely took my time to review this year’s Menswear Collections. #dontjudgeme but I was very disappointed! **For you special people my review does not include Paris and Milan Shows.. just NYC**. For designers to be showing for spring 2012, I expected the collections to be way more innovative. Some designers delivered great sportswear collections, but I still felt like the simplest women’s Ready-to-wear collections demolished the existences of menswear in New York. With that said here are my Top 5 NYFW Spring 2012 Menswear Collections:

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4. Perry Ellis

 

 

 

5. Yigal Azrouël