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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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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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DW gets the #KanyeShrug

By Ibrahim Malik

DW by Kanye West Spring/Summer 2012 Ready-to-wear Collection premiered at this year’s Paris Fashion Week. The front row was adorned with fellow designers, and celebrities such as Alexander Wang, Dean and Dan Caton of Dsquared, Jeremy Scott, Anna Wintour, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, clearly his show was definitely anticipated by all. After his previous successful collaborations with Louis Vuitton and Nike, that bar was set pretty high but unfortunately he was a day late and a dollar short.

Possessing a raw edge the collection lacked a certain level of cohesiveness one would expect from a designer showing at Paris Fashion Week. DW serves too many silhouettes that alone are effortless but together clash (think Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston).  The collection failed to give direction or ability to transfer a story to the audience. Viewers were left not knowing what type of woman Kanye was catering and where she was going. Noteworthy Online Style Editor of International Herald Tribune Jessica Michault, had this to say “The Kanye West show, in my humble opinion, is proof that everyone can love fashion but not everyone can be a fashion designer.”

Needless to say DW had some looks that were Stunning, supermodel Chanel Iman executed both first and closing looks. One in tight leather black pants, sheer black blouse and an oversized fur stole and the other being its polar opposite in an all-white ensemble with cropped trousers, knit top and loose fitting blazer. The shoes in the collection created quite the twitter buzz that would even leave Carrie Bradshaw gushing. Given that this is Mr. Controversy himself, Yezzy had this to say:

“Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries… We don’t know what the reviews will be; we don’t know what they will say… I gave you everything that I had”

“This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s**t. I don’t f**k with celebrities…The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f**king deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f**k up!”

“I thank anybody who came to this party, everybody who supported, everybody who believed, because people thought it was a joke, and maybe people still do, but I can only grow from this point.”

Honestly in my professional opinion I believe if Kanye channels the correct spirit and tenacity he has in his other ventures, DW certainly has the POTENTIAL to ascend to greatness and the next Throne Kanye will be watching is the Fashion Empire!!!

 

 

 

 

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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3. Lacoste

 

 

 

4. Perry Ellis

 

 

 

5. Yigal Azrouël

 

 

 

SABIT NYC Kick of #NYFW at the Samsung Experience!

By Melvin Browne
Photos By Mia Marcus

SABIT NYC kicked off New York Fashion Week friday night with a presentation of their F/W 2011 & S/S 2012 Collections. Held at the Samsung Experience, Designer Shoichi Amemiya executed a simple but yet entertaining show. The event was hosted by “Bosslady” and included a special performance from Eric Sosa & the Maintenance Crew.

The SABIT Label has come along way since the last time we saw them back in March of  2010. The face of SABIT – Swizz Beats put the label in the fore front for A-list celebrities like Chris Brown, lil Wayne, T.I., T-Pain and Mario to take notice to the label. SABIT has  quickly become one of the most influential and sought-after urban brands in the market today. The **Hot Item** is  their Varsity Jackets, which we have seen consistently in every collection. The F/W 11 was our favorite collection this year, their were matching accessories & bags with most looks. The collection gave me very street Tokyo and we definitely look forwardto the future SABIT NYC Collections!

   

   

 

The message behind “Tanoshinde” a Japanese word meaning “ENJOY”. So here’s more video & photos from the show….Tanoshinde!

Haute Couture Runway Report: Givenchy Fall Winter 10/11

By: Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Givenchy
Season: Haute Couture Givenchy Fall Winter 10/11
Designer: Riccardo Tisci

Riccardo Tisci’s revitalization of Haute Couture at the house of Givenchy is not unlike the mood of Yves Saint Laurent’s 70s Paris, when fashion morphed from something sober and perhaps predictable into something freer and less obvious. It was a moment when fashion could be what it wanted and Tisci has done the same with Couture for this generation. The collection was shown in an intimate presentation, and this was entirely appropriate and right as one needed to be close to the clothes to fully see and understand the detail of the embroideries.

They say that the devil is in the details, and if that is true, then perhaps the collection had a touch of evil in the intense details on offer. Really, though, it couldn’t, looking at the white, at times lace, floor length dresses and jackets. One of these jackets featured clusters of pearls and crystals on the back that were, if not angelic, strikingly modern and stunning. Indeed, the collection featured a light palette, with the exception of one dress and patchwork leather coat. Ostrich feathers graduated towards the floor in the first look, but the furs were perhaps one of the standouts. They were bleached, giving them the look of hair and adorned a jacket and swept the floor on a floor length sheer (a dominant feature of the collection) dress that played peek-a-boo. One of these jackets featured the fur precision cut to look like a spine. Was this a reference to Tisci’s fascination with the gothic? Perhaps, but it was subtle enough to demand a standing ovation. Oh, let’s be frank. The whole collection demanded one.

Haute Couture Runway Report: Christian Dior Fall Winter 10/11

By: Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Christian Dior
Season: Haute Couture Fall Winter  10/11
Designer: John Galliano

Was it perhaps a coincidence that John Galliano’s collection for the house of Dior featured tulip shaped skirts in a show setting that featured oversized flowers? Of course not, and they were delicious. Stephen Jones designed the plastic wrap head dresses, designed to look like the plastic wrap one associates with fresh flowers. Indeed, Galliano approached the idea of a woman living inside a flower, quite literally. This is the world he gives us every season, a world where we are free to fuel our dreams and to lose ourselves in fantasy. If life can be a playground (and it certainly can be in the decadent world of Haute Couture) then Mr. Galliano is the leader.

Flower petals could be seen as embroideries on coats and jackets, trims or adorning the new tulip shaped skirts. The color combinations were perhaps the most intense we have seen in womenswear for a while. Pinks and oranges danced with exotic greens and blues, among other tantalizing concoctions. A ruffled dress had the look of a photograph, but one of the strengths of the show was in the fact that Galliano stayed away from the expected frou frou that one might have expected for such a delicate theme. He approached it with his larger than life love and zest for extreme beauty. Then again, doesn’t he always?

Haute Couture Runway Report: Valentino Fall Winter 10/11

By: Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Valentino
Season:  Haute Couture Fall Winter 10/11
Designer: Maria Grazia, Pier Paolo Piccioli

” I didn’t have dough handed to me because of my good cheekbones, I had to earn it”, said the character Neely O’ Hara in 1967’s Valley of the Dolls. Indeed, the same could be said of Maria Grazia and Pier Paolo Piccioli and their fall collection. While critics were at first skeptical of their efforts at the house, they have shown how fresh their voices are in the world of Haute Couture. They played with transparency in blouses, baby doll dresses and collars in an array of black, white and pink. A white baby doll dress had tiers of white fringe and seemed to epitomize the youthfulness of the show and the happy marriage that is possible between the old and the new. One short dress had a large oversized flower on the front and was the sort of piece you would wear every day were your life reminiscent of the chic, fun loving girls of the 60s and today. A structured jacket with a short skirt in a powdery pink featured bows running down the sides that seemingly held the sleeves together. Indeed, these could be found on a trapeze coat near the beginning of the show. Was this their way of commenting on the fragility of youth and, indeed, couture?


It was as feminine as can be, but had strength in its anonymity, save for the Valentino red that made an appearance in the evening wear. These were impeccable clothes but the truth is that one would need a magnifying glass to see and understand the craftsmanship that lay in the details. These were the kind of clothes little girls and mature young women dream about. While one can think of Grazia and Piccioli as brave, they are doing what Haute Couture needs now more than ever. There must be more to it than a price tag and status. Youth is paramount in this world as well. Young women may not be satisfied looking through their mothers’ archives. They want the new, the now and, yes, the exclusive. Isn’t that always the way?



Haute Couture Runway Report: Chanel Fall/Winter 10/11

By Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Chanel
Season: Haute Couture Fall/Winter 10/11
Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

For fall, Karl Lagerfeld has toned down his obsession with fur but maintained his love of luxury. It was the quintessential Chanel show, in all its splendor, and any woman of any age would delight in Lagerfeld’s ageless and warm offerings. It was an exercise in proportions. There were cropped jackets as far as the eye could see, at times worn over long sleeved blouses or with a dress that extended just below the knee, the new hemline for fall. When fur did make a cameo appearance, it did so in a trim on a tweed jacket with puffy sleeves. Indeed, the puffy sleeves continued on belted coats and jackets throughout the show. Transparency played a role in this play of grand proportions, often in sheer overlays over dresses. The short embroidered dresses felt powerful and were perhaps the standouts of the show due to the light and fresh feeling that one couldn’t help but feel when looking at them. If the hemlines seemed conservative, it helped to introduce the military feeling throughout the collection, as in a blood red dress that was pinned at the shoulder with a large brooch. A floral theme, too, appeared both subtly on cropped tops and in an oversized trim on a gold dress. Yes, the color palette of reds, blues, golds and brown that were interspersed with camel or white felt as precise as the many ideas presented in the show. It seems Mr. Lagerfeld has a lot to say, and we could listen on and on and on.