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.




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.




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.




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.

                    Thom BrowneUmit Benan (3)

                                 Thom Browne                               Umit Benan

                   Burberry Prorsum (4)Burberry Prorsum (2)

                                                            Burberry Prorsum

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.

                  Emporio ArmaniJean Paul Gaultier

                              Emporio Armani                       Jean Paul Gaultier

                 Umit BenanDolce & Gabbana (3)

                                  Umit Benan                              Dolce & Gabbana

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.

               Comme des GarçonsDries Van Noten (3)

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Designer Melvin Browne Launches Premiere Men’s Swimwear Collection


Melvin Browne


HCSwimwear by Melvin Browne

(Atlanta, GA – April 6th, 2012) – HCSwimwear by Melvin Browne is an EXCLUSIVE Collection of the most popular swimsuit styles designed for the modern man. Our Men’s debut Collection combines the garment districts finest fabrics with this summer’s hottest colors.

Hand made in the U.S.A, HCS is completed with Five (5) male swim suit styles, Eight (8) solid colors, and Two (2) fashion prints that create a mixture of over Fifty (50) designs to choose from. Our Styles include: Body Trunks, Trunks, Bikinis, Briefs, and Thongs. HCSwimwear is designed to showcase the body, personality and fashion sense of the person wearing them.

“Cotton underwear is not made to be worn outside and in the water. My inspiration behind creating this collection was to provide men not only with comfortable and supportive swimwear, but to support a lifestyle with a variety of swimsuit selections that are fashionable, unique, daring and sexy.” – Melvin Browne

HCSwimwear is constructed from the Premium blend of Nylon & Spandex and lined with Ultra-Smooth Nylon. Our styles are designed to not only fit and support the forces of a man, but crafted to accentuate and chisel the natural shape of the male body.

Our Sexy and Stylish Men’s swimsuits can be worn in and out of the water to accommodate your eventful vacations. HCSwimwear takes you from the beach to the boardwalks, from the pool parties to the yacht, and to some of the nation’s most popular summer destinations. HCS was created for confident men with a desire to have fun and be innovative.

Shop Our Spring/Summer 2012 and HCS Basics Collections Today!  Our 15% off Pre-Order Sale Ends April 14th, 2012 at Midnight.

For media inquiries/interview requests or vendor/sales opportunities please contact Melvin Browne –

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

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:

1. Buckler




2. Nicholas K




3. Lacoste




4. Perry Ellis




5. Yigal Azrouël




S/S 2011 Menswear Collection Report: Yves Saint Laurent

By Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Yves Saint Laurent
Designer: Stefani Pilati
Season: Spring/Summer 2011 


Stefano Pilati’s spring collection for Yves Saint Laurent had a feminine spirit to it that will fulfill the desires of the chicest young men, if they can afford it. Pilati seemed to have an obsession with the waist, but this was a healthy obsession you won’t read about in trash mags. Collared shirts, one with a printed panel in the front, had large bands similar to cummerbunds around the midriff, at times in a leopard print. In one instance, a leopard band emerged from underneath a collared shirt that cropped. These bands made their way onto long single-breasted jackets when they weren’t belted. A sleeveless jacket was belted and had a ruthlessly masculine feeling, which flowed seamlessly with the femininity throughout. Dotted prints and high waisted pleated shorts were memorable and helped to cement this collection as one of the strongest of the season. It takes a certain level of know-how to design these clothes, which Pilati has in spades, but also an equally clever attitude to wear them. That Stefano Pilati, he’s one clever guy.


S/S 2011 Menswear Collection Report: D&G

By Michael Kowalinski

Collection: D&G
Designers: Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana
Season: Spring/Summer 2011


Having just opened an exhibition celebrating twenty years of menswear, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce may be thinking of a mini vacation, or at the very least a few hours at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills. They are so hardworking they probably won’t, though their Spring collection for their secondary line, D&G, suggested their customer might. Green, red and black check collared shirts, shorts and sweaters were everywhere, followed by floral print shorts. A Hawaiian print and tanks paired with loose fitting khakis followed with the same easy, breezy feeling. A part of the show favored lighter and darker blues, in solid colors or in a print that looked as though it had been found underwater. As for the suits, they were loose or double-breasted in light blues, green, pink, and cream. A few of the looks featured sweaters draped around the neck, and perhaps this look could sum up the luxe message of the show. If the D&G label is representative of the good life, then it was on full display here.


S/S 2011 Menswear Collection Report: Alexander McQueen

By Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Alexander McQueen
Designer: Sarah Burton
Season: Spring Summer 2011
At the McQueen menswear show in Milan, Sarah Burton, the new creative director and, since 2000, the head of design for the womenswear, showed her first menswear collection for the house. Having worked with Alexander McQueen for fourteen years, she understood more than who he was as a designer but who he was as a person and she is continuing his legacy respectfully and seamlessly.
It was achingly cool but wearable, a dance between the very wearable and touch of madness that only the McQueen man will understand. Make no mistake; there were clothes here that any clever man would sport. If people talk about the past meeting the future too often, let them, because that is what this was, captured seemingly effortlessly. It was a fluid and masterful execution of jackets, either second skin suiting, belted washed black leather or loose long fitting coats. Grey pants with black insets on the outer leg, for example, or baggy striped pants worn with, say, a waistcoat or a tucked in, high collared shirt. A red and gold brocade coat was memorable, but a baggy black sweater with oversized neck hole with a crisp white shirt underneath was as chic and youthful as can be.
Thank you, Ms. Burton, for nurturing and continuing Lee’s spirit so well.

S/S 2011 Menswear Collection Report: Marni

By Michael Kowalinski

Collection: Marni
Designer: Consuelo Castiglioni
Season: Spring Summer 2011

Consuelo Castiglioni’s menswear collection for Marni felt youthful and very New York. Clearly, these were clothes for downtown. Cuffed denim and a backpack made us want to be sixteen again, but let us move into adulthood, as this collection did. “It had a sort of rigorousness that is new to Marni in sense,” said Marni stylist Lucinda Chambers of the Fall womenswear collection, but these words would be entirely appropriate here too. A cropped sweater or a long, loose collared shirt could be layered under hooded cropped jackets. Cropped pants were everywhere. The signature Marni graphics could be found in skinny ties, shorts and long shirts that were layered. Indeed, it was about layering in an extreme way, but there were as many ideas about the art of layering as there were layers in the looks.