Trends in Rome

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I’ve been in Rome on a convention for the past few days and I think I found my dream city. There are historical monuments all around and beautiful buildings in every street. It hardly came as a surprise that there was a strong fashion sense everywhere. The architecture and the layout of the city serves as an inspiration for classy dressing and makes a beautiful background.

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One of the most evident trends in this city are the weaved leather sandals. Many of the tourist as well as the locals are wearing them even during the night. These come in many styles, from close weaved that look more like shoes, to sandal like.

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The tailored shorts suit is another example of the influence of Rome in fashion. With the weather being so hot, dressing in a full suit during the day can be really inconvenient. Wearing a tailored shorts lets your skin breath without having a negative effect on your style. Choosing a different coloured blazer will add a lighter, casual cent to your outfit.

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Via de Condotti is a busy and fashionable street of Rome. Being near the Spanish steps, the street is visited by large numbers of tourists. It begins at the foot of the Spanish steps and is named after conduits or channels which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa. Today, it is the street which contains the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion retailers, equivalent to Milan’s Via Montenapoleone, Paris’ Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Florence’s Via de’ Tornabuoni or London’s Bond Street. Via Condotti is a center of fashion shopping in Rome, dating to the atelier of Bulgari which opened in 1905. In addition to Valentino, other designers such as Armani, Hermès, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo have stores on Via Condotti. Others, such as Laura Biagiotti, have their offices there.

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Last but not least, I really enjoyed the Palazzo del Quirinale guards’ uniform, as well as the rest of the polizia’s outfits. They are really stylish without being exaggerated at all.

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Article by Panos Pappas.

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Desert Boot Guide

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Regardless of whether you know what you’re talking about or not, it should be drilled into you that your shoes are arguably THE most important part of your wardrobe. You wear them everyday, they protect your feet from all sorts of nasties and they make a big statement about your image and your personality. They should be one of the first things on your list.

For both the initiated and uninitiated the desert boot is the prefect choice. To use a much overused cliché, they’re so easy to dress up and down, looking just as good with a plain tee as a button down and tie. The soft lines and material means they blend seamlessly within a variety of outfits and the choice of colours offers a huge amount of choice.

I would suggest desert boots to anyone in a heartbeat. They have history and they are a timeless classic that will never, and I mean never, go out of fashion; they are above trends and ‘the next big thing’ and they should definitely be a consideration for your wardrobe.

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The Origin of Dessert Boots
During the Second World War, Officers of the British Eighth Army stationed in Egypt took to wearing, in their off-duty hours, simple, comfortable, roughly-fashioned crepe-soled suede boots handmade in Cairo’s Old Bazaar. The straightforward, lightweight design of these boots, partly inspired by Indian chupple sandals and Dutch Voortrekker boots, captured the imagination of Nathan Clark, of the famous Somerset family of shoe manufacturers, when he encountered them while on military service in Burma in the late 1940s.
As soon as he could, Clark set about producing his own version for public consumption. Another possible influence may have been the Chukka boot, popular at the time, whose appearance was not dissimilar.
Early samples failed to generate much interest. But then the Chicago Shoe fair of 1950 saw the US launch of the Clarks Desert Boot in that classically clean, two-eyelet form which has lasted unchanged to this day. The new boot went down well. During these immediate postwar years, when casual footwear was still a relatively novel concept, the informality of the desert boot, akin to that of Levis jeans or the Converse sneaker, held a distinct appeal for several of the decade’s emerging youth subcultures. The French, Italians and Japanese all came to love their Clarks lace-ups.

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Light coloured suede desert boots look fantastic with dark denim, the two tones playing off each other perfectly. Keep the jeans slimmer and you create a refined silhouette which avoids swamping the shoes. Above all, keep things simple. You won’t ever go wrong with a simple but well considered outfit. Basic colours, a good mix of textures and the proper fit will make more difference than plastering yourself in all the bells and whistles.

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One downside to the traditional desert boot is the material; suede isn’t particularly fond of water, snow, ice, dirt or pretty much anything that isn’t sun and dry weather (which it still isn’t particularly fond of, as sun makes suede colour fade), so they aren’t necessarily the perfect choice for winter. The answer is to invest in a leather version.
Should your style be of a more formal disposition, your desert boots will work great with a pair of tailored trousers.

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Coloured chinos are a great addition to any wardrobe, stick to autumnal colours like greens, reds and duskier yellows and you’ll find them to be surprisingly versatile. Just the thing to add a shot of colour to any outfit.
Our weather can still be a bit inconsistent so wearing a jacket rather than a coat could well keep you from sweating your innards away. Throw on a denim jacket over a simple tee and you’ve got yourself a good base to work from; layer up with an over shirt or some fine knitwear.
One thing to remember when you’re choosing your desert boots is that different colours can be just as versatile as brown, so try a navy or a green for something a little different.

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Original article by Will Colman here.

Tips for the Spring/Summer 2013

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This spring/summer is definitely one to get excited about. We’ve had the summer of prints and bold colours, and while they were great fun at the time, this summer is all about taking what we’ve learnt from past experiences and refining it.

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Men’s style is really advocating the sensibility that less is much, so this season your mind should be on smaller, more subtle patterns and simple colour combinations that help to communicate your own confidence and natural sense of style. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear what you wore last year, you just need to be more considered when putting a look together.

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1. Old Jacket, New Fit
It seems like every designer is reaching into the past and bringing all kinds of traditional patterns and fabrics back into the modern day, complete with quality cuts and silhouettes.
This is especially apparent in blazers and sport jackets, which are set to prominently feature classic check patterns this spring/summer. Whether you opt for Glen plaid, houndstooth or gingham, look to pick one up in summer appropriate fabrics like madras, linen or cotton blends so when layered over an Oxford cloth shirt, you’ll barely even know it’s there.

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2. The Panama Hat
I mentioned this hat last year when we were covering the comings and goings of Pitti Uomo, and it seems to have done nothing but gather speed.
Forget those black, grey or navy fedoras with stingy brims – the man with the whitest widest brim wins this year.

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3. Colour Me Pastel
This is a really simple upgrade and it can do wonders for all of your looks once the sun begins to shine.Invest in pastel (or chalk-like) colours, they work great for nearly every guy once they’ve got a little bit of colour themselves and can be integrated seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Think pinks, greens, purples and yellows and always make sure to pair them with more neutral pieces to give your look balance and help ground the bolder hue.

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4. Floral Accessories
Yes, I know I said that this spring/summer would be all about keeping things simple – but you should always own accessories that help bring your look to life.
This time, rather than trying to integrate wild patterns into your look, opt for a floral accessory such as a tie, scarf or pocket square. The pattern is subtle, simple and sophisticated and works well with any outfit you build, be it a full suit or simple jeans and t-shirt combination.
Don’t be afraid to invest in florals, it’s just about the only pattern that guys haven’t worn regularly yet.

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5. Check Your Contents
When the weather picks up it’s easy to think that your only options are shorts and polo shirts, day and night. But you’re just plain wrong. With so many pieces being made out of lightweight, breathable materials such as linen, whipcord and tropical wools there’s no reason that you can’t wear a blazer during the day and layer up at night.
It’s just a matter of layering with intelligence as well as style. Try a navy linen blazer with peak lapels for a jacket that can be worn no matter the occasion or weather.

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Original article by Matt Allinson here.

Eyewear Spring/Summer 2013

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Comfort, fit and durability rank high with men when it comes to choosing their eyeglasses. While men are concerned with style, they won’t forsake comfort and fit just to look good. Men have their own tastes, but it may be a wife, girlfriend or significant other who will influence the final style or color of the frame. Lets try to change this by giving away some tips and trends for the next season.

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Nerdy is in. And it is more than evident from the shape trends that are being predicted for eyeglass frames this year. Panto (round) frames are ruling the roost. Regardless of whether you are looking to buy optical frames or sunglasses, this is the trend to pick. Fascinated by everything retro? Oversized accessories have been popular for a while now. A super-crazy trend that was seen in most runway shows was protective eyewear. Whether or not it makes an actual transition to the streets remains to be seen.

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Zachary Quinto being the King of retro in the TV series “American Horror Story”

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Terra Moderna: Specs and shades in this trend have a retro, handcrafted feel, with artisanal touches like leather piecing, weaving, perforations and topstitching. Be on the lookout for materials such as luxe plastics, straw, burnished brass and wood, which all add to a rustic appearance.

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The Ray Ban ClubMaster brings the hottest eyewear style for 2013. In addition to new and modern colors to the market, such as green, red and yellow. The model was launched in the 80s, precisely in 1986, and was inspired by a piece used by Malcolm X in the 50′s, thus becoming a reference in attitude. The Ray-Ban ClubMaster model has became famous for being the hallmark of Mr. Ripley film The Talented Mr. Ripley, besides being the darling of the rock world. Turned counter-culture reference, intellectuals and civil rights leaders, and in recent years has been gaining the fashion world and the streets as an indispensable accessory of personality and style.

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The successful lunch of the new optical collection from MYKITA has become the next level of the industry. This line was created especially for sport lovers, for use in sports. As you can see that all frames are created as sportswear and fashion accessories, as well.

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Do you believe that fashion goes round? The new round shaped frame collection from Marc Jacobs has become the retro chic heritage during the Summer 2013 season. Fans of the 50′s and 60 years and fashionistas, аs well, will be fallen in love with these new Marc Jacobs sunglasses 2013.

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Japanese eyewear label Tana-Gokoro has just released a collaborative effort with fellow Japanese brand hobo in the form of a celluloid fiber-based optical frame. The thin classically-styled frames feature simple silver ornamentation near the bridge and temples for a professorial look.

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New styles from the Thom Browne by Dita Eyewear Collection were introduced for Holiday 2012. The collection sees the reintroduction of both the Wellington and Round frame styles, as well as new color/lens combinations unique to this season. Particularly appealing is the barely-noticeable Thom Browne signature tri-color stripe on the arms.

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Hyde’s Spectacles is yet another Swedish brand that has caught our eye with their upcoming collection. Established in 2010, Hyde’s pride themselves as purveyors of old school craftsmanship. In some ways, we can look to Hyde’s as small run producers, as all of their products are crafted by hand and made in limited numbers. As with all of their previous collections, no Hyde’s logo is found on their products based on their belief that the spectacles should “belong solely to an owner’s personality.”

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Sources: framegeek and buzzle

10 Fashion Lessons We Can Learn From Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a fashion success story. From an awkward teenage alien (“3rd Rock from the Sun”) to a love-struck young professional (“500 Days of Summer”) to a suave dream agent (“Inception”) and beyond, he’s managed to pack a lot of variety into his career. Through his many adult transformations, he’s retained a distinctive but unconscious sophistication, even when he’s after a laugh. His cool and sometimes quirky choices make you want to see what he’ll come up with next, and he seldom disappoints. Men want to look like him, and women want to learn his secret so they can inject some sass and shrewd fashion sense into their man’s wardrobe.

Below, we’ll explore 10 ways Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes fashion his own. His misses are minor, and his hits are dead on.

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10: Don’t Super Size
Men can look super stylish when they learn one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s basic but important secrets: Find the right size for your body style and insist on a good fit. Visit a tailor or grab a measuring tape and get the facts straight. Oversizing shirts and pants to conceal flaws like narrow shoulders or love handles doesn’t fool anyone. You’ll just end up looking sloppy. Good tailoring makes the man.

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9: Mix It Up
Joseph has mastered the knack of mixing patterns and colors to create a finished look. There are a couple of tricks to making checks, plaids, prints and solids work together. Here it is: If you’re using multiple patterns, keep the scale, the overall size of the designs, similar. If you are using color to make a statement, go ahead and match or contrast pieces, but take care that the elements you choose share something in common like value (lightness and darkness) or color family (their proximity on the color wheel).

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8: Find a Great Haircut
During his early years, his hair may have looked a little long and messy. We’ll even concede that a center part may not be his best look, but Joseph definitely has the hair thing down now. Whether it’s a little longer, wavy and tousled (and very touchable) or cut close to his head, his hair styles complement his expressive features, balance his jawline and ears, and contribute to his classic profile. Hair trends change from season to season, so being flexible is a good idea, but your hair should suit your face. The next time you have your hair styled, ask for some professional suggestions instead of going with the same old thing.

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7: Experiment
Joseph has a definable look most of the time. It’s tailored, often layered and always coordinated. That doesn’t happen by accident. He’s discovered that vests, V-neck sweaters, jackets with narrow lapels and pants with an impeccable drape and break in front really work well for him.
Experiment with your style until you have a good sense of what works for you, too. After that, add a couple of new, trendy items that speak to your strengths every season as fashions change. That way, you’ll have a flattering wardrobe and still keep everything fresh.

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6: Good Grooming Matters
For his role in “Hesher,” Joseph underwent a pretty astonishing transformation. Wearing a scruffy beard and long, stringy hair, he looked thin, dirty and uncharacteristically unkempt. As a social misfit, he put in an effective performance, but we can also look at his portrayal another way. It’s a cautionary example of the value of good grooming. There’s no doubt that fashion works from the skin out. Keep your hair trimmed, your teeth white and your nails short. Oh, and get clean and stay that way. If your date can smell you coming, it won’t matter much what you’re wearing.

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5: Stand Up Straight
Coming in at around 5 feet, 9.5 inches tall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is average height. He makes the most of his inches by adopting perfect posture, though. Watch the way he moves, stands and sits. His back is military straight and his shoulders are pulled back. You can often see a slightly upward tilt to his chin that helps create a straight, clean jawline, too. If you want to look good when you’re out and about, don’t slouch — stand up straight. This is one secret of good dressing you just can’t buy.

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4: Buy the Right Jeans
We love him in a suit, but Joseph looks his most relaxed and approachable in a pair of straight leg jeans. Although he has a lean frame that really shows well in jeans, the lesson here is that the right jeans can be your go-to garment for a great look day or night. Avoid baggy styles, and go for a straighter leg if you want to add a little height. Jeans paired with a jacket, vest, sweater or hoodie can look and feel spectacular.

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3: Invest in a Good Suit
As Arthur in “Inception,” Joseph’s slicked-back hair, immaculately tailored wardrobe and economy of movement help create an aura of mystery and danger. In his off-camera suit choices, he’s inclined to go with a little less flash but is careful about selecting suits that fit his narrow frame well, especially at the shoulders and cuffs. This is another instance where a quality garment and careful tailoring can be your best friends.

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2: Pay Attention to Detail
You’ll notice that the overall look Joseph goes for is usually so well integrated you don’t flash on any one element. You don’t think, “Hey, great shades.” or “Wow, I love that sweater.” It all looks right — together. The result: You see Joseph Gordon-Levitt front and center. He’s full of personality and kinetic energy, and his clothes create the right backdrop for his crooked grin and soulful stare. Take a look at his tie widths and shirt collars. You won’t find unsightly gaps, and the separate layers combine expertly. Good dressing is about getting the details right.

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1: Get Comfortable in Your Skin
Actors learn how to move well, but even in repose, Joseph just seems to look comfortable in his clothes. That confidence adds another level to his ability to wear fashion well. He’s careful to choose the right clothes, sure, but once he’s dressed, there’s no mistaking the fact that he’s in charge. He probably wasn’t born exuding casual grace, though. Coming to terms with fashion as a form of personal expression is a process. At some point, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — chic geek and snappy dresser — decided that style was a tool he could use to his advantage, and one he could also relax and enjoy.

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Original article by Sara Elliott here.