Archive for January, 2009

16
Jan
09

Does Music Influence Style??

As a generation fully indulged in pop culture and the music era, the question arises, “Does music influence style?” If you’re an avid listener to hip-hop does that mean you wear baggy jeans and graphic tees with high-top Jordans, or if you listen to alternative rock that you wear skinny jeans and military jackets with a five year old pair of Chuck Taylors?? We all know that the artists of the said music genres follow these stereotypes for the most part but do we as a people?? I personally believe that we do.

From day to day I see a number of college students walking around with iPods and other mp3 players singing along to songs of their choice. Guys with “baggier” pants and Polo shirts are usually listening to the Kanye’s, Weezy’s and maybe even the Common’s, while girls with tight jeans, name brands such as Baby Phat, Dereon and Apple Bottom with thick weaves bump their Keyshia Cole’s, Beyonce’s and Trey Songz. Then you have guys like me that wear fitting to slightly tighter jeans, button downs and sweaters, funky jackets and hoodies, designer accessories, sneakers or sometimes dress shoes, that listen to a variety of artists from Ryan Leslie to Feist, Gucci Mane to Adele and Keri Hilson to Elbow (Great Indie Group). There are even the chicks that wear five inch heels, designer jeans, designer bags, bohemian blouses with natural hairstyles, listening to the Lauryn Hill’s, Jill Scott’s and Raphael Saadiq’s. If you don’t believe me go check for yourself!!! Better yet, let me know how you feel. Drop a comment with your opinion.

CoutureSteez Out!!!

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15
Jan
09

Are Malia and Sasha the New Fashion Icons??

Daughters of President-Elect Barack Obama have become the new “It” factor for young girls across the nation in the fashion game. Parents of any young girl are racing to get anything slightly resembling fashions worn by the girls to many of the high society events. Gerson & Gerson, the makers of Sasha’s black velvet dress on election night, informed the New York Post that they’ve sold hundreds since then. The once “crystal pleat social dress” is now labeled the “Sasha” after the 7-year-old fashion icon. She even gave Bloomingdale’s a economic boost with her first day of school  hoodie, which is now sold out. Even Kelly Ripa’s daughter wants to dress like the fashionable duo as she stated earlier this week. Their style is very simple, yet very appreciated and I’m glad that they’re getting such raves. Good Job Girls!!!

CoutureSteez Out!!!

12
Jan
09

TOPMAN.

TOPMAN has become one of my favorite online sites for shopping. Mostly because they’re very discreet here in the U.S. so I don’t have to worry about someone owning the same shirt as me next door. I also love the fact that they have tailored suits because I hate those “Steve Harvey” fitting suits. Every bi-season they have a “latest trend”  and this season it’s a romantic yet utilitarian look. Incorporating unstructured knits, army “left-overs” and gym clothes, look out for knitted cottons, stone washed jeans and tons of jersey and sweats.

In the video, the trend celebrates the coming together of two great countries after the bringing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Check it out!!!

CoutureSteez Out!!!

12
Jan
09

2009 Golden Globe Awards

This year’s Golden Globe Awards were pretty mediocre when it came to fashion. Although when someone was on, they were ON. Here are a few of the “Best Dressed” of the night.

Kate Beckinsale looked fairly, flawless in her form fitting beige J.Mendel “mermaid” gown.

Kate Beckinsale

Tom Cruise stole the scene with a subtle, but stylish black tuxedo. The fit was exquisite.

Tom Cruise

Another Red Carpet Cutie was the soulful, yet “Diva-licious” Beyonce Knowles. In an Elie Saab bust-busting original, it was good that Beyonce brought along husband, Jay-Z, or she may have went home with me!!!

Beyonce Cece'

    This trio is a total knockout when it comes to the fashion game. The Jonas Brothers are young, debonair and the epitome of stylish. The kind of guys that I would keep in my company. Their appearance at the Golden Globes was so appreciated that they’re ALL over flickr when you type in 2009 Golden Globe Awards. Check it out for yourself.

    Jonas Brothers

    Last, but CERTAINLY not least, is the illustrious Eva Longoria. As the Best Dressed of the night, Eva wore a lucious red Reem Acra nightgown, letting everyone know that it’s never wrong to be “extra.” Kudos Eva, and congrats to everyone that made my list.

    Eva Longoria

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    10
    Jan
    09

    Fashion Tips for the Guys

    Hello there guys. I know that we don’t usually get catered to when it comes to fashion but I’m here to give a few tips for the upcoming seasons. Spring and Summer are approaching it’s almost time to begin buying a new wardrobe. From shorts to bright colors to shoes that keep your feet cool, here are a few tips on what to buy.

    DSquared2 Shorts
    Shorts are a must have in a warm climate. But long, baggy shorts are no longer acceptable. The designers of DSquared2 captured this ideal best in their recent Spring 2009 runway show. Shorts ranging from just above the knee to about mid-thigh give a great look, fit and are just the right size to keep you cool. I know some of us are a little insecure about “showing leg” but i assure you you’ll be making the right decision.

    Blue

    Bright colors are the making of a Spring/Summer wardrobe, and the color blue is this years hottest hue. You can’t go this Spring or Summer without some blue of your own. Whether it be clothes, accesories or even shoes, you HAVE to emerge yourself in this “blue lifestyle.” And don’t give me the excuse of  “I can’t find anything I’d wear in that color,” because EVERY designer has incorporated some blue into their line this season. Especially Heritage 1981, the branch off of Forever 21. If you don’t have it in your local malls just check it out online, they even have size charts making your experience easier.

    Shoes

    So, I was thinking, can we get on our “grown man” this year guys. Not too many more pairs of sneakers or those over worn Spurry’s will keep us in the fashion game. I like the idea of a nice pair of moccasins or some REAL loafers. That would be nice. Another fashion DON’T is anything that shows a man’s feet outside of his home, i.e. NO SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS, just not a good look. Save the “I have pretty feet story,” because women don’t care if you go for a weekly pedicure, they’d just rather not see that, ya know?? Check out Saks for your shoe collection this year.

    With Spring and Summer also comes time for all your fun accersories like sunglasses, caps, jewelry and even fresh frangrances. Feel free to mix and match the best accesories, in colors such as blue, yellow, red and orange but be sure not to mask your outfit.

    CoutureSteez Out!!!

    10
    Jan
    09

    MESH.

    Check out MESH for a ride on the artistic side of life. From music to art to daily news, there is just about everything for the soul. There are even some new pictures up from a recent photoshoot of me. Check it out.

    CoutureSteez Out!!!

    09
    Jan
    09

    Will There Be a Sixth Season of Project Runway??

    Project Runway

    There is currently a legal battle keeping Project Runway off the air. Last April, Lifetime announced that the producers of the show signed to switch networks. NBC, Bravo’s parent company, filed a suit in New York’s Supreme Court. However, Tim Gunn, the show’s vibrant fashionisto, assures the press that they’re still filming. He even claims to be making visits to the finalists’ homes in the coming weekend. The final test is scheduled for taping during NYC’s fashion week on February 20. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!!!

    CoutureSteez Out!!!




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