The Clothes Make the Man
by The Fashion Cult
On several occasions men have asked me, “what about us?” This, because all of my fashion endeavors (editorial, retail, styling) have so far focused on women. While the reasons for that are obvious, I do think it’s true that I should, on occasion, turn my professional attention toward the firmer sex. Afterall, I do have an awful weakness for well-dressed men.
There are plenty of fashion choices (and non-choices) that I find somewhat unappealing on men. However, there is one style sin that I absolutely cannot abide. The ultimate deal breaker: the white tee. Left to me, no male person over the age of 12 would ever leave his home “dressed” in an oversized white tee shirt. Men over 25? NO WAY!
So imagine my utter horror when I viewed this photo of Damon Dash:
The worst of it is that Dash wore this to a CFDA party. For those of you that don’t know, CFDA stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America (the 35-year old, wealthy music mogul’s wife is designer, Rachel Roy). What a disgrace.
It’s not as though it was a formal affair. To be sure, it was casual. But look how a few other party-goers showed that they gave a damn.
Actor, Daniel Silver on the left
Whitledge and Halmos of Trovata
Need some inspiration? Here’s some of what I loved for men in the Fall 2006 lines
Notice the close tailoring, doublebreasted jackets, stripes and plaids, and the wonderful man bags. However,
this man bag seem a bit too close to purse; and
this tailoring is too close. Let’s not forget: I wear the panties around here fellas.
Burberry is sharp, but Dolce & Gabbana is damn sexy.
Swap the pale model for Lenny Kravitz and I’m in love.
More goodies from Bottega Veneta,
and I couldn’t leave out Emporio Armani
So very ve
ry 80s, don’t you think?
Of course, runway style is rather extreme for most. Check these real-life takes and this fall’s fashion.
Tags: Fall runway, fashion, Dolce & Gabbana, Varvatos, Burberry
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Ch-yeah! It’s about time… just playin’.
Man, I really love this falls upcoming selection. I’m going to try to stay as close to these styles as possible… but working at Abercrombie doesn’t really allow that.
And do you know of any designers that cater to the tall and skinny? I’m 6’2” and its really hard to find a jacket to fit right like the rest of those men in those pics. My damn arms are too long.
I HEART FASHION!!!!
“designers that cater to the tall and skinny” are you kidding me? you’re a designer’s dream!
on an average person’s budget Dolce & Gabbana isn’t all that practical. But you can get a similar effect when you buy jacket’s that fit your shoulder’s and arms and have them tailored. If you don’t already use a tailor go find one. you’d be surprised what a good value it is.
Learn to love thrift stores and resale shops. Look for quality fabrics and solid construction, then use the money you save at the tailor. Afterall, when it looks sharp, it doesn’t matter what’s on the label.
Actually, I know a guy that could tailor my clothing. Some older black dude that went to FIT that I worked with and lives in Harlem. In fact, he designs his own clothing and others… I should go to him when I move back to BK… he was a really good dude.
I thought that the designer’s dream guy was like a 40 slim… I’m like a 42. Boo.
And with all the damn thrift shops in NYC I can’t even find one to go to. Need to get on my grind.
And how could I forget to comment on the white tshirt non-sense?!?
Around the house, hood, and that’s about it one could knock it around. But not to serious social functions.
Is it me or do some men do not know how to dress? The oversized suits, the baggy jeans with blazers, the wild colors that are supposed to be inspired by Kanye West, all are just horrible. Boo.
Damon Dash is a hot mess! The outfit just personifies his ridic personality. How can Rachel put up with him. I mean REALLY!