OUR 16 FAVORITE PIECES FROM COMMUNE DE PARIS’ “LIBERTÉ GRANDE” COLLECTION
Commune de Paris just dropped their Fall/Winter 2014 clothing and accessories collection entitled “Liberté Grande.” From clean-cut Chinese collar shirts and all-over print coats to gradient stripe knits, we have to say we’re quite impressed. The color palette is an upgraded take on the now-standard oxblood and navy combo frequently used in fall collections — CdP take shades of beautiful purple, rose and light blue and blend them seamlessly with an assortment of black and gray. As always, they offer up a selection of covetable accessories, this time featuring the same floral-evoking explosion prints we see on their seasonal tops. Rich-looking knit scarves and leather bags round out the collection. More reasons for us to keep on eye on France. They are all available now online.
THE VINTAGE 1957 JAGUAR XK140 MC ROADSTER IS UP FOR SALE
More from vintage car heaven: The pristine Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster from 1957 is up for sale. The new and improved auto followed the already stellar XK120, which at the time was touted as the world’s fastest car. Fully restored, the rare beige auto has only 317 miles and is ready for a proper Sunday drive. If you’re interested, don’t sleep on this one, the drop-top is up for purchase for a cool $149,500 here.
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MASERATI CELEBRATES 100 YEARS IN BERGDORF GOODMAN MAGAZINE’S SEPTEMBER ISSUE
In commemoration of Maserati’s 100th anniversary, the iconic vehicle maker is teaming up with luxury retailer Bergdof Goodman to help diversify the editorial direction of the merchant’s Fall/Winter 2014 seasonal assortment.
This new partnership also marks Maserati’s continuing efforts to connect more with luxury fashion brands. The resulting editorial collaboration entitled “On Your Marque” features Bergdof’s fall assortment shot against the backdrop of Maserati’s Italian headquarters in Modena.
The 20-page editorial, shot by fashion photographer Arnaud Pyvka, focuses on the past and present of the Maserati brand. Among the highlights are peeks into Maserati’s private collection of vintage and modern vehicles including the 1953 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta, the 1969 Ghibli SS and the contemporary Quattroport and GranTurismo models, shot along with menswear pieces from statement brands like Thom Browne, Belstaff, Jil Sander,Margiela, Saint Laurent and many more.
If you are not already subscribed to the Bergdorf Goodman magazine, you can grab a copy for free at their locations, available now.
10 Style Tips To Help Refresh Your Wardrobe | @gabrielweil
10 Ways To Breathe Life Into Your Style
Bored with your own style? Need help breathing life into it? This article is not about what you need to buy, what you should ditch, or even about trends you’re probably too shy to embrace. Let’s work with what you already have in your wardrobe, shall we?
Today is all about polo shirts, chinos, jeans, that old tweed blazer – those items you wear every day, continually replace with more of the same when required, and have a really hard time letting go.
But, luckily, there’s no need part with them, replace them or rethink your choices if you don’t feel like it. We’re just encouraging you to look at these core pieces with fresh eyes and mix things up a bit.
We’ll show you how in ten easy steps…
1) Adopt A Blazer Over Virtually Anything
And we mean everything: jeans and a t-shirt, chinos and a shirt, shorts and a polo. It really doesn’t matter if you’re wearing trainers, your tee has seen better days or all your mates will be in hoodies.
That navy blazer you keep saving for special occasions will make a great new staple. Even when you think the occasion doesn’t call for a tailored jacket, it will instantly take your look up a notch in an effortless way. So long as your legwear is cut slim and fits you perfectly, you can’t really go wrong.
Give it a go when you hit the pub this Friday and let us know how it went.
2) Upgrade Your Cargos
Those new streamlined cargos you added to your wardrobe this year, which you’ve been wearing with a boring t-shirt and trainers to go shopping for groceries on a Sunday afternoon, may just be the perfect replacement for your chinos in smart-casual situations.
They’ll give you a new, refreshed casual Friday look and eliminate the dorky-factor from your go-to chinos and jumper getup. A nice woven belt, Oxford shirt and pair of brogues are the perfect accompaniments.
Make sure you adopt this change the next time you visit the supermarket too.
3) The Jumper Tie
They look great layered over a shirt/t-shirt, keep you warm when temperatures drop and finish off any good look. Of course, we’re talking about your trusty collection of jumpers. Yet rather than replace your existing versions, the change we want to make here is purely to the styling of them.
When faced with changeable or unpredictable weather conditions, which we’re likely to experience during the transition from summer to autumn, draping/tying your jumper around your shoulders/waist will help add a nonchalant, preppy touch to your casual attire.
this technique works with shorts, chinos, jeans and even cargos, which we’ve already recommended, and means you are always prepared for a sudden drop in temperature.
4) Trust Your Basic T-Shirts
The majority of us will often feel we need a collar, long sleeves or generally anything smarter than a t-shirt when getting dressed in the morning. Then we put on a shirt, and end up thinking we don’t look cool enough, especially for casual occasions.
Aside from a suit, men generally look their best when wearing a simple jeans and t-shirt combination. Classic, masculine and slightly rebellious, this go-to pairing has stood the test of time and been sported by everyone from James Dean and Marlon Brando to David Beckham and Alex Turner.
With this in mind, take your basic white or grey (black/navy also work) t-shirt, combine it with dark wash jeans and wear it to social occasions, on show. Make sure it fits you perfectly – sleeves should finish mid bicep, while the body should be cut slim through the torso and end a couple of inches below the waist – and you cannot go wrong.
To give the look a contemporary twist, try a pair of white jeans or layer it under a piece of outerwear – whether it’s a rugged leather biker, sharp mac or military pea coat – with nothing else.
5) Dress Up Your Jeans
We mean really dress them up, with a blazer, shirt and tie, fine brogues or even a dinner jacket. Wear them on a big night out or dress-down Friday in the office to stand out from the tailored chinos/trousers crowd.
This unexpected styling twist will break down any sense of stiffness you might be subconsciously sending out at the moment.
6) Dress Down Your Tailoring
At the other end of the spectrum, as the weather cools down, wearing your trusty summer suits with a roll neck jumper, long-sleeved Henley or v-neck cotton knit will stretch the wear you’ll get of them and open up a wealth of new styling opportunities.
This dressing down tip extends to swapping Derbies, Oxfords and monk-straps for loafers or minimal trainers, losing the belt, going tieless and even pushing up your sleeves.
7) The Classic Sweatshirt
Your new best friend. We don’t mean the oversized one you lounge around in at the weekend, but that well-fitted grey crew neck one, preferably with that ribbed triangle detail just under the collar.
Got it? It looks great worn with nothing underneath, paired with jeans, chinos or trousers. Think of it as a replacement for your casual shirt.
However, because it’s a rather warm piece, save this tip for autumn and make sure you don’t try it with a fleeced version, which will quickly become uncomfortable against your skin.
Bonus Tip: Layer your best coat over it as we progress into winter and finish with a charcoal/grey beanie.
8) Go Sockless
You might hear more conservative gents saying you look sloppy, but showing a bit of ankle skin before it gets too cold is a bold styling move.
It works with everything from selvedge jeans to tailoring, and should be done if your trousers are already slim-fitting with a minimal break (turn-ups on jeans also accepted).
Bonus Tip: This will call attention to your feet so, please, good shoes are mandatory. You will also want to invest in some invisible sock liners and talcum powder in order to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
9) Create Your Own Unique Layers
Yes, you already rock the tried and tested shirt and v-neck jumper combination, along with the aforementioned classic jeans and t-shirt pairing. But what about a canvas over shirt on top of a roll neck jumper, a denim jacket under your blazer/overcoat, or a leather jacket over your shirt and tie?
Make sure your attire has a surprise element in one of the layers – something that takes you to whatever the occasion is with a hint of rebellion and individuality. Again, it doesn’t hurt to be the odd one out whenever possible.
10) Accessorise. Freely.
Why not reinvent your look by offsetting the prim and proper styling? We’re sure your bright belt is dying to meet your grey flannel trousers, and that your canvas rucksack would love to go for a spin on the back of your smart double-breasted overcoat.
Try out some unexpected pairings and see what works for you:
Ways To Wear Monochrome: AW14 | @BethShearing
To quote Karl Lagerfeld: “Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means”. Through this simple but powerful sentence, the influential German designer has managed to sum up why the monochrome trend continues to appear on the runways, season after season. The fact that Lagerfeld is rarely seen wearing anything but only adds more substance to his claim.
The monochrome trend has a deep-rooted history in men’s fashion. Regency socialite Beau Brummell became one of the first proponents of the muted palette when he shunned the overtly opulent embroidered ensembles of the Georgian era in favour of sharply tailored two-tone separates.
In fact, Brummell’s decision proved to be so iconic that it effectively redefined the way the world viewed how men should dress for a formal occasion. And his influence is still apparent to this day, as black and white remain staples in every man’s tailoring collection.
But whereas these two contrasting shades were only associated with formal occasions in the 17th and 18th century, the modern gent has the option of creating outfits for both smart and casual occasions. Designers sent models down the AW14 runways wearing monochrome in a variety of different ways, with some opting for clean blocks of solid colour, while others utilised striking printed pieces.
Today, FashionBeans aims to demonstrate how monochrome is one of the most wearable trends for the colder months. We’ll show you how to incorporate black and white pieces into your AW14 wardrobe for both formal and casual events, whether you want to stick to more traditional looks or make a strong style statement by pattern mixing…
Each time you’re handed an invite to a formal bash – be it a work Christmas party, winter wedding or fundraising charity ball – it’s likely that the first thought that will cross your mind is whether your tuxedo and dress shirt have been dry-cleaned.
We don’t blame you. Popular culture has been subconsciously leading us to believe that this should be the go-to outfit for these kind of events for as long as we can remember. Look at it this way, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have all kept the same uniform as James Bond even though they’ve played the dapper spy in different decades.
We’d be lying if we said a simple two-piece isn’t a style winner, but there are a number of ways you can bring a contemporary twist to your favourite suit. Bored of always buying all-black evening wear? Look to mix things up with a white jacket and dark trousers. This vivid contrast will help make an effortless statement in a refined and appropriate way.
Agnes B updated their tux at Paris Fashion Week AW14 by teaming it with on-trend pointed black lace-ups, which are perfect for the classicists in our midst. Elsewhere, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga took a more practical approach by combining their sharp black tailoring with rugged worker boots and sleeker Chelsea styles, respectively.
If you’re looking for something different, the more adventurous individuals among you should take inspiration from Daniele Alessandrini by working shoes featuring a subtle flash of print into your formal ensembles this year.
In what looks set to develop into major trend, Dior Homme, E.Tautz and Givenchy were just some of the other high-end designer advocates of monochrome patterned and block-coloured footwear for AW14:
It wasn’t all just monochrome separates and suiting for AW14. The likes of Ami, Casely-Hayford, Canali and Alexander McQueen showcased a selection of sharp black outerwear, which incorporated everything from tonal prints to contrast white detailing.
Check out our recent guide to picking the right coat if you’re looking for suggestions on the perfect silhouette to add to your wardrobe this year.
If you don’t fancy splashing out on a new coat and shoes, an easy way make a black suit or tux stand out is to invest in traditional formal accessories.
For example, a black and white bow-tie in a polka dot, paisley or moody floral print will add a touch of character to any evening ensemble. Other accessories that allow room for an individual flourish include lightweight silk scarves and pocket squares.
If attention to detail is your thing, continue the monochrome theme right down to your cuff links – Paul Smith, Duchamp, T.M.Lewin and Thomas Pink all do an excellent range.
A more relaxed approach to the monochrome trend was seen in countless AW14 collections, demonstrating that there are a number of ways black and white can be matched together to create laid-back outfits.
Providing style-conscious men with an example of how a pared-down palette can be rocked at the weekend was Tillmann Lauterbach, who dressed models in round-necked varsity jackets and soft sweatpants in his AW14 showcase.
By doing this, the designer – who crafts pieces at his atelier in the French capital – also resurrected SS14′s love of vintage Americana.
For other days when you can’t face unforgiving fabrics, follow Cedric Jacquemyn’s lead by throwing a slouchy black sweater over a white oversized tee and finish with slim-fit jeans and plain trainers. Minimal effort – and cost – is required for this approach as it’s likely you’ll already have similar garments buried somewhere at the back of your wardrobe.
Ready to really make a statement during your down time? Choose printed fabrics. Whether you work a zip-up jacket decorated with inverted ‘V’ shapes like Kris Van Assche, or don DKNY and Agi & Sam-style geometrics, the monochrome trend offers the perfect chance for individual expression.
If you’re feeling particularly bold, mix in a multitude of patterns like D.Gnak and Haider Ackermann:
Obviously there’ll be times when you’re faced with social arrangements that don’t permit these kind of looks. Ami offered night out and date-appropriate options by teaming a black and white plaid shirt with a knee-length duffle and dark denim jeans.
Elsewhere, Louis Vuitton and Emporio Armani went down a similar route by contrasting heavy white jumpers and roll necks with black trousers/jeans:
Black and white is a subtle yet striking combination that will never go out of fashion. Practical, sharp and versatile, it’s a palette that oozes sophistication, can be dressed up or down for the occasion and looks great on any man.
With monochrome ensembles set to become a key look for the coming autumn/winter season, now’s the time to experiment with the items you already own, as well as consider adding a couple of key pieces to your wardrobe to help give it an instant refresh.
But now we want to hear from you, the readers. Are you a fan of black and white colour palettes? Or do you feel they look too cold and stark? Maybe you feel these type of ensembles would benefit from a shot of colour?