The beautiful kitsch of Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2017 Menswear

I’ve been a lifelong fan of Dolce & Gabbana… my folks dressed me in it as a child and it’s among the first labels I remember buying when I started shopping for myself. Their clothes all fit so well and last forever, the excess of embellishment juxtaposing clean, modern silhouettes is exactly my taste and, well, their ad’s are always on point. Furthermore, as a lover of the type of romanticized history the brand bases it’s designs on, I don’t think I’m going to be jumping ship anytime soon.

Following several seasons of in-depth explorations of traditional Italian themes, the Fall 2017 “The New Princes” collection was a slightly more toned down continuation of their recent offerings. Featuring fall’s darker colours, beautifully crafted embellishment and a level of comical kitsch that was on the verge of being too much- but wasn’t. With over 100 looks covering everything from formal, lounge and sportswear to stuffed animal backpacks and embroidered heraldic beasts, there was something for every taste. It was a playful offering, sure to bring out the child in any man.

The overwhelming media attention has focused on the show’s models- superstar millennials Cameron Dallas, Tinie Tempah, Chen Xue Dong, the Stallone sisters, Sofia Richie and others walked among a sprinkling of actual (super)models Lucky Blue Smith, Oliver Cheshire, Aurelien Muller and the like, but for me, the clothes stole the show. True- a good model is entertaining and a star like Naomi Campbell can leave a viewer awestruck, but I look at runway shows so I can see what I want to buy. So, that’s what we’ll be focusing on here.

First of all, I love the embellished metallic suits and coats. The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria fall 2015 show premiered a literal suit of gold that closed the show in every sense, but this season’s less embellished versions were no less showstopping. The gold, blue and black jacquard suit worn by Tinie Tempah, a gold and red patterned three piece and another in black velvet covered with small golden crowns were my favourites, but really, I like them all. A beautifully tailored gold and black overcoat shown over pinstriped pants and red velvet slippers was another favourite, as was a bronze, gold and black Asian-inspired paisley patterned suit. Yes, they’re not really for regular wear, but I’d definitely wear them to all sorts of parties and club nights as shown, or with other clothing.

Even the darkest non-glittery suits and outerwear were cut of uber luxurious fabrics and were so well tailored that they definitely deserve mention- Cameron Dallas’ show opening deep purple and black number, another of black embriodery, Lucky Blue’s heavy wool coat and all of the looks sent out for the show’s final walk.

Embellished sweaters were another highlight and were definitely where a lot of the show’s kitsch showed up. All manner of snarling beast, heraldic symbols, skeletons, crowned cartoon faces, a ferocious bear sweater with one furry arm and more strutted down the catwalk in Milan. To many, it’s a lot. To me- perfect! I love all the early Renaissance looking animals, Barberini gold bees and endless crowns. Even the pop art caricatures of Domenico and Stefano that were added to a button down jacket were great. True, the stuffed toy looking backpacks and hoodie were too much- and you won’t see them here, but I didn’t mind them on the runway. Though this is coming from someone with closets full of just as kitsch-y clothes, I think Dolce & Gabbana straddled the playful line perfectly.

Printed polo and silk shirts and black ruffle-fronted shirts were also outstanding and beautifully carried the Renaissance theme. The ruffled shirts were mostly shown with embellished suits and somehow didn’t at all seem out of place.

Then there were some pieces that didn’t really fit in, but I very much liked. First was a camel coat that was beautifully tailored and had a pair of embroidered knights in a square off on the chest. The length and fit on this are exceptional. Then there was a beautiful gold edged, oversized black wool tunic that has an intricate coat of arms on the front and wine red quilted lining that I will DEFINITELY be getting. It was shown over a red velvet hoodie with grey pants and looked extremely comfortable. Finally the brilliant yellow blazer and brocade, lion embroidered bomber jacket stood out among the darker shades of the rest of the collection and were definite high points. As were the pants with armor shaped fabric additions at the ankle that were shown in many colours and fabrics throughout the lineup.

Finally, you can’t talk about Dolce & Gabbana and not mention the shoes and accessories. Let’s just say I like all. Shoe wise, the label’s coveted velvet slippers were in full force and were all beautifully detailed, but the simplest boots and formal shoes were just as good. I wish they had sent a good pair of slim toe-d oxfords down the runway because I’m not a fan of boxy, rounded shoes, but even these were of obviously excellent quality. The jewelry and bags shown (minus the animal ones) were great too, and of special note was the style and number of slim bowties that appeared.

Style wise, multiple signet rings and layers of chains turned the models into modern princes and are very easy additions that bring that catwalk style into your personal wardrobe. I’ve been rocking exactly that look for years, but I think I’m going to add a few more. Dolce & Gabbana is all about that lux, so head to toe, the models exuded wealth and a certain polished joie de vivre.

It was great.

Image credits: cover photo- Dolce & Gabbana’s official Instagram page, all others via Vogue.com

My best,

Estevan

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Opening day at Florence's Pitti Uomo was stolen by this dapper gentleman and his Vogue-worthy pose game.  That's the attitude you have to have when you're popping your coat collar! Image - wmagazine.com

Day two at Florence’s Pitti Uomo was stolen by this dapper gentleman and his Vogue-worthy pose game. That’s the attitude you have to have when you’re popping your coat collar!
Image – wmagazine.com

Hi all!

It’s been a while! I hope you all had amazing holiday’s and a stylish New Year. The world at large might be a crazy place right now, but at least the fashion world is steaming ahead ever so stylishly. On that not then, it seems fitting that 2017’s inaugural Sidewalk Saunter is about the stylish peacocks posing their way through the streets of Florence for Pitti Uomo 2017.

Three very good and easily translatable looks any man can try. That middle gent is especially dapper in his camel coat and scarf. Image - wmagazine.com

Three very good and easily translatable looks any man can try. That middle gent is especially dapper in his camel coat and scarf.
Image – wmagazine.com

A great combination of earth tones in these pieces , but I really like that as good as they work together, each can hold it's own individually in other looks. That thick grey coat is really something too! Image - wmagazine.com

A great combination of earth tones in these pieces , but I really like that as good as they work together, each can hold it’s own individually in other looks. That thick grey coat is really something too!
Image – wmagazine.com

Apart from liking this image, everything he has on is really great. Look at that bag, that glove, that coat... Image - wmagazine.com

Apart from liking this image, everything he has on is really great. Look at that bag, that glove, that coat…
Image – wmagazine.com

This year we’re seeing a lot of warm coats and sportier pieces alongside the (this year) somber toned full suits and tweeds that Pitti is known for. Deconstructed and oversized pieces from the more urban label Vetements have been appearing in pretty large numbers, as has a parade of bomber jackets in various materials. With that said, I’ve stuck to examples of more traditional Pitti looks for this post- largely because I really like overall looks worn or the look of the images themselves. Pitti is definitely putting on a good show.

Sir, you look like you're a Prohibition era mafia man and I dig it. Great pinstriped blue suit with a fantastic brown coat, but that handkerchief and random-but-working tie take his look from good to great. Image - wmagazine.com

Sir, you look like you’re a Prohibition era mafia man and I dig it. Great pinstriped blue suit with a fantastic brown coat, but that handkerchief and random-but-working tie take his look from good to great.
Image – wmagazine.com

Now I really like this gentleman's overall blue palette. Everything fits well and looks warm but very stylish... I wouldn't change a thing.  Image - wmagazine.com

Now I really like this gentleman’s overall blue palette. Everything fits well and looks warm but very stylish… I wouldn’t change a thing.
Image – wmagazine.com

Tattoos aside, this man has on a great jewel toned jacket that fits perfectly ( look at the fit on the shoulder). Picture wise, I think it's a great image too . Image - wmagazine.com

Tattoos aside, this man has on a great jewel toned jacket that fits perfectly ( look at the fit on the shoulder). Picture wise, I think it’s a great image too .
Image – wmagazine.com

This is just the start of the four day show, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing some more amazing street style. Check us back for more Sidewalk Saunter coverage!

First of all, I think the gent in the middle looks a lot like a more stylish James Cordon.  Apart from that, everything he's wearing is top quality, beautifully made and styled well. Also, he's sitting next to the red coat man from a few pictures above. That's REALLY a good coat. Image - wmagazine.com

First of all, I think the gent in the middle looks a lot like a more stylish James Cordon.
Apart from that, everything he’s wearing is top quality, beautifully made and styled well. Also, he’s sitting next to the red coat man from the picture above. That’s REALLY a good coat.
Image – wmagazine.com

Nice coat and scarf, but I just like this picture.  Image - wmagazine.com

Nice coat and scarf, but I just like this picture.
Image – wmagazine.com

My best,

Estevan

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Colourful, comfortable and beautiful, the Paris shows were as cool as these sisters. Also look at their Louis Vuitton bags- they're mini replicas of the label's trunks! Image - harpersbazaar.com

Colourful, comfortable and beautiful, the Paris shows were as cool as these sisters. Also look at their Louis Vuitton bags- they’re mini replicas of the label’s trunks!
Image – harpersbazaar.com

Il est Saunter Trottoir, mode Paris semaine édition! The spring/ summer 2017 shows at the City of Lights have just closed and the fashion world is taking a much deserved (though short) rest. There’s no rest here at Sidewalk Saunter though, because the streets of Paris were aglitter with amazing street style during the shows.

Let’s get right into it!

Olivia Palermo in Valentino. Olivia really came lout to kill for these shows and you'll see her throughout this post. I like all the rich colours she's wearing. Image - harpersbazaar.com

Olivia Palermo in Valentino. Olivia really came lout to kill for these shows and you’ll see her throughout this post. I like all the rich colours she’s wearing.
Image – harpersbazaar.com

Great coat! Look at the tailoring and finishing.  Image - harpersbazaar.com

Great coat! Look at the tailoring and finishing.
Image – harpersbazaar.com

Really like this fella's whole get up, especially his red sweater and slightly oversized coat.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

Really like this fella’s whole get up, especially his red sweater and slightly oversized coat.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

She's a showstopper with that bright sweater that looks like a Caribbean summer day, and pleated silver skirt.  Image - harpersbazzar.com

She’s a showstopper with that bright sweater that looks like a Caribbean summer day, and pleated silver skirt.
Image – harpersbazzar.com

Mannn what a great coat and backpack! The aviators are pretty cool too. Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

Mannn what a great coat and backpack! The aviators are pretty cool too.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

I really like the colours in her look. There are really only three- white, black and the orange in the print on her blouse. Her accessories are great too. Image - tumblr.com

I really like the colours in her look. There are really only three- white, black and the orange in the print on her blouse. Her accessories are great too.
Image – tumblr.com

There's something old Hollywood about this beautiful woman with her colour-blocked coat, red lips and blonde waves.  Image - vogue.com

There’s something old Hollywood about this beautiful woman with her colour-blocked coat, red lips and blonde waves.
Image – vogue.com

There's another old Hollywood something about this picture and the dapper gent in it. I really like the whole look and the jaunty hat.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

There’s another old Hollywood something about this picture and the dapper gent in it. I really like the whole look and the jaunty hat.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

This girl is everything haha! Love the colour of her pants and her silver jacket, but that shady expression steals the show. Image - harpersbazzar.com

This girl is everything haha! Love the colour of her pants and her silver jacket, but her shady expression steals the show.
Image – harpersbazzar.com

Ok this isn't the best style picture, but I like it and his velvet slippers.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

Ok this isn’t the best style picture, but I like it and his velvet slippers.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

Olivia Palermo and her model husband Johannes Heubl both looking dapper, They're kind of matching aren't they. Image - harpersbazzar.com

Olivia Palermo and her model husband Johannes Heubl both looking dapper, They’re kind of matching aren’t they.
Image – harpersbazzar.com

Killing. It. Black and white done right. Her jumper makes her look so tall and the striped ruffled jacket draped on her shoulders makes the look outstanding. Image - harpersbazzar.com

Killing. It. Black and white done right. Her jumper makes her look so tall and the striped ruffled jacket draped on her shoulders makes the look outstanding.
Image – harpersbazzar.com

Who would have thought that paisley and studs would work as well as they do here! What a great jacket! Image - harpersbazzar.com

Who would have thought that paisley and studs would work as well as they do here! What a great jacket!
Image – harpersbazzar.com

I like this guy's sweater! Camel and black always look good together and in this piece, they're really working well. I like his metallic and white Gucci shoes too. Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

I like this guy’s sweater! Camel and black always look good together and in this piece, they’re really working well. I like his metallic and white Gucci shoes too.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

They both look great. I like both of their shoes and the woman's coat. Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

They both look great. I like both of their shoes and the woman’s coat.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

I'm into all the light shades in this guy's look and the quality of his knit sweater. Look at it's neckline.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

I’m into all the light shades in this guy’s look and the quality of his knit sweater. Look at it’s neckline.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

Ending today with Olivia Palermo looking so great in her black outfit, burgundy fringe bag and cool as hell sunglasses. Olivia wasn't playing at the Paris shows! Image - harpersbazzar.com

Ending today with Olivia Palermo looking so great in her black outfit, burgundy fringe bag and cool as hell sunglasses. Olivia wasn’t playing at the Paris shows!
Image – harpersbazzar.com

My best,

Estevan

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Sexy day wear at the Milan s/s 2017 shows. Image - Phil Oh for vogue.com

Sexy club wear at the Milan s/s 2017 shows

It’s the end of the S/S 2017 shows in Milan and apart from all of the mesmerizing fashion that has been seen on the runways, the street style has also been amazing! I’ve said before that you can’t beat Italian style for it’s cool sexiness and this fashion week has proved that.

Chiara Ferragni in an amazing sheer Roberto Cavalli gown, showing it off as something so beautiful should be. She looks amazing.
Image - instagram.com

Chiara Ferragni in Roberto Cavalli.
Image – instagram.com

A pair of great jeans and a well fitting blazer really need to be in every man's wardrobe. The off white shirt works perfectly with the blazer's colour, while this gent's accessories complete his look perfectly.  Image - thesartorealist.com

A pair of great jeans and a well fitting blazer really need to be in every man’s wardrobe. The off white shirt works perfectly with the blazer’s colour, while this gent’s accessories complete his look perfectly.
Image – thesartorealist.com

The ladies definitely won the Milan style game and have taken over this week’s Sidewalk Saunter. From fine gowns to sexy club wear, the women of the Milan s/s 2017 wore them all to perfection and provided excellent style sources for women the world over. Yet it’s their day-wear options that really steal the show- look at the fit and all the little touches throughout so many of these women’s looks… so great.

Carlo Sestini Branca in Loro Piana and Zina Charkoplia in Philosophy. Both look great, but Zina's stealing the limelight in her ruffled blue number.  Image - Instagram.com

Carlo Sestini Branca in Loro Piana and Zina Charkoplia in Philosophy. Both look great, but Zina’s stealing the limelight in her ruffled blue number.
Image – Instagram.com

Black and brown are not supposed to be complimentary colours, but this stylish woman shows how wrong that is.  Image - nymag.com

Black and brown are not supposed to be complimentary colours, but this stylish woman shows how wrong that is.
Image – nymag.com

the colours and patterns in this print are so striking, but her fringed cobalt bag is just as stand-out.  Image - elle.com

the colours and patterns in this print are so striking, but her fringed cobalt bag is just as stand-out.
Image – elle.com

Rising supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid stroll into a show looking flawless. According to Ana, this is how she and our sister Jacqueline stroll anywhere. It's a sister thing... Anyway, Bella's outfit, on that figure, with that attitude, is where it's at. Image - Phil Oh for vogue.com

Rising supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid stroll into a show looking flawless. According to Ana, this is how she and our sister Jacqueline stroll anywhere. It’s a sister thing… Anyway, Bella’s outfit, on that figure, with that attitude, is where it’s at.
Image – Phil Oh for vogue.com

I really, really like this gent's look. It's comfortable and stylish and the deep colours and modern cuts are easy to wear from day to night. The round sunglasses are pretty hot too.  Image - thesartorealist.com

I really, really like this gent’s look. It’s comfortable and stylish and the deep colours and modern cuts are easy to wear from day to night. The round sunglasses are pretty hot too.
Image – thesartorealist.com

Bright and colourful with a cool hemline and zipper. She could have done without the t-shirt beneath, but I get it. Cool. Image - nymag.com

Bright and colourful with a cool hemline and zipper. She could have done without the t-shirt beneath, but I get it. Cool.
Image – nymag.com

Black is always classic and can look amazing pretty easily, but this lady's dress has modern silhouettes and proportions while fitting her like a golves- and it looks great! Her minimalist gold necklace and cool haircut elevate the look. Image - nymag.com

Black is always classic and can look amazing pretty easily, but this lady’s dress has modern silhouettes and proportions while fitting her like a golves- and it looks great! Her minimalist gold necklace and cool haircut elevate the look.
Image – nymag.com

Two examples of great ornamentation and I like both equally. The neon lobster on the black dress to the right is cool and modern, and contrasts with the much more traditional embroidered cranes to it's left. Apart from their cool outfits, both if these women look amazing. Image - Phil Oh for vogue.com

Two examples of great ornamentation and I like both equally. The neon lobster on the black dress to the right is cool and modern, and contrasts with the much more traditional embroidered cranes to it’s left. Apart from their cool outfits, both if these women look amazing.
Image – Phil Oh for vogue.com

Wonderful in white with a great colourful bag and the attitude of a star. I'm sure she took the Marni show by storm! Image - nymag.com

Wonderful in white with a great colourful bag and the attitude of a star. I’m sure she took the Marni show by storm!
Image – nymag.com

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn flashing a smile on the way to a show. Beautiful! Image - Phil Oh for vogue.com

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn flashing a smile on the way to a show. Beautiful!
Image – Phil Oh for vogue.com

This woman's blouse is like a painting and I'm here for it. Plus it's plain cool with it's cuffs and voluminous sleeves. That with her very fitted jeans and long 70-s hair is amazing.  Image - nymag.com

This woman’s blouse is like a painting and I’m here for it. Plus it’s plain cool with it’s cuffs and voluminous sleeves. That with her very fitted jeans and long 70-s hair is amazing.
Image – nymag.com

Ok, this woman’s skirt and that bike wheel maybe aren’t the best pairing, but it’s a good image. Image – nymag.com” class=”size-medium” /> Ok, this woman’s skirt and that bike wheel maybe aren’t the best pairing, but it’s a good image.
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I wish I could find a larger version of this picture because Carlo's wearing the hell out of that denim jumpsuit and leather jacket. Image - instagram.com

I wish I could find a larger version of this picture because Carlo’s wearing the hell out of that denim jumpsuit and leather jacket.
Image – instagram.com

I feel like I could definitely party with them. I love the girl's comfortable hang-out look and great hair and I'd wear everything the fella has on. I'm currently growing out his cool haircut too.  Image - Phil Oh for vogue.com

I feel like I could definitely party with them. I love the girl’s comfortable hang-out look and great hair and I’d wear everything the fella has on. I’m currently growing out his cool haircut too.
Image – Phil Oh for vogue.com

This man's shirt is so great with that pattern that's almost like a book illustration. His sunglasses are great and although I don't usually care for huge monogrammed belt buckles, his works.  Image - nymag.com

This man’s shirt is so great with that pattern that’s almost like a book illustration. His sunglasses are great and although I don’t usually care for huge monogrammed belt buckles, his works.
Image – nymag.com

Overall, the street style this past week was of excellent quality. Whether seen from afar or up close, these looks are all completely on point.

Let's end with Chiara Ferragni killing it again in an oversized silver cable- knit and short shirt. Her look's so simple but effective. Image - elle.com

Let’s end with Chiara Ferragni killing it again in an oversized silver cable- knit and short shirt. Her look’s so simple but effective.
Image – elle.com

My best,

Estevan

The Colourful World Of Printed Men’s Shirts

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - thefashionisto.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – thefashionisto.com

Gone are the days of only simple patterns and solid colours.

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - theimpression.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – theimpression.com

A few years ago, we saw the meteoric rise of Florence’s Pitti Uomo menswear shows to the top of the fashion world. Helped in a large part by the colourful outfits worn by show and event attendees, Pitti is and was a breath of fresh air. Called “peacocking”, the world’s dandies strutted for the fashion press in outfits of colours and combinations that dazzled- and helped bring a shift in everyday menswear away from the more sombre tones we’d all gotten accustomed to. As a bit of a dandy myself, I think it’s great!

Prada. Image - cdn-img.instyle.com

Prada. Image – cdn-img.instyle.com

Prada. Image - pinterest.com

Prada. Image – pinterest.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - daman.co.id

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – daman.co.id

Truthfully, Pitti wasn’t the sole influencer in this shift. The rise of social media and style stars, street and pop art influenced urban wear that saw collaborations with avant-garde artists and top fashion brands (think of the Louis Vuitton/ Takashi Murakami collaboration), the rise in awareness of traditional and non-Western fashions and cultures (especially traditionall Italian and Asian), the constant evolution of fashion as a whole… all helped, but images from Pitti put this change squarely before our eyes. It wasn’t long before beautiful, colourful clothing and patterns appeared on the runways and among the fashion crowd. With the the s/s 2017 shows well underway, I’d say colourful men’s clothing is definitely becoming mainstream, and it’s the bright showstopping shirts that are making the biggest splash.

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - theimpression.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – theimpression.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - theimpression.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – theimpression.com

Prada.  Image - tumblr.com

Prada. Image – tumblr.com

Now there have been labels and collections with amazing printed shirts for ages (Versace, Cavalli and the like), but the first I remember was a Prada offering (above) in a 2012 show. Off white and covered with 50’s-esque illustrations of people doing things, it was fresh, bright and memorable. Now, these themes are all the rage and Prada is still leading the pack with almost kitschy awesomeness in its “Impossible True Love” shirt, where an airman kisses Cleopatra under a starry sky. It’s bright. It’s cool. It’s almost like wearing a fancy comic book page and I really like it.

Prada's Impossible True Love tunic shirt. Image - tumblr.com

Prada’s Impossible True Love tunic shirt. Image – tumblr.com

Jeremy Scott. Image - tumblr.com

Jeremy Scott. Image – tumblr.com

Valentino Cosmos printed shirt. Image - niemanmarcus.com

Valentino Cosmos printed shirt. Image – niemanmarcus.com

Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Marni, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton… all are presenting amazing pieces. Jeremy Scott and Y-3 have examples with a hot street edge. Versace, Cavalli and Gucci continue with lush Italian designs printed on silk that make you think of party nights in Monaco or Sardenia. Brazilian label Desigual has designs with a tropical, really Brazilian, lightness. Basically… there are amazing examples to be found, so gents, join the trend!

Prada. Image - thesartorealist.com

Prada. Image – thesartorealist.com

Prada. Image - pinterest.com

Prada. Image – pinterest.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - instagram.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – instagram.com

My favourites are from Dolce & Gabbana’s collections. Their rich colours, almost over-embellishment and renaissance inspired designs throughout their menswear collections have always appealed to me. I love them. Hell, I’m wearing one of their shirts right now (though it’s just simple black)! Their campaigns are also great style inspirations for the gent looking to try a truly Italian luxury look.

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - thefashionisto.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – thefashionisto.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - dolcegabbana.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – dolcegabbana.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - pinterest.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – pinterest.com

Other favourites are the Asian inspired designs and rich colours at Louis Vuitton and the blue and white patterns at Prada that resemble old Dutch tiles. I also like Prada’s tunic-like shapes that look really breezy and comfortable.

Louis Vuitton. Image - tumblr.com

Louis Vuitton. Image – tumblr.com

Louis Vuitton. Image - vogue.com

Louis Vuitton. Image – vogue.com

Prada. Image - tumblr.com

Prada. Image – tumblr.com

If you’re wondering how to wear them, I’d say either go full Pitti- all out with an entire outfit of colours and patterns, or make your shirt the highlight of your look by keeping your trousers and accessories sombre. I usually wear mine with either dark blue or black jeans, trousers or shorts, black shoes and if I’m wearing a jacket, it’ll be black or navy blue.

Marni. Image - thesartorealist.com

Marni. Image – thesartorealist.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image - instagram.com

Dolce & Gabbana. Image – instagram.com

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria. Image - tumblr.com

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria. Image – tumblr.com

What do you guys think? Colourful printed shirts- yes or no? I’m certainly enjoying the trend.
My best,

Estevan

Sidewalk Saunter

A hot, well dressed couple- stylish New York at its best. Image- gq-magazine.co.uk

A hot, well dressed couple- stylish New York at its best.
Image- gq-magazine.co.uk

New York is in the midst of the spring/summer 2017 shows and the streets are full of the industry’s finest. This week also coincides with the ending days of summer warmth, and attendees are definitely enjoying the ease of a few simple layers while mixing in a few stylish fall pieces. That’s exactly why this is is my favorite time to be in New York- the days are warm, but the nights chilly enough for a sweet light coat or cable-knit.

I like everything about this look, especially the deep acid green of her jumpsuit and all the gold additions throughout.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

I like everything about this look, especially the deep acid green of her jumpsuit and all the gold additions throughout.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

Although I really like all the looks highlighted here, the ladies of the NY s/s shows are the definite winners in the style game. Head to toe, these girls put their best style foot forward and all look gorgeous.

There's a lot of patterns in this picture but these dapper gents pull them off. The look on the right's especially pulled together with the great fit of the suit and his purple tie and socks.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

There’s a lot of patterns in this picture but these dapper gents pull them off. The look on the right’s especially pulled together with the great fit of the suit and his purple tie and socks.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

It's all about this huge leather carry all, but I don't hate the khaki overalls.  Image - gq.magazine.co.uk

It’s all about this huge leather carry all, but I don’t hate the khaki overalls.
Image – gq.magazine.co.uk

Now THIS is how you shut it down. Sexy and stylish at the same time, the colours of the hooded coat and dress (?) with great gold belt and simple hair all are certain to stop traffic. Image- gq-magazine.co.uk

Now THIS is how you shut it down. Sexy and stylish at the same time, the colours of the hooded coat and dress (?) with great gold belt and simple hair all are certain to stop traffic.
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You really can't go wrong with a good deep blue suit and this gentleman- though he could have gotten it pressed, proves that.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

You really can’t go wrong with a good deep blue suit and this gentleman- though he could have gotten it pressed, proves that.
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At first glance, this is a well dressed, beautiful young woman. Then you notice the details- intricate beading, fluffy feathers and unobtrusive crystals. The simple but mismatched accessories heighten the look. Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

At first glance, this is a well dressed, beautiful young woman. Then you notice the details- intricate beading, fluffy feathers and unobtrusive crystals. The simple but mismatched accessories heighten the look.
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Attitude on full blast. Cool prints, denim, sunglasses and an amazing Saint Laurent bag. Image- gq-magazing.co.uk

Attitude on full blast. Cool prints, denim, sunglasses and an amazing Saint Laurent bag.
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This stylish gent's killing it with his accessories. Look at that woven tribal belt, pocket square and woven striped tie. Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

This stylish gent’s killing it with his accessories. Look at that woven tribal belt, pocket square and woven striped tie.
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This is Ana's favourite look and I have to agree. Everything's well fit and stylish, but the proportions and colour of her pants make her legs look a mile long. She looks great! Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

This is Ana’s favourite look and I have to agree. Everything’s well fit and stylish, but the proportions and colour of her pants make her legs look a mile long. She looks great!
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I'm all about linen and I really like this man's shirt. The colour's great and the embroidery on the pocket heightens it. Love the guy's Dior sunglasses too (I have the same pair).  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

I’m all about linen and I really like this man’s shirt. The colour’s great and the embroidery on the pocket heightens it. Love the guy’s Dior sunglasses too (I have the same pair).
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All black and all great, with special mention to the tall stunner in orange behind!  Image - vogue.com

All black and all great, with special mention to the tall stunner in orange in the back!
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This guy's stretching the last of summer and I get him. Casual and simple, this man's well tailored pants heighten his simple look above simple knock- around clothes.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

This guy’s stretching the last of summer and I get him. Casual and simple, this man’s well tailored pants heighten his simple look above simple knock- around clothes.
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Another stylish couple attends the shows. I like all the patterns on the man's shirt and his denim jacket, but his lady steals the show with her oversized pinstriped blouse, giant pearl earrings, sunglasses (Dior again) and turban.  Image - gq-magazine.co.uk

Another stylish couple attends the shows. I like all the patterns on the man’s shirt and his denim jacket, but his lady steals the show with her oversized pinstriped blouse, giant pearl earrings, sunglasses (Dior again) and turban.
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My best,

Estevan

Sidewalk Saunter- Film Festival Edition.

Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender. Image- thefix.nine.com.au

These definitely aren’t sidewalks, but a lot of sauntering is going on. From August 31st to September 10th 2016, at the beautiful Lido di Venezia, the 73rd Venice International Film Festival is the highlight of the entertainment world. Organized by La Biennale di Venezia, the Venice Film Festival is the just as white tie- but slightly older, Italian equivalent of the famous Festival de Cannes that’s held in May at the seaside French Riviera town. Some of the world’s most gifted film makers, directors, actors, designers and models have gathered at The Floating City for the event, and they’ve definitely dressed for the occasion.

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Jake Gyllenhaal looking cool and stylish for a daytime premiere.
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Whenever stars, media coverage of the highest level and warm European resort spots converge, the fashion is generally top notch. So far, the Venice Film Festival attendees haven’t disappointed, and from the city’s famous canals to the streets, red carpets and parties, the stars are heightening their style game with great looks. Some, like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Barbara Palvin rocked multiple great looks that are on this list, but there’s been a wealth of style inspiration going on- and the festival still runs for some days! Let’s highlight a few standouts.

Diane Kruger in a silver embroidered, ivory white gown.
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Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Darren Le Gallo arriving at a premiere. I love how 1950’s this image looks.
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Barbara Palvin arrives at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.
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Director Francesco Carrozzini and his mother Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue’s editor-in-chief at the premiere of Francesco’s documentary on the extraordinary life of his mother. I think both look amazing… Italian high style at its finest.
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Model Eva Herzigova at her hotel before the Franca: Chaos and Creations premiere. Not so much a style shot, but I think Eva and this picture are so sexy.
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson in one of his cool festival looks. His look is also definitely attainable by most men- it’s just a simple (but very well made) black shirt and pant combo.
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Tom ford at the designer/film maker’s premiere of his second film, ‘Nocturnal Animals’. Taylor-Johnson is also on the film’s cast.
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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson with Aaron in great look #3. Beautiful couple.
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Dakota Fanning looking really great on her arrival to the Festival.
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Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander at The Light Between Oceans’ premiere. Michael’s blue suit and tie are great for this daytime event. Also note the fit of his suit.
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Model Barbara Palvin looks stunning in Philosophy. I love her.
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Andrew Garfield waits on a yacht before a Film Festival event. Great sunglasses.
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Tom Ford, Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal at a press event for Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’. All are easy, breezy, coolness for the not too formal event.
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Designer/ film maker Tom Ford in Tom Ford for his red carpet premiere of ‘Nocturnal Animals’. Tom is always dresses to the nines, but his slightly askew bow tie, jeweled studs and white pocket square are great!
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Paz Vega looking amazing in Ralph & Russo.
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Emma Stone in Atelier Versace at the ‘La La Land’ premiere.
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Style star and designer Chiara Ferragni in Philosophy.
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Just one more of Babs because… why not.
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SIDEWALK SAUNTER

I love this shot! This stylish young lady looks both vintage and modern with her cool bob and bangs. What a way to frame such a great face!
Copenhagen Fashion Week, August 2016. Image- vogue.co.uk

Hi all! It’s been a little while! Hope you’ve been enjoying your summer as much as I have.

This guy’s head-to-toe in patterns and colors and I really like it. If you notice, they’re all in muted off blue/ off purple shades, with the truly bright color peeking out in the periwinkle blue of his socks. Yes, his pants could be tailored a little better, but as a look, I like it.
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For this Sidewalk Saunter, I’ve decided to highlight some later summer looks that don’t really look like “summer” looks. These are outfits that are great for the occasional chilly night or not swelteringly hot day. Looks for traveling (see Orlando Bloom) or running around getting things done (see the NY beauty in the white shirtdress and Adidas kicks). I think they’re all pretty smart!

Orlando Bloom walking through an airport looking cool and comfortable. His bomber jacket’s great (I think St Laurent?)!
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I’m not a huge fan of this girl’s tennis shoes and socks, but I can’t hate it because she literally exudes nonchalant cool.
Copenhagen Fashion Week, August 2016. Image- vogue.co.uk

Great jacket, great shoes, great grey t-shirt, great pants… hell, even great hair. Good work sir.
London. Image- Jonathan Price for gq-magazine.co.uk

This guy’s definitely feeling chilly, but looks good with his well styled jacket and striped shirt.
London. Image- Jonathan Pryce for gq-magazine.co.uk

How a stylish woman runs her errands in NYC. Cool and comfortable with a great bag, she looks great!
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India’s not the 1st place to come to mind when you think of stylish Western clothing, but there’s a huge group of trendsetters over there! Look at this man. Every piece he’s wearing is cool and they all work together. Those pants… I wouldn’t mind finding out where to get a pair.
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Ana’s always going on about great accessories adding to your look, and I think this small Louis Vuitton bag is a great example of that. Really simple, really sleek and very modern with the chain placement and updated monogram. It’s easy to see why this is a popular style among the fashion crowd.
Copenhagen Fashion Week, August 2013. Image- vogue.co.uk

My best,

Estevan

Fashion meets Mas- RIDDIM, The Lost Tribe 2017

The Lost Tribe 2017’s name and logo
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During a phone call with Val sometime late last year, I was lucky enough to get a rundown of his ideas for a new addition to the mas of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival. It was to be a fusion of old and new, a mix of fashion and the giant parade that T&T mas is- it was to be something new and exciting! Fast forward a few months to February 2016, and The Lost Tribe hit the road for two days of spectacle and even- unheard of for a new band, 2nd Place winner of the Band of the Year and Downtown Bands Association Award! With creative director Valmicki Maharaj and his team at the helm, I knew the costumes and band would be the hit that they are, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for the reveal of the 2017 designs.

Boy, were they worth the wait!

Areito female.
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Dudup female
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Colourful, bright and with references to a worldwide spectrum of ethnic inspirations, the costumes fill a spot somewhere between sexy and artsy-tribal. I really like all the details that become apparent the more you look at the costumes- the shell necklace in ‘Djun’, the black and white geometric bodysuit in ‘Dudup’, the painted additions in the ‘Arieto’ male backpack. Great!

Djun female
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Arieto male
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Huge props to the band for finally having a great lineup of male costumes! Every year, I always look for something more than a pair of board shorts to play in and usually end up finding just one or two okay-ish options. Not so with the Lost Tribe. Every male costume is well designed, attractive and mostly easy to wear (I still feel some of those backpacks might work against you on a windy stage). My favourites are ‘Arieto’ and ‘Jab’.

Jab male
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Djun male
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Finally, the campaign- I am here for it! A friend said it’s like the team got high while playing around with a kaleidoscope, and printed fabric of what they saw. I have to agree. With ethnic patterns done in pop art colours, the backdrops to each image work well to display and enhance the costumes on show. Add all that to some damn fine models who know how to do it and you’ve got a great campaign. I mean… look at all that-

Iron female
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Dudup male
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Bamboo female
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Cutta female
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Jab female
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Bamboo male
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To the Lost Tribe team- all the props, you guys did great work! For full info on the band and more costume images, check out The Lost Tribe’s site.

My best,

Estevan

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Milan 2015.
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Over the last few weeks of writing this column, I’ve come across some really good images of stylish folk being stylish that for one reason or the other, didn’t make it to the blog. Being both a bit of a pack-rat and an appreciator of good style, I’ve kept them around for the sole purpose of writing a post that that can highlight good street style, regardless of season.

Possibly New York. I love this laid back but stylish look
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So, here we are. Men and women from all over the world and in all kinds of temperatures looking great.

New York. ALL so good!
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Enjoy.

Cool and beautiful in white at Pitti Uomo, Florence.
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LFW 2016. Dapper, sir.
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New York 2016.
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LFW 2015. Ever wonder how models dress between shows and shoots? Just like this.
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Pitti Uomo, Florence 2016.
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NY 2016. Another model between shows. I think I actually have exactly what he’s wearing!
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Milan, 2016.
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My best,

Estevan