Get Ready for a Green 2017

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343.  Image PANTONE

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343. Image PANTONE

On December 8th 2016, Pantone released its Color of the Year for 2017. it’s a colour that’s meant to influence all facets of design for the following year, including fashion, jewelry, architecture, electronics, interior décor, et cetera.

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343- is the lucky colour slated to be seen everywhere this year, an invigoratingly bright shade of yellow- green that “evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew… Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” It’s the colour of all things springtime, a truly lovely shade.

I’ve no doubts that we’ll be seeing Greenery everywhere in fashion this year, especially given it’s frequent appearance all over the runways for the past few seasons. I’m excited to see how designers incorporate it into their collections.

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343.  Image PANTONE

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343. Image PANTONE

Even if bright green garments don’t fit your style, it’s an easy colour to incorporate into your wardrobe using green hued accessories, jewelry and makeup. Vividly bright and eyecatching, it’s a colour that will add pep to everyday outfits, and because it’s so striking, it takes only the smallest touch of green to create a memorable outfit. For instance I love black and the darker shades of blue, charcoal and grey- often going for days in dark looks. But my favourite accessories to add are either a pair of beautiful emerald and yellow gold solitaire earrings or another of giant peridot and white gold solitaires (that I just realized are very close to the Pantone colour!). Though they’re different shades, the green of the stones seems to glow even in the dimmest light and is the perfect touch of colour.

Here’s some Greenery inspiration to get you in the mood!

Vionnet F/w 2014  Image VOGUE.COM

Vionnet F/w 2014. Image VOGUE.COM

Oscar de la Renta S/s 2015 (both looks on left), Jeremy Scott's S/s 2016 (both looks on right).  Image VOGUE.COM/BUSINESSOFFASHION

Oscar de la Renta S/s 2015 (both looks on left), Jeremy Scott’s S/s 2016 (both looks on left). Image VOGUE.COM/BUSINESSOFFASHION

Jasper Conran S/S 2017 (far left, centre left), Gucci Resort 2016 (centre right), Gucci F/W 2017 (far right). Image VOGUE UK/VOGUE/COM

Jasper Conran S/S 2017 (far left, centre left), Gucci Resort 2016 (centre right), Gucci F/W 2017 (far right). Image VOGUE UK/VOGUE/COM

Emilio Pucci S/s 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Emilio Pucci S/s 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Accessories are the perfect thing to add punch to your outfit, especially if you're not drawn to lime green garments: (clockwise from centre left) Judith Leiber 'Born Whilst Travelling' Camel Crystal Pavé Minaudière, Moschino Fluo Green Logo, Prada Patent Leather Belt, Dior 'Lady Dior' Mini bag, vintage Hermès Birkin bag, Charlotte Olympia Cirtus Clutch, Jimmy Choo Anouk Patent Leather Pointy Toe Pumps, Kat Maconie Abigail Neon Platforms, Charlotte Olympia Neon Edith Sandal, Jimmy Choo Varia Colorblock Patent Slingback Pump. Image BERGDORFGOODMAN.COM/NEIMANMARCUS.COM/LYST.COM/KATMACONIE.COM/ENDOURCE.COM

Accessories are the perfect thing to add punch to your outfit, especially if you’re not drawn to lime green garments: (clockwise from centre left) Judith Leiber ‘Born Whilst Travelling’ Camel Crystal Pavé Minaudière, Moschino Fluo Green Logo, Prada Patent Leather Belt, Dior ‘Lady Dior’ mini bag, vintage Hermes Birkin bag, Charlotte Olympia Cirtus Clutch, Jimmy Choo Anouk Patent Leather Pointy Toe Pumps, Kat Maconie Abigail Neon Platforms, Charlotte Olympia Neon Edith Sandal, Jimmy Choo Varia Colorblock Patent Slingback Pump. Image BERGDORFGOODMAN.COM/NEIMANMARCUS.COM/LYST.COM/KATMACONIE.COM/ENDOURCE.COM

Smaller accessories: (clockwise, from top left) Versace Butterfly Barocco silk scarf, Dolce & Gabbana Lime Aqua Panther Print cotton scarf, Sonia Rykiel pear green fur scarf, Fratelli Orsini fur cuff leather gloves, Fendi Alphabet iPhone 6 case, Dolce & Gabbana Verde Leopard iPhone case, Prada Postcard sunglasses, Gucci Green Mirrored square sunglasses, Fendi Pom Pom and Alphabet fur handbag charm.  Image LYST.COM/FASHIONPILE.COM/PRETAVOIR.CO.UK/PRET-A-BEAUTE.COM/MODAOPERENDI.COM/COMOMILANO.COM/iKRIX.COM

Smaller accessories: (clockwise, from top left) Versace Butterfly Barocco silk scarf, Dolce & Gabbana Lime Aqua Panther Print cotton scarf, Sonia Rykiel pear green fur scarf, Fratelli Orsini fur cuff leather gloves, Fendi Alphabet iPhone 6 case, Dolce & Gabbana Verde Leopard iPhone case, Prada Postcard sunglasses, Gucci Green Mirrored square sunglasses, Fendi Pom Pom and Alphabet fur handbag charm. Image LYST.COM/FASHIONPILE.COM/PRETAVOIR.CO.UK/PRET-A-BEAUTE.COM/MODAOPERENDI.COM/COMOMILANO.COM/iKRIX.COM

Peridot perfectly matches the zesty, bright colour of Greenery, luckily high end jewelers often feature the vivid stone in their designs. Some fabulous sparklers: (clockwise from centre left): Pomellato Nudo rings in rose gold, Ippolita Lollipop earrings and bracelet in rose gold, a vintage peridot and tanzanite Chanel Haute Joaillerie clover ring in yellow gold, a pair of lacy Plima chandelier earrings, an Ippolita Rock Candy tennis bracelet in rose gold, a pair of Madhouse designs diamond, peridot and tsavorites “Melting Ice” earrings in white gold, a Tiffany & Co. Rainbow Drop lariat necklace in white gold, Theo Fennell diamond and peridot Empress Drop earring sin white gold, Theo Fennell peridot and pink coral Parrot cufflinks in yellow gold, vintage Bulgari Chandra ring in peridot, yellow gold and white ceramic, Elsa Perretti for Tiffany & Co. Open Heart peridot pendant in yellow gold. Images THEJEWELLERYEDITOR.COM/THEOFENNELL.COM/1STDIBS.COM/LUXURY5TH.COM/NEIMANMARCUS.COM

There are plenty of bright green options available for those who prefer fashion jewelry as well: (clockwise, from centre left) Oscar de la Renta resin and enamel Lily pad necklace, Atelier Swarovski by Sandy Powell Leaf necklace, earrings and cuff bracelet, Jonette Jewelry “Lime Slice” pendant necklace, Amrapali x Manish Arora Naho necklace, vintage Hermès enamel cuff, Tribe Amrapali x Manish Arora stud earrings, Neolithic Jewelry resin bangle. Image BERGDOFGOODMAN.COM/CRYSTALBLOG.COM/AMAZON.COM/AMRAPALIJEWELS.COM/1STDIBS.COM/NEOLITHICJEWELRY.COM

Fabulous runway makeup- clockwise from top left: Thierry Mugler S/s 2012, Vivienne Westwood Red Label S/s 2012, Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010, Atelier Versace S/s 2013.  Image VOGUE.COM/WWD

Fabulous runway makeup- clockwise from top left: Thierry Mugler S/s 2012, Vivienne Westwood Red Label S/s 2012, Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010, Atelier Versace S/s 2013. Image VOGUE.COM/WWD

So what do you think? Will you be adding some green to your ensembles?

Xx – Ana

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

Friday Fierceness!

Parker Posey- Interview Magazine October 2016

Bra: Araks, Jewelry: Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, Tights (worn on hand): Wolford.  Image INTERVIEW MAGAZINE/CRAIG MCDEAN

Bra: Araks, Jewelry: Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, Tights (worn on hand): Wolford. Image INTERVIEW MAGAZINE/CRAIG MCDEAN

Model: Parker Posey
Photographer: Craig McDean
Stylist: Elin Svahn
Hair: Jimmy Paul
Makeup: Mark Carrasquillo

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.
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.  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.
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. 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.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

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.
Image- gq-magazing.co.uk

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.
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! 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!
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).  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).
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

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!
Image – vogue.com

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.
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.  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.
Image – gq-magazine.co.uk

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.
Image- wmagazine.com

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.
Image- glamourmagazine.co.uk

Model Barbara Palvin looks stunning in Philosophy. I love her.
Image- express.co.uk

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.
Munbai. Image- wearabout.wordpress.com

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?)!
LA. Image- getty images

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!
New York. Image- facebook.com

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.
Mumbai. Image- wearabout.wordpress.com

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

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Milan 2015.
Image- theimpression.com

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

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2016

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

Few designers can stage a show like Jean Paul Gaultier. His sense of grandiose and excess is unmatched, and his knack for theatrics is what has made him one of the reigning kings of Haute Couture. Season after season, the designer’s use of crazy characters and a hugely codified sense of glamour and mischief create a grand spectacle on the Parisian runways. Yet, for the past few seasons I’ve been somewhat bored… but no more! His Fall 2016 Haute Couture show provided a remedy, serving up perfect amounts of glamour and extravagance- just what you want from JPG.

I’m in love!

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

Inspired by a stroll through a forest in Japan, Monsieur Gaultier took us to the woods with a luxurious Fall 2016 collection that echoed the beauty of deep natural woodland. He adapted his theme in a most literal way, and looking through the show you can almost smell, feel and hear the sounds of the woods in cool autumn air. “It’s all about Zen and nature and the environment…It really was like a revelation. I saw magnificent woods, so I made wood prints and worked them in planks, like marquetry,” Mr. Gaultier remarked.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

Tranquility and harmony might have been on his mind, but the designer tackled his inspirational source with signature gusto, making the collection far more dramatic than his words would lead you believe. True, Fall 2016 was far more restrained than usual, with rustic wooden floorboards lining the runway and meditative “nature sounds” playing over the sound system, but all this tranquility faded once the designer unleashed the full arsenal of his atelier’s work.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

Models appeared swathed in swirls of hand- painted chiffon or sparkling sequin- encrusted silk. Large, ostentatious fur stoles draped over their shoulders and faces were framed by snug, wide- brimmed caps trimmed with iridescent feathers or more richly- coloured fur. This was everything you could ever wish for in a JPG show and more: silk catsuits patterned like wooden planks, slinky gowns covered in elaborate ornamentation, outsized knits, lush fur- trimmed cashmere cardigans worn belted over leather pencil skirts and dramatic fur- lined cape- coats in silk brocade and velvet. There were some glamourous pieces made entirely of silver lamé jacquard and covered with extensive crystal and sequin appliqués, and more dreamy fur coats constructed from patchwork pelts of fox, astrakhan, beaver, coyote and lambskin.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

Evening gowns were layers of simple sheaf dresses worn under heavily- adorned bustier tops with trailing attached panels. Plain satin minidresses worn over fussy skirts of organza, tulle, fur or feather- embellished net, and figure- hugging column gowns constructed from silk, velvet and net wowed the press. An ode to JPG’s trademark ‘hybrid’ gowns (half dress, half suit) were ultra- glamourous, and an unmitigated improvement to the original look.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

However, this being a JPG show, there had to be a little contrast to all the luxury. Since the glamourous fare referenced an untamed forest, lumberjacks provided his opposition. Rugged windbreakers, deconstructed knitwear and even a large fur- topped backpack, appeared draped over gowns and embellished seperates. There were leather gloves, hardy-looking leather leggings and even some tartan in the mix! Mr. Gaultier’s ode to the “chemise Canadienne”(lumberjack shirt)- made into evening gowns and long robes of silk, wool, velvet and fur were notable. Extravagant and over- the- top, these pieces added a little jaunty grit to an already- fabulous lineup.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

With all that said, this was one of the most restrained JPG collections in years- and in many ways it was one of his best, since Mr. Gaultier’s toned- down dramatics allowed the audience to really see and appreciate the extraordinary creativity and workmanship that goes into his garments. A lustrous palette in multiple shades of greens and browns really allowed Mr. Gaultier’s unexpected shapes, sculptural cuts and dramatic silhouettes to shine, while providing a neutral base for all the elaborate surface treatments that were on display.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

This was a collection that was incredibly focused on textural contrast and seductive imagery, with beaded embroideries, feather embellishments and trompe-l’œil appliqués mimicking the textures of lichen, bark and moss, while prints on metallic satin and floaty chiffon depicted a moody forest landscape with a brooding, dreamlike effect. “The workmanship is very, very, very couture,” Mr. Gaultier emphasized. “It can’t be copied.”

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

And it really can’t be copied! Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2016 Couture show was an inimitable mix of seductive, luxurious glamour with an incredibly creative and deeply imaginative central vision. It was a great collection with a craft level of striking heights, and a dramatic factor that was even more so.

Jean Paul Gautier Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image INDIGITALIMAGES

This was true Haute Couture, and proof that Jean Paul Gaultier can even do woodsy- chic.

Xx – Ana

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

The roads are overflowing with models! There are some great summer wedding worthy looks in this pic.
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The Spring 2017 Men’s shows have taken over New York and attendees have turned up the cool factor. Although it’s spring on the runways, summer style is what’s on show throughout the city- and no one does effortless summer cool like a stylish New Yorker. Let’s pick up some tips!

Face it- this picture is all about that beautiful dog. What a puffball! It’s owner is totally on point too, with that great matching dress and natural hair! Matching your dog- it’s the new thing!
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That jacket is on 100%.
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I really like this look, but with a black, beep navy blue or grey tshirt instead of that coral.
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Common could put on anything and make it instantly cool, but this man has serious style. That jacket is on. point.
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I love this- stylish parents raising a stylish child! The future is bright. All the points for the fresh white outfits and cool kicks!
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Looking sharp sir!
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Model Lais Ribeiro looking stunning in a breezy daytime/ running errands/ going to castings look. Hail that cab Lias!
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An obvious model wearing a vest that says “unsigned”… what’s not to love! Not so much a street style picture, but a cool one. I like his vest and bracelets.
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I’m really into the rough, military look of this fella’s shirt. His grey hair is pretty cool too.
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Not a fan of those shorts, but that Asian inspired jacket is great. I’ll give this man points for his overall use of color though.
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Seriously… how cool are those vintage looking bikes?! The suits and 50’s hair are great too.
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This gentleman’s got a great all denim look going.
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This is a great look. With the cap, Don Trentalange is ready for strolling around or maybe evening drinks. Without it, he’s ready for the night. Versatility is an important part of fashion and Don gets it.
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My best,

Estevan

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

I love this guy’s style, especially that dragon covered Gucci bomber. Milan, June 2016. Image – mensfashionpost, instagram.com

With this week’s close of the shows at Milano Moda Uomo S/S 2017, there has been a flood of great street style. Milan is always the place to see some great, relatable style both on the runway and off, and this year’s attendees didn’t disappoint!

The woman on the left is where it’s all at! From her cool gold skirt to her fish necklace, she’s amazing. Milan, June 2016. Image – vogue.co.uk

For this week’s SIDEWALK SAUNTER, let’s appreciate some street stars of the Milano shows. Enjoy-

The perpetually well dressed Anna Dello Russo in Milan, June 2016. What a great party look! Image- vogue.co.uk

That denim jacket is cool, but it’s nonchalant placement makes it amazing. Milan, June 2016. Image- wmagazine.com

Details galore. Cool bag, cool scarf, and I’m pretty sure the rest of her outfit is cool too. Milan, June 2016. Image- wmagazine.com

Another denim jacket… maybe I’m really into denim now. The long grey t-shirt and the guy’s messy hair are pretty cool too. Milan, June 2016. Image – vogue.co.uk

Swagger. Milan, June 2016. Image – wmagazine.com

Yup, I’m definitely feeling denim in a big way. That aside, this woman is definitely something- in a big denim shirt and just minding her phone, she looks hot! This could almost be a Coke add!
Milan, June 2016. Image – vogue.co.uk

Anna Dello Russo slaying the scene again, this time with a pair of equally stylish friends. Milan, June 2016. Image- wmagazine.com

A blue toned Rihanna sweater worn with pride… need I say more? Milan, June 2016. Image – wmagazine.com

My best,

Estevan