On Trend.

I love it when you find out that a purchase you made in 2012 as a gamble will be on trend for 2013… Glad to hear that canvas/leather mixed material bags are predicted for this upcoming Spring/Summer season! Cheers to Urban Outfitters!

Runway shows that changed my life.

So much has changed since junior high when I started to pour over fashion magazines and follow designers. I remember the excitement of being exposed to an entirely new world. I wanted to share with my readers a couple of the shows that inspired me in my fashion endeavors! Not only do both of these designers continually set the pace in originality but also in catering to a younger audience! The first time I saw these shows I remember being completely drawn in and completely inspired to take my own personal fashion to another level!  Without further a due, Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2007 and DSquared2 Fall 2010 Menswear.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpQDHNuVgpU 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNwd7VGPaaA

The Dolce show is within itself one of the most innovative collections I’ve seen.  Not because of some extreme Avant Garde appeal, but rather break through use of fabric textures while maintaining a certain elegance.  The way they use the outside shell of clear plastic with a buttery smooth under layer on some of the signature looks is well…magic! It’s chic meets innovation at it’s best!

When it comes to edgy wearable menswear, I look no further than DSquared2.  As stated above, I’m a huge fan of combining textures, looks, or fabrics and this collection screams a collision between rocker and James Bond.  Granted, the show is a bit on the morbid side, yet it’s the best of both worlds giving the DSquared2 man the opportunity to be both “dapper” and street smart.

Both shows walk the line between straight laced tailoring and fantasy.  And that my friends, is exactly how I would describe my style-partially as a result of the above two shows.  Enjoy!

Good Spirit.

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” -Alicia Keys

Fur. And how to handle it.

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A common theme within my wardrobe as well as a huge winter trend right now is fur.  In all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles-whether faux or real-fur is definitely an “it” item.  A common concern I hear is, “Josh, that works for you but it’s just too much for me.”  I understand the statement but hopefully I can help break down a few of those misconceptions as well as give some tips on how to rock it…from beginner to advanced.  

So a couple of things to keep in mind.  Unless you’re planning on living on the completely eccentric side of things, I would avoid brightly dyed furs.  You want to look glamorous and even a bit rugged, not cartoonish.  Secondly, and this is more of a personal suggestion, but I would decline on anything overly shaggy or long.  You don’t want it looking like you’re wearing 70’s shag carpet or matted bed head on your person.  I think not!  So without further complication here are my suggestions!

Beginner Status:

Coat with fur lined hood.  Although it’s considered the most conservative use of fur (besides lining something solely on the inside of a garment), I love the look of a fur lined hood.  It’s an easy and simple way to start adding it into your wardrobe

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Secondly, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fur scarves that have been popping up everywhere!  I own 5 or 6 already and they are for sure my new addiction!  Dress up a simple dress or button up with luxury around your neck!  And since they’re made in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, and styles, you can easily find one to fit your look!  Shown below is (against rumor) not my closet although I wish it was!

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Intermediate:

Rock a vest yo!  As with the fur scarves showing up in boutiques everywhere, the fur vest is an easy to find upgrade to any top you’re wearing this winter season!  Throw it over a t shirt and leggings for a rugged rocker look or over a cocktail dress for a more regal nod to the vest!

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Advanced:

Naturally, the most difficult fur to pull off is a full on fur coat but there are still ways you can do it without over exaggeration.  A word to the fashion shy, start with coats that have fur fringe (shown below).  If you are planning on rolling with the floor length chinchilla (faux or real) dress coat, keep it chic underneath.  Black is the perfect combination for most fur coats but bring a lint roller along (you don’t want to look like your dog sat on your lap on the drive over!)  Pair with platform boots or leather wedges to accentuate the coat!

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 Happy Trapping! (Unless you’re the faux kind of person in which case Happy Poly-Shopping).