On The Runway: Coach AW 15

Coach made its debut into men’s ready-to-wear this weekend at London Collection: Men and in short, I loved it.  

The leather goods company stayed true to it strengths with great outerwear including an abundance of shearling.  The sheepskin even made its way to onto a few of the shoes that looked fashionable and functional.  Creative director Stuart Vevers also took this opportunity to go with military inspired color ways -- including olive and camouflage – that went perfectly with leather (or looked great in leather i.e. a olive shearling motorcycle jacket). Check below for some of my favorite looks from the show.


On The Runway: Parke & Ronen SS15

So I had the opportunity to attend Fashion Week in person this year and let me just tell you, I wasn't ready.  I mean, of course I was expecting amazing swimwear from Parke & Ronen (and they delivered), but what I wasn't expecting, was the equally amazing knits and jackets that came down the runway as well.

This being my first fashion week experience, I was amazed at how pictures don’t do the clothes justice.  Don’t get me wrong, the clothes do look great in the pictures, but it lacks the movement and it loses some of the details.  But coming back to this show specifically, I felt like Parke & Ronen’s knit tank tops and polo’s were absolutely amazing.  

Throughout the entire collection there was no shortage of color or prints.  From floral to nautical stripes to plaid to geometric… every print was sophisticated and well placed and combined with the light color palette and the fits of the clothes, I was getting a retro French Riviera vibe from the collection that was quite enticing.

I feel like I should point out that the jacket in my favorite look (above) needs to be in my closet ASAP… also the white pants with the stripe on the side… and also the knit polo’s and tanks -- so pretty much the entire collection needs to magically appear in my closet.

I could keep talking about how great I think this collection is but I want to hear what you guys have to say.  Tell me what you think below!

And here are some more of my favorite looks:


Red R(over) Black

      Living in California, I will find any excuse to wear my coats, and given that this winter has been unseasonably warm, I have tried to wear a coat every time the mercury drops anywhere near cold!  This red coat from Zara is one of my favorites.  I find that it is a almost the perfect color, it’s a little darker than true red, but that only seems to make it more wearable.  It is still very strong and will make a statement, but its not going to overpower a look… or an onlooker. 

      I matched it up with a new pair of sweatpants that I have recently purchased. Now, I am a fan of sweatpants, but what stops me from wearing them all the time is that after a few hours of wear, the knee area gets stretched out and makes the sweatpants appear unsightly, there are few things worse than baggy knees.  So I got this pair with knee patches and it solved my issue (so if you start seeing these often, I am sorry, but they are amazing).  They also had a nice detail on the back pocket which was a bit of a surprise.  On the top half, I threw on a collared shirt and sweater to dress this look up a little and stop me from looking like bum and of course my coat topped the look off! But I guess its time to put my coats back away and bring out the shorts!

What are you guys going to miss most about winter?

What I have on:
Coat: Zara , Sweater: H&M , Shirt: Old Navy , Sweatpants: Retro Distrikt , Shoes: Puma


DIY Vest and Leather

Every few months I try to go through my closest and pick out the things that either don’t fit or I just don’t think fit my personal style anymore, and from there I would usually just donate them or throw them away if they were old.  But ever since I have put myself on a budget a few months ago, I have been trying to be more resourceful.  Which means I first think of any possible alterations I could make to the item to make it more me.  And that is exactly what I did with this shirt. 

I got this shirt back in high school when I was rockin’ Monarchy, Christian Audiger, Ed Hardy and the likes; but if you have seen my blog, you’ll know that my style has changed drastically since then.  So I realized by taking off some of the heavy embroidery (aka chopping off the sleeves) I could make this shirt work.  Then I decided since color-blocking is in and its still a bit chilly out, I could throw on a basic black long sleeve tee shirt under it to make it more current.  Pair it with some leather boots and some joggers and you got yourself a completely new look without even spending a dime.  Oh the wonders of scissors.

What I have on:
Black tee shirt: American Apparel , Button-up Shirt: 7 Diamonds , Jacket: Zara , Joggers: ASOS , Boots: Sebago , Watch: WeWood


Waxed Turtle

So if you are wondering why there are leaves covering the ground when its about to be spring, it’s because these pictures were taken at the end of fall.  I know, a little late but this look pretty much sums up my winter wardrobe this year. 

The turtleneck sweater is a great piece to keep your neck warm if you want to forego a scarf.  It also gives that warm grandpa sweater vibe and they are super comfortable.  If you opt for a wool or cashmere knit, it will also keep you quite warm with very little else under or over it (just be careful with your fabric choice as it may irritate your neck).  This season has definitely showed a revival in the popularity of turtlenecks and they are only on the rise, so if you haven’t gotten one yet, I suggest picking one up at the end-of-season sales for next fall/winter.  They are great for people with long necks because they cut your neck in half making it appear shorter.  And if your lacking in the neck length department, it doesn’t mean they are off limits to you, I would just suggest staying with thinner fabrics that aren’t going to add bulk to your neck.

On the bottom, I wanted to contrast the look of the chunky sweater with slim waxed jeans and a pair of zip-up boots.  These ended up giving the look a harder edge.  Waxed denim is also a great step if you are not bold enough to wear leather pants.  They can be worn in very similar ways and give somewhat of the same effect on an outfit.

So what do you guys think? Ready to go get a turtleneck?
 - Micah

What I am wearing:
Turtleneck Sweater: H.E. by Mango , Waxed Jeans: Joe’s Jeans , Boots: J.D. Fisk

P.S. - After a two-month hiatus, I’ve got some great looks to share with you guys so make sure you check back! 


Sweats and Leopard

For some reason, the weather decided to jump from unseasonably warm, to unseasonably cold within the span of a week; which meant it was time to bring out the big coats and scarves and layer up.  I’m actually not complaining though because I do actually love this cold weather.  Something about being all toasty under three layers of clothing is quite appealing to me.  And lets not forget that cold weather gives you a plethora of styling options!

Now for this outfit I thought comfortable meets fashionable.  In cold weather, my favorite thing to wear is sweaters (as in knit sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.) so it’s no surprise that I picked out this quilted piece that brings a nice subtle texture to your look.  Then I continued with the simplicity for the rest of the look and added more black and white.  But then I wanted something a little more for my shoes, so I brought out my favorite leopard shoes (read: only) to bring the look to the next level. 
So what do you guys think, would you wear a pop of leopard?

What I have on:
Sweatshirt: Zara , Infinity Scarf and Coat: H&M , Jogger Pants: ZAK Brand , Shoes: Christian Louboutin , Watch: Nooka


Fall Camouflaged

The past few months have been quite a whirlwind and with winter finally creeping up on us, I think it is finally time to put away my shorts and bring out the jackets.  Now some of you have done this a good while ago, but we Fresnonians have been seeing our fall weather be well into the 70’s, so excuse me as I show some skin.  And speaking of fall, this blue and brown camo shirt is great alternative to classic camouflage and is perfect for the fall/winter months!

Shirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target , Jacket and Snapback: Topman , Shorts: Life/After/Denim , Shades: Tevin Vincent , Shoes: Fred Perry