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Sep 23, 2010
03:34 PMWindow Shopping
What's Hot This Week
Hopefully you all saw my "Pick of the Week" the other day—so cute! I plan on posting these weekly (well, that's obvious with the name), likely on Tuesdays. I had been a bit lax on posting these the last couple of weeks, but my head is always brimming with these--I have multiple picks going on all of the time! It helps that I'm out and about all of the time meeting with store owners, scouting stores and checking out boutiques online.
Wanted to share with you our October "The Sharp-Dressed Man" photo spread (three of the looks are shown in the pic, there are six total in the the actual spread), which was quite fulfilling to put together! You see, from time to time I get the question "Why don't you feature men's fashion as much as women's fashion?" That's quite simple—my forte is women's fashion, not to mention men's fashion is less changeable; less trendy (this is true not just in my opinion, but from others that I've spoken with that work in men's retail, too). They don't have as many "must-haves" of the season as women do—so it's typically easier to put together women's looks since we wear such a variety of pieces: boots, stilettos, booties, sandals, wedges, dresses, all cuts of pants, tops—it's mind-boggling! So needless to say that's the reason. But readers, you'll be interested to know that our October menswear spread actually has more looks in it than our "Rich & Refined" fall fashion spread did! That photo shoot only had four looks—our October "Sharp-Dressed Man" shoot has six.
So the next time someone asks me why I don't do men's fashion as much, I'll have to direct them to this fab shoot we did. This shoot came about because I really wanted to tackle men's dressing from multiple angles: what he wears to work, on the weekend and everything in between. I honed in on six different, of-the-moment trends for guys: military, brights, menswear, plaid, layered looks and a dressed-up sweatshirt look.
What's interesting is that these are all variations of trends that are popular for women, too. Military (if you aren't already seeing it everywhere) is hot. Brights? Yes, please—in handbags, pumps and tops for us. Plaid is always popular for us in the fall—but we're seeing a more Americana twist on it for the gals (see: Tommy Hilfiger's ad campaign for Fall/Winter 2010). And dressed-up sweats are, yes, also a trend for the ladies. InStyle did an interesting photo spread on this look in their September issue, pairing a dressier pair of capri sweats with everything from a daytime cardi to, yes, a sequin tank top and platform pumps (!) for night.
Another notable mention relating to our menswear spread: Context's Gitman Brothers Vintage shirt in plaid flannel 60 and their Hill-Side Selvage Covert chambray tie (both shown in the middle look, above) was featured on page 70 of The New York Times Style Magazine's "Up A Notch" spread featuring tailored, three-piece suit options for the guys. I'm proud to say that we were right on in our picks for plaid! Unfortunately I have the print magazine, but couldn't find the spread online for you to view, but if I find it, I'll post it!
Also, check out my October "Window Shopping" column on Orange Tree Imports—a thirty-five-year-old shop on Monroe Street!