Today’s Femme Friday focuses on one of the most colorful and exotic trends this season: scarf prints. Bright and bold, scarf prints were seen on Spring 2012 runways in dresses, blouses, blazers, and even shoes. No other design house more elegantly captured these prints than D&G.
Retailers worldwide were quick to offer easy options to incorporate scarf prints into any woman’s spring/summer wardrobe. Pairing a printed blouse or skirt with simple neutrals like white highlights this trend without being overwhelming. Accessories like bags or actual scarves are also a great way to dip your toe into the scarf print pool.
Despite today’s hot weather, look cool and stay stylish and have a very Femme Friday.
Inspired by fellow men’s style blogger and bow tie enthusiast Buffalo Dandy, I made a bow tie to commemorate my first Bow Tie Friday. The pattern was pretty straight forward and I used fabric that I happend to have. For my first go at it, I’m pretty pleased with the results. Paired with my Coca-Cola sweater (I was inspired by D&G) from Target ($7 on clearance), this bow tie is the perfect escort into an amazing weekend.
Go forth and dress well.
Pattern and instructions can be found here. A word of cautious, I have a small neck and this fits me perfectly so you may need to adjust accordingly.
While listening to the Scissor Sisters recently, I couldn’t help but remember the collection that had prompted my love affair with the band: D&G Spring 2007. This is arguably one of D&G’s wilder collections, not that I’m not applauding it. In fact, I think it’s incredible. The zebra prints, fluorescent tights, corsets, and spiked heels combine to create an army of Mad Max neon vixens marching down the runway, ribbons in tow. It works. I don’t know how, but it works. And the entire trek is set to the undeniably catchy “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” by the Scissor Sisters.
I know I’m straying from my menswear roots, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up. A gentleman doesn’t discriminate. This one’s for you, ladies.
Watch the entire show here, although the quality leaves something to be desired.
When it was confirmed last year that the D&G line would be closed down and merged into its parent Dolce & Gabbana, I was devastated. D&G had been one of the primary brands attracting me to menswear. With its vibrant, youthful feel and brazen attitude, the line was a distinct departure from the less playful, often slightly austere collections from Dolce & Gabbana. And while Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce assured the fashion world that the decision was to add “even more strength and energy to [their] collections,” I saw no hint of D&G anywhere in the Fall 2012 show this past January, the first collection since the brand’s dissolution. I found myself missing the cheekiness of D&G that had defined the brand for years.
To pay homage to D&G’s Spring 2012 collection, its finale, I’ve assembled my favorite looks from the runway. The show was rich with vibrant Moroccan prints and light, heavily distressed denim. It is a quintessential summer collection and a fitting farewell to an incredibly influential brand.
I couldn’t get over the the denim waistbands mixed with the silk prints. It’s absolute genius.
Those denim waistbands are insanely clever, a trait inherent in all of D&G’s collections.
Guys, if you don’t have a faded denim shirt, get one immediately. For the next 6 months, it will never look wrong.
And while you’re at it, grab a pair of loose fitting ripped denim in a medium blue. It’s hot outside, so it’s okay to betray your skinny jeans for awhile.
When denim shorts initially resurfaced on runways several seasons back, they were short, tight, and generally terrible. A loose fitting pair is a much better option and works on almost every guy.
Denim on denim? Cool on cool.
Gentleman, cargo shorts can be stylish! An added plus is that they can be purchased everywhere and on any budget.
Find, steal, or purchase a denim jacket this year. Medium is good. Lighter is better.
So long, D&G. I’ll catch you on the fashion flip side.