"It just takes a little bit of this, a little bit of that/It started with a kiss now we're up to bat/A little bit of laughs, a little bit of pain/I'm tellin' you my dear, its all in the game of love..."--Santana feat. Michelle Branch, 'Game of Love'
So regarding 'Men's Fashion Week," my friend Thysha remarked, "Good to look at, but I'm a girlie girl. I want to hear about girl stuff!"
I'm pretty sure her sentiments mirror those of others...so for Friday, I decided to do a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. I'm going to answer a few mail bombs for the ladies (just a couple), then delve head on into the Fashionable Male Contest.
First, let's answer some mail:)
Reader Tiffany says:
"I spotted this pic @ YBF & I absolutely LOVE Tracee's shoes...
...and they happen to be my favorite color. I was wondering if you could help me out as to where I could find/buy these shoes!"
Well, a quick search turned up these Alexander McQueen Peep Toe Platforms...
...which are $715 at www.net-a-porter.com. I couldn't find the purple color anywhere, but I think a short trip to Neiman's might do the trick. Good luck!
Next up, Kim asks:
"Just saw these shoes on Ciara...
...and I can't seem to figure out who they are by. Any ideas? "
Well the herringbone checkered pattern reminded me of Yves Saint Laurent's Spring 2007 Ready to Wear show...
And with a little sleuthing, I found that these shoes are indeed part of that collection...
...and are $795 at Yves Saint Laurent stores. Visit www.ysl.com for more info.
Short and sweet, yes, but that does it for Mail Bombs today. Look out for more next week!
Now on to the main event: The Fashion Bomb's Third Fashionable Contest!
So I received many great submissions, and while I have my thoughts on who should win, you, faithful readers, get to choose the winner and future recipient of the Nautica N Series Straight Leg Jeans. Place your vote by leaving comments...and feel free to debate if you like!
So our first contestant is dapper gentleman Michael Schuler...
...who works at men's store Skyline Boutique in Austin, Texas (www.skyline360.com). His boss, who nominated him, says, "He ALWAYS comes to work fly..."
Next up reader Donyetta thought her boo fit the bill...
...because, "He's not afraid to wear the colors that men aren't "supposed" to wear. He does his own thing and looks good doing it!"
Reader Leslie nominated her little brother Edwin...
...because "...he is only 16 years old but has such an ecclectic urban fashion sense."
Fashion Bomb enthusiast Bonnita seems to be surrounded on all sides by fashionable men... she submitted 3 entries!
Her first is Mr. Marcus who, she says, "is one of my "favorite fashion buddies,"
"...he stays adorned in labels ranging from Dolce & Gabbana to Fashion Geek Clothing. I love his style!"
Next, she tells us about her best friend Michael Paul...
...who she says, "...is always fly, crisp and avant-garde. Check out how he sports the tweed pageboy cap, which complements the Rusty Orange/Gray/Chocolate argyle sweater, button-down and tie ensemble."
Lastly, she nominated 'VIC' who she refers to as,"Fresh 2 Def material"...
...She says that he's not "...afraid of wearing color, prints or being ahead of the fashion game (as you can see). As the better half of LEADER 1354 [one of the dopest sneaker/apparel stores in Chicago], he is known as a trendsetter on the fashion streets of Da CHI." Alright, I'll check out his myspace page!
You might think that's all, but I'm not done yet!
I decided to take a look around NYC to see if there were any fashionable males I could enter into the contest! I found two potentials just walking around.
I stopped dude because I admired his 'urban' yet 'dapper' vibe...
...the bright colors in his sneakers coordinated well with his shirt, yet everything was neutralized by his well cut, dark colored blazer.
Lastly, this young man, Chris...
...was the embodiment of 'grown & sexy' in his argyle sweater and camel coat. Polished and classy, he's all about business and communicates (as my boy said yesterday) that he has important places to go.
Well that was more than a handful. Hope you enjoyed the eye candy!
Now comes the hard part: Who do you think is the most fashionable male??? Is it Edwin? Michael Paul? Chris?
Leave comments and let me know!
PS I'm off to Boston this weekend to check out my alma mater's super cool (yet sometimes scandalous) fashion show. You'll hear all about it next week, trust me. Now y'all have great weekends, ya'hear?
PSS In DC? Meet Tim Gunn today! I found out these details via myspace, so I'm not sure if it's legit...but if you have time to spare, why not? Here are the deets:
Come meet Tim Gunn on Friday, April 20th from 3-5 p.m. at Olsson's Books in Washington D.C (4187 7th Street NW). Tim will be answering questions and signing his new book Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style.
PSSS NYC Fashionistas: My friend Gigi and I went to the Girlshop's 'going out of business' sale yesterday, and it was a huge YAWN. The sales weren't that great, and the selection was worse. Don't waste your time!