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Wang for Days

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After the announcement of Alexander Wang’s H&M collaboration earlier this year, customers have been anxiously anticipating a preview of the coveted capsule collection. Well, now all of the looks are here, including tons of neoprene, utilitarian winter outerwear, and items garnished with a bold “WANG” logo. There were some great bags and shoes, too, like those slide-on sandals, leather high-top sneakers, and leather backpacks. And let’s not forget about the accessories. Bringing a few things from his “items” collection to the masses, Wang threw in the towel…literally. He also threw in a pair of goggles, a water bottle, a trophy, boxing gloves, keychains, and a whistle ring (because why not?).

The collection epitomizes Wang’s minimal, sporty aesthetic, providing tons of timelessly stylish pieces; we’re putting virtually every single thing on our wish list, to be honest. And while a lot of these items would make great investment pieces, there’s no need to shell out all of your money. In the event that you somehow forgot about H&M’s remarkable prices, you’d be pleasantly surprised to find out that many of these pieces come in below the $400 mark.

Every H&M designer collaboration is kind of a big deal, with customers lining up hours before store openings to get their hands on these pieces before they run out. Meanwhile, Alexander Wang is undoubtedly one of the biggest contemporary labels of the moment. The New York-based designer’s mass following expands well-beyond the realms of the high fashion niche. In other words, it wouldn’t be surprising if the release of this collection resulted in utter pandemonium. We’d definitely recommend reading up on some tips for shopping an H&M designer collaboration, especially this one. And in case your calendars aren’t already marked (which they definitely should be by now), Alexander Wang’s collection for H&M will be available at select H&M stores and at hm.com on November 6.

Check out the full Alexander Wang x H&M lookbook below!

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Shop the Trends

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Let’s be real, we’re in kind of a confusing point in fashion; the spring 2015 menswear shows only recently wrapped up, and the industry is currently in preparation for next season’s women’s fashion. Meanwhile, retailers are clearing out their current pieces from spring 2014. But regardless of all the things pulling our attention in different directions, the fall 2014 collections are finally upon us. Yes, it’s still hot out, and you could probably sweat just thinking about putting on a new leather jacket or shearling coat. However, the temperatures will be dropping before you know it. Not only do you want to be prepared for the cooler weather, but you want to be stylish while doing so. While trends shouldn’t completely dictate your wardrobe, they’ll definitely serve as useful guidelines when it comes to your fall shopping trip. Here are some of the fall’s top trends for both menswear and womenswear and the best items to match.

 

 

SUIT UP

When it comes to fall and winter, every guy needs to step up his suit game. And it shouldn’t be too hard, as classic tailoring is quintessential in a fall/winter men’s collection. But sharp tailoring isn’t just for the guys; these days, sleek blazers and matching trousers look just as nice on ladies. Meanwhile, coats, dresses, shirts, and skirts can be given a spruced-up, professional twist. Whether office attire or eveningwear, there’s plenty to choose from in terms of structure and elegance, all of which can outlast a single season.


MOD SQUAD

The swinging 60s always make a comeback every now and then, but for fall 2014, this return seems stronger than ever. With festive colors and patterns on otherwise simple silhouettes, there are plenty of fun sweaters, dresses, and other items at your disposal. These pieces go exceptionally well with simple shoes and accessories, by the way.


SHEAR GENIUS

Shearling could seem like a bit of an obvious trend for the fall/winter season, probably because it’s a truly timeless staple. However, these pieces are anything but basic. In more colors and textures than you could imagine, shearling makes its typical appearance on outerwear and shoes, though it also pops up on bags and other accessories. Bundling up for fall can kind of suck sometimes. Not with these chic shearlings.


TIGHT KNIT

Another cliché for fall, knitwear was also redone in a variety of inventive ways for fall 2014, because designers know that no one wants just a boring sweater. Sure, traditional knits were aplenty. But for those who crave a little more pizzazz, there were sweater dresses, capes, and more. Some labels even churned out some unexpected items – like pleated skirts or men’s shirts – in knitwear form. Looks like it’s time to throw away your ugly Christmas sweater.


WORLD EXPLORER

Some might say “gypsy” or “boho,” but we’re calling it as we see it: designers are getting a lot of random influences from all across the globe. The end result shows furs and textures alongside animal prints and other patterns. Layering is key for fall and winter, so if you’re going to do it, then why not pile on a variety of influences? Go ahead, tap into your wanderlust this fall, and be sure to enjoy the journey.


DANCING IN THE STREETS

Streetwear and sportswear were just as present in the fall collections as everywhere else they’ve popped up in the past year. Meanwhile, some designers were getting a little excited this season, meshing rave-appropriate attire with these urban elements. Wild hues and prints appeared on everything from sneakers to parkas and more. A bit over-the-top at times? Maybe. But one’s thing’s for sure: fall 2014 is about to be party time.

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Sneak Attack

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We’ve talked about it more than a lot, so you already know that sportswear is hands down THE hottest trend of the moment. And this makes a good pair of sneakers beyond essential. Sure, you could throw on your old running shoes that you’ve had forever in an attempt to channel “normcore.” Don’t, though; a better option would probably be to find your dream shoe. Getting that “it-kick” can be a bit of a pain in the ass, and it’s not always worth the hefty price tag. However, there are plenty of pairs that you wouldn’t regret, versatile enough to be worn from your morning run through your night out (yes, really).

So, what exactly makes a “good sneaker?”

Unfortunately, fashion with function doesn’t always equate to a lower pricepoint. Yet superb materials and immaculate construction are just a couple benefits, and a heavy dose of style will appropriately thrust you into the omnipresent sporty obsession. Sticking to classics like Converse Chuck Taylor’s is always a good idea, that specific style looking just as good as a black high-top as it does low and white. Speaking of go-to sports brands, names like Nike and Adidas never disappoint. Of course, a pair of the latter’s classic “Superstars” are just as acceptable as a version from their collaborative efforts with Raf Simons and Rick Owens. And don’t think those are the only high-end labels getting in the game. Givenchy and Maison Martin Margiela provide a few fantastic options, too. Even fast-fashion brands like Zara offer some great selections. And the best part? A lot of these kicks would be equally awesome on guys and girls. Did we use the word “versatile” yet?

Neutral colors are usually a good idea, as with most purchases, but why not have some fun? Add a little color and maybe even a pattern; you deserve it after a good workout. Oh, and if all else fails, you can just print your favorite Instagram snapshot onto a pair.

Check out some of the hottest and most versatile sneakers below!

 

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Alexander Wang x H&M

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The title pretty much says it all. For H&M’s next designer collaboration, the fast-fashion powerhouse has tapped none other than it-designer Alexander Wang. Wang made his Instagram debut with a teaser video for the collection (below), while also breaking the news at a Coachella party. The video features nothing more than field lights and a countdown clock with the numbers 11:06, implying that the collaboration will hit stores on November 6 of this year.

H&M’s past collaborations have come from the likes of Versace, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and most recently Isabel Marant, whose collection for the global retailer sent sales through the roof. And with Wang’s immense popularity beyond the realms of just the fashion industry, there’s no doubt that this endeavor will be one of the biggest mashups yet. It’s also pretty likely that this will warrant crazed crowds and possible stampedes upon it’s retail debut; it’s recommended that shoppers prepare themselves ahead of time for potential madness. But until the highly anticipated November 6 release date, we can all stay up-to-date on the latest news for Wang’s H&M collaboration via Instagram.

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The Ultimate Guide to Paris

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With Paris Fashion Week right around the corner, the City of Lights is on plenty of people’s minds. Sure, we’re looking forward to Fashion Month’s grand finale, including Nicolas Ghesquière’s comeback with his first collection for Louis Vuitton, the always-anticipated work by Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy and more stunning presentations from some of the world’s elite design experts. But there’s much more to be seen in this iconic city than just a few runway shows. Whether you’re a front row regular, a newbie fighting to make it into the standing section or simply someone taking in the abundant beauty, here’s your guide to navigating Paris.

Getting There and Getting Around:

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If you’ve been at it since New York Fashion Week, your bags are probably already packed. If not, pack accordingly. While this doesn’t mean striped crew-neck sweaters and berets (please, don’t), plenty of versatile black garments, stylish scarves, sharp outerwear and fresh footwear will serve as a solid base to the “Parisian chic” sensibility. Some smart tips would be to bring a pickpocket-proof bag, as theft is an unfortunate possibility, and of course, bring a few standout statement pieces to get in on the Fashion Week festivities.

Transportation is definitely an essential for Paris Fashion Week, and while some people are lucky enough to have a driver cart them around to all of the shows, many will have to rely on the cities resources to get from A to B (and everywhere in between). Boasting one of the best transportation systems in the world, the RATP’s Metro, RER, bus and tram lines will surely get you wherever you need to go, so don’t hesitate to pick up a Navigo or carnet. If you do choose the taxi route…don’t. Trying to get a cab is borderline torturous, wasting precious time and potentially missing shows. Instead, set aside some extra euros for the Uber app, which seems more efficient in Paris than many other cities. And if all else fails, the city is small enough to make walking a somewhat reasonable option. If you have the time, you’ll definitely be treated by the ubiquitous beauty at every corner along the way.

For any last-minute hotel plans, it’s always best to avoid the wild tourist traps. Why not treat yourself and go the luxury route? Easily one of the most elite would be Hôtel Costes, situated right on the high-end Rue Saint Honoré in Paris’ 1er arrondissement. The lavish lodging features a restaurant, bar, florist, perfume boutique and more. For something a little more “off the beaten path,” check out Hôtel Amour, the epitome of “Parisian cool.” A diamond in the rough, located in the stereotypically seedy Pigalle neighborhood, this spot features a delicious restaurant on a picturesque terrace and painfully chic chambres.

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Sightseeing and Museums:

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Not only is it the fashion capital of the world, but Paris is also the home to some of the world’s best artwork. While museums like the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou earned their fame for a reason, it never hurts to switch it up a bit. Tucked away in Montmartre is the impressive Espace Dali, showing several of Salvador Dali’s sketches and sculptures. The Palais de Tokyo in the 16e arrondissement is a unique and provocative modern art museum where one can expect to see the unexpected, too. If the Jardin des Tuileries doesn’t impress you, head over to the far corner of the gardens and check out the Musée de l’Orangerie, which holds Monet’s iconic water lilies alongside other incomprehensibly fantastic art.

And while the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe are all must-see landmarks, you won’t have trouble finding them during a casual stroll, and there’s really no need to climb them. Instead, opt for the Grande Arche of La Défense, the centerpiece of the ultra-modern commerce district just to the west of the city limits. The Catacombes de Paris are also an astonishing experience, while you can keep up your grim pleasures with a visit to Père Lachaise, the enormous cemetery that hosts Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and more. If it’s a church you seek, there’s no shortage of those, either. Right by Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle trumps its more famous neighbor, noted by mind-boggling, kaleidoscopic stained glass. Overall, Paris is the type of city where you can literally stumble upon beauty and inspiration at any second, making it exponentially easier to find another captivating landmark or exhibition.

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À Manger:

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Let’s not forget about French cuisine. You could walk into any brasserie and get a perfectly done croque monsieur (or madame), satisfy your post-night-out cravings with a 4am crêpe or indulge in macarons so pretty you almost don’t want to eat them…almost. But if we absolutely have to talk about a few standout places, then Paris has definitely got those, too.

Les Deux Abeilles is one option, located in the 7e right near the Eiffel Tower, while Restaurant le Châteaubriand and its neighbor/sibling spot, Le Dauphin are also great bets. If you choose to stop by the Palais de Tokyo, why not grab a bite to eat at the trendy, Kris Van Assche-endorsed Monsieur Bleu? Le Schmuck is yet another fantastic restaurant, and it’s nothing like its name suggests; high-quality dishes and superb ambience confirm this place’s undeniable 6e arrondissement sophistication. But hey, who says these are all the best Paris has to offer? Like previously mentioned, this town is home to some of the best cuisine on the planet, which is noticeable just about everywhere.

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Casual Cafés:

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Not everyone likes to do their meals big, and not everyone wants to go out on the town for a drink. For that, there are great options for low-key boissons and conversations with friends. Despite its historical prevalence and reputation as a Parisian hotspot, Les Deux Magots is still a perfect place to grab arguably the best coffee in the entire city. For something a little out of the ordinary, Toraya is one of the oldest Japanese patisseries. Definitely try their to-die-for green tea hot chocolate. For an immaculate wine selection in an intimate setting, head straight to La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, which also has amazing champagne and exceptional tapas.

After Dark:

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It’s no New York or Barcelona, but Paris likes to party. And during Fashion Week, that’s exponentially more noticeable. While the City of Lights has the tendency to lean on the more selective side, there’s no shortage of hotspots. The go-to venues for the fashion crowd tend to be Le Montana, Le Carmen, Le Baron and of course, Silencio. Meanwhile, Derrière and Le Tango are a couple underrated favorites.

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Shopping, Shopping, Shopping:

Okay, where does one even begin when it comes to Paris’ shopping? This might as well be a guide of its own, as the fashion capital of the world is, by default, the shopping capital of the world. Let’s break it down piece by piece, focusing a bit on some of the best neighborhoods to get your own personal slice of Parisian chic.

Passy (Metro: Passy)

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Start off in the 16e arrondissement, the peaceful, upscale quarter of Paris that embodies all of the dreams you’ve had of picturesque streets and authentic French culture. Of course, such a sophisticated area is bound to have some great shopping finds. Passy is a go-to neighborhood, featuring any major chain retailer you could imagine next to some of the most astonishing boutiques. While vintage isn’t Passy’s strong point, any second-time-around pieces you might find would only be the highest quality Chanel, Dior, Lanvin or other A-list Parisian labels. A postcard glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in between stores doesn’t quite hurt, either.

George V-Montaigne (Metro: George V; Alma-Marceau)

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If Passy’s luxury finds don’t do the trick, George V and parallel Avenue Montaigne aren’t too far away. With the same beautiful scenery, old-fashioned buildings and fairytale-like cobblestone streets, this little area is home to some of Paris’ top maisons. For goods from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Chloé and many, many more, this area will definitely have what you seek.

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Just behind the quaint George V-Montaigne area is the hyper-famous Champs Élysées. It’s substantially less secluded than the former; you’ll be navigating through immense crowds of tourists along this celebrated street, which is finalized by the Arc de Triomphe in all its grandeur. However, there’s something enticing about the juxtaposition of commercial labels like H&M and Zara with luxury giants like Louis Vuitton. Whether or not you’ll find an adequate piece of Paris fashion is debatable, but you can’t leave Paris without stopping by the Champs Élysées.

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Saint-Honoré, Vendôme, Madeleine and more (Metro: Concorde; Tuileries; Madeleine)

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The entirety of the 1er arrondissement is like shopping heaven, set in possibly the most dreamlike area imaginable. Sure, it’s still a little touristy, as the Louvre and the Musée de l’Orangerie are both right down the street. Yet the unlimited supply of acclaimed retailers is unbeatable. Rue Saint-Honoré – which holds Balenciaga, Givenchy, Sandro, Saint Laurent, Hôtel Costes, Colette and countless other beautiful boutiques – runs directly into Place Vendôme, the drop-dead-gorgeous square that’s lined with hotels, restaurants and jewelers. The Marché Saint-Honoré offers a selection of spectacular eateries, too, all perfect for a quick break during what could easily be an all-day affair. Walk just a bit further, and you’ll be in the Madeleine neighborhood, which makes it seem as if shopping heaven will never end.

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Haussmann (Metro: Opéra; Chaussée d’Antin-La Fayette; Auber; Havre-Caumartin)

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And who says it has to end? Though the Grands Magasins on Boulevard Haussmann are virtually surrounded by Metro stations, you could easily walk from Madeleine after embarking on the previously suggested shopping excursion. If you crave the convenience of a department store, Haussmann is all about that, with Galeries Lafayette and Printemps right next to each other. And department store is putting it lightly, as both shops are like nothing you could ever imagine. Each one features separate stores of equal inventory for men, as well as beauty products, ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry and more under one roof. And that’s not all. Lafayette Gourmet serves as a grocery store of sorts, only with the highest quality products around. Meanwhile, Brasserie Printemps next door offers a selection for more of a sit-down meal, all under an incredible stained-glass dome. Oh, Galeries Lafayette has one of those beautiful domes, too, don’t worry. Shoppers can even stop by the salon at the top of Printemps if they’d like to get pampered in between trying on all of those international designer outfits, and to top it all off, both retailers offer a 12% tax refund to foreigners. Yes, it’s a little overwhelming, and breaking down on the floor and crying tears of joy is a possibility.

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Le Marais (Metro: Saint-Paul, Hôtel de Ville; Filles du Calvaire)

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A vibrant neighborhood with even more history and culture, Le Marais spans between both the 3e and 4e arrondissements. Sure, there are some high-end designer boutiques, but it’s the world-renowned vintage shops and jaw-dropping art galleries that really set this area apart from the rest. Verging on the hipster side, Le Marais is quickly reinventing a modern idea of Parisian cool, with a lively youth culture and eclectic sense of style. You can find one-of-a-kind stores like the Broken Arm or Les Vignoles for those items that will have your friends back home feeling insanely jealous, while the expressive, fun neighborhood is home to plenty of places made cool simply by their appearances. A historically Jewish neighborhood, Le Marais is one of the very few places in Paris that you’ll find things open on a Sunday, which will definitely come in handy for your day-off shopping, dining or art-hunting desires.

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Saint-Germain-des-Près (Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Près; Rue du Bac; Sèvres-Babylone)

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It doesn’t get more “Parisian chic” than this. The quaint neighborhood that embodies Rive Gauche style is home to even more high-end designer boutiques, including Karl Lagerfeld, Alexis Mabille, Sonia Rykiel and just about any others you can think of. Though not as off-the-beaten-path as some of the side streets in Le Marais, Saint Germain is far more peaceful than many other overcrowded Parisian shopping districts. Le Bon Marché is a fantastic alternative to the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, featuring an incredible inventory in a less chaotic environment. With tons of authentic French cuisine and cultured, educated inhabitants, it’s not hard to feel at home when finding your new favorite outfit.

Okay, so maybe it will be a little hard to find time for even half of these things during the rush of Paris Fashion Week. But there’s still so much more to mention in this incredible city, as beauty, art, fashion and inspiration all pop up just about everywhere. Keep these things in mind during your next visit to the City of Lights, whether you’re attending fashion shows or simply wandering around. Enjoy!

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All photos in this article by Scott Shapiro

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Fashion Week Essentials

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New York and London flew by, Milan is in full swing and the grand finale, Paris is just around the corner. Yet there’s never any harm in prioritizing the essentials when it comes to a hectic, nonstop month of long, exhausting days. While the forecast at NYFW called for parkas and snow boots, there are still negotiable options for staying stylish even in a freakish polar vortex. Seeing some shows is never bad, but the experience is even better when prepared with the right items.

While this is definitely coming from a bit more of a menswear slant (sorry, ladies), there’s still plenty of versatility in this selection. No matter what city you’re in, whether you’re doing ready-to-wear, menswear or couture, here are a few suggested Fashion Week essentials.

  1. Dior Homme Black Tie Sunglasses, $354.59 at FarFetch: A little shade is always necessary in maintaining personal style, and these sunnies are chic enough to get you noticed without entering the ridiculous Fashion Week eyewear category.
  2. “Heartbreak” Raglan Sleeve Coat, $274 at Sandro: You probably didn’t forget that it’s still winter; the stinging cold is pretty inevitable. But there’s no need to torture yourself when running from show to show, as this sleek navy coat with a minimalistic concealed button placket will automatically make you one of the warmest and most stylish Fashion Week participants. And it’s on sale!
  3. Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera, $1,995 at Leica: Sure, your iPhone is still necessary for snapping some sweet Instagrams, but let’s face it, your images will be far from perfect. Meanwhile, a DSLR camera is often a burden to carry around and to figure out how to use. If you want high-quality photos of all the Fashion Week action with the convenience of a point-and-shoot, this is definitely your match.
  4. The 31 Hour Backpack, $1,250 at 3.1 Phillip Lim: It seems like most guys are only carrying around totes and those portfolio/document case bags during Fashion Week. While both are undeniably stylish, who wants to carry that around all day? Gift bags, personal items and other essentials would fit perfectly in a backpack, particularly this one from 3.1 Phillip Lim. With the sporty streetwear trend so huge at the moment, you’ll look just as good and feel 31 times better.
  5. Eau Thermale Face Spray, $12.99 at La Roche Posay: Okay, this might seem a little questionable, but really, it’s amazing. Soothing your skin in the midst of chaos is even better than you’d think, and you’ll be instantly addicted to this product.
  6. Maison Martin Margiela Eau de Toilette Replica “Jazz Club,” $113.74 at Colette: Seriously, this smells exactly like Silencio (if you haven’t been to the Parisian hotspot yet, you’ll know what this means eventually). Nevertheless, you’ll need something strong yet alluring to get you through long days, and this definitely fits the bill.
  7. Snacks, Price and retailer vary: “Fashion people” have to eat, too, and no one wants to encounter a hungry, pissed off editor/stylist/buyer/blogger/etc. Often times, gift bags at shows come with no grub whatsoever, so you’ve got to BYOF. Whether the healthiness of fruits and veggies or the convenience of potato chips, everyone’s got to fuel up somehow.
  8. Acne Studios Black Leather Trousers, $1,350 at SSense: Yes, leather pants are essential. Don’t question it anymore, just enjoy the sleek edge they bring to any and every ensemble.
  9. Rick Owens Black Leather Jacket, $4,614 at The Corner: Even more necessary than leather pants is a leather jacket, particularly a Rick Owens leather jacket.
  10. Transportation, Price and retailer may vary: You have to get around somehow, right? While plenty of editors have personal drivers and certain cities have top-notch taxi services, it never hurts to invest in a MetroCard to navigate New York or a NaviGo to make the rounds in Paris.
  11. Black Stingray Embossed Notebook, $69 at Alexander Wang: Even if you’re not a journalist, Fashion Week is an explosion of inspiration. Don’t let the thoughts and ideas that all of those shows provoke go to waste.
  12. Maison Martin Margiela Patent High Top, $890 at Barneys: Following the resourcefulness of a backpack, running around from show to show is exponentially easier with the right footwear. While some might advise against white sneakers, these Maison Martin Margiela kicks are some of the best imaginable.
  13. Neil Barrett Color-Block Neoprene Sweatshirt, $490 at Lane Crawford: A good statement piece is a must for Fashion Week, even for the most dressed-down attendees. Add some lively color to an outfit with this sweatshirt made in the new best fabric ever, neoprene.

All photos for this article via the items’ respective websites

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London Calling

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After the flurry – and flurries – of New York Fashion Week, Fashion Month is moving forward. Next stop: London, the city known for harvesting some of the freshest and most captivating new talent. We have to start by addressing the pink elephant in the room, that being London’s slightly lower popularity level in comparison to New York, Milan and Paris in terms of big-name designers’ collections. But London’s fashion industry is definitely a force to be reckoned with, presenting work from established names like Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum alongside underrated experts like Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Ilincic.

While the continuation of this month-long fashion festival is sure to bring even more exciting trends and concepts, London’s skilled designers have the tendency to march to the beat of their own drummer, and we couldn’t be happier. British menswear is noted for the implementation and mastery of bespoke tailoring via Savile Row, but don’t think that’s limited to just the guys. With such an immense influence on the practice of creating garments, there’s a reason London is one of the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world.

While the next few days are all about London’s best fall 2014 ready-to-wear collections, hosting a Fashion Week in one of the world’s most incredible cities opens the doors for limitless things to experience off the runway.

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Left to Right: Courtesy Shoreditch House, Courtesy Scott’s Restaurant

A members-only lounge like Paris’ Silencio, The Shoreditch House is a perfect meeting place to gather with coworkers or friends. Though less clubby than its French counterpart, the upscale atmosphere provides a relaxing space for food and drinks in the midst of the Fashion Week madness. Meanwhile, Shoreditch is quickly becoming one of London’s hippest neighborhoods. But if you’re in the mood for a bigger meal, stop by Scott’s Restaurant over in the beautiful Mayfair district, where you can get a high-quality version of the classically English fish and chips. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little touristy.

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Left to Right: Getty Images, Getty Images, Courtesy Hale Clinic

Why not compliment your touristy meal with some more sightseeing? Though it’s impossible to go into detail about every single artistic and cultural element that London has to offer, it never hurts to start with a couple great museum visits. Tate Modern is a great option for those who prefer contemporary art, located across the river in Southeast London. Meanwhile, the Victoria & Albert Museum in the coveted Kensington neighborhood provides everything from a David Bowie retrospective to archaeologic exhibitions. And if your inevitably extensive time at the V&A leaves you feeling a little exhausted, you can stay on the west side of London when visiting the Hale Clinic, a great place for any holistic healthcare from detox to acupuncture.

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Left to Right: Getty Images, Courtesy Celestine Eleven

Despite all of these suggestions, let’s not forget that we’re still in one of the world’s fashion capitals. And what would a fashion capital be without shopping? Selfridges is always a good idea, while the department store’s personal shopping suite makes the process of navigating through the dreamlike selection of fashion goods exponentially less hectic. You can always stop by the Hale Clinic again afterwards, but it’s probably a better idea to reduce your stress as much as possible during Fashion Week. Though a bit on the pricey side, a two-hour consultation with Selfridges’ specially trained personal shoppers will have you feeling like the best dressed at London Fashion Week. If the big bad department store doesn’t do the trick for you, try Celestine Eleven, a boutique that’s more manageable without sacrificing an extensive inventory. Sorry, guys, but this place only features womenswear. However, this womenswear comes from some of the best luxury designers, while Celestine Eleven also carries home goods and more holistic products within a peaceful environment.

There’s much, much more to be seen during a trip to London, but when negotiating with the madness of Fashion Week, this will surely be a start. Of course, all of the endless excitement throughout London does nothing but help to inform the stunning and inspirational designs we’ll be seeing over the course of London Fashion Week. Enjoy!

All information courtesy of #TheList at Harper‘s Bazaar by Yasmin Sewell

Feature photo by me

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C’est L’heure

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Some items have a certain allure that makes them nearly irresistible. A perfect example of this would be the M05 timepieces from the Dior Homme Chiffre Rogue line. Though they originally debuted over a year ago, the two distinct styles present themselves with a sharpness and sophistication that allows for eternal and universal appeal. Many watch connoisseurs often express detest for those of the designer fashion family. However, to those of us who simply enjoy beauty and efficiency, the Chiffre Rouge M05 is a thing of dreams. Sleek and minimal, the predominantly black watches feature pristine silver details and tastefully affixed translucent red mineral crystal accents, with the elements interpreted differently for the specific model. Somehow, the simple pieces define the elegance and masculinity commonly associated with the Dior Homme aesthetic. And they came to our attention just in time for the holidays.

Which style do you prefer?

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Black Friday Shopping Guide

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Thanksgiving is all about love, appreciation, family bonding, and other heartwarming things like that. But we can’t forget about Thanksgiving’s evil twin sister, Black Friday. Yes, Black Friday, which is all about materialism, greed, and beating the shit out of whoever is between you and those jeans marked down by 90%. It couldn’t get more American, could it? The day after – or often the night of – a massive feast, we transform into pure brutes; eating like savages transitions into behaving as such, as we embody a slew of stereotypes. Everywhere from suburban malls in Ohio to cosmopolitan boutiques in New York City is flooded with manic citizens hungry for the best sale. And yes, people have been (and probably will be) crucially injured. But never mind the self-deprecating American jokes. Plenty of people will definitely still be participating in the Black Friday madness, so here’s a few tips to avoid any broken ribs or missing teeth when you embark on the hunt for that epic sale:

  1. Plan it Out – As exciting as diving into a sea of shoppers without any specific game plan could potentially be, there’s also a high chance that it will fail miserably. This is where all the accidents happen, as customers blindly search for the unknown. Make a wish list; if you saw a few things on the Internet, try to look for those things specifically. Remember, every store will be insanely crowded, so you’ll save a lot of time if you know what you want. Don’t forget to locate these items at their respective stores, and if possible, make a plan of where you’ll go and when. This may seem a little intense, probably because it is. Unless you enjoy hectic mobs and panic attacks, you should try to specifically plan out your Black Friday.
  2. Time it Right –If you’re one of those people who absolutely needs to get in on the Black Friday action right away, then by all means, go ahead. More and more retailers are opening their doors before the last piece of pumpkin pie is even finished, so there are plenty of options for getting a head start. Of course, this will help get access to the best sales before a lot of others, though there’s still a possibility of the typical chaos. It doesn’t necessarily hurt to go later, either. Maybe that one shirt you wanted would be totally snatched up, but the crowds would definitely die down, and often times, whatever is left at the stores would be dirt cheap. Moral of the story: think rationally about the time and place before you go straight to the local shopping center.
  3. Stick to the Necessities –Do you really need that? Try to think about things outside of the “BIGGEST SALE EVER” context. As great as 80% off might seem, an ugly shirt is still an ugly shirt, and you know you’d never really wear multicolored polka dots. Instead, why not buy something a little more useful? Apparently, this winter is supposed to be the coldest in the U.S. since 1962, while coats will be in virtually no stores until mid-January. So, now’s definitely the time to bundle up. Spending a little more to stay chic and avoid pneumonia is definitely more appealing than having a hideous piece take up space in your closet. Think before you act, regardless of the bargain.
  4. Opt for the Internet –If the recent skyrocketing of online sales isn’t an adequate indicator, shopping from home is probably one of the best choices for everyone. No one (usually) gets hurt, there’s no need to leave home at 3 in the morning, and you can happily browse an unlimited selection of items for the same reductions you’d find in stores. And those aren’t even half of the benefits of online shopping. Sure, there’s no instant gratification of getting your new duds right away, but it’s probably worth it to keep your face intact.
  5. Stay Calm –Let’s be real, the probability of getting frustrated on Black Friday is pretty high. But we’re all big boys and girls, and we’ll need to move on from those pristine pieces at perfect prices without punching a fellow customer in the face. Even things go out of stock online, and it’s necessary to keep reminding ourselves that worse things could happen. Let’s all think about Thanksgiving yesterday and how grateful we are to have our families, friends, health, and other wonderful things.

Regardless of the method you choose to shop this Black Friday, there are amazing sales happening in tons of different stores and on a variety of different websites. And some of these even continue well after Black Friday is finished, allowing for further reductions of both prices and stress. Here are some great options to check out:

Don’t forget to keep the above tips in mind and stay safe this Black Friday. Happy shopping!

 

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How to Prepare for an H&M Designer Collaboration

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The news broke a while ago that Isabel Marant’s popular laid back Parisian styles would be reinvented at a lower price point for H&M’s latest designer collaboration. The ads and lookbooks have circulated, too, featuring iconic faces like Alek Wek, Devon Aoki, Clement Chabernaud, and more. Now the collection itself is all but upon us, as it launches tomorrow.

Including a range of pieces that embody Isabel Marant’s aesthetic, the collection also presents a rare occasion to see some menswear from the label. It’s always exciting to see limited edition pieces from top designers at reasonable prices, but maybe it’s a little bit too exciting at times.

It’s likely that you’re familiar with the mobs that gather in anticipation of these collections. Typically at the crack of dawn, or at 1AM if you’re going to the H&M at Times Square (sounds like a blast…), people nearly get violent when it comes to this type of event. Luckily, H&M’s newly installed online shop will carry the entire Isabel Marant collection, which will be available at 12PM EST. The option of avoiding the lines and crowds is definitely appealing, unless the site crashes like H&M’s UK site did at the launch of the 2011 Versace collaboration.

Not trying to discourage all of you eager Isabel Marant fans, but definitely be careful in pursuit of this designer collaboration. Things tend to get a little crazy.

Regardless, check out a few of the awesome looks from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection below. Good luck!

Images courtesy of Fashionista 

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