The Casual Man's Key Pieces by Mike Tyle

The Fall & Winter months edition. Why is this coming out in January you may ask yourself? 

2 reasons:

It's sale time so everything listed below will be easy and cheap to find especially important since men, in general, don't shop.

Also, thanks to global warming this is when winter finally hits. Albeit stores turning to Spring/Summer already nobody will be wearing that until July sales come around... leading us back to reason 1 and completing the circle of the maybe 2x a man goes into a store a year.

Now take some notes gentleman (or gf/bf/mom of said guy).

1. Fit.

This is the first and most important hurdle for many men. The key to looking good is to not be a sloppy ass mess. That starts and ends with how the clothes fit your body. This will impact your mood, your posture and in turn, your confidence.

The right fit means the right proportions= the right look. Don't fuck it up.

Design brief: How many things can we add to this?

 

 

 

 

2. Functionality.

Talking to a friend who designs outerwear, shout out to you Isabell, explained to me if you put enough pockets on it they will come.

Basically, men like to think that they can do things and every pocket/zip/button/hook... is a technical element creating interest and versatility to a garment.

I get it. The functionality adds newness to the styling and adds value in eye of the consumer. I'm looking at you G.Star... so many details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a design standpoint this is a place where creativity can work it's magic!

As a merchandiser I automatically think how can I remove items because how the fuck am I going to cost this out with each extra little detail.

Personally as a minimalist I prefer clothing that is free of any accoutrement. However that doesn't mean the functionality is lost. You'll be a lot happier in a pair of Hunter boots & a Rains jacket during a Lake District hike whereas a thin, overpriced, yet immaculate #likebutter Rick Owens turtleneck will function perfectly in an art gallery setting.

 

 

 

 

3. Layering

This is key to achieve a multitude of looks. Once you've got the form and function under your belt you can literally tuck it in or hide it with a blazer! To get a good idea of what this means look at basically any J.Crew catalog.

4. Mix It Up

Have fun! Really part 2 or #3, this is key to dressing down an overly formal look and perfect for the modern office. Swap the classic shirt for an easy plaid or chambray option. To tie the look together put a sporty sweatshirt under a smart blazer and cuffed denim. Unexpected styling adds to the modern heritage trend that every guy wants to embody at some point.

Technically chambray slub... but you get the idea.

 

 

 

5. The Chambray Shirt

Easy to wear and adaptable aka you wont look whack as fuck with this oldie but goodie. Just trust me.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Knitwear Hybrid

It's cold but not that cold... remember the functionality of point 2, here is where a sweater does the job but the trend factor comes in. 2-become-1 as knitwear becomes outerwear aka a chunky cardigan.

Look for chunky ribs and twisted yarns to create the right texture and weight for this jack of all trades. Thank me later or instead just go and buy a light down jacket at Uniqlo and call it a day. You'll be happy either way.

 

 

7. The Sweatshirt

The star of this new era of laid back dressing is the humble loop-back sweatshirt. Worn with smart chinos and sneakers, this is a key piece in the topic for wardrobe building. Works with separates and perfect for layering. Comfy enough for a lazy Sunday but nice enough to layer up on Monday at the office.

8. Texture

Salt & Pepper surfaces, space dyed yarns, mossy textures create the feeling of the season... Have I lost you already?

Just remember adding textured surfaces to plain crew necks add interest and a level of casual cool.

 

 

9. Shearling Jacket

Attention to detail with shearling trims. A cosiness is created with the teddy bear optic. A simple and effective way to elevate outerwear styles.

Started as a trend item the past few seasons and has grown to be a wardrobe staple.

 

 

 

10. Color

Don't be scared, embrace something other than black and navy... unless your a Dutch man reading this. One look in a Scotch & Soda store tells me you guys got color and pattern down.

Key color statements most men can easily wear, especially in winter months, are jewel tones. Everyone looks good in them!

Christmas on the go by Mike Tyle

Traveling as much as I do I have become accustomed to knowing what actually fits in a carry-on and 1 checked item.

Christmas time is no different! So when my Mom was begging to know what I wanted I made it clear I need anything to be packable.

This year I was lucky enough to get a few of the items I've been wanting from my wish lists.

Here are a few of my favorite things. Click through the images for more info.

It's always time for Moscow Mules! I had been searching everywhere for the perfect mugs but after several online attempts and multiple store searches I finally found the perfect style for me. Clean & minimal, yes please. Bring on the ginger beer!

Ok, so there may be an alcohol theme appearing... But one of my all time favorites is Aperol Spritz. Reminds me of walking around Venice or really anywhere in Europe in Spring/Summer. Not only does this book have many recipes for the perfect aperitivo, and the hors d'œuvre to go with them, but also a fascinating history of the sprezzatura way of life.

Always a fan of the HBIC Martha I was here for this book came out. I love the idea of cooking but realistically I'm better at watching others cook for me... However, One Pot changes that! I am very capable of dumping everything in 1 place and voilà... dinner for 2.

First stop, One Pot Pasta. Life. Changer.

Unbeknownst to me this bad boy is literally the size as pictured! It's an industrial monster, as far as fabric shavers go, it is also amazing.

The pilling I was able to get off in record time on a couple of my fave COS sweaters is shocking. I can't wait to have a go at all my knitwear!

I am that much of a loser.

Franca Sozzani by Mike Tyle

1950- 2016

With a heavy heart I learned this afternoon that Franca has passed earlier today.

Such an influential figure in fashion bringing Vogue Italia to the forefront using powerful images to portray how the global climate affects fashion and in turn effects the the world.

Here is a slideshow from some of my favorite photos which was difficult to choose from an editorial archive spanning 1988-2016. Featuring some of the amazing and striking stories that show the encompassing power and boundary pushing Franca allowed photographers to portray in her magazine.

Thank you Franca and rest in peace.

Michelle Obama by Mike Tyle

The ever inspiring Michelle Obama has outdone her self the past few months campaigning for Hilary and showing us how to go high when others go low. 

Perfect timing for T magazine this month to release a magnificent cover portrait of the much loved Michelle. Inside there are several articles written by famous admirers as to what she means to them and how she has affected all of America for the better.

In a bittersweet end the final State Dinner started with a jaw drop. With the Italians coming into town Michelle welcomed them in an Atelier Versace gold rose chainmail dress. A powerful statement about femininity & strength.

Kenzo x H&M by Mike Tyle

While we have to wait until Nov. 3rd to line up for the newest collaboration at least half the wait is over. The lookbook for the forthcoming Kenzo x H&M line came out today!

Keeping with Kenzo tradition the collection is full of color and print featuring several reincarnations of past highlights such as F16 zebra stripe & geo/flower trims. However a Kenzo staple, the tiger, has been altered for the line. The below slideshow are feature some of my must have items from the 40+ looks presented.

The images features several performers and social activist and could not be more different from the last H&M collab with Balmain. Unlike Balmain with the in your face Kardashian factor I don't think Kenzo will sell out within hours. Instead I foresee it will go more the direction of Margiela or Marni collections. Of course the line will be out the door and there will be some items gone in minutes. Don't get me wrong I am in LOVE and need several pieces ASAP but commercially it is a much more difficult for the average consumer to understand. Which means... easier for me to get ahold of!

I also find it an interesting collaboration from a selling stand point. Obviously, Kenzo has been a hyped brand ever since Humberto Leon & Carol Lim took the reigns. This will open the brand to a larger customer base. However similar to the A.Wang line, but unlike other past design collaborations, Kenzo is more of a contemporary level brand, tiered higher than "fast fashion" but lower than traditional high-end & fellow past collaborators such as Versace, Lanvin or Stella McCartney. For ex: Kenzo embroidered tiger sweater retails for $195, Balmain mohair with naval buttons is $990.

Brexit by Mike Tyle

Only 6 months after the former MyTheresa womenswear buyer, with no design experience but 102k Instagram followers, was made creative director. Within that time he re-branded the house including new logo and advertisements juxtapositioning high-end cashmere with Metallica as models.

Re-branding is never an easy task. Sometimes it works i.e- Gucci, but trying to move forward and not loose your super rich traditional customer (Bironi suits start at 5K) before the new customer base has picked up is very tricky.

It's hard to say what exactly caused the rift but it's safe to assume that holding company Kering didn't like the direction the house was going despite the clothing itself getting general good reviews... but reviews are one thing turning a profit is another and the conservative CEO-type might not like seeing their traditional brand with a new font and a heavy metal band, who (safe bet) probably doesn't speak to the customer, fronting the campaign.

H&M Campaigns by Mike Tyle

H&M really shows what it takes to be a clothing company in 2016. Celebrating diversity & equality.

As ADweek put it: "H&M has created a feminist anthem soundtracked by a classically misogynist song, for a spot meant to redefine how you think women should look, act and think, where they stand in society..."

Spot on.

Entertaining, opinionated, off-beat and fearless. Bad-ass, independent and free-willed. Lauren Hutton, Adwoa Aboah, Hari Nef, Pum Lefebure and Jillian Hervey fronts H&M's new campaign for autumn 2016, accompanied by a new version of "She's a lady", created and performed by the duo Lion Babe.

Another remarkable H&M campaign launched last year with the same ad agency, Forsman & Bodenfors, featuring the voice-over of Iggy Pop shows how being yourself can be stylish however you see fit. But above all what really is cool is recycling items you no longer need.

Menswear SS17- Part 3 by Mike Tyle

Versace

Palette cleanser, much more clean, modern, airy draped over jewel tones in deep teal blue, jade and a royal purple. Active wear mixed with casual, soft and loose blazer and shorts. Socks & sandals. Technical fabrics with silk. A subtle mixture of luxury and masculinity without the jarring use of in your face logos Versace is known for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Mountaineering

The prints were serving up more intricate Tiger of Sweden, the camo however was ok but not wow. It was either too small or the colors were not my thing. I did like that the traditional Japanese silhouettes were included and made new. The criss-cross espadrilles need to be on me now! However what really sold the collection was the Adidas collaboration. Move over Y-3 there is a new Japanese brand to bring it! The black/white was a stark contrast to the first half of the collection but works well for the collaboration and the retro-sport Adidas looks are also perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooyoungmi

With the same feelings I have for Marni I also have always been a huge fan of the Korean brand and that hasn't changed this season! Their take on Sol LeWitt wall art works perfectly with the garments creating new ginghams and oversize checks. The fabric bases also made sense. Laxer cut trench coats, silk pajama style shorts and shirts, oversize bottoms where the draping allows the pattern to move, dense knit sweaters allowing for structured looks. Basically put it all on me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special shout out to:

MSGM- Made me like actually argyle for the first time in my life.

N.Hollywood- I'm a sucker for neoprene, I can't help myself.

Rag & Bone- Very American silhouettes, workwear meets minimalist streetwear, clean vibrant primary colors.

Rick Owens- Giving us some color and a new way of draping to his ever so billowy styles.

The Kooples- New more laid back casual direction, boxier fits. more color and Japanese indigo heavy with a take on America approach.

Menswear SS17- Part 2 by Mike Tyle

As not to overwhelm here is a continuation from my last post featuring another set of reviews to my fave Menswear designers this season.

Dries Van Noten

Every season I am astounded. His collections bring sophistication to the masses. Always bringing fans on a journey to another time and place. Normally I am not a print kinda guy but when it comes out of het Modepaleis I know it will be something I need in my closet. This season is no different the collection moves effortlessly from cream, soft whites and punches of metallic silver intermixing with macrame and patch work reminiscent of the arts & crafts movement of the 70's intermixing. Then medieval tapestry prints and camouflage. Ending in loose draped indigo fabric looks. Wow. Basically,  Scotch & Soda will be knocking this off in...

 

 

 

 

DSquared2

I found the Ziggy platforms to be a bit distracting but I know the Caden twins always have something tongue-and-cheek to offset their designs but also show that gender-fuck can be mainstream! DSquared2 always love a good theme and I am right there with them! They can make anything be over the top yet still masculine enough that a fashionable guy would want in their closet regardless, ok maybe the sequined camo parka is pushing it... This SS the theme was skinhead which has been done by numerous designers over the season and I've always been a fan of the outcome. This time around Dean & Dan added a bit of an overtly homo-dandy twist to make it their own.

 

 

 

 

Gucci

The imagination of Alessandro Michele is unique in that he can take so many different ideas jumble them up and create something new out of it. Always exciting and intriguing this season is no different. There are so many elements at play you don't know where to look first!  Now to say fishermen, Dynasty China & Donald Duck don't mix hasn't seen the Edwardian preppy dandy boys of Gucci under Alessandro!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maison Margiela

Quintessential imperfectly perfect Margiela delivered as always. Why do something dramatic when you have a wining combo every time? Paper fabrics mix with fluid fabrics, unfinished garments and tailors tacking galore left me feeling happy.

Niel Barrett

Sports references were still heavily referenced, and do well for the brand. Instead of the army green, black & white palette we have become used to has now branched out into more 70's brown tones with red-orange and yellow highlights used in diagonal inserts and modern graphics. Also something we haven't seen much in past seasons is his use of denim. I've always been a fan of his work but I like this toned down grown-up direction more than the use of broken-up statues artworks of past seasons. I especially love some of the leather pieces with symmetrical inserts on the sleeves and breasts.

Prada

Nylon. The fabric that started Prada. Season after season reinventing the label only this time using the founding fabric to create yet another utilitarian look. This Prada man is ready to wander. Weather it be trekking across countries or from work to the gym the look is apparent. Athleisure is king and peoples attitudes towards relaxed dressing has long been the norm. So why not pair breathable nylon with a suit coat, leggings, socks & sandals. Bright colors, weather maps and some cute conversational prints added for good measure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raf Simons

In collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation images adorn each outfit with the over all look of each model sent out as an homage to the great photographer. Whether a still life, Patti Smith or a semi-hard dick with a cock ring the pictures framed, printed, cut & sewn to the items brought to life the works of a great photographer and melded perfectly with the oversize garments and added another layer to the thinking man's wardrobe.

Menswear SS17- Part 1 by Mike Tyle

As a designer & stylist I am always looking for inspiration. New silhouettes, colors, ways of combining looks... needless to say I always pay very close attention to the runways.

While there are always certain designers that I look to every season with anticipation there are also seasons that can be a let down and all I can think is...

But I digress... here are my top SS17 shows that had me wanting more.

 

Alexander McQueen

Always a brand that really scours the archives to evolve. This season the contrast highlights of a McQueen look were seen in sharp tailoring while styled with sneakers for a contemporary feel. Paisley brocade, military silhouettes, vintage postcard travel motifs and punk-meets-India inspired jewelry. Serving up some Dries van Noten vibes and I am here for it!

Ami

Ami can be quite simple and give off APC basic vibes at times. But this season brought me back to what I love about the brand: The Parisian way of life. The bobo slightly oversized suit worn in a casual just-woke-up-threw-this-on/je-ne-sais-quoi attitude that only the French can pull off. All combined make for a great look but even alone they are stand out while still being traditional pieces for the every-man.

Ann Demeulemeester

Sébastien Meunier’s take on Demeulemeester has developed from a place of love. He has made his mark over the past 3 years at helm by bringing newness to the collection while providing a consistent "red line" that stays true to the brand however I haven't found it fully encompass a collection until this season. SS17 intermixed with women's resort has brought romance to the runway through the inaugural monochromatic black with highlights of white and with flashes of red seen in the beaded tags "I am red with love". Ribbons, chainlettes and paint dipped feathers hung from the loose often striped or open knit garments accompanied by embroidered bird cummerbunds. I am always a fan and this time around I found the soft poetic feel of this collection to be on point and a highlight of the past several seasons.

 

Balenciaga

Ok Vetements is an enigma. Sometimes I am like YAAAAS and other times I am like W T F. Now that Demna has take the helm at Balenciaga we have seen how he has flipped the women's line from the monochrome Wang direction to ...well an elevated Vetements without budget constraints. One can already see a dramatic push in the first menswear collection. Boxy fits and elongated shoulders juxtaposed on either large or shrunken silhouettes. While the extremity of the collection might not be wearable for all his pushing the boundaries will help to open the tightly constructed world of menswear and that in itself is a reason to be excited!

 

 

 

Coach 1941

I am living for this! Since F/W14 when Coach restructured they have come a long way. From the get go I found the rebranding a great idea. No longer the monogram purse mall magnet the clothing has a voice of it's own. Each season since has been a fast progression. While they have learned what works and what doesn't for the customer the designs still push for the boundaries and the themes are obvious but subtle. Taking everyday classic pieces and give them life without screaming straight kitsch. This seasons 50's rockabilly-lite meets cowboy feeling has me hooked! I am in love with all the leather jackets! The use of Gary Basemans artistic flair really is the perfect touch and I know I will be on the look out for several pieces for when I join a fashion forward 50's gang.

 

 

 

 

 

Diesel Black Gold

Ok, I wasn't expecting this either. I think what got me was the denim mixed COS & Carhartt together et voilà! I am a sucker for clean lines, boxy shapes, fabric mixes and workwear details... oh,  lets not forget about a gladiator sandal. While some of it was a bit OTT there are several pieces (hello denim jinbei) I will be looking for in the come Jan when it hits stores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dior Homme

Like every season I flock to Kris van Assche's Dior Homme this season got me yet again, shocker! The punk & new wave references combined with sporting elements were spot on. A few items veered a bit too Hot Topic for my taste but in general the mesh and harnesswork made up for the Juggalo pants.

Lupita by Mike Tyle

I don't mean for this blog to be a magazine post every time, but... some things just need to be mentioned.

Like God damn! 3x Vogue cover girl Lupita looks STUNNING. Everything about this is perfection. She gets better every time. Anna must really love her and honestly what isn't to love? Not only does she photograph perfectly but she is well spoken and is using her platform for good!

 

This photoshoot inside is also amazing. The clothes work great with the setting and let's be real she can wear anything you put on her.

Here are some of my fave images from the editorial shot my Testino & styles by Tonne Goodman.

HBIC by Mike Tyle

How does the saying go? Don't hate the player hate the game.

To say that Gigi has been everywhere the past year is like me saying Hi, my name is Mike. I'm gay and love mesh.

This months HB's cover has the Hadid sister looking as fab as she always does. Only this isn't just any cover it's the inaugural Age issue... I can't wait to read 21 year old Gigi's secrets to her youthful glow.

Bally Fan by Mike Tyle

Having just spent a long weekend with a good friend of mine from Switzerland, shout out to you Jeremy, I am again reminded of Bally. Looking back at the evolution of past collections Pablo Coppola has consistently gotten it right since taking the reigns with FW14.

Not only are the accessories on point but the clothing just keeps getting better! Coppola himself said "the clothes are the accessories to the accessories" which coming from a company founded in 1851 on shoes makes perfect sense. It doesn't however deter me from wanting to wear multiple looks head to toe each season.

The Swiss brand remains in a fun bright dynamic nod to mod preppy 60's/70's direction but has recently gone in a more adventurous quirky way with SS17 that has worked well for the more obvious dandy man Alessandro Michele has created at Gucci.

Menswear is a difficult business. While it may be joining womenswear in terms of churning trends there is still the big challenge of dressing the average man! But being one of the biggest names on the Swiss luxury market known for it's paired down, conservative, yet equally as complex goods has worked well for the brand.

As women's SS17 shows started up this week I will be looking out for  what Bally has in store.

Here's some of my fave look from over the years:

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein by Mike Tyle

By now this is no surprise. Starting in April the rumor mill was already rampant and by August it was confirmed.

I've waited a bit to put my thought down but personally, I am here for it! I do wish he spent more time focusing on his eponymous line... but I can't hate, get that American coin!

I think it will be great for Calvin Klein. The official word from the company: “A new brand direction will ultimately follow one creative vision across all categories of the business.” is a big deal both for Raf and CK. To have his creative focus really streamline the brand will be quite interesting to see.

But it is a lot. There are tons of sub-brands! Of course PVH (the company that owns CK among other heavy hitters like Tommy) is. A. Machine. Unlike Dior there are MANY teams and licensees that are constantly developing the lines Raf will oversee. From an outsiders perspective he likely will put his main focus on Collection, hopefully keeping chances of a burn out to a minimal (however Collection is more or less for marketing purposes) and just giving his ok on direction and finished product for the other lines..

While we all know Raf can do modern, timeless, clean and minimal. How will his image of the CK man affect the customer? What worried me is that Calvin Klein is known for machismo athleticism. Raf has, in the past, been all about waif, sexless boys. That is what intrigues me. How will he make the red line from Collection through to Underwear coherent while keeping the best-sellers unaffected.

Let's just hope he stays long enough to see how it will impact the everyday consumer!

Kendall does Vogue by Mike Tyle

Fashions worst kept secret... Raf for CK being numero uno, obvs.

 Coveted September issue of US Vogue goes to Kendall Jenner.

Tthe backdrop is giving me Beyonce March 2013 & the Instagirl line is straight up September 2014.

At least she is wearing Gucci.

Wolves by Mike Tyle

This is how you make Balmain not look straight off the set of Dynasty.

KANYE WEST "WOLVES" Directed by: Steven Klein Creative Director: Olivier Rousteing Concept and Creative Direction: Pascal Dangin Cast: In Alphabetical Order Alessandra Ambrosio Jordan Barrett Ysaunny Brito Dilone Jourdan Dunn Ronald Epps Jon Kortajarena Francisco Lachowski Sasha Luss Riley Montana Josephine Skriver Joan Smalls With: Maria Borges Anna Cleveland Cindy

What I am living for #6 by Mike Tyle

WEAR:

Black. The weather in Brussels this summer has been raining, cold and depressing plus I have been mourning my youth now that I turned 30.

SHOP:

For my big 3-0 I received a gift card to Dries van Noten and am over the top excited to go to town! Aside from that umm it's about to be July. I have my sale list ready!

DESIGN:

Ikea. I know. But seriously. They are stepping up their game over there in Sweden. Snatching those H&M wig's and turning it into home décor realness: Katie Eary (Hello, brain!), Walter van Beirendonck (I seriously need this Tiger rug STAT) and overly freaking out about the new HAY and Tom Dixon collections. What kind of dream team collabs…

SEE:

The latest Gucci F/W16 campaign. No more words necessary.

Presenting a video from the Gucci Fall Winter 2016 campaign. Wandering from tea houses to pachinko parlors with carefree abandon, the Gucci kids collide with the chaotic lights and sounds of Tokyo. The psychedelic scenography is echoed in the energy and decoration in Alessandro Michele's collection.

LISTEN:

Anohni 'Hopelessness' is still on repeat.

COLOR:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy.  The stark marigold catwalk agains the deep blues of the lake are breathtaking ans more than just Intsagram worthy.

Simon Doonan: Getting It Right by Mike Tyle

The ever funny Simon Doonan once accurately depicted the 3 categories most women fall into when fashion comes in play:

The Gypsy, The Socialite & The Existentialist.

Ever since reading this years ago I have been waiting for a follow up Menswear version. Finally courtesy of Slate. The time has arrived!

Here is my breakdown of the 4 archetypal male tribes:

The Perverse Prepster

"The Perverse Prepster can best be described as Ralph-Lauren-hits-the-psych-ward."

It's like the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of Wallstreet. Classic. Preppy. Professional with a quirky twist.

Go to brands: Thom Browne mixed with Supreme meets Raf Simons & Bellrose.

THE ARTY NINJA

"Every generation seems to throw up a black-clad outsider cult: rockers, bikers, and punks. And now we have ours."

My current fave look at the moment. Quite diverse: It can easily be athleisure as it can be Kanye meets dystopian future as it can be Japanese avant-garde.

Go to brands: Rick Ownes, Givenchy, Public School.

The Dedicated Follower of Satin

"Incorporates a compelling mixture of hippie-dippie, glam rock, and rockabilly."

Not for the faint at heart. But it is growing on me with every re-invention. I love a satin bomber and I have been known to wear suede fringe...

Go to brands: Saint LaurentGucciDries van Noten

The Statham

"Shaved head? CrossFit body? Wall-to-wall tattoos? Dirty, slouchy denims?"

Rough, manly man, mid-life crisis driven. "Heritage" driven denim, "Authentic" pre-worn leather jackets... keywords this man goes the worker look but is all facade. The wearer is both the man who wants a motorcycle to a man-bun raw organic vegan beehive trader. Looks dirty but is scared of dirt.

Go to brands: BelstaffJohn Varvatos, Denim & Supply

 

The Schlub

Naturally the majority of men fall into this category.

In general men DGAF. 

Despite working in fashion and talking every fucking day about changing the way men dress. How the younger man cares much more about being fashionable (which is true), the opposite is also just as true. 

They want to be comfy. The want navy/black/grey. They want cargo's.

They wear socks and sandals... not ironically. The mix prints and patterns... not ironically. They wear full on denim... not ironically.

Go to brands: Walmart, Kohl's but most important: wear for a full 12 year cycle before returning for 2nd pair of boot-cut.

What I am living for #5 by Mike Tyle

Gucci. What more do I need to say?

Each season is getting better and this years Cruise campaign still has me hooked!

I need to BE an awkward skinny dancing queen in a villa.

In other news, as of last night, I now look like this:

My Spring/Summer theme this year will be 70's porn. So expect lot's of short shorts and mesh. 

Both of which I already own lots of.

Tom Ford S/S16 by Mike Tyle

Tom Ford can be tricky. I love his dapper 60's looks, especially menswear, but when he goes into later decades it can be a red flag. 

However eschewing the normal catwalk this season Ford teamed up with Nick Night and Lady Gaga for an awesome music video showing off the collection in motion. Gaga looks great, the clothes look fun the awkward model dancing is great and the love the song.

Enjoy!