PROJECT New York: Global Menswear Trade Show. Jacob Javits Center.

On January 21st 2020 Jean Germain  and I caught the last day of PROJECT NEW YORK, at the Javits Center in Manhattan. A three day menswear trade show which showcased a plethora of men’s wear brands from around the world, and spanned hundreds of thousands of square feet at the Jacobs Javits Center.

20200129_165815A haven/heaven for Elegant Classy Gentleman (such as ourselves) with everything from men’s designer suits to shoes, ties vests, overcoats/sports jackets/belts/sweaters/dress shirts, you name it from around the globe!

20200129_170621Jean and I got there a bit late, and could only peruse a small faction of what this mega menswear trade show had to offer. We soon found ourselves dodging forklifts with hundreds of pounds of men’s clothes in crates.

20200129_170238But not before we saw what was left on the showroom floor! And even that tiny faction we got to see was brilliantly impressive.

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20200129_170849The Project Menswear trade show will return to New York in July 2020 from 19th-21st. Jean and I will be there! and this time we will get there early for optimum coverage of this Mega Men’s clothing event. They will be in Las Vegas in February and August, and Tokyo in March and September.

We’ll see you then.

 

CREDITS:

Mike Strange: Editor in Chief

Jean Germain: Logistical Executive

Jessica Phillp: Business/Marketing Executive

Photo credit: Jean Germain

Wrist wear: courtesy of Justice by Justine Jewelry

Jacob Javits Center

Project New York

The White Turtleneck: The Men’s Hot Style this Fall Winter Season.

One of the hottest men’s fashion style trends this fall/winter season is the white or off white oversized turtleneck.

20191129_105447This fashionably stylish apparel item can be worn in a variety of ways, and with virtually anything in fact.

20191129_105943This is one piece that every gentleman should have in his wardrobe arsenal this holiday season.

20191129_105359Pick one up and indulge in this stylish seasonal trend.

Men’s Fashion Styles: Fall Fashion Essentials.

It’s my favorite time of the year again…..Awesome Autumn. Which means sweaters, scarfs, boots, cords and jackets. Here are some of the essentials that a gentleman should not be without this fall.

upload5755904828521506510The button down Wool cardigan is a gents best friend in these mild cool temperatures. Both stylish and distinguished, and a great alternative to a jacket or light coat!

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The Navy Blue or Beige Trenchcoat.

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The Ubiguitous Chelsea Boot! In black or brown you can’t go wrong with this cool footwear. Brilliant worn with jeans or slacks.

The practical Peacoat! Casual sophistication whether you are racking leaves, or just strolling over them.

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Brown or beige corduroy’s not only keeps your legs warm on those cool autumn night, but also can be worn with practically anything!

The timeless leather jacket. This fall essential goes without saying anything at all!

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The trusty turtleneck. It doesn’t matter what color or style of this knit you wear, it will always make a stylish statement!

These basics essentials should always be present in a man’s wardrobe during the autumnal season, as core items which transitions into winter to stay warm and stylish for the whole season.

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What’s in your Autumn capsule wardrobe?

 

Gentlemen’s Fashion Tips: Living and looking your best Style.

With fashion week just two weeks away, it only makes sense for the gentleman to be mindful of how his attire reflects his personal style. It is also interesting to note that New York’s 2019 fashion week, and men’s fashion week will be combined this year where it was traditionally held separately. Yes 2019 is a new year with different ideas…….so shouldn’t you’re dress and style be?

Here are some tips and ideas that can help you upgrade your look (without downgrading your wallet):

  • Whenever you wear a sports jacket or blazer, use a pocket square every time. They don’t have to be expensive, they just have to look good. Be creative with it.002
  • Visit vintage and thrift stores, and buy a couple of jackets (that fit you) for under $20.00. Vintage jackets not only give you a unique look, they will also make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Learn to use and tie a new necktie knot (yes there is more than one), two or three should do the trick, and bask in the glow as others whisper “oh how stylish”.
  • Start a tie collection. Try different patterns, colors and prints. (remember that wearing the same outfit with a different tie, looks as if you are wearing a whole different outfit).
  • Buy and collect as many different dress shirts as you can (much like the ties). Soon you will realize that some are classic, and other will become classic.
  • Organize your wardrobe, so that you can easily pick out items for a quick outfit if you are pressed for time, as well as to choose the right attire for the right event or engagement.005
  • Get a tailor. Get all of your nice pants, jackets and shirts adjusted by a tailor. You will be glad you did.
  • Spent time developing your “personal style”. And shift and adjust it to reflect your personality. Use a classic style as your focus until your personal style is refined and second nature.
  • Ignore Trends. After you are more adept with your individual style, you will understand the logic of this. Don’t be a follower, be a leader!
  • Choose Quality over Quantity. Buy the best quality that you can afford at any given time, one or two good pieces will do. And continue this over time.
  • Build your confidence the way you build your wardrobe, slowly but surely.
  • Develop you personal scent. Experiment with different fragrances to find your very own signature scent to partner with your personal style.
  • Have fun. The most important part of all this is to enjoy yourself (take the attitude of dressing for you). Remember the goal is look good and feel good, when you see the reflection of yourself in the mirror!

Now go out there and join the ranks of the Stylish!

The Science and Psychology of Men’s Fashion.

Being trained in both medical science as well as psychology, it only makes sense that I examine the subliminal aspects of men’s fashion, and how it relates to male dress patterns.

According to a study of doctors conducted in England by Gary L Brase & Jillian Richmond from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom (The White Coat Effect: Physician Attire and Perceived Authority, Friendliness, and Attractiveness). When a doctor is dressed in professional formal attire, it augments the appearance of the said doctor’s authority.

From the time of Hippocrates (who is hailed as the father of modern medicine) said: “A physician should be clean in person , well dressed , and anointed with sweet smelling scents”.

A study (actually three studies) was also published in 2010 in the Journal Evolutionary Psychology on what colors seemed more attractive on people wearing them, and made them seem, or feel more good looking and confident.

The results of the first study showed that females rated males more attractive when wearing Black and Red.

The 2nd study presented that males felt more confident wearing Red and Black. The 3rd study showed that when a man is wearing a more “submissive color” (Yellow and white), he will feel and look less attractive & confident.

Experiments conducted at the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania by Albert Mannes, PhD; which studied how a shaved man’s head had on social perception concluded that a man with a shaved head was perceived as more masculine, confident, and dominant strength.

While some may say that “Fashion is not a Science”, know that behind and underneath everything lies a scientific law that can be practically applied to all.

References:    

Roberts, S, C., Owen, R. C., & Havlicek, J. (2010). Distinguishing between perceiver and wearer effects in clothing color-associated attributions.

Brase, G.L., & Richmond ,J. (2004). The white -coat effect: Physician attire and perceived authority, friendliness, and attractiveness.                                                                                                    Mannes, A.E. (2012). Shorn scalps perceptions of male dominance.

Style New York Fashion Week 2018

The Elegant Classy Gentleman returned for Style New York Fashion Week  Fall/Winter collections 2018 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street in New York, with Amanda Holley opening the first show for the 2nd year in a row performing new songs from her new EP.

International as well as emerging designers such as Malan Breton, Romeo + Juliet Couture, Mint Swim, David Tupaz, Adrian Alicea, and others graced the runway to everyone’s delight.

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The Style New York Fashion Week 2018 was a smashing event, and seems to get better every year. We hope to cover Style New York’s next show later this year, and of course The Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine will keep you posted.

(Additional photo credit: Jessica Phillip)

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(The Media/Press Team for the Elegant Classy Gentleman: left to right: Mike Strange, Jean Germain, Jessica Phillip)