Fashion in Quarantine: The State of Fashion in Covid-19 Times.

In mid March 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic caused a “New York on Pause” Shelter in Place, Social distancing between 1 and a half to 2-meters and everyone must wear a mask unfamiliar world. Businesses had to close (except essential ones, like food and medicine) over 3 million New Yorkers became unemployed, and major fashion retail chains either filed for bankruptcy or closed for good completely.

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The Corona pandemic has plunged the global economy into a recessive contraction not seen since World War II. Every sector of industry have suffered, especially fashion. Between January and March 2020 fashion, luxury items and apparel have fell roughly 40% and is predicted to shrink further due to millions of job losses and economic hardship for consumers. Domestic and global fashion companies have begun to go bankrupt, with more expected in the coming months.

With little or no disposable cash, consumers concentrate spending on the “essentials” furthers the fashion industries woes. According to a Mckinsey & Company report: “Even online sales have declined 15 to 25 percent in China, 5 to 20 percent across Europe, and 30 to 40 percent in the United States.”

masks_pfwConsumers are rapidly shifting from “fast fashion” to a more “purpose driven, sustainable action” and transparency in their “quarantine of consumption”. Some of these shifts could include a more digital presence (which is already happening), the decline of wholesale and a switch to “seasonless design” releases.

Established fashion brands as well as emerging designers has dived deeply into mask making to donate to front-line workers (to stay relevant) or to sell online to raise much needed revenue to stay afloat (as well as plugging their brands), as they wait for the dust to settle from the Covid-19 crisis. Influencers are left with no direction and sensing their decline (or even their extinction) in a post Covid-19 world.

What will be the state of the fashion landscape look like after Covid-19 times?

Your guess is as good as mine. For now we have no choice but to wait, watch and see.

 

Gentleman Spy Fashion Accessories: Complete the Mission in Style!

The Mastermind is Wrecking Havoc in Fashion City! The Elegant Classy Gentleman Espionage Agent will need a few stylish spy accoutrements to complete the mission, and his partner of course!

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Lighter Cuff-Links:

Never get caught without a light for the lady, or to burn through the ropes if your wrists are tied behind a chair if captured to make your daring escape!

 

 

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12 Hour Voice Activated Recorder Pen

Record Secret Conversations in Stealth for up to 12 hours! Excuse me I think that’s my pen you forgot to return! 😉

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Night Vision HD Spy Webcam Watch

Hiding in dark alley ways and corners at night to capture evidence can be tricky work. The night vision spy webcam got you covered (or undercover). Raining? No problem, it’s waterproof!

 

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The Espionage spyglasses let you record high quality videos, take beautiful photos, and even listen to your favorite MP3 tracks, all from the convenience of a pair of these stylish sunglasses. This is the perfect solution for people looking to record undercover video in the field, or simply anyone who wants to have a little fun and document their daily adventures. The pinhole lens is virtually undetectable so you can wear these spyglasses everywhere you go and no one will ever suspect that they are being recorded!”

 

 

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 Video-calling watch-phone

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In the Tech Heavy Espionage Game, you never know when you have to upload or download digital data quickly. These USB and Computer Chip Cuff-Links is just what the Gentleman Spy stylishly ordered!In the Tech Heavy Espionage Game, you never know when you have to upload or download digital data quickly. These USB and Computer Chip Cuff-Links is just what the Gentleman Spy stylishly ordered!USB_-_16GB_Cufflinks_-_Grey__23391_1545074226_1280_1280

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Night Vision Phone Camera Telescopic Lens

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Men’s USB Rechargeable Windproof Flameless Lighter Wristwatch

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There are times when you are in a situation where fuel lighters are unfeasible. Welcome to the 21st century!

With the Mastermind on the rampage the Elegant Classy Gentleman Espionage Agent must be prepared for anything.

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To find out where to purchase these “spy items” you must DECODE the secret encryptions for each item below………That is your mission if you choose to accept it.

*Due to enemy counter-intelligence activity each item encryption will be posted every three days to avoid interception in Binary Code……….

a) Lighter Cuff-Links:

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*(upload QBit Binary code translator in your browser to decode)(https://www.qbit.it/lab/bintext.php)

Intelligence Communique: 4/15/19

b) 12 Hour Voice Activated Recorder Pen:

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Intelligence Communique: 4/17/19

c) Night Vision HD Spy Webcam Watch:

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Intelligence Communique 4/20/19

d) Espionage Spy Sunglasses

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FiFi Fashion Week: Independent Designers Fashion Show.

 

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The Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine is a huge supporter of independent fashion designers, and this year the FiFi Fashion Week show was one of the best that we covered! This show was Elegant, lively, and stylish. The energy of the models and the smashing independent designers brought new life to fashion week already being rumored to be on life support. The FiFi Fashion Week Independent Designers Fashion Show was all that, and I must say it was most entertaining!

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Designer Erena Chebes opened up the show with a “Fashion Spectacle”, and the flair and pomp of 16-17th aristocracy, with elegant violin playing escorts and court jester out in front!

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Designer Erena Chebes brought the elegance and class of yesteryear, with a modern bend to Fashion week. Bravo Erena!

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Designer Candy Rock Couture put the “Show” in Fashion Show as they Rocked the runway with colorful style and enthusiastic showmanship.

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In Attendance at the show was stylish fashionistas, designers, press and a ton of fashionable energy.

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Men’s wear designer Kevin Shahrooi wearing one of his Cashmere and Leather overcoat creations.

Credits:

Editor-in-Chief: Mike Strange/Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine

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World Fashion Media News: Cecilia Rod/Photo Journalist

Kevin Shahroozi: CEO/Design Director/Kevin Shahrooi Designs

 

 

 

 

FTM Fashion Week Showcase 2019

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On February 8th The Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine was invited to cover the 2019 FTM Fashion Week NYC Showcase at the Skyline Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen. The Designer line up included collections from Home Made Runway, London Pink Apparel, At Once Designs, Diva Bigg and Figure8.

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Returning for the 2019 Fashion Week is the Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine designer favorite Diva Bigg! We caught her last year at the Harlem Fashion Week show at the City Museum of New York, where she upstaged almost all the other designers, with her Bold and Bigg designs.

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(Diva Bigg  Designs)

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At the very end of her design line up, Diva Bigg announced that she will be doing a show in Paris as well as other locations in the U.S. Congratulations to her, and we will keep you posted on her brand as info comes in.

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Stay tuned for more 2019 Fashion Week covarge from the Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine team!

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Credits: Photos by Mike Strange

Editor in Chief: Mike Strange

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Logistical Executive: Jean Germain

Business/Marketing Executive: Jessica Phillip

Principal Photography: Natasha Swartz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice by Justine Jewelry: The Perfect Gift for Him or Her This Valentine’s Day.

I usually limit my male jewelry to one or two rings, a watch and maybe sometimes a masculine necklace or pendent. I never used to wear “boy beads” until Jessica Phillips (owner and creator) of Justice by Justine introduced me to her hand made unisex bracelets. img_77421

While some are unisex, others are more masculine or feminine.

Each piece is custom and made by hand using the finest beads and semi-precious stones, such as Lapis Lazuli and Tigers Eye.

Justice by Justine jewelry also makes custom bracelets made to order with a wide variety of charms, colors and styles for a more personalized fashionable wrist wear look.

I don’t always wear man bead bracelets, but when I do, it’s by Justice by Justine!

Treat your sweetheart (or yourself) this Valentine’s Day with a fashionable hand-crafted bracelet by Justice By Justine Jewelry!

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You can order by visiting their website: WWW.JBJLIFE.COM or you can direct message them to order on their Facebook Page: Justice by Justine Jewelry or by Email: JUSTICEBYJUSTINE@GMAIL.COM

Visa/MasterCard Credit/Debit Cards accepted.

Fashion in the Fast Lane: The conundrum of fast fashion vs slow fashion.

What is Fast Fashion? Well according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: fast fashion “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers”. And according to Wikipedia: says “Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers to express that designs move from catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. Fast fashion clothing collections are based on the most recent fashion trends presented at Fashion Week in both the spring and the autumn of every year.”

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While Slow Fashion is described as (according to Wikipedia): “the alternative to fast fashion and part of what has been called the “slow movement”, advocates for principles similar to the principles of slow food, such as good quality, clean environment, and fairness for both consumers and producers.”

Now it’s no secret that I’m one of fashions biggest fans, however my conscience does play a major part in the big picture of it all. Most people don’t think much about their fashion choices when they see a clothing item that appeals to them, including me (guilty as charged). Now the conundrum: low-cost/low-quality (fast fashion) vs. high-cost/high-quality clothing (slow fashion).

Both have their pros and cons, both have their respective “must have” item trends. We often find ourselves purchasing fast fashion to satisfy our instant gratification needs (wants) that we’ve seen on the runway, or in a magazine that resonates with our sense of style (disposable). At other times, we find that we are saving up, and or breaking the bank to purchase a higher price point fashion item (slow-fashion) that will be a staple in our wardrobe for some time to come (investment).

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Very seldom do we consider the moral implications of our choices in the fashions that we buy (for some, not at all).  Do we consider the factory workers that work long hours, for low wages, and in most cases in unsafe conditions? Do we think about how the use of synthetic materials (acrylic, polyester) impact our environment when just after a few wears our “fast fashion” items are discarded? Just in the U.S. alone 11 million tons of trashed clothing was dumped in landfills in 2010 releasing methane gas into the atmosphere and causing global warming by the decomposing synthetic fabrics. When do we think about that? Do we want to?  No not really, we just want to look good, and feel good in the latest fashion trends!

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As I stated before……I Too AM Guilty of this. But I also must heed what my conscience dictates just as much as the runways at fashion week. Now fast fashion is not going anywhere, anytime soon and neither is slow fashion (and I’m not sure if I want it too). But what I Can Do is be more responsible with my fast fashion choices. Instead of throwing my disposable fast fashion items in the trash, I can donate them, drop them off or send them to a recycling facility to reduce my carbon footprint on the earth. I can shop more at vintage stores. I can spend more on slow fashion and shop less, and constantly look for ways to balance my fast fashion/slow fashion ratio.

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To be honest, there is not hard and fast answer to this troubling conundrum. However if we all care just a little, maybe if we tried, we can make it just a bit better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Rules for Men’s Hat Etiquette: Or…..”Who….Told You That”???

While sitting in a nice restaurant (one of my favorites) awaiting for a group of friend’s to arrive , and this woman asked me, “are you going to take off you’re hat”? Why do ask? I replied after taking a sip of my glass of Chardonnay. “Well men should take off their hats while indoors, or in a restaurant.” I turned to look at her and said, “Who Told You That”

The women paused for a moment confused (as if collecting her thoughts) and proceeded to give an inaccurate, as well as incomplete account of why men should observe such a ritual without knowing the history of how that practice came about. Myself knowing not only the history and origin of such, (I Am the Elegant Classy Gentleman after all) I took the opportunity and liberty to correct and educate her on the subject, as a gentleman should.

“It all started back in Medieval Times” I began (and the gentleman’s code as well). Knights would remove their helmets before the King, or Queen to show respect and humility, also before other Knights (or lift their visor) as a sign of being non-hostile. Since “the old days” men removed their hats in Christian churches, when crossed the threshold entering someones home, to display chivalry in the presence of a “lady”. The practice of men removing one’s headdress was born and evolved over time as it was a mainstay for men’s dress up until the 1960’s to suit the times.

In modern times (The 21st Century to be exact) men’s fashion has taken on a more “casual culture” to wearing hats. The elegant gentleman who wear a headdress for fashion (like myself) noticed that women were exempt from this outdated taboo of wearing hats indoors (or wherever they pleased).

Why you ask? Well their were no women Knights (with the exception of Joan or Arc). In the 21st Century there are no more “Knights”, Chivalry is dead or at least on the brink of extinction (due to females not being ladies, and not respecting the good manners of a gentleman. Yes Chivalry is being wiped out by females.) And from women’s lib since the 1960’s to the current “Me Too Movement” (Which I’m all for), Men and women should be treated as equals. And that includes etiquette and manners as well.

While taking off one’s hat (or “tip” it to show respect to someone you admire, or a deed that they preformed) is still a fair practice (I still do that) It’s time to “update the custom” to reflect the times. I concluded.

The woman was now at a loss for words as I urged her to glance around the dining room and bar area of the restaurant, which reveled several men wearing hats (baseball caps/one was wearing a paper-boy cap) sitting with their dates or group of friends with no worries or a care with those outdated customs.

The woman than nodded her head in agreement with my “accurate” history and rational. Now I asked her “Why out of all the men in the restaurant you felt that you had to say something to me?” You look so…..good and dashing in your suit and bowler. I had no other way to strike up a conversation with you……… “Who Told You That”? I replied!

Till next time……..Hats off to you!

Neo-Futurism Fashion: Is the Future Now? (Part 1.)

(Part 1: In the Beginning) 

Futurism which began in Italy around 1909, and was launched by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and his Futurist Manifesto which appeared in various Italian newspapers and early magazines. “This first and highly successful manifesto was followed by others, such as that of the Futurist Painters. In 1912 the movement’s followers were 120,000. Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero introduced the concept of Futurist Fashion. Futurism was poetry, painting, music, and life, so also with fashion. A fully theoretical speculation, at least at the beginning, when Balla presented his Manifesto of anti-neutral clothing in September 1914.”

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“What evolved into a cultural movement that swept through other art forms, including fashion design. The Futurists called for a break with the past, and a celebration of everything new, urban and industrial. For fashion, Futurism meant fabrics, designs, colors and cuts that reflected audacity, movement and speed. Futurism faded with the onset of World War II, but the movement’s emphasis on revolt, risk and modernity continues to inspire fashion today.”

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(Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto.)

“Futurism redefined the purpose of fashion. The movement gloried action and aggression, and Balla called for simple and comfortable clothing designed to allow the skin to breathe, and the body to move with ease. In 1920, Futurist designer Ernesto Michahelles, known as Thayaht, introduced a roomy, utilitarian, unisex jumpsuit called the tuta, short for the Italian word tutta, which means all. The tuta caught the attention of the public, and was the one Futurist design to achieve commercial success. Still, Futurism’s new emphasis on clothing designed to accommodate an active lifestyle was a genuine innovation and the start of what would eventually become modern sportswear.”

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“So as the idea of the future evolved, so did Futurism’s role in fashion. In the early 1960s during a fashion era that Vogue editor Diane Vreeland defined as “Youthquake,” miniskirts, vinyl dresses and neon colors signaled the same revolt against the past advocated by the Futurists.

A youth-dominated culture generated styles that stressed originality and equality. At the same time, Pierre Cardin and Andre Courreges introduced space-age collections that reflected the era’s interest and enthusiasm for space exploration. The new look was built on sleek, minimalist clothing constructed with geometric shapes. Designers introduced synthetic fabrics, plastics and metals into clothing that relied on colors such as metallics, day-glo and white for a futurist effect.”

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Dolce & Cabbana Spring/Summer Collections Private Cocktail Event

On March 15th 2018 Dolce & Cabbana  hosted an intimate and private cocktail event to launch their Spring/Summer fashion line that was by invitation only to  select persons in the fashion industry. Of course The Elegant Classy Gentleman and team was there to sip champagne and martinis while perusing the incredible styles in their massive flagship store at 717 5th Ave.

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(left to right: Jean Germain, Jessica Phillip, Mike Strange)

 

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Being one of the first private guests to arrive, after about an hour I realized that there was not a runway nor any models. After pondering the theme for the D&C Spring/Summer Collection: King and Queen of Hearts, I than realized all of the invited guests including myself was the fashion show! Life imitating Fashion in a brilliant and intimate way that only Dolce & Cabbana could pull off in such elegance and style!

 

 

Adding even more class to this special event, there we’re very attractive waiters and waitresses clad in all black pouring champagne and serving martinis non-stop for the whole three hours of the event to all of the invited guests, as well as various  delicious hors d’oeuvres.   On the main and second floor card dealers amused guests with hands of Black Jack and Poker!

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Photo Ops and Fashion was also on hand to entertain all of the guests that attended.

Also on the 2nd floor was the lovely and gracious Magdalena Llohis, jewelry designer, holding court, who’s unique and beautiful pieces can be purchased at D&G.

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website: http://www.MAGDALIFE.com

(Holding Court with Magda)

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As we mingled with the other guests who were as stylish and diverse as New York itself, we found it quite easy to make friends and have a few laughs and fun.

 

Immediately after the event we all jumped in a cab (except Jessica, she had to leave) and head from 5th Ave downtown to the village for the D&G after party, which was also a launch party for Dekad magazine at a secret location.

After arriving at the after party the fun kicked into overdrive and the “Turn Up” continued in full swing!

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Things started to get a bit fuzzy, so we grabbed a bite to eat and got water and headed home. But not before we hit the dance floor one more time!

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Yes all is well in the Fashion world!

 

 

CREDITS:

MIKE STRANGE: Editor in ChiefP1030505

Jean Germain: Logistical Support Executive

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Jessica Phillip: Contributing Photographer/Event Correspondent

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Additional Credits:

Featured Photo: Fashion Bead Bracelets by Jessica Phillip, Justice by Justine.

http://www.JUSTICEBYJUSTINE.COM

Harlem Fashion Week: Harlem Derby’s Uptown Runway.

On Saturday September 9th Harlem fashion week was well underway with Rob Owen’s (co-founder of Harlem Derby) Uptown Runway started uptown’s fashion week with the Uptown Runway fashion show at Ginny’s Supper Club (downstairs in the Red Rooster) on 125th Street and Lenox Ave for Harlem’s fashion week event.  The Elegant classy Gentleman was there to cover this uptown fashion week event.

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(Ayesha Mitchell and models wearing her designs)

The fashion event in Harlem showcased the collection of designs by Ayesha Mitchell.  Also with special Jazz performance by Jennifer Jade Ledesna, and “Jazz Cats in Hats” by Harlem Derby, and with the sexy Yvette Wright Gauff as the MC.

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This fashion event had a very “downtown” flair to it, with a uptown Harlem style!

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As you can see the Harlem Uptown Fashion Week show was sizzling hot! Now let’s take our hats off for Rob Owen! (pun intended).

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