Uncut: New Waves

Listen up, gentlemen!!  November is finally here, and what better way to start off a new month than with a new haircut.  You can’t just let your hair sit on your head – it’s just as much as part of your personal style as the clothes on your back.  I have three styles to show you for short, medium-length, and long hair.

First, let’s talk about short hair.  Adam Levine inspired this short cut.  It’s modern and sleek, and it’s perfect for the guy who’s always on the go because it requires little maintenance.  This short cut is a nice intersection between “bed head” and “I don’t give a f**k”.  To get this cut, the sides and back have to be cut really short using clippers.  Cut with scissors, somewhere between half an inch to one inch should be left on top.  As far as styling goes, you should apply some sort of styling wax and just mess up your hair.  I recommend Defining Paste by American Crew: it provides low shine with a great hold because it contains beeswax.

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Now, onto medium-length hair.  I find this style to be professional; very prim and proper, so it can be worn to work or out on a date.  There should be a contrast in length between the hair on the sides and back and the hair of top.  The sides and back should be cleaned up for a tighter look.  This style was worn by James Dean, but we updated it into a modern-day “high-and-tight”.  Because it is longer, it’s going to require some maintenance.  I recommend something with great hold, either Pomade or Fiber by American Crew.  Pomade provides high shine, and Fiber offers low shine.  It just depends on the occasion or your personal preference.  Both can be applied to dry or damp hair, so you can always “bounce back” during the day if necessary.

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Finally, long hair.  Long hair can easily go wrong – just look at Russell Band.  If you like that beach, surfer look, but want to look cleaned-up, I recommend this cut to you.  Bring your hair to shoulder length, and ask your stylist to texture the ends so your hair doesn’t look so full.  To prevent your hair from just hanging in front of your face, it has to be reshaped.  Ask your stylist to angle it, so there’s movement going away from your face.  Maintenance-wise, I recommend Forming Cream by American Crew.  It’s easy to apply, and that’s important since you have so much hair.

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Remember, gentlemen, we’re not twelve-year-olds anymore.  It’s crucial to have a cut that provides a sense of masculinity and professionalism.  Let’s bring in this new month right.  I expect to see some new haircuts around campus.

Hermès Menswear Spring 2013

We’ve all heard it before “mother knows best”.  Well, we should start calling Veronique Nichanian, the French menswear designer of Hermès, “mom” because her spring 2013 men’s collection is perfection.  A woman designing men’s garments?  Don’t be skeptical – fashion knows no gender, and Nichanian really delivered.  She truly had man in mind when she was creating her new menswear collection because it focuses on what men want in their clothing: simplicity.

When it comes to the most basic item of clothing, the tee shirt is the obvious winner.  Nichanian incorporates tee shirts into the new Hermès menswear collection.  In an interview about her new collection with Agence France-Presse, she said, “[translated] A tee shirt for me is a piece I really love because it is a signature item of the 21st century.”  She couldn’t be more correct.  The tee shirt is iconic.  These aren’t just any average cotton tees, these Hermès tee shirts are crafted from lamb suede and crocodile.

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Overall, the color palette for this collection can be described as a marriage of navy and neutral tones.  Pouring rainbows of color onto garments for the sake of adding color is absolutely unnecessary.  Nichanian proves this by only adding three colors to the collection’s muted palette: red, blue, and yellow.  The primary color trio injects fun into the collection without being overwhelming.

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Nichanian revives the white suit for her spring collection.  The white suit is not meant for the office; it’s a symbol of easygoingness.  Higher breaks in the sleeve and cuff and higher armholes characterize her white suits.  Her suits give off an air of sophistication, yet at the same time easiness.  The entire Hermès Spring 2013 menswear collection embodies simplicity and freedom of being a man.

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Burberry Prorsum Menswear Spring/Summer 2013

The English fashion mastermind Christopher Bailey took his Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection of Burberry Prorsum to the runways of Milan.  The new menswear collection displays a variety of unexpected combinations: a blend of the traditional and the unconventional, a stunning juxtaposition of muted tones and metallic colors, and coupling of formal styling and casual dress.  Burberry Prorsum steered the collection in a direction that strayed away from the typical thoughts that are associated with spring and summer.  Instead of cliché floral prints that are predictable in spring collections, completely original prints gave life to several pieces in the collection without going over the top.  Take a look at these patterns.

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Paying tribute to its rainy and overcast homeland of England, Burberry Prorsum incorporated overcoats, jackets, and raincoats into this menswear collection.  While traditional neutral tones and shades of blues give color to some of the outerwear, the jackets and coats that are bound to turn heads are the ones that radiate with metallic tints.  In the three styles shown below, almost entirely muted outfits are infused with a single metallic piece.  This delicate styling displays not only the vast color palette of the collection, but also the range of materials used in the making of the pieces.  Burberry Prorsum has moved away from the pastels and solid colors that plague typical spring/summer fashions and chose dazzling colors to electrify the onlookers.

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The formality of the garments in the collection varies greatly – ranging from cotton two-button suit jackets to men’s leather sandals.  The models, shown below, were styled in a manner than combined the formal and the casual.  Burberry Prorsum succeeded in designing a menswear collection that balances work and play.

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Changes at Roulette Vintage…but not before a pretty party and lovely sale

Carrboro’s very own Roulette Vintage will be closing it’s storefront Sunday February 13 to focus on its Etsy store, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over.

 

Inside Roulette Vintage, photo credit Kara LaFleur

The oh-so-cute store, which sells vintage duds and local designer pieces, will hold its annual Valentines Day Party this Friday at its store from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will feature the designs of local brand Riverbasin Outfitters which makes repurposed clothing and accessories using recycled materials.

 

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It’s also the Art Walk (held the first Friday of each month), so after you sip love punch while browsing at Roulette, you can check out the art scene in Carrboro.

Saturday and Sunday will be the store’s HUGE vintage sale. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all vintage will be 30% off. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all vintage will be 50% off. If you’ve been to Roulette before, you know they have good prices anyway, so don’t miss out on this shopping opportunity! It’s your chance to find a one-of-a-kind cocktail dress for a steal. The owners will be taking out vintage from the back as well, so you’re sure to find something you love.

 

Roulette models in vintage clothing, photo credit Kara LaFleur

Gifts for Him..

..but really you! With the holidays coming up, it’s time to start searching for gifts for that special someone. Although getting a present for your boyfriend (or father, brother, etc)  may be tricky, have some fun during your multiple shopping excursions and pick something out that you can borrow for yourself from time to time.
1. Topman Grey Chunky Stitch Cardigan, $88
2. Urban Outfitters Double Cable Eternity Scarf, $28
3.  River Island School Satchel, $46
4.  American Apparel Jute & Leather Belt, $34
5. American Apparel Recycled Cotten-Acrylic Blend Snow Cap, $23
6.  J Crew Marled Socks, $16 (2 for $20)
7.  Polo Ralph Lauren Suede-Patch Hunting Shirt, $145
8. Topman Stone Double Cable Snood Scarf, $32

*Place any online orders ASAP if you need them by Christmas!

Classically Striking

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As an arts writer, I am constantly pushed through Art Galleries featuring tons of classical and modern paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Every time I visit one of the galleries I always find myself enthralled by old posters, especially those of Fritz Lang, Hitchcock, and Humphrey Bogart films. The COS fall and winter collection captures my eye in the same nostalgic way the posters do – is it odd for me to have nostalgic feelings for a time period I never lived in?

The COS collection consists of neutral grays, whites, and dark blacks for the fall and winter. The label mixes slim and straight cuts on both tops and bottoms. Three button suit jackets and over sized rain coats draw form the past while still looking modern. While this collection won’t stand out as anything new one must appreciate the classic details.

Images from Men’s Rag