Spring Summer 2017 Men’s Fashion Week: Nick Graham, Kenneth Ning and More!

I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your summer vacation breaks to the fullest. I am a bit late with New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17, due to my crazy, unpredictable schedule. Yet, better late than never!

I’ve always been attracted to certain men’s jewelry and accessories and once in a while I like to borrow from the men’s section. I think a strong masculine piece such as a structural blazer, men’s briefcase or men’s watch can add an effortless edginess, chic, and conservatism to the overall feminine look.

So, here are my favorite moments from New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17.

1. I’ve loved Nick Graham’s innovative approach to creating a fashion show. The dazzling event allowed attendees to dive into the glamorous, prerevolutionary 1950s world of Cuba. Its world-class cabaret and club, Tropicana, was especially highlighted. Nick Graham Cuban Theme Summer Spring 2017

The use of a striking visual presentation versus a traditional runway show was intriguing. It provided bloggers and editors with more time to analyze details, so they could create better content, while fully enjoying the 1950s Havana vibes. One of my favorite looks: effortlessly chic rolled pants, camo scarf, and retro sunglasses.

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Nick Graham ss 17 Spring Summer 2017 men's fashion Cuban theme
2.  I also found the Artistix and Andy Hilfiger “Equality” line to be quite inspirational. In particular, I liked the abstract prints by Artistix founder Greg Polisseni. I’d like to see more of these elements and prints incorporated in women’s clothes.

Artistix Andy Hilfiger Prints Art and Fashion Abstract Spring summer 2017Photo Credit: Jason Konrad

3. Designed in New York and handmade in London, Passavant and Lee briefcases have such a sleek and modern look, combined with traditional craftsmanship. Functionality and timeless style are the key of this brand. I’d certainly recommend checking their website for product details.

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Passavant and Lee NYFW: Men’s SS17 Presentation


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4. Refreshing hues of navy and red and unexpected tropical prints in Parke and Ronen collection were a breath of fresh air during the men’s fashion week events. I also found checkered shirts tied around the waistline a la the ‘90s quite exciting and worth stealing.

Parke & Ronen tropical prints ss 17 Summer 2017 New York fashion weekPhoto credit: Getty Images

5. Also, I loved Kenneth Ning’s innovative designs and military chic inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 British-American war film, “Full Metal Jacket.” The contrast between models’ emotionless faces and the rebellious deconstruction of designers’ garments was particularly striking. Three words would describe Kenneth Ning’s Men’s SS17 collection: edgy, innovative and effortless.

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Kenneth Ning ss 17 Spring Summer 2017 military chic camo print full metal jacket

Looking Good: How to Pose for Photos

Did Aunt Jenny’s Thanksgiving photo add 10 pounds to your physique? Next time a photo-wielding relative aims the camera, don’t panic. Learn the rules of looking great on film.

First, understand that the photo is a two-dimensional image.  Therefore, when a three-dimensional object is captured, its depth illusion decreases. This makes the overall object appear wider.  As a kid, I loved three-dimensional drawings and could effortlessly draw them.  A good, experienced photographer requires three-dimensional perception to bring out the best in a model. That said, Aunt Jenny is probably not a trained photographer.

Still, there are a few things you can do so that you don’t have to hide behind someone at the next family gathering.

  • Stop making the “duck” lips.  Embrace your beauty and make a natural soft smile.
  • Chewing gum is out.
  • If you want to look slimmer, go with navy, purple or maroon colors, rather than black. Colors look amazing on photos.
  • If you DO like black-and-white photography, wear something white. White looks terrific against a dark background.
  • Pose to make the waist slimmer by putting one or both hands on the hips. If you are trying to sell the garment, make sure that your pose does not change the actual design. BeFunky__MG_922600.jpg
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  • A shirt tied around the waist a-la-1990s will also make your body appear slimmer.  This is a great styling trick for achieving an effortlessly chic, casual look.how_to_pose_slimmer_style_trick_look_slimmer
  • To avoid a double chin and make the neck appear longer, pull your head forward and push your shoulders down.
  • Stand straight and twist your torso at a 30- to 45-degree angle to look slimmer.
  •  A pair of heels will slenderize.  Also, one color from head to toe will make you appear taller.Blue Overall
  • Wearing loose garments? Photos will come out fabulous if you are moving. Walk, dance, run and do whatever makes you feel great.
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  •  Make sure you DO feel good in your skin and comfortable with the photographer even if it is Aunt Jenny. Sometimes no matter how beautiful  you look, the images do not turn out, if you are not feeling confident, or you are simply in a bad mood.