Sheria na Mavazi new collection is off the chain. I just saw these photos yday a few hours after my arrival from the motherland and I was just wowed with what I saw!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder what inspired him to design this collection. Quite interesting but different for a Tanzanian male designer. I like the whole big bowl tie , retro glasses , gingham and denim blazers. Great color palette. I am soo loving this collection. Way to go Sheria!!!!
So I came across Mens Jelly shoes last night while surfing online. My first reaction was mmmhh!! The last time I saw a man rocking these shoes was when I was back in Tanzania. Last year Jelly shoes wear a big trend, and Nope I refuse to own a pair! As I wrote on my previous posts about Jelly shoes "Utanikoma saa sita", they give me bad memories! So what do you Men think?? Would you wear these ?
Skinny jeans is a very touchy subject amongst men. Some would rock skinny jeans and some would never. Many oppose skinny jeans because physically they bring about some complications. Remember that verse from Jay-z "I dont wear skinny jeans cause my nuts dont fit" (hahaha), well true enough skinny jeans tend to be a little bit tight on that particular area of a man's body. Personally I think rocking skinny jeans is a brave move for men, however the direction in which the fashion trend for men is heading skinny jeans will someday be the isshh. Swagger comes in very weird forms. If done right skinny jeans can be the ultimate swagger for men. And by right I mean a good mix of skinny jeans and shoes. The good thing about skinny jeans, they can be rocked nicely with both high tops and low tops, including formal shoes. Since skinny jeans are more punk-rock based, shoes like: Vans, Converse (Chuck Taylors), and Boots are more appropriate for a spot-on swagger. Here are some suggestions to learn from:
Skinny Jeans with VANS.
Skinny Jeans with Chuck Taylors.
Skinny Jeans with Formal shoes/Boots.
When the World Music scene started to make inroads into the US following Paul Simon's Graceland album, a lot of interesting styles from the Third World began to be released on record in this country. At first, they were presented one genre at a time, but in recent years the mixing of styles, often with wild abandon, has made for some fascinating and occasionally perplexing music. The fusing of African sounds with everything from reggae to Celtic has made for some especially interesting listening. But the contemporary African pop scene, with which itself is an amalgam of traditional rhythms and Western influences still has a great deal to offer. Papa Wemba, though based in Paris for the past dozen years, comes from a country that has seen a good deal of turmoil recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo, until recently known as Zaire. Wemba came out of a rich music scene based in the Zairean capital Kinshasa, where such styles as hi-life and soukous developed, ironically encouraged by the policies of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. An active music scene with stiff competition among bands was the rule, with Mobutu going through a period that encouraged the promotion of traditional African elements.
Wemba came up playing in various bands on the Kinshasa scene in the 1960s and 70s, and was one of the founders of soukous or "rumba rock" which blended a surprising degree of Latin American influence with more traditional African sounds, and the distinctive high rippling electric guitars that is a trademark of the eminently danceable style. Papa Wemba founded Zaiko Langa Langa, one of the pioneering groups in Kinshasa. In 1986, Wemba moved to Paris, and joined an active scene there of African expatriates and visitors in a growing artistic community that further fused African and Western influences. In paris Wemba not only exploded into the world music scene as a prolific musician and innovator he was known as the king of style .
Wemba has been in the forefront of fashion as the number one consumer of the best in Mens clothing . Wemba has always been credited by bringing in the distinct clothing and style and taste in african Rhumba music and is single handled credited with the explosion of Mens clothing designers into music . This came about in the early eighties when he formed the group Société des ambianceurs et personnes élégantes" also known as S.A.PE , which in essence was a music and fashion movement that emphasized the dressing of men and women in the best of Garments and styles while expanding the reach of African music .His influence can be seen in all the major African stars from
and Kabose . African music and fashion are forever intertwined .
This is what fashion experts in the industry are saying about Barack Obama's hot athletic figure: “He could wear a paper bag and I would still love him,” pants J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons Mazeau in WWD. “He just looks effortless. He understands how his clothes should fit.” Marc Bouwer agrees:
Elie Tahari called Barack "Mister Handsome," “He could be a male model,” he added.
I will def go with "Mister Handsome" and "Male model" or call him a role model for the children of the free world!
So FJ readers especially FJ Men out there what do you think??
Fj man brings you the second part series on our FJMAN British styles that have made a difference;We continue where we left off last week. While Savile Row was busy making classic tailored suits, designer John Pearse dropped out from the conservative tradition to create outrageous, experimental clothes for the well heeled Chelsea set at the notorious boutique, Granny Takes A Trip. The shop reflected the growing counter-culture of the 60s and 70s and the music legends of the day would hang out at Granny’s, along with anyone else who wanted to be part of the ride. Nestled on the King’s Road, Granny’s took a more romantic and bohemian approach and even had their own rock ‘n’ roll band years ahead of Malcolm McLaren’s adventures with the Sex Pistols.
These are some of the pschedelic styles, Jimmy Hendriks in his distinct psychedelic , the clash, Sly family stone , Bob Marley and the wailers and some of the famous Rock Aristocracy.
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones may have seemed at opposite ends of the music spectrum during the 60s, but one thing they did have in common was the same tailor: Tommy Nutter.
Like the bands at the time, Nutter was in a league of his own. When he joined forces with master craftsman Edward Sexton, together they took Savile Row by storm. Tommy detested the stuffy atmosphere associated with the tradition of Savile Row and set about changing it forever.
The lethal combination of Sexton’s gift for tailoring and Tommy’s flair for style and socialising made Nutters the tailoring choice of the rock aristocracy. In 1969 Nutters of Savile Row opened on Valentine's Day and unleashed the Tommy Nutter / Edward Sexton style on swinging London. Backed by Apple Records executive Peter Brown, Nutters of Savile Row dressed the
entire social spectrum from the Duke of Bedford & Lord Montague to Mick & Bianca Jagger and The Beatles.
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