Lab Series (ELC)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Style In The Park

Image via Life

I stubbled across this picture of "Strangers on a Train" actor Robert
Walker with then wife Jennifer Jones relaxing under the trees. To think
this is how men dressed once upon a time to just lay in the park. He
looks so relaxed yet polished at the same time.

Rick Owens High-Tops

For "Henley and I," I chose to incorporate one of my favorite high-tops ever by designer Rick Owens. A similar style, in black and in white, have been marked down as part of Barneys New York "Designer Sale," where select merchandise is up to 40% off. 

Retail: $1,145, Sale: $799

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Aloha Rag One Day Sale

Hey Everyone!

Aloha Rag New York is having a ONE DAY SALE on Saturday, May 30th. What He Wears got a sneak preview of the sale and you guys will not be disappointed. Designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Neil Barrett, Limited Edition Jil Sander trainers and many more designers will all be on sale from 40-70% off. You can't beat that!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Montegrappa Fine Writing

Privilege Deco – Large fine nib fountain pen with black in, 18k yellow gold nib, sterling silver and resin barrel and sterling silver clip.
MSRP $840, Gilt Price $418

Since 1912, Montegrappa fountain pens have embodied Italian flair. During WWI, soldiers would write home using the luxurious fountain pens. Monegrappa pens were also the beloved pens of choice for two great American writers Ernest Hemingway and Orient Express writer John Dos Passos. These fine writing utensils are handcrafted in Italy using antique craftsman techniques and processes borrowed from the goldsmiths art. You cannot only judge a man by his shoes but with what he uses to signs his checks. Gilt Groupe is offering these proud symbols of Italian style, design and creativity at a fraction of the cost. 

The Montegrappa pens go on sale Thursday, May 28th at 12 Noon EST.

Happy Shopping!

Espressione – Medium nib fountain pen with black ink, 18k yellow gold nib, mother of pearl resin with sterling silver clip.
MSRP $530, Gilt Price $264

Micra Ballpoint – Ballpoint pen with black ink, mother of pearl resin barrel and a sterling silver clip.
MSRP $305, Gilt Price $152

Stradivari Rollerball - Roller ball pen with black ink, precious resin barrel and a platinum plated sterling silver clip.
MSRP $750, Gilt Price $374

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Givenchy Fall 2009

Riccardo Tisci has gone in a different direction for Givenchy's fall 09 campaign tapping Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott featuring Simon Nessman and Jakob Wiechmann. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vindooh Matadin have photographed the black and white campaigns for the past nine seasons. Expect to see the images in the July issue of L' Uomo Vogue. Change is good after all I love the campaigns.

Guide to Weddings

Image via Luxist

Anyone who knows me well enough knows I despise weddings. The reception is always the worst part especially if it's a dry wedding. Which I think is kind of rude to begin with, no? Ok, perhaps not rude but maybe a bit obnoxious? You send your obnoxious invitation with bells and whistles, I dreadfully RSVP with manners and sentiments of obligation only to be stuck at the "singles table" with people I would never want to speak to in life with no alcohol involved! In my opinion it's almost sadistic.  At least the alcohol will make me want to strike up a convo. Do I sound horribly cold? Perhaps, maybe just a little bit, but I am not the only single New Yorker that has muttered these words. Can I get an Amen? 

Everyone has his or her own beliefs on what is proper etiquette when attending a wedding. Some believe gift registries are vulgar and others feel invites are not invoices and if you do not attend you should not feel obligated to send a gift. If you have not been brought to the "Social Registry" (ahem Ramona from NYC Housewives) the lovely people at Luxist and Loro Chio NYC Lifestyle Concierge, have prepared us with all the proper etiquette questions and tips for your guide to summer weddings as well as tips for bride and grooms, grooms and grooms, and brides and brides (I have to add that this it's 2009 after all) getting ready to register. 

Luxist: If you can't make the wedding, do you still have to send a gift?

Lora Chio: If you get an invitation, you have to send a gift. Yup. This means that if you don't know the bride, but she invites you to her shower, you need to send a gift (regardless of whether or not you attend; regardless of whether or not she knows your name).

L: Is sending money ever okay? How much should you send?

LC: The unspoken rule of thumb for giving cash is to basically pay for your plates. For example, if you are at a wedding where you believe the reception rings in at $100 per head, and you were allowed to bring a date, you should give $200. That's just a starting point -- many other considerations should be made before you decide on a dollar amount: 
  • How close are you with the couple? Very? Give a little more.
  • Did they give you money at your wedding? If yes, you should give the same amount (or $1 more, just to be clever).
  • Did you have to travel for the wedding (and therefore pay for a hotel, a rental car, plane tickets, etc.)? Feel free to knock the dollar amount back a little -- you've already done a lot to be there for the special day.

Designer Watch: Damir Doma

Damir Doma is known for layered garments, sheer fabrics, and draped silhouettes inspired by masculinity and emotion. He studied fashion in Munich and Berlin where in graduated with magna cum laude for the best collection. Damir then went to Antwerp where Raf Simons mentored him. It was with Raf that Damir's perception of fashion and arts were broadened and shaped. Raf's training led him to infuse soulfulness and sensitivity into his work. In 2006, Doma launched his first collection and in June of 2007 he debuted his namesake label with much success. 

Price: $847

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tuck in That Polo

I have received many questions from readers as to how the American classic shirt, the polo, should be worn. Should the polo be tucked in, left untucked or half-tucked- like most preppy suburbia kids tend to wear theirs. 

Before I answer the million dollar question I will get into a short history lesson. The original polo shirt was made of Oxford-clothe cotton and had long-sleeves with a button-down collar. Polo players invented the buttoned collar to keep it from flapping obnoxiously in the wind as they played. Oxford-cloth cotton became too uncomfortable for players on the field. Once polo players became aware of the jersey-knit pique cotton tennis shirt, made popular by 7 time Grand Slam tennis champ Rene Lacoste in 1927, players began to use the tennis shirt for polo matches. 

The standard for polo athletes playing the sport is to wear their polo's or jerseys tucked in, which is how the American classic should be worn. The reason for the uneven vented hem or tennis tail, longer in the back than in the front, is so the polo remains tucked. When players stepped off their horses they tended to lift up their shirttails causing their shirts to stay half-tucked, which is how the ever-popular style came about. 

So the answer to the question if one should tuck in their polo's the answer is yes. Not only does tucking your polo create a neater and cleaner look but you are staying true to the sport and how the polo is intended to be worn. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dror Benshetrit's Intricate Peacock Chair

When you unite a furniture manufacturer known for their cutting edge modern furniture and a hip New York designer known for his minimalist aesthetic with a quest to reflect transformation, motion and duality in his work- an intricate work of art is born. The Peacock Chair, designed by Dror Benshetrit for Cappellini Studio, is created out of three sheets of felt and a minimal metal frame. The looping folds of the felt are tightly woven to form a structured yet comfortable lounge chair, with no sewing or upholstery involved. The elaborate folding paired with the innovative method of structure creates this exquisite and luxurious chair, which is beautifully executed. The Peacock Chair is the perfect balance of modern and elegance.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Champagne With No Cork?

Image via Luxist

Their is a new system for opening a champagne bottle brought to you by Champagne house Duval-Leroy whom is the first to use this new closure putting it on their Clos de Bouveries Vintage 2004. The bottle seems much easier to open by simply lifting its lever. The million-dollar question, is does it still pop as you open? The answer is yes. If it didn't I don't think they would sell a bottle! That is the beauty of opening a bottle of champagne hearing that pop. But will this new feature take off? Only time will tell. To be honest, I would not want to see a lever on a vintage bottle of Perrier Jouet. Although convenient, the lever would be a total eyesore to that gorgeous bottle. Call me old fashioned, but popping that cork is part of the glamour of opening a bottle of champagne. 

Barker Black on Gilt

White Wallace Buckskin
MSRP $800 Gilt Price $328

Marring old world craftsmanship with modern day elegance Barker Black delivers quality footwear with style.  Gilt Groupe will also have Barker Black silk ties in neutrals and pastels in solid colors or embroidery.

Lancer Lace-up
MSRP $850 Gilt Price $398

Blenheim Boot
MSRP $1025  Gilt Price $498

Rock & Roll Chic on Gilt Groupe

Cheers Mate Shirt
MSRP $500 Gilt Price $148

Gilt Groupe's men’s team collaborated with Libertine co-designer, Cindy Green to create a thematic collection infused with their signature techniques and images.  Known for their edgy play on tailored items, Libertine offers the best of subversive sophistication. Mug shots of  Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra decorate tees and hoodies while classic items are detailed with Swarovski crystals.

Oil Mate T-Shirt
MSRP $225 Gilt Price $78

Foil Vest
MSRP $500 Gilt Price $168

Boxer Blazer
MSRP $1690 Gilt Price $498

Monday, May 18, 2009

Say Aloha to Exclusives

Aloha Rag invited What He Wears to visit their store located on Greenwich St in NYC. They have amazing pieces. You could seriously do some damage there! What I enjoyed most about Aloha Rag is there select exclusive items to New York. I love shopping at Barneys but sometimes you want to purchase something no one else will have. Hiding a Margiela shirt underneath a pile of 7 Jeans for the sake of exclusivity is draining. Who has time for that? 

Aloha Rag carries this awesome brand from Japan named Cassaves, which is exclusive to New York. Cassaves was established in FW 2007; characterized by its minimal and sharp style by eliminating the decorative and artfulness. Cassaves offers clothing that does not choose the wearer but draws out individuality of the wearer. Garments are simple but premium, based on functional design, and street-consciousness. When I was shown the Cassaves collection I was drawn to this white and navy hand-spotted polo. Most polo's offer an awful boxy silhouette unlike this exclusive polo, which offers a slimmer fit. Nothing worse than a polo that gives you the same shape as Sponge Bob. Another great exclusive available at Aloha Rag are these cool white and light-grey leather and suede sneaker designed by Raf Simons for Jil Sander that were made to fit Aloha Rag's white, bright and clean aesthetic. The sneakers are featuring a limited production run of fifty-five pairs in each style. Talk about exclusive!

Aloha Rag
505 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

Friday, May 15, 2009

Save Fashion: Men's Sale

Last night, I briefly Twittered about the launch of the CFDA and Refinery sponsored Save Fashion men's rollout. They had tons of Helmut Lang and Acne. As well as other brands like Band of Outsiders, Nudie Jeans, and INHABIT. Prices were significantly slashed; a Helmut Lang button-down retailing for $250 is now priced at $110. I'm no mathematician but that sounds good to me! As scathing as visiting The Port Authority sounds, you should swing by and take a look at the many men's wear brands offered-it's worth the trip!

The SAVE FASHION Pop-Up Store is located at 
641 8th Avenue, at the NW corner of 41st Street.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stop the Knock-Off's

Forever 21 top row, and Trovata bottom row
Image via WWD

Designers work hard to make their design concepts come to life for high-street chains like Forever 21 to knock-off their designs in cheap fabrics. Yes we are in a recession and not everyone can afford to purchase the latest Lanvin or Balmain or Gucci. But is it right to blatantly copy off of someone else's hard work? It's totally design plagiarism. Which is why Trovata should win their case in court against Forever 21. I am all for this US code which extends protection to fashion design. France has a similar act to protect French designers from such design blasphemy. Why is The United States so slow to grasp certain concepts?

Vote YES on the online Poll!

Balmain Homme F/W 09

Images have been released for the first ever Balmain Homme campaign and I'm in love. Karim Sadli photographed Clement Chabernaud for the campaign. I was very curious to see what the fall/winter 09 collection would look like. Judging Christophe Decarnin's work for Balmain's women's collection, I expected it to be avant-garde, but am pleased it's a classic, masculine and wearable collection; which was a smart move on Decarnin's behalf, especially during these economic times. I have read many saying the collection is "boring" but this collection will sell more without being smothered with obnoxious chachki's and a plethora of pleats. In my opinion, the clothes look cool and Clement looks cool in them. With that said, this collection will look great on anyone who is thin enough to fit in the clothes and may I add wealthy enough. The suit, trench, belt and jeans (you could never have too many jeans) are on my fall wish list. I would definitely hand the sales rep my AMEX and perhaps a lung for those pieces. After all you can survive with one lung.

Images via Just.Male.Model

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

W: Not So Goodwin

This is editorial featuring Ginnifer Goodwin frolicking about with scantily clad male models can be found in W magazine's June 2009 issue photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Camilla Nickerson. This is not an editorial featuring any wearable men's wear unless you plan on spending your Saturday evening getting spanked at a leather bar but the photography and concept is great. 

American Classic: Boat Shoes

Boat shoes have been an American classic since 1935 when Paul Sperry let out Prince, his cocker spaniel, and noticed how he remained stable on a full run on the snow covered ice. With a razor blade Paul Sperry cut siping into a robber-sole and the prototype of the first boat shoe was born. The Top-Sider is the standard for most sailors and is part of the US Naval Academy casual uniform. Many designers recreate the American classic choosing suede's, patents, and leather's in a variety of colors and combination. The boat shoe is the perfect summer shoe for its lightweight and comfort.    

Salvatore Ferragamo at Saks- $440; Sperry Top-Siders by Jeffery's- $80    

Limited Edition Sperry Top-Sider- $129; John Varvatos at Saks- $225

    Lavin at Browns- $559; Band of Outsiders at eLuxury- $129

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sample Sale

Hi Everyone,

Prive is hosting a men's wear sample sale featuring brands Hickey and Penguin. Stylish, updated men's classics will be featured from both brands. Classic polos, button-down shirts, tailored suits, blazers, shorts, sweaters, ties, tees and more marked at 65-85% off retail.

Time and Dates:
10 AM - 7 PM 
Thursday, May 14- Sunday, May 17

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue, NYC
Between 15th-16th St.

Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli on Spring/Summer 09

Monday, May 11, 2009

Q & A with Josh Beech

Josh Beech is a rising star in the modeling world. The British Rocker from South London has appeared in a Burberry campaign photographed by Mario Testino, has graced the pages of Dazed and Confused, i-D, and was featured on the cover of Vogue Hommes International photographed by Hedi Slimane, which set his career into over-drive. He is not just a handsome face; he has his eyes set a music career with his well-received band SNISH. What He Wears has an exclusive interview with Josh where he chats about his experience working with Carine Roitfeld and Hedi Slimane, what gets him nervous and whom he wanted to be as a youngster.

WHW: Your cover for Vogue Hommes International was amazing; I bought that issue. You worked with two of my favorite fashion icons Hedi Slimane and Carine Roitfeld. How was it working with both Hedi and Carine?

JB: One word can describe that day, actually two words FUCKING SWEEEET! Had an awesome time and everybody was really nice.

WHW: Your tats photographed amazingly in the Vogue Hommes and the Dazed & Confused editorials. Do you plan on getting anymore?

JB: Yeah I have plans for some more ink but I think it’s gonna be a while before you see them. I would like to get tats on my chest and my hands but not just yet!

WHW: What bands on your iPod are in heavy rotation?

JB: Hahahaha good question. My favorite band is the Deftones, I am also a huge fan of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and The Architects. The most played album at the moment is attack and release- The Black Keys.

WHW: I was listening to Wishing Well, by your band Snish; it’s one of my favorite tracks as well as Illustrations Whore. Have you always had your eyes set on a music career?

JB: Thank you very much. Yes music has always been my passion. I was one of those kids who always thought they were a rock star lol. I wanted to be John Lennon from the age of about 6.

WHW: How do your band mates react when they see you in magazine and print ads?

JB: My band mates are awesome, at first they took the piss but now they are really supportive and think that it is awesome and Matt our bassist actually buys a lot of the magazines now.


WHW: I watched a Snish You Tube clip. It was a high-energy performance of a track called, I for an Eye, at Fearless Music in NYC. How do New Yorkers respond to your music?

JB: New Yorkers are some of the best people in the world. I love New York. Infact I love it there so much that I am planning to come and live there for a while. Snish went down pretty well too in Nyc which is cool.

WHW: Where can fans purchase music by Snish and when can we expect a full Snish LP?

JB: At the moment you can download all our tracks from our myspace and buy a physical version of the Ep with full artwork there too.

We will be recording a Full album (9 new tracks) in the summer of 2009 so expect it in stores around September.

WHW: Let’s talk a bit more about your burgeoning modeling career. You’ve walked for some big names: Givenchy, Hermes, and Versace, to name a few. Do you get nervous walking for such major luxury brands?

JB: Yes!! I get really fucking nervous. It’s weird because give me a mic or a guitar in a room of hundreds of people I am fine, but walking down a run way I shit myself lol. I think it’s because the designer has put their life into those clothes and if I fucked up I would be letting them down. It’s a lot of pressure lol!

WHW: Fashion week can be a bit much for stylists and editors hustling from show to show. I can only image how it is for a model. How do you deal with the fashion week madness?

JB: I love the madness. I wish life was that crazy all the time. I love meeting new people and going to strange places you wouldn’t normally go and in fashion week you get to do that.

WHW: How do you balance your time between your modeling career and your music career?

JB: I am very lucky in the fact that my band and my modeling actually help each other out. My music is obviously my first priority but they generally balance out pretty well. This summer I will miss some of the shows in June though as I am on tour!!!!

Josh Beech is represented by Models 1

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Henley and I

Photographed by Gigi Stoll
Stylist: Ryan Davis
Photo Editor: Natalie Gonzalez
Fashion Assistant: Stephanie Vieira
Hair: Brian Carmouche
Models: Chris Fawcett at Click & Mikus at Re:Quest


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Gucci's HOME Film


"Anyone who watches this film will not fail to be deeply moved by the incredible imagery captured by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It is a truly remarkable call to action for all us to play a part in protecting the planet for generations to come." -Frida Giannini

June 5th marks World Environment Day and in honor of that day a multi-platform cinematic movie entitled HOME will be released in cinemas, on television, on DVD and on the Internet in 14 different languages and in over 87 countries around the world. The environmental film was directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, produced by Luc Besson and funded by Gucci's parent company the PPR Group. 

HOME explores the current state of the plant through beautiful aerial images filmed in more than fifty countries around the world. Its objective being the increased awareness of major environmental and social changes facing humankind. 

Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini has designed a special limited edition T-shirt in honor of the film that will be sold at select Gucci stores worldwide from May 25. The tee was designed using 100% organic cotton and natural dyes in recyclable packaging. A white canvas bag with the HOME logo in gold accompanies the tee. They will be available in both men's and women's sizes prized at $195 with all profits donated to, a non-profit created by Yann Arthus- Bertrand in 2005.

I recommend looking at the amazing aerial images from the film. Visit

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Men with Birkins

The Hermes Birkin bag is an iconic bag originally designed for British born singer and actress Jane Birkin. When Jane expressed her difficulty finding a leather weekend bag to then Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas the bag she described was shortly delivered to her flat. Today, women will wait an eternity and beyond on the legendary wait-list for their 48-hour hand-stitched arm candy in black or one of many candy colored hues available. The legendary bag is offered in a variety of leathers: Ostrich, saltwater croc, alligator- or whatever strikes your fancy. Many famous women carry the Birkin; when Martha Stewart was on trial she was photographed carrying a Bordeaux hued Birkin upon entering the courthouse and Victoria Beckham is known to own several.

When I watched the Ralph Rucci documentary, A Designer and His House, I noticed various Goyard and Louis Vuitton bags lined up en route to Paris for the Couture shows. As he walked to his waiting car, I noticed he carried a black Birkin. Now, I have seen this documentary on several occasions and have always asked myself, "Is it cool for a man to carry a Birkin?" Is it not just a tad obnoxious? Another man known for toting about with a Birkin is tastemaker and musical genius Pharrell Williams. He's actually boasted about getting his Birkin special ordered and was photographed with it for Paper magazine's June/July 08 cover. Pharrell does not own your standard-sized Birkin. Why would he? Not only is it big enough to fit a toddler, but it's also purple alligator. The bag alone needs its own private jet and security. You might have noticed Pharrell dragging it along the floor in Madonna's 'Give It 2 Me' video. Fashion's golden boy, Marc Jacobs, has also been photographed carrying a Birkin as well.

For me, a man carrying a Birkin is like a man wearing fur- it's hit or miss. The trick is to carry it as if it were a brown paper bag from Whole Foods- completely effortless. The second you look obnoxiously pretentious you might as well put on a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and wear a Victoria Beckham inspired bob. 

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