NY Fashion Week: Tim Hamilton Fall 2009 Collection

    This time, the boots—once again made by ultra-cult designer Carol Christian Poell's Viennese cobbler—were polished.

    Tim Hamilton Fall 2009

    That says a lot about the clothes they accompanied. Hamilton pushed the tailoring for Fall 2009 in New York Fashion Week, streamlining the silhouette, narrowing lapels, shrinking collars.

    Tim Hamilton Fall 2009

    But influences real or imagined aside, what really stood out were the ensembles that were purest Hamilton in their oddness, like the double jacket layered over a long "leathered cotton" hoodie over his cropped long johns.

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Earth Hour: Switch Off the Light for an hour

    As part of the effort to to take action on Global Warming. Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming in 2009.

    Earth Hour
    For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

    THIS SATURDAY 28 MARCH AT 8.30PM YOU CAN VOTE EARTH BY SWITCHING OFF YOUR LIGHTS FOR ONE HOUR - EARTH HOUR.

    Beside turning your lights off for an hour, there are many other things you can do to make Earth Hour 2009 a success.

    • Sign Up Now. Become a part of Earth Hour and get useful tips and tools to reduce your carbon footprint everyday
    • Tell A Friend. Better still – tell them, your family and even your work mates. Encourage them to sign up. Email them a link to this website and mobilise even more people!
    • Tell Your Story. How is climate change affecting your family and your community? We want to hear how you're becoming part of the solution.
    • Run your own Earth Hour. Download our quick guide for how to run Earth Hour in your city or town. It's easy!
    • Your Earth Hour. What will you be doing at 8.30pm on Saturday March 28? We're keen to know what you have planned for Earth Hour 2009. If you'd like to share your plans with Earth Hour and the media, then please send us an email describing with as much detail as you can what you have planned to myearthhour@earthhour.org. Don't forget to include your name, where you live (City and Country), and your contact telephone number including your country code.
    • Blogger Tool Kit: Create a blog post about the importance of global action on climate change and how participation in Earth Hour can make a difference.(Just like me! :) )

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Mens Car Review: Porsche Boxster for 2009

    Whether you like it or not, Porsche Boxster has been around for a dozen years, evolving slowly but steadily in the time-honored Porsche way.

    Porsche Boxster for 2009
    Indeed, this popular mid-engine roadster--forever enshrined as "the car that saved Porsche"--has seen only one major update so far, during model-year ’05. That update was highlighted by more power, classier interior appointments, and cautiously revised styling.

    Porsche Boxster for 2009
    Finally, Porsche has finalized with Boxster upgrade. Model year 2009 upgrades start where they do for any enthusiast machine: in the engine bay. The previous base Boxster's 2.7L flat-six has given way to a new 2.9L unit. Power rises from 245 to 255 hp; the Cayman's 2.9 is rated at 265 hp.

    Porsche Boxster for 2009
    There's no displacement increase for the S versions; it remains 3.4L, but the powerplant is largely new and boasts direct fuel injection. It spools out 310 hp in the Boxster S and 320 in the Cayman S, increases of 15 and 25 hp respectively.

    Anyway, the price is range from minimum of $52,000 for the base model and $61,000 for the S.


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2009 CFDA Nominees

    The CFDA Awards are to fashion what the Oscars are to Hollywood - a really big deal. This year, for the third year running, Marc Jacobs is nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year alongside Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy and Narciso Rodriguez.

    Jacobs is also nominated for the second year running for the Accessories Designer of the Year prize, which last year went to Tory Burch. For 2009, he is pitted against Vera Wang and Proenza Schouler, who famously co-won the Womenswear award with Oscar de la Renta in 2007.


    Calvin Klein's Italo Zuchelli, Michael Bastian and Band of Outsiders designer Scott Steinberg will all vie for the Menswear Designer of the Year award. Swarovski's trio of emerging talent awards feature a triptych of future names-to-know. Winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul - who have all been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama - will go head-to-head for the womenswear gong.

    Patrick Ervell, Robert Geller and Tim Hamilton are all in the running for the emerging talent menswear award, while Albertus Q. Swanepoel of Albertus Quartus - who was named runner up in 2008's CFDA/Vogue award - is up against maker of to-die-for shoes Alejandro Ingelmo and jeweller Justin Giunta of Subversive Jewellery for the Swarovski Award for Accessories.

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Spring - Summer 2009 Trend. Fashionable Overalls.

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    Fashion tendency keeps gladdening us with new TRENDS. Overall a new fashion trend of Spring - Summer 2009 ! This season an overall is for the all cases. Blue denim overall is for business noon, an overall made from silk is for cocktail party, an overall from variegated silk is for party in your garden. It is a good alternative to dresses. Overalls are as self-sufficient as dresses but look much more defiant than dresses.

    See Fashionable Overalls Gallery below. Click image to enlarge.

    Summer silk overall Leonard

    Green cocktail overall Pucci

    Denim everyday overall DKNY

    Silk evening overall BCBG

    Smart red overall Salvatore Ferragamo

    Light summer overall Moschino Cheap & Chic

    Chic evening overall Chloe
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Man Fashion: Dress Shoe of the Day

Man Fashion: Watch With No Time

    What if your watch, instead of showing you the time, it show you the activities? Such as one hour for lunch, two hours for shopping, 5 hours of work. The Mr. Jones watch (a bargain at just $145) comes with a daily planner installed, kind of.

    "The dial shows a breakdown of what average people do on an average day, so you’re able to see what you yourself should - on average - be doing at any time."

    Average Day
    By the way, The watch is produced as a signed limited edition of 100 pieces, each watch has its edition number engraved on the back of the case. The watch comes in a MJW presentation box with a specially commissioned artwork by artist Kate Street. Inside the box you'll find the guarantee card - every watch is guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase against any original manufacturing defect.

    Click here to see the watch in action and find out more from watchismo.com.



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Man Tech: Special Underwear

    What if I tell you not to change your underwear for five days? No way! But soon you will able to do this, of course if you want to. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is slated to test this new kind of underwear during his current visit to the space station. The "state-of-the-art" undies were designed "to reduce the smells in normal clothing, absorb sweat and provide insulation."

    special underwear
    The underwear, developed by Japanese researchers, are made of antibacterial polymers and are fire-resistant.

    Astronauts normally change their clothes every three days. But with this "new invention", Koichi will attempt to wear the underwear for a full seven days

    So what is your longest record?


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Man Gadgets: Movie Emotion Jacket

    Want to have better watching experience when you walk into movie theaters next time? As we slowly move to digital projectors and film makers start to experiment with 3D more, Philips Electronics are demonstrating one such experiment that takes the form of a jacket at the World Haptics Conference 2009 this month.

    The researchers have modified a tight-fitting jacket to include 64 vibrating motors that sit against the body on the chest and arms. The motors are grouped into 4 lots of 16 with each controlled by its own processor. Even so, it can function on just two AA batteries, however, more batteries would be required to make it last through a full film.

    Philips Movie Jacket

    The point of the jacket is not to act like a force feedback device making the wearer feel every punch, kick, or explosion. Instead it is meant to gauge how a viewers emotional response and immersion in what they are viewing can be enhanced.


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Man Fashion: New Golf Fashion Trend

    If you follow golf tournament closely, you will noticed new fashion trend. Yes, a new fashion trend among Tour Players is the BIG, BOLD Golf Belt Buckles. These belts are reminiscent of the western style buckles.

    Golf Belt Buckles
    Tour players can now express themselves fashionably. The first golfer that I noticed wearing such a belt buckle was Anthony Kim. The large initials AK appear on his golf belt buckle. It looked silly at first but it definitely seems trendy. Companies such as Adidas, Nike, Oakley, Puma and other companies have flooded the market with similar belts.

    Golf Belt Buckles
    Golf Belt Buckles


    Golf Belt Buckles


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Contrary to popular belief...

    HG and I did not get into a fight and decided to stop working together on I am Fashion and started our own blogs instead. (Even our mutual friends wondered about it!) We still email each other daily about the intricate details of our lives and random thoughts we have, and feel extremely empty when the other is away and has no access to the internet. When I freak out, she is the first person I call and she is still my maid of honor when I fantasize about my wedding. Our reasons for closing down I am Fashion still stands, though I do think that my later rationalization of it in this blog is a better articulation of how we feel.

    As for us continuing to blog even more regularly than before, I attribute it to the "newness" of our blogs. Starting a new blog is like starting a relationship. At the beginning everything is new and exciting as you get to know the other person and watch your relationship grow and mature. Every up and every down is a significant moment. Then the honeymoon phase eventually wears off and you reach a happy medium, where your relationship becomes a part of your daily life. With any luck, you will live happily ever after in this state with a few surprises here and there to spice up the norm. If not, your relationship will wane and you grow apart, eventually deciding that you are both better off parting ways.

    Clearly I'm in the honeymoon phase. We are starting to explore new things together, trying to figure out what works best for the both of us. Every new post is an adventure. Every comment and email is exciting. I want to spend every moment of everyday with it, checking on its progress i.e. stalking the traffic, the incoming and outgoing links etc. It's an exhilarating feeling that I'd almost forgotten about!

    Analogy aside, it is heartwarming to read everyone's encouraging comments and to know that we were able to leave a small footprint on some people's lives. We appreciate your support and remember that we've not left the blogging world for good. Come visit us some time at our new blogs -(Find the links to our new blogs in the post below). We miss you guys!
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Man Fashion: Green Boots from Timberland

    Wanna play a part in support green campaign? Now you will have wider choices. US shoe maker, Timberland is putting trashed tires back on the streets this year when it releases Timberland boots and shoes made with recycled tire rubber.

    Timberland Boots
    The material comes from Green Rubber, a Malaysian company that has developed a method for devulcanizing waste tires. Many rubber products like car tires, bumpers and shoe soles are made of vulcanized rubber, which is created by adding sulfur and heat to virgin rubber in order to make a tougher, more durable material.

    The beauty part is when shoes made with Green Rubber wear out, the soles can be reused by the Green Rubber company and recycled again, and Timberland is working on a plan for how to take back and disassemble boots.

    So get ready for yourself to support Timberland Green Initiative


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Man Gadget: Next Fashion Phones with Solar Power

    As the whole world is concern of Global Warming, well, we really have to. Scientists are telling us, we have to act now before it’s too late and they are worried some countries may not comply, and that is scary.

    Solar Powered Phones, Next Top Fashion Phones!


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Man Fashion: Recession Suit?

    While I was tried to look for some men fashion updates, this report attracted my attention. Yes, RECESSION SUIT. I was wondering what was this recession suit all about.

    This was basically talked about what you dressed to work a couple of years ago compared to current economy situation. This thing came to my mind was shopping for budget suit and accessories of course! To my surprise, the story told the other way.

    You might have come to work in khakis and a sports jacket. But today, in these uncertain economic times, you will taking no chances.

    Mens Suits
    One of the commerce graduate, who recently landed his first full-time job as an account executive at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, promptly shelled out $1,500 for three suits, two shirts and two ties. (Wow! this is consider big bill to me)
    Recession Suit
    The reason was with the economy, he doesn't feel as safe as it probably would have a couple of years ago. Equally, Mens stores are stocking up on tailored clothing, moving mens suits to the front of the shop and khakis to the back, and trimming prices as career apparel becomes a silver lining in the $5.2-billion men's wear sector – a tough segment at the best of times because men shop less than women. Despite their relatively high prices, men suits are again becoming something of a necessity, rather than just a discretionary purchase.

    Mens Suit
    So have you rush out to get yourself a designer men suit, to look professional and to feel like you've got your act together, especially in a this downturn recession?


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6 Tips on Get Your Dream Haircut

    To look and feel your best, a good haircut is essential. The correct haircut can bring you self-confidence and satisfaction. A proper haircut can flatter the face, bring focus to the eyes, and minimize flaws. Most importantly, a haircut is a reflection of one’s personality. And as such, the better the cut, the more confident you feel. Here are 7 tips on how to get the haircut you want and deserve:



    Tip 1. Do I Need a Matchmaking Service? Finding a good stylist can be likehairstyle1.jpg searching for your next girlfriend. Ask around and find out which stylist or salon your friends use, or you can ask someone whose hair you admire. Perhaps you have seen a salon around town that looks cool and you’ve been wanting to give it a try. In this case I would call them up and ask if they specialize in a certain types of haircuts or styles. Would they consider themselves to be modern or classic in their attitude toward style? Edgy or conservative?  



    Tip2. Do Not Ignore Others Suggestions. Remember that you want to look great for others, so try to ask your friends for suggestions of hairstyles that they think looks good on you. But your friends are secondary only, to achieve the best hairstyle ask the experts a.k.a. your hairstylist. They know the best for you. If you dont like it, don’t worry, hair always grow back! Mens hairstyles Tip 3. Don’t Be Shy. You might want to call or drop in a salon and ask if the stylists will give a free consultation before you make an appointment. Find out what their style is and the kind of cuts they are particularly good at cutting. Maybe they are better at certain types of styles than others or maybe they typically do women’s hair. It’s good to find these things out before they start whacking at your hair.





    Tip4. Find a barber who cuts your style well. Looking for a good barber? Here’s thehairstyle2.jpg easiest way to find one. Ask. If you see a guy with a great haircut - one that’s similar to the style you’re looking for - ask him where he got it cut. Just walk right up and say, “Hey man. Cool haircut. I’ve been looking for a new barber, who cuts yours.” Yeah, it might be a bit awkward, but you might just find a great barber in the process. Oh… and regardless of what you might think, the guy will consider it a compliment that you asked.  



    Tip 5. Communicate Well and Be Good to your hairstylist. A proper communication and a good relation between you and your hairstylist is very helpful to achieve optimum result. When you describe the desired length of your hair, use your hands instead of describing in inches, it’s a lot easier to understand by your stylist. As much as possible bring pictures of the desired hairstyle that you’ve seen in magazines or Internet. Pictures are truly worth a thousand words, so dont be shy to bring a piece.



    Mens Hairstyles  

    Tip 6. Take a picture. I’m not sure why so many men have such a problem with this one, but it you’re looking for a new style and you find one you like in a magazine or photograph (or this website), print out a copy and take it with you to the barber. This will help the barber understand exactly what you’re after without having to explain it (something we guys are notoriously bad a doing). Just be realistic. If you look like Bill Clinton, a barber can’t make you look like Brad Pitt or if your hair has the texture of a pot scrubber, he won’t be able to make it silky smooth. The photo will, however, give your barber an idea of what you want so he can create a similar style that works well with your hair and face. Oh, and no he won’t think your a girlie man for taking a photo - he’ll appreciate the effort. I always do.

     

    Tip 7. Money Money Money Tip appropriately or you may not want your stylist to have a pair scissors near your face the next time you drop in. A Proper tip is 15% to 20% for your stylist & $5 for the person who washes your hair, if someone other than your stylist is doing so.


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Man Fashion: Sneaker of the Day

Man Fashion Tips: Men Dress Suit Care

    Decision in buying a dress suit for yourself is fairly simple, but there are other more critical consideration beside dollar and cents. Yes! How to take care of your dress suit. So dress suit care should be on the top of your to do list once you purchase your suit. Some of the suit care that you might want to consider: dry cleaning, tailoring, storage and moth protection.

    Mens Dress Suit
    Moth Protection - It would be a great tragedy if you wore a $1,000.00 dress suit once and then found it had been eaten by moths the second time you went to wear it. Moth protection is a must for anybody keeping suits in their house. These little insects can cause big problems in a matter of seconds. Unless you plan on keeping an eye on all your suits at all times you should take measures to protect them.
    Mens Dress Suit
    The biggest enemy to the moth besides your fly swatter and array of poisons is cedar. These bugs despise the pleasant smell of cedar and will not go near it. A cedar closet is the ideal body guard for your clothes. However, cedar hangers are much more affordable, portable, and financially viable.

    Suit Storage - You'll want to have your suit ready to wear at all times which means curled up in a ball under your bed is not an option.

    Suit storage is a necessary piece of the suit care puzzle. Storing your dress clothes in a haphazardly manner can cause you a lot of pain when you go to wear them.
    Mens Dress Suit
    Suits need to be properly cleaned and pressed after use. Hang them in a manner that keeps them from acquiring any new wrinkles in between uses.

    Cedar closets are the ideal place to hang your suits but a normal closet out of direct sunlight is a fitting alternative.

    Suit Alterations - Unless you plan on staying the exact same size all of your life you will probably need to find a good tailor.

    Areas that can be tailored elegantly are:

    1. Waist - The waist can be taken in aggressively to make the pants more snug. Expanding the waist is limited to how much excess material is in the pants. You can tell how much you have by looking inside the back of the pants.

    2. Legs - The legs are like the waist in that they can be shortened by great lengths but are limited in the amount you can lengthen them.

    Jackets can be let out at the waist and shortened at the sleeves but be careful to get a good tailor if you decide to do anything else.

    Dry Cleaning - If you decide to just pop your suit in the washing machine you can probably forget about ever being able to wear it again.

    Good dry cleaners can really make a mans life easy. Being able to toss your suit on without having to worry about whether or not it was done correctly takes some of the daily stress away. Besides, we have enough to worry about don't we?


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Man Fashion: Spring Fashion

    Spring break is a time to reflect on the year so far, take time off, and definitely catch up on some needed fashion tips. So, whether you're staying at home and are looking for some comfy, relaxing clothes, or going on a trip and needing some style guidance, fashion is never too far away.

    Penny Saver
    If you're not into spending a ton of money, take five or so items out of your closet and invite friends over to do the same so you can exchange items and update your wardrobe effortlessly. This way, you can get a few free items and wear them your own personal way without emptying your wallet. Plus, it's a good way to spend quality time with your friends and get to know each other better.


    Couch Lounging
    For starters, tons of people on campus prefer to spend their time at home instead of taking expensive trips over spring break. So if you love to lounge and be comfortable, here are the perfect items that you need. Obviously, everyone needs a good, sturdy yet flattering, pair of sweatpants that don't absolutely drown your figure.

    Hanes has a great line of matching sweatshirts and pants that are priced, at the most, $16 a piece. These sweatpants outfits for men are different from other brands such as Land's End, Adidas, and Champion because Hanes is not only more affordable, but more accessible at Walmart and select Walgreens stores.


    Spring Essentials
    Spring break is the ideal time to grab a few essentials for the new season, and re-create your wardrobe with a few new items. Since shopping is quite an exhilarating experience, if you happen to have the funds, there are some items that you have to grab this season.

    Men obviously don't have to mix up their wardrobe too much, but there are some things they should be adding along the way this spring break. Purchasing a couple of graphic t-shirts and polo shirts is a great investment because they can go a long way. Graphic t-shirts are great for hanging out with friends, playing sports outside, or lounging around in the house.

    Polo shirts are good for night time activities to dress up your attire a tad bit, or you can even tuck it in to wear for a special event or interview.


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A Gorgeous Timepiece From Maitres du Temps

Spring 2009 Fashion Trends. Leather Leggings. HOW TO WEAR LEATHER PANTS (trousers) CORRECTLY.

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    Okay, rent is always a worthy cause, but, to be honest our regrets to liquid latex leggings. If you can swing it, don't neglect an opportunity. No other article of clothing on earth ccould give you the same heady wild-child feel as slipping on a pair of skintight (real) black leather pants.

    They suck you up and in, and have the power to transform even the squarest, boring librarian into a sexy Viper Room-trawling, crazy-hot mess. Alexander Wang's paper-thin, curve-huggers from his spring 2009 show are a rock-n-roll fantasy come true and worth every penny.

    But the one thing you have to know is that with this fabulous power comes responsibility as well. There are a couple of things to remember: The nature of leather is that it will stretch out. So, if you can wriggle your way into them, buy one size smaller, because they will expand, and there's no getting around that. And find yourself a tailor who can take in leather pants. Before you sit down, pull up the knees, so that you don't have horrible sagging old-lady knees later.

    Also, keep the leather supple by buffing it with mink oil and a soft cloth. We are hesitant to issue any sort of rules about how to wear them, but remember, such a statement-making piece of clothing also sort of magnifies whatever you pair it with, If you ever wear them with Converse and you will look like a Ramone. If you wear them with fancy heels, you will look like some renegade socialite attempting to be "downtown".

    So try to dress very simply, carefully, and most importantly, in whatever you are the most comfortable in.


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