10 Rules of Style

 1. Style is about personality. The same thing can look cool on one guy and disgusting on another. A basic suit would never look boring on Sean Penn because he has so much character. 2. Hats should become a “must” again. All my shows have had hats made with Parisian milliner Maison Michel. The models try to steal them.

3. Jeans aren’t my thing. My version of jeans are baggy black pants. The only real pair I own are Helmut Lang.

4. The ruggedness of a three-day beard balances a nice suit. I don’t like a shaved face. It’s a problem when we do the shows in Paris after Milan. The models come back looking like Barbie dolls. I don’t even recognize them.

5. The Belle Époque was such a stylish time for men—it was all about bow ties and hats, black and white. You can’t go back to that, but you can draw inspiration from it.

6. The vest is the new jacket. It looks smart, but it’s not restrictive. In the summer, I’m always wearing T-shirts with vests.

7. If you asked me a year ago which color I would never use, I would have said yellow. But the inspiration of my spring show had a slight eighties feel—American Gigolo—so there was a lot of yellow and red. Never say never.

8. I love tattoos on other people. I’ve always been too scared to do it. It’s not the pain I’m afraid of—it’s wanting to get rid of it the next day. Body piercings are not for me, but I do wear Cartier diamonds in my left ear.

9. Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis are the coolest couple on earth. When you see them together, it’s like, “Wow!” He‘s the only man who can make funny glasses look cool.

10. I’m not a white-space addict anymore. My old apartment was a loft in a very gray industrial building with nothing inside. Now my home has objects and paintings, like a little framed Madonna from a flea market, to make it my own.

Image and article written by Kris Van Assche from www.details.com

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Fashion Police at a Business Conference

Business Men in SuitsAt a recent conference in Houston, TX, I was very disappointed with the attire for many of the men.  All of them were business professionals but had no clue on what to wear and what not to wear in a business environment.  When doing business with someone, first impressions are everything.  At a business conference you are selling yourself and your business.  If you are confident in what you wear it shows in your confidence about your business. I am not saying that business men who can’t dress aren’t great businessmen because there are plenty of them out there.  I am saying they would be better businessmen if they presented themselves better with their attire.  Most of the business men wore a  blazer that didn’t match their slacks or had a tie that didn’t go with the slacks and their shirt.

When preparing for a conference think about the different situations and events that you will be attending.  Then prepare an outfit for each occasion and make sure that all your clothes and accessories match.  You can’t just through on a blazer for the cocktail hour and think its ok even if the blazer doesn’t match the outfit.  Please bring matching black shoes and belt or brown shoes and belt, I think miss-matched shoes and belt screams Fashion Police.

If you need some more business casual clothes take a look at my Men’s Fashion Website and find out where to buy nice ” in style” business attire.  Have questions about fashion, send me an email at TwinTaylors @ gmail.com.

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