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3 Looks, 3 Designers, 1 Season

Monday, August 27th, 2012

 

 

 

…Fall Stuff We Love

Etro, Gucci, and Raf Simons

Etro Fall 2012 LineEtro Fall 2012 Line

Keane Etro heads from Italy to the deserts of the American southwest. Our favorite looks include a gutsy tweed suit with a Navajo-inspired patterned turtleneck and a tan trench that looked classic but with true Etro swagger!—Jim Moore, GQ creative director

Antique Gold Wrap Around Weave Cufflinks

Antique Gold Wrap Around Weave Cufflinks

Gucci Fall 2012Gucci Fall 2012

Frida Giannini rolls out one of her very best collections for Gucci, seemingly inspired by English dandies, American rockers, and Italian gentlemen. There are so many covetable things in this collection, especially the sherpa-lined wool jean jacket, the plaid suit, the shiny wool double-breasted suit, the over-scaled DB topcoat, and a deep green trim-fit handknit cable sweater.—Jim Moore, GQ creative director

Tateossian Round Cushion Blue CufflinksTateossian Round Cushion Blue Cufflinks

Gucci Fall 2012Gucci Fall 2012

And finally, this Raf Simons Fall 2012 collection is a bold nod to the old English charm, mixed with oversized colors and cables, makes for a perfect fall look.

 Raf Simons Fall 2012

Raf Simons Fall 2012

Pair this trendy look with designer Aymara’s Circle Fields of Gold Cufflinks, made from real peruvian butterfly wings. Spread your support and love of our eco-system and butterfly sanctuaries by purchasing any one of these Aymara pieces and we’ll donate 10% of the sale to the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Garden.

GQ says, “Who wore the pants this season? Nobody at Raf. They wore shorts. Yes, shorts in the Fall, trouser shorts that is. Didn’t matter if a double-breasted suit, a trim cerulean pea coat, or a nubby chartreuse sweater was up top. It was less British school boy and more 80s cool kid thanks to slouchier tailoring; shots of deep color; and eyes obstructed by bucket hats and slicked-forward hair straight from the New Wave era. Sure, the whole bare-ankle thing wasn’t practical, but it made one hell of an impression.

Alexander McQueen for President!: New York Fashion Week

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

 

 

Words cannot describe McQueen’s new Fall 2012 Collection. Just watch…

Straight from the mouth of GQ magazine contributor Matthew Sebra: “Sarah Burton’s Fall 2012 collection for the house of McQueen celebrated one of the brand’s hallmarks, razor sharp tailoring, and to let guys experience the roped shouldered goods beyond a traditional lookbook the brand put together the above clip. It’s traditional Savile Row menswear meets signature McQueen plays on proportion and pattern and loaded with natty rigs a stylish (and loaded) man could use.”

If fashion could evoke one emotional reaction from deep within our tough manly exteriors, McQueen’s Fall 2012/Winter Sneak Peek would make us cry. Literally, sob, because of it’s sheer beauty, er, um…we meant because of its coolness and yeah, it just looks good.

 

Here are some of Cufflinksman’s Favorite Looks, coupled with our (much more affordable, but still as stylish) accessories:

Alexander McQueen Fall 2013 Bluette Wool Suit JacketAlexander McQueen Fall 2013 Bluette Wool Suit Jacket, Wool and mohair blend 1-Button suit jacket; fully lined and double vented, $1,695

L2 by Loma CufflinksL2 by Loma Cufflinks

AKA The Perfect Over Jacket paired with the perfect cufflinks from LOMA

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2013Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2013

We especially love the detailing on this sweater! It really primes the look for the pivotal transition between fall and winter. The tailored, clean blue suit brings out the “rustic” qualities in the sweater too.

English 6-Pence Hand Painted Coin Cufflinks

Pair this look with these English 6-Pence Hand Painted Coin Cufflinks for only $139

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2012Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2012

Sand Cashmere Double Breasted Coat, Fine woven cashmere double-breasted coat with single vent and tortoise shell buttons: fully lined. $2,395

English 20-Pence Hand Painted Coin Cufflinks, $138English 20-Pence Hand Painted Coin Cufflinks, $138

Aubergine Satin Pants: Satin trousers with 19 cm width leg; trousers feature signature Alexander McQueen branded ribbon inside waistband and concealed zip and button closure – note, trousers are not lined and are sold unhemmed. $695

Alexander McQueen Fall 2012, $1,120

Black velvet waistcoat with flower embroidery and 3 silk satin covered buttons to close: adjustable gun metal buckle at back.

Steel Pebble Spoon Tie ClipSteel Pebble Spoon Tie Clip (Under $50!)

And lastly, this BAG is amazing:

Black Demanta Tote, $1,450Black Demanta Tote, $1,450

We know you want to know more about this bag, so here ya go:

City leather top-handle demanta tote with leather trim border and leather Alexander McQueen stamped plaque with fold-down magnetic button flaps. Features small gold finish brass stud detail and wide double zip opening with leather pulls. This bag is cotton canvas lined and has an interior zip pocket.

The Best of CLM Endorses

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

 

 

Want the best of CLM endorses? We’ve sprawled through the hottest trends and styles on GQ and picked out our favorites for the season. In order for an item to make the “favorites” list, it has to be fashion forward, affordable, and ultra wear-able. (No avant-garde, couture for men kind of thing. Let’s be real, we’re not all starring in a runway show). So here are our No-Frills Five Favorites for men. Starting with a classic summer essential….The White Suit.

1. White Suit for Summer. Just because it’s hot as [insert choice of cliché] out there, doesn’t mean you have to substitute your style. Investing in one or two white suits for the summer will be one of the best decisions you make in a while—you can dress it down while having dinner at the beach with a tee shirt, wear it with a rockstar summer-y shirt to happy hour with friends, a light cotton collared shirt for summer weddings and casual affairs. The best part is you can pair it with (yes!) shorts! So long as they’re tailored, slim cut, and go with the fabric/style of your suit jacket. Also pair it with jeans for a stylish, JFK summer look.

White Suit for Summer, Anyone? White Suit for Summer, Anyone?

Rectangular Art Deco CufflinksPair this suit with these Rectangular Art Deco Cufflinks. Click here for more info.

The white summer suit also so happens to work beautifully with all the following CLM “Picks.”

2. So, tucked away in GQ’s Style favorites was this little gem of advice: Plaid-as-Hell Scottish Ties. “The pattern that the Scottish call tartan and Americans call plaid originated a few thousand years ago and became globally cool by the nineteenth century. That was a long time ago. Today this most classic of menswear looks is getting a twenty-first-century jolt, thanks to a handful of creative tie designers. The color combinations are edgier and the tie width has shrunk, so you can feel meaner and leaner. The wool fabric stands up to your sturdier fall looks. Match one with a white oxford shirt and a flannel suit to get the boardroom buzzing, or team it with a chambray work shirt and a tweed jacket to get buzzed on the weekend. Either way, you’ll be a little more rad in plaid.”

Plaid TiesTry these Plaid Ties from various designer brands. Prices range from $75 to $150. Or simply run to the closest Goodwill and score a vintage version.

England Farthing hand painted Coin Tie ClipPair any of the above ties with these ultra-hip England Farthing hand painted Coin Tie Clips.

 

3. You simply can’t go the entire summer without donning the perfect pair of shorts. The newest trend is not baggy, oversized, over-the-knee shorts. Unless you’re planning on starring in a 90s inspired hip hop video, please gentlemen, drop those dated shorts (and we mean ditch them…). The new look is a tailored, tapered silhouette with a classier vibe.

Unis,  Harrison - Navy  $ 111.00Unis,  Harrison – Navy  $ 111.00

These shorts tend to be slightly shorter than the ones you wore 10 years ago, sit right on your hip bone, and show off your slimmed down summer figure. (Men have those too, right?)  The Perfect Summer Shorts work perfectly with slimmed down shirts, tucked in collared shirts, plaid ties, boat shoes, and more. Unis has some styles worthy enough to check out, a style called Emmett, which comes in five shades, ranging from grass green to pool blue. $198, by Unis. Available at shop.unisnewyork.com

 

4. The Boating Sweater. GQ worded it so well, we’ll just feature it again here: “We Americans might be crazy for our heritage brands, but the French have heritage we can’t touch. Take the Breton fisherman’s sweater, which has been keeping the French navy warm since 1858. It eventually caught on among the unenlisted (Jean Seberg wore one in the indie classic Breathless) and even among the un-French (Picasso and Warhol favored them, too). The Breton is marked by graphic stripes, fitted sleeves, and a boatneck and comes in a range of weights, from thick sweaters to this heavy tee. Saint James has been making them since the 1950s and always cuts them trim for easy layering—which in turn gives you a modern fit. Perfect for a more stylish spring, on land or at sea.”

Boating Sweater, jcrew. Photo by Ben Watts. Boating Sweater, jcrew. Photo by Ben Watts.

This boating sweater can be yours for a mere $85. Just truck your summer dazed-self to Jcrew and grab one. 

Ocean Stripe Cufflinks

Ocean Stripe Cufflinks

5. The boat shoe is a classic example of shoe worthiness. It evokes memories of being top deck, with a bottle of champagne, and a classic white shirt stained with shrimp cocktail sauce. (Or maybe that’s just our memories with the shoes…) Either way, these shoes have made a serious come-back.

Boat Shoes for Summer 2012

Aymara Yellow Flash Butterfly CufflinksAymara Yellow Flash Butterfly Cufflinks

GQ says,  “We’re talking tri-tone colorways, neon yellow soles, and jailhouse stripes. Sure, you can wear them with anything from khakis to seersucker for a shot of adrenaline. But think outside the prep and wear them with camo shorts, gray jeans, Supreme gear—in short, anything that would give the country-club set fever dreams.” The bright/interesting array of colors adds a modern flair to the classic shoe scheme and brings a touch of comfort back to your wardrobe. Kinda like chocolate syrup on your sundae…it just, works.
Read More http://www.gq.com/style/wear-it-now/201204/best-boat-shoes-colors#ixzz21kEsPM6j

 

Stay Fresh This Summer

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 

 

We all need a little advice once in a while. Here are CLM’s 7 Tips to Keeping you Fresh this Summer…

1. Maintain an even skin tone. Remember our previous post about the perfect bronzed look? That’s right, not only do you have to keep the skin clear and clog-free from dirt and daily grime, but try to maintain a summer glow too. If you haven’t read it yet, click here for 5 Simple Steps to maintaining an all-over glow year round. 

Summer Glow for men

2. During hot summer’s mid-day heat, it’s important to change your shirt twice a day. You came here to find out about the rules of staying fresh, right? Adhere to this rule gentlemen.

Red Fire Engine CufflinksFeeling extra hot and bothered? Let your accessories say the say thing, try our Red Fire Engine Cufflinks for an added spark.

3. Never wear faded, colored tee-shirts or collared shirts (white is even worse!) If you like particular brand of shirt or a color, buy it in bulk. Don’t over wear your favorite tee shirt just because you can’t get enough of its softness/style. Buy three, of the same kind. And then throw it out when it becomes dingy or over-washed. For extra style points, try our Pink Collared Cufflinks.

PINK STRIPE D-SHAPED CUFFLINKS

4. Ditch the sneakers in 90 degree weather. Or even 80 degree weather for that matter. Nothing is quite worse than seeing a man walking around in the mid day heat with a pair of hot, sticky sneakers on. Get yourself a nice pair of sandals and spend the $30 on a pedicure to make sure your staying on top of your “fresh” game. Even the horses don’t completely cover their hooves, so why should you?

ENAMEL RACE HORSE CUFFLINKS

5. Exfoliate… like your feet too. This step goes perfectly with advice number one and four and is actually an indispensable rule. Follow it.

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6. Regular haircuts. Don’t wait until you look like a cave man to make a regular trip to your barber. If you can’t get seen by that “special” hair stylist whenever you want, make sure you have a back-up hair stylist. It does a world of difference for your overall fashion effect if you take the time to trim those locks on the regular.

Movember Moustache CufflinksMovember Mustache Cufflinks

7. And finally, STAY HYDRATED. In these hot summer months, it’s important to drink as much water as possible. You can’t really over-hydrate. Okay, you can but it’s actually really hard to do. Keep your skin fresh and clear, your eyes bright and cheery, and make sure your energy can beat the heat.

Stay Fresh with Bottled Water.

 

Our Favorites from Maxim’s Hottest 100 Women

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to scroll through the blazing beauties of 2012, or at least those deemed the most beautiful by Maxim. We’ve hand selected a few just for our audience. Do you agree? Should another woman (or perhaps Stephen Colbert?) make OUR list instead?

Summer is just around the corner. Watch out.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Birthday: August 14, 1983
Hometown: Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Where You’ve Seen Her: Mila Kunis, who, for years, has been on our TVs in hot form (That 70s Show) and cartoon form (Family Guy), has had a big year. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star dumped Macaulay Culkin, hooked up with Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and accepted an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in November. Check out the foxy and funny actress in the new film, Friends With Benefits, in theatres today.
Random Fact: Her trademark, according to IMDB, is her different-colored eyes, but we’d say it’s just being pretty damn hot!

Aymara Black Clover Beauty Butterfly CufflinksAymara Black Clover Beauty Butterfly Cufflinks

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

One of the highest paying models in the industry, she’s literally MONEY baby. “Birthday: October 20, 1988 Hometown: Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Where You’ve Seen Her: South African model Candice Swanepoel has been modeling for brands such as Nike, Guess?, Dolce and Gabbana, and Diane von Furstenberg since being discovered at a flea market as a teenager. Now, a full-fledged Victoria’s Secret Angel, Swanepoel can be seen in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and in this new commercial. Oh, God bless the women’s underwear industry.
Random Fact: She is fluent in Portuguese.”

Aymara Circle Fields of Gold Butterfly CufflinksAymara Circle Fields of Gold Butterfly Cufflinks

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

The breakout beauty brings the heat—and the smoke—to Pineapple Express. Watch video of Amber’s Maxim shoot.

Aymara Split Circle Owl Eye Butterfly CufflinksAymara Split Circle Owl Eye Butterfly Cufflinks

Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Maxim Website says, “Cobie Smulders is not just a pretty face. The How I Met Your Mother star has also got it where it counts—in the funny bone. As babelicious news anchor Robin, Cobie has been going toe-to-toe with comic masterminds like Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris for the past six seasons. She makes us laugh, she makes us drool—sometimes at the same time! Now that we’ve finally met Cobie Smulders in person, we won’t stop watching until our TV explodes…or she files a restraining order!
You grew up in Vancouver. Canadians are notoriously polite. Pretend that we’re Canadian. Insult us.
I don’t know if a Canadian would do that!
C’mon! If there were a gun to a Canadian’s head….
First of all, if it were a Canadian, it would be a shotgun, because we have very few handguns. Second of all, I think the word “hoser” would be used, but the Canadian would have to drink lots of beer to slip up like that.”

Aymara Blue Forest CufflinksAymara Blue Forest Cufflinks

Lily Collins

Lily CollinsFrom Maxim’s website:

Birthdate: March 18, 1989

Hometown: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
A quick word before we start this month’s obsession: We’re going to try and get through the following piece without using a single Phil Collins song title, because that’s exactly the kind of dumb, lazy writing we despise. Right—on with the show! So this lovely lady is Lily Collins, daughter of prog rocker turned pop legend Phil, and if you’re sensing electricity “In the Air Tonight” (sorry), you’re not alone: She’s so hot we’d definitely like to have “A Groovy Kind of Love” with her (argh!), either today or “Another Day in Paradise” (sorry, can’t stop!). OK, so the beautiful Lily plays Snow White in this month’s Mirror Mirror (in theatres today), which we can’t wait to be forced to watch with our girlfriends. But, alas, “You Can’t Hurry Love” (damn it!). In conclusion, Lily is awe- some and “Sussudio” (we don’t even know what we’re saying anymore).”