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A Toast to PSLA

Saks Fifth Avenue and Philanthropic Society Los Angeles, in partnership with DETAILS, hosted a soiree to benefit Children’s Institute, Inc. and a toast to all the amazing work behind PSLA.

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It’s no secret that Saks Fifth Avenue is packed with cutting-edge fashion and high-design gear and the D-BAR, Saks’ man cave-like stand-alone lifestyle store for the fashion-conscious male, is no exception. The hyper-edited menswear concept store pairs top-of-the-line brands with some indie ones, clever design objects and macho-man beauty essentials. The denim offerings include styles by BLK DNM NYC, J Brand, Joe’s, Rag & Bone, AG, and Hudson, as well as an array of fantastic products exclusive to Saks.

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The ambiance at the D-BAR was lively and fun as guests enjoyed specialty cocktails by Casamigos Tequila, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary leather bracelets with personalized engraving, shoe shines, and tunes by DJ Michelle Pesce.

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Guests also got to experience a pop up styling lounge by DETAILS Magazine.

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STANDARD VS SPECIAL:

The Merits of Handmade Fashion

When you’re trying to create a really unique and individual look, seeing someone else wearing the same pair of shoes, sweater or hat as you can ruin your attempt to stand out. Mass-produced, ‘fast’ fashion is everywhere – but if you really want your taste and style to shine you might need to stray from the herd and look into hand-made, artisan fashion.

Just as mixing shopping center purchases with some one of a kind vintage or a family heirloom can help to elevate your outfit from mass-produced store fashion to true individual style, hand-crafted pieces can really help you to fine tune your outfit and step away from the crowd.

While a whole artisan outfit could be a little extreme, an easy way to incorporate hand-crafted pieces could be through your choice of accessories. This is especially useful for livening up a formal look, where you might be restricted to muted suit and shit combos.

Examples of formal accessories that you could look into to find some unique pieces could be ties, cufflinks or pochettes. One example of a brand that works to create these hand-made and artisan accessories is Duchamp London. Their cufflinks are unique and incredibly detailed, perfect to add some style to an otherwise plain suit, and carry a story of craftsmanship which makes them even more interesting.

The cufflinks are made by Bill Skinner, who is based in a small craft workshop and studio in Kent, England. Duchamp provide him with patterns and designs which he then turns into cufflinks by manipulating and working with metal and stone. The finished results are intricate and extravagant and add flair to formal outfits.

If you want to create an individual look, sourcing hand-made and hand-finished instead of mass-produced accessories and clothing is an ideal way of making sure your look is truly unique. You can avoid those awkward moments when you turn up to an event wearing the same as someone else – or if you both happen to be wearing carefully sourced, artisan pieces, at least you’ve found someone else in the room who has style!

Style Advice 

Sweater Weather

If you want to take your look to the next level, add a sweater to the mix. It automatically adds texture to your outfit and a layer of warmth, which you are likely to need (even in Los Angeles) come February. 

Sadly, for a lot of men, blue jeans are about as colorful as their clothing choices get. I’m not by any means encouraging rainbow bright ensembles, but I believe every man should integrate a punch of color, a print or texture into every look. If you’re new to this, start with a solid colored sweater. You can build your looks around colors that complement your eyes or your complexion. If you don’t know what colors those are simply ask your girlfriend, she’ll know.

Use your imagination, but don’t let it run too wild. Every time you get dressed, pick a sweater that will make a statement, and then work from there. You don’t want too many prints competing; you want every part of your look to be complementary. For instance, if you are wearing a patterned sweater, stick with a crisp oxford shirt and maybe a polka-dot tie.

When you’re shopping for a new sweater remember that everything in your wardrobe needs to get along. Before you commit, ask yourself, will this color or that print match what I already own? Think of your wardrobe as a team: the more it works together, the stronger it will be.

Shop the story

Twenty thirteen was one of the most amazing years; amongst many highlights, I started writing my second book and I became a part of the DETAILS family—two huge milestones.
The opportunities I’ve been granted have fueled a desire to take my blogging career to the next level. A plan that could never come to fruition without the loyalty and support of my ever-inspiring readers/followers (Yes, I’m talking about you!). I won’t give away any hints, but suffice it to say that I cannot wait to share all of the things I have up my [carefully tailored] sleeves.
Also in this year to come, I hope to make mistakes.
Because if I am making mistakes, then I am making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing myself, changing myself, changing my world, I’m doing things I’ve never done before, and more importantly, I’m doing something.
Since we are all here to inspire each other, I hope the realization of this resolution will also help to make some of your resolutions come true.
I can’t wait to see what lies ahead, but in the meantime…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
IN 2014, I’M GOING TO… (comment below)

Twenty thirteen was one of the most amazing years; amongst many highlights, I started writing my second book and I became a part of the DETAILS family—two huge milestones.

The opportunities I’ve been granted have fueled a desire to take my blogging career to the next level. A plan that could never come to fruition without the loyalty and support of my ever-inspiring readers/followers (Yes, I’m talking about you!). I won’t give away any hints, but suffice it to say that I cannot wait to share all of the things I have up my [carefully tailored] sleeves.

Also in this year to come, I hope to make mistakes.

Because if I am making mistakes, then I am making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing myself, changing myself, changing my world, I’m doing things I’ve never done before, and more importantly, I’m doing something.

Since we are all here to inspire each other, I hope the realization of this resolution will also help to make some of your resolutions come true.

I can’t wait to see what lies ahead, but in the meantime…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

IN 2014, I’M GOING TO… (comment below)