My Dad circa 1972
I can't write a blog dedicated to men without acknowledging the quintessential man that shaped what I look for in a man (strong and silent), what I love about men (cool confident stride) and a leader of their families and community. The man that blessed me with his sharp and intelligent sense of humor and made me believe that I was smart and beautiful when a lot of times I felt average. James Brown is one of his favorite singers so it was only fitting to begin this with a line from one of his most popular songs.
My new favorite thing......
"The Bow Tie".......I've always loved them. When I was a little girl my Uncle was the only man I knew who wore them. I remember him getting strange looks and questions about his choice in neckwear. He was always "high brow" so I just assumed they went along with his persona, and since I've always favored "high brow", I loved his bow ties.....
Bow ties have become quite popular among my fashion forward male peers. I wore my first one at an event last month but it wasn't the real deal, and you know I can't have that.
The opportunity for me to learn how to properly tie my very own Windsor knot came when I attended the Bespoke Tie Event with Neil Borin of Carrot & Gibbs at the newly opened Emerald Gift Shop in Detroit, MI. I of course had to capture this magnificent knot that Mr. Borin created in an impromptu photo shoot with Kevin Nedd, photographer extraordinaire! www.kevinneddphotography.com
If you need a quick lesson, check out one of my favorite men in a bow tie, Mr. Dhani Jones
Tom Ford_AW 2011
I will be attending the 2012 William Malcolm Style and Substance Scholarship contest High School Edition. Fashion designer and Humanitarian William Malcolm believes that in order for young men to become successful men that contribute to our society, they must be shown how to do so. The goal of this annual competition is to highlight and encourage young men from Michigan (High School Seniors) to pursue excellence through educational endeavors, become an active participant in the betterment of their state through volunteerism and community involvement as well as increased responsibility toward their family.
One winner will be selected out of 20 semi-finalists at the Selection Gala on November 16th.
Speaking of ties.....check out the Local Spotlight page on the blog, there is a hot new line of custom women's wear created by June Sutton of Fit 2 B Tied, using neckties as the material. Her line of skirts, vests, and jackets are featured in this month's Local Spotlight. Here are a few images from the line. Fit 2 B tied collection
Ideas for the forward thinking Man with Beaucoup Fashion
|Lance Gross in a classic tuxedo shirt in denim|
|Jason Derulo's Christian Louboutin sneakers up close|
Denzel's recent photo shoot with GQ
Bradley Cooper wearing the "untied" bow tie
Michael K. Williams in suspenders at Art for Life
My favorite Annie Leibovitz photograph of Jamie Foxx
Young Jizzle looking uncharacteristically debonair in the classic 3 piece suit
The fitted vest...always a winner
Arian Foster, NFL player and gentleman in Blazer with piping accent
Dhani Jones, NFL player and self-proclaimed bow-tie trailblazer
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