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Nude & Natural

My lazy Sunday turned into a lazy Monday… I’ll just blame it on the rain, yeah yeaaah.
 
April 2010 Elle Canada kept me preoccupied all afternoon.  There are such inspiring things going on in fashion right now it’s hard to imagine not having your eye pick up on something a shoe, a bag, a dress, that you have hanging in your closet right now.  The great thing about Spring trends is that no matter how innovative designers are, there are undeniable trends that the everyday consumer has loved in the past and will continue to love year after year.  Spring lines that sell well to the masses are typically romantic in theme, feminine visually and un-complicated in construction.      Flipping through the magazines, here’s what I’m loving:
All Things Natural:  Colors: caramel, tawny, tan, bronze, oak, BROWN.  Materials: Wood, cork, leather, meshed fabrics.  

Natural (s)hue- Aldo

 

All Nude Everything: Colors: nude obvi, off- whites, blush rose, soft greys, silky silvers, sand.  Materials: lux fabrics..Suede.

Wrap Shoes from H&M VanCity

 

Charts and Graphs: Colors: hmmm I’d say stick to 2 colors like black and white but tie die is in so do watevs! Materials: Also, anything goes; more flattering look is in the fit, in the fit.

Arch shoes from TOPSHOP, NYC

 Unless you suffer from major body fluctuations, chances are you probably have been the roughly the same size as you were a few years ago- which means, chances are you have elements of these lucious seasonal trends sitting in your closet or tucked away in your summer wardrobe box.  In the spirit of the Easter Egg Hunts, treat yourself to your own little couture hunt! hehe You’ll be surprised trust me. 

My purse strings just got a lock and combo put a few days ago..on account of a major Euro trip about a month away!! I’ve been tempted and will continued to be but I must remember all the amazing treasures awaiting me overseas.  The last purchase until my trip were a pair of cat-eye sunnies in a brown speckle print… for $5.60… yaaaa how could I not?! Thank you Mainstreet!  Back to my point: waste not, want not.

Showers=flowers,

~Frank Fierce

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Color Confidence

“Vancity men  This one’s for you!!
 
Color integration into any wardrobe can be a challenge for the fiercest of the fierce, this I know. But rather than finding yourself in a color rut, I suggest taking this challenge on with a sense of adventure and play. 
 
Work this Saturday was slow to say the least.  To pass the time, we decided a little game of  “I spy” would be fun.  It wasn’t.  While I do my share of people watching, outfit analysis etc. I never realized how much of a color rut some VanCity’s finest gents are in!! Shame shame double shame. In  fact, a friend came in with his pal visiting from Japan.  After some banter, Tommy asked me to help him shop for some Spring/Summer pieces.  I replied: “We all know you can pull of every shade of blue, green, grey, purples heck I’m sure you rock salmon… it’s pink by the way, call it pink.  You know what really goes well with salmon? A nice squeeze of lemon… or any citrus fruit for that matter. How about burnt orange? Or blood orange?”   I walked away knowing full well I had managed to confuse at least 4/5 fellows at that table.  Satisfied temporarily at having stumped them, I have now decided to reveal what will be this Spring/Summer color to conquer– CITRUS CITY.
 
 FRANK’S RULE OF THUMB
If you have light to medium skin/hair, richer shades of citrus colors are best. Stick to simple patterns that don’t enter a room before you do.  The lighter you go, you run the risk of washing yourself out- which in guys terms means your hair/skin tones will match too much with that of the shirt, giving you a mono-tone appearance… Not good. 
Slightly tanned, to darker complections- you can play around a bit more with shades in terms of pastels and bolder patterns.
Citrus City 101

Burnt Orange

Color: Burnt Orange

Color: Burnt Orange

 

Canary Yellow

Color: Canary Yellow

Color: Canary Yellow- subtle

 
Need a personal color-consult? Let me know!
Stay fresh gents,
-Frank Fierce

Trend Spotter: Sandal- Sock Chic?

For as long as Clinton Kelly and Stacy London have been my personal fashion gurus, I have known that sandals and socks are a big “no no!” This cardinal rule runs along side the fashion PhoPa likes such as tapered pants, camel toe and muffin top.  Now I never thought I’d see the day when sandals and socks where the next big trend!  Well never say never especially when it comes to fashion. 

I was thumbing through March 2010 Elle Canada when my f-hawk (fashion hawk) eye spotted it.  I admit I let out a bit of a gasp that set some sharp glares my way from my peers in my Marketing class.  I had to see more.  Whipped open my laptop, googled and this is what I found: 

Burberry Sandals & Socks

 

Sandals and Socks?!

 

Trend Spotter: S&S

 

Picture from Runwaydaily

 

On a side note: The first thing that came to mind was a song I learned to play on my clarinet in elementary school “Black socks they never get dirty the longer you wear them the blacker they get!”  The next stream of thoughts were like a polarode images flipping through my memory of where I had seen this before… Clueless, Harajuku, China and when I was around 10 my mother would have me wear crisp white socks with lacey- trimmed tops or some sort of ribbon, bobble piece with my white sandals during an easter egg hunt at my church.  I won’t even comment on the floral fru fru dress that brought me to a furry of tom-boy tears. 

Apart from my horrifying memories of all the sandal and sock images I have witnessed in my life time, I have decided to take my own advice and be a fierce fashion crusader.  I shall embark on a sock-shopping mission to H&M and Claires and will attempt to pull this trend off this weekend while “on the scene.”  

Stay tuned for images of Frank taking a swig of her own meds.  Hope it’s sweet! 

-Frank Fierce 

  

 

TGIF- Greasy Pre-Mix

Laaaalaaaa weekend!!!! Thank God it’s Frank 😉

Ok here’s a little compoLation of musica to play while getting your fierce faces & fresh threads on… This list is sure to get ur staaaaank face warmed up!

Groove Armada- Superstylin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kE0pxRkMtQ

Pheonix- Lisztomania Remix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_atqdSFIPw

Lights- Ice Spike Club Remix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2d2tfMvTW4

Medina- You & I- Deadmau5 Remix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1p8HlgoRHE

TGIF

Frank’s Pick- A John with steeze

Frank’s Pick of the Week

Gastown Street Style

Frank: You’d sooner die without….?
Jon: A fresh pair of old school custom kicks… Either Adidas shell toes in bright colors (my blue with 3 yellow stripes) Or my fesh pair of Nike Airmax in fushia and turquoise.
Frank: I’m quoting you!!
Jon: Whaat?
 

Jon On the Scene

Fresh

Stylin Stylin Stylin

 
“I don’t really follow a lot of trends, I see things then think of ways to remix them in my head and make my own version… “
 
Intentionally or not, my pick of the week most def rocks the latest styles and trends in men’s fashion.  The big difference here (Johns and Bettys out there take note) is that it’s NEVER tacky, over- done and forced.  Not an easy feat. Whether you have a natural steeze and instincts or you haven’t a clue, the cardinal rule is SHOP IN MORE THAN 1 STORE. 
 
ya as a owner of a high-end clothing store,  I still get alot of help with the ladies stuff from private designers in the US. I’m working on it haha.  But I hand pick the styles we bring in for the mens wear- names like CK, RL, Kors, DKNY, Jack Victor… but I can see the value in shopping around to make it your own.”   Visit JONATHAN’S 6551 No. 3 Road Richmond Centre. Hey shameless plug or not, it’s SO worth the drive.
IMO this whole concept of a “1 stop shop” will have you looking like a “1 trick pony.” Doesn’t matter how amazing the selection, to get this authentic street vibe, do as this John does… “I shop ALL OVER THE PLACE…”
 
Frank: Btw where do u shop
Jon: …all over the place, Holts being a big part.  But I love Urban Outfitter on Granville. Even Zara on Robson Street…. Boys Co. dadada
Frank: Excellente
Jon: There is also this hipster place called J2.. it’s like hiphop/skater/trendy.
Frank: Just like you.
 
 
Never disregard the power a little (or a sh*tload in Jon’s case) of confidence can do.  It seriously can take you from wall flower to spot-light king in no time.  As my mom always said “Chin up, tummy in, tits out aaaaaand smiiiiiiile!!”
Stay fresh Johns and Bettys!!
~Frank Fierce
 
 

Psyhcedelic Spring

Image: A crisp morning, sun thawing away layers of a dreary winter.

Meaning: Reincarnation of past styles is upon us.

Spring is upon us-I know you can feel it too.  Have you noticed how everyday the air seems to heat up just a degree more and that you’ve sported a slightly less Eskimo – esq jacket?? It’s time people.  Turn up the heat, get jacked up cus Spring 2010 is not for the color shy.

–Spring 2010 Trend—

“PSYCHEDELIC Hippie Sisters”

The legendary “Prince of Prints”, Emilio Pucci’s Spring 2010 collection on FTV last night embodied the straight-outta- the 60’s look.  This house was made for this season- literally.  It was founded in Capris in the 60’s so naturally the collection was inspired and effortless.

House of PUCCI Spring 2010

 

 Everything from the floral arrangements in the hair, the bright wood bangles to the kaleidoscope of prints!  DVF’s collection was a stand out. 

DVF Spring 2010

 

Versace translated this trend by using modern prints while holding true to their reputation of cutting close to the body- “keep her sexy, keep the clothing sleek.”

Versace Spring 2010

 

Frank Tips for this trend:

  1. Opt for color
  2. Choose modern prints: animal and geometric
  3. K.I.S.S: Keep it simple & sleek- for all those color-shy, pick 1 piece and incorportate it into your current wardrobe, like a new clutch, blouse or shoes.

 

Alright fashionistas/istos- Stay fierce

~Frank

PHOENIX & The Flash Mob- VanCity

It’s twenty seconds till the last call, you’re going hey hey hey hey hey hey!!” 

It took an act of God or some sort of cosmic force to get me to the concert. All the odds were against me- no tickets, was working that night etc etc…  and within an hour, everything lined up perfectly! It took a guy getting called into work to Craigslist his tickets, my guy to spot them then bbm me that “we are going! It’s OUR band how can we not?!” followed by an afternoon of tears, serious TEARS and bribes to get my shift covered…  So yah I was beyond excited!  The night’s anticipation was palpable. 

The city was hyped up unlike anything I’ve experience for a relatively “under-ground” band.  Apparently, the concert was sold out within hours. No surprise considering the huge indie/alternative rock following in Vancouver. On a side note: I’ve never seen soooo many skinny jeans and nerd glasses in my life!! Frank Fierce loved it!! 

Opting for beers over the opening band, we arrived just after 9pm, b-lined to the bar yet again, doubled up and just as we imbibed, Phoenix took flight opening with LISZTOMANIA?! Gotta love a band that starts with one of their biggest singles to date. Heck ya. 

LISZTOMANIA INSANIA!!

Frank n Phoenix!

 Phoenix Facts: 

-These 7 guys are FRENCH- from the burbs of Versailles and the lead singer formed DAFT PUNK

– They’ve release 3 albums and are Grammy nominated 

-Their 2 singles Lisztomania and 1901 has been downloaded thousands within hours of their release and the song 1901 pays tribute to early Paris. 

Ok back to the concert!!! 

1901 FLASH MOB

The feeling in the Orphium theatre was pure bliss: Hands in the air, hair flips, eyes closed, lights swirling and the occasional wooooo!!!  I was shocked and impressed at how great their sound was.  I would venture to say that they’re better LIVE.  Yes, that is a bold statement 🙂

The set was back to back hits and then lead singer Thomas Mars thanked the crowd and packed up…. hmmm…. really???!! Keep in mind they hadn’t even played “1901.”  Minutes later, ENCORE TIME- They sang 3 un-plugged songs, one being “RUN RUN”…..  And then…………. FLASH MOB!!!!!  (there’s just not enough ! to get across how f**king unbelievable this was to witness.)  I’ve cried at a handful of concerts and I kid you not when I say that this moment definitely set on a wave of emotions- Euphoric.

“Watch her moving in elliptical patterns /Think it’s not what you say /What you say is way too complicated /For a minute thought I couldn’t tell how to fall out”

Still “wow’d!” Stay fresh people,

~Frankie Frankie Frankie

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