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Menswear Spring Preview

Today is the last day of my menswear spring preview featuring Kirven and Antonio, dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  I loved every minute of putting this post together and am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with such talented people!  For today’s post I went with a more casual look, while of course embracing lots of color.  When putting a menswear look together have fun with it, go for something a little unexpected and most importantly make sure the fit is perfect. I do hope you have enjoyed this spring/summer preview as much as I have and hope you feel inspired to dance your way through the seasons.

A million thanks to Kirven Boyd, Antonio Douthit, Abby JiuDurklBuffalo Exchange, and Rise Events! And for behind the scenes pictures and videos of this photo shoot make sure to follow me on Instagram and Vine.

On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), T-shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here). On Antonio: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Durkl (found here), Hat: c/o Durkl (found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), T-shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here). On Antonio: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Durkl (found here), Hat: c/o Durkl (found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

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Menswear Spring Preview

Welcome to the second day of the menswear spring preview featuring Kirven and Antonio, two incredible dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.   I have always appreciated menswear, I flip through GQ monthly, often find myself perusing their website, and hey I even have a pinterest board dedicated to menswear.  So I was obviously excited going into this photo shoot, not just because I would be working with two unbelievably talented dancers from one of my favorite dance companies, not to mention a fabulous photographer whose work I admire, but also because I love menswear.  I enjoy the subtle nuances of menswear and its simplistic nature that is accented by boldness.  Through putting this post together, I learned that the absolute most important component when it comes to menswear is fit, obviously this is important for women as well, but it is EVERYTHING in menswear.  If a jacket is too loose it automatically looks sloppy and if a pant is too tight it is just offensive.  There is however a fine line when it comes to tightness because tight is in (you have the hipster revolution to thank for this one), so it is important to stay true to yourself and your comfort levels when embracing the slim cut.  Other quick tips for spring when rocking a slim cut pant, cuff your jeans and expose your bare ankle for the world to see!  Also, try embracing an old man loafer, this is the perfect way to polish off an outfit.  I love color so I styled Kirven and Antonio in a full spectrum, when mixing and matching colors trust your gut and don’t over think it! Chalks, which are the male equivalent of pastels are also huge this spring/summer season and are generally easier to play around with.  Bottom line, have fun with your look! Embrace change and whatever you do make sure the fit is perfect!

Again, special thank you to Kirven Boyd, Antonio Douthit, Abby Jiu, Buffalo Exchange, Rise Events and Durkl!

On Antonio: Pants: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Sweater: Barneys Coop (similar found here), Shoes: Sperry Topsider. On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: Gant (similar found here), Sweater: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Tie: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

On Antonio: Pants: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Sweater: Barneys Coop (similar found here), Shoes: Sperry Top-sider (similar found here). On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: Gant (similar found here), Sweater: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Tie: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

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Menswear Spring Preview

My latest (and greatest) collaboration is a menswear spring preview featuring Kirven Boyd and Antonio Douthit, two incredibly talented, graceful, and wonderful dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Alvin Ailey was recently performing at the iconic Kennedy Center and Antonio and Kirven were kind enough to take time out of their incredibly busy schedules, which were jam packed with rehearsals and performances to model this Spring/Summer’s hottest trends.  I danced most of my life and spent a great deal of my childhood in studios so I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to work with such brilliant dancers.  My inspiration for the photo shoot was the fluidity and grace of dance juxtaposed with rigidity and grind of daily life.  And I have to say I could not be happier with how everything turned out!

To outfit the shoot I turned to one of my favorite shops, Buffalo Exchange who graciously lent us incredible pieces that showcased the hottest trends for spring.  Durkl, an independent American streetwear brand whose flagship store will be opening in DC shortly, went above beyond and sent hot items from their latest line.  And finally to photograph this spread I turned to Abby Jiu, one of my favorite photographers who has the most stunning eye!  I would also like to give a special thank you to Rise Events for letting me use the historic Powerhouse as the backdrop and my dear friend Sadie for introducing me to Kirven and Antonio, who without which this post would not have been possible.  It seriously takes a village!

Stay tuned all week for more fabulous ensembles and incredible moves!

Antonion (on the left) is wearing: Shirt c/o Buffalo Exchnage, Pants: Gant, Shoes: Sperry Topsider.  Kirven (on the right) is wearing: Sweater: Vince, Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange, Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange.

Antonion (on the left) is wearing: Shirt c/o Buffalo Exchnage, Pants: Gant, Shoes: Sperry Topsider. Kirven (on the right) is wearing: Sweater: Vince, Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange, Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange.

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