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Your Official New York Fashion Week Calendar

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

It doesn’t matter where in the world you live or what you do for a job, – if you have an interest in fashion – you know that tomorrow (Thurs 10th February) is the start of New York Fashion Week. This is the BIG ONE. The world’s most powerful and influential fashion insiders flock to the Big Apple to decide what the rest of us are going to be buying in the shops and wearing at the end of this year.

Model Club would like to wish Cameron Corrigan success on gaining her second season at fashion week. Last week, she auditioned for some of the major shows and we hope that she’ll once again join many of New York’s greatest models on the runway.

If any of our readers will be venturing down to New York over the coming week, here is the official NY Fashion Week calendar. If you could only go to one show a day look out for my top picks of each day. I’ve written (ANDREWS MUST SEE) for my “ones to watch” – although sadly, I’ll be too busy here at Model Club booking our models and actors, so no NY Fashion Week for me this year. Although, if anyone has a spare ticket to any of these shows – PLEASE let me know!  ;)


9 am–11 am Lyn Devon Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave., twenty-fifth fl.
9 AM Nicholas K Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 am–10 am Steven Alan Pier 59, West Side Hwy nr. W. 18th St.
9:30 am–10:30 am Porter Grey Lincoln Center, the Box
10 am–1 pm Christopher Raeburn for Victorinox Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., nr. Tenth Ave.
10 AM BCBG Max Azria Lincoln Center, the Theatre(ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
11 AM Richard Chai LOVE Lincoln Center, the Stage
Noon Vena Cava Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
1 PM Duckie Brown Lincoln Center, the Studio
1 PM Jenni Kayne Industria, 775 Washington St., nr. Jane St.
2 PM Whit Ross Bleckner Studio, 508 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., eleventh fl.
2 pm–4 pm Wes Gordon St. Regis, 2 E. 55th St., nr. Fifth Ave
3 PM Luca Luca Lincoln Center, the Stage
3:30 pm–4:30 pm Mara Hoffman Lincoln Center, the Box
4 PM Marlon Gobel Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., nr. 66th St.
4 PM Tadashi Shoji Lincoln Center, the Studio
4 pm–5:30 pm Hyden Yoo Soho House Library, 29 Ninth Ave., nr. W. 13th St.
4:30 pm–6:30 pm Ann Yee Skyroom, 330 W. 40th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
5 PM Rachel Comey Pier 59, West Side Hwy nr. W. 18th St.
5 pm–7 pm the Vessel. by lois 526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., tenth fl.
6 PM Alisha Trimble Wix, 10 W. 18th St., nr. Fifth Ave., 2nd fl.
6 PM Wayne Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
6 pm–8 pm Dominic Louis The Bunker, 24 Ninth Ave., nr. 13th St.
6 pm–9 pm Katie Ermilio 2 Wooster St., nr. Canal St., Ste. 2C
7 PM Christian Siriano Lincoln Center, the Stage
9 PM Irina Shabayeva Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 pm–10 pm Tim Hamilton TBA

9 AM Blanc de Chine 673 Fifth Ave., nr. 53rd St.
9 AM Ruffian Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 am–1 pm Improvd 819 Washington St., nr. Gansevoort St.
9:30 am–10:30 am Tess Giberson Lincoln Center, the Box
10 AM Peter Som Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
10:30 am–12:30 pm Silvio Liu Ivy Brown Gallery, 675 Hudson St., nr. 14th St., fourth fl.
11 AM Perry Ellis Lincoln Center, the Stage
11 am–Noon Jeremy Laing Jack Studios, 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., twelfth fl.
11 am–3 pm Rubin Chapelle 410 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
11:30 am–12:30 pm The Lake & Stars TBA
Noon Farah Angsana Lincoln Center, the Studio
Noon rag & bone Men’s Collection 82 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.
noon Nahm Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave., nr 36th St.
1 PM Jason Wu Center 548, 548 W. 22nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave. (ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
1:30 pm–2:30 pm Buckler by Andrew Buckler TBA
2 PM Rebecca Taylor Lincoln Center, the Stage
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Nautica The Donald & Mary Oenslager Gallery, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, nr. 63rd St.
3 PM Costello Tagliapietra Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
3 PM Rebecca Minkoff Lincoln Center, the Theatre
3 pm–4 pm Josie Natori 180 Madison Ave., nr. 34rd St., eighteenth fl.
3:30 PM Honor TBA
4 PM Doo.Ri Eyebeam Gallery, 540 W. 21st St., nr. Eleventh Ave.
4 PM N. Hoolywood Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., nr. 66th St.
5 PM rag & bone 82 Mercer St., nr. Spring St.
5:30 pm & 6:30 pm TommyHilfiger Men’s Collection TBA
5:30 pm–7 pm Complex Geometries The Westway, 75 Clarkson St., nr. Washington St.
6 PM Nicole Miller Lincoln Center, the Studio
6 pm–8 pm Alejandro Ingelmo 51 Wooster St., nr. Broome St., lower level
6 pm–8 pm Jonathan Cohen The Flag Art Foundation, 545 W. 25th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., ninth fl.
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Richard Chai for Original Penguin Hotel Griffou, 21 W. 9th St., nr. Fifth Ave
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Joy Cioci Lincoln Center, the Box
7 PM Cynthia Rowley Lincoln Center, the Stage
7 PM Sally LaPointe 548 W. 22nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave.
7 PM Robert Geller Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave., nr 36th St.
8 PM Academy of Art University Lincoln Center, the Theatre
8 pm–9:30 pm Riviera Club Bowery Hotel Ballroom, 335 Bowery, nr. 3rd St.
9 PM Venexiana Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 PM Victor de Souza TBA
9 p.m.–10 p.m. Siki Im TBA


9 AM General Idea Lincoln Center, the Studio
10 AM Libertine Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St.
10 AM Edun 330 West St., nr. Houston St.
11 AM Jill Stuart Lincoln Center, the Stage
11 AM United Bamboo Studio 450, 450 W. 31st St., nr. Ninth Ave., twelfth fl.
11 AM Richard Chai Men’s Collection Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
11:30 am–1 pm Bespoken TBA
Noon Prabal Gurung Lincoln Center, the Studio
1 PM Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti AEFFE USA, 30 W. 56th St., nr. Fifth Ave., third fl.
1 pm–2:30 pm Rachel Antonoff TBA
2 PM ADAM Lincoln Center, the Stage
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Gant by Michael Bastian TBA
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Mandy Coon Lincoln Center, the Box
2:30 pm–4 pm Araks TBA
3 PM Vivienne Tam Lincoln Center, the Theatre
3 PM Patrik Ervell Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
3 pm–4 pm Kimberly Ovitz TBA
3 pm–4:30 pm Kaelen Drive-In Studios, 443 W. 18th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
3:30 pm–5:30 pm Carlos Campos TBA
4 PM Hexa by Kuho TBA
4 PM Mik Cire by Eric Kim Lincoln Center, the Studio
4:30 pm–5:30 pm Antonio Azzuolo Jack Studios, 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., twelfth fl.
5 PM Alexander Wang Pier 94, West Side Hwy, nr. 55th St.
6 PM Band of Outsiders Sir Stage 37, 508 W. 37th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
6 PM Charlotte Ronson Lincoln Center, the Stage
6:30 pm–8 pm Elise Øverland Ice Rink at the Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St., nr. W 13th St.
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Maisonette 1977 Lincoln Center, the Box
7 PM Erin Fetherston Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave. (ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
7 PM G-Star Raw Lincoln Center, the Theatre
7 pm–8 pm Suno Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
7 pm–8 pm Billy Reid Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
8 PM Altuzarra Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
8 PM Odyn Vovk TBA
8:30 pm–10:30 pm Bijules Millesime/Carlton Hotel, 92 Madison Ave., nr. E. 29th St.
9 PM Toni Francesc Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 PM Daryl K Mother New York, 595 Eleventh Ave., nr. 44th St.

9 am–1 pm Victoria Beckham TBA
10 AM Derek Lam Lincoln Center, the Stage
10:30 am–11:30 am Timo Weiland Lincoln Center, the Box
10:30 am–12:30 pm Alice Ritter TBA
11 AM Lela Rose Lincoln Center, the Studio
11 AM VPL by Victoria Bartlett Pier 59 Studios, West Side Hwy nr. W. 18th St.
11 am–4 pm Maison Martin Margiela X Opening Ceremony Staff USA, 220 W. 19th St., nr. Seventh Ave.
11:30 AM Preen Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
Noon Simon Spurr TBC
Noon Malandrino TBC
1 PM DKNY 547 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
1 pm–3 pm Yuna Yang Alvin Ailey Theater, 405 W. 55th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
2 PM Calvin Klein Men’s Collection 205 W. 39th St., nr. Seventh Ave., first fl. (ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
2 pm–4 pm Suzanne Rae Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 W. 65th St., nr. Broadway
2:15 pm–3:15 pm Tory Burch Lincoln Center, the Studio
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Yoana Baraschi Lincoln Center, the Box
3 PM Max Azria Lincoln Center, the Stage
4 PM Diane Von Furstenberg Lincoln Center, the Theatre
5 PM Y-3 82 Mercer St., nr. Spring St.
5 PM Cynthia Steffe Lincoln Center, the Studio
5 pm–7 pm Romas by Linda Rowe Thomas The Michaelangelo, 152 W. 51st St., nr. Sixth Ave.
6 PM Thakoon TBA
6 pm–9 pm Allison Parris Studio XXI, 59 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave.
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Bensoni The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St., nr. W. 13th St., Highline Room
7 PM Cushnie et Ochs Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave., second fl.
7 PM Custo Barcelona Lincoln Center, the Stage
7 PM Moncler Grenoble Grand Central Terminal, 25 Vanderbilt Ave., Balcony Level
7:30 pm–8:30 pm Behnaz Sarafpour Lincoln Center, the Box
8 PM Tommy Hilfiger Lincoln Center, the Theatre
8 PM Katie Gallagher Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
8 pm–9 pm Duro Olowu Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
8:30 pm–9:30 pm Nomia TBA
9 PM Zang Toi Lincoln Center, the Studio

9 am–5 pm The Row 150 W. 22nd St., nr. Seventh Ave., fifth fl.
9 AM Jenny Packham Lincoln Center, the Studio
9:30 am–10:30 am Callula Lillibelle Lincoln Center, the Box
10 AM Carolina Herrera Lincoln Center, the Theatre
11 AM Zero + Maria Cornejo Highline Stages, 441 W. 14th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
11 AM Carlos Miele Lincoln Center, the Stage
Noon Theyskens’ Theory TBA
Noon–2 pm Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Eyebeam Gallery, 540 W. 21st St., nr. Eleventh Ave.
1 PM Tracy Reese Lincoln Center, the Studio
1 PM Ohne Titel Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
1 pm–3 pm Barbara Tfank 535 W. 24th St., nr. Tenth Ave., sixth fl.
2 PM Donna Karan 547 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Sachin + Babi Lincoln Center, the Box
3 PM Monique Lhuillier Lincoln Center, the Stage
3 PM ParkChoonMoo Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
4 PM Yeohlee TBA
4:30 pm–5:30 pm Chris Benz David Rubenstien Atrium, Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave., nr. 63rd St.
5 PM Pamella Roland Lincoln Center, the Studio
5 pm–7 pm Thom Browne The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave., nr. 42nd St., third fl.
5 pm–7 pm Alice + Olivia The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., nr. Central Park South, second fl.
5 pm–7 pm Chadwick Bell Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 201 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St.
6 PM Chado Ralph Rucci 536 Broadway, nr. Spring St., sixth fl.
6 PM Betsey Johnson Lincoln Center, the Theatre
6 PM Kevork Kiledjian Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Guishem Lincoln Center, the Box
7 PM martinMARTIN Audi Forum, 250 Park Ave., nr. 47th St.
8 PM Marc Jacobs NY State Armory, 68 Lexington Ave., nr. 25th St. (ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
9 PM Mike Vensel Audi Forum, 250 Park Ave., nr. 47th St.
14:30:00 TSE TSE Showroom, 120 Wooster St., nr. Prince St., second fl.
8:30 am–11:30 am Kate Spade 48 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave., seventh fl.
9 am–6 pm Helmut Lang 525 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., third fl.
9:30 am–10:30 am Rachel Roy The Donald & Mary Oenslager Gallery, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, nr. 64th St.
9:30 am–10:30 am Trias Lincoln Center, the Box
10 AM Badgley Mischka Lincoln Center, the Theatre
10 AM Karen Walker Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St.
10:30 AM RAD by Rad Hourani Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
11 AM Vera Wang Lincoln Center, the Stage
1 PM Diesel Black Gold Pier 94, 711 Twelfth Ave., nr. 52nd St.
1 PM Jen Kao Lincoln Center, the Studio
1:30 pm–3:30 pm Bibhu Mohapatra Lincoln Center, the Box
2 PM Hervé Léger by Max Azria Lincoln Center, the Theatre
2:30 PM Risto Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
3 PM Dennis Basso Lincoln Center, the Stage
4 PM Marc by Marc Jacobs NY State Armory, 68 Lexington Ave., nr. 25th St.
5 PM Sophie Theallet Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
6 PM J. Mendel Lincoln Center, the Studio
6 pm–8 pm Juan Carlos Obando TBA
6 pm–8 pm Concept Korea Lincoln Center, the Atrium
6 pm–8 pm House of Waris Museum of Art & Design, 2 Columbus Circle, nr. W. 58th St.
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Halston Cedar Lake, 547 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.
7 PM Tibi Lincoln Center, the Stage
7 PM Daniel Vosovic Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
7 PM A Détacher Pier 59 Studios, West Side Hwy, nr. W. 18th St.
7:30 pm–8:30 pm Frank Tell Lincoln Center, the Box
8 PM Narciso Rodriguez Lincoln Center, the Theatre
9 PM Marc Bouwer TBA
9 PM Mackage Lincoln Center, the Studio

09 AM Yigal Azrouël Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 am–5 pm Reem Acra 730 Fifth Ave., nr. E. 57th St., Ste. 205
9:30 am–10:30 am Vacca Lincoln Center, the Box
9 am–6 pm Helmut Lang 525 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., third fl.
10 AM Michael Kors Lincoln Center, the Theatre
10:45 am–11:30 am Derek Lam + eBay Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
11 AM Nanette Lepore Lincoln Center, the Stage
11 AM Douglas Hannant Plaza Hotel, E. 59th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Terrace Room
1 pm & 2 pm Oscar de la Renta 583 Park Ave., nr. 63rd St.
1 PM Jeremy Scott Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
1 PM Alexandre Herchcovitch Lincoln Center, the Studio
1:30 pm–2:30 pm Vittadini Lincoln Center, the Box
2 PM 3.1 Phillip Lim St. John’s Center, 340 West St., nr. W. Houston St.
3 PM Milly Lincoln Center, the Stage
3:30 pm–4:30 pm Marchesa TBA
4 PM Reed Krakoff 510 W. 34th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
4 pm–6 pm Helen Yarmak International The Crown Building, 730 Fifth Ave., nr. E 57th St.
5 PM Christian Cota Lincoln Center, the Studio
5 PM Bebe Style360, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
6 PM Anna Sui Lincoln Center, the Theatre (ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
6:30 pm–7:30 pm Odd Molly Lincoln Center, the Box
7 PM Elie Tahari Lincoln Center, the Stage
7 PM The Blonds Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., nr. Tenth Ave.
8 PM Proenza Schouler TBA
8:30 PM Indashio Style360, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
9 PM Susan Cianciolo National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, nr. Irving Pl.


10 AM Malan Breton Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
10 am & 11 am Ralph Lauren Skylight Studio, 275 Hudson St., nr. Dominick St. (ANDREWS MUST SEE)!
Noon Isaac Mizrahi Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St.
Noon Son Jung Wan Lincoln Center, the Studio
1 PM L’Wren Scott TBA
2 pm & 3 pm Calvin Klein Collection 250 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., first fl.
3 pm–5 pm Adrienne Landau 519 Eighth Ave., nr. 36th St., twenty-first fl.
3 pm–5 pm Joanna Mastroianni 230 W. 38th St., nr. Seventh Ave., fifteenth fl.
4 PM Stephen Burrows 209 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl.
5 PM Bill Blass The Monkey Bar, 60 E. 54th St., nr. Park Ave.
6 PM Elene Cassis Lincoln Center, the Studio
6:30 PM WTB by Nikki Lund & Richie Sambora Style360, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
7 PM Naeem Khan Lincoln Center, the Stage
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Lublu Lincoln Center, the Box
8 PM L.A.M.B. Lincoln Center, the Theatre
9 PM IvanaHelsinki Lincoln Center, the Studio
9 PM Adrian Alicea National Black Theater, 2031 Fifth Ave., nr. 126th St.

100 Years of Mass-Movies

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As the only SAG franchised agency in New England, we are proud to work with some of Hollywood’s top movie producers and casting directors. Successfully placing our actors in major feature films is something we love to do and contributing to the ever growing success of the Massachusetts movie industry makes it even more special. For this BLOG I thought it would be interesting to look at how the silver screen has developed over the past 100 years, and think about the direction it’s going in.

The movie industry in Massachusetts has been steadily growing since the late 1960’s. This was a time when film making in the US started to shoot less in Hollywood and more ‘on location.’ The ‘60’s boom boasted 9 great movies for the Bay State including The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Elizabeth Taylor.

Prior to this, Massachusetts had only produced 10 movies in its entire 50 years of film making (1910-1960). Vanity Fair was the first of two silent movies shot in the 1910’s, no movies filmed here in the 1920’s, – the 30’s & 40’s both had 2 (which is surprising considering movies were now in full sound) and the 50’s saw only a slight improvement with 4 movies.

The success of the ‘60’s attracted more Hollywood executives to take note of the untamed coastline and diverse filming locations in New England. Before anyone could say “Lights, Camera, Action” the 1970’s saw 21 movies made here. Most notably was the arrival of Steven Spielberg’s oversized shark in JAWS (1975); a hit so popular that the sequel was released only a few years later in ‘78. I’m not sure the residents of Martha’s Vineyard have stepped back in the water since.

In the 1980’s Cheers made Boston famous on television, whereas Hollywood introduced us to Kevin’s Field of Dreams, Jack’s Witches of Eastwick and yet another very large shark off the Nantucket Sound. Overall there were 54 movies filmed during this decade – over double the amount filmed in the 70’s. It was clear that Massachusetts was now a Hollywood hotspot.

The movie making factory continued in the 1990’s with a record 86 films. The development of DVD’s in the late ‘90’s surely helped push this demand. Some of the blockbusters include; The Crucible, The Boondock Saints, Hocus Pocus, Good Will Hunting and The Cider House Rules.

In the past 10 years however, we have noticed a slight slip in the numbers. With only 80 movies produced we were only 7 short of beating our record. None-the-less we had some great success stories: The Perfect Storm was a huge project – and a great success for the residents of Rockport, MA. Legally Blonde set at Harvard Law School is played constantly on TV and later became a hit Broadway musical. We saw a lot of activity when Shutter Island, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Invention of Lying, Bride Wars, ‘21’ and The Proposal came to town – all in reasonably close succession.

The Departed was a huge success for Boston and featured an array of local home-grown talent. It no doubt inspired Ben Affleck to create The Town – which he proudly filmed in some of Boston’s most famous landmarks and used real people (non-actors) in principle roles. We are also excited to see the release of The Company Men and The Fighter (which premiers in just a few weeks time) and hope this standard of filmmaking continues, with or without the construction of Plymouth Rock Studios. For more information on the Company Men and The Fighter, see Nikki’s previous BLOG about two of Model Club’s hot new stars who performed along side Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg.

People ask me every day about the movie industry in Massachsuetts and many have noticed how quiet it has been recently. I agree, it has been quiet – however I predict that the recession slump will soon change pace and we’ll head into the next Ten years on course to make a record amount of movies. The Boston Globe rumours that Katherine Heigl is set to film The Age of Adeline in Spring 2011 and suggests that Brad Pitt has been scouting Fenway Park for his latest venture. . . Moneyball! Let’s hope 2011 is a successful year for Mass movies and of course all our actors, crew and even…agents ;)




Andrew’s TOP 20 Places to Shop!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I like to shop! Maybe not quite as much as Nikki or Corinne, but I do like to shop.

So this BLOG is dedicated to those wonderful stores and boutiques that keep me looking dapper while not putting too much of a dent in my man-purse! Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to present you with MY top 20 places to shop. . .




ZARA I first discovered Zara about 7 years ago. I became a huge fan due to the well made clothing, the cheap price tag and the overall European style and fit to all their clothes. Everything feels tailored on me and I love how good the quality is. I bought a suit in 2006, I wore it all the time, and only now in 2010 have holes started to appear. And if I’m to be honest, that’s because my belly got a little too large – so I can’t blame the material. Top Tip – their winter season is always their best season (which is funny considering they originated in Spain). Olé!


HERITAGE 1981 / FOREVER 21 I know what you’re thinking – Forever 21 is for girls, right? Wrong! That’s what I thought too – but while walking through the F21 at the Watertown Mall one day last year, I stumbled across a section for guys. Heritage 1981 is young, fresh and very retro in style. Once again it’s very cheap and good quality. I recently bought a faux leather jacket for only $40! WARNING – The Burlington Mall recently removed Heritage 1981 from their store. I’m starting a protest – who’s with me??


TJ MAXX Ok, if anyone says anything about TJ MAXX, they are in big trouble! You’ve seen the commercials on TV! “Designer Labels for Less” – and that’s exactly what it does. If it were not for TJ MAXX I would not have a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt in every colour of the rainbow or a nice pair of Dolce & Gabbana trousers for under $40. God bless you TJ MAXX and all who shop in you.


NORDSTROM – THE RACK If you feel like splashing out on something a little more ‘debonair,’ then Nordstrom may tickle your fancy. But wait!!! Did you know that The Rack (at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers) is Nordstrom’s very own outlet centre? There are seriously big discounts on past and current seasons. I bought a gentleman’s silk pocket-square (originally $50) for just $10. And a pair of Armani Exchange sunglasses for just $20. Deal! Sold! Nice! Done!


TOPMAN / TOPSHOP / There was a lot of hype in the US when Topshop introduced a flagship store in NYC. The reason? It’s good stuff! I’ve been shopping at their little brother store ‘Topman’ for many years. It’s a great place to buy basics, shoes, accessories and even suits: All at a low price and all to the latest trends. If you can fight through the hoards of teenagers – there are some great purchases to be made. Just hop on the Fung Wah and you’ll be shopping in no time. Top Banana!


ALDO I’ll keep this short, because generally speaking men don’t care a lot about shoe shopping. I like buying shoes at Aldo because they last me forever, they are reasonably priced and it is one of the few places I can buy shoes and boots with a decent ‘point’ to the end. I hate shoes with flat ends – give me a pair of winkle-pickers any day! Aldo is also good to pick up a few basic cheap accessories, such as hats, jewelry and sunglasses. Hop to it!





H&M I think H&M are just getting better and better and better. They are really hitting the mark (and in some cases setting the mark) when it comes to seasonal trends. I would agree that the women’s department is a lot better than the men’s in terms of choice – but guys have some great options to compliment their wardrobe and there are always lots of accessories to choose from. Let us not forget, that if it weren’t for H&M we men would not be secretly wearing novelty superman pants underneath our trousers. Hooray for novelty underwear!


MARC JACOBS Marc Jacobs, like many clever fashion designers has produced those clothes you can afford and those you can’t afford. But if you head over to Newbury Street, you will find a happy selection of menswear at affordable rates. Remember this guy is at the top of his game in the fashion world; it’s rare to see stores of this caliber exclusively for men, so make the most of it I say! Top Marcs!


RALPH LAUREN – RUGBY I like to walk around this shop. It makes me feel like I’m slightly posh! However I cannot bring myself to actually make a purchase here. It’s just far too expensive! So why is it on my list I hear you cry? Well, because I love the clothes. And I love them so much – I source them out at consignment shops and sales! That’s what I call a Nice-Try!


BEN SHERMAN “Look out, the British are Coming!” To be honest I’d never wear Ben Sherman in England. It’s too over exposed and worn by scruffy teenagers who stand around street corners or given to Dads at Christmas time. But in America, I like Ben. I really like Ben. It has a totally different edge to it, it’s cooler – it just seems to work better over here. Check out the shoe section of the store on Newbury Street – they have an amazing Union Jack footstool made of leather. I put in an offer one day, but sadly they wouldn’t sell it to me.


SECOND TIME AROUND Great little shop on Newbury street that sells ‘vintage’ (loose use of that word) mens and womens clothing. They also have a large selection of high-end fashion items and I like how the staff members have their own rack of recommendations based on their own personalities. It’s a good shop to find a few ‘out of the ordinary items;’ however it can be a little over priced. I guess…time is money!?





BUFFALO EXCHANGE If you have never heard of this place – I fully recommend you hop on the Red Line and get off at Davis Square. You can do two things at Buffalo Exchange – buy clothes, or sell clothes (for hard cash or in-store credit). It’s a great way to get rid of your old wardrobe and exchange it for something new. Think along the lines of Aladdin and his lamp – that sort of thing. But what surprises me the most about B.E – they get a fair share of big designer labels which they sell for very reasonable prices. I was recently very tempted to buy a Juicy Couture Men’s Kilt for $30! But then I thought to my self…”Where would I wear Juicy Couture?”


THE SALVATION ARMY When you go to a Salvation Army, be prepared! You should go with a plentiful supply of hand sanitizer in one pocket, wet-wipes in the other, and always make sure you wear dark coloured clothing. But if you are willing to brave the musty smell and take time to sift through racks and racks of rejects – I promise there will be some incredible items you never thought you’d ever find. One of my most proud purchases from a Salvation store was a Ralph Lauren Rugby shirt (current season, originally sold on Newbury Street for over $80) – and I bought it off the rack for less than $1. Now that’s what I call Salvation!


BOBBY’S OF BOSTON Bobby’s of Boston is a famous, vintage emporium based in the stylish South End of the city. Although it is a little pricey at times – Bobby’s clothes are real vintage and real nice! When you walk in, Bobby himself may greet you at the door and welcome you in to his wood paneled, Macho Man Randy Savage of a shop with a full size pool table in the middle of the room, and the best of male vintage draped from the walls. This is a piece of Boston’s shopping history – don’t miss it!


THE GARMENT DISTRICT Based in Cambridge, the Garment District is a popular place to get all your Halloween costumes. However there is a large section of second hand clothing for men and women. It’s worth stopping in there from time to time to do a little bargain hunting. You can stock up on your wigs and novelty sunglasses at the same time.


BODEGA Bodega is a secretive little shoe shop in a secret location behind a secret door. But if you manage to track it down, you’ll find yourself wandering around Willy Wonker and the Shoe Factory. There are enough rare and limited edition sneakers and shoes to get any man excited about shoes. Did you ever hear of a pair of Kevin Garnett sneakers designed in conjunction with the British Soccer team Chelsea Football Club? Well, Bodega had a few pairs last year – it turns out Kevin loves Soccer and he’s a supporter of Chelsea FC. He had these shoes designed and a few lucky people had the chance to buy them exclusively from Bodega. My friend Kevin bought a pair (a different Kevin)!




HARVEY NICHOLS I just wanted to throw a few British stores in to the mix. I love shopping at each of these places whenever I’m back in Blighty. The famous Harvey Nichols is a treasure trove of ‘off-the-runway’ fashions, designer labels and a haunt by almost every celebrity in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood are three of my favorite sections to walk around. And if I feel like spending a small fortune – I may just have to buy something too.


CAMDEN MARKET If you ever go to London, please avoid the tourist traps. London is never more real than in Camden. The famous market has a wealth of alternative fashion boutiques and vintage stores. There are giant shoes stuck on the walls, chandeliers hanging in the railway tunnels and a real mix of London’s alternative scene. A great place to shop – but a better place just to hang-out!


ARMSTRONGS VINTAGE EMPORIUM Armstrong’s is a special type of vintage clothes shop. Based in Edinburgh, fashion designers from around the world come here to source inspiration for their coming seasons. Designers such as Prada and Gucci have both sent their buyers and sample stealers to delve deep into the racks and boxes of Armstrongs incredible array of vintage clothing. One day I went in there and a young guy was playing the guitar – it was most pleasant!




RUE LA LA Rue La La is probably the best shopping experience I’ve ever had online. First of all – you have to be invited by someone you know in order to join. So already I feel exclusive and part of a secret shopping club. Then, I get updates about special sales they are having with top designers. Just a couple of weeks ago, Rue La La were selling off Valentino cheaper than if it had been stolen by a bunch of gypsy’s! They also do feature events like wedding sales (where you can buy anything from wedding dresses, tuxedo’s and even the gift registry). Oh and that reminds me, it’s not just clothes, Rue La La also sell home goods and novelty items.


The next time you visit Rue La La – check out the gorgeous models. Chances are they will be Model Club models. That’s right – we work a lot with the wonderful people at Rue. So when I shop there, it’s like buying clothes from my friends. The catch is – even you get the benefit of ‘mate’s rates!’


Hopefully I came out of that still looking somewhat stylish????! Thanks for reading!



Fashion Vs Sport

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I’ve always been interested in the cross-cultural boundaries of fashion and sport. Once regarded as two separate industries with two very different sets of ‘fans,’ sport and fashion rivaled each other more than the Celtics rival the Lakers. But now, thanks to heroes such as David Beckham, Tom Brady, Bjorn Borg, Michael Jordan and even Mohammed Ali – all of whom featured in GQ Magazines Most Stylish 50 Men of the Past 50 Years, sports fans and most notably male sports fans are taking more of an interest in fashion. So I suppose this Blog is actually dedicated to all the men out there who, like me, are leaving their running shoes and baseball caps in the closet; who no longer go out on the town sporting a Red Sox T-shirt, and who will instead, take more time in selecting a nice pair of dress shoes or a fitted jacket.

When I first shipped up to Boston 5 years ago (on the Mayflower obviously), I was excited to be a part of a city whose sporting legacy is famous throughout the world. Even as an 11 year old boy I was aware of whom Larry Bird was! I now proudly consider myself a true New England sports fan who covers himself head to toe in shamrocks at The Garden and sits proudly in the bleacher section at Fenway. I have even learnt how to play the traditional America sport of ‘Beer-Pong!’

Years ago, a fan’s love of sport would dominate their wardrobe. Every outfit for every occasion would features a logo of some type. But now of course athletes are celebrities and are paid incredibly well for their profession. A-List status and constant media attention have forced athletes to dress more like the movie stars and musicians they now socialize with. Naturally sports fans have taken an interest in this and are also starting to change their shopping habits. I’m fascinated how even the most grizzly of men (even hockey supporters) have a renewed confidence to experiment in their wardrobe selections. It is not uncommon to see men of all ages, ethnicities and social backgrounds to be seen in a stylish pink button down, or wearing a set of large designer sunglasses. Many men now understand that ‘layering’ is not something they do only in their garden, or that ‘ketchup & mustard’ is more than a topping on their hot-dog!

And let’s not forget that a large number of New Englanders wear Polo Ralph Lauren. (I think I’ve heard New England described in the past as “Ralph Lauren’s 401K”). And in my opinion, the reason so many men love to wear Ralph Lauren, is because it makes them feel masculine. It doesn’t matter if a polo-shirt is pink, yellow or baby blue – it has a sporty edge to it which almost tricks the man into thinking he’s wearing a team uniform or that he’s out on the golf course.

Men may also be surprised to learn that other large designers are also directly involved in fusing the fashion and sports industry. London based designer Paul Smith for example designed the 2009 Manchester United football/soccer kit. And fashion icon Stella McCartney currently designs a range of keep-fit wear for Adidas.

However, as crucial as these designers are in shaping the fitness-trend, in my opinion it is the athletes themselves who are more important in influencing what a man wears. As long as we continue to see sportsmen and women as models in advertisements, at red carpet events and in the newspapers and magazines, we will continue to be influenced by them. And as a society we owe thanks to those who help the American man feel confident in his own ability to dress!

Tonight (Friday 1st October) I will be attending a Boston Fashion Week event – where notable Boston based fashion photographer Arturo will be hosting an exciting fashion show at the Langham Hotel. The show is titled “Beauty, Fashion & Wellness” and will feature a runway performance of yoga-inspired apparel. I will be there at 6pm and I can’t wait to see how once again the sport, fitness and fashion industries successfully fuse together.

For more information about this exciting event please see the image above.

I hope to see you there!