KOREATOWN SEOUL.

I spent time this week exploring Koreatown in Los Angeles, California.  This particular shoot was done at luxury boutique-hotel, The Line on Wilshire Boulevard.  The Line Hotel is a sister hotel to the Saguaro Palm Springs and Ace New York.  I fell in love with the minimalist architecture and design, which has mid-century elements mixed with more contemporary urban street art elements.  It's a match made in heaven!  The Line hotel even comes complete with street art touches done by Shepard Fairey, better known for his OBEY campaign, and D*Face, a English multimedia street artist.

The super luxe hotel room I stayed in was the perfect backdrop to shoot this luxe-sexy-casual look I was rockin' to attend the King Of The Fall tour featuring The Weeknd with supporting acts Jhene Aiko and Schoolboy Q.   

The weather has finally started to cool down here in Southern California, but I am still opting to wear light breathable outfits.  For this outfit I wanted to have an overall 'rockstar' look.   However, I did not want that component of the look to be too overbearing.  This outfit is reminiscent of something I would wear out in Las Vegas because it has some extra pizazz to make heads turn and necks do a one-eighty, hah!  

Leather shorts have been trending lately in womenswear and have finally made there way steadily into menswear.  When I spotted these ZARA boxing shorts, I had to have them!  It's very rare to find leather shorts for men, trust me.  I completed this look with a sheer tank bodysuit.  Yes, bodysuit!  Gasp!  Even though it would seem that a bodysuit is super outlandish and unconventional, it is actually very wearable and made to look and resemble a fitted tank when worn properly under shorts or with your favorite pair of denim.  To finish the look I wore a fitted Givenchy tuxedo jacket and a red-black plaid button down shirt.  And peep the shoe game from Jessica Buurman!  Hope you enjoy! 

 

xxEIGHTY-SEVENS


GIVENCHY tuxedo jacket; Rufskin VASCO black tank bodysuit; ZARA black boxing short; ZARA red-black plaid button down shirt; Jessica Buurman CRUSH black cutout boots; NIXON The 51-30 Chrono Watch in Black; Silver Rings and leather/silver bracelet 


Industrial REALNESS

Spent most of my day in Anaheim with one of my best friends/cousin Ashley at the Anaheim Packing District.  The Anaheim Packing District is a collection of over 20 different small eateries housed on two floors of open space in you guessed it, a packing house!  We spent most of our time there smack-talking over cocktails at Hammer Workshop and Bar, eating some yummy dinner from The Iron Press, and later satisfying our sweet tooth with dessert from Hans' Homemade Ice Cream.  These shots however were taken directly outside a little down the way in front of a lumber yard.  Thought it would be an interesting setting for some photographs.  I love the broken-down look of the old wood fencing mixed with the metal-link fencing and stark concrete.

It is still supremely hot here in southern California so I thought it would be wise to rock shorts once again for this look.  I wore destroyed bleached ZARA skinny jeans that I cropped myself and a long-line ASOS tee shirt.  This is still a pretty simple look, but how can you blame me?  We have had temperature highs of over ninety degrees here and have even broken heat records!  

Long-line tee shirts have increasingly become popular this past year, but have been prevalent for a long time in both Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh's collections since my Maxfield Los Angeles days.  I like the look of them--more of a urban and grunge feel.  And at my height, 6'2", a little added length in a shirt never hurts.  I also opted to wear an old time favorite of mine, cone studded leather slip-ons by UNIF named 'Hellraisers'.  

 

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ASOS Super Longline T-Shirt with Shirt Hem Detail; ZARA Cropped Destroyed Bleached Skinny Jeans; Club Monaco Leather Tote; UNIF Hellraiser Black/Silver; Alex & Ani Horoscope Leo Charm Bangle; NIXON The 51-30 Tide Watch; Vintage Circle Sunglasses; Sterling Silver Rings


FOR THE LOVE OF SUNNIES: EIGHTY-SEVENS & BLEUDAME GIVEAWAY

I have partnered with Bleudame.com to do a giveaway!  BleuDame is the online fashion haven for the raddest collection of on-trend new and vintage eyewear.  In the past I have purchased sunglasses from BleuDame to try out new trends without having to worry about the price commitment of a designer sunglass frame.

The winner of the contest will receive two sunglasses handpicked by me: the Gunmetal 'Cagefighter' Metal Lattice Mod frame and the 'Beyonce' Oversized Mod Round frame in black/silver.  I love both pairs of these sunglasses, especially the Cagefighter pair!  And as you know, I am an avid Bey fan and she has rocked both designer pairs that these sunnies are inspired by.  

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Basic Beach

End of Summer beach day with my family at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.  It was a fun-filled day of eating home cooked food, drinking light refreshments, and sunnin' our buns in the sand.  Everyone pitched in by bringing food of their choice and we all gathered to enjoy it potluck-style in the picnic lawns of the state beach.  

For today's look I opted for light casual basics in black.  I know that black may not be the most practical color for the beach, but I kept it simple by wearing pieces that were breathable and light.  The wide-brimmed fedora I wore is woven and perfect for the summer months.  The scoop-neck shirt also is sheer and has become one of my favorite basic go-to pieces in my wardrobe.

 

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TOPMAN Black Oversized T-Shirt; ZARA Leopard Print Swim Trunk; Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe; Alex and Ani Leo Zodiac Charm Bangle; DITA Creator Sunglasses; VirginBlak Woven Wide-brim Fedora





Men's Fall Essentials : Back to Black

Clockwise from top left: Lack of Color Montana Midnight Muse Fedora; David Yurman band ring with meteorite; Schott Horsehide Perfecto Jacket; David Yurman Meteorite Signet Ring; Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb; Jessica Buurman Cutout Boots; Mifland Standard Rucksack

 

September has finally arrived.  Though we are still feeling the last bits of sweltering heat from Summer, lets take some time to focus on a few Fall season essentials.  I have selected some of my favorite pieces in minimalistic black. 

Let us start with hats!  During the past few months I have been really into wearing hats -- specifically simple black hats with no insignia on them.  From a fitted baseball cap, to the more trendy fedora that has grown in popularity, hats have become an essential part of my everyday wardrobe.  Helpful in beating the heat and a great added accessory to any outfit.  

Now on to leather!  Ah leather, I have always had a soft spot for pretty much anything leather.  The basic leather biker jacket is the easiest trick in the book to heighten the style-factor in your outfit.  I pair my leather biker jacket with most of my outfits.  It can give the most simplistic outfit the extra added touch of pizazz!  Accessorize your leather!  Mix it in beyond outerwear.  Accessorize with simple black cutout boots and a leather on-the-go backpack to carry your everyday essentials.

I have also developed a taste for metallic jewelry.  Stacking rings of different sizes and shapes adds character and personality into your outfit.  I tend to sway towards simpler statement pieces.  

And smell good this Fall!  My favorite scent at the moment is Viktor & Rolf's Spicebomb--a blend of Bergamot/Grapefruit top notes, Elemi/Pink Pepper middle notes, and Leather/Tobacco/Vetiver base notes.  Smells so good!  Give it a spritz!

 

xxEIGHTY-SEVENS