A Beginner’s Guide: 7 Essential Style Tips Every Man Should Know

Runway is slowly turning into a man’s world with famed male supermodels who incontestably cover high-fashioned magazines such as GQ, Guess, Vogue, Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Versace. Various style bibles for men are now at the forefront of the glamorous fashion realm which solidifies the attractive truth relating to the importance of men’s grooming and style. Indeed, Men’s wardrobe is as equally significant as women’s and to have our gentlemen face the world in an extremely inelegant manner may earn them strong disapproval from many.

Today, let’s celebrate the unignorable contribution of top tier male models to the fashion industry as we uncover the nuts and bolts of Mister Fashionable and the timeless fashion must-haves that should drape such manly frames.

A good pair of jeans

Buy perfectly-styled jeans and you’re in. This is one of the most versatile and timeless pieces that we should never live without as you can easily wear them everywhere. Go for tried and true washes such as faded blue jeans, dark and original blue denim for styles that are guaranteed to last forever.

The Power of White Shirt

Your white tee is probably the most comfortable ensemble that will never be out of the trend. It provides a combination of classy and contemporary appeal that all men should desire to maintain.

Snuggle with your favourite sweater

Find various types of sweaters that you can simply pull out from your closet when you need them. Know what styles look best on you and snuggle with class.

One well-tailored suit for a well-dressed man

Special and memorable events require you to appear in the sleekest and stylish suit that can magnetize all lovely ladies around. The elegance of black and the classiness of grey will save you from appearing a cheapskate.

Have a magnificent taste for ties

Although tie changes its trends as frequent as the season changes, investing in the basics would comfort you on times when you need them. The key to this one is simple and mismatching often ensues to a terrible fashion disaster that you would never want to be in. When buying a tie, it is highly recommended to consider the colour and pattern as they should suit well with your shirt.

Secure a lifetime trend with black leather shoes

Every guy should have at least one black leather shoes to go well with your once a year upscale occasion. Its transcendent nature gives a classy look that will be too hard to overlook. This also calls for a black belt and a black pair of socks for a completely impressive fashion sense.

Sneak out with sneakers

The fashion fundamental for every outgoing guy is evidently simple. Purchase at least one pair of perfectly-looking sneakers and stroll around comfortably.

So are you missing some of these classy clothing pieces? Head out now and remember to invest in these basic items for a guaranteed style and sophistication that you can bank on for years. Enjoy styling and happy shopping!

Shopping On The Cheap: A Bargain Hunter’s Guide To Shopping

Living life as a girl is pretty tough! As our beloved Becky from the famous fashion movie, Confession of a Shopaholic would put it, it’s like buying a cashmere scarf. You would think you are investing in cashmere only to realize later that your money has been spent into a blend of wool and cotton. The point being, you really don’t have to churn out a lot of money in order to stay on top of your fashion game.

If you shop smart, you can really hunt down some amazing fashion bargains and put together killer outfits for yourself. And, here are four easy ways to do that. Let’s begin:

Tip # 1: Build a Capsule Wardrobe

You really don’t need to update your fashion arsenal with each item you see as a ‘must-have’ on an Instagrammer’s fashion feed. Work on developing an individual style of your own – cuts that flatter you, fabric that keeps you comfy and tones that go well with your complexion. Use key clothing items to build a solid capsule wardrobe and then you can use the good old mix and match method to come up with a ton of outfits for each occasion.

Tip # 2: Look for Sample Sales

Keep an eye on the flyers for designer sample sales. You can find some of the most gorgeous, edgy and trendy accent pieces for a fraction of price there. Shop smart, take a best friend along and together you both can treat yourself with luxury fashion items without breaking the bank.

Tip # 3: Add Timeless Classics to the Mix

Polka dots for summers, stripes for spring and plaids for fall – some of these trends are truly timeless classics and would always be relevant to the fashion scene. Therefore, when you do decide to indulge a little, make sure it is one of these fashion pieces which you can style in multiple ways for seasons to come.

Tip # 4: Solids are Always Boujee

When in doubt, go for a monochromatic head to toe look! The secret to looking drop-dead gorgeous, just like a Hollywood diva out of her million-dollar villa is to spend on fabric that gives off a luxe vibe, such as satin or silk. Don’t go for prints. Plain monochromatic look with a mirage of various textures, frills, ruffles, and laces would radiate a very polished and expensive look.

Why The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Was Actually Cancelled For 2019

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been officially canceled – it’s the end of an era for Victoria’s Secret and the world is still in shock.

The CFO of L Brands (the company that owns Victoria’s Secret) Stuart Burgdoerfer confirmed that the most famous fashion show in the world, which has been running since 1995, has been officially canceled.

Why you may ask?

Firstly, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had a number of negative press and controversies over the years. As an example, just last year, Victoria’s Secret’s Chief Marketing Officer Ed Rezak told Vogue in an interview that he did not believe that transgender models had a place in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, he apparently also said that there was no room for plus-size runway shows in TV. He later apologized for his tactless remarks but unfortunately, the damage has been done.

Secondly, Stuart Burgdoerfer confirmed as per Variety that he wants to “evolve the marketing” of its signature lingerie brand, and its annual fashion show had no immediate impact on sales of its bras and underwear. He said: “Did we see specific material impact on short-term sales response to the airing of the fashion show, as a general matter the answer to that question is no… So if you’re like, ‘Oh my God, Stuart, are you freaked out about the day after the fashion show result and what’s going to happen?’, it did air at different times over the years and we didn’t see a material impact on the next few days’ results.”

Variety further confirmed that ratings for the show have also been declining. As an example, back in December 2018, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which was headlined by Shawn Mendes and Bebe Rexha garnered 3.3 million viewers which is a huge decline from its 6.7 million viewers in 2016 and its 9.7 million viewers in 2013.

On another note, according to CNBC, Victoria’s Secret sales at stores that have been open for at least a year have also plunged 7% from the prior-year quarter. L Brands confirmed this by posting its mixed third-quarter results, which revealed declining sales at its Victoria’s Secret brand.

Burgdoerfer further said that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show “was a very important part of the brand-building of this business and was an important aspect of the brand and a remarkable marketing achievement, and with that said, we’re figuring out how to advance the positioning of the brand and best communicate that to customers, and that’s among the things that John is focused on.”

Will Victoria’s Secret fashion show ever air again? Only time will tell.

Fashion Designer In The Spotlight: Get To Know The Talented Kosh Veneficae Himal

Kosh Veneficae Himal started his fashion journey with his mother when he was just 13 years old, she used to be a bridal designer/fashion stylist/ hair and makeup artist, and they used to work together a lot with her clients. Years later he started volunteering for the Colombo Fashion Week helping models to change and get them ready for the show, and that’s when Adam Flamer-Caldera scouted him and introduced him to his sister Anjuli Flamer Caldera. Eventually, he was hired as a model scout/model agent at a leading model agency in Sri Lanka. Fast forward to today and he’s now the talent manager of the agency in Sri Lanka and a proud owner of three successful brands – KOSHE , KALON, and KH2.

We recently caught up with Kosh Veneficae Himal to talk about his journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

Tell us your full name and something about yourself.

I started my Fashion journey with my mother when I was 13 years old, she used to be a bridal designer/fashion stylist/ hair and makeup artist, and we used to work together a lot with her clients. Since my childhood, I was very excited and curious about this industry and mostly I was very fond of fabrics and colors. After my high school education, I managed to do my higher studies at Plymouth University and I was majoring in events, tourism, and hospitality BSc. Meanwhile, during my vacation time, I started to follow my heart and launched my red carpet couture clothing line under the brand name of KOSHE. Most of the celebrities pageant queens and models loved my work and started to buy my designs (that’s how I became a celebrity designer), My very first celebrity actress was Nipunika Hewagamage and she’s one of the reasons why I am here today.

Back in 2015, I was awarded as the best designer of the year and then got the opportunity to showcase my designs at the Asian European Fashion Week in Paris – I was the youngest fashion designer in Sri Lanka who got the opportunity to showcase in an international platform and then I signed a contract with them as a spokesperson. Ever since then I find new talents from around the world so I can give them the opportunity to shine.

How did you get into the fashion industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I used to volunteer for the Colombo Fashion Week backstage – I was helping models to change and get them ready for the show. The atmosphere in that place was wonderful and I was in love with that story. During one of those days, Adam Flamer-Caldera scouted me and introduced me to his sister Anjuli Flamer Caldera who is one of my good friends and she hired me as a model scout/model agent at the leading model agency in Sri Lanka (The Agency Sri Lanka). Working with them was amazing and from that day on I started a new page in my fashion diary. Now I am the Talent manager of The Agency Sri Lanka and a proud owner of three successful brands – KOSHE , KALON and KH2.

My best friend Manasha and I started to style for many clients under the brand name of two broke stylists. I have to say we have styled for several big campaigns and big celebrities such as Brett Lee, Nick Saglimbeni ( A photographer from the Keeping up with the Kardashians) as well as many music videos for leading artists in Sri Lanka as well,
So my fashion journey is still going on.

What do you like most about being a designer?

The most amazing thing about being a designer /stylist is that I get to create new looks, new trends, and new dreams. That’s one of the most awesome things about being a part of this industry. I also get to work with different people all the time, one of my favorite parts of being a designer/stylist is that I get to meet new friends, clients, working partners.

The downside to being a fashion designer?

The stress and workload! Managing an international talent management firm, styling, lecturing and designing is very hard to manage at the same time, so the level of stress is super high.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

Well, this is a good question, From the day I step into this industry, the entire journey has been a magical and memorable one. I can’t pick one specific experience though!

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Adam Flamer Caldera – Male supermodel in Sri Lanka and the USA, my best friends – Manasha ( Stylist and a Fashion designer ) and Riaan George ( Luxury blogger and Social media influencer).

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry.

Follow your dream and focus on your success, Earn people more than money. Do not let others get credit for your fame and your achievements.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

They are very supportive and my mother and father are the reason for all my success.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Well, I took a big step as the manager of The Agency Sri Lanka, I believe that is a big progression in my career and I started new project called TAS WORKSHOP 101 with our very own Male Top Model Tymo – my new business partner along with The Agency Sri Lanka – a training program for models and anyone interested in this industry, this platform is a proper finishing course.

Currently, I’, working on my own YouTube Talk show, we are still planning and working on the concept of the show, I want it to be different and a special show that helps the community and the film, Fashion, Drama and music industry of Sri Lanka. I also have a plan to move to India to explore more opportunities.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: 6 UNDERGROUND
2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beauty means everything around us, but only the unique eye can catch the real beauty.
3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Have my own studio / Style house ( Retail, Styling, Photography, Runway rehearsing ) a complete fashion style house / Studio
4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” be more open about my opinion regarding some of these local Instagram influencers and models.
5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I actually love everything about myself, so I don’t know how to answer that question, (laughs) but I would like to say it’s my skin color.

5 Easy Fashion Hacks To Instantly Look And Feel More Put Together

Dressing chic just comes naturally to some women while others must struggle a little in order to maintain a personal style. We say you ditch the seasonal trend book and device your own fashion rules to always look sassy and chic no matter what’s the occasion. To us, a chic look would have the right amount of glamour mixed with an urban edginess. Here are a few ways to keep up the chic style:

Fashion Hack # 1: Go by the Tri-color Outfit Rule

One of the simplest and basic rules to dress chic is to keep your outfit a little neat and put together; this you can achieve by not mixing more than three colors in your outfit at a time. While a kaleidoscope of tones and shades would appear desirable and artsy to some, pulling it off is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, ensuring that you don’t flaunt more than three colors in the same outfit at a time would make carrying an outfit easy for you.

Just so you know, basics such as a white top or black jeans won’t necessarily count as a ‘color’. Also, busy prints would count as one.

Fashion Hack # 2: Focus on the Basics

We can’t emphasize this point enough! Basics such as a black V-neck figure-hugging t-shirt; a white chiffon top with ruffled sleeves or a white crisp button-up are the key items that would lay the foundation of a solid chic outfit. Use them as a base to build your style. Add on an accent piece and take it up from there.

Fashion Hack # 3: Accessorize

Watches, dainty layered necklaces, trendy scarves, handbags, sunglasses – these minute details really accentuate your outfit. It shows that you pay attention to the details and really ties the entire look together.

Fashion Hack # 4: Rock a Bright Pout

If it’s summer season, go for a vibrant pink; if it’s autumnal bliss, rock a deep plum! A bold pout really makes for a loud and daring fashion statement. When you pair this look with the toned-down outfit it gives off a very cool trendy and uber chic vibe.

Fashion Hack # 5: Invest in a Good Pair of Jeans

Now, this may sound like a no-brainer, but a good pair of jeans can really make or break your entire look. Opt for skinny jeans or slim-fit pairs that create an illusion of elongated legs and narrow waists. Now you can play with textures and colors for your top.