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App Review | Karl Lagerfeld's 'Emoti Karl'



The days of the red dress, pink fingernails, and hair flip emojis are numbered as fashion creatives mobilize into the technology world. In celebration of his new fragrance line, Karl Lagerfeld's latest project has nothing to do with couture... per say. Last week, the figurehead behind Chanel released Emoti Karl, a free emoji app to promote the line, which takes the art of digitally communicating one's "chic" to the next level.  The app is filled with various hand gestures draped with fingerless gloves, the infamous fan, fragrance bottles, portraits of the eccentric designer (complete with sunglasses and ponytail), expressions of his flirty cat Choupette, plus more. Users are now able to 'Karl-ify' their messages via text, email, and social media.

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In Case You Missed It | Theophilus London x Helmut Lang For Barneys New York



Theophilus London recently served as the muse and model for Helmut Lang's Spring '14 menswear collection. The brand's aesthetic has always been centered around a sophisticated streetwise way of dressing - making this collaboration with the free spirited, forward thinking, style savvy Emcee a perfect match.  Barney's New York posted a video where London discusses clothes, music, and the creative process at large with his manager Brendan Fallis to introduce the new line.

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Brand 8 F/W 2014

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Uncomplicated, comfortable, and easy to wear are a few words to describe Brand 8. Constructed to fit the lifestyle of the active man, the label focuses on delivering functional apparel that is made to move. Inspired by and created for today's trendsetters, (whether in music, art, or sports) their fall/winter '14 lookbook is a mesh up of streetwear silhouettes infused with contemporary fashion. 

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DOPE HOMME 'Torino Six Panel' Snapback

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From the moment they stepped on the scene their movement has become viral with one word, 'DOPE.' After many successful product launches and notable collaborations DOPE extended its offerings with an upscale counterpart, DOPE HOMME.  The Torino Six Panel  is one of three lambskin leather crowns that unlike the signature DOPE line have no visible branding beyond the inner label. Its minimalistic design emphasizes craftsmanship and quality putting this snapback among the creme de la creme of luxe streetwear. 

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Our Favorite Looks From Control Sector Spring 2014

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True to their mantra to defy conventions yet remain wearable, Control Sector's 'Viscous Circle' Collection boasts of abstract designs and geometric patterns primarily staying within the black and white color pallet. Among the collection's assortment of apparel ranging from signature tees,  short sleeve hoodies, to a light weight bomber jacket are a couple of pieces in red and blue to offer variation to its staple designs.

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Tagged, You’re It… Chicago Street Art



Every time I get the opportunity to get out of my car and walk around, the art I see on the street sidetracks me. No matter how many times I say that I will not take out my phone and Instagram every single piece of it, I fail every single time. I was recently introduced to the art of Chicago-based artist Pose MSK.

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Tracy to Kids…Come in Kids



Pour up (drank). Head shot (drank). Sit down (drank), stand up...Wait...that's already been done. Ok, let's try that again. Put on something fresh (check). Go to the party (check). Dance (check). Smile (check). Laugh (check). Do NOT request a song (you honestly won't even need to—check!). Dance more. Smile Harder. Forget where you are. Let go. Laugh uncontrollably. Repeat! Check. Check. Check. Check. Check! This is the formula you need to attend a party mixed by Spinser Tracy.

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Song For The Mute Fall/Winter 2014



Headed by award winning graphic artist Melvin Tanaya and designer Lyna Ty, Australian label Song For The Mute offers a look into its upcoming Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Since it's launch in 2008, the brand has consistently distinguished itself through its unique approach to tailoring that focuses on draped silhouettes and simplistic color choices.

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The Fifth Avenue Man | Modern Men’s Sophistication

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With well-received Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week presentations by labels like Hood By Air, it is evident that everyone is well aware that diverse men's fashion is evolving and important. Saks Fifth Avenue received the memo long ago, and has done something amazing about it.

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Goffredo Fantini F/W '13/14 Campaign



Although you can never go wrong with a little black dress, the days of dark drab wardrobing for winter are over. This year fashion creatives have been defying the norm by using bold color choices in their Fall/Winter collections, and Italian designer Goffredo Fantini is no exception.

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