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GQ Lists 20 Most Stylish Men Alive

We love a good best-dressed list and GQ’s 20 Most Stylish Men Alive is always one to look forward to. Ever changing, this year we didn’t see Wes Anderson, Adam Levine or Matt Lauer (huh?) but we did see a few unexpected names on the list…this week, let’s talk about a few that we were a bit surprised to see. Do you agree?

Jeff Goldblum

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A great actor, with a broad range, he appears in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and also makes us bust a gut. But is he worthy of this title of Most Stylish Man Alive? Actually, if we do some searching, he’s doing pretty well! The guy knows what he’s doing when he gets dressed and changes up the look often enough to earn him a spot.

Jared Leto

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He’s tries really hard all the time, we give him that, but does he try too hard? Between all-white suits, beach blown hair and a daring street style the guy always makes a statement. Love it or lump it, we agree, he belongs on the list.

Jaden Smith

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When your parents have as much scratch as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith it would only make sense that you’re going to be able to afford some good clothes (or at least get your dad’s Fresh Prince hand-me-downs). But is he really doing anything that outstanding, GQ? We say, not yet.

John Mayer

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Really? We don’t see it. He’s got a good casual style, and wears some pretty expensive brands, but does this translate to a top spot? Not quite. He’s about 50% of the way there for us.

The entire list breaks down below, any thoughts?

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Ryan Gosling, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Leto, A$AP Rocky, Lebron James, Bradley Cooper, Jay Z, Brad Pitt, Harry Styles, Daniel Craig, Jaden Smith, Russell Westbrook, John Mayer, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Mark Ronson, Mario Balotelli and Eddie Redmayne.

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BOW TIES for every occasion

We love our bow ties and like to sport them for any occasion. Bow ties can amp up any outfit. Most men cringe when they hear the word bow tie or you hear “I am not wearing that!” Well, listen up, if you are hipster enough to rock a ‘stache or beard, you can most definitely rock a bow tie. There are so many different options available from patterned, solids, different materials such as wood, fabric, and even feathers. We are sure you will find the right one to suit any occasion not matter how dressy or casual.
Kat Marks
Kat Marks is a Calgary based designer that studied in London. Her passion is working with exotic leathers and is a leader in fashion enterprise and design. She is so creative and when it came time for to dress for hosting the red carpet, her unique NEW AMBROSIAN style of neckware was where Aly had to go! A new take on a bow and a bollo tie made with the most gorgeous materials such as silks and leathers. Kat Marks is a fashion force in this city and we cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
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Bo by Mansouri 
You’ll be the talk about the party with these bow ties made with wood. Thats right, real wood. Started by a father and son duo, these fashion forward bow ties are made with cut offs from wood processing facilities across North America. In addition to this, they also use soft leather offcuts sourced in Israel, which are used for the neck straps. The bow tie goes through several protoype phases before becoming the almost weightless version that you could have in your hands. We both own one and can’t say enough about how amazing they are made in Canada!
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Aristocrats Bows N Ties 
Based in Toronto, these gorgeous bow ties are available through their online shop. From florals, stripes, solids, to vintage florals, you will find whatever tickles your bow tie fancy. They like to pride themselves in their fashion details and like to call it sophisticated and dapper, with a twist. All their bow ties come with an adjustable band making it suitable for any man. They also carry a broad range of accessories from lapel pins to pocket scarves that will have you looking put together and dapper with a click of a button.
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Brackish Bow Ties 
Started in 2007, all because the designer was not able to find the right groomsmen gift, Ben handcrafted his first bow ties from turkey feathers and they were an instant hit. Every tie is handcrafted in South Carolina and every single feather is hand selected ensuring that no 2 ties are alike. Every piece is a sustainable work of art and ensures that it will make a fabulous statement. We love the organic and of course colourful nature of the feathers and think these are the perfect tie for weddings, graduations, or any fashionable social function.
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PARK 2015: Promoting Artists, Redfining Kulture

In its 3rd season, this years PARK Show is sure to be an amazing one! Being held Saturday May 23, 2105, this show has not disappointed in previous years as being one of the premiere fashion events to go to in the city. Fashion alumni as well as new to the fashion scene designers will showcase their collections in a two part fashion show. There is nothing more thrilling than sitting at a show, when the light turn down, the music starts and the models start strutting their stuff on the runway. It’s exhilarating. This is how we get a little NYC feel in YYC.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

We thought we would run through some of the designers that we cannot wait to see on the runway!
Designer Aleem Arif founded this brand in 2011. The leather extraordinare, Aleem has a knack for making well tailored and fashion forward jackets and blazers. We are loving the lazer cut details that he is showcasing in his now collection. Perfect for those Calgary summer nights were it can get a little chilly. We are also loving the asymmetrical lines in some of his designs, we like to call this Modern Micheal, as in Jackson if you’re nasty… wait a minute, that’s Janet!
If there is one thing we love, it’s a strong pattern and this is the directions behind Vivian Lee’s new collection called RISE. A contemporary athletic-leisure menswear collection marries technical design and function with simple, clean aesthetics. Made for the modern jet setting man, who is athletic, career oriented, and fashionably sensitive… I think that describes us to a T!
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Graduating from design in School in London, England, we are loving the simple aesthetic of her designs. Going through her collection we love how easy, casual, and well made her pieces are. We love how each of her pieces can be a staple but also go with so many other items, giving that piece longevity in your wardrobe. Something that is very important.

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This Month’s New Celebrity Collections

You just never know who will design a collection (or collaborate) next. This week, we learned about three new collections by some of the biggest celebrities of the moment. Does this make us want to buy them though? We’ll see how the collections turn out when they are released later this year.

1. “ED” by Ellen DeGeneres – www.EDbyEllen.com (coming soon)

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Expected in mid-June, Ellen has created a new collection consisting of womenswear pieces raining from $45 to $400. “This is nothing new to say, but I don’t think you should sacrifice style for comfort. Everything about ED is casual and yet it’s chic.” Inspired by her love of tailored fashion, the word “LOVE” its stitched into all jackets.

According to an interview in Womenswear Daily, she wants to make this the biggest brand in the world and jump into a wide range of categories including menswear, socks, bedding, eyewear, candles and beyond.

2. “REBEL FOR TORRID” by Rebel Wilson – www.torrid.com

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Torrid is America’s fastest growing plus-size fashion brand and they have now teamed up with Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson. A limited edition collection (25 pieces from $28.50-$125.00), it will feature holiday wear and be available in November.

She was selected by the brand for being a fan of sexy, edgy fashion. Rebel explains, “I’ve always had a ‘torrid’ affair with buying clothes my whole life.”

3. Kim Kardashian for retail chain C & A – www.c-and-a.com

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In Sao Paulo, Brazil this week, Kim K announced that she had teamed up with retailer C & A to create a line that she calls “Simple and Sexy.” She also acknowledged that Brazil is a country where women’s curves are celebrated, to it was the perfect fit. The collection includes knee-lenth skirts, dresses, sandals and crop tops and prices range between $9 and $65 in C&A stores across Brazil.


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Let’s Hear it for the Mums!

She birthed you, bathed you and baked for you, so when Mother’s Day comes around we’re on the look out for the best gifts for your mama. Sure, perfume, flowers, breakfast, they’re all great gifts but this year we’re challenging you to think outside the box and come up with something that will really outdo your siblings (and isn’t this really the fun part?).

1. Handmade Items (but handmade by someone else). We’re big lovers of ETSY, and we especially love these pillows by Urban Tree Artistry ($34).

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2. Cleaning lady (or man) for a day. Mom’s, you’re welcome for recommending this one, we know you want to come home to a nice clean house.

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3. Tickets! This is one of our favourites, get her tickets to an upcoming show. Broadway? Mediums? Metal? Here are few upcoming Calgary shows with links to tickets.

Long Island Medium – June 11th

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Motley Crue – December 13th

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Musicals – coming up this year by Broadway Across Canada:  The Lion King, Once, Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz.

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Emoji Fashion #OMG

Google recently launched its spring fashion trends report and found that the top most-searched pant style is the emoji jogging pants. In fact, there was a nearly 60,000% increase in searches in the last year. No doubt emojis are everywhere, and they just go to show that a picture is worth a thousand words… in this case a picture is worth a thousand characters?

Here are some of our favourite emoji fashions that you can buy online today!

Nobody is going to screw with you when you wear the $62 “Killa emoji joggers” from 7twentyfour.com. Peace signs, guns, money, fists and cigarettes, yo.

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Steaming-hot emoji ‘poo’ high-tops from Betbrand ($88). Just be careful not to step in anything.

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Nothing say love like a 14K gold emoji pendant from Jane Basch Designs ($312.50). Too bad that Valentine’s Day is so far away!


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What to wear to… Motion Ball

Charity events don’t get much better than this one. The Shine Gala will take place on April 10th at Flames Central and will be hosted by ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli.

Buy tickets here! And use the promo code: STYLEGUYS

Motionball is a not-for-profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF), targeting a “next generation” of supporters – Canada’s professional crowd who are not defined by their age but rather their mind set.

Check out our ideas on what to pick up from CROSSIRON MILLS to wear to the event. Shine on, Calgary!

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Pharrell-What We Can All Learn from Him

This week, the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) named Pharrell Williams as the 2015 Fashion Icon. A pretty major honour, past winners have included Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman and Kate Moss.

So, what makes Pharrell a fashion icon? And what can we learn from him?

1. Pharrell has collaborated on many collections, including with Uniqlo, Adidas, G-Star Raw and Moncler Lunettes. This tells us that fashion doesn’t have to cost a fortune and that it’s all about the mix. Pair your street clothes with your expensive shades, your high and your low. It all works out.

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2. Pharrell takes risks. The hat, the short suit and the pearls for example, who else wears these things? Well, you may not want to go that far but he does teach us that taking risks is important.

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3. He tries a lot of different things. You may see Pharrell wearing a tailored tux one day, sneakers and adidas jacket the next – he’s not a man who can only pull off one look and likes variety. So, don’t be afraid to pull out something out of the norm once in a while! 

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Brunch: The Most Important Meal of the Week

Bow ties at brunch - a must.

Bow ties at brunch – a must.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been invited to some incredible brunches. The lengths people are going to on Sunday mornings these days is kind of amazing – breakfast items, lunch items, desserts and big helping of style – it makes us think that brunching is the new dinner party.

So, how does one throw a brunch that your friends will get out of bed for? Here are our tips.

And we have to make a special mention of Ania B and Stalman for sharing their stunning photos and Katie Marks (Toques and Truffles) for her stellar cooking and hosting skills at #SuperBlogSunday. 

1. Make a variety of food, and lots of it. You don’t have to serve bacon and eggs – but it helps. Brunching means no rules. Make a roast beef, a salad, lasagna, whatever. As long as you have options and an egg dish you’re safe. And don’t forget something sweet.

Waffles, granola and cake, OH MY!

Waffles, granola and cake, OH MY!

2. Day drinking. Make a feature cocktail (or two) with a non-alcoholic for the pregnant women attending and driving everyone home.

Feature drinks with edible flowers, come on!

Feature drinks with edible flowers, come on!

3. Dress UP. It’s fun to dress up on a Sunday morning and not have to go to church. Invite your most stylish friends and make an event of it. You can go big – bow ties, hats, fascinators, pretty dresses. Go for it.

Get your most stylish friends - no jammies allowed.

Get your most stylish friends – no jammies allowed.

4. Theme it. The last one we attended was themed #SuperBlogSunday and hosted some of Calgary’s top fashion bloggers. At the event people were printing their photos wirelessly using an Instax. It’s fun to have an activity, so make it your own and get people involved.

Instax, bringing printed photos back to the people.

Instax, bringing printed photos back to the people.

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Oscars 2015, Red Carpet Roundup

Yesterday marked the 2015 Oscars, and for us the Red Carpet is THE most exciting part of the whole night. The most coveted night for fashion lovers and fashion houses alike, the Red Carpet for this years awards did not disappoint. There were of course some amazing hits and disastrous misses as per usual and here are top picks for the stars that really worked it out for us and ones that did not.

 

 Calgary girls nail it; Tegan & Sara are a HIT.
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Solange Knowles wears a red carpet ON the red carpet: MISS.
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Gwyneth Paltrow inspired her inner ballerina: MISS
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Jennifer Lopez would like to remind you (yet again) that she has a great rack: MISS
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Rita Ora wows us: HIT
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Emma Stone is delicious in this unexpected green number: HIT
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ScarJo, love it: HIT
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All hail Queen Lupita: HIT
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Marion Cotillard, a beautiful woman in a terrible dress: MISS
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