Dressing Up & Down With GQ’s Brett Fahlgren

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The pressure is on. As the victor in the 2014 GQ Back To Business contest, Plated co-founder Nick Taranto has gained national exposure as a successful and stylish entrepreneur. Now he’s got to keep up appearances. Enter Brett Fahlgren, GQ’s Executive Stylist/Publishing. Watch as Brett guides Nick through the right look for several occasions and shares tips that’ll work for every guy.



Look good to you? Find these outfits and more in our Back To Business Shop, then follow @EXPRESSRUNWAY on Instagram and show us how you wear them. Tag your pic with #Back2Business and you could be featured by Express.


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ABOUT BRETT FAHLGREN, GQ’S EXECUTIVE STYLIST/PUBLISHING:
With a resume that includes tenures at Prada and Calvin Klein, Brett Fahlgren helps guide men’s fashion choices through comprehensive style tips and one-on-one personal shopping consultations. Brett’s connections with top menswear designers and fashion editors make him a go-to resource among celebrities and professional athletes. In addition to his role as GQ‘s Executive Stylist/Publishing, Brett has also hosted and produced GQ’s Milan Fashion Report, interviewing top menswear designers including Miuccia Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Giorgio Armani. Brett currently resides in New York City.



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We’ve Got A Winner!

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It’s been a tight race, but one lucky entrepreneur rose above the rest to win the 2014 GQ Back To Business Contest. Former Marine Nick Taranto racked up the most votes from Express fans and GQ readers, and his foodie start-up, Plated, will be getting the boost of a business development grant from Express.



Check out the video to learn how Back To Business has already given Nick’s company – and his personal style – a major bump.


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We can’t wait to see how Plated grows, but we’re going to miss having Nick as a model. With his brains, energy and easygoing, street-smart style, he’s the embodiment of the Express guy. We’ve put together a collection of the pieces worn by Nick to make looking good a little easier and give you more time to focus on developing your own great business ideas.


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Black Friday Shopping: Survival Guide

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SHOPPING DAY GIVEAWAYS
Be sure to follow us on Instagram @EXPRESSRUNWAY and check our feed throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’ll be giving away hundreds of prizes on the big days including iTunes and Starbucks gift cards.

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Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to get down to business. The business of Black Friday shopping, that is. We’ve devised a fail-proof survival guide that will have you saving money, maintaining your sanity and maybe even having a little fun while doing it. ;)


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PRACTICE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Black Friday shopping is a lot more fun when you don’t have to do it alone. Requirements of a good shopping buddy? Willingness to wait in lines, upper body strength for carrying the loot and the ability to stalk down the last remaining sweater in your size.

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DRESS THE PART
Black Friday usually means a lot of walking, standing in line and crowded dressing rooms. Come prepared by wearing comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to get on and off. If you can manage, ditch the heavy overcoat — we find they just get in the way.

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NO SNOOZING
We know it’s tempting to hit that snooze button a time or two (or three or four), but this is not the day. A lot of the best deals of the day go to the first people there. Avoid facing a picked-over inventory and go early!


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HAVE A STRATEGY
Black Friday deals and steals are typically announced well ahead of the actual day. Use this to your advantage. Go into your day (or weekend) of shopping with specific items you’re looking to score. Set a budget for yourself before hitting the stores – you’ll be more likely to stay within or near it. Of course, always stay open to the occasional impulse buy.

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THINK OUTSIDE THE STORE
If waking up early and getting out there with the crowds isn’t your cup of tea, have no fear. You can find similar discounts and deals online. Shopping online also allows you to plan a little better — no navigating a crowded store in search of the jacket you’ve had your eye on. *Insider tip: Sign up for Express emails to get exclusive savings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in your inbox.


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FIND INNER PEACE
OK, OK. We know this one is a little out there, but it’s easy to become stressed out in the hustle of Black Friday shopping. If you feel like you’re about to have a moment, try channeling your inner yogi — that’s right, find an empty dressing room and take some deep breaths, maybe even do some light stretching.


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HAVE FUN
Shopping any day, not just Black Friday, should be a fun experience — especially when you share it with friends and family. Don’t forget to pause from time to time…to #CelebrateYou and all the great loot you’re scoring.

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Event Recap: Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life

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A FUN & FEARLESS WEEKEND IN NYC
There was a surge of energy in Midtown Manhattan last weekend as nearly 2,000 career climbers descended on Lincoln Center for Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend. Presented in partnership with Express, the conference offered young women opportunities to learn from experienced speakers and enhance their personal and professional power – without forgetting about fun. (Hello, gifts and sweet treats!)


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The mood was set for the weekend with a kickoff party in our Times Square flagship store and a hot playlist from celeb DJ Chelsea Leyland. Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles and Fashion Director Aya Kanai came out for the festivities, along with Cosmo for Latinas Editor-in-Chief Michelle Herrera Mulligan and Fashion and Entertainment Director, Niria Portella. (That’s the four of them in the top left photo – nice lips, ladies!) The fashionistas behind blogs Something Navy and Bows & Sequins also made the scene. During the conference, attendees got a catwalk view of some of our favorite new pieces for work and play during an Express fashion show and then got to shop the looks at our style closet.


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Kelly Osbourne was just one of the famous names to share ideas and inspiration in a packed line-up that also included Coles, actress/activist Gabrielle Union and our own Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Crystal. For an extra motivation boost, the Fordham University cheerleaders showed up with a “Fun Fearless Life” cheer in head-to-toe EXP Core Performance wear.




We want to thank everyone who joined us for this amazing event, and extend a special shout-out to style blogger Martha Luna – winner of our Social Style Challenge for rocking the most fun and fearless looks of the weekend. If you missed the conference, you can still get a taste of the excitement and education via our recap video, the Fun Fearless Life Twitter feed and the versatile collection the event inspired.


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Seasonal Brews

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Holiday parties are on the way and football season is off and running, making now a great time to try a new brew. Here are a few of our favorites for drinking and sharing this season.



FLAVORED STOUTS
Dark, heavy stouts go with winter nights like chunky scarves and fire pits. Our favorite varieties are spiked with robust flavors like chocolate, vanilla or coffee.

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WINTER WARMER
Don’t let the season pass without trying a few of these, and don’t wait to do it – they won’t be around for long. Brewed specifically for this time of year with plenty of malt flavor and a hint of seasonal spices, they’re a perfect bring-along for a holiday party.

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WHITE IPAS
IPAs aren’t just for summer. A brew that mixes lots of bitter hops with citrus or pine makes a great choice anytime you want to celebrate with something that isn’t too heavy on the palate, or when you’re looking for the right match for bold, spicy foods.

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BARREL AGED
Beer aged in a whiskey barrel? We call that a win-win. The process creates a drink that’s light on the harshness of alcohol, without compromising the booze content.

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